Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown pass performance in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens last week is worth mentioning. He tied the NFL record with the seven scoring throws, and his 462 passing yards made his game on Thursday night the second-highest fantasy scoring game of all-time by a quarterback. The only quarterback to have a better fantasy game was Hall-of-Famer YA Tittle who threw for seven touchdowns and had 505 passing yards in a 49-34 New York Giant victory over the Washington Redskins in 1962.
The Ravens 22-point loss is the third worst opening game loss by a defending champion in NFL history. In 1950, the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles lost by 25 points on opening day to the Cleveland Browns. The worst opening day loss was by the 1951 defending champion Los Angeles Rams, who lost 37-7 to those same Browns.
Under The Radar Players You Want In Week 2
Ryan Tannehill— Dolphins at Colts
Tannehill delivered a steady game in week one against Cleveland. In his short career, his best game was in week nine against the Colts last season. He passed for 290 yards, threw for a score and had no interceptions. He did not throw for more than 253 yards against any other team in 2012. Tannehill is quickly developing into a solid fantasy option each week with his college coach Mike Sherman as Miami’s offensive coordinator. The Colts were unspectacular against a below average Oakland receiving corps last week. Indianapolis will have a much tougher game trying to stop Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, hopefully adding to a productive week two fantasy game for Tannehill.
Bilal Powell— Jets at Patriots
Even though the Jets were outscored 78-45 by the Patriots in 2012, they ran for an average of 112 yards in those games. Last week, the Patriots were just one of 11 teams to allow more than 100 yards on the ground. The Jets must establish the run to stay with the Patriots and Powell is their best back. The Jets stayed committed to the run against them in 2012 and the script will remain the same for 2013. Powell will have 20-plus touches and will get the goal line carries.