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Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:06 am
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Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:05 am
 

That Was Depressing...

Saints vs. Giants:

Looks like the Giants aren't as good as I thought!  Their defense was almost non-existent, and Eli did not look comfortable.  I can't even begin to express how disappointing that loss was.  And what the heck is wrong with Brandon Jacobs?  Bradshaw continues to play pretty well, but Jacobs just doesn't have the magic that he had last year.

Now I hate it when Patriots fans make excuses for why their team lost, so I'll try not to be "that guy," but there are a few (and I mean very few) good things to take away from this game.  First, the Giants have been so terribly banged up in their defense, that I think they could have held the Saints to a little less points.  Aaron Ross and Michael Boley both didn't play, and Kenny Phillips is out for the season.  Also, that is one brutal stadium to play in.  My hat is off to those Saints fans, they are truly the 12th man.

I also think that the Giants needed to be knocked back to Earth.  After playing 5 teams that probably won't make the playoffs, they needed some good competition, and they certainly got it from the Saints.

Also, the Eagles lost!  To the Raiders!  Are you kidding me?  I'm hoping the Eagles are truly THAT bad, because they play them in Week 8.

Other thoughts about the week:

Where to start?  I'm absolutely loving how well Favre is playing.  I've loved this guy since I was young, and can't stand it when people think he's "washed up" and an "egotistical maniac."  The guy was completely exploited by the media and his "indecision" was completely overexaggerated by the media.  Anyways... what a great game.  Many will point to the Vikings win as lucky, but being lucky is just a product of being well-prepared, and it seemed as though the Vikings were able to outplay the Ravens defense, at least early on.

I honestly don't think that the Ravens are as bad as their record indicates at 3-3.  The one thing they really have going against them is the strength of their division, even with the loss of the Bengals.  Just like that, the Steelers are tied for first!

As for the New England/Tennessee game... what the heck?  I originally got really angry at the Patriots for running up the score, but from what I can tell they actually tried to lay off, but the Titans defense was THAT bad.  I guess we can finally say that the Titans are just a bad team.  Brady looked comfortable too, which is a scary thought.

Bad Bad Games:

I've got to go back to the Eagles game, solely because I think it's hilarious.  It's great when Eagles fans think their defense is so fantastic, and then JaMarcus Russell, the worst QB in the NFL, puts up over 200 yards on you.  How can Andy Reid let that happen to Philly?  That was not McNabb's fault either, he had zero time in the pocket and their receivers did a poor job getting open.  The Raiders pass defense is actually a little above average.

Speaking of teams that shouldn't have won, how about those Bills?  They played poorly and didn't quite deserve to win, but Sanchez gave away that game.  Fitzpatrick wasn't great, but do you consider playing him instead of Trent Edwards?  At least Fitzpatrick tries to make plays to put them in a situation where they can win. 

Finally, it's nice to see Matt Cassel get a win, even if it is against the Redskins.  He is a pretty good quarterback but has no run support.  The Skins are just terrible too, from top to bottom.

Broncos vs. Chargers:

Since I have no allegiance to either team (besides fantasy players), I hope this is a close game.  Or perhaps a blowout so I can go to bed early.  Either way, I'm excited for this game, mostly because I want to see if the Broncos can go to 6-0 against a bitter AFC West rival.  They are the real deal, but can be considered one of the top 3 teams in the league if they win. 

Next Week:

Look at these great games... Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Miami, Arizona at New York Giants, Atlanta at Dallas.  Plus, who doesn't want to see how many points the Colts can put up against the Rams?  Should be an interesting week, and I'm sure I'll somehow find a way to drown my sorrows from the Giants loss!


Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Giants vs. Chiefs

The score really didn't quite indicate how well the Giants dominated the Chiefs.  Cassel had two garbage time TD throws, and Larry Johnson did basically nothing against the Giants maligned defense.  I'm honestly shocked at how well the Giants passing game has been going, even though they haven't really had a challenge so far.

I'll start off with what I'm concerned about.  Obviously the biggest concern at this point is Eli Manning's ankle/foot.  Such a strange way to get injured.  It seems as though he'll be available for next week, and let's be honest, David Carr could probably beat the Raiders.  He's certainly better than JaMarcus Russell.  If Eli does play, they will most likely run the ball more, and perhaps put in Carr if they lead by enough at the half or end of the 3rd quarter.

One major thing I'm a bit concerned about is the upcoming schedule.  The Giants have a bye week at week 10, but face (after the Raiders) the Saints, the Cardinals, the Eagles, and San Diego.  Assuming they beat the Raiders, I would hope the Giants could win 3 of those 4 games reasonably.  2-2 in that stretch would be okay, landing them at 7-2 at the bye.

Going along with the schedule concern, these upcoming games will really test the Giants ability to defend the long ball.  Drew Brees can clearly punish defenses with a deep ball, as can Warner, McNabb, and Rivers.  The Giants also don't have the luxury of an early bye week where they can rest their injured players.  And boy do they have an injured secondary.  This could turn into the perfect storm in late October and November.

As for the good: the Giants are 4-0, with two division wins.  A win against the Raiders would go a long way considering their upcoming schedule.  A healthy Eli Manning means pressure off the running game, and the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw has been stellar lately.  They've both on pace to run for more than 1,000 yards this season, and Manning over 4,000 yards passing.

