A week ago, we were all gushing over Peyton Manning's jedi mastery of the game of football. His seven touchdowns set the tone for the fantasy season. Fast forward and one word fittingly describes the Thursday night tilt between New England and the New York Jets.
With the weather playing against him, Tom Brady was out dueled by rookie Geno Smith in yards as Brady put up his worst stat line in three years. He completed 19-of-39 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown leaving his owners jaws on the floor.
Fresh off the waiver wire, Julian Edelman was targeted 18 times making good on 13 of them but for a mere 78 yards (yuck). Rookies Aaron Dobson and Kembrell Thompkins were targeted a combined 17 times by Brady but continued their rookie struggles catching only five passes. Granted Dobson hauled in the lone Brady touchdown, but it was plain ugly.
After losing Shane Vereen to injury, the expectation was that Stevan Ridley would step up. His 2.5 yard per carry average was just gross and he did absolutely nothing to show he is lead back worthy.
The Jets weren't any better. Geno Smith finished with 214 yards, but threw three interceptions and no scores.
If there was a fantasy surprise, it was Bilal Powell. Powell split catties with Chris Ivory, but Powell finished with a touchdown and 70 combo yards. Ivory finished with 52 rushing yards.
Stephen Hill was targeted eight times and made four catches for 86 yards. Santonio Holmes caught three balls for 51 yards.