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David Garrard (Jags) vs. Bengals- The Bengals defensive unit is allowing 31 points per game and only have six sacks on the season. Garrard has not thrown an interception in his last 140 throwing attempts and has passed for at least 275 yards the past two weeks. He makes a strong start against a terrible Bengal defense.

Marc Bulger (Rams) vs. Cardinals- Bulger had his best game of the season last week against the Pats throwing for 304 yards. Rookie receiver Donnie Avery has 291 yards receiving and two touchdowns the past three games.

Honorable mention: Chad Pennington (Dolphins) vs. Broncos


Jason Campbell (Redskins) vs. Steelers- Campbell has been very efficient leading the Redskins without throwing an interception through the team’s first seven games. However, he faces a tough Steelers defense that is first in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed (1151). The Steelers defense is also second in the league with 25 sacks and are allowing just 15 points per game.

Matt Cassel (Pats) vs. Colts- Cassel threw for a career high 267 yards against the Rams last week. The Colts defense has not registered a sack in two weeks. However, against the Ravens they sacked rookie QB Joe Flacco four times and picked him off three times. Look for the Colts to have a rebound performance at home on Sunday night.

Honorable mention: Derek Anderson (Browns) vs. Ravens



Matt Forte (Bears) vs. Lions- Forte rushed for 36 yards and a TD against the Lions in Week 5. He also caught four balls for 25 yards and a TD out of the backfield. The Bears had a bye in Week 8 so look for Forte to be fresher and feast on a defense that is allowing 163 rush yards per game.

Justin Fargas (Raiders) vs. Falcons- Fargas has received 40 carries the past two weeks with rookie RB Darren McFadden battling injuries. McFadden was inactive last week and missed practice on Wednesday, watching with a protective boot on his left foot. He is dealing with turf toe on booth feet and could be ruled out for Week 9. The Falcons are allowing 127 rush yards per game and Fargas makes a strong bye week replacement start.

 Honorable Mention: Earnest Graham (Bucs) vs. Chiefs


Jamal Lewis (Browns) vs. Ravens- Lewis has been consistent rushing the ball for at least 80 yards his past three games. However, he had his second lowest yard total against the Ravens in Week 3. The Ravens are also first in the NFL allowing just 64 rushing yards per game.

Edgerrin James (Cardinals) vs. Rams- James is 22nd in the league in rushing yards and has just has three touchdowns. The majority of the goal-line carries has went to rookie RB Tim Hightower. There is speculation that Hightower can replace James as the starter in the near future

 Honorable mention: Michael Pittman (Broncos) vs. Dolphins

Wide Receivers

Donnie Avery (Rams) vs. Cardinals- Avery has 16 catches the past three games and had a career high 163 yards last week. He has more upside than veteran WR Torry Holt and has emerged into a vertical threat the in the Rams offense.

Lee Evans (Bills) vs. Jets- Evans caught seven balls for a season high 116 yards last week against the Dolphins. He is sixth in the NFL with 637 yards and has went over 100 yards three times this season. Against the Jets last year he had 11 catches for 210 yards and a TD in two games.

Honorable mention: Ted Ginn. Jr. (Dolphins) vs. Broncos


Derrick Mason (Ravens) vs. Browns- Mason is 20th in the NFL with 34 receptions. However, he caught one pass for just three yards last week against an underrated Raiders secondary. In seven career games against the Browns he has 0 TDs.

Calvin Johnson– Johnson has caught a TD in three consecutive weeks and has stepped up with WR Roy Williams being traded to the Cowboys. In two career games against the Bears he has four catches for just 60 yards. Earlier this season he caught two balls for 16 yards and look for constant double teams by the Bears defense.

Honorable mention: Chad Johnson (Bengals) vs. Jags

Tight End


Greg Olsen (Bears) vs. Lions- Olsen had a season high 87 yards against the Lions in Week 3. He is ninth amongst tight ends with 22 catches and 10th with 296 receiving yards. He makes a strong start at home against a bad Lions defense.

Honorable mention: Bo Scaife (Titans) vs. Packers


Kellen Winslow Jr. (Browns) vs. Ravens- Winslow missed last weeks game due to a suspension and has not went over 60 yards yet this season. He has zero career touchdowns in four games against the Ravens and does make a good start this week.

Honorable mention: Jason Witten (Cowboys) vs. Giants



John Carney (Giants) vs. Cowboys- Carney is first in the NFL with 18 field goals made after converting all four of his attempts against the Steelers last week. He has scored double digits five times this season and makes a strong start at home.

Honorable mention: Shaun Suisham (Redskins) vs. Steelers


Jason Hanson (Lions) vs. Bears- Hanson has attempted only nine field goals all season and against the Bears in Week 3 did not attempt any.

Honorable mention: Josh Scobee (Jags) vs. Bengals



Bucs vs. Chiefs- The Bucs defense is tied for second in the league with 12 interceptions and are fifth with 120 points allowed. They make a strong start against a KC offense that is 27th in the NFL with 267 yards of total offense per game. 

Honorable mention: Jags (vs.) Bengals


Packers vs. Titans- The Packers defense is first with six defensive touchdowns and first with 13 interceptions. The Titans are 9th in the NFL scoring 26 points a game and are fourth with 145 rushing yard per game.

Honorable mention: Pats vs. Colts

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