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Better Than Expected
David Epstein
September 17, 2007
Indy's defense leads the list of those who proved their worth in Week 1
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September 17, 2007

Better Than Expected

Indy's defense leads the list of those who proved their worth in Week 1

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Most Colts went quickly in fantasy drafts--except for the defense. But after Indianapolis's D outscored the New Orleans offense 7-3 , it's time to reconsider and place this unit among the group (assembled on this page) of Week�1 wonders to pick up. One reason is safety Bob Sanders, who continues to be one of the league's supreme difference-makers. After missing 12 games with a knee injury during the 2006 regular season, Sanders returned for the playoffs. With their playmaker back, the Colts, who had given up a league-worst 173.0 rushing yards per game, held playoff opponents to an average of 82.8. Now Sanders and his teammates are picking up where they left off. Moreover, the Colts' linebacking play looks improved; against New Orleans, second-year linebacker Freddy Keiaho had six tackles and a leaping interception. Of course, the D's best friend is still the Colts' offense, which will pile up points and force opponents to make risky throws while playing from behind; Indy's late INT return for a touchdown against the Saints is a scene that is bound to recur.

Chris Brown

HE WAS listed behind Travis Henry in 2006 and LenDale White this year on the Titans' depth chart. But with 175�yards on Sunday, Brown asserted himself as the No. 1 back in Tennessee.

Ronald Curry

DESPITE PLAYING on the inept Raiders offense, this converted college QB showed in Week�1 (133 yards, 10 catches, one TD) that he has finally learned to be a receiver.

Drew Carter

HE STARTED the season as Carolina's third wideout, but he has the size (6' 3") and speed to be a serious red-zone threat. In Week�1 he proved it, with two TDs among his three catches.

Mason Crosby

THE ROOKIE'S three field goals on Sunday included a 53-yarder and a game-winner, suggesting that his college feats (he hit from 60 at Colorado) will continue in Green Bay.