by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
Cam Newton – I’ll admit it that I thought Newton was a 1 week wonder and thought he was going to look like a rookie against one of the better defenses in the NFL. When I saw Newton’s pocket breakdown and he started to scamble, he made Vick type moves and cut back on a dime to make Clay Mathews miss. Right there, I started to believe this kid could be something special.
Ryan Mathews – Mathews had a good game against the Patriots totaling 124 yards and a score. The Chargers will be taking on the Chiefs in week 3, so he should stay hot. Look for Mathews to be a mid level #2 RB or a very good Flex starter.
Ahmad Bradshaw – For how good the Eagles pass defense looks, the opposite can be said for its run defense. Look for the Giants to run early and often. This might be the best strategy for the Giants to keep the high potent Eagles offense off the field.
Mathew Stafford – Stafford should already be a weekly start, but most people weren’t high on him going into this season because of his past injury history. Stafford has only put up 599 yards and 7 TD’s so far this year. He’ll be going against a Vikings defense that has given up a total of 578 and 3 TD’s to Philip Rivers and Josh Freeman.
Joseph Addai – The Colts offense is off to a bad start under Kerry Collins. They try to run the ball but opposing defenses are keying on the run. Look for the Colts to be shut out and shut down against a strong Steelers defense.
Eli Manning – This is not so much of Eli’s talents but more about the Giants poor offensive line and the very good Eagles pass defense. The Eagles have been shutting down opposing teams receivers, but giving up points to running backs and tight ends (Who is the starting tight end for the Giants?).
Carolina Panthers RB’s – The Panthers seem to be playing like the old Atlanta (Vick days) Falcons. Newton has taken over the offense and when you would think that it would open up the offense for the running backs, there just isn’t any holes for them to run through. In the first two game, the RB’s have totaled 74 yards rushing and 143 yards receiving. Newton on the other hand has had 71 yards rushing through the first two games.
Dwayne Bowe – Bowe has definite top 20 receiver talent, but the bigger issue is Cassel has looked terrible so far this year. Not only have the Chiefs lost it’s biggest weapon in Jamaal Charles, but starting this weekend, look for defenses to really focus on Bowe. Look for the Chargers to shut him down and make others try to beat them.