Week six is mostly in the books, hopefully many of you are enjoying a day off, or at least enjoying a nice win streak with your fantasy team. It’s funny how things change so quickly, you could be down in the dumps after losing your first three games, yet three weeks later you could be back to .500 and leading your division. Ain’t fantasy grande?
Light scoring week around the league individually as only 26 players will make this week’s story. Perhaps many of the players were also out enjoying too many sausages and too much homemade wine at the feast on Federal Hill in Providence this weekend (if there is such a thing as too much of a good thing!)? Possible. Down to three undefeateds in the league as the Colts fall from the ranks and the improbable Panthers keep their streak going, though Kansas City had to go overtime to keep theirs alive. Again I say, who can figure things out? Dallas seems to be back and many other teams you didn’t think would do well, are doing very well, and vice versa. Let’s get into the games…
at Cleveland 13, Oakland 7
We start out this week with the down on their luck Raiders (though as always, there is a system to the maddness to the order of how these games appear). Key play was late in the game, Brown kicker Phil Dawson getting a first down on a fake field goal attempt. That set up a touchdown for William Green (145 rushing yards, TD) and the Cleveland faithful got to witness a victory at home for the first time in three attempts. The Raiders committed a record 19 penalties in this one, including a stretch of five on consecutive plays. Despite going in the wrong direction, they still had a chance at the end but Jerry Rice was ruled out of bounds on a short fourth down pass at the Brown 23 yard line. Oakland needs to figure things out and get back to playing well if they want a shot at even getting into the post season at this point.
Kansas City 40, at Green Bay 34 (overtime)
A wild and whoolly affair that went back and forth, a game that it looked like the Packers had locked up, leading by 17 in the fourth. Priest Holmes (140 total yards, TD) scored early in the fourth and an interception return for a touch also brought the Chiefs closer. Close enough for a field goal in the late seconds to force the extra frame. Then it got wierd. Kansas City won the toss and Holmes was doing his thing, setting up a 48 yard attempt to win the game – which was blocked! On the next play, Co-player of the Week Ahman Green (190 total yards, 2 TD) coughed up the ball and Kansas City was back in business. On the very next play, Trent Green (400 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 int) hooked up with Eddie Kennison from 51 yards out to end it. For the winners, Tony Gonzalez (4 catches for 121 yards, TD) and Johnny Morton (6 catches for 109 yards, TD) played well. On the losing side, Brett Favre (272 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 int) and Ryan Longwell (2 FG, 4 PAT) also get a mention here, but it wasn’t enough.
Carolina 23, at Indianapolis 20 (overtime)
A battle of the unbeatens, this one lived up to its billing. Indianapolis was hoping their second overtime in two weeks would again end pleasantly, but that was not the case. An appearance by DeShaun Foster (filling in for a Stephen Davis who suffered from fumbleitis) in overtime was something the Colts D did not have an answer for as he set up the winning kick. Steve Smith (6 catches for 103 yards, TD) performed well for the winners while Peyton Manning (293 passing yards, TD, int) gets a mention in defeat.
Miami 24, at Jacksonville 10
Not much really to write about in this one. Miami struggled a bit, but in the end they were too strong for the Jaguars. The Miami D (4 sacks, 5 turnovers, 10 points allowed, return TD) really the only story in this one, they the only fantasy entity to get into this week’s write up for the winners. Byron Leftwich (256 passing yards, rushing TD) and Fred Taylor (99 total yards, 8 catches) get a mention on the losing side of the ball.
At New England 17, New York Not So Giants 6
Aaah, fall in New England. Starting to get a little chilly, and the rain becomes a little more frequent. And with conditions like they were, you knew it was going to be a low scoring affair from the start. Going back to their roots, New England relied on it’s “bend but don’t break” defense (5 turnovers, return TD, 2 sacks, 6 points allowed) to carry them to victory. Tiki Barber (119 total yards, 8 catches) did well for the Giants.
at New Orleans 20, Chicago 13
Desperately needing a win, the Saints finally get one this week. While they didn’t look great in the process, it was just enough to sneak by the also struggling Bears. Nothing statistically to mention for the winning side, and only Dez White (5 catches for 91 yards, TD) gets in here for the Bears. Zzzz.
at Dallas 23, Philadelphia 21
A key division battle for both teams, the Cowboys take this one to run their record to 4-1 on the season. Bizarre start to this one, Philadelphia thought they could catch Dallas napping and went for the onside kick to open up the game. Much to their surprise, Randal Williams took the kick and raced into the endzone, scoring just three seconds into the game. From there, a back and forth non-fantasy worthy struggle that saw Dallas come back to take the lead in the very late stages of the game. Philly had one more chance as they enjoyed a kickoff return to midfield, but their attempts to get into field goal range were unsuccessful.
at Tennessee 38, Houston 17
The Titans rebound from last week’s disappointment to thrash the Texans. A career day out of both quarterbacks was the rule of the day, as Co-player of the Week Derrick Mason (6 catches for 177 yards, 3 TD) and Steve McNair (421 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 int) make the story on the winning side. David Carr (371 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 int) had an incredible day, but it wasn’t enough to overcome. Corey Bradford (5 catches for 127 yards, TD) and Domanick Davis (129 total yards, 7 catches) also did well from the fantasy perspective.
Tampa Bay 35, at Washington 13
After last week’s stunning loss on Monday night (oh how I wish that happened on Sunday so I could talk about it here!), the Bucs got back to basics and take a nice road win here. Brad Johnson (268 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 int) and the Tampa D (6 sacks, 3 turnovers, return TD) were tops for the winners. No one on the losing side plays into the story this week.
Baltimore 26, at Arizona 18
It has become a staple of the winning Raven diet: no offense, strong defense, and a big play or two on special teams. This win was right out of their cookbook. As a result, the only Raven to be mentioned is their defense (3 turnovers, return TD, 2 sacks). Jeff Blake (247 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 int) was hoping to show his old team what they missed out on, and that was a bundle of interceptions. No other Cardinal played well.
at New York Jets 30, Buffalo 3
Speaking of beatings, holy beating! After a quick 2-0 start, the Bills have been looking like pretenders ever since. The Jets scored early and often in this one, yet only the Jets D (4 turnovers, 7 sacks, 3 points allowed) gets a mention in this space. Obviously scoring only three times isn’t going to get anyone a mention here. Moving on.
at Denver 17, Pittsburgh 13
An offensive struggle on both sides, ended at the gun when Jason Elam booted a field goal. Steve Beuerline started for injured Jake Plummer and did not do well. Neither did anyone on Pittsburgh. Nothing else to see here.
at Seattle 20, San Francisco 19
A tough division battle and both teams needed to assert themselves in in order to take the victory. In the end, it was Seattle that came out on top, thanks to the foot of Josh Brown, who kicked the winning field goal with about three minutes remaining. The Niners had a chance to drive at the end, but Garrison Hearst was stripped of the ball and that was that. Another fantasy nightmare here, neither team getting any player in the story this week.