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Sunday Game Recaps - Week 10
John Tuvey
November 10, 2008
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Broncos 34, Browns 30

Certainly you’ve seen the highlights by now: the 93-yard TD bomb to Eddie Royal, Jay Cutler’s three fourth-quarter scores and 447 passing yards, Ryan Torain living up to the hype right up until a torn ACL ended his season, Peyton Hillis taking over as the Broncos’ ballcarrier by virtue of being the only healthy back on the roster. But all anyone wants to talk about is Brandon Marshall’s game-winning score—and not because it was game winning. Marshall was prepared to pull out what he said was a pair of black-and-white gloves to use in a celebratory tribute to the results of Tuesday’s presidential election, but Brandon Stokley stopped him by reminding him a potential 15-yard penalty on the kickoff might cost Denver the game. Credit Marshall with the win and Stokley with the save.

The debut of Brady Quinn was everything the Browns had hoped… right up until Kellen Winslow let a fourth-down pass slip through his mitts, ending Cleveland’s hope for a comeback. Quinn finished with 239 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions despite getting little help. Jamal Lewis produced 60 yards and a touchdown against a defense most other foes had abused, Braylon Edwards mustered one catch against a secondary that hadn’t been stopping anyone even when Champ Bailey was in the lineup, and even Winslow capped a 10-catch, 111-yard, two-touchdown evening with a fumble, a penalty, and the aforementioned key drop. Maybe it wasn’t Derek Anderson’s fault after all.

Fantasy Impact: Hillis would appear to be the next Bronco back with upside, but in all likelihood what the spate of injuries means is that Cutler will be forced into more 42-attempt games. That’s not all bad if you’re a Cutler fantasy owner. Edwards, meanwhile, likely burned his last bridge with fantasy owners tired of the drops and inconsistency. Young quarterbacks tend to lean heavily on their tight ends and backs so as to avoid holding on to the ball too long, and with 17 of Quinn’s 23 completions headed to those positions there’s no margin for error with Braylon.

Falcons 34, Saints 20

Atlanta took its basic recipe for success—a healthy dose of Michael Turner and a few Matt Ryan to Roddy White connections—and spiced it up with a dash of Jerious Norwood (105 yards from scrimmage, including a 67-yard TD reception) and a cup of Michael Jenkins (six catches, 72 yards) to keep the Saints on their heels. Of course, the regulars contributed the usual: Ryan was a crisp 16-for-23 for 248 yards and two scores, Turner carried 27 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and White caught five passes for 68 yards and a score.

How is it possible that Drew Brees seemed to be throwing into double coverage all afternoon? By sheer volume (58 attempts) he rolled up 422 yards, but one touchdown was a screen pass to Deuce McAllister (how much do the Saints miss Reggie Bush that they’re throwing to Deuce?) and the other was a garbage-time toss to Lance Moore. Marques Colston finally put up some numbers (seven catches for 140 yards), but he dropped a would-be TD early on (he was battling a Falcon DB at the time, but the Colston of ’06 or ’07 makes that catch). Despite eight Saints catching at least two balls, New Orleans didn’t get rolling until the fourth quarter—when they generated 286 yards of offense and scored twice, but were bitten by a pair of picks.

Fantasy Impact: Earlier in the year it appeared Atlanta’s offense would go as far as Turner would carry them. However, 10 weeks into his first season it’s clearly Ryan who makes this team tick. The emergence of Jenkins as a legitimate second option will create more room for White and allow Ryan to post helpful fantasy numbers the rest of the way—words rarely said about a rookie QB. Brees is finding less room down the field as foes drop more defenders into coverage thanks to the lack of a presence in the running game. The return of Bush, perhaps as early as next week, won’t be a cure-all but it will at least require linebackers to respect the swing pass instead of dropping into Brees’ passing lanes—and sight lines.

Titans 21, Bears 14

It’s no secret the Titans like to run the football, and it was obvious the Bears’ intention was to take the running game away from Tennessee. They held Smash (LenDale White) and Dash (Chris Johnson) to 22 yards on 24 carries and forced Kerry Collins and the Titans passing game to beat them. Guess what? Collins can still throw a little bit, completing 30 of 41 attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns—his best stat line since Week 17 of 2005. Not surprisingly Bo Scaife (10-78-1) was his top target, but wideouts Brandon Jones (8-82) and Justin Gage (4-47-1) also contributed.

