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November 24, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (11:55 AM)

Let's get this party started early-as usual! First off, please be careful tonight. Biggest bar night of the year. Will be a lot of knuckleheads on the road. And Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Let's roll.

Mike (Boca Raton)

when? now? how about now?

Matt Williamson
  (11:55 AM)

Right now Brother. Right now!

Rob (Texas)

Early bird special! Matt, love your work and respect your advice. Who is the more solid pick to win this week...NYG over Jacksonville, or Cleveland over Carolina?

Matt Williamson
  (11:56 AM)

JUST finished recording the Football Today podcast-download it! Ross and I did it together today and picked all the games. There won't be shows on Thursday or Friday. But back to your question-those were both locks for me. Feel real strongly about both. But, if I had to pick-give me the Browns.

RAY GORDON REID ( ColUMBIA sc 29202)

QUESTION MATT DUBB WILLAMSON at 12.15 pm HI MATT SUNDAY FALCONS OR PACKERS

Matt Williamson
  (11:59 AM)

BRUTAL game to pick. HATE going against the Falcons at home, but I am going to. I am very high on both these teams and believe either can win it all. But-I don't think GBay is a good matchup for the Falcons. Here is why: They have the better D and the better QB. I don't like ATL's secondary vs. Jennings and company. But I think GBay's D wins this game. Woodson or Williams will do well on White. No eliminate him, but make life tough. I think running on Raji, Jenkins and company will be a real tough task too. But I think Matthews takes this game over. He will destroy Baker and rattle Ryan all game long.

Matt Williamson
  (11:59 AM)

Wow-that was a mouthful

Luke (Waterdown)

I'm not fully convinced the Phins are completely out of this thing. However, quickly looking ahead, what do they need for next season? I see an upgrade at the RB position, a WR that can really stretch the field and maybe a ball-hawking safety or stud NT. Thoughts?

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

I do think they are now out of it and agree with those positions. Add a quick third down RB to Ricky (Brown most likely gone) would make sense. Maybe even use a 1st round pick on RB-an all around every down type of guy. A bomb threat is very much needed-maybe a new OCoordinator too! A true NT would be nice, but I do like that DL when everyone is healthy-been a lot of injuries there for Miami this year. And yes, a real rangy ball hawking FS would be a fantastic addition.

Mike (Boca Raton)

do you think mangini will keep his job? browns are playing pretty well.

Matt Williamson
  (12:02 PM)

For sure. Unless Holmgren decides that he is going back to coaching. But, Mangini would not be unemployed very long. Has done a whale of a job.

ROBERT (TAMPA)

I KNOW YOU THINK THE BEARS DEFENSE IS THE BEST NOW!

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

Caps were not needed for that. But I am very high on Chicago's D. Have been since the preseason. Very well coached. Excellent tacklers. Great at creating turnovers. Get to the QB without blitzing. In the top 5 for sure-probably better.

Mark Sanches (NY)

How do you like me now baby? Trent Dilfer says I'm a top QB in the AFC. Boom!

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

Still don't like you that much. Playing better, but still have had some terrible games this year. Not sure why I have to talk about you every day of my life though. I do give you credit for coming through in the clutch-have your entire NFL career. But once the winds start swirling in your home stadium...come talk to me. Did Dilfer really say that? Better than Peyton Manning? Tom Brady? Philip Rivers? Ben Roethlisberger? That is the most foolish thing I have ever heard.

Justin (ATL)

So you think the Packers will roll over the Birds? No chance for ATL?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

That isn't even close to what I said. VERY tight game. Reluctantly taking the Pack.

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

Rumor has it that the chat isn't working all that well. If so-I apologize.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

who is the most obscure player that is fun to watch?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

There are SO many of them. To stick with a theme, there is a big feature article coming out today on Haloti Ngata. My bosses asked me to rank the top 5 interior DLinemen as a little something to add to the article. I mention three guys who are somewhat obscure: Kyle Williams, Jason Jones and Jonathan Babineaux.

Eric (Chicago)

So even though you like the Bears D...who do you like in the game against Philly? Cheesesteaks or Polish saaaasages???

Matt Williamson
  (12:08 PM)

Cheesesteaks. Again-reluctantly. Feel like Philly could be in for a down game. On the road. But I am taking Philly for their D. Should give Cutler fits. Playing at an extremely high level. Not expecting a ton of scoring and I do think Chicago's D should keep Vick in check.

Paul (NY)

With teams trotting out St. Pierre, Grossman, and Rusty Smith, I think i might have a shot at playing QB this year!

