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Tunnel Vision - Week 14
David Dorey
December 3, 2007
Sunday Salutes
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Tony Romo 309 4
Peyton Manning 288 4
Gus Frerotte 311 3
Running Backs Yards TD
LaDainian Tomlinson 197 2
Adrian Peterson 126 2
Derrick Ward 183 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Reggie Wayne 158 1
Terrell Owens 156 1
Hines Ward 90 2
Tight Ends Yards TD
Dallas Clark 60 2
Desmond Clark 76 1
Tony Gonzalez 140 0
Placekickers XP FG
Mike Nugent 4 4
Rian Lindell 0 5
Nick Folk 4 3
Defense/Special Teams TDs Sacks TOs
Carolina 1 6 6
NY Jets 0 3 5
San Diego 0 8 4

Week 13 Bumps, Bruises & Bow-outs

Nothing looked season ending but then again, a four week injury is season ending.

Matt Schaub (HOU) -Dislocated shoulder
Roy Williams (DET) - Knee injury
Jesse Chatman (MIA) - Undisclosed injury
Jamal Lewis (CLE) - Undisclosed injury
Anquan Boldin (ARI) - Foot injury
Derrick Ward (NYG) - Ankle injury

We're going to the Super Bowl, We're going to then...

Now that the Cowboys are 11-1 and the Pats are already 11-0, it seems highly likely that both will win the #1 seeds in their conference and therefore be slated for a Super Bowl match-up, right? I mean last year both home teams won their conference championships (IND and CHI) in home games. So Cowboys vs. Pats is a lock, right?

If last year holds true, sure.

If any of the eight previous Championship weeks hold true, then one of them will lose to a visitor. Wouldn't that just crash the party?

Well... at least we got to drink beer...

This is truly the year of the free agent thanks to the multitude of injuries. After feeling so good about those players we drafted in August, how were we to know that by week 13 of the NFL season, we would love to own Ryan Grant and Fred Jackson? Imagine what the laughter would have been had you left your draft with this lineup:

QB - Derek Anderson, Jason Campbell
RB - Derrick Ward, Earnest Graham, Justin Fargas, Ryan Grant
WR - Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings, Brandon Marshall
TE - Chris Cooley, Donald Lee
PK - Mason Crosby, Nick Folk
DEF - DET, GB

Granted - you would have started slowly but hey - who's laughing now?

Huddle Player of the Week

Roddy White - Sure, Tomlinson went nuts this week and Hines Ward scored twice, but a tip of the hat has to go to Roddy White. His 146 yards on ten catches against the Rams is a career best and gives him 920 yards on the season. This on a team that has started Byron Leftwich, Joey Harrington and Chris Redman for quarterback. The second best wideout on the team is Michael Jenkins who only has 429 yards this year. White is a marked man in a passing offense that has hardly any one throwing and rarely anyone besides White catching. He'll break 1000 yards this year against all odds.

Salute!

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

Comedy Lineup Yards TDs Tragedy Lineup Yards TDs
QB Luke McCown 347 2 QB Brett Favre 56 0
RB Leon Washington 103 2 RB Kevin Jones 17 0
RB Fred Jackson 151 0 RB Joseph Addai 67 0
WR Bryant Johnson 56 1 WR Anquan Boldin 25 0
WR Michael Jenkins 48 1 WR Javon Walker 7 0
WR Bobby Wade 56 1 WR Antonio Gates -1 0
PK Mike Nugent 5 FG PK Adam Vinatieri 4 XP

