"Big Ben" Roethlisberger was roughed up and threw three interceptions in a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, but Roeth's three TDs and nearly 400 passing yards were enough to top our fantasy QB list and excite his fantasy owners. The Bengals were led by Carson Palmer and his three TDs on 227 yards passing...two of the scores were to wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh. J.P. Losman has struggled of late at the helm of the Bills, but Sunday's game against the Dolphins was shaping up nicely...Losman hit Lee Evans for three TDs in the first quarter, but the Bills blew a 23-3 4th quarter lead and lost the game. Peyton Manning only threw for 187 yards in a rout of the Tennessee Titans, but his three TDs were music to his fantasy owners. Gus Frerotte was knocked from the Fins-Bills game in the 3rd quarter and replaced with Sage Rosenfels while down 23-3...Rosenfels rose to the occasion and threw for 272 yards and two scores in just over a quarter to steal the game back from the Bills, but his surprise effort was most likely no benefit to anyone in the fantasy football world. Brad Johnson made it five in a row for the Minnesota Vikings with over 250 yards passing and two TDs. The Kansas City Chiefs were led by Trent Green's 250+ and a couple passing TDs in a must game against the Denver Broncos. Rookie QB Charlie Frye got his first career start for the Browns and capitalized with two second quarter TDs to rookie sensation WR Braylon Edwards to take the Cleveland Browns into half time with a 14-3 lead, but the Jacksonville Jaguars came out of the locker room fired up and sacked Frye repeatedly...and to make things worse, Edwards left the game in the 4th quarter with a season ending injury as the Browns lost 20-14. Kurt Warner came through as promised with another 300+ yard passing game, but was only able to throw one TD to the dynamic duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin...Warner has now passed for 1646 yards in his last five games since returning from an injury.
The Carolina Panthers needed a big game against the Atlanta Falcons, and they got one from DeShaun Foster. Foster had 180 total yards and two TDs in the game and appears to be a lock to receive most of the touches at RB for the rest of the fantasy season. Larry Johnson was again key for the Chiefs in a big win over the Denver Broncos with 140 rushing yards and two scores. Clinton Portis came through for Washington in a must win against the Rams with 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Rudi Johnson and Mike Anderson each had 103 yards and two TDs, but Rudi got the bulk of his yards on the ground in a Cincy victory...while Anderson's Broncos weren't so fortunate against the Chiefs. Michael Bennett busted out with 89 yards and two TDs after Mewelde Moore went down with a reinjured ankle. MVP candidate Edgerrin James continues to lead the league in yards from scrimmage...Sunday's effort was more of the same with 124 total yards and a touchdown. Domanick Davis was still shining on Sunday as one of the lone bright spots on the Texans, but his 155 rushing yards weren't enough for Houston to overcome the Baltimore Ravens. Speaking of MVPs, Shaun Alexander added another two touchdowns on MNF to up his total for the year to a whopping 22 with four games left. Artose Pinner had 103 total yards as the Lions lost another game. Julius Jones' 162 total yards was huge for the Dallas Cowboys, but the N.Y. Giants were still able to defeat the Cowboys despite Jones' effort. Samkon Gado, Corey Dillon, and Ricky Williams all had around 80 yards and a score for their team and their fantasy owners. Tiki Barber, Rock Cartwright, Greg Jones, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Carnell Williams all totaled over 100 yards in their games, but none were able to find the endzone.
Chris Chambers got his touchdown and most of his yardage in the 4th quarter from QB Sage Rosenfels to help lead the Dolphins in a come from behind victory after being behind 23-3 at the end of three...Lee Evans caught all three of his touchdowns from J.P. Losman in the 1st quarter for the Bills in the same game before Buffalo fizzled and lost, but Evans' fantasy owners most likely won their games thanks to h is monster game. Hines Ward had a huge game for the Steelers with two touchdowns and 135 yards in a losing effort to the Bengals. Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald proved again they are the best wide receiveing duo in football as they combined for 19 catches and 284 yards, but only Boldin was able to reach the endzone. T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped a TD, but redeemed himself in the same series with a touchdown grab...he ended with two TDs as Cincy defeated their division rival. Koren Robinson showed he's back to his old form when he displayed his ability on a nice touchdown bomb and run to end up with 148 yards on the day for the streaking Vikes. Rookie Braylon Edwards caught a TD and looked to be coming around for the Browns, but a 4th quarter injury ended his 2005 season. Tampa's Joey Galloway continued his fine season with 75 yards and a TD. Super-studs Steve Smith and Marvin Harrison were held in check, but both still had over 60 yards and a TD. Eddie Kennison put up 108 receiving yards for the Chiefs and his fantasy owners, but never crossed the goal line.
Chris Cooley, Antonio Gates, and Tony Gonzalez showed again why they are three of the best tight ends in football as each found the endzone ahd helped their teams to victories on Sunday. Bryan Fletcher caught a TD for the third week in a row for the Indianapolis Colts. Courtney Anderson, Reggie Kelly, and George Wrighster all had a TD with minimal yardage as each became the target in the redzone. Ben Troupe was an active part of Tennessee's offense against the Colts with five grabs for 67 yards, but Troupe never made it into the endzone.
News and Notes - The Chicago Bears are looking like the real deal (9-3) with their victory over Green Bay at home and have allowed only 11 TDs all season...The Indianapolis Colts increased their record to a perfect 12-0 and dominated Tennessee in a rout...Week 13 was loaded with huge divisional matchups carrying playoff meaning with perhaps the biggest game going to Cincy over Pittsburgh for a near lock on the division title...Brad Johnson has led the Vikes to five straight and the team knocking at the playoff door...Shaun Alexander has 22 TDs on the season and continues a record pace, but LaDainian Tomlinson and Edgerrin James (who leads the league in total yards) are giving Alexander a run at MVP honors...Colts' coach Tony Dungy is now saying there is a chance he'll let his players play for an undefeated season and is praying for guidance and the health of the team...The Seattle Seahawks thrashed the Philadelphia Eagles on MNF to go to 10-2 making fans wonder if Seattle is really that good or is Philly is really that bad...The Colts' Marvin Harrison increased the Manning to Harrison TD record with a TD on Sunday and Harrison became only the 12th NFL player to top 12,000 receiving yards in the process...Edgerrin James reached 9,000 yards in the game and became the 3rd fastest in NFL history to do the feat...The Dolphins threw 65 passes against the Bills to set a team record...Number three overall draft pick Braylon Edwards felt a pop in the 4th quarter against the Jags and fell to the ground, ultimately tearing his ACL and forcing him to miss the rest of the season...Brian Westbrook left the MNF game at halftime with a hurt foot - preliminary x-rays were negative, but MRI results won't be revealed until Wednesday...Reports out of Oakland suggest that Kerry Collins will be replaced by Marques Tuiasosopo this coming Sunday with an announcement on Wednesday
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