Chicago fans have seen it before. Rex Grossman (the good one) showed up for the Bears’ first drive, marching his team 75 yards and capping the drive with a touchdown toss to Matt Forte. From then on, however, it was mostly Bad Rexy: 14-for-28, 122 yards, one pick. Worse (at least fantasy-wise), for the second straight week Grossman called his own number and took a touchdown off of Forte’s plate. At least he found Forte in the passing game, helping the rookie combine 72 rushing yards with 54 receiving yards for a solid all-around outing. Devin Hester (4-54) and Greg Olsen (5-40) posted adequate numbers, but as expected the Titans largely limited Chicago’s offensive success.

Fantasy Impact: Just because Collins had success don’t expect defenses to start playing the Titans honest; in fact, with defenses stacked against the run Kerry might actually be a useful fantasy play over the next month or so, with Scaife a definite add in TE-mandatory leagues and both Gage and Jones hovering on the fringe of usability in larger three-WR leagues. Forte fans won’t mind seeing Kyle Orton return, likely next week; a gimpy QB is far less likely to vulture his running back’s rushing touchdowns.

Jaguars 38, Lions 14

It took a date with the hapless Lions for the Jacksonville running game, down three starting offensive linemen, to finally show up. Fred Taylor returned to the role of lead dog with 18 carries for 80 yards, but it was Maurice Jones-Drew who stole the show with three touchdowns as part of his 11-carry, 70-yard afternoon. A strong running game allowed David Garrard to do what he does best, completing 18 of 25 attempts for 238 yards and a pair of scores. Tight end Marcedes Lewis (4-64) was the team’s leading receiver, and while Matt Jones (5-62) was close behind it appeared as if Jerry Porter (2-33-1) was auditioning for the role of go-to receiver if and when Jones serves his three-game suspension.

Daunte Culpepper had cheat sheets on both wristbands, though he still knows how to throw the deep ball to an athletic receiver as evidenced by his 51-yard hookup with Calvin Johnson. That was the highlight of the day for Daunte, however, as he finished 5-for-10 for 104 yards and a pick. Drew Stanton came on in a goal line situation (likely because Daunte hadn’t reached that point in the playbook yet; he’d only been with the team since Tuesday) and threw a one-yard TD to tight end John Owens, then mopped up for Daunte in garbage time and proved he, too, could throw deep to Johnson with a 41-yard hookup of his own. That was the entirety of Calvin’s day, however. Kevin Smith contributed a solid 123 yards from scrimmage (96 rushing) and scored Detroit’s only other points.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Walker was expected to return this week but instead was inactive; he may push Porter for go-to receiver duties in Jones’ absence. Don’t get used to Taylor’s production; he had dribbled three previous creampuff matchups down his leg and remaining dates with the Titans, Vikings, Bears, and Ravens suggest there won’t be many future opportunities favorable for fantasy use. Stanton’s performance may have earned him more starts, and it would behoove the Lions to find out what they have before draft day rolls around; after all, with Matt Millen gone they aren’t locked into a wide receiver with their first-round pick.

Ravens 41, Texans 13

Should have seen it coming, right? A week after Willis McGahee is active and expected to start and Ray Rice steals all his touches, gun-shy fantasy owners avoid the Baltimore backfield confusion—only to miss out on McGahee’s 25 carries, 112 yards, and two touchdowns. Rice touched the ball nine times and produced 19 yards, and Le’Ron McClain didn’t even bother to steal a goal line touchdown from McGahee as part of his five-touch, 25-yard afternoon. Thanks again, John Harbaugh. When not handing off, Joe Flacco was taking a downfield shot to Yamon Figures (one catch, 43 yards, one touchdown) or teaming with Troy Smith to bring Todd Heap’s fantasy career off life support. Heap’s five-catch, 58-yard, two-touchdown outing marked his first score since Week 2 of 2007 and matched the touchdown total of his previous 20 games.

Sage Rosenfels’ 294 yards could be construed as a fantasy helper, but his four picks certainly did no one any good—unless they had the Ravens’ team defense. A non-existent ground game—Ryan Moats’ seven carries and 34 yards led the anemic effort—forced Rosenfels to the air, where he leaned heavily (again) on Andre Johnson (7-66) and Kevin Walter (4-85-1). David Anderson (4-46) continues to force his way into the picture as well.

