Another week of split results. One team won, the other lost. Both with considerable margins.
The public instance of the team won the match between the two thus far unbeaten teams. Was worried for a good while, especially with Michael Turner posting almost 30 points in the Falcons’ high-scoring game against Cincinnati. The ‘niners heroes were Eli Manning and Knowshon Moreno, with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Michael Crabtree retreated back into his no-score cave after Alex Smith was hurt. Fortunately the newest recruit in the receiving corps, Bengals’ Terrell Owens, turned out worthy: a neat 15 points in the first game. Tennessee defense had a good day against the Eagles, 16 points for D/ST is high by any standards. The stupidest bit of coaching was leaving newly healed Darren McFadden on the bench – he led the Oakland Raiders on a massive rampage over Denver Broncos: missed out on 43 points (probably the highest tally I’ve seen thus far in half a decade of playing).
The Finland Fantasy Football game was a loss. My team never got close to the opponent – with more than half of the fielded players putting up scores between two and five points, that was a well-justified loss. Next week ought to be better – the byes and injuries took a large toll on the ‘niners this week. In addition to Aaron Rodgers and the perennially useful Jason Witten, the only player who put up a respectable display was Cadillac Williams – his late touchdown was a lonely highlight in a massive sea of mediocrity this week.
In the real NFL, by far the biggest news was New Orleans Saints loss to Cleveland Browns. Drew Brees threw four picks, and the team never got clicking on the ground either (understandable with most of their RBs injured). San Francisco lost a tight game once again, and got a reminder that a backup quarterback is not a solution to Alex Smith playing unevenly – David Carr was just plain awful against the usually generous Carolina defense.
Bring on week eight!