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September 4, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

Here we go! It is Week 1 Baby!

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Can you tell me about Brian Waters and what he potentially does for this Cowboys OL?

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

We actually discussed this quite a bit on today's Football Today Podcast-check it out. We really don't know, as he hasn't played in quite a while, but Waters was still playing very well when we saw him last. I like the signing.

Jeremy (NJ)

if sanchez were healthy, would it have been the right move for the jets to start geno? my take- where is this team going anyways; might as well see if you can develop the rookie

Matt Williamson
  (12:04 PM)

At some point, you MUST see what you have in the rookie, but I tend to doubt that Geno is really ready yet. He is making a massive system change as well as jumping to the NFL, so I think starting the season with Sanchez was prob the plan-and the right one...but not for long

Joel (Niagara Falls) [via mobile]

Hello Mr. Williamson, Acknowledged that ESPN does not condone, nor advocate gambling, but realistically, what does the Bills' sudden announcement that EJ Manuel will start Sunday do to the point spread in that game ? Thank you for your time.

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

My hunch is that is changes it dramatically, but how ready is Manuel? I am sure BUFF likes their chances with Manuel much more than an undrafted rookie however. I still like the Pats big.

Tiffany (DC)

Which defense do I start Week 1: Washington or Arizona?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

Tough one, but give me WASH...I like ZONA's D better, but I also think the Skins totally own the time of possession battle and run all over Philly

Tiffany (DC)

Is Lamar Miller a true breakout this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

Could be, but I am hesitant. Very good, but not great, talent...but has never shown he is a work horse and doesn't offer much as a pass catcher. I also don't love that OL

Axl Rose (Estranged)

Hey Matt, I don't expect much from my Jets this season, but man am I looking forward to seeing how their young defensive core performs. Wilkerson, Coples, Ellis and Richardson are going to carry this team to at least 6 wins. Have I gone mad?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

Axl, you have not gone mad...should be a Top 5 type of D...but can they win 6 games by scores like 13-10, 10-9, 7-6?

Jo B. (NJ)

G. Bernard or DeAngelo Williams as flex (ppr)?

Matt Williamson
  (12:08 PM)

Williams...tough matchup, but you at least know he will be their bell cow in Week 1

Tony (Richmond, CA)

How much have the injuries, departures, and suspensions damaged the Broncos chances of making the Super Bowl? Do you think Manning and the Broncos can win the AFC without home field advantage?

Matt Williamson
  (12:09 PM)

For sure. They get Miller for the last 10 games and playoffs and the Broncos schedule isn't that brutal while he is out. They will still steamroll that division

Paul (Boise)

The Hawks are missing Clemons, Irvin, and probably Avril against the Panthers. Does Schoefield have it in him to bring the pass rush against Newton?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

He has played great this preseason...I bet Zona is unhappy they let him go

Scott (SD)

Most carries by a SF back this year? I say Hunter 1, Gore 2, LaMichael 3. Setting it up to be Hunter/James in 2014. Thoughts?

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

I am very high on Hunter right now. I still bet Gore gets the majority of carries, but if he breaks down or slows down, Hunter could explode.

John (Wisc)

How do you feel Eddie Lacy will do this year? You were high on Jonathon Franklin, how do you see him doing this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

Not sure if the questions are posting, but I am very high on Lacy and think it will be his job almost entirely. Franklin has struggled. Lacy was my OROY pick

Steve (CLT)

so does Seattle, who thrived off the 4 man rush last year, have the D-Line to do it week 1 vs Carolina??

Matt Williamson
  (12:14 PM)

SEA's pass rush could be a big concern on a cross country road trip with an early start time, but I also am not very high on the Panthers' OL overall...I think SEA wins that one and controls the game

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Hi Matt - will the Falcon's poor preseason carry into at least the early part of the regular season? They did not put it together at all.

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

Harry, the Falcons worry me quite a bit. Not a deep roster, have some aging guys they are really counting on and I really dislike their OL...I have them missing the playoffs

Jay (MN)

Can Chris Cook hold his own vs Megatron this week?

Matt Williamson
  (12:16 PM)

Cook, or whoever is trying to cover Megatron, will have their hands full...as always

Dan (DC)

Manuel, Smith, Freeman - Pats start 3-0 correct?

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

Oh yeah, Pats start 3-0

Blueman (Indy)

Colts secondary good enough to allow the team to blitz 5-6 guys to make up for their lack of a pass rushers

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

The Colts D overall really concerns me and I expect them to play in a lot of shootouts. That secondary is okay, but I would be hesitant to leave them on islands too long by blitzing.

