Tennessee Titan Steve McNair was healthy enough to lead the Titans over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. McNair threw for a whopping 343 yards and three touchdowns in the game to top our fantasy QB list. Fill-in Jamie Martin was injured early at Houston, but Harvard rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in and grabbed the reigns...the 3rd stringer passed for 310 yards and three TDs in a come from behind overtime victory (but I'll bet zero fantasy owners were fortunate enough to benefit from his fantasy points). The Bengals continue to roll with Carson Palmer at the helm...Palmer threw for 300+ and three scores as the Bengals easily handled the Ravens. Drew Bledsoe threw for two and ran in another, but Bledsoe's valiant effort wasn't enough for the Broncos. David Carr looked assured of a strong victory for the Texans with his best game of the season, but a late Rams' comeback helped steal away the game and sour Carr's good showing. Kyle Boller threw for three TDs against Cincinnati's 2nd half - 2nd string defense. Brad Johnson increased the Vikes' winning streak to four games with his three TD performance on Sunday. Aaron Brooks had less than 200 yards passing, but looked solid with 17 of 23 passing and three touchdowns in a Sunday night victory over the Jets. Kurt Warner continued his streak of 300+ yard passing games, but Arizona was unable to get over the hump against the Jaguars.
The 2005 NFL MVP will definitely be deserving of the award, and LaDainian Tomlinson has his name near the top of the list. LT2 again had another great game with 184 rushing yards and three TDs as the Chargers came from behind to beat the Redskins in Washington. Despite the losses and the disappointing season for the Raiders' team, LaMont Jordan continues to run over opposing defenses...Jordan amassed 154 yards from scrimmage and two TDs in the Raiders' loss to the Dolphins. The Bengals are getting stronger each week, and this week it was Rudi Johnson carrying the load for 119 total yards and two touchdowns in a convincing effort over the Ravens. Kansas City isn't missing a beat with the loss of Priest Holmes...Larry Johnson had another dominant performance with 172 total yards and a score to lead the Chiefs over the defending champions. Jamal Lewis benefitted from the injury to Chester Taylor and Cincy's 2nd half prevent defense to gain 149 total yards and a touchdown. The Titans' Chris Brown caught balls for 105 yards and a score to lead his team over the Niners. RBs Brian Westbrook and Samkon Gado faced each other and were keys for their teams with 120+ yards and score apiece, but it was the Eagles in the victory over the Packers. Domanick Davis and Tiki Barber were both impressive for the Texans and the Giants, but each suffered a loss as their teams let near-certain victories slip away. Shaun Alexander scored his 20th touchdown of the year and passed the 1300 yard mark with the Seahawks' victory over the Giants. Steven Jackson was again solid for the Rams and got 100+ and a TD for his fantasy owners. Ron Dayne broke away on a huge TD run to win a turkey day game for the Broncos. Ricky Williams inched more towards a return to 2003 form with a 95 yard effort and a TD on 18 touches...Ronnie Brown (the Fins' other RB) had similar stats to Williams in the victory over the Raiders. Greg Jones and T.J. Duckett each had 70+ yards and a score for the Jaguars and the Falcons. Edgerrin James added 124 yards in a solid performance against Pittsburgh to lead the league in yards from scrimmage. Thomas Jones, Reuben Droughns, Warrick Dunn, Clinton Portis, DeShaun Foster, and Travis Henry all had solid 100+ games, but none were able to make it across the goal line.
Seattle barely squeaked by the Giants, thanks in part to Joe Jurevicius studly performance for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Andre Johnson finally busted out for the Texans with 159 yards and a TD, but Houston allowed the Rams to come back to steal the victory. Marcus Robinson only caught three passes for the Vikings, but each was for a touchdown. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson each had a touchdown and combined for 235 receiving yards for the Bengals in their victory, but it was Houshmandzadeh who had the tiger's share of the yards this week. Torry Holt had 130 receiving yards and a TD for the rams, but it was his on-side kick recovery with seconds left in the game that was perhaps his most important snag for the Rams. Marvin Harrison's impressive 80 yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game for the Colts on MNF was one for the highlight reel. Roydell Williams and Isaac Bruce both had 90+ yards and a score. Joey Galloway continued his rebirth with 138 receiving yards, but was unable to find the endzone. Arnaz Battle and Justin McCareins each had 70+ yards and a score, but neither the Niners nor the Jets were able to pull off a victory. Anquan Boldin, Plaxico Burress, and Chris Chambers all had nice 100+ yard games for their respective teams, but neither was able to score a touchdown.
Alge Crumpler continues to be the leading wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons...Crumpler caught the only two touchdowns on turkey day for the Falcons in their dominant victory over the Detroit Lions. Todd Heap caught two touchdowns late against the Bengals to tighten the score. Jeremy Shockey was the most dominant tight end this past weekend...but as Shockey was celebrating one of his ten sensational catches for the camera, Giant kicker Jay Feely missed his third field goal that would have won the game for the Giants. Cowboy Jason Witten was key to the Dallas receiving game with nine catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, but the Cowboys came up short at home on Thanksgiving Day against the Broncos. Randy McMichael, David Martin, Erron Kinney, Zach Hilton, Bryan Fletcher, and Michael Gaines all had three or more catches and a TD for their NFL teams and their fantasy owners. Jeb Putzier, Jermaine Wiggins, Tony Gonzalez, and Doug Jolley all had nearly identical 60+ yard performances, but none were able to find the endzone. Eric Edwards, Christian Fauria, and John Gilmore combined for a total of three yards...but more importantly, they all had a touchdown...making their fantasy owners happy who were fortunate to have them in their starting line-ups.
News and Notes - The Chicago Bears are looking like the real deal (8-3) with their victory over Tampa Bay on the road and have allowed only 10 TDs all season...The Indianapolis Colts increased their record to a perfect 11-0 and dominated Pittsburgh on both sides of the ball...Week 12 was a plethora of fantastic finishes, but a heartbreaker for several kickers and their fans (esp. the Jay Feely of the Giants, Mike Bryant of the Bucs, and John Hall of the Skins) ...The Philadelphia Eagles stopped their four game skid with a victory over the Packers...Terrell Owens is done this season per an arbitrator's upheld decision...Harvard rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in for Jamie Martin upon an early injury and was able to lead the Rams (with alot of luck and a late onside kick recovery in regulation) to a come from behind overtime victory against the demoralized Texans...Brad Johnson has led the Vikes to four straight...Isaac Bruce topped 12,000 receiving yards and Curtis Martin topped 14,000 rushing yards this past weekend...Byron Leftwich broke his left ankle on the first offensive play against the Cardinals (and may be out until the playoffs)...The Bengals-Steelers matchup in week twelve is looking like the game for the division title...Shaun Alexander has 20 TDs on the season and continues a record pace, but LaDainian Tomlinson's three TDs this weekend placed him only one behind Alexander with 19...Edgerrin James was again Mr. Constistency on MNF with 124 rushing yards to lead the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1465
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