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Tunnel Vision - Week 13
David Dorey
November 26, 2007
Sunday Salutes
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Kurt Warner 484 2
Drew Brees 260 4
Brett Favre 381 3
Running Backs Yards TD
Frank Gore 214 2
Kolby Smith 152 2
Andre Hall 167 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Chad Hall 103 3
Larry Fitzgerald 156 2
Greg Lewis 88 2
Tight Ends Yards TD
Antonio Gates 105 2
Kellen Winslow 107 1
Chris Cooley 96 1
Placekickers XP FG
Josh Scobee 3 5
Nate Kaeding 2 4
Jason Hanson 2 4
Defense/Special Teams TDs Sacks TOs
Minnesota 3 3 4
49ers 1 2 2
Chicago 2 2 2

Week 12 Bumps, Bruises & Bow-outs

Nothing too major other than Benson appeared to have a nasty sprain and Hackett exited stage left yet again.

Marc Bulger (STL) - Concussion
Antwaan Randle El (WAS) - Hamstring
Jeff Garcia (TB) - Unspecified injury
D.J. Hackett (SEA) - Re-injured ankle. Yeah, that ankle.
Cedric Benson (CHI) - Ankle injury

Secret Free Agent Man

Here we are after week 12 of the NFL season, preparing to reach our fantasy playoffs using all those glorious draft picks we made in August. Now this year has been a major aberration in many ways due ton injuries, but who could have foreseen what would transpire with all those running back picks?

Consider that the top eight fantasy running backs this week were led by Kolby Smith and Justin Fargas who were likely not drafted and if they were, chances are they no longer were still with their original team. Let's also throw in Ryan Grant and Andre Hall as top eight runners and that waiver wire has never been more fruitful for your backfield than this year.

If nothing else, it has been a good reason to be sitting at your desk at work, coffee mug filled and ready for the opening of free agency each week.

Gonna stop him? No... okay... gonna stop him? No... okay..

This year has not only been a pass happy season, it has been about using the same guy over and over if the defense does not adjust. Wes Welker has become a de facto running back for New England who gets his hand offs a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage via a pass and he is hardly alone. In 2006, there had only been 21 times by week 12 that a player had caught ten or more passes. In 2007, were are already up to 33 players. And while there was only once when a player had turned in more than 12 catches last year (13 by Steven Jackson), there have already been five such games this year and three of those were with 14 catches.

Now will you change to reception points? Okay, besides the Brady owner?

Well, I didn't have my "X" ready yet but okay

The Patriots have already clinched the AFC East with five games left to play. That means if they acted like the rest of the AFC East for the rest of the season, they would still win the division. But it is getting more interesting and convoluted - not less.

AFC

East - Pats may be a bit sheepish after Monday night, but they have the #1 seed short of something catastrophic.
North - The Steelers must win on Monday night to avoid a 7-4 tie with the Browns.
South - Indy has a 1 game lead over the 8-3 Jags and host them this week. Titans are 6-5 and fading fast with a 3 loss streak.
West - Chargers take a one game lead over the Broncos thanks to the Chicago loss and Chiefs are only two games back and fading faster than the Titans are.

Probable Division winners: NE, PIT, IND and SD
Probable wildcard winners: CLE, JAX and no one else looks likely

NFC

East - Dallas wins this since the 7-4 Giants are three games back and were swept.
North - Packers win this and rather easily really
South - Tampa Bay has a two game lead on 5-6 Saints and likely will hold on. This week is in NO though.
West - Seattle has a two game lead over 5-6 Cards.

Probable Division winners: DAL, GB, TB, SEA
Possible wildcard winners: NYG and seriously everyone but STL, SF, ATL and CAR. What a mess. Seven teams are 5-6 or 6-5 and in the end, it doesn't really matter other than saving a coaches job and getting one more game from the season ticket holders.

Huddle Player of the Week

Frank Gore - Stumbling through a terrible season on a team that has very little offense outside of himself, Gore once again struggled to play with a sprained ankle that he did, of course, sprain again, and yet the warrior that he is continued to play and ended with match-up against the Cardinals with 116 yards on 21 carries with two rushing scores and a mere 11 catches for 98 yards. He accounted for 214 of the 374 net yards by the 49ers and his 35-yard run late in the fourth quarter gave the 49ers a lead. He simply was the 49ers offense and has been struggling with a sore ankle for weeks now.

Salute!