Their defensive line has done a great job of confusing offenses, and spreading the wealth around their expansive depth.  They will HAVE to use this to their advantage against their ugly 4 game stretch.  If they can heal their wounds and focus on the game ahead of them, I could realistically see them at 8-1 going into the bye week, though 7-2 wouldn't be the end of the world.
Posted on: October 2, 2009 12:08 pm
 

Importance of the Tandem Rushing Attack

One thing that most people have noticed this year in the NFL, is that the passing game has become more prevalent, while the rushing game has diminished a bit.  With that said, it has only been 3 weeks.  One important factor in most passing games is the weather.  As it gets colder out, the rushing game becomes exponentially more important, and may decide who is built for the playoffs and who isn't.  Here are 6 teams that I sincerely believe will have a hard time later in the season due to a lack of a rushing tandem:

1) Cleveland Browns.  Though they may have more to worry about than their rushing game, come December, who are they going to turn to?  Jerome Harrison has to step up because clearly Jamal Lewis is at the end of his career.

2) Kansas City Chiefs.  Many people, including myself, thought that Larry Johnson would bounce back this season.  He hasn't.  Jamaal Charles hasn't gotten many touches yet, but he could be their answer soon if LJ continues to perform the way he has.

3) Arizona CardinalsEdgerrin James couldn't do it last year, and it doesn't look like Hightower will be either, though he catches more passes from Warner.  The Cards, however, were able to survive with this problem, leading them to the Superbowl.

4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Cadillac just can't stay healthy, and their run game was murdered by the Giants defense.  It'll help that they're in the South, but cold away games will be very difficult for them.

5) San Diego Chargers.  Without LT, they virtually have 0 rushing game.  Sproles is great for check-downs, but can't carry the load.  If LT comes back at 90% or better, they'll be fine.  Otherwise, they better pray they can dump the entire load on Rivers... and maybe they can!

6) Houston Texans.  What bothers me most is Slaton and Chris Brown's YPC, both under 3.5.  Once again, they benefit from warm weather, but down the stretch they won't have a chance up North.

Others to consider: Oakland and Washington

On the other end of the spectrum, these teams will have what it takes to win in cold weather, and be able to control the games themselves:

1) Denver Broncos.  What a great way to take the pressure off of Josh McDaniels and Kyle OrtonKnowshon Moreno isn't even at 100% and is making a large impact.  Buckhalter has been stellar.

2) Miami Dolphins.  If any team can withstand the loss of their QB, it would be Miami and only a few others.  Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have amassed 417 rushing yards combined, and will take even more now that Pennington is gone.

3) Baltimore Ravens.  Quite possibly the best 3-way rushing tandem so far.  With McGahee and Rice averaging over 5 YPC, they'll be a conference favorite in December.

4) New York Giants.  Though not as good as last year, the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw is hard to contain.  The Giants are a clock-management team, and will keep the ball away from opposing offenses.

5) Buffalo Bills.  Marshawn is back.  They'll need Lynch and Jackson to play out of their minds if they want a shot at the playoffs.

6) New York Jets.  Both Leon Washington and Thomas Jones are capable of Pro Bowl seasons, so nothing should get in their way.  This is exactly what Sanchez needs as a rookie.

Others to consider: New Orleans, Indianapolis, Dallas

Posted on: August 17, 2009 10:20 pm
 

ESPN's Overvalued Fantasy Players

I was watching the Giants game tonight and noticed something odd at halftime.  On the top of the screen they had (I think it was Mike Sando's) "Top 5 overvalued players" for fantasy football this year, and I didn't agree with the top 4.

His #1 overvalued player was Ronnie Brown, who I didn't realize was really all that well valued to begin with.  He's more than a full year removed from ACL surgery and had a stellar year last year.  Plus, the wildcat formation makes him dangerous.

His #2 was Reggie Bush, which I actually can understand to some extent.  I'm in a PPR league so he gains value in that respect, but his injury troubles are just too large.  He might be a good 3rd RB.

#3 was TO.  I don't get this at all.  He looked great in his first preseason game, and historically, he's done well in his first year on new teams.  I don't think anyone is ranking him in the top 5, maybe somewhere around 10th, so how could he be overvalued?

#4 was Eli Manning.  I can understand that there are concerns with him due to the lack of receivers with the Giants, but come on.  He's ranked like 18th in most rankings.  How is that overvalued?  Plus, he looked great in his first preseason game.

I actually plan on going for Brown as a second RB, perhaps Bush as a #3 if he's available, and Eli as a backup.  The Eli move is questionable, but I'm a Giants fan so what the heck.

My top overrated players would be:

#1: Chris Johnson.  No doubt he'll do well this year, but Lendale White will take a lot away from him since he's lost so much weight in the offseason.  Sophmore slumps are rough.

#2: Joe Flacco.  I really think that he's going to have a rough year.  The Ravens lost a lot of defensive support, and their running game is lacking.  These are crucial to your quarterback having success.

#3: Brandon Jacobs.  He fits in very well with the Giants, but he's not a good fantasy football back.  He will split a lot of time with Bradshaw, and Danny Ware could step in as a third down running back.  Plus, he's a concern with injuries.  I love Jacobs as a running back on my favorite team, but not for a fantasy team.

#4: Matt Cassel.  I almost have no faith in his QB skills now that he's out of New England.  It was the system that helped him get the numbers he had last year.  KC's offensive line is terrible, and they all around don't have the tools to support him.

#5: Matt Ryan.  He actually didn't have that great of fantasy number last year.  He's a great fit for the Falcons and will probably do well, but for some reason his numbers don't translate well to fantasy.

 
 
 
 
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