Week 8 in Review
Eagles 23 — Vikings 16
In a game which featured a pair of 2-4 teams, it would seem that the loser would have a long road ahead of them if they had any playoff hopes. As we sit here on Monday morning, that team is the Minnesota Vikings. Donovan McNabb’s 333 yard and 1 TD effort was too much for the poor
Reggie Brown had his biggest day of the season racking up 105 yards on 8 catches.
Brian Westbrook ran for 46 yards and a TD and was also the beneficiary of
McNabb’s lone passing TD.
Kevin Curtis also had a decent day with 3 catches for 76 yards.
threw for 88 yards and a TD, but left the game early and
Brooks Bollinger replaced him.
Bollinger threw for 94 yards on 7 completions.
Adrian Peterson took over the bulk of the work in the backfield, but rushed for 70 yards and no scores.
Chester Taylor had just six carries for the Vikes, who have now dropped to 2-5 on the year.
Giants 13 — Dolphins 10
A muddy, sloppy, and messy
Eli Manning threw for just 59 yards, but ran for 25 yards, including a crucial 10-yard TD scamper. Speaking of the run game, Brandon Jacobs carried the rock 23 times for 131 tough yards. The weather did not benefit the passing game.
Plaxico Burress caught just 2 balls for 14 yards and
Jeremy Shockey caught 3 for 26 yards.
As for the Dolphins,
Cleo Lemon threw for 149 yards and a TD to
Ted Ginn in the 4th quarter.
Jesse Chatman ran well with 16 carries for 79 yards.
Steelers 24 — Bengals 13
The Steelers and Bengals are going in opposite directions. With the win,
Houshmandzadeh is having. He racked up 81 yards on 7 catches and a TD.
Chad Johnson caught 5 passes for 51 yards. Kenny Watson filled in for the inactive
Rudi Johnson, who is still battling a hamstring injury, and ran for 88 yards.
The Steelers have shown that they’re not just about defense and the running game.
Big Ben connected with
Hines Ward twice in the endzone. Ward finished the day with 8 catches and 88 yards.
Santonio Holmes caught 6 passes and totaled 87 yards.
Willie Parker, meet the endzone.
Fast Willie rushed 22 times for 126 yards and a TD. He is having a very consistent season, but the TD’s have not been there.
Lions 16 — Bears 7
Add the Chicago Bears to one of the most unpredictable teams of 2007. After coming back against the Packers in Lambeau on a primetime game, the Bears came home and lost to
Nevertheless, the Bears sent home their fans in disgust after another sad home loss.
Brian Griese threw 4 interceptions and a TD to the rookie tight end
Greg Olsen. The 3-5 Bears will head into the bye with a lot of questions.
Roy Williams hauled in 8 catches for 77 yards while
Calvin Johnson caught 2 for 44 yards.
Colts 31 — Panthers 7
Kenton who? Running back by committee what? #29 and #36 splitting carries when?
Addai showed that he is the #1 back in Indy as he ran 23 times for 100 yards and 2 scores, as well as a 4 yard TD reception. On Sunday, there was no committee, but with the way that NFL coaches maneuver their offenses, there is no guarantee that will be the case for the remainder of the year. In other words, don’t cut ties with Keith. Anyway, speaking of Indy stars,
Reggie Wayne took advantage of a banged up
Marvin Harrison and continued to be the #1 hauling in 168 yards and a TD on 7 catches.
Peyton Manning threw 2 TDs and had 255 yards passing on just 15 completions. The 7-0 Colts will take on the 8-0 Patriots in Week 9… as if it needed more coverage…
looked like they had a shot to pull the upset after the 1st quarter, but in the 2nd half, they were blown away.
Vinny Testaverde threw for 82 yards and an INT, but his day was shortened when
David Carr took over. However, Carr only threw for 103 yards.
Steve Smith owners will continue to miss
Jake Delhomme as Smith had just 2 catches for 18 yards.
DeShaun Foster played through a toe injury and ran for 62 yards and a score.
Browns 27 — Rams 20
Derek Anderson continued his surprising success to most fantasy owners on Sunday. He threw for 248 yards and 3 TD’s.
Braylon Edwards, who may be the #1 WR by year’s end, had 8 catches for 117 yards and 2 TD’s.
Jamal Lewis played through an injured foot and rushed for 61 yards.
Kellen Winslow caught 2 balls for 26 yards and a TD.
We will have two 0-8 teams when we enter Week 10—The Rams and Dolphins are on Week 9 byes.
Steven Jackson left the game with a back injury, things went south for the Rams.
Jackson had 8 carries for 41 yards and a TD and
Leonard rushed for just 33 yards on 15 carries.
Torry Holt had a nice day with 110 yards and a score.
Bulger threw for 310 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT in the Rams loss.
Titans 13 — Raiders 9
It was a thriller in
sum this one up short and sweet.
