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Tunnel Vision - Week 10
David Dorey
November 5, 2007
Sunday Salutes
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Drew Brees 445 3
Tony Romo 324 3
Quinn Gray 354 2
Running Backs Yards TD
Adrian Peterson 305 3
Jamal Lewis 101 4
Joseph Addai 226 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Lee Evans 165 1
Terrell Owens 174 1
Randy Moss 145 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Tony Gonzalez 109 1
Kellen Winslow 125 0
Jason Witten 77 1
Placekickers XP FG
Mason Crosby 3 4
Shaun Suisham 0 5
Rian Lindell 3 4
Defense/Special Teams TDs Sacks TOs
Detroit 2 5 4
Green Bay 1 5 2
Tennessee 0 7 2

Week 9 Bumps, Bruises & Bow-outs

This was hurt the quarterback week but losing either of the Johnson's are going to hurt a lot of fantasy teams.

Jay Cutler (DEN) - Leg injury
Quinn Gray (JAC) - Ankle sprain
Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) - Concussion
Larry Johnson (KC) - Leg/ankle injury
David Carr (CAR) - Unspecified injury
Chad Johnson (CIN) - Neck injury / hospitalized
Jerious Norwood (ATL) - Ankle sprain
Anthony Gonzalez (IND) - Finger injury

So that's why we wait until the 7th round

The tight ends have been enjoying reasonable success this year but week nine hit the position hard since only five tight ends turned in a touchdown of the 28 teams playing - a season low. And two of those were split between Tony Curtis (not the singer, the Dallas Cowboy) and of course Joe Kowalewski of the Jets. When Antonio Gates only has 10 yards in an entire game, safe to say it was a down week for tight ends.

Just another way to put down the Bears

The longest play in the history of the NFL was 108 yards held by both Nathan Vasher and Devin Hester of the Bears on returned field goal attempts and was also turned in by Ellis Hobbs on a kickoff return. At the end of the first half, the Vikings opted to try a 57-yard field goal which landed nine yards deep in the endzone. Actually, it went a bit deeper than that because Antonio Cromartie was waiting and he almost fell out of the back of the endzone trying to catch it. And he did not stop running for 109 history making yards. Sure the Chargers lost, but at least Cromartie is still smiling.

Allow me to be the first

So, you lucky dog! I hate you! You get the first pick of the 2008 fantasy draft! Who's it going to be? Brady or Peterson?

Next summer will break the Manning/Tomlinson grip on that first pick in the drafts and the second question now becomes -exactly where do you take Manning and Tomlinson next year?

We lost our Edge, we lost our game but at least we gained a record

Joseph Addai almost led the Colts to victory against the Patriots with the first ever double in franchise history - he rushed for over 100 yards ( 112) and had over 100 receiving yards (114). This was actually more than Edgerrin James had on Sunday since he only gained 15 yards in Tampa Bay.

And the sun sets in the west

Maybe it is not the first time, but how often does the AFC West and the NFC West manage to have all eight teams lose in the same week? There's nary a winning record in either division and every team in those divisions are no worse than two games out of the division lead except for the Rams of course. They didn't actually lose this week but at 0-8, it's plenty close enough.

Huddle Player of the Week

Adrian Peterson (MIN) - No questions here. Not only is Peterson the very distant leader for Offensive Rookie of the Year, he comes off a game against the Chargers where he rushed for 296 yards - more than anyone else in NFL history. He scored three touchdowns and even had a catch for 19 yards. He now leads the NFL with 1036 rushing yards on 158 carries for an average of 6.6 yards per carry. He's not only the best part of the Vikings offense, he is nearly the only part of the offense that works. He is, my good friend, the next LT.

Oh, and this just in - Peterson is on a pace to gain 2072 rushing yards this year. And yeah, the Chargers would have laughed at the thought last week.

