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Initial Impressions of Week 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - They're known by their initials as much as their names, but in Week 4 they are known for putting up big fantasy points. We're talking about T.O. (Terrell Owens) and L.T. (LaDainian Tomlinson).

Tomlinson had his best game in more than two years when he opened the New York Jets "scoring fest" with a short touchdown run and late in the third quarter added a vintage 26-yarder that brought back memories of his explosive days in San Diego.

"LT" finished the afternoon with 133 yards on the ground and another 22 through the air on three receptions for 30 fantasy points. It was his best fantasy performance since Week 14 of 2007. Tomlinson was one of two Jets running backs to crack the 100-yard mark as their offensive line ran roughshod over the weak Buffalo Bills defense.

Still, it wasn't the best running back performance of the day. that went to Arian Foster who ran for 131 yards and a score and caught three balls for 56 yards and a score - a total of 38 fantasy points.

Other backs who turned in quality fantasy numbers included: Maurice Jones-Drew (26 points), Peyton Hillis (19), Rashard Mendenhall (19), Joseph Addai (19) and Mike Tolbert (19).

However, the Week 4 scoring leader was the mercurial Cincinnati wideout - Owens. Owens posted a stunning 222 yards on 10 receptions, including a 78-yard touchdown catch and run. It was Owen's best day in a long time and worth 44 fantasy points.

Owens led a host of receivers in Week 4 including; Reggie Wayne (15-196-0) Eddie Royal (8-113-1), Calvin Johnson (6-86-2), Brandon Lloyd (11-115-0), Roddy White (7-104-0),

And tight ends Antonio Gates and Dustin Keller continued their rampage through opponent secondaries. Gates was seemingly left unguarded all day by the Arizona secondary, scoring twice in the first half and amassing 105 yards in the first 30 minutes. He finished with seven catches for 144 yards and 32 fantasy points.

Keller didn't touch the ball as much as Gates, but scored twice giving him a five for the season. Not bad for a player selected in the 12th round (RapidDraft ADP 140).

If receivers and tight ends are having good days, then the men supplying them with the football must be playing pretty well too.

Carson Palmer (25-for-36 for 371 yards), Shaun Hill (35-for-54 for 331 yards) and Kyle Orton (35-for-50 for 341 yards) led the early session. For Orton, it was the second consecutive game in which he threw the ball at least 50 times. He completed 35 for 341 yards and two touchdowns (for his third straight 300+ yard passing day). He has become a must start, at least until Knowshon Moreno returns to the lineup to provide some rushing relief.

In the four late games, there was just one 300-yard passer - Peyton Manning. Manning (22 points) threw for 352 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, his first of the season. Yet Manning didn't look very good in his team's 31-28 loss to Jacksonville, which is a testament to how good a quarterback the Colts signalcaller really is.

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


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