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Bye Week: Buffalo Bills, Pittsburg Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs

Week 6 Sit/Start

Quarterbacks

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Kyle Orton (Bears) vs. Falcons- Orton has thrown for 7 TDS the past three weeks and is facing a Falcons secondary that is 26th in passing yards allowed. Last week against the Packers, the Falcons gave up 24 points and 408 yards of offense. On the season the Falcons defense is allowing 222 passing yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns per game. Orton is coming off his best game of the season completing 24-of-34 passes for 334 yards and 2 TDS. He is 8th in the NFL in passing yards and has completed 62% of his passes on the season.

Jason Campbell (Redskins) vs. Rams- Campbell is the lone QB in the NFL who has not thrown an INT yet. He has had multi TD games in Weeks 3 and 4. The Rams defense is allowing 246 passing yards per game and only have one interception on the season.

Honorable mention: Gus Frerotte (Vikings) vs. Lions

Bench

Derek Anderson (Browns) vs. Giants- The Giants are tied for third in sacks with 15 and have allowed only 616 passing yards in four games which is 2nd in the NFL. Last week vs. the Seahawks they gave up only 6 points and 187 yards of offense. Anderson is having an awful year completing only 49 percent of his passes with a 50 QB rating. He has yet to throw for more than 175 yards in a game.

Philip Rivers (Chargers) vs. Pats- Rivers threw 9 TDs in his first three games to start the season but has come back down to earth since then. He has thrown for under 200 yards with 2 TDS and 2 INTs the past two weeks. He suffered bruised ribs against the Dolphins last week which contributed to his 13-for-28 for 158 yards performance. Number one receiver Chris Chambers suffered an ankle injury was carted off to the lockeroom last week and could miss Week 6.

Honorable mention: Marc Bulger (Rams) vs. Redskins

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Runningbacks

Thomas Jones (Jets) vs. Bengals- The Bengals rush defense is second to last in the NFL in yards and has allowed six rushing touchdowns. Cowboy runningbacks Marion Barber and Felix Jones each topped 90 yards last week against a unit that has allowed 170 yards per game. Even though Jones has not scored since Week 1, he has received at least 17 carries in three of his four games.

Ronnie Brown (Dolphins)- Has emerged into a must-start after his 5 TD performance against the Pats in Week 3. Brown carried the ball 25 times last week for 125 yards a TD. The Wildcat formation has been effective for Miami and one of the reasons Brown is tied for the lead in rushing TDs in the NFL with 6. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of his past eight games. Also since the beginning of last season he’s second to Brian Westbrook in average yards from scrimmage and third in receiving yards per game.

Sit

Chris Perry (Bengals) vs. Jets- The Bengals have three tailbacks on the roster that could all get carries this week. Perry has also fumbled the ball five times this season, losing three of them. Cedric Benson carried the ball 10 times last week against the Cowboys. Benson’s role can be expanding in the next couple of weeks. The team also re-signed Kenny Watson who could have some value with any injuries. Perry has not scored a TD in two weeks and has rushed for 59 yards in that span. The Jets rush defense has allowed only 75 yards per game and is second in yards allowed.

Jamal Lewis (Broncos) vs. Giants- Lewis only has 1 TD this season and has yet to rush over 100 yards. He is 29th in the NFL with 235 rushing yards and averaging only 3.4 yards per carry. Through four games last season he had 371 yards with 2 TDs. The Giants rush defense is third in the NFL with 328 yards allowed.

Honorable mention: Justin Fargas (Raiders) vs. Saints

Wide Receivers

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Bernard Berrian (Vikings) vs. Lions- Berrian has 14 catches for 267 yards in his past three games with Gus Frerotte at QB. On Monday night against the Saints he had six catches for 110 yards and a TD. Last season against the Lions he caught 12 balls for 144 Bears in two games with the Chicago Bears. The Lions defense does not have an interception yet and they have allowed a league high 147 points. Their secondary is allowing about 250 passing yards per game.

