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Fantasy Impact: Week 13
Ken Pomponio
December 3, 2012
 

Bills 34, Jaguars 18
Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.)

  • It's usually been one or the other, but on Sunday, both C.J. Spiller had Fred Jackson decent fantasy outings. Jackson actually had more total (119-84) and more rushing yards (109-77), but Spiller got into the end zone on a 44-yard scoring sprint in the fourth quarter.
  • Extra points: Despite the 34-point outing, the Bills' passing game didn't produce much in the way of big numbers, with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for only 112 yards and two TDs. ... Leading receiver Stevie Johnson hauled in one of those scores, but left the game in the second half with a hamstring injury. He finished with only 2 catches for 18 yards. ... The Jags' Chad Henne (208 yards) and Cecil Shorts (7-77)  hooked up for a TD for the third straight week, but rookie WR Justin Blackmon was limited to one reception for 9 yards on six targets. ... Jacksonville RB Rashad Jennings (8-20) left in the second quarter with a concussion, and Montell Owens (7-29) finished as the team's leading rusher.

Seahawks 23, Bears 17 (OT)
Soldier Field (Chicago)

  • Who's afraid of facing the big, bad Bears' defense on the road? Certainly not Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson, who threw for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while adding 71 rushing yards on nine attempts. He capped it off by hooking up with WR Sidney Rice with the winning TD pass in overtime.
  • Extra points: Rice (6-99) and fellow WR Golden Tate (5-96, TD) both continue to have starting value. ... RB Marshawn Lynch overcame an early fumble to rush for 97 yards and a TD on 19 carries. ... Bears' QB Jay Cutler attempted 26 passes, and as usual, the majority (14) were directed at WR Brandon Marshall, who finished with 10 grabs with 165 yards. ... Bears' RB Matt Forte played and played well a week after suffering an ankle sprain, rushing for 66 yards on 21 carries and adding 30 yards and a TD on three receptions.

Colts 35, Lions 33
Ford Field (Detroit)

  • It was matchup of two of the past four No. 1 overall draft picks, and it was the Colts' Andrew Luck (391 yards, 4 TDs, 3 interceptions) getting the best of the Lions' Matthew Stafford (313-2-1) in the highest-scoring game of the day. It came down to the final play with a scrambling Luck flipping the ball to WR Donnie Avery for the winning TD.
  • Extra points: Avery caught half of Luck's TD passes, and finished with five catches for 91 yards on a team-high 14 targets. Meanwhile, rookie WR T.Y. Hilton led the team in receptions (6) and yards (100). ... Another rookie, RB Vick Ballard (9-41, TD), led Indy in rushing, while fellow back Donald Brown capped a disappointing day (23 yards on 8 touches) by leaving with an ankle injury in the second quarter. ... There was no stopping Calvin Johnson's tear as Megatron finished with a career-high 13 catches, 171 yards and a TD. He's now had at least 129 yards receiving yards in five straight games and has four of his five receiving TDs over that span.

Packers 23, Vikings 14
Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wis.)

  • One WR was back, another went out and, in the meantime, an emerging youngster continued to set the pace. That was the story Sunday for the Packers, who saw Greg Jennings return after a seven-game absence to catch four passes for 46 yards but lost Jordy Nelson (1-10) to a first-quarter hamstring injury. Second-year wideout Randall Cobb, though, continues to be Aaron Rodgers' most productive pass catcher with a team-high six grabs for 62 yards.
  • Extra points: There was actually a hint of a green and gold ground attack as James Starks (15-66, TD) and Alex Green (12-58) found some room to run. ... Obviously, though, that was completely overshadowed by Adrian Peterson's jaw-dropping brilliance as he romped for 210 yards (including a career-long 82-yard TD run) on 21 carries. ... Christian Ponder continues to miss WR Percy Harvin, throwing for only 119 yards and a pair of picks, but he did connect with TE Kyle Rudolph (6-51) for a short scoring pass.

Texans 24, Titans 10
LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.)

