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Week 10 Passing Matchups

[ARI] [ATL] [BAL] [BUF] [CAR] [CHI] [CLE] [DAL] [DEN] [DET] [GB] [HOU] [IND] [JAX] [KC] [MIA] [MIN] [NE] [NYG] [NYJ] [OAK] [PHI] [PIT] [SEA] [SF] [STL] [TB] [WAS]


PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Peyton Manning is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kurt Warner has been nothing short of fantastic this season - over the last 3 weeks (2 games), he leads all fantasy QBs with 58/83 for 723 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception. Averaging 360+ yards per game is pretty astronomical in NFL terms. Last week, he beat up the Rams with 23/34 for 342 yards, 2 TDs an 0 interceptions, hitting his usual suspects: Anquan Boldin led the team with 6/85/1; Larry Fitzgerald got almost equal time with 6/81/0; J.J. Arrington snarfed up 5/57/0 and Jerheme Urban grabbed 1/56/1, while Steve Breaston contributed 2/39/0. It's all good for the Cardinals on this unit right now, folks.

The 49ers gave up 16/31 for 161 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Eli Manning and company 2 weeks before their bye, but coughed up 25/25 fir 222 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to Seattle in the next contest. To date, the team averages 217.6 net passing yards allowed per week (20th in the NFL), with 11 pass TDs handed over vs. 8 interceptions and 14 sacks generated so far. They are usually going to allow a game similar to the one that Seneca Wallace and Seattle put up before the bye week.

Warner and the Cardinals are flying high, while the 49ers stumble along in the bottom tier of the NFL. The Cardinals have a huge edge in this game, including home field advantage on Monday Night Football.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kurt Warner threw for 32/41 for 276 yards, two TDs and one interception the last time he saw Seattle (week six, in Seattle) - as usual, Larry Fitzgerald led the team in receiving with 13/100/1, followed that day by Steve Breaston (7/77/1 receiving) and Anquan Boldin (6/54/0 receiving). The Cardinals won the game easily (27-3) - so much so, that Matt Leinart saw a few snaps in clean-up duty (2/2 for 16 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions).

Over the past four weeks, Warner has thrown 101/155 passes for 1010 yards, 10 TDs and seven interceptions to rank ninth among all fantasy QBs during that time span. Last week, he blasted the Bears for 22/32 for 261 yards, five TDs and zero interceptions during a 41-21 victory - all that was done without his #1B receiver, Anquan Boldin, who was held out of the game due to concerns about his high ankle sprain and the bad turf in Chicago. Boldin was not happy about sitting the game out, but the coaches made the call during warm-ups. In Boldin's absence, Larry Fitzgerald hauled in 9/123/2 to lead the team, with 5/66/1 going to Steve Breaston. Early Doucet was third on the team with 4/31/0 and TEs Ben Patrick (2/15/1) and Anthony Becht (1/15/1) both reeled in scores as well. The Arizona passing attack is on a roll entering week 10.

The Seahawks got down early to the Lions, but their pass D put them back in command with five interceptions of Matthew Stafford last week (22/42 for 186 net yards, two TDs and five interceptions). Josh Wilson returned one of the interceptions 61 yards for a TD. Over the past four weeks, the Seahawks have allowed 717 yards passing (three games) for an average of 239 net yards given up per contest, with six interceptions and six sacks to their credit. To date, the team averages 219.6 net yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL), with 12 passing scores handed over vs. eight interceptions generated (the team is tied for 12th in the NFL with 20 sacks this year). The team is mediocre to sub-par in this phase of the game most of the time.

Arizona chewed up the Seahawks the last time they saw this defense, and we don't expect the outcome to be different this week - advantage, Arizona.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Ryan led his team to a 24-0 victory over the Raiders last week - often calling audibles at the line of scrimmage and generally in charge of the offense with solid results - 17/22 for 220 yards, 2 TDs an 0 interceptions. Michael Jenkins took advantage of DeAngelo Hall during the game, with 2/64/2 receiving to his credit, while Roddy White was second on the team with 5/54/0 and Justin Peelle was third with 3/33/0. Ryan has been on fire of late, tossing 40/66 for 497 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions over the past 3 weeks (2 games), to land at 7th overall in points per game during that time span.

The Saints' pass D is among the league's worst, averaging 242.3 net yards allowed per game, with 12 TDs given up vs. 6 interceptions and 14 sacks generated. They have allowed 534 net yards passing in their last 2 contests, with 25/40 for 341 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception accorded to Philip Rivers two weeks ago (0 sacks were generated in that game).

Ryan has been on fire, while the Saints' pass D bumbles along among the worst units in the NFL. This is a great matchup for the home-team Falcons, friends.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Ryan moved Atlanta with ease vs. the Cowboys, posting 24/34 for 342 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions (while taking three sacks for -12 yards). Both Roddy White (10 targets for 7/118/0 receiving) and Julio Jones (six targets for 5/129/0) went over 100 yards receiving last week, while Tony Gonzalez converted key first down plays multiple times (five for 4/36/0). Jacquizz Rodgers also made his presence felt vs. Dallas, with five targets for 4/53/0 receiving. Entering week 10, the Falcons' offense looks almost impossible to stop.

The Saints' pass D shouldn't represent much of a challenge to Ryan and company - they currently rank 29th in the NFL averaging 294.8 net yards allowed per game, with a whopping 16 pass TDs given up vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for 27th in the NFL) and 20 sacks generated (tied-13th) to date. Mike Vick took seven sacks for -46 yards on Monday Night Football this week, holding his net passing yards down to 22/41 for 226 yards, one TD and one interception, but he wasn't shut down by the Saints. Peyton Manning cruised to 22/30 for 305 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks taken) against the Saints two weeks ago.

Ryan is very simpatico with his top three receivers, and they should all enjoy strong games against the sorry Saints' D this week.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Atlanta pounded Tampa Bay 56-14 on Thursday night, September 18 - Matt Ryan threw an almost-perfect game with 21/24 for 286 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions . Atlanta finished the game at 2-1.

Since this dominating win, the Falcons have struggled due to a disintegrated offensive line and they stand at 2-6 (they haven't won since September 18). We saw the Ravens sack Ryan five times for -42 yards and hit Ryan nine other times two games/three weeks ago - the Lions sacked him two times for -15 yards and also hit him five other times in their last contest before the bye. With the frequent pressure, Ryan has declined in productivity as a passer, throwing 20/27 for 228 yards, two TDs and one interception vs. Detroit, and 29/44 for 228 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at Baltimore. Over that two week span, Roddy White was targeted the most, with 21 targets for 14/166/1 receiving, followed by Julio Jones (14 for 9/114/0). Nobody else has seen more than 10 targets during the past two games, though Devonta Freeman has caught all six that came his way (six for 6/24/1).

The Buccaneers' pass D hasn't improved since Week 3, with an average of 285.2 net passing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL), and a second-worst-in-the-league (tied) 18 passing scores surrendered to date. With only six interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied for 25th) generated, the Buccaneers don't consistently pressure opposing passers up front or in the secondary. Brian Hoyer threw for 21/34 yielding 280 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Tampa last week (taking three sacks for -20 yards); rookie Teddy Bridgewater had 24/42 for 235 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -6 yards two weeks ago.

This is a great matchup for the Falcons, despite their offensive line woes.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Joe Flacco ripped up Cleveland for an astronomical 25/35 for 342 yards, one TD and zero interceptions during the Ravens' 34-3 romp over the Browns during week three.

Flacco did not tear up Cincinnati last week, though, falling on his face in the divisional matchup with 18/32 for 195 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions as the Ravens lost 7-17. 'We weren't executing,' WR Kelly Washington said after the loss. 'We couldn't run the ball. We couldn't throw the ball. We just had to play catch-up. They were the better team today. That's evident that they were better than us today.' Note that Baltimore had only 20 minutes possessing the ball during the game last week.

Luckily for Flacco and company, the inept Browns are on the menu again this week - look for Flacco and the Ravens to feast on them after last week's famine in Cincinnati. During the second quarter of the season, the Browns led the league with 1660 total yards surrendered from scrimmage, and gave up 1003 passing yards in the four games (250.75 per game) before their week nine bye. Jay Cutler didn't throw a TD during the game in week eight, but compiled 17/30 for 199 net yards and one interception on the way to a 30-6 win over Cleveland. The Browns have 10 passing TDs handed over this year vs. just four interceptions generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL), and just 16 sacks (tied for 23rd in the NFL).

Look for a big bounce-back by Flacco and company as they beat up on the inferior Browns this week.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kelly Holcomb has sparked the Bill's pass offense, with 20/33 for 263 yards 1 TD and 1 interception in the Bill's most recent game (week 8), and 39/60 for 422 yard, 3 TDs and 1 interception over the past 3 weeks (2 games) - those numbers put him at #16 among all fantasy QBs in fantasy points per game during that 3 week span. Eric Moulds is 11th at his position in that time-frame with 13/161/1 - he's the top option in the Bill's attack, as usual.

The Chiefs' secondary is not very good, folks. They rank 31st in the NFL allowing an average of 260.6 passing yards per game, and have coughed up the 2nd-most passing scores in the league this year (tie, with 16 surrendered to date). Kerry Collins connected for 21/40 for 175 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception vs. this group last week - over the past 3 weeks, they've averaged 231.6 passing yards allowed per game, and the defense has surrendered 8 total TDs (rushing and receiving) during 3 games.

The Bills passing attack isn't the league's most explosive, but the Chiefs' secondary is one of the league's most giving. Holcomb and company have a great matchup to exploit this week.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jake Delhomme pitched 20/28 for 248 net yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions the last time out of the gates (2 weeks ago vs. Arizona). He's currently 16th among all fantasy QBs with 140/231 for 1781 yards, 9 TDs and 5 interceptions thrown through 8 games - he has been mediocre as a fantasy starter in the first half of the year. Steve Smith hogged all the TDs vs. Arizona (5/117/2) and was followed by Jeff King (3/41/0) and Muhsin Muhammad (5/38/0) during that game. The Panthers' pass attack is going strong entering week 10.

The Raiders were horrid last week vs. Atlanta, on both sides of the ball, with the defense on the field for 45:15 out of 60 minutes. Little wonder that Matt Ryan picked apart the secondary for 17/22 for 201 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions. Right now, the Raiders' defense (and team) is in total disarray. CB DeAngelo Hall was so bad vs. Atlanta that he was cut earlier this week despite his huge contract signed just this year.

This is a great matchup for Delhomme and company - the Raiders are turnstiles on D right now.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kyle Orton slumped last week, tossing 12/26 for 137 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions on the heels of his best game of the season two weeks ago (17/31 for 230 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions) - such is the life of a rookie starting QB in the NFL. Muhsin Muhammad (3/86/0) and Justin Gage (4/28/1) accounted for the lion's share of receptions during the game as Gage reclaimed his starting job thanks to the season-ending ACL injury to Mark Bradley. Muhammad is 28th among all fantasy WRs over the past 3 weeks with 10/173/1 to his credit during that span - he's a decent #3 at this stage of the season.

The 49ers are horrible at pass defense, allowing a league-worst 306.8 passing yards per game, and also holding the league-worst total of 17 passing scores surrendered to date. 18/33 for 251 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions were given up to Eli Manning and company last week - the 49ers have averaged 205 net passing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks. They are improving somewhat, but we're still not very impressed.

It's hard to get too excited about a rookie QB and his passing game, but Kyle Orton and company have a great matchup to exploit this week.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Charlie Frye tossed 25/43 for 236 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. the Chargers last week, hitting Kellen Winslow II 11 times for 78 yards - Joe Jurevicius only needed 3 catches to hit 76, while Braylon Edwards handled the TD (6/61/1). These 3 are the team's main targets heading into the second half of the season, with 28 (Winslow), 14 (Jurevicius), and 22 (Edwards) passes distributed to each during the past 3 weeks. Frye amassed 59/98 for 526 yards, 3 TDs and 3 interceptions (11/47/0 rushing) during those 3 contests, to rank 25th at his position during that span of time.

The Falcons are the league's 31st ranked pass D to date, allowing an average of 243.9 yards per game, with 10 TDs given up so far. They have handed over 95 points over the past 3 weeks while averaging 328 passing yards given up per contest. Last week, Jon Kitna tossed 20/32 for 321 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Falcons. They have a soft secondary, and with John Abraham sidelined, bring little in the way of a pass rush to the dance.

This is a great matchup for Frye and company to strut their stuff and show us what they can do.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tony Romo has been on fire of late (since the emergence of Austin Miles as the team's new #1 WR - 12/281/4 receiving in the last four weeks) with 63/99 for 874 yards, seven TDs and one interception thrown in the last four weeks (three games). Romo is the fourth-best fantasy QB in points per game during the recent past, and has propelled his team to the top of the NFC East in the real NFL during the same time span. Playing against their divisional rivals, the Eagles, last week Romo cruised to 21/34 for 307 yards, one TD and one interception passing. Roy Williams actually led the team last week with 5/75/0 receiving last week, followed by Patrick Crayton (2/74/0) and Austin (1/49/1). Jason Witten snarfed up seven short passes for 43 yards during the game.

The Packers were surprised by rookie QB Josh Freeman in his first NFL start, and allowed 14/31 for 198 net yards, three TDs and one interception to the green-as-grass hurler for Tampa Bay. Two weeks ago, ex-Packer Brett Favre lit these guys up for 17/28 for 244 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions. Allowing seven passing TDs in the span of two games is pretty poor performance, folks. All told, the Packers have coughed up 76 points in the last two weeks, with 38 surrendered to each of their last two opponents. Ouch.

Romo is on fire and the Packers' secondary is in disarray - advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tony Romo has thrown five TDs and just one interception over the past three weeks, with 51/90 for 648 yards to his credit during that time span. If he'd had some more help from Dez Bryant last week, Romo would have thrown three TDs during the game (Bryant fumbled a TD reception just an inch or two from the front of the goal line last week) - as things stood, Romo managed 19/31 for 279 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Seattle during the 23-13 win. Bryant (nine targets for 4/76/0), Jason Witten (seven for 4/71/1) and Miles Austin (three targets for 2/53/0) led the team in receiving, and Laurent Robinson picked up a TD (five targets for 5/32/1) after Austin left the game with yet another hamstring injury. Look for Robinson to play the #2 wide receiver role in the coming weeks as Austin is out two-to-four weeks thanks to his latest hamstring injury.

The Bills' pass D isn't very good this year in terms of yards allowed (an average of 260.4 per game, 25th in the NFL) or pass TDs given up (11 allowed through eight games), but they do generate a lot of turnovers (with 15 interceptions this season, second only to Green Bay's 16 picks). Mark Sanchez managed 20/28 for 222 net yards (one sack taken), one TD and one interception last week; John Beck flopped with 20/33 for 152 net yards (10 sacks taken), zero TDs and two interceptions at Buffalo two weeks ago. Before the Washington game, the Bills had only four sacks to their credit this season, so generally speaking they don't put much pressure on opposing passers through their pass rush, though the secondary is a ball-hawking unit.

Romo's OL has allowed just 15 sacks this year (tied for seventh in the NFL), while the Bills aren't agressive with their pass rush - when Romo has a lot of time to throw the ball, he can pick apart a secondary. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Peyton Manning has been awesome over the first half of the season, and is the number one fantasy quarterback in the land by far. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas are both top-ten receivers in the PPR paradigm, as is Julius Thomas. Start them if you've got them as Manning is on a historic pace, which shouldn't change due to the coaching switch that happened over the bye week. Manning IS the offensive coordinator in a lot of ways.

The Chargers' pass D ranks 27th in the NFL averaging 275.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing TDs given up vs. a mere four interceptions generated to date. This group gave up 23/32 for 291 net yards, zero TDs and one interception to Washington last week, and 23/36 for 275 net yards, zero TDs and one interceptions to Jacksonville two games ago. Manning is clearly far superior as a passer to either Robert Griffin III or Chad Henne, folks.

This is a great matchup for the Broncos despite traveling to their divisional rivals on Sunday.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jon Kitna has become a fantasy force in the Detroit offense, ranking 5th in fantasy points per game at his position over the past 3 weeks (2 games) while tossing 42/68 for 590 yards, 4 TDs and 3 interceptions (with 4/34/0 rushing). Sure-handed Mike Furrey (19 targets for 13/181/1 over the past 3 weeks) has emerged as a solid complement to flashy Roy Williams (18 for 8/167/2 in that time frame) and Kevin Jones is showing off reliable hands out of the backfield (13 for 10/87/1). The Lions' offense has got into the Martz groove and it's paying off for fantasy owners who invested in their team.

The 49ers have allowed the most points of any team this year, with 238 given away, including tying for next-to-last in passing scores allowed so far (15). They are 26th in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (226.8), although they did stymie the Vikings' Brad Johnson last week (21/31 for 136 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). Most weeks, the 49ers are much more generous.

This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Lions.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matthew Stafford followed up his big game vs. Seattle (34/49 for 352 yards, three TDs and one interception) with another big pile of yards at Jacksonville - 22/33 for 285 yards passing - but he didn't throw any TDs last week because the running backs pushed in four TDs on the ground. With 56/82 for 637 yards passing, three TDs and just one interception over the past two games, Stafford is officially 'on' again. Calvin Johnson also went off last week (eight targets for 7/129/0) as the team adjusted his routes to help him managed his sore knee. Ryan Broyles (six for 6/52/0) caught all the balls that came his way last week - Joique Bell (four for 3/36/0) was the only other receiver over 30 yards last week.

The Vikings' pass D is a mixed bag this year, averaging 220.3 net yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), but having given away 14 pass TDs vs. just four interceptions (27th in the NFL) and 24 sacks generated (tied-sixth). Last week, the Seahawks threw 17/25 for 190 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs Minnesota, while Tampa also had three TDs and zero interceptions at Minnesota (19/36 for 257 net yards passing) two weeks ago. Right now, the entire Vikings' D is faltering.

Advantage, Detroit.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Stafford threw 23/35 for 242 yards, one TD and one interception (with 5/8/1 rushing to his credit) vs. Chicago back in week four - Calvin Johnson snagged the TD with 10 targets for 4/44/1, while Kris Durham (four targets for 3/58/0) and Brandon Pettigrew (seven for 7/54/0) moved the chains during the contest. The Lions eventually notched a 40-32 victory in this first clash of NFC North rivals.

Since week four, Stafford has compiled 111/180 for 1,355 yards passing, nine TDs and three interceptions thrown - he had a monster game vs. Dallas throwing mostly to Johnson (16 targets for 14/329/1) with Stafford posting 33/48 for 488 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions (one sack taken for -8 yards). Kris Durham was second on the squad with six targets for 4/54/0 on the day, while Brandon Pettigrew managed six for 3/31/0. The Lions were hot heading into their bye week, and they come into this divisional clash well-rested.

The Bears' pass D knocked Aaron Rodgers out of the game early last Monday night, and Seneca Wallace didn't throw the ball much thereafter, with 12/21 for 113 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (five sacks for -28 yards taken). However, two games ago Robert Griffin III threw 18/29 for 290 net yards, two TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -8 yards. Most weeks, teams produce passing numbers closer to Griffin's when Chicago is across the line of scrimmage - they rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 253.6 net yards passing allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. 11 interceptions and a low 14 sacks generated this season.

Stafford is hot right now, and he should enjoy a great outing despite being at Soldier Field this week.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers is doing everything he can to win games (despite a league-worst mark of 37 QB sacks allowed by the OL through eight games, an average of 4.6 sacks allowed per game) - he's thrown 87/133 for 1157 yards, 10 TDs and only four interceptions in the past four weeks with 15/110/1 rushing to boot) - those numbers make him the second-best fantasy QB in the land during the second quarter of the season. Greg Jennings (38 targets for 24/265/1), Donald Driver (30 for 19/325/2), Donald Lee (17 targets for 10/100/0) and James Jones (15 targets for 8/205/3) have been the main pass catchers for Rodgers during the last four games. Green Bay's passing attack is hot entering week 10, folks.

The Cowboys' pass defense isn't impressive most of the time, currently averaging 233.5 net yards allowed per game (20th in the NFL), with 13 passing scores allowed through eight games vs. just six interceptions generated (tied for 23rd in the NFL). The team is tied for seventh in the NFL with 21 sacks - if history is any guide, they should lump on four to five more sacks to that total this week as the Packers' pass blocking isn't very good this year. Last week, the Cowboys did manage to contain DeSean Jackson and limited Donovan McNabb to 16/30 for 208 net yards, one TD and two interceptions - over the last four weeks, the team has allowed 611 passing yards in three contests (203.6 per game on average). This is a sub-par pass defense by most yardsticks, although the pass rushers do get to opposing QBs.

The Packers' problem isn't their passing attack, which is high-octane this year. The Cowboys' pass defense has been a problem for their club more often than not - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers bombed the Vikings' secondary with 24/30 for 335 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions three weeks ago, hitting Greg Jennings (10 targets for 7/147/1) the most often, and also finding Jermichael Finley (two targets for 2/13/1) and John Kuhn (one target for 1/2/1) for scoring plays. James Jones (four for 4/63/0) and Jordy Nelson (four for 4/52/0) caught every ball Rodgers threw their way, but didn't find pay dirt during the NFC North victory. Then the Packers enjoyed a bye week, coming back to action last week with a high-scoring victory over San Diego 45-38. Rodgers looked as sharp as ever at San Diego, racking up four passing TDs (21/26 for 247 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions) and a passer rating of 145.8, while padding his rushing stats for the season with 8/52/0 rushing. All of Rodgers' favorite targets had a TD last week, led by Jordy Nelson (six targets for 5/105/1). Greg Jennings saw eight balls for 6/46/1; Jermichael Finley had seven come his way for 5/44/1; and James Jones made his one chance count with 1/21/1. Rodgers makes everything look very easy in this phase of the game, friends. He's in a zone rarely seen at the NFL level.

The Vikings' pass D ranks 30th in the NFL averaging 273.6 net yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing TDs given up over eight contests., vs. just six interceptions (tied for 21st) and 24 sacks (tied for fourth) generated. They coughed up 22/35 for 265 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Cam Newton back in week eight (with three sacks generated), which is about par for the course from this bunch.

Rodgers and company enjoy an outstanding matchup for this game, at home under the Monday Night Lights.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers told everyone in Green Bay to RELAX prior to the game at Chicago's Soldier Field, and then he went out and beat the Bears 38-17 on the strength of 22/28 for 302 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Randall Cobb (nine targets for 7/113/2 receiving) and Jordy Nelson (12 for 10/108/2) handled the bulk of the passes for Rodgers that game (as is usual this year).

Since that game, Green Bay has run their record up to 5-3, and enter Week 10 with the league's 13th-ranked passing attack, averaging 248.6 yards put up per week with 19 pass TDs vs. only four interceptions thrown so far. Cobb led the team in receiving before the bye week at New Orleans (seven targets for 5/126/1 receiving), followed by Eddie Lacy (nine for 8/123/0) and Davante Adams (nine for 7/75/0). Jordy Nelson had a poor showing at New Orleans (five for 3/25/0), but he remains a central figure in the passing attack despite the slow game.

The Bears' pass D ranks 23rd in the NFL averaging 262.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied for 14th in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied-14th) generated to date. Most recently, New England hung 33/38 for 365 net yards, five TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack of -11 yards on clean-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo) around the Bears' necks.

Advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Schaub has cooled off significantly since Houston's week seven bye - he's thrown 43/70 for 468 yards, one TD and two interceptions in the two games since then (both Houston losses, to Indianapolis and San Diego). Andre Johnson caught the only TD (17 targets for 11/147/1 in the last two games), but other than Arian Foster (15 for 13/135/0), nobody has got over 100 yards receiving in the past two games (combined). The Texans are in a mini-slump, folks. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday, November ninth that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring injury) will be back in the lineup when he is healthy, but it is unknown when that will be - keep an eye on Footballguys.com's players in the news for practice reports later this week if you have Daniels, Joel Dreesen or James Casey on your fantasy squad.

The Jaguars went into their week nine bye on a high note after blowing out the Cowboys 35-17 (Jon Kitna was intercepted four times in the game, en route to 34/49 for 365 net yards, and one TD). Matt Cassel threw for 13/18 yielding 190 net yards and two TDs back in week seven (a 42-20 victory over Jacksonville) - the Jaguars' pass D has been swinging wildly of late. This year, the team is ranked 28th in the NFL in average yards allowed per game (267.1), and they are 30th with 17 passing TDs given up vs. just eight interceptions and 14 sacks generated. This is not a powerful pass D, folks.

Schaub and company have a great shot at a bounce-back game in this divisional game.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Peyton Manning threw for more than one interception for the first time last week, with 31/52 for 294 yards, one TD and two interceptions against the Eagles at Philadelphia. To date he's thrown 16 TDs and four interceptions - last week was only the second time all year he hasn't notched at least two passing TDs in a game. Jacob Tamme has exploded since taking over for Dallas Clark (17/172/2 receiving in the last two games, with 11/108/1 receiving on 17 targets at Philadelphia last week), and Reggie Wayne is taking up the slack that Austin Collie's concussion left in his wake (16 targets for 11/83/0 receiving for Wayne last week). Blair White (five targets for 3/42/0) and Pierre Garcon (seven for 2/15/0) are providing the third and fourth options for Manning right now.

