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Week 13 in Review

Forte Has Good Game for a Change

Chicago RB Matt Forte, who has been a huge fantasy disappointment in 2009, actually put together a nice outing in Week 13. Forte carried the ball 24 times and totaled 91 rushing yards. He also scored on a one yard run in the first quarter. The second year back did lose a fumble in the game and only managed one reception for five yards so his day could have been a lot better, especially since he was going up against a very weak defense in St. Louis. None-the-less, this was a good day to be a Forte owner and hopefully he can string together a few more games like this one and end such a terrible season on a good note. He does get to face Detroit to end the season, but before the Lions Forte has a tough stretch with games against Green Bay, Baltimore and Minnesota.

Vick Finally Scores

It took 12 games, but Michael Vick found the end zone on Sunday. The Eagles beat down Atlanta 34-7 and Vick was a big reason why. He was in the offensive mix early and often for Philly and played the whole fourth quarter against his former team. Vick’s first score of the season came in the third quarter on a five yard run. On the day he finished with four carries for 17 yards and a score and also completed both of his pass attempts for 48 yards and another score. It was nice to see Vick have a good game and I’m sure it was even sweeter for him to do it against his old team. It’s not like Vick will be challenging Donovan McNabb for the starting job, but he is doing all the right things this season and should find a home as a starting QB in no time.

Ochocinco Delivers Against Detroit

After three straight bad outings, Cincinnati wide out Chad Ochocinco told his coaches that the team needed to throw more than usual against the Lions. This was the case early on in the game as the Bengals took care of Detroit 23-13 and brought their record to 9-3. Chad scored a first half touchdown and was a big part of the offense all day. He finished with nine receptions for a season-high 137 yards and a touchdown. This was a solid game for Estaban and although the Bengals did run the ball a lot (44 times) he was an integral part of the offense on Sunday as he was targeted 14 times. He should have more success the next three weeks against Minnesota, San Diego and Kansas City, but don’t expect much in the final game of the season as Chad will have to go against Darrelle Revis and the Jets.

Romo Has Huge Game in Defeat

The Giants beat division rival Dallas on Sunday 31-24 and though there were a lot of great fantasy performances in this game, the top spot has to go to Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Romo completed a career-high 41 passes out of 55 attempts for 392 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He did all he could to keep his team in the game, but New York was just too strong in this game. Giants RB Brandon Jacobs ran for a one yard TD and also caught a 74 yard score, clearly the best game of the season for Jacobs and his owners. Dallas had two receivers with double digit receptions and over 100 yards receiving as TE Jason Witten had 14 catches for 156 yards, while WR Miles Austin had 10 for 104 yards and a TD. Romo has been solid over the past month and a half so look for him to have another good game next week against an inconsistent Charger secondary.

Steelers Drop Fourth Straight

The defending Super Bowl Champs are starting to fall apart late in the season and are fighting just to make the playoffs. Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the lowly Raiders only made it worse for the Steelers who are now 6-6. Trailing 24-20, Oakland QB Bruce Gradkowski found Louis Murphy for an 11 yard score with just nine seconds remaining in the game. This was the second bad loss in three weeks for Pittsburgh as they lost to the Chiefs two weeks ago. Ben Roethlisberger was solid in his return, throwing for 278 yards with two TDs and one INT. RB Rashard Mendenhall and WR Santonio Holmes were both over 100 yards with a score, but it wasn’t enough to take down the mighty Raiders. Thank God Pittsburgh gets to play Cleveland next week.

Saints Somehow Stay Perfect

Wow did the Redskins blow their game against New Orleans on Sunday or what? They were up a touchdown with two minutes left and had the ball inside the Saints’ 10-yard line and still found a way to lose in overtime! K Shaun Suisham shanked a 23-yard field goal for Washington that would have iced the game and New Orleans QB Drew Brees found Robert Meachem on a 53-yard touchdown that forced OT. Garrett Hartley’s 18-yard field goal in the extra frame was the game winner as the Saints won 33-30 and are now 12-0. Both quarterbacks put on shows as Brees threw for 419 yards with two scores and one INT, while Jason Campbell had 367 passing yards and three touchdowns to just one INT. Perhaps the biggest story of the game was Meachem, who is turning into a must-start in all fantasy formats. Meachem had eight receptions for 142 yards and a score. He also scored another touchdown after he stripped the ball from a Washington player and returned it 44 yards. Get him if available in your league.

Maybe Favre and AP are Human After All

The Sunday night game between the Vikings and Cardinals is definitely one that Minnesota players will want to forget real quick. Arizona dominated Minnesota right out of the gate and went on to win 30-17. MVP candidate Brett Favre had possibly his worst game of the season and even though he threw for 275 yards and two scores, he also had two costly interceptions and averaged just 6.1 yards per completion. The ground game suffered tremendously as well for the Vikings as stud Adrian Peterson had the worst game of his career. AP had 13 carries for just 19 yards! I didn’t think that was even possible. He did have six catches for 46 yards, but that still didn’t help owners all that much.

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