Ravens: What has happened to Ray Rice being the next big thing in
Titans: I don’t think anybody thought that the Titans would start out 0-2. If they didn’t beat
Jets: The Mark Sanchez love affair continues in North Jersey, and the team’s win against
Giants: The biggest question heading into the season for the G-Men was their receivers. Well the young group showed up last week in a big game at
Buccaneers: Byron Leftwich fell just short of the 300-yard mark again last week and he continues to spread the ball with No. 1 man Antonio Bryant out of the lineup. In Week 1, Michael Clayton led the team in receiving and in Week 2 it was newly acquired TE Kellen Winslow. Unfortunately, Maurice Stovall (who had 80 yards last week) has been limited in practice as well this week along with RB Cadillac Williams. Leftwich’s numbers may be tempting if you’re in need of a backup, but he’s going to have a rough go at it against the Giants this week and the numbers will drop off at some point.
Green Bay @ St. Louis – 1:00 FOX
Packers: The Packers were dreadful against Cincinnati last week and Greg Jennings sent thousands of fantasy owners into a hissy fit when he was targeted five times but didn’t come up with a single catch. Aaron Rodgers may have only had a QB rating of 83.4, but the big problem is Ryan Grant. Despite having two touchdowns (which nearly matches his 2008 total of four) he is averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry and has just 107 yards through two games. Grant’s lack of a presence so far has minimized the effects of what should be
Rams: Laurent Robinson continued his surprising season when he grabbed his first touchdown of the year and led the team in receiving. That’s not saying much when your QB only throws for 125 yards, but besides Steven Jackson topping the 100-yard mark against
Chiefs: Matt Cassel didn’t do much to impress me in his first start. He put up just under 250 yards, but threw two interceptions and didn’t put up his one touchdown pass until the fourth quarter. Cassel doesn’t face an easier task by any means this week when he heads to
Eagles: Kevin Kolb’s line was very tarnished by those three interceptions at the end of it, but going into halftime last week, his QB rating was over 100 and he was looking pretty darn good. Granted, the Eagles had to throw a lot to catch up at the end and that’s part of the reason why Kolb ended up with 391 yards passing, but he also made 100-yard receivers out of DeSean Jackson and TE Brent Celek. With
Patriots: Bill Belichick has never been one to use a feature back, but I think it might be about time for him to start pondering the idea of changing his philosophy. The combination of Fred Taylor, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris combined for 81 yards on 19 carries and didn’t score a single touchdown. This lack of a running attack allowed the Jets to focus on Tom Brady and they stifled him all day.
49ers: Frank Gore seemed to rebound in a big way in Week 2 as I’m sure you noticed. It was great to see his breakaway abilities when he had those two carries go for a combined 159 yards, but what was lost in all of that was that on his other 14 carries, he was held to under 3.5 yards per carry. Gore is the clear leader in the
Vikings: Adrian Peterson never fails to amaze me. Just when I am about to laugh because a defense is shutting him down, he busts off a touchdown run, increases his yardage totals and sprints his way closer to a 2000-yard season. Through two games, Purple Jesus is on pace to rush for 2,176 yards. While I’m not fully convinced that Peterson will break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards, I am growing more and more persuaded as each week goes by. Peterson will face a tough test this week seeing as
Jacksonville @ Houston – 1:00 CBS
Jaguars: The Jaguars offense looked pretty lackluster coming into Week 2, but David Garrard found a rhythm late in the game and ended up with 282 yards passing. Surprisingly, his leading receiver was a little known guy named Mike Sims-Walker. Then this week, we found out that WR Troy Williamson was placed on IR with a torn labrum. The roster move catapulted Sims-Walker to the second receiver spot on the Jaguars depth chart. Keep your eyes on the new guy this week and be quick to click the “add” button in your league if he goes off again because you don’t want to miss out on this 6-foot-2, 214-pound speedy wideout.
Texans: The Matt Schaub that we saw last Sunday is the Schaub that fantasy owners were hoping for, and when he can stay healthy, he’s s a quarterback that can lead his team to big things. On top of seeing Schaub get it together, it was even better to see Andre Johnson return to top form especially after so many people invested high picks in him in drafts. Now all of the attention turns to Steve Slaton who was supposed to be a top fantasy back, but instead is averaging exactly two yards per carry. He has gone up against elite run defenses in the Jets and Titans, but when you go three weeks without producing, it is enough to send fantasy owners into full out panic. He needs to step it up big time and now.