Fantasy Impact: At least Matt Schaub’s absence shouldn’t negatively impact the fantasy values of Johnson and Walter. However, Steve Slaton had been contributing as well—or at least getting more than six touches a game. Slaton owners should be at least a little concerned. The emergence of Figurs and Heap in Baltimore’s passing game came in no small part thanks to Derrick Mason missing much of the first half with a shoulder injury. Figurs’ score came two plays after Mason left the game and he was targeted just once when Mason returned after halftime; both of Heap’s scored came in the fourth quarter with Baltimore up handily.

Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19

Is Goldie Hawn coaching the Dolphins? More work out of the Wildcat formation leads to more scoring; in fact, seven of Miami’s last 18 offensive touchdowns have come out of the ‘Cat. Defenses keyed on Ronnie Brown at quarterback, parting the middle for Ricky Williams to rumble 51 yards for a touchdown; then, later on Brown used the formation to run a keeper to the left for another score. Miami also scored from its more standard set as well with Chad Pennington airing it out for Ted Ginn, who made a nice catch in double-coverage for a 39-yard score. Williams finished with 105 yards and Ginn with 67, but for the most part the Dolphins struggled more than they should have with Seattle’s defense; after touchdowns on their opening two drives Miami punted on four of the next six and didn’t score again until midway through the final quarter.

Expectations were low for the Seahawks, so the fact that they were a two-point conversion from tying this game late suggests they may have exceeded those expectations. Um, not really. Julius Jones wasn’t bad, with 16 carries for 88 yards (though he was caught from behind by rush linebacker Matt Roth 30-some yards downfield on his longest gain) and Koren Robinson scored for the second straight week. However, KoRo also dropped a sure touchdown in the third quarter that would certainly have aided in the comeback effort. Seneca Wallace threw for 185 yards and found a comfort zone with Bobby Engram (five for 63) and rookie tight end John Carlson (five catches, 54 yards)

Fantasy Impact: Carlson was Wallace’s intended receiver on both Seattle’s two-point attempt to tie the game and on a fourth-down play during the Seahawks’ final, futile drive. Even with poor quarterbacking Carlson has remained a viable option in TE-mandatory performance leagues. With Oakland, St. Louis, San Francisco and Kansas City still left on Miami’s schedule Williams could have a couple more decent games; each of those defenses have demonstrated susceptibility to the run, and would seem likely to struggle with the Wildcat.

Vikings 28, Packers 27

Adrian Peterson is a security blanket; between Gus Frerotte’s three interceptions, yet another punt return touchdown allowed, and Brad Childress coaching like he’d spent less time with the game plan than Daunte Culpepper in Detroit, the Vikings shouldn’t have been in position to pull this one out. Thanks to a defense that produced two safeties (no doubt sending fantasy commissioners scrambling to make sure they’d activated that seldom-used stat in their league’s scoring system), however, the Vikings found themselves close enough that Peterson could load the team on his back and cap his 192-yard afternoon with a game-winning 29-yard touchdown run. The score made up for a Peterson fumble on fourth down earlier in the quarter, one preceded by the Vikings staff acting as if they had arrived on the sidelines by piling out of a circus car. Frerotte did offset his three picks with a pair of scores, though one was all Chester Taylor on a 47-yard catch-and-run that exploited an injury to Green Bay middle linebacker Nick Barnett on the previous play. Bernard Berrian won’t show up in your stat sheet, thanks to a blanket job by Al Harris; however Sidney Rice, who is becoming a popular red-zone target, will.

Green Bay mustered 184 yards of total offense, held the ball for 12 minutes less than the Vikings… and should have won this game. Kudos to Aaron Rodgers for withstanding a barrage of pressure from the Purple People Eaters; the first safety he took was a questionable illegal forward pass call in the end zone (put it this way: that flag doesn’t get thrown if it’s No. 4) and he had no shot on the second as Jared Allen came untouched from his blind side. But he couldn’t get the Packers to mount any sort of sustained offensive, as all three of the Packs’ offensive scores came on drives that started in Minnesota territory. Even on the late drive for a game-winning field goal it took a kick return to the 40 and a tipped pass that landed in Donald Driver’s lap to set up Mason Crosby for the shank. That 19-yard completion was Green Bay’s longest play from scrimmage on the day. Ryan Grant put up a respectable 16-75-1 day against a very good Vikings run defense, but no receiver topped 46 yards and expected solid-to-spectacular games from Greg Jennings (3-37) and Donald Lee (1-6) never materialized.