Vince Young had 42 passing yards in his return from an injury.
LenDale White ran for 133 yards on 25 carries, but Chris Henry hit paydirt with a 24-yard TD run to give
Daunte Culpepper threw for 167 yards and a INT.
Jamarcus is coming…and soon.
LaMont Jordan ran for just 16 yards on 12 carries while
Fargas ran for 61 yards on the same amount of carries.
Jerry Porter and
Ronald Curry had 46 and 45 receiving yards, respectively.
24 — Bucs 23
The Jaguars survived one week without
David Garrard as they hope
Quinn Gray can just manage the game until Garrard comes back.
Gray completed only 7 passes, but wound up hitting
Matt Jones for the game-winning TD with just minutes left in the 4th quarter to give the Jaguars the win.
Fred Taylor led the rushing attack for the Jags with 68 yards.
threw for 267 yards and a TD. He also threw his 1st pick of the season…and his 2nd…and his 3rd. One of those went to the house, which kept the Jaguars in the game.
Graham rushed for 62 yards while
Michael Bennett scored his first TD as a Buc.
Galloway had 115 yards and a TD.
Chargers 35 — Texans 10
Antonio Gates. Antonio Cromartie. Antonio Gates. Antonio Cromartie. That was the sequence in which the Chargers scored their first four TD’s. Philip Rivers threw for 3 TD’s with only 7 completions for 130 yards.
Tomlinson rushed 17 times for 90 yards, but the Chargers blew this one open early and actually rested their players, unlike that team from
Gates finished with 92 yards.
Chris Chambers scored his first Charger TD and totaled 35 receiving yards.
has completely come back down to earth after their fast start. They are now 3-5 and are clearly missing
Andre Johnson, however that is just one reason for their failures. Matt Schaub threw 2 INTs before leaving the game with another injury and
Sage Rosenfels replaced him. He threw for 176 yards, a TD, and 2 INT’s. RB
Adimchinobe Echemandu will be someone to keep on eye on as he rushed for 62 yards with
Ahman Green inactive and
Ron Dayne ineffective.
Kevin Walter caught 7 passes for 77 yards.
Bills 13 — Jets 3
Another Week 8 thriller took place in the Meadowlands as the Bills defeated the hopeless Jets. Again…kidding. However,
Trent Edwards was replaced by
JP Losman who threw an 85-yard game-clinching TD to Lee Evans with just minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
Evans finished the game with 138 yards and 5 catches.
Marshawn Lynch rumbled for 80 yards on 21 carries for
The Jets had ample opportunities in this game, just like they’ve had in their other losses, but failed to convert. Thomas Jones ran for 70 yards and caught 5 balls for 34 yards.
Pennington was replaced in the 4th quarter with the stronger arm of
Kellen Clemens, who was cheered by the crowd, but then threw 2 interceptions. Granted, one was a hail mary, but they still show up on the stat sheet.
Coles had just one catch for 13 yards and
Cotchery had 5 for 47 yards. The New York Jets have quickly fallen to 1-7 while the Bills are 3-4 and continue to play tough week in and week out.
Saints 31 — Niners 10
Patience is a virtue.
Drew Brees is back. 31 for 39 with 336 yards and 4 TD’s. That is the
Drew Brees that owners knew when they drafted him back in August. However, he may not be on those same rosters anymore.
Marques Colston, an ideal buy-low candidate, scored 3 times and caught 8 balls for 85 yards.
David Patten also hauled in 5 passes for 109 yards.
Reggie Bush did not reach the endzone, but totaled 113 yards (64 rush, 49 rec) and had 7 catches.
Reggie left the game with an apparent abdomen injury, but his status is unclear.
was unable to save the 49ers in his return as he threw for 190 yards and a TD.
Vernon Davis was the recipient of that TD and also caught 6 balls for 71 yards.
Frank Gore ran for 41 yards, but re-injured his ankle in the process. The Niners have now dropped 5 straight after starting 2-0.
Patriots 52 — Redskins 7
The Patriots outscored the Giants + Bengals + Bears + Panthers + Jets and Redskins combined. It’s really starting to get out of control in
Tom Brady threw for 3 TDs, ran for 2 more, and had 306 passing yards.
Laurence Maroney had 75 yards on 14 carries and caught 2 balls for 37 yards.
Wes Welker caught 9 balls for 89 yards and a TD while
Randy Moss had only 47 yards with a TD. The Patriots were up 38-0, but apparently that wasn’t enough as Brady threw a late 4th quarter TD to boost his stats.
The Redskins didn’t do much on offense as
Portis ran for 27 yards and caught 5 balls for 54 yards.
Jason Campbell threw for 197 yards and a TD to
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
What magic will Brett Favre bring to Monday night? Will the Broncos be able to continue their momentum after a Sunday Night win?
I’ll go with the home team.
Broncos win in a good one.