Monday Night Takeaway – Week 11

Chicago 7, San Francisco 32


After watching this game it’s obvious that Jay Cutler is the straw that stirs the drink. Chicago was manhandled by the 9ers in all three phases of the game, and if you’ve ever read my column you’ve never seen these three words, “I’ve got nothing”.


The 9ers have a serious problem as backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick (243 yards, two touchdowns) may be better suited to lead this team than starter Alex Smith.  Kaepernick was other-worldly eating up the top rated Chicago Defense like grandma’s Thanksgiving Jello mold. The second year QB played like a seasoned veteran calling audibles at the line of scrimmage, looking off defenders with his eyes, throwing accurately into tight windows and dropping dimes to multiple players. Most impressive was Kaepernick staying in the pocket and throwing the football, rather than relying on his superior athleticism like so many young quarterbacks. I cannot say enough how impressive this game was for player making his NFL debut. Unreal.

Apparently all Vernon Davis needed was a change at the quarterback position. Averaging 2.5 fantasy points per game over the past four weeks, Davis hauled in six balls for 83 yards and one touchdown. All the credit belongs to the quarterback for finding his tight end on numerous routes hitting Davis in stride. In fact, his night could have been better as Kaepernick barely overthrew an open Davis down the seam in what would have been a huge game. Davis owners will lament the impending return of Alex Smith.

Monday Morning Quick Hits

•Willis McGahee has torn his MCL and suffered a broken leg. He can safely be dropped while Ronnie Hillman is shooting up the waiver wire with Lance Ball the new handcuff.

•Byron Leftwich suffered two broken ribs on his endzone celebration. Charlie Batch is the likely starter in week 12. Expect a run heavy game plan.

•Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery for a broken left forearm Monday morning. He is expected to miss 4-8 weeks making his projected return week 16, at the earliest (ouch).

•Jalen Parmele and Chad Henne will start for the Jags in week 12. Henne brings life to Blackmon and Shorts, while Parmele should be picked up in every league with MJD likely out until week 14.

•Fred Jackson is still not medically cleared after a week 10 concussion. Even if he plays, he’ll likely be limited. Keep Spiller in our lineups.

•Projecting forward; there is a good bet LeSean McCoy will be absent next week. Bryce Brown is a low end RB2 if that happens.

•Beanie Wells will be activated from IR this week. Expect a timeshare in Arizona.


Finally, Thanksgiving is the ultimate man holiday. Eat, drink and football. Enjoy!

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