PRYOR, OK —
If I had to apologize for one pick from last week it would have to be Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who only rushed for 65 yards on 21 carries without a touchdown against Seattle. It was later released that Peterson was playing through a groin injury, which caused him to miss practice Friday before the game.
My good decisions came from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas who both had stellar performances. Newton ended his night with 209 yards and three scores, along with 62 rushing yards to cap off a Monday night victory against New England. Thomas didn’t manage to find the end zone, however he did catch five passes for 121 yards Sunday night in a win against the Chiefs.
At this point I like to brag about my successful picks, but avoid my flops. Hopefully next week I’m bragging about all of my selections.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: I know you’re thinking, “Wow, he’s picking Manning again?” I have no choice. Manning is having the best season in his career and after what Newton did to New England, Manning has to post huge numbers against the Pats this week. It’s a Sunday night game on a big stage where Manning usually shines.
Running back: Ben Tate, Houston Texans: Tate has done a great job thus far replacing starting running back Arian Foster. He should be a starter somewhere in the NFL and he will show the league why this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Wide receiver: Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons: With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White constantly banged up, Douglas has become the lead man in Atlanta. Douglas has done a great job with the pressure on him and will have to continue his success if the Falcons plan on upsetting the Saints this week.
Sleeper: Scott Tolzien, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers: Tolzien is easily overlooked since he gets compared to Aaron Rodgers, but the backup could very well have a breakout game against Minnesota. The Vikings defense has been struggling, Tolzien has the chance to make his name known for future reference.