Maybe it was because rookie running backs have spurned me before (hello 8th pick Ryan Matthews in 2010), but I was really hard on Trent Richardson. It's not that I didn't think he was talented. I just thought that the combination of a pretty poor looking offense and a schedule that pits the Browns against the Steelers and Ravens twice was something I didn't want no part of, especially where Richardson was going. Well, I've been wrong so far. Besides game 1, Richard has been a beast the past 3 games. 3 TD's already, and his combination of rushing and pass catching skills got him 17 points against those dreaded Ravens. So Trent Richardson, I'm very sorry. Albert reaped the benefits of that play. Only 3 other teams had players go Thursday Night. Here are their recaps.
Chardee MacDennis- In a strategic move, Drew didn't want to gamble on Matt Stafford's Health and Started Joe Flacco. It couldn't have worked out better. 350 passing yards a Passing TD and Rushing TD for a grand total of 23 points.
Breaking Bybee- Oh things continue to go bad for Kenny. His new tight end, Dennis Pitta, had a grand total of 0 catches. A big zero. Justin Tucker also was mediocre with 6 points. 6 points between two guys, not a good start.
The Twin Killers- This was the Ray Rice farewell game and it was actually a tad disappointing. He was held to under 50 yards in each receiving and rushing and was stuffed at the goal line twice. 8 recepctions helped pad the score, but 12 points for Ray Rice is way below expectations. On the other hand, Torrey Smith continues to ascend to elite WR status as he produced another awesome game and picked up the slack for Leland. 97 yards and a score for 18 points. Torrey Smith has definitely become a weekly must start.