Glad to have you back, Brian Westbrook. We've missed you. The running back was absent from two of the Eagles' previous three games because of injuries, leaving many fantasy lineups with a gaping hole and no capable backup to run through it. Well, you now can fold those waiver-wire bets (anyone else whiff on Cedric Benson?) because Westbrook returned Sunday with 209 total yards and two TDs. His 167 rushing yards accounted for nearly half of his season total (361), and the arrow will only point up from here. As always, ride Westbrook while he's healthy.
Brett Favre, you just got punked by ... Tyler Thigpen? In just his second NFL start, the Chiefs quarterback seemed like the level-headed one, turning in an efficient 280-yard effort with two scores and no turnovers. Favre, however, lost his bearings after capping the Jets' opening drive with an 18-yard touchdown to all-purpose mighty mite Leon Washington. Favre threw three picks, the final one returned 91 yards for a 24-21 Chiefs lead. Why were the Jets throwing the ball so much against this awful run defense? What should have been a handoff fest produced only 24 rushing plays. Curious, but at least Favre had the chance to engineer his 41st fourth-quarter comeback, hitting Laveranues Coles from 15 yards out with a minute left for the win. "I know he's a little old, but he still can play," Coles said of Favre. How true.
Like clockwork? It was the opposite for Big Ben on Sunday. After quite literally trying to throw the game away, Ben Roethlisberger finally succeeded with 1 minute 31 seconds left when his fourth and final pick sealed the Steelers' aggravating 21-14 home loss to the Giants. Two of his interceptions resulted in Giants field goals. Roethlisberger hooked up with nifty receiver Nate Washington on a 65-yard score in the third quarter, but then the Steelers offense sure went to pot. Who knew benched wideout Santonio Holmes was so important?
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