Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you got to watch some football over the weekend, but most importantly I hope you were able to spend some time with your families. Though we all love to watch football, and those of you in the fantasy playoffs REALLY wanted to keep tabs on things this week, family is what this time of year is all about.
Apologies in advance, but we’ll be putting out an abbreviated version this week as I continue to “try out” some of my kids’ toys (has their been a more significant recent development than being able to plug right into your television and play Intellivision again?? I think not! And my wife didn’t think my four year old would enjoy this gift! I mean, I have to show her how to use it, right? Ha!). Thanks as always for reading!
Detroit 13, at New Orleans 12
Nothing to see here.
at Kansas City 20, San Diego 7
With both teams fighting for their playoff lives, it was Kansas City that prevailed under wet and sloppy conditions. Larry Johnson (131 yards, 2 TD) was a mudder as the Chiefs built a 20-7 lead at the half, neither team able to score any points in the second half.
Dallas 24, at Carolina 24
Another game with playoff implications for both teams, the Cowboys take a narrow victory, helped out by a convroversial call at the end. Trailing by three, Dallas lined up for a tying field goal from 33 yards out. Billy Cundiff’s boot was no good, and while Carolina celebrated not only the miss, but Ken Lucas claimed he got a finger on the ball. Officials disagreed and the Panthers were flagged for roughing the kicker. Given a second life, Drew Bledsoe hooked up with Terry Glenn from the 2 yard line and Dallas had the win. Incredible catch by Glenn, without turning for the ball he put his arm up, the ball hit his arm and he caught it as he was just able to get both feet inbounds. Player of the Week Julius Jones (194 yards, 2 TD) ran wild in the game for the Cowboys.
at Tampa Bay 27, Atlanta 24 (overtime)
A game that both teams needed to win ended up being a game that neither team wanted to win. Chris Simms (285 yards, 2 TD, 2 int) rallied the Bucs, leading them on a TD scoring drive at the end of regulation, Carnell Williams (150 yards, TD) scoring on fourth and one from the six yard line with under a minute to play. Atlanta won the overtime toss, and fumbled the return back to the Bucs. After two running plays, Todd Peterson came on for a short 28 yard field goal to put a quick end to the game, incredibly it was blocked. Both teams would then have their chances, unable to get into FG range. With under a minute in the overtime, Tampa Bay got a nice return from their special teams, and Simms was able to complete 2 passes, Matt Bryant then ended things from 41 yards out with seconds remaining before the teams would end up tied. Michael Vick (161 yards, 2 TD, 63 rushing yards) did well in a losing effort. The loss eliminated the Falcons from playoff contention.
San Francisco 24, at St.Louis 20
Despite not having a single fantasy player in the write up this week, the Niners take the win here. This despite good efforts from Torry Holt (163 yards, TD) and Jamie Martin (354 yards, TD, 2 int).
Buffalo 37, at Cincinnati 27
The Bengals were in a giving mood, Chad Johnson (117 yard, TD) throwing gifts into the crowd after his first half touchdown. After that, it was the Bengals team that gave away the game. Terrance McGee returned an kickoff for a score, then an interception for a score giving Buffalo the win. Kelly Holcomb (308 yards, TD, 1 int, rushing TD) and Lee Evans (107 yards, TD) did well for the winners while Carson Palmer (266 yards, 2 TD, 2 int) did well in a losing effort.
at Miami 24, Tennessee 10
The Dolphins win their fifth game in a row as they ride the legs of Ricky Williams (172 yards, TD). Chris Chambers (51 yards, 2 TD) also did well in this game, nothing to see here from the Titans.
Jacksonville 38, at Houston 20
With a playoff berth on the line, David Garrard (292 yards, TD) rallied the Jaguars to the tune of 21 fourth quarter points and the win. Fred Taylor (101 yards, TD) and Ernest Wilford (118 yards, TD) also did well for the winners. Houston suffers yet another tough comeback loss, despite the efforts of Andre Johnson (119 yards, TD) and David Carr (295 yards, 2 TD, 1 int). Insert own conspiracy theory here (I’M KIDDING, I’M KIDDING!).
at Washington 35, New York Giants 20
New York got another strong game from Tiki Barber (129 total yards), but it was not enough to get into the win column in this critical game for both teams. The Giants were unable to stop Washington on most third downs, and on the day were generally unable to stop or even slow down Clinton Portis (108 yards, TD, passing TD). Santana Moss (160 yards, 3 TD) also did well for the winners.
Pittsburgh 41, at Cleveland nil
A drubbing as Hines Ward (105 yards, TD) and Willie Parker (130 yards, TD) get into this week’s ink for the winners.
at Arizona 27, Philadelphia 21
The Cardinals win their final game in their “temporary home” as Josh McCown (294 yards, 2 TD, 1 int) and Anquan Boldin (81 yards, TD) did well. Mike McMahon (171 yards, TD, 1 int, 2 rushing TD) the only Eagle getting his wings in the loss.
at Seattle 28, Indianpolis 13
The Colts reserves put up a good fight in this one, but with home field advantage on the line, the Seahawks were not to be denied. Shaun Alexander (139 yards, 3 TD) scored his record tying 27th TD in the game as Seattle wins. Troy Walters (91 yards, TD) did well in a losing effort.
at Denver 22, Oakland 3
The Broncos complete an undefeated season at home, using a workmanlike effort to beat the beaten down Raiders. Jake Plummer (268 yards, 1 int, rushing TD) the only player from either team doing well in the game.
Chicago 24, at Green Bay 17
Try as they might, the Packers are just not meant to win many games this season. Brett Favre did his best, as the Packers kept this game close but really the winning side of this game was never in doubt. Thomas Jones (105 yards, TD) did well for the victors.
at Baltimore 30, Minnesota 23
The Vikings have overcome so much this season, but with their playoff lives on the line, they could not come up with a win to keep their season going. Kyle Boller (289 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) lit up the Vikings defense in his case to be considered the Ravens starting QB for 2006. Derrick Mason (103 yards, TD) also did well for the winners while Brad Johnson (248 yards, 2 TD) the only Viking get a mention in this space.