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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Fri Aug 29, 2003 4:34 pm

Probably the best NFL beat writer in the biz.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen's "Surprise Teams" for this year.
From his weekly Q&A chat.

Joe (Detroit, MI): Mort, who's your prediction for surprise team of 2003?

Chris Mortensen: A surprise team has to be one that wasn't in the playoffs, so I have to exclude the Rams, right? I would say watch the Bills, Seahawks, Ravens and Panthers.
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Postby WGreen31 » Fri Aug 29, 2003 4:46 pm

Definately agree with his picks except for the Ravens, I don't think they'll go nearly as far as people say they will. 7-9 team at best.

One team to also watch is the Chiefs. If that D holds up they'll be in the playoffs for sure, maybe even farther.
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Postby Ousmagic » Fri Aug 29, 2003 5:13 pm

the problem is that the chiefs d sucks and they wont get any better since basically they have the same team but priest will be worse then last year
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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Fri Aug 29, 2003 5:25 pm

WGreen31 wrote:One team to also watch is the Chiefs.

I agree. ;-D
This team scores one helluva lot of points, and, sometime, that's all you need.
With a lousy D, it just means the final score is 41-38.
Wouldn't surprise me at all the see Kansas City take the AFC West.
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Postby slowkidz » Fri Aug 29, 2003 6:19 pm

i don't think their KC's defense will be that bad. their LB corps has improved and their line is looking decent...imo...they won't be a "steel curtain", but they won't let the games get too far out of hand...
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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Sat Aug 30, 2003 11:33 am

Of Mort's picks ... I'm starting to like the Bills more and more.
I think Travis Henry was totally dissed by the Bills during the draft - especially after the season he had last year.
Henry should be one megamotivated back this year.
Looking for respect elsewhere.
Throw in Drew Bledsoe and a revamped D.
Looks good to me.
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Postby terpfan » Sat Aug 30, 2003 11:35 am

silly mort forgot the redskins! :-)
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Postby brdmaverick » Sat Aug 30, 2003 5:16 pm

I agree with the Bills and Seahawks, but am not sold on the Panthers or Ravens.

I don't think even the Ravens D can make up for a rookie quarterback.

As for the Panthers, I think they are all hype. Sure the defense will be good, but how can they win if they can't score points. I don't think Davis has the talent around him to get the job done.
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Postby moochman » Sat Aug 30, 2003 11:53 pm

Mort had me convinced until he mentioned the Panthers. I think they will fall back this year. They have no QB! Rodney Peete! Jack Delhomme! At least the Ravens have proven they can win without a QB, and their D should be amongst the best. And to totally ignore the influence that Mariucci will have on the Lions was…well…smart, but I still don’t but the Panthers. KC, NO, Minn, even the Chargers have better chances to succeed this season, in my humble opinion.
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Postby ScreamingWeasel » Sun Aug 31, 2003 4:49 am

brdmaverick wrote:... but how can they win if they can't score points.

Beats me. Let's call Tampa Bay and find out! :-)
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