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Is it just me, or does it seem like every NFL player is made of fragile porcelain? A week hasn’t gone by yet where we haven’t seen a major injury go down. Yes, football players get injured all the time, but over the last three weeks, players are suffering injuries that are causing them to miss significant time. Just put some ice on it and get your ass back on the field!
Dolphins QB Chad Pennington suffered another shoulder injury in his long line of shoulder injuries during Miami’s loss to San Diego. The Dolphins placed him on the IR and traded for Kansas City QB Tyler Thigpen. Chad Henne is expected to fill in for Pennington.
San Francisco RB Frank Gore will miss the next 2-3 weeks after spraining his ankle against Minnesota. Rookie Glen Coffee will start in Gore’s place.
It only took one bad game for Tampa Bay QB Byron Leftwich to lose his job. Leftwich struggled against the Giants with 7-16 passing for 22 yds and one INT. Backup QB Josh Johnson is now the new starter for the Buccaneers.
Manning had no trouble against the lowly Arizona defense as he threw for a season-high 379 yds and 4 TD.
The Colts face the Seahwaks in week 4. On paper, the Seahwaks look like a threat to Manning as they have allowed only 175 pass yds per game. However, Seattle faced Marc Bulger and Shaun Hill in weeks one and two. In week 3, Jay Cutler carved them up for 247 yds and 3 TD. In other words, Manning will be a great play.
As expected, MJD ran all over Houston’s pathetic run defense. In the end, he rushed for 119 yds and 3 TD.
A tougher challenge is on the horizon for Jones-Drew as he has to go up against the Titans’, who have the second best run defense in the NFL (60.7 yds per game).
Moss continues to try to stay relevant in the fantasy world with 178 receiving yds and a TD.
Another good game for Moss is almost a certainty as Washington hosts the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay allows over 400 yds of total offense each week including 245 pass yds per game.
We all hope that Vernon Davis will be a fantasy stud one day. Week 3 showed some promise with 96 yds and 2 TD.
Nobody usually says that Davis will be productive for two straight weeks, but he is facing the Rams in week 4. That alone should make him a must start player. St. Louis allows over 250 pass yds per game.
Ok, he mised two field goals, but he made his other four. On a 4-6 day, Mare made two between 40-49 yds and he was 1-1 on XPM.
Mare’s may get a few opportunities against the Colts. While Indianapolis has a good pass defense (192 yds per game), their run defense is still lacking (125 yds per game). Seattle may move the ball well on the ground and then stall in the red zone, thus creating chances for Mare.
What a way to earn their first win in their new stadium! Dallas manhandled Carolina by allowing only seven points while racking up: 3 sacks, 2 INT, a fumble recovery, and a TD.
Dallas faces the 3-0 Denver Broncos. Denver doesn’t make a lot of mistakes with the ball as Kyle Orton has yet to throw an interception this season. Orton has also not been sacked since week 1. Denver running backs have been good at holding onto the ball and have only managed one fumble all season.
Quinn failed to impress anybody again with 34 yds on 6-8 passing and an INT. Oh yeah, and he was benched as well.
Who cares? Until Cleveland can get their act together at the QB position, do not start Quinn or Derek Anderson until further notice.
Even against Detroit, Portis could only manage 42 rush yds and no TD.
Portis has accumulated a lowly 183 rush yds through the first three weeks. Two of his opponents have been St. Louis and Detroit, so it’s not like he hasn’t had easy matchups. If he has the chance for a bounce-back performance, it is against Tampa Bay. The Bucs allow over 180 rush yds per game, so if Portis can’t put together a good game, then it may be the sign that he is done.
Megatron totaled only 49 receiving yds with no TD.
Johnson does not have a 100-yd game this season and still may need to work on his chemistry with rookie QB Matthew Stafford. Detroit’s 2nd win won’t be easy to come by against the Chicago Bears, who allow under 200 pass yds per game.
After at least seven catches in each of his first two games, Cooley only caught three passes for 38 yds.
Let’s call a mulligan on week 3. Cooley should have no trouble finding open areas against Tampa Bay’s defense that gives up 245 pass yds per game.
Kasay has yet to get on a roll this season due to the struggles of the Panthers’ offense. Kasay was 1-2 on field goals with one extra point in week 3.
Kasay and the Panthers have the bye week in week 4, so hopefully they use this time to clear their heads.
Last year it was the best, now it is just middle of the road. They didn’t do anything spectacular last week as they allowed 17 points with two sacks.
Pittsburgh should be able to shut down San Diego’s run game, but they need to worry about Philip Rivers. Pittsburgh’s secondary is not the same without Troy Polamalu and Rivers is becoming a top-tier QB with 991 pass yds this season. Rivers is the man who ripped the Ravens’ defense for 436 yds in week 2.
With Marion Barber out for the game, and then Felix Jones getting injured, Choice exploded for 118 total yds and a TD.
Unless Barber and Jones are injured again, then don’t expect another great performance. However, Jones’ injury could be more serious than originally thought. In that case, Choice would split carries with Barber against the Broncos. Denver has a good rush defense (78 yds per game), so Choice may not be a good flex play anyway.
Taylor bruised through the Falcons’ defense for 105 yds and a TD. It was his first 100-yd game since week 3 of last season.
Taylor won’t have a repeat performance against the #1 rush defense in the NFL in the form of the Ravens. Baltimore surrenders a league-low 51 rush yds per game.
After QB Marc Bulger went down, Fells became Kyle Boller’s favorite target. Fells hauled in two caches, both for TD’s.
You can’t trust any offensive player on the Rams. However, Kyle Boller managed to score 2 TD in week 3, which was the most points the Rams have scored this season. Is there new life in St. Louis with Boller at QB? I don’t think so. If you want to subscribe to the “they always play from behind, so they have to throw it” theory, then a matchup against the 49ers is a good test. San Fran allows over 250 pass yds per game and Daniel Fells proved he is a red-zone target.
Campbell had fun against the Lions’ defense and threw for 340 yds and 2 TD.
I have mentioned several Redskins players in this article already. So I will just mention it one more time. Play any Redskins against Tampa Bay! Tampa Bay has a shitty defense! They allow over 400 yds of total offense each week.
Garcon scored a TD for the second straight week as he caught three passes for 64 yds, including a 53-yd TD catch.
Garcon is becoming more and more comfortable with Peyton Manning. Indy hosts the Seahawks in week 4. As I mentioned at the top with Manning, the Colts’ passing game should have no trouble against Seattle.