Everything has to be taken into consideration when handicapping a football game. In regards to KC Vs SD, KC was playing their 2nd straight road game which covers at a high rate. If you think SD had no home field advantage, this should be an automatic fade. And in that case KC would be 2.5/3 points better not 5.5/6 points depending on what line you had last week. And KC definitely was that much better considering their momentum coming off beating a good Pittsburgh team, blowing out Detroit, and handing Denver an ass whooping. Sure Manning played bad, but KC executed, and they've shown to be on the rise, playing as a team, and focused. San Diego had reasons why they could cover as well, with players coming back from injury and rivers always seeming to do well with a limited supporting cast, and for those reasons i cant blame you for picking San Diego. But putting 8 units on them was absolutely absurd, given the circumstances. It's easy to fall in love with a pick right when you see the line, but it's always worth it to look at how the other team can cover.
2006 NFL Rookie Breakouts in '07
By Elliot Berkey
May 24, 2007
Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers:
Vernon Davis was injured for seven weeks with a broken fibula in 2006. With Alex Smith heating up and going into his third season, Davis' production can only
increase. Davis is just a plain freak of nature who has everything - speed, excellent hands, strength and blocking ability.
Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots:
The loss of Corey Dillon will obviously beef up Laurence Maroney's numbers. Maroney showed last year he can break the big one and get the though yards. With
the additions of Donte' Stallworth, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Kelley Washington, teams will have to play more cover-2 or cover-3 to respect New England's
big play ability, which means there will be less men in the box to contain Maroney.
Chad Greenway, OLB, Vikings:
Chad Greenway tore his ACL playing special teams and missed the entire 2006 season. There was a reason he was selected in the first round last year. He has
an explosive closing burst, athleticism, and the ability to effectively drop into coverage, especially against tight ends.
Ashton Youboty, CB, Bills:
Most people saw Ashton Youboty as a late-first to early-second-round pick in the 2006 Draft, but he fell into the third round for some reason. Youboty missed
most of training camp last year because his mother passed away, which prevented him from picking up Buffalo's scheme right away. With Nate Clements now a
49er, look for Youboty to claim the No. 2 cornerbacking spot in training camp. Youboty has a nice combination of size, strength and speed, which is rare
for a cornerback.