Saturday, October 2, 2010

Playmakers and Benchwarmers - Week 4 Monday Night Madness



Here we go ladies and gents.  It's time for the Monday Night matchup of the week.  I am still trying to get all the yellow flags out of my nightmares stemming from the penalty fest last Monday from my Packers.  However, we must move on.  This week, we get to see an AFC East matchup of two playoff hopeful teams, both sitting at 2-1 and both having already lost to AFC East counterpart, the J-E-T-S. 
Superstar Playmakers :
Tom Brady - No explanation needed.  But I will still give one.  He is averaging 250 yards and almost 3 TDs a game.  There I said it.  Prediction : 318 Yards - 3 TDs
Brandon Marshall - He is showing every game why he should be considered in the same breath as the Johnson Twins (Andre and Calvin - ok so they aren't really twins, so sue me), Randy Moss and Fitzgerald as the Top WRs in the game.  Prediction : 9 Rec. - 114 Yards - 1 TD
Randy Moss - Brady's #1 Target looks to exploit the Miami defense and get his season going.  While he has 3 TDs so far, his catch and yardage numbers have much to be desired.  Look for that to change this week.  Prediction - 6 Rec. - 102 Yards - 1 TD
Wes Welker - Brady's other #1 target.  He is a beast in the slot and Brady loves to look for him on short slant routes that Welker turns into bigger gains (107 of his 147 yards came after the catch).  Look for him to pick on the Miami secondary.  Prediction - 7 Rec. - 81 Yard - 1 TD

Solid Plays :
Ronnie Brown - The Dolphins were a solid running ground and pound team for the first 2 weeks of the season before they decided to put the game on Henne's shoulders in week 3.  Look for them to try and control the clock and time of possesion using their 2 headed RBs.  Prediction - 18 Carries - 101 Yards - 1 TD
Chad Henne - Young strong armed and smart.  3 things a coach loves to be able to say about his QB.  This is a battle of Wolverine QBs, one who is in his prime still and wanting another title and one whose career is just starting and getting rolling looking to make a name.  Henne is thrilled to have Marshall as a true #1 WR, something he lacked all last season.   Prediction- 241 Yards - 2 TDs - 1 Int
Aaron Hernandez - This rookie TE out of Florida has really become an early season favorite of Tom Brady.  A big kid with great hands and down the seam speed.  Look for him to pick on the LBs and Safeties of the Dolphins D.  Prediction - 4 Rec. - 71 Yards - 0 TD

Decent Bye Week Fill Ins :
BenJarvis Green-Ellis - Coming off a solid week 3 performance, I am hoping the evil genius finally sees he has a decent above average running option in BGE.  Will he?  Who knows.  It all depends on the early success of Brady.  If Brady is able to throw at will, I don't expect much on the ground, but as a bye week fill in, you could do worse.  Prediction - 14 Carries - 72 Yards - 1 TD
Ricky Williams - It's just hard to predict the impact Williams will have on any give game.  If you have a starting RB on BYE (Charles, Barber, AP) and Williams in on your bench, go ahead and run him out there and hope this is one of the games he puts up that shows he has what it takes to still be a starting RB.  Prediction - 12 Carries - 64 Yards - 0 TDs

Bench Them :
Fred Taylor - Until we see what exactly Evil Bill's plans are at RB (coupled with Taylors injury), its time to sit Taylor.  After a solid week 1 performance, he's been non-existent in the past 2 contests and probably won't play this week at all.
Miami Team D - Unless you really have to, why risk it going against Brady and Company.
Davone Bess - All preseason we heard how he was being pulled off punt and kick return duty because they were looking to get him in the passing game as a solid #2 WR.  So far, that hasn't happened.  He's a low WR4 at best right now.

IDPs to watch :
Yeremiah Bell, Karlos Dansby, Jerod Mayo, Patrick Chung, Darius Butler

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