Tom Brady finished week 7 with 6 TDs and a passer rating of 158.3 - wow! Brady is rewriting the books in 2007 to deliver some fine NFL history for future decades. Big Ben Roethlisberger threw 4 TDs in a loss to the Denver Broncos...tough for the Steelers, but great for Roeth fantasy owners. Too bad nobody was able to take advantage of the 4 TDs thrown by Sage Rosenfels (nearly exact numbers to Roethlisberger) after the early game injury to Matt Schaub. Jets QB Chad Pennington is still putting up some decent fantasy numbers at times (evident by his 3 TDs on Sunday against the Bengals), but Pennington is quickly falling out of favor in New York with coach Eric Mangini...Pennington may or may not get the start in week 8. Jay Cutler found out this week that he lost top WR Javon Walker (possibly for the rest of the season),...and Cutler's response was a stellar 3 TD performance to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jeff Garcia had a fine 37 of 45 performance for over 300 yards (2 scores) for the Buccaneers. Peyton Manning threw for one and ran for another on the road on MNF in Jacksonville. Surprisingly, Kurt Warner was able to play in week 7...and he made the most of his opportunity with nearly 300 passing yards and a couple of scores. Brian Griese continues to spark the Chicago Bears - Griese's 322 yard passing game (1 TD) helped Chicago to a last second victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in week 7 as Rex Grossman watched from the sidelines.
Rudi Johnson may have sat on the bench with a nagging injury on Sunday, but the Cincinnati Bengals didn't seem to miss a beat in the running game - enter replacement Kenny Watson who rushed for 130 yards and a whopping 3 TDs against the Jets. Owners who stuck with Larry Johnson are finally starting to get some of the fantasy points they expected from Johnson...LJ put up another nice game with 133 total yards and a TD against the Raiders on Sunday. Earnest Graham somehow accumulated 191 yards without a TD in week 7. LenDale put up over 100 rushing yards (plus a score) and showed why he should be the Titans top back. Brandon Jacobs appears to be back near 100% healthy and rushed for 100+ yards and a score on Sunday. Clinton Portis took 18 carries to go 43 yards, but it's possible that the endzone limited his yardage as Portis busted for two TDs. Willis McGahee rushed for 114 yards and a TD in the Ravens loss to the Buffalo Bills. Kevin Jones, Marion Barber, and Marshawn Lynch all put up 100+ total yards and a score apiece in their respective NFL team victories. Jesse Chatman replaced Ronnie Brown in Miami and managed some nice yardage and a score on only 8 touches. Willie Parker, Brian Westbrook, Frank Gore, Ronnie Brown, and Joseph Addai all put up over 100 combined yards, but none of the backs were able to find the endzone in week 7.
Somebody has to be on the other end of Brady's completions and it can't always be Randy Moss. This week, Wes Welker caught 9 balls for 138 yards as teammate Randy Moss caught only 4 passes...but Moss still managed to turn his four receptions into 122 yards and 2 TDs. Laveranues Coles caught 8 passes for 133 yards and two TDs from Jets QB Chad Pennington. Roddy White (no relation to Roddy McDowell) grabbed 8 balls for 110 yards and a TD. Terrell Owens hauled in 7 balls for 103 yards and a TD. Kevin Walter had his second nice week in a row with a TD and 97 yards. Ike Hilliard grabbed 9 for 92 with a TD. Anquan Boldin regained his health enough to start for the Arizona Cardinals...Boldin caught 8 balls for only 29 yards, but Boldin turned 2 of his catches into touchdowns. Andre Davis continued to fill in nicely for Andre Johnson in Houston...Davis had 80+ receiving yards and a TD. Muhsin Muhammad and Derrick Mason each had 70+ receiving yards and were both able to put up a score in week 7. Reggie Wayne, Roydell Williams, and Chad Johnson all had receptions which totaled over 100 yards, but none of the trio were able to cross the goalline.
Heath Miller caught 2 of his 5 receptions for TDs...a huge unexpected bonus for fantasy owners that may have had Miller in their starting lineups. Will Heller is an unknown in fantasy circles and on 0% of fantasy rosters, but Heller didn't seem to care on Sunday as he still hauled in 2 passes for touchdowns. Dallas Clark is pretty much a wide receiver in a tight end's body...Clark caught another TD on MNF (now has 6 for the season). Tony Scheffler, Jeremy Shockey and Leonard Pope both made it into the endzone. Jason Witten caught an unbelievable 10 balls (more than any wide receiver this weekend) for 86 yards from Dallas QB Tony Romo in week 7, but Witten wasn't able to score this week for the Cowboys or his fantasy owners...still, his 10 receptions were huge for owners in PPR (points per reception) leagues.
News and Notes - Sadly, Ronnie Brown's exceptional season came to an end on Sunday with a torn ACL...It's looking more and more like the Patriots and the Colts this season - both are undefeated and will likely play each other twice (once in November in Indianapolis and once for the AFC Championship at the venue of November's winner in January)...RB Steven Jackson is hopeful to play in week 8...RB Laurence Maroney played sparingly in week 7 and should be utilized much more going forward...QB Chad Pennington had some decent positive stats against the Bengals, but it may not be enough to keep his starting job heading into week 8...Alex Smith did not start in week 7, but may start this weekend...Byron Leftwich suffered a right ankle injury on Sunday, but it is not yet known if it will be season ending...WR Koren Robinson is set to join the Green Bay Packers and possibly play in the Oct. 29th game against Denver...Steve McNair and Todd Heap are set to start week 8 for the Baltimore Ravens...Titans kicker Rob Bironas set an NFL record with 8 field goals against the Houston Texans - and Tennessee needed eveything they could get on Sunday after blowing a 32-7 4th quarter lead (quit fitting that Bironas hit the game winning field goal at the end)...WR Andre Johnson is running, but will likely be benched again in week 8 until his knee regains full movement...Vince Young should be back at the helm in week 8...Keep watch on the Jamal Lewis situation - if he can't go, then Jason Wright becomes another nice play (against the Rams in week 8)...The Chicago Bears appear to have certainly righted the ship with Brian Griese at QB...Marvin Harrison and Joseph Addai were eased back into action on MNF - mostly since the Colts had the luxury (with the lead) to spell both players...QB David Garrard may miss a couple of weeks from an ankle sprain suffered in MNF's game against the Colts...Rudi Johnson is hopeful to play in week 8, but may be a risky start with the surgence of Kenny Watson and potential return of Chris Perry
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