So how many of you have played Madden 2012? Sure, plenty of you but have you been cheap enough to play the demo over and over on your PS3 like me? For those of you not in the know, let me be fill you in: the only demo game you can play is the Packers versus the Bears. I always play as Green Bay and I always selected ‘Aggressive’ for my defensive tactic. What I’m trying to say is I’ve seen this Jay Cutler before and there’s a reason even a video game could’ve accurately picked the winner of this game, even with a terrible gamer like me playing it. Sure, I’ll admit there were gaffes along the way by multiple players – including Cutler himself – but let’s face facts: the offensive line does not do Cutler any favors day in and day out and it’s hard to pin seven sacks on the quarterback alone. If you’re looking for me to give the Green Bay defense any credit, I’ll simply say their defensive scheme works reaaaaaaaally well vs the Bears. That’s all the mazel tof they’ll get from me. Even outside of GB, the Colts played the Bears well for about a quarter last week until the offensive line found some way to keep Jay protected enough to get it to his WR. In short, until the Bears can clear up their offensive line, Jay will always be an outsider looking in when it comes to playing him weekly. In more Thursday Night Fantasy Football News…
Matt Forte - Racked up a whopping 49 yardson 4 receptions to lead the team. Yeah, he’s their starting running back…didja read the lead paragraph?!? He went down with an injured ankle and did not return after the first quarter. At this point it’s still unclear how serious the injury is. Clearly self-diagnosis is not his…Forte? I typed that in a Doctor Evil voice and totally pinky to mouthed after it was typed.
Michael Bush - So here’s a guy that I felt was really underrated coming into the season because of how the Bears were planning on using him and now here he is, rushing like I thought he would: boring as Hades but still useful. If Forte misses any time, Bush is a flex play given the right match-ups. If you expect 5.0 YPC, Mission Accomplished. That was political humor. It’s voting season, I’m pulling from the bad recesses of my brain right now.
Cedric Benson - Speaking of boringly productive backs, Benson was vastly improved this week over last week in terms of stats, which is really easy to do when you’re not facing the top defensive team in the NFL. In total, he racked up 81 yards rushing and a surprising PPR gift of 35 yards on 4 receptions. I called him a buy this Wednesday and even though he didn’t go end zone, your chance was probably closed on Mr. Benson with this performance.
Brandon Marshall - Search teams didn’t find him until half-time which unfortunately was too late for fantasy owners. Two recs for 24 yards and a missed TD opportunity that reminds you why he’s always a high end WR2 and rarely a WR1. I’m pretty sure that’s a Marshall law decree.
Randall Cobb - Had him in my top 15 for WRs this week. Wasn’t expecting the injury nor the Bears getting to Aaron Rodgers so much tonight. This one made me feel like I went Kernel Bumping. Google that on your own time and come back when you’re fully prepared for the internet. To be fair, had he been healthy, I think his deployment would’ve been more frequent. For reasons why, just take a look at James Jones and his zig when I shoulda zagged moment on why he’s not a potential WR3. That’s not a good style, that’s not gonna make you famous.
Mason Crosby/Donald Driver/Tom Crabtree/Kellen Davis – The title you almost got was ‘Before You Dip Your Fantasy Spoon In The GB vs CHI Pudding, Make Sure To Wear a Crosby Condom’. But then I realized I’m older than you and only I would get an arcane reference to In Living Color, even if it stars Jamie Foxx. Ah, I can see I’ve sparked your interest. Google ‘Crosby Condom’ but remove the ‘r’; then share with your co-workers. You just won office cred, which I think is worth a caramel latte. You’re welcome. Oh and the game was that boring in terms of fantasy because I just listed the four scoring stars of the game. JELLO PUDDING POPS! Sorry, still stuck on the Cosby thing.