The Bengals' pass D is in the middle of the NFL right now, averaging 217.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. `10 interceptions generated. The team isn't good at rushing opposing passers, with just seven sacks all year long (the Colts have only allowed 10 sacks of Manning, which is first in the NFL). Generally speaking, when you let Manning sit in the pocket unmolested, your pass D has a rough day. Ben Roethlisberger and company managed 18/28 for 193 net yards, two TDs and one interception vs. Cincinnati in their AFC North battle at Cincinnati last week.

This game goes down in the friendly (for Manning) confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Bengals' pass defense doesn't do the things that a defense needs to do in order to disrupt Manning and the Colts. Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Back in week three, Andrew Luck tossed 22/46 for 313 yards, passing, two TDs and one interception during the narrow 17-22 loss to Jacksonville. Since then, however, Luck has thrown 125/214 for 1,558 yards, five TDs and four interceptions (an average of 311.6 yards passing, one TD and .8 interceptions per game). He's been remarkably consistent as a rookie passer.

Last week, Luck engineered a 23-20 win over Miami with an astronomical 30/48 for 433 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -14 yards. Donnie Avery saw eight targets for 5/108/0 receiving, followed by T.Y. Hilton (11 for 6/102/1) and Reggie Wayne (nine for 7/78/1). Dwayne Allen (seven for 6/75/0) and Vick Ballard (six for 3/38/0) also contributed heavily during the win. The Colts' passing attack is on a roll entering week 10.

The Jacksonville pass D allowed 22/33 for 285 yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack for zero yards generated, vs. the Lions last week. To date, Jacksonville averages 255.5 net yards allowed per game (25th in the NFL), with nine passing TDs given up vs. just four interceptions (tied for 27th) and a mere eight sacks (dead last) generated this year. This is not a good defensive unit, folks.

Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

David Garrard returned from his concussion with a vengeance in week eight, throwing 17/21 for 260 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions against the hapless Cowboys. He and Mike Sims-Walker were very simpatico in week eight, with 10 targets becoming 8/153/1, while Marcedes Lewis continued his fine season with three targets for 2/51/2 on the day. Mike Thomas also scored at Dallas, with four for 4/41/1 - everyone enjoyed the Texas-sized dose of hospitality served up in week eight.

The Texans' pass D has been awful all year long. They are dead last in the NFL with 20 passing scores surrendered; they are dead last in the league with an average of 298.2 net yards allowed per game. The team has a paltry five interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL), and they have generated just 12 sacks to date. Philip Rivers threw 17/23 for 290 net yards, four TDs and one interception vs. Houston last week; Peyton Manning threw 26/45 for 259 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Houston in week eight. You get the picture.

This is a great matchup for the Jaguars, who'll look to take over third from the Texans in the tightly-contested AFC South this week.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Blake Bortles threw for almost 400 yards at the Jets last week (24/40 for 381 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown), a notable achievement against Darrelle Revis and company. Allen Hurns (eight targets for 5/122/1) and Allen Robinson (11 for 6/121/0) both went over 120 yards receiving during the game - Bryan Walters (seven targets for 5/54/1) hauled in the remaining TD catch. The Jaguars' passing attack is going full bore entering the second half of the season, although Hurns enters Week 10 hurt. Hurns has a sprained left foot, and was in a walking boot on Monday. Keep an eye on Hurns' practice participation (or lack thereof) before the upcoming game in Footballguys.com's Players in the News as we get closer to the Sunday games.

The Ravens' pass D gave up 28/37 for 290 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to the Chargers two weeks ago (Baltimore was on bye last week) and gave up 20/29 for 264 net passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Arizona two weeks ago. To date, Baltimore is ranked 29th in the NFL with an average of 283.9 net yards allowed per game, and has allowed more than five times as many TDs (16) as they have generated interceptions, with just three picks this year (tied for dead last in the NFL).

This is a great matchup for Bortles and company, even if Hurns is a no-go.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Chad Pennington has quietly put together a very solid season, with 29/105 for 890 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions over the past 3 weeks - nearly 300 yards passing per game - he hit Denver's wounded secondary for 23/40 for 281 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception last week. Greg Camarillo starred for Miami in Denver, with 11/111/0, while last week's sensation Ted Ginn Jr. was 2nd on the team with 3/38/0, and TE Anthony Fasano checked in with 2/37/0. The Dolphins aren't scoring a ton of points right now, but Pennington keeps the chains moving with his throwing arm.

Seattle held off the Eagles for a quarter, but eventually coughed up 28/43 for 347 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Philly last week. They are 31st in the NFL averaging 258 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs given away vs a mere 3 interceptions generated. Seattle does have 20 sacks, but DE Patrick Kearney has re-injured his previously-repaired shoulder and may be sidelined for some time - he is a key pass rusher. Not much is going right for Seattle right now, - they've allowed 916 passing yards in the past 3 games. Ouch.

Pennington has been steadily productive, and Seattle is reliably soft in this phase of the game - advantage, Miami.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill played through his sore thigh and played well at Indianapolis (22/38 for 290 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) - he bounced back nicely from the 2/5 for 18 yards he managed at the Jets (with one sack for -9 yards) two weeks ago. Brian Hartline was back from the fantasy dead with 12 targets for 8/107/0 receiving to lead the Dolphins; Davone Bess managed nine for 6/67/0; and fullback Charles Clay scored the lone receiving TD with one for 1/31/1.

The Titans were nuked by Chicago 51-20 last week, and gave up 19/26 for 198 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with three sacks for -30 yards) in this phase of the game. To date, the Titans average 272.7 net yards allowed per game (27th in the league), they are tied for last in the NFL with 20 passing scores given up, and have just six interceptions (tied-19th) and a mere 14 sacks (tied-22nd) to their credit. It is easy to ring up big totals against the Tennessee pass D.

This is a great matchup for Tannehill and company.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Brett Favre took the Lions apart back in week two, with 23/27 for 155 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions en route to a 27-13 victory. Bernard Berrian led the team in receiving with 6/46/0 and Percy Harvin was second with 5/41/1. Since then, Favre and the Vikings have been getting hotter and hotter as the weeks go by - but, remember that Favre had a very painful groin injury that he played through vs. Green Bay two weeks ago. It remains to be seen if he could get the groin healthy during the bye week. However, even in considerable pain vs. Green Bay, Favre cranked out 17/28 for 244 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions. He hit Percy Harvin (5/84/1), Bernard Berrian (3/47/1), Visanthe Shiancoe (1/12/1) and little-known TE James Dugan (1/2/1) for the TDs two weeks ago. Sidney Rice accounted for 4/40/0 receiving and Adrian Peterson took his one catch 44 yards. The Vikings' passing attack is roaring along at full throttle entering the second half of the year.

The Lions have allowed the second-most passing TDs this season, with 19 handed over in eight games, with just six interceptions and only 16 sacks to date (near the bottom of the league in both categories). Matt Hasselbeck spotted them 17 points and still won 32-20 last week (40/52 for 342 net yards, one TD and one interception allowed to the Seahawks last week). Even the lowly Rams got over 200 yards passing vs. the Lions (18/36 for 212 net yards, one TD and one interception).

Favre and company should rend the Lions' secondary apart this week - advantage, Minnesota.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

As of midweek, the Vikings expect Teddy Bridgewater to be cleared from the concussion protocols in time for the game Sunday - but setbacks are known to occur with this sort of brain trauma. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches as Bridgewater's backup, Shaun Hill (2/6 for 15 yards in relief of Bridgewater last week, 738/1189 for 8,053 yards, 49 TDs and 30 interceptions thrown during his 10-year NFL career) could be called upon to step in this week. Bridgewater threw 13/21 for 144 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception against the Rams' D last week - he hit Stefon Diggs (five targets for 3/42/0) and Kyle Rudolph (two for 2/30/0) the most in that contest.

The Raiders' pass D is among the league's most generous, averaging 314.6 net passing yards per game (dead last in the NFL) with 15 passing scores handed out vs. nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-23rd) generated. Last week, the Steelers threw 28/50 for 402 yards, two TDs and one interception vs. Oakland, with one sack taken for -11 yarsd. The Raiders' pass D allowed the Jets' quarterbacks 31/47 for 292 yards passing, two TDs and one interception two games ago.

This is a great matchup for whichever quarterback starts for Minnesota on Sunday.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tom Brady watched his running backs score three TDs at Buffalo back in week four, and he got in the game in that phase, too, with 1/4/1 rushing to his credit to go with 22/36 for 340 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions during the 52-28 romp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Since then, Brady has become one of the most deadly fantasy QBs in the land, with eight TDs and two games over 300 yards passing during the last three contests - at London two weeks ago Brady put on a clinic with 23/35 for 304 yards, four TDs, zero interceptions and zero sacks taken. Rob Gronkowski (13 targets for 8/146/2) and Brandon Lloyd (four for 2/28/2) both grabbed two TDs on the Rams, while Danny Woodhead (seven for 5/56/0) and Wes Welker (nine for 6/48/0) also helped out. The Patriots' passing attack is a juggernaut entering week ten. And they come off a bye week, rested and recuperated, for this AFC East showdown.

The Bills' pass D averages 248.4 net yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL), with a largish 16 pass TDs given up vs. just six interceptions (tied for 19th) and only 19 sacks (16th in the NFL) generated to date. Anyway you cut it, this is a mediocre-to-sub-par pass D, friends. Matt Schaub pounded them for 19/27 yielding 256 yards passing, two TDs vs. zero interceptions, taking two sacks for -12 yards - right on the Bills' sub-par pace.

Tom Brady and company enjoy a huge advantage in this game.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tom Brady keeps nuking opposing secondaries - last week, it was Washington's turn to feel his wrath (26/39 for 299 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown). Brandon LaFell led the team in receiving yards with nine targets for 5/102/0 receiving, while Julian Edelman (nine for 5/55/1) and Rob Gronkowski (five for 4/47/0) were in the mix. Brandon Bolden (four for 3/27/1) got the second TD pass last week. New England is the same as it ever was this year - on a big-time roll.

This is the pass D that surrendered seven passing scores to Drew Brees two weeks ago (and allowed 505 passing yards). Jameis Winston didn't get a TD pass last week, but did manage 19/36 for 249 yards passing and wasn't sacked. Folks, Tom Brady is a lot closer to Drew Brees than he is Jameis Winston. This looks like a scary matchup for Giants' fans and their secondary, currently averaging 308 net yards passing allowed per game (31st in the NFL). The Giants are tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions, but are dead last with nine sacks.

Advantage, New England.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees has led the league in passing the last 2 weeks, posting 31/39 for 336 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. San Francisco in week 8, and 35/49 for 445 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions last week vs. Jacksonville. He's on fire at the midway point of the season. During the past 2 weeks, Marques Colston (12 targets for 8/85/3 in week 8; 13 for 10/159/0 during week 9), Reggie Bush (7 for 7/49/0; 9 for 7/43/1), and David Patten (6 for 5/109/0; 6 for 4/81/1) have been his top targets, with some balls going to TE Eric Johnson (3 for 2/29/0; 4 for 4/27/0).

The Rams pass D is pretty generous with TDs, giving up 12 so far this year, with only 5 interceptions and 12 sacks to their credit so far - they are giving away an average of 205.5 net pass yards per game this year (12th in the NFL). Most recently, Derek Anderson lit them up for 18/25 for 236 net yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. The Rams' D is bad all over with some ugly on the side, folks. With DE Leonard Little going on IR this week due to his injured toe (he'll have surgery soon), the picture just keeps getting worse for the Rams' D.

This is a great matchup for one of the NFL's hottest QB.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees has thrown for over 300 yards passing in three of his last four games (and just barely missing that mark vs. Miami in week seven, with 22/38 for 298 yards, one TD and three interceptions) - most recently, he threw 24/35 for 330 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Carolina. Over the past four weeks, Brees has amassed 94/136 for 1305 yards, eight TDs and five interceptions, with 7/16/2 rushing, to land at #3 among all fantasy QBs in points per game during the second quarter of the season. Marques Colston was the 10th-best fantasy WR (in the PPR format) during that time frame, with 20/368/3 to his credit; Jeremy Shockey was the eighth-best fantasy TE in that span with 16/240/1 to his credit. The Saints are fourth in the NFL currently averaging 282.2 net yards passing per game, and tied for first in the league with 17 passing scores at the half-way point.

St. Louis' defense gave up the third-most total yards from scrimmage during the second quarter of the season, with 1549 allowed over four games (1011 net passing yards, an average of 252.75 net passing yards per game), and they gave up the third-most total points from scrimmage, with 113 allowed (a little over 28 points per game). Peyton Manning bombed the Rams for 23/34 for 235 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions in the Colts' 42-6 laugher over the Rams in week seven, though they did manage to contain the rookie QB Matthew Stafford in week eight (Calvin Johnson was out of the game due to injury, though), holding Detroit to 14/33 for 162 net yards, zero TDs and one interception. Most of the time, the totals run up against the Rams look more like Mannings - the team averages 238.6 net yards allowed per game (22nd in the NFL this year), with 11 passing TDs given up vs. just six interceptions and only 14 sacks recorded so far.

The Saints should blow out the Rams this week - advantage, New Orleans.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees continues to throw for over 300 yards - he's done it in six of eight games so far, with one of those over 400 yards passing - most recently, Brees threw 30/51 for 382 yards, two TDs and two interceptions at the Jets. He relies on Jimmy Graham (12 targets for 9/116/2) the most, and most consistently, while spreading the ball between Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Kenny Stills and occasionally Nick Toon - Marques Colston has fallen off the map due to a lingering knee injury that rendered Colston inactive last Sunday. Start your Saints' receivers and hope that it is their turn this week, because Brees is a yardage-and-TD machine this year.

The Dallas pass D ranks 31st in the NFL averaging 305.2 net yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions generated to date. They have a middling 23 sacks so far this year - except in the interceptions department, this is a sub-par pass D overall. Christian Ponder had 25/37 for 224 net yards passing last week, with one TD and one interception (two sacks taken for -12 yards), while Matthew Stafford blasted this crew for 33/48 yielding 480 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with one sack taken for -8 yards).

Advantage, New Orleans.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees cooled off a tad last weekend, but when you've thrown seven TDs in a game, your 'cooling off' looks like this: 28/39 for 387 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown. Most fantasy owners would take that in a heartbeat. Brees again relied on tight end Ben Watson (five for 5/60/0 receiving) although backup Michael Hoomanawanui (1/1/1) hauled in one of the TDs destined for a tight end, and Josh Hill got the other (two targets for 2/21/1). Meanwhile, Brandin Cooks (six for 4/71/1) and Willie Snead (10 for 6/95/0) were the main wideouts - Marques Colston saw three targets for 3/37/0 on the day.

The Washington pass D gave up 26/39 for 299 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception to Tom Brady last week; before that Jameis Winston threw 21/29 for 289 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions against this defensive unit. Though Washington's average of 240.4 net yards allowed per game is currently ninth in the NFL, they are playing consistently much worse of late and are fading down the chart - they've allowed 13 passing scores and only have four interceptions (next-to-last in the NFL) and a mere 13 sacks (tied for 27th in the NFL). This is not a good pass defense as of Week 10.

Advantage, New Orleans.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Eli Manning has thrown 12 TDs and five interceptions in his last four starts, with 21/32 for 290 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions at Seattle last week - he's absolutely on fire entering week 10. Just two games ago, he ripped Dallas for 25/35 for 306 yards, four TDs and three interceptions (in Dallas) - this week, they'll be coming to his house in New Jersey to play. At Seattle, the usual big three snagged most of Manning's passes, with 13 targets for 6/128/1 flowing to Hakeem Nicks; four for 4/56/0 to Mario Manningham; and seven targets for 4/46/1 landing in Steve Smith's arms. The Giants offense is a juggernaut as of week 10. The team announced that Nicks' sore ankle is better as of Monday November eighth and that it isn't a high ankle sprain but rather a lateral ankle sprain - he should be fine for this NFC East showdown.

The Dallas D has allowed a league-worst 145 points over the past four weeks, with 905 net passing yards surrendered during that time span. David Garrard torched this secondary for 17/21 yielding 238 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions in week eight; Aaron Rodgers and company posted 27/35 for 277 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week. The Cowboys are just mailing in the games at this point, folks. We'll see if the new head coach, Jason Garrett, can shake up things enough to get some intensity out of these guys.

This looks like a great week to be invested in the Giants' offense. The danger here is that Tom Coughlin may call off the Giants' attack before the full 60 minutes are up, but Manning and company should rack up plenty of points even in an abbreviated afternoon of work (if it comes to that).

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Rams' defense is just awful. They are 29th in the NFL vs. the rush, averaging 155.5 yards allowed per game (with 12 rushing scores allowed) - they are 28th in the NFL averaging 246.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing TDs handed over to date. When you average over 400 yards allowed per contest, you simply aren't going to win many games. Opposing teams can do what they want to do. Kurt Warner certainly moved the ball at will, with 23/34 for 333 net yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions in the laugher over St. Louis last week.

Brett Favre stemmed the rash of interceptions last week, with only 1 thrown (19/28 for 201 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). He's chalked up 68/106 for 688 yards, 2 TDs and 6 interceptions in the last 3 weeks, though - Favre is in one of his funks entering week 10. The usual suspects (Jerricho Cotchery, 6/62/0; Leon Washington, 2/42/0; Laveranues Coles, 3/40/0) led the Jets in receiving last week.

Favre hasn't been very good over the recent past, but he's got a great chance to get back on track against the pathetic Rams.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Somehow, the Jets contrived to lose to Miami despite outgaining them 40/127/1 rushing to 23/52/0 rushing in week eight (with 251 net passing yards and two passing TDs with zero interceptions thrown by Mark Sanchez vs. Miami's 12/22 for 52 net yards and one TD with zero interceptions by Chad Henne). Sanchez has been up and down over the last few games, with 39/79 for 527 yards passing, three TDs and five interceptions (but he's helped out his fantasy owners with 7/16/2 during that time frame, landing at #16 among all fantasy QBs in points per game for that span). Dustin Keller (27 targets for 11/118/1) and Braylon Edwards (19 targets for 8/128/1) have led the team in opportunities and fantasy points, while David Clowney accoutned for the other TD (8 targets for 7/95/1). Jerricho Cotchery returned to the field in week eight after being sidelined for weeks due to injury and turned eight targets into 3/70/0 as he shook off the rust. We'll see what the mix looks like going forwards after a bye to get everyone healthy and back on the same page. Cotchery, Edwards and Keller figure to be the main men for Sanchez given what we've seen in thei first half of the year.

The Jaguars' pass D is mired at 26th in the NFL averaging 242.2 net yards allowed per game, and they have given up three times as many TDs (15) as they have generated interceptions (five, 28th in the NFL). The Jaguars are dead last in the NFL with a paltry eight sacks through eight games. It is never good when you can't pressure a QB up front, don't cover receivers well, and don't break on the ball to generate turnovers. Matt Cassel (23/39 for 241 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) and Vince Young (15/18 for 125 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions) both recently took advantage of the weak Jacksonville pass D, and neither one of them plays on a powerful unit.

This is a great week to have the Jets' skill position players on your fantasy squad.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Mark Sanchez played a solid game at Gillette Stadium back in week five, with 16/26 for 166 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. Santonio Holmes (six targets for 4/60/1), Plaxico Burress (eight for 3/42/0) and Jeremy Kerley (three for 3/35/1) where his main targets during that contest.

Since week five, the Jets have won three straight games, with 52/86 for 604 yards, five TDs and two interceptions passing for Sanchez during the hot streak. Five players are his main options as targets - Dustin Keller (20 for 10/168/0 over the lsat thee games), Plaxico Burress (17 for 10/120/3), Jeremy Kerley (16 for 10/70/0), Santonio Holmes (13 for 8/116/2) and LaDainian Tomlinson (11 for 9/88/0). As you can see, the Jets have developed a nice 1-2-3 combination at wide receiver heading into the second half of the season - Sanchez isn't locking on to just one or two guys in the games anymore, either.

The Patriots' pass D is the worst in the NFL allowing an average of 314 net yards per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores given up to date. They do have 10 interceptions (seventh in the NFL) and 15 sacks (25th) - the unit isn't totally inept like the Colts are, but they aren't very good either. Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all last week, tossing 20/39 for 250 net yards, two TDs and one interception in the 24-20 win at New England, while Ben Roethlisberger dismantled the Patriots' secondary with 36/50 for 329 net yards (five sacks taken), two TDs and one interception two weeks ago.

Sanchez and his compadres have taken flight during recent weeks, while the Patriots' pass D remains mired at the bottom of the NFL barrel in this phase of the game - advantage, New York.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kerry Collins tossed 21/40 for 175 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception last week (hitting Jerry Porter 7/68/1 on 9 targets; Moss snagged 1/7/1 out of 8 chances last week). Over the past 3 weeks, as Moss nurses several injuries, Porter has seen 23 targets for 17/234/3 (7th best fantasy WR in that span). Moss has converted 20 targets into 7/76/2 (39th best fantasy WR during those 3 weeks). Collins has been top ten material recently, with 57/96 for 674 yards, 6 TDs and 2 interceptions passing in 3 weeks (9th best fantasy QB during that span). Oakland's passing game remains among the league's most potent, even though Moss' injuries have limited him during recent games.

The Broncos shut down Donovan McNabb for half of the game 2 weeks ago, but when the dust settled they had allowed 12/34 for 283 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions to the game Eagles (the Broncos triumphed 49-21) in a high-scoring affair. They have been soft against the pass most of the year, giving up an average of 244.5 passing yards per game (29th in the NFL) with 12 TDs allowed to date. During the past 3 weeks (2 games), Denver averaged 243 passing yards surrendered per contest - right on their season pace. The Bronco's secondary is among the league's worst performers this year. If Champ Bailey's hamstring is healed they may do better than usual this week, but he's only 1 guy - this unit needs more help than 1 guy can provide to fix what ails it.

Part of this has been because the Denver offense forces the other team to the air many times. Collins, Porter and Moss have excellent prospects for a solid game this week.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Donovan McNabb has been a fantasy force for most of the season, tossing 162/277 for 2312 yards, 16 TDs and 5 interceptions, with 28/200/3 rushing to boot. However, he went into the week 9 bye on a sour note as the Jaguars shut him down in week 8 (18/34 for 161 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, with 5/37/0 rushing). It wasn't a disastrous outing, but it wasn't the 300+ passing yards his spoiled fantasy owners were accustomed to ringing up each week this year, either. Everyone has an off weekend at some point during the year, and this was McNabb's bad game to date.

McNabb should bounce back this week though, as the Redskins' pass defense is sorry. They rank 30th in the NFL averaging 242.9 yards allowed per game, and have handed over 16 passing scores this year (most in the NFL). The Cowboy's Tony Romo hit 24/36 for 284 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Redskins last week, with one of his starting WRs limited by a sore quadriceps (Terry Glenn) - it should have been even worse as Terrell Owens dropped an easy long TD as well. Coverage is not a strong suit among the Redskins' secondary. They have generated 0 interceptions and only 2 sacks over the last 3 weeks (2 games), and have only 2 interceptions and 13 sacks to their credit this season. Not too good, folks.

This is a great matchup for McNabb and company.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Mike Vick threw one score last week, with 17/29 for 218 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, and ran in another, with 10/74/1 rushing to his credit. He and DeSean Jackson picked up where they left off before Vick's rib injury, racking up eight targets for 7/109/1 receiving, while Jeremy Maclin (eight for 4/48/0) and Jason Avant (five for 2/41/0) assisted from the other WR positions. Brent Celek was a disappointment last week vs. Indianapolis, though, seeing just one target for zero catches.

Washington fields the league's 31st-ranked pass D, averaging 280.9 net yards allowed per game, with 14 passing TDs allowed to date vs. nine interceptions and 18 sacks (in the middle of the NFL range in the latter two categories). Matthew Stafford and company ripped the Redskins for 26/45 yielding 202 net yards, four TDs and one interception prior to Washington's week nine bye - not much has gone right for the Washington pass D this year, folks.

Vick and company look very in synch entering the second half of the NFL season, while the Redskins' secondary is not very good - advantage, Philadelphia.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Nick Foles had a career game at Oakland last Sunday - 22/28 for 406 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown, for passer rating of 158.3. Five different Eagles caught at least one TD pass: DeSean Jackson (six targets for 5/150/1), Riley Cooper (six for 5/139/3), Zach Ertz (six for 5/42/1), LeSean McCoy (four for 4/36/1), and Brent Celek (four for 3/27/1). As you can see, Foles was about automatic at Oakland - the Eagles' offense roared back to life after the embarrassing zero-points-scored-by-the-offense outing at New York two games ago. Foles has a chance to cement his hold on the starting lineup if he can play excellently again this week at hostile Lambeau Field.

