Forsett Looking Like a Permanent Starter
Filling in for the injured Julius Jones, backup Seattle RB Justin Forsett had a huge fantasy day on Sunday. Forsett rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries and found the end zone twice, propelling the Seahawks to a 27-17 victory in St. Louis. The only negative about his day was that Forsett didn’t notch any receptions as he is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and usually contributes in that department. The bottom line is, Forsett did what was expected of him against a weak Ram’s defense and is now making the Seattle coaching staff think twice about who the starting running back should be for the remainder of 2009. With Jones nursing a bruised lung and Forsett playing solid over his last three weeks (over 360 total yards and four scores), I wouldn’t be surprised to see Forsett starting from here on out.
QBs Dominate on Turkey Day
Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Kyle Orton all contributed solid performances in leading their respective teams to victory on Thursday. Rodgers led his Green Bay squad to a 34-12 thumping of Detroit. He completed 28-39 passes for 348 yards with three touchdowns. His only blemish was a lost fumble. Romo also threw for over 300 yards in Dallas’ 24-7 triumph over the Raiders. Romo totaled 309 yards with two scores and no turnovers. Denver crushed the slumping Giants 26-6 in the night cap Thursday with Orton completing 18-28 throws for 245 yards with one TD and one INT. Just to put it in perspective of how important QB play is in the NFL, the combined stats for the three losing starting quarterbacks were two TDs, five INTs and two lost fumbles.
Favre Spreads the Wealth, Vikings Win Again
Minnesota destroyed Chicago 36-10 in another extraordinary performance from QB Brett Favre. Favre threw for 392 yards, completing 32 of 48 passes with three TDs and zero turnovers. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Favre on Sunday was his pass distribution. He completed five passes or more to five different receivers with each of them having at least 50 yards. The Vikings are now 10-1, while Favre continues to get sharper as the season goes on. In my opinion, I think the MVP fight is between Chris Johnson and Favre right now, but Peyton Manning and Drew Brees can sneak in there with some spectacular outings down the stretch.
Titans Beat Cardinals on Final Play, Win Fifth Straight
Tennessee QB Vince Young had maybe the best game of his career on Sunday as he led the Titans to a come-from-behind 20-17 victory over the Cardinals. Young directed an impressive 18-play, 99-yard drive that spanned over the game’s final 2:37. He completed 9 of 16 attempts for 94 yards, including a game winning 10-yard TD pass to WR Kenny Britt with no time left on the clock. On the day, Young threw for a career-high 387 yards with the one touchdown. He had no turnovers and completed 27 of 43 passes. Britt had seven receptions for 128 yards and a score and has clearly become Young’s favorite target. He is worth a waiver pick up in nearly all leagues right now. MVP candidate Chris Johnson had another huge fantasy day as well, rushing for 154 yards on just 18 carries for Tennessee with the big blow being an 85-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Young should now be owned universally in fantasy, at the very least as a backup QB.
Jets Defense Gets Back on Track
New York won at home for the first time since Week 3, disposing of the Panthers 17-6. Though the Jet’s offense didn’t look so hot, the defense picked up the slack and smothered Carolina all game. The defense forced four interceptions-two apiece for Darrelle Revis and Kerry Rhodes-and only allowed the Panthers to kick two field goals. They had three sacks and a defensive TD on Revis’ 67-yard INT return. Jets QB Mark Sanchez was less than solid; completing 13 of 17 throws for 154 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, but his defense provided him with a boost. They allowed just 179 yards of total offense, which included only one catch for five yards from WR Steve Smith and 16 carries for 40 yards from RB DeAngelo Williams. Look for New York to put up a similar effort against the Bills on Thursday.
Colts Rally to Stay Unbeaten
Indianapolis came back to beat Houston 35-27 after trailing by 13 points at halftime. After going into the locker behind 20-7, the Colts scored 28 straight points to take a 35-20 lead late in the fourth quarter. QB Peyton Manning was bad early, but came out firing in the second half. He finished the day with 244 yards, three scores and two INTs. Indy is now 11-0 as they prepare to face one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, the Tennessee Titans.
Saints Cruise Past New England
New Orleans QB Drew Brees had a spectacular game on Monday night as he and his Saints squad chopped up the Patriots 38-17. Brees completed 18 of 23 passes for 371 yards with five TDs and no turnovers. Five different players caught a touchdown pass from him and Brees also had a perfect QB rating of 158.3 on the night. The big fantasy winners in this game were obviously the New Orleans players. Wideouts Marques Colston and Devery Henderson both went for over 100 yards receiving with a TD apiece, while RB Pierre Thomas had 87 total yards and a receiving TD. The Saints defense also shined in this game as they were constantly pressuring Tom Brady and double teaming Randy Moss. Brady had one of the worst games of his career, throwing for 237 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. New Orleans is now 11-0 and look like the team to beat in the NFL.