Ronnie Brown: Jim Rogash/ Getty Images
Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning: Uh, Ronnie, we know you're still recovering from major knee surgery and your thumb is hurting ... but how do you feel about taking center snaps this week against the Pats?
Brown: Sounds great, coach. But I didn't play QB at Auburn. And I have this very-awkward throwing motion, as a left-hander.
Henning: Not to worry. It'll be for a just a few plays, kind of a change-of-pace thing. Don't sweat it for a second.
What to think of Brown's 132-yard, 4-TD rushing day: Has Brown fully regained his speed and cutting prowess after knee surgery last year? Will he finish in the top-10 for rushing yards this season (remember, he was the NFL's leader after Week 7 in '07)? Is he a must-start every week, no matter the opponent? Is he the Fins' runaway choice for No. 1 tailback, over Ricky Williams? And can we expect another 5-TD perfomance (including the passing score) again? Hmmm ... I'd say Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes and No -- only because the Lions aren't on the Dolphins schedule in 2008!
Denver 34, New Orleans 32
Tampa Bay 27, Chicago 24 (OT)
Seattle 37, St. Louis 13
Atlanta 38, Kansas City 14
Marion Barber: AP
N.Y. Giants 26, Cincinnati 23 (OT)
Jacksonville 23, Indianapolis 21
Minnesota 20, Carolina 10
Philadelphia 15, Pittsburgh 6
Jon Kitna: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
The other day, I offered specific predictions for Week 3 -- some pure gold and others that flopped worse than Stewardess School, the post-Happy Days flick starring Don Most, aka Ralph Malph. Here's a rundown of things so far:
QB Locks For 275 Yards and/or 3 TDs
1. Jay Cutler (264 yards, 2 TDs -- just missed)
2. Drew Brees (421 yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
3. Peyton Manning (216 yards, 1 TD -- incorrect)
4. Marc Bulger (184 yards, 1 TD -- incorrect)
RB Locks For 120 Yards and/or 2 TDs
1. Michael Turner (104 yards, 3 TDs -- correct!)
2. Larry Johnson (121 yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
3. Marshawn Lynch (114 total yards, 2 TDs -- correct!)
4. Ronnie Brown (141 total yards, 5 TDs -- correct!)
5. Brandon Jacobs (35 total yards, 1 TD -- incorrect)
6. Frank Gore (141 total yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
7. Julius Jones (144 total yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
8. Steven Jackson (128 total yards -- correct!)
9. Brian Westbrook (12 total yards -- incorrect)
10. Marion Barber (157 total yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
If you're operating a winless fantasy team, one that's already in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs (Weeks 14-16), the time has come to explore any and all trades with other teams. Oh sure, you can afford to be a little stubborn if eight teams qualify for the postseason. But, for the most part, it's time to put on your Creative Trading Hat and cultivate a 2-for-1 swap (Calvin Johnson? Clinton Portis?), a 3-for-1 swap (Adrian Peterson? Joseph Addai?) or groundbreaking 4-for-1 swap (Marion Barber? Brian Westbrook? Brandon Marshall in PPRs?).