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Tunnel Vision - Week 6
David Dorey
October 10, 2005
Sunday Salutes
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Josh McCown 394 2
Tom Brady 350 3
Drew Bledsoe 289 3
Running Backs Yards TD
Shaun Alexander 135 2
Tatum Bell 132 2
Edgerrin James 146 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Steve Smith 119 2
Terry Glenn 118 2
Anquan Boldin 165 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Daniel Graham 119 1
Alge Crumpler 99 1
Chris Cooley 82 1
Placekickers XP FG
Jose Cortez 3 4
Josh Brown 4 3
Matt Bryant 0 4
Defense/Special Teams TDs Sacks TOs
Green Bay 2 4 5
Indianapolis 1 5 5
Buffalo 0 2 5

Week 5 Bumps, Bruises & Bow-outs

Andre Johnson (HOU) - Strained calf
Najeh Davenport (GB) - Broken ankle
Thomas Jones (CHI) - Sprained knee
Corey Dillon (NE) - Leg injury
Roy Williams (DET) - Quadriceps injury
Julius Jones (DAL) - Leg injury
Deuce McAllister (NO) Knee sprain

Give me one moment in time, When I'm more than...

The Packers skip into their bye week after completely annihilating the visiting Saints in every aspect of the game. After the Saints opened the scoring with a field goal, the previously winless Packers reeled off a mere 52 unanswered points. There was no Javon Walker, no Bubba Franks, no Ahman Green and eventually not even a Najeh Davenport. No matter, it was one of those I-can't-help-myself sort of beat downs.

Adding to the surreal nature of the game is the fact that the Packers are now 1-4 and yet have outscored their opponents 124 - 95 this year.

And then there was one... and the other one...

Five weeks into the 2005 season and we started out the day with only the Buccaneers, Bengals, Redskins and Colts with undefeated records. By the end of the day, it's just the Colts all alone now with a 5-0 record. With the next two games against the Rams and then at the Texans, the Colts should be bringing a 7-0 record into their bye in week eight.

Maintaining perfection too are the Texans who now become the last team in the NFL without a win thanks to the Packers explosion on Sunday. A road trip to Seattle leads to a homestand against the Colts and likely the Texans are looking at a 0-6 record before they host the visiting Browns.

Tier 2 is about tears too

If you missed one of the stud wideouts in your draft - Randy Moss, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens, you were probably pretty happy with those next best five wideouts. According to the average draft position from, those players were Javon Walker (out for year), Joe Horn (out for last couple of weeks), Reggie Wayne (out of opportunities), Andre Johnson (modeling for a milk carton and injured) and finally Nate Burleson (out the last few weeks and little before that).

Remember this in 2006 - it happens pretty much every year.

Drama 101 - Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Lineup Yards TDs Tragedy Lineup Yards TDs
QB Matt Schaub 298 3 QB Donovan McNabb 131 0
RB Najeh Davenport 56 2 RB Mike Anderson 50 0
RB Shawn Bryson 95 1 RB Brian Westbrook 36 0
WR Chris Cooley 82 1 WR Marvin Harrison* 17* 0
WR Bethel Johnson 55 1 WR Rod Smith 23 0
WR Daniel Graham 119 1 WR Terrell Owens 50 0
PK Jose Cortez 4 FG 3 XP PK Jason Elam 3 XP

