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St Louis Rams 14 – 10 Kansas City Chiefs

Rams now 3-0 this preseason with another impressive outing, Chiefs 0-3

RAMS – 2nd year QB Sam Bradford just seems to keep improving, and quickly. Aside from an INT he threw late in the half Bradford was again very impressive finishing the half 9/16 for 95 yards and 2 TD’s.

Steven “Action” Jackson was running all over the Kansas City defense whenever he touched the ball as he finished with 15 carries for 72 yards. Cadillac Williams added 53 yards on 12 carries.

WR Mike Sims-Walker was able to grab the first of Bradford’s TD passes, a 6-yarder that would be his only catch of the day. Rookie TE Lance Kendricks was also impressive as he caught the other TD pass from Bradford, an 11 yarder; he also had a 15-yard catch.

CHIEFS – QB Matt Cassel struggled once again in this game, along with most of his team and they fall to 0-3 in preseason action. He finished the game 6/13 for 59 yards as he was pressured constantly by the St Louis defense that sacked him for an 11-yard loss at one point.

4th year RB Jackie Battle continues to see the majority of the workload for Kansas City RB’s this preseason. Battle finished with 13 carries for 43 yards; Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones had 2 carries each, totaling 8 yards.

2nd year RB Dexter McCluster only had one carry for 4 yards but he was able to add 37 yards in the air via 5 catches. 1st year TE Cody Slate had 50 yards on the day including a 32-yard TD catch from the backup QB in the 3rd quarter.

Green Bay Packers 34 – 30 Indianapolis Colts

Well I’ll be damned… Curtis Painter played good; Oh yeah and so did Aaron Rodgers

PACKERS – Aaron Rodgers continues to look like he is more than ready for the regular season. Rodgers ended his playing time 19/23 for 204 yards and a TD pass; nothing else to really say besides the guy is a stud.

Ryan Grant only ran the ball 6 times in this game, tallying 16 yards on the day.

WR Jordy Nelson led the team in receptions with 5 totaling 65 yards. TE Jermichael Finley had 4 catches for 41 yards including a very nice 18-yard TD catch from Rodgers. Veteran Donald Driver added 3 catches for 38 yards while Greg Jennings sat out with a bruised knee.

COLTS – Recently, when talking with my friends about fantasy football, I am not very nice when Colts QB Curtis Painter comes up it is usually something along the lines of “he sucks”. Now I am not going to all of a sudden say he is a good QB, but after last night he has at least shown he has some potential. Painter finished the game 11/21 for 171 yards and 2 TD’s; not bad eh?

WR Reggie Wayne was Painters favorite target last night as they hooked up numerous times including a 57-yard TD pass; Wayne finished with 6 catches for 105 yards. Pierre Garcon only had one catch on the day but once again it had a very high degree of difficulty and put the team inside the ten.

RB Joseph Addai had a nice day on the stat sheet running the ball 8 times for 44 yards while Rookie Delone Carter carried 7 times for 27 yards.

Baltimore Ravens 34 – 31 Washington Redskins

Baltimore pulls out late win; ‘Skins QB battle only gets tighter

RAVENS – After having a pass picked off and returned for a TD by De’Angelo Hall early in the game QB Joe Flacco was rather impressive finishing the game 17/27 for 219 yards and 2 TD’s and an INT.

RB Ray Rice was also rather impressive in this game; he carried the ball 13 times on the day for 72 yards with a 4-yard TD run.

Flacco’s arm strength was on display as he was rifling passes to his top WR’s often in this game. Anquan Boldin hauled in 5 catches for 73 yards and a TD while Lee Evans had 3 catches for 60 yards including a 35-yard TD catch. Is there something about playing with/against the Ravens that makes Lee Evans better?

The Ravens defense had 2 sacks and 2 INT’s on the day.

REDSKINS – The close race to see which Redskins QB will start week one didn’t really get any clearer in this one as both QB’s had solid outings. Rex Grossman started the game and finished 8/15 for 112 yards and a TD. QB Jon Beck finished 6/10 for 108 yards and a TD. Both players were able to lead their offences on lengthy drives against a daunting Ravens defense. Perhaps week four can give them a clear starter.

