We’re starting to see some trends developing this early season. Some offenses around the league, namingly Houston, Minnesota, Buffalo and probably some others are not looking good at all. I don’t think it’s a case of defenses being ahead of offenses. These teams need to get their ship straighted out before they find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in….not to mention they’ve angered many of us in the fantasy community!!!
Apologies in advance for the shorter than usual wrap up…
at Chicago 38, Detroit 6
Even though it is only week 2, when the Bears pile on, then your team might be in some serious trouble. Thomas Jones (139 yards, 2 TD) scored the first and last points in the game, and in between it was all Chicago as they scored on defense and special teams in the romp.
at Cincinnati 37, Minnesota 8
In other news, the Bengals open up the season 2-0 as they pound on the hapless Vikings. Johnson (Chad 139 yards, TD) and Johnson (Rudi 90 yards) did much of the damage, as Carson Palmer (337 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) had a career day for the winners. The Minnesota offense if beyond out of synch right now, they are on life support.
at Tennessee 25, Baltimore 10
Sort of a fantasy death valley in this one as no players really stood out. As for the game, Tennessee rebounds from a disappointing week one performace to get into the win column. The Titan defense held the Anthony Wright led offense to 20 yards on the ground and a shade over 200 in the easy win. Baltimore never got on track offensively.
at Philadelphia 42, San Francisco 3
Donvan McNabb (342 yards, 5 TD) shook off a tough week one in a week two laugher. The Eagles scored early and often, Brian Westbrook (120 total yards, TD), Terrell Owens (143 yards, 2 TD), and LJ Smith (119 yards, TD) all having huge days. Nothing to report from the Niners in this one.
at Tampa Bay 19, Buffalo 3
The Tampa Bay defense kept the struggling Buffalo offense in check, registering a safety and causing havoc all over the field in the home win for the Bucs. Cadillac Williams (128 yards, TD) continued his good running, topping 100 yards for the second consecutive week.
at Indianapolis 10, Jacksonville 3
The Colts continue their winning ways, getting the job done with a tremendous defensive effort. They battered Byron Leftwich all game, yet the Jacksonville defense had a game for themselves as well, holding the Colts offense very much in check. Yards were tough to come by, thus all fantasy numbers in this one are not looking good for anyone. Indy was able to register the lone touchdown of the game, and their defense made a late interception at the goal line to seal the win.
Pittsburgh 27, Houston 7
The Steelers continue to ride their regular season win streak, this one coming at the hands of another struggling offense, the Texans of Houston. Willie Parker (111 yards, TD) continues to take advantage of the opportunity he has right now, and the rest of the offense is running very efficiently. The Texans couldn’t get anything going offensively for the second straight week.
at Carolina 27, New England 17
Super Bowl rematch, the Panthers ‘avenge’ their loss last February with a solid win at home. New England couldn’t get out of their own way in this one, as penalties and turnovers were costly. Stephen Davis (77 yards, 3 TD) was the story for the winners, hitting the paydirt trifecta.
at Seattle 21, Atlanta 18
The Seahawks scored three times in the second quarter, building up a 21 point lead that they would barely be able to hold onto. Matt Hasselbeck (281 yards, 2 TD), Darrell Jackson (131 yards), and Shaun Alexander (144 yards, TD) were the offensive heroes, but it was the defense in the end that held off the scrappy Falcons. Michael Vick pulled a hamstring in this one, tried to battle and stay in the game, but could not over come. Atlanta’s valiant comeback ended up just short.
St.Louis 17, at Arizona 12
Kurt Warner (327 yards, 1 int) had a pretty good day against his old team, but in the end, he couldn’t complete a comeback for the Cardinals. Stephen Jackson (93 yards, TD) and Torry Holt (70 yards, TD) helped the Rams build a lead they would barely hold onto. Warner was leading the comeback and had the Cardinals in range to win the game. But a sack, then a false start penalty with under 10 seconds left in the game sealed their fate, and the Ram win.
at NY Jets 17, Miami 7
Always a close and hard fought battle when these two teams get together, and this was no different. Randy McMichael (77 yards, TD) the lone fantasy standout in this game, as his fourth quarter touchdown closed the gap to 10-7. But from there, the Jets offense put together a long scoring drive of their own to put the game out of reach.
Cleveland 26, at Green Bay 24
As hard as it is to write this, the final score in this one was not a good indicator of how this game went. Trent Dilfer (336 yards, 3 TD) had himself a day, as did Braylon Edwards (107 yards, TD) and Steve Heiden (104 yards, 2 TD) as the Browns win rather easily. Brett Favre (342 yards, 3 TD, 2 int) and Donald Driver (105 yards, TD) put up a valiant effort in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome.
at Denver 20, San Diego 17
The Broncos were looking to put their ugly week one loss behind them, and they did just that in their home opener. Jake Plummer (248 yards) was efficient enough while the defense kept LaDainian Tomlinson (52 yards, 2 TD) in check. Antonio Gates (80 yards) was back, but it was not enough. While the statistics won’t show it, Ron Dayne was the real hero for Denver, coming off the bench and single handedly putting the Broncos into Jason Elam’s range for his game winning 41 yard kick with seconds to play.
Kansas City 23, at Oakland 17
Division rivals got together for the prime time Sunday matchup, and it was a hard fought battle to the end. Priest Holmes (75 yards, TD) shook off an early stinger to lead the Chiefs in rushing while Randy Moss (127 yards, TD) was doing his best to keep the Raiders in the game. Oakland tied things up at 17 in the third quarter, but the Kansas City offense then went to work, putting together two time consuming drives that both ended in field goals. The KC defense then did their thing, stopping Oakland on the ten yard line to seal the victory.