Fantasy Impact: Week 9
Ken Pomponio
November 5, 2012

Broncos 31, Bengals 23
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

  • On a day that Peyton Manning was picked off twice, Willis McGahee was bottled up and fellow WR Demaryius Thomas struggled with drops, Eric Decker stepped up Sunday with a team-high 8 receptions for 99 yards and a pair of TDs to help the Broncos eclipse 30 points for the fourth time in five games. Decker now has seven TD receptions, all coming in the past five games.
  • Extra points: Manning missed a fifth-straight 300-yard, three-TD passing game by nine yards. ... WR A.J. Green (7-99) had a TD reception for the seventh-straight game. ... Cincy RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (17-56) found the end zone for only the third time this season and the first time since Week 3.

Ravens 25, Browns 15
Browns Stadium (Cleveland)

  • The hosts actually outgained the Ravens, 290-282, but had to settle for five Phil Dawson field goals, while Baltimore scored a trio of TDs to sweep the season series for the fifth-straight year. Neither QB did much with the Ravens' Joe Flacco throwing for 153 yards and a TD, while rookie Brandon Weeden had 176 yards and a pair of picks.
  • Extra points: After a fast start, Flacco now hasn't thrown for more than 234 yards in four-straight games and has three TD tosses and three interceptions in those four contests. ... Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson had his second-straight 100-yard game with 25 carries for 105 yards and led the team with six receptions for 31 yards.

Packers 31, Cardinals 17
Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wis.)

  • Who needs Greg Jennings or Jordy Nelson? Apparently not Aaron Rodgers. With Jennings out again and Nelson active but leaving with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Green Bay wideouts Randall Cobb and James Jones combined for seven receptions, 98 yards and three TDs Sunday.
  • Extra points: The sad season continues for Packers' TE Jermichael Finley, who finished with all of one catch for 6 yards, while backup Tom Crabtree had a                     72-yard scoring reception. ... Meanwhile, Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald broke out of his funk with six receptions for 74 yards and a TD. ... If you're going to play a Arizona RB, it's LaRod Stephens-Howling who had 17 carries for 51 yards and a TD, while William Powell ran once for 3 yards.

Bears 51, Titans 20
LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.)

  • The Bears' defense/special teams continues to be fantasy gold, striking for two more TDs Sunday in a rout of the Titans. Corey Wootton returned a blocked punt 5 yards for a score, and Brian Urlacher added a 46-yard interception later in the first quarter, giving Chicago eight return scores in eight games this season. In all, the Bears forced five turnovers and had a pair of sacks in the game.
  • Extra points: When the Bears aren't returning interceptions for TDs, they're looking for WR Brandon Marshall in the end zone. Marshall had three TDs on seven receptions for 122 yards in the game, and now has seven total TDs and at least five receptions and 71 receiving yards in seven of eight games this season. ... Surging Titans RB Chris Johnson wasn't fazed by the Chicago D, rushing for 141 on 16 carries. After gaining 106 total yards in his first three games combined, Johnson now has topped the century mark in five of his past six outings.

Colts 23, Dolphins 20
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

  • Two rookie QBs hooked up here, and the end result was 86 passes, 723 passing yards, three TDs and -- most shockingly -- no turnovers. The Colts' Andrew Luck led the way, throwing for an NFL rookie-record 433 yards and two TDs, while counterpart Ryan Tannehill finished with 290 yards and a score.
  • Extra points: With Colts' starting RB Donald Brown a late scratch, rookie Vick Ballard had 98 total yards, including 60 rushing, on 19 touches. ... Donnie Avery led the horseshoes with 108 receiving yards but rookie T.Y. Hilton (6-102) and veteran Reggie Wayne (7-78) were on the receiving end of Luck's TD tosses. ... Miami wideout Brian Hartline had a team-high eight catches for 107 yards, topping his combined receiving total (8-100) from his previous three games.

Panthers 21, Redskins 13
FedExField (Landover, Md.)

  • In a matchup of the 2011 and (possibly) 2012 offensive rookies of the year, the Panthers' Cam Newton (201 passing yards, 37 rushing, 2 TDs) showed D.C. newcomer RGIII (215, 53, no TDs) how it's done. Give credit to the unheralded Carolina D, which sacked Griffin four times and limited the Skins to a home season-low 13 points.
  • Extra points: Carolina's Steve Smith had a pedestrian three catches for 41 yards, but notched his first TD catch of the season with a 19-yard grab in the second quarter. ... TE Logan Paulsen led the Skins with 59 receiving yards on five receptions.

