In battling for your affections as the 2009 first overall fantasy pick, the top candidates kept up their stellar work. Carolina's DeAngelo Williams ran for 178 yards. Adrian Peterson earned the league rushing title (the first Viking to do so) with 103 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. But my vote goes to Michael Turner. The Falcons' 244-pound running back bulled his way to 208 yards. He added a score and gave away another after fumbling near the goal line after a 70-yard burst. But that fumble is still four fewer than Peterson had this month, giving Turner an edge, however slight.
With 161 yards and two scores, Steven Jackson was likely your league's top scorer on Sunday, so this selection is more of a season-long gripe. A training-camp holdout, lingering thigh injury and a woeful Rams team made him largely irrelevant for most of the season. A tough return on your investment in a top-five pick on draft day. (It could have been worse; Tom Brady anyone?) But to reach 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season, the real Steven Jackson finally stood up for the last two games, shouldering the load with 62 carries for 269 yards. He'll be back to his old tricks in '09.
What the heck happened to America's Team? All that Super Bowl talk quickly disappeared, and the door was officially slammed shut on the Cowboys with Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles. The reasons are many. But let's blame Tony Romo. Oh, Tony. What's so difficult about these must-win games? The Cowboys quarterback laid another December egg, falling to 5-8 for the month in his career. Romo failed to lead Dallas into the end zone, fumbled twice and threw an interception. He was pulled with about five minutes left. Ouch. Even Jessica Simpson knows that's bad football.
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