A couple incredible comebacks in the late Sunday games capped off a good slate of games this week. We started off with a Friday night game not many folks got to see, and ended with, well, with no Sunday night game. An anti-climactic end to the week. In between, a few of the fantasy studs got into the endzone multiple times, hopefully you had more of those players than your opponent.
I took some heat for what we had to say about Denver, didn’t mean to anger any of our Bronco faithful out there, just trying to tell it like it is. They just don’t look like a team that is going to go deep in the playoffs, at least right now they don’t. Then again, there aren’t too many teams right now that are playing well enough to get to the Superbowl either. Much to be determined yet this season.
Let’s get right into this week’s games…
Kansas City 30, at Miami 20
I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to talk about this game, since the NFL made sure no one could really see it, but we’ll talk about it anyways. I can’t really say how I got to see the game, suffice to say as a Dolphin fan, you didn’t miss much. Kansas City held the ball for a dominating 42 minutes in the easy win. Priest Holmes (90 yards, 2 TD) scored on the Chiefs’ initial drive of the game and they never looked back. Lawrence Tynes (3 FG, 3 PAT) and also Larry Johnson (93 yards, TD) also did well for the winners while no Miami player did enough to get a mention here.
at Minnesota 23, Green Bay 20
Green Bay scored 17 points in the second quarter and sent the Vikings into the locker room without a point. Brett Favre (315 yards, 2 TD) threw for two scores, including one to Donald Driver (114 yards, TD) to open the scoring in this game. Facing another loss, Minnesota came out a different team in the second half as Daunte Culpepper (280 yards, 2 TD) came alive. With just under four minutes to play, Mewelde Moore (105 total yards, TD) took in a 14 yard Culpepper offering to put the Vikings in the lead for the first time all day. Green Bay would respond, Ryan Longwell connecting from 39 yards out with only 24 seconds in regulation. Incredibly, the Vikings moved the ball in the little time they had, and Paul Edinger connected on a 56 yard boot as time expired to give Minnesota a much needed win.
at Philadelphia 20, San Diego 17
A very strong defensive effort on both sides kept this a low scoring affair for most of the game. Philadelphia score the first 10 points of the game, but the Chargers would score the next 17. Drew Brees (299 yards, 2 TD, 2 int) to Antonio Gates (72 yards, TD) at the start of the fourth gave San Diego their first lead of the game. The Chargers would enjoy a four point bulge and with just over 2 minutes to play, they were ready to push the lead to 7. However, the Eagles special teams unit came up big, not only block the field goal attempt, but returning the block 65 yards for the game winning score. Donovan McNabb (287 yards, 1 TD, 2 int) and Brian Westbrook (100 total yards) performed well for the winners.
at Washington 52, San Francisco 17
The “Blowout the Niners” tour continues, this time the red hot Redskins doling out the beating. Clinton Portis (101 yards, 3 TD), Mark Brunell (252 yards, 3 TD), and Santana Moss (112 yards, TD) continue to be a regular trilogy in this space.
Indianapolis 38, at Houston 20
The Colts jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, Edgerrin James (139 yards, 2 TD) getting on the scoreboard early (and often). Houston would rally, Domanick Davis (98 yards, TD) scoring from 8 yards out and Jabbar Gaffney also from 8 yards out. That would be the extent of the Texans offensive scoring and the Colts blow them away in the second half. The Colts D (5 sacks, return TD) and Peyton Manning (237 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) did well in a winning effort.
Detroit 13, at Cleveland 10
And so the Joey Harrington Era comes to a close in Detroit. Jeff Garcia (210 yards, rushing TD) was named the starter for the Lions, and he led them to a victory on the road. Cleveland couldn’t get much going offensively, and the Lions were only able to move the ball in stretches in this mostly dreary game.
at St.Louis 28, New Orleans 17
Despite jumping out to an early lead, a series of miscues spelled doom for the Saints. Aaron Brooks (230 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) hooked up with Donte Stallworth and Az-Zahir Hakim (100 yards, TD) for scoring plays in the first quarter, but New Orleans could only muster a field goal the rest of the game. The Rams rally from a 10 point deficit in the fourth to take the win. Steven Jackson (97 yards, 2 TD) did well for the winners.
