Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NFL Week 2 Recap

Another whirlwind weekend in the NFL. The Bills/Raiders definitely highlighted the 1 o'clock games (which besides that game were pretty lackluster) and the Cowboys/49ers gave us all we could handle in the later games. Then there was the Falcons/Eagles game to cap off the day. I'll be honest I missed the first half because I had an 8pm tennis match. And as good as the tennis match was, that will definitely be the last time I agree to play when two of the top teams in the NFC are competing on national television. It was absolutely a game of swings in momentum. One second the Eagles look like they're going to coast to victory up 10 in the fourth. Then Matty Ice leads the Falcons on two TD scoring possessions in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons control. Finally, backup QB Mike "I'll eventually get traded for a 3rd round pick and sign a 4 year contract" Kafka led an impressive drive that ended with a dropped pass on 4th down by WR Jeremy Maclin who had himself a career game. From a fan's perspective it had all the drama you could ask for. Fortunately we were on the right side of that game. Click for more thoughts from week 2 after the jump...

As predicted we came back to reality this week going a mediocre 8-7-1 for the weekly picks. We also cruised to an easy win in this week's survivor pick as the Steelers handled the Seahawks, 24-0. I'll try to do better this week, but before we get into the upcoming week it's good to remember what we learned both in Fantasy Land as well as in the NFL in week 2.

First of all RIP to the first big casualty in Fantasy this week: Jamaal Charles. You hate to see your number 1 pick go down especially this early and after reaping very little production. But that's football. Hopefully the Waiver Wire is nice to you. Speaking of which, here are additions that I think may or may not be able to help you out at some point in the season:

Fred Davis TE, WAS - For all of those fantasy owners that drafted Antonio Gates, Davis very well could be your answer at TE for the rest of the season. Just kidding about Gates, but 0 catches against the Patriots, surely didn't see that one coming. Davis is a freakishly gifted athlete who has drawn comparisons to Packers TE Jermichael Finley. He has become Rex Grossman's go to target in the Red Zone and has caught 11 balls so far this year, good for second among all TE's. 

Eric Decker WR, DEN - This is a guy that had a pretty impressive career at the University of Minnesota. With fellow WRs Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal sidelined due to injury, Decker quickly became a favorite for QB Kyle Orton. He was targeted 9 times and caught 5 balls for 113 yards with two scores. Although, if Tim Tebow continues to line up at WR, I'd be wary of Decker's targets going forward. 

Dexter McCluster RB, KC - I'm sure a lot of people will be taking a waiver on Thomas Jones if he is available, but I like the upside potential of McCluster here. The Chiefs went from "wow they blow" to me legitimately having that "do you think this team could beat the number 1 team in college football?" talk.  With no Jamaal Charles they will struggle to move the ball, but I think that McCluster, not Jones gives them the best chance to move the chains once or twice a game.

My teams continue to perform well, another 2-1 week but a Loss in the big money league. Played a team that had Aaron Rodgers, Fred Jackson, Matt Forte, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Johnson, and Nate Burleson. He won by a lot. 

The Bills continue their dominance over the rest of the NFL. I would hate to be in that Patriots locker room this week as they prepare for the highest scoring offense through 2 weeks. No but seriously, I love what the Bills showed last week against Oakland. 5 possessions in the second half. 5 touchdowns. The last time the Bills did that was in the 1993 playoffs when the Frank Reich led Bills came back to beat the Houston Oilers. Largest comeback in NFL History. The Patriots are definitely the top team in the AFC so I cant wait to see how the Bills stack up against an elite team. The Jets and Texans round out the remaining 2-0 teams in the AFC with compelling victories over the Jags and Dolphins respectively.

In the NFC - Cam Newton continues to prove doubters wrong. His second straight 400 yard passing game against what everyone including myself was calling a premier Packers defense. At halftime of the game, I started pulling together my transcripts and recommendations for Harvard Business School. He's no joke, but still hasn't won a game. The Saints had an impressive bounce back performance against the Bears. The Redskins and Lions find themselves atop their divisions with 2-0 records. Which begs the poll question, which 2-0 team has been the most surprising?  My vote is the Redskins, and just like the Bills, I'm sure we'll find out a lot more about them next week on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys. I know which side I'll be on...

Coming Up:
Week 3 NFL Survivor Pick - Wednesday
Random Thoughts on whatever I'm thinking - Thursday
NFL Week 3 Predictions - Friday
Fab Five (NCAAF) - Friday

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