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Week 3 Rankings Update

Saturday, September 20, 2008

These rankings were updated Saturday Morning

Trent Edwards became a franchise quarterback Sunday. On a third-and-six from the Jaguars 44, the Bills called for a max protection and a long double move by Lee Evans. Edwards' protection mostly held up, but Jaguars end Derrick Harvey got pressure from the right side. Edwards calmly stepped up in the pocket, avoided the hit, and delivered a gorgeous 37-yard strike that led Evans out of bounds. This was supposed to be an offense that couldn't make big plays.

On the next snap, Edwards showed his excellent touch with a teardrop 7-yard scoring toss to a leaping James Hardy. Two plays, 44 yards, and notice to the rest of the AFC that the Bills has a passing game.

The exciting part is that this offense has a lot of improving to do. Marshawn Lynch is one of the ten best backs in the NFL, but he hasn't got rolling just yet. Look for that to change with Oakland and St. Louis coming up, not to mention a 4-0 start for the year. Left tackle Jason Peters, who gave up a strip sack on Sunday, is still rounding into form. And there should be more big plays coming, as the Bills continue to expand their offense.

There are bigger fantasy stories out there at quarterback (The post-surgery Philip Rivers is better than pre-surgery), but Edwards' emergence has an impact. Lee Evans will be the guy we thought he was going to be last year. Marshawn Lynch can fulfill his top-five upside on an improving offense. Even fast Freddie Jackson is turning into Reggie Bush-lite. It sounds like heresy, but the Bills could wind up with the most effective quarterback in the AFC East.

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Week 3 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Tony Romoat GB -
2Jay Cutlervs. NO -
3Peyton Manningvs. JAC -
4Donovan McNabbvs. PIT -
5Drew Breesat DEN -
6Ben Roethlisbergerat PHINot worried about shoulder
7Kurt Warnerat WAS -
8Eli Manningvs. CIN -
9Aaron Rodgersvs. DAL -
10Philip Riversvs. NYJ -
11J.T. O'Sullivanvs. DET -
12Matt Hasselbeckvs. STLNew receivers
13Carson Palmerat NYGNightmare schedule continues
14Brett Favreat SD -
15Matt Casselvs. MIA -
16Matt Schaubat TEN -
17Derek Andersonat BAL -
18Jon Kitnaat SF -
19David Garrardat IND -
20Trent Edwardsvs. OAK -
21Jake Delhommeat MIN -
22Marc Bulgerat SEA -
23Jason Campbellvs. ARZ -
24Kerry Collinsvs. HOU -
25Gus Frerottevs. CARThe savior?
26Brian Grieseat CHI -
27Chad Penningtonat NE -
28Kyle Ortonvs. TB -
29Matt Ryanvs. KC -
30Joe Flaccovs. CLE -
31JaMarcus Russellat BUF -
32Damon Huardat ATLWon't start
33Tyler Thigpenat ATLBet he won't finish

Notes: We're going to change some things up this week with Goal Line Stand. Instead of the usual player notes Thursday under the rankings, I'm going to post matchup preview notes for each game on Friday. This schedule could last one week, it could last the season. I know this is changing up the routine from the last five years, but give it a chance and let me know what you think after Friday. We'll still post the updated Goal Line Rankings here on Friday evening.

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