Lions 31, Jaguars 14
EverBank Field (Jacksonville)

  • If Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure was in your starting lineup instead of on your bench, you were the beneficiary of three rushing TDs and 70 yards. Meanwhile, fellow RB Joique Bell had 109 total yards and a rushing score.
  • Extra points: Even with all the ground success, QB Matthew Stafford still threw for 285 yards but no scores. ... WR Calvin Johnson was a game-time decision after his knee gave him trouble most of the week, but Megatron looked just fine with seven receptions for 129 yards, including six for 111 in the opening half. ... For the Jags, highly prized rookie wideout Justin Blackmon recorded his first NFL scoring reception as part of five catches for 32 yards.

Texans 21, Bills 9
Reliant Stadium (Houston)

  • With the rejuvenated Owen Daniels leading the way, the Texans' TEs continued to shine. Sunday, Daniels (4-62) and Garrett Graham (2-11) hauled in scoring passes, while James Casey added three catches for 49 yards. The trio now has seven TDs on the season.
  • Extra points: With key backup Ben Tate an injury inactive, RB Arian Foster logged 24 of the Texans' 32 rushing attempts, 111 of their 118 yards and their lone rushing TD. ... Neither C.J. Spiller (6-39) or Fred Jackson (6-21) did much on the ground for the Bills, but Spiller (5-63) was more effective than Jackson (5-14) in the passing game. ... WR Donald Jones led Buffalo with six catches for 65 yards on nine targets, and has had a combined 10 grabs for 112 yards and TD over the past two games.

Buccaneers 42, Raiders 32 Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.)

  • It was quite a homecoming for Bucs rookie RB and former Oakland prep star Doug Martin, who rushed for a franchise single-game record 251 yards and four TDs on 25 carries. It was the continuation of a 2-week tear for Martin, who has piled up 486 total yards and six TDs in wins over the Vikings and Raiders.
  • Extra points: An already-disappointing season went from bad to worse for Raiders' RB Darren McFadden, who departed the game in the second quarter with a right-ankle injury and didn't return. He finished with seven carries for 17 yards. ... No. 2 RB Mike Goodson, who had two carries for no gain and six catches for 52 yards, then left the contest in the third quarter, leaving the Raiders with a rushing attack that netted 22 yards on 11 attempts for the game. ... Oakland QB Carson Palmer threw for a season-high 414 yards and four TDs but was picked off three times. ... After throwing for 247 yards and two TDs Sunday, Bucs QB Josh Freeman has averaged 314 passing yards and has compiled an 11-1 TD-to-interception ratio in his past four games.

Seahawks 30, Vikings 20
CenturyLink Field (Seattle)

  • Russell Wilson was playing at home, and that meant trouble for the visiting Vikings on Sunday. The Seahawks' rookie QB threw for 173 yards and a trio of TDs, giving him nine TDs without an interception in four home dates. Meanwhile, in five road contests, Wilson has four TD passes and eight interceptions. Not coincidentally, Seattle now is 4-0 at home and 1-4 on the road.
  • Extra points: This one also featured an impressive RB duel with the Vikes' Adrian Peterson (17-182-2 TD) getting the better of the Hawks' Marshawn Lynch (26-124-TD). ... Minnesota wideout Percy Harvin, who left briefly in the third quarter with an ankle issue, had his worst outing of the season with 34 total yards, no TDs and a fumble. ... Seahawks WR Golden Tate had two TD grabs among his four catches Sunday, giving him five scores among 24 receptions on the season.

Steelers 24, Giants 20
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • The Steelers had a third-straight 100-yard rushing game Sunday, but this time it was Isaac Redman with the honors, shredding the G-Men for 147 yards and a TD on 26 carries. It was exactly what the Steelers needed with Rashard Mendenhall (Achillies') and Jonathan Dwyer (quad) sitting this one out.
  • Extra points: Giants QB Eli Manning hit a season low with 125 yards on 10-of-24 passing and was held without a TD for the second-straight week. ... RB Andre Brown gained only 20 yards on seven attempts but scored a TD for the third straight game and the fifth contest in the six games in which he's had a rushing attempt. ... Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh's leading receiver entering the game, left in the first quarter with a foot injury and didn't return. He finished with two catches for 19 yards on three targets.

Falcons 19, Cowboys 13
Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

  • Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards for his third 300-yard game of the season, while WRs Roddy White (7-118) and Julio Jones (5-129) both eclipsed 100 yards, but Ryan failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in eight games.
  • Extra points: RB Michael Turner used a big second half to finish with 102 yards and a TD on 20 rushes for his second 100-yard game of the year. ... Fellow RB Jacquizz Rodgers didn't contribute on the ground (3-0) but was a factor in the passing game (4-53 on 5 targets) once again. ... WR Kevin Ogletree came out of hibernation with three catches for 96 yards and the Cowboys' lone TD, while a lingering hip injury slowed Dez Bryant, who finished with only one catch for 15 yards on four targets. ... Felix Jones only had 39 rushing yards but caught five passes for 70 yards.

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