Abbreviated version this week, hope many of you out there are enjoying a holiday weekend. Good week of football but a strange week of fantasy football. Not too many big names make this week’s story, in fact, nearly a third of all the fantasy entities that get a mention this week are either a defense or a kicker. Hopefully you have one or two of the ones mentioned here and they carried you to victory. On to the games…
at Minnesota 26, Detroit 17
After sleep walking thru much of the game, the Vikings put up 23 fourth quarter points to take the win. The Vikings D (4 turnovers, 5 sacks, 2 return TDs) and Chester Taylor (154 total yards) get a mention here for the victors while Jon Kitna (225 yards, TD, 3 int, rushing TD) gets a mention in a losing effort.
at New York Giants 19, Washington 3
The Redskins offense came to a halt in this game, as the Giants D held Washington to less than 200 total yards. New York did just enough on offense to win, Jay Feeley (4 FG 1 PAT) the only Giant to get a mention in this space.
St.Louis 23, at Green Bay 20
The Rams and Packers went back and forth in this one, but in the end the Rams defense did just enough, stopping a late Packers drive to preserve the victory. Marc Bulger (220 yards, 2 TD) performed well for the winners while Noah Herron (106 yards, TD) and Greg Jennings (105 yards, TD) did well for the defeated.
at New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 21
The Saints magical season continues as they win a close division game over the Bucs. Duece McAllister (123 yards, TD) the only Saint to get an official mention, but it was Reggie Bush’s first NFL score that ended up being the game winner late. Bruce Gradkowski (225 yards, 2 TD) and Joey Galloway (110 yards, TD) did well in a losing effort.
at Carolina 20, Cleveland 12
Nothing much to see here, the Panthers D (3 turnovers, 2 sacks, return TD) was the dominant fantasy force here for the victors while only Phil Dawson (4 FG) gets a mention for the Browns.
at Indianapolis 14, Tennessee 13
Two teams got together that always play each other tough, no matter the records. The Titans were able to keep the Colts off the board completely in building a 13-nil halftime lead, but Indianapolis, like last week, would do just enough to win, scoring 14 second half points to take the comeback win. No player from either side earned a mention in this week’s story.
at Chicago 40, Buffalo 7
The Bears continue to prove that they are to be considered a serious Super Bowl contender, this week they dismantle the Bills at home. Robbie Gould (4 FG, 4 PAT), the Bears D (5 turnovers, 3 sacks), and Cedric Benson (62 total yards, 2 TD) getting the praise for the winners while only Lee Evans (94 yards, TD) earned a mention in this space for the defeated.
at New England 20, Miami 10
Another two teams that always play each other tough, the Patriots were able to score a fourth quarter TD to distance themselves just enough from the Dolphins to take the close win. No player from either side makes the wrap up this week.
at Jacksonville 41, New York Jets 0
Jaguars good, Jets bad. Fred Taylor (143 total yards, TD) and the Jaguars D (4 turnovers, 6 sacks, pitched a shutout) did the damage in this beating.
Kansas City 23, at Arizona 20
The Chiefs rally for 13 fourth quarter points to steal a win on the road. Larry Johnson (142 total yards, TD) and Damon Huard (288 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) performed well for the victors while Edgerrin James (115 total yards) and Matt Leinart (253 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) performed valiantly in defeat. Of note, Johnson left the game with an injury and was replaced by Dee Brown. Keep an eye on this situation, if Johnson should miss time, Brown or Michael Bennett (who was inactive for this game) could see his carries in the future.
at San Francisco 34, Oakland 20
The Raiders were finally able to score some points, putting up 20 for the game, but the Niners exploded for 27 second half points in coasting to the win. Frank Gore (172 total yards) the only player from either side to get into print this week.
at Philadelphia 38, Dallas 24
Though the score does not indicate it, but this game came down to the wire. Dallas, trailing by 7, had the ball late, and got some help by a 57 yard pass interference play on fourth down (shouldn’t Terry Glenn get those fantasy points since he was going to catch the ball? Ha!). With first and goal at the six, Dallas had enough time to tie the score. Alas, Drew Bledsoe’s second down pass was picked off and returned 102 yards for a score in the other direction, capping the victory for the Eagles. Player of the Week Donovan McNabb (354 yards, 2 TD, rushing TD), the Philly D (5 turnovers, 7 sacks, return TD), and Michael Westbrook (86 total yards, TD) get a mention here for the winners while no Cowboy did well enough to see their name in print this week.
at San Diego 23, Pittsburgh 13
The difficulties of repeating a Super Bowl Champion are becoming more evident every week, as this week it is the Chargers that pin another loss on the Defending Champions. Philip Rivers (242 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) and San Diego put up 16 second half points and the defense held the Steelers scoreless for those 30 minutes as the Chargers enjoy the win.