Things we learned in Week 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The first week of the 2012-13 NFL fantasy season was anything but predictable. The most obvious example of Week 1 craziness was the apparently inept Jets offense showing up in a big way. After scoring just one touchdown in four preseason games they put 48 points on the board against division rival Buffalo led by a couple of players who were deeply discounted on Draft Day - running Shonn Greene and rookie wideout Stephen Hill.

Now to our first impressions of Week 1.

Indianapolis at Chicago

Not every rookie quarterback in his first start can post the numbers we saw Cam Newton produce last season. Luck came close in the yardage category with 309 yards and a late touchdown, but also threw three costly interceptions.

Reggie Wayne (9-135) can still play this game at a high level.

The Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall hookup picked up right where it left off when both players called Mile High their home.

Matt Forte's fantasy production (120 yards from scrimmage, 1 TD) was not bothered by the addition of running back Michael Bush to the Bears roster.

Philadelphia at Cleveland

This game was ugly with a capital U including nine turnovers and 15 penalties.

Michael Vick threw for 317 yards, but again was careless with the ball. He threw four interceptions and it easily could have been more. Vick also fumbled twice, though his team recovered both.

Despite missing part of the second quarter due to injury, Jeremy Maclin was a solid fantasy option (7-96-1) and should be all season as defensive coordinators key on the Eagles' deep threat DeSean Jackson.

For the Browns, there was nothing to talk about. Yes, Trent Richardson started and accumulated 20 touches, but for just 44 yards.

Brandon Weeden looked exactly as a rookie should look in his first NFL game. There's no fantasy value here, now or for the foreseeable future.

St. Louis at Detroit

The Rams as a team played the Lions tough, but none of the offensive stars on St. Louis posted numbers to make fantasy owners happy.

Steve Smith, the former Giants star wideout, was a non-factor after a good preseason showing.

What happened to the accurate Matthew Stafford we saw last year. In 2011-12 he threw 41 touchdowns to just 16 interceptions. On Sunday afternoon he struggled with three interceptions. However, he did lead the game-winning drive and finished the day with 355 yards and a touchdown.

The multi-dimensional Kevin Smith was involved in both the running game and passing game. But it remains to be seen what will happen when Mikel Leshoure (Week 3) and Jahvid Best (Week 7?) return.

Miami at Houston

Ryan Tannehill was in over his head against a tough Texans defense. Three picks in the first half. In fairness, he doesn't have any weapons at receiver.

I guess Arian Foster's knee is fine. He outcarried Ben Tate 26-5 and scored two touchdowns.

Andre Johnson re-affirmed why he is a top-five fantasy receiver when healthy with eight catches, 119 yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta at Kansas City

The Falcons had too many weapons for a Chiefs defense missing four starters, and there was plenty of balls to go around for Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.

Matt Ryan sure looked like an elite fantasy quarterback in this one, but let's see if he can do it on a week-to-week basis against stiffer competition.

Michael Turner really doesn't fit in this offense anymore.

Matt Cassel looked great in the first half, making all the throws, but he threw two picks and didn't hook up with Dwayne Bowe once in the second half.

Jamaal Charles made it look like 2010. He still has great burst and acceleration. Peyton Hillis looked like Turner by comparison.

Jacksonville at Minnesota

Blaine Gabbert overthrew wide open Justin Blackmon on a short pass in the end zone in the first quarter. Expect a lot of that this year.

Rashad Jennings failed to get in on a goal line carry in the first quarter and exited with a knee injury at the half. A failed effort on what was sure to be his first and last day as Jacksonville's starting running back. Maurice Jones- Drew ended up with 19 carries for 77 yards.

Marcedes Lewis already has more touchdowns than last season.

Welcome back to the end zone, Adrian Peterson (times two). It looks like Peterson is just fine less than nine months after suffering a severe knee injury, making him a bargain for fantasy owners who picked him in the second round.

Washington at New Orleans

Robert Griffin III was awesome on Sunday. How many quarterbacks can say that they outplayed Drew Brees in their very first game? He went 19-for-26 with two TD, no interceptions and 42 rushing yards and was only sacked once. This was one of the best debuts we've seen in a long time.

