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  1. patsfan55

    patsfan55 Rookie

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    every year i amaze myself how great i do at picking the sleepers
    in 1999 i said the titans---went on to go to the sb
    in 2000 i said the ravens---went on to win the sb
    2001 i said pats, 49ers, bears----all went to the playoffs, pats won sb

    last yr my three sleeper teams were the bengals, jags, and bucs

    so, this year i'm giving you two teams as well as one that will be decent and on their way
    two team: cleveland browns, detroit lions
    other team on their way: new orleans saints

    BROWNS:
    take a look at their results last year
    their wins: at green bay, vs chicago!!, vs tennessee, vs miami (shutout!, and miamis last loss), at oakland, vs baltimore
    not bad, not great either
    but take a look at their losses
    vs cincy by 14
    at indy by only 7
    at baltimore by 13
    vs detroit by only 3
    at houston by only 3
    at pitt by 13
    at minny by 12
    vs jax by only 6
    at cincy by only 3!!!
    vs pitt by 41, lol

    they def hafta get better vs pitt, but look at those close road games vs the great offenses/turnover defenses of cincy and indy
    they also played pretty well against some hard nosed d minded teams by beating the bears coming close against the jags, beating the ravens

    as you know i love willie, but this isnt the only reason i love this team this year
    the biggest question mark in my mind is what will charlie frye do this year, if he jus does decent this team will be a playoff team
    they have a very good defense and some big-time playmakers on offense
    biggest question marks other than what frye will do are at cornerback and oline
    but, i love rueben droughns, and i love braylon edwards

    LIONS:
    honestly with detroit im not even lookin at last yrs results, cuz this is just a classic example of me having a gut feeling about them
    i dont think they'll make the playoffs but 8 or 9 wins is what im feeling, and i think lions fans wouldnt mind that at all
    i love what theyre doin with the coaching staff
    roy williams is in his third year and you know what happens with third yr wideouts, AND he has mike martz as his offensive coordinator
    their defense forced a lot of turnovers last year and they added the terrorizing ernie sims on the weakside, AND they are in an awful division

    SAINTS:
    i LOVE drew brees, always have
    when he was drafted i said hed be a better pro than michael vick
    i liked donte stallworth, and am not crazy they shipped him off, but they knew they werent gonna sign him after the year and he wasnt gettin the new playbook all that well
    i love the duo of mcallister and bush (if used correctly)
    the defense just plain stinks though
    but they are starting to add pieces (aka danny clark)
    this team wont win a whole lot of games this year but they will be a tough team to beat with that offense and they are well on their way
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    Eagles, Rams, Browns.
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    patsfan55 Rookie

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    i was actually gonna say eagles
    but i felt like since they had those injuries etc that they wouldnt really constitute

    but i love the eagles this year
    their d is gonna be much better
    and if mcnabb is healthy u know theyll have a solid offense
    i love the addition of stallworth, to go with reggie brown, hank baskett, greg lewis, some good wrs there
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    I like the Texans and Wali Lundy to be 8-8...much better than expeected.

    I think the Rams will make the playoffs.
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    I don't really think the Eagles can be classified as a sleeper at this point. The Rams though, they could be very good but they have a five game stretch in the middle of the year of:

    Seattle
    @San Diego
    Kansas City
    @Carolina
    @Seattle

    However if they beat the Broncos week one they could easily go into that stretch 5-0 considering their 4 games after Denver are San Fran, Arizona, Detroit, and Green Bay. If they can go 2-3 during that 5 game stretch they have 9-10 wins easy, plus I need Jackson to have a big year for my fantasy team. :D
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    Philly Eagles are the big sleeper team.
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    I'll go with the Raiders
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    that was another team i was actually thinkin of

    very nice pick
    i dont really like that division this year
    and if aaron brooks can have a decent year this team could be good
    i love michael huff and i like what their doin with the defense, other than lettin daniel clark go
    i also like art shell and think this team is def heading in the right direction
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    AFC--Ravens; They have plenty of veterans who want to show they have something left. Injuries and other situations (J. Lewis) aside, this team had plenty of talent last year and just didn't put it together. Behind the Bengals and Steelers, they are easily forgotten in their division.

