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Dr. Pigskin: Week Nine

November 4, 2008 | By Alex Hardin | comment on this post

After watching my beloved Redskins stink it up on Monday Night Football, I came to realize how great the Steeler defense really is. I think a ton of the credit should go to longtime coach Dick LeBeau, as he has seen everything in his 50 years in the NFL. He always has an answer for what the offense is trying to do and puts his players in position to succeed. Also, props go to Byron Leftwich for stepping up and making big throws.

In other news, I still hate Hines Ward and his annoying smirk. I would personally put up a bounty for Ray Lewis to knock his ass out. C’mon Ray-Ray, finish him.

Let’s take a look at the best and worst from Week Nine.

Studs

Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona Cardinals – If the Cardinals keep it up and make noise in the east, will Warner be mentioned for MVP? He put up 342 yards and two touchdowns.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – McNabb was impressive on the road versus the Seahawks as he threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans – CJ gained 161 yards combined through the ground and air, and added a touchdown. He has AFC ROY all but locked up.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Peterson gained 139 yards and added a score, as he continues to dance by defenders.

Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay Packers – Driver dusted off the cobwebs and racked up 136 yards through the air. Oh yeah, he also scored too. Those are big numbers against the Titan defense.

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens – Who would of thought that Joe Flacco-to-Mason would be a prime time connection? Mason matched Driver’s numbers down to the yard.

Duds

Jason Campbell, QB, Washington Redskins – The Steeler defense suffocated Campbell as he threw for only 200 yards and tossed his first two interceptions of the year.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans – He got hurt midway through the game, but he was not playing too well either. You will need to look elsewhere if you have been starting Schaub.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams – He made a big deal about how he was ready to play this weekend. He psyched his fantasy owners into starting him and he only gave them 17 yards.

Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis Colts – In his first game back from injury, he only had 42 total yards. It looks like it will take a few weeks for him to be back to normal production as the Colts seem comfortable using Dominic Rhodes quite frequently.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos – Boy, has his production gone down from what we have come to expect. He was held for under 30 yards receiving. However, there was a questionable penalty that called back a 70-yard TD reception.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – Considering the numbers McNabb put up, Jackson was not very involved in the passing game. Now that Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis are back, Jackson will start to take a back seat in the offense.

Calls of the Week

At QB, my call of the week is to sit Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh. Ya, I said it. The Steel Curtain will throw Manning off his game and he will not put up usual numbers. I will go as far as saying I am pretty sure that Tyler Thigpen of the Chiefs will put up better numbers this week.

At RB, my call of the week is to start Tim Hightower of the Arizona Cardinals Monday night at home against the 49ers. This rookie back out of Richmond is now the featured back and will run wild against a poor San Francisco defense.

At WR, my call of the week is to sit Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns Thursday night at home againstDenver. Brady Quinn will be starting his first game in the NFL, and I would feel shaky starting my stud WR with a new QB at the helm. We shall see what happens.

Sleeper of the Week

My sleeper of the week is Michael Jenkins , WR, of the Falcons going against the Saints in Atlanta. Jenkins is most likely available in your league and will be a good play this week, especially if he is a fill in for a bye week WR. The Falcons and Saints should score plenty points as both teams rely heavily on their aerial attacks.

Good luck!

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