Brees ended up throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, but he really didn't look that sharp. The 28 incompletions were a career-high and his 46.2 completion percentage was his worst in a game since 2006. Definitely not the start fantasy owners were looking for from him.

Lance Moore was huge in the fourth quarter. All six of his catches came in that period as he exploded for a game-high 120 receiving yards. Moore could be a sneaky fantasy option in the coming weeks if defenses continue to focus on Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston instead of him.

New England at Tennessee

Stevan Ridley is for real. He tore up the Titans for a career-best 125 yards on 21 carries on Sunday. It's still a little too early to tell but he might be the most impressive running back the Patriots have had since Corey Dillon.

Wes Welker was a no-show on Sunday. Three catches for 14 yards? That's not how you earn your big pay day.

Chris Johnson was useless Sunday against New England. Yes, the Titans were forced to air it out in the second half because they were trailing, but four yards on 11 carries is still unacceptable.

Brady overthrew Brandon Lloyd on what should have been an easy touchdown pass in the first quarter but other than that, he looked pretty good on Sunday. Thirteen of Brady's 31 pass attempts went to tight ends.

Buffalo and New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick was an interception machine at the end of last season (nine INTs in his last four games) and that trend continued against the Jets. New York intercepted Fitzpatrick three times on Sunday with Antonio Cromartie returning the last pick for a 40-yard touchdown. That's not what you want to see from your starting quarterback.

You won't hear a lot of Tim Tebow chatter after this one. He was only able to pick up 11 rushing yards on five attempts.

Mark Sanchez got off to a rocky start but rebounded nicely by throwing a trio of touchdown passes to Hill (two TD) and Jeremy Kerley. Somehow, Sanchez managed to finish the day with a higher quarterback rating than Tom Brady. Go figure.

Fred Jackson's knee injury could be a blessing in disguise for the Bills. C.J. Spiller ran all over New York after Jackson's departure, blowing up for a career-high 169 yards. If Spiller keeps this up, there's no guarantee Jackson will be the starter when he comes back.

Seattle at Arizona

A quiet offensive game from both sides gave fantasy owners very little to like in this one.

Russell Wilson looked like the rookie he is, throwing for 59 yards in the first half and 153 for the game. Makes using any Seahawks receivers problematic, though he did find Sidney Rice for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Wide receiver Andre Roberts led the Cardinals in rushing with a single carry and 15 yards. It may not matter if you handcuffed both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams if the offensive line can't open up any holes.

Larry Fitzgerald caught four balls for 63 yards. I don't care who the quarterback is, if you don't use your team's best weapon, you aren't going to last long in this league.

San Francisco at Green Bay

Vernon Davis only caught six touchdowns all last season, but hauled in two on Sunday. Still, he appeared to be the 49ers second option in the red zone as they looked to Randy Moss first, then Davis.

Frank Gore didn't seem to be bothered by all the running backs the 49ers have on their roster. He rushed 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Rumors of Moss' fantasy "death" were apparently greatly exaggerated as he scored the 49ers first touchdown of the season and 149th of his career.

Randall Cobb was lined up in the backfield almost as much as starting tailback Cedric Benson. Bad news for Benson owners - Cobb is a big-time talent and the Packers had success in that formation.

Aaron Rodgers cracked the 300-yard mark, but like Brees, didn't look particularly sharp in the 30-22 loss.

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Newton opened the 2011-12 season with 422 yards passing while losing to Arizona 28-21. This time around he passed for 303 and the Panthers lost again.

The better Steve Smith (7-106) showed no signs of the foot problem that kept him sidelined in the preseason.

Even without Jonathan Stewart to share carries (inactive), DeAngelo Williams was a non-factor.

Coach Greg Schiano worked his rookie running back Doug Martin hard (24 carries, four receptions), so despite a "long run" of just 15 yards he managed 118 yards from scrimmage. If he continues to get this many touches, the fantasy totals will be excellent.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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