Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 8 Observations, Notes, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned from Week 8
October 29, 2013
What We Learned in Week 8
Don't challenge Calvin Johnson to a receiving showdown. In case you missed it, Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, played like a transforming robot from outer spaces on Sunday against the Cowboys. Johnson had the second greatest receiving day in NFL history with 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Why was Johnson so hyped up for Sunday's game? Perhaps it was because the Cowboys star receiver, Dez Bryant, decided to challenge Johnson by saying that he could do anything that Johnson could do. Well after the game, that would seem to be an untrue statement. Dez finished the game only 3 catches for 72 yards, but he did score two touchdowns.
Perhaps the biggest part of this story was how Dez started acting on the Dallas sideline when Megatron let his actions speak louder than Dez's words. Bryant was showing all kinds of frustration as the game progressed. Bryant was seen yelling at Romo and Witten, and he was pacing the sidelines looking like a very frustrated and upset player. Johnson showed the entire NFL why he deserves to be called the best receiver in the game today, and apparently Dez Bryant could not handle seeing Megatron ballout right in front of his face. If Dez can find some maturity, then maybe he could someday be the best, but as of now, Calvin Johnson holds the title of being the best wide receiver in the NFL.
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Players can lose their jobs on bye weeks. The Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak, said that Case Keenum will be the Texans starting quarterback this week against the Colts. Kubiak said the decision was based on performance, and not just on the status of Matt Schaub's health. Schaub is not 100%, but the reports say he is still healthy enough to play. This could be the beginning of the end for Matt Schaub. Keenum should keep the starting job unless he struggles mightily, and Keenum may even become a viable #2 fantasy quarterback as the season progresses.
The Miami Dolphins still can't protect their quarterback. Its hard to argue that the Miami Dolphins do not have the worst offensive line in the NFL, and they made a move to try and fix that problem. The Dolphins traded for the Ravens offensive lineman, Bryant McKinnie, in hopes that he could replace their struggling tackle, Tyson Clabo. After the first half in New England, it looked as though this trade had paid off. The Dolphins led 17-3 at halftime and Tannehill was not sacked in the first half. Things took a drastic change for the worse in the second half though as Tannehill was sacked six times and turned the ball over three times. It looks like it will be a long second half of the season for Tannehill unless the Dolphins get an early Christmas miracle that saves their offensive line.
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