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Saturday, September 17, 2005 

Sloth: Packers week 2 predictions

Despite an embarrassing week 1 performance, mine and the Packers, I am going to get back in the saddle again and work toward getting back to “pathetic”.

Browns (0-1) at Packers (0-1) (-6) Over/Under: 40

The Browns had a respectable effort in defeat last week against Cincinnati. The makeshift offensive line did not allow a sack of QB Trent Dilfer, but didn’t open any real holes for the 2 RBs. First year Head Coach Romeo Crennel made a tactical mistake by replacing the hot hand at RB (Green) and lost momentum, which might have been the tipping point for the loss.

The Packers had no moment, no redeeming quality, a failure in all facets of the game. Fans of Brett Favre know all too well this sort of performance. He tends to press too hard and take too much on his shoulders when things go a bit south. Sometimes, it works out great and we marvel at Brett Favre the Hall of Famer, other times we see the early Brett Favre and try to look away, but we really can’t.

Ahmad Carroll was benched; it might help the penalty issues, but not the coverage issue. While I have enormous respect for Trent Dilfer, but I don’t think he has the skills or weapons to take advantage. If there was a bright spot last week for the Pack, it was that the Defense played well enough to win. I think they will be better this week even if Diggs cannot return to the lineup.

Brett rarely strings together 2 flop sweat games. Even with Javon Walker out for the season, I think he will make magic this week for the home fans. Our RB Green is better then their RB Green. I have not seen enough of the new Guards to have a prediction on their future, but I see the return of the power running game to Green Bay this week.

Trent Dilfer gets a lot of guff from fans, but I think he is the prototype QB for the first 10 years (at least) of the 21st century. While not physically as talents as many in the league, he a smart, manages the game well and rarely makes mistakes. He doesn’t win games for you, but he doesn’t lose them for you either. I don’t think he has the supporting cast in Cleveland yet to be effective. Braylon Edwards will develop, but for now he is the prettiest backup in the league.

Given both teams problems with penalties last week, I expect lots of yellow laundry this week.

I am again taking the OVER, and in a shocker I am taking the points.

Packers 24
Browns 21

Fantasy Players: Trent Dilfer, Donald Driver

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