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

Comedy Lineup Yards TDs Tragedy Lineup Yards TDs
QB Trent DIlfer 256 2 QB Marc Bulger 32 0
RB Kolby Smith 152 2 RB Reggie Bush 62 0
RB Andre Hall 167 1 RB DeShaun Foster 11 0
WR Sidney Rice 82 1 WR Lee Evans 19 0
WR Justin Gage 98 0 WR Joey Galloway 21 0
WR Greg Lewis 88 2 WR Andre Johnson 37 0
PK Josh Scobee 3 XP 5 FG PK Matt Stover 2 XP

Huddle Fantasy Points = 148

Huddle Fantasy Points = 16

Sunday's Couch Commentary

IND 31, ATL 13
Finally we get a patented Colts beatdown with Peyton Manning throwing for 272 yards and three scores against the Falcons who spent most of the game doing the Curley whoop-whoop-whoop while running in circles on the ground. Addai hurt his neck and only ended with ten carries for 44 yards but scored once and more importantly, he returned to the game to show he was still okay. Kenton Keith ran for 74 yards on 17 carries that benefited no one in the fantasy football world. While Reggie Wayne (5-66) scored his traditional touchdown, the rookie Anthony Gonzalez had his career first game over the century mark when he snagged six passes for 105 yards. Even Dallas Clark was back to form with 49 yards and a score on five receptions. The Falcons relied on Joey Harrington to throw for 155 yards and one score with two interceptions which does nothing to keep Byron Leftwich off Bobby Petrino's mind. Even Roddy White had 104 yards and a score which was far more than all other Atlanta receivers combined managed. Warrick Dunn gained 70 yards on 17 carries while Jerious Norwood of course looked better but was limited to only six carries for a more productive 33 yards. It is high time for Norwood to apologize to Petrino for whatever it was he did or said before the season started. Now the 9-2 Colts head into a big game at home against the Jaguars while the 3-8 Falcons head to St. Louis.
NYJ 3, DAL 34
This was the expected beatdown of a Jets squad on the road without Laveranues Coles. Kellen Clemens only managed to complete 12 of 27 passes for 142 yards and one interception and Thomas Jones ran for just 40 yards on 17 carries. They could have just played this game out on Madden 2007 and saved all the jet fuel. Tony Romo threw for 195 yards and two scores which included a late game touchdown for Terrell Owens just so he wouldn't be pouting this week during practice and Jason Witten caught the other on his four catches for 54 yards. This was mainly a thrashing that had the Cowboys leading 21-3 at halftime and surprisingly they just ran out the clock in the second half. That allowed Marion Barber to pick up 103 yards on 18 carries with one score and even Julius Jones rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries. This was a great #2 game for Thanksgiving since it had nothing in it to cause an upset stomach unless you really hated the Cowboys. But hey - what'dya expect anyway? The win sets up the 10-1 Cowboys for their big home game against the Packers this week and the 2-9 Jets head to Miami where they hope not to become "it".
GB 37, DET 26
A marvelous mini-shootout of sorts for the Turkey Day game #1. Brett Favre moved ever closer to his passing yard record with 381 yards and three scores. Ryan Grant turned in yet another good game with 101 yards and a score while Donald Driver also crossed the century mark with 147 yards on ten receptions. There is evidently no stopping Greg Jennings who had five catches for 60 yards and two scores while James Jones turned in 75 yards on five catches. The Lions did not start moving the ball well until towards the end of the game thanks to a prevent defense thrown up by the Packers and Jon Kitna only ended with 224 yards and one score. The change in this game was the focus on getting the ball to Calvin Johnson who led all Lions receivers with a career best seven catches for 83 yards and one score. He had twice as many passes thrown to him as did Roy Williams (3-32). Kevin Jones ran surprisingly well after his two previously games barely had positive yardage and gained 93 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Now the 10-1 Packers head to Dallas and the game of the week while the 6-5 Lions head to Minnesota claiming that Kitna meant to say eight wins this year.... not ten.
HOU 17, CLE 27
The Browns continue to impress with a solid win over the Texans. Derek Anderson turned in 253 yards and two scores while Jamal Lewis rumbled for 134 yards and a score on 29 carries that happened mostly in the second half. Kellen Winslow not only had ten catches for 107 yards, but he also managed to score a touchdown instead of going out on the one yard line. Braylon Edwards also scored but was held to just four catches for 57 yards. Matt Schaub threw for 256 yards and two scores but had two interceptions as well which played big in this contest. Ron Dayne only had 16 carries but gained 78 yards while Andre Johnson had his first bad game of the year with only 37 yards on three catches. Owen Daniels ended up as the best Texans receiver with 82 yards on seven receptions and a score and Kevin Walter turned six catches into 65 yards and the other touchdown. Nothing surprising here other than the performance of the Browns cornerbacks stifling Andre Johnson so well. Now the 5-5 Texans head to Tennessee while the 6-4 Browns travel to Arizona.
