Both the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs provided viewers with big upsets in Week 11. The Raiders stunned the Bengals 20-17 by scoring 10 points in the last 33 seconds of the game. After a game-tying 29-yard touchdown reception by Oakland WR Louis Murphy, Cincinnati fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Raiders capitalized. K Sebastian Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left was the game winner. This was just a terrible loss for the first-place Bengals and at the very least should have gone to overtime. Cincinnati’s division rival Pittsburgh also lost on Sunday, dropping an overtime contest 27-24 to the Chiefs. This has to be the biggest upset of the season thus far as lowly Kansas City took down the defending Super Bowl Champs. Chief’s RB Jamaal Charles contributed a 97-yard kickoff return for a score to start the game and also caught a 2-yard TD pass late in the game to tie the score at 24.
Ricky Williams Dominates in Starting Role
Miami fans and fantasy owners quickly forgot about the loss of stud RB Ronnie Brown after watching backup Ricky Williams run all over the Panthers last Thursday night. Williams’ propelled the Dolphins to a 24-17 victory with a huge fantasy day. He carried the ball 22 times for 119 yards and two scores and also caught two passes for 19 yards and another TD in the game. Ricky looked very impressive. He was hitting holes hard and showed he still had some breakaway speed on his 46-yard TD scamper late in the fourth quarter. Brown has been placed on IR and is out for the rest of the season so the Miami backfield belongs to Williams. This is great news for owners as he has favorable matchups down the stretch against Buffalo, Tennessee and Houston.
Stafford Leads Detroit to Last Second Win in Quarterback Battle
Detroit beat Cleveland 38-37 thanks to a touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford to TE Brandon Pettigrew on the final play of the game. I never thought I’d say this, but this game was very entertaining and both young QB’s shined on Sunday with their performances. I don’t know how many fantasy owners started either Stafford or Brady Quinn, but both of them were solid in this game and had massive fantasy numbers. Stafford completed 26-43 passes for 422 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He made some very impressive throws including a nice 75-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. Quinn was just as good in a losing effort, throwing for 304 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Neither QB was going against a good defense, but it was still encouraging to see them put up those kind of numbers so early in their respective careers.
Brett Favre the MVP?
Another week is in the books and so is another dominating performance from the old man. Minnesota QB Brett Favre continues to play like he did in 1997 when he led the Packers to a Super Bowl title. Favre completed 22-25 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns in Minnesota’s 35-9 thrashing of the Seahawks. He didn’t turn the ball over for the seventh time in 10 games and has guided the Vikings to a 9-1 record thus far. He is clearly having one of the best seasons of his illustrious career which is mind boggling seeing that Brett is 40 years old. After 11 weeks Favre has to be one of the favorites to win league MVP. I put him right up there with Tennessee RB Chris Johnson and Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning.
Saints, Colts Reach 10-0
Both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts pushed their records to 10-0 on Sunday. The Saints cruised past the one-win Buccaneers 38-7 as QB Drew Brees threw for 187 yards and three scores. The road was a little tougher for the Colts as they just got past the Ravens 17-15 in Baltimore. Peyton Manning didn’t have his best fantasy showing (299 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT’s), but he did what he needed to do to get the victory. Indy travels to Houston next week in what could be a trap game for the Colts, while New Orleans has an extremely tough home game Monday night against New England. I see at least one of them and maybe both suffering a loss in Week 12.
TO Finally Has a Day
It took him 11 weeks, but Buffalo wideout Terrell Owens finally put together the type of game he is capable of with a stellar outing against Jacksonville on Sunday. TO snagged nine balls for a ridiculous 197 yards and found pay dirt once as the Bills lost 18-15 in Jacksonville. The highlight for Terrell was a 98-yard touchdown reception early in the second half. This was the first time in 2009 that Owens went over the 100-yard receiving mark in a game and his TD was only his second score of the season. The only problem with TO’s outing as far as fantasy is concerned is that I’m not sure too many owners even had him in their starting lineups. I sure didn’t and it cost me a victory, but that’s how it goes. Owens hasn’t proven to be a reliable WR option this year, although he hasn’t had much of a chance with the Bills having such a dismal passing attack. TO was targeted 14 times out of Buffalo’s 31 passing attempts so if this continues then he should have some value down the stretch.
Young Starting to Gain Fantasy Value
The Tennessee Titans are now 4-0 with Vince Young as the starting quarterback after a 20-17 victory Monday night against the Texans. Young is getting more and more confident and the wins are starting to pile up him and his team. Young’s numbers weren’t off the charts in Week 11, but he limited his mistakes in the game and is starting to show that he is beginning to understand the game. Young was 12-22 for 116 yards with one TD. He did not throw any interceptions, but did lose a fumble. He also ran the ball 11 times for 73 yards, showing off his great speed and ability to take a hit. Those in need of a second QB in fantasy should start to look Young’s way because he has thrown for three scores and ran for another in his last four games and has only thrown one INT during that span. He is only going to get better from here on out, especially with games against St. Louis, Miami and San Diego, who all have suspect passing defenses.