Week 6 is almost in the books and finally we’ve got some upside down games. Teams that were “no doubters” heading into the matchup came out on the losing end, surely cutting in half some of the survivor pools that are out there. Other teams got themselves back on track, while still others are wandering around looking for the track.
From a fantasy perspective, despite six teams on the bye this week, fantasy scores should be very high this week. This was the week of the “victimization”, ie. either you had one or two of the guys that absolutely exploded this week like Tomlinson or Holt, or your opponent did. Many other guys scored very well, too, so though you might be up against one of those two, you still could have a chance. If you are up against both, well, next week is another week.
On to the games…
at Detroit 20, Buffalo 17
How interesting would this game have been if it were played in Buffalo? Alas for the Bills, they were on the road and fell victim to Detroit as the Lions post their first win of the season. Detroit got up early in this one, a field goal and a Kevin Jones (127 yards, TD) seven yard run in the opening quarter as the home side opened up a 10-nil lead. JP Losman (207 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) to Roscoe Parrish was good for 44 yards to draw the Bills close, but Roy Williams (161 yards, TD) took in a 28 yard Jon Kitna pass to put the Lions back up by 10. From there, Detroit would do just enough to hold Buffalo at bay, eventually claiming the 20-17 victory.
at New Orleans 27, Philadelphia 24
Either there truly is magic down in New Orleans this season, or the Saints need to be considered one of the better teams in the league. Perhaps it is somewhere in the middle. Whatever the case may be, no matter who the opponent, the Saints are a tough team to beat at home this season. This week, the high flying Eagles found this out first hand. Drew Brees (275 yards, 3 TD, 2 int) continues to play with more confidence each week, as he helped stake the home side to an early 10-nil lead. Joe Horn (110 yards, 2 TD) scored the first point of the season in this game, his first of two touchdowns a 14 yarder in the first quarter. Brees would click with Marques Colston just before the half as the Saints went into the break up by 14. But the Eagles are also a very good team, and the third quarter would belong to them. Reggie Brown (121 yards, 2 TD) and then LJ Smith were on the end of 60 yard and 4 yard Donovan McNabb (247 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) passes and the teams went into the final 15 minutes tied. Brown would add a 15 yard touchdown run to his week six fantasy resume, putting Philadelphia up one play into the fourth quarter. The charged up home crowd refused to give up, and neither did the Saints offense. Horn tooted again, this time from 48 yards out, and it was again anyone’s game. The New Orleans defense would answer the bell, forcing an Eagle punt, and again the Saints offense would go on the march. John Carney would cap a 16 play eight and a half minute drive by connecting from 31 yards out as time expired, sending the Saints faithful into complete and utter ecstasy! Saints march into the bye week atop the NFC South.
Carolina 23, at Baltimore 21
The Panthers were able to hand the Ravens their second loss of the season, thanks in part to a knock out of Steve McNair in the first quarter. Backup Kyle Boller (226 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) did play well enough to earn an official mention in this week’s story, but it was not enough to pull out the win. Jake Delhomme (365 yards, 2 TD, 2 int) kept the Panthers just ahead on the scoreboard, his 72 yard scoring pass to Steve Smith (189 yards, TD) in the fourth quarter the backbreaker in sealing the win. Mark Clayton (101 yards, 2 TD) also played well in defeat.
at Tennessee 25, Washington 22
Rookie Vince Young led the comeback here as the Titans get their first win of the season at the expense of the struggling Redskins.
Travis Henry (178 yards, TD) was a monster for Tennessee, as he rushed 32 times on the day. His two yard run for a score late in the third quarter put the Titans on top. Then it was the special teams, Tennessee blocked a punt and the ball rolled out of the endzone, putting two more points onto the home side of the scoreboard. The Skins would try to come back, but a Clinton Portis (75 total yards, 2 TD) four yard run would be the last of the scoring put up for the visitors and the Titans had their first win of the season.
