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Week Fifteen In Review

Another strange week of football is in the books, as there were many playoff bound teams that did not look good this week.  A strange fantasy week as well, not too many stud players get a mention in the story this week, while a ton of defenses do get into the writeup.  Hopefully your season continues, as always, thanks for reading, let’s get into the games…

San Francisco 24, at Seattle 14
The Seahawks are one of the many teams that are difficult to figure out this season.  With a win, Seattle would have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but with 15 minutes to go in this game, they let San Francisco take a win.  Alex Smith (162 yards, 2 TD, rushing TD) threw for 2 touchdowns and Frank Gore (178 total yards, TD) rushed for another, all in the fourth quarter as the Seattle clinching party will have to be on hold for at least another week.  No Seahawk played well enough to get a mention in this space. 

Dallas 38, at Atlanta 28
While the Falcons are another puzzling team, Dallas is not.  The Cowboys bounce back from a beating at the hands of the Saints last week to defeat Atlanta this week.  Marion Barber (96 total yards, 2 TD), Terrell Owens (69 yards, 2 TD), and Tony Romo (278 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) were the fantasy stars for the victors while only Michael Vick (237 yards, 4 TD, 1 int) played well in defeat. 

Washington 16, at New Orleans 10
It appears that indeed Drew Brees DID in fact score two week’s worth of fantasy points last week, so many in fact that he nearly laid an egg this week.  The entire New Orleans team fell flat this week as the Redskins take the upset win.  Ladell Betts (162 total yards) the only player from either side to earn a mention in this week’s story. 

at Green Bay 17, Detroit 9
Another drab fantasy matchup, Ahman Green (123 total yards) and the Packers D (3 turnovers, 6 sacks) the only fantasy entities worth mentioning. 

at Chicago 34, Tampa Bay 31 (overtime)
The script had been written, Bears race out to a big lead, then coast to the final whistle and celebrate clinching home field advantage in the playoffs.  Desmond Clark (125 yards, 2 TD) and Rex Grossman (339 yards, 2 TD) had lead the way, and the Bears had a 24-3 lead late in the third quarter.  The Bucs were not willing partners in this scenario.  Mike Alstott got the comeback rolling with a 14 yard run, then Tampa Bay’s offense really kicked in.  Alex Smith on a 9 yard play, Joey Galloway on a 64 yard bomb, and finally Ike Hilliard on a 44 yard hookup from reliever Tim Rattay (268 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) tied the score and sent it into overtime.  The Bears had a chance to win early in the extra session, but Robbie Gould misfired from 37 yards out.  With time running down, the Bears’ Rashied Davis took in a controversial 28 yard pass, and before a booth review could be initialized, Gould connected from 25 yards out to end the game. 

New York Jets 26, Minnesota 13
The Jets continue to stay in the playoff hunt, as they post another impressive win, this time over the Vikings.  New York raced out to a 23-7 halftime lead and coasted from there.  Laveranues Coles (144 yards, TD), Mike Nugent (4 FG, 2 PAT), and Chad Pennington (339 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) were the fantasy heroes.  Nothing to see from the Vikings sideline. 

at Baltimore 27, Cleveland 17
Though the Ravens get the hard fought win, Steve McNair was injured in the contest.  Jamal Lewis (109 yards, TD) the only fantasy entity getting a mention in this game. 

at Buffalo 21, Miami nil
Apparently the Dolphins do not have tapes on the Buffalo Bills.  After last week’s convincing victory over the Patriots, Miami bounces back by being on the opposite end of another 21-nil score.  Not much fantasy to speak of in this one, though JP Losman (200 yards, 3 TD) did play well for Buffalo. 

at Tennessee 24, Jacksonville 17
The Titans and Vince Young just continue to win.  Tennessee is hot, winning their fifth in a row, this week defeating a Jaguars team that had handily beaten the Colts last week.  In this game, the Titans D (4 turnovers, 5 sacks, 3 return TD) was the hero, scoring 21 points in the contest.  Cortland Finnegan returned a fumble 92 yards for a score, then minutes later Chris Hope raced 61 yards with an interception return for a score.  Jacksonville would get a late touchdown to make the final score close.  Maurice Jones-Drew (146 total yards, TD) performed well in a losing effort. 

at New England 30, Houston 7
The Texans were just what ailed New England.  Though they held the Patriots on the game’s opening possession, the Texans tried a fake punt on their first turn with the ball and were stuffed.  The Patriots quickly scored, and from there raced out to a 27-nil halftime bulge.  Houston did manage to score a TD in the third quarter, but New England returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD, putting the game out of reach.  The Patriots D (4 turnovers, 4 sacks, return TD) and Stephen Gostkowski (4 FG, 4 PAT) get kudos here for the victors. 

Pittsburgh 37, at Carolina 3
The Defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers keep their slim playoff hopes alive by routing the Panthers.  Willie Parker (132 yards, TD) ran wild and the Steelers D (2 turnovers, 5 sacks, return TD) kept the Carolina offense in check, so much so that no Panther gets a mention here this week. 

Denver 37, at Arizona 20
A battle of rookie QBs, this one goes the way of the Broncos as Jay Cutler (261 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) gets his first win as a starter.  Cutler got going early in this one, hooking up with Javon Walker on the third play of the game for a 54 yard score.  A couple FGs would push the Denver lead to 13-0 before Arizona would crack the scoreboard with a FG of their own.  Cutler hooked up with Rod Smith for a 10 yard score early in the second half to keep the Bronco lead going, then Mike Bell (61 yards, 2 TD) added a couple TD runs in the fourth quarter to ice the win. 

St.Louis 20, at Oakland nil
Are the Raiders on the clock yet?  Steven Jackson (127 yards, 2 TD) rushed for two scores and the Rams D (5 turnovers, 4 sacks, pitched shutout) had their way with the sad excuse of an offense that Oakland has been marching onto the field lately. 

Philadelphia 36, at New York Giants 22
Two division rivals deadlocked in the standings, with the winner of this game getting a big edge in the playoff chase, yup, this had all the makings of a great game.  And a great game it was.  The Giants got on the scoreboard early, Tiki Barber (104 total yards, TD) actually getting into the endzone on an 11 yard run.  Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook (137 total yards, 2 TD) would hit paydirt for the visitors and the Eagles held a 14-10 advantage at the half.  The Giants would close to 14-13 entering the fourth quarter, a very exciting 15 minutes of football remained.  New York would get another FG, taking the lead.  But that was shortlived, as the Eagles got back on top thanks to another Westbrook score.  The Giants would come right back, Brandon Jacobs plowing into the endzone from a yard out.  Unfortunately (again) for the Giants, this is where the story turns into a nightmare as their defense could not be counted on.  Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to another scoring drive, this one capped off by Reggie Brown taking in a 19 yard pass.  Just under three minutes remained, and the Giants were looking for another scoring drive to take the lead.  Alas, it was not to be, Eli Manning was hit on the first play of the drive, his pass went straight up in the air, Tiki Barber attempted to knock the ball to the ground, but he swung his arm and missed, the ball landing in the waiting arms of Trent Cole and he high stepped the 19 yards into the endzone for the back breaking score.  Giants lose another heartbreaker. 

at San Diego 20, Kansas City 9
Once again, the Chargers win thanks to Player of the Week LaDainian Tomlinson (199 yards, 2 TD).  Tomlinson got the home crowd fired up with an 85 yard scoring run late in the second quarter and Kansas City never mounted much of a comeback after that and San Diego coasts to the win. 

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