Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington
A lot of people are underestimating the Rams’ defense. Sure, RG3 had an impressive game one. If he does like Cam Newton last season, he’ll follow it up with an even better game two, but there are a couple of good reasons he’ll find the going more difficult in week two: Namely, Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins. Their better coverage skills along with one of the better defensive lines in the league should cause a lot more issues for Washington’s expensive new toy to deal with. The offensive line is their weakness, so that’ll be interesting to see how RG3 responds to repeated pressure, if it happens. Rest assured, the Rams will have some surprises for him and he will come back to earth. The only reason I even say to sit him is that I doubt many owners went into the season with RG3 as their #1 options. What I am saying is if you’re tempted to swap out your starter who may have an unfavorable matchup this week for RG3 in hopes of stealing some points, think again. I like the Rams matchup again this week.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas
114 yards and 2 TDs won’t come along every week. The Seahawks have actually probably the best home field advantage in the NFL due to a number of reasons. They also have a pretty good defense where the Giants showed up lacking last week. Even assuming Ogletree is having a breakout season, this will probably be one of his weaker games of the season when we look back on things.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore
Flacco had a great first game against a playoff team, the Bengals. What that doesn’t tell you is the Bengals didn’t beat a single team that had a winning record in 2011. The Ravens play at Philadelphia this week and they managed to give up only 16 points last week to Cleveland – WITH four INTs and a lost fumble from Michael Vick. The Eagles’ D is sound…and so is the Ravens’ so..
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia
The Ravens haven’t given up more than one TD pass going back to late in the 2010 season. LT Jason Peters is out for the season, and Vick got hit repeatedly last week. If he gets the same treatment from some of the likes of Haloti Ngata, this could be one of those games he starts but doesn’t finish. Vick’s shaky start and the Ravens’ continued stifling pass defense should combine to have you sit Vick, if you have a viable option to replace him with.