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PREDICTIONS by jeff beyel
Loser of this one in trouble. Dallas special team miscue followed by Romo pick doomed them in week 1. G-men offensive issues showed up in week 1 and will likely continue in this game as well. Cowboys a bit better than some may think while Giant offensive concerns could be worse than many think. Dallas 24-17.
'Skins could not run football vs Patriots (56 yds) and now hit road vs rugged Eagles. Philly played error free vs Dallas and got nice game out of QB Stafford. RB Devonta Freeman just 2 catches for 3 yds needs to be better.  Philly can take control of East with win.  Philadelphia 31-17.
Lions opened season with a win as QB Cutler threw for 343 yards and D got 5 sacks and 3 TOs. WR Cobb with record 16 grabs and 258 yds! Bears' QB Osweiler solid and vet RB Forte kept churning in week 1 win over Vikes. Forte 21-94 rushing and 11 receptions for 106 yds now 507 yds away from all-time league career rushing record. Chicago 27-24.
Big inter-conference clash. Falcons ran roughshod over Chargers (37-238) led by LeSean McCoy's 136 yds. Atlanta now starts 3 game road stretch. Cinci gave up 322 yds thru the air to Indy's Luke McCown and will need to do much better vs Atlanta's Matt Ryan. Falcons 14-11 all-time on road. Teams are 1-1 vs each other with each winning away. Atlanta 28-24.
Chargers' Peyton Manning was woeful in week 1 debacle vs Falcons as team got 216 total yards and just 90 thru the air. Titans' duo of QB Sam Bradford (24-26-341-3) and RB Adrian Peterson (18-127) were fantastic in week 1 vs Steelers and should continue success this week. Tennessee 31-14.
Los Angeles held 'Zona QB Aaron Rodgers to a 8-26 game and a paltry 68 yards. Now get Roethlisberger and Steelers team that ran for just 20 yards vs Titans on 9 carries. WR Antonio Brown (11-136) only real weapon Pittsburgh has. Los Angeles 28-17.
Browns eased past Dolphins in week one powering behind O-line for 245 yds rushing but get much better Jags in Florida. J-ville stunned in lopsided loss to Bills where they allowed 458 yds passing.Jags struggled torun ball too (48 yds) and might have issues vs Cleveland front 7. Jaguars should win this one but...Jacksonville 28-24.
Saints put up 41 on one of better D's in the league and now face Dolphin unit that is porous and cannot stop the run. Miami could not find room to pass or run vs Browns but get slightly softer front 7 in this one. Still, Saints much too strong. RB Marshawn Lynch just 1 carry in game 1. New Orleans 35-10
Big time rivalry now an even bigger event as loser will be 0-2 and no team in league history has made playoffs after 0-2 start! Pack only ran ball 16 times in week 1 and have to do better. Vikes have key injury to WR Steve Smith further limiting options. Pack should rebound on both sides of the ball at Lambeau where they are 21-3 all-time. Green Bay 24-21.
Silver and Black blues kept playing in 33-20 season opening loss. Oakland ran ball just 12 times and that stat cannot repeat itself. O-line gave up 5 sacks of QB Bortles. Seahawks stuffed by rugged KC defense but should find room here. RB DeAngelo Williams must do better than his 16 carry 20 yard effort last week. Seattle 28-13.

Cards and QB Rodgers crushed by Rams and get tough customer on the road in Indy. Colts' pass rush could be a factor here but QB Tyrod Taylor out so Luke McCown likely starting. It might turn ugly.  Indianapolis 27-24.

Bills spread offense out last week using 5 and 4 WR sets much of the game.  It led to 458 yd 4 TD game for QB Carson Palmer and big games out of receivers. Patriots dumped Redskins but health of S Patrick Chung could be huge vs Bills spread attack. New England 31-28.

Panthers dominated TOP and had nice balance in 20-10 win over Giants. QB Bridgewater finished with 101.7 rating.  Niners gave up 5 sacks of QB Newton in loss to Denver and will have to hold off Carolina pass rushers. SF will need to run ball more than 17 times if they want to win here. San Francisco 28-17.
 Thoughts on the Week
Can you say "upset"? Bills,Patriots, Saints, Bears,and Chiefs all pulled off week 1 wins. The first couple of weeks always full of surprises and this season's start no different than past years'. Vikings-Packers game holds big interest this week mostly due to fact no 0-2 team has ever made post-season in Paydirt history. Either Buffalo or New England is going to be 2-0 after this week as could upstart Saints.  The point is that a single "big win" can make things interestingreal fast in the Paydirt League.  Have fun gang...
INTERVIEWS by len barnhart
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How long have you been playing APCFB and how many leagues are you currently in?
I have been playing APCFB for around 4-5 years and I am currently in two retro leagues plus the Paydirt current stats league. Before computers I played Strat-O-Matic's tabletop card version of football. I miss the sound of the dice rolling...

