I’ve got no way to predict what’s going to happen on Sunday.
Even the best prognosticators didn’t think Tim Hightower would have 12 catches, or that Willie Parker would have 13 carries for 19 yards (that’s among the most pitiful performances I have ever seen).
Some prognosticators – Super Ninja jzak, for example – do seem like they’ve made a deal with the devil to see into the future. How do they do it? Beats me.
But what I do know is that when it comes to picking your lineup, looking at past performances can pay dividends. Last week, I told readers that Ben Roethlisberger was going to have a good game. I was off on the projections, but the fact is he had a great game.
But, and it’s a pretty big one, matchup evaluation also pegged Parker for a strong game.
So take these rankings with a grain of whatever food additive you choose and understand that they’re based on matchups and not final rankings. I provided commentary where I felt it was warranted.
Week 2 Quarterback matchup rankings
- Kurt Warner @ Jacksonville
- Peyton Manning @ Miami
- Tom Brady @ NY Jets
- Drew Brees @ Philadelphia – Philly D is strong this year, made the Panthers – Jake Delhomme in particular – look worse than they are.
- Matt Schaub @ Tennessee – Titans were torched by Big Ben last week.
- Tony Romo vs. NY Giants
- Aaron Rodgers vs. Cincinnatti
- David Garrard vs. Arizona – Shootout in the FLA?
- Philip Rivers vs. Baltimore – Ravens will shut down the run, can Rivers make them pay?
- Matt Ryan vs. Carolina – Did you see what the Eagles did to Carolina last week?
- Kyle Orton vs. Cleveland – If Orton’s going to do anything in 2009, it’ll come against a team like the Browns. Still, an example of the matchups vs. real rankings discussion above.
- Ben Roethlisberger at Chicago
- Matt Hasselbeck at San Francisco
- Shaun Hill vs. Seattle
- Joe Flacco at San Diego
- Brodie Croyle vs. Oakland – The honest to goodness matchup has Croyle 13th. I couldn’t bring myself to type a list that had Croyle in the top 13 of anything.
- Bryon Leftwich at Buffalo
- Mark Sanchez vs. New England
- Chad Pennington vs. Indianapolis
- Eli Manning at Dallas
- Jason Campbell vs. St. Louis
- Kevin Kolb vs. New Orleans – You should know to stay away from Kolb until he shows he can do anything at the NFL level.
- Brett Favre at Detroit
- Kerry Collins vs. Houston
What do you guys think? Are any of you starting Kyle Orton against the Browns or Brodie Croyle against Oakland? Let us know in the comments.