Fantasy Football: TPS Monday Afternoon Quarterback (Week 13)
In a week that produced some surprising upsets, including the Raiders upending the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins coming back to edge the Patriots, the leagues two remaining undefeated teams were able to avoid disaster, however the Saints needed a little more than the expected 60 minutes to do so. Their opponents, the Washington Redskins, looked to be in control throughout most of the game, but a few big plays by Robert Meachem at the end of each half allowed New Orleans to get the game into overtime, and sealed the victory on a Garrett Hartley game-winning field goal. The Colts, on the other hand, made quick work of Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans, getting an early lead and controlling the pace of the game so that a possible comeback would never really come into question. Most NFL fans likely thought that it would be Indianapolis who would struggle to keep their undefeated record alive through week 13, but it was the Saints who had to battle a little harder than expected in order to pull out the important win. It is the first time in NFL history that two teams have been 12-0, and it is becoming more and more reasonable to believe that we may be headed towards the unthinkable; two undefeated teams throughout the course of a single NFL regular season. With four games left on the schedule, you can bet this story will continue to grow in magnitude.
Here is a look at what happened during week 13 in this edition of the TPS Monday Afternoon Quarterback.
New York Jets 19 at Buffalo 13 – With the loss, the Bills regular season record in Toronto falls to 0-2. They may want to scrap this game from their schedule in the future.
Philadelphia 34 at Atlanta 7 – The return of Michael Vick was a successful one as he recorded two touchdowns.
Tampa Bay 6 at Carolina 16 – Even without Delhomme and DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers found enough offense ot get by the struggling Bucs.
St. Louis 9 at Chicago 17 – The only time you may not hear about a Culter disaster is when his Bears play the Rams.
Detroit 13 at Cincinnati 23 – It is a loss in the standings, but a moral victory for the Lions for keeping this one close.
Tennessee 17 at Indianapolis 27 – Not even an unbelievably hot Chris Johnson could take down these seemingly unbeatable Colts.
Houston 18 at Jacksonville 23 – The absence of Matt Schaub with an injury for much of the first half was just enough to help the Jags get by in this one.
Denver 44 at Kansas City 13 – Could this game mark the end of the Matt Cassel experiment and the beginning of the Brodie Croyle experiment?
New England 21 at Miami 22 – With each passing week, it becomes more and more evident that the Pats secondary is in serious trouble.
Oakland 27 at Pittsburgh 24 – What better way to have your season come crashing down than with a loss to the lowly Raiders.
New Orleans 33 at Washington 30 – Even when they should lose, the Saints still find a way to win.
San Diego 30 at Cleveland 23 – The Browns showed some bite, but the Chargers appear to be as unbeatable as the Saints and Colts at this point.
Dallas 24 at New York Giants 31 – Once again the race in the NFC EAST just got a lot more interesting.
San Francisco 17 at Seattle 20 – This loss just about sealed the NFC WESt for the Arizona Cardinals…
Minnesota 17 at Arizona 30 – …And this win surely guaranteed them that spot on top of the division.
Your Fantasy team likely won if it looked something like this…
QB: Tony Romo, DAL – 392 yards, 3 TDs
RB: Brandon Jacobs, NYG – 113 total yards, 2 TDs
RB: Joseph Addai, IND – 96 total yards, 2 TDs
WR: Anquan Boldin, ARI – 98 yards, 2 TDs
WR: Santonio Holmes, PIT – 149 yards, 1 TD
TE: Vernon Davis, SF – 111 yards, 1 TD
K: Garrett Hartley, NO – 4 FGs, 3 XPs
DEF: Broncos – 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 DFR, 1 DTD, 13 PA, 222 TYdA
Your fantasy team likely lost if it looked something like this…
QB: Carson Palmer, CIN – 220 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 1 FL
RB: Frank Gore, SF – 62 total yards, 1 FL
RB: Marion Barber, DAL – 43 total yards, 1 FL
WR: Mike Sims-Walker, JAC – 12 yards
WR: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA – 37 yards
TE: John Carlson, SEA – 9 yards
K: Matt Bryant, ATL – 1 XP
DEF: Vikings – 1 DFR, 30 PA, 398 TYdA
Here is a look at some of the highlights from week thirteen…