Speaking of Lambeau Field, the Packers sport the league's 20th-ranked pass D averaging 250.5 net yards given up per game, with a poor 14/3 pass-to-interceptions ratio (three interceptions ties them for last in the NFL in this category). Green Bay has 24 sacks (12th in the NFL) so they aren't sub-par across the board, but on balance this is a pretty mediocre bunch of defenders. Chicago's backup Josh McCown hit this squad up for 22/41 yielding 271 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week - enough said.

This looks like a great matchup for the nuclear-hot Foles and company.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger torched the Ravens for 5 TDs in the first half last week (13/16 for 209 yards, 5 TDs and 0 interceptions), but was forced from action for most of the second half due to a hip pointer (and the fact that the team had already salted away the victory by the time his leg felt better). Charlie Batch tossed 1/5 for 14 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception in his appearance (no QB controversy flaring up here, folks). Santonio Holmes (4/110/2) and Nate Washington (3/51/2) snarfed up the TDs, while Heath Miller handled the other score (2/17/1). Hines Ward and his manicured digits managed 4/28/0 on a slow Monday Night Football appearance for Ward.

The Browns handed over 30/47 for 318 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Matt Hasselbeck and company last week, and have coughed up 3 games over 300 yards passing over their last 5 contests (with no competitor below 246 net yards passing during that span of games). They are 32nd in the NFL in net passing yards allowed per game (276.6) and tied for dead last in pass TDs allowed (20) - meanwhile, Cleveland ranks 20th in the league with 7 interceptions to date and 31st (tied for last) with 7 sacks to their credit this year. It's pretty easy to throw the ball against Cleveland.

Roethlisberger and company have proven they know how to take advantage of weak pass defenses this year. We expect more aerial fireworks this week against their divisional rivals at home in Heinz Field.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger (17/27 for 163 yards, one TD and one interception) and Antwaan Randle-El (1/1 for 39 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) combined to put Pittsburgh over the top 27-21 against Cincinnati in week nine, with 18/28 for 193 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing as a team. Mike Wallace outpaced the rest of the team's receivers last week with 5/110/1 receiving on seven targets - Rashard Mendenhall was next on the team with three for 3/31/0, followed by Heath Miller (five for 3/21/1). Hines Ward was held to 3/10/1 on six targets by the Bengals, but did make his few catches count - the TD saved his outing for fantasy owners. Roethlisberger is in a mini-slump after exploding back on the scene in week six - he's thrown 34/55 for 358 yards, one TD and two interceptions in his last two starts.

The Patriots' pass D should help spark Roethlisberger and company - New England's secondary is not playing well this year. To date, they average 268.9 net yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), with 13 passing scores handed over vs. nine interceptions and 13 sacks generated (in the middle of the NFL in both the latter categories). Rookie Colt McCoy had a quiet day against the Patriots last week (14/19 for 174 yards), but he didn't have trouble completing passes when asked to - the low fantasy numbers were more a result of the Cleveland game plan than a sudden surge of competence on the part of New England. The Vikings threw for 26/38 yielding 285 net yards, one TD and one interception vs. New England two weeks ago - which is more in keeping with their lack-luster pass D most weeks.

Roethlisberger and company have an inviting matchup ahead at home in Heinz Field on Sunday.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

12 Touchdowns in TWO games? WHAT? If you are fortunate enough to have Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant or Markus Wheaton, you'll want to look at starting them again this week. Roethlisberger is on a once-in-a-career type of roll right now, and the Jets' sorry secondary is next on the firing line.

How bad is the Jets' secondary? Well, they've allowed a league-worst 24 passing scores to date, and are the only team with more than 20 given up so far, and they have a league-worst total of one interception this year. Need we say more?

Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Philip Rivers dueled Drew Brees 2 weeks ago in London, and came out of the game with 25/40 for 341 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception, out gaining Brees by 2 yards (but throwing 1 more interception than Brees). Antonio Gates led the team in receiving (6/96/1) and proclaimed himself fully healthy after the loss; LaDainian Tomlinson snagged 5/65/1; Vincent Jackson hauled in 4/60/1; and Chris Chambers snagged 5/47/0 - all the bullets are back in the Chargers' gun on offense, folks.

The Chiefs field a sub-par pass D, averaging 224.6 net yards allowed per game (22nd in the NFL), with 9 pass TDs allowed in 8 games and 7 interceptions with a league-worst 4 sacks to their credit. Over the past 3 games, KC has coughed up 750 passing yards (250 per contest), with 32/44 for 342 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception handed over to the Buccaneers last week. There just isn't much nice to say about a team that averages 27.9 points allowed per game.

Rivers comes into this game rested and on a hot streak - the Chiefs dropped a game in OT largely due to their weak pass D vs. Tampa. Advantage, San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Philip Rivers quieted criticisms last week with 18/20 for 220 yards passing, two TDs and one interception, with just one sack taken for -4 yards. He relied on Danario Alexander (three targets for 3/61/0) who was very involved for a newly-arrived free agent (starting in the injured Robert Meachem's place); Malcom Floyd (four for 4/48/1) and Antonio Gates (three for 3/41/1). Entering week 10, it looks like Rivers has got his mojo back.

The Buccaneers' pass D ranks last in the NFL averaging 321.1 net yards allowed per game, but they do balance the hefty 13 passing scores given up to date with 13 interceptions (third in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied for 26th) recorded so far. Carson Palmer and company posted 40/62 for 402 net yards, four TDs and three interceptions on the Bucs last week - Christian Ponder managed 19/35 for 229 net yards, one TD and one interception on this group two weeks ago (in between sub-100 yards passing efforts). This is a weak pass D, folks.

Rivers has an excellent matchup to work with here.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Peyton Manning is blowing away the rest of the field at fantasy quarterback, but in the second tier of starters Phillip Rivers is holding his own with 214/296 for a 72.3 completion percentage, 2,473 yards passing and 17 passing scores vs. just seven interceptions thrown through the first half of the season. Keenan Allen has handled 34/527/3 so far this season (26th-best fantasy wide receiver); Eddie Royal has 26/341/7 to date (28th); and Antonio Gates has 48/550/2 to his credit (seventh-best fantasy tight end). It's all good for the Chargers in this phase of the game.

The Broncos' pass D is 30th in the NFL averaging 299.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for first in the NFL) and 22 sacks (tied for 17th in the NFL) generated to date. Washington was held to an unusually low 20/39 for 154 net yards, one TD and four interceptions two weeks ago, while Andrew Luck lit this unit up for 213 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown two games ago.

Rivers has home field advantage, and a sub-par pass D to face this week - advantage, San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck threw the ball well against the Browns last week (30/47 for 318 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception), helped by the return of D.J. Hackett to action (6/58/1) - Bobby Engram led the team with 14/139/1 during the game, and Nate Burleson chipped in with 4/59/0. Deion Branch (foot) and Marcus Pollard (knee) missed the game and may not be able to go again this week. Hasselbeck has thrown for 2 TDs per game over the last 3 contests, and has gone over 300 yards passing twice during that time span - he's coming into this divisional showdown smokin' hot. Coach Holmgren has noticed Hasselbecks' resurgence and is going to tailor the offense to feature the passing game more prominently going forward:"I was encouraged by our receivers and how we threw the ball last night," Holmgren said Monday. "And that might be the way we have to go now. Play to our strengths just a little bit."

The 49ers are in the middle of the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (with an average of 209.3 per game, 14th in the NFL), but have given away 11 TDs while generating only 5 interceptions (tied for 29th in the NFL) and only 13 sacks (tied for 22nd in the NFL). On balance, the 49ers are fielding a sub-par pass D this year. Last week, Joey Harrington managed 14/25 for 131 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the 49ers, but nobody mistakes the Falcons' pass attack for a high-octane offense.

Hasselbeck is hot, and he'll have home field advantage at his back this week. Meanwhile, the 49ers' DBs are suspect and the pass rushers don't do much to pressure opposing QBs this year. Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Charlie Whitehurst struggled in his first regular-season start, managing 12/23 for 113 yards, one TD and two interceptions during Seattle's 7-41 shellacking at the feet of the Giants last week. Mike Williams (eight targets for 2/25/0) and Deon Butler (six for 3/5/0) were Whitehurst's favorite receivers last week, but Brandon Stokley (three for 2/26/0) and Ben Obomanu (one target for 1/36/1) were the most productive pass-catchers last week. Matt Hasselbeck may be able to take over the flight plan again this week for Seattle - 'He had a good workout today,' head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday, November eighth. 'I don't have to go blow-by-blow on his workouts and all, but he had a good workout today. Responded well, best he has, and looks very good at this point.' Seattle will wait until Wednesday, Nov. 10, to decide if Hasselbeck is officially cleared to play. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's players in the news for the latest on this developing story as the Thursday and Friday practice sessions go by.

Arizona allowed a career-best 446 passing yards to Brett Favre last week (36/47 for 427 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions) - they've coughed up 838 net yards in their last three games, with 87 total points allowed during that span of time (29 points per game on average). To date, the Cardinals are 27th in the NFL averaging 255.5 net yards allowed per game, with 13 passing TDs given away vs. nine interceptions and 18 sacks generated through eight contests (they are in the middle of the NFL range in both of the latter two categories). It's fair to say that the Cardinals come into this divisional showdown shell-shocked after Favre's carpet-bombing last week.

If Matt Hasselbeck can get back under center, this looks like a great matchup for the Seahawks. Downgrade this to neutral if Whitehurst is asked to make his second start - he didn't impress anybody last week.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Alex Smith went into the bye week off an awesome game at Arizona (18/19 for 232 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions). He utilized nine different receivers during the game, hitting Michael Crabtree (five targets for 5/72/2 receiving) and Randy Moss (one for 1/47/1) for the TDs, while also throwing multiple balls to Delanie Walker (three for 2/38/0), Vernon Davis (two for 2/34/0) and Mario Manningham (four for 4/20/0). The 49ers' passing attack is red-hot right now.

The Rams' pass D averages 237.5 net yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL), with 11 passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions (tied for 12th in the NFL) and 21 sacks generated (tied for 12th). They most recently allowed 24/38 for 321 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks) to the Patriots - this pass D is reeling right now.

Advantage, San Francisco.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Robert Griffin III has struggled with turnovers of late, with 23/32 for 291 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown vs. San Diego last week, and 15/30 for 132 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown at Denver two games ago. Four players have been targeted more than five times during that two week span: Pierre Garcon (22 for 14/218/0 receiving), Jordan Reed (19 for 12/127/0), Leonard Hankerson (nine for 6/62/1), and Santana Moss (seven for 3/22/0). We'll see if visiting the soft Vikings is a tonic to Griffin.

The Minnesota pass D is 29th in the NFL averaging 291.1 net yards allowed per game, with 18 pass TDs given up vs. eight interceptions (tied-16th in the NFL) and just 17 sacks (tied-25th) generated to date. This is a sub-par unit that gave up 34/51 for 314 yards passing, two TDs and one interception to Tony Romo last week (three sacks for -23 yards), and allowed 24/29 for 282 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks for -3 yards to Aaron Rodgers two weeks ago. Enough written.

Griffin has a great matchup to work with here.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kirk Cousins eked out 22/40 for 217 yards passing, one TD and one interception at the Patriots' house last weekend - this, after throwing 33/40 for 317 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Tampa Bay. It's fair to say he's been up and down over the past few weeks. Jordan Reed (seven targets for 3/18/1 receiving) handled the TD for Cousins last week; Pierre Garcon (eight targets for 4/70/0) and Jamison Crowder (eight for 6/50/0) were the top receivers while DeSean Jackson knocked the rust off his game (six targets for a mere 3/15/0 receiving). There wasn't much to get excited about from this unit last week.

However, this week the Saints and their giving secondary are coming to town - the same group that allowed six passing TDs to Eli Manning two weeks ago (30/41 for 329 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions thrown) followed up by allowing 28/39 for 371 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown to Marcus Mariota in his first game back after a layoff due to injury.

If there is a week for Cousins and company to go off, this is it. Advantage, Washington. Also, the Washington rushing attack is pathetic so Cousins will have to throw the ball A LOT to keep up with Drew Brees and company, if he can keep up with them.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kurt Warner and company struggled to get something going against the Buccaneers last week, with 10/30 for 172 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions to Warner's credit last week. As usual, Larry Fitzgerald (4/95/0) and Anquan Boldin (3/40/0) led the team in receiving, but there just weren't many fantasy points to go around. Since regaining his starting job, Warner has ping-ponged from strong games to sub-par outings, with 2 games of 250+ yards passing and 2 TDs, mixed in among 4 sub-200 yard passing outings in which he tossed 1 or 0 TDs. He hasn't been a model of consistency.

The Lions' pass D is a mixed bag, leading the NFL with 14 interceptions to their credit and tied for 5th in the NFL with 24 sacks, but ranking 30th in the NFL allowing an average of 258 net yards passing per game, with 14 passing scores given away to date. Last week, Denver could only eke out 1 TD, but they still rang up 32/50 for 256 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. Detroit. The Lions' pass D is a fine example of a high-pressure, gambling type of unit that will create opportunities for their offense with turnovers but will also give up the big play from time to time.

Warner has been up and down over the past 5 games, while the Lions have allowed a minimum of 192 net passing yards and a maximum of 298 net passing yards over the last 3 weeks. This looks like a good matchup for Warner and company to pile up some nice yardage and TD statistics (but he'll have to take care of the football against the ball-hawking Lions).

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Derek Anderson stuck with what works last week, targeting Larry Fitzgerald 10 times for 7/107/0 receiving. WR Andre Roberts was second in receiving yardage at Minnesota (two targets for 2/29/1), while Steve Breaston converted six targets into 3/28/0. All told, Anderson threw 15/26 for 179 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, and the Cardinals took the Vikings to OT before losing 24-27. Over the past three weeks, Anderson has thrown 39/67 for 509 yards, two TDs and two interceptions, while targeting Fitzgerald 32 times for 16/209/2 (followed by Breaston (17 for 11/175/0) and Early Doucet (16 for 7/74/0).

Seattle has allowed 596 net passing yards and five pass TDs in their last two games (33-3 loss to Oakland, and a 41-7 loss to the New York Giants). This group made Jason Campbell into a 300+ yard passer - enough said. The Seahawks entire defense is in a state of collapse, with 1,566 yards allowed in the last four weeks, and 104 total points given away during that span of time. Nobody has allowed more yards to the opposition over the past four weeks.

Anderson has been better of late, while the Seahawks' pass D is simply dreadful as of mid-November. Advantage, Arizona.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer has been a model of consistency since he returned to the starting lineup - he's thrown at least two TD passes per game for the past four games, posting three TDs last week vs. Philadelphia (22/34 for 249 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown). Since his return in Week 7, he's thrown double-digit targets to five players, each of whom has one TD pass from Palmer during that four week span: Larry Fitzgerald leads with 21 targets for 16/251/1 receiving; John Brown is second with 20 for 9/170/1; Andre Ellington has handled 19 for 13/125/1; John Carlson has seen 18 for 6/55/1; and Michael Floyd has handled 12 for 7/83/1. Obviously, the Cardinals are trying to get Carlson more involved in the game plan, but he isn't catching many balls lately (though he did score last weekend with eight targets for 2/19/1 receiving.

The Rams' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL in terms of net yards allowed per game (225.2), but they have handed out 12 passing scores so far, vs. just three interceptions (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and 14 sacks (tied-23rd in the NFL) generated. DE William Hayes, who had two sacks last weekend, was carted off the field with an ankle injury later in the day - if he can't go this weekend, a suspect pass rush gets even weaker. Last week, the Rams allowed 22/33 for 183 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Colin Kaepernick while racking up eight sacks (over half their season total) for -32 yards. Two weeks ago, Alex Smith and company rolled to a 34-7 win over St. Louis while Smith threw 25/29 for 223 yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks taken for -8 yards.

Palmer is on a hot streak, while the Rams are so-so in this phase of the game - at home in University of Phoenix Stadium we think the Cardinals have an edge in this phase of the game.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Michael Vick finally completed more than 18 passes in a game last week (it's the first time he's completed more than 18 passes in a regular-season game in 3 years) - he managed to compile 22/31 for 228 yards (his first time over 200 yards passing this season) with 1 TD and 0 interceptions. With his 8/38/0 rushing, Vick ended up among the top 10 fantasy QBs last week (6th fantasy QB with 19.4 FP last week). We'll see if he is actually going to continue to improve in the passing department this week, or if the good game passing was a one-week aberration from Vick's usual rush-heavy performance. Brian Finneran (8/92/1) and Alge Crumpler (6/65/0) led the team receiving last week. Finneran appeared to have very good chemistry with Vick during last week's game - he may become the go-to guy among the receivers in the second half of the season (he had 39 targets for 27/330/2 during the first half).

Green Bay ranks 12th in the NFL allowing an average of 188.9 passing yards per game this season, but has coughed up 14 passing scores to date (4th-most in the NFL so far). Over the past 3 weeks, the Packers average 178.6 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have generated 8 sacks during those 3 games. Green Bay currently has 18 sacks this season (tied for 19th in the NFL) - they have come on strong in the sack department during recent games. Atlanta is in the middle of the NFL pack with 18 sacks surrendered to date. Last week, Pittsburgh only attempted 16 passes and completed 9 for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - Charlie Batch's weak showing is skewing the Packer's pass defenders short-term averages downwards. They are a mediocre bunch more often than not.

Vick reconnected with Brian Finneran last week, and had a decent game passing the ball. If Atlanta elects to throw the ball this week, they'll have a good chance to do well vs. the unimpressive Packer secondary.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Julio Jones returned from his hamstring injury to score two TDs last Sunday - he led the team in receiving last week with four targets for 3/131/2 receiving, while Roddy White (nine targets for 4/76/0) and Tony Gonzalez (six for 4/36/1) were second and third on the team last week. Matt Ryan hit 14/24 for 275 yards, three TDs and one interception during the game, which was his second multiple-passing-TD game of the year (the other was in week two vs. Philadelphia, when Ryan threw four TDs). Now that Jones is back in the fold, the Falcons' passing attack looks like the explosive unit the team hoped to build back in August.

The Saints' pass D gave up 27/37 for 281 yards (zero sacks), one TD and zero interceptions to Josh Freeman this past Sunday, after holding A.J. Feeley and the Rams to 20/37 for 140 net yards (four sacks generated), one TD and zero interceptions two weeks ago. They've been pretty vulnerable in this phase of the game through the first half of the season, with a hefty 14 pass TDs given up vs. just four interceptions (tied for 27th in the NFL) generated to date. They average 228.4 net yards allowed per game (14th in the NFL) with 20 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL), so not all is wrong with this unit, but the Saints' pass D is generally a mediocre-to-sub-par unit depending on the week in question.

Ryan and company blasted off vs. a weak Colts' D last week, and they have a so-so divisional opponent arriving in the Georgia Dome this week - advantage, Atlanta. As the Saints field a high-octane passing attack, this is likely to be a high-scoring affair which favors fantasy production.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Steve McNair has taken the turmoil at OC in stride, tossing 21/31 for 245 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. the ball-hawking Bengals last week. McNair threw at Mark Clayton 13 times last week (8/73/0), while tossing Todd Heap 5 balls (4/84/0) and Derrick Mason only 4 passes (2/20/0). We'll see if Clayton can keep elevating his play during this week's matchup.

Only San Francisco (238) has allowed more points this season than the Titans (216). Over the past 3 weeks, they have coughed up an average of 224 passing yards per game, with 12/22 for 177 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions given up to David Garrard last week. It is not hard to score TDs against the Titans' defense.

This looks like a good matchup for McNair and company.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Steve McNair was awful in his return from groin and back injuries - he posted a mere 13/22 for 63 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception passing. Todd Heap missed another game due to his strained hamstring, which didn't help matters, but the bottom line was this: McNair looks like he's hit the end of the line, folks. Don't hold your breath for this unit to suddenly rebound as McNair has thrown 2 TDs in his appearances this year (vs. 3 interceptions) and has zero TDs generated in his last 2 games. This unit is looking hideously ugly at the half-way point of the season.

The Bengals have a way of making most any QB look good, though, with 20 passing TDs given up to date (vs. 9 interceptions and 12 sacks - neither stat is among the top 10 in the league). They are 28th vs. opposing passers, handing over an average of 253.5 net pass yards per game. Buffalo threw for 25/35 for 303 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception vs. this group last week, for pity's sake. Cincinnati's pass defense is awful this year.

McNair has looked awful most of the season, but even his anemic unit enjoys a good matchup against the Swiss-cheese secondary of the Bengals.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco feasted on the Dolphins' generous secondary last week, throwing 20/27 for 266 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions en route to a 26-10 win over Miami. Ray Rice (7/97/0), Derrick Mason (4/42/1) and Willis McGahee (3/42/1) handled most of the completions last week, while Anquan Boldin converted just two of his seven targets for 28 yards receiving. In short, all the usual suspects were thrown to in week nine - we don't look for Flacco to change his approach during the second half of the season.

Atlanta's pass D is focused on creating pressure up front (16 sacks through eight games) and in the secondary (13 interceptions generated, tied for third-most in the NFL). However, they also give up quite a few points (13 passing TDs allowed so far this year), while averaging 250.5 net passing yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL in that statistic). Josh Freeman managed 11/22 for 182 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Atlanta last week; but Carson Palmer ripped them up for 36/50 yielding 385 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions back in week seven. Entering the second half of November, the Falcons' pass D has swung from awful to adequate during recent contests.

Flacco and company find a way to make good things happen week in and week out - he's the eighth-ranked fantasy QB this year with 160/263 for 1,917 pass yards, 12 TDs and 6 interceptions thrown (and 26/39/1 rushing as a sweetener) - while the Falcons have been up and down in this phase of the game recently. Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco hasn't found the end zone a lot lately, with 80/136 for 773 yards, two TDs and two interceptions passing over the past three contests. Last week, he did rack up big yardage numbers at Pittsburgh, with 28/47 for 300 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to his credit. Anquan Boldin saw 10 targets for 7/88/0, while Torrey Smith snagged the game-winning TD with nine targets for 5/71/1 receiving. Dennis Pitta (eight for 5/46/0) and Ray Rice (seven for 5/43/0) also helped move the chains in key situations, while Ed Dickson struggled to make an impact last week (five targets for just 2/8/0). With the sweep of the Steelers to power the Ravens' momentum in the AFC/AFC North, it will be interesting to see if they suffer a let-down in this non-conference game up in damp Washington state.

The Seahawks' pass D is ranked 18th in the league averaging 242.4 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores surrendered vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied for 29th) generated to date. Tony Romo carved this unit up with 19/31 for 279 net yards (zero sacks), two TDs and zero interceptions last week - Cincinnati's Andy Dalton threw 18/29 for 160 net yards (one sack taken), two TDs and two interceptions at Seattle two weeks ago. As you can see, the Seahawks aren't generating much pressure on opposing QBs this year, and that's especially true of late.

Flacco has really become simpatico with his receivers over recent weeks, and he'll have plenty of time to pick and choose targets this week - advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco plunged in a TD two weeks ago with 4/2/1 rushing and added 25/37 for 319 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions against the Chargers. However, he and the team suffered a catastrophic loss as Steve Smith, their clear-cut #1 wide receiver and main fantasy point-producer, blew out an Achilles' tendon and has been lost for the season. This week, doctors advised Dennis Pitta that he should NOT return to the football field due to his serial hip injuries - also, rookie Breshad Perriman isn't likely to practice this week, according to coach John Harbaugh. 'To me, the clock is ticking,' Harbaugh said on November 10. 'I haven't been told that he's going to practice this week. I think that's a conversation that the doctors and Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] need to have, and we need to make a determination on that real soon.' The receiving cupboard is pretty bare for Flacco going forwards - Kamar Aiken (44 targets for 25/333/2 receiving) is the biggest threat left on the squad at wide receiver. Marlon Brown (29 targets for 13/106/0) and Chris Givens (10 for 6/106/0) will battle fo the #2 wide receiver spot in the second half of the season. Coach Harbaugh spoke about Givens on November 7: 'He's starting to feel it a little bit. He and Joe are starting to develop something, an understanding for one another.'

The Jaguars' pass D is ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 263.5 net passing yard allowed per game, and have coughed up 14 passing scores while tying for last in the NFL with three interceptions generated. Their 18 sacks ranks 17th in the NFL. Last week, the Jets were sacked twice for -11 yards while throwing 21/34 for 261 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions. while two games ago they gave up 24/42 for 260 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown to journeyman E.J. Manuel.

This is a good matchup for Flacco and the remaining receivers - we'll see what kind of chemistry he has built with the Ravens' backups.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

J.P. Losman scrabbled his way back to the top of the QB depth chart last week, with 24/34 for 295 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. the Bengals' soft pass D. "J.P. Losman will start at quarterback against the Miami Dolphins," coach Jauron said on Monday. "He did an outstanding job finishing the Jets game and in leading us to victory over the Bengals this past Sunday." "He played well...There are always plays every quarterback would like to have back, but he played well. He threw some tremendous balls, threw them with authority and moved it around." Lee Evans (9/165/1) and Josh Reed (6/55/0) were Losman's favored targets last week - RB Marshawn Lynch threw the other TD to TE Robert Royal (2/35/1).

