Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Michael Vick can't match two Buffalo Bills
Inspired by Michael Vick's obnoxious stats Monday night, ESPN.com fantasy columnist Tristan H. Cockroft measured his production against the greatest single-game performances in NFL history.
Cockroft, using ESPN.com's standard scoring format, gives game-by-game recaps of the best games since 2000 and provides a chart of the 28 players who would have accounted for at least 45 points in any era.
Vick, in case you haven't heard, amassed 49 fantasy points for the Philadelphia Eagles in a blowout of the Washington Redskins. Vick was 20-of-28 for 333 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and ran eight times for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
That game, however, would tie for 11th all-time.
A couple of Buffalo Bills had better days. You probably would have trouble guessing who they are.
Running back Cookie Gilchrist turned in what would rank third among the greatest fantasy days ever -- if they had fantasy football then -- with 54 points on five touchdowns against the New York Jets in 1963.
Bills receiver Jerry Butler would rank 10th with his 50-point performance versus the Jets in 1979. Butler had 10 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns.
No other AFC East players would have scored 45 or more fantasy points, which goes to show how amazing Vick's game was.
Some names not on the list: Dan Marino, Mark Duper, Jim Kelly, O.J. Simpson, Tom Brady or Randy Moss.