I don’t normally lead with talking about the referees but I seriously have to wonder if this is what it’s like to watch an Oakland Raiders practice.¬† F(lag) this and F(lag) that from beginning to end.¬† Did the refs sign up with the Buffalo Wild Wings guys?¬† I’m sure they know the real ones are coming back so I guess I can’t blame them for trying to make money on the side.¬† But of course, that’s just boring to talk about so let’s move on to something more titillating: Peyton Manning and his three INT.¬† Pretty sure he was just trying to best Eli there and I have to say the attempt was admirable.¬† I think he just missed the 510 yards by about 300 and was just two short on the TDs.¬† Hey, everyone was putting him in their top 10 in their preseason rankings, I’m doing my best to give him a pass here.¬† To be fair, I said he was old and coming off a serious injury.¬† Those were my only two concerns.¬† I did not think being terrible was going to be an issue too and still don’t.¬† Bad game, throw it away if you’re a Peyton owner and turn your eyes to next week.¬† In other fantasy football news…
Michael Turner – Finally did what owners were expecting him to do last night and scored a touchdown.¬† Oh you wanted 60 to 80 yards to go with that too?¬† Sorry, only 42 on 17 carries and a nearly lost fumble at the goal line to boot.¬† Speaking of that fumble, let’s take a look at the first three plays of that drive together shall we?¬† M. Turner to the left for no gain/M. Turner rushed to the left for no gain.¬† M. Turner fumbled.¬† M. Turner recovered fumble/M. Turner rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown.¬† So Atlanta had a chance down at the one later in the game and guess what they did?¬† Tony Gonzalez caught a 1 yard TD.¬† Did I also mention he only had 16 yards on 11 carries going into the 4th quarter as well?¬† My issues with Turner coming into the season were plentiful: how he finished last season, the wear and tear on his 30 year old frame, how Atlanta was now a passing team and how he’s not an RB who catches the ball and he was still being priced in with guys like Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Bush.¬† My mind was officially boggled, did not compute, CTRL+ALT+DEL restart.
Roddy White – Remember when I said last week the line between Julio Jones and Roddy wouldn’t be as drastic as it may have seemed in the box score in week one?¬† You don’t?¬† It’s because I didn’t say it like that.¬† I’m paraphrasing here, if you really wanna know what I said you can go read it.¬† In essence, targets were pretty even across the board in the last game so to see Roddy be the star of the two this week is no surprise.¬† That’s what happens when two top 10 WRs play on the same team, y’all and by ‘y’all’ I mean you and that creepy guy staring over your shoulder in the subway as you read this because y’all is plural.
Willis McGahee – Broke the century mark and scored two touchdowns.¬† Still not a back I’d trust on a week to week basis as Atlanta set out to humble Peyton early, in turn putting the ball in Willis’ hands more than what is typical.¬† Again, not a scathing slant against McGahee here, just a word of caution that you got more than you should expect tonight so I hope you enjoyed it.
Eric Decker – Did bupkis.¬† Also did bupkis in week 1.¬† Two wrongs don’t make a right and two bupkis’es don’t make a lot.¬† Still think he’s a good WR to have with Peyton around but somehow he seems to be competing with Brandon Stokley for catches.¬† Not good.¬† I’d still hold onto him, of course, and put in my bench WR for him until this wackiness gets resolved.
Demaryius Thomas – A very un-Decker like 7 receptions to go with 67 yards and a TD and he’s the Denver WR I didn’t like heading into the season.¬† So I guess what I’m trying to say is there’s absolutely nothing right I’ve nailed about the Broncos.¬† I didn’t even have Matt Prater in my top 10 kickers.¬† Did I even realize they were still a team in the off season?¬† Someone fire me, NOW.
Matt Ryan– Didn’t have his best day but still threw for 2 touchdowns and totaled a little under 240 yards on the day.¬† Don’t worry, I still heart you Matt.¬† Can’t score 48 every week folks, especially against Denver’s defense.¬† Speaking of which…
Denver Broncos DEF – I have to say these guys aren’t that bad.¬† Look past the final score for a minute and realize this: after three Peyton INTs in the first quarter, they were only down 10-0.¬† Realize further that all my talk about Turner above with regards to his fumble and 3 carries for a 1 yard TD means Denver held it’s ground pretty well.¬† In the end, they held down a high-powered offense for most of the night even if the stats don’t show it and actually kept their team in the game.¬† If you’re shuffling through defenses like I go through kleenex when watching Fried Green Tomatoes, Denver might be a team to stop on to see what you get.