Huddle Fantasy Points = 116

Huddle Fantasy Points = 13

Sunday's Couch Commentary

GB 27, DAL 37

This was suitably a Thursday game since it deserved to be played all by itself. The game opened with Brett Favre chunking bombs like he was down by 21 points but threw two interceptions before getting banged on the arm and leaving the game. But the surprise was that Aaron Rodgers came in and never looked better. He looked better than Favre (assuming no lightning bolt hits me for saying that). Rodgers completed 18 of 26 for 201 yards and one score on the road in Dallas with no turnovers. He was effective and accurate. Greg Jennings led the Packer receivers with five catches for 87 yards and Ryan Grant was sharp rushing for 94 yards on 14 carries and scoring twice. His 62-yard touchdown jaunt had much to so with his stats but hey - it all counts. The Cowboys had Romo passing for 309 yards and four scores while Marion Barber rushed for 81 yards on 17 carries. The Cowboys were all about scoring through the air though as has been most of the season. Terrell Owens caught seven passes for 156 yards and a score - almost all in the first half. Jason Witten turned in 67 yards on six carries while Patrick Crayton returned last week and had two scores on his three catches for 42 yards. Solid Cowboy win certainly aided by the loss of Favre. Now the 11-1 Cowboys head to Detroit while the 10-2 Packers host the Raiders this week.

Fantasy Notable: Ryan Grant has wheels even on the road against a good defense. More than anything, Aaron Rodgers looked very encouraging as the eventual replacement for Favre. He was poised and accurate. It was nothing like he had been in the past.

SF 14, CAR 31

Had this game happened in the first week of the season, we would have all shrugged our shoulders and just nodded. But this came after the Panthers had lost all five home games this year and after it was believed the Carolina offense had just taken a sabbatical for the rest of the year. Vinny Testaverde had 153 passing yards and two scores with two interceptions and DeShaun Foster rushed in an actual touchdown while gaining only 58 yards on 21 rushes. DeAngelo Williams gained 82 yards on 17 carries and can be relied on next week to do much less. Steve Smith enjoyed the presence of Testaverde with eight catches for 64 yards but the scores went to tight ends. Trent Dilfer passed for 171 yards and two scores but had four interceptions which was huge in this game. He was also sacked six times. Gore ran well but only had 12 carries to gain his 58 yards and was the lead receiver as well with five catches for 53 yards. Vernon Davis is back to one catch games while the scores went to Arnaz Battle (4-51) and the other tight end Delanie Walker. Now the 3-9 49ers return home to host the Vikings while the 5-7 Panthers hit the road to Jacksonville.

Fantasy Notable: The Panthers finally won at home! But the only notable was that Smith had eight receptions and Williams ran for 82 yards which we all know by now will never, ever buy him any more carries. The 49ers pass offense is still pretty pathetic on the road.

BUF 17, WAS 16

This game was the biggest surprise given that the Redskins would be emotional after the loss of Sean Taylor and even started the game with only ten defenders on the field to signify "the missing man". But across the board, the Redskins offense disappointed against a Bills defense that held Clinton Portis to only 50 yards on 25 carries (but with one touchdown). Jason Campbell returned to his old ways with only 216 passing yards and no score while Chris Cooley led all receivers with seven catches for 89 yards. Santana Moss was a bit more productive than usual with five catches for 63 yards but the offense was largely lethargic in a home game against a soft defense with arguably the biggest motivation of all. The Bills did nothing special other than not make mistakes. Trent Edwards pass for 257 yards while Fred Jackson got his first NFL start with 82 yards on 16 carries and four catches for 69 more yards as the lead receiver as well. Lee Evans was held to 51 yards on four catches. This game was won when Josh Reed caught a 30-yard pass with 27 seconds left to play to setup the game winning field goal and then, God as my witness, Joe Gibbs called two consecutive times out to freeze Rian Lindell and got a 15 yard penalty to make it a 36-yard field goal instead of a 51-yarder. The 6-6 Bills now return home to host the Dolphins while the 5-7 Redskins host the Bears this week.

Fantasy Notable: Fred Jackson was impressive both rushing and receiving and could make it easier to let Lynch rest. More than anything, it drove home a point. When something catastrophic happens to a team, they just never respond well to it - particularly the death of a teammate. Consider the ripple effect now of Sean Taylor, Korey Stringer and Darrent Williams. None of those passings caused the team to play better in tribute. It's just too heavy and beyond the game.

