Chris Wesseling

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Monday, November 22, 2010




Injury Ward

Vince Young, Titans - Thumb
Colt McCoy, Browns - Ankle
Jahvid Best, Lions - Turf Toes
Felix Jones, Cowboys - Hip
Clinton Portis, Redskins - Groin
Chris Ivory, Saints - Shoulder
Austin Collie, Colts - Concussion
Mike Williams, Seahawks - Foot
Bernard Berrian, Vikings - Groin
Early Doucet, Cardinals - Head
Vernon Davis, 49ers - Ankle
Tony Scheffler, Lions - Ribs
Ben Watson, Browns - Ankle
Ellis Hobbs, Eagles - Neck
Brandon Flowers, Chiefs - Hamstring
Johnathan Joseph, Bengals - Ankle
Chris Crocker, Bengals - Knee
Roy Williams, Bengals - Concussion
Eric Wright, Browns - Knee

Check out Matt Stroup's "Toe No He Didn't" for in-depth analysis of Sunday's M*A*S*H unit fallout.

Awards Section

Stat of the Week: Tom Brady won his 25th consecutive regular-season start at home, tying Brett Favre's 1995-1998 record for the longest streak in NFL history.

Runner-Up: With a pick of 49ers QB Troy Smith, Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber became the first player in NFL history with at least 40 interceptions to go with 25 sacks.

Left Over from Week 10: There were 13 individual 300-yard passing performances, most in a single week in NFL history. Michael Vick became the first quarterback to win consecutive NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards since Randall Cunningham in Weeks 4-5 of 1998.

Quote of the Week: Panthers QB Brian St. Pierre was pulled off the couch and added to the practice squad a week ago. Owner of five career pass attempts in eight years, he last practiced in January. His response to being named the Week 11 starter over rookie Tony Pike: "John Fox came in to me on Wednesday and said, 'Vinny Testaverde came in and did this three years ago. And I said, 'Well, Vinny has a little better resume than I do.'"

Runner-Up: From Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, asked what he knows about St. Pierre: "I know how to get after his ass."

Second Runner-Up: Terrell Owens after the Bengals blew a 28-7 lead and were outscored 35-0 in the second half in what ended up as a 49-31 loss: "Let me look you in the eyes and emphasize -- we are terrible." Bengals owner Mike Brown is the fastest in NFL history to 200 losses. The franchise that annually invites apathy is on its way to a 14th losing season in 20 years.

Tweet of the Week: Terrell Owens, late in Monday night's 59-29 Eagles whitewashing of the Redskins, ripping his old pal Donovan McNabb: "How do you justify a 78 million dollar contract with this type of performance?"

Runner-Up: From CBS' Gregg Doyel a/k/a @greggdoyelcbs: "Weep not for cut Steelers K Jeff Reed. How many fat drunks with one known skill can earn millions by age 30?"

Second Runner-Up: From the Sports Pickle a/k/a @sportspickle: "Eli Manning is similar to Mike Vick in that he once got sent to timeout for having his stuffed animals fight. … I should note that this happened to Eli yesterday."

Fantasy MVP of Week 11: Greg Jennings, Packers / Steve Johnson, Bills
Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 11: Mike Goodson, Panthers / Santonio Holmes, Jets
Fantasy Rookie of Week 11: Chris Ivory, Saints / Mike Williams, Buccaneers
Fantasy Disappointment of Week 11: Frank Gore, 49ers / Jahvid Best, Lions
Fantasy Fraud of Week 11: Vince Young, Titans / Randy Moss, Titans
Fantasy Fluke of Week 11: Joel Dreessen, Texans / David Gettis, Panthers

Fine Fifteen Fantasy Offenses

1. Eagles - Scouts say Shady McCoy "nearly identical" to Westbrook in his prime.
2. Giants - Bradshaw loses fifth fumble of the year but won't lose job.
3. Texans - Arian Foster is first back to 1,000 rushing yards; 13 TDs to boot.
4. Colts - Manning almost single-handedly responsible for keeping his team in the game, only to blow it in crunch time.
5. Chargers - Broncos D worst in the league on passes over 20 yards.
6. Packers - Last 3 weeks: Packers 85, Opponents 10.
7. Saints - Brees has already broken Archie Manning's franchise-record for completions.
8. Cowboys - Passing game clicking, but also over 100 rushing yards in each of last two weeks.
9. Falcons - Roddy White is the first receiver to 1,000 yards this year.
10. Ravens - Third team in NFL history to have 3 players with 600 receptions (Mason, Housh, Boldin).
11. Broncos - Orton on pace for 4,987 yards and 28 TDs.
12. Steelers - Mike Wallace has NFL-high 7 TDs of 20+ yards.
13. Jets - The more pass rushers you bring, the better Sanchez plays.
14. Patriots - In Pats' locker rom, there's a picture with the heads of Brady & Branch on the bodies of Jules & Vincent from "Pulp Fiction." True story.
15. Chiefs - D-Bowe leading NFL in TD receptions.

Falling Out: Vikings, Lions
Feeling Frisky: Bengals, Bills, Jaguars

Coach Stock Watch

Up: Chan Gailey, Jason Garrett

Gailey has rung two straight wins out of team that enters every game at a significant talent disadvantage. What he's done to turn around the offense is incredible. … Garrett may only have to go 4-2 or 3-3 the rest of the way to keep the job going into 2010.

Down: Brad Childress, Gary Kubiak, Marvin Lewis

It's time for the Vikes to put Brett Favre on injured reserve, can Childress, and turn the team over to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for six weeks. … How many close games do the Texans have to lose before Kubiak's play-calling and soft coaching come under fire? … Don't misread the Lewis situation in Cincinnati. He turned down an extension last year, holding out for an indoor practice facility and more control in personnel matters. Lewis is the only semi-successful coach in 20 years since Mike Brown took over the franchise. The hapless Bungles can't -- and won't -- do better.

Theismann Watch

There are three Thursday games this week for Thanksgiving: Patriots @ Lions, Saints @ Cowboys, and Bengals @ Jets in the Theismann game.

Early Waiver Look

QB: Tony Romo, Seneca Wallace, Tarvaris Jackson, Kerry Collins, Rusty Smith
RB: Maurice Morris, Dimitri Nance
WR: Blair White, Robert Meachem (49 percent) Nate Burleson (44 percent), Laurent Robinson, Brian Hartline, Ben Obomanu, Donald Jones
TE: Jimmy Graham, Joel Dreessen, Delanie Walker, Evan Moore

For an in-depth look at this week's top waiver options, my Waiver Wired column will run on Tuesday afternoons throughout the season.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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