October 25, 2011
A week predicted by many fans to be an abysmal set of games turned out to be surprisingly exciting. Some of the best and most entertaining teams – New England, Buffalo, Philadelphia – had bye weeks. But two games projected to be lopsided, Green Bay at Minnesota and Atlanta at Detroit, proved to be highly competitive.
My fantasy projections for Week 7 did pretty well, too. (Editor’s note: Due to a combination of laziness and incompetence in the Fathead office, Rick’s Week 7 projections were not posted last week. We stink.) Dez Bryant recorded a TD and 90 yards receiving as the Cowboys demolished the Rams, and Jimmy Graham recorded 2 TD as the Saints more-than-demolished the Colts. A game that would have been more competitive a few months ago, but without Peyton Manning, the hands-down primary option was Game 4 of the World Series (for those who do not have two televisions in their man cave, that is).
Do I dare even mention Colt McCoy? To be fair, both teams are suffering from injuries to key offensive players, but still. I couldn’t get through the whole game. In a game with nine total points scored, no one wins.
On to Week 8 predictions.
This may seem like an easy pick, but Brees has been inconsistent this year – he’ll have a huge game, then throw a few picks the next. The Saints slaughtered the Colts last week, and there’s no reason not to think the same will happen against the Rams this week. The Rams are coming off a blowout loss as well to a similarly high powered Cowboys offense. Brees, as well as his receivers, are a good play again this week.
I’ll admit, that Broncos comeback Sunday was impressive. Scoring 15 points in three minutes after scoring none the previous 57 is a feat even if you are playing the winless Dolphins. But the no-point portion of the game is a better reflection of what to expect against Detroit.
The Lions don’t have stellar defense by any means. What they do have is big play ability in their corners. The way Tebow throws the ball – lofts it like you would a Nerf football – I envision a few turnovers here, and possibly a pick six. That’s assuming the unintended receiver can get past Tebow, that is, who I assume would be able to handle himself if he needs to make a tackle.
Staying in the same game, the Broncos have a solid frontline led by defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Matt Stafford has had a great year so far, but is playing hurt (as always). If the Broncos can get to him it’ll force him to look for his tight end in Pettigrew early. If they hit him hard and force him out of the game – a strong possibility – expect backup Shaun Hill to look for Pettigrew more often.
This is an easy pick – clearly you want to start him. But this week should be especially fruitful. The Panthers have trouble stopping the run, and with a rookie quarterback at the helm, the Vikes will likely feed Peterson as much as possible. It didn’t happen that way against the Packers last week – largely because Green Bay’s secondary is depleted without safety Nick Collins – but expect that to change this week.