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Quarterbacks

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Trent Edwards (Bills) vs. Rams- The third year quarterback has led the Bills to a 3-0 record to start the season. Edwards has completed 67 percent of his passes for 744 yards and three TDs. The Rams pass defense has allowed 817 yards which is ranked 30th in the league.

J.T. O’Sullivan (49ers) vs. Saints- Since turning the ball over three times in Week he has been turnover free. Posted 321 passing yards in Week 2 vs. the Seahawks, then threw for two touchdowns while completing 16-23 passes last week. The Saints have allowed 779 passing yards which is 29th in the NFL. He should throw for 250 yards against a bad secondary which could be another shootout for the Saints.

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Derek Anderson (Brows) vs. Bengals- Anderson has been bad awful far this season completing only 46% of his passes. He has 5 INT’s compared to 2 TDS and has thrown for 166 yards or fewer in each of his three games. If he struggles early in the game against the Browns, Brady Quinn could take over. Last season Anderson threw for 5 TDs against the Bengals in Week 2 but do not expect a repeat performance. However, he was also intercepted five times by the Bengals with four of them coming in Week 16. Starting left guard Eric Steinbach is out three-five weeks with a seperated shoulder.

Matt Schuab (Texans) vs. Jags- Like Anderson is on a short leash and the Texans have a capable backup in Sage Rosenfels. Through two games Schuab has 5 INTs and only 1 TD. In his defense he has faced two tough defenses in Pittsburgh and Tennessee. The Jags have a formidable defense as well but rank 17th against the pass. The emergence of rookie running back Steve Slaton last week should take some pressure off him.

Running Backs

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Chris Perry (Bengals) vs. Browns- Perry is emerging in the Bengals offense scoring touchdowns in the past two weeks. He has at least 19 carries in all of his games and had 93 total yards last week. The Browns have already allowed six rushing touchdowns and 435 yards which is 26th in the NFL.

Fred Taylor (Jags) vs. Texans- Carried the ball 26 times for 121 yards against the Colts last week. The team wants to feature him more in the offense after rushing him only 23 times the first two weeks. This week the Jags should continue to pound the ball against a unit that has allowed 337 yards through two games. In his last three meetings against the Texans, Taylor has averaged five yards per carry.

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Matt Forte (Bears) vs. Eagles- The rookie out of Tulane leads the NFL with 73 carries already this season. He has rushed for at least 89 yards in each of his three games. The Eagles are 1st in the NFL in rush defense allowing only 45.7 yards per game. He has been a workhorse in the offense but the Eagles defense was very impressive last week against the Steelers and will be very aggressive against the rookie.

Chris Johnson (Titans) vs. Vikings- The explosive rookie is averaging 92 rushing yards a game, but does not have a rushing TD yet. Bruiser back LenDale White has scored each of the three games with two TDS coming last week. The Vikings have a stout rushing defense allowing only 211 yards which is 4th in the league.

Wide Receivers

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Lee Evans (Bills) vs. Rams- Receivers Bobby McMullen, Amani Toomer and Hank Baskett all posted solid games against a soft Rams secondary. Lee Evans is averaging four catches per game for 81 yards. He has not scored a TD yet but his 20.3 yard per reception is impressive. Evans topped 100 yards in the first week and is prime position to do that again this week while scoring his first TD. Also the rams released nine-year veteran cornerback Fakhir Brown yesterday.

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) vs. Broncos- Has 15 catches on the season but needs to haul in the ball more effictively. He is averaging 11.7 targets per game which is third in the league and leds the NFL with 44 targets. The Chiefs should be throwing a lot to catch up in the game and with Damon Huard starting at QB it will increase the value of Bowe. The  Broncos secondary has allowed 952 passing yards which is last in the NFL.

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Torry Holt (Rams) vs. Bills- The Rams have made a quarterback change benching Marc Bulger and starting 38-year old Trent Green. Evan a weak O-line and a team in shambles, it is hard to bench someone off Holt’s pedigree.  Holt only had four catches for 37 yards last week in a blowout loss to the Seahawks. The Rams are starting rookie Donnie Avery opposite, Holt but he needs someone to step up to take some pressure off. This could be a tough week, as the aggressive Bills pass defense which ranks sixth in the NFL with 461 yards allowed.

Bernard Berrian (Vikings) vs. Titans- Had his best game as a Viking catching three balls for 79 yards. However facing a tough Titan secondary that has allowed 459 passing yards on the season. Gus Frerotte can deliver the ball but the aggressive Titan defense will be looking to stop the team’s best receiver.

Tight End

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Jerramy Stevens (Bucs) vs. Packers- Returned from a two-game suspension and hauled in five receptions for 61 yards a TD. He was targeted 10 times and should continue to get looks from QB Brian Griese in the conservative Bucs offense.

Tony Scheffler (Broncos) vs. Chiefs- Has 15 receptions on the season with two touchdowns, both coming in Week 2. Kansas City has been stingy in pass defense and has shut down opposing tight ends but look for Scheffler to contribute with the Chiefs secondary focusing on star receiver Brandon Marshall.

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Vernon Davis (49ers) vs. Saints- Davis has been a non-factor in the offense catching just four balls for 68 yards. It looks like another disappointing season especially since offensive coordinator Mike Martz is calling the plays.

Billy Miller (Saints) vs 49ers.- With starting TE Jeremy Shockey out up to six weeks , Miller gets a chance to start. He had two catches for 41 yards last week, but QB Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around which will reduce his targets.

Kickers

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Josh Scobee (Jags) vs. Texans- He has kicked six field goals the past two weeks and is averaging 10.5 points during that span. The Jags have problems moving through the air which has resulted into more opportunities for Scobee.  He also has made 50 yard field goals the past two weeks.

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Jeff Reed– The Steelers are going to be without starting running back Willie Parker and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is banged up. Reed only has 5 attempts on the season and did not kick an extra point last week.  

Defense

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Buffalo Bills– Punt Returner Roscoe Parrish is out for the game but they are still a strong start vs. a Rams team which is disarray. Electric rookie cornerback Leodis McKelvin takes over returning punts. Trent Green was inserted into the starting lineup and so has rookie WR Donnie Avery. The Bills only had one sack against Oakland last week but look for them to be a lot more aggressive against the 38-year old quarterback.

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Green Bay Packers– On paper it seems like a strong start for the Packers unit. However, cornerback Al Harris was lost indefinitely earlier this week with a spleen injury. Do not expect Bucs QB Brian Griese to throw 67 times again but look for the running game to get back on track.

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