TEN 6, CIN 35
Most teams have at least one garbage game each season where they do not really show up and get blown out and this was such for the Titans. Vince Young threw for 246 yards and no scores which mostly benefited Justin Gage (4-98) while the Titans could never mount much of a rushing game since they trailed from the start of the game. Lendale White only gained 27 yards on eight carries and Chris Brown also had eight runs for only 278 yards. But the Bengals enjoyed their best game of the year with Carson Palmer throwing for 283 yards and three scores that all went to Chad Johnson (12-103). T.J. Houshmandzadeh settled for seven catches for 66 yards which happens whenever Chad is given free reign. Rudi Johnson ran for 88 yards and one score and the Bengals turned to DeDe Dorsey for five runs that covered 42 yards. Add in Kenny Watson rushing four times for 17 yards and a touchdown and also catching five passes for 32 yards and the Bengals backfield now is a three-headed monster. The win lifts the Bengals to 3-7 on the year and they head to Pittsburgh this week where three running backs may not be enough. The 6-4 Titans return home to face the Texans.
MIN 41, NYG 17
Nothing like the weekly head-scratching game. This game was about how well the Vikings defense played, or how poorly Eli Manning played depending on which side of the stadium you were sitting. Manning did pass for 273 yards and a score but tossed four interceptions (not all his fault but mostly). Three of the four were returned for touchdowns of 20, 37 and 93 yards which alone was the kill shot in this contest. But Sidney Rice opened the game with a 60 yard touchdown catch which made up half of Tarvaris Jackson's passing yardage in the game. Chester Taylor ran 31 times for 77 yards and one score but otherwise, the Vikings were better off just giving the ball to Manning who would then score touchdowns for the Vikes. The Vikings had never had three interception returns for a score in franchise history and it only has happened ten times ever in the NFL. Jackson only had 129 passing yards but Manning threw for 159 yards to Vikings defenders for three scores. Makes it hard to win that way, really. Reuben Droughns ran for 46 yards on 15 carries and one score to replace the oft-injured Brandon Jacobs and the only other notable was that Plaxico Burress had 93 yards on seven receptions and one score that came in a very meaningless fourth quarter. Now the 5-6 Vikings return home to play the Lions while the 7-4 Giants head to Chicago wondering what the heck just happened.
SEA 24, STL 19
The Seahawks struggled to beat the Rams despite knocking Marc Bulger from the game with a concussion. Steven Jackson gained 90 yards on 23 carries and scored once while Frerotte passes for 161 yards and one score to Isaac Bruce (6-63). Torry Holt was held to five catches for 54 yards and no score. Matt Hasselbeck passed for 249 yards and a score which went to Deion Branch (5-92) because D.J. Hackett re-injured the same ankle that already has robbed him of most of this season. Bobby Engram turned in seven catches for 70 yards. Maurice Morris gained 79 yards on 16 carries thanks mostly to gaining 46 yards on one run and Leonard Weaver stole the rushing score from Morris. The Rams led 19-7 at halftime but then were outscored 17-0 in the second half. The loss drops the Rams to 2-9 and they host the Falcons this week so chin up Rams fans! The 7-4 Seahawks travel to Philly this week.
WAS 13, TB 19
A suitably boring game just like the Buccaneers like it. This was a very close game that could have gone either way had Jason Campbell not thrown two interceptions deep in Tampa Bay territory to end the game. He passes for 301 yards and one score that went to Chris Cooley (6-96) because he is the only Redskins allowed to score a touchdown. Keenan McCardell came up with six catches for 60 yards mostly while subbing for Antwaan Randle El who injured his hamstring. Clinton Portis on the road only gained 68 yards on 20 carries and was never a factor other than losing two of the four fumbles by the Redskins. Those six turnovers allowed the Bucs to win with Bruce Gradkowski's 106 passing yards and Earnest Graham only gaining 75 yards on 21 carriers with one touchdown. It was a defensive game that was pretty boring - just like the Bucs drew it up. Now the 5-6 Redskins are forced to concede mediocrity and head home to face the Bills while the 7-4 Buccaneers head to New Orleans.
BUF 14, JAC 36
The Jags rolled up an easy win over the Bills who tried to pretend that Anthony Thomas was as good as Marshawn Lynch. Thomas only gained 46 yards on 15 carries but had eight catches for 45 yards and a score JUST LIKE THEY SHOULD DO WITH LYNCH. How the A-Train can be used as a receiver but not Lynch will never be understood. J.P. Losman had 211 passing yards and one score but two interceptions and Lee Evans once again is invisible with only two catches for 19 yards. David Garrard had a solid game with 296 yards and one score while Fred Taylor ran for 104 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 50-yard jaunt. Maurice Jones-Drew could do nothing as a runner when he had ten carries for ten yards and a touchdown that came on a ten yard run. The only notable for the Jaguars receiver was Reggie Williams, as always, catching only one pass that went for a 59-yard touchdown. The win sends the 8-3 Jaguars to Indianapolis this week for a very big game where a Jags win would tie them with the Colts for AFC South lead. The 5-6 Bills head to Washington this week.