Where do you live?  Are you married? What do you do for a living and favorite pastime?
I live in Auburn, California with my wife of 39 years and I have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter. I was a web content manager and web site designer for around 10 years and a technical illustrator for 15 years before that all at the same company, Applied Materials in Silicon Valley. I am full time disabled by Parkinson's Disease since 1998 and use a power wheel chair to get around the house now. Playing online football has been a godsend - gives me something to do.
I have been a huge SF Giants fan since 1971 and we are still basking in the glow of the past few seasons. Watched every game last year. Back before disability I played a lot of basketball and softball.

You've managed to keep your team strong and competitive in the PAFL. What advice can you give to team owners who are building their teams or just starting out with playing in leagues to be successful?
I think of myself as a better coach than GM. I tend to trade a lot and don't mind experimentation. Frankly I don't like the draft process that much and this season I decided early on to go for the finals - so I ended up trading all of my rookie picks away. I wouldn't recommend normally doing this because you can really screw yourself up for a while. Once we get on the field though I like my chances. I feel as though I can win any time I play - I hate to lose. I would recommend any newbies to APCFB to play as many offline games as you can - either solo or with another owner. Remember this is a simulation of a game and every down you get a random number generator spitting out numbers to decide the outcome of your play. There are situations that arise where I will run (spoiler alert) the same play twice in a row simply because the numbers seem to want to even it up for the game. Keep an eye on your seasonal usages and durability ratings too. If you have a player with a durability of 8 that means he will miss at least 2 games for you. Noit overwhelming to lose a lineman for a while but potentially devastating if it is your QB. QB's are so very important in APCFB. If you manage to grab onto a good one keep him!

How do you like Paydirt, and what can we do to improve as we go?
I love Paydiirt! I especially enjoy the weekly radio show - I have learned so much by listening to Len and Jeff and whomever they talk into appearing with them. The web site is packed full of good info, too. I would like to see more articles but I know how hard it can be to solicit new content. Anyone can write up something to contribute - right Len? I also love stats. Most of what I like is available in the game but there must be something that can be added such as procedures for performing game-related tasks, right? Maybe more info about connecting issues that seem to pop up from time to time.
GAME OF THE WEEK by jeff beyel



Denver @ Kansas City

Kansas City has always played rival Denver tough at home going 2-1 all-time at Arrowhead Stadium against them.  The loss was a 52-45 shootout that saw Bronco QB Peyton Manning find WR Eric Decker for a 7 yard TD with just 56 seconds left to seal the win in the second highest combined team total game in league history.  Amazingly, these same two clubs would meet later in that same 2014 season and compete in the highest scoring game in league history (a 51-48 Denver win!). These two clubs do not have that type of firepower now but, if week 1 is any indication, the two teams do possess their traditional defensive postures. The Chiefs completely stymied everyone's pre-season darlings, Seattle, holding them to just 3 points and 180 total passing yards from QB Russell Wilson.  Meanwhile, Denver was putting the clamps on San Francisco stuffing their running game for 62 yards and allowing just 249 total yards to go along with 5 sacks.

Kansas City was able to shut off powerful Seattle last week but have a tough match-up in this one especially on defense without Raji. Starting QB Andrew Luck was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert due to his poor performance so it remains to be seen who begins under center this week. Defensively,KC might have some issues with their defensive line so their linebackers will need to play well. OLBs Danny Lansanah and WillieYoung split time and combined for 8 tackles.

  The Broncos acquired Payton's brother.Eli, from the Giants and he had a marvelous season opener completing 24 of 30 passes for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did that vs a Niner secondary that should have matched up better but stud CB Ron Darby allowed all 4 passes in his area to be completed. This week, though,Eli will face a Chief's secondary that has safeties Eric Berry and Barry Church plus CB Aqib Talib.  That could be a tough group if they go with alot of zone but Manning should have some success going after Talib and his partner CB Bene Benwikere.  Denver WRs Doug Baldwin and Eric Decker should find room vs M2M coverage while TE Julius Thomas might take more of a decoy role.  Denver ran the ball pretty well last week too running alotof traps and off-tackle plays inside behind their good interior blockers. KC played mostly 4-3 against Seattle but lost DT BJ Raji so they may show more 3-4 this game. Elvis Dumervil was a terror with 3 sacks in week 1.

These two franchises have played some of the most memorable games in league history. The two teams have a combined 64-32 regular season record (.667) with two divisional titles going to the Chiefs.  The Broncos have never won the AFC West but have finished 2nd every single season and have not had a season with less than 9 wins.  Obviously, this is a game that has had historical implications to it and should be a good one. Do feel Denver might have success running the ball and that could set upsome big plays to their wide-receivers but the Chiefs 21-4 (.840) all-time home slate cannot be ignored. This game shapes upas another rugged game in this series but going to go with home team.  Kansas City 20-17.

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