A quick review: Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up. STEVAN RIDLEY, one of my favorite New England Patriots to criticize, finally had a huge day. I’m still going to complain about him because 1) I sat him in my fantasy league, causing me to lose for the first time this year and 2) Greg and I played a weekly fantasy league at draftstreet.com and Greg used him against me…oh the joys of fantasy sports. (For those interested in stats – Ridley’s line: 20 car, 96 rush yards, 2 TDs, 1 rec, 14 rec yards…good for 23 points in ESPN PPR leagues). Now the game itself was entertaining, which concluded with a 17-yard TD pass from Tom Brady to Kenbrell Thompkins with :05 seconds left. The Saints looked poised to win the game, but Tom Brady got the ball back down 1 with 3:29 left. He failed to drive down the field, and the Saints quickly countered and kicked a field goal to stretch the lead to 4 points with 2:24 left. The Patriots’ O was obligated to go for it on fourth down the next drive, but failed to convert. Drew Brees and company couldn’t pick up the first down on the following drive, and their failed attempt led to Brady getting the ball back for a third time in under 3 minutes. This time, the result was different and ended in the Pats favor. Enjoy watching Brady and Brees while they’re still playing, regardless of what team you root for. Above all else I hope you enjoyed watching a Brees-Brady game, they don’t come around often. Without further ado, the game of the week for Week 7.
Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Case for the Broncos: As discussed in this week’s Spar, I’m looking forward to the Broncos offense facing a formidable defense. The Colts D looked suspect at times in their 19-9 loss to San Diego Monday night, there will be a lot of work to do on a short week for Andrew Luck and company. Back to Denver, Peyton Manning, through 6 games, has 22 TDs, 2 INTs, 74.2 completion percentage, and 2,179 passing yards. He’s playing unbelievably, and there isn’t any sign of slowing down. They’re averaging 44.2 points per game and the next closest offense is Dallas, averaging 30.2 The case for the Broncos almost seems self-explanatory, they lead the league in what matters most. Wins. (Note from the Editor about the Bronco’s Defense – Von Miller is going to be playing his first game of the year Sunday night.)
Case for the Colts: Andrew Luck came off one of his worst performances of the year in his Monday Night debut against the San Diego Chargers. Going 18 for 30 with 202 yards and 1 INT. If Luck and company have any expectation of competing with Manning, they’ll need to do a better job running the ball. Trent Richardson will need to step up after turning in just 40 yards. The problem is that the Broncos run defense is #1 in the NFL allowing just 69.8 yards per game. The biggest question for the Colts is how they plan to put up points if they go down early. While the Broncos defense deserves a ton of credit, a reason that they have the #1 run defense is because their offense scores points and take the lead, forcing other teams to abandon the run and pass to catch up with the high powered Denver offense.
No fantasy studs or duds this week but some players with rising stock…
—Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers WR (over 20 ESPN PPR points in past two games)
Pick: Denver Broncos 37 — Indianapolis Colts 24
Record since Week 3: 4 – 0 (home team in CAPS)
3 – MIAMI over Atlanta (W)
4 – NEW ORLEANS over Miami (W)
5 – Denver over DALLAS (W)
6 – NEW ENGLAND over New Orleans (W)
7 – Denver over INDIANAPOLIS…