» Jon Kitna hits Shaun McDonald on a 17-yard touchdown pass to "cut" the San Diego lead to 44-14. Kitna now has two scores in the contest. ... Peyton Manning connects with Anthony Gonzalez on a 20-yard touchdown in Oakland. It was Manning's first score of the contest. ... Tony Romo had his right thumb looked at on the sidelines, but he is still in the contest against Philadelphia. ... The Chargers have pulled Philip Rivers in what is a blowout against Detroit. He finished with 142 yards and one touchdown before Billy Volek replaced him under center.
» Justin Fargas scores on a 2-yard run. He now has 91 rushing yards and the one score against Indianapolis. ... Darren Sproles scores on a 1-yard run to put San Diego ahead 41-7 against a Detroit team that has fallen to pieces. ... Philip Rivers and Brandon Manumaleuna connect on a 1-yard touchdown. LaDainian Tomlinson has 116 rushing yards and two scores in the contest. ... Reggie Brown scores on a 1-yard pass from Donovan McNabb.
» Touchdown, Brandon Middleton on a 9-yard pass from Jon Kitna. ... OK it's time to escort Jessica Simpson out of Texas Stadium. Tony Romo must be nervous with her in attendance. He looks like Babe Laufenberg out there. ... Touchdown, San Diego defense, on an 18-yard interception return from Shaun Phillips. ... Ronald Curry finds the end zone on a 3-yard pass from Josh McCown.
» We have a "clean feed" here at the office, and the camera shot is of Jessica Simpson in a white and pink Tony Romo uniform. Man, how much does it rule to be Tony Romo this season? Now all he needs to complete a pass against Philadelphia. ... Tony Romo has thrown six consecutive incompletions to start the Philadelphia-Dallas contest. ... Another score for LaDainian Tomlinson, who finds the end zone on a 2-yard run.
» LaDainian Tomlinson scores on 6-yard run. ... Touchdown, Indianapolis defense and special teams, on a 90-yard punt return from T.J. Rushing. ... The Miami Dolphins win! Cleo Lemon hits Greg Camarillo on a 64-yard touchdown pass. (Greg who?) The fans in South Florida rejoice like it's a Super Bowl win. Camarillo finished with 109 yards and one touchdown.
» Matt Stover connects on a short field goal to tie Miami 16-16. The contest is now headed for overtime. Troy Smith is in for the Ravens, who lost Kyle Boller due to a mild concussion. ... Fred Taylor scores on a 12-yard run. The veteran now has 147 rushing yards and one touchdown against a Pittsburgh defense that entered the weekend ranked second against the run. ... Touchdown, Anthony Becht, on a 1-yard pass from Jeff Garcia. ... Chris Redman has 34 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the contest.
» Brett Favre has passed Dan Marino to become the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader. ... Can Miami win one this week? It's 13-13 against Baltimore in the fourth quarter. ... Steve Smith has eight catches for 72 yards against Seattle. That's not a bad stat line for fantasy footballers in leagues that reward points for catches. Matt Moore hasn't been half bad in the contest. ... Touchdown, Hines Ward, on an 11-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben now has two scores on the afternoon.
» Samkon Gado has three touchdowns in the past two weeks. He scored against Baltimore this afternoon. ... Tom Brady has 74 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Jets. A lot of fantasy footballers are in real trouble because of Brady's struggles this afternoon. ...Vince Young finds Roydell Williams on a 16-yard touchdown. The two have connected for two scores in Kansas City.
» David Garrard has thrown three touchdown passes in Pittsburgh. ... Matt Hasselbeck has been a huge disappointment this week with no touchdown passes in Carolina. Shaun Alexander has 17 rushing yards on seven carries in the contest. ... The Warner Machine strikes again! Kurt Warner tosses a short touchdown pass to Ben Patrick and now has three scores on the afternoon. Aaron Stecker has two touchdowns against Arizona. Who needs Reggie Bush or Deuce McAllister? ... Touchdown, Greg Jennings, on a 44-yard pass from brett Favre. ... Just did the inactives -- Philip Rivers will start against Detroit. Marvin Harrison is out again.
» Shaun Alexander has minus-3 rushing yards on six carries in Carolina. ... Tom Brady didn't have a touchdown pass in the first half against the Jets. By comparison, Brodie Croyle has two scores against Tennessee. Unreal. ... David Patten scores on a 32-yard pass from Drew Brees. Brees now has two touchdown passes in what is a shootout at the Superdome. ... Earnest Graham scores on a 1-yard run. The man is an absolute touchdown machine.
» Touchdown, Laurence Maroney, on a 1-yard run. He was a nice sleeper against a bad Jets run defense. ... New England blocks a punt and will take over from New York's 3-yard line. That could be the turning point of this contest for the Patriots. ... Jerious Norwood has returned for Atlanta. He has 55 yards on six carries in Tampa Bay. ... Steven Jackson scores on a 46-yard run that puts St. Louis and Green Bay in a 14-14 tie. ... Touchdown, Jets defense, on a punt block and return from David Bowens. The Jets are down 10-7.