OAK 20, KC 17
This was an early contender for game of the week not so much because of the score but because both teams had different starting quarterbacks and running backs from the first of the season. Neither Daunte Culpepper (170 yards) nor Brodie Croyle (145, 1 int.) made much difference but the game was taken over by Justin Fargas and Kolby Smith. Fargas vs. Smith??? Were either players even on any rosters before a few weeks ago? The rookie Smith had his first start and blew through the Raiders defense for 150 yards on 31 carries with two scores. Pretty much everything we have come to expect from Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson in the past only now it was Kolby Smith who was started in many leagues because owners had run out of options besides a little used, under whelming rookie who got the start because the Chiefs just literally ran out of running backs. Fargas had a big game as well, gaining 139 yards on 22 carries and scoring once and even Lamont Jordan had a touchdown on his paltry three carries for four yards just to stick it to you for being amused you own Fargas instead of the Jordan owner. Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with 63 yards on four catches while Porter's 75 yards on three receptions was tops for the Raiders. The win catapults the Raiders to a 3-8 record and they now return home to face the pissed off Broncos. The 4-7 Chiefs have fallen even farther than reason says could win the AFC West and return home to host the Chargers.
BAL 14, SD 32
The Chargers had little trouble dispatching the Ravens with Philip Rivers throwing for 249 yards and three scores that went to the two main receivers - Antonio Gates (6-105, 2 TD) and Chris Chambers (5-22, 1 TD). LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for only 77 yards on 24 carries but added six receptions for 45 yards. The was plenty to take down the Ravens who only had Kyle Boller passing for 191 yards and one score and Willis McGahee ran for 59 yards on 17 carries with the other touchdown. Derrick Mason returned to form with seven catches for 99 yards but the score went to fullback Le'Ron McCain on his only catch in the NFL. No wonder they didn't think to cover him. Now the 4-6 Ravens head to their next spanking when the Patriots come to town and the 5-5 Chargers head to Kansas City.
NO 31, CAR 6
About all you need to know here is that Steve Smith was the leading rusher for the Panthers. He gained 22 yards on one run which was more than all other rushers combined for Carolina. The pathetic play at home continues and let's be serious, you could not sell a Carolina season ticket if it was attached to Heidi Klum. The Panthers settled for a total of 161 passing yards using the duo of David Carr and Matt Moore who combined for only three interceptions. Steve Smith did have six catches for 47 yards so at least he had marginal fantasy value in points per reception leagues. Drew Brees was sharp throwing for 260 yards and three scores and running in a fourth while the rushing attack never got on track with Reggie Bush held to only 32 yards on nine carries though he did have nine receptions for 32 yards - back to that points per reception league saving grace. Marques Colston caught seven passes for 93 yards and one score. The Panthers without Delhomme or Testaverde are completely clueless how to move the ball. The question is where does David Carr end up next year? The Saints rise to 5-6 and host the Buccaneers on Sunday while the Panthers host the 49ers who evidently are not ready to roll over quite yet.
PHI 28, NE 31
This was almost game of the week. It was almost game of the season. The Eagles were 22 point underdogs on Sunday night and playing without Donovan McNabb but took it to the Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Since the game opened with an interception return by the Pats, the Eagles can at last claim to have scored more offensive points than the Patriots did. A.J. Feeley was outstanding by completing 27 of 42 for 345 yards and three scores though he had three costly interceptions. But hey - he was in the lion's den and constantly kicking dirt in their faces. Greg Lewis ended with 88 yards on four catches and two touchdowns while Reggie Brown turned in the third score. Brian Westbrook only gained 52 yards on 17 carries but scored a touchdown and had seven receptions for 40 yards. By comparison, Tom Brady threw for 380 yards but only one score and Laurence Maroney was inadvertently locked in an equipment box until the second half when he ran for 31 yards on ten carries with one score. In true Pats fashion, Heath Evans had one run for a one-yard touchdown. Wes Welker caught 13 passes for 149 yards and the lone passing score went to Jabar Gaffney (6-87). Randy Moss was held to just 43 yards on five receptions. The game was basically everything that a Patriots game usually is not. It was a trap game almost but the Pats eked out a win. Amazing really and major kudos to the Eagles who put up a better fight than any other team has.
DEN 34, CHI 37

