Week 2: Sleepers of the Week
It wasn't a pretty opening game for Seattle. The Seahawks rode a wave churned by the tides of hype and preseason hyperbole into a slim victory against the good, but not-so-great Panthers. Russell Wilson was his usual effective self, offering Golden Tate seven targets which were converted into four catches for 51 yards. Modest production during a modest offensive performance. Look for Seattle to get back on track against San Francisco, despite the obvious increase in competition. Seattle may not come out with a win, but they'll certainly be playing with more confidence in front of their home crowd on Sunday night. Wilson's split stats show he plays much better at home: he throws for a better completion rate, hits more TD passes and throws fewer interceptions. San Francisco can struggle against agile receivers who can work the short and intermediate routes, which seems to compromise the 49ers' heavy-use of man coverage. Tate should be able to exploit the defense at times and perhaps even hit the end zone.
Don't count him out just yet. The now 30-year-old Kellen Winslow is (relatively) healthy again and playing like his younger self. Geno Smith targeted him eight times in Week 1 and Winslow caught seven of them for 79 yards and a touchdown. In a week where a number of tight ends seemingly came out of nowhere from all over the draft board, Winslow is among many low-end options poised for a big season. The Jets are most definitely lacking punch at wide receiver and on the ground they leave much to be desired. This confluence of events should provide Winslow a lot of action in passing situations, particularly third downs. Just two seasons ago, Winslow hauled in 75 passes for 763 yards and two scores. Obviously, there must be a little something left in the tank after viewing Week 1. It is vital that this nine-year-vet stay healthy too. If you missed out on the younger, more promising guys at the position like Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron and Jared Cook, Winslow is a satisfactory consolation gift in an offense with no real stars and no studs to dominate touches or production.