Huddle Fantasy Points = 118

Huddle Fantasy Points = 25

*still funny to everyone else

Sunday's Couch Commentary

NO 3, GB 52 The Packers win the "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" award with a spectacular blowout of the Saints who were on their 37th road game of the year. No Walker or Green - didn't matter because it was time to circle the wagons and let Favre do the shooting. The Saints actually scored the first points in this game before turning into holograms for the rest of the game. Aaron Brooks threw two touchdowns though both went to the Packers secondary and Favre once again threw for three scores. Without Horn in the lineup, Stallworth had only six yards and McAllister could only gain 31 yards on 22 carries. It was a good old-fashioned butt whooping and the Packers could end up as the only team that goes 1-15 on the season and yet has a positive differential between points scored and allowed. Note - in case you got used to Stallworth having any catches let alone a big game every week, you can forget that now.
BAL 17, DET 35 Like the Packers, the Lions were getting desperate and used their home stand to shoot the Ravens down. Not to worry that Harrington had a good game - he only competed 10 of 23 for 97 yards, two interceptions and one score to TE Casey Fitzsimmons but the running game was plenty enough since Jones (2 TD), Pinner (1 TD) and Bryson (1 TD) all made mincemeat of the Ravens rush defense. Bryson only had one carry in the game but it went for 77 yards. Anthony Wright passed for two scores including one to Lewis. Todd Heap had no catches until late but had the other score. Newsflash - the Lions are leading the NFC North with a lofty 2-2 record. This is a big win by the Lions and even more a big question mark for the Ravens rushing defense. The Ravens turned in 21 penalties in the game, only one short of the all-time record. LB Terrell Suggs and safety B.J. Ward were both ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. No wait - it gets better! After they held the Lions on a third and one at the one-yard line, DT Maake Kemoeatu flipped off the crowd and gave the Lions a fresh set of downs. Three plays later, Pinner scored.
CHI 10, CLE 20 The Bears were ahead until the final three minutes when they got Bryanted for two scores. Braylon Edwards was a surprise scratch thanks to an elbow infection and the Browns did not really wake up until the end of the game. Thomas Jones ran for 134 yards before getting injured while the intent to include Benson more only meant five carries for six yards, his final being a questionable fumble that HC Lovie Smith declined to challenge but did use as a reason to exclude him from the rest of the game. Here's a secret - Benson in, they are going to run. Benson out - who knows? even if Thomas misses a game now, the Bears are ready to plug in Adrian Peterson into the equation to continue to screw anyone else who drafted Benson. The fumble by Orton in the late drive to take the win back was the killer and somehow the Browns did not mess it up. They just used the exact same play to score again to Bryant. Fortunately, the Bears 1-3 record only means they are one game out of first place in their division.
MIA 14, BUF 20 Here's a game the Dolphins would have won were it not for those pesky three interceptions and a couple of lost fumbles. Ronnie Brown had 115 total yards and one fumble and Frerotte had 2 scores and three interceptions. Kelly Holcomb likely has cemented his starting status over J.P. Losman with not only a win, but a scoring pass to Eric Moulds who most had believed retired during the offseason. Lee Evans had 65 yards and actually contributed to the offense. McGahee had 86 yards and one score but it required 31 carries to get that much. It all comes down to the mistakes and the Bills did not make any.
TEN 34, HOU 20 Say goodnight, Senor Capers. The Texans have only gotten worse as the season proceeds and removing the offensive coordinator has had no real effect. Capers should be feeling just enough heat now to barbecue most of the cattle in Texas. Andre Johnson left in the first quarter after only one incompletion was thrown to him and this makes the first time in his career (35 games) that he has failed to catch a pass - an appropriate symbol of this offense. Domanick Davis finally rekindled last year when he gained 173 total yards AKA "the entire offense". The Titans had no real stars in the game outside of Bennett (99 yards, 1 TD) and their best advantage in the game was that they were not the Texans. Unfortunately, Houston cannot figure out how to stop being themselves.
TB 12, NYJ 14 This was a predictably boring game that had no player gain over 90 yards. The good news is that Testaverde does in fact notice Laveranues Coles and hit him six times for 89 yards while Justin McCareins had no catches but did gain a nice vantage point to watch Coles play. Curtis Martin only gained 59 yards on 23 carries but had two short touchdown runs. The only real fireworks in this game was when Rhonde Barber got mad at Kevin Mawae and took a swing at him that missed and instead popped umpire Butch Hannah in the eye which sent him to the ground. Surprisingly, Barber was not ejected and just got a 15 yard personal foul penalty for roughing the ref. Testaverde may have been playing golf and doing crossword puzzles for the last nine months, but he stepped in and looked good enough to ease the fears of the Jets. The Bucs now leave the ranks of the undefeated while the 2-3 Jets are only one game back in the AFC East.
