Are you still recovering from a wild weekend of football? We’ve got you covered with this upcoming weekend’s top games and players.
Players to Watch
The Saints were in the headlines this week because of their longtime quarterback Drew Brees. He broke Peyton Manning’s short held record of most passing yards of all time on Monday night against the Redskins. It was a glorious moment in a shining career. Well, this week we decided to put the spotlight on a fellow Saint’s player who just returned from a suspension, running back Mark Ingram (Alabama). He is the other half of their ridiculous running back duo, the other being Alvin Kamara (Tennessee). Ingram immediately got things going Monday night with two rushing touchdowns.
Anyone who thought he would need some time to ease back into the offense was sadly mistaken. The chemistry we saw last year is still there. Ingram doesn’t have the big play ability that Kamara does, but he is a powerful runner who excels in the red zone. That’s why I love him as an RB2 fantasy option. He is reliable and will almost always give you a touchdown. The Saints offense looks like It is firing on all cylinders now that Ingram is back. Expect them to keep shredding defenses and for Ingram to keep racking up touchdowns.
I have ragged on the Florida Gators all year, but they continue to chug along and pass each test thrown their way. At times they have looked sloppy and like a bad football team. But the beauty of the SEC is that the win-loss column is all that matters. Feleipe Franks is looking like a true leader for the Gators. His play has been up and down in his young career, but as of late he has put together some impressive performances. Against LSU, Franks led his team to a come from behind victory. His stats won’t blow you away, but with a terrific defense on his side, all he needs to do is be consistent and push the ball down the field. They only have one remaining game against a ranked opponent, but they still must face four SEC squads and Florida State at the end of the year. If Florida wants to continue to win, they’ll need big performances from their guy Feleipe.
Games of the Week
Steelers vs. Bengals
The long-standing rivalry between these two teams is well documented. No matter how their seasons are going both teams always show up to play in this game.
The Steelers are still without Leveon Bell as he continues his holdout and with the Earl Thomas fiasco can anyone blame him at this point? In recent years the Steelers offense has been what carries this team, but they haven’t looked the same without Bell. James Connor has done outstanding as his backup, but he’s not the all-world talent that Bell is.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals need a win against their division foe if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. They’ll have some good matchups in this one. AJ Green (Georgia) will feast against the porous Steelers secondary. This game has the potential to be a barn burner with both teams relying heavily on their offense. I think the Steelers will outlast their division rivals though and earn a tough road victory.
Sun 10/14- 1:00 PM ET- CBS
Final Score: 35-31 Steelers
#2 Georgia vs. #13 LSU
After suffering an upset loss to Florida last week, LSU turns right around with another incredibly tough matchup against second-ranked Georgia. The Bulldawgs will be ready to eat against a sliding LSU squad.
If it weren’t for the Crimson Tide, Georgia would be the darlings of all the national attention. Somehow though, they’ve managed to stay quiet all year long as the 2nd ranked team in the country. They’ve done everything they were supposed to, but they haven’t looked as sharp as last year. Some of that has to do with player turnover. They still have an abundance of depth and talent at every position. LSU has a stout defense, but I think Georgia has too many playmakers to account for.
LSU and their defense will keep this a close game, but ultimately Georgia will pull away in the second half.
Sat 10/13- 3:30 PM ET- CBS
Final Score: 38-21 Georgia
#14 Florida vs. Vanderbilt
The hot rolling Florida Gators matchup with Derek Mason and his Commodores this week.
Vanderbilt is a well-built team that has played some good games despite their record. They don’t let up easy and won’t back down to the Gators. Mason as always has his defensive unit playing lights out and they should give the Florida offense fits.
As I mentioned above this Florida squad is led by their undisputed leader on offense, quarterback Feleipe Franks. They go as he goes. Dan Mullen will be praying that he’s locked in this week. This is just the type of SEC game that Saban called a “trap” game earlier in the year. Everything points to a Florida win, but nothing is guaranteed in this league.
I think this one goes down to the wire, but Florida will emerge victoriously.
Sat 10/13- 12:00 PM ET- ESPN
Final Score: 27-24 Florida
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