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

Comedy Lineup Yards TDs Tragedy Lineup Yards TDs
QB Quinn Gray 354 2 QB Kurt Warner 172 0
RB Justin Fargas 119 1 RB Rudi Johnson 17 0
RB Maurice Hicks 52 1 RB Travis Henry 44 0
WR Reggie Williams 128 1 WR Steve Smith 15 0
WR Greg Jennings 85 2 WR Roy Williams 36 0
WR Drew Carter 56 1 WR Anquan Boldin 40 0
PK Shaun Suisham 5 FG PK Jason Elam 1 XP

Huddle Fantasy Points = 126

Huddle Fantasy Points = 20

Sunday's Couch Commentary

ARI 10, TB 17
Just another standard Buccaneers home game where Jeff Garcia throws for 196 yards and one score with most of that going to Joey Galloway. Ike Hilliard did chip in 70 yards on seven catches while Earnest Graham rumbled for 134 yards and one score on 34 carries while Michael Bennett was limited to only 12 yards on five catches. The Cardinals offense never got out of first gear with Warner completing only 10 of 30 passes for 172 yards and two interceptions while Edgerrin James gained only 15 yards on nine carries but scored the only Cardinals touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald had a 47-yard catch and ended with 95 yards on four receptions but Anquan Boldin only turned in three catches for 40 yards. Now the 3-5 Cardinals head home to face the resurgent Lions while the 5-4 Buccaneers head to their bye week with a half game lead for the NFC South.
CAR 7, TEN 20
Ends up that David Carr is not really 1:1 with Jake Delhomme. Carr only threw for 107 yards and one score against the Titans and primarily used Drew Carter (3-56, 1 TD). Steve Smith has become nearly invisible with his second consecutive game under 20 receiving yards. DeShaun Foster gained 63 yards on 17 rushes and overall the Panthers offense needs improvement to reach "inept". The Titans had no major offensive explosion here though LenDale White ran for 100 yards and a score on 31 carries and Vince Young also ran in a score but only gained 25 rushing yards to add to his 110 passing yards. The 4-4 Panthers are sliding backwards now and head to Atlanta where they should have a shot at winning. The 6-2 Titans are now only one game behind the Colts and host the Jaguars this week.
WAS 23, NYJ 20
This was a game of the week contender. The good news is that the Jets are losing game by much smaller margins lately but even the change to Kellen Clemens was not enough to make enough difference. Without Coles in the lineup, Jerricho Cotchery lead the receivers with five catches for 90 yards but no other player had more than 42 yards in the game and Thomas Jones only ran 13 times and gained 49 yards. Leon Washington opened the game with a 86-yard kick return to make the game closer. The Skins had a huge game from Clinton Portis who gained a season high 196 yards on 36 carries and scored once while even Ladell Betts gained 64 yards on nine carries. That left Jason Campbell to only throw for 142 yards which was low even for him. It was a close game but no big surprise in how it ended and there were only two offensive touchdowns in the game. Now the 5-3 Redskins host the Eagles this week while the 1-8 Jets go to their bye week and count the days until week 13 when they face the Dolphins again. This was the third time this year that the Jets have blown a double digit lead and lost the game.
JAC 24, NO 41
The Saints went against one of the best defenses in the league and all Drew Brees could do was pass for 445 yards and three scores. He completed 35 of 49 passes and had no turnovers and was sacked only once. Marques Colston caught 10 passes for 159 while David Patten scored once on his four receptions for 81 yards. This was also Reggie Bush's game with 72 rushing yards and a touchdown and seven catches for 43 yards and another score. The Saints offense was clicking every bit as well as last year and at times was virtually unstoppable. The Jags had Quinn Gray throw for 354 yards and two scores (a career mark and I am not even going to bother looking that one up) thanks in part to Reggie Williams turning a sideline catch into an 80-yard score. Williams had six receptions for 128 yards and will be snatched up from your waiver wire this week. If you miss him, just give it a week and he will be available again. The loss drops the Jaguars to 5-3 behind the Titans and Colts and this week they travel to Tennessee. The 4-4 Saints are on a four game winning streak and just a half game out of the NFC South lead. They host the Rams this week which will draw them into a tie since Tampa Bay is on bye.
SD 17, MIN 35
