This week the Thurman Murmans faced off against Injuryprone. Just like week two, the matchup started on the wrong foot for the Murmans.
Injuryprone started four members of the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night. The RB1 battle was Adrian Peterson against Jamaal Charles. I knew Charles would have a solid showing against the porous Philadelphia Eagles defense, and Charles did exactly that, racking up 7 catches, 182 total yards and a score en route to 26.7 points. Peterson would later go on to 115 yards and a score finishing wih 21.29 points.
Injuryprone also started Derrick Johnson who had a respectable 10.5 points on eight total tackles, a pass defended and a half sack. Luke Kuechly had a down game Sunday, notching one solo tackle. Injuryprone won that matchup.
In his defensive back spot, Injuryprone also started Brandon Flowers who only had two points, while the Murmans won the matchup with Charles Tillman getting 4.5 points.
But the big hurt came from Justin Houston who got credited for four and a half sacks to go along with a forced fumble, two recovered, three passes defended and seven tackles en route to posting 41.5 total points. D’Qwell Jackson was on the other side of that battle and posted a respectable 10.5 points.
I woke up Friday morning to an 80.7 point deficit. It was an uphill battle, but things started off right Sunday.
The quarterback battle was one of the most lopsided affairs of the season, as Matt Stafford continued his wicked pace with 385 yards and two touchdowns en route to 23.6 points. Matt Ryan didn’t have his best game, scoring 19.24 points. The Miami Dolphins defense is legit. On the other side, both E.J. Manuel and Colin Kaepernick struggled mightily, combining for only 14.72 points.
With Roddy White still riding pine, Marques Colston and Antonio Brown stayed in the receiver spots. By now you know that Brown went crazy, posting 40.1 points. Colston wasn’t spectacular, but sometimes all you need is reliability and he turned in another decent effort with 9.6 points. They were opposed by Brandon Marshall, who was a victim of how the game went, but I’m still confused about his lack of targets. Demaryius Thomas would put in a solid effort, but ultimately Injuryprone would lose the wide receiver duel. The game was swinging in my favor.
After AP was outgunned by Charles, the RB2 spot was Joique Bell (due to Reggie Bush being held out) against Chris Johnson. This is why you have your handcuffs ready. Bell was a force, with 132 yards and a touchdown. CJ2K had a respectable game with 90 rush yards, but the Murmans won the running back match 40.7-27.3.
Tony Gonzalez squared off against Brandon Myers. While neither found the end zone, Myers outscored Gonzalez in the battle of underachieving tight ends.
In retrospect, I really should have started Jordan Cameron, who posted three touchdowns from my bench. During the week I dropped Kenbrell Thompkins (who went on to score two touchdowns) in favor of Bernard Pierce. With all the confusion around the Cleveland Browns, I thought that Pierce would be a safer play, and he posted a solid 14.2 points on 72 total yards and a touchdown. Reggie Wayne was the competition at flex, who was a victim to the game plan. Advantage Murmans.
Matt Bryant continued being a top tier kicker with three field goals, including one from over 50 yards and both point after attempts. Phil Dawson really didn’t have a chance in this one as he only had one opportunity to kick a point after and no field goals.
The remaining positional battle was Jason Pierre-Paul against J.J. Watt. Watt is arguably the top IDP option and showed it with a 14.5-6 victory over one of the few bright spots for the New York Giants.
Despite outstanding efforts by Charles and Houston, the poor scores from Kaepernick and Manuel were too much to overcome for Injuryprone. Thurman Murmans win. Final score 189.34-158.22. I stay tied for third.
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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