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Thursday, December 9, 2010
Gridiron Challenge: Hitting home stretch

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Serious bragging rights are on the line heading into the final four weeks of the ESPN.com Blog Network Gridiron Challenge.

My wife's team struggled in Week 14, but she's still outperforming my team and AFC East blogger Tim Graham's team. She trails the AFC North's James Walker by three points. With a really bad cough dragging her down this week, though, might she forget to update her lineup? We can only hope.

Graham can't get a break. Our contest leader claims to "own" our AFC East blogger and it's tough to argue with a 1,777-point total. None of the other roughly 3,700 participants is within even 65 points of the I Own Tim Graham entry.

Now might be a good time to update your lineup if the Thursday night game between Indianapolis and Tennessee affects your thinking.

I've got the Colts' Jacob Tamme penciled in at tight end, but his hamstring injury is a concern, particularly on a short week.

Looking ahead to Sunday, I'm backing away from Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe after Cassel underwent an appendectomy. That probably means they'll light up San Diego.