Also, Thomas's big play TD was because of great execution/blocking and a fine read by Peyton Manning. Any speedy WR would've scored there.
This isn't to say Thomas isn't good though, because he definitely is.
We got lucky with a non-holding call on Zane Beadles, I could see it as the play was happening so it took me a while to celebrate, other than that you're right. That's the thing with Thomas he has massive big play potential. Decker is more of the possession receiver out of the two.
See Thomas could see more coverage, opening it up for Tamme, Decker, and Stokely. McGahee could be more involved too, but I'm not sure how good the Falcons are at stopping the run. Basically, Peyton is going to adjust to whatever they give him. It's what he does. He's the best I've ever seen at doing this too. He's his own OC.
I think they're more likely to cover Decker, early on him and Tamme seem to be Manning's go-to guys. They'd be stupid to leave a dud covering DT obviously, but if they double cover him, Manning will target Decker. It's once they start covering Decker that Thomas will bring out some huge plays.
I agree about Manning too. The way he commands the offense is just an absolute joy to behold. The way he owned Polamalu at the line on Sunday is unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stole the show in front of a national TV audience Monday night and the NFL has recognized him for that performance.
Flacco has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Ravens to a 44-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco completed 21-of-29 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns no interceptions. He finished the game with a quarterback rating of 128.4.
“Joe Flacco is going to be a great player,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “Joe Flacco is a great player. Joe Flacco has been a great player.”
Flacco ran the Ravens no-huddle offense to near perfection, spreading the ball around to seven different targets. He orchestrated scoring drives of 51, 63, 82, 89, 53 and 28 yards against a Bengals defense that ranked 10th in the NFL last season.
This is Flacco’s second time winning the award, as he also was also recognized during his rookie season in 2008 following a 248-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Browns.
He is the fifth quarterback in team history to win the award, as Kyle Boller, Tony Banks, Anthony Wright and Vinny Testaverde were also recipients.
Yeah, I read that list, must have been some woeful offense in those weeks.
This season is going to be interesting.
Whatever they do, we just need to keep Jimmy Smith the fuck away from any viable 1/2 Receiver. Every time we put him into a game, they target his ass & being a 2nd year player is no excuse looking around the league. Guy has good instincts but he just makes too many bad decisions i.e. playing too far off the Receiver, falling for the most simple of moves.