HOU 20, TEN 28

The expected outcome though with a few more points. The big deal here was the injury to Matt Schaub which allowed Sage Rosenfels to play. Recall it was Rosenfels who threw for four scores in Houston in the previous match-up so there was no letting down of the guard once he came onto the field. He ended with only 185 yards and one score with one interception. That mostly went to Andre Johnson who bounced back from last week to post nine catches for 116 yards and the score. No other wideout had more than one catch for the Texans and Ron Dayne ran surprisingly well gaining 86 yards on 18 carries and scoring once. Dayne even had three catches for 25 yards. But the Titans were too much with Vince Young passing for 248 yards and two scores that were split between Roydell Williams (5-74) and Justin Gage (5-64). Lendale White (12-60) had to share with Chris Brown (11-46) and both runners scored. Been nice if they would have given all that work to one or the other but apart both had fantasy value. Now the 5-7 Texans return home to host the Buccaneers while the Titans host the Chargers this week.

Fantasy Notable: Obviously the health of Schaub is big but at least Andre Johnson fared great with Rosenfels. The Titans are now splitting carries which hurts White without giving Brown enough reliable work. Justin Gage continues to shine in this offense and has really made a name on a team that desperately needed someone to step up and be consistently reliable.

ATL 16, STL 28

Meh - The Falcons on the road. Joey Harrington was ineffective and was replaced midway with Chris Redman who passed for 172 yards and two scores. That allowed Roddy White another good game with ten catches for 146 yards and one score as the only Falcons receiver you want on your fantasy team. Michael Jenkins also scored but only had 48 yards on five catches. Warrick Dunn gained a mere 17 yards on 10 carries and although Jerious Norwood had 94 yards on eight runs, just like in Carolina there is no reason to expect him to get more work next week. Even Alge Crumpler had a decent game here with seven catches for 65 yards. But Gus Frerotte passed for 311 yards and three scores and Steven Jackson ran for 96 yards and one score while adding 71 more yards on four receptions. Add in Torry Holt turning six catches into 135 yards and a score and the beat was on. Now the 3-9 Falcons return home to face the Saints while the 3-9 Rams head to Cincinnati.

Fantasy Notable: With Leftwich still nursing a sore tailbone, Chris Redman may end up the starter this week. Norwood looks great running but Petrino just will not commit to anyone besides Dunn as the primary. Roddy White's breakout season is even more remarkable considering he is a Falcon. Nothing new really other than the Falcons turnstile at quarterback.

SEA 28, PHI 24

Definitely a contender for Game of the Week. The only difference here was that the Seahawks had two touchdowns in the first quarter and the Eagles only had one and a field goal. The fourth quarter was scoreless. A.J. Feeley took the start but this week that only meant 220 yards, one score and four interceptions. Brian Westbrook of course was the main engine here with 93 rushing yards and one score and 46 yards on seven receptions but Kevin Curtis finally showed up again with 111 yards on six receptions and one touchdown. Matt Hasselbeck only had 187 yards and two scores but just one interception. With Hackett out yet again, Nate Burleson (4-71) and Bobby Engram (5-60) were the lead receivers with a touchdown each. Shaun Alexander did not look completely back to form but he had moments of good play and gained 65 yards on 20 carries and score once. Of course Maurice Morris had 64 yards himself on just five runs and a touchdown as well. Now the 8-4 Seahawks return home to host the Cardinals while the 5-7 Eagles play the visiting Giants this week.

Fantasy Notable: Alexander looked okay for the most part and sadly good enough that the Seahawks will no doubt keep Morris as the relief player. Nice to see Burleson turn it up a notch with Hackett out though he had less catches than either Engram or Branch. And Curtis finally had a nice game with a score with Feeley as the quarterback and that was against a very good secondary. Nothing new other than hopefully Feeley to Curtis can continue.