Pittsburgh 27, at Cincinnati 13
The Bengals had a chance here to make a strong statement that they are among the elite in the league, but that will have to wait for another day. Despite having the home field advantage, the Steelers calmly went about their business and got themselves back into the division race. Willie Parker (131 yards, TD) ran hard for Pittsburgh as their defense kept the Bengals high flying offense in check all game. Parker’s 37 yard run midway thru the third quarter was the back breaker that clinched the victory for the visitors.
at Seattle 13, Dallas 10
Sometimes you watch a game and when it’s over you can’t help but shake your head and feel for the guys on the losing side. This was one of those games. Let’s fast forward to the fourth quarter of this defensive struggle, Dallas holding a slim 7-3 lead as the quarter begins. Seattle’s Jimmy Williams tried to pick up a Dallas punt after a bounce, he was unsuccessful, and the Cowboys recovered in great field position at the Seattle 9. The Cowboys would not get closer than the 6 yard line, forced to settle for a field goal attempt. The snap was off line, sending the timing haywire and Jose Cortez pulled the 29 yard attempt just wide. After two punts from each side, Dallas’ defense would intercept Seattle setting up the offense on the Seahawk 12 yard line. On third down, Jason Witten was brought down after some contact in the end zone, no flag on the play. Coach Parcells and the officials had a lengthy discussion about the play, and at one point when his assistant coach tried to chime in, Parcells clubbed him and told him to pipe down. The play stood, and Dallas this time got a successful kick, extending the lead to 7.
Working with under two minutes to play, this time Seattle would move the ball, unheralded tight end Tyan Hannam taking in a one yard TD pass and the score was tied. Tyson Thompson would bust a 39 yard return on the ensuing kick, and the Cowboys were looking to get into range for game winning field goal. With 14 ticks left on the clock, Jordan Babineaux stepped in front of an ill advised offering from Drew Bledsoe, returning it to the Cowboy 25. Only a few ticks remained, and Josh Brown connected from 50 yards out and Seattle had stolen the win.
at Arizona 20, Tennessee 10
An ugly affair where the Cardinal D (3 turnovers, return TD) is the only entity mentioned in a fantasy sense. Tennessee ran out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but could not score the rest of the game. David Macklin sparked the Cardinals, returning a pick 60 yards to paydirt just before the half. The Cardinals offense got going just enough to score 10 points in the second half to take home the win. In the game, Titan Chris Brown suffered a shoulder injury, the extent of which was not known at press time.
at New York Giants 24, Denver 23
Another game with an incredible finish. Denver’s Mike Anderson (120 yards, TD) ran well for the Broncos, as they build a 23-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. But once again, they could not hold the lead, this week it would cost them the game. Tiki Barber (110 total yards, TD) got the Giants comeback rolling, scoring from 4 yards out. Jason Elam would misfire from 49 yards out on the Broncos next possession, but the Bronco defense would step in and force a turnover with under five minutes to play. Unable to run out the clock, the Giants would get another chance with three and a half minutes to work with. That was just enough time. Eli Manning led New York down the field, and he found Amani Toomer (62 yards, TD) open from 2 yards out and the Giants had the comeback win. Plaxico Burress (84 yards, TD) also did well for the victors.
at Oakland 38, Buffalo 17
After an early score by the Bills, Oakland took out the whipping stick and ran away with this one. Player of the Week Lamont Jordan (122 yards, 3 TD) was the man of the hour, putting in a tremendous game. Randy Moss shook off his doubtful status to not only play, but find the endzone as well. Not much to see from the Buffalo players here.
at Chicago 10, Baltimore 6
The Bears got an early touchdown, one that would turn out to be the only touchdown between these good defenses and bad offenses. Nothing to report for either team so let’s just wrap things up and put a bow on week 7.