Nicole (WV)

Does Alfred Morris top all RB's this season when all is said and done?

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

Alf should have another strong season in Year 2 for him, but there are prob 8-10 RBs that I expect to be more productive, esp when you factor in receiving

Awayne (Indy)

Does Robert Mathis struggle agains better athletic left tackles this year,after thriving against RT in the past?

Matt Williamson
  (12:19 PM)

No, I think R Mathis is a fine pass-rusher. Will he miss Freeney and playing the LDE spot? Probably, but I still think he will be quite effective

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

All abourd the David Wilson hype train with Andre Brown out over half the season? Is he a 3 down back?

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

D Wilson hype train is certainly roaring! I am on board though. I have my concerns as a three down RB however in terms of protection

Brad (MI)

Has Denver's defense lost a step since last year? Or will they still be just as effective?

Matt Williamson
  (12:21 PM)

With Miller out, I think DEN's D REALLY suffers and yes, I see the D overall taking a small step back this season, esp from a pass rush perspective

John (Wisc)

I know Franklin has struggled but I still have seen something in him that most others haven't. I have seen the ability to be a playmaker as a receiver out of the backfield. Have you seen that?

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

Franklin has struggled-no doubt, but I am certainly not writing him off...liked him a lot coming out of UCLA...and yes, should be a very good receiving option

Rahim Moore (D Town)

Prediciton for how the game on Thursday will play out and a prediction? Can't wait!

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

I feel like I am the only one picking BALT in DEN...Miller being out is huge and I am super high on BALT's D...should be a VERY close and great game though

Brian (Fishers, IN)

Where do you see the Chiefs, at the end of the day? Good bet for Wild Card, or do they actually challenge for the division?

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Can't see anyone challenging the Broncos for the division, but I do see KC fighting for a Wild Card...I have them at 8-8 and just missing post season, which is a great upgrade from a year ago obviously

Bryan (Baltimore )

TY Hilton or Monte Ball week 1 flex?

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

I would easily start Hilton over M Ball for a flex spot this week...Indy is going to torch OAK

Justin (St Paul)

Who has the better week one between C Kap and Luck?

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

Again, start ALL your Colts this week! Luck will have a monster game

Justin (St Paul)

How do you project C Kap for his first full season starting? Does he continue his positive track?

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

SUPER high here on C Kap and I very much believe that he will be a special player. His passing numbers might not be astronomical though this season. Losing Crabtree was killer

Midge (Indy)

Texans legit contender for AFC or just a good team that is missing enough to just be a 2nd rd playoff team ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

I would prob put six or seven teams ahead of HOUS in terms of being a true contender, but I think they win their division and maybe a playoff game. I just think that is who they are.

Daniel (Cincinnati)

reggie bush or eddie lacy?

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

Bush or Lacy? Hmmm...I bet Lacy scores many more TDs but Bush catches a ton more passes. Give me Lacy-such favorable running conditions

Rob (San Antonio)

So the Texans and Falcons are interchangeable?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

I wouldn't say ATL and HOUS are interchangeable...much different team make ups and I greatly prefer ATL's QB

Darth Raider (The Black Hole)

Is it to early to start talking draft for next year? Is Teddy Bridgewater in our future?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

Darth Raider, you guys will end up with Bridgewater or Clowny...your choice!

Michael (Cincinnati) [via mobile]

Do you think the Browns rush gets it done against Miami?

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Browns went all in to improve their pass rush and I don't love the Dolphins' OL and protection, so yes I do think they get to Tannehill quite a bit...picking CLEV to win that one btw

Jim (The Burgh)

The Steelers backfield is . . .?

Matt Williamson
  (12:33 PM)

Redman and LSH will hold down the backfield until Bell returns, which has sounded promising of late

Dave (Charlotte)

With the season starting tomorrow, it's time to discuss coaches on the Hot Seat. I have Ron Rivera, Rex Ryan, Jason Garrett...who am I missing?

Matt Williamson
  (12:34 PM)

Besides Ryan, Rivera and Garrett, who else is on the hot seat? Never know in OAK I guess

John (Wisc)

If Lacy starts all 16 games, what is your projected rushing yards and td's for him?

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

Assuming Lacy stays healthy, I see about 1,400 yards and 10 TDs....not too shabby

Jag Guy (Jax)

I think we will have some say on the Bridgewater draft pick.Plus we have a front office that seems be building a team so we have that going for us.

