The San Diego Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills game was certainly a mismatch on paper and Chargers' QB Drew Brees made sure he carried it to the field. Brees absolutely lit up the Bills' defense with four TDs on 339 yards. The former Purdue QB was a phenominal 28 of 33 en route to a 48-10 thrashing over the Bills. Byron Leftwich also had nice numbers on his way to four total touchdowns, but the Titans gave the Jags a scare before losing by three at home. The Colts are now 10-0 and Peyton Manning is back in form...Manning went for 365 and three TDs as the Bengal telegraphed blitzes left the Colts with plenty of open wide receivers. Kurt Warner was back in the "Show Me" state...and he showed them...the former Rams' MVP went 27-39 for 285 and three touchdowns to get even with his old team by beating them 38-28 in St. Louis. Tom Brady made it through a so-so passing day completing just over 50% of his throws for 222, but he did have three TDs in the win over the Saints. The N.Y Giants and Eli Manning rebounded from last week's debacle against the Vikings largely due to Manning and his three TD strikes. Aaron Brooks threw 50 times in a come from behind attempt against the Patriots. Carson Palmer couldn't quite match Manning in the Bengals-Colts shootout, but Palmer and the Bengals weren't ever far behind. Tampa Bay historically has had Michael Vick's number, but it was Vick that had the numbers this year...even though the Bucs still got the win.
Larry Johnson pounded the Texans for 211 yards and a couple TDs in a rout for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Denver kept its strong season alive thanks to the rushing of Mike Anderson and his three touchdowns. Shaun Alexander now has 18 touchdowns and 1229 rushing yards for the season as he added several yards and a couple of scores against the Niners. Tennessee's Chris Brown split his 119 yards and two TDs between his rushing and receiving, but it wasn't enough to beat the favored Jaguars. Reuben Droughns went off againts the Dolphins for 169 yards and a score for a nice 22-0 shut-out. Edgerrin James continues to rubber stamp his 100+ yard scoring performances...this time for 107 total yards and two TDs against the Bengals. Rudi Johnson matched Edge's touchdowns in the game, but only had 85 yards against the Colts. Cadillac Williams got back in form against the Falcons for 129 yards and a TD. Domanick Davis was the only bright spot against the Chiefs. Dallas' running back Marion Barber rushed for only 53 yards, but also had two touchdowns for fantasy owners who dared to start him. LaDainian Tomlinson didn't quite contribute to the Chargers' 48 points as did Drew Brees, but LT2 did manage 89 total yards and a score. Maurice Hicks and Willie Parker both had 80+ and scores, but the efforts weren't enough for the Niners or Steelers. Mewelde Moore, Tiki Barber, Chris Perry, Brian Westbrook, Julius Jones, and Warrick Dunn all had over 100 total yards, but none were able to find the endzone.
The Indianaplois Colts didn't stop Chad Johnson...they didn't have to. But Johnson sure made his fantasy owners happy with his eight catches for 189 and a score. Donald Driver, Donte' Stallworth, and Eddie Kennison all had two TDs for their respective teams. Jerry Porter was shining over Randy Moss on Sunday with 142 yards and a TD. Torry Holt and Brandon Lloyd both had big yardage and scores for their teams, but neither the Rams nor Niners was able to pull out the win. Steve Smith's 169 yards was the only bright spot for the Panthers...the Bears defense ate up the Carolina offense except for Smith (who had to beat solid double coverage to get his yards). Reggie Wayne and Plaxico Burress both had nice games receiving from the Manning brothers. Anquan Boldin returned from his injury to join Larry Fitzgerald to again matchup as the best wide receiving duo in football. Kevin Curtis and Isaac Bruce both had TDs for the Rams in their loss to the Cardinals. Keenan McCardell and Reggie Brown both had 88 yards and a score. Roddy White (who?) made our fantasy stars list for the first time with 108 yards from Michael Vick, but was unable to find the endzone.
Tight ends had a nice week 11 as six different TEs were able to find the endzone. Dallas Clark was left open as a result of Cincy's blitz play...and Manning found him repeatedly for 125 and a score. Antonio Gates hadd 77 yards and a score prior to leaving the game with an injury (though he's planning to still play in week 12). Alge Crumpler and Kyle Brady both had 40+ yards and a score. Tony Gonzalez and L.J. Smith were keys to their respective passing games, but neither crossed the goal line. Peyton Manning found alternate TE Bryan Fletcher open in the endzone. Chris Cooley continued his torrid 2005 with seven catches for 74 yards. Zach Hilton had a breakout game for six grabs and 72 yards. Jermaine Wiggins and Ben Watson had nearly identical stats for the Vikings and Patriots, but neither scored. Jeremy Shockey had one catch for one yard...for one score.
News and Notes - The Chicago Bears absolutely dominated the Carolina Panthers and reminded many of the '85 Bears - the Monsters of the Midway won their 6th straight game to improve their record to 7-3...The Indianapolis Colts increased their record to a perfect 10-0 over a strong Bengals team and have fans looking forward to a tough MNF matchup against the Steelers next week...The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be a team that went from Superbowl contenders to missing the playoffs - first the suspension of Terrell Owens; now Donovan McNabb and Lito Sheppard will miss the season...Terrell Owens will have an arbitrator's decision by noon on Wednesday, but nobody expects to see Terrell back in uniform with the Eagles this season...The Steelers loss to the Ravens proves that Pittsburgh may not be much better than an average team without "Big Ben"...Kurt Warner went back to St. Louis with something to prove - and he proved it with 300+ yards, three TD passes, and 38 points for the win over the Rams...Rams' QB Marc Bulger is rumored to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury...The Seattle Seahawks are 8-2 and destined after nearly avoiding a loss to the Niners on Sunday - the Seahawks can't help but be looking forward to the matchup with the Indianapolis Colts in Seattle on Christmas Eve...Shaun Alexander is on a pace to record 1966 rushing yards and 29 TDs this season if he continues on his current trek
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