New York Giants 27, at Atlanta 14
Taking a page out of the Falcons play book, the Giants used good running and a TD scoring tight end to take a nice win on the road. A defensive first half changed dramatically on the first play after the break. Warrick Dunn (146 yards, TD) went 90 yards to put the Falcons on top 14-3, but from their the Giants dominated both sides of the ball. New York would score on its next four possessions in securing the win. Tiki Barber (227 total yards) and Jeremy Shockey (55 yards, 2 TD) had strong fantasy games for the victors. Michael Vick (68 rushing yards, rushing TD) also performed well in a losing effort.
at Tampa Bay 14, Cincinnati 13
Yet another team posts their first win of the season, as the Bengals are unable to beat the Bucs. Just a puzzling game all around as Tampa Bay was able to keep the Bengals offense in check all afternoon. The game went down to the closing moments, Cincinnati holding a 13-7 lead but the Bucs were driving. When Mark Clayton lunged towards the endzone on a fourth down play and the ball was knocked loose, the Bengals thought they had the victory. But replay overturned the call on the field, giving the Bucs the win. Bruce Gradkowski (184 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) performed well for the winners while TJ Houshmandzadeh (102 yards, TD) and Carson Palmer (291 yards, TD) did well for the defeated.
Seattle 30, at St.Louis 28
Not only was this a tremendous game, but it was the kind of game that us fantasy leaguers salivate over. Eight hundred yards of offense, seven touchdowns, and three long field goals, yeah! Perhaps lost in the fantasy euphoria was that two teams were battling it out for divisional supremacy. The Rams would draw first blood in this contest, Torry Holt (154 yards, 3 TD) scoring the first of his three TDs on the day from 9 yards out. Seattle would quickly respond, Deion Branch (76 yards, 2 TD) finally getting involved in the offense, Matt Hasselbeck (268 yards, 3 TD) finding him from 14 yards out. Steven Jackson (96 total yards, TD) would put the Rams up again, as he hit paydirt from 2 yards out. St. Louis would score again, Holt a 10 yard scoring play from Marc Bulger (360 yards, 3 TD, 1 int). The second half would feature more…scoring. Hasselbeck would connect with Darrell Jackson on a 42 yard pass play, bringing the Seahawks back to within a touchdown. Josh Brown (3 FG, 3 PAT) would connect on the first of his three FGs in the quarter, Branch would score again, and Brown would click once again from 49 yards out to put the visitors on top by 6. But the Rams weren’t done scoring either, Holt would complete his day with a tremendous catch, a 67 yard scoring play where he would tip the ball to himself, putting St.Louis back on top with a only a minute remaining. However, that would end up being just enough for Seattle. Hasselbeck, working without a timeout, would quickly move Seattle up the field. However, as he spiked the ball with four seconds left, flags flew and the Rams thought they had the win. But the flag was for illegal formation and not a false start, which would have been a 10 second run off. Instead, Seattle was pushed back, but not far enough as Brown was good from 54 yards out giving Seattle the win.
at Dallas 34, Houston 6
The Cowboys decided to finally put some points on the board in the second half, blowing the game open and blowing out the Texans. Terrell Owens (45 yards, 3 TD) the only player from either side to get into the print this week.
at New York Jets 20, Miami 17
Two struggling division rivals went at it, with the Jets ending up on top. New York got just enough offense, and just enough scoring to open up a lead on the visiting Dolphins and they hold off a Miami comeback at the end. Laveranues Coles (106 yards, 2 TD) and Ronnie Brown (127 yards, TD) performed well in this snoozer of a game.
San Diego 48, at San Francisco 19
The Chargers scored early and often in this one, coasting to the easy win. More specifically, Player of the Week LaDainian Tomlinson (135 total yards, 4 TD) scored early and often, as his fantasy explosion no doubt spelled misery for many a fantasy opponent this week. He put to rest the silly RBBC talk that had been surfacing in regards to the Chargers, as he was the man in this game. Philip Rivers (334 yards, 2 TD) also did well for the victors while no Niner gets a mention in this space.
at Pittsburgh 45, Kansas City 7
The defending Super Bowl Champions got a bit of their swagger back this week, as they blow out the Chiefs. Willie Parker (109 yards, 2 TD) ran hard, the Steeler D (3 turnovers, 1 sack, return TD) kept the Chiefs in check, and Ben Roethlisberger (238 yards, 2 TD) was back to his efficient self in this game. Nothing to report from the Kansas City sideline in this game.
at Denver 13, Oakland 3
Using their successful 2006 formula of defense, defense, and just enough offensive scoring to win, the Broncos continue their winning ways as they take a tough divisional win. Tatum Bell (94 total yards, TD) got the home side on the board early, and the defense did the rest as the result of this game was never in doubt. Only a Raider third quarter field goal the only blemish on the Broncos defensive scoresheet.