Team Surgex Members Face-off in Week 9
How does one choose between two things so close to him? Mom or Dad? Vanilla or Chocolate? Kirk or Picard? Well that’s my dilemma this weekend. Two professional football players both on Team Surgex are going head to head this week. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson will match up on sunday. And I get the unenviable assignment of choosing who has the better game. Lucky me.
Allen is probably more well known outside of the D.C. area. Drafted in the 3rd round, 76th overall from Cal he has come on strong late for San Diego. After not even playing in the Chargers first game this season Allen made himself know during the week four game against Dallas. He totaled five catches for eighty yards. The following week in Oakland was where the nation really got to know Keenan. 5 catches,115 yards and a touchdown later the league was on alert. It seemed though as if the Indianapolis Colts didn’t get that memo because they allowed Allen to torch them for 9 catches, 117 yards an a touchdown. Those monsterous numbers earned him “Rookie Of The Week” honors. That four game stretched notched him an astounding 66.2 fantasy points (according to NFL.com leagues). Keenan cooled off a tad last game against Jacksonville with 3 catches for 67 yards but has a phenomenal shot to get back into the end zone this week against a Redskins secondary allowing the third most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Part of that secondary is Amerson, the Redskins 2nd round pick out of North Carolina State. Amerson came out of college receiving high praise from NFL Networks Mike Mayock. “This kid’s a first year talent” was the scounting report from Mayock. That talent showed up front and center week 4 in Oakland. With Washington trailing 14-3, Amerson made a game-changing interception that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. It was undeniably the key moment in getting the Redskins their first win. It was exactly why GM Daniel Snyder chose David after seeing him record 13 picks in 2011, the second most in NCAA history.
So which member of Team Surgex gets the better of the matchup on Sunday? The signs point to Allen (somehow owned in only 48.5% o NFL.com leagues) and I’m inclined to agree with them. Keenan may not be the fastest guy on the field but no rookie in the league can run patterns like he can. His slant routes are second to none. While Amerson has performed well for a rookie the rest of the Redskins defense has been morbid. Amerson won’t be locked on Allen for every play and that will allow Keenan to run rampant over the ‘Skins. Allen has developed great chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers and I like him in this game to pick up 105 yards on 6 catches and find the end zone. Hopefully Amerson won’t take this personal and take it out on my Giants in their week 13 matchup.