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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: MIA 13, MIN 27

Update: Percy Harvin has been limited this week and sat out on Thursday because of a bruised hip but he was just being rested and is expected to play.

The Vikings return home to lick their wounds when the chance for revenge in New Orleans ended up about the same only with fewer points and less drama. The Dolphins out lasted their divisional foe of the Bills in one of the many endzone-deprived games last week. Miami was only 3-5 on the road last year though and the Vikings were 8-0 at home. Both need to prove something but the Vikes have an easier time.

Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Homefield: Dolphins Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @BUF W 15-10 10 TEN --
2 @MIN -- 11 CHI --
3 NYJ -- 12 @OAK --
4 NE -- 13 CLE --
5 Bye - 14 @NYJ --
6 @GB -- 15 BUF --
7 PIT -- 16 DET --
8 @CIN -- 17 @NE --
9 @BAL -- - - -
Dolphins Report | Statistics | Roster
MIAMI at MIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Chad Henne - - 210
RB Ricky Williams 40 - -
RB Ronnie Brown 60,1 30 -
TE Anthony Fasano - 40 -
WR Brandon Marshall - 70 -
WR Brian Hartline - 20 -
WR Davone Bess - 40 -
PK Dan Carpenter 2 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The addition of Brandon Marshall didn't have quite the bang hoped last week when he collected eight receptions but only gained 53 yards. Most tight ends have a better YPC than that. The game was saved by a Ronnie Brown score and he was the only player with notable success and he was limited to only 15 touches in the game because Ricky Williams must get his share. This week will be much more challenging than the Bills and then two home stands against the Jets and Patriots wait before the week five bye.

QUARTERBACK: The recently maligned Chad Henne had an inauspicious start to his season when he passed for just 182 yards and no scores but he had no turnovers and has been well versed on who to throw the ball to the most (Marshall). Chances of a low scoring game this week are small and Henne is going to have to come to life more if the Fins are going to stay in the game.

The Vikings at home are always a far better team and they'll want to make up for their opening loss. The Vikes held the Saints to just one passing score and 237 yards for Drew Brees so it's impossible to expect better from Chad Henne. Leave him on your bench. His best bet is getting trash time yardage.

RUNNING BACKS: The committee is in full effect even if it doesn't make sense. Last week saw Ronnie Brown rush for 65 yards on 13 carries (5.0 YPC) with one touchdown while Ricky Williams had more carries with 18 for 62 yards (3.4 YPC). The Vikings were tough on the run in New Orleans and should be even better this week.

Look for only moderate yardage here from the two runners though Brown could help himself with more receptions. If there is a rushing score, I like Brown to get the honors. Outside of Brandon Marshall in a reception points league, your best bet on this team is with Ronnie Brown and even that won't be a big game. No visiting runner gained over 100 yards in Minnesota last year.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Chad Henne threw Brandon Marshall 13 passes - almost twice any other player - and he caught eight but only gained 53 yards. Seems the defense had heard about the Marshall guy. Davone Bess chipped in 51 yards on six catches last week but no other wideout recorded any other catches. This passing attack is going to natural slant towards Marshall but he has to start running deeper routes. Problem is if Henne can connect with him down field.

Marshall remains a play if only because of his volume of passes but no one else is a safe play here. Henne likes to throw to Bess as well but he's too risky to expect much from.

TIGHT ENDS: Anthony Fasano maintains marginal fantasy value but he only had three catches for 46 yards last week and he won't reach that high in most games. Safe to leave him on your bench even though the Vikings are noted for being weak against tight ends. Fasano just doesn't get enough use to qualify as a fantasy starter.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points MIA 29 5 25 18 10 14
Preventing Fantasy Points MIN 14 23 21 7 2 7


Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Homefield: Metrodome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NO 9-14 10 @CHI --
2 MIA -- 11 GB --
3 DET -- 12 @WAS --
4 Bye - 13 BUF --
5 @NYJ -- 14 NYG --
6 DAL -- 15 CHI --
7 @GB -- 16 @PHI --
8 @NE -- 17 @DET --
9 ARI -- - - -
Vikings Report | Statistics | Roster
MINNESOTA vs MIA Rush Catch Pass
QB Brett Favre - - 190,2
RB Adrian Peterson 90,1 10 -
TE Vishante Shiancoe - 50,1 -
WR Bernard Berrian - 30 -
WR Greg Camarillo - 40 -
WR Percy Harvin - 40,1 -
PK Ryan Longwell 2 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The result of the season opener was a disappointment on several levels. Not only did they lose the game, but the offense was entirely out of synch and coaching decisions were interesting to say the least - why rarely use Adrian Peterson in the second half when he was a beast for the first two quarters? The Vikings need a win at home because they left New Orleans looking like weren't aware the season was starting.

QUARTERBACK: Brett Favre only passed for 171 yards and one score with one interception in New Orleans. The good news was that he only got sacked once and showed nice chemistry with Vishante Shiancoe in the first half before the Saints started to double him. The bad news is that it looked like Favre had missed training camp. Like he was not on the same page with any of his wide receivers and that the loss of Sidney Rice apparently was catastrophic. Favre just needs more time with the receivers which would not be needed had he spent his summer in camp instead of making more Wrangler commercials.

The Fins gave up a score and 139 yards to Trent Edwards last week and Favre at home is probably exponentially better. Expect a better game from Favre this week but not yet a big one. He shouldn't need to air it out too much to win this one.

RUNNING BACKS: Nothing wrong with Adrian Peterson other than the Vikings yet again seem unwilling to rely too heavily on what may be the most talented running back in the league. He rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries in the first half and was getting more productive. He added only six carries for 30 yards in the second half. Peterson ended with a 4.6 yards per carry average but despite the score being close and his running being the only consistently productive play - he was under used and ended up once again with a sub-100 yard game as he did in 13 of 16 games last year. He was used on three pass plays as well but the sense was that he was once again oddly limited by the coaches.

The Fins all but hog-tied the rookie C.J. Spiller last week but back at home, Peterson is always a sure bet to get right at 100 yards before mysteriously giving way to more throwing by Favre.

WIDE RECEIVERS: If this is what life without Sidney Rice is like, maybe the Vikes should just run every play. Last year in New Orleans, Rice only had four catches for 43 yards but he scored once and made the defense account for him. Bernard Berrian had 102 yards on nine catches in that game. Harvin accounted for 36 yards on five receptions. But last Thursday saw the wideouts combine for 56 yards on four passes thrown each to a different wideout. No wide receiver had more than one catch. Berrian had a drop and seemed surprisingly out of step with Favre. Percy Harvin was a non-factor even though he had five passes thrown to him. Greg Camarillo had a nice 29 yard gain but only had two passes thrown his way. It was surprising how out os synch these wideouts were with Favre. What has to be proven is that the problem stemmed from a lack of practice time with his Royal Highness Favre or if it also is an offense exposed without Rice there as a factor.

The Dolphins secondary is about average and allowed the Bills to score so expect one of the touchdowns to end up with a wideout and most likely Harvin if they can connect. Until Favre finds his Groove again, hard to rely on any of these wide receivers outside of Harvin who hopefully will run more this week but even he carries a lot of risk right now.

TIGHT ENDS: The lone bright spot in the passing game was when Favre found Vishante Shiancoe down the seam for four receptions that covered 78 yards and provided the only Vikings touchdown. Of course that all came in the first half and he was only thrown two more passes in the game which ended up as incompletions. Shiancoe will continue to be a factor on this team and will improve on the 56 catches for 566 yards and 11 scores he had last year.

Shiancoe had the chemistry with Favre last week and remains the best play of all Viking receivers.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points MIN 23 24 29 3 27 28
Preventing Fantasy Points MIA 8 1 18 2 8 6

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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