Ray Rice Is Decent Enough And 4 Random Thoughts From This Weekend’s NFL Action

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09.12.11 6 Comments
I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong about something, so I had no problem making fun of myself yesterday while Ray Rice made me and the Pittsburgh Steelers look incredibly foolish. In fairness, my fantasy football rankings were doomed because I wrote them too early, since I would clearly never take Arian Foster and his hamstring with the first pick, but more importantly because Rice was going to benefit from the disappearances of Willis McGahee, now ruining Knowshon Moreno’s value in Denver, and Le’Ron McClain, who of course joined Jamaal Charles in Kansas City.

With that said, I’ve never claimed to be an expert. So I tip my cap to those of you who nabbed Rice in the Top 5 because it’s pretty clear that he, LeSean McCoy, and maybe even Matt Forte are poised to become the cream of the RB crop this year. That is, if every player in the league isn’t on the injured reserve by Week 4.

Then again, it’s also only Week 1, so I shouldn’t be crowning anyone. But if Rice and his 149 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs against the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t impress you, then I guess you are more foolish than I.

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Cam Newton is the Best QB Ever

If JaMarcus Russell didn’t leave his TV in his foreclosed mansion, I hope that he was able to watch yesterday’s surprisingly exciting game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals. By no means am I ready to anoint Cam Newton the second coming of Mike Vick, but I am willing to crown the Cardinals as the worst defense in the NFL after Week 1.

Now that’s not to completely crap on Newton’s big day. Whether you appreciate his raw talent or loathe him as a corrupt gun for hire, the former national champion Auburn QB and Heisman Trophy winner made Russell and all of the first round bust QBs before him look a million times worse as he fell just one yard shy of at least taking the Panther to overtime in his first game.

422 passing yards or not, I guess I’m most impressed that I watched the game with someone who was not only forced to start Newton in fantasy football because of Peyton Manning’s injury, but also started Steve Smith with him. And it was a girl. Typical.

Chris Johnson Should Get the Ball More

The guy who just received $30 million in guaranteed cash for being the best RB in the NFL over the past three seasons carried the ball 9 times yesterday. Chris Johnson should have presumably had a monster day against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who we assume are in for one last hurrah of blah before Jack Del Rio is finally fired. Instead, Johnson got 9 freaking carries in a game that was never more than 13 points out of reach.

I know there’s no point in analyzing teams and player performances in hindsight, but I feel like Jeff Fisher would have run rampant over the Jags and made them beg for mercy. Or maybe he wouldn’t have, there’s no way to know. Like it matters. If the Houston Texans haven’t run away with this division by Week 8, Gary Kubiak should be forced to work for Al Davis for the next decade.

(Quick side note prediction: We’re going to hear a lot about the Texans and both Randy Moss and Terrell Owens over the next week or so with Kevin Walter out for a considerable length of time. It might not mean anything, but oh boy will it be annoying.)

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