The opponent has changed and this week there is local TV coverage of the Lions game, but the outcome should be the same as last Sunday – another Detroit victory.
The victory prediction comes courtesy of Spaz, the fantasy football predicting cat. He has never been intimidated and didn’t shy away from picking the Detroit Lions to beat the New York Jets in a close game. Given Spaz’s success in predicting the outcome of Lions games, here for your consideration are some factors that may work in Detroit’s favor tomorrow:
- The Lions continue to play well at Ford Field. They have averaged just above the 37 points they scored against Washington and defensively have surrendered an average of 22 points in three games at home.
- Matthew Stafford established (or is it re-established?) a winning passing combination with wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson, the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in week #8, caught 3 touchdown passes.
- The Lions defense, particularly its line, seems to flourish in front of the home crowd.
- The Jets offense seemed dysfunctional against the Packers. Tomorrow we’ll see if New York’s woes have more to do with their failure to move the ball than with Green Bay’s defensive game plan.
“The Lion who will roar” (Hometown Hero): Calvin Johnson has scored a combined total of 5 touchdowns in the last two games. It is understood that cornerback Darrelle Revis will draw the principal responsibility of covering Johnson, but the Lions’ star wide receiver has battled against top defensive backs before and done well. Plus the Lions have the 7th best passing attack in the NFL.
“Above Par Lions”: Quarterback Matthew Stafford faces off against the talented Jets defense. He’ll need to be sharper against the Jets than he was against the Redskins. It will be interesting to see how he does compared to the Jets’ 2nd year quarterback, Mark Sanchez.
“Bench that Lion” (Hometown Zero): Sorry, Kevin Smith. You had a solid effort against Washington, but the strength of New York’s defense is shutting down the opposition’s running attack.
Final Score: Detroit 20, New York Jets 17.
“I wish I had him this week”: For Detroit fantasy owners with stars from other teams, here are three players that should have a better than average game in week #9:
- Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay – Jennings is my national “Play Him” selection of the week, because he’s averaged 6 pass catches and approximately 100 yards receiving in the last 3 weekes. The Cowboys secondary is also beaten up and bruised.
- Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota – Peterson should come up with over 100 yards rushing and score at least one touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
- Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland – McFadden, like Jennings, is experiencing a midseason surge in scoring. If the Chiefs want to stay atop their division in the AFC, they need to corral McFadden and beat the Raiders.
“Expect a Downturn”: Here are three players whose performances will take a slide in week #9:
- Greg Lewis, WR, Minnesota – Lewis is the national “Sit ‘Em” pick of the week. Even though the Vikings released Randy Moss, Lewis still won’t see many passes thrown to him.
- Michael Bush, RB, Oakland – If McFadden excels as expected, Bush becomes a seldom used reserve.
- Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets – If the Jets are going to beat the Lions, they will have to rely on running back LaDainian Tomlinson and not Greene.
Fantasy Football Links of Interest
If you want to know who my fellow fantasy football Examiners selected in the categories of “Hometown Hero”, “Hometown Zero”, “Play Him” or “Sit Him”, click on Week #9 Predictions.
You also may want to check out “The Hub” – the foamcage.com’s NFL Fantasy Football Page.
Which players do you think will surprise or disappoint us in week #9?
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Next Article: A recap of week #9.