Fantasy Blitz, Week 7: History and starts


The best part of the NFL is its history. Why? Because it has a habit of repeating itself; you want to know what will happen this Sunday…just take a view back of the previous 92 seasons. This week we have our sleepers and a fast view of the most important games these teams played against each other…,

History and Sleepers, First the History then your Sleepers,

Titans at Bills – In the 1992 playoffs Buffalo backup quarterback Frank Reich led a Bill comeback from a deficit of 35-3 to beat Warren Moon and the Houston Oilers to win an AFC First round playoff game…start quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, as the Bills have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks…

Browns at Colts -The Browns won the last sports championship in Cleveland history with a stunning 27-0 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the 1964 NFL championship game…Colt rookie Wide receiver TY Hilton will score against a Brown secondary who is still trying figure out who is their boss …

Redskins at Giants – This is the 159th meeting between these teams dating back to 1932, but none was more important than a 17-0 Giant victory in the 1986 NFC championship game on their way to winning their first Super Bowl…start Giant wide receiver Domenik Hixon, as the Redskins have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2012…

Saints at Buccaneers – The Buccaneers earned their first victory in franchise history in 1977 after 26 consecutive defeats, as former Florida Gator quarterback Gary Huff led the Buccaneers that day in a 33-14 victory over Archie Manning and the Saints at the Superdome…the Saints have allowed the third most points fantasy points to wide receivers, so start Tampa bay wide receiver Mike Wiilliams…

Cowboys at Panthers – The Panthers won their first post season game ever in 1996 against the Cowboys 26-17, as second year quarterback Kerry Collins and fantasy sleeper TE Wesley Walls led the Panthers that day on their way to  the 1996 NFC championship game….start Panther wide receiver Brandon Lafell, as the Cowboys have allowed 8 or more fantasy points to all four wide receivers they have faced their last 2 games.

Ravens at Texans – Rookie Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco led a Raven attack that flattened Houston 41-13 in 2008. The big play that got things started was a Flacco touchdown pass to Yamon Figures… staying with Raven wide receivers, start veteran Anquan Boldin, as Houston defensive back Jonathan Joseph is not the cover man he once was…

Packers at Rams – In Vince Lombardi’s last season as Green Bay head coach, the Packers scored 28 consecutive points in defeating Roman Gabriel and the Los Angeles Rams 28-7 in Milwaukee to win the Western Conference championship on their way to winning Super Bowl II…The Rams are better defensively but Packer running back Alex Green is the featured back until Cedric Benson comes back…

Cardinals at Vikings – On December 21, 1974 the Cardinals played in their first post season game since the 1948 championship game, and they scored first on a Jim Hart touchdown pass against the Vikings that day in snowy Bloomington Minnesota, but after that Fran Tarkenton led the Vikings to thirty consecutive points in an easy 30-14 Viking playoff win… start Cardinal running back William Powell, he gets the most snaps in a thus far crowded Cardinal backfield, as the season moves along he should become the dominant back…

Jets at Patriots – Hall of Fame wide receiver and Patriot head coach Raymond Berry led the Patriots to a stunning 26-14 victory over the favored Jets in a first round AFC playoff game in 1985, on their way to winning the franchise’s first AFC championship… start any Patriot running back you can find from Sam Cunningham to Danny Woodhead, as the Jets have been gashed for 150.5 yards a game. They have not been this bad since the Bruce Coslett days…

Jaguars at Raiders – There is nothing significant in this rivalry, much like the game this Sunday…The Jaguars lead the series 4-1 dating back to 1996…start Raider wide receiver Denarius Moore, as the Jaguars have allowed 100 plus yards and a touchdown to at least one wide receiver in three consecutive games…

Steelers at Bengals – In the 2005 playoffs the favored Bengals lost quarterback Carson Palmer on his first pass attempt of the game to a devastating knee injury from a cheap shot by Steeler defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen, who dove at Palmer’s legs. Palmer completed the pass but was knocked out of the game and some thought his career was finished, as the Steelers won the game 31-17 on their way to winning SB XL…Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be trying to find TE Heath Miller on every pass attempt, so start the veteran TE against a Bengal pass defense that has allowed 8 scoring throws…

Lions at Bears – These teams have played 165 games dating back to 1930 and have not faced each other in the post season… in 1956 Bear defensive end Ed Sprinkle hit Lion star quarterback Bobby Layne after the whistle and forced Layne from the game to the sidelines with a knee injury in the final regular season game, the game in which the winner would win the Western Conference. Without Layne the Bears won 38-21 at Wrigley Field to win the Western Conference championship and a spot in the league championship game against the New York Giants… the Bears have allowed the third most receptions and 61 receiving yards a game to TE’s, so start Lion TE Brandon Pettigrew.

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Kurt Backert
Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would...more

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