An interesting week in the NFL, many teams (ie. New York Jets, Dallas, New England) were looking to prove they belonged as contenders but came away beaten and defeated. Yet others (ie. Philadelphia, New York Giants) were hanging on and needed a win to keep it going, and got it. And what about Indianapolis, they simply were unable to tackle anyone on this Sunday.
As for fantasy, with playoff spots on the line, or the first round of playoffs already underway, it is sink or swim time. Do well and you continue playing, suffer defeat and the long offseason begins. Some players (Brees, Tomlinson, Parker, Gates) continue to do their part, while others (Vick, Steve Smith, Alexander) will no doubt be moved to the “do not draft this !#@$!# next year” list. Hopefully you have more players mentioned here than your opponent, let’s get into the games….
at Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 7
The defending Super Bowl Champions take care of business in blow out fashion. Willie Parker (223 yards, TD) and Ben Roethlistberger (225 yards, TD, rushing TD) the fantasy stars. Nothing to see here from the Browns.
Buffalo 31, at New York Jets 13
The Jets were brought down to earth here, their playoff chances hurt as they take a beating at the hands of the Bills. The Buffalo D (3 turnovers, 4 sacks, return TD) and Willis McGahee (125 yards, TD) did well for the victors while no Jet gets a mention in this space this week.
Philadelphia 21, at Washington 19
The Eagles playoff hopes are still alive, as they score 21 first half points and hold on to defeat the Redskns, this despite no single Eagle playing well enough to into this week’s story. Ladell Betts (171 yards), Shaun Suisham (4 FG, PAT), and Antwaan Randle El (85 yards, TD) performed well for Washington, but it was not enough to get into the win column on this day.
Baltimore 20, at Kansas City 10
The Ravens formula continues to work well, stifling defense and adequate offense. Steve McNair (283 yards, TD) and Mark Clayton (112 yards, TD) provided the offense and the defense did the rest as they win at Kansas City. No Chiefs to speak of.
Atlanta 17, at Tampa Bay 6
A drab contest as far as fantasy implications were concerned, so much so that no player from either team will get a mention. The Falcons were able to do just enough to win, despite losing both Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood to injuries.
Minnesota 30, at Detroit 20
Artose Pinner (125 yards, 3 TD), filling in for the injured Chester Taylor, had a tremendous day against his former team as the Vikings cruise. Pinner scores twice in the first quarter as the Vikings raced out to a 20-nil lead early, a lead they would never relinquish.
Tennessee 26, at Houston 20
The legend of Vince Young (218 yards, 86 rushing yards, rushing TD) continues. Visiting the state where he played his college ball, and playing against the team that could have taken him in the draft, Young ran for a 39 yard touchdown in overtime to give the Titans yet another comeback win. Tennessee thought they had the game won late in the fourth quarter when Travis Henry (88 yards, 2 TD) scored the second of his 2 TDs on the day, but Houston came back, Kris Brown connecting from 46 yards to send the game into the extra session. In the overtime, Tennessee got the ball first and never game the home side a chance. Ron Dayne (99 total yards, 2 TD) performed well in a losing effort.
At Miami 21, New England nil
The Dolphins D (5 sacks, 3 turnovers, pitched a shutout) was a dominant force in this game as Miami handily defeats the Patriots. Sammy Morris (123 yards, TD) and Marty Booker (103 yards, TD) provided the offense as New England never really threatened to score in this game.
New York Giants 27, at Carolina 13
The Giants desperately needed a win, and they get one here in Carolina. Eli Manning (172 yards, 3 TD) had a very nice day for the victors, throwing TD passes to Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey in the second quarter, then connecting on a 3 yard pass play to David Tyree midway thru the third to put the game out of reach. Drew Carter (144 yards, TD) and Chris Weinke (423 yards, TD, 3 int) performed well for the defeated.
at Cincinnati 27, Oakland 10
The Bengals got first quarter TDs from Chris Henry and Rudi Johnson (117 yards, 2 TD) as they cruise to the easy win. TJ Houshmandzadeh (118 yards, TD) and Carson Palmer (297 yards, 2 TD, 3 int) also get a mention here for the winners while Ronald Curry (99 yards, TD) performed well in defeat.
at Jacksonville 44, Indianapolis 17
The Jaguars lay a surprise beating on the Colts, running wild in all facets of the game. Jacksonville rushed for 375 yards as a team in the blow out victory. Maurice Jones-Drew (166 yards, 3 TD) ran wild and Fred Taylor ran for 131 yards and a touchdown as well. Jones-Drew’s kickoff return to paydirt to open up the third quarter put the game out of reach. Josh Scobee (3 FG, 5 PAT) also gets a mention here while only Peyton Manning (313 yards, 1 int, rushing TD) did well in defeat.
Green Bay 30, at San Francisco 19
The Packers take down the fading Niners easily. Donald Driver (160 yards, TD) and Brett Favre (293 yards, 2 TD) get kudos in the winning lockerroom while Frank Gore (130 yards, TD) the only player from San Francisco to get a mention here.
at Arizona 27, Seattle 21
Matt Leinart hooked up with Bryant Johnson on a 56 yard scoring play early in the game, and Edgerrin James (115 yards, TD) followed that up with another score as the Cardinals got an early lead on the Seahawks that they held until the finish. Matt Hasselbeck (243 yards, 3 TD) did well for Seattle, but there would be no heroic comeback on this day as the Cardinals get the upset.
at San Diego 48, Denver 20
As has been the case of late, LaDainian Tomlinson (103 yards, 3 TD) was the story in this game. The Chargers raced to a 28-3 halftime lead thanks to Tomlinson and the combination of Antonio Gates (104 yards, 2 TD) from Philip Rivers (279 yards, 2 TD). The Broncos would not fold up their tents, Tony Scheffler (66 yards, 2 TD) scored twice in the third quarter as Denver cut the lead down to 28-20. But that was the last of the Bronco scoring, the Chargers would tack on two field goals early in the fourth, then Tomlinson would please his fantasy owners by finding the endzone twice to complete the victory.
New Orleans 42, at Dallas 17
Both teams were looking to make their mark as the possible representative of the NFC in the Super Bowl. Dallas had been on a roll of late, but playing at home, it was the Saints that marched all over them in this blowout win. Player of the Week Drew Brees (384 yards, 5 TD) had a career day leading New Orleans to the win. Reggie Bush (162 total yards, TD) and Mike Karney (3 TD) also had a fantasy feast at the expense of the Cowboys. Despite the loss, Terry Glenn (150 yards) and Julius Jones (116 yards, TD) performed well, most of their yardage coming with the game well out of reach.