  • It was a game of fantasy ifs, ands and buts Sunday for the Texans. Arian Foster got into the end zone for a league-leading 14th time, but the game got out of hand and reserve Justin Forsett wound up outrushing Foster, 64-38. Meanwhile, WR Andre Johnson (5-56) led the squad in receiving, but Matt Schaub's TD passes went to rookie WR Lestar Jean (54 yards) and TE/FB James Casey (5).
  • Extra points: After surviving back-to-back OT shootouts, the Houston defense forced six turnovers, including five from Titans' QB Jake Locker, who threw three picks and fumbled twice. ... Chris Johnson was so-so at best with 71 total yards on 17 touches but failed to score and lost a fumble.

Chiefs 27, Panthers 21
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)

  • Playing with a heavy heart on somber day, Brady Quinn (19-23, 201 yards, 2 TDs) came through with one of the best performances of the season by a K.C. QB. His TD tosses went to TE Tony Moeaki (4-54) and WR Jonathan Baldwin (2-37) and did not commit a turnover -- only the second time in 12 games that's happened for a Chief signal caller this season.
  • Extra points: K.C.'s Jamaal Charles (27-127) eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time in four games, but the team's only rushing touchdown belonged to Peyton Hillis, which, amazingly, was his first of the year. ... Panthers' QB Cam Newton enjoyed his second consecutive monster game with 232 passing yards, three passing TDs and a team-leading 78 rushing yards on seven carries. ... WR Steve Smith (5-120) paced the Panthers in receiving, including only his second TD catch of the season.

Rams 16, 49ers 13 (OT)
Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis)

  • These two teams have cornered the market on strange games. After battling to a tie in the first meeting three weeks ago, the Rams and Niners worked OT again, combining for four field goals, a rushing touchdown, a safety, a fumble-recovery TD and a two-point conversion. That leaves a modern-day NFL rarity: A game with no TD passes as Sam Bradford (26-39, 221 yards) and Colin Kaepernick (21-32, 208) were kept in check. 
  • Extra points: Kaepernick did scramble for a team-leading 84 rushing yards on nine attempts, but was whistled for intentional grounding in end zone, resulting in  the safety, and lost a fumble on an errant option pitch that was recovered by Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins for the game-tying TD late in regulation. It was Jenkins' third TD in the past two games. ... Frank Gore accounted for the rushing score, but was limited to 58 yards on 23 carries. ... Rookie wideout Chris Givens led the Rams with 11 catches for 92 yards on 14 targets.

Patriots 23, Dolphins 16
Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

  • Wes Welker continues to haunt his former team and continues to rewrite the NFL record book, latching on to 12 passes for 103 yards and a TD Sunday. With the performance, the ex-Dolphin tied Jerry Rice for the most career games (17) with 10 or more catches. The season, Welker hasn't caught fewer than five passes in a game since the season opener.
  • Extra points: Steady Stevan Ridley paced the Pats with 71 rushing yards on 19 carries and found the end zone for the fifth straight game. ... 31 of Tom Brady's 40 passes were targeted for either Welker (18) or TE Aaron Hernandez, who caught eight of his 13 targets for 97 yards. ... For the Dolphins, there were few surprises with WR Brian Hartline (5-84) finishing as the top receiver, while Reggie Bush (15-64) was the leading rusher. Bush, however, did not catch a pass and only has 24 receptions on the season. His career-low is 34 catches while playing eight games with the Saints in 2010.

Jets 7, Cardinals 6
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • Five turnovers, two field goals, one touchdown. That sums up the extent of the fantasy action in this one. What passes for a highlight came in the third quarter, when the Jets benched struggling starting QB Mark Sanchez (10-of-21, 97 yards, 3 interceptions) and -- with No. 2 Tim Tebow inactive (rib fractures) -- replaced him with Greg McElroy, who went 5-of-7 for 29 yards and the game's only TD on a 1-yard toss to TE Jeff Cumberland.
  • Extra points: Jets' RB Shonn Greene had the game's best individual offensive performance with 104 rushing yards on 24 attempts, while backup Bilal Powell had 58 yards on 12 carries. ... The Cards, meanwhile, compiled all of 137 total yards on 54 plays -- a robust 2.5 yards per snap. ... Rookie QB Ryan Lindley was 10-of-31 for 72 yards and an interception, Beanie Wells ran for 22 yards on 15 carries and poor Larry Fitzgerald had one catch for 23 yards on seven targets.

