First a quick look back at week 1 – most interesting to me as we went in to week 1 was “How will all the 5 rookie quarterbacks perform?”
Here’s the stat line in alphabetic order.
Griffin III gets the win and has the best stats overall. He played well and deserved the W. I believe he’s got the leadership qualities to make him a solid NFL players and was not surprised that he did well. The other guys? We’ll see. Luck has the physical skills and probably the poise so, I expect a few more wins this year. And… to be fair, Luck had a tough challenge against the Bears D. Tannehill looked messy. Seems like it will be a long year in Miami. Weeden? Also messy. I watched most of that game and frankly both teams looked like they need a couple more tune up games minus the injuries that come along. I’m not a Browns fan but found myself rooting against the Dynasty. Oh well. Wilson played ok but I’m not as fired up as others about what he’ll do in the league and with that in mind let’s look at week 2.
Chicago at GB – Green Bay should bounce back and take this game. Hoping for a few long TDs from both teams.
Jets at Steelers – Steeler home opener. I look for a tight game with the Steelers taking the last second field goal win.
KC at Buffalo – Buffalo takes this one. Yes they got beat nicely last week but they have enough talent to take this one at home.
Browns at Cincy – The Bengals were beat pretty bad but they looked hungry. I think they dominate this one over rival Cleveland.
Vikings at Colts – Vikes pass rush too much for Luck. Vikings should take this one from Indy.
Oakland at Miami – 2 rookie coaches and 2 messy teams. I give the edge to the home team.
Arizona at New England – New England cruises to easy victory and I continue to say “how do they do it?”
Tampa Bay at New York Giants – Giants return to winning ways this week. Wilson, hold on to the ball.
Baltimore at Philly -The Ravens fly in and making chickens out of the Eagles.
New Orleans at Carolina – Saints shake off the rust and win a high scoring game in Carolina.
Houston at Jacksonville – MJD and Gabbert look improved but Houston takes this a W back home.
Washington at St. Louis – Can RGIII continue to grab Ws? I think so.
Dallas at Seattle – Based on Week 1 – Dallas should shred Seattle. Will there be a bit of a let down? perhaps. Dallas takes it but not by as much as they should.
Tennessee at San Diego – This one is a toss up. Since Tennessee's future seems unclear, I'm going with San Diego.
Detroit at San Francisco -By far, this is the game where I'm most interested to watch the post game handshake. Detroit comes in full of anger and a desire for revenge. San Francisco sends them home disappointed and wanting another shot in the playoffs. SF just looks too strong right now. Megatron will get his, but it won't be enough.
Update – (added MNF game) – Denver at Atlanta – Manning takes his new crew in to the ATL and gets a win.
For you Fantasy Football folks – here are some possible waiver moves.
This list is meant to point out some players who are possibly available in your league based on average drafts and previous assumptions about their performance.
Blaine Gabbert, Jax– looked pretty good agains the Vikings. Faces a tough Houston team this week.
Christian Ponder, Min – Again looked decent against Jacksonville. A healthy running game will take off some pressure. Faces Indy next and should get some TDs this week.
Knowshon Moreno, DEN – not a starter yet in most leagues but good insurance if you have McGahee. Will get some carries as a change up.
Alfred Morris, WAS – possible victim of RBBC later in the year but while everyone’s banged up, he’ll get some carries.
Daryl Richardson, STL – another insurance policy – if Steven Jackson get’s hurt, this guy appears to be the ball carrier with Pead getting no carries.
Nate Burleson, DET – Megatron can’t catch everything and Titus Young needs to build better rapport with Stafford. Nate could be great for a while.
Alshon Jeffery, CHI – 3 targets 3 catches (with one TD) – not bad and the guy seemed to keep his concentration in traffic. If you get a lot of points for long TDs in your league, this may be one way to go.
James Jones, GB – probably not still available but he played well enough to have him listed here – I look to Rodgers to be slinging the ball around the field and Jones should benefit.
Kevin Ogletree, DAL – hard to argue with his performance last week (114 yd, 2td) but I hesitate to get too fired up about Dallas receivers.
Laurent Robinson, JAX – if Gabbert keeps up the solid play, having Robinson on the roster will be a very good thing
Martellus Bennet, NYG – targeted 6 times last week and had a TD. Not too shabby for a TE.
At my FFL draft, I had a big question mark next to Baltimore Kicker – Tucker looked great and if he’s still there, I’d grab him.
Get in your lineups – Thursday night is the first game.