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

Jags def could pick first overall, but they have shown signs of life this preseason and OAK might not win one game...I mean it

John (Wisc)

What do you think about Nick Perry? Do you see him having an impact on the defense.

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

I am a Nick Perry fan and expect him to flourish opposite Clay Jr...breakout candidate

Mark (RI)

Double digit sacks for Chandler Jones this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

Yes, about a dozen sacks for Chandler Jones this year...gonna be a stud

Nate (Madison)

Flex play: G. Bernard, TY Hilton, T. Austin? Thanks!

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

Flex: I would take Hilton this week over Gio or Austin...more of a sure thing

Jay (MN)

Let's say Ponder is around the 20th best QB in the NFL this year. Is that good enough for the Vikings or would they move on?

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

If Ponder is about 20th best QB in NFL, I think Minny has decent shot at playoffs, which means they wouldn't pick super high in the draft. Still, should use some sort of pick on an upside QB at some point if that were the case.

Billy (not working)

Worst division in football AFC East or West ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Which is worst, AFC East or West? Pretty similar, as NE and DEN cancel each other out, as does MIA and KC...Going to say that SD and BUF are a wash too, but I like the Jets more than OAK

David (Saint Joseph, MI)

What do you think of Corey Wooten? He's not a household name, however, appears to get better and better each year.

Matt Williamson
  (12:43 PM)

Wooten is a quality starter as a strong side DE...strong vs run, but not super dynamic....good player

Phil (washington,d.c.)

is it safe to start Jason Avant

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

I def would not be starting J Avant in fantasy, esp Week 1!

John (Wisc)

You said you have Lacy as OROY. Who is your DROY?

Matt Williamson
  (12:46 PM)

Ogletree is my DROY...all of mine and many others predictions went up today...check it out

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Give me 3 candidates to lead the league in tackles MW...

Matt Williamson
  (12:46 PM)

Leading tacklers: Luke K (Again), Lee, Wagner

Harry (Babylon, NY)

What would it take for TB to replace Freeman with Glennon?

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

Wouldn't shock me at all if Glennon was starting by Week 10 or so if the season doesn't go as planned

John (Wisc)

I'm not biased at all... MVP - Aaron Rodgers, OPOY - Randall Cobb, DPOY - Clay Mathews, OROY - Eddie Lacy, DROY - Datone Jones. :)

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

NICE! Hey, I picked the Pack to win the Super Bowl, Lacy as OROY & Rodgers as MVP!

Scott (SF)

SF's schedule scares me. They could play well the first two weeks, yet lose, and they would be 0-2 (GB and @ SEA). Playoffs would still be attainable, but that's a brutal 2 game stretch to start!

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

In my opinion, SF plays the two best teams in the NFL to start the season! Ouch!!

Gregger (Tampa)

I know other than wins every stat is overrated but which QB stat is most overrated?

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Wins

Massimo (NYC)

There is no way the Jets D will be top 10 with that horrendous offense. They will be on the field the whole game!

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

The stats might not prove it, but I def think Jets D will be amongst the best in NFL this year...and yes, they will be on the field a LOT

Billy (not working)

If the Bears win 9 or less games Cutler should go,but the alternative is a middle of the 1st rd QB that will more than likely not be better so do they almost have to keep him?

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Yes, Bears more or less have to keep Cutler unless they are wiling to blow the whole thing up this offseason, which I doubt

Steve (NY)

Any reason to worry that Reggie McKenzie's bad week will get worse with DHB dropping a big game on his former team?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

DHB could certainly hit a big play or two on his old team, but I am more confident in Hilton and their other options to excel than DHB

Brian (Boston)

Scale of 1-10 (10 being the best), what are the chances the Patriots bring Tebow back at some point this season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

2 out of 10 that NEng brings back Tebow...not seeing it

Gang Green (Jets misery)

Jets offense skill players the worst group in the NFL now are they bad as in historically bad?

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Jets skill pos players are right at the bottom for sure in the league, but not historically bad...that is, if Holmes plays like he is capable

Daniel (Cincinnati)

Is Steve Smith still worth betting on?

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Yeah, I still see one more big year from S Smith...go to guy for Cam

Andre (Chicago)

Should I start Eli Manning or Joe Flacco in week 1?

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

Could see the Ravens opening it up and letting Flacco throw a lot, but I still would start Eli

Ed (Queens Village)

I predicted Packers/Pats Super Bowl. Safe pick or could of done better?

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

I also predicted Pats/Pack Super Bowl

Matt Williamson
  (12:58 PM)

Folks, that is a wrap...enjoy the games this week!