Veteran QB Mark Brunell tops our fantasy quarterback list with 331 yards and three TDs, but his effort was not enough to prevent the Redskins from suffering their 2nd loss of the season. Carson Palmer continued to look like a younger version of Peyton Manning as Palmer led the Bengals over the Titans and tied Manning's record with his 9th straight game with a passer rating over 100. The Denver Broncos stunned the two-time defending Superbowl champs with their 3rd loss of 2005 behind the arm of Denver QB Jake Plummer. Aaron Brooks put up decent numbers for the Saints, but New Orleans had a victory snatched in the final seconds by the Falcons in San Antonio. Jake Delhomme rolled early with two TDs for the Panthers, but was later knocked out of the game with a hit by Detroit safety Kenoy Kennedy...Chris Weinke replaced Delhomme and threw the game winning TD (Delhomme will be fine next week, but was too woosy to continue at the time). Once again, Drew Bledsoe makes our top fantasy quarterback list with 300+ passing yards in a Cowboys OT win over the division rival Giants.
Fantasy football owners fortunate enough to have RBs Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, or LaDainian Tomlinson on their rosters are smiling big again after the three stud running backs went off with massive yardage and ten TDs between them. Alexander pounded the winless Houston Texans for four touchdowns and 140+ yards in a dominating Sunday night performance. Edge busted for three rushing TDs and 159 total yards (he's on a 2200 total yard season pace) in a Monday Night Football win to move the undefeated Colts to 6-0. And, Tomlinson went for the cycle against the Raiders...LT2 rushed, caught and threw for touchdowns as he looked like a one man gang. RB Priest Holmes got his usual 100+ yards and two TDs, but Holmes was more effective in the passing game with 100 receiving yards (most notably a 60 yd TD catch in the 4th quarter that stood as the game winner). Titan running back Chris Brown ran for two scores and went for over 100 total yards, but Brown and Tennessee weren't enough to keep the Bengals down. Willis McGahee rushed for a career high 143 yards and a score to help the Bills rebound over the in-state rival Jets. Fantasy owners are starting to believe that Thomas Jones is the real deal...Jones recovered from a knee sprain to start for the Bears and lead them with two scores and a win over the troubled Minnesota Vikings. In a tough loss to the San Diego Chargers where Randy Moss had zero catches, Raiders' RB LaMont Jordan was able to reach the endzone twice for his fantasy owners. New England RB Patrick Pass (who?) filled in for a banged up Corey Dillon and produced 153 yards and a score on 16 touches in a 20-28 loss to the Denver Broncos. Curtis Martin kept his Jets and his fantasy owners in the game with 151 yards and a touchdown. Veteran Antowain Smith replaced injured Saints' running back Deuce McAllister for two touchdowns in a tough loss to the Falcons. In yet another substitution, Michael Pittman didn't let the Buccaneers miss a beat with the injury to Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. Tatum Bell appears to have solidified his position as the top running back in Denver. Steven Jackson was an early bright spot for the Rams on MNF, but St. Louis shyed away from Jackson and the running game as the Colts put the game further from reach. Warrick Dunn and Maurice Morris (MoMo in a total clean-up role) both went for over a 100 and a TD. Clinton Portis, Mewelde Moore, and Chester Taylor all topped the rushing century mark, but neither found the endzone in their respective contests.
In a week that saw quarterbacks with down to earth numbers, star wide receivers also tended to have their stats moderated. One exception to this rule was Santana Moss, who caught 10 for 173 yards and two TDs...convincing owners that Brunell to Moss is indeed a special combination. 135 yards and a TD allowed Chad Johnson a chance to use his planned endzone dance in Nashville. The Smiths (Rod and Steve) decided to appear like identical twins with exact stats of 6 for 123 with a TD. Joey Galloway is facing a quarterback change with the injury to Brian Griese and may have caught Griese's last touchdown pass of 2005. Donte' Stallworth had a touchdown with 83 receiving yards and is starting to look more like a viable fantasy option this year. Keyshawn Johnson and Justin McCareins both had 100+ yard games, but both were held out of the endzone.
The Cowboys held Giants' stud tight end Jeremy Shockey in-check early, but Eli Manning found Shockey for a 24 yard TD with 0:19 seconds left in regulation to take the game to overtime...where the 'Boys won on a 45 yard field goal. Todd Heap caught a three yard pass for Baltimore's only touchdown in a win over rival Cleveland. Bears' rookie QB threw his two TD strikes to TE Desmond Clark in the Bears' dominating win over the Vikings. Heath Miller, Chris Cooley, and Jason Witten all had mutiple receptions and a touchdown catch. Lions' (and former Colt) tight end Marcus Pollard continues to impress in Detroit with 105 receiving yards. Jermaine Wiggins was kept from the endzone, but was a favorite of Daunte Culpepper with 10 completions.
News and Notes - Brian Griese had an MRI on Monday, revealing a torn ACL and ending his season...LaDainian Tomlinson and his run-pass-catch feat (all for touchdowns) was the first player to accomplish all three in a game since David Patten in 2001...Teddy Bruschi (New England linebacker that suffered a mild stroke eight months ago) has been cleared for practice by doctors and may resume as soon as this week...Willis McGahee and Cutis Martin faced one another and each had season high rushing games of 143 and 148 respectively (for McGahee, it was a career high)...Carson Palmer tied Peyton Manning's NFL record with his ninth consecutive game with a passer rating over 100...Cincy's Bengal fans have appeared from the woodwork and will be again chanting "Who dey? Who dey? Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?" with their 5-1 record and the Steelers coming to town...Randy Moss had zero catches for the Raiders on Sunday (an MRI on Monday revealed that Moss has a groin strain and pelvic bruise requiring further evaluation later in the week)...Rams' QB Marc Bulger left the MNF game late in the first half with a shoulder strain and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday...The Indianapolis Colts continue to be undefeated at 6-0 with their convincing MNF win over the Rams...The Houston Texans remain the only winless NFL team and appear to be going backwards without stud wide receiver Andre Johnson
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