The Bengals defense finally showed up in prime time, holding the Broncos to 10 points and allowing Chad Johnson to keep talking after defeating Champ Bailey head-to-head. Granted, Bailey did fall down on that 50-yard TD pass to get the ball rolling.
Jerry Rice and Quincy Morgan failed to spark their squads to victory, but they were certainly more involved in the offensive game plans of their new teams. Rice had a season-high seven looks this week, even though he caught only one pass from Matt Hasselbeck. Keenan McCardell stepped right in after a ten-month layoff to catch five balls in San Diego's win on Sunday.
The 56-point Kansas City outburst against the Falcons was positively frightening. Looking deeper into the box score, they had 36 first downs and 540 yards of offense. That's a scary stat sheet.
LaDainian Tomlinson was replaced by Jesse Chatman for the bulk of the fourth quarter, as he was bothered by the same groin injury that has plagued him all season. If you haven't yet handcuffed Chatman to your possession of Tomlinson, do so now. Here's a Tomlinson stat for thought. Though he has only three games with over 80 yards rushing (two 100-yard games), Tomlinson has scored in six of San Diego's seven games.
Hail to the kickers! Showing the fickle nature of the kicker position, Josh Scobee and Neil Rackers posted huge numbers this week, as did Sebastian Janikowski. Only Janikowski was a staple in fantasy drafts.
Despite a one-TD performance in Sunday's win over Tennessee, Daunte Culpepper maintains a two passing touchdown advantage in the race against Peyton Manning for the league lead. However, this performance dented his hopes of obliterating Dan Marino's single-season record of 48 (current pace of 3.17 TDs per game would yield 50). He'll look to get back on track against the Giants, who looked vulnerable against Detroit.
Let's get deeper into Week 7:
Shouldering the load: Most active RB's (carries+catches)
|Week 7 Touch Leaders|
|1||Sammy Morris, MIA||31|
|2||Emmitt Smith, ARI||30|
|3||Tiki Barber, NYG||29|
|4||Reuben Droughns, DEN||28|
|5||Deuce McAllister, NO||27|
|6||Brad Hoover, CAR||26|
|7||Fred Taylor, JAC||25|
|7||Priest Holmes, KC||25|
|7||Mewelde Moore, MIN||25|
|7||Michael Pittman, ARI||25|
|11||Edgerrin James, IND||24|
|11||Rudi Johnson, CIN||24|
Attention getters: Top intended targets (looks)
|Week 7 Look Leaders|
|1||Darrell Jackson, SEA||15|
|2||Joe Horn, NO||14|
|3||Dennis Northcutt, CLE||13|
|3||Jerry Porter, OAK||13|
|3||Bryant Johnson, ARI||13|
|6||Ashley Lelie, DEN||12|
|6||Keary Colbert, CAR||12|
|6||Brandon Stokley, IND||12|
|6||Derrick Mason, TEN||12|
|10||Shaun McDonald, STL||11|
|10||Rod Smith, DEN||11|
|10||Ben Troupe, TEN||11|
Trainer's table: Updates on the wounded in action
- Steve McNair re-injured his sternum in Week 7, leaving the game in the first quarter. He'll likely miss the next 2-3 weeks, meaning that Billy Volek takes the helm.
- Tim Rattay was held out of practice Monday due to a sore forearm. The fact that he's still sore after a bye week is a bit frightening. At this rate, Ken Dorsey will battle Craig Krenzel on Sunday in a rematch of their classic 2002 National Championship game when Ohio State upended the Miami Hurricanes. Hey, someone had to make this potential disaster of a game interesting.
- Raiders guard Frank Middleton will miss the remainder of the season with a torn quad. With Ron Stone already out, the run game gets even worse for Amos Zereoue and company.
- John Hall remains sidelined with a groin strain, meaning that Ola Kimrin will likely be the man against the Packers.
- Staying in Washington, LaVar Arrington slipped during practice and re-injured his surgically repaired right knee. His absence will make life better for the resurgent Packers offense.
- J.P. Losman is back in uniform for the Bills, but has not participated in full contact drills. With Drew Bledsoe's struggles, Losman will likely see action before this season ends.
- Not only did he lose his starting gig to Reuben Droughns, Quentin Griffin may have torn his ACL on a kick return in Monday's game. More information is forthcoming, but it's likely that he's done for the year. Tatum Bell moves up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
- Monster tackle Jonathan Ogden is likely to miss Week 8 with a pulled hamstring. This will make Chester Taylor's life more difficult against the Philly defense trying to re-establish itself after the Cleveland debacle.
- Chris Brown was sidelined in Monday's practice with turf toe on his left foot. His status is questionable, but it's likely he gives it a go against Cincinnati.
- Mike Alstott is out for at least the next month with a sprained knee. Michael Pittman benefited from Alstott's bull-like rushes, but will get short yardage and goal-line chances in his absence.
- Brett Favre now has a sprained right hand, adding to the list of injuries that have befallen the Packers' leader. He'll miss most of practice this week, but you can guarantee that he's on the field against Washington.
- Terry Glenn will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a sprained right foot. Fellow wideout Quincy Morgan strained his hamstring and may be limited this week.
- Brian Westbrook sustained a chest contusion on Sunday and is questionable for this week's game. Dorsey Levens and Reno Mahe would pick up the slack if he can't go.
- As expected, DeShaun Foster will have surgery to correct his shoulder injury and miss the remainder of 2004. With Stephen Davis still slowed by injury, look for more carries by Brad Hoover (99 yards in Week 7).
- Marvin Harrison tweaked a shoulder in the second quarter of Sunday's game, but showed no ill effects in practice on Monday. He'll be ready for Week 8.
- Priest Holmes left Sunday's rout of the Falcons with an ankle injury, but could have returned if needed. Naturally, the single-game record was enticing, but with the Chiefs looking to rebound from a slow start, there was no point in subjecting Holmes to more hits. He'll be back in Week 8.
- Finally, Randy Moss left Sunday's game after two snaps. Mike Tice said that Moss will be a "legitimate contributor" for Week 8 against the Giants.