    NFC--Detroit; I agree with many people here. They have plenty of fire power and Kitna can sling it if called on. The new offensive coordinator, Martz, could make K. Jones into a stud back. Their defense can cause turnovers and they do play in a crappy division. If they can win their four home games in the division, and be .500 on the road, they should have at least 8 wins as games a the Jets and vs the 9ers are likely wins. Games vs Buffalo and Atlanta could give them 10 and a playoff push.
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    My three sleepers are

    Baltimore Ravens
    Arizona Cardinals
    Houston Texans

    If this happens I'm going to Vegas very soon.
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    San Diego
    Philadelphia
    Dallas
    Denver
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    In the AFC I am going with the Cleveland Browns and YES,Charley Fry at QB - given 1 season in Cleveland I think our old coach gets the job done with a 6th seed in the playoffs In the NFC I have no doubt that the Arizona Cardinals finally grab a low playoff seed...They seem to me like the next cincy bengals...once a joke and now a power
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    dude
    do u know what sleeper means, haha
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    Yeah, I'm going to pick the Seabags and the Steelers. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, how about
    NFC: Lions
    AFC: Ravens (except BJ Ward blows, but they made good OL pick ups) and the Bills. The Bills are projected to do so badly that 6 wins would make them a sleeper. :p
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    I have to disagree with you on the Saints and Browns. Have you seen that New Orleans defense? Man it is terrible. As for the Lions, they could sneak up on some people in that pathetic NFC North.

    My picks:

    AFC- If you count them as sleepers, Miami. If not, Houston
    NFC- Eagles, Cardinals
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    by sleeper you mean - if they do really well it'll surprise most people...

    I say watch for the Vikings.


    I think the teams that have pretty good expectations already can't really be called a sleeper.
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    Cardinals....no worse then 10-6
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    I'm going to go with the Vikings and the Ravens this year!
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    I dont consider the Ravens a sleeper pick. I think they're considered by many to be the favorite with the addition of McNair.

    I think the Chargers have a chance to open some eyes. With Rivers at QB the expectations are a little lower, but I think he'll surprise a lot of people. I'll go as far as to say they win the AFC.

    In the NFC I think the Falcons will make some noise, but ultimately I have the Seahawks dominating that conference & winning the SB.
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    #75 Jersey

    in 1979 i said the steelers -- went on to win sb
    in 1980 i said the raiders -- went on to win sb
    in 1981 i said the 49ers -- went on to win sb
    in 1982 i said the redskins -- went on to win sb
    in 1983 i said the raiders -- went on to win sb
    in 1984 i said the 49ers -- went on to win sb
    in 1985 i said the bears -- went on to win sb
    in 1986 i said the giants -- went on to win sb
    in 1987 i said the 49ers -- went on to win sb
    in 1988 i said the 49ers -- went on to win sb
    in 1989 i said the redskins -- went on to win sb
    in 1990 i said the giants -- went on to win sb
    in 1991 i said the redskins -- went on to win sb
    in 1992 i said the cowboys -- went on to win sb
    in 1993 i said the cowboys -- went on to win sb
    in 1994 i said the 49ers -- went on to win sb
    in 1995 i said the cowboys -- went on to win sb
    in 1996 i said the packers -- went on to win sb
    in 1997 i said the broncos -- went on to win sb
    in 1998 i said the broncos -- went on to win sb
    in 1999 i said the rams -- went on to win sb
    in 2000 i said the ravens -- went on to win sb
    in 2001 i said the pats -- went on to win sb
    in 2002 i said the bucs -- went on to win sb
    in 2003 i said the pats -- went on to win sb
    in 2004 i said the pats -- went on to win sb
    in 2005 i said the steelers -- went on to win sb

    I probably would have been able to forecast the first XIII Super Bowls, but I was too young to understand football. I can tell you 2006. but I won't next pre-season. Welcome to the Right all the Time club. Population: 2.

    ** If those are all in correct order, I'll be shocked.
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    #75 Jersey

    Okay, now that I've got my total prick post for this week out of the way, I guess the answer would be what you call a sleeper. To some people the Cardinals and Vikings are considered sleepers, some not. Here's what I think happens this year:

    Better than you think:
    Patriots
    Chiefs
    Chargers
    Eagles
    Lions
    Panthers
    Cardinals

    Worse than you think:
    Dolphins
    Colts
    Giants
    Vikings
    Falcons
    Rams
    Seahawks
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    #37 Jersey

    BUFFALO

    I'd have said the Eagles, but if everyone tags them as a sleeper then they're not.

    Everyone seems to have the Bills at 4-12 or some such. Losman will be better than people think, he's got a few decent receivers and a good RB. Defense is okay to good. ST's excellent, so they start with good field position, critical in winter. I think they finish much closer to 8-8, at least 7-9. They will shock some teams. Buffalo in the winter is not a fun place to play.
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    disagree with chiefs, chargers, cards, seahawks

    couldnt agree more on colts and falcons

    i see the colts beina a 8 or 9 win team and missing the playoffs
    as for the falcons i see them gettin about 5 or 6 wins
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    I guess we just have to wait and see. And you know which team I'm talking about.;)
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    just thought everyone would like to see this
    i missed badly on my first two
    but hit pretty well on that saints pick
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    The Jets, Titans, Saints
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