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David Dorey
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WEEK 2
2010
BAL at CIN* CHI at DAL PIT at TEN HOU at WAS
TB at CAR* PHI at DET* SEA at DEN* JAC at SD
BUF at GB ARI at ATL* STL at OAK* NYG at IND*
*Updated MIA at MIN* KC at CLE* NE at NYJ NO at SF*

Prediction: BUF 0, GB 24

The Bills couldn't come up with the offense to beat the visiting Dolphins and now head to Green Bay where the Packers will show them perhaps the best one in the league. This game is so lopsided that the concern is that the Packers remain motivated to win big and not just put this one to bed before we all have our potential fantasy points. The line is -13.5 for the Packers.

Buffalo Bills (0-1)
Homefield: Ralph Wilson Stadium
AstroTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 MIA L 10-15 10 DET --
2 @GB -- 11 @CIN --
3 @NE -- 12 PIT --
4 NYJ -- 13 @MIN --
5 JAC -- 14 CLE --
6 Bye - 15 @MIA --
7 @BAL -- 16 NE --
8 @KC -- 17 @NYJ --
9 CHI -- - - -
Bills Report | Statistics | Roster
BUFFALO at GB Rush Catch Pass
QB Trent Edwards - - 150
RB C.J. Spiller 30 10 -
RB Fred Jackson 30 10 -
WR Lee Evans - 40 -
WR Steve Johnson - 40 -
WR Roscoe Parrish - 30 -
PK Rian Lindell 0 FG 0 XP -
Pregame Notes: It was a really inauspicious start for new head coach Chan Gailey who came aboard a sinking ship and it is going to take far longer than one season to rectify. The rushing game was non-existent and the passing game was inefficient. The defense stepped up well but it was week one when so many teams just came out flat that you cannot credit the defense solely for so many low scores in the league. Bottom line - we've only just begun in Buffalo and it won't be pretty on the way up.

QUARTERBACK: The decision to stick with Trent Edwards - at least for this year - seemed less than golden when he opened the year by completing only 18 of 34 passes for 139 yards and one score. He had no turnovers but was sacked three times. Now Edwards hits the road where he'll find an even more aggressive defense waiting for him.

There is really never any reason to start Edwards on your team and less so this week.

RUNNING BACKS: The rookie C.J. Spiller just discovered the difference between running for Clemson where you become the 1.09 pick in the draft and playing for the Bills where you start out with seven carries for six yards and have four receptions that net eight yards. Not exactly one for the scrapbook. The offensive line was unable to create any holes against the Dolphins and Fred Jackson and even Marshawn Lynch were eventually given some carries. Jackson is playing without a protective device on his hand but it did not seem to be a problem.

Better days are down the road but this week finds no reason to consider any runner here for a fantasy start.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Lee Evans was the lead receiver last week but that was only with seven targets for four catches and 34 yards. Roscoe Parrish came out of the slot for the only touchdown in the game and Steve Johnson (3-40) provided a similarly mediocre presence. This will work itself out as the season progresses and if someone drops Lee Evans in your league he remains one to at least hold for the future.

But for the present - no need to start a ny of these wideouts.

TIGHT ENDS: Never threw a pass to one last week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points BUF 25 32 15 31 24 26
Preventing Fantasy Points GB 27 17 16 8 26 30


Green Bay Packers (1- 0)
Homefield: Lambeau Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @PHI W 27-20 10 Bye -
2 BUF -- 11 @MIN --
3 @CHI -- 12 @ATL --
4 DET -- 13 SF --
5 @WAS -- 14 @DET --
6 MIA -- 15 @NE --
7 MIN -- 16 NYG --
8 @NYJ -- 17 CHI --
9 DAL -- - - -
Packers Report | Statistics | Roster
GREEN BAY vs BUF Rush Catch Pass
QB Aaron Rodgers - - 240,2
RB Brandon Jackson 80,1 20 -
TE Jermichael Finley - 60,1 -
WR Greg Jennings - 80 -
WR Donald Driver - 50,1 -
WR James Jones - 20 -
PK Mason Crosby 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: Packers held on to a nice opening win in Philly in a week where most offenses struggled to score any points. That was probably the hardest matchup for the next six weeks or so but the Packers cannot afford to let the throttle back. The loss of Ryan Grant is going to take some adjustment to compensate for and with Brandon Jackson as the best available replacement, it could end up that Rodgers needs to pass more. Pity, eh?

QUARTERBACK: Aaron Rodgers kicked off the season by throwing for 188 yards and two scores in Philadelphia but he can sit back and jack up his stats more in the coming weeks against a weaker field of opponents. The visiting Bills have a decent secondary but are on the road and most teams just run on them. Since Grant is out, Rodgers can certainly take up the slack with a few more passes this week.

RUNNING BACKS: Ryan Grant has been placed on the injured reserve and Brandon Jackson now takes the torch. It is a great offense to be the starter in but he had that gig in the past and wasn't good enough to hold onto the job. Coaches recently - if not in a foreboding manner - talked about how they were comfortable with Jackson should they ever need to rely on him. That took less than one full game to happen.

Unless and until they acquire a free agent - and they will be looking - John Kuhn becomes the beefy change of pace back.

The Fins posted 127 rush yards on 31 carries on the Bills but the Packers are not going to run that much. Look for a decent showing here by Jackson who also doubles as a receiver as well. I am tagging Jackson with a rushing touchdown but it could end up with Kuhn like last week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Both Donald Driver (5-30) and Greg Jennings (5-82) scored last week while James Jones and Jordy Nelson had just one or two inconsequential catches. This week could be a risk because the Bills are not going to mount that much of a fight and the Packers can win with or without these wideouts. But this is also a home opener and playing to the crowd should see at least one wideout score if not more. Jennings and Driver are both decent fantasy starts that could have a monster game or just a mediocre showing depending on how the Packers decide they want to win.

TIGHT ENDS: Jermichael Finley was publicly disappointed that he only was thrown six passes and ended with only 47 yards on four receptions. Tight ends at home almost always have bigger stats and there is a reason to make him happier after last Sunday. Finley should have decent yardage and score here. Even Anthony Fasano had 46 yards on the Bills last Sunday.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points GB 14 11 9 16 4 16
Preventing Fantasy Points BUF 4 28 8 15 22 18

WEEK 2
2010
BAL at CIN CHI at DAL PIT at TEN HOU at WAS
TB at CAR PHI at DET SEA at DEN JAC at SD
BUF at GB ARI at ATL STL at OAK NYG at IND
  MIA at MIN KC at CLE NE at NYJ NO at SF
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