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Football Wed Sep 17 2008

Football Breakdown: Week 2

Week Two of the NFL came to a dramatic close. It has been capped off with a bang with an epic game between the Eagles and Cowboys. Teams went to the air all day and rarely played defense. More or less, it felt like reading AFL stat sheets. Fantasy owners of many receivers and quarterbacks rejoiced. Owners of many defenses winced in pain. Owners of Tom Brady are still in suicidal disbelief.

Fantasy Stud of the Week: Brandon Marshall: He was suspended for the first game of the year against Oakland for lying about slipping on some garbage or something really stupid. Hence, Marshall decided to add the receiving totals he would have had against Oakland to the game against the Charges. With one game, he is leading the NFL in receptions by three catches. That's seven catches more than T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Something or Another combined.

Fantasy Dud of the Week: Tie between Larry Johnson and Ricky Williams: Both are respective starters of teams that can thrive on the running game. Larry had 22 yards on 12 rushes and Ricky had almost-equally as embarrassing 28 yards on 11 rushes. Both produced a yards-per-carry average so pitiful, I wouldn't disgrace my calculator watch to determine how poorly they actually ran.

Real Life Stud of the Week: Isaac Bruce: Amongst the nine different 100-yard receivers this week (unsurprisingly, none on the Bears), Isaac Bruce's 153-yard performance stands out the most. He surpasses Brandon Marshall's 18 catches and Arizona's duo of Boldin and Fitzgerald catching 140+ yards each solely because of one fact: Bruce is really old.

I can't count the number of shocked reactions I saw this weekend when people examined the 49ers-Seahawks box score.

"I thought Isaac Bruce retired," I heard many fans say.

Isaac is not retired. He is not playing shuffle board and eating mashed food as his age would indicate. He is 47 years young, a San Francisco 49er and still has enough tread on the tires to put your whippersnappers in your place.

Real Life Dud of the Week: DeSean Jackson: Eagles rookie DeSean Jackson has unquestionably earned this vaunted award. Despite having a strong game, I can sit here and lambaste him for tossing the football just before scoring a touchdown, but I don't need to. I'm sure this play being on every blooper reel for the next 40 years and Mike Tirico's excessive use of the word "boneheaded" is punishment enough. Congratulations DeSean, you are this generation's Leon Lett.

In case you missed the game and every ESPN replay in the last 24 hours.

 
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