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Brady, quarterbacks highlight Week 6

Tom Brady threw for six scores against the Titans.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - One quarterback threw for over 400 yards, five more for more than 325 yards...and that was just in the eight early games. Week 6 was a scoring machine.

"Big" Ben Roethlisberger posted 417 yards and two touchdowns against hapless Cleveland, but he wasn't the highest scoring quarterback, not even in the one o'clock games. Drew Brees posted 33 points on 23-for-30 passing for 369 yards and four scores and an almost perfect 156.8 QB rating. Roethlisberger's total was also beaten by Matt Schaub who went 28-for-40 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and one interception (30 points).

Joining this trio with 300+ yards through the air were: Joe Flacco (28-for-43 for 385 yards, 2 TDs), Aaron Rodgers (29-for-37 for 358 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and David Garrard (30-for-43 for 335, no TDs, 2 INTs).

Then, in the late afternoon games, Tom Brady ignored the snow and wind to throw 24-for-28 for 345 yards and five scores...in the first half. The Patriots led 45-0 and though Brady didn't do much in the second half, fantasy owners who saw the ugly pre-game weather forecasts for the Foxboro area, had to be thrilled. He finished with a Week 6 high 42 fantasy points (29-for-34 for 380 yards, 6 TDs).

There were five 100-yard rushers in the early games, four of whom led their teams to victory. Top on the list was DeAngelo Williams who had been dormant all season, but exploded in Carolina's first game after the bye week with 152 yards and two scores on 30 carries.

Interestingly, it was the team's fifth game last season which started Williams on the way to his 2008 Fantasy Player of the Year Award. Williams had just 198 yards and no TDs through the team's first four games in 2008 and then posted 123 yards and 2 TDs, in game No.5. This season he was actually slight ahead of last year's pace with 220 yards and two scores in the team's first four games. We'll see if he can match 2008, which would require 1,317 yards and 16 TDs over the final 12 games, but he got off to a good start Sunday.

Other runners who ran hard in Week 6 included: Adrian Peterson (143 yards), Maurice Jones-Drew (133 yards, 3 TDs), Jonathan Stewart (110 yards, 1 TD) and Clinton Portis (109 yards). Four o'clock starters who cracked the 100-yard mark included: Thomas Jones, Chris Johnson and Laurence Maroney.

The list of star receivers was long. Thirteen wideouts cracked the 100-yard mark in the eight one o'clock games, but after seeing how the quarterbacks performed that should not surprise anyone. Sidney Rice (6-176-0), Marques Colston (8-166-1) and Hines Ward (8-159-1) led the way. Both New England star receivers joined the list at four o'clock, Randy Moss with an 8-129-3 day and Wes Welker posting a 10-150-2 afternoon.

At the other end of the spectrum, what has happened to supposed fantasy stars: Steve Slaton, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Smith (Carolina) and Terrell Owens? All disappointed their owners - again.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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