New Orleans @ Buffalo – 4:05 FOX
Saints: There’s absolutely nothing bad that can be said about Drew Brees and the Saints prolific offense which has put up 93 points through two weeks. However now, just when you thought Mike Bell was a god send for the team, he is down with a sprained knee and the Saints running situation looks cloudy.
Bills: This is Marshawn Lynch’s final game during his suspension and it is going to be Fred Jackson’s final audition because to this point, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be getting the bulk of the carries when Lynch returns. While
Bears: Welcome back Jay Cutler. Despite trailing for most of the game, Cutler made the most of his time on the field and led his team downfield to setup a game-winning Robbie Gould field goal with 15 seconds left on the clock. Bears fans finally got a chance to see what they gave up so much for. Matt Forte has left a lot to be desired though. Last year, the Bears offense ran through him, but in
Seahawks: The team was my preseason pick to win the NFC West and when I saw them blowout the Rams in Week 1, I was convinced that the Seahawks were back in a big way. But Julius Jones came back to Earth last week (eight carries, 11 yards) and then Matt Hasselbeck went down with a rib injury. Hasselbeck hopes to play on Sunday, but nothing is for sure as I write this. His fill-in, Seneca Wallace, was less than stellar, averaging just 5.5 yards per completion.
Steelers: I went into last week thoroughly convinced that there was no way the Steelers would lose to
Broncos: I was happy to see
Raiders: I am completely sold on the fact that JaMarcus Russell is the worst quarterback in football. I find it laughable that an NFL signal caller can go 7-for-24 and gain less than five yards per completion. The entire team is even worse because of his inabilities at the position, and he drags down talented players like Zach Miller and Darren McFadden. He won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, but McFadden owners had better brace for another rough week with Denver stacking the box because let’s face it, Russell isn’t a worry by any means.
Miami @ San Diego – 4:15 CBS
Dolphins: Amazingly, in what was supposed to be an easy win for Indianapolis on Monday night, the Dolphins held the lead as late as 12 minutes into the fourth quarter. Ronnie Brown absolutely lit up the Colts defense (24 carries, 136 yards, 2 TD) and minus that last second drop, Ted Ginn, Jr., even looked halfway decent for once.
Chargers: How long is LaDainian Tomlinson going to hold off Darren Sproles? I’ve been in the camp that refuses to believe that a 5-foot-6 RB can make it in this league, and despite only rushing for 24 yards this week, his skills out of the backfield as a receiver are unmatched. Sproles had seven catches for 124 yards on top of his 128 kick return yards, and easily proved that he is one of the most dangerous players in the league. Tomlinson missed practice again on Thursday which could mean another start for the speedy Sproles who would immediately become a very nice flex play.
Indianapolis @ Arizona – 8:20 NBC
Colts: Peyton Manning proved why he is the best QB in the NFL on Monday night when he picked apart the Dolphins defense like it was nothing. When a team can win a game despite holding the ball for only 15 minutes, you know they are something special. Broken down, Manning averaged over 20 yards for every minute that he was in the game. That’s incredible. Now just imagine how that offense could be even better if he got more than 58 yards on the ground from his running backs (who didn’t really have to do much of anything with Peyton slinging the ball). Nonetheless, it was refreshing to see the Colts offense running on all cylinders despite losing second wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez. Expect Peyton to continue his dominance this week.
Cardinals: Kurt Warner rebounded nicely in week two when he set the all-time NFL completion percentage record when he went 24-for-26 in the Cardinals’ 31-17 blowout of the Jags. Tim Hightower had another solid game and held off Beanie Wells for yet another week. Plenty of fantasy owners bought stock in Wells in the offseason and so far, despite averaging over five yards per carry, he has done nothing to impress. Wells has coughed up the ball twice already (losing the ball once). Hightower came at a much lower cost to owners and is paying high dividends early. The Colts had lots of trouble stopping Ronnie Brown last week and that was with a mediocre Chad Pennington leading the Dolphins offense. Hightower, in combination with Warner and the three big receivers, will provide plenty of fireworks to keep up with Peyton and the Colts throughout Sunday night’s game.
Carolina @ Dallas – Monday, 8:30 ESPN
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