Monday Night Football has lost some of it’s mystique for me now that I am older and don’t wear big headed charactertures of my favorite players on my shirts. (Those Bash Brother shirts were ironic, huh?). But with Jon Gruden taking over for Mr. Potato Head I am actually looking forward to watching as well as listening to the game, well, if I could somehow turn down Jaws’ used car sales-voice I would be happier. My wife always asks why football announcers scream all of the time and I just can’t give her a good answer. Jaws could learn something from Vin Scully, well, all of us could really. Anyway, Gruden is good. He knows what he’s talking about and he gives it to us straight. Here’s hoping he doesn’t go back to coaching soon.
There is a game tonight and one with some interesting fantasy questions to answer. You all know my Ronnie Brown love. It is still true and strong and spectacular. I can’t say I am thrilled about Ricky Williams getting so many looks, but this is the way football is played now and I knew it was there, lurking like a doctor’s appointment. I see a good game from him against the Sanders-less Colts. I hope Pennington can at least try to stretch the field with his noodle arm and give Ronnie some running room. Chad is hurting Ginn Jr. and Bess and whoever else is playing wide receiver on a given day, and the Colts pass D is their strength. I look for Bess to be helpful in ppr tonight, but big yardage from either will be asking a little too much. So stop asking!
The Dolphins D stopped Michael Turner in week one and should be able to keep Addai’s yardage down. But he’s always a threat to get in the endzone with that offense. Wayne will be Wayne and Peyton will be Peyton, and they’ll do what they do, but it’s going to be interesting to see who Manning favors in the #2 slot. I tend to keep my #2 slot free of receivers, but I don’t judge. Garcon, Collie and Baskett should see some work, but Garcon should be the starter. Predicting his game is very tough, but he will get single coverage and if he can take advantage he could have a good game. It’s a gamble and probably depends on how your matchup looks coming into this game. If you have the choice between Garcon and Bess and need 12 points to win or just 5 points to win I’d go Garcon with the former and Bess with the latter.
If I was one for prognostication I’d say the Colts will win tonight, but I’m more interested in the how and the who and the whaddayoudo!!