This would be a slam dunk for game of the week if only it was a bit closer. Now Tomlinson can experience what he has done to opponents for years since he say by and only gained 40 yards on 16 carries with one score and watched the new version of himself in Adrian Peterson who literally took over this game with an NFL record 296 rushing yards and three touchdowns. They gave Chester Taylor nine carries which he turned into 60 yards and a score and since Tarvaris Jackson was knocked out of the game, Brooks Bollinger threw a 40-yard touchdown to Sidney Rice as well. But make no mistake - this game was 100% about watching Adrian Peterson canny the ball 30 times into NFL history. Rivers only managed 197 passing yards and one interception which mainly benefited Chris Chambers (5-59) since Antonio Gates had a jaw-dropping one catch for 10 yards. That's all. Even Tomlinson had six catches for 37 yards and even the rookie Legedu Naanee gained 39 yards on his first ever two catches in the NFL. And no, he was completely unknown until yesterday. The only highlight for the Chargers came on the 109 yard failed field goal return by Cromartie. Now the 4-4 Chargers are still tied for the AFC West lead with the Chiefs because every team in the division lost on Sunday. The Chargers return home to host the Colts which will not help. The 3-5 Vikings play in Green Bay this week.
GB 33, KC 22
Brett Favre has now beaten every NFL team at least once and on Sunday recorded his 40th career fourth-quarter comeback after ripping off 17 points in the final three minutes of the game thanks to a 60-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings and a Charles Woodson interception return for a score with a minute left. Favre ended with 360 yards and two scores with two interceptions which mostly went to Donald Driver (5-99) and Greg "just TD's really" Jennings who had three catches for 85 yards and two scores. That Ryan Grant free agent move netted you 92 total yards as well. The Chiefs had Huard throwing for 213 yards and two scores but with two interceptions that proved all too costly. Larry Johnson only gained 53 yards on 19 carries with one score before injuring his ankle and letting Priest Holmes gain eight yards on three runs. The injury to LJ looked more significant than just a "be back next week". That makes Priest Holmes your new waiver wire darling sure to disappoint. Tony Gonzalez had 109 yards and one score on ten catches but no wideout had more than 22 yards and Dwayne Bowe was blanked. The loss leaves the 4-4 Chiefs still tied for the AFC West with the Chargers and they host the Broncos this week. The 7-1 Packers will host Adrian Peterson and 52 other guys in purple jerseys.
DEN 7, DET 44
What a wonderful symbol of how things change in the NFL. When 340 pound nose tackle Shaun Rogers can return an interception 66-yards for a score, you know the game is really going well. The Broncos were swamped and trod upon for the entire game by the Detroit defense. Yes, that once most-maligned unit that was the folly of the league just scored two touchdowns and held the Broncos to 50 total rushing yards. They knocked out Jay Cutler to start the game and then held Patrick Ramsey to 29 of 46 for 262 yards and one score with one interception. They also recovered three lost fumbles. Brandon Marshall ended with 96 yards on nine catches and Tony Scheffler had 46 yards on six receptions but no other Denver player was notable other than the touchdown catch by Brandon Stokley (4-32). Kitna tossed two scores and had 252 passing yards that were spread out among all receivers. Shaun McDonald was the leader with 78 yards on five catches because he scored on a 49-yard catch. Get this - Kitna was only sacked once. In the whole game. He usually is sacked once per offensive series. Kevin Jones did not have the monster game many expected but still had a respectable 71 yards on 17 carries while T.J. Duckett gained 48 yards on five runs with one touchdown. This was a big-time beat down that sends the 3-5 Broncos reeling to Kansas City this week while the 6-2 Lions (yeah, I know, "unreal") heads to Arizona.
CIN 21, BUF 33
Insult and injury. The Bengals lose their sixth game of the year and potentially Chad Johnson for a while. Carson Palmer had 271 yards and two scores in the game (yes, of course one went to Houshmandzadeh) but the best receiver was Kenny Watson with seven catches for 90 yards and Chad only had three catches for 48 yards. Even Houshmandzadeh had just 45 yards on four catches. Palmer used 11 different receivers in the game and eight of them had 24 yards or less. Rudi Johnson returned to only gain 11 yards on nine rushes and the Bengals as a team only produced a paltry 28 rushing yards on 17 carries. The Bengals defense is so bad that the Bills went to town with the only two players that they have. Marshawn Lynch recorded his first ever 100 yard game when he carried 29 times for 153 yards and one score while Lee Evans snagged nine catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. That's 35 more yards that the rest of the Bills combined. The beauty of this game too was that Lynch not only had his first 100 yard game, he also had his first touchdown pass. That lets the 4-4 Bills head to Miami this week where a winning record is well within reach while the 2-6 Bengals remain on the road and go to Baltimore.
SF 16, ATL 20
