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The SoB football league’s regular season is over. The playoffs will begin this week. Those unfortunate enough to not finish in the top six will be given lovely parting gifts and a well-deserved pat on the back. In my other league, the team with second-lowest point total not only made the playoffs but, he finished first overall and won his first round matchup. Long live rotisserie!
49ers RB Frank Gore left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and his status for Week 15 is not yet known. Gore had been going through rough times with only 144 yds rushing in his last three games.
Thanks to a back injury to Gus Frerotte, Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson got to play again this season. He went 8-10 for 105 yds and a TD. If Frerotte can’t go Sunday then Jackson may prove to be useful.
Broncos RB Peyton Hillis, who had 305 rush yds and five TD in the last four games, tore his hamstring against the Chiefs and will miss the remainder of the season. The Denver backfield is once again up for grabs.
Antonio Bryant (WR), Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bryant shined on Monday night when he caught 9 passes for an unbelievable 200 yds and 2 TD.
Jonathan Stewart (RB), Carolina Panthers: I could have said his teammate DeAngelo Williams but, he got mentioned here last week. Stewart carried 15 times for 115 yds and 2 TD.
Pierre Thomas (RB), New Orleans Saints: Time to give him some recognition. Thomas carried 16 times for 102 yds and a TD. He has quietly become a dominant force over the past four weeks with 428 yards from scrimmage and 6 total TD.
Bernard Berrian (WR), Minnesota Vikings: After 122 yds and a TD in Week 13, Berrian only had 3 catches for 29 yds on Sunday.
Mark Clayton (WR), Baltimore Ravens: I knew he wouldn’t keep it up. Clayton had 164 yds and a TD…in Week 13. Week 14 yielded 19 yds and zero TD.
Tony Romo (QB), Dallas Cowboys: Romo proved that even the best have bad days with 210 yds, 1 TD, and 3 INT.
Deion Branch (WR), Seattle Seahawks: Facing his old team, Branch had a great day against New Englnd with 88 yds and 2 TD.
Seneca Wallace (QB), Settle Seahawks: Starting for the injured Matt Hasselbeck, Wallace threw for 212 yds and 3 TD.
Visanthe Shiancoe (TE), Minnesota Vikings: Shiancoe put out a solid game for a TE with 65 yds and a TD.