SEA 37, STL 31 This would have been the game of the week if the Rams had taken the punt return with 3:03 left to play and put together a winning touchdown drive. However, Shaun McDonald fumbled it away and the Seahawks burned the rest of the clock with running Alexander. This was a great game - no doubt. The Seahawks came into the matchup without their two starting wideouts and instead Joe Jurevicius had a career best game (9-137, 1 TD) as did D.J. Hackett (5-43) since he had never actually played in the NFL before Sunday. Alexander rolled up the big yardage and two scores as always against the Rams but the fact that Seattle was so potent even without Jackson and Engram only spells on thing - the Rams secondary really sucks this year. Holt had his standard big game and Curtis scored once but with that Rams defense giving away yards and scores like they were phone numbers at a bar, it doesn't really matter. Consider the Rams as the new Colts only less potent.
IND 28, SF 3 He's baaack... Peyton the Lesser that is. Manning went against the worst secondary in the NFL and only had 255 yards and one score with two interceptions. The 49ers were averaging about 392 passing yards allowed. Hard to imagine that the Colts are now bringing averages down this year. True to form, they ran Edgerrin James for 105 yards and one score and even let Rhodes score once just to stick it to the James owners who have been the only happy drafters of Colt players. The debut of Alex Smith had him throwing 9 of 23 for 74 yards and four interceptions. On the plus side, his QB rating is bound to be going up from here on out. This could have been a wholesale slaughter had the 2004 Colts showed up but instead, just a predictable win that spread the love around so that you cannot like any of them. Manning threw a score but did it go to anyone on any fantasy roster? Nah - let's use Troy Walters.
WAS 19, DEN 21 A definite contender for game of the week as those feisty Redskins just never know when to surrender. Tatum Bell took his first carry 34 yards for a touchdown and later had another 55-yard run for a touchdown. Bell only had 12 carries in the game for a mere 127 yards. Not to worry for those Mike Anderson owners out there though, he still had his 11 carries (34 yards). If that was not surreal enough for you, Ashley Lelie actually caught a touchdown though it was his only catch in the game. That let Plummer end with a big 92 yard game with one score. For reasons still unclear, Brunell and Santana Moss have not done a lot while they played in the NFL apart from each other but now that they are together, lt's like beer just met pizza. It works really, really well. Denver hung for a win but it took a last second bat down of the two point conversion by the Redskins.
PHI 10, DAL 33 Just another go figure game this week. The Cowboys secondary could stop no one this season and had never much slowed down Terrell "where's the star? Owens. So naturally, McNabb only throws for 131 yards and no scores with Owens as the lead receiver (5-50). Brian Westbrook gained only 12 yards on six carries. Meanwhile, Bledsoe had 289 yards and three scores and Terry Glenn (7-118, 2 TD) was plenty enough to beat the Eagles all by himself. Witten had seven catches for 80 yards. Jones was having a good game with 72 yards before he hurt his leg and sat out the second half. The Eagles fell behind early as they did in Kansas City, but since this game was merely a divisional one, there was no comeback in order. Now the NFC East looks like the big dogfight with every team owning a winning record.
CAR 24, ARZ 20 Another great game that could have been a GOTW. Evidently, Davis cannot gain yards except for the one before the goal line. Colbert was back - now completely gone again. Steve Smith is an uber-stud. Josh McCown likely owns the starting job for a while with a 394 yard, 2 TD game where he only threw to Boldin (10-158, 1 TD) and Larry Fitzgerald (9-136, 1 TD) and no one else. Since there is virtually no rushing game for the Cards, Fitzgerald and Boldin make wonderfully consistent fantasy starters because Arizona has no other players. One game back, the Panthers have two very big matchups with the Buccaneers coming up this season. The Cards are 1-4, which makes them two games back in the NFC West.
CIN 20, JAX 23 Fred Taylor opened the game with a 41 yard touchdown run on his first play but it was called back on a holding penalty. Not to worry - Fred still ended the game with 132 yards and of course no score. While Leftwich had two short passing scores, it was the good rushing by Taylor and a sound defense that handed the Bengals their first loss of the season. Rudi Johnson only had 76 yards on 18 carries and Palmer's 239 yards and two scores were a small step down from the start of the season. But Chad Johnson had his touchdown and the rookie Chris Henry did a great job filling in for T.J. Houshmandzadeh and turned in a team high 85 yards and one score. Great close game but without quite the fireworks we were used to seeing from the Cincy passing game.


The weekend saw three of the four undefeated teams get beaten and the Packers light it up for their first win of the year. The best game happened when two of the great teams from 2004 met in Atlanta.

New England 31, Atlanta 28

This was bound to be a great game played in Atlanta between the Patriots and Falcons but it was made even more interesting after New England suffered several injuries on both sides of the ball and had apparently fallen apart against the Chargers in week 4. The Falcons were flying high the last couple of weeks with solid wins against the Bills and Vikings and had apparently caught a break in hosting the Pats that had lost several players. But the Falcons ended up without one of theirs as well - Michael Vick.

The game went down to the final 20 seconds when Vinatieri kicked the winning field goal. The End.

Let this be a lesson to you. Wash your hands often, be careful when in the company of others not to share germs and drink plenty of fluids. Get enough rest as well. I say this all because we are entering the cold and flu season and evidently I have either a stomach flu bug or I somehow am hosting an alien inside me that is testing all exits before leaving. Enough said. ... oh man... not again... gotta go - apologies to all...

Oh yeah.

Now get back to work...