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After a horrible game against the Giants it was important to see how second-year quarterback Cam Newton would respond against the Falcons. Newton did just that, running for 86 yards (and a rushing touchdown), and throwing for 215 and two scores.

While his maturity will be discussed throughout the season and perhaps beyond, fantasy owners should feel good about his performance. This week Newton takes on the Seahawks defense and while I recommend you consider benching him, it has more to do with the defense he’s play rather than his effectiveness on the field, most weeks.

What Did We Learn From Week Four?

- The Lions continued to lack an aggressive passing game until late in the fourth quarter, playing from behind. This has been the trend through all four games in Detroit as they appear to be focused on not getting away from the running game.

Completely disagree with this approach as this team is better suited attacking via the pass, building a lead, and then running the football to close out the game. Like the Colts with Peyton Manning Detroit’s defense is built to have a lead and then allow their front line pass rushers to get after the quarterback.

They are not a balanced team on offense or defense. Now, standing at one win and three losses on the season, I suspect they will come out throwing after their bye week.

- DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek continue to play well but until Jeremy Maclin steps his game up, I don’t like Michael Vick as more than a matchup play. The Eagles offensive line did a better job against the Giants and that is saying something as they failed to sack Vick. Let’s see how they hold up on the road against the Steelers this week.

Sean’s Week Five Watch List

- Andrew Luck will suffer another defeat this week, but he should have a respectable stat line for fantasy leagues against the Packers. Expect the Colts to abandon the running game by as early as the third quarter, and we should see Luck throw for over 300 yards and pickup a couple of scores.

- The Dolphins have a strong run defense and with Cameron Wake getting things going off the edge, we should be a little concerned about the Bengals giving Andy Dalton a clean pocket. That said, the Dolphins weakness is clearly in the secondary and the passing game just happens to be the Bengals strength as a team.

Expect Dalton to have a good game in this one as the Bengals should throw their way to another victory.

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1 Aaron Rodgers @ Colts
2 Tom Brady Broncos
3 Matt Ryan @ Redskins
4 Peyton Manning @ Patriots
5 Drew Brees Chargers
6 Robert Griffin III Falcons
7 Philip Rivers @ Saints
8 Eli Manning Browns
9 Joe Flacco @ Chiefs
10 Andy Dalton Dolphins
11 Cam Newton Seahawks
12 Michael Vick @ Steelers
13 Andrew Luck Packers
14 Ben Roethlisberger Eagles
15 Jay Cutler @ Jaguars
16 Christian Ponder Titans
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick @ 49ers
18 Alex Smith Bills

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