Fantasy Impact: While Taylor (four catches, 84 yards) plays himself into a fantasy roster spot in PPR leagues, it’s worth noting that the Vikings finally—albeit briefly—figured out they can throw to Peterson as well as All Day was the team’s second leading receiver with 33 yards on three catches. Rodgers will likely need a couple pain killers tonight as he was hit hard and often by the Vikings, who blitzed in addition to brining Allen off the edge. If you’re banking on Rodgers heading into your fantasy playoffs, you should move now to make sure you have a backup plan more compelling than Matt Flynn.

Jets 47, Rams 3

Brett Favre threw only 19 passes, only one of which should have been intercepted; that tells you just how quickly this one got out of hand. Thomas Jones came out of the gate with five carries for 53 yards and a score on the opening drive, leading to yet another big day (26-149-3). And there was still enough left over for Leon Washington to carry 12 times for 54 more. Gang Green took pity on the lambs, throwing just four passes to wide receivers; Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles combined for two catches for 32 yards, though Coles did have a nice seal block on Jones’ first touchdown run. With the linebackers keying run and the safeties forced to creep up, tight end Dustin Keller got deep for a 54-yard gain and finished with six catches for 107 yards and a score.

Well, Antonio Pittman had 66 yards from scrimmage. And neither Marc Bulger nor Trent Green threw more than one interception... each. There really wasn’t much here, as the Rams held the ball for less than 23 minutes, turned it over five times, and didn’t cross midfield until after halftime. They also kicked a field goal midway through the third quarter despite trailing by 40 points at the time. Oh, and they had the ball for all of three plays and 1:33 in the fourth quarter; hardly anyone was paying attention by this point, so it’s entirely possible the slaughter rule was in effect and the booth was using running time to put the Lambs out of their (and our) misery.

Fantasy Impact: Even Steven Jackson couldn’t help the Rams, who did get eight yards per carry from Kenneth Darby and 29 receiving yards from Pittman. With Jackson likely down next week as well, Darby and Pittman should find the going a little easier against the 49ers. Closed circuit to Eric Mangini: See what Jones can do when Favre gives him the chance?

Patriots 20, Bills 10

This game featured only two plays of more than 20 yards, both of them completions to Wes Welker. Sure, Matt Cassel took a handful of token shots at keeping Randy Moss interested, but he continues to operate in full restrictor plate mode. That’s how Welker keeps winding up with catches (10 for 107 on the day) and Moss keeps frustrating fantasy owners with 5-53 lines. So long as it works the Pats aren’t likely to change, and with BenJarvus Green-Ellis rumbling 26 times for 105 yards and a touchdown to help New England enjoy a 15-minute time-of-possession advantage, that won’t be any time soon. Cassel’s final stat line was solid, 23-34-234 with a rushing touchdown, but in comparison to last season’s record-setting Patriots offense this was like watching paint dry.

The Bills didn’t run the ball successfully (Marshawn Lynch mustered 46 yards on 14 carries) and didn’t get the ball to Lee Evans (two catches for 22 yards), so the resulting loss was predictable. You thought the Patriots were yawners; Buffalo couldn’t even stretch a play longer than 15 yards on the afternoon. Trent Edwards was 13-for-23 for 120 yards and a touchdown to James Hardy, but that didn’t come until Leodis McKelvin set them up with an 85-yard kickoff return with under two minutes left in the game. Prior to that all Buffalo could muster was five punts, two picks, and a field goal on their only other foray into the red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Welker is gold in PPR leagues, but Moss has become the rich man’s version of Donnie Avery—only less likely to score. The Patriots seem to have shed any hesitations about handing the full workload over to BJGE, as Kevin Faulk touched the ball just six times on the afternoon. Lynch was supposed to see an uptick in production this season, but he’s plateaued at a rather pedestrian 50-to-75 yard range with infrequent touchdowns. His late-season (read: fantasy playoff) schedule is favorable, but he has yet to prove he can beat up even bad defenses with any degree of consistency.

