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Julian Edelman is out for the season. Is it a crushing blow for the Patriots offense? No. But it provides a chink, not a large one, but a chink in the Patriots armor. Will it make them miss the playoffs? No. Take them out of the number one seed? No. Will it give them a hurdle to cross in the post season? Most definitely Edelman shines in the playoffs and is the difference between an unstoppable and beatable Patriots team in January.
The Patriots already have Edelman’s replacement. Chris Hogan dominated in this game and was by far Tom Brady’s favorite target. Two touchdowns and 70 yards on four receptions make Hogan a must get in your fantasy league.
The Lions starting offense is depressing. It took Stafford three preseason quarters to throw 2 touchdowns. Starting offenses are supposed to have more than seven points in the first half of a preseason game, unless you’re the Jacksonville Jaguars. Steer clear of all Lions players even Stafford in your fantasy drafts.
Russell Wilson looked Russell Wilson like. Wilson threw the ball well and his mobility looks to be back. He had 3 or 4 throws that missed the target by a long shot and one bad floater towards Jimmy Graham that should have been picked. All in all Wilson looked good and the Seahawks offense has got me excited this year. As for all the talk about leaning less heavily on the run. I think that’s false combined the Seahawks ran the ball 16 times in the first half. Don’t go to early on any one of these backs in your fantasy draft but Seahawks backs will be prime waiver wire bait when your starter has a bye.
Patrick Mahomes outplayed Alex Smith. Smith looked like himself, short pass, after short pass to wide open receivers. Mahomes just looks like a better QB. Honestly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more competition. With Smith, the Chiefs are low risk low reward. It completely flips with Mahomes. I think either guy would give the Chiefs a shot at the playoffs. If Smith struggles it would not surprise me if we saw Mahomes start this year. That’s my hot take.