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The Socratic Method
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The rumors are true. Chandler Jones, star defensive end for the New England Patriots, was in my philosophy class when I was a sophomore at Syracuse.

And yes, I started those rumors.

It's also true that he used to eat one heck of a breakfast. Egg sandwiches, bagels, muffins, endless cartons of OJ. It's like he kept a Denny's in his backpack.

Anyway, one thing I took away from that class (aside from Chandler's epic appetite), was our unit on Socrates.

Socrates was a Greek philosopher who loved to ask questions. For Socrates, this was the only way to uncover the real truth.

Socrates' dialogues, which were usually shared between himself and his star pupil Plato, would be the basis for what is now known as the Socratic Method.

I'd like to think this method applies to fantasy as well.

So in the spirit of Socrates, and also the bagel-devouring, quarterback-sacking Chandler Jones, here are some questions I have about Week 2.

1. Has Tom Brady lost his mind?

Brady was on a swearing rampage Thursday night against the Jets. And even when he wasn't polluting Gillette with his constant profanities, his body language was terrifying.

Don't get me wrong. I understand where he's coming from. I'd be mad too if my receivers were dropping everything in sight.

But being a bully isn't the way to handle it. Of course, Aaron "Deer in the Headlights" Dobson and Kenbrell "I've Never Even Seen the Playbook" Thompkins are going to make mistakes. They're both rookies!

Remember how many snaps you played as a rookie, Tom? It wasn't many.

Brady's sideline temper tantrums aren't helping anyone. For this team to have any chance of succeeding this season, Brady needs to be a better leader. Hopefully the return of Rob Gronkowski in Week 3 (tentatively) will knock some sense into him.

2. Why are we all on the Chiefs' bandwagon?

Somehow, the Chiefs are three-point favorites heading into Sunday's game against Dallas.

Really, America? You think Alex Smith, the guy who held the clipboard for Colin Kaepernick last season, is going to lead the Chiefs to victory?

I'm absolutely baffled by this. The Chiefs have suddenly became the trendy pick in the AFC and I don't know why. This team won a grand total of TWO games last year.

New coach, new quarterback. Everything's fixed now, right?

Sorry I'm not impressed by a 26-point win over Jacksonville. I guess this Chiefs bandwagon thing just isn't for me.

3. Can people PLEASE stop comparing the Manning siblings?

Eli has more Super Bowls. We get it.

He's also won four fewer MVPs, thrown for 228 fewer touchdowns and his career QB rating (82.9) is more than 13 points lower than his brother's (96.0).

The eldest Manning sibling is ahead by a landslide when it comes to completion percentage (65.2 versus 58.7) and it's almost silly how many more yards Peyton has thrown for (286.4 ypg to Eli's 231.7).

Any way you slice it, Peyton has been and always will be the superior quarterback. He's also the better actor, though to be fair, both were pretty hilarious in the Football on Your Phone ad. Feel free to YouTube it.

4. Are the Eagles their own worst enemy?

Philadelphia's offense squeezed in 53 first-half plays Monday against the Redskins. That would suggest that Chip Kelly's lightning-quick Oregon offense does translate to the NFL.

And then the second half happened.

The Eagles, probably still exhausted from all the work they put in during the first 30 minutes, managed just 24 plays after half time. The result was 20 unanswered points by the Redskins, who nearly pulled off a stunning come-from- behind win.

And here lies the problem. The Eagles' hurry to the line approach seems to be working, but like a gallon of milk, it goes bad if you leave it out for too long. A more balanced approach would probably be preferable but we know that isn't Kelly's style.

Much like it is for the Eagles, this style can be a double-edged sword for fantasy owners. More plays equals more production but it also makes players like Michael Vick and Shady McCoy more susceptible to injuries. And neither one of those guys are exactly iron men to begin with.

5. How will Robert Griffin III respond?

Monday was a tale of two Griffins.

Second half Griffin was outstanding (25-for-38, 276 yards, two TD, 93.7 QB rating, 65.8 completion percentage).

First half Griffin, however, was Tebow-esque (5-for-11, 53 yards, no touchdowns, one pick, 22.2 quarterback rating).

So which Griffin will we see at Lambeau?

It's hard to say, but we do know that if the Redskins want to keep up with the high-scoring Packers, they'll need to throw the ball early and often. That makes the former Heisman Trophy winner a pretty safe bet for 300 yards in Week 2.

6. Where will Miami's offense come from this week?

The Dolphins' three-biggest offensive contributors, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller and Mike Wallace, combined for exactly eight fantasy points last week. And the Dolphins won.

How do you figure?

I'm still not sure why the running game failed so spectacularly but I do know why Wallace was held to just one catch. Browns corner Joe Haden was covering him like a hawk.

But he wasn't covering Brian Hartline, who saw a team-high 15 targets in the win. Nine of those targets went for catches including a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Wallace isn't going to face coverage like that every week but the fact remains that Hartline is pretty much always open. He had 1,000 yards last season and I don't see why he can't do that again in 2013. I wouldn't hesitate to add him if he's available on your waiver wire.

7. Who's losing an eyebrow?

Apparently Colin Kapernick and Russell Wilson made this wager during the filming of a Madden commercial over the summer. Both quarterbacks had over 300 yards passing last week but I think this game is going to come down to the defenses.

It's also being played in Seattle which is why I think Kaepernick will be leaving the Pacific Northwest with one less eyebrow than he started with.

Speaking of Jones, Thursday night was his second career multi-sack game.

He's living proof that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.