Panthers 17, Raiders 6

Carolina barely showed up for this one, and it was just enough. Jake Delhomme completed seven of 27 passing attempts to guys in white and four to guys in black, salvaging a 72-yard day with a touchdown to Muhsin Muhammad on the Panthers’ opening drive. Muhammy was the only Panther to catch more than one pass, as Steve Smith was held to one catch for nine yards on the afternoon. About all the offense the Panthers needed came from DeAngelo Williams, who carried 19 times for 140 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown run. Carolina had the ball for less than 23 minutes on the afternoon and put up just 219 net yards; combine those digits with their four turnovers and had they been playing a legitimate NFL team they would have been in real trouble.

The Raiders haven’t scored a touchdown in their past nine quarters (they have three TDs in their last six games), though a Sebastian Janikowski field goal did end their shutout streak at seven frames. Justin Fargas contributed 89 yards on 22 rushes (with another nine receiving yards to boot) and Michael Bush added 73 yards from scrimmage as the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 43 yards. That constitutes your highlight package from a team that punted 11 times and turned the ball over thrice. Andrew Walter proved through a 14-32-143-0-2 effort that he’s stealing money from the NFL; Javon Walker (2-27) is stealing more.

Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Stewart’s heel was good enough for him to get seven carries for 21 yards, but right now he’s a decided afterthought to Williams in the Carolina ground game. And if it hasn’t been spelled out enough, Nnamdi Asomugah is to be feared; Smith was thrown at seven times, resulting in four incompletes, two interceptions, and one completion. On the bright side, if you’re in a combo league you should petition your commissioner to get credit for Smith’s three tackles. Dude clearly likes to hit.

Colts 24, Steelers 20

It certainly didn’t look like vintage Colts football, but the results were similar. Peyton Manning finished with 240 yards and three touchdowns, with 114 of the yards and a touchdown going to Reggie Wayne. Aside from that the pickings were slim, fantasy-wise: Marvin Harrison caught three balls for 37 yards but dropped at least two would-be touchdowns; Dallas Clark and Dominic Rhodes both scored but compiled just 48 receiving yards between them; and Joseph Addai mustered all of 47 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches. Instead, Indy was opportunistic; after scoring on the home-run 65-yarder to Wayne on their opening drive, Indy used the short fields resulting from two interceptions to score their other two touchdowns.

The Steelers had more success through the air than they may have expected, though Ben Roethlisberger was unable to throw a touchdown pass to go along with his 284 yards. Strikes to Nate Washington and Hines Ward did set up Mewelde Moore for a pair of short touchdowns, but it was Moore’s inability to punch across a third shorty late in the game that proved to be the difference; Pittsburgh settled for a field goal and lost by four points. Moore couldn’t break a run longer than nine yards against Indy’s much-maligned run defense, instead carving out 57 yards on 24 carries; he added 48 yards on six catches in yet another start for the injured Willie Parker. Ward found room between the 20s, catching nine balls for 116 yards and very nearly spinning into the end zone before going down at the one to set up Moore’s second score; Matt Spaeth filled in admirably for Heath Miller with six catches for 53 yards as well. But Roethlisberger’s picks came at the most inopportune times, letting Indy close to 17-14 just before the half and then setting them up for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Despite Moore not being built for goal-line duty, the Steelers—with no other options on the roster and Big Ben hardly a candidate for a sneak while nursing a separated shoulder—turned to him three times. As it turned out, that was one time too many when he was stood up by rookie defensive tackle Eric Foster. If Parker is not back soon, the Steelers may need to bring Najeh Davenport back yet again. Indy’s once-deep lineup of fantasy talent has been essentially reduced to Manning and Wayne, with Clark an option in TE-mandatory leagues. However, a schedule that includes Houston, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit among the next four opponents may help the Colts revert to fantasy gold just in time for your playoff push.

Chargers 20, Chiefs 19

Despite 400 yards of offense and a 10-minute advantage in time of possession, the Chargers looked for the most part as if they were still on the bye week. They moved inside the 35 on each of their first four drives yet had just six points to show for it. The expected soft matchup for LaDainian Tomlinson never materialized, as he was unable to carry the offense in rushing for 78 yards on 22 carries and adding 39 on four receptions. Instead, the offensive onus fell on Philip Rivers, who offset a pair of picks with 316 yards and two touchdowns. Vincent Jackson (5-83) worked between the 20s while Malcolm Floyd (4-76-1) and Antonio Gates (8-66-1) finished the scoring drives. Chris Chambers played and was seen in the highlights congratulating Floyd, but was thrown at just twice on the day—neither with any success.

