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Me and SoB’s Chris had quite a fantasy football weekend. The two of us ended up squaring off against each other in two different leagues, including the SoB football league. We even had a mutual player in Dallas WR Miles Austin. You would think that it would be hard for either of us to root for Austin, but each of us knew by the end of the day that we were each getting completely blown out in one league. I ended up destroying Chris in the SoB league and he ended up dominating me in the other league.
Remember when broken ribs were the injury fad this season? Now it is bruised brains. Eagles RB Brian Westbrook took a blow to the head during Monday’s game against Washington and the hit resulted in a concussion. His status for Sunday against the Giants is uncertain and LeSean McCoy would start if Westbrook can’t.
Washington TE Chris Cooley broke his ankle in the second quarter against Philadelphia on Monday night. It will reportedly take eight weeks to heal, but he will most likely be placed on injured reserve, which will end his season.
49ers QB Shaun Hill was benched during Sunday’s loss to Houston and backup Alex Smith replaced him. The former first overall pick ended up throwing three TD (all to TE Vernon Davis) and almost leading a huge comeback. Smith has been officially named the starter for this Sunday against the Colts.
Palmer displayed his old form by throwing for 233 yds and a season-high five TD.
Palmer and the Bengals are on the bye in week 8, but come back to face a bottom-10 pass defense in the Baltimore Ravens.
One part of the two-headed monster that is the NFL’s best rushing attack, Williams rushed for 80 yds and three TD.
Miami’s rush offense will be at it again as they travel to New York to face the Jets. Williams torched New York for 138 total yds in Week 5 and the Jets have allowed an average of 141 rushing yds per game during the last four weeks.
Austin was once again the best receiver in football as he caught six passes for 171 yds and two TD. He now has 421 yds and four TD in his last two games.
Dallas hosts the Seahawks this Sunday. Seattle has lost four of their last five and in their last three losses, they have given up 86 points and seven passing TD.
It appears Davis has finally cashed in on his hype. The San Fran’ TE caught seven passes for 93 yds and three TD.
Davis has clearly developed a rapport with QB Alex Smith as all of Smith’s TD’ last Sunday went to Davis. Davis is in for a tough matchup against Indianapolis. The Colts already have a great pass defense with just 179 pass yds allowed per game, and as of last Sunday, they get safety Bob Sanders back.
Folk was a perfect 3/3 on field goals and made all four extra points.
Seattle has a suspect defense considering they have lost four of their last five games. With the Dallas recently scoring points at will (63 in their last two games), Folk should continue to get an ample amount of points.
The Eagles humiliated Jason Campbell and the Redskins with six sacks, one INT, three fumble recoveries and a TD, all while allowing 17 points.
Philly hosts the Giants this Sunday. New York has lost two in a row and QB Eli Manning has thrown four INT’s and has been sacked four times in those two losses.
Big Ben had been averaging over 314 yds per game until Sunday, where he threw for just 175 yds with one TD.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers are on the bye, they get a tough matchup against Denver when they return in Week 9.
Thomas had 284 rush yds on 48 carries (5.9 ypc) and three TD in his previous three games. Then he couldn’t get past Miami’s defense and he ran for only 30 yds with no scores.
Thomas gets a favorable game at home against Atlanta. The Falcons terrible pass defense (250 pass yds per game, 5th worst) will be picked apart by Drew Brees. This will just open the running lanes for Thomas and the rest of the Saints backfield.
Smith was the NFL leader in receptions, but he ran into a roadblock known as the Arizona Cardinals. Smith was targeted 10 times, but came away with only four catches for 69 yds and no TD.
Things don’t appear any better on the horizon for Smith and company as they face Philadelphia. The Eagles allow only 190 pass yds per game and are second in the NFL in both sacks (21) and INT (12). Not to mention, Smith hasn’t found the endzone since Week 4.
T-Gonz could only muster four catches for 37 yds against Dallas on Sunday.
Gonzalez goes on the road to New Orleans to face the unbeaten Saints. Gonzalez only has 11 catches for 108 yds on the road this season and he hasn’t scored a touchdown away from home either. Not to mention, New Orleans only allows 214 pass yds per game and have allowed only five passing TD all season.
After a 4/4 game in Week 6, Succop ended up going 0/1 on field goals with just one extra point in Week 7.
Succop and the Chiefs are on the bye, but get to face a beatable Jacksonville defense (23rd in league) in Week 9.
The best defense in football wound up allowing 24 points to Arizona. They did have a couple of sacks and a pick, but they are supposed to be better that that.
New York’s defense could be in for more trouble against Philadelphia. The Eagles have won three of their last four games with an average of 31 points in those three wins. Eagles QB’s have thrown only four INT this season, but they have given up 15 sacks. So, expect a couple of sacks for the Giants, but nothing more.
After Leon Washington was injured, Green stepped up and showed how bad the Raider’s run defense is by rushing for 144 yds and 2 TD.
Leon Washington is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg, so Green has officially taken all of his carries and with this impressive showing, maybe even some of Thomas Jones’ carries. The Jets face Miami this Sunday and Miami has allowed over 130 rushing yds in each of their last two games.
The rookie hauled in four catches for 80 yds and his fourth TD of the season.
Nick has been on fire recently with 243 yds in his last three games and he has found the endzone in four straight. When the Giants face the Eagles on Sunday, it is not a guarantee that Philly will shut them down. The Eagles have allowed on average only 190 pass yds per game this season. But, here is a list of QB’s they have faced so far in 2009: Matt Cassel, Jake Delhomme, Josh Johnson, JaMarcus Russell, and Jason Campbell. Not exactly an All-Pro assortment of QB’s.
Another rookie with a fantastic week, Wallace has 72 yds and a TD.
Wallace and the Steelers are on the bye, but Wallace has a TD in two of his last three games and is averaging 17.5 yards per catch.
After a 5 INT game against Buffalo, it could only get better for Sanchez. Against the Raiders, Sanchez delivered with 143 passing yds, a TD and he even threw in a rushing TD.
Sanchez has already lost to Miami once this season, and in that game, he was 12-24 for 172 yds with a TD and an INT. The Dolphins have been pretty tight against the pass this season with only seven passing TD allowed.
With Chris Cooley out, Davis filled in nicely with eight catches for 78 yds and a TD.
Davis and the Redskins are on the bye, but they come back to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9. Keep Davis on your radar for that game as the Falcons allow over 250 pass yds per contest and Jason Campbell really seemed to favor his TE on Monday.
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