The Dolphins' pass D is not very stout in terms of scores allowed (with 15 passing TDs surrendered to date vs. a mere 4 interceptions and only 10 sacks generated to date), but they tend to not surrender huge amounts of pass yards (mainly because their rush D is so bad teams prefer to run the ball against Miami), averaging 188.8 net yards allowed per game (6th in the NFL). Eli Manning played a horrible game against them during the London contest (8/22 for 49 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions), and yet the Dolphins still lost 13-10.

Losman and company have a good shot at maintaining their momentum this week against the suspect Miami pass D.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick attempted 51 passes last week, a career high, as were his 31 completions (31/51 for 299 yards, one TD and two interceptions). The pass attempts were the fourth-most ever attempted by a Bills' quarterback. 'Yeah, we threw the ball a lot today,' said Bills wide receiver Lee Evans (eight targets for 3/31/0 receiving), 'but we were just taking what the Bears were giving us.' Steve Johnson led the team with 14 targets for 11/145/0, including a long reception of 45 yards, and Roscoe Parrish converted 7/60/1 out of 11 passes that came his way. Fred Jackson was fourth on the team last week with seven targets for 5/20/0 receiving. Over the past four weeks (three games), Fitzpatrick has thrown 84/142 for 896 yards, six TDs and five interceptions to check in at fifth among all fantasy QBs during that time span - Johnson is third-best among fantasy receivers in that same time frame with 24/340/2 receiving to his credit.

Detroit's pass D allowed 22/39 for 327 net yards, one TD and one interception to Mark Sanchez and company last week, after limiting Donovan McNabb and the Redskins to 21/37 for 195 net yards, one TD and one interception two weeks ago. While this unit has really turned up the pass rush pressure in recent outings (McNabb and Grossman were sacked seven times and hit 12 other times two weeks ago; Sanchez had just one sack and two other hits last week), they are still suspect in the secondary as you can see. To date, the Lions rank 22nd in the NFL averaging 233.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing TDs handed over vs. nine interceptions and 24 sacks generated to date (tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks so far this year).

Buffalo is 22nd in the NFL with 19 sacks allowed to date - Fitzpatrick will have to get the ball away quickly in the face of the Lions' pass rush. However, the Detroit secondary is a sub-par unit which makes this a good matchup for Fitzpatrick and company.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been unimpressive over the past three weeks, with 70/105 for 617 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown - during two of those games, he pitched zero TDs, including last week's loss at Houston (25/38 for 239 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -8 yards). Steve Johnson (seven targets for 3/29/0) suffered a thigh injury last week and was ineffective after he incurred the injury - Johnson may miss some practice time this week but should be OK, according to head coach Chan Gailey on Monday, November 5. Owners of Fitzpatrick and Johnson will want to monitor his practice participation later this week - Footballguys.com's players in the news will let you know the latest on this developing story. Donald Jones (nine targets for 5/65/0 receiving) led the team in this phase last week, followed by C.J. Spiller (five for 5/63/0) and Scott Chandler (five for 3/51/0).

The Patriots' secondary gave up 22/39 for 340 net yards and four TDs to Fitzpatrick back in week four - but they also notched four interceptions of Fitzpatrick, helping to seal the victory. Since then, the team now averages 281.1 net passing yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL), with a hefty 17 pass TDs given up vs. nine interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for 18th in the NFL) generated to date. In London before the Patriots' bye, St Louis put up 23/32 for 219 net yards, one TD and two interceptions, with two sacks taken for -25 yards. This is a sub-par secondary that lives-and-dies by generating turnovers.

Fitzpatrick has some injury worries on his squad entering this AFC East showdown, but he's got an overall good matchup to work with as well.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Steve Smith was a one-man wrecking crew the last time Tampa faced the Panthers, with 7/112/0 - Keyshawn Johnson also performed against his former team-mates with 7/97/1 that day. Both helped Jake Delhomme compile 22/36 for 272 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions during the 26-24 Carolina victory. Delhomme struggled in Carolina's most recent game against Dallas before their bye week, posting 17/31 for 149 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - as usual, Steve Smith led the team with 6/55/0 receiving. Panther fans hope the team can get back on track against the Buccaneers this week.

The Bucs were blasted by Drew Brees and the Saints to the tune of 24/32 for 314 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions last week, and have coughed up an average of 251.6 passing yards per contest over their last 3 tilts. With 12 passing scores allowed to date, they are on the high end of the NFL range (currently 6-16), while averaging 208.9 passing yards allowed per game so far. Obviously, they have fallen well off that pace in recent weeks, though. They have only 3 sacks in their last 3 games, with a total of 12 for the year (tied for 30th in the NFL in this category) and are tied for next-to-last with only 4 interceptions so far. On balance, the Bucs pass D is sub-par.

The Panthers have a good matchup to work with this week when Tampa comes to Bank of America Stadium.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Delhomme hadn't started his spectacular melt-down yet back in week two, and he threw for over 300 yards vs. Atlanta on September 20th (25/41 for 308 yards, one TD and one interception). Steve Smithh was spectacular during the game, with 8/131/0 receiving (15 targets), while Muhsin Muhammad was second on the team with seven targets for 4/47/0 receiving. Dante Rosario took care of the TD for Delhomme, with 4 targets for 3/31/1. Of course, since this early game the Panthers' passing attack has gone into a downwards spiral.

The Panthers' pass attack has slumped to the point that Delhomme is the 28th-ranked fantasy QB over the past four weeks, with 60/105 for 681 yards, two TDs and five interceptions thrown during that time span. He did manage to stop the bleeding in the turnover column vs. New Orleans, with 17/30 for 201 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions, but Delhomme is far from a compelling fantasy option entering the second half of the season. 'Jake managed the game well,' head coach John Fox said after the game. 'He's done that for a lot of the game. We had our chances; unfortunately, we just came up a little short today. It's kind of like how I coached and how the rest of us played, we just came up short.' About the only good thing that can be said about the recent past is that Steve Smith has started to come around with 6/99/0 in week seven vs. Buffalo, 3/56/1 vs. Arizona two weeks ago (his first TD catch of the season), and 4/64/0 receiving vs. New Orleans last week. His counterpart, Muhsin Muhammad, has been sidelined due to a sore knee and didn't travel to the game vs. New Orleans. TE Gary Barnidge came out of obscurity to garner four targets for 3/46/0 recieving last week and may be more involved in the offense going forward - at one point he was the #1 TE on the depth chart, and the injury to Dante Rosario has given him the opportunity to get back in the mix. Dwayne Jarrett saw seven targets vs. New Orleans and compiled 4/30/0 in his most extensive showing of the season.

The Falcons' pass D has been suspect all year long, with an aveerage of 246.4 net yards allowed per game, and 11 passing scores given up vs. seven interceptions and 19 sacks generated to date (both stats are in the middle of the NFL ranges in their respective categories). Over the past four weeks, the Falcons have coughed up 1056 yards passing (264 per contest on average), with four interceptions and 11 sacks during the second quarter of the season (and 103 points allowed, fourth-most among all NFL defenses during that time frame).

Delhomme started to get back on top of his game last week, and he's got a decent shot at a respectable showing this week when the stumbling Falcons' defense comes to town.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cam Newton has become a fantasy owners' dream rookie this season, currently ranking third among all fantasy QBs with 174/287 for 2,393 yards passing, 11 TDs thrown vs. 9 interceptions pitched, with 62/322/7 rushing in addition - which boosts his fantasy value dramatically. Steve Smith has over 900 yards receiving during the first eight games played this year (46/918/4) to rank fourth among all fantasy wide receivers in the PPR format, and Greg Olsen is 10th among fantasy tight ends with 30/359/4 receiving to date. All three of these guys should be in your fantasy lineup from week to week. This attack was going strong entering their bye last week, too, with 22/35 for 290 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions for Newton in week eight vs. Minnesota, with the TDs going to Smith (nine targets for 7/100/1), Olsen (seven for 4/73/1) and Jeremy Shockey (three for 1/1/1).

The Titans' pass D crumbled last week, allowing 22/39 for 210 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Andy Dalton and company. Even Curtis Painter got over 200 yards passing at Tennessee two weeks ago (26/49 for 241 net yards, zero TDs) though he did thrown two interceptions during the contest. To date, Tennessee ranks 15th in the NFL averaging 231.5 net yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing TDs given away vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and just 14 sacks (28th) generated to date.

Newton and company have a good matchup to work with here folks.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cam Newton threw a lot of incompletions against the Saints, with 10/28 for 151 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception, while taking four sacks for -29 yards. Kelvin Benjamin wasted eight targets with 10 for 2/18/0 receiving, much to his fantasy owners' disgust last week. The bottom line here is that the Panthers' passing attack is sputtering entering the second half of the season.

The Eagles' pass D is a tonic for most quarterbacks, currently ranking 22nd in the NFL with and average of 256.2 net yards allowed, a whopping 17 passing scores given out vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL) generated. The Eagles have 23 sacks (tied for ninth), but the secondary isn't capitalizing on the solid pass rush. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two TDs against this group last week (13/27 for 182 net yards passing, with one interception thrown and four sacks taken for -21 yards). Carson Palmer wasn't sacked or intercepted two games ago, with 20/42 for 329 yards passing, and two TDs to his credit.

Newton has a good shot at getting back on track this week.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cutler made a charge at the Cardinals after seeing his team go down 31-7 at the half last week, but ultimately he and the Bears fell short 41-21. In fantasy terms, though, Cutler was a huge asset last week with 29/47 for 369 yards, three TDs and one interception to his credit by the end of the game. Greg Olsen was a fantasy monster last week, with 5/71/3 during the contest, while Devin Hester and Earl Bennett both came within shouting distance of 100 yards receiving (Hester snagged 6/94/0; Bennett had 7/93/0 at the end of the game). Johnny Knox was the other main target, with 4/30/0 during the contest. Since the week five bye, Hester has posted four solid games with 6/83/0 receiving vs. Atlanta; 8/101/1 vs. Cincinnati; 7/81/0 vs. Cleveland; and then last week's showing). Cutler has the tools to succeed in Chicago, though he's been up and down over the second quarter of the season (99/157 for 1145 yards, six TDs and seven interceptions - the 10th-ranked fantasy QB in the land during that span of time).

The 49ers have allowed 758 net passing yards in their last three games (252.6 per game on average), with zero interceptions and six sacks to their credit during that time span. To date, the 49ers are 24th in the NFL averaging 241 net passing yards allowed per game, with nine passing TDs given up vs. only six sacks and 17 sacks generated. Last week, Tennessee ran wild vs. San Francisco, limiting the need to throw the ball (12/20 for 163 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions). Most of the time teams post much higher totals passing when they play San Francisco.

Cutler comes into this game on a high note and he will have a very suspect secondary in front of him on Thursday - advantage, Chicago.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler threw three costly interceptions the last time Chicago saw Detroit (September 29), with 27/47 for 317 yards passing and two TDs also thrown in that game, which Chicago lost 32-40. Since then, Cutler suffered a serious groin injury during week seven, and he is iffy to start this week (though some reports indicate he'll try to give it a go on Sunday) - if Cutler can't play, we'll see Josh McCown again during Week 10 - he just led the Bears to an upset victory at Green Bay on Monday Night Football with 22/41 for 272 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown (one sack taken for -1 yards). McCown leaned on all the usual suspects in Chicago - Brandon Marshall (13 targets for 7/107/1); Alshon Jeffery (nine for 5/60/1); Matt Forte (eight for 5/54/0) and Martellus Bennett (eight for 4/36/0, and he was robbed of a TD on a poor goal-line call by the refs).

The Lions' pass D ranks 26th in the NFL averaging 272.5 net yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores balanced by 10 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) - they have only 13 sacks this year (tied for 29th in the league), though, as the defensive front isn't bringing a fearsome pass rush into play this season. Against Dallas, Detroit allowed 14/30 for 206 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks), while Cincinnati posted 24/34 for 364 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack for -8 yards). In short, the Lions' pass D entered their bye week knocked back on their heels after two straight poor performances.

Cutler or McCown, either guy has a good matchup for this divisional grudge match in front of the Solider Field faithful.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Andy Dalton threw three costly interceptions at Miami and was sacked five times for -36 yards in the course of last week's game. He ended the day with 32/53 for 338 yards passing, but broke a string of three straight games in which he'd thrown for more than 300 yards and three or more TDs - the streak of 300+ yards-passing outings remains intact, but the pass TDs evaporated in Miami. A.J. Green led the team in receiving with 19 targets for 11/128/0 receiving, followed by Marvin Jones (seven for 4/66/0), Mohamed Sanu (nine for 6/62/0) and Jermaine Gresham (seven for 3/33/0). All the usual suspects got their chances in Miami, but nobody on the passing side of the offense found a way to score.

The Ravens' pass defense coughed up 24/37 for 242 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Jason Campbell and company last week, and allowed 17/23 for 145 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Ben Roethlisberger two games ago. To date, this unit ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 239.1 net passing yards alowed per game, with 14 pass TDs given up vs. just four interceptions generated (tied for 27th in the NFL). The Ravens do have 28 sacks to date (seventh in the NFL), but the pass pressure up front isn't helping to elevate the secondary's results from game to game.

Dalton made some bad plays last week but he has an excellent shot to bonce back against the mediocre Ravens in this game - advantage, Cincinnati. Also, the rushing matchup is pretty tough for Giovani Bernard and Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis, so it is likely that Dalton will throw the ball a good bit in this divisional showdown.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Derek Anderson led his team within 10 points of the stout Ravens, but got benched for his efforts. Out with Anderson, in with the 1st-round draft pick Brady Quinn. Last year Quinn piled up 3/8 for 45 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in limited work vs. San Francisco in week 17 of 2007, but that was evidently enough to catapult him into the drivers' seat this week. We'll see if he can convince Braylon Edwards to stop dropping crucial passes, or if he can motivate the disaffected Kellen Winslow. Good luck, Mr. Quinn.

The Broncos would love to get at Quinn and rattle him in his first start, and they bring the 9th-best sack total in the league to this dance (20 so far) - the Browns have only allowed 11 sacks to date, though. Besides their pass rush, the Broncos have little else to boast of in this phase of the game - star CB Champ Bailey is sidelined due to injury, and the other guys just aren't very good - the team is now 27th in the NFL averaging 243.3 net yards given up per game, with 12 passing TDs coughed up and only 3 interceptions to date. Last week, Chad Pennington tossed 23/40 for 266 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Broncos. They don't scare anybody.

Quinn is green as the grass in summer, but he's got a good matchup to work with for his first regular-season NFL start.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

This is the first matchup of these divisional rivals for 2015. Johnny Manziel (15/33 for 168 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with 4/31/0 rushing) managed one TD pass against the Bengals last week with Josh McCown on the shelf due to a ribs injury - McCown missed practice Tuesday, but head coach Mike Pettine said he was improving and will work with trainers on Wednesday afternoon. With the game on Sunday, there is a chance that McCown is back under center - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches as the quarterbacking situation in Cleveland is fluid at mid-week. Obviously, the Browns are much more explosive with McCown slinging the football than when Manziel is under center.

The Steelers' pass D ranks 26th in the NFL averaging 273.0 net yards passing per game, with 16 passing scores given out vs. just eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 22 sacks generated (tied for seventh) to date. This team gets after opposing passers but gives up the long-ball. Derek Carr wasn't sacked at all last week and threw 24/44 for 301 yards passing, four TDs and one interception against the Pittsburgh D; two games ago 23/38 for 218 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions were allotted to Andy Dalton and company.

This is a good matchup for McCown, but a neutral matchup for the unimpressive Manziel.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Cowboys went into the bye week hot (34-13 victory over Arizona), and Drew Bledsoe entered the bye week throwing the ball well - 19/24 for 220 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. Arizona. He was off-pace the week before, as his 3-week totals (2 games + the bye-week) of 32/48 for 356 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions passing illustrates. During that 3 week span, Keyshawn Johnson had 10/82/2 to rank 14th among fantasy WRs; Terry Glenn had 4/103/0 (59th at his position) and TE Jason Witten had 7/118/0 to rank 8th among fantasy TEs in points per game. The Cowboys were more about the running game than the passing game in the weeks leading up to the bye.

The Eagles were torched by Drew Bledsoe back in week 5 to the tune of 24/35 for 289 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. They have been torched for an average of 264.6 passing yards per game over the past 3 weeks, with 11 total TDs given up during that span. Last week, they did manage to quell the flames long enough to hold Mark Brunell to 21/29 for 224 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, but allowing 72.4% completions to an opposing QB is hardly an impressive outing.

The Eagles' secondary has been badly singed all year long (24th in the NFL averaging 229.9 passing yards allowed per game, with 13 thrown TDs allowed to date), and they couldn't even slow down the Cowboys last time around. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tony Romo had a hitch in his giddy-up after the game last week (he strained his back on the last play at Atlanta and was seen moving gingerly afterwards), but he is expected to start as usual as of mid-week. Romo moved the ball well between the 20's at Atlanta (25/35 for 321 yards), but had just one TD on the night during the 13-19 loss. Kevin Ogletree came out of stasis last week to post a team-best 3/96/1 receiving out of four targets, while Miles Austin (nine for 7/76/0) and Jason Witten (eight for 7/51/0) were the most-targeted receivers - Felix Jones saw five for 5/70/0 and Dez Bryant (with his sore hip) managed just 1/15/0 receiving on four chances. Romo moves the offense efficiently, but just isn't scoring much lately (just one TD per game over the last three contests).

The Eagles' pass D coughed up 21/27 for 231 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Drew Brees last week (two sacks for -8 yards), and allowed 22/29 for 246 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Matt Ryan two weeks ago (two sacks for -16 yards generated). Since switching defensive coordinators, not much has changed for the better, friends. This is a soft secondary entering week 10.

Romo needs to score more, while the Eagles give up lots of pass TDs (12 so far this year over eight games, with five allowed in the past two weeks). Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Dallas is hoping that Tony Romo can play on Sunday in London, although early reports on his back haven't been encouraging. Without Romo in the mix last week, DeMarco Murray was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season as Arizona stacked the box to stop the run (and Brandon Weeden couldn't make them pay for so doing, with 18/33 for 183 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, while taking one sack for -9 yards). Dez Bryant was shut out until garbage time last week (10 targets for 2/15/1) - by the worst pass D in the NFL this year. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on Romo's practice status as the weekend approaches, as the passing attack was in dire shape without him last week.

Jacksonville's pass D is ranked 25th in the NFL, averaging 263.4 net yards allowed per game, with three times as many TDs allowed (15) as interceptions generated (five-tied for 22nd in the NFL). Jacksonville does have 27 sacks this year (tied for third in the NFL), so there is SOMETHING that this unit does right, but the pressure up front hasn't translated to improved play in the secondary. Dallas has allowed 18 sacks this year (tied for 15th in the league) - they aren't especially vulnerable to opposing pass rushers. Last week, Andy Dalton snapped out of a two-week slump with 19/31 for 233 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Jacksonville (two sacks taken for -1 yard), while Ryan Tannehill posted 16/29 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception at Jacksonville two weeks ago (three sacks taken for -18 yards).

If Romo can play, this is a good matchup for Dallas. If he can't play, downgrade this to a neutral matchup for Weeden.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel found his mojo against the Eagles, throwing for almost 300 yards (25/38 for 299 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown) - he's starting to look comfortable in the Dallas offense. Cole Beasley came out of fantasy nowheres-ville to snag 9/112/2 on 11 targets last week; Dez Bryant had the other score with eight targets for 5/104/1. Jason Witten (eight for 6/43/0) and Terrance Williams (five for 3/27/0) were also in the mix for Cassel last weekend. We'll see if he can sustain the momentum here in Week 10 - the Cowboys desperately need him to.

The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have handed out a huge 19 passing scores to date, vs just six interceptions and only 17 sacks (tied for 18th in the NFL in both categories) generated to date. Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all last week by Tampa, throwing 26/40 for 213 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions; Matt Ryan threw 37/45 for 395 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Buccaneers two games ago.

This is a good matchup for the surging Cassel and company.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler didn't break his leg last week, but he has a large and painful bruise on his lower leg that may limit him in practice this week. "Right now he's quite sore, and we'll see how he feels on Wednesday." said Coach Shanahan on Monday. If Cutler can't practice this week and is ruled out, Patrick Ramsey would be the guy under center for Denver - he tossed 29/46 for 262 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception in relief of Cutler last week, and has thrown for 509/908 for 5911 yards, 35 TDs and 30 interceptions during his 6 year pro career. Brandon Marshall (18 targets for 9/96/0) and Tony Scheffler (7 for 6/46/0) saw the most chances last week, with Brandon Stokley snagging the TD (6 for 4/32/1). Stay tuned later in the week to check on Cutler's practice participation/official injury designation on Friday.

The Chiefs' pass D is in the middle of the NFL range, averaging 216.8 net yards allowed per game (19th), with 8 pass TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions generated. The Chiefs are tied at 9th in the NFL with 22 sacks to their credit (Denver is in the middle of the league with 16 sacks given up to date). Last week, the Chiefs got blasted by Brett Favre and company to the tune of 24/34 for 360 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions - they come into this game cold as ice.

Denver's unit is in flux entering week 10 - whoever ends up taking the snaps on Sunday will have a good matchup to work with, though.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler cranked up the heat last week, pitching 24/46 for 307 yards, 2 TDs but 3 crucial interceptions vs. Miami (1 returned for a TD) - unknown FB Peyton Hills and WR Eddie Royal handled the TDs (7/116/1 and 7/69/1, respectively), while Brandon Marshall struggled to make an impact (2/27/0). Daniel Graham and Darrell Jackson both snagged 1/23/0 during the contest. Cutler's thrown 5 TDs and 6 interceptions in the last 3 weeks - he's not been protecting the ball well, and the interceptions have increased each game over that time span (1, 2, 3). Tony Scheffler is working through a groin injury, but hasn't practice fully this week as of Wednesday: "I was helped by the bye week, but I've kind of been hurt by the short week" said Scheffler, who, as of Tuesday morning, hadn't yet fully tested his groin injury. "You lose three days, but I've got to find a way to get back out there."

The Browns' pass D has as many interceptions (9) as passing TDs allowed to date, but have only 13 sacks to boast of at the half-way point. Their unit ranks 13th in the NFL averaging 200.1 net passing yards allowed per game - over the past 3 weeks, Cleveland has coughed up 661 net passing yards (220.3 per game on average). Last week, Joe Flacco burned them for 17/29 for 236 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions - the Browns pass D is in reverse right now, backsliding rather than improving.

Cutler has been struggling with ball security of late, which may mean more interceptions against the ball-hawking Browns. However, he should also pile up a solid number of passing yards and a TD or 2 vs. the suspect Cleveland D. Advantage, Denver.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kyle Orton went well over 300 yards passing in London, slinging 28/40 for 370 yards, one TD and one interception against San Francisco. He and Brandon Lloyd got back on the same page in week eight, with 7/169/1 landing in Lloyd's arms - Jabar Gaffney (4/54/0) and Eddie Royal (4/34/0) were second and third on the team in receiving during that contest. Over his last three contests, Orton has posted 54/103 for 776 yards, four TDs and two interceptions (with 8/61/0 rushing as a sweetener), to check in at 14th among all fantasy QBs in points per game over the last four weeks.

The Chiefs gave up 19/34 for 209 net yards, one TD and one interception to the Raiders last week, and held the high-flying Ryan Fitzpatrick to 24/48 for 191 net yards, one TD and one interception two weeks ago. THey are currently ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 232.9 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing TDs given away vs. seven interceptions and 19 sacks generated to date, but in late October/early November the Chiefs' pass D has played better than their season numbers would indicate.

Orton and company mount a high-flying aerial assault, while the Chiefs have found ways to slow down some powerful attacks in recent weeks - in Mile High Stadium, we give Orton a slight edge, but expect a high-intensity game between these AFC West rivals.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

This renewal of a storied AFC rivalry marks the first clash between these teams for 2011. Tim Tebow won a reprieve from the bench last week by engineering a win at Oakland (10/21 for 124 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions passing, with 12/118/0 rushing) while Willis McGahee helped put the team within spitting distance of 300 yards rushing last week (38/299/2 rushing as a team). Tebow leaned on Eric Decker (five targets for 3/47/1 receiving) and Eddie Royal (five for 2/25/1) the most during the game, also hitting Demaryius Thomas for a long-gainer (two targets for 1/29/0). Tebow is still passing at under 50% as of week 10 (45/97 for 536 yards), but he has six TD passes vs. one interception to date, with 37/283/1 rushing to sweeten the pot for his fantasy owners.