DET 10, MIN 42

Ah yes, the Lions on the road. Kevin Jones ran for a whole one yard on three carries and Jon Kitna went against a very soft Vikings secondary and only left with 260 yards and one score. Roy Williams led the Lions with five catches for 85 yards though he could not finish the game and the lone score went to Casey Fitzsimmons. The Lions as a team only had 23 rushing yards and were left spreading the passes among nine different wideouts. The Vikings were scary good once again, getting 70 yards on 14 carries and a score from Chester Taylor and 116 yards on just 15 carries with two scored from Adrian "I'm better now" Peterson. But that wasn't all - even Tarvaris Jackson was like a real quarterback throwing for 204 yards and two scores that were split between Sidney Rice (5-53) and Bobby Wade (4-54). This was a total domination and the only score in the entire second half was just one touchdown by Peterson. The Vikings even had a 103 yard kickoff return touchdown. Now the 6-6 Lions are fading fast and will host the Cowboys this week. The 6-6 Vikings are headed in the other direction and head to San Francisco.

Fantasy Notable: The Lions are back to being their old bumbling self and not only was Roy Williams injured this week, but Calvin Johnson only had ONE catch after being "the man" last week. Inconsistent and the rushing game has once again disappeared. The Vikings are not only running at will with Peterson back, but it appears to have allowed the Vikes' passing game to bloom. Too early to rely on that but man, Peterson is just something special. Like a player that can take over a game all by himself. Getting hard to rely on Detroit for anything lately while the Vikes are improving each week.

JAC 25, IND 28

Another contender for Game of the Week. The Colts took the win but the Jaguars made them work for it. Peyton Manning had four touchdowns and 288 passing yards but Joseph Addai only gained 67 yards on 21 carries and did not have a catch. Reggie Wayne turned in 158 yards on eight carries with one score while Dallas Clark popped up again with seven receptions for 60 yards and two scores. But the Jaguars got 257 passing yards from David Garrard with two touchdowns while Fred Taylor gained 104 yards on 14 carries. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 52 yards on 11 runs with one score - all that with Bob Sanders playing. Ernest Wilford had an unusually good game with five receptions for 72 yards and Reggie Williams gained 69 yards on his four catches. The difference in this game was that Josh Scobee missed a first quarter field goal and the Jaguars pulled to within three with 2:53 left to play but could not get the ball back. This game could have gone either way with the Jaguars sticking with a comeback bid until the end. Now the 8-4 Jaguars host the Panthers while the 10-2 Colts head to Baltimore.

Fantasy Notable: The Jags ran very well and the Colts could hardly stop them. Worse yet, Addai has not been nearly as productive lately as he has been earlier in the year but Reggie Wayne is really enjoying a career year. Without Harrison, the Colts only competed one pass to a wideout other than Wayne. Tight ends accounted for ten catches between Clark (7) and Ben Utecht (3). Both Manning (20/29) and Garrard (24/29) were effective.

SD 24, KC 10

The Chargers had little trouble dispatching the Chiefs with LaDainian Tomlinson gaining 177 yards on 23 carries and scoring two touchdowns and adding three catches for 20 more yards. Rivers only passed for 157 yards and one score to Vincent Jackson since that was all that was needed. The jaw-dropper in this game was that Antonio Gates only had one catch for a one yard loss which came on the final Chargers drive. He only had two passes thrown to him. Granted, the Chargers did not need him, but every league in the world had one owner than would disagree. With Brodie Croyle ailing, Damon Huard took the start but only had 186 passing yards and one score with two interceptions. That went mostly to Tony Gonzalez who had ten catches for 140 yards while Dwayne Bowe reeled in five receptions for 55 yards and no other Chiefs receiver had more than one catch. Kolby Smith ran very well with 83 yards on 21 carries. Now the 7-5 Chargers head to play in Tennessee while the 4-8 Chiefs go to Denver this week.

Fantasy Notable: Gates one catch? You have to be kidding me. They never even threw to him. Tomlinson was vintage greatness which overshadowed every other offensive player. The Chiefs have never gotten beyond Gonzo and Bowe but at least they remain in good graces with the offense - particularly Gonzalez who had been on a downswing until this week. More than anything - Kolby Smith looks like a more than adequate replacement for Larry Johnson.