This too was almost the game of the week and could easily be considered so since went into overtime and scored a ton of points. Consider this "GOTW 1B". The Broncos took a 13-6 lead into halftime and then after they failed to get a first down on their first offensive series, they punted it TO Devin Hester who then scampered 75 yards for a touchdown. You do not punt to Hester. After scoring a touchdown by Cecil Sapp to regain the lead, the Broncos then kicked TO Devin Hester who then scampered 88 yards for a touchdown. You do not kick to Hester. The Broncos took the lead back late in the third quarter via a 68-yard score by Brandon Marshall. On their first drive in the fourth quarter, Jay Cutler found Tony Scheffler for a 14-yard touchdown and a nice 34-20 lead. Seemed safe enough.

Especially when Rex Grossman lost a fumble at his own 39-yard line on the next series. But the Broncos actually lost ten yards and punted. AH - but not TO Hester. It was angled to the corner of the endzone. Actually it was angled toward Charles Tillman who flew in and blocked the punt which ended up with the Bears down on the Denver 18-yard line. Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown there because Cedric Benson was gaining four yards per carry and freaked out, claiming an ankle injury. Denver has an unsuccessful series and then punted TO Hester yet again but he muffed it because even he was surprised to see the ball coming to him. He still recovered it. Grossman then milked all but the final 25 seconds in regulation driving down the field including making a fourth and nine from his own 36-yard line (thank you Dre "grabby hands" Bly for the penalty by the way). Grossman hit Bernard Berrian on a three yard touchdown pass that withstood the replay by the booth.

The Bears took the overtime kickoff and on first down Grossman hit Desmond Clark (one-time Bronco no less) for a 39 yard gain to the DEN 37-yard line. After a first down, Robbie Gould nailed the 39 yard field goal for the win.

Cutler passed for 302 yards and two scores with one interception but once again missed more opportunities to score. Andre Hall took his first start and ran for 98 yards and a score which will be plenty enough for everyone to start him next week when Henry and Young could be back. Brandon Marshall led the receivers with 97 yards and a score while Tony Scheffler had his career best game of five catches for 82 yards and a score. The Bears offense was much less effective but spotting them 14 points via Hester made the job easier. Grossman only passed for 193 yards and one score while Benson gained 47 yards on eight carries before seriously jacking up his ankle and catching some crutches for the rest of the game. Peterson only gained 45 yards on 17 carries but scored once while the Bears best receiver was Clark with only two catches for 61 yards.

Great game outside of the greater Denver area and yet another on again, off again showing by the Broncos who out played the Bears all except for a punt and a kick return by Hester. Ends up those count just as much as any other touchdowns.

Game-O-The-Week

What a week! Two overtime games, the Pats nearly lose at home after being favored by 22 points and the top players each week are constantly changing. The game of the week comes from a rather unlikely source in a rather unlikely win:

San Francisco 37, Arizona 31

Let's be serious here. The 49ers are the lowest scoring offense in the NFL and even after scoring 37 points, they still trail the Falcons by five points and they only had 13 points in their loss to the Colts this week. They only scored 41 points over the last five weeks combined. They had lost eight games in a row. They had only scored more than 17 points in a game once this entire season and that was back in week one when they won 20-17 over the... Cardinals... hey - wait a minute here!

