Fresh off yet another 5,000 yard, 43 touchdown season, we have come to expect nothing but excellence from Easy Breesy. During the past 5 seasons, Brees has been nothing short of amazing, throwing for over 4,338 yards and 26 touchdowns in every single season since 2006 and throwing for over 5,000 yards 3 times and over 33 touchdowns in every season since 2008.
After year-after-year of being a true consummate professional, Brees has made a name for himself as one of the greatest Quarterbacks in the Manning Era. This week he faces a 24th ranked Falcons pass defense that Brees (with his numerous weapons) can easily carve up like a Thanksgiving turkey.
True it will be hard to live up to Manning’s 7 TDs against the Ravens, but Brees against the stagnant Atlanta Defense should surpass Manning in pure yardage. Look for WR Marques Colston (1,154 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012) and TE Jimmy Graham (982 yards and 9 touchdowns) to both perform very admirably against the high flying Falcons defense.
In order to answer the question of whether or not Drew Brees will step up vs. the Falcons, I must quote the great NFL Broadcaster Jim Nantz, “Expect anything different?”
Coming off a rather forgettable season that featured 15 turnovers and a 6 week injury plagued 2nd half of the season, Michael Vick is looking to put the past behind him and fulfill his duties to Philadelphia and the Eagles’ organization.
This week, after some issues with receiver Riley Cooper and CB Cary Williams at camp, Vick is looking to his young play makers to mature and help the Eagles win against the rival Redskins. It will be interesting to see former Oregon offensive guru Chip Kelly work his magic with all that the Philadelphia Eagles have to offer offensively with receiving back LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson and TE Brent Celek.
Vick, if accurate, has the opportunity to absolutely torch this atrocious Washington Redskins D. This week could be a bounce back week for Vick, who can run and throw the ball on any defense in the league. Watch for Vick to run Kelly’s offensive schemes to perfection and perhaps run his way to a couple of touchdowns along the way.
After leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl after sitting out half the year, Colin Kaepernick is one of the top fantasy prospects this season and my top fantasy QB this week. Playing against a Green Bay defense that allowed over 570 yards to the 49ers last January in the NFC Divisional playoff game, Kaepernick should have no problem picking apart this defense once again (Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as throwing for 250 yards).
Even though the Packers have Kaepernick’s number, Kaepernick has the speed and undeniable throwing ability to make the NFC Divisional Playoff to look like a cake walk.
On the receiving front, Kaepernick doesn’t have stud WR Michael Crabtree (1,105 yards, 9 touchdowns in 2012) or Mario Manningham (42 receptions, 449 yards), but he still has former Raven WR Anquan Boldin (921 yards, 4 touchdowns) and star TE Vernon Davis (965 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009). The key for Kaepernick to be successful is to hit Davis early and often in order to keep this Green Bay D on it’s toes.
The Niners should run the pistol offense and use mass misdirection and play action to really burn the Pack for some major yardage. Even if Kaepernick doesn’t deserve a #3 spot for his passing ability, he definitely deserves a #3 spot for his running ability.