The Chiefs' pass D creates a lot of turnovers (13 interceptions so far this year, tied for third in the NFL), but they also give up a lot of TDs (15 pass TDs allowed to date), while averaging 250.5 net yards allowed per game (21st in the NFL). They have just nine sacks this year (dead last in the NFL), so not much in the way of pass pressure is manufactured by the defensive front. Matt Moore, who had struggled to produce during his starts prior to last week, enjoyed the safety of his pocket last week (zero sacks taken) to throw 17/23 for 244 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions during Miami's first win of the year. Philip Rivers piled up 26/41 for 345 net yards (three sacks taken) and zero TDs with two interceptions at K.C. two weeks ago.

Tebow doesn't throw a lot of picks, so this looks like a fairly good matchup for him and his team mates.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning lost a big game at New England last week, but he still threw for 34/57 yielding 438 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (one sack taken for -9 yards). Emmanuel Sanders (15 targets for 10/151/0 receiving) and DeMaryius Thomas (11 for 7/127/0) both went over 100 yards, while Ronnie Hillman (10 for 7/47/1), and Julius Thomas (two targets for 2/33/1 receiving) handled the TDs for Manning. Manning remains one of the most consistent and productive fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Raiders' pass D is ranked tenth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed (227.6), but they have allowed four times as many pass TDs - 12 - as interceptions generated (3-next-to-last in the NFL), and they have a paltry eight sacks this year (tied for next-to-last). Russell Wilson only threw 17/ for 177 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions last week (one sack taken for -2 yards), but the Seahawks ran in two TDs that day. Brian Hoyer slung 19/28 for 267 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -8 yards against the Raiders two weeks ago.

Advantage, Denver.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Dan Orlovsky is out for several weeks due to a sprained thumb on his throwing hand (just as the cursed Lions were showing signs of getting into synch in this phase of the game - Orlovsky threw for 292 yards and 2 scores vs. the Bears and almost generated a "W" last week). Dante Culpepper was signed on election day in light of Orlovsky's injury - speculation at mid week is that he'll start over 2nd-stringer Drew Stanton, although that is just a guess, really. We'll see who gets more reps with the first team as the week rolls on. The team managed to achieve their goal of involving Calvin Johnson more (8/94/1); Shaun McDonald also scored (6/65/1), and Michael Gaines posted 6/64/0 receiving in 3rd on the team last week. Unfortunately, the offense has been thrown back into turmoil due to the Orlovsky injury.

According to beat writer Tom Kowalski of mlive.com, Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton split the reps during individual drills Wednesday, including performing handoffs on running plays, and throwing passes to receivers running a variety of routes. The media was booted from practice before they could see who took the majority of reps during team drills - the most important indication of who will start Sunday. As of Wednesday we don't have a clear picture of the situation in Detroit at the QB position.

The Jaguars were beat up by the Bengals last week, and allowed a first "W" to Ryan Fitzpatrick (21/31 for 153 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception). During the past 3 weeks (2 games), the Jags have allowed only 389 yards passing, but they haven't been able to win even with the good play by the secondary. To date, the Jags are 20th in the NFL with an average of 220.9 net yards given up per game, with 14 passing TDs handed over vs. 7 interceptions and only 11 sacks generated (28th in the NFL in this category). Their pass D is vulnerable, folks.

Detroit will be transitioning to a new QB (again) this week, but they have a good matchup to work with - don't expect too much from just-arrived Culpepper or green Stanton, though. The weakness of the Jags is obvious, but neither QB is in a position to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

QB Matthew Stafford could be out for the rest of the season because of a serious injury to his throwing shoulder (third degree separation) while QB Shaun Hill was only able to hand the ball off Sunday, Nov. 7, because of a fractured forearm that he is rehabilitating. Early in the week it looked like Stanton would be the starter - 'I'm going to prepare as if I'm going to be the starter,' Stanton said Tuesday, November ninth. 'It doesn't change, I think, any of our preparation. We're all going to approach it like that.' - but the word on Wednesday was that Hill will start the game after all. Hill has posted 127/208 for 1,309 yards, nine TDs and seven interceptions in six games for the Lions this year - he should be able to fill in for Stafford admirably.

Happily for Hill, he gets to face one of the worst defenses in the NFL as he knocks the rust back off his throwing arm - the Bills have allowed the second-most passing TDs this year with 17 surrendered, and they have but one interception all year long - that's worst in the NFL. Usually turnovers are a big worry with a young, inexperienced QB, but Buffalo isn't much of a threat in that area of the game as you can see. Buffalo also has just 12 sacks this year (tied for 25th in the NFL). Jay Cutler pitched 17/30 for 178 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Buffalo last week; Matt Cassel had 14/26 for 140 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions two weeks ago. Teams don't pile up pass yards against Buffalo because their rushing D is so weak (32nd in the NFL), but finding pay dirt against the Bills' defenders is pretty easy.

Hill has a talented supporting cast and he's got a good shot at connecting for some nice plays against the sorry Buffalo defense.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

These teams clashed back in week five, with Detroit winning 24-13. Matthew Stafford (19/26 for 219 yards, two TDs and one interception) and Calvin Johnson (5/130/1) tore up the Bears' secondary during the course of the game. Brandon Pettigrew was also very effective, with 4/39/1 receiving vs. the Bears.

During the three games played since that matchup, Stafford has slung 64/112 for 743 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions. Most recently, he and his compadres carved up the Broncos at Mile High Stadium for 22/32 for 272 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (Shaun Hill accounted for 1/2 for five yards of that total). Calvin Johnson (seven targets for 6/125/1), Titus Young (five for 4/66/1) and Tony Scheffler (three for 3/38/1) all scored at Denver, while Nate Burleson (seven for 4/23/0) and Brandon Pettigrew (four for 3/8/0) both chipped in multiple catches. The Lions' passing attack is going 100 miles per hour entering week ten, friends.

The Bears' pass D did a fine job containing Michael Vick on Monday Night Football, holding him to 21/38 for 211 net yards, zero TDs and one interception. Josh Freeman and friends tossed 29/52 for 250 net yards, two TDs and four interceptions vs. the Bears back during week seven - the Bears' pass D is playing well entering the second half of the year. To date, Chicago ranks 26th in the NFL averaging 264.2 net yards per game, with 11 TDs given up vs. nine interceptions (12th in the NFL) and 16 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated.

The Bears' pass D has been improving during recent weeks, but they face an outstanding passing attack this week that enjoyed a solid outing back in week five - advantage, Detroit. Also, the injury situation at running back has caused the Lions to lean on their quarterback and receivers more than they otherwise might.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre is the 8th best fantasy QB in the land entering week 10, with 205/308 for 2406 yards, 13 TDs and 8 interceptions to his credit. Donald Driver leads the team with 66 targets (5 for 5/99/0 to lead the team in yards last week); James Jones has enjoyed 45 chances to make a play (29/432/2 to date; 4 for 3/32/0 last week); Greg Jennings has converted 41 targets into 23/454/6 (5 for 3/85/2 last week) and TE Donald Lee, who just signed a big contract extension, handled 5 targets for 4/78/0 receiving last week. With just a little help from the running game, Favre was able to post 24/34 for 360 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. the Chiefs.

Minnesota's pass D is not really strong, averaging 275.6 yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL) - but they have given up only 10 passing TDs and have 8 interceptions to their credit to date. With 19 sacks (15th-most in the NFL), the Vikings make sure that other passers aren't unchallenged. Phillip Rivers tossed 19/42 for 197 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception thrown against the Chargers Sunday night.

Favre is on fire, while the Vikings are striving to get back in the mix in the NFC North. As things stand, it looks like the Packers hold an edge in this matchup.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers carved up the elite Titans' secondary last week, with 22/41 for 314 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to his credit. Donald Driver (7/139/1); Greg Jennings (3/79/0) and Jordy Nelson (2/34/0) led the team in receiving - James Jones practiced all week last week but was inactive on Sunday (his injury is better now, though). Over the past 3 weeks, Rogers has tossed 43/69 for 500 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception during 2 games. He hit the Vikings for 18/22 for 178 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in the season opener back in September - and Rodgers has gotten better since then.

The Vikings' pass D is currently 23rd in the league, averaging 232.9 net yards allowed per game, with 8 passing scores given away vs. 6 interceptions and 21 sacks generated (7th in the NFL in that category). They rush the passer well, but haven't been able to translate that prowess into solid performance overall. The Packers are in the middle of the NFL with 17 sacks allowed to date. Last week, Minnesota handed over 32/45 for 327 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions to the Texans' duo of Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels.

Rodgers was outstanding last week and has a ton of talent around him especially at WR - the Vikings' pass D is sub-par in most categories. Advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Packers' fans worst nightmare happened vs. Chicago on Monday Night Football as Green Bay paid the price for their leaky offensive line when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone while being sacked. He'll be out for several weeks (estimates range from three weeks upwards) - on Tuesday Rodgers acknowledged that 'it's a significant injury.' He said the pain was 'considerably more' than he's felt in a while. Rodgers is still going through the testing process, but won't be available for weeks regardless of the outcome of those tests.

Meanwhile, the Packers move forwards with Seneca Wallace (11/19 for 114 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown in relief of Rodgers) - he's bounced around from Seattle to Cleveland and now Green Bay, mostly as a backup/spot starter who has compiled 463/783 for 4,922 yards passing, 31 TDs and 19 interceptions with 68/293/1 rushing during his career. We'll see how much he can improve with a full week of first-team reps under his belt this week. Practice-squader Scott Tolzien is now the primary backup to Wallace - he was elevated to the active roster on Tuesday.

Philadelphia's pass D is worst in the league in terms of net yards allowed per game, averaging 307.6 net yards allowed, with 14 passing TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 19 sacks generated to date. Last time around the block, the secondary allowed 29/56 for 350 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions to the Raiders' quarterbacks during the 49-20 beat-down last Sunday, while Eli Manning managed 25/39 for 237 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions during the five-field-goal defeat of the Eagles on October 27.

Wallace draws a relatively friendly matchup in this one - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

This is the first meeting between these NFC North rivals - Detroit enters this game ranked dead last in the NFL averaging 30.6 points allowed per game.

The Packers' passing attack found their rhythm again in Carolina, even though the team lost 29-37, and Aaron Rodgers threw 25/48 for 369 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown. James Starks (eight targets for 6/83/1 receiving), Randall Cobb (12 for 4/99/1), and Davante Adams (11 for 7/93/0) lled the team in receiving last week, while Richard Rodgers cashed in with nine targets for 5/19/2 receiving on the day. It was much better than the embarrassment at Denver.

The Lions' D allowed 20/28 for 135 net passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Chiefs during a 10-45 beat-down two weeks ago. They have averaged 252.0 net passing yards per game this year (18th in the NFL) with almost four times as many TDs (14) given up as interceptions produced (four, second-least in the NFL). The team does have 20 sacks this year (11th in the NFL), but the pass pressure up front isn't making the secondary better.

This is a good matchup for the Packers.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Schaub hasn't had to throw the ball much over the last three weeks (not nearly as much as the Texans used to throw the ball earlier in the year): that's because the tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate have combined for 612 yards rushing over the last three games (over 200 yards rushing per game on average!). Luckily for Schaub owners, he's been getting in on the run-the-ball-fest, too, with 4/2/2 rushing to help pump up his fantasy numbers. He's passes the ball 76 times for 48 completions, yielding 640 yards, three TDs and one interception over the past three weeks (while Andre Johnson has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury/surgery). Last week vs. Cleveland he put the ball up just 23 times (vs 40 rushes), with 14/23 for 119 net yards, zero TDs and one interception passing, with 3/0/1 rushing to his credit. With so few passes being distributed, Owen Daniels (four for 3/32/0), Jacoby Jones (four for 2/28/0), Joel Dreesen (two for 2/27/0) and Foster (seven for 5/26/0) all had modest days as receivers last week. Regarding Johnson's chances to play this week, coach Gary Kubiak commented Monday saying 'The workout went very good. Will he be on the practice field Wednesday? I don't know. We're going to take it a day at a time, but we're back on tract to Andre getting back on the field here very, very quickly, and hopefully that's this week, but I don't know.' Keep your eyes on Footballguys.com's players in the news later this week if you are invested in the Texans' passing attack, as we see above that in recent weeks the team has emphasized the run in games without Johnson on the field.

The Buccaneers' pass D is among the league's most generous, with an average of 266.5 net yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL), with a hefty 13 passing TDs given up to date vs. eight interceptions (13th in the NFL) and just 12 sacks (31st) generated so far this year. The team lost key DT Gerald McCoy to a torn biceps tendon last week - he's scheduled for surgery to repair his arm on Wednesday and his rehab will take six months. The defensive front is being juggled coming into this game, which won't help the already weak pass rush, with veteran DT John McCargo signed this week. Drew Brees tore up the Buccaneers for 27/36 yielding 258 net yards (zero sacks) last week, and threw two TDs vs. one interceptions during the 27-16 win over Tampa.

Schaub and company have an attractive matchup for this game, but the Buccaneers' rush defense is so very weak that the team will probably elect to run the ball a lot more than they pass the ball at Tampa - like they did at Cleveland last week. For this reason we're ranking this a good and not great matchup. When Schaub does thrown the football, good things should happen, but there simply may not be many passes put up by the Texans during this contest.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Case Keenum has been a pleasant surprise for his team and fantasy owners everywhere - with 15/25 for 271 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at Kansas City two games ago and then 20/34 for 350 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Colts last week, Keenum has made his case to retain the starting gig in Houston (perhaps permanently). His arm is much stronger than Matt Schaub's and he's shown nice accuracy on long passes down the field - Andre Johnson hauled in 9/229/3 receiving from him vs. Indianapolis, including TD passes of 62, 41, and five yards. The Keenum-to-Johnson connection is red-hot right now, friends. Realize that the team will also be adjusting to a new head coach as Gary Kubiak is recovering from a mini-stroke and Wade Phillips will be taking the reins here for the foreseeable future - we'll see how his presence as head coach affects the Texans' offense.

The Cardinals' secondary is ranked 24th in the NFL averaging 254.2 net yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores allowed offset by 12 interceptions generated to date (tied for third-most in the NFL this year). This unit is ball-hawking but vulnerable to long passes (a staple of Keenum's game). Atlanta put up 34/61 for 265 net yards, one TD and four interceptions at Arizona two weeks ago, while Seattle had 18/29 for 209 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions during their trip to the desert.

Keenum and Johnson enjoy a good matchup in this game. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for the Texans so Keenum is likely to sling the ball a good bit in this game.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning shredded the Patriots last week for 20/36 for 326 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception - he's been hot the last 3 weeks, with 77/110 for 1013 yards, 9 TDs and 1 interception during that span (2nd best fantasy QB in points per game during that time frame). Last week, it was Marvin Harrison's turn to headline the receiving corps, with 8/145/2 - Reggie Wayne was second with 6/90/0. Ben Utecht (4/49/0) and Dallas Clark (2/42/0) chipped in to round out the cast of receivers. Wayne has caught 23/350/4 during the past 3 weeks to rank 3rd among all fantasy WRs while Harrison has amassed 20/256/4 during the same time-frame. They are fantasy point machines heading into the second half of the season.

The Bills rank in the middle of the NFL vs. opposing passers, giving up an average of 210.4 passing yards per game (19th in the NFL) with 11 scores handed over to date. Last week, they limited Brett Favre to 28/47 for 287 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions - they have generated 6 sacks and 2 interceptions over the past 3 weeks (2 games), while averaging 225.5 net passing yards given up per game. They are neither dominant nor weak in this phase of the game.

This is a good matchup for Manning and company - they have more momentum at their back than the Bills right now, and will be playing in the RCA Dome this week to boot.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning was held in check by the Patriots last week, managing 16/27 for 225 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. their AFC rivals (he added a 1 yard TD plunge to help his fantasy owners out last week). Joseph Addai led the team with 5/114/1 receiving, while Reggie Wayne (5/62/0) and Dallas Clark (2/15/0) were contained by the New England defense. It was a relatively modest showing from the World Champions last week.

The Chargers' rush D was steamrolled last week to the tune of 43/378/4 - the Vikings didn't need to pass much (a good thing, as they were down to their #3 QB by game's end) - 13/22 for 150 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions was all the pass yards the Vikings needed to win last week. The Chargers have bounced around in this phase of the game lately, with 150 net yards allowed last week, 252 the week before, and then 193 given up before their bye week. They are playing down to their 24th ranking in pass yards allowed (an average of 230 net years per game, with 11 pass TDs handed over to date).

Manning and company have a good matchup to work with this week - it'll be even better if Marvin Harrison can return to the lineup healthy and ready to play ball.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Byron Leftwich stunk up the joint against the Texans, tossing 14/28 for 125 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions en route to a 27-7 loss and a seat on the bench. His sore ankle opened the door to David Garrard, who has cemented his hold on the starting job of late by reeling off 2 straight victories under center, throwing for 22/39 for 264 yards passing, with 3 TDs and 0 interceptions and 10/50/0 rushing during the past 3 weeks (2 games). He connected for 12/22 for 177 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to help rout the Titans last week. Ernest Wilford (3/44/2) and George Wrighster (1/14/1) caught the TDs while Matt Jones led the team with 3/66/0. Reggie Williams has been quiet lately, with 1/13/0 last week.

The Texans are near the bottom of the league with 13 passing scores given away to date, and have averaged 216.5 passing yards allowed per game to date (23rd in the NFL). Over the past 3 weeks, Houston has 4 sacks and 1 interception during 3 contests (an average of 234 passing yards given up each week). They don't scare opposing passers, as Eli Manning can attest (17/29 for 179 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week).

Garrard has another opportunity to shine on Sunday against the soft Texans.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

David Garrard threw an interception for the first time in 5 weeks last Sunday, posting 23/38 for 229 yards and 0 TDs en route to losing to Cincinnati. This week, he may lose his top WR, Matt Jones to suspension (we'll know how long on Wednesday, reportedly), which takes 45/524/2 of receptions out of the equation for Jacksonvilles' beleaguered passing attack. Jones led the team with 7/69/0 last week - Marcedes Lewis was second with 4/38/0, and Jerry Porter actually contributed with 2/38/0 during the game. As you can see, it wasn't a very exciting week to be invested in the Jags' passing attack.

The Lions' pass D is just as bad as their rush D, averaging 247.1 net yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs handed over vs. 2 interceptions and 16 sacks generated. Yuck. Detroit has handed over 724 pass yards (241.3 net yards per game) and 80 points in their last 3 games. Last week, the Bears lost their starter Kyle Orton early in the game and still managed 17/33 for 166 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception (the interception was thrown by Rex Grossman).

Garrard and company dried up like they were in the Sahara last week, but they have a good matchup in front of them at Ford Field. Advantage, Jacksonville.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Blaine Gabbert (31/76 for 299 yards, two TDs and two interceptions over the past three games) is rivaling Curtis Painter (48/93 for 415 yards, zero TDs and four interceptions over the past three games) for worst starting QB in the NFL from the fantasy perspective, though Gabbert can, at least, claim two victories in the real NFL this year. He hasn't won any fantasy games for his weary fantasy owners, though, with 10/30 for 97 yards, one TD and two interceptions at Houston two weeks ago and 9/20 for 93 yards, with zero TDs and zero interceptions vs. Baltimore three weeks ago. If there is one Jaguar receiver worth considering, it is Jason Hill (16 targets for 7/96/2 over the past three games) as he is the guy Gabbert looks to for scoring plays. Otherwise, this unit is a fantasy wasteland.

The Colts' pass defense is nearly as inept as their rush D, currently leading the NFL in scoring throws allowed with 18 TDs given away, vs. a mere four interceptions (27th in the NFL) and just 13 sacks (29th) generated this year. The team ranks 24th in average net passing yards allowed per game (260 per contest), mostly because their rush D is also terrible so teams can attack the defense either way with success. The Colts are dead last in total points allowed (283 through nine games) and 31st in the NFL in total yards allowed (3,655) with 205 first downs given up to date (29th in the NFL).

Gabbert has been crow bait for his fantasy owners this year, especially in recent weeks, but he may have modest success against the horrid - perhaps worst NFL defense of the last decade - Indianapolis Colts.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Blaine Gabbert rose to the challenge vs. Detroit, and posted a respectable game with 27/38 for 220 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. As usual, Cecil Shorts led the team in receiving with four targets for 3/56/0 receiving, while Laurent Robinson got back in the action with nine targets for 6/41/0. Marcedes Lewis managed four for 4/41/0, while Michael Spurlock (five for 5/35/1) and Justin Blackmon (nine for 5/32/1) handled the TDs for Gabbert last week. The Jacksonville passing attack is picking up the slack for the missing Maurice Jones-Drew, even though they lost 14-31 last week. Way back in week three, the Jaguars beat the Colts with only 10/21 for 155 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions on Gabbert's part - but Jones-Drew (28/177/1 rushing with 2/16/0 receiving) was still in the mix back then.

The Colts' pass D ranks 11th in terms of net yards allowed per game (221.5), but they have coughed up a hefty 14 passing scores vs just two interceptions (32nd in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied-18th) generated to date. Ryan Tannehill threw 22/38 for 281 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks for -9 yards taken last week - Matt Hasselbeck managed 22/29 for 227 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks taken for -9 yards two weeks ago against Indianapolis.

This is a good matchup for Gabbert and company.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tyler Thigpen played a great game last week - he scored a receiving TD (1/37/1) and a passing TD (14/25 for 164 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions), and led his team into OT against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. Though they ultimately lost the game, Thigpen has emerged as a NFL caliber QB in his second go-around as the starter - he has pitched 44/72 for 520 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions over the past 3 games, with 13/63/1 rushing and 1/37/1 receiving. Against all odds, he seems to have the Chiefs' offense progressing entering the 2nd half of the season. Mark Bradley (4/65/0) provided a key 3rd receiver last week, while Tony Gonzalez (7/62/0) and Dwayne Bowe (2/29/1) remain linchpins in the passing attack.

The Chargers' pass D is awful, with the 2nd-most passing TDs given up to date (14) and the most yards per game allowed (265.1 per contest on average). They have 6 interceptions and 17 sacks to their credit, but it hasn't been enough to stem the tide of scoring each week. Drew Brees punished the Chargers for 30/41 for 339 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions in London 2 weeks ago (he wasn't sacked at all during the game).

Thigpen is playing very well of late, while the Chargers continue to bumble along in last place when it comes to pass D. This is a good matchup for the emerging Chiefs' QB.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel had to carry the Chiefs' offense last week as Oakland held Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones to 34/104/0 rushing as a team - Cassel responded with a solid 20/35 for 216 yards, two TD and one interception effort that took the game to overtime before losing 20-23 to Oakland. Tony Moeaki (nine targets for 6/63/0), Dwayne Bowe (12 for 5/63/1) and Jamaal Charles (8 for 5/47/0) were Cassel's mainstays last week, though Verran Tucker (one for 1/11/1 receiving) and Terrance Copper (two for 2/26/0) also chipped in from the WR position. Chris Chambers remains a fantasy non-entity this year, with two targets for 1/6/0 receiving at Oakland last week.

The Broncos' pass D is ranked eighth in terms of average yards allowed per game (204.4), but that has a lot to do with their 31st-ranked rush D and not a lot to do with their pass defenders. The team has just five interceptions this year (tied for 26th in the NFL), and only nine sacks (30th) to balance the 12 passing scores handed over so far. When you can't generate pass pressure or force turnovers, the opposition will score on you a lot. Denver has allowed 107 points in their last three games, with 12/19 for 196 yards, one TD and zero interceptions posted by Troy Smith in week eight and 12/20 for 180 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Jason Campbell in week seven.

Cassel has developed some solid options to rely on this season, and he has a fairly easy defense to work against on Sunday - advantage, Chiefs.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel didn't engineer any TDs last week, but he threw for a respectable 253 yards vs. Miami (20/39 for 253 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions) - Steve Breaston wentt over 100 yards receiving with 11 targets for 7/115/0, while Dwayne Bowe snagged 6/88/0 out of 10 targets - nobody else on the team had over 20 yards receiving. Scores have been at a premium for this unit over the last three games, with 54/101 for 675 yards, one TD and four interceptions to Cassel's credit during that time span - Breston (24 targets for 15/221/0) and Bowe (31 for 16/226/0) have almost identical output during those games, while Jonathan Baldwin ranks third on the team with 18 targets for 7/108/1 to his credit. The Chiefs need to score more points if they're going to do better than their 4-4 mark over the first half of the season during the next eight games.

The Broncos' pass D is poor, with 17 passing TDs given up over eight games (the second-most passing TDs allowed during the first half of the season) and an average of 258 net yards allowed per game (23rd in the NFL). The secondary has generated just six interceptions (tied for 21st) while the pass rush has put up 20 sacks to date (tied for 11th). Carson Palmer threw for 316 net yards in his first start as a Raider, with three interceptions balanced by three TD throws - and Matthew Stafford also had three TDs with zero interceptions at Denver two weeks ago (21/30 for 267 passing yards).

