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Week 9 in Review


Remains Unbeaten

The Colts went to 8-0 on
Sunday with a 20-17 victory over the Houston Texans. Running back Joseph Addai
and tight end Dallas Clark both had big games for Indy, who avoided overtime
thanks to a missed 42-yard field goal by Texans kicker Kris Brown as time
expired. Addai scored once through the air on a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback
Peyton Manning and also added a 2-yard rush for a touchdown. Addai finished the
day with 14 carries for 63 yards and five catches for 49 more yards, plus the
two touchdowns. Though

Clark didn’t find the
endzone in Week 9, he came up with 14 grabs for 119 yards. Both Manning and
Matt Schaub completed over 30 passes and threw for over 300 yards on the day.
Indy has two straight tough weeks ahead of them as they are home against New
England then on the road against

If they can win both of those games then they will have a legit shot at
finishing the season undefeated.

Kurt Warner Bounces
Back in Big Way

A week after having
arguably the worst start of his career,

quarterback Kurt Warner did a complete 360 and dominated the Bears on Sunday.
Warner threw five touchdown passes and led the Cardinals to a 41-21 win. He was
22-of-32 for 261 yards with no turnovers. This performance came a week after
Warner threw five interceptions against the Panthers. Wide receiver Larry
Fitzgerald once again led the way for

with nine receptions for 123 yards and two scores. Though Warner and the
Cardinals have been up and down all season, their schedule is fairly easy over
the next three weeks with games against


St. Louis and

Tennessee. Warner is a must start the rest
of the season and should especially be solid over the next month.

Benson Does it Again

For the second time this
season, Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson ran for over 100 yards
against division rival

in Week 9. The Ravens, who are known for their stingy run defense, have only
allowed an opposing rusher to surpass the 100-yard mark three times in the last
43 games. Two of those instances have been to Benson and the other to Adrian
Peterson, all of which have occurred in 2009. The Bengals beat

Baltimore 17-7 and have now swept them on the
season as Benson ran for 117 yards on 34 carries with one touchdown. Aside from
Benson, the real fantasy winner in this game was the Bengals defense. They have
been solid all season and should be owned and started every week in fantasy.
The defense allowed just seven points and had two interceptions and four sacks.

DeAngelo Williams Has
Another Big Game

Williams came up just
short of his third 150-yard rushing game in his last four games as he finished
Week 9 with 21 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scores
came in the first quarter as the Panthers looked poised to upset unbeaten

New Orleans, but that notion was put to rest in the second
half as the Saints outscored

24-3 and held on for a 30-20 victory to go 8-0. New Orleans quarterback Drew
Brees had another game over 300 yards passing as he went for 330 yards, but
wasn’t overly impressive on the day. He threw just one touchdown pass and also
had an interception and lost a fumble. The big fantasy performer of the day was
Williams, who scored on his first carry of the game from 66 yards out and then
again from seven yards out later in the first quarter. Williams has been solid
in 2009, but expect a few road bumps the rest of the way as he goes up against
some tough run defenses in the second half of the season, including the
Dolphins, Jets, Patriots and Vikings.

Seahawks Defense Solid
for Those Who Needed a Spot Start

I sure hope fantasy
owners who needed a fill-in defense for Week 9 took a chance with

Seattle’s defense like I
did. They rewarded owners with a huge fantasy day. The Seahawks started off a
little shaky, allowing 17 first quarter points to the Lions, but only allowed
three points total the last three quarters and won the game 32-20.

Seattle picked off

quarterback Matthew Stafford five times and returned the last one for a 61-yard
touchdown. They also had two sacks and a forced fumble. I wouldn’t recommend
using the Seahawks defense every week, but they certainly proved to be useful
against the bad teams of the NFL. Keep them in mind for Week 12 against

St. Louis and Week 15 against



Turner Reaches Double-Digit

Michael Turner had his
second huge performance in as many weeks as he went off for 166 yards on just
18 carries with two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 14 yards in the
Falcons’ 31-17 triumph over the Redskins. Turner didn’t get a ton of work, but
he definitely made the most of his carries. He had three rushes of 30 or more
yards, including both of his touchdown runs. Those went for 30 and 58 yards.
With the two trips to paydirt, Turner now has 10 rushing touchdowns on the
season. That puts him second in the NFL behind

Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew who now has
11 rushing TDs in 2009. Expect more of the same from Turner in the second half
of the season with great matchups against



twice and




Gets First Win of 2009

The Buccaneers finally
got their first win of the season and first career win for rookie head coach
Raheem Morris with a 38-28 upset of

on Sunday.


was led to victory by rookie quarterback Josh Freeman, who was making his first
career start. After trailing 28-17 with just under 13 minutes left in the game,
the Buccaneers scored 21 straight points to seal the win. Freeman threw for 205
yards with three touchdown passes and just one interception. On the losing end,
Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 17-of-35 for 266 yards with two touchdowns
and three interceptions. He also ran for 26 yards and a score. Freeman is only
going to get better as the season goes on. Though he doesn’t have a ton of
fantasy value now, he is definitely someone to keep on your radar.

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