Tyler Thigpen can play, to the point that quarterback may be the one position the Chiefs don’t need to look at early in next year’s draft—unless they want to throw a bunch of bonus money at a kid who probably won’t give them 266 yards and three touchdowns on the road in his fourth NFL start. Not only did Thiggy consistently find Tony Gonzalez (10 catches for 113 yards and two TDs; don’t the Chargers know by now they need to scheme to stop the tight end when they play Kansas City?) and Dwayne Bowe (six for 72), he has also dragged Mark Bradley with him into the realm of fantasy relevancy. Bradley not only scored the game’s first touchdown, he caught nine balls for 81 yards and also threw the block that sprung Gonzo for his first score as well. Once again the Chiefs received little from their ground game. Larry Johnson was serving a league suspension this time, and Jamaal Charles tweaked an ankle; that left Dantrell Savage, who posted 44 yards on a dozen carries. If not for a botched PAT after the Chiefs’ second touchdown this one might have gone to OT; kudos to Herm Edwards for going for two after KC scored with 29 seconds remaining, figuring to end the game one way or another.

Fantasy Impact: The emergence of Bradley as a viable option in the KC passing game takes a bite out of Bowe’s fantasy value going forward. Despite Thigpen’s success there’s really only so much to go around, and you know Gonzo is taking his share off the top. Take even a portion of the six catches a game Bradley is averaging over the past three contests and give them to Bowe, and Bowe is still a solid WR2 in most performance-based fantasy leagues. Sans those looks, Bowe has averaged less than five catches for 70 yards in that span and scored only once. LT passed Corey Dillon and O.J. Simpson on the all-time rushing list, but if he can’t get more than 78 yards on 22 carries against this defense he has almost the same fantasy value as either of those has-beens. This was the portion of the schedule where Tomlinson was supposed to repay those who took him first overall; instead, he’s a disappointing 0-for-1 in soft matchups, and time is running out.

Giants 30, Eagles 24

Wasn’t this supposed to be a low-scoring affair between a couple of elite defenses? That ended early on, with the NFC East rivals combining for 37 first-half points—a total that could have been worse had the Giants not failed to turn a pair of Philly turnovers in the shadow of their own goal posts into touchdowns instead of settling for field goals. The Giants gouged the Eagles on the ground, using 45 rushing attempts to roll up 219 yards on the ground and own a two-to-one advantage in time of possession. Brandon Jacobs did the brunt of the damage with 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries; Derrick Ward (17-53, plus 27 yards on three catches) was a helper in performance leagues. Plaxico Burress got his touchdown—and his one catch for the evening—out of the way early on; after that it was primarily Kevin Boss (6-69-1) and Amani Toomer (5-53) on the business end of Eli Manning passes. An early interception set up Philly’s first touchdown, and a Jacobs fumble set up their second; however, after the Eagles scored on their opening drive of the second half the Giants controlled the ball for 14 of the next 16 minutes—helped, no doubt, by a pair of favorable reviews that overturned an illegal forward pass call and upheld a Jacobs score (as opposed to a fumble)—producing two Jacobs touchdowns and a field goal to put the game out of reach.

You know the Eagles are in for a long night when Donovan McNabb is their leading rusher. Yet Philly capitalized on a couple early Giants turnovers to make this one a game, behind three McNabb touchdown passes and a DeSean Jackson TD run from the Wildcat formation that’s all the rage these days. Jackson also led Eagle receivers with 61 yards on four grabs, but it was Jason Avant (2-25), Kevin Curtis (3-25), and Hank Baskett (1-7) who scored despite having just six catches and 57 yards between them. Brian Westbrook managed just 59 yards on 16 touches; still, the Eagles were within a touchdown and turned to Westy with the game on the line, but he was unable to convert a third-and-three or fourth-and-one on Philly’s final drive.

Fantasy Impact: Jacobs continues to roll, even against the tougher defenses, and despite an early fumble (and another close call on the reviewed touchdown) the Giants did not hesitate to give him the ball and let him chew clock (and yards) in the second half. All of that bodes well for his maintaining an elite level of production through the fantasy playoffs. Westbrook’s struggles were surprising, at least in part because he’s had at least 120 yards from scrimmage in six straight against the Giants heading into the Sunday night affair. Guess they got around to figuring out how to stop him.

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