Cassel needs to put up more points, and the Broncos are one of the most generous pass defenses in this area. Advantage, K.C.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Gus Frerotte retains his tenuous hold on the starting job in Miami as of week 10, according to coach Saban: "...I also think it is a slippery slope when you start (making a quarterback change), because now you really create a lot of chemistry issues." Last week's performance of 13/22 for 103 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception (as the team was driving for a potential game-winning score) did nothing to cement Frerotte's job, though. He has tossed 40/79 for 396 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions over 3 games (an average of 132 passing yards per outing) - there aren't many fantasy points to share around among Miami's aerial assault right now - Chambers is 23rd in the NFL with 9/153/2 (1 TD from Rosenfels in garbage time) during the past 3 weeks, while Randy McMichael has fallen off the map at 9/70/0 in that span (28th among fantasy TEs).

In other Dolphins' news, WR David Boston was placed on IR due to a re-injury of his surgically repaired knee two weeks ago. It is the 2nd year in a row that Boston ends his season on Miami's IR.

Peyton Manning abused the depleted Patriot's secondary last Monday to the tune of 28/37 for 321 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception. New England is tied for 2nd-most passing scores allowed this season, with 16 handed over, and rank 27th in the NFL averaging 242 passing yards surrendered per game. Over the past 3 weeks, they've given up an average of 284 passing yards per game (2 games), and have 2 interceptions and 2 sacks to their credit - their pass D is pretty anemic, folks.

Two struggling and injury-depleted units face off in this matchup. We can't get too excited about Miami but this is a good matchup as they face a patchwork and struggling pass defense.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cleo Lemon remains the Dolphins' starting QB coming out of the bye week, after tossing a workmanlike 17/30 for 149 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. the Giants in week 8. TE Justin Peelle led the team in receiving with 6/42/0, while rookie Ted Ginn Jr. hauled in the lone Miami TD of the game (1/21/1). Peelle (8 targets) and Derek Hagan (7 targets for 2/27/0) were Lemon's preferred receivers during the last game played.

The Bill's pass D is among the league's less effective units, averaging 255.6 net yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), with 12 passing scores allowed to date. They do have 12 interceptions to their credit (tied for 3rd in the NFL), but rank 30th in terms of sacks generated to date (8). During the dust-up with Cincy last week, they handed over 26/39 for 271 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Carson Palmer and company. Pass D is not among Buffalo's team strengths.

Lemon and company are still a work in progress, but they have a good matchup this week when the suspect Bills come calling at Dolphin Stadium.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Chad Henne bounced back from his poor game against the Jets two weeks ago (12/21 for 112 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with a 52-yard net passing total) to post 19/34 for 219 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Patriots last week (Ronnie Brown threw the team's passing TD last week, with a 1/2 for one yard and one TD showing). The teams' top receivers last week were Greg Camarillo (7 targets for 5/71/0) and Davone Bess (14 for 6/56/0) - TE Joey Haynos snagged the TD pass with five targets for 3/29/1 on the day. The Dolphins' attack isn't flashy, but they move the chains.

The Buccaneers surprised the Packers 38-28 last week, but their pass D remains sub-par, with 17/35 for 234 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions allowed to Aaron Rodgers and company last week. The Buccaneers have generated seven interceptions and eight sacks in the last four weeks (three games), but they've averaged 30.3 total points allowed per game during that time span, with an average of 198.6 net passing yards allowed per game. To date, the team is 15th in the NFL averaging 216.5 net yards allowed per game, with a whopping 18 passing TDs allowed vs. their 11 interceptions and 17 sacks generated.

Henne and company put together a solid effort last week - against the generous Buccaneers, they have a good shot at another nice showing during week 10, although the Dolphins may not need to throw the ball a whole lot given how awful the Buccaneers' rush D is this year.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brad Johnson managed the team's drives efficiently last week, ending the day with 15/22 for 136 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to his credit. It wasn't the greatest day in the history of fantasy quarterbacking, but it was far from the worst we've seen out of Minnesota this year. 9 players caught balls on Sunday, with Travis Taylor leading in receptions (4/27/0), while Nate Burleson (2/16/1) and Michael Bennett (1/5/1) snagged the TDs. We'll see how much momentum the win over Detroit puts at Johnson's back this week.

The Giants contained the 49er's 4th starting QB of the season to 12/21 for 102 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception last week (no surprise here) - they have been a lot softer during most games, averaging 243.5 passing yards allowed per game this season (28th in the NFL) with 9 passing scores surrendered to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they average 122.3 net passing yards allowed per game (3 games), but the anemic 49ers offense skews the short-term average downward. They do have 8 sacks during that 3 week span, though - the Giants are getting into opposing QBs' faces regularly during recent weeks. The Giants are improving in this phase of the game, but they are still suspect.

Johnson is a savvy veteran with a lot of viable targets to throw at, while the Giants field an improving (but still suspect) secondary. Advantage, Minnesota.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Christian Ponder had an up-and-down day in this first career start three weeks ago (13/32 for 219 yards, two TDs and two interceptions) - he leaned on Michael Jenkins (eight targets for 3/111/1) and Visanthe Shiancoe (eight for 4/45/1) for most of his passing yards, also hitting Greg Camarillo (three for 2/35/0) and Percy Harvin (three for 2/15/0) for two receptions each.

Since that game, Ponder has posted 18/28 for 236 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at Carolina during week eight, a Minnesota win (24-21). Adrian Peterson was central to the win with five targets for 5/76/1 receiving, followed by Harvin (five for 4/58/0), Shiancoe (four for 3/37/0) and Jenkins (two for 2/30/0). He doesn't have a long track record at this level, but the Vikings are playing a lot harder for him than they ever did for Donovan McNabb.

The Packers' pass D is a mixed bag this year, ranking first in the NFL with 16 interceptions, but also near the bottom of the league in pass TDs allowed (16), while ranking 31st in the NFL in net yards allowed per game (299.6). Take last week, for example - the Chargers attempted 46 passes (they were down 21-7 at the end of the first quarter) vs. 21 rushes called last week. Simply put, teams are in chase mode when playing the Packers most weeks, and simply put up the ball against the secondary a whole lot. Meanwhile, the Packers' secondary breaks on balls to create turnovers, but are vulnerable to the deep pass (as we saw on the first play from scrimmage for Minnesota two games ago, a 72-yard bomb to Michael Jenkins).

Ponder did OK the first time he faced the Packers, and he's likely to sling the ball a lot in this game, too - the partisan Cheeseheads in the crowd will make his life more interesting this week, but this is still a good matchup for the visiting Vikings and their young starter.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Christian Ponder is slowly passing his way out of the doghouse in Minnesota - he led the Vikings to a near-victory at Dallas (that's how sad the Vikings' season is, that a near-victory is an endorsement of Ponder) with 25/37 for 236 yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with 4/29/1 rushing to Ponder's credit. 'I don't see why we would make a change, head coach Leslie Frazier said after the game. Greg Jennings (nine targets for 6/56/0 receiving) led the team in receiving, followed by Adrian Peterson (three for 3/37/0), while Kyle Rudolph (two for 2/35/1) handled the lone TD pass. Unfortunately, Rudolph is out four-to-six weeks due to a broken foot, so he won't be helping Ponder out for most of the second half of the season.

The Washington pass D ranks 28th in the NFL averaging 282.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 pass TDs given up vs. nine interceptions generated and 21 sacks inflicted on opposing quarterbacks (13th- and 20th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Phillip Rivers threw 29/46 for 341 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions at Washington, while Peyton Manning hit for 30/44 yielding 339 net yards, four TDs and three interceptions thrown. The Washington secondary is creating turnovers regularly, but they don't translate into 'W's often.

Ponder has a diminished receiving corps with Rudolph out, but this is still a good matchup for him.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady passed for 15/29 for 220 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Jets back in week 2, and has been his usual steady self in the weeks since that early contest. However, he suffered a setback last week against the Indianapolis Colts, tossing an uncharacteristic 20/35 for 201 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions one week after ripping up Minnesota for 29/43 for 372 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception - he's been way up and then very low in performance over the near term. We'll see if he can steady his performance this week against the Patriots' divisional rivals.

The Jets' defense is not impressive this year, allowing an average of 216.1 passing yards per game (22nd in the NFL), with 10 passing TDs handed over to date. They have bled yards at a rate of 190.5 per contest over the past 3 weeks (2 games) with 4 sacks and 3 interceptions to their credit - the Jets have slowed down the opposition in recent weeks, anyway. They held Charlie Frye to 15/22 for 141 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception during their week 8 game before the bye week.

Brady and the Patriots usually have the Jets' number, and that was true earlier this year. We think this looks like a good matchup for Brady and his receivers.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Billy Miller had the most catches of anyone in the London game, grabbing 7/82/0. Lance Moore continued with his consistent productivity, finishing with 6/90/1. Devery Henderson rang up a TD with 3/34/1, as did TE Mark Campbell (2/14/1). Jeremy Shockey, clearly limited by his sore groin, eked out 1/6/0 during the game, while Marques Colston started to get in the groove again with 2/56/0. When it was all said and done, Drew Brees had thrown for his 6th 300+ yard game this season, posting 30/41 for 339 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. He has been a fantasy football monster all year long.

The Falcons' pass D is in the middle of the NFL range, averaging 205 net yards allowed per game (16th in the league), with 10 passing scores given up vs. 6 interceptions and 16 sacks (16th in the NFL). They did totally dominate JaMarcus Russell last week, though, with 6/19 for a mere 10 net yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception given up in the course of a 24-0 victory. Right now, the Atlanta pass D is hitting a high note.

The Falcons put down a weak attack last week, but they are facing one of the NFL's elite units on Sunday. The home field advantage helps even the playing field for the Falcons, but this still looks like a decent matchup for Drew Brees and company - advantage, New Orleans.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Manning tossed 18/33 for 251 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. the 49ers last week - a very nice day's work. Key target Jeremy Shockey (8 targets last week) snagged the TD with 4/77/1, while Plaxico Burress (9 for 5/79/0) and Amani Toomer (7 for 3/38/0) added up to account for 25 of Manning's 33 attempts. Shockey and Burress have been the most consistently productive out of the 3 - Manning is the 19th ranked fantasy QB in points per game over the last 3 weeks (3 games) with 53/106 for 611 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions. We'd like to see a higher completion percentage out of Manning, but he's putting up a respectable number of balls and fantasy points each week.

Minnesota allowed 28/48 for 263 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions to the Lions' Joey Harrington last week. They are the 23rd ranked pass defense in the NFL this year, averaging 224.5 passing yards allowed per game - the Vikings are 3rd-to-last in passing scores surrendered, with 15 given up to date. Over the past 3 weeks, the team has laid down for 901 passing yards in 3 games (300.3 yards allowed per contest) and seen 9 total TDs punched into the end-zone (rushing and receiving combined). They haven't been playing well in this phase of the game during 2005.

The Giants' passing attack is humming along fairly well, while the Vikings' secondary struggles to cover the opposition more often than not - advantage, New York.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Giants seized control of the NFC East by upsetting the Patriots last week - they are now 6-2 with Dallas next closest at 4-4, though the Giants are currently just 1-1 in division and have a lot of NFC East games ahead in the next eight games. This clash between the NFC East-leading and NFC West-leading teams will likely have serious playoff implications when it comes to playoff seeding time in January - the 49ers are in command of the NFC West (though they've played and won just one divisional game, they are 7-1 while Seattle is next-closest at 2-6 on the season).

Eli Manning has been playing like an elite quarterback during recent weeks, with 72/116 for 891 yards, four TDs and one interception passing over the last three games played. He's been relying increasingly on Mario Manningham (who is definitely out of the doghouse in New York now) with 24 targets for 14/152/2going to Manningham in the past three weeks, and also 24 for 15/202/1 flowing to Victor Cruz. Jake Ballard is the surprise fantasy TE of the year, and he's seen 19 for 13/203/1 receiving in the past three weeks, while Hakeem Nicks has appeared in two games (missing last week due to a sore hamstring) with 17 targets for 10/163/0 receiving to his credit. The early word on Nicks this week is that he is expected to test the hamstring in practice on Wednesday - check his status later in the week in Footballguys.com's players in the news to see how the hamstring responds to the stress of practicing. Manning and company are pretty hot heading into the second half of the season.

The 49ers' pass D is so-so this year, averaging 255.1 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given up balanced by 10 interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 22 sacks (tied for eighth) generated so far. Part of the reason for the high average net yards allowed is that teams can't do much vs. the #1 ranked San Francisco rush D (that has allowed zero rushing TDs through half the season), so most teams opt to pass the ball against the 49ers. Washington had 15/52/0 rushing as a team last week but threw the ball to running back Roy Helu 17 times (for 14/105/0 receiving). Cleveland eked out 23/66/0 rushing at San Francisco two weeks ago an threw eight passes to Chris Ogbonnaya (5/24/0). All told, John Beck managed 30/47 for 251 net yards, one TD and one interception vs. San Francisco last week; and Colt McCoy posted 22/34 for 224 net yards, one TD and one interception at San Francisco two weeks ago.

The Giants' passing attack is playing large recently, while the 49ers pass D is a middle-of-the-road unit statistically speaking - we give a slight edge to the visiting Giants in this matchup - David Dodds has Eli Manning just on the cusp of a fantasy QB #1 ranking for this game.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Eli Manning has slumped entering November, with two straight games without a TD pass (10/24 for 125 yards, zero TDs and one interception vs. Pittsburgh; 15/29 for 192 yards, zero TDs and one interception at Dallas). With so little going on at QB, fantasy owners have been frustrated with Victor Cruz (7/90/0 receiving over the past two games), Hakeem Nicks (5/56/0), and Martellus Bennett (7/69/0). We'll see if Manning can break out of his funk in week 10.

The Bengals pass D is right in the middle of the NFL range as of week 10, averaging 240.4 net yards allowed per game (19th), with 12 passing scores given up vs. just five interceptions (tied-24th) and 23 sacks (tied-10th) generated. Peyton Manning tore this group apart last week (27/35 for 291 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions, with zero sacks taken), while Ben Roethlisberger also had good results throwing at the Bengals back in week seven (27/38 for 264 net yards, one TD and one interception, with three sacks taken for -14 yards). Of late, the Bengals' pass D is slipping below their usual mediocre level.

Eli Manning has struggled in recent weeks, but his brother may have shown him the way back to prosperity last week - advantage, New York.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'We were close on a number of plays that could have been touchdowns, a few plays out of the end zone on some fade balls and different things,' Eli Manning (25/39 for 246 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown during Week eight) said after the five-field-goal win over Philadelphia during Week eight. 'We have to get better than that. We have to start converting those into touchdowns and not settling for three points and keeping teams in the game, which we could have built a big lead early and ran away with this thing.'

'We did settle for field goals, which we're going to have to look at that,' coach Tom Coughlin said. 'Two of those were touchdowns and this didn't have to finish quite as tight as it did. Nevertheless we won and we're excited about winning.'

'The positive is that we were moving the ball up and down the field,' Victor Cruz (10 targets for 7/86/0 receiving) said. 'The negative is that we didn't put any points on the board as far as touchdowns are concerned. Give them credit. The Eagles did a good job pertaining to giving up points in the green zone. We pride ourselves on that. We'll work on it.'

We'll see if a week of rest, recuperation and preparation will help the Giants' receivers find pay dirt - Manning has tossed one and then zero TDs in his past two games, though he has also avoided throwing multiple interceptions, which were a hallmark of his games during Weeks five and six.

The Oakland pass defense ranks 25th in the NFL averaging 262.6 net passing yards allowed, with a whopping 17 passing TDs handed out this year, vs. a mere five interceptions (tied for 25th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 13th) generated so far. Most recently, Nick Foles bombed this group for 24/31 yielding 414 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown - the Oakland secondary is melting down entering the second half of the season.

Advantage, New York.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Mark Sanchez cut down on the turnovers last week (he threw two interceptions in weeks six and eight), posting 22/39 for 336 yards, one TD and one interception at Detroit last week. It was the first time this year Sanchez has going over 300 yards passing - 256 was his former high-water mark this year. Santonio Holmes (nine targets for 5/114/0) broke out for his first 100+ yards-receiving game of the season after bouncing around in the 40's during his first three games back in action - Braylon Edwards didn't catch more than half the balls that came his way but was second on the team in receiving with eight targets for 3/78/1 at Detroit. Dustin Keller (five for 4/59/0), LaDainian Tomlinson (nine for 6/47/0) and Jerricho Cotchery (five for 2/29/0) all helped Sanchez over the 300 yard mark last week.

The Browns' pass D is in the bottom tier of NFL units, currently ranking 25th in the league averaging 240.5 net yards allowed per game, with 15 passing TDs handed over to date vs. nine interceptions and 14 sacks generated. Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer tossed 19/38 for 215 net yards, two TDs and one interception last week; Drew Brees hit them up for 37/56 yielding 336 net yards, two TDs and four interceptions back in week seven.

Sanchez and company turned up their games a notch last week, while the Browns continue to look vulnerable in this phase - advantage, New York.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

This Thursday Night Football game is the first matchup between these divisional rivals, with added spice this year as ex-Jet head coach Rex Ryan is now the head coach of Buffalo.

Ryan Fitzpatrick fought through his non-throwing-hand thumb injury to post 21/34 for 272 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions during the contest vs. Jacksonville. Eric Decker (nine targets for 6/79/1 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (eight for 4/44/1) both found the end zone for the Jets, while Kenbrell Tompkins (four for 4/45/0) and Jeff Cumberland (three for 1/44/0) also helped move the chains and wound up above 40 yards receiving during the game. Fitzpatrick is expected to start as normal on Thursday night.

The Bills' pass D is ranked 24th in the NFL averaging 259.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions generated (tied for 13th in the NFL) and just 13 sacks to their credit so far (tied for 27th). Last week, Miami's group managed 28/37 for 291 net yards passing after two sacks taken for -27 yards, and zero TDs or interceptions thrown. 13/29 for 175 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception were allowed to Blake Bortles two games ago.

This is a good matchup for the home team.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

JaMarcus Russell was not very good the last time he faced the Chiefs (7/24 for 109 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions) and he hasn't improved his performance much in the weeks between, with 88/182 for 1000 yards passing and just two TDs with nine interceptions (17/40/0 rushing) this year and 37/61 for 394 yards, one TD and five interceptions over the last four weeks (three games). He ranks 43rd among all fantasy QBs in points per game this year, and was 34th among all fantasy QBs in points per game over the past four weeks. The Raiders' passing attack is one of the worst in the NFL, averaging 122.1 yards per game, which is 31st in the league - only Cleveland has it worse (121.5 passing yards per game on average for the Browns).

The Chiefs' pass D is 30th in the NFL entering the second half of the year, averaging 252.2 net yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores allowed vs. a league-worst three interceptions generated. They are 31st in the NFL with just 10 sacks through eight games. David Garrard was right on the usual pace against the Chiefs last week, with 18/27 for 253 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to his credit. The K.C. defensive players comprise of the worst overall defenses in the NFL.

Both units are awful, which gives a slight edge to the offense - but don't expect miracles out of JaMarcus Russell and you won't be disappointed. He simply has a better-than-usual matchup to flop in this week.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Derek Carr was forced to carry his team's offense (again) as 'real-football' Darren McFadden had a pathetic 13/20/0 rushing at Seattle last week. Carr was up to the task of making the Raiders competitive, with 24/41 for 194 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (while taking one sack for -9 yards). Tight end Mychal Rivera (11 targets for 8/38/2) handled both TD catches, while McFadden led the team five targets for 4/47/0 receiving. If the Raiders are going to win a game this year, it will be due to Carr's throwing arm, friends.

The Denver pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 254.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with twice as many TDs (16) allowed as interceptions generated (eight-tied for 14th in the NFL). They have rang up 24 sacks this year (tied for seventh in the NFL) - this is a middlin' defense on balance, but they have a strong pass rush. However, the Raiders are tied with Denver for the least number of sacks allowed this year (eight), so Carr isn't particularly vulnerable to pass rushers. Most recently, Tom Brady shredded the Bronco's secondary for 33/53 yielding 332 net yards, four TDs and one interception, while Philip Rivers managed 30/41 for 245 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions two games ago.

Advantage, Oakland.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Nick Foles broke his collarbone last week and is out for the foreseeable future. Mark Sanchez (15/22 for 202 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards) is the new starting quarterback in Philadelphia. Head coach Chip Kelly said after the victory over Houston, 'I don't think we missed a beat offensively.' Jordan Matthews (four targets for 3/40/1 receiving) and Jeremy Maclin (seven for 6/158/2 receiving last week) handled the TDs for Sanchez last week. We'll see how Sanchez does going forwards now that the pressure of being the starting quarterback is his problem.

The Panthers' pass D is not good (246.2 net yards allowed per game, 17th in the NFL, with a hefty 17 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied for 14th) generated to date. They coughed up 24/34 for 270 net yards, one TD and one interception, with four sacks for -37 to Drew Brees last week in a typical sub-par outing.

Advantage, Philadelphia.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Eagles' passing attack kept pace with the Cowboys in moving the football last week - Sam Bradford flung 25/36 for 295 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at Dallas. Jordan Matthews (12 targets for 9/133/1 receiving) led the way for Philadelphia, while DeMarco Murray handled seven for 6/78/0. Zach Ertz (six for 5/44/0) was third on the team in receiving last week. The Eagles come into the second half of the season on fire, though they wish that Nelson Agholor (high ankle sprain) would heal up and get back in the mix.

The Dolphins gave up a 92% completion rate to Tyrod Taylor last week - good thing for them he only attempted 12 passes (11/12 for 154 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks taken for -27 yards). Tom Brady threw 26/38 for 342 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -14 yards taken two weeks ago. The Dolphins' secondary isn't getting the job done right now, friends. To date, the team averages 242.4 net yards allowed per game, 13th in the NFL, with 16 passing scores handed out vs. six interceptions generated (tied for 18th in the league) and 16 sacks (tied for 20th).

This looks like a good matchup for Bradford and company.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger passed the ball well the last time he saw the Bengals (22/31 for 276 yards, one TD and one interception) - Mike Wallace (7/102/0), Hines Ward (4/82/0), Willie Parker (2/36/1 receiving) and Heath Miller (5/20/0) handled most of the catches that week - Santonio Holmes was limited to 1/18/0 despite seeing five passes come his way. Despite Roethlisberger's efforts, the Steelers dropped the game 20-23.

Since that September 27th game, Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to five straight victories, and has Pittsburgh in a position to claim a share of the AFC North lead and to split the season series with their divisional rivals on Sunday. He's thrown for at least two TDs in four of the last five games, with 11 TDs vs. three interceptions during that span of time - he threw for more than 300 yards vs. San Diego (26/33 for 333 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) in week four, and for over 400 yards vs. the Browns in week six (23/35 for 417 yards, two TDs and one interception). Last week, during the 28-10 dismantling of AFC West-leading Denver, Roethlisberger notched 21/29 for 233 yards, three TDs and one interception. The usual suspects - Holmes (6/93/0), Wallace (4/69/1) and Ward (7/44/2) led the Steelers in receiving vs. Denver.

The Bengals' pass D is currently ranked 25th in the NFL at the season's halfway point, averaging 241.6 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given up vs. 10 interceptions generated and 21 sacks to the Bengals' credit so far (tied for seventh in the NFL). Pittsburgh is vulnerable to opposing pass rushers, by the way, with 23 sacks given up (24th-ranked OL in the NFL when it comes to pass protection). This team puts pressure on opposing QBs but is vulnerable to big plays down the field (although Baltimore's passing attack was totally squelched last week, with 18/32 for 160 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions). Over the past four weeks (three games), Cincinnati has allowed 789 net passing yards (263 per game on average) - the outstanding effort vs. the Ravens was the exception and not the rule for this unit.

Roethlisberger is on fire entering the second half of the season, while the Bengals' defense is just so-so, on balance. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger is being asked to power the Steelers' offense in recent weeks, with 50 pass attempts vs. New England (36/50 for 365 yards, two TDs and one interception) and only 23 rushes attempted, followed by 37 pass attempts vs. Baltimore (20/37 for 330 yards, one TD and one interception thrown) and just 20 rushes called last week. Hines Ward returned to the lineup briefly last week, but ended up concussed by Ray Lewis and on the sidelines again - with Emmanuel Sanders out due to a knee injury (surgery was performed on it this week), Antonio Brown (25 targets for 14/176/1 over the last two weeks), Heath Miller (14 for 12/158/0) and of course Mike Wallace (13 for 11/138/1) have been the main targets over the past two games. Those are the three guys (along with Roethlisberger, of course) to look at for fantasy starters this week.

The Bengals' pass D hasn't held up very well over the past two games, with 24/41 for 250 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions given up to Matt Hasselbeck last week, and 25/47 for 350 net yards, zero TDs and one interception alloted to the Seahawks two weeks ago. To date, the Bengals rank 10th in the NFL averaging 216.8 net yards allowed per game, with eight TDs given up vs. a mere three interceptions (next-to-last in the NFL) and 20 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL). The Cincinnati pass D has slipped a couple of notches compared to their usual standard this year.

