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Bye Week: Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Packers

Quarterbacks

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Matt Cassel (Pats) vs. Rams- Cassel played efficiently on Monday night against the Broncos throwing for three TDS and completing 18-of 24 passes. He also did not throw an interception something he has not done since Week 2 against the Jets. The Rams are allowing 232 passing yards per game. Cassel should continue to find Randy Moss and Wes Welker.

Trent Edwards (Bills) vs. Dolphins- Edwards has his best game of the season last week against the Chargers completing 25-of-30 passes for 261 yards and a TD. The Dolphins defense only has three interceptions in six games and are allowing 235 passing yards per game. Rookie QB Joe Flacco had a solid game last week against the Fish passing for 232 yards and a TD.

Honorable mention: Jason Campbell (Skins) vs. Lions

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Brad Johnson (Cowboys) vs. Bucs- Johnson only completed 50% of his passes and threw three interceptions against the Rams last week. With starter Tony Romo expected to miss another week owners should shy away from the Superbowl winning QB. The stingy Bucs defense has four interceptions the past two weeks and have allowed 13 points in that span. On the season they are 2nd in the league with 12 picks.

Derek Anderson (Browns) vs. Jaguars- Anderson followed up his breakout game against the Giants with a stinker against the Redskins last week. Against the Skins he completed 14-of-37 passes for just 136 yards. His lone TD came late in the fourth quarter. In their last game the Jaguars forced three turnovers against the Broncos.

Honorable mention: Eli Manning (Giants) vs. Steelers

Runningbacks

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Thomas Jones (Jets) vs. Chiefs- Jones received a season high 24 carries last week against the Raiders. He also rushed for a season high 159 yards including a 31 yard run. He is 10th in the NFL with 478 rushing yards. The Chiefs were shedered for 332 yards on the ground to the Titans last week. They are last in the NFL with 1243 rushing yards allowed in six games.

Willis McGahee (Ravens) vs. Raiders- Willis for Rushed for a season high 105 yards on 19 carries against the Dolphins last week. He also caught two passes for 47 yards and it appears to be fully healthy. The Raiders allowed Thomas Jones to run all over them for 159 yards last week.

Honorable mention- Steve Slaton (Texans) vs. Bengals

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Jamal Lewis (Browns) vs. Jags- Lewis has rushed for at least 79 yards the past three games but has yet to eclipse the 100 yard mark. With the Browns passing game struggling look for the Jags to put eight men in the box frequently to stop Lewis.

Edgerrin James (Cardinals) vs. Panthers- Before the team’s bye last week James had one of his worst games of the season rushing nine times for 29 yards. With Tim Hightower always a threat for goaline TDs owners should look elsewhere this week. The Panthers knocked out Reggie Bush out of the game last week and have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher this season.

Honorable mention: Fred Taylor (Jags) vs. Browns

Wide Receivers

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Lee Evans (Bills) vs. Dolphins- Evans has posted at least 88 yards the past three weeks scoring a TD in each of those games. He ranks seventh in the league with 527 receiving yards and has developed a strong connection with QB Trent Edwards. The Dolphins defense only has three interceptions on the season and Evans is looking to tie a personal record with a TD in four consecutive games.

Antonio Bryant (Bucs) vs. Cowboys- Bryant caught six passes for 115 yards and a TD last week against the Seahawks. It marked the second time he went over 100 yards on the season. He is in the top 20 in the NFL in both receptions and yards and makes a strong start against a banged up Cowboys secondary. The Cowboys are 24th in the league with 1422 passing yards allowed.

Honorable start: Vincent Jackson (Chargers) vs. Saints

Bench

Derrick Mason (Ravens) vs. Raiders- Mason has caught at least five balls his past four games. However, he is facing an underrated Raiders secondary which blanked Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery last week. They are allowing 192 passing yards per game and rookie Joe Flacco could struggle.

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) vs. Jets- Bowe had seven catches for 86 yards against the Titans last week but could struggle with QB Tyler Thigpen starting this week. QB Brodie Croyle was placed on IR and the winless chiefs continue to their downward spiral. Cornerback Darrell Revis will do his best to shutdown the LSU product.

Honorable mention: Roy Williams (Cowboys) vs. Bucs

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Tight End

Bo Scaife (Titans) vs. Colts- Scaife has 10 catches for 120 yards his past two games and developed into a safety valve for QB Kerry Collins. He is in the top 10 amongst receptions and yards for tight ends.

Honorable mention: Zach Miller (Raiders) vs. Ravens

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Vernon Davis (49ers) vs. Seahawks- Davis followed his breakout game of the season with just one catch for five yards against the Giants. He was thrown to just two times and remains an inconsistent player in the 49ers offense.

Honorable mention: Kellen Winslow (Browns) vs. Jaguars- Suspended

Kicker

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David Akers (Eagles) vs. Falcons- Akers is tied for second in the NFL with 17 field goals made. He made four field goals his last game against the 49ers and should get opportunities against the Falcons this week.

Honorable mention: Kris Brown (Texans) vs. Bengals

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Phil Dawson (Browns) vs. Jags- Dawson has made only five field goals his past three weeks. He only has attempted 11 field goals which is 19th in the NFL. He has yet to register a double digit scoring game as well.

Honorable mention: Jason Hanson (Lions) vs. Redskins

Defense

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Eagles vs. Falcons- The Eagles are tied for second in the league with 21 sacks and look to exploit rookie QB Matt Ryan this week. The Eagles are also in the top in the NFL in fewest passing and rushing yards allowed per game. They make a strong start at home and look to stop Michael Turner who is third in the league in rushing yards.

Honorable mention: Ravens vs. Raiders

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Cowboys vs. Bucs- The Cowboys had five sacks against the Rams last week but did not force a turnover. Running back Steven Jackson had 160 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Tampa Bay Runningbacks Warrick Dunn and Earnest Graham have 879 yards between them. With a banged up secondary and how their rush defense performed last week look elsewhere.

Honorable mention: Chargers vs. Saints

 

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