Washington Redskins 16 – 3 Indianapolis Colts
REDSKINS – This time it was QB John Beck’s turn to try to stake his claim as Washingtons starting QB for the season and he did a pretty good job of doing so as he went 14/17 for 140 yards. He did not throw a TD but was accurate and able to lead his team to several field goals which gave the ‘Skins a 16-0 first half lead. QB Rex Grossman went 7/12 for 88 yards and a INT in relief.
Rookie RB Roy Helu and Veteran Tim Hightower both had very successful days running the ball for Washington. Helu carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards while Tim Hightower got 6 carries for a total 70 yards and the games only TD. Helu also added 4 catches for 23 yards. The Washington tandem of Hightower and Helu was looking very good last night.
Not much to talk about in terms of ‘Skins receivers, as the ball was being spread out all game long with the highest reception total belonging to Helu at 4.
COLTS – Colts backups QB’s continue to show why the Colts would not even be close to a playoff team without Peyton Manning as Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter were only able to muster 3 points in this contest.
Rookie RB Delone Carter received 4 carries for the Colts and massed 25 yards while Addai had 2 carries for 6 yards. Donald Brown was given only one carry and lost 5 yards on the play.
Without Manning behind centre there isn’t much to mention in terms of Colt WR’s; stick with Wayne, Clark and Garcon and Collie.
K Adam Vinatieri was successful on converting a 55-yard FG for the Colts only points of the day.
Baltimore Ravens 31 – 13 Kansas City Chiefs
RAVENS – QB Joe Flacco was solid in this outing, completing 12/24 passes for 124 yards, nothing special, but nothing bad really.
Ravens RB’s had quite a nice day; starter Ray Rice had 7 carried for 44 yards and a TD, one of 4 Ravens rushing TD’s on the day. Rice added an 11-yard catch. Rookie Anthony Allen received some late game carries and was able to reach pay dirt in the 4th quarter, same with 4th year RB Jalen Parmele who had 18 yards and a TD on 6 carries.
New addition Lee Evans looked surprisingly sharp in this game, connecting with Joe Flacco 3 times for 68 yards, with a long of 43. Lee Evans is already looking to have a good connection with his new QB, maybe he will have more than one big week a year as a Raven (See Dinos and Young Guns article). WR Anquan Boldin got into the action by taking a short pass 23 yards and adding one more 6-yard catch.
CHIEFS – Starting QB Matt Cassell struggled in this game completing only 6/14 passes for 73 yards. Backup Tyler Palko was 8/13 for 95 yards, including a late TD pass. 4th year RB Jackie Battle continued to see most of the Chief’s carries, running the ball 8 times for 29 yards. Dexter McCluster had 4 carries in which he ran for 24 yards while adding 3 catches for 47 yards. Starting RB Jamaal Charles made a few appearances, running the ball 4 times for 12 yards.
WR Dwayne Bowe had 3 catches got 43 yards in the contest, 2 of which were extremely hard catches to make (one was a one-hander while being mobbed).
Detroit Lions 30 – 28 Cleveland Browns
LIONS – QB Matt Stafford started his second preseason game in a row and looked fairly good in it as he threw 6/10 passes for 85 yards and a TD before being replaced. In his relief Drew Stanton came in and threw 6/8 passes for 80 yards and 2 TD’s, stealing the win from the Browns.
Young RB Jahvid Best only received 2 early game carries for -1 yard before being replaced and not returning. I have already heard rumors he may have a concussion, I’m sure more will be released soon if it is true. If it is… poor Lions, they have the worst luck. 6th year RB Mike Bell had the bulk of the workload in this game, going for 33 yards on 11 carries while 1st year RB Ian Johnson went 34 yards on 8 carries. Nate Burleson also got involved, taking a swing handoff 26 yards down the sideline.
In the passing game Burleson continues to show why he is the next best fantasy option behind Calvin Johnson (who is resting, don’t want to injury him too now) as he reeled in 2 catches for 34 yards, including another extremely impressive TD catch in which he shows off his prowess for keeping both feet inbounds. (see last weeks Burleson TD catch)
BROWNS – It was another good showing, even better actually this time around, by young starting QB Colt McCoy. McCoy looked calm and ready for anything as he completed 10/18 passes for 96 yards and 3 TD’s in the first half… not bad eh.
Rookie RB Arnond Smith received 6 carries with Peyton Hillis taking it easy and was sable to mass 90 yards, thanks to an 81-yard TD run early in the third quarter.
Third year TE Evan Moore was the star of this game however as he hauled in 3 catches for 40 yards and 2 TD’s. Moore and McCoy had success almost anytime Moore was targeted. His second TD was a very nice over the shoulder catch with excellent concentration to keep his feet inbounds. Rookie WR Greg Little continues to impress and gain a reputation with his starting QB McCoy. Little had 2 catches on the day; a 12 yard first down catch and a 21-yard TD catch. Little is already making a push to the top fantasy wide out in Cleveland.
Miami Dolphins 20 – 10 Carolina Panthers
DOLPHINS – QB Chad Henne had a much more controlled game on this outing as he went 15/24 for 194 yards and NO INT’s!! Henne looked much more poised and comfortable behind centre in this game and I can only pray he continues to play like this and only get better. LETS GO DOLPHINS! In relief, Matt Moore went 6/10 for 73 yards.
