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Week 17 in Review

Jets Secure Playoff
Berth

The New York Jets handled
the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night at Giants Stadium, 37-0. With the victory,
the Jets are headed to the playoffs and will meet the Bengals in a rematch.
Though most of

Cincinnati’s
starters only played into halftime, the Jets defense was dominant once again.
They held

Cincinnati
quarterback Carson Palmer to 1-of-11 passing for zero yards and one
interception. The Bengals had 72 total yards on the night and three turnovers,
while

New York
had 320 yards and no turnovers. As far as fantasy relevance goes, there wasn’t
much, but the Jets defense had a huge outing obviously.

New York running backs also had a good
night. Thomas Jones had 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Brad Smith
had 92 yards on just four carries with a score of his own. The Jets are
starting to peak at the right time and have a great chance of beating the
Bengals in

Cincinnati
on Saturday.

Chris Johnson Gets to
2,000 Yards

Tennessee Titans running
back Chris Johnson became the sixth player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a
season on Sunday as the Titans beat the Seahawks, 17-13. He carried the ball 36
times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner with just
less than five minutes to go in the game. This was the 11th straight
game that Johnson went over 100 yards rushing and 12th on the
season. He finished with 2,006 yards and will definitely cause a debate next
season as who should be the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts between Johnson and
Adrian Peterson.

Cowboys Shut Out
Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys beat
up on division rival

Philadelphia,
24-0, and took the NFC East title with the win. The Eagles’ high-powered
offense couldn’t get into any kind of groove at all, while

Dallas was clicking both offensively and defensively.
Quarterback Tony Romo threw for 311 yards with two touchdowns and one interception,
while running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones both rushed for 91 yards
apiece. Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten both were over 75 receiving yards with
a touchdown each. Basically, anyone that owned a Cowboy for fantasy on Sunday
got some kind of production from them. The same thing couldn’t be said for

Philadelphia players.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for just 223 yards, and though he didn’t turn
the ball over at all, he also didn’t throw or run for any touchdowns. The
running game totaled just 37 yards and wide receiver DeSean Jackson had just
three catches for 47 yards. The two teams play each other again this weekend in
the first round of the playoffs.

Ravens Snag Wildcard
Spot

All the Baltimore Ravens
had to do was win on Sunday against the Raiders to make the playoffs, and
that’s exactly what they did with a 21-13 decision.

Oakland kept it close throughout, but their
defense had a lot of trouble stopping the rushing attack of the Ravens. Running
back Willis McGahee had perhaps the best game of his career, rushing for 167
yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. He scored on a pair of 2-yard runs
and also erupted for a 77-yard touchdown run. Starting running back Ray Rice
contributed 70 yards on 14 carries, but failed to find the end zone.

Oakland had a
non-existent rushing game, but quarterback Charlie Frye did throw for 180 yards
and a score, while wide receiver Chaz Schilens had eight receptions for 99
yards.

Baltimore gets

New
England
this weekend in what could be a very interesting playoff
matchup.

Milestones Galore in
Indianapolis/Buffalo Game

The Buffalo Bills beat
the Indianapolis Colts 30-7 in a snow storm at

Buffalo. The Colts only played their starters
for a couple possessions in the first quarter so the score is deceiving.
Quarterback Peyton Manning played long enough to ensure that Reggie Wayne and
Dallas Clark both went over 100 receptions on the season. Clark had seven
catches for 52 yards and Wayne had five for 21 yards – not bad for less than a
quarter of playing time. Manning finished 14-of-18 for 95 yards and an interception.
The other big milestone for

Indianapolis was
seeing former

Michigan
star Mike Hart get his first career NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run in the first
quarter. For

Buffalo,
running back Fred Jackson had a huge game, running for 212 yards on 33 carries.
With this effort, Jackson went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and
should be the starting running back for the Bills going into the 2010 season.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens had four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown
and passed Tim Brown for third place in career receiving yards. Who would have
thought so much would go on in a meaningless game?

Favre, Vikings
Dominate Giants

Minnesota

demolished the Giants 44-7 and
clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC. Quarterback Brett
Favre had another monster game as he threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns.
This game put Favre over 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns for the year.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice had another great game as well, catching six passes
for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Favre’s other favorite target – tight
end Visanthe Shiancoe – had seven receptions for 94 yards and a score. Running
back Adrian Peterson had just nine carries in the game, but did manage 54 yards
and scored his 18th rushing touchdown of the season.

New York did nothing
right in this game and hasn’t even looked like an NFL team the last three
weeks. There was no one who warranted any kind of fantasy help whatsoever in
this game.

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