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Answers for JAX/WAS & NE/CIN

Jacksonville at Washington 4:15 p.m.

The Jaguars decided against running the ball.  RB Fred Taylor had seven carries and 16 yards, Last week's surprise Maurice Drew-Jons had three carries and three yards.

The bigger surprise was the quality passing game of Byron Leftwich.  He threw for 289 yards and three scores (one of which went to Jones-Drew for 51 yards.)

The vaunted Jaguars defense was shredded by the Washington offense.  RB Clinton Portis went for 112 yards and a score, QB Mark Brunnell had 329 yards and three TDs, and WR Santan Moss had the best game of all.

He caught just four passes but had 138 yards receiving and the three TD passes from Brunnell.  One TD went for 55 yards and the other 68.  In leagues that add points for TD length, Moss likely went for more than 40 points.

If you sat him, then you missed his best game of the year.


New England at Cincinnati 4:15 p.m.

Relatively speaking, WR Doug Gabriel emerged as the Pats #1 receiver with four catches, a team-leading 57 yards and a TD.  It's not much, but it is what it is.

RB Corey Dillon did play and carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards and a TD.  However, rookie Lawrence Maroney gained 125 yards on 15 carries with two TDs.

I am worried about that type of yardage on so few carries, but the performance won't stop fantasy teams from starting Maroney.

The poor Bengals!  They were installed as six-point favorites following the whipping they gave to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

In come the no-name receiving corps of the Pats and wham!  The Bengals get spanked.  

TJ Houshmandzadeh had 95 yards receivng, and Charles Johnson caught six passes for 64 yards.  However, the previous two weeks' darling, Chris Henry, was inactive due to character issues.

That cleared-up the not-enough balls issue, but, without any TD passes, it wasn't a concern in hindsight.