This was an excellent game to have on if you needed to get a lot of work done around the house. There just wasn't all that much to watch. Alex Smith tossed three interceptions and had just 149 rushing yards while Frank Gore took the week off and let Michael Robinson gain 67 yards on 17 carries though Maurice Hicks had the rushing score during his seven carries for 49 yards. The only nice feature of the game was that Vernon Davis had seven receptions for 77 yards and is starting to become that primary receiver they dreamed of when they drafted him last year. Of course there is hardly anything else on the team that can compete anyway, but at least Davis is showing progress. Joey Harrington scored the 49ers for 138 passing yards and one interception and Warrick Dunn's 100 yards on 27 carries with one score was about the only positive for the Falcons. Jerious Norwood ran better, of course, with six carries for 39 yards but injured his ankle. This game was like the NFL version of prozac. The 2-6 49ers now head to Seattle where they can extend their streak to seven consecutive losses and the 2-6 Falcons head to Carolina but do not care what happens there because, hey, they just won a game.
HOU 24, OAK 17
Boy, that switch back to Josh McCown really paid big dividends. He completed only 13 of 28 passes for 158 yards, one score and three interceptions. The Raiders have officially ripped the baton out of the hands of Lamont Jordan ( 4-10) an given it to Justin Fargas (23-104, 1 TD) who incidentally does much more with it. Tim Dwight is the newest member of the team so he did not know enough to drop the end zone pass and accidentally scored. The Texans got rushing scores from Ahman Green (8-28) and Ron Dayne (21-122) and that crafty free agent pick last week of Adimchinobe Echemandu only netted you six yards on two carries. Andre Davis had the lone receiving score in the game only only caught two passes for 41 yards while Ahman Green led all receivers because he started the game out with a 53-yard reception. The loss to the 2-6 Raiders cements the need to roll out Jamarcus Russell and they host the Bears this week. The 4-5 Texans head to their bye week where they hope to heal up and roll out a different offense than the one this week. If Andre Johnson does not play in week 11, expect some fantasy owners to swing through Houston on their way back from deer hunting.
NE 24, IND 20
This should be the game of the week if only because everyone watched it and it was a very good game. But since it failed to reach the hoped for 122-114 score, it remains just another game. The Colts got a great effort from Joseph Addai who ran for 112 yards on 26 carries and was also the lead receiver with five catches for 114 yards and a score. That dwarfed what any other Colts player did. Manning only had 225 yards and one score and his final drive fumble sealed the loss. Reggie Wayne had 62 yards on five receptions but no other player had more than 15 yards including Dallas Clark. With Harrison a scratch and Anthony Gonzalez out much of the game, Manning had a shortage of big time receivers kind of like what Brady had the last three times they lost to the Colts. Brady came up with 255 yards and three scores which happened almost entirely in the second half. Randy Moss (9-145, 1 TD) proved a deadly difference though Wes Welker (5-38) and Kevin Faulk (3-20) both had critical late game scores. Laurence Maroney gained 59 yards on 15 carries and apparently the Pats have no big need to replace Sammy Morris. They are now 9-0 on the season and head into their bye week where they will spend the next 14 days trying to read all the good things being said about them. The 7-1 Colts head to San Diego this week and try to get back on track against a team still cowering in the corner from Adrian Peterson.
DAL 38, PHI 17
Nice cool down from an exciting week. The game was nowhere near as close as the score may indicate since the Cowboys led 35-10 entering the fourth quarter. The $67 million man threw for 324 yards and three scores which mostly went to Terrell Owens (10-174, 1 TD) so he could thumb his nose at the stands for the first time. Witten only had three catches but gained 77 yards and one score including a 53-yard catch and run that mostly occurred without a helmet on. Julius Jones ran 13 times for 57 yards and one score that could have gone to Marion Barber (16-56) but he scored his own anyway. Donovan McNabb had 264 passing yards with one score and two interceptions and did nothing to quiet his critics. The Eagles are officially nothing more than Brian Westbrook in tough games since he ran for 65 yards on 15 carries with one score and caught a career-high 14 passes for 90 yards. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-5 on the season and even the announcers were looking at Kevin Kolb like he was the new hottie in the classroom. The Eagles head to Washington this week while the 7-1 Cowboys hit the road to New York to face the resurgent Giants.