Matt Williamson
  (12:09 PM)

Not pretty

Mike (Boca Raton)

Any hope that Marvin Lewis retains his job? Or will the Bengals really blow up the team and start from scratch?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

I have no idea. The guy did win Coach of the Year last season! I do think they need to draft a QB very high for starters no matter who the coach is.

Brett Favre (MN)

Just thought I'd give you a health update, Matt. My ankle and shoulder are still a little sore but that major pain in the neck I've had all season is completely gone.

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

Nice one. Can't go a full hour without talking about Brett right! BTW, I am taking your Vikes this weekend. Expecting a Dallas-like rebound.

Eric (Chicago)

Matt...T.O. is opening his mouth again this time about Revis being "average". Will we get Revis on T.O. all game to shut him down and shut him up? Will we also see a T.O. Tantrum?

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

That tantrum seems about due, wouldn't you say? TO is clearly the superior WR to 85 right now. I would put Revis all over him-every snap. And then watch TO catch one pass for 7 yards.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

not a fan of Palmer? why?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

Diminishing physical skills, but his head is still writing checks that his arm can no longer cash. Has made a ton of poor decisions this year. He could have a LOT more INTs-been a lot dropped by defenders. Also, all his production comes when it matters least. I don't think his receivers help him all that much-and there seems to still be a lot of communication gafs, but I tend to think Carson's best days are gone. Wasn't very good last year either, but they relied on the run.

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

ever heard the band 31 knots? check it

Matt Williamson
  (12:14 PM)

Nope...what would I be getting into with that? Comparison

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

Your nephew isn't in the band, is he?

Patrick (NYC)

Is the Giants Defense good enough to win some games until Nicks and Smith get healthy?

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

It is good enough to win this weeks's game. I like the Giants to roll the Jags. If you are weak at WR, this is a good team to play-as their secondary stinks.

Matt (Granbury, TX)

What do you expect out of Vincent Jackson in his return, and how does he impact the Chargers down the stretch?

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

Huge addition. First off, he can be eased in slowly if need be-he is a big time down the field player and they can just throw him deep routes for a while if his timing is off with shorter precise routes. I REALLY like V-Jax as a player. And I think SD is set to have the best O in the league for the last 5 games or so.

Irwin (New Jersey)

Best chance at an upset tomorrow? Dallas? Detroit? Cincy?

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

Dallas. They are playing well. All of a sudden-they are well coached! I also think there is a chance that Cincy surprises. If they are going to play with any pride whatsoever this season, it will be tomorrow night. Still-I am taking NYJ and NORLS.

James (Indy)

Matty!!!!!!! Who did the Dubbster take in the Sunday nighter? Happy Turkey Eve, Chat King!

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

VERY reluctantly taking the Chargers. Hate betting against 18 at home on a prime time game after a loss. I should have my head examined. But I just think SD is playing better right now-and healthier.

sam (england)

Do you see Denver tradind Orton in the off season, he would upgrade a few teams, what would his trade value be? How safe is coach McDaniels

Matt Williamson
  (12:21 PM)

I see McD safe for one more year-but on a very hot seat next season. Can't trade Orton. Guy has played too well. That would just be too much of a rebuilding situation I think to go with Tebow in 2011.

Peyton Manning (Indianapolis)

Dude, why didn't you tell me beforehand that you were picking against me at home in prime time? We haven't been communicating well and I feel left in the dark.

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

I know! I feel terrible about it! It pains me to do it...and I think in the end, I might just have to say what an idiot I was for doing so. It makes me feel all dirty-like I need a shower.

Chris (Broadview Heights, OH)

Vince Young to the Cardinals for the 2011 season? Does it make sense and can it happen?

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

He certainly will not be out of the league. Minny? I am hard on the guy-and hate his lack of toughness. But I do feel like he has progressed a bit as a passer and maybe a change of scenery would do him a lot of good.

Jake (AZ)

Shouldn't Peyton be more worried about the lack off communication between him and his WRs?

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

Very true. Some of the faces he has made at those guys lately have been priceless. Let's just say that I don't think it is 18 who has been on the wrong page!

J.B. (PA)

VY to Minnesota next season? I may have just lost my Thanksgiving appetite, Matt. I'd rather get one of the Philly QBs. Heck, I'd rather have SAGE back!

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

Give up your first for Kolb. Love it.

Brian (Fishers, IN)

Ant thoughts on the Chiefs holding on and winning the AFC West? Everyone seems to have already annointed the Chargers as division champs.

Matt Williamson
  (12:28 PM)

I am one of those who anointed SD. But I do like KC. I don't know that the D is playing at the same level as it was earlier, but there is a lot to like about this team. Real good running game. A QB who doesn't make mistakes. A true #1 WR (now he is). Hali. Great returners. But I still think they are just a step behind SD. Rivers!

