Drew Brees: AP
But the biggest props are reserved for my hero, Drew Brees. Not only did he throw for 422 yards and two scores against the surprisingly stingy Falcons (points-wise, at least) ... but he singlehandedly carried me to a (probable) win over esteemed Detroit Free Press writer George "I Didn't Start Favre in his 6-TD Day" Sipple -- courtesy of his meaningless Hail Mary TD with no time left, the ultimate Garbage Time revelation!
N.Y. Jets 47, St. Louis 3
As for the Rams ... I simply cannot endorse starting any St. Louis player -- Steven Jackson aside -- in a road game from this point forward. After reading play-by-play accounts of the season's biggest landslide, I finally realized the danger of pinning one's fantasy hopes to Marc Bulger (65 yards, 0 TDs), Torry Holt (1 catch, 5 yards) and especially rookie WR Donnie Avery (two catches for 29 yards), whose titillating talent just does not outweigh his inconsistent play right now.
Minnesota 28, Green Bay 27
Regarding the Packers ... I love how Ryan Grant (75 yards, 1 TD) continues to get stronger each week; but I am a little worried about Greg Jennings' immense struggles of late. Counting Sunday's pedestrian numbers (3 catches, 37 yards), the Western Michigan product hasn't eclipsed the century mark in receiving yards since Week 4. On the flip side, that makes him an attractive buy-low candidate before the trading deadline.
San Diego 20, Kansas City 19
As for the QBs ... I am not yet prepared to endorse Tyler Thigpen as a QB1 (unlike Philip Rivers, who is essentially a lead-pipe cinch for 300 passing yards at home). But I'm asking you to strongly consider using Thigpen as a spot starter down the stretch -- due to his stunning progression in recent weeks (292 total yards, 3 TDs vs. San Diego) and the unimpeachable fact that he has Gonzalez, Dwayne Bowe, Mark Bradley (9 catches, 81 yards, 1 TD), Jamaal Charles and the enigmatic LJ (assuming he drops the Moron routine) at his disposal. One last thing: I applaud coach Herm Edwards for going for the two-point conversion in the final seconds. Bravo! (even though it didn't work out)
Maurice Jones-Drew: AP
Indianapolis 24, Pittsburgh 20
N.Y. Giants 36, Philadelphia 31
Miami 21, Seattle 19
Matt Forte: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images