Broncos 31, Buccaneers 23
Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver)

  • The season started with Demaryius Thomas as Peyton Manning's top target, and it's now swung back that way again as Thomas burned the Bucs with 99 yards and two TDs on eight catches. Thomas now has four scores over the past 3 games, while fellow WR Eric Decker has one. Decker had only two receptions for 17 yards Sunday.
  • Extra points: Broncos' TE Jacob Tamme reeled in a season-high nine catches for 89 yards, but Manning's other TD toss went to, of all players, DT Mitch Unrein on a 1-yard tackle-eligible play. ... Josh Freeman matched Manning yard-for-yard with 242 and threw for three scores -- two to his own targets (TE Dallas Clark and WR Mike Williams) and one to Denver LB Von Miller, who notched his first career pick and TD. ... Tampa rookie RB Doug Martin rushed for 56 yards on 18 attempts and was held to fewer than 100 total yards (98) for the second consecutive game.

Browns 20, Raiders 17
O.co Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.)

  • Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden (364 yards, TD) and Oakland veteran Carson Palmer (351, 2 TDs) engaged in an aerial duel, but the difference proved to be the Browns' ground game, powered by rookie Trent Richardson (72 yards, TD). Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson appeared set to return for the Raiders, but both were inactive and missed a fourth straight contest, leaving the rushing attack on the legs of Jeremy Stewart (9-46) and Marcel Reece (7-36).
  • Extra points: Rookie WR Josh Gordon (6-116, TD) and veteran TE Ben Watson (6-80) were Weeden's top targets. ... As for the Raiders' pass-catchers, TE Brandon Myers (14-130, TD) and WR Rod Streater (3-96, TD) led the way. Myers now has five or more catches in six of his past eight games.

Bengals 20, Chargers 13
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

  • Andy Dalton threw twice as many interceptions as touchdown passes, emerging wideout Mohamed Sanu was out with a foot injury and neither A.J. Green or BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored, but the Bengals still had enough to kick the reeling Chargers while they're down.
  • Extra points: Dalton threw for only 211 yards and a TD to TE Jermaine Gresham (4-35) but salvaged his fantasy day with a late rushing score. ... With Sanu (foot) inactive, WR Andrew Hawkins stepped up with five catches for 47 yards to complement Green (9-85). ... The Chargers' Philip Rivers completed 26-of-48 passes for 280 yards but failed to throw a TD pass for the third game this season. ... Danario Alexander (6-102) continues to impress at wide receiver, but the running game is just spinning its wheels with lead back Ryan Mathews limited to 26 yards on nine rushes.

Steelers 23, Ravens 20
M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)

  • Just when Pittsburgh and fantasy owners of Steeler pass-catchers needed it most, Charlie Batch looked like a legitimate NFL QB, completing 25-of-36 passes for 276, a TD and an interception as the Steelers salvaged a split with the Ravens.
  • Extra points: TE Heath Miller led the Steelers with five catches for 97 yards and a TD, while newly-crowned starting RB Jonathan Dwyer was solid with 49 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Isaac Redman added 43 yards on nine rushes, while Rashard Mendenhall was a healthy scratch. ... Ravens' QB Joe Flacco disappointed with only 16 completions in 34 passes for 188 yards, TD, interception and fumble. ... Strangely, Ray Rice didn't see a lot of work as he ran only 12 times for 78 yards, including a 34-yard scoring burst, and caught just one pass for 5 yards. ... Old man Anquan Boldin led the Ravens with five receptions for 81 yards and a score, while WR Torrey Smith (3-33) and TE Dennis Pitta largely were MIA.

Cowboys 38, Eagles 33
Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

  • Tony Romo and his Big 3 Targets (TE Jason Witten & WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin) all were healthy and on their games on the same night, and that meant trouble for the reeling Eagles and opposing fantasy GMs. Romo was 22-of-27 for 303 yards, three TDs and no turnovers, while hooking up with Witten (6-108), Bryant (6-98, 2 TDs) and Austin (2-46, TD) on big play after big play.
  • Extra points: Rookie RB Bryce Brown has done a lot more than just fill LeSean McCoy's starting spot, as he exploded for 169 yards and 2 TDs and added four catches for 14 yards. He did lose another fumble, though, that was returned by the Cowboys for a key fourth-quarter TD. ... Fellow rookie Nick Foles had his best outing of the season, completing 22-of-34 passes for 251 yards and a TD to WR Riley Cooper (2-31).

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