Tate (Pitt)

Dubb, tell me that Harrison doesn't remind you of Terry Tate, office linebacker. I bet he makes guys soil their pants just like TT did when he had somebody in his sights.

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

Nice comparison! Reminds me of G Lloyd.

Mike (Brooklyn)

Matty, think the Giants can win the next 3 (JAX, WSH, at MIN) before Nicks and Smith come back? This team is beat up but thankfully the schedule gets easy at the right time.

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

Agreed. Again-really like them this week. If they split Wash/Minny, that isn't so terrible. NYG looks like a Wild Card team to me, but not easy in the NFC for that spot.

Luke (Waterdown, On)

Coach Sparano... I say he gets one more year. If they aren't true contenders next year, he's gots to go right? You think Henne will be the guy next year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

Still a believer in Henne. Didn't think he was used properly this season. Getting him a deep threat would sure help too. I would say that his seat does start to get hot next year.

Ryan (San Diego)

Rivers vs Peyton this Sunday Night! Chargers have historically owned the Colts and they have Vjax back with Tolbert giving the offense balance. Do you think they can go in and win on a short week? I think if they pull this one out they can win out

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Should be a great one, but yes, I did take SD. They do seem to give Indy fits. Tolbert is fine, but wow, I want to see this O with a healthy Mathews.

Football Gods (Reigning Supreme)

How does Roger's 18 game proposal look now? we're just getting started on the injuries Matt!!

Matt Williamson
  (12:33 PM)

Very true, but I think it happens either way. But-I want to see rosters and game day actives raised a lot. Get more specialists in the game. More rotation. Build the team so you can help players stay fresh/healthy.

Jake (AZ)

Buffalo will draft top 5 dothey finally take a QB or are they happy with the development of who they have?

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

I need to know the draft better to be sure. But-let's say they pick #5. And Luck goes

Jim (Chicago)

Steve Johnson: career year or breakout year of a dominant career?

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

"Dominant Career" are big words! I see a real solid #2 WR next to a speedster like Evans. Great find and yes, for real.

Fat Jesus (ready to let the dogs out)

Matt, I've been re-evaluating my life and I now realize that my wolfpack can't sustain itself. I look at you and think to myself, can it be? But now I know for sure...my wolfpack has just grown by one. Time to become blood brothers!!

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

That was absolutely tremendous! We're the three best friends that anyone ever had!

Key (Wilmington)

will vick be an Eagle next season???

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

I think so. Lock him up and trade Kolb. Can't just let him walk, right?

Mike Tomlin (Pitt)

Matt: Thoughts on the Steelers this week. Do they take it to the Bills or get caught looking ahead to Baltimore next week?

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

Could see Buff having success through the air, but I like PGH by 10-14 or so.

Justin (ATL)

Scouts Inc Preview gives the edge at QB to the Falcons. Thats crazy isnt it?

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

I would have given it to the Packers. Ryan has been fantastic though. I have Rodgers as my #6 QB in the league and Ryan at

Stevie (Dallas)

Harbaugh the Panthers coach next season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

Seems like a real good fit. I certainly would not object. Trade Clausen. Draft Luck.

Justin (ATL)

Dont tease me. Where do you have Ryan? Dont do this to me.

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

#8....behind Peyton, Brady, Brees, Ben, Rivers, Rodgers and Eli

Stevie (Dallas)

Do you think the Panthers would draft Luck if they have the number 1?

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

I need to do WAY more draft homework, but if he is all that everyone says he is, then they have to.

Zigyi Wilf (Countin' my Billions)

Do I have a big inclination to keep Frazier or am I itching to get a big name to help me build my stadium?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Well, you are fortunate enough (Like Jerry is in Dallas) to audition the guy for an extended stretch and see how he handles the promotion. Don't have to make that decision right now-nor should you.

Mike (Brooklyn)

Perry Fewell - head coach of another team next year, or stays with NYG in 2011 (assuming no lockout)?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

I would think he gets a few interviews.

shanard ((slc,ut))

Matt, do you see sidney rice having a good game vs the skins and with portis on IR can keiland williams be a breakout performer.

Matt Williamson
  (12:42 PM)

Williams already broke out a bit. And I think he is their best RB. But Shanny has a thing for Torrain. If you are asking for FF reasons, I would pick up Williams. As for Rice, he played a LOT last week and was thrown at often. I can see a real big rest of the season for Rice.

Nick (Pittsburgh)

Pats officially the favorite to win the SB?

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

No. I don't see a favorite right now. I see 10 very good teams and I am ready to add SD to that list-like another member of the wolf pack.

