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John Beck

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Every week during the season, I will throw out some quick observations of the previous NFL week. With the invention of the DVR and Directv’s ”Quick Bits”, I am able to watch almost every snap of every game and give you a lightning “blitz” war “krieg” to bring to your fantasy league for domination. Bring on the games!

The Steelers vs. the Jaguars started off like it was going to be a butt-kicking, but ended up a close game.  The Jaguars defense slowed down the Steelers in the second half, but MJD was the key cog for the offense.  Jones-Drew had 24 touches for 104 total yards and almost willed the Jags back into the game.  Early on the Steelers were very effective blending the run and passing games. Rashard Mendenhall looked to be healthy and he had over 100 yards on the ground in the first 19 minutes of the game.  Mendenhall finished with 23 carries for 146 yards and a TD.  Mike Wallace was targeted 6 times and only caught 2 of them for 76 yards and a TD.  Ben Roethlisberger did a good job spreading the ball around, not so good for fantasy, and finished with12-23 attempts for 200 yards and the TD to Wallace. Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley and DE Brett Keisel both finished with 2 sacks each.  Blaine Gabbert is not a good #2 QB now and has very little help other than MJD.

The Patriots game against the Cowboys was a very up and down game to watch.  Tony Romo started with an early interception, then began to use play action effectively to help set up the defense.  Romo finished with 27-41 attempts with 317 yards with a TD and an interception.  Neither team’s running games were effective, and both defenses played a very physical, knockout game.  Both teams had a sack specialist as Dallas’ LB Demarcus Ware had 2 sacks as did Patriot’s DE Andre CarterDez Bryant (4-78) made plays while trying to deal with a wardrobe malfunction and Miles Austin also pitched in with 7 catches for 74 yards.  For Wes Welker, he had a quiet day with 4 catches for 45 yards and a TD on 10 targets.  Tom Brady used his tight ends well, hitting Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left in the end zone.  Hernandez had 8 receptions for 68 yards and Rob Gronkowski had 7-74 yards receiving on as many targets.  Brady had the same completions and attempts as Romo, 27-41, but had 289 yards passing with 2 TD passes, and 2 interceptions. To read the rest, click here:


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