RB Tim Hightower had another great game running the ball 9 times for 56 yards including a 37-yard TD run. If you go find a clip of the TD run Hightower looks very, very fast this year. Rookie Roy Helu gained 44 yards on 13 carries while adding a 13-yard reception.

A number of Redskins WR’s had impressive games on Friday night. Santana Moss reeled in 3 catches for 51 yards with a 24-yard TD while the deep threat Anthony Armstrong had 51 yards as well on 2 catches. 2nd year WR Terrence Austin is making a case to see some playing this year. He again showed chemistry with QB Jon Beck as he finished the game with 5 catches for 71 yards and a TD.

The Washington defense had 4 sacks and an INT on the day.

Cincinnati Bengals 24 – 13 Carolina Panthers

Andy Dalton gives Bengals fans hope while Cam Newton continues to struggle

BENGALS – The Story of this game was the play of Rookie QB Andy Dalton. Dalton finished the game 11/17 for 130 yards and a TD. The TD was a beautiful 40-yard bomb to fellow Rookie AJ Green in the 2nd quarter of action.

RB Cedric Benson mishandled and fumbled a handoff early in the game but played solid from that point out as he amassed 68 yards and a TD on 16 carries. 3rd year RB Bernard Scott was also impressive running for 63 yards on just 6 carries. Other than AJ Green the big receiver for the Bengals was TE Jermaine Gresham who had 4 catches for 49 yards.

PANTHERS – Cam Newton didn’t play terrible considering he is a rookie and all the hype surrounding him, but he certainly didn’t play as well as Andy Dalton. Newton struggled throwing the ball all game, completing just 6 of his 19 attempts for 75 yards. He was however able to add 49 yards and a nice TD run on 4 carries. DeAngelo Williams carried the ball 5 times in this game for 27 yards; Jonathan Stewart carried the ball 8 times but was only able to gain 13 yards.

Other than TE Greg Olsen catching a 28-yard pass there isn’t much to talk about in terms of Panther receivers. Oh wait… Steve Smith caught his first and only preseason ball for 9 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles 24 – 14 Cleveland Browns

Vick bounces back from week 2 slump; McCoy and company get shutdown

EAGLES – After throwing 3 INT’s in the first half last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, QB Michael Vick looked much better in this one as he went 10/18 for 98 yards while adding 44 yards and a TD with his legs. Backup QB and Vick doppelganger Vince Young also had 44 yards and a TD with his legs while throwing 58 yards on 9-12 passing.

Although LeSean McCoy was only able to muster 12 yards rushing on 6 carries he did catch 7 passes for 69 yards. New addition Ronnie Brown was able to rush for his first TD in an Eagles uniform as he carried the ball 6 times for 41 yards and a score.

The Philly defense also looked much sharper in this game totaling 5 sacks and an INT.

BROWNS – Colt McCoy threw 3 TD’s in the first half last week in comparison to Vick’s 3 INT’s, but he was unable to lead his team to any TD’s in this game before leaving. McCoy would finish 9/18 for 89 yards and an INT.

RB Peyton Hillis carries the ball 3 times in this game and was able to gain 18 yards while his rumored backup 2ns year Montario Hardesty carried the ball 5 times for 15 yards.

Peyton Hillis led the Browns in reception yards, gathering 35 on 2 catches. Rookie WR Greg Little continues to make appearances as he caught 3 balls for 23 yards.

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Notables: (a lot of good performances already this week)

Played Good: Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Ronnie Brown, Philly D/ST, Andy Dalton, Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott, AJ Green, Santana Moss, Joseph Addai, Beck/Grossman, Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, Curtis Painter, Aaron Rodgers, Reggie Wayne, Jermichael Finley, Joseph Addai, DeAngelo Hall, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Lee Evans, Tim Hightower, Roy Helu

Struggled: Colt McCoy, Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Cassel

Trying to make a name: Greg Little, Terrence Austin, Lance Kendricks (really liking this  guy), Coy Slate

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