Fantasy Impact: Week 5
Ken Pomponio
October 8, 2012

Dolphins 17, Bengals 13
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

  • Andy Dalton's run of 20-point plus fantasy games came to a halt at three Sunday as the Dolphins limited the Cincy QB to 234 passing yards and a TD while intercepting him twice. Heading into the game, the matchup appeared to favor Dalton & Co. with Miami having given up 300-plus yards and 3 TDs to Kevin Kolb and the Cards the week before.
  • Extra points: Reggie Bush found a way to deliver for his fantasy owners, accumulating 72 total yards and a TD. ... Miami wideout Brian Hartline followed up his career day in Week 4 catching all four of his targets for 59 yards. ... RB Bernard Scott, playing in only his second game this season due to an ankle injury, led the Bengals with 40 rushing yards on five carries but couldn't finish the contest due to a knee injury. ... BenJarvus Green Ellis finished with only 16 yards on 10 touches.

Colts 30, Packers 27
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

  • Of the all the mega-productive years with QB Peyton Manning, all it took was a little (Andrew) Luck on Sunday for Colts' wide receiver Reggie Wayne to hit a career high with 212 receiving yards on 13 catches. Wayne was targeted a game-high 20 times and hauled in the game-winning 4-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.
  • Extra points: The Packers' pass defense continues to be a problem with Luck rallying the Colts from a 21-3 deficit with a 31-of-55, 362-yard passing performance with two TDs and an interception. ... The Pack lost starting RB Cedric Benson to a foot injury late in the first quarter, and Alex Green stepped in with 55 yards on nine carries. ... With Green Bay WR Greg Jennings missing the game and TE Jermichael Finley leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury, James Jones and Randall Cobb combined for eight catches, 128 yards and 3 TDs. Jordy Nelson, however, was oddly quiet with 2 catches for 29 yards on five targets.

Ravens 9, Chiefs 6
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)

  • It likely was headed that direction in the near future anyway, but K.C. QB Matt Cassel was replaced by Brady Quinn in the fourth quarter after sustaining a head injury. Before leaving, Cassel upped his season total to 14 turnovers with two interceptions and two fumbles while throwing for only 92 yards on nine completions, leading some onlookers at Arrowhead to actually cheer when the QB was injured.
  • Extra points: With Peyton Hillis (ankle) inactive for a second straight game, Jamaal Charles continues to soar with 140 rushing yards and 21 more on three receptions. ... Anquan Boldin led the Ravens in receiving for the second straight week with four catches for 82 yards, while fellow WR Torrey Smith (3-38) and TE Dennis Pitta (3-22) were kept in check.

Giants 41, Browns 27
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • It was a doghouse-to-penthouse day for Giants' RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who fumbled on his first carry of the game, leading to a Browns' touchdown. But the RB bounced back rather emphatically to rush for a career-high 200 yards and a TD on 30 attempts and 29 more yards on four catches.
  • Extra points: Victor Cruz (5-50, 3 TDs), rookie Rueben Randle (6-82) and Domenik Hixon (5-55) more than made up for the injury absences of fellow WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. ... N.Y. RB Andre Brown didn't log a touch after sustaining a first-quarter head injury on a kickoff return. ... Rookie RB Trent Richardson, who said last week the Browns would be able to run on the defending Super Bowl champs, backed up his bravado with 81 yards and a TD on 17 carries and five catches for 47 yards. ... Rookie Josh Gordon (2-82, 2 TDs) and Jordan Norwood (9-91 on 9 targets) led the Browns in receiving, while Greg Little failed to catch a pass on two targets.

Steelers 16, Eagles 14
Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)

  • It was a productive return for Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall, who rushed for 81 yards and a TD and a caught two passes for 20 more yards Sunday. He had half of the Steelers' 28 RB carries, with Isaac Redman logging 13 attempts as Pittsburgh ran for a season-high 136 yards.
  • Extra points: Standout wideouts Antonio Brown (10) and Mike Wallace (8) received a near-equal number of targets for the Steelers, but Brown had by far the better day with 7 catches for 86 yards, while Wallace only had two grabs for 17. ... The return of all-pro safety Troy Polamalu didn't last a quarter as he limped off late in the first after a non-contact play. ... Eagles QB Michael Vick threw for 175 yards and a pair of TDs, but he'll be remembered more for his two fumbles, including one inside the Steelers' 5-yard line. He now has fumbled eight times this season, losing six.

Falcons 24, Redskins 17
FedEx Field (Landover, Md.)

  • The fears of the Redskins and Robert Griffin III's fantasy owners were realized in the third quarter Sunday when the prized rookie QB absorbed a hard blow to the helmet and sustained what was later dubbed a "mild concussion" while scrambling on a sack. Fantasy's top-ranked QB entering the week could've avoided contact and run out of bounds on the play but instead was punished by Falcons' LB Sean Weatherspoon. Griffin finished the game with only 95 passing yards and 7 yards on two carries.
  • Extra points: Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and connected with Santana Moss on a 77-yard scoring strike, but threw a pair of late-game interceptions to seal the Skins' loss. ... D.C. rookie Alfred Morris has rushed for at least 78 yards in every game this season, including his 115-yard effort on 18 carries Sunday. ... 36-year-old TE Tony Gonzalez doesn't look a day over 26, catching a game-high 13 passes for 123 yards and a TD Sunday on 14 targets. ... Falcons' WR Julio Jones eased his owners' angst by essentially matching the totals from his previous three games with 10 catches for 94 yards and a score in the contest.

