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Kevin Walter(notes), Wide Receiver, Houston Texans. With just over 2:00 to play, Matt Schaub(notes) found Joel Dreessen(notes) in the end zone for a score that would've tied the game at 31. Unfortunately, fellow red-clad warrior Kevin Walter was called for offensive pass interference on the play, and those six points were erased. On the next play, they give the ball to Chris Brown (instead of Steve Slaton(notes), for some reason), and Brown fumbled it away. For all intents and purposes, that ended our football game.

The call was a little questionable. Walter did (inadvertently, I believe) set a pick on linebacker Justin Durant(notes), but Durant had his attention focused on Owen Daniels(notes) at the time. I don't believe it affected the play. Nevertheless, the yellow fabric hit the turf, and Battle Red Day was wasted. Frown.

Kerry Collins(notes), Quarterback, Tennessee Titans. The last 26 minutes and 34 seconds of the Titans vs. Jets game passed yesterday without a completion from Kerry Collins. He threw a touchdown to Nate Washington(notes) with just under 11:34 to play in the third quarter, and his next completion will be the first one since.

Obviously, the Jets stifling defense was a factor, but no NFL quarterback goes 13 straight passes without a completion unless he's contributing his own high level of suck to the equation. Making it all even more strange was the fact that Collins threw some great balls in the first half to get the Titans back in the game.

Terrell Owens(notes), Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills. Zero completions, zero yards, and zero touchdowns. Goose eggs all around for T.O. ... or, as he perhaps should be called, T.0.0.0. No one can say he can't accessorize, though.

Limas Sweed(notes), Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers. In the third quarter against Cincinnati, Sweed broke away from coverage and got himself open for a beautiful deep touchdown strike from Ben Roethlisberger(notes) ... it hit Sweed in the palms, and he dropped it like it was on fire. Given that disaster, plus the emergence of young wideout Mike Wallace(notes) (7 receptions, 102 yards), it may be a while before we see Sweed trusted with any sort of meaningful role again.

JaMarcus Russell(notes), Quarterback, Oakland Raiders. 12-of-21, 61 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Soon, this feature is going to be renamed "JaMarcus Russell and four other guys who played like JaMarcus Russell."

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