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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 Carolina/Washington matchup ended with a predictable conclusion, but the way it went was a bit surprising. The Redskins came out running the ball as Tim Hightower ran well (17 carries for 88 yards) to start the game.  Hightower hurt his lower leg and did not return. John Beck looked lost in the 1st half, but ended up salvaging his day with 279 passing yards, a passing TD, a rushing TD, and an interception.  Beck looked better than Grossman has, but what does that really tell us?  Fred Davis had the best fantasy day of any Redskin with 6-80 yards, a TD, and still managed to drop a couple passes.  The Washington defense sacked Cam Newton 4 times, but that wasn’t enough. Newton threw for 18-23 attempts, 256 yards, and had a TD pass.  He added another 59 yards on the ground, and a rushing TD on 10 carries.  Once again, Steve Smith caught the lion’s share of Newton’s passes (7-143 yards) and made it look easy.  Smith has not lost any wiggle and can make the most of a short route.  It was Jonathan Stewart’s game this week as he had 14 carries for 68 yards and a short TD.  Stewart was most effective on his 1st 4 carries for 50 yards.

Steelers (East) versus Arizona (Steelers West) was a little closer on the scoreboard than how the game played out.  Beanie Wells was a very inconsistent runner who spent a lot of time dancing and carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards before he left with a leg injury.  LaRod Stephens-Howling, a backup RB and special teams ace, helped out Kevin Kolb by taking a short pass and rumbled 73 yards to pay dirt.  Larry Fitzgerald had some great catches (4 for 78 yards), but was mostly held in check by Ike Taylor.  Kolb was under pressure for most of the day; however, managed to throw for 272 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 interception.  LaMarr Woodley came thru again in James Harrison’s absence by having 2 sacks and causing Kolb to ground the ball in the end zone for a safety. The Steelers running game was not as effective this week as Rashard Mendenhall had 32 rushing yards.  Ben Roethlisberger had 340 yards passing with 3 TDs and did a better job setting his feet and throwing down the field. Speedster Mike Wallace only caught 3 passes, but made the most of those catches including a 95 yard TD bomb.  Heath Miller caught 4 passes for 59 yards with a TD catch and added a carry for 6 yards.  Just when I said Antonio Brown was fading, Brown showed us doubters by catching 7 for 102 yards on 9 targets.  For the rest of the article, click here: http://bit.ly/tgJ7uF

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