Game-O-The-Week

This was a great week with many monster games turned in by fantasy stars. Now the Patriots stand alone undefeated but they look a little more mortal than they did last week. The Lions are getting hard to play off as not that good and the Packers appear to be riding first class on the train of destiny. The AFC West has become the AFC Worst and the NFC East is now the NFC Beast. The Rams and Fins have been at home this week wondering if they will ever win a game and the loss of Larry Johnson to injury means that of the top 12 running backs drafted this summer, only Tomlinson, Parker and Alexander have played in every game (though people use their fingers to describe "played" when describing Alexander). This has been a year of not only injuries, but much transition in the league as to who is good and who is not. This week's Game of the Week pays homage to that change:

Seattle 30, Cleveland 33

The Seahawks served notice that they were still one of the teams to beat by heading into halftime in Cleveland already ahead 21-9.

Derek Anderson only had 148 passing yards with no scores though Jamal Lewis had somehow scored once while running for a whole nine yards on seven carries. Matt Hasselbeck had already thrown for 174 yards and two scores and Nate Burleson returned a punt for a touchdown. All that progress made by the Browns this year seemed gone while the Seahawks were getting ready to cruise to a win. Granted, Shaun Alexander only had 24 yards on 11 carries by then but hey - it was more than Jamal Lewis had other than that one touchdown.

The opening drive for the Browns had them drive the field until Kellen Winslow was tackled at the SEA 1-yard line. It took two tries, but Lewis punched it in for his second score. and 21-16 was a game again.

But Seattle reached the CLE 21-yard line before they settled for a field goal to go up 24-16. Both teams had "three and outs" and the Browns took over on their own 46-yard line by the time they were two minutes into the fourth quarter, they reached the SEA 2-yard line with a 13-yard pass to Kellen Winslow.. Lewis only needed one play to punch it in for an amazing third touchdown. The two point conversion was no good so the score stood at 22-24 in favor of a worried Seattle.

The next drive had the Seahawks reach the Cleveland 14-yard line but without a score or a first down, they kicked another field goal to give them some breathing room and make the score 22-27 with eight minutes left to play. The Browns took over at their own 11-yard line and Anderson dinked and dunked his way down the field until he hit Winslow with a 15 yard pass - to the SEA 1-yard line again. One play and Lewis scored his fourth touchdown in the game and the Browns had their first lead of the game. The two point conversion made it 30-27 in favor of the Browns with 2:21 left to play.

But that was a lot of time to leave Hasselbeck facing the Browns secondary. Too much. With 24 seconds left to play, he had reached the CLE 15-yard line. His first pass - incomplete. They thinking better of throwing the ball, they ran Maurice Morris for a 14 yard gain and spiked the ball with two seconds left to kick the game tying field goal.

Seattle won the toss and started at their own 30-yard line in overtime. On the first play, Engram caught a 17 yard pass to reach the 47-yard line and then hit him again for just two yards. Then an incomplete to Burleson. Then Hasselbeck takes off for a seven yard gain and on fourth down and one yard to go from the CLE 44-yard line, Seattle goes for it. On a roll and against the worst defense in all the land, they hand off to Shaun Alexander Maurice Morris who was stuffed by the worst defense in the land. Browns ball.

After a one-yard completion to Vickers, Anderson throws a 34 yard completion to... what?... WHO?... Jamal Lewis?!?!?! A couple of runs later the Browns trot out Phil Dawson for a 25-yard game winning field goal.

The final tally from the game - Hasselbeck had 318 yards and two scores while Derek Anderson threw for 364 yards and no scores. Maurice Morris gained 55 yards on nine carries while Shaun Alexander still gets paid for his 14 carries for 32 yards. Bobby Engram had 14 catches for 139 yards and a score and even D.J. Hackett's return provided 58 yards and a score. But Kellen Winslow had 11 catches for 125 yards including three different catches that ended at the one or two yard line for Jamal Lewis to score a touchdown. Lewis only gained 37 yards on 20 carries for an average of just 1.8 yards per carry but he had FOUR touchdowns.

Yes, you just never know what is going to happen and even if you did, you could never be sure how it was going to happen. As crazy as it has been this year, the season is only half over and even in most fantasy leagues there are still four games left to play before the playoffs. Wonder how many injuries, surprises and Jamal Lewis touchdowns will happen by then?

Now get back to work...

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