» The Warner Machine lives on! Kurt Warner throws one to Larry Fitzgerald for 18 yards on the touchdown connection. Warner now has two touchdown passes in the contest. ... Cleveland leads Buffalo 5-0 in an absolute snowstorm. The Browns get a safety on a punt snap that went over Brian Motorman's head. Rather than give up the possible touchdown, Morrman kicked the ball out of the end zone. ... Ben Roethlisberger finds Heath Miller for an 18-yard touchdown. ... Touchdown, Donald Lee, on a 4-yard pass from Brett Favre.
» Aaron Stecker scores on a 1-yard run. He's on pace for well over 100 all-purpose yards against Arizona. ... Samie Parker scores on a 10-yard pass from Brodie Croyle. ... Marc Bulger throws a 4-yard touchdown pass to Torry Holt. ... Laveranues Coles has returned to the sidelines after a short stint in the locker room. He is clearly not 100 percent. ... Tampa Bay's defense and special teams scores again, this time on a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Micheal Spurlock. It was the first kickoff return for a score in the franchise's history!
» I had a hard call to make in the Pro Football Talk league between Tarvaris Jackson and Trent Edwards. It's a 16-team league and I had Jake Delhomme and Matt Leinart at quarterback to start the season (it was an automated draft, which I hated). I started Jackson since Edwards is playing in a snow storm, plus Jessica liked Jackson and she's been a good luck charm for me all season. A little luck doesn't hurt, does it? The team I'm playing has Tom Brady and LaDainian Tomlinson and my No. 2 back this week was Darius Walker, so I'm gonna get killed!
» Chad Pennington is in for the Jets -- can he come in and be the hero? We'll see. Kellen Clemens is headed to the locker room. ... The Jets just ran the option with Brad Smith in at quarterback, and Leon Washington broke one for 49 yards! ... Chad Pennington could see some work for the Jets, as Kellen Clemens seems to have injured his shoulder. ... Touchdown, Tampa Bay defense, on an interception return for a touchdown from Ronde Barber.
» New England's defense scores on a short interception return for a touchdown from Eugene Wilson. Kellen Clemens was hammered in the end zone and threw the pick. ... Touchdown, Ryan Grant, on a 1-yard run. This kid has been a stud for fantasy footballers in the second half of the season. ... Kurt Warner throws a short touchdown pass to Troy Bienemann. ... Roydell Williams scores on a 16-yard pass from Vince Young. ... It's snowing ike crazy in Cleveland right now, and the field in Pittsburgh looks a little suspect. This will be fun!
» Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are both active and will start for Arizona. Roddy White, Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery and Marc Bulger are also active. Ben Roethlisberger is active but at less than 100 percent, so start him with caution. ... The snow has turned to rain and wind at Gillette Stadium, so the conditions are a mess for the Jets-Patriots contest. ... Jessica predicts a 37-17 New England win even with the bad weather. ... Samkon Gado will start for Miami. With CBs Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle out, I'd like Ted Ginn Jr. as a sleeper this week but the weather makes me nervous.
» Jessica, the fantasy girl and a die-hard Patriots fan, told me this little joke that a lot of New England fans will love. Of course, Pats haters won't love it so much:
» John Madden was in Chicago to announce a football game one weekend when he noticed a special telephone near the Bears' bench. He asked a nearby player what it was used for and was told it was a hot line to God. John asked if he could use it. The player told him, "Sure, but it will cost you $100.00." John scratched his head, then thought, what the heck. I could use some help picking games. He pulled out his wallet and paid the $100.00. John's picks were perfect that week.
» The next week, John was in Texas when he noticed that same kind of phone on the Cowboys' bench. He asked what the telephone was for and was told, "It's a hot line to God, if you want to use it, it will cost you $500.00." Recalling last weekend, John pulled out his wallet and made the call. John's picks were perfect again that week!
» The next weekend John was in New England at Gillette Stadium when he noticed the same kind of phone by the Patriots' bench. He asked Tom Brady, "Is that the hot line to God?" Tom said, "yes but it will cost you 25 cents." John looked incredulously at Tom and said, "Wait a second, I just paid $100.00 in Chicago and $500.00 in Texas to use the same phone to God!" Why does New England only charge 25 cents?" Tom looked at John and replied, "In New England, it's a local call."
» Happy holidays everyone! It looks like there will be a ton of bad weather in the Northeast, so the Jets-Patriots, Bills-Browns, Jaguars-Steelers and maybe tonight's Redskins-Giants contest will be affected. How ironic would it be if Tom Brady, who is having the greatest fantasy football season ever, fails to produce in the fantasy postseason due to inclement weather. ... An old friend of mine from SportsLine.com, Bruce Jaret, lives in South Florida and told me it's windy and wet in the area. That means some bad conditions for the Ravens-Dolphins contest.