Roethlisberger is going great guns right now, and the team is giving him a lot of attempts, while the Bengals' pass D isn't up to their top-ten ranking recently - advantage, Pittsburgh. Also, the Cincinnati rush D is pretty tough, which may (once again) slant the Pittsburgh game plan towards the passing game.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Over the last two weeks, Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 45/63 for 438 yards, five TDs and one interception. During the hot streak, five different players have caught the TDs, with 14 targets for 10/128/1 going to Mike Wallace; 11 for 8/94/1 flowing to Heath Miller; seven for 5/76/1 landing with Emmanuel Sanders; five for 3/13/1 going to fullback Will Johnson; and one for 1/1/1 going to Leonard Pope. Antonio Brown has seen nine for 6/57/0 but enters week 10 with a concern about his sprained ankle - as of Wednesday he is considered doubtful to play in the Monday night game.

The Chiefs' pass D is tied for 11th in the NFL in terms of average net pass yards allowed per game (221.5) but they are also tied for second-most pass TDs allowed to date with 17 given up, vs. six interceptions (tied 19th) and 14 sacks generated (tied 22nd). Most recently, Philip Rivers flipped 18/20 for 216 net yards, two TDs and one interception on the Chiefs (with one sack for -4 yards taken). It isn't hard to move the ball or score on the Chiefs in this phase of the game, friends.

This is a good matchup for Roethlisberger and company - only the vulnerability of the Chiefs' rush D keeps this from being a great matchup (the Steelers will likely pound K.C. in the other phase and not need to throw the ball a whole lot, though they should have good results when they do put it up).

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger is out for at least this game due to a mid-foot sprain - Landry Jones is expected to start though Roethlisberger is saying he might try to play. The team is preparing Jones to be the guy. So far this year Jones has thrown 28/47 for 456 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions in his chances under center. He posted 8/12 for 168 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions against the Cardinals in Week Six and 16/29 for 209 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions against the Chiefs during Week Seven. This is not the same passing offense with Jones under center - owners of Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will want to temper their expectations this week if Jones does indeed start.

The Browns' pass D gave up 21/27 for 219 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert last week; before that Carson Palmer cranked out 23/38 for 372 net passing yards, four TDs and just one interception thrown against Cleveland. This unit is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 254.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 18 passing scores given up vs. just five interceptions generated.

Advantage, Pittsburgh - this is a good matchup for Jones, but don't expect over 300 yards passing from him and then you won't be disappointed.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Philip Rivers continues to be an efficient QB, hitting 19/28 for 211 yards last week, with 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. He simply doesn't need to make many throws in the red-zone as Tomlinson is dominating the opposition (he scored on runs of 41, 8 and 7 yards last week) - Rivers has tossed 59/94 for 683 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception during the past 3 weeks to rank 20th at his position in fantasy points. During that time frame, Antonio Gates has led the team in targets with 28 for 16/151/1; Eric Parker is 2nd with 20 for 11/160/0; Tomlinson has seen 16 for 12/149/2. Keenan McCardell has contributed 11/137/0 on 14 chances to round out the usual suspects leading the Chargers' aerial unit.

The Bengals are 21st in the NFL vs. the pass, averaging 214.5 yards allowed per game, with 10 scores handed over to date. They have generated 17 sacks and 9 interceptions so far, which are both respectable totals. Last week, Steve McNair completed 21/31 for 245 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Bengals, who have averaged 246.3 passing yards allowed per game during the past 3 contests. They are a sub-par unit on balance that can swipe balls in bunches (but they have only a single interception over the past 3 weeks).

Rivers and company have a good matchup to work with here, but as the Bengals' rush D is suspect he may not need to put the ball up a lot during this game.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck has been playing consistently solid football during recent weeks, with 36/62 for 382 yards passing 2 TDs and 2 interceptions over the past 2 contests - he benefited from the return of Bobby Engram last week(3/24/0) although with Shaun Alexander running wild, the team didn't do much in the way of passing. When it was all said and done, the stat line read 13/20 for 158 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions for Hasselbeck - the score went to Joe Jurevicius with 4/31/1 (he sat out most of the second half due to a sore shoulder). When the team needs to throw the football, Hasselbeck finds a way to make the play more often than not.

Hasselbeck threw a great game the last time these teams faced off back in week 5, hitting 27/38 for 316 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions (Joe Jurevicius and Jerramy Stevens snagged the scores). Before the bye week, the Rams barely escaped the Jaguars 24-21, allowing 18/31 for 213 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Byron Leftwich and friends. During the past 3 weeks, the Rams have given up 209.5 passing yards per game on average (2 games), and rank 26th in the NFL this season allowing an average of 240.6 passing yards per contest. They are tied for next-to-last in the NFL with 16 passing scores surrendered to date. One thing the Rams do well is rush the passer (22 sacks this season, tied for 10th in the league), but their DBs aren't covering the oppositions' receivers very well.

Hasselbeck and company are playing solid football coming into this matchup, while the Rams haven't done well in this phase of the game vs. Seattle (or anybody else, really, for that matter). Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Seneca Wallace and Koren Robinson got on the same page last week, with 13/29 for 169 yards and 1 TD with 0 interceptions on Wallace's tally sheet, and 4/105/1 generated by Robinson. John Carlson had 2/30/0 receiving, and Bobby Engram scraped up 3/20/0. Wallace isn't a 300-yard-per-game guy like Drew Brees, but he was half-decent last week. At midweek, it looks like Matt Hasselbeck will be out again: "The feeling is he will play again this season," coach Mike Holmgren said. "When? I don't know. But my hope is sooner rather than later."

The Dolphins rank 26th in the NFL averaging 242.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 TDs handed over to date. They are in the middle of the NFL with 18 sacks so far, and have a respectable 7 interceptions to date. These guys aren't great, but they do put up a fight. Just ask Jay Cutler, who tossed 3 interceptions last week (24/46 for 305 net yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions).

Wallace leads a sub-par passing attack (unless Matt Hasselbeck's troublesome back suddenly takes a turn for the better) - the Dolphins field a sub-par pass D. Even though the Dolphins have home field advantage this week, this looks like a fairly attractive matchup for the left coasters - advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck was utterly ineffective vs. the Cardinals in week six, with 10/29 for 112 yards, zero TDs and one interception during the 3-27 loss. Johhn Carlson (6 targets for 2/55/0) and Nate Burleson (5 targets for 2/40/0) racked up most of the yardage during the game, followed by T.J. Houshmandzadeh - eight targets for 4/34/0 receiving.

Since the poor showing vs. the Cardinals, Hasselbeck has bounced back with two solid games following the week seven bye - he threw 22/39 for 249 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Dallas two weeks ago, and 39/51 for 329 yards, one TD and one interception in the come-from-behind victory over Detroit last week. The 39 completions set a new Seahawks' record for most completions thrown in a single game. During the above-mentioned two-week run, Nate Burleson has led all targets with 21 chances for 13/164/0 receiving, followed by John Carlson (16 for 9/78/0), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (15 for 10/58/1), and Justin Forsett (10 for 6/59/0). Justin Griffith has a receiving TD, with nine targets for 7/45/1, and Julius Jones has caught all eight balls that came his way for 8/110/0. The Seahawks utilize a lot of players in their passing attack each week, as you can see.

The Cardinals pass D is among the league's most generous, with an average of 247.2 net yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), with 14 passing scores handed out vs. eight interceptions generated. They are tied for seventh in the NFL with 21 sacks, though - the Cardinals bring a lot of pressure to bear on opposing passers, but are vulnerable to the long ball. Jay Cutler was sacked four times and hit eight other times last week, but he still managed 29/47 for 347 net yards, three TDs and one interception with long passes of 42, 33, 29, and 28 yards going out to his various receivers on Sunday.

Hasselbeck struggled against the Cardinals four weeks ago, but he's hot right now and the Cardinals aren't fielding a sound pass D at this point. Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Russell Wilson showed off his multifaceted game last week, with 19/26 for 217 yards passing, two TDs thrown and two interceptions given up, with 6/36/1 rushing to his credit. Wilson wasn't sacked once during the comeback victory over the Buccaneers. Doug Baldwin starred for the passing attack last week (10 targets for 6/75/1) as the Seahawks adjusted to life without Sidney Rice - Golden Tate caught all the balls that came his way, but only managed 3/29/0 receiving (at least he didn't taunt anybody this past weekend). Jermaine Kearse made his two targets count for 2/43/1 receiving - Wilson is building up a head of steam entering this game, though it appears that Percy Harvin won't be back just yet (the team is being extremely careful about bringing him back from his hip surgery). For now, Wilson will make do with Baldwin and Tate as his starting wide receivers.

The Falcons' ugly season got worse at the Panthers' house last week, as they allowed 34 points and 36:25 time of possession to Carolina during the 10-34 loss. Cam Newton threw 23/37 for 242 net yards, one TD and two interceptions during the ontest, with one sack for -7 yards taken during the contest. Carson Palmer had more modest totals two weeks ago, with 13/18 for 147 net yards passing, but he threw for two TDs vs. one interception (while being sacked three times for -25 yards). To date, Atlanta ranks 19th in the NFL averaging 248.6 net yards allowed per game, with a hefty 17 passing scores allowed vs. anemic interceptions (six) and sack (18) totals.

Wilson has a good matchup to work with here, but as the Atlanta rush D is falling apart of late he may not need to throw the football a whole lot this week.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Russell Wilson watched Marshawn Lynch push in two TDs last weekend, while he threw 17/35 for 179 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions on the night (adding 8/31/0 rushing by Wilson). Seattle played the sort of game they are built to play (stout defense, pound the rock, and pass only occasionally). Only Doug Baldwin (six targets for 5/38/0) and Lynch (five for 5/76/0) had over 20 yards receiving during the game.

The Giants' pass D took a major blow last weekend as starting CB Prince Amukamara tore his biceps and landed on IR this week - suddenly the perimeter of the Giants' defense is as vulnerable as they've been in the center of the secondary for most of the season. To date, the Giants are ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 272.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 11 interceptions (third in the NFL) and 14 sacks (23rd) generated to date. However, they will be juggling the secondary this week and that likely means the pass D will be even more vulnerable than before the team lost Amukamara.

Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The 49ers offense has scored 10 and 17 points in their past two contests, losing both to the opposition. Colin Kapernick has thrown 46/72 for 500 yards, two TDs and one interception over the past two games played, finding Anquan Boldin for his lone TD last week (seven targets for 6/93/1 receiving), and Steve Johnson (seven for 5/79/1) for his lone TD thrown two games ago. There isn't a consistently compelling fantasy receiver off this squad of late as Kaepernick is spreading the ball around from game to game (and he hasn't been very productive of late, either).

The Saints' pass D is ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 268.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. six interceptions and 17 sacks (tied for 19th in the NFL in both categories) generated to date. Cam Newton had a horrid time with this group last week (10/28 for 122 yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks for -29 yards taken), and Aaron Rodgers also threw for more interceptions (two) than TDs (one) at New Orleans two weeks ago, though he did rack up over 400 yards passing (28/39 for 418 yards passing (399 net after subtracting three sacks taken for -19 yards).

This is a good matchup for Kaepernick as long as he can communicate within the deafening thunder of Saints' fans down in the Big Easy.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Marc Bulger tortured the Seahawks' secondary back in week 6, throwing for 26/39 for 360 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception during the divisional game. He's been a fantasy points machine in the weeks since then, racking up 58/82 for 681 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions during the past 3 weeks (2 games) - the Rams' offense is firing on all cylinders heading into the second half of the NFL season. Torry Holt has cooled off from his torrid early pace, with 8/98/0 during the past 3 weeks. Isaac Bruce grabbed 5/105/0 last week and Kevin Curtis snagged 7/79/1 (Bulger tossed 27/40 for 327 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions last week vs. San Diego).

The Seahawks average 222.8 passing yards allowed per game this season (25th in the NFL) with 12 passing scores given up in the first half of the season. They have amassed 30 sacks to date (14 in the last 3 weeks), but have only 5 interceptions to boast of so far. Last week, they beat on Andrew Walter with 9 sacks, holding him to 16/35 for 166 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions on Monday Night Football. St. Louis does have a leaky OL when it comes to the pass rush, allowing 24 sacks to date (9th most in the NFL) - Bulger will be pressured by the Seattle defensive front (they sacked him 6 times in week 6, with Julian Peterson and Bryce Fisher both notching 2 apiece).

Despite their ferocious pass rush, the Seahawks' secondary gives up lots of yards and scores - this is a good matchup for the Rams, who have seen it all before.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Here's a summation of the Rams' season so far: they can't run the ball very well, but they allow lots of yards and TDs to opposing backs. They can't pass the ball very well, but they allow lots of TDs and more than 200 yards passing to opposing QBs per game, on average. The above is a blueprint for how to go 0-8.

Marc Bulger threw for his first TD since week 2 of this year vs. the Browns, posting 24/36 for 310 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception during the game. He has 1 TD and 5 interceptions thrown over his last 3 appearances - it's a little early to proclaim that the Rams' passing attack has turned around their season, but they did take a step in the right direction week 8. Torry Holt (6/110/1), Isaac Bruce (6/70/0) and Drew Bennett (6/63/0) all hauled in 6 receptions vs. the Browns in week 8.

The Saints' pass D ranks 27th in the NFL allowing an average of 248.1 net yards per game, with 14 passing scores surrendered vs. only 6 interceptions generated to date. They are tied for 22nd in the NFL with only 13 sacks this season - the pass D hasn't been very impressive through the first half of the season. Quinn Gray (who hadn't passed for more than 100 yards this season until last week) tossed 20/33 for 344 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions vs. the Saints last week. They are pretty soft.

The Rams' attack showed signs of life before the bye week, and given the anemic pass rush of the Saints, Bulger might actually have some time to make throws this week. This looks like a good matchup for the visiting Rams.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Sam Bradford hasn't thrown an interception over his last three games, and he's tossed two TDs in his last two outings (13/26 for 126 yards, two scores and zero interceptions at Tampa Bay, and 25/32 for 191 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Carolina). During the three game streak mentioned above, Brandon Gibson (17 targets for 10/111/0) and Danny Amendola (17 for 12/76/2) have led the team in targets (they've consistently seen at least five per game), while Daniel Fells (11 for 6/48/1) and Michael Hoomanawanui (10 for 5/36/1) have helped generate scoring plays. Danario Alexander had one big game, but then saw one target in week seven and didn't play in week eight.

The 49ers' pass D has coughed up 711 net passing yards in their last three games (237 per game on average), but has only allowed 48 total points during that time span. Kyle Orton threw for 339 net yards but only one score in London week eight (and he threw an interception, too), while Carolina's Matt Moore managed 28/41 for 303 net yards, two TDs and one interception back in week seven. As you can see, the 49ers are giving up a lot of real-estate in this phase of the game entering the second half of the season.

Bradford has grown as a starter during October, and he faces a vulnerable divisional rival this week despite being on the road to Walsh Field - this is a good matchup for Bradford and company.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kellen Clemens has improved week-to-week since becoming the full-time starter for St. Louis. Last week, he minimized mistakes with 20/35 for 210 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown at Tennessee, after tossing 15/31 for 158 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions against the exceptional Seattle secondary. Chris Givens (eight for 4/55/0), Zac Stacy (seven for 6/51/0) and Jared Cook (six for 3/36/1) were the top receivers for St. Louis last week. We'll see if Clemens can build some momentum now that he's had a couple of weeks worth of first-team reps.

The Colts' pass D ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 242.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs offset by a middling eight interceptions and 22 sacks generated to date (16th- and 17th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Case Keenum exploded for 20/34 for 340 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Colts last week, though, and Peyton Manning threw 29/49 for 365 net yards with three TDs and one interception two games ago. Right now the Colts' pass D is proving weaker than their season average would indicate.

Clemens has a good matchup to work with here.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Josh Freeman era in Tampa Bay started with a bang, not a whimper, as the Buccaneers surprised the Packers 38-28 behind Freeman's 14/31 for 205 yards, three TDs and one interception in his NFL debut as a starter. He spread the ball around quite a bit, too, targeting eight different players during the game and hitting five guys during the game: Kellen Winslow led the team with 4/57/1 on five targets, followed by Derrick Ward (3 for 3/54/1), Maurice Stovall (7 for 3/46/0), Michael Clayton (4 for 1/29/0) and Sammie Stroughter (4 for 3/19/1). Antonio Bryant was sidelined last week due to his knee injury, although he reportedly thought he was ready to play. Freeman has the right stuff to be a starter in this league, but he is still in the developmental part of his career and has a long way to go before we can call him 'polished'. He got off to a good start, though.

The Dolphins' pass D is a soft spot on the team, with three rookies starting in the secondary and a lot of yardage given up each week. Tom Brady and the Patriots exploited the youth and inexperience for 25/37 yielding 323 net yards, one TD and one interception last week - Mark Sanchez hit them for 20/35 for 251 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions two weeks ago. All told, the Dolphins rank 28th in the NFL this year averaging 246.9 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions and 21 sacks generated.

Freeman and company got off to a fast start, and they've got a good chance to build on that momentum this week against the suspect Dolphins' D, though you can bet that Miami will bring heat to bear with their top-ten pass rush (Tampa is tied for 12th in the NFL with 16 sacks given up - Green Bay only managed one on Freeman last week, though).

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Josh Freeman has thrown for 61/108 for 929 yards, eight TDs and zero interceptions over the past three weeks. Vincent Jackson (24 targets for 11/340/2 receiving), Mike Williams (27 for 14/172/2), Dallas Clark (14 for 10/113/1) and Tiquan Underwood (13 targets for 6/74/1) have all scored during that time frame - Jackson and Williams are must-starts right now, and Clark has been solid at the tight end position if you don't have one of the elite guys on your roster.

The Chargers' pass D averages 237.8 net yards allowed per game (18th in the NFL), with 14 pass TDs surrendered vs. eight interceptions (tied-12th in the NFL) and 13 interceptions (26th in the NFL) generated to date. Matt Cassel was held to 19/29 for 176 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week - Brandon Weeden and the Browns managed just 11/27 for 117 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown two weeks ago. Right now, the Chargers' pass D has been solid.

Freeman is on fire - against the improving-but-suspect Chargers, we call this a good matchup for Tampa Bay.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tampa got destroyed 14-56 at Atlanta back in Week 3 - running back Bobby Rainey was the lead receiver for the Buccaneers with eight targets for 7/64/0, while Mike Evans (seven targets for 4/52/0 receiving), Brandon Myers (five for 5/33/0) and Vincent Jackson (nine for 2/15/1) handled most of the other catches for Mike Glennon (17/24 for 121 yards, one TD and zero interceptions in relief of the injured Josh McCown).

Of course, here in Week 10 the flailing 1-7 Buccaneers are going back to the future and asking McCown to start again for the sinking franchise. Before he injured his throwing hand, McCown had no game over 200 yards passing, and he threw two TDS vs. four interceptions over the first three weeks of the season.

Atlanta brings the league's 30th-ranked pass D to this dance, averaging 280.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores allowed vs. five interceptions (tied for 22nd in the NFL) and a mere seven sacks (dead last in the NFL) generated during the first half of the season. Detroit was held to two TDs and one interception thrown in Wembley Stadium two weeks ago (24/47 for 325 yards passing). Joe Flacco threw 16/25 for 248 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions three weekends ago.

There isn't much to get excited about down in Tampa Bay this weekend, but they do have a good matchup for this home game.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kerry Collins continues to do just what he needs to do to put the running backs in position to score. He has but 3 pass TDs all year, and none in the past 3 weeks, but the team is 8-0. Frankly, we hope you aren't starting Collins as your team's QB. Not coincidentally, a running back led the team in receiving last week (Chris Johnson, 6/72/0) - the "best" Titan WR was Justin McCareins with 3/42/0 to his credit. Ho hum.

The Bears pass D is struggling this year due to a witches brew of injuries and other personnel deficiencies - they are currently 30th in the NFL averaging 247.8 net yards allowed per game, with 9 passing TDs given up. Chicago does have 12 interceptions so far, and 16 sacks, indicating they do some things right - but they aren't among the league's elite in this phase of the game. Last week, Dan Orlovsky of the winless Lions posted 28/47 for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. Chicago. Like we said, Chicago is struggling entering the 2nd half of the year.

Collins has a good matchup to work with this week, but don't expect him to explode for dozens of fantasy points and then you won't be disappointed.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck played well vs. Cincinnati's tough defense, with 24/41 for 272 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. Lavelle Hawkins toughed out a dislocated finger that sent the bone through the skin last week ('The bone came through the skin,' he said after the game. 'They stitched it up, I had to go back out on the field.') to post a team-leading 5/63/1 receiving out of seven targets. Jared Cook was second in receiving last week with eight targets for 4/47/0, followed by Chris Johnson (six for 4/46/0), Damian Williams (seven for 4/34/1) and Nate Washington (six for 3/28/0). Washington was nursing a sore hip after the game - he reportedly injured it twice and had issues with numbness in his leg after the re-injury. Fantasy owners invested in the Titans' attack will want to check the practice participation of Hawkins and Washington later in the week.

The Panthers' pass D is not too impressive this year, averaging 225.5 net yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), with 10 passing scores given up so far, vs. just four interceptions (tied for 27th in the NFL) and only 16 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated to date. Christian Ponder threw 18/28 for 229 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. Carolina two weeks ago. Even John Beck managed 22/37 for 261 net yards, one TD and one interception. The Panthers don't stop anybody in this phase of the game lately, as you can see.

Hasselbeck and company have a good matchup to work with, but the Panthers' rush D is so very weak that we may see more running of the football than passing in this one.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Locker will practice this week, but he won't be hit in practices. As of Wednesday, it is anybody's guess whether Locker (67/106 for 781 yards passing, four TDs and four interceptions over four games appeared in) or Matt Hasselbeck (138/220 for 1,361 yards passing, seven TDs and five interceptions over seven games appeared in) will start for the Titans on Sunday - our early projections have them essentially tied at 28th and 29th, so this is definitely a situation to monitor via Footballguys.com's players in the news as the week progresses.

The Dolphins' pass D isn't impressive, averaging 298.2 net yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with 10 passing TDs given away vs. eight interceptions (tied for 12th in the NFL) and 23 sacks generated to date (tied-10th). Though they bring pressure to bear on opposing passers, the Dolphins are vulnerable in the secondary. Most recently, Andrew Luck bombed this group for 30/48 yielding 419 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -14 yards.

This is a good matchup for whichever Titan is throwing the passes on Sunday.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jacksonville lost their top receiver, Justin Blackmon, to indefinite suspension over the bye week, so the Jaguars' offense will be even more anemic than usual for this game - Tennessee's offense should hold the ball a LOT of the game this week.

The Titans' passing attack sputtered at St. Louis last week, with Jake Locker throwing 13/22 for 185 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - two games ago he slung 25/41 for 326 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. San Francisco. It's fair to say Locker has been up and down in recent weeks. He's put up 38/62 for 511 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions over that two week span, with 17 targets for 12/167/0 flowing to Kendall Wright but the TDs going to Delanie Walker (seven for 5/65/1) and Chris Johnson (eight for 7/91/1).

The Jaguars' pass D makes most quarterbacks look like Drew Brees, though - they've given up 16 passing scores vs. a league-worst three interceptions and a 31st-ranked total of 11 sacks. The only reason teams don't pass more against the Jaguars is because it is ridiculously easy to run on them. San Francisco only needed 11/17 for 177 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing to destroy Jacksonville 42-10 in London two weeks ago (they ran for 38/221/4 on the day).

This is a good matchup for Locker, but don't expect big passing yards as Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene will likely run wild over and around the Jaguars' 'defense'.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Zach Mettenberger got a lot of first-team reps over the past two weeks (Tennessee was on bye Week 9), so he is presumably more prepared for his role as starting quarterback entering the second half of the season. He started his reign as the top quarterback in Tennessee with an impressive 27/41 for 299 yards, two TDs and one-interception performance vs. Houston two weeks ago. Seven different receivers saw three or more receptions in that game, with Justin Hunter (10 targets for 4/31/1 receiving) the most heavily targeted by Mettenberger, followed by tight end Delanie Walker (nine for 4/37/1). Nate Washington (four targets for 4/68/0) led the team in receiving yardage two weeks ago.

The Ravens were humiliated in this phase of the game last week as Ben Roethlisberger threw six TDs and zero interceptions (three sacks taken for -19 yards) on the way to 25/37 for 321 net yards passing. Two games ago Andy Dalton didn't manage a TD pass with 21/28 for 239 net yards, one interception and two sacks taken for -27 yards. We'll see if the Ravens how the 24th-ranked secondary (averaging 263.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores given up this year) responds to their embarrassment in Pittsburgh last week.

Advantage, Mettenberger and the Titans. Also, the rushing matchup is bad for Tennessee so look for a lot of passes put up in this one on the part of the Titans.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

John Beck threw the football to his running back Roy Helu 17 times last week (14/105/0 receiving for Helu) on his way to a 30/47 for 254 yards, one TD and one interception showing. Fred Davis was the leading receiver who wasn't a running back, with seven targets for 4/42/0, and Jabar Gaffney snagged the TD with five for 4/40/1. Leonard Hankerson was on the field all day long (66 of 67 snaps) and saw five targets for 4/34/0 receiving - he looks like the new #2 wide receiver while Santana Moss (hand injury) is sidelined. In a side-note, the Redskins released Donte Stallworth at mid-week, likely signaling the end of his NFL career. We'll see if Beck and company can build on last week's modest success while traveling to Sun Life Stadium this week.

