Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Here are our initial impressions of the Wild Card weekend fantasy action from Sunday.
Indianapolis at Baltimore -
The loss of OC Bruce Arians (hospitalized on Sunday morning with an inner ear infection) couldn't have come at a worse time for the young Colts' offense. They never established an identity either running the ball with Vick Ballard or passing behind Andrew Luck.
Ballard should challenge Donald Brown for the starting tailback spot next season after another solid day (22-for-91 yards).
Bernard Pierce ran so well during a second quarter drive (five times for 37 yards) that he figured to be rewarded with more carries than normal (6.75 attempts-per-game). That's exactly what happened and Pierce finished with double-digit carries and 103 yards on the ground.
Ray Rice's fantasy owners had to be heartbroken when he caught a short pass at midfield and took it all the way to the Colts' 2-yard line before being tackled. You just knew he would head to the sidelines for a breather and someone else would get "his" touchdown. You were right. It was fullback Vonta Leach who ran it in on the next play.
Anquan Boldin wasn't involved in the first half, but single-handedly killed the Colts in the second half with five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. It appeared that Joe Flacco had much more confidence in his veteran receiver than in Torrey Smith. Keep that in mind when they face Denver next weekend.
Seattle at Washington -
With Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris out of the playoffs, maybe Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch will begin to get the attention he deserves. His 132-yard, one-touchdown performance on Sunday was in line with what he has done all season. Lynch should be a top-10 overall selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Seattle doesn't have an every week fantasy-worthy receiver on their current roster. Sidney Rice is a WR3 at best.
The Seahawks' sixth-ranked pass defense will be tested next week in Atlanta where they will face Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.
Robert Griffin III's fantasy owners have to be disappointed with his production (12 fantasy points) after he threw two first-quarter touchdown passes. Over the last two and a half quarters he had just 16 yards passing, an interception and a fumble.
It was Morris' worst production since Week 11. His eight fantasy points were less than half of what he had averaged over the past six games (22.8 ppg).