This week the Thurman Murmans faced off against team SM. The week and the season got off to an excellent start for the Murmans as Adrian Peterson went 78 yards for a score on his first touch of the day. A short while later a Matt Ryan tossed a touchdown to Tony Gonzalez. Right off the batt, the Murmans had a solid lead.
The lead was inflated due to the fact that the Murmans started 11 of 13 players in the first set of games, compared to six for team SM. I wasn’t crazy about having to start Roddy White due to the ankle, but I live and die by my starters and he was more trustworthy than Kenbrell Thompkins. Not surprisingly, White was my lowest scorer with 2.9 points.
Matt Stafford had two touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson called back, and little would I know at the time how important that was. With Stafford and Matt Ryan, I edged out the QB battle over Robert Griffin III & Drew Brees.
Thanks to the off day that White had, I lost the wide receiver battle despite another consistent day by Marques Colston. Randall Cobb and Pierre Garcon were too much to handle however.
The running back battle went the exact other way as SM rolled out with Trent Richardson and DeMarco Murray against AP and Reggie Bush for the Murmans. Thanks to T-Rich inexplicably only getting 13 touches and no touchdowns the running back battle wasn’t close.
The tight end battle wasn’t so kind to me this week, but I’m chalking that up to bad luck. Tony Gonzalez against Owen Daniels seems like an obvious win for Tony G, but Daniels made the game super close late Monday night with his two touchdown game. I missed the boat and left Jared Cook on my bench. That almost cost me, but more on that in a moment.
The flex spot was Antonio Brown against Shane Veeren, which Veeren won handily on the strength of his 159 yard day. Brown did all right, very quietly putting up 75 all purpose yards.
I also lost the kicker battle with Randy Bullock against Dan Bailey. During the Sunday night game I was actually cheering for Bailey, hoping he would keep Murray out of the end zone. Bullock would eventually go on to kick a game winning field goal, both in real life and for my fantasy team.
In the defensive flex spot the battle was Luke Kuechly against James Laurinitis, both respectable linebackers and both in my top seven. Kuechly narrowly got the victory.
The defensive back featured Charles Tillman against Harrison Smith who had a very good game with seven tackles, assisting on three more, defending a pass and scooping up a fumble. Tillman’s day was a little better as he had the advantage of covering target machine A.J. Green, coming up with two interceptions, two passes defended, seven combined tackles and 41 return yards.
The defensive line battle was a tough spot for me this week as Jason Pierre-Paul is a monster, but didn’t get a full week’s practice in, making it hard to trust him. I figured he would have been on a snap count, and opted for Chris Long. Six of one, half-dozen of the other, as each finished with six points. SM deployed Charles Johnson, who was all over the place with a sack, fumble forced and recovered, winning the match.
The final spot was the linebacker battle, Chad Greenway against Paul Posluszny. Posluszny was a monster racking up 10 solo tackles to eight combined for Greenway.
It all came down to that Bullock kick, as his heroic last second kick grabbed me four points and more importantly the win in the inaugural Flint Michigan Megabowl League weekend.
Final score 207.44-205.14.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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