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Jaguars defense should rebound from bad opener

Sep 11, 2007 7:40 AM

Week 1 turned out pretty well for those of you who had the monster hookups such as Romo-Owens, Eli-Burress, and Peyton-Wayne. Some surprises out there included Titans RB Chris Brown who ran all day long against the tough Jacksonville defense, Raiders WR Ronald Curry who took advantage of Lions DB’s, and Pats new WR Randy Moss.

We all knew Moss had talent, but last week’s performance was his best in years. Perhaps for Moss, it’s all about the environment rubbing off on him a bit. He seems just as motivated and hungry as all the others year after year in the Patriots locker room.

Week 2 surprises

WR Javon Walker — DEN vs OAK: Look for Cutler to feel more comfortable at home and hookup with Walker several times vs a Raider defense torched at home against Detroit.

RB Adrian Peterson — MIN @ DET: Didn’t take him long to make his mark. He’ll see the bulk of the carries vs a soft Detroit defense. We know it’s early, but can you say Rookie of the Year?

Jaguar Defense: Lose at Home to Titans in Week 1”¦ Jack Del Rio will have this team ready to embarrass the punchless Falcons.

QB Rex Grossman — CHI vs KC: "Bad" Rex showed his face in Week 1 vs Chargers. Week 2, we’ll get a look a "Good" Rex. He showed a lot of restraint and poise in the loss to San Diego. For once, Rex wasn’t the gas can during the fire. He let the game come to him and let his defense keep them in the game. The Chiefs secondary is very mediocre with lots of inexperience; Rex should be able to take advantage vertically.

RB Lamont Jordan — OAK @ DEN: Whatever offense Oakland has, it runs through Jordan. Records never matter when these two teams meet; the game will likely be close and Jordan will be in the middle of several Oakland drives.

WR Darrell Jackson — SF @ STL: He has scored a TD in his last two games vs St. Louis DB’s. The pace of this game should be fast with lots of points scored.

Week 2 players to Struggle

Falcons Offense: Joey Harrington was given a golden opportunity to elevate the Falcons during a difficult time and let them down. This despite having a great scheme to work with in Bobby Petrino’s new offense. He’ll never have a better chance.

RB Larry Johnson — KC @ CHI: Chiefs offense is a mess and going into Chicago following a Bears loss will not be pleasant. After what they did last week to LT, the NFL’s best back, what will LJ do?.

RB Marshawn Lynch — BUF @ PIT: Had a great 3rd and 4th quarter against Denver in his debut, but struggled early despite the home crowd. Pittsburgh’s defense may present another problem for him in his growing stages, and he may have trouble getting the ball. The way Big Ben is allowed to break free on his own with the offense, the Bills may have a deficit that requires more passing.

Fantasy Pickup alert

Brandon Jacobs got hurt vs Dallas and backup Derrick Ward filled in wonderfully. Ward should be considered for an immediate pickup if needing help in the RB area. Jacobs has a strained knee, which tend to linger and looks to definitely lighten his load when he comes back. Off-season acquisition, Rueben Droughns, was kept in his FB roll despite the injury to Jacobs.