Burleson has lofty post-injury goals: Can Nate Burleson reach 1,000 receiving yards this season despite missing time after a pizza-related car accident that even he is laughing about now? He certainly thinks so. Burleson averaged about 80 receiving yards per game in the first three weeks of the season, which would have put him on pace to go well over 1,000 over the course of a 16-game season. But the recent accident will become a bigger obstacle the longer it lingers. The good news, though? With a number of inter-divisional games left, the Vikings, Packers and Bears all rank in the bottom 10 at defending the pass this season. Yes, it’s early. But the opportunities will be there. Get back soon, Nate. Your fantasy owners miss you. And while we’re on this topic. Lions vice chairman Bill Ford just described the Bears “a bunch of thugs.” Nothing like a little hatred to get the motivation levels high.
James itching for bigger role: Niners RB LaMichael James had a pretty awesome line describing his current situation: “I don’t work at State Farm, I’m not trying to be insurance.”
If only I could go back in time and rewrite my high school yearbook signature.
James doesn’t strike me as an every-down back who can be counted on to carry the ball 20-25 times per game, and he’s certainly not going to do that with Frank Gore ahead of him on the depth chart. But to only give him three carries all season long after he had a role in helping the Niners make their Super Bowl run last year? I’m not sure I get this one either, Mr. James. It’s not as if the Niners offense couldn’t have used the help during a pair of pretty pathetic showings in Weeks 2 and 3. I wonder if LMJ is in Jim Harbaugh’s dog house for some reason.
Eagles defense needs time? Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis’ thoughts on his unit’s slow start to the season: “The results did not show in that game, obviously, so I’m asking you to trust me,” Davis told reporters Tuesday.
Nah. I can’t, Billy. And believe me when i tell you that fantasy owners of offensive players love the fact that your defense is terrible. More possessions means more plays and more potential to score garbage-time points against soft zone defenses. Philly has scored more points in two of their last three games, and they would have done so again had they not inexplicably mailed it in so badly against he Broncos. The bottom line is the Eagles have problems on defense that are not fixable in one season. You’re not going to see many low-scoring battles with this team. Eagles games are fantasy gold for owners of both them and their opponents.