Week 6 is almost in the books, can we finally put to rest the 8:20pm EST start to the baseball playoff games? Back to back games ending well after 1am is an outrage. Yet FOX seems to be pleased that this happened, boasting that the games were the two longest playoff games in history? Do they not know that they are the cause of this with the extended time between innings, etc? Well, tack on an hour ride home from the park and unfortunately that translates into a late week in review. Thanks for your patience. Let’s get right into the games…
at Atlanta 21, San Diego 20
An intruiging matchup of teams that swapped first round picks a while back, Falcons ending up with a guy named Michael Vick (218 yards, 2 TD, rushing TD) and the Chargers ending up with a guy named Ladainian Tomlinson (80 total yards, TD). As it turns out, both players end up getting a mention in this week’s story. Exciting game that saw the Chargers holding onto a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter, but that was not enough. Vick took the game over, running for one score and throwing for another as Atlanta gets back onto the winning track.
at Buffalo 20, Miami 13
From intruiging, to not so intruiging. Two squads looking for their first win…someone had to take the victory. The game marked the starting debut of Willis McGahee (111 yards) and he performed very well in the role. Miami’s offense continues to look pathetic. It’s not very often that a screen pass is picked off and returned for a touchdown, but the Buffalo defense was able to pull off that feat in this game. Moving on.
Washington 13, at Chicago 10
Clinton Portis (171 yards) finally gets on track in this game as the Skins end a four game losing streak. The Bears never got things going offensively, and no Chicagoan will make this week’s story.
at Cleveland 34, Cincinnati 17
Fantasy football is a funny thing, you think you’ve got a guy figured out, and then he goes out and tosses four touchdown passes, including a 99 yard effort. Of course I’m talking about Jeff Garcia (310 yards, 4 TD), who lead the Browns to a suprisingly easy win in the battle of Ohio. Lee Suggs (100 rec yards, TD) will also get a mention here, and just outside the official mention range is William Green who ran for over 100 yards in the contest. Apparently the week off did not help the Bengals, as they get no player mentioned in this space.
Green Bay 38, at Detroit 10
Things were getting bleak for the Packers, only having won one of their first five contests, and a trip to Detroit doesn’t usually spell success for the Cheese Heads. However, Green Bay got their offense going as Donald Driver (110 yards, 2 TD) and Brett Favre (257 yards, 2 TD) hooked up early and often as the Pack run away from the Lions in the late going. No Lion a mention here, of note Roy Williams was active for the game but did not play.
Houston 20, at Tennessee 10
The Titans are quickly becoming a team that is difficult to figure out this season. After three disappointing losses, they go out and trounce the Packers in a Monday night contest, which many thought was a return to their good form. Then they are presented with a home date against the Texans, yet the end up on the losing end of things yet again. Why am I droning on about mindless stuff like that? Because no player from either team played well enough to earn a mention here. Ugh.
at New England 30, Seattle 20
Like most teams, Seattle came into New England talking a good game, yet they depart the same way all their predecessors did, with a loss. Corey Dillon (105 yards, 2 TD) frustrated many a fantasy owner that believed he was hurt and might not play by scoring a touchdown early to put New England ahead, then he tacked on another one later. In between he ran very well, and Bethel Johnson made a spectacular catch that has to be seen to believed and the Patriots roll to yet another win. Koren Robinson (150 yards), Matt Hasselbeck (349 yards), and Shaun Alexander (77 yards, TD) get a mention here in defeat but it was not enough to overcome. Of note in this one, again the New England defense had a goal line stand at the end of the game whose only purpose was to allow the Pats to once again cover the spread. Nice.
at NY Jets 22, San Francisco 14
Keeping pace with New England is the surprising New York Jets, who now come into next week’s showdown with the Pats with an undefeated record of their own. Curtis Martin (111 yards, 2 TD) led a second half comeback by the home team that allowed them to overcome a 14-3 deficit. Brandon Lloyd (93 yards, TD) gets a mention here in a losing effort, though there were other individual Niner performances that barely did not qualify for mention here.
at Philadelphia 30, Carolina 8
What else can we really say about this one. The Eagles scored early, the Eagles scored often, and their defense was solid throughout as they deal struggling Carolina yet another loss on this young season. David Akers (3 FG, 3 PAT) and the Eagle D (4 int, return TD) get the official mentions here in the drubbing.
at Jacksonville 22, Kansas City 16
Kansas City appears to be another team that may underachieve all season. Holding onto a slim lead in the fourth quarter, Byron Leftwich (298 yards, 2 TD, rushing TD) led the Jaguars on a game winning drive as Jacksonville pulls out the last minute upset. Fred Taylor (137 total yards, TD) also did well in the win, and many the fantasy owner are saying “it’s about time!” that he got into the weekly story. Trent Green (315 yards, 2 TD) and Priest Holmes (125 total yards, TD) did all that they could but in the end it was not enough.
Denver 31, at Oakland 3
Let’s see here, on one hand we have a good team, on the other hand a bad team. A very bad team. Denver runs roughshod over Oakland in this one, a game that was never in doubt. Rueben Droughns (176 yards, TD, 38 carries!) once again ran wild as Mike Shanahan continues to be the bain of the fantasy owner’s existance. Not much else to add from this affair.
Pittsburgh 24, at Dallas 20
What a start to the rookie career of Ben Rothlisberger. He doesn’t get an official mention in the writeup, but he leads the Steelers to two fourth quarter scores as Pittsburgh takes the comeback win on the road. A balanced attack got the job done, as no Steeler will see their name in the print, but sometimes that’s the best way to win in the NFL. On the other side, Terry Glenn (140 yards) and Vinny Testaverde (284 yards, TD) played well but it was not enough to overcome.
Minnesota 38, at New Orleans 31
As advertised, this offensive showcase took off early and continued deep into the night. Daunte Culpepper (425 yards, 5 TD) led a 600+ yard offensive attack as the Vikings got up early and they were able to stay one step ahead of the home team in this one. Mewelde Moore (109 rush yards, 78 rec yards) continues his romp to fantasy glory and Jermaine Wiggins (56 yards, 2 TD) even gets a mention in this space for the winners. On the other side, Aaron Brooks (249 yards, TD, rushing TD) and Duece McAllister (78 yards, 2 TD) did well but in the end it was just too little too late.