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Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots

There is a reason why week one is not easy to predict. That reason is because every team is healthy to start the year and everyone has a fresh slate. With new beginnings come the belief that every team feels they have a chance to win. With that new belief comes close games like the 49ers beating the Cardinals or the Bills taking the Patriots to the wire. Of course you still have some teams like the Lions and Rams still playing bad football and getting blown out.

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Below I have some observations from the first week of the regular season and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective. I also have listed directly below six games I believe we’re worth a closer look. 2009 NFL Regular Season Week One Steelers vs Titans Eagles vs Panthers Cowboys vs Buccaneers Bears vs Packers Patriots vs Bills Chargers vs Raiders Fantasy Football Week One Regular Season Notes: Chiefs Hang Tough with Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens

You would not know the Chiefs stayed with the Ravens by the statistics, but they did play hard all game. If the Chiefs can play with this kind of energy most weeks in 2009 than they might have a decent season.

I will be interested to see if the Chiefs can get Larry Johnson going at home next week against the Raiders.

49ers Beat Cardinals

Some how the 49ers generated a pass rush and did not allow passes down the field all day. In the end San Francisco’s offense was bad, but they did put an 80 yard drive together for a Frank Gore touchdown, when they needed to.

I will be interested to see if Kurt Warner and the Cardinals’ offense continue their struggles against the Jaguars next week. At this point in time, Warner really needs Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston to get healthy.

Tomlinson Washed Up?

This off season much had been made about LaDainian Tomlinson and if the game had passed him by. Through the spring and summer, I was on board with Tomlinson have a strong comeback. When the preseason came along, I was concerned about how I saw him run the ball.

My opinion on Tomlinson changed completely when Norv Turner held LT out of the third preseason game. Turner noted that Tomlinson was not injured, but he did say he was concerned about him running on turf.

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

Last year Tomlinson played on turf toe all year, and I was concerned if he did long term damaged to the toe. When he was held out because Turner was “concerned” I believed the toe was still a problem.

In Monday nights game Tomlinson only carried the ball 13 times, and he rolled his ankle in the first half.

This led to Darren Sproles playing full time at the end of the game when the Chargers were making their comeback.

Tomlinson is in no way the best running back in football anymore. At this time, he should be considered a decent No.2 back for your fantasy team.


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