The NFL’s first week is in the books, and most fans are either really high or really low at the moment. That’s because the natural tendency is to completely overreact and declare your team dead in the water, or go ahead and purchase your ticket to San Fran for this years Super Bowl. Let’s talk about the top headlines for the week – things that people are freaking out over –
Peyton Manning is terrible
Reality – he is the greatest
Marcus Mariota is the best QB in the league
Reality – he is a talented rookie on a mediocre team who will stumble
The Bills are the best
Reality – they did a convincing job on the Colts, but can they get past the Pats this weekend?
The Raiders are the worst
Reality – this may be true
Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles can no longer run
Reality – keep them on your fantasy team, they’ll be fine
Carlos Hyde can
Reality – he looked good as the 49ers exceeded expectations
OMGOMGOMG Johnny Football is playing
Reality – he is going to fail, sooner rather than later
This is typical hyperbole but I recommend you check in about week four. Just think, last year at this time the Seahawks and Patriots were already declared done, and look how that worked out.
Week 2 match ups to watch
Broncos at Chiefs –
Another glorious Thursday night game! How did we live without football on Thursdays? Yes, the Broncos defense looked anemic last week, but the saying in football goes that good teams find ways to win games. Chiefs looked like a complete team vs. the Texans last week, but are the Chiefs really that good, or are the Texans just that bad? I am going with Peyton Manning, because I’m riding Engine #18 until it derails.
Dallas at Philadelphia –
Big D won a nail biter thanks to Eli telling his running back not to put them up by 10 points with less than two minutes left. Huh? Was that cable Eli Manning there? In any case, I think Philadelphia will get its offense going early, DeMarco Murray (former Cowboys RB) will be running like a man possessed and Dez Bryant will be missed. So, yes, I pick the Eagles. But none of that really matters, because all we want to do is check out this video of Dez in his underwear. Thank you dear Lord.
Seattle at Green Bay –
A rematch of the “Epic Fail” NFC Championship game in which Green Bay snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory. Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks strong safety, is still sitting out due to a contract dispute, and he was sorely missed during their week one loss. Aaron Rodgers is scarily accurate at home and is finding new weapons to replace the injured Jordy Nelson. I pick Green Bay…mostly because of this…
Smart football sayings
This year, I’m adding the dreaded “follow up question” since suspicious football lovers may see through your initial declarations. I’m here for you.
You – “Between preseason and week one, this season’s injuries are making more of an impact that usual.”
Follow up question – “Oh yeah…like who?”
You – “I’m glad you asked. Jordy Nelson was the biggest loss in preseason, for both the Packers and fantasy owners. Last weekend, Terrell Suggs went down for the season, which will be a huge blow to the Baltimore defense. Redskins wide receivers DeSean Jackson is another big loss, as is Dez for the Cowboys. And the list goes on.”
Drop mic. Pick up chip. Dip it.
Fantasy Football Move Of The Week
Buoyed by last year’s league victory and week one’s resounding win, I now consider myself a fantasy football expert. (Reality – I am not)
Because of the aforementioned injury info., you will want to be very careful about checking your lineup. Here are the basic on injury designations you may see, courtesy of NFL.com –
NFL coaching staffs are required to provide an injury report that is updated throughout the week. On these reports, players are listed as:
- Inactive (IA) – Players are officially inactive for the current game and will not play
- Out (O) – Not scheduled to play
- Doubtful (D) – Players have approximately a 25% chance of playing
- Questionable (Q) – Players have approximately a 50% chance of playing
- Probable (P) – Players are very likely to start in the upcoming week
And do yourself a favor and pick up Lance Dunbar (RB, Dallas). He’s a running back but can also catch some passes in Dez’s absence.
Lastly, if you’re in a mood to throw a party this weekend, check out these cute crafts I showed on NBC last weekend. All credit goes to my 11 year old and her squad for stepping in to help in my time of need. I am not crafty. Except when it comes to crafting my fantasy lineup!