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They've currently put up 59 points, and we still have one more quarter left to play. So the real question is, "are the Broncos that bad?" Or is it, "are the Raiders becoming legit?"
The halftime score: Oakland 38, Broncos 0.
The box score: Oakland has rushed for 281 yards, while Denver has rushed for only 38. RB Darren McFadden has carried the ball 16 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns (as well as one TD receiving), while RB Michael Bush has 15 carries for 52 yards and one touchdown.
Raiders QB Jason Campbell has been mediocre under center, but has managed the game effectively completing 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Denver QB Kyle Orton has completed 12 of 29 passes, with two touchdowns and one interception.
Oakland has forced three turnovers thus far, one of which was a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Chris Johnson.
The Raiders took the Broncos to the woodshed, today. Oh by the way, this game was played at Invesco Field in Denver, CO..
Coming into the season, QB Jay Cutler was primed for a big year due to Mike Martz coming in to run the offense. Big things were supposed to be in store for the quarterback with the new, pass-heavy offense installed.
Things haven't worked out like they were supposed to.
Today, Cutler threw four interceptions, and also fumbled once as well. His numbers were not good, as he completed 26 of 40 passes for 281 yards and only one touchdown. The Bears had 14 passing first downs, yet they scored only 14 points, but seven of which were defensive off an interception return.
Cutler made some errant passes today, often throwing at receivers' feet or behind them also. It does not help that Bears field one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and he was facing a lot of pressure all day. However, Redskins do not force many sacks, and Cutler should have done better in the pocket.
Five turnovers and one offensive touchdown doesn't cut it, and the Redskins benefited greatly en route to a 17-14 victory.
Eddie Royal and Darren McFadden have both been listed as active today. Royal's Denver Broncos face Darren McFadden's Oakland Raiders in one of today's 4 pm match ups. Royal will at most feature as a third string wide receiver, out of the slot, and fantasy owners should be wary of his status throughout the game. McFadden's hamstring appears to be feeling well enough to at least handle some of the rushing work load. Rotoworld.com believes that "McFadden has severely outplayed Michael Bush so far, though the two backs could split touches with McFadden being eased back in. We suspect today's game will be a "hot hand" situation."
The problem for McFadden is with the Oakland passing game. Rob Gronkowski is not starting due to his shoulder injury, which means that Jason Campbell will be taking over under center for the Raiders. The Raiders have had little success through the air with Campbell dropping back and are likely to give the ball to Michael Bush and McFadden.
Titans WR Kenny Britt has been nothing but trouble for the Eagles secondary today. His speed his caused plenty of mismatches and the Eagles are having trouble keeping him in check. Even with QB Vince Young on the sideline and Kerry Collins throwing him the ball, which hasn't seem to have made a difference.
The receiver has five catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He has targeted seven times by QB Kerry Collins.
Collins has completed 14 of 27 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns (both to Britt).
Britt was held in check in the first half, but Tennesee made adjustments at halftime and he has been a key reason as to why they currently lead the Eagles, 20-19.
Rob Bironas has also been automatic, per usual, and has successfully made both field goals he has attempted.
With 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, Titans still lead, 20-19.
Jones just took a fumble and returned it 59 yards to the house, and the Bengals now lead the Falcons, 25-24. He has also been returning kicks for the Bengals.
Atlanta was touted by many analysts to be the team to beat in the NFC, but they have looked shaky during their last two games, and are on the verge of collapsing today.
The Bengals have outscored the Falcons 22-0 in the third quarter, with QB Carson Palmer going over 300 yards with two touchdowns.
Turnovers are killing the Falcons in the second half, with Leon Hall returning an interception as well. The two are nearly dead even in yards also, as Atlanta has 347 yards to Cincinnati's 357.
Todd Bouman and his strong play in Arrowhead Stadium had been the shock of the day thus far, but Kansas City just intercepted one of his passes and took it into the endzone for a touchdown.
He was intercepted by LB Derrick Johnson who took the pass 15 yards for the touchdown.
Bouman has completed 14 of 23 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns.
QB Jay Cutler did not have a great start, but he is gaining poise and looks more comfortable in the pocket since the first quarter.
Multiple sources are reporting that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston has been ruled out for today's game. Breaston's knee is still bothering him and he would have been limited if he had been activated. With Breaston out rookie wide receiver Andre Roberts will start across from Larry Fitzgerald. Undrafted quarterback Max Hall has already faced plenty of adversity this season and Breaston not playing is another blow to his offensive options.
The Jacksonville Jaguars now know.
In his first start in five years, Bouman has completed 11 of 18 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown.
No one gave the Jaguars a shot to win today, but Bouman apparently didn't receive that memo, and the Jags found themselves down just one at the half.
Three San Francisco 49ers have suffered stingers in the first quarter of the 'Niners game against the Carolina Panthers. First it was left tackle Joe Staley, who was replaced by Adam Snyder. Then his fellow offensive lineman Chilo Rachal also left the field with a stinger and Synder replaced him at right guard when Staley returned to the field after his own stinger. Rookie free safety Taylor Mays had a stinger of his own during the first quarter. Reggie Smith filled in for Mays.
Not today, as Fitzpatrick has completed 9 of 13 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
He is managing the game effectively and the Bills lead, 17-10.
He has completed 10 of 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan is making his fantasy owners happy, as he is on pace to pass for well over 300 yards today.
QB Ben Roethlisberger fumbled early, but since then he has been shredding the Dolphins' secondary. He just put the Steelers ahead 10-6, on a 21-yard strike to WR Hines Ward. The Steelers QB has completed 9 of 13 passes, for 110 yards and one touchdown also. He looks comfortable, and could be poised to have a big day passing.
Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg left today's Ravens - Buffalo Bills game with a leg injury. The main problem for the Ravens is not the loss of Gregg (whose status is still unknown) but rather the fact that they deactivated Gregg's backup, rookie defensive tackle Terrance Cody, for today's game.
Look for the two running backs to continue to produce as Kansas City continues to work their ground game.
Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb just threw a touchdown pass -- unfortunately for him it was to the Chicago Bears. McNabb tried to force one over the middle but Bears CB D.J. Moore intercepted it and took it the distance, giving the Bears an early -0 lead. However, he just lead his team back down the field and found Santana Moss in the end zone for a touchdown. McNabb is 8/14 with 111 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Niners QB Alex Smith has a very target, and that said target is Vernon Davis. The two hooked up on a 53-yard pass, and then also a one-yard touchdown pass directly after. Every week for San Francisco is a "must-win" game from here on out, and they are taking this game in Carolina very seriously early. Davis has two catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.
The Pittsburgh Steelers took the field in Miami with a case of "fumble-itis." Two early fumbles from QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Emmanuel Sanders provided Miami with great field position and they converted both into field goals for an early 6-0 lead.
Hold on to the football!
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi have both been declared inactive due to concussions suffered in last week's NFL action. Jackson suffered a severe concussion due to a blow from Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson. Massaquoi was one of two Browns casualties (the other being Joshua Cribbs, who appears to be active for today's match up versus the New Orleans Saints) from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison hits. Chris Cooley, however, is active at tight end for the Washington Redskins, despite suffering a concussion of his own last week versus the Indianapolis Colts.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed will be making his return to the field for the first time this season and will most likely start for the Ravens versus the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens activated Reed off of the PUP list (physically unable to perform) today and Reed is expected to not only make his first appearance of the season but also his first regular season start for the Ravens since week 17 of last season. The Ravens back up for Reed, Tom Zbikowski, is out for today's game with a heel injury.
WRs Steve Breaston & Early Doucet are listed questionable after being limited in practice all week with knee & groin injuries respectively. Breaston has missed the last two weeks and Doucet hasn't played since week one.
Todd Heap is questionable for Sunday, but he did return fully to the Ravens' Friday practice, which is a pretty good sign that he'll be ready to go by Sunday.
From a fantasy perspective both teams look pretty good, but the Falcons will likely be without CB Dunta Robinson as he continues to get over a concussion caused by his now infamous hit on the Eagles DeSean Jackson. The Falcons secondary was torched by the Eagles last week and without Robinson this weekend Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens could feast on it.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi is doubtful this week after he was hit in head by Steelers LB James Harrison last week, a hit that helped earn Harrison a $75,000 fine. Peyton Hillis will make his return for the Browns this weekend after he was upgraded to probable.
For the Saints, Pierre Thomas will miss yet another game with the ankle injury.
The big one here is that David Garrard is officially out with a concussion. Compounding the Jaguars problems is that Trent Edwards has been listed as questionable with a right thumb injury and only started to throw a little bit on Friday. They will make a game time decision on their starter, but newly re-signed Tom Bouman has taken all practice reps this week and looks like the favorite to start.
In other words, start that Chiefs defense.
Fred Taylor is out, WR Julian Edleman is questionable with a concussion.
For the Chargers, kicker Nate Kaeding is out so if you're a Kaeding owner like me you may have to clear a spot for another kicker this week. Antonio Gates is listed questionable with a toe injury and will be a game time decision. Gates has started 85 straight games.
The Raiders are a mess at the skill position with RB Michael Bennett (hamstring), QB Jason Campbell (knee), QB Bruce Gradkowski (right shoulder), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) & TE Brandon Myers (concussion) all listed as questionable.
The Broncos are equally beat up on defense with LB Robert Ayers (foot), S Brian Dawkins (knee), CB Andre' Goodman (quadricep), S Darcel McBath (ankle), & LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) all out. CB Champ Bailey (ribs) is questionable.
WR Eddie Royal is listed as questionable but is expected to play.
The Eagles will be without WR DeSean Jackson as he gets over a concussion. Michael Vick is questionable and will probably only be the second or third QB. Kevin Kolb has been announced as the starter for this weekend.
It's looking more and more like Vince Young won't be ready to go for the Titans this weekend. He's questionable with a knee injury he suffered last Monday night and was not able to practice at all this week. ESPN's John Clayton reported, "Jeff Fisher didn't rule him out but it's going to take a very good pre-game warmup for Young to play."
The decision will likely be made game time, but Kerry Collins looks likely to start at this point.
The Dolphins found out that they've lost DE Jared Odrick for the year this week, but otherwise these teams are in good shape.
CB Nate Clements is questionable with an ankle injury for the Niners, could mean for good matchups with WR Steve Smith.
WR Mardy Gilyard is doubtful for the Rams with a hamstring.
For the Bucs, LB Barrett Ruud is questionable with a toe injury, he'll be important if they hope to stop Stephen Jackson.
It's always tough to figure out what the Redskins are up to because they list everyone as questionable. Clinton Portis is definitely out. Chris Cooley suffered a concussion last week, but the Redskins say he's ready to go for this weekend.
And for the first time this year, the Redskins haven't claimed that Donovan McNabb is questionable.
The big news from this one is that it looks like LB Clay Matthews is ready to return. Matthews was the hottest pass rusher in football before his injury and he could wreak havoc on Brett Favre is he's fully healthy by this weekend.
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