Blog Times: Secret Weapons – Week 7
As most of you already know, I spent last night living it up and getting one year closer to a dirt nap. While I’m sure Da Coach drank more whiskey and smoked more cigars than yours truly, I still woke up a little on the slow side. I guess that’s what happens when you decide to chase over-priced cupcakes with reduced-priced wine. Ah, the aging process! In any case, I’m in no condition to appear on camera and so… it’s another throwback edition of SECRET WEAPONS (the show that keeps your fantasy team and football talk on target)!
FANTASY MATCH-UP OF THE WEEK
All four AFC East teams (Jets, Patriots, Bills, and Dolphins) are tied with a 3-3 record. Pretty crazy, right? I guess I knew the Patriots had lost three games, but I didn’t realize that the Jets had won three. This Sunday, these two division rivals will go head to head in an attempt to put themselves atop the leader board in what is sure to be a tense game.
What’s particularly interesting about this match-up is not the offensive GQ QB match-up, but rather the flip flopped defensive battle. The Jets currently have the 6th rated pass defense and the 28th ranked run defense. That means they’re great against the pass, but can’t stop the run. The Pats, on the other hand, have the 28th rated pass defense and the 6th rated run defense. As I’m sure you’ve already figured out, that means they’re horrible through the air, but tough on the ground.
The Jets do their best work when employing the “ground and pound” approach. Last week their lead running back, Shonn Greene, had a career game and scored three touchdowns. Against the Pats’ run defense, however, that’s highly unlikely. The problem for the Jets is that they can’t really readjust since their passing attack is horrible. Mark Sanchez‘s smile may be winning, but his decision making ability in the pocket is definitely not. Since Santonio Holmes went down with a foot injury, Jeremy Kerley has stepped up as Sanchez’s most reliable receiver. He hasn’t scored a TD since week 3, but his receptions are increasing and I like his chances against the Pats secondary. If you’re looking for a super sleeper, tight end Dustin Keller is an option. He’s been banged up and the Jets have used him primarily for blocking, but New England is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing TEs so there’s a slight chance he gets lucky.
The Pats offense is as reliable as hot air in an election season, so they’re almost always startable regardless of the match-up. The Jets have struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks and Tom Brady shines brighter than Honey Boo Boo‘s most bedazzled pageant dress when given time in the pocket. Furthermore, the Jet’s best corner, Antonio Cromartie, has trouble covering shorter/shifty slot receivers like Wes Welker. Things may have started slowly this season for Welker, but I think he’s going to have a great game on Sunday. Both tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, are also bound to produce, especially considering over the past 5 games the Jets have given up the 9th most fantasy points to the position. The only Pat I’m worried about is Brandon Lloyd, mostly because I think he’ll draw Cromartie for the bulk of the game. Sans that exception, start your Pats with confidence.
NFL STADIUM NEWS
There’s a mystery brewing at
Qwest CenturyLink Field and two Seahawk fans are on the case. Check out this video to see what all the brew-ha-ha is about.
Hooolllddd it! Caallll the cops! Beer is still $1.25 cheaper in Seattle than anywhere else in the US.
My love of end zone celebrations is almost as well documented as my love for Scott Chandler (who, by the way, is a great sleeper this week against the Titans who are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends). Last week Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson scored a well-timed TD in the fourth quarter, which brought his team within 3 points and helped their cause against the Philadelphia Eagles. To celebrate his score and mock the opposing team, Burleson flapped his arms as if he were a bird (presumably an Eagle) and then mimed shooting it down with a rifle. To see the WR’s dance in full click HERE.
Burleson’s teammates and fans gave his victory dance a perfect 10, but the NFL didn’t agree and decided to fine him 10K instead. According to NFL.com, Burelson said he was being fined because the league felt that his celebration included a “violent action toward another team.” In his defense, the receiver said he could have been shooting a “super soaker” rather than a gun. He also added that the fine won’t stop him from celebrating and that he has something prepared for the Monday night game against the division rival Chicago Bears. While I enjoy a good show, I’m not worried about Burleson finding the endzone against Da Defense. (Sure that’s a homer call, but did you expect any less?)