Seahawks 16, Panthers 12
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)

  • Seattle WR Golden Tate only has 10 catches in five games this season, but three of them have gone for TDs, including a 13-yard score in the third quarter Sunday for the game's only offensive touchdown. In all, Tate has hauled in three-fifths of Seattle's five scoring passes this season.
  • Extra points: After a near-upset win last week in Atlanta, the putrid Panthers showed up again in Week 5, totaling only 190 yards against the Seahawks. ... The once-heralded RB duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart hasn't done much this season, underscored by their combined output of 37 yards and one fumble on 12 touches Sunday.

Vikings 30, Titans 7
Mall of America Field (Minneapolis)

  • Do-it-all Vikings WR Percy Harvin now has scored three TDs this season but only one of them has come via reception. That came Sunday as part of his eight receptions for 108 yards. He also added a rushing TD Sunday and scored on a 105-yard kickoff return a week ago.
  • Extra points: Minnesota's under-the-radar defensive/special teams success continued Sunday with 7 points allowed, a pair of sacks and two forced turnovers. ... For the Titans, veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck, filling in for the injured Jake Locker, had the connection going with rookie wideout Kendall Wright, who had nine catches for 66 yards on 11 targets Sunday. ... A week after breaking loose for 158 total yards, Tennessee RB Chris Johnson was back to his struggling self Sunday with 29 yards and a fumble on 16 touches.

Bears 41, Jaguars 3
EverBank Field (Jacksonville)

  • CB Charles Tillman and LB Lance Briggs liked scoring so much this past Monday night that the Bears' defensive duo did it again Sunday, returning interceptions for TDs fueling the Bears' rout of the Jags. The Chicago D now has five TDs this season and bumped its league-leading takeaway total to 17 with three more Sunday.
  • Extra points: Bears' WR Brandon Marshall caught 12 passes for 144 yards and a TD Sunday, bringing his total in his past two games to 19 grabs, 282 yards and two scores on 25 targets. ... Matt Forte had 127 total yards, including 107 rushing on 22 attempts, but reserve Armando Allen had the Bears' lone rushing TD, scampering 46 yards in late-fourth-quarter garbage time. ... The struggles continue for Jags second-year QB Blaine Gabbert, who threw for only 142 yards, no TDs and the two picks while also losing a fumble. ... TE Marcedes Lewis led  Jacksonville in receiving with with a ho-hum five grabs for 24 yards.

Patriots 31, Broncos 21
Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

  • Future Hall-of-Fame QBs TomBrady and Peyton Manning renewed acquaintances Sunday and so what happens? The game is won on the legs of a suddenly powerful Patriot ground attack which rolled up 251 yards -- a week after steamrolling the Bills for 247. Stevan Ridley led the way Sunday with 28 carries for 151 yards and a TD, rookie Brandon Bolden added 54 yards on 14 carries while Brady and Shane Vereen scored on 1-yard runs.
  • Extra points: Those worries about Wes Welker are so Week 1, as the Pats' wideout has had 40 grabs for 480 yards over the past 4 games, including 13 for 104 and a TD Sunday. ... New England TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and WR Julian Edelman (hand) were inactive. ... Manning hit a season high with 345 passing yards for the Broncos, throwing three TDs. ... Manning's top target was WR Demaryius Thomas with 9 grabs for 188 yards, but he failed to score and lost a fumble for the third straight game.  

49ers 45, Bills 3
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

  • Who says the 49ers are all about defense? San Fran made NFL history Sunday, becoming the first team to rack up more than 300 passing and 300 rushing yards in the same game to finish with a franchise-record 621. QB Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and three TDs, Frank Gore ran for 106 and a TD and WR Michael Crabtree (113, TD) and TE Vernon Davis (106) both exceeded 100 receiving yards.
  • Extra points: So much for that sleeper Bills defense, which was coming off a Week 4 disaster in which it surrendered 45 second-half points to the Patriots. ... Offensively, it wasn't any better for Buffalo, which was limited to 204 total yards. RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller gained a combined 59 yards on 17 touches.

Saints 31, Chargers 24
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)

  • Drew Brees lived up to the Sunday night hype, setting an NFL record with a TD pass in his 48th straight game. More importantly, he guided the Saints to their first win and delivered another big-time performance (29-of-45, 370 yards, 4 TDs) for his fantasy owners.
  • Extra points: Marques Colston's sore foot sure isn't showing up on the stat sheet as he tied his career single-game high with a trio of TD grabs Sunday night as part of his nine receptions for 131 yards on 18 targets. A week ago, he was 9-153 and a TD against the Packers. ... Chargers' RB Ryan Mathews had his best game of the season with a team-leading 80 rushing yards and a TD on 12 carries and six receptions for 59 yards. Still, RBs Ronnie Brown (7 touches-74 yards) and Jackie Battle (6-17) remain very much involved in the San Diego game plan. ... Chargers' WR Robert Meachem came into the game with only 6 catches for 92 yards and no TDs, but had three grabs for 67 yards and a pair of scores (15 and 44 yards) against his former team.

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