- The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs took on the now struggling Cleveland Browns in a match that was not as one-sided as many thought it might be. With replacement QB Jason CAMPBELL at the helm the Browns took it right up to their top-of-the-table rivals, but in the end the Chiefs
were too good, winning 23 to 17. In good news for the Browns, WR Josh GORDON bounced back with a very nice 132 receiving yards.
- In perhaps the match of the round, the 4-4 Dallas Cowboys played the 5-3 Detroit Lions, and in the end one player made all the difference – Lions number 1 receiver Calvin JOHNSON. JOHNSON put on an absolute show, receiving for 329 yds in a herculean effort that enabled his team to come back from a 7 – 13 deficit after ¾ time and take out the victory, scoring the winning touchdown with only 12 seconds of play remaining to win 31 – 30.
- The New York Giants got their season rolling in the right direction with their second win of the year (and second in a row), defeating the besieged Philadelphia Eagles 15 – 7. Eli MANNING led the way completing 25 of 39 passes for the Giants, while the return of Eagles QB Michael VICK was shortlived after he was subbed in the second quarter after having little impact.
- In another of this seasons scoring fests, the Cincinnati Bengals took their tally to 6 -2 with a huge 49 – 9 victory over the New York Jets. The Bengals are one of the form teams of the competition, winning the last 4 in a row, and they are being ably led by their QB Andy DALTON. In career best form, DALTON threw 5 TD passes, completing 19 of 30 for 325 yds in a dominant display. Could the Bengals go all the way?
- Of course, when it comes to high scoring the Denver Broncos are always around, and again this week they smashed out the touchdowns in a 45 to 21 victory over the Washington Redskins. Despite being down 21 to 14 as the final quarter began, the Broncos went berserk in the last term, with star QB Peyton MANNING once again showing the way, connecting on 30 of 44 pass attempts for 354yds and 4 TDs. Wow.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. Calvin JOHNSON - Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
When it comes to wide receivers, they don’t come much better than Calvin JOHNSON and this week he showed everyone just how good he really is. The number 1 ranked WR had a huge game, receiving 14 of 16 passes for 329 yards and scoring 1 touchdown – amassing an unbelievable 36.9 fantasy points! Only 7 yards short of the NFL record for receiving yards, JOHNSON was on fire and was a delight to watch.
Marvin who I hear you say? Before last weekend’s games JONES was selected in only 3% of fantasy leagues, but after last weekend’s 122 yard, 4 touchdown effort he has sky-rocketed into 41% of leagues, with many hoping he can keep that amazing form up. Making the most of QB Andy DALTON’s red hot form, JONES scored 36.20 pts – a feat he will struggle to get anywhere near
for the rest of the year.
3. Colin KAEPERNIK – Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
After a blistering round one KAEPERNIK has struggled a little this season, however he found his groove again last weekend, firing off for 164 yds and 1 touchdown, as well as running for 54 yds and 2 TDs of his own. In a perfect example of his double-edged threat throwing and scrambling, KAEPERNIK notched up a very tidy 27.96 pts – albeit against the pathetic Jacksonville Jaguars.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
To last week’s selections first, and it seems our curse is continuing with Wide Receiver Brandon GIBSON scoring 6.4 pts, but injuring his knee. QB Ryan TANNEHILL only managed 10.88
pts, while Washington RB Roy HELU could only eke out a miserable 2.5 pts. Damn, that’s failure on an epic scale! Let’s see how we go this week.
1. Kenny STILLS – Wide receiver, New Orleans
Any receiver in an offence led by Drew BREES should go okay, and STILLS has begun to make the most of his opportunities. Last weekend’s 129 yd, 2 touchdown game saw him score a very handy 25.3 pts, on the back of a 12.4 pts game two weeks earlier, with a bye in between. That’s some serious form, but can he keep it up?
2. Jason CAMPBELL - Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
The last time I talked up a Cleveland QB he went and did his knee the following week, so hopefully the trend won’t continue here! Third stringer CAMPBELL had a very nice match against the unbeaten KC Chiefs, throwing for 293 yds and 2 touchdowns, and rushing for 17 yds. Completing
22 of 36 attempts, he scored an impressive 21.42pts, and could provide good bench or bye coverage should you need it.
3. Emmanuel SANDERS – Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Scoring 16.8 pts from an 88 yard game with 1 touchdown isn’t setting the world on fire, but SANDERS has only been selected in 59% of leagues and is predicted to score another 10.4 pts this weekend. If your WR bench is looking thin – or some of your stars are on their bye week in round 9 – he could be just the man to keep your score ticking over.
That’s it for week 8 of the National Football League. Be sure to let us know of any queries, comments or selection issues you might have as we pass the half way mark of season