Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Week 1 Review

The first week of the NFL season is in the books, and it offered up the usual surprises and last minute finishes we've come to expect.. Each week, we will select the game of the week, stud of the week and of course the dud of the week.. Here we go...

Game of the Week: Buffalo 24, New England 25

This game gets the nod of the Denver/Cincinnati game only because of the teams involved and the Monday Night Football aspect.. Buffalo came out early and dominated on both sides of the ball.. Tom Brady looked rusty to say the least in the first half, overthrowing receivers and looking somewhat uncomfortable in the pocket.. As the game progressed, however, Tom Brady showed the world that he can still lead his team to a last minute victory.. Give Buffalo credit, they hung in their throughout and really should have won the football game.. It's unusual for a quarterback to attempt 53 passes (Tom Brady) and their team win the game, but that was the case in this one.. Brady completed 12 passes to Randy Moss as well as 12 passes to Wes Welker.. Our sleeper projection, Joey Galloway, went without a catch.. Better luck next week...

Stud of the Week: Drew Brees (358 yards passing, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception)

Hands down, Drew Brees takes this award for Week #1... Granted he was playing the Detroit Lions, but this has to be a sign of things to come this season.. Brees lit it up last year and this was a sign that he should continue to put up huge numbers every week.. With a somewhat questionable running game, Brees could be leaned on even more this year to air it out.. Especially if they can move the ball like they did against the Lions.. Brees was finding targets at ease, and big plays were o-plenty... Start Drew Brees each with, confident he will carry you to victory..

Dud of the Week: Steve Smith - CAR/WR (21 yards receiving, 0 tds)

This has everything to do with Jake Delhomme and his melt down against Philadelphia, but if Carolina doesn't have a reliable option to get Steve Smith the ball, his numbers will continue to suffer.. Delhomme is still the starter in Carolina, but expect the leash to become tighter and tighter, especially if these types of performances continue.. Might be a good time to look to trade Steve Smith if you own him... Sell high now, and cross your fingers that Carolina doesn't turn into a pass happy offense overnight...

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