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Answers to CAR/TB, CHI/MIN & CIN/PIT

Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.

WR Steve Smith plays, and QB Jack Delhomme has his best game so far - 272 yards and one TD.  Keyshawn Johnson had a great game with a rushing and receiving TD to go with 97 yards receiving.  Do not be surprised to see that performance end-up as his best this year.

As for the RBBC, DeSahun Foster went for 82 yards on 20 carries while D'Angelo Williams carried the rock four times for -1 yards.  Treat this situation the way you did with Denver in the pre-season.  Avoid if possible.

Statistically, QB Chris Sims was Bollerian - 13-24-139-1-1.  Unfortunately, it qualifies as his best real-life performance of the season.

Cadillac Williams scored a TD but was ineffective otherwise with only 48 yards on 19 carries.  It is time to throw the Buc's players overboard - and hope they don't come back and kill you at play-off time.


Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 p.m.

The Bears won a tough game against the Vikings 19-16.  GRex threw for 278 yards on 23 completions.  Consider me converted.  GRex should be a solid start for the season.

RB Thomas Jones was pedestrian.  (Actually, 18/54 could be considered an insult to pedestrian, couldn't it?)  Other than 3 carries for -3 yards credited to Grossman, no other Bear touched the ball.  So much for a #5 overall pick forcing a team to play him just to justify the pick.

Vikings' RB Chester Taylor had as good a game as one could expect against the Bears.  He went 20/74 with 3 receptions for 15 yards.  I expect him to explode on the first week defense he faces.

WR Troy Williamson had four recptions and 39 yards.  This was an unsurprising result as one could reasonably assume the Bears defense would take T-Dubya away and let someone else beat them.

No one beat them, but former sleeper Travis Taylor did catch six balls for 82 yards.


Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m.

I wondered how much of a drop-off WR Chris Henry would take from his excellent Week Two game.  The answer was "None."  He caught two TD passes- one an excellent grab, the other a red zone 4-yarder.

All Housmandzadeh owners now have to worry about the 2nd WR receptions being split - not an enviable position.  

Or should that be 2nd round pick Charles Johnson owners?

Wow!  Was Roethlisberger bad.  Again.  208 yards with 3 INTs and no TDs.

However, Fast Willie Parker was excellent. 31/133 and 2 TDs - both from insde the five!

With the Bengals winning in Pittsburgh, they now move to the forefront of AFC Super Bowl contenders.