NYJ 40, MIA 13

Good Lord, can they really be this bad? Really? This was the golden opportunity, the one chance that the Fins had of breaking the goose egg. The visiting Jets! Really? Yes! It is not enough that the rookie John Beck threw for 177 yards and three interceptions, but Jesse Chatman only gained 26 yards on 11 carries - AGAINST THE JETS. Seriously. The only touchdown scored by the Fins was on an interception return. And it gets worse - Thomas Jones scored a touchdown! He only gained 75 yards on 24 carries but he scored - for the first time all year. Kellen Clemens passed for 236 yards and a score and a banged up Laveranues Coles gained 69 yards on five receptions. Cotchery was out and Justin McCareins had a catch for 51 yards. The Jets scored 30 straight points to end the game. Even Leon Washington scored - twice! Brad Smith even scored. What could have been a brief glimmer of hope became the darkest could of all. Now the 0-12 Fins head to Buffalo for their next loss while the 3-9 Jets (and two wins were against the Fins) host the Browns this week.

Fantasy Notable: The apocalypse is upon the Fins because what today proved was that opponents are just playing down to the Fins knowing they can win anyway and when a bad team shows up that has to try, they mop the floor with the Dolphins who, by the way, clearly threw in the towel in the second half. At least we saw Lorenzo Booker lead all Miami receivers with six catches for 63 yards and one one carry netted six yards. He's too young and motivated to realize the sheer futility so he could be interesting down the stretch as a third down back. And Thomas Jones scored a touchdown so anything truly is possible... except for the Fins winning a game.

DEN 20, OAK 34

Denver not only have locked down a non-playoff spot, they did by allowing the Raiders to entertain the Black Hole by spanking the Broncos. How much worse can it get? Jay Cutler only passed for 214 yards and two interceptions while Travis Henry was finally back and scored twice but only gained 49 yards on 15 carries against what had been the worst rushing defense in the league. Selvin Young ran seven times for 28 yards and was in and out of the game with nagging injuries. Brandon Stokley (3-102) and Brandon Marshall (6-67) were probably good enough if the Broncos had an actual defense which they do not. Javon Walker's one catch for seven yards says he's untouchable in fantasy terms until further notice. Josh McCown had fun throwing for three scores on only 14 completions for 141 yards and Jamarcus Russell came in for one series to complete four of seven for 56 yards and give the announcers time to read from his data sheet before heading to the sideline. Justin Fargas gashed the Broncos for 146 yards and a score on 33 carries while Zach MIller (3-58), Jerry Porter (5-49) and even Tim Dwight (1-15) all had touchdown receptions. Now the 5-7 Broncos return to host the Chiefs while the 4-8 Raiders head to Green Bay.

Fantasy Notable: Man - the Denver rushing defense sucks, especially on the road. Russell looked pretty good in his brief playing time and looks like he can throw a pass that could break most people fingers. Zach Miller has his biggest game to date and could be good next year for sure. But mostly, the Denver defense sucks against the run.

TB 27, NO 23

The Bucs pulled out the upset this week using Luke "The Force" McCown who passed for 313 yards and two scores against the Saints because it is required by law. Joey Galloway managed to catch seven passes for 159 yards and yet not score while Jerramy Stevens may have locked up a job next year when he snagged the game winning touchdown catch with 17 seconds left to play. This too was almost the Game of the Week. It was the Galloway show with an ample portion of Earnest Graham who ran for 106 yards on 22 carries and scored once while catching seven passes for 37 yards. Drew Brees passed for 179 yards and two scores but favored no one with Marques Colston only accounting for two catches for 39 yards and Devery Henderson scoring once on his only catch. No receiver here had more than Henderson's 45 yards. Reggie Bush gained 64 yards on 13 carries but the Saints defense once again failed them when they needed them the most. Now the 8-4 Buccaneers have a three game lead on the NFC South and head to Houston while the 5-7 Saints go to Atlanta this week.

