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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I'm guessing that almost no one had the Lions' running back Kevin Smith (14% owned) in their lineup as he just returned to football a couple of weeks ago. That will make him a very popular guy on the waiver wire after a monster performance on Sunday.

Carolina at Detroit

Matthew Stafford started out the season in explosive fashion, but of late his best play is the pass interception. In his first 299 passing attempts this season he threw 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. In his next 71 throws, he's was picked off six times and threw just one touchdown pass. The team went to shorter passes in the second quarter and by halftime Stafford had two touchdowns, 170 yards passing and most importantly no more interceptions. He totaled 335 yards passing for the game. Stafford threw five touchdowns, but in a rarity none to Calvin Johnson who finished with five receptions for 89 yards.

The Kevin Smith we saw on Sunday was the guy who was drafted in the second round out of UCF four years ago. Smith, who was out of football a couple of weeks ago, had 100 yards from scrimmage in the first half alone. He finished with three touchdowns, two rushing, one receiving and 201 combined yards. Expect him to be the No.1 choice on the waiver wire this week.

Cam Newton is still stealing touchdowns from the running backs (two today) making them hard to start, but DeAngelo Williams ran hard today (10-73-0) and Jonathan Stewart looked good catching the ball out of the backfield (6-87-0).

Cincinnati at Baltimore

The Ravens defense, without its heart and soul middle linebacker Ray Lewis, was vulnerable, and Cincinnati scored 24 points. Benson ran for just 41 yards, but did score twice from in close.

First and goal from the four yards line and Baltimore chose to throw. Makes you wonder. After an incomplete pass they gave the ball twice to Ray Rice and he scored. Lesson learned. The next time they had first and goal from the two- yard line, Rice got the first down call and scored again.

Rice finished with 25 touches, totaling 147 yards and two scores. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was apparently truthful when he said Rice needs to get the ball more.

Torrey Smith (6-165-1) has made the off-season pickup of deep threat Lee Evans irrelevant.

Oakland at Minnesota

Peterson's 12-yard run at the end of the first quarter, was a costly one as he had to be helped off the field. It remains to be seen how serious and how long the ankle injury will keep him out of the lineup. Those who handcuffed Toby Gerhart won't be happy with his performance either (seven attempts for 18 yards).

Percy Harvin was active for a change, with six catches for 73 yards and a score and five rushes for 21 yards.

Michael Bush (30-109-1) continues to play well in a substitute role for Darren McFadden. So well in fact, that he might get a few extra carries even when McFadden returns to action next week.

A Chaz Schilens sighting in the first half including his first touchdown receptions since Week 5. He's not fantasy worthy at this point.

Buffalo at Miami

Apparently Buffalo decided that Brandon Marshall was not going to beat them. They doubled him all day long, but that left Charles Clay wide open on numerous occasions.

All of a sudden the Miami Dolphins offense looks unstoppable and the Bills offense is terrible. Did these teams change uniforms three weeks ago.

Reggie Bush isn't a threat to get you the 100-yard rushing bonus, but he has hit double-digit fantasy points for four consecutive weeks.

Fred Jackson's line of seven rushes for 17 yards and 5 catches for 50 yards, is simply not enough work. Jackson left in the third quarter with the game out of reach and a leg injury and didn't return.

Tampa Bay at Green Bay

With all the fantasy players started on the Packers, the first touchdown of the game went to nose tackle/fullback B.J. Raji! The second touchdown was scored by backup tight end Tom Crabtree. The fourth score went to John Kuhn. Who are these guys and what happened to the players we expect to score?

Aaron Rodgers threw for 164 yards in the first half, but Jennings caught just two for six yards and Jermichael Finley had one reception for 30 yards. The Packers quarterback just missed hitting the 300-yard bonus for the seventh time, finishing one yard short.

Jordy Nelson (6-123-2) is quickly become the No.1 fantasy receiver on the Packers, surpassing Jennings, as teams don't want to get beat deep.

LaGarrette Blount broke at least seven tackles on the way to a 54-yard touchdown run. Great run, but what happened to wrapping up on a tackle? Gone the way of the rotary dial phone. The Bucs kept the game close and Blount got 19 touches including 107 yards on the ground.

Mike Williams scored for the first time since Week 1. Not much production from your fourth-round pick (fantasyfootballnerd.com preseason rank 35) despite being targeted about eight times-a-game (76 targets through first nine games).

Dallas at Washington

With talented DeMarco Murray in the backfield, the play-action pass works well for Tony Romo. That's how Dez Bryant caught a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Romo has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions since taking off the flack jacket last week.

Washington kept Murray under control in the first half - 12 rushes for 29 yards. He still finished with 73 yards rushing, just the second time in five weeks that he has failed to earn the 100-yard rushing bonus.

The Redskins and Mike Shanahan still have no rushing game to speak of.

Jacksonville at Cleveland

Dull fantasy numbers as expected from this game, though owners of Chris Ogbonnaya did watch him run for 115 yards and a score. This was much a more impressive performance than last week against the Rams - the league's worst run defense.

Maurice Jones-Drew combined for 118 yards from scrimmage for the sixth time this season he has cracked the 100-yard mark.

Seattle at St. Louis

Marshawn Lynch was solid, but his 100-yard rushing streak ended at two.

Steven Jackson, 15 rushes for 42 yards, was a non-factor.

Arizona at San Francisco

If Alex Smith had touch, he'd have hit Michael Crabtree for a 30-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Unfortunately, he missed the receiver by five yards.

Frank Gore looked surprisingly nimble for a guy with knee and ankle problems all week. Still, with the score 23-0 Gore didn't play in the fourth quarter leaving his fantasy wanting an additional 12 yards to reach the 100-yard mark.

David Akers is having a good year, but not on Sunday when he missed a first half field goal and had two others blocked. He still posted 11 points.

John Skelton returned to earth after last week's success. The 49ers defense is just too tough for most young quarterbacks. An inept Skelton was replaced in the fourth quarter by Richard Bartel.

Tennessee at Atlanta

Did Chris Johnson continue his good production from last week? No. Matt Hasselbeck, who left the game with an elbow injury, led the Titans in rushing with just 17 yards.

Jake Locker was 9-for-9 for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Are we about to see the start of the "Locker Era"? He'll be picked up this week for sure.

Tennessee's run defense couldn't stop Michael Turner (21-100-1).

Matt Ryan cracked the 300-yard passing mark for the second straight week. Just think how good he could be if he had his full compliment of receivers. At least Roddy White (7-147-0) showed up this week.

San Diego at Chicago

The Bears pass rush and the injured Chargers offensive line didn't look like a good fit to start Philip Rivers this Sunday, but he made it work in the first half with short passes. He was 13-for-19 for 179 yards and a score at the half and finished with 280 yards, but his final two throws were interceptions.

I wish someone could tell me in which weeks Vincent Jackson will decide to play. After a one-catch game last week he blew up the Bears secondary for seven receptions, 165 yards and a score.

Vincent Brown, a popular waiver claim this week, was a non-factor with one catch for eight yards.

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


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