Heading into the season, many NFL analysts expected defenses to be ahead of offenses due to the lack of (offseason) organized team activies (OTAs). Not only was the opposite true, the 32 NFL teams combined for a league-record 7,842 net passing yards in Week 1.
In fact, nearly half of the league's starting quarterbacks (14) threw for 300-plus yards, which was also a record. Four of them threw for 400-plus yards (you guessed it, another record) and we saw a 500-yard game.
In other words, it's easy to be way off on rankings and projections regardless of how much the logic makes sense before they play the games.
Of course, it's important to not overreact to one week of data.
So, here we go with our fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 2:
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at CAR): Rodgers, who was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, started the season with near perfection. Rodgers completed nearly 80 percent of his passes (27 of 35) for 312 yards, three scores and no interceptions.
2. Michael Vick, Eagles (at ATL): While he threw for two touchdowns, Vick wasn't exactly efficient in Week 1 as he completed less than 45 percent of his pass attempts. That said, Vick rushed for 97 yards —only eight running backs had more than Vick.
4. Philip Rivers, Chargers (at NE): My preseason bold prediction was that Rivers would break the NFL single-season passing (yardage) record held by Dan Marino. With 335 yards in Week 1, Rivers is on pace (5,360 yards) although five quarterbacks threw for more yards than he did.
5. Drew Brees, Saints (vs CHI): Last week, the Saints were without Lance Moore. This week, they will be without Marques Colston, who is out with a broken collarbone. While the Bears have a strong defense, so do the Packers and Brees threw for 419 yards on the Packers last week.
6. Matt Schaub, Texans (at MIA): Other than Brees, no quarterback has thrown for more yards in the past two seasons combined than Schaub. Now he gets a defense that allowed more than 500 passing yards last week.
8. Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs KC): Stafford and the Lions picked up in Week 1 where they left off in the preseason. Without safety Eric Berry, who was lost for the season, it will be even tougher for the Chiefs to stop Stafford and the Lions passing attack.
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs SEA): The Steelers and Roethlisberger would certainly like to forget their season-opening beatdown. While Roethlisberger and the Steelers will play better individually and as a team, one drag on Roethlisberger's fantasy numbers could be a heavy dose of carries to Rashard Mendenhall if the Steelers establish a large and early lead (as I expect).
10. Joe Flacco, Ravens (at TEN): Flacco was one of nine quarterbacks to finish with 20-plus fantasy points last week and he did so against the tough Steelers defense.
Here are the rest of our top 25 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 2:
11. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (at MIN)
12. Rex Grossman, Redskins (vs ARI)
13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (vs OAK)
14. Eli Manning, Giants (vs STL)
15. Jay Cutler, Bears (at NO)
16. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (at WAS)
17. Mark Sanchez, Jets (vs JAC)
18. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs PHI)
19. Sam Bradford, Rams (at NYG)
20. Chad Henne, Dolphins (vs HOU)
21. Cam Newton, Panthers (vs GB)
22. Colt McCoy, Browns (at IND)
23. Kyle Orton, Broncos (vs CIN)
24. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (at DET)
25. Kerry Collins, Colts (vs CLE)
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