Posted 9/17 by Marc Faletti, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
Oh my, what a week. We learned that LT's injury may force the Chargers into a committee, that maybe F-A-V-R-E isn't the savior of the J-E-T-S, and that young QBs like Rodgers, Rivers, and Cutler are moving into the elite echelon. Last week, yours truly called the game 1 results in Cleveland a fluke, but after their second laid egg of the season, I suspect many of you are ready to jump ship. But hold on, I say! After their game against Baltimore, the Browns get the Bengals, and I remain confident that their offense will get on track. Buy low after this week and you won't regret it.
Onto the week 2 shenanigans:
Jason Campbell, QB, WAS
Fool's Gold: 20/32 for 321 yards and 1 TD
Dem Saints were without their top 2 DBs, meaning they went from the JV squad to Pop Warner defensive backs. And it showed. Campbell, who has been called out (anonymously) from within his own organization as being a bad fit for this coach and scheme, managed to look respectable. But he's still indecisive, still holds the ball too long, and still plays in the rough and tumble NFC East. Move him for a better backup like Delhomme, Edwards, or even Brian Griese if you can.
Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR
Fool's Gold: 12/21 for 128 yards and 1 INT
The pick bounced off of Jeff King's hands, and a couple big plays were negated by bad calls (like a poor pass interference call against DJ Hackett). Delhomme was much closer to a solid day than people realize, and - oh yeah - he gets a guy named Steve Smith back this week. With the ground game churning in CAR, Delhomme will see favorable defenses, and he will carve up his weak division the rest of the year.
Julius Jones, RB, SEA
Fool's Gold: 26 rushes for 127 yards and 1 TD, 3 catches for 14 yards
Weirdly, there are still a lot of people who want to believe in Julius Jones, but the truth is that he's a very average back who makes no one miss and couldn't beat out other average Seattle backs (like Maurice Morris) for playing time. But Morris was out and the Niners are soft against the run, so Jones got enough work to score some points. His game this week against the Rams is also a cupcake, but after their week 4 bye, MoMo should be back. And you won't be seeing lines like this from Jones again.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
Fool's Gold: 5 rushes for 52 yards and 1 TD, 1 catch for 18 yards and 1 TD
Bradshaw was awesome on his 6 touches, but, uh, it was 6 touches. In a blowout. Following a game in which he got exactly 0 touches. Bradshaw only has real value if (when?) Jacobs goes down, and the Rams look like the worst defense in the NFL, so Bradshaw's unusual Sunday numbers can't be counted upon.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Fool's Gold: Knowing where the end zone begins
Torry Holt, WR, STL
Fool's Gold: 6 catches for 76 yards and 1 TD
45 of Holt's yards came on his TD catch, and that catch was lucky; he was well-covered and the ball kind of just wound up with him as they fought for it. This also means his other 5 catches went for a whopping 31 yards, which is more telling about how the Rams are using him these days (and how bad their offense is).
Amani Toomer, WR, NYG
Fool's Gold: 6 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD
Hi, I'm Amani Toomer! I was just playing the aforementioned horrible Rams and baaaad corners like Tye Hill. I will now resume my waiver-wire-esque production.