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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: HOU 17, WAS 10

Both these teams come off thrilling, "save the sports section" wins over long-time rivals. The Texans finally beat the Colts for only the second time while the Redskins stood to the side and watched the Cowboys repeatedly lasso themselves. No arguing that the Texans are a team on the rise and that the offense is getting very good. But the Redskins never had Bob Sanders to lose so those gaping holes in the line are not going to be there for Foster this time.

Houston Texans (1-0)
Homefield: Reliant Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 IND W 34-24 10 @JAC --
2 @WAS -- 11 @NYJ --
3 DAL -- 12 TEN --
4 @OAK -- 13 @PHI --
5 NYG -- 14 BAL --
6 KC -- 15 @TEN --
7 Bye - 16 @DEN --
8 @IND -- 17 JAC --
9 SD --   - -
Texans Report | Statistics | Roster
HOUSTON at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Schaub - - 230,2
RB Arian Foster 80 10 -
TE Owen Daniels - 10 -
WR Andre' Johnson - 100,1 -
WR Kevin Walter - 40 -
WR Jacoby Jones - 60,1 -
PK Neil Rackers 1 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: With the rushing lanes clear and open, Arian Foster ended with the second best opening day rushing performance in NFL history. His day was so dominating that it remains hard to measure the passing attack for the Texans since they never really needed it. The escalating score forced the Colts to get into a shootout and in the end there were plentiful fantasy points for Manning and company even if it was in a loss. That's exactly what this league needs - another St. Louis Rams circa "Greatest Show on Turf" when they had a prolific offense and almost no defense. We can only hope the Texans can step up into those shoes.

QUARTERBACK: The monster game tendered by Arian Foster left Matt Schaub with only nine of 17 passes completed for 107 yards and one score. In a win over the Colts no less. Foster wrecked the value of the Texans passing game but that won't be the case every week and certainly not this one.

The Redskins allowed 282 yard and one score to Tony Romo but that is a very well known rival. Expect Schaub to fall a bit shorter in yardage but manage the two scores the Cowboys could never quite get.

RUNNING BACKS: It was a franchise record and one that Arian Foster will likely never surpass. He rushed for 231 yards on 33 carries and scored three times as he completely took the game over in the second half. As the game progressed, the more damage that Foster doled out and every fantasy owner out there just about wet their pants when they discovered week one was probably going to be a free win for them.

This week is a far bigger test on the road in Washington where they just limited the Cowboys to 21 total carries for 95 yards and no scores. Arian will be a no brainer RB1 starter for the rest of the year but this week will see him settled down from his week one party. Only two runners scored in Washington last year and that was in weeks 15 and 16 when they had given up.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The meager passing numbers last week meant almost no value here though Kevin Walter did manage to catch the lone touchdown pass. Andre' Johnson settled for three receptions for 33 yards and pretended to be happy for Foster. This week should see Johnson get back on track against a Redskins defense that gave up 146 yards and a score to Miles Austin last week. The Texans will need to score via the pass and Owen Daniels is slowly getting better. Look for Johnson and Jacoby Jones to have at least decent games if not big.

TIGHT ENDS: Owen Daniels played more snaps that expected last week but still only had one catch for nine yards. He'll be getting better each week as he gets back into game shape and Foster doesn't take over the offense. Until Daniels does become 100%, he's better off left on your bench.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 28 1 22 30 2 24
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 18 14 27 9 1 3


Washington Redskins (1-0)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL W 13-7 10 PHI --
2 HOU -- 11 @TEN --
3 @STL -- 12 MIN --
4 @PHI -- 13 @NYG --
5 GB -- 14 TB --
6 IND -- 15 @DAL --
7 @CHI -- 16 @JAC --
8 @DET -- 17 NYG --
9 Bye - - - -
Redskins Report | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON vs HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb 10 - 200,1
RB Clinton Portis 70 10 -
TE Chris Cooley - 60,1 -
WR Santana Moss - 70 -
WR Anthony Armstrong - 20 -
WR Joey Galloway - 20 -
PK Graham Gano 1 FG 1 XP -

Pregame Notes: Any win over the Cowboys is a good win but after the champagne is gone, the reality is that the Redskins still cannot score an offensive touchdown and the entirety of the offense revolves around sluggish running by Clinton Portis and then throwing only to Chris Cooley and Santana Moss. Defenses are going to notice that eventually. Nothing else worked last week and now an offensive juggernaut comes to town. The Skins cannot hope to win a shootout of any kind and must rely on defense until McNabb and company get it into gear.

QUARTERBACK: First week out as the Skins quarterback and Donovan McNabb only completed 15 of 32 passes for 171 yards and no score. Remove Santana Moss and Chris Cooley and he had only three completions for 14 yards. McNabb barely even bothered to throw to other receivers. This week brings in a softer secondary but nothing yet says that McNabb is going to be able to take advantage of it.

Assuming the Texans get a lead, look for McNabb to throw for moderate yardage but even one touchdown would be a new success for this offense.

RUNNING BACKS: The good news is that Clinton Portis had 18 carries last week and only gave up three runs to Larry Johnson who did nothing with them. The bad news is that Portis wasn't that effective either and gained 63 yards on 18 carries for a 3.5 YPC. He only had one reception for one yard. Portis looked slow in the game and as if he had lost a step but the Skins have no where else to turn other than Johnson who is even more broken down and past his prime.

The Texans were actually pretty good against the run last year though they just lost DE Connor Barwin for the season. No reason here to expect more than mediocrity. This game may be about as good as it gets with visiting defenses. The question is if Portis can run all game or if the Skins need to start passing to catch up at any point.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The more things change, the more only Santana Moss matters. He accounted for six catches for 77 yards last week but the entirety of the other wideouts only had one catch for 11 yards. Moss had nine targets and the others shared seven. But only Moss mattered and he's been a problem for Dallas on and off for several years. The aged Joey Galloway was thrown only one incompletion and supposedly the up and comer Anthony Armstrong recorded just one catch for 11 yards and missed on the other four passes thrown to him. That's worrisome in the short and long run.

The Colts posted big passing stats using their wideouts on the Texans but there is no such quality here. Moss remains a quasi-interesting start this week but once a secondary opts to shut him down the whole thing crumbles.

TIGHT ENDS: Chris Cooley was the primary receiver last week and most likely for the next 15. He clearly had the confidence and trust of McNabb and turned in six catches for 80 yards. Fred Davis never had a catch to qualm any fears of the Cooley owner. Expect no less than decent stats for Cooley every week and as this offense improves, he will be at the forefront.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 27 30 26 11 14 10
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 32 4 32 29 16 13

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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