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Week 1 is in the books. The season is already 1/16 over and you don’t have time to waste if you are looking to make improvements. If you lost your matchup in Week 1, then you are probably in a panic. Hey, I lost in both my leagues and I am not worried. Just take it easy and wait before you do something stupid. Now for the headlines.
Like you didn’t know this already. Patriots’ QB Tom Brady will undergo season ending knee surgery after taking a hit in the Pats’ 17-10 victory on Sunday. Matt Cassel will be the starter for the remainder of the season.
Cowboys RB Marion Barber left Sunday’s game after the first half after suffering some cartilidge damge to his ribcage. Dallas says that he should be fine for week 2. Rookie Felix Jones took all the carries in the second half and ran for 62 yds and a TD.
Colts RB Joseph Addai left the fourth quarter Sunday against Chicago with an undisclosed head injury. It is considered minor and Addai is all set to play this Sunday against the Vikings.
1. Michael Turner (RB), Atlanta Falcons: OK, we expected a good game based on Turner’s preseason, obligation due to huge contract, and run-heavy Atlanta offense. But holy crap! Turner lead all RB’s with 220 rush yds and scored 2 TD’s.
Week 2 Outlook: Turner and the Falcons face Tampa Bay who got steamrolled by Drew Brees and the Saints last Sunday. Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas combined for over 100 yds rushing so expect Turner to turn out another great performance. Maybe not 200+ yds but certainly enough carries to reach 100 yds again.
2. Donovan McNabb (QB), Philadelphia Eagles: The Rams’ pathetic defense couldn’t stop McNabb and the Eagles. McNabb threw for 361 yds on 21-33 passing and had 3 TD’s to three different receivers. He also spread the ball around to eight different men and made 100 yds eceivers out of three of them.
Week 2 Outlook: McNabb faces a huge challenge against Dallas who shut down Derek Anderson and the Browns in week 1 by allowing just 114 yds passing. In his last game against Dallas in week 15 of last season, McNabb lead the Eagles to a victory with 208 yds and a TD.
3. Randy Moss (WR), New England Patriots: Moss had yet another 100 yd game with 116 yds and a TD. The loss of Brady didn’t hurt that much considering his TD reception was from Matt Cassel.
Week 2 Outlook: Moss faces a Jets’ secondary that surrendered 251 yds and 2 TD’s to Chad Pennington last week. The Jets’ did shut down Miami’s running game by allowing just 49 yds on the ground. So it looks like the Patriots will be throwing a lot in Week 2 and that is good for Moss.
1. Carson Palmer (QB), Cincinnati Bengals: I guess the Ravens defense doesn’t suck after all. Palmer was embarrassing with only 99 yds passing and zero TD’s. The Bengals offense as a whole was terrible with only 154 total offensive yds.
Week 2 Outlook: Palmer’s matchup doesn’t get any easier when the Bengals face the Tennessee Titans. The Titans forced David Garrard to throw two INT’s in Week 1 and held the Jaguar’s runners to 33 yds rushing.
2. Marques Colston (WR), New Orleans Saints: In the pass-happy offensive clinic that Drew Brees put on in week 1 (343 yds), Colston only accounted for 26 of those yds.
Week 2 Outlook: Colston and the Saints face the Redskins who for the most part kept Eli Manning in check in week 1 with 216 yds, 0 TD and 1 INT. In his career, Colston has 7 catches for 84 yds against Washington.
3. Maurice Jones-Drew (RB), Jacksonville Jaguars: MJD couldn’t get things started against the Titans as he only amassed 50 total yards from scrimmage.
Week 2 Outlook: MJD and the Jags face a Buffalo defense that helped defeat the Seahawks 34-10. The Bills allowed Seattle to rush for only 80 yds and held them to four rushing first downs.
1. Eddie Royal (WR), Denver Broncos: With Brandon Marshall suspended for Week 1, Royal cashed in big time with 9 receptions for 146 yds and a TD.
Week 2 Outlook: Brandon Marshall will return from his suspension which will cut into Royal’s production. Denver faces San Diego who allowed Jake Delhomme to throw for 247 yds and a TD. Marshall’s return could actually help Royal if the Chargers’ defense decided to double up on him.
2. DeSean Jackson (WR), Philadelphia Eagles: The rookie hauled in six catches for 106 yds and a TD against the Rams.
Week 2 Outlook: The Eagles and McNabb face a tough Cowboys’ defense. However, Jackson was McNabb’s favorite target in Week 1 and if Brian Westbrook has trouble running the ball, then Jackson will get plenty of looks.
3. Anthony Fasano (TE), Miami Dolphins: Fasano led the Dolphins in receptions (8) and receiving yds (84) on Sunday. He also caught one of two Pennington TD’s.
Week 2 Outlook: The Dolphins face the Arizona Cardinals who gave up 51 receiving yds to 49ers TE Vernon Davis last week. Given Pennington’s notorious weak arm and the fact that Fasano was his favorite target, it is reasonable to think Fasano can put up decent TE numbers in Week 2.