It didn't take long for me to be reminded fantasy football is a double edged sword. For every thrilling Fred Jackson sprint into the Raiders' secondary (honestly, I didn't realize how fast he was until this past weekend) there is Mike Vick getting knocked out of the game by his own lineman.
At least I didn't own Jamaal Charles who is now lost for the season. He was my man last year and is one of the few players I love to watch. Every time he touched the ball there was the possibility for an electric outcome. Sorry, Mr. Charles (and all his owners). Get back soon.
- As bad as losing Charles will be for fantasy owners, has there been a more destructive injury in the history of fantasy football then Peyton Manning missing time? Every one on the Colts is having sub par years. Reggie Wayne had four receptions for 66 yards. Dwight Clark is now a mediocre tight end. Pierre Garcon is...well...he's still Pierre Garcon. The Colts are now 0 - 2, their franchise QB is flying to Europe for experimental stem cell therapy, and they just lost to the Browns for the first time in a generation.
Safe to say, Colt fans are a mopey bunch this season.
- Running a close second are KC fans, who have lost their best player, their first two games in embarrassing fashion, any self esteem, yet still have a terrible head coach. We'll see how they bounce back this weekend, but it sure seems like Haley has lost this team.
- Buffalo - Oakland was the most exciting game of the weekend. Fitzpatrick certainly cemented himself as a top notch quarterback, as well. Let's see how they do against the Jets or Pats before we all pile on the bandwagon, though.
- Speaking of the Pats, Brady and offensive coordinator....whoever it is....are reinventing the tight end position. Hernandez and Gronkowski are a two headed monster and could be prototypical of a new generation of players. Linebackers who run routes like wide receivers. How do you defend them when there are two on the field at the same time?
- Two teams I don't know what to make of: Baltimore and Chicago. Both looked great in week one wins; both got their asses handed to them in week two.
- One team I definitely know what to make of: Detroit. Potent on both sides of the ball. It's early, I know, but they certainly look legit. Can you imagine the Lions in the Super Bowl? Holy shit!
- Not only does Cam Newton look like a legitimate star, it appears he's rejuvenated Steve Smith's career. Smith was flitting around the field like a lightning bug all game. Yeah, he fumbled one, but this Carolina team is fun to watch. Even Jonathan Stewart got into the act with 100 receiving yards.
- Despite the Steve Smith resurrection, Kenny Britt is far and away the best pick I made at the fantasy draft this year. The dude has been on fire and looks fully recovered from his knee injury (or whatever it was). Go Titans!
- Game that told us nothing about either team: Redskins 22 Cardinals 21
- Should we be impressed with the Jets' defense this past weekend? Or is Jacksonville that bad?
- Despite the ass kicking given to them by the Ravens in week one, the Steelers could be 6 - 1 by the time they meet the Patriots. Upcoming schedule: Colts, Texans, Titans, Jaguars, Cardinals.
- While I'm not super impressed the Cowboys needed over time to beat the 49ers, I'm glad we can put away the questions regarding the toughness of Tony Romo. I wouldn't have come to work to sit at my desk with a punctured lung and/or cracked rib. He was throwing his team to victory.
- While everyone is jumping on the Cam Newton bandwagon (myself included), the other rookie quarterback running Cincinnati quietly had a very good game in Denver. 332 yards, 2 TDs, zero INTs. Yes, he lost. Just like Carolina.
- Has there been a better fit than Darren Sproles joining the Saints this year? It's like he was custom made to play with Brees and that system.
- Watching SportsCenter this morning, you would have thought Eli Manning was an MVP candidate. I watched the first half of this game and he was nothing short of horrendous. Under throwing nearly every pass. Even his TD passes were way off the mark and were more a result of great receiving. Why do commentators sugar coat what we can all see for ourselves? They did it all the time with Brett Favre and now seem to be protecting Eli Manning from any harsh words. Say it: He sucked last night. It's ok. We all know it.
Stat of the Week: The Vikings have outscored their opponents by a combined 34 - 7 in the first half and lost both games.
Stat of the Week #2: The NFC West is a combined 2 - 6 and been outscored by 51 points. The AFC East is a combined 6 - 2 and has outscored opponents by 73 points.
Today's distraction: Intriguing twist regarding Full Tilt Poker that involves the terms 'Ponzi Scheme', 'Money Laundering' and 'Fraud'. I'm a bit boggled of the mind at the amount of money being discussed, as well. Online poker is really that big?