November 16, 2010
At halftime on Monday night, the Eagles held a 31-point lead over the Redskins. The Mercy Rule, had one existed, would have been triggered in the first quarter.
After two quarters, Vick had already topped 40 points in standard leagues. His first pass resulted in an 88-yard touchdown. His first run became a 7-yard score. At the break, he was 14-for-18 through the air for 264 yards and three TDs; he'd also rushed for 66 yards, crossing the goal line twice.
Washington's defense had offered little resistance (obviously), but there's no way to spin Vick's performance as anything other than brilliant, near perfect. He was well ahead of the pace necessary to shatter your fantasy league's all-time single-game scoring record, whatever it is.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much need for Vick to throw in the fourth quarter. He checked out near the two-minute warning, his team leading 59-28. Vick finished with the following totals: 333 passing yards, four TDs, 80 rushing yards, two TDs.
That's 49 points in a standard scoring setup. (Standard: 4 points for passing TDs, 6 for rushing TDs, 1 point per 25 passing yards, 1 point per 10 rushing/receiving).
According to the Roto Arcade research staff (me), Vick's fantasy total bumped Hall of Famer YA Tittle from the fantasy record book. Back in 1962, Tittle passed for 505 yards and seven TDs, leading the Giants to a win over … wait for it … the Redskins. Here's the box score. In the fantasy era, Mark Rypien's 47-point performance back in '91 was the top mark (442 yards, six passing TDs, rush TD).
If the game circumstances would have allowed it — that is, if Washington's offense could have kept up the pace — Vick clearly had a shot at the biggest fantasy day in history, regardless of position. But I'm fairly sure that honor still belongs to Billy Cannon. He scored five touchdowns in a game for the Oilers back in '61, while rushing for 216 yards and catching five passes for 114. That's a cool 62 points for Billy. (Honorable mention: Dub Jones in '51, Gale Sayers in '65, Clinton Portis in '03).
Vick basically threw like Tittle and ran like Sayers on Monday night, and the Redskins had no chance. If he led you to a comeback win in the imaginary game, please take a victory lap in comments. (Also, if the blog's research staff somehow forgot any all-time fantasy totals, please share).
Postscript: OK, so the 1961 AFL champion Houston Oilers were an unrivaled fantasy juggernaut. That year, on November 19, Houston defeated the New York Titans 49-13, and Hall of Famer George Blanda passed for 418 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw an interception (that's -1 in a default scoring system), so he totaled 43 fantasy points as a passer.
Incredible day, but not a record … unless you factor in the kicking stats. Blanda actually converted all seven XPs against the Titans and missed his only field goal attempt. Depending on how you scored your AFL fantasy league back in '61, Blanda may have had a 50-point effort. Crazy. That's easily the greatest dual eligibility fantasy situation of all-time: George Blanda, QB/K.
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