Fantasy Notable: Just play any quarterback against the Saints. The Bucs had only Galloway to use and he gained 159 yards. Brees isn't good enough to fare well against a top defense but luckily will not face another one the rest of the year. The Saints could have won this game but Bush fumbled on a reverse and gave the Bucs the ball on the NO 37-yard line with three minutes left to play.

NYG 21, CHI 16

The Giants 'gasp' had a fourth quarter comeback by Eli Manning to win this. Manning started out just as poorly as he played last week and while he ended with only 195 yards and one score with two interceptions. The Giants were down 16 - 7 until Manning led the last two Giants drives for touchdowns. Amani Toomer caught one score and led Giants receivers with six catches for 69 yards while Plaxico Burress only had three receptions for 36 yards and Jeremy Shockey turned in just two catches for 25 yards. Derrick Ward gained 154 yards on just 24 carries and scored once before getting his ankle rolled up. Reuben Droughns also scored in the fourth quarter as well. Rex Grossman passed for 296 yards and a touchdown but couldn't move the Bears at the end as time ran out down on the NYG 28-yard line. Adrian Peterson only gained 67 yards on 22 carries so he is the perfect replacement for Cedric Benson except that he also caught seven passes for 82 yards unlike Benson. Desmond Clark scored the lone Bears receiving touchdown and had 76 yards on five receptions while Bernard Berrian (3-59) and Muhsin Muhammad (3-52) had decent games. Now the 8-4 Giants are in the driver's seat for a wild card and head to Philadelphia while the 5-7 Bears go to Washington to play the Skins this week.

Fantasy Notable: Peterson could be a nice fill-in in a league with reception points if they continue to pass to him so much. Otherwise the offense was the same. The Giants ran great with Ward but he again was injured so unless Droughns comes back this week, they are back to just Droughns.

CIN 10, PIT 24

Kind of a slow game for a Sunday night affair and this time the field in Pittsburgh wasn't quite as bad as last week. Ben Roethlisberger only had 184 passing yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions though he also ran in one score. Hines Ward thoroughly enjoyed the absence of Santonio Holmes by catching 11 passes for 90 yards and two scores while no other Steeler receiver had more than 34 yards in the game. Willie Parker rushed for just 87 yards on 28 carries while losing two fumbles and nearly coughing up the ball a couple other times. But that didn't matter since the Bengals only got 183 yards and no scores from Carson Palmer and Rudi Johnson only gained 34 yards on 14 carries though he scored the lone Bengals' touchdown. Chad Johnson (6-86) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (5-42) didn't make a difference and T.J. had another game without a touchdown - tends to lower his fantasy value considerably since his yardage is usually only average each week. Now the 4-8 Bengals return home to face the Rams while the 9-3 Steelers head to New England where they remain the last hope to trip up the Patriots.

Fantasy Notable: Willie Parker is not a mudder and his speed is degraded on the sloppy field that may exist for the next couple of games. Ward stepped up nicely without Holmes but it was just the Bengals secondary. Nothing new here other than the Bengals offense just is not hitting on all cylinders and their defense never has.

Game-O-The-Week

A very nice week with no NFL team scoring less than 10 points - not one! Only five managed to top 30 points but there were plenty of fantasy points to distribute. There were only three quarterbacks with more than 300 yards, only seven running backs with more than 100 rushing yards and one of them had no scores (James). But there were six wideouts with over 130 receiving yards and only one failed to score (Galloway). A solid week and one with many good contenders for Game of the Week with none truly head and shoulders above the rest. So this week, we go with one that went down to the wire with the final play falling just out of bounds - or did it?

Cleveland 21, Arizona 27

You knew this was bound to be an interesting game with the high scoring Browns bringing their "go ahead and score" defense to face the Cardinals who are always more dangerous at home in the desert. And it was interesting, but for reasons other than the expected offensive stars scoring big. For one, Larry Fitzgerald broke every fantasy owners heart when he was a scratch against the #32 passing defense.