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

Wow-you guys are wound up for Thanksgiving! Can't wait to get out of the office. I can hardly pick a question to post cause you guys all have your minds in the gutter today!

Kelly (MO)

Do owners ever look at the personel they have before picking a coach? Shanny is a good coach but his schemes just don't fit in Wash and it will take 3-4 years to get the right players,by then Danny Monetbags will have fired him and be rebuilding again.

Matt Williamson
  (12:46 PM)

They should! Drives me insane. I think the good owners/organizations do!

Larry (Pasco, WA)

You were down on the SD defense to start the season, are they a top 10 defense now. Stats say they are number 1 (yards per game) but where would you put them overall?

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

Still not positive! I respect that group for sure now, but can't quite wrap my noggin around them. DL has really blown me away. A bunch of no name types playing very well. Haven't faced a real hard schedule either. But they have to be Top 10. Have to be.

ak (chicago)

Matt- do you see Welker getting back to pre-post-Moss levels this season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

No. The offense isn't as structured around him as it was in the past. I doubt he ever matches those insane catch numbers. Plus, is he fully healed?

Al (Mind WAY OUTSIDE the gutter)

Matt, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Do you the Vikings have any chance of winning at least three of their remaining games, now that Childress is gone?

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Certainly could. Their skill guys are Harvin, Rice, Schiancoe and Peterson! Very talented team. Let's see how they respond this week, but I am optimistic.

jason (atlanta)

For all the reasons you had a hard time picking against the colts i would pick them to win. What kind of game do you expect offensive fireworks all night or are the defenses going to come out to play? The colts d is awful on the road but great at home.

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Good points. Both teams can get after the QB (esp in Indy), but both QBs are very tough to sack. I still expect fire works. But I feel ya-could go either way.

Ed (DC)

Ocho Cinco a Patriot next year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Wow-I really don't think so. Why do they want him? They just got rid of a head ache WR.

kl (philly)

been watching the redskins a lot (still like mcnabb, and he is playing with no weapons). but that defense! giving up >400 yds a game. instead of wailing about mcnabb, shouldn't the fire hazlett signs be out???

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

Never should have went to a 3-4 to begin with. Can still switch and yes, that D has been pretty terrible. I would strongly consider a chance for sure. Let Big Al be Big Al. I do have to give McNabb some credit though-played great last week and like you said, very few weapons. Just mentioned the Vikes skill guys-how many teams in the league have worse skill guys than Wash? Pretty terrible.

Ed (DC)

He's a free agent and he's tight with Belichick

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

I didn't know he and BB were tight. Talking strictly from a football perspective, I would not be interested if I were NEng.

nick (ponca cty,oklahoma)

at the end of the year will tom brady be considered the best ever

Matt Williamson
  (12:54 PM)

Already considered one of the very best, but to answer your question: I don't think so. Even he wins every other game this year, I doubt he can get to be alone on that plateau alone that early.

Justin (ATL)

Ahamd Bradshaw got benched? Whats going on in NYG

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

I don't understand that at all. Ball security obviously. Maybe just a warning/slap on the wrist/wake up call. He is WAY better than Jacobs.

Adam (PA)

Matt, who do you think is the future for the Titans if it isn't VY?

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

He certainly is not on the roster. And if you go with a #1 pick then C Johnson might be all used up by the time your QB is ready. Sticky.

Chase (Texas)

How good of a QB is Josh Freeman?

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

I like him a lot. Love his temperament. Isn't afraid. Tough. Big time ability. Still a work in progress but TBay has done it right with him in terms of his young supporting cast. Freeman to Williams is going to be a big time hook.

Tim (SD)

How will Sanders absence this Sunday affect Colts D?

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

When is he ever present?

Al (Wausau, WI)

Matt, how about a trade of Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson to the Titans for QB Vince Young (balanced out with draft picks)? Thoughts?

Matt Williamson
  (12:58 PM)

Blah. Both teams would still have to further address the position. I have higher hopes for VY than Jackson though. Much more accurate.

Ed HULKali (Carb Loading)

False start, Tim (SD). Bobzilla never plays. Five yards penalty repeat first down.

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

Good work Ed. I wasn't sure if you were going to catch that one or if you already took your holiday break. I should not have doubted you!

Adam (PA)

What will Favre's big revelation be in his upcoming press conference?

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

That he has a pretty good team around him and he really likes throwing to Sidney Rice!

Matt Williamson
  (1:00 PM)

Okay everyone, that is going to do it. Have a blast this long weekend. Be safe. Watch a ton of football. Download Football Today. Thanks to all of you.