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Random observations for short-attention-span fans:

Before I get started, I'd like to thank Eagles backup tight end Mike Bartrum for letting me know that if this whole fantasy thing doesn't work out, I can always fall back on a career as a backup NFL placekicker.

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Also, special thanks to Westwood One's broadcast duo of Joel Meyers asked John Riggins, who nearly caused me to steer my car into a Jones Falls Expressway retaining wall on Sunday night. At some point during their call of the Giants-Chargers game, the pair got on the topic of giraffes -- don't ask me how. This led Meyers to inquire of Riggins, "Have you watched giraffes lately?" Try saying that five times fast, and then consider that I was not listening all that closely. Yeah. I thought I was going to have to ring the FCC.

Moving on ...

  • With a little Mewelde magic, the Vikings found a running game, got Daunte Culpepper back on track and got Travis Taylor to hang on to the ball. Remarkable. Taylor had two touchdown catches on Sunday, two more than he had in 11 games last season.

  • Mewelde Moore ran for 101 yards on a career-high 23 carries for the Vikings, the most attempts by a Minnesota back since Onterrio Smith ran 27 times in Week 15 of the 2003 season. In four career starts, Moore has gained 440 yards on 55 carries, though he has no TDs in 13 games as a pro.

  • Moore's success means Michael Bennett's days as a Viking are numbered. He's rumored to be headed to Arizona, where he'll join the only backfield in the NFL more mixed up than Minnesota's.

  • Enough about David Akers already. He's like the guy who shows up to work despite having a runny nose, hacking cough and blood trickling from his ears. If it's that bad, go home. If not, suck it up. But spare us the histrionics. It's all good -- 'Boomer' Bartrum's got your back.

  • Buffalo QB J.P. Losman reminds me a lot of Kyle Boller, which is why both Eric Moulds and Lee Evans rank behind four Giants receivers, including David Tyree and Willie Ponder, in fantasy scoring. Let the Kelly Holcomb watch begin.

  • Colts QB Peyton Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his seven-plus pro seasons.

  • If you thought you got shorted on your weekly Morley Safer fix because Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game ran a little too long, you've got a legitimate gripe. The NFL acknowledged Monday that 52 seconds were inadvertently added to the fourth quarter of the Pats' 23-20 victory due to a clock error. Antwaan Randle El has lobbied to have the 52 seconds that include his rugby flashback deleted from the game tape.

  • Tampa Bay, the NFL's top-ranked defense, has not given up a rushing touchdown this season. Neither have Miami, Baltimore, Indianapolis or, surprisingly, Green Bay.

  • Week 3 All-Bust team: Peyton Manning (who currently ranks 21st in QB scoring), Willie Parker, Stephen Davis, Joe Horn, Isaac Bruce, Daniel Graham.

  • Week 3 All-Busted team: Travis Henry

  • The top of the Week 3 leaderboard looks a little bit like a mock draft, with LaDainian Tomlinson (37.19) first, followed close by Shaun Alexander (33.33). Both totaled four TDs on Sunday, with one of Tomlinson’s coming on a pass to Keenan McCardell. Steve Smith (27.20) checked in third, with Daunte Culpepper (26.40) and Brian Westbrook (25.86) close behind.

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