Buccaneers 34, Chargers 24
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
- Buc fans and Josh Freeman fantasy owners rejoice: The Freeman of 2010 has shown up here in 2012, and that's a whole lot better than the 2011 version. With his 210-yard, two-TD, no-turnover outing Sunday, Freeman now has 18 TDs and only six turnovers in nine games so far. Last year, that ratio was flipped for Freeman with 20 TDs and 25 turnovers as he failed to follow up his standout 2010 season, which featured 25 TDs and nine turnovers.
- Extra points: Coming off back-to-back fantasy explosions, Tampa rookie RB Doug Martin was "limited" to 119 total yards and no scores on 22 touches. ... Freeman's TD tosses went to third-WR Tiquan Underwood and TE Dallas Clark. ... Chargers' QB Philip Rivers had his best fantasy outing of the season, throwing for 337 yards and three TDs. ... WR Danario Alexander (5-134, TD) led the Chargers in receiving yards for the second time in as many games, while wideouts Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal combined for four catches for 44 yards.
Saints 31, Falcons 27
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
- Two of fantasy's top tight ends put on quite a display in this high-scoring NFC South tussle. The Saints' Jimmy Graham made like it was 2011 with his seven-catch, 146-yard, two-TD performance, but not to be outdone, the Falcons' Tony Gonzalez hauled in 11 passes for 122 yards and a pair of scores, becoming the first TE with 100 or more TD receptions in NFL history.
- Extra points: RB Mark Ingram got the bulk of the work for the Saints with 16 rushes, but Chris Ivory did more with less with seven carries for 72 yards, thanks to his highlight-reel 56-yard scoring run in the first quarter. ... WR Marques Colston (3-26) found the end zone for the fifth time in six games. ... Jacquizz Rodgers was the best RB on the field for the Falcons with 62 yards on seven touches, while starter Michael Turner was limited to 15 rushing yards on 13 attempts and no receptions.
Patriots 37, Bills 31
Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- The Pats have five tight ends on their roster, but with Aaron Hernandez missing his sixth game of the season, Rob Gronkowski was the only one to catch a pass Sunday, hauling in three for 31 yards and a TD.
- Extra points: While RB Danny Woodhead found the end zone via the ground and air, Stevan Ridley was the New England ground game once again with 22 rushes for 98 yards and a score. Woodhead and Shane Vereen combined for only six rushes for 20 yards. ... Bills' WR Donald Jones was targeted a team-high 10 times and wound up with six grabs for 74 yards and a TD. In his past three games, Jones has 16 receptions for 186 yards and a pair of scores. ... Of the Bills' RBs, Fred Jackson (20 touches-115 yards, 2 TDs) got more work than C.J. Spiller (13-132, no scores), but lost a costly fumble down near the New England goalline.
Ravens 55, Raiders 20
M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
- There was a Joe Flacco sighting in this one as the Ravens' QB broke out of a month-long funk to throw for 341 yards and three TDs. It was Flacco's first 300-yard passing game since Week 3 and his his first three-TD outing since Week 2.
- Extra points: Baltimore TE Dennis Pitta was a beneficiary of Flacco's revival, hauling in five passes for 67 yards and a score -- his first TD catch since Week 3. ... With the team's top two RBs (Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson) out with ankle sprains, Marcel Reece was the Raiders' back to own as he had 13 rushes for 48 yards and a team-leading seven catches for 56 yards. Fellow RB Taiwan Jones only had two rushes for 6 yards and one reception for 7. ... Raiders' QB Carson Palmer continues to pile up fantasy points with 368 passing yards and two TDs. He now has thrown for 15 TDs and has eclipsed 290 yards in six of his nine games.
Broncos 36, Panthers 14
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)
- Peyton Manning gets all the headlines, but don't overlook the Broncos' defense/special teams, which accounted for a pair of TDs (a Trindon Holliday punt return and a Tony Carter interception return) and a safety Sunday to give them six scores and two safeties on the season. Denver harassed Carolina QB Cam Newton all game, notching seven sacks and a pair of interceptions.
- Extra points: As for the Broncos' WRs, Demaryius Thomas led the way with nine grabs for 135 yards and a TD, while vet Brandon Stokley also scored as part of four receptions for 54 yards. Eric Decker, meanwhile, had his TD streak snapped at five games, catching only two passes for 14 yards. ... TE Greg Olsen was the Panthers' lone bright spot with a season-high nine catches for 102 yards and two scores -- doubling his TD output from the first eight games.
Bengals 31, Giants 13
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
- Ho hum: Another game, another TD catch for Cincy's A.J. Green, who in his second year has emerged as fantasy's (and perhaps reality's) top wide receiver. Green finished with seven grabs for 85 yards and now has scored in eight straight contests since the season opener. He now has 16 TDs in 24 career NFL games.
- Extra points: Speaking of streaks, Eli Manning (29-46, 215 yards, 2 interceptions) is on the wrong side of one as he failed to throw a TD pass for the third consecutive game -- something he hasn't done since his rookie season of 2004. .... Andre Brown (7-65) led the Giants in rushing and scored for the fourth straight game. ... The Bengals' Andy Dalton tossed a career-high four TD passes -- connecting with Green, TE Jermaine Gresham and WRs Andrew Hawkins and Mohamed Sanu -- and avoided throwing an interception for the first game this year.
Vikings 34, Lions 24
Mall of America Field (Minneapolis)
- Just when you think Adrian Peterson couldn't be any more impressive in his return from January knee surgery, he goes out and plays another game. Sunday, he gashed the Lions for 171 yards and a TD on a season-high 27 carries. Over his past four games, the league's leading rusher (1,128 yards) has rolled up 629 yards and five scores.