The Cardinals took the lead on their very first possession with a 28-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald but the 49ers tied the score with a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis to end the quarter.

The 49ers returned a punt to the ARI 19-yard line and settled for a field goal but then on the next series, Kurt Warner passed to Anquan Boldin who lost a fumble and gave the 49ers the ball on the ARI 6-yard line. Two plays later, Gore scores a touchdown. The 49ers led 17-7 thanks to two short scoring opportunities.

The Cardinals starting taking the lightweights from the West Coast a little more seriously and drove the field for a Marcel Shipp score from the 1-yard line because you just traded for Edgerrin James for this game in particular.

After a fruitless series, the 49ers punt and once again Warner messed up with a pass thrown to Fitzgerald intercepted at the ARI 33-yard line. Not to worry - Joe Nedney was wide right.

The Cardinals ended the first half from the SF 48-yard line with the obligatory Hail Mary pass that was caught by Larry Fitzgerald! He caught it! They hardly ever catch it. But he did. Suddenly the Cardinals were up 21-17 at the half and probably laughing all the way to the locker room.

The third quarter was mostly boring with the Cards reaching the SF 34-yard line and opting to punt to the SF 12-yard line. But then Dilfer hit Vernon Davis for 26 yards, Gore gained five yards on a run and then Arnaz Battle caught a 57 yard touchdown pass. With 24 points on the scoreboard, the 49ers had already exceeded any other game.

Into the fourth quarter and after trading series, the Cards reach the SF 2-yard line where Tim Rattay trots on and then throws a touchdown pass to some bozo tight end named Ben Patrick. Every Warner owner then screams at the TV "WHY DO YOU DO THAT TO ME?" Rattay is supposed to be there for short yardage to hand off better. So far this year, it has been two plays and both were non-Warner thrown touchdowns. Up 28-24, the Cardinals feel better.

The 49ers get the ball and march down the field and stall out at the ARZ 27-yard line where they go for it on fourth and one and Gore is stuffed. But the Cards do nothing with the ball and punt it back.

With 4:33 left to play, Dilfer uses short passes to reach the ARI 35-yard line with 1:25 left to play where Gore just plain bulls over defenders and runs for a touchdown.

Now it gets good.

The Cards take over on their own 15-yard line with 1:11 left to play and Warner connects on five straight passes to reach the SF 1-yard line with only six seconds left to play. One incomplete to Bryant Johnson and Neil Rackers sends the game into overtime with a 19-yard field goal.

The Cardinals win the coin flip but have to punt after stalling out around midfield. The 49ers then went three and out and punted from their own 32-yard line and Steve Breaston returns it 27 yards and the 49ers are called for an illegal block on Ben Patrick (yeah, that same guy). So starting out at his own 8-yard line, Warner drives the field thanks to a short pass to Sean Morey that he turns into a 62 yard run. The Cards stall out around the 15-yard line but so what? It is Rackers-to-win time!

He hits it down the middle and... no wait... delay of game. Idiots. Now from the 14-yard line, Rackers FOR THE LOVE OF GOD misses it wide slightly to the left. Seesh.

After the 49ers stalled out on their own 39-yard line, they punted to the ARI 15 yard line but THAT PATRICK GUY DID ANOTHER ILLEGAL BLOCK! Does anyone teach these guys how to block??? That makes the Cards start out on their own 3-yard line and Warner opts to throw a pass instead of a safe run. So he... no... you gotta be kidding me... he gets hit, fumbles and the 49ers plop onto it for the game winning touchdown. Oh just shoot me now.

In the end, Warner threw for 484 yards and two scores but had two interceptions and lost THE fumble. Larry Fitzgerald had nine catches for 156 yards and two scores while Bryant Johnson, Sean Morey and Boldin all had over 75 yards and Ben Patrick scored once in addition to his exhibition on what NOT to do when blocking on special teams.

Dilfer threw for 256 yards and two scores but Gore was the man. He ran 21 times for 116 yards and two scores and added 11 catches for 98 yards.

In the end, it doesn't always matter which team has the best stats per se, it is winning the game in whatever that takes. And no matter what the scenario, no matter how unlikely the outcome, in football it all comes down to any given Sunday.

And in fantasy football, the well played plans of a stud filled roster can succumb to some yahoo with the week's comedy lineup. And I have to admit.

I really hate that guy.

Now get back to work...

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