Each week in the NFL, there are players that impress and players that distress. One week a certain quarterback might toss four touchdowns and run around with his finger in the air while the next he's laying on his back, holding his facemask as the other team returns one of his three interceptions for the game-winning score. With that in mind, here's Studs and Duds .
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Roddy White, WR Atlanta (8 catches, 113 yards, 2 TDs) -- I think it's worth noting that this is the second straight game I've played against Roddy White in fantasy and the second straight game I found myself asking a friend "Is his first name really Roddy?" Quickly becoming Matt Ryan's -- My New Favorite Player (MNFP) -- favorite target has the Falcons offense looking better than most would have guessed. While I try to avoid adding a losing player to the Studs, this guy deserves it. Sad news though Roddy, you had to play against ....
Brian Westbrook, RB Philadelphia (22 rushes, 167 yards, 2 TDs) -- If this guy is getting it going, the Eagles have a chance to win the Super Bowl, plain as peanut butter. Westbrook has been hurt and Philadelphia has struggled, but this game at home against a hot Falcons team was a perfect example of what you are going to get when Westbrook finds the holes. I'd have to say on a scale from 1-to-10, with 10 being the happiest a quarterback can be to see a person back from injury, Donovan McNabb is somewhere between a 48 and 162.
Drew Brees, QB New Orleans (30 of 41, 339 yards, 3 TDs) -- I have a decent marketing idea for the NFL. When sending teams over to play in a foreign country, try and see if the best quarterback in the league is available. If Brees has one more 300-yard game I might change the name of this column to "Drew Breeses and (fill in second part with one of the 46 terrible quarterbacks in the league right now)."
Matt Schaub, QB Houston (24-28, 280 yards, 3 TDs) -- How insane is it that four weeks ago America was talking themselves into liking Sage Rosenfels as the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans? That was until Sage started adding whiskey to his Gatorade on the sideline and did that thing against the Colts. The third victory in a row for Houston can be attributed to Schaub, who apparently is allergic to incomplete passes.
J.T. O'Sullivan, QB San Francisco (fumbled on first two possessions, got pulled with 59.8 passer rating) -- A couple of things that need to be noted. When Seneca Wallace makes you look like you'd be better suited as an extra in "The Longest Yard," and 49er fans are actually excited hearing the words "Now, your starting quarterback, Shaun Hill," you had a miserable game. O'Sullivan has more turnovers (17) than any other quarterback in the league with the bye week happily approaching.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB Jacksonville (12 rushes, 29 yards) -- So far this season, Jones-Drew has had two exceptional games (232 yards total, 3 touchdowns) and four exceptions to those two. His first two games went for a whopping 30 total yards, and he had two beauties in Weeks 4 and 5 where he had seven and five yards, respectively. Nope, I'm not kidding. The Jaguars just lost to the Browns, and the running attack of Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor combined for less rushing yards than quarterback David Garrard. Weak boys, very weak.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB Pittsburgh (4 interceptions, 38.5 passer rating, 5 sacks) -- One of the more pitiful performances of his career, Big Ben looked like he was running around in the pocket with cement in his shoes. As good of a Super Bowl preview as we have had thus far in the NFL, Roethlisberger looked more like an O'Sullivan than a previous Super Bowl victor. Now 5-2, the Steelers have three straight weeks against formidable opponents after this spanking by Eli Manning and company.
The Tampa Bay-Dallas Game -- Yes, it was a victory for the Cowboys, but that can't get Dallas fans excited, can it? Brad Johnson would land a spot in the duds category if I was actually convinced he was a professional football player, and since I can't prove that I had to just go with the entire game. Dallas had 172 total yards, Jeff Garcia had as many touchdowns as I did yesterday, and the only people happy about this were young, promising field goal kickers in hope of some video to study.
Near Studly -- Andre Johnson, Ted Ginn Jr., LaDainian Tomlinson, Anquan Boldin, Santana Moss, Steve Smith, and Donnie Avery.
Near Dudly -- Brett Favre, Steelers defense, Edgerrin James, Vernon Davis, the Cincinnati Bengals, and Rudi Johnson.
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