- Extra points: With stud WR Percy Harvin injured and inactive, the Vikings said they intended to get TE Kyle Rudolph more involved and they weren't kidding, as Rudolph had seven catches for 64 yards and a TD. In his previous three games, he had all of two grabs for 17 yards. ... It took until the final two minutes of Week 10, but the Lions' Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson finally hooked up for a TD -- something they did a league-leading 16 times a season ago. Johnson, by the way, finished with 12 catches for 207 yards. ... Detroit RBs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell, who combined for four rushing TDs a week ago, totaled 47 rushing yards and no scores in this one.
Titans 37, Dolphins 3
Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- Hopefully you weren't among the Chris Johnson fantasy owners who abandoned ship after the RB staggered out of the gate with 45 rushing yards in his first three games. Johnson sprinted for 126 and a TD on 23 rushes Sunday and now has 817 yards and four TDs in seven games since his ragged start.
- Extra points: Titans' QB Jake Locker only was 9-of-21 for 122 yards in his return after missing six games with a bum shoulder, but he did toss a pair of touchdowns to rookie WR Kendall Wright (1-9) and TE Jared Cook (1-26). ... Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill looked like, well, a rookie QB, with 217 yards and three picks. ... Miami starting RB Reggie Bush was benched for the second quarter after coughing up an early fumble and finished with four carries for 21 yards and one catch for 8 yards, leaving Daniel Thomas (5 rushes for 21 yards, 5 catches for 34 yards) as the Fins' most productive back.
Seahawks 28, Jets 7
CenturyLink Field (Seattle)
- The Seahawks' defense was dominant at home while it was another Sunday struggle for QB Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense. What, you were expecting something different here? Seattle had an interception, recovered two fumbles and had three sacks while pitching a defensive shutout. The Jets' only points came on a fumble return by defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
- Extra points: Seahawks' WRs Golden Tate and Sidney Rice continue to produce despite a low volume of receptions. Rice caught two passes for 54 yards, but both went for TDs -- one from rookie QB Russell Wilson and the other from Tate on an end-around option pass. In addition to his TD toss, Tate also had two catches for 51 yards and a score. ... Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch (27-124, TD) notched his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game and his third straight with a TD. ... Sanchez completed only 9-of-22 passes for 124 yards, and his favorite target once again was WR Jeremy Kerley, who caught a team-high five passes for 57 yards on eight targets, but -- reflective of the Jets' day -- also lost a fumble.
Cowboys 38, Eagles 23
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia)
- The Cowboys' offense has struggled a times this season, so on Sunday, the defense and special teams decided to pitch in a big way, scoring a trio of TDs on a punt return, interception return and a fumble recovery in the end zone.
- Extra points: Philly QB Michael Vick, who's taken a beating all season, was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when his head was driven into the turf following a run up the middle. Vick finished with 70 passing yards and a TD and 7 rushing yards, and was replaced by rookie Nick Foles who was 22-of-32 for 219 yards, a TD and pick. ... WR Jeremy Maclin led the Eagles with eight receptions, 93 yards and a TD on 12 targets. ... With Dallas starter DeMarco Murray still sidelined, RB Felix Jones had 93 total yards and a TD on nine touches, while running mate Phillip Tanner didn't log a rush or reception.
49ers 24, Rams 24
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
- The Week 10 QB concussion bug also bit 49ers' starter Alex Smith as he took a shot to the helmet at the end of a second-quarter scramble. Smith was off to a solid start in the game with seven completions in eight attempts for 72 yards and a TD, but was replaced by second-year Colin Kaepernick, who finished 11-of-17 for 117 yards and 66 yards rushing on eight attempts.
- Extra points: San Fran wideout Michael Crabtree continued his midseason surge, catching five passes for 70 yards and a TD, giving him 10 catches, 142 yards and three scores over his past two contests. ... WR Danny Amendola, out since injuring his shoulder in Week 5, returned in a big way for the Rams, snaring 11 Sam Bradford passes for 102 yards on 12 targets. ... Rams' RB Steven Jackson hit the century mark for the first time since Week 16 of last season with 101 yards and a TD on 29 totes.
Texans 13, Bears 6
Solider Field (Chicago)
- Visiting Houston beat the Bears at their own game on a rainy night in the Windy City, forcing four first-half turnovers to build a 10-3 lead and then holding Jay Cutler-less Chicago to a lone field goal in the second half to win a tussle of a one-loss teams. Cutler sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a flag late in the second quarter. He finished out the half, but was replaced by Jason Campbell at the start of the third quarter.
- Extra points: Cutler finished 7-of-14 for 40 yards and two picks, and did his best work on the ground, leading the Bears in first-half rushing with 37 yards on a trio of rushes. Campbell, meanwhile, was an uninspiring 11-of-19 for 94 yards. ... A week after racking up 148 yards and a TD, Bears' RB Matt Forte was limited to 36 total yards on 18 touches. ... QB Matt Schaub threw for only 95 yards and was picked off twice, but RB Arian Foster -- who else? -- rode to the Texans' rescue with 102 rushing yards, a team-high five catches for 15 yards and a TD -- his 13th straight game (including the postseason) with a score. ... Schaub and the Texans definitely missed tight end Owen Daniels, sidelined with a severely bruised back, as fill-ins Garrett Graham and James Casey combined for only three catches for 15 yards -- all courtesy of Graham.