Rookie RB Daniel Thomas was able to score his first NFL preseason TD as he scored on a 4 yard run in the second quarter, he finished the game with 12 carries for 52 yards and a score. New RB addition Reggie Bush was impressive in his Miami debut, as he carried the ball 8 times for 42 yards while adding 2 catches for 33 yards. Third year RB Lex Hilliard continued to show improvement as he scored the games first TD by going sky high for an up and over 1-yard TD run.
Anthony Fasano led dolphins WR’s in yards with 53 on only 2 catches, while Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess each had 5 receptions for 46 an 51 yards respectively.
PANTHERS – Cam Newton struggled at times in this game as he finished with a pedestrian 7.14 for 66 yards while adding 18 yards with his legs. He couldn’t seem to get any momentum going with the Miami defense pressuring him often. It is still early however and the kid has time to learn. Jimmy Clausen went 9/5 for 69 yards in the backup spot.
Not much to talk about for Panther RB’s, Williams had 3 carries for 6 yards while J Stew missed this game as well. 3rd year RB Tyrell Sutton scored the Panthers only TD, he also had 4 catches for 29 yards, which led the Panthers. TE’s Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey combined for 43 yards on 5 catches.
Green Bay Packers 28 – 20 Arizona Cardinals
PACKERS – Aaron Rodgers started the game and was again very effective in his playing time finishing 9/12 for 97 yards and TD throw to Jennings. Behind Rodgers was Matt Flynn who went 5/6 for 141 yards and a TD, including a 97-yard catch and run to 1st year WR Chastin West. 3rd stringer Graham Harrell also played well going 7/9 for 81 yards and a TD.
Greg Jennings had 2 catches early in the game before leaving, including a 20 yard TD grab from Rodgers. Jennings continues to help my argument that he is an elite WR up their with White, Wayne and Johnson(s); HE IS A TD HAWK. Donald Driver continues to make contributions, totaling 40 yards on 3 catches while TE Jermichael Finley had 4 catches for 33 yards. Final mention goes to 1st year WR Chastin West who had 5 catches for 134 yards, including the 97-yard catch and run mentioned earlier.
CARDINALS – New starting QB Kevin Kolb looked good again in this start, as he would go 6/11 for 80 yards before being replaced. 3rd year backup QB Richard Bartel was rather impressive in late game action, he went 13/19 for 169 yards and a TD, he did throw a INT however.
3rd year RB Beanie Wells had a respectable day on the turf, he would rush the ball 11 times for 44 yards, while 2nd year RB Alfonso Smith ran for 39 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
Stud WR Larry Fitzgerald decided he would top his amazing catch from last week by laying himself out for a one handed grab on a 3rd and 23. Rookie TE Rob Housler led the Cardinals in receiving with 5 catches for 68 yards. Rookie WR Demarco Sampson had 88 yards as well on 3 catches. Early Doucet was in the mix with 3 catches for 43 yards while the final player of note was 2nd year Andrew Roberts who had 2 catches for a 31 yards and a pair of first downs.
Jacksonville Jaguars 15 – 13 Atlanta Falcons
JAGUARS – QB David Garrard was back behind centre for the start of this game, and like usual would have his ups and downs. He threw the ball well at times going 7/12 for 99 yards, but added a INT before being replaced. Rookie Blaine Gabbert faired no better as he would complete just 11/23 pass attempts for 96 yards. 3rd stringer Luke McCown came into the game late and was able to go 8/9 for 86 yards and a TD to win the game for Jags.
MJD is still out of game action, so in his absence the top rusher for Jacksonville was Rookie DuJuan Harris who rushed 6 times for 32 yards.
The Jags completed a pass to 15 different players, but the most important of them all for fantasy to me, Mike Thomas looked pretty good as he caught 2 passes for 31 yards. Rookie Cecil Shorts played well as he caught 5 passes for 52 yards; he did however lose a fumble on a rush attempt.
K Josh Scobee continued to show off his extremely powerful leg, making all 3 of his FG’s, including a long of 54 yards.
FALCONS – Matt Ryan was fairly solid in the start, going 7/15 for 116 yards and a TD pass before he left.
3rd year WR Harry Douglas continues to show off his skills as he took a short pass 76 yards for a TD, he added another 11 yard catch. Rookie Julio Jones had another 2 catches totaling 30 yards. Roddy White also got involved with 1 catch for 13 yards.
RB Michael Turner rushed the ball 7 times but was only able to muster 14 yards, while Rookie Jacquizz Rodgers was able to rush for 39 yards on his 7 carries.
Not much fantasy value here, but I really want to give Brent Grimes a mention; he is only about 5’10, but plays like he is 7 feet tall. He went sky high for a pick against Miami last week and this week reeled in a Garrard INT in the end zone, only to return it about 60 yards. This kid makes things happen almost every game; I would love to have this guy on my team to cheer for.
Notables: Players who looked great, struggled or are just trying to make a name
Looked GOOD: Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jon Beck, Roy Helu, Tim Hightower, Larry Fitzgerald, Le Evans, Dwayne Bowe, Matt Stafford, Chad Henne (rlly?), Nate Burleson, Colt McCoy, Harry Douglas, Matt Ryan, Josh Scobee,
Looked OKAY: Kevin Kolb, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Julio Jones, Mike Thomas, Beanie Wells, Davone Bess, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Greg Little*,
Struggled: David Garrard, Matt Cassell, Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton
Trying to ESTABLISH: Arnond Smith, Jacquizz Rodgers, Chastin West, Greg Little*, Evan Moore, Dexter McCluster
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