What are we supposed to make of Ted Ginn Jr.'s(notes) Monday night performance, exactly? Somehow it was both a breakout game and a massive disappointment.
Ginn hauled in a career-high 11 receptions against the Colts for 108 yards, completely dominating the targets from Chad Pennington(notes), but he also failed to catch two potential touchdown passes, both of which hit him in the hands. On the Dolphins' final drive, he swatted away what should have been a game-winning TD reception as if it were a burning coal. (Video here, beginning at 3:40). That was a brutal loss, spoiling some fine Wildcattery and an outstanding effort by Ronnie Brown(notes) (24 carries, 136 yards, 2 TDs).
Let's bullet a few additional MNF notes before hitting the headlines:
• Peyton Manning(notes) threw for 303 yards despite the fact that the Colts possessed the ball for only 14 minutes and 53 seconds. Dallas Clark(notes) had a huge night (7-183-1), but credit 50 yards and a TD to Miami safety Gibril Wilson(notes). The Monday nighter was not a tackling clinic.
• Pierre Garcon(notes) only caught one pass – he made it count, obviously, taking a short receiver screen 48 yards for a TD – but he had other potential big-play targets, and zero drops. And Garcon has plenty of speed. And during the pregame, ESPN's Chris Mortenson declared that the Colts think of him as a developing Reggie Wayne(notes). Garcon is just four-percent owned.
• We didn't learn much about the Indy backfield mix since the Colts rarely possessed the ball. But rookie Donald Brown(notes) maximized his opportunities, catching one pass for 24 yards and carrying four times for 26. Brown bulldozed Wilson en route to the end zone on a game-tying 15-yard fourth quarter TD.
• Like Ginn, Anthony Fasano(notes) got both hands on a potential score, yet couldn't hold on. It would have been an impressive full-extension grab, true. Still: both hands. Not pleasant for Fasano owners.
• In addition to not being a tackling clinic, last night's game was also not a time management clinic. The Dolphins burned at least 40 seconds off the clock, down by four points with under three minutes to play. This from the Miami Herald: "'I have to take responsibility for that,' coach Tony Sparano said. 'We had the wrong personnel grouping in. We needed to take the timeout at that point.'" Miami came out of the timeout with a handoff to Brown, then couldn't get another play off before the two-minute warning.
And with that, we move to the links…
When asked if Marion Barber(notes)
(quad) would be able to play in Week 3 against the Panthers, Dallas coach Wade Phillips said, "We'll have to wait and see on that." Barber hit the turf immediately after straining his quad, so it didn't appear to be a mild injury. It's not like you can go out and add Felix Jones(notes),
but the five percent-owned Tashard Choice(notes)
is probably available. [Dallas Morning News
Saints head coach Sean Payton described Mike Bell's(notes)
MCL injury as, "a lot less severe than we anticipated," yet he wouldn't commit to playing him in Week 3. Bell isn't necessarily talking like a man who intends to take the field: "It's a long season. We have more than enough capable running backs to get the job done. I think me missing a couple games is not going to hurt the team at all. If I have to miss a game, I don't think we're going to miss a beat." [New Orleans Times-Picayune
Rough news here for an already sketchy defense: Detroit linebacker Ernie Sims(notes)
reportedly has a "significant" shoulder injury. Additional details from head coach Jim Schwartz: "He’s got a significant shoulder, whether it’s a week-to-week thing, whether it’s longer than that, we’ll find out more in the next couple days. Maybe not even in the next couple days. It might be something that takes a little bit of time to see where it is. But it’s not a day-to-day thing." [The Oakland Press
Not long after Matt Hasselbeck(notes)
announced that he was fine, we've learned that he actually has a fractured rib. It's the must-have injury of '09. This from Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times: "This is my fifth season covering the Seahawks, and that was as much pain as I've ever seen Hasselbeck in." The Seattle quarterback said that he's "absolutely hoping to play," but fantasy owners clearly need to make other arrangements. [The Seattle Times
Andy Reid claims that Brian Westbrook(notes)
will not have an MRI on his re-injured ankle, which seems ridiculous. Not covered by insurance? Preexisting condition? This one is tough to explain. Here's a note from the Daily News: "The Eagles' coach added that he won't change his offensive plans if Westbrook can't play Sunday against Kansas City. 'Whether he's 100 percent or not, we continue to do what we do.'" Prepare to deploy LeSean McCoy(notes)
against the Chiefs' user-friendly run defense. [Philadelphia Daily News
A fine point is made over at SB Nation: Seattle's defense is exactly
what the Bears' running game needs right now. Expect a useful day from Matt Forte(notes);
buy-low if possible. (Although no reasonable owner would sell). I'm much less certain about the emergence of Johnny Knox(notes)
as a fantasy star, however. My expectation is that a different Bears receiver will post a 6-for-70 line each week. [Windy City Gridiron
has no idea why he was inactive against the Raiders in Week 2. "I still don't even know," he told the Star's Adam Teicher. In Charles' absence, Dantrell Savage(notes)
gained 69 yards on nine touches. Here's Teicher on Savage: "He did a nice job at times. He made a couple of Oakland defenders miss in the open field on a screen pass in the fourth quarter. He also dropped a pass on the Chiefs’ initial third-down play of the game and heard about it from Haley on returning to the sideline. … Savage is more reliable than Charles, who has frequently fumbled. But he doesn’t have Charles’ game-breaking speed and at only 182 pounds can be easier to bring down by opposing defenders." Dwayne Bowe(notes)
is the only Chiefs skill position player I'm willing to endorse against the Eagles in Week 3. [Kansas City Star
Jacksonville's Troy Williamson(notes)
(torn labrum) will be shelved for the remainder of the season, and the team waived receiver Nate Hughes(notes)
). There's a clear path to fantasy relevance for Mike Sims-Walker(notes)
in the Jaguars'
no-octane offense. He caught six passes for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Week 2 loss to Arizona. [Jacksonville.com
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