Sunday was all about keeping up with the Joneses, or rather the NFL's inability to do just that. Thomas Jones had a huge hand in the Jets' rout of the Rams, rushing for 149 yards and three scores. And while Maurice Jones-Drew carried only 11 times, three of those were for Jaguars TDs. (Julius Jones? Not so much. But 88 rushing yards ain't bad.) The Jets' Jones had 107 yards and two of his TDs by halftime, while all of Jones-Drew's scoring runs were in the second quarter. It's nice to have the bulk of your team's points by halftime of the early games, isn't it? But resting easy won't be an option in the coming week: the Jets head to New England on short rest for a Thursday game, and the Jaguars get the run-stuffing Titans.
We sympathize with having to run for your life, Drew Brees. Really we do. Atlanta's big, bad John Abraham breathing down your neck for 60 minutes will rattle even the best. And it did. The Saints quarterback's three picks shaved points off an otherwise stellar outing. Brees' late flurry when the game was out of reach was much-appreciated, salvaging many fantasy contests. He finished with 422 yards and two scores, one on the last play of the game. If only Brees could get points for chewing out Jeremy Shockey on the sideline. Eli Manning thanks you.
Jake Delhomme threw four picks and his Panthers survived, but I bet your fantasy team didn't. And to think that Delhomme seemed like a safe pick against that stink pile in Oakland. He had thrown four touchdowns over his previous two games, getting back into a groove with Steve Smith -- who caught three of those scores. Things were looking good when Delhomme threw a TD one minute into the game ... then the wheels fell off. He was only 6 for his next 26 to finish with 72 yards. Houston's Sage Rosen-smells also threw four picks and one score, but at least he had nearly 300 yards to finish in the black. Do you roll the dice on Delhomme next week vs. Detroit? He can't get any worse.
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