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Dr. Pigskin: Week Seven

October 22, 2008 | By Alex Hardin | comment on this post

After watching the Monday Night game between the Broncos and the Patriots, I found myself perplexed that there are defenses as bad as the Broncos in the NFL. They were just awful. They could not tackle, could not cover and were dominated in every facet of the game. Even when they filled the running lanes, they could not even make contact with the ball carrier. They showed no pride, no determination, and showed no fight. The Broncos have a great young offense, but they will go nowhere with a defense that is so bad.

With all that said, lets take a look at this week’s best and worst (other than Denver, of course).

Studs

Matt Cassel, QB, New England Patriots – Matty-C finally showed the potential to put up numbers in this offense. However, as we discussed, the Bronco defense is horrible. Seriously, other than Champ Bailey, this is the worse NFL defense I think I have ever seen.

Jeff Garcia, QB, Tampa Bay Bucs – T.O.’s best friend made Jon Gruden happy for one week. Looks like he has his hands on a starting role again.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams – Jackson ran all over the Cowboys for 160 yards and three scores, finally showing he was worth that first round fantasy pick.

LenDale White, RB, Tennessee Titans – I believe LenWhale is still finishing up his 80-yard touchdown run. Lenny Cheeseburger scored three times and supersized his afternoon with 150 rushing yards.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions – Johnson was the only bright spot on a rather dull team — going for 150 yards and a score is always solid.

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots – Mr. Monday Night added two more touchdowns to his career total. The Patriot offense could be back on track, which is good for Moss owners.

Duds

Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts – Manning only threw for 229 yards and had two picks. I thought Indy’s offense was on its way back. Guess not. We’re not seeing any Peyton commercials this year…

Brett Favre, QB, New York Jets – Apparently, the Raider secondary is not too bad; it shut down Brett the Jet.

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers – Only 50 yards and no scores make Frank a dull boy.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins – Wildcat who? Twenty-eight total yards is more like a quiet meow.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts – This Colt offense is frustrating with Wayne getting only 24 yards.

Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers – Jennings had only 32 yards receiving, although the Pack offense was quite effective.

Call of the Week

At QB, my call of the week is to start Jason Campbell of the Washington Redskins in Detroit. After a couple of sub par fantasy weeks, Campbell is poised to light up the scoreboard against the hapless Lions. Hopefully, his groin has healed so the playbook is not limited.

At RB, my call of the week is to sit Dominic Rhodes of the Indinapolis Colts on Monday night in Tennessee. If you picked up Rhodes for a spot start, look elsewhere. The Colts go up against the Titans’ dominate defense, so Rhodes has virtually no shot for 75 yards and I dare to say he will not score.

At WR, my call of the week is to start Antonio Bryant of the Tampa Bay Bucs in Dallas. The Cowboy defense is short a Pac Man, and Garcia will be looking to throw the ball to Bryant.

Sleeper of the Week

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers (@ NO) – If you need a spot start, look to Floyd. The Chargers should be throwing plenty to keep up with the Saint offense and Floyd has filled in nicely for Chris Chambers.

Good luck this week!

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