Santana Moss (Redskins) vs. Rams- Moss is tied for fifth in the NFC with 27 receptions and fifth with 421 yards. After posting at least four catches in the first four weeks he was held without a reception last week. Look for Moss to get back on track this week against a Rams defensive unit that has allowed 412 yards of offense per game which is 2nd worst in the league.

Laveranues Coles (Jets) vs. Bengals- Had his best of the season in Week 4 catching balls for 105 yards and three TDs. He has topped 70 yards in each of his past three games and is developing a strong rapport with QB Brett Favre. The Bengals have allowed six receiving scores and Coles is tied for second in the AFC with four touchdowns.

Honorable mention- Vincent Jackson (Chargers) vs. Pats

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Marvin Harrison (Colts) vs. Ravens- Caught eight balls in the first week but has only hauled in nine passes his past three games. He has yet to top 80 yards and only has 1 TD on the season. The Ravens defense has allowed only 516 passing yards on the season which is first in the NFL.

Chad Johnson (Bengals) vs. Jets- Ocho Cinco only has 14 catches on the season with his only TD coming against the Browns. The most receptions he’s had in a game is four and he has yet topped 50 receiving yards. After promising to kiss the dallas star after a td last week vs. the cowboys, Johnson was held to 3 catches for 43 yards and ended up giving Head Coach Marvin Lewis a kiss on the cheek

Braylon Edwards (Browns) vs. Giants- Edwards is 62nd in the NFL with 11 catches and in his four games has had 32 yards or fewer. He was drafted as a number one fantasy receiver to start the season but has been a fantasy bust so far. The Giants are 2nd in the NFL against the pass allowing only 154 yards per game.

Honorable mention: Eddie Royal (Broncos) vs. Jags

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Tight End

Zach Miller (Raiders) vs. Saints- Before the bye in Week 5 Miller had his best of the season catching five balls for 95 yards and a TD. He was also targeted eight times during the game. The Saints are ranked 27th in pass defense giving up 245 yards per game. Vikings Tight End Visante Shiancoe scored against the vulnerable Saints defense on Monday night.

Honorable mention: Owen Daniels (Texans) vs. Dolphins

Sit

Tony Scheffler (Broncos) vs. Jags- Scheffler injured his groin last week against the Bucs and could miss Week 6. If he misses the game Nate Jackson should start at Tight End.

Honorable Mention: Donald Lee (Pacers) vs. Seahawks

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Kicker

Shaun Suisham (Redskins) vs. Rams- Has converted his last seven field goal attempts and has scored 25 points the past two weeks. Suisham converted a 50 yarder last week and the Redskins offense should have no problem moving the ball against a soft Rams defense.

Honorable mention: Ryan Longwell (Vikings) vs. Lions

Sit

Phil Dawson (Browns) vs. Giants- Dawson has yet to record a double digit scoring day and has only attempted six field goals through four games.

Honorable mention: Matt Stover (Ravens) vs. Colts

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Defense

Minnesota (Vikings) vs. Lions- Tied for second with seven forced fumbles and are ranked sixth with 342 rushing yards allowed. They should force multiple turnovers against a Lions offense that is in disarray. Lions QB Jon Kitna was not able to practice today and the team sent him for an MRI on his back.

Honorable mention: New York (Giants) vs. Browns

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Dallas (Cowboys) vs. Cardinals- The Cowboys finally recorded their first INT of the season last week vs. the Bengals. They do not make a good start against the Cardinals considering Kurt Warner leads the NFC with 1,472 passing yards and is second with 10 TDs. WR Larry Fitzgerald is second in the league with 467 yards and tied for second in the NFL with four receiving touchdowns. Rookie runningback Tim Hightower is second in the NFC with five rushing TDS and Edgerrin James is tenth in rushing yards in the conference.

Honorable mention: San Francisco (49ers) vs. Eagles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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