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Answers to SD/BAL & SF/KC

San Diego at Baltimore 1:00 P.M.

The Chargers out-gained the Ravens 434 yards to 262, but lost because Phillip Rivers threw an early interception deep in his own territory that was coverted into a Ravens TD.

This allowed the Ravens to stay close and win on a late game drive.

That qualifies in my book as the minimal amount of effort the Ravesn needs from their offense to win.

Other than that early mistake, Rivers was not overwhelmed - 13/22/145/1, but he wasn't asked to win the game either as the Chargers ran the ball 40 times.

RB Michael Turner has turned into a must-grab the moment Tomlinson gets injured.  He added 46 yards on seven carries.


San Francisco at Kansas City 1:00 P.M.

The poor 49ers!  They turned into a pumpkin just as I thought they were princessess.

QB Alex Smith was only a couple incompletions from being the 2005 version - 13/25/92/0 with two INTs.  (To be the 2005 version, he'd need 10 or 11 completions vs the 13 he had.)

Eric Johnson caught three balls.  A horrible showing for those fantasy teams that went and grabbed him off the prior week's game, but it was almost 25% of the QB's completions!

(But Dad!  It was a good F!)

RB Marcus Robinson had four carries but, given the blowout, wasn't in position to steal a goalline carry or two from F. (As in fumble) Gore.

The Chiefs rolled to 41 points, and Larry Johnson had the game one expects from a top RB - 100+ yards and two scores.

QB Damon Huard had a servicable start from a bye week perspective - 208 yards and two TDs with no INTs taking away fantasy points, and, yes, the Huard-led offenses scared teams away from WR Eddie Kennison 86 yard/TD performance.