That’s nice and all Peyton you threw 4 TDs, but your story
is so last year. Time to move the limelight over to Eli?
Groin Shot of the Week Candidates
Plaxico Burress (10-204, 2 TD)
– I had a good feeling Burress was going to be cranked up
for this game after being benched from the starting lineup a week
ago for being late for a meeting. Didn’t he get the joke
from the NFL Network ad, “Tom Coughlin’s Comedy Hour
- Starts at 8:00; Don’t be late”? Eli Manning was
certainly motivated to track down Plax firing the ball his direction
17 times, or roughly half of his pass attempts. And the Lambs.
Oh, the Lambs... Extremely accommodating with their 5’10”
corner backs. If Burress can stay focused, early indications are
this is going to be one of my bigger pre-season gaffs passing
on Burress time and again in every league I entered. And the unfortunate
thing is I’ve always liked Manning’s fantasy prospects.
It doesn’t add up...
Brett Favre (303 Yd, 4 TD)
– Yeah, there were other 4 TD performances this week from
the Manning brothers, but Favre gets some appreciation for working
with very little at his disposal. In fact, as the game went on
things just got worse and worse. It was like a train wreck that
I couldn’t look away from. Yet somehow the old warrior persevered,
kept heaving the ball around to the unknowns in white, and just
fell short on the comeback. Similar to LaDainian Tomlinson a week
ago though, probably quite a few fantasy comebacks came through
thanks to that cannon arm.
Neil Rackers (6 FG, 1 XP) -
Six field goals, 4 of them from 40+ yards and 1 extra point to
boot, for a total of 19 points before distance bonuses. In one
game Rackers racked up more points than the kicker for the Jets,
49ers, Packers, Ravens, Lions, Bears and Texans has all season.
For those value-based drafting fans out there, Rackers has nearly
doubled the season to date points of the 12th ranked kicker for
a nifty +23 value differential. That is better than the 1st to
12th ranked TE. When exactly did the first TE in your league get
drafted? And those 7 touchbacks in the game were impressive too.
Stud kicker? Apparently so.
Comments From The Couch
- I find myself still doing a triple take every time I look
at the NFL standings. The Redskins are undefeated? How the heck
did that happen?
- So last week in a dynasty league I had both Kevin Jones and
Clinton Portis off on a bye. It was just bad luck their bye
weeks fell on the same week when the schedule came out since
I carried them over from the prior year. Anyway, not having
much in the way of currently productive backups, Chris Perry
and Michael Pittman got the start and accumulated a pitiful
grand total 0.5 points. I lost the game of course, but it was
close, by only 3 points. Those clowns couldn't manage a measly
40 yards between them. This week Pittman goes off to the tune
of 18.6 points. Every year Pittman screws me in new and mysterious
ways. It doesn't matter if I own him or not, that guy is my
- Did Marcus Pollard catch the ball in bounds for the potential
game winning TD? I'm not sure how they overturn that call when
the call on the field was a TD, but as a sliver of a silver
lining for Lions fans, at least squeaking out a win against
a previously unbeaten team didn't overshadow the fact that the
Joey Harrington experiment has gone on long enough.
- The only problem is the Lions don't have any one else to
turn to who might be able to right the ship. Maybe if the NFC
North could assemble some sort of all-star team they could be
competitive. I'm not sure there is an all-star head coach in
the bunch though.
- Are player losses catching up with New England? Perhaps.
San Diego is a very talented team and the Pats have more than
earned the benefit of the doubt not to write them off prematurely.
Time for Bill Belichick to start pulling some rabbits out of
his hat though.
- Hold it Pepsi. Don't change the name of the weekly NFL rookie
award to the Diet Pepsi Cadillac Williams Rookie of the Week
award just yet. Didn't I warn you last week Gruden? Didn't I
- Tony Gonzalez is not happy with his lack of involvement in
the offense. How do you think fantasy owners feel Tony? Pretty
soon you're going to get benched for ... Dwayne Carswell?
- From last week, why not to watch football with my wife...
the first thing she points out is, "I think the font size on
Ben Roethlisberger's jersey is smaller than normal."
- Why not to let my wife proofread my articles... now she is
using phrases like "ticky tack" and "unflappable" just to annoy
- I normally watch the Monday Night game a bit on delay so
I can skip through a lot of the crap, but I did happen to see
the halftime show last night. Who possibly thought the 60 Seconds
with Jimmy Kimmel plus Jessica Alba "how to make toast" bit
was worthy of making the airwaves? That was absolutely horrendous.
ABC must truly think its football viewers have the I.Q. of a
- Sixty-two pass attempts? If Marc Bulger makes it through
this season in one piece I'll be shocked.
- I'd love to give some comments on the debut performance of
Brooks Bollinger as the Jets QB, but this game ranked dead last
in my "ones to watch" list this week. Considering the Jets only
scoring drive shows: 4 plays, -2 yards and a FG, I feel safe
that was the right call.
- Who saw the Bills kick return at the end of the first half
against the Saints? Terrence McGee zigzags back and forth across
the field for an 82 yard return, a half dozen blockers in front
of him and steps from the end zone for a score that would give
the Bills the lead, and he trips over one of his own players
and gets tagged down. Unbelievable! That about sums up the Bills
this season. They are 90% of the way towards being a good football
team, and then they trip themselves up anointing a not even
close to ready for primetime QB into the starter's role.
And The Winner Is…
You know how I feel about kickers, but can I deny a kicker who
hits 6 FG in a soccer obsessed country is our Groin Shot winner
for this week? I thought not. Rackers, time to post some donuts
the next few weeks fella so you can fall back in the pack with
the rest of your outcast special team buddies. Otherwise, someone
is going to be drafting you in the 5th or 6th round next year.
Ha, ha. Well, that I’d like to see.