Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday. Sixteen weeks down, one to go. Always sad to be discussing the end of the NFL regular season. Where does the time go? Abbreviated version this week. As always, thanks for reading!
at Green Bay 9, Minnesota 7
Kansas City 20, at Oakland 9
Larry Johnson (135 yards, TD) and the Chiefs keep the Raiders on their losing ways. Only Ronald Curry (106 yards) did well for the defeated.
Carolina 10, at Atlanta 3
Another score only. What happened to the Falcons offense?
Tennessee 30, at Buffalo 29
The Vince Young (183 yards, 2 TD, rushing TD) story continues, all the guy does is win games. The Titans score 10 points in the fourth quarter to pull out another come from behind win. Brandon Jones (101 yards, TD) scored on a 29 yard pass play early in the frame, then Rob Bironas was true from 30 yards out to clinch the win late. Rian Lindell (5 FG, 2 PAT) and Willis McGahee (95 yards, TD) performed well in a losing effort.
at St.Louis 37, Washington 31 (overtime)
Fantasy gold mine game of the week. Player of the Week Steven Jackson (252 total yards, 2 TD) capped off a tremendous day by scoring on a 21 yard run in overtime to give the Rams the win. Marc Bulger (388 yards, 4 TD) and Isaac Bruce (148 yards, TD) also enjoyed good fantasy days for St.Louis. Despite the efforts of Ladell Betts (129 yards, 2 TD) and Chris Cooley (77 yards, TD), the Redskins taste defeat.
Tampa Bay 22, at Cleveland 7
The Bucs D (4 turnovers, 3 sacks, return TD) handled the Browns offense all day and Michael Pittman (107 total yards, TD) did the rest on offense as Tampa Bay cruises to the win.
Chicago 26, at Detroit 21
Finally it has happened. Lovie Smith finally got the message that everyone else had been telling him, he replaced Rex Grossman with Brian Griese in the fourth quarter, and Griese responded by leading the Bears to two scoring drives in the fourth quarter as the Bears escape from Detroit with a win. Robbie Gould (4 FG, 2 PAT) the only Chicagoan to get an official mention in this space this week. Jon Kitna (283 yards, 3 TD) and Mike Furrey (107 yards, TD) performed well for the Lions.
New Orleans 30, at New York Giants 7
The Giants season continues to swirl down the drain as the Saints deals New York a blow out loss. Both Reggie Bush (126 yards, TD) and Duece McAllister (108 yards, TD) did well for the victors while no Giant appears in this space. Despite the loss, if the season were to end today New York would be in the playoffs. Gotta love the NFC!
New England 24, at Jacksonville 21
The Patriots take a hard fought win on the road, clinching the AFC East title. Tom Brady (249 yards, TD) did well for the victors while Maurice Jones-Drew (131 yards 2 TD) performed well for the defeated.
Baltimore 31, at Pittsburgh 7
The Ravens team continues their rise this year, as they aim for a first round playoff bye. In the process, they dealt the defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers the final loss that will keep them out of the playoffs. Mark Clayton (108 yards, TD), Steve McNair (256 yards, 3 TD), and Jamal Lewis (98 total yards, TD) all did well for Baltimore while no Steeler gets into the print this week.
at Houston 27, Indianapolis 24
Oh how I wish I could suit up and run against the Colts. Even Ron Dayne (153 yards, 2 TD) exploded for a tremendous day against the hapless Indianapolis defense as the Texans pull off the upset. Despite the effort of Marvin Harrison (112 yards, 2 TD) and Peyton Manning (205 yards, 3 TD), the Colts must wait another week before earning a first round bye in the playoffs.
Arizona 26, at San Francisco 20
A Matt Leinart injury put Kurt Warner back on the field, and the Cardinals did just enough to end the slim hopes that the Niners had of getting into the playoffs. Frank Gore (86 total yards, 2 TD) did well, the only fantasy bright spot on this dreary game.
at Denver 24, Cincinnati 23
On a cold and snowly afternoon, the Bengals thought they had done enough to at least tie the game, but the fates conspired against them. Trailing by 7, Cincinnati rallied, TJ Houshmandzadeh (94 yards, TD) taking in a 10 yard pass with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. Alas, a bad snap on the PAT kept the Broncos in the lead by a point. The Bengals would recover the ensuing onsides kick, but again, alas, an offsides penalty negated the play (a nice play, by the way, the first guy faking the kick one way and another guy kicking it the other way). Denver easily recovered the second try and they get the win. Rudi Johnson (129 yards, TD) also performed well in the snow while no Bronco gets into the print this week.
San Diego 20, at Seattle 17
At least the Seahawks did something that few teams have been able to do, they keep LaDainian Tomlinson in check (so much so that he doesn’t get an official mention in this week’s story). But it was not enough, Vincent Jackson (97 yards, 2 TD) scored twice for San Diego as the Chargers continue to roll. Despite the loss, and despite the efforts of Shaun Alexander (140 yards, 2 TD), Seattle clinches a spot in the playoffs.
Philadelphia 23, at Dallas 7
Jeff Garcia (238 yards, TD, int) led the Eagles over the Cowboys, giving Philadelphia the edge in the race for the NFC East crown. Dallas had their chances, especially early on, but the Eagles defense kept Dallas out of the endzone for four tries inside the five yard line, and that was the story of the game. Eagles were just a hair better than the Cowboys in every phase of the game, as they coast to the win.
New York Jets 13, at Miami 10
We end the way we began this week: Score only.