Fantasy Island

Tribune staff reporter


Tony Romo brought more than those trademark dimples back to the Cowboys' offense. He also added some new wrinkles, and nobody is smiling more than Terrell Owens. T.O. had been held under 40 receiving yards for five straight games and hadn't cracked the century mark all season. "They unleashed me today," Owens said. They sure did. He broke loose for 213 yards, including a 75-yard TD. There were better games Sunday -- Michael Turner scored four times and Matt Cassel accounted for four TDs in a 400-yard game -- but none was a longer time coming than Owens'. Expect more of the same against Seattle on Thursday.

Off course

That bad game was bound to happen, kid. After four straight stellar outings (eight TDs vs. one interception), Tyler Thigpen faltered a bit against a Bills squad starving for a win. The Chiefs' former third-string quarterback helped them feast in a 54-31 rout -- the most points ever scored against Kansas City. Thigpen threw for 240 yards and three scores, but he also had three crucial turnovers. Two were picks to Leodis McKelvin, one returned for a 64-yard touchdown. But don't get down on Thigpen; he still had a top-10 day at his position. And with Oakland, Denver and San Diego up next, he remains a must-start.


From bad to worse to benched. That's it, Donovan McNabb, I'm voting you off Fantasy Island. Last week was bad enough. But Sunday's horrible start didn't even earn McNabb a shot at turning it around in the second half. Eagles coach Andy Reid pulled the plug after his veteran quarterback went 8 of 18 for 59 yards, two interceptions and a fumble in the first two quarters. That translates into negative points for all you fantasy owners. McNabb watched the rest of the 36-7 beating at Baltimore from the sideline. For a 10-year veteran? Ouch. But that's seven turnovers in a game and a half. Find another option at QB.

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