Week seven is almost in the books, the second week in a row with six teams on the bye. Hopefully you were able to get enough guys into your starting lineup that were playing, and as usual, hopefully you have more players mentioned in this week’s story than your opponent.
An interesting week as we have an over time game, a 62 yard field goal, and the last of the teams (Oakland) break into the win column, once again insuring that no team will go winless on the season. Of course, the race for the first pick in the draft is just heating up with many teams very much in contention. Some high scoring games and many of the usual fantasy suspects get a mention here this week, let’s get into the games.
at New York Jets 31, Detroit 24
The Jets enjoyed the home cooking in this one, jumping out to an early lead and holding on at the end. The win was keyed by Leon Washington (129 yards, 2 TD) and a team effort that racked up 221 yards on the ground. Detroit would rally in the second half, Jon Kitna (269 yards, 3 TD, 2 int) finding Mike Furrey (109 yards, TD) in the back of the endzone from 18 yards out with just over two minutes left. The play was challenged, but the call on the field stood. The Jets offense would once again answer the call, getting a first down and running out the clock to secure the win. Kevin Jones (143 total yards, TD) also performed well in a losing effort.
at Tampa Bay 23, Philadelphia 21
Prayer….ANSWERED!! Wow! Once again the Eagles came out flat on the road, as Tampa Bay raced out to a commanding 17-nil lead. The Buc D (4 turnovers, 2 return TD), specifically Ronde Barber’s two interception returns for TDs had the home side feeling good. But Philadelphia would wake up late in the third quarter. Donovan McNabb (302 yards, 3 TD, 3 int) hooked up with Thomas Tapeh to get the scoring started, then his 7 yard pass to Reggie Brown drew the Eagles within a FG midway thru the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay would extend the lead by a FG, but McNabb and company weren’t done. Brian Westbrook (223 total yards, TD) capped off an incredible day, and what should have been an incredible comeback by scoring on a 52 yard pass play to put the Eagles on top by a point with 33 ticks left on the clock. Michael Pittman gave the home crowd some hope, returning the kickoff 37 yards to the 36 yard line. An 11 yard pass over the middle and timeout, then a Gradkowski 9 yard scramble and timeout set the stage for an improbable 62 yard FG attempt….and
Matt Bryant (3 FG, 2 PAT) connected on the third longest kick in NFL history. Bucs win!
Green Bay 34, at Miami 24
The high hopes the Dolphins had coming into this season can be officially tabled until next season. Miami struggled against a struggling Packers team, as Green Bay takes home the easy win. The game started out promising for the fins, Joey Harrington (414 yards, 2 TD, 3 int) hooking up with Marty Booker (110 yards, TD) for a 8 yard scoring play. But it was all downhill from there. Harrington would being tossing interceptions and the Packers would take advantage. Charles Woodson started off the second half with a 23 interception return for a TD and the Pack started to roll. Donald Driver (93 yards, TD) scored on a 34 yard pass play from Brett Favre (206 yards, 2 TD) and Ahman Green (118 yards, TD) effectively closed out the game with a 70 yard TD romp to open up the fourth quarter.
at Cincinnati 17, Carolina 14
When it mattered most, it was the Bengals that came up with the big play. Taking a chance on fourth and one late in the game, Cincinnati gambled and Carson Palmer (240 yards, 2 TD) found a diving Chad Johnson for a 32 yard diving catch to keep the drive alive. TJ Houshmandzadeh would catch a 1 yard TD pass to put the Bengals up. But the game was far from over. Jake Delhomme (238 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) would lead his team down the field, but an interception in the endzone would seal the game for the home side. Steve Smith (126 yards) also did well in a losing effort.
at Kansas City 30, San Diego 27
A tale of two halves. The first half belonged to Kansas City, as they went into the break with a 20-6 lead with help from Larry Johnson (132 yards, 2 TD) and an efficient Damon Huard (232 yards, 2 TD). But the Chargers would rally in the second half. Philip Rivers (226 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) would find Antonio Gates (63 yards, TD) in the third quarter, but the Chiefs responded with the second of Larry Johnson’s 2 TDs on the day. LaDainian Tomlinson (138 total yards, TD, passing TD) put San Diego on his back in the fourth quarter, opening the frame with a 37 yard catch and run for a score, then throwing a 1 yard pass to tie things up. Alas, too much time was left on the clock, and Kansas City would move into range for a Lawrence Tynes field goal, and he would connect from 53 yards out to give Kansas City the win.
at Houston 27, Jacksonville 7
The Texans scored early and often in this one, as they rout the visiting Jaguars. Wali Lundy (93 yards, TD) ran wild for the home side, while Andre Johnson (106 yards, TD) and David Carr (224 yards, 2 TD) also performed well for the winners. Only Maurice Jones-Drew (68 total yards, TD) gets a mention here for Jacksonville in this survivor buster of a game.
at Atlanta 41, Pittsburgh 38 (overtime)
Coming off a week in which many were beginning to question Michael Vick (232 yards, 4 TD) as a quarterback, all he does is go out and throw 4 TD passes in leading the Falcons to the win. But the win did not come easy against a Steelers team that was matching Atlanta score for score in regulation. Alge Crumpler (117 yards, 3 TD) was on the receiving end of three of those passes, as surely he contributed to many a fantasy owner’s defeat this week. On the other side of the ball, Player of the Week Hines Ward (171 yards, 3 TD) reminded us that he is one of the top fantasy WRs in the game, his third score of the game in the fourth quarter tied things up and sent the teams into an extra session. In the overtime, Atlanta won the toss and drove into Morten Andersen’s range, his 32 yard boot ending the game. Of note, Ben Roehtlisberger (238 yards, 3 TD) left the game and did not return to the field, though he was seen on the sideline.
New England 28, Buffalo 6
Nothing much to report here. The Patriots take care of business in Buffalo, routing the Bills as no fantasy player from either team gets a mention in this space this week.
Denver 17, at Cleveland 7
The Broncos are becoming very Patriotic, using a stifling defense and an offense that scores just enough points to win games. Tatum Bell (115 yards, TD) the only player from either side that performed well in this snoozer of a game.
Minnesota 31, at Seattle 13
A close low scoring game turned early in the second half when Matt Hasselbeck was injured and forced out of the game. Reports are that he’s got a sprained knee and will be out “a couple weeks”. From there, facing a team without their starting QB and starting RB (Shaun Alexander), the Vikings rolled. Chester Taylor (169 yards, TD) had his usual monster day and the Vikings D (3 turnovers, 4 sacks, return TD) did the rest to keep the Seahawks offense in check. Darrell Jackson (136 yards, TD) performed well in a losing effort.
at Indianapolis 36, Washington 22
The Redskins were able to hang with Indianapolis for the first half, but a 20 point third quarter explosion by the Colts put the game out of their reach. Peyton Manning (342 yards, 4 TD) threw four TD passes on the day as the home passing game was once again flying high. Marvin Harrison (73 yards, 2 TD) and Reggie Wayne (122 yards, TD) the benficiaries of much of that action in the win. Mark Brunell (226 yards, 2 TD) the only Skin to perform well for the visitors.
at Oakland 22, Arizona 9
Raiders…win!?! Oakland became the last team to break into the win column, as they take the victory over the Cardinal. Perhaps feeling the effects of last week’s devastating collapse against the Bears, Arizona was out of synch all day. The Raiders were able to take advantage and do just enough to get their first win of the season. And yes, Randy Moss (129 yards, TD) is alive and well, getting an official mention in this week’s space while no Cardinal gets a mention here.