What a terrible week in the NFL, and likewise fantasy, for injuries. Just take a look at these names — Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Steve Smith Sr. — all got hurt and weren’t able to finish their game.
Anything can happen on any given Sunday, we all know that and the unpredictability of each game is what makes playing fantasy football so fun. But wouldn’t it be nice to look ahead and see what is going to happen in Week 8 of the NFL season?
As we look to close the book on Week 7 of the fantasy football season, let’s stop and take a moment of refection first. Let’s look back and see who had an outstanding fantasy game that helped propel your team to victory. And of course let’s look back in anger at those players you were depending on that simpl
Put your hand up if you had Gary Barnidge scoring more fantasy points last week than Rob Gronkowski? Anyone? How about Josh McCown throwing for 457 yards and two touchdowns? Or how about Adrian Peterson scoring zero fantasy points? Ah ha! Got you there! Peterson was on his bye last week.
Week 1 is in the books and it provided many surprises for fantasy owners as well as unbelievable frustration as well. Who would have guessed that guys like Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith would outscore supposed studs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson?
Throughout the years, Peyton Manning has not only been among the league’s best quarterbacks, but he has also been among the most charitable. After recently visiting military and police personnel in Chattanooga last week, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker specifically mentioned him during a speech in the Senate.
There may be a great debate about who the greatest quarterback is of this generation, but there’s no debate which quarterbacks belong in the conversation. It starts and ends with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who both have earned a place among the greatest of all time.
Now, this Sunday, they will meet again for the 16th time in their illustrious careers.
Fine wine doesn’t age as well as Peyton Manning. Just ask the 49ers, who came all the way from Northern California wine country to take a 42–17 Mile High beating at the hands — or, more accurately, the record-breaking right arm — of Manning.
The comparisons to be made between basketball and football are limited. The former is a continuous game of barely-clad bodies, speeding balletically past each other to score over and over. The latter is a gridiron stop-start of bone-crunching brutality between men in veritable armor, where all points are hard-earned.