The game started out with the Browns driving to the ARI 41-yard line before Derek Anderson lofted a pass that was intercepted and returned for a 71-yard touchdown. After the kickoff, the third play saw Derek Anderson lose a fumble and the Cards took over at the CLE 43-yard line. After eight plays, Kurt Warner connected with tight end Leonard Pope for a 5-yard touchdown. Already 14-0 over the Browns with five minutes left in the first quarter.

On the next series, Anderson exclusively gave the ball to his own players and ended up with a 37-yard field goal. 14-3.

The Cardinals had to punt next because they were forced to start out on their own 20-yard line and with a chance to draw the game close, Anderson led the team down to the ARI 42-yard line before throwing yet another interception. But this time they tackled him so no score.

The Cards go four and out and punt a touchback. Taking over on his own 20-yard line, Anderson once again limits himself only to Cleveland players and throws a touchdown to Jamal Lewis from six yards out. Yes, Jamal Lewis. I probably wouldn't have covered him either in fairness.

Now 14-10 with only about a minute left, Warner takes over and with 30 seconds left throws an interception that the Browns do nothing with. Halftime score - 14-10.

After trading fruitless series in the third quarter, Arizona tries to punt to the Browns but thanks to all the praise heaped on Josh Cribbs by the announcers, he muffs the punt and the Cards recover at the CLE 22-yard line. Nine plays later and Warner connects with Bryant Johnson for a one-yard touchdown just to reward the people who thought to replace Fitzgerald with Johnson at the last minute. 21-10.

On the next series, the Browns only have the ball for a short run by Lewis and on second down, Anderson connects with Braylon Edwards who sort of touched a defensive player and sort of fell down and then definitely got back up and ran for a 67-yard touchdown. The play was challenged and the booth said he was never down. The Browns tack on a crafty two point conversion with Josh Cribbs throwing to Kellen Winslow. 21-18.

The fourth quarter opens with Cardinals getting a 59-yard kickoff return from Steve Breaston which later becomes a 33-yard field goal by Neil Rackers. 24-18.

After both teams go three and out, the Browns take over at the 9:16 mark in the fourth quarter and drive to the ARI 4-yard line where they settled for a 22-yard field goal with 6:21 left to play. 24-21.

When the Cards get the ball on their own 20-yard line, suddenly James starts running well and after five carries, he has covered 26 yards to the ARI 46-yard line. On second down, Warner hits Breaston for a 19 yard gain with 3:14 left to play and the refs add on an unnecessary roughness call because he was pushed out of bounds in that sort of way that makes you happy if you want it to happen and pretty ticked off if you didn't.

Now on the CLE 20-yard line, James runs for 14 yards and an offsides by Cleveland places the ball on the CLE 1-yard line with second down and two minutes left to play. James for no gain. James for no gain. On fourth down, they settle for the field goal for a 27-21 lead with 1:52 left to play.

Taking over on his own 18-yard line, Anderson uses short passes to reach the ARI 37-yard line with 22 seconds left to play. Incomplete to Tim Carter. Incomplete to Braylon Edwards. Incomplete to Joe Jurevicius. On fourth down with only six seconds left to play, Anderson lobs a nice pass to the left side of the endzone where Kellen Winslow catches it while being accosted by two slightly shorter Arizona defenders. But... they called him out of bounds. The Replay Assistant challenged it and after watching a nudie movie under the blanket, the play was upheld. Cardinals win.

And for the week the question will be - was Winslow forced out and the ref blew the call? For that matter, was Edwards really down instead of given a 67-yard touchdown? Ah yes, the human element. And with all the technology in the world and multiple camera angles and replay booths and referee conferences, still no one is happy since one call went against the Browns and one went against the Cardinals. Was it a case of setting things straight? Or is a continuing case example of one of the greatest truths of all?

People only see what they look for.

Now get back to work...

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