The Dolphins' pass D isn't good this year - they are 27th in net yards allowed through eight games (265.2), dead last in interceptions generated (with two), and have allowed a hefty 14 passing scores to date. The team does have 20 sacks (and the Redskins have allowed 24 this year, tied for 26th in the NFL), but their secondary isn't converting the pass pressure into much of anything this season. Matt Cassel tossed 20/39 for 227 net yards (five sacks and nine total QB hits taken) last week vs. Miami, with zero TDs or interceptions, while Eli Manning blasted the Dolphins for 31/45 for 344 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions two weeks ago.

Beck showed signs of life last week with his new squad of starters - and the Dolphins are not solid in this phase of the game. Advantage, Washington.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Carson Palmer has been unexciting over the past three games, with 68/104 for 728 yards passing, five TDs thrown vs. five interceptions handed over to the opposition. Most recently, Palmer tossed 13/18 for 172 yards passing, two TDs and one interception while facing the Falcons on October 27. Wide receiver Teddy Williams led the team in receiving yards during that contest (one target for 1/51/0 receiving), while Larry Fitzgerald handled a TD pass (seven for 4/48/1), as did Michael Floyd (four for 3/30/1). The numbers we see out of Palmer and company are generally not top-tier results, but Fitzgerald remains worthy of starting for most fantasy teams (unless you are really stacked at the wide receiver position).

The Texans' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging just 158 net yards allowed per game, but they give up TDs at a fast pace (13 handed over so far this year), while only generating three interceptions (tied for last in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied-21st) to date. After a slow start on Sunday, Andrew Luck eventually posted 18/40 for 245 net yards passing, three TDs vs. zero interceptions thrown, and four sacks taken for -26 yards at Houston; two games ago Alex Smith managed 23/34 for 231 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards). As you can see, the passing numbers are creeping upwards as time goes by this season. Houston's pass D is no better than mediocre as of early November.

Two so-so units clash in this one - that sounds about even to us.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joe Flacco was let off his leash vs. Cleveland, and responded with 17/29 for 248 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions - Derrick Mason was a one-man wrecking crew with 9/136/1 receiving, while Mark Clayton reappeared on the fantasy map with 4/87/1 to his credit. Over the past 3 weeks, Flacco has been pretty hot, with 46/76 for 620 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions - he's also ran for a score (10/28/1), making him the 5th best fantasy QB in points per game during that time span. Way to go, Flacco.

The Texans field the league's 14th ranked pass D, averaging 202.1 net yards allowed per game, with 12 passing TDs vs. 6 interceptions and 14 sacks generated. They have coughed up only 565 net yards in their last 3 games, though - 188.3 per contest - with 11/18 for 168 yards allowed to Gus Frerotte last week; however, Frerotte threw 3 TDs and only 1 interception during the game. The Texans have improved somewhat in recent weeks, but they are still far from shutting down their opponents, as you can see.

Flacco has been hot but he's still very green, while the Texans wallow in mediocrity - looks like a pretty neutral matchup.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joe Flacco did just enough to notch the 'W' at Cleveland, with 15/24 for 153 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -8 yards - but he hasn't been a fantasy star since September 23rd, when he threw for 382 yards and three TDs vs New England - since then, he's had either one or zero TDs in each game played. The modest totals at Cleveland were better than what we saw in Houston (21/43 for 147 yards passing, one TD with two interceptions, and four sacks for -26 yards) - but the Ravens' passing attack has languished for several weeks now. As usual, Anquan Boldin (five for 5/57/0) and Torrey Smith (nine for 4/46/1) led the Ravens in receiving at Cleveland.

Oakland allowed 42 points to the Buccaneers last week, including 18/30 for 237 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Josh Freeman and company. Back in week eight, Kansas City put up 22/34 for 197 net yards, one TD and two interceptins, with three sacks taken for -22 yards. They've been up and down in this phase of late, and average 245.2 net yards allowed per game (21st in the NFL), with 14 passing scores given up vs. a mere five interceptions (tied-24th in the league) and just 11 sacks generated (tied-30th) at the half-way point of the season.

Flacco has been pedestrian for a couple of months now, while the Raiders were blown up at home last week and are generally sub-par in this phase of the game - this looks like a fairly even matchup to us.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joe Flacco has been up and down over the past two games, with 30/45 for 303 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown at Pittsburgh last week (four sacks taken for -34 yards) and 17/34 for 195 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions (with one sack taken for -8 yards) at Cincinnati two games ago. Four players were his primary targets at Pittsburgh: Justin Forsett (eight targets for 5/68/0 receiving), Torrey Smith (seven for 4/63/1), Owen Daniels (nine for 6/53/0) and Steve Smith Sr. (eight for 5/36/0). These four players make up the backbone of the Ravens' receiving corps heading into the second half of the season.

The Titans pass D is ranked 16th in the NFL at the season's midway point, with an average of 241.0 net yards allowed per game, 13 TDs allowed to the opposition and eight interceptions generated (tied for 14th in the NFL). The Titans have 23 sacks to date (tied for ninth in the NFL) - on balance, this is a so-so pass D that does generate a constant pass-rush pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked five times for -34 yards on his way to 19/35 for 193 net yards, one TD and zero sacks taken in the last game played by Tennessee (they were on bye last week), while Washington's quarterbacks were sacked three times for -16 yards on the way to 21/28 for 251 yards, one TD and one interception thrown two games ago.

This is a neutral matchup for the up-and-down Flacco (and company).

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

J.P. Losman has struggled to produce recently, with 24/40 for 295 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception over the past 3 weeks (2 games) - he did hit Lee Evans for a nice 43 yard TD last week, but only managed to compile 8/15 for 102 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions during the game - not the stuff of fantasy dominance, folks. The Bill's passing attack is pretty low-octane heading into the second half of the season. One problem is that the line has been leaking pass rushers, with 26 sacks allowed to date (3rd most in the NFL), including 5 surrendered to the Packers last week. It's hard to be an effective QB when you are getting drilled by defenders with regularity. WR Josh Reed, who suffered a bruised kidney last week, has been ruled out of this game for sure and may miss more time.

The Colts rank 3rd in the NFL vs. opposing passers, allowing an average of 171.8 yards per game, but have been more giving around the goal-line, with 10 passing scores given up. Part of the Colts' showing against opposing passers is due to their 32nd ranked rush D - teams don't need to throw against the Colts to have success so they tend to stick with the running game. Over the past 3 weeks, the Colts' defenders have generated only 3 sacks, and they are dead last in the NFL with only 11 sacks so far this season. However, last week, they frustrated Tom Brady, limiting him to 20/35 for 201 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions. The return of S Bob Sanders (11 tackles, 8 solo) was a boost to the entire unit. We'll see if the DBs can build on their momentum this week.

Losman and the Bills are pretty weak, but so is the Colts' defense (73 points allowed during the last 3 games) - we call this one a neutral matchup between mediocre-to-substandard units.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Edwards threw the ball pretty well last week, with 24/35 for 289 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. the Jets. He hit 8 guys with at least 1 pass, and connected the most with Robert Royal (5/70/0) - fellow TE Derek Fine snagged 4/43/1 vs. New England to account for the TD. Roscoe Parrish (3/51/0) filled in capably for Josh Reed, and Lee Evans contributed 4/41/0 during the game.

New England couldn't contain Peyton Manning and company, giving up 21/29 for 254 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to Indianapolis last week. Over the past 3 weeks, New England has allowed 691 yards passing and generated 3 interceptions with 7 sacks - an average of 230.3 net passing yards per game. Their season average is 212.5 net yards allowed per game, while giving away 13 pass TDs to date (vs 8 interceptions and 14 sacks generated). This unit has been heading in the wrong direction of late, as you can see.

Edwards did OK last week, but he's only thrown 2 TDs in the past 3 games - meanwhile, the Patriots' defense has sagged in recent weeks. This looks like a fairly even matchup from where we sit.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills to two wins in his three appearances, but sputtered to 15/23 for 117 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston back in week eight. Meanwhile, Trent Edwards has cleared the last of the cobwebs out of his head during the bye week from the serious concussion he suffered several weeks ago, and appears ready to resume play - 'I should be cleared and ready to go so I'm excited that I'll be able to help the team out in whatever capacity I can,' Edwards said on Monday, November 9th. However, it remains to be seen if symptoms re-appear after he resumes full practices - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's players in the news later this week to see how things work out for the Bills' QBs in practices later this week. On Fitzpatrick's watch, Lee Evans (23 targets for 11/172/2) got the TD passes but Terrell Owens had equal time as far as targets (23 for 11/79/0) and Owens scored a rushing TD to help out the team. Marshawn Lynch was third on the team with 9 targets for 6/24/0 - the passing offense flows through Owens and Evans, as you can see. Owens sat out practice on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury (the team had a bye last week) - keep an eye on that story as it develops later this week.

The Titans have started to climb out of the big hole they dug themselves to start the season, and have won two straight games. The wins over Jacksonville and San Francisco were largely due to generating turnovers in the passing phase of the game (something the Titans hadn't done particularly well with until the last two weeks) - David Garrard and company managed just 14/29 for 113 games, zero TDs and two interceptions vs. Tennessee in week seven, while Alex Smith turned over three interceptions to the Titans last week (29/45 for 286 yards, two TDs and three interceptions) - the Titans have generated over half their nine total interceptions in the last two games, while limiting pass TDs to two (they'd given up 19 passing scores in the previous six games). It's not all sunshine and roses in Tennessee just yet, but their pass D is playing much better football of late.

Edwards will have to knock the rust off his throwing arm if he gets in the game, and Fitzpatrick is a steady-Eddie type QB who isn't explosive - against the surging Titans' secondary, this looks like a fairly even matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a hard time dealing with the top-tier Jets' pass D (no shame there, they lead the NFL with just five passing TDs allowed all year long) - he managed 15/31 for 191 yards, one TD and two interceptions (and his offensive line did a good job with zero sacks allowed) during the 11-27 loss. Steve Johnson led the team in receiving with six targets for 3/84/0 on the day, followed by Fred Jackson (eight for 3/38/0), David Nelson (seven for 4/36/1), and Steve Chandler (three for 3/24/0). Over the past three games, Fitzpatrick has been steady with 57/88 for 697 yards, five TDs and five interceptions thrown - he needs to cut down on the turnovers, but with the Bills at 5-3 nobody is complaining too loudly.

The Cowboys' pass D is a so-so unit this year, averaging 232.5 net yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL), with 11 passing scores given up vs. 10 interceptions (tied for seventh) and 22 sacks (tied for eighth) generated to date. Dallas' secondary looked horrid at Philadelphia two weeks ago (21/28 for 256 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions allowed, with four DeMarcus Ware sacks), but they bounced back strongly against Tarvaris Jackson and the Seahawks last week (17/30 for 219 net yards, zero TDs allowed with three interceptions and one sack generated). Some weeks this unit is solid, but others it fails to deliver (thus the 4-4 record that Dallas sports at the season's mid-point).

The Bills' passing attack was held in check by the Jets last week, but the inconsistent Cowboys' unit isn't as strong as the one New York fields - on balance, this one looks about even to us. Also, the Cowboys' rush D is in crisis right now, which may induce the Bills to slant their game plan towards running the ball on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This Thursday Night Football game is the first matchup between these divisional rivals, with added spice this year as ex-Jet head coach Rex Ryan is now the head coach of Buffalo.

Tyrod Taylor went crazy with Sammy Watkins (and only Sammy Watkins) last week, throwing 11/12 for 181 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions - Watkins handled eight targets for 8/168/1 receiving during the contest. Unfortunately, Watkins tweaked an ankle during the game and was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. He should still play on Thursday but may be well below 100% healthy. Other than Watkins, last week Charles Clay saw one pass for 1/6/0 receiving, and LeSean McCoy handled two for 2/7/0. Taylor may diversify his targets a bit this week, but Watkins is clearly the #1 when available.

The Jets' pass D is ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 242.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores allowed balanced by 10 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for 18th) generated to date. Last week, Blake Bortles lit this group up for 24/40 yielding 338 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions while taking six sacks for -43 yards. Derek Carr had 23/36 for 333 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown vs. New York two games ago - right now, the Jets' pass D is slipping down the season charts with two back-to-back shaky performances.

This looks like a neutral matchup for Taylor, but downgrade it to bad if Watkins is unavailable to play.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jake Delhomme (11/18 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions) and Steve Smith (5/106/1) continued their productive partnership last week (there was only 1 other Panther to catch multiple balls last week - DeShaun Foster, 2/16/0) as the Panthers crushed division-rival Tampa Bay 34-14. Delhomme is the 3rd ranked fantasy QB over the past 3 weeks (2 games) in points per game, with 32/48 for 557 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions thrown; Smith has accounted for 16/307/2 out of that total (1/2 of the completions thrown and 1/2 of the TDs scored in the passing game).

The Jets play pretty well in this phase of the game, averaging only 175.6 passing yards allowed per game this season (8th in the NFL), with the 3rd-least passing TDs given up to date (6). Over the past 3 weeks (2 games), they have averaged 183.5 net passing yards allowed per game. However, they stumbled last week vs. the Chargers - Drew Brees racked up 20/27 for 270 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception.

The Jets come into this contest back on their heels - meanwhile, the Panthers' tandem of Delhomme and Smith is as hot as ever. With home field advantage behind the Panthers and a beautiful day on tap, we think this will be a pretty even matchup.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

As of midweek, the Panthers' quarterbacking situation is in turmoil. David Carr was forced out of the game last week due to a concussion, and is a question mark to play this week. Vinny Testaverde is nursing a sore Achilles tendon that has made the team reluctant to play him: "If there was a super, super emergency, we had the ability to run him in and get him suited up," Coach Fox said. "But for that thing to heal, that wouldn't have been in his or our best interest moving forward." Matt Moore could well end up under center this week, depending on whether and/or when Carr or Testaverde can practice as the week goes along. Even when Carr has been in the lineup, he's been pretty poor (unable to find Steve Smith much at all, sadly) - he managed 15/27 for 107 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week before his concussion, but Smith had only 3/15/0 during the contest. Drew Carter led the team with 3/56/1 receiving during the game, followed by Keary Colbert (3/30/0).

The Falcons' pass D is much like their rush D - mediocre. They are 15th in the NFL with an average of 209.6 net passing yards per game allowed, while handing over 9 passing TDs (vs. 10 interceptions generated to date). They are currently tied for 26th in the NFL with 11 sacks to their credit - last week, Alex Smith was crushed by this unit (17/38 for 135 net passing yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions) - but he's playing through a separated shoulder and isn't anywhere near 100%. Most of the time, teams can move the ball on the Falcons (they've allowed 135, 219, and 303 net passing yards during their most recent 3 games, weeks 9, 7 and 6).

Carolina's unit is in turmoil and may well be down to their #3 QB on Sunday - the Falcons have improved their play recently but remain a suspect unit in our book. This looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Rex Grossman has been horrible 2 out of his last 3 starts, compiling 55/108 for 606 yards, 4 TDs and 7 interceptions over those games, including last week's poor 18/42 for 210 yards, 1 TD and 3 interception effort vs. Miami (he also lost a fumble, 1 of 2 the team handed over last week). Muhsin Muhammad has snagged 7/107/2 during the past 2 contests to rank 19th among fantasy WRs during the last 3 weeks despite Grossman's problems (2/42/1 last week), but the Bears' offense hasn't been running smoothly. The receiving corps took a hit last week when Bernard Berrian went down for 2-4 weeks due to a rib injury, so there are injury issues/depth concerns in play right now as well.

The Giants have injury woes along the defensive line right now, with starting DE's Michael Strahan (foot sprain, out this week for sure) and Osi Umenyiora (hip flexor injury, may miss the game) both sidelined due to injury. Justin Tuck has also missed time recently - they are depleted on the DL right now, folks. The pass rush, which has generated 9 sacks during the last 3 weeks and is tied for 9th in the NFL with 21 sacks to date is likely to suffer with Strahan sidelined. The remaining defenders managed to limit David Carr to 21/30 for 176 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions last week, and currently ranks 16th in the NFL averaging 206.1 passing yards given up per game, with 10 passing TDs given up to date. On balance, this is a decent-but-not-outstanding unit that is currently dealing with injury concerns.

The Giants' defense is depleted, while the Bears' offense also has injury woes and hasn't been performing well during recent games. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup between units that are in flux.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Carson Palmer continues to fight the good fight, with 26/39 for 271 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception last week (190/234 for 2193 yards, 16 TDs and 10 interceptions, with 11/18/0 rushing so far this season, puts him at #7 among fantasy QBs in points per game). His favorite target, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, scored again last week (4/45/1), and has piled up 62/674/10 receiving this year, in contrast to Chad Johnson's 47/779/3 - these two are the engines that make the Bengal pass attack go. However, Johnson suffered a neck injury last week that scared a lot of Cincy fans - the latest word is that while sore, the neck took no lasting damage from the hit that knocked him out of the game on Sunday. He was at practice on Monday and Tuesday as usual. Chris Henry suited up and practiced on Wednesday while Houshmandzadeh did not suit up for undisclosed reasons - Johnson is practicing while wearing a neck brace similar to the ones that linebackers tend to favor.

The Ravens were forced to play without their #1 and #2 CBs last week (Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle), and the Steelers exploited that key weakness, with 14/21 for 201 net passing yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception. Through 8 games, the Ravens are 10th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, with an average of 196.8 passing yards allowed per game (13 TDs given up vs. 11 pass interceptions generated so far). They are in 16th among NFL franchises with 18 sacks all year - we'll see what they are able to do vs. the talented Bengals offense.

Cincinnati is still bringing a top-flight pass attack with them each week - their opponent this week is mediocre, which gives the Bengals a slight edge - but the Ravens have home-field advantage at their back. This matchup looks pretty even from where we're sitting.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andy Dalton is playing at a very high level as of week ten, with 65/100 for 649 yards, six TDs and two interceptions to his credit over the past three games played - the 65% completion rate is outstanding for a rookie NFL quarterback. He blasted Tennessee for 22/39 yielding 217 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week, hitting six different receivers for multiple receptions (he's not locking in on any one guy these days). A.J. Green caught every ball that came his way last week with 7/83/0 during the game; backup tight end Donald Lee was very effective with four targets for 3/49/0 receiving; Jerome Simpson (10 for 3/43/1) and Andre Caldwell (nine for 5/22/1) pitched in with some TDs, and reserve TE Colin Cochart also scored (two targets for 2/7/1). It's all good for the Bengals in this phase of the game, folks.

The Steelers' pass D isn't very scary entering the second half of the season., especially in the secondary. They have a mere two interceptions to their credit this year (dead last in the NFL), while allowing a generous 11 passing scores through nine games. Though they are third-ranked in terms of net yards allowed per game (184.7) and have 23 sacks to their credit (seventh in the NFL), Joe Flacco torched this squad with 28/47 for 289 net yards (three sacks taken), one TD and zero interceptions at Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football. Tom Brady managed 24/35 for 170 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

Dalton is playing solid football entering the second half of the season (and his line has only allowed 13 sacks, ranking fifth in the NFL currently in that stat), and he enjoys home field advantage for this divisional tilt - on balance, this looks about even to us.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andy Dalton has been all over the map over the past three games played, with a high of 31/46 for 381 yards, three TDs and three interceptions at Cleveland back in week six, followed by 14/28 for 105 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Pittsburgh three weeks ago, and then 26/42 for 299 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Denver last week. A.J. Green has been a standout during the herky-jerky three game span (27 targets for 15/242/4 receiving), while Jermaine Gresham (21 for 12/195/1) and Andrew Hawkins (16 for 11/84/0) have been the other main targets during that time frame. We'll see which Dalton shows up on Sunday for this cross-conference joust.

The Giants gave up 21/30 for 191 net yards, two TDs and one interception with for sacks for -25 yards generated to Pittsburgh last week, and coughed up 36/62 for 415 net yards, one TD and four interceptions with four sacks generated for -22 yards to Dallas two weeks ago. The Giants lead the NFL in interceptions (17) and have 25 sacks this year (tied for third in the NFL) - but their aggressive pass D has averaged 264.3 net yards allowed per game (26th) with 13 passing TDs handed over to date. This unit is so-so on balance, despite their ball-hawking/pass-rushing prowess.

Dalton has been up and down of late, and so have the Giants - this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andy Dalton came out of a two-game zero-TD-pass slump last weekend, notching two scoring passes with 19/31 for 233 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions, with two sacks taken for -1 yards. He hit Mohamed Sanu (eight targets for 4/95/1 receiving) and A.J. Green (six for 3/44/1) for the scores, and those two guys are the centerpieces of this passing attack. The early word this week is that Green continues to get healthier and may be even more involved in this critical AFC North showdown.

The Browns rank 18th in the NFL averaging 252.1 passing yards allowed per game, with 12 pass TDs surrendered vs. 10 interceptions (tied for fourth in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied-19th) generated. This is a mediocre bunch of defenders for the most part. Last week, Tampa posted 17/33 for 252 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -8 yards. Two games back, Oakland posted 34/56 for 316 net yards passing, one TD and one interception, with three sacks taken for -12 yards.

Dalton got back on track last week, and at home against a so-so divisional rival we give Dalton and the Bengals an edge in this matchup.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andy Dalton and company shook off the poor effort in Week Eight and trounced the Browns in Week Nine, with Dalton throwing 21/27 for 234 yards passing, three TDs (all to Tyler Eifert, six targets for 5/53/3 receiving) and zero interceptions. Marvin Jones (six targets for 5/78/0) and A.J. Green (six for 4/53/0) got theirs, while Mohamed Sanu scored a rushing TD (1/25/1 rushing with three targets for 3/25/0). It's all good for the Bengals' passing attack entering Week 10.

The Texans' pass D held journeyman Zach Mettenberger to a mere 125 net yards passing two weeks ago, sacking him seven times for -46 yards and generating an interception while not allowing a passing score. It was an ugly game for the Titans. Currently, Houston is eighth in the NFL averaging 227.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 16 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) with 20 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL). This is a so-so pass D that played well last time out of the gates.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the home team.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Dilfer broke out of his slump last week, with 18/34 for 272 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Titans last week. Antonio Bryant (7 targets for 3/79/0), Dennis Northcutt (5 targets for 3/80/1) and Braylon Edwards (6 targets for 1/2/0) joined Reuben Droughns (5 targets for 4/73/0) as the main focus of the passing attack last week - Edwards was the only player to muff almost all of his chances. Dilfer has tossed 40/78 for 530 yards, 2 TDS and 4 interceptions over his past 3 games - it was a good sign that he was able to limit the turnovers and hit for several long plays on Sunday (longs of 58 yards to Northcutt, 49 yards to Bryant and 51 yards to Droughns).

The Steelers rank 21st in the league vs. opposing passers, giving up 210.8 yards per contest to date - however, they have allowed the 2nd-least total of passing scores this season with only 5 TDs surrendered. Over the past 3 weeks, the team averaged 220 net passing yards allowed per game, generating 5 interceptions and 5 sacks during that span (3 TDs rushing and receiving given away during that time-frame). Last week, gunslinger Brett Favre could only muster 20/35 for 214 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception against this secondary. It's not easy to score on Pittsburgh whether you are rushing or passing the ball.

Dilfer and company face an uphill battle against the Steelers on Sunday but Pittsburgh has not been exceptional in pass defense. We see this a pretty neutral matchup for the Browns.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Colt McCoy and company didn't fare well against the Texans' second-ranked pass D last week, eking out 14/22 for 146 yards, one TD and one interception during the 12-30 loss. Mohammed Massaquoi suffered a concussion during the game, leaving Josh Cribbs (five targets for 5/50/1) and Greg Little (eight for 2/33/0) to see most of McCoy's passes - Ben Watson was third on the team with two targets for 2/26/0 receiving. Fellow tight end Evan Moore had two targets for 2/11/0 - there wasn't much in the way of fantasy points for folks invested in the Browns' receiving corps last week. Over the past three weeks, McCoy has tossed 56/91 for 565 yards, two TDs and three interceptions - he needs to improve if he's going to hold onto the starting job in Cleveland next year. Massaquoi was sent home Wednesday, November ninth, because he continues to have concussion-like symptoms - he is very likely to sit this game out.

Happily for McCoy (and fantasy owners invested in Cleveland's attack), the Rams roll into town having allowed 15 passing TDs this year (tied for fourth-most in the NFL to date) while averaging 222.2 net yards allowed per game (12th in the NFL). The Rams have six interceptions generated to date (tied for 21st) and 20 sacks (tied for 11th) - the secondary isn't very scary, friends. Journeyman John Skelton tossed 20/35 for 192 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Rams last week; Drew Brees posted 30/44 for 227 net yards, one TD and two interceptions at St. Louis two weeks ago.

McCoy is a so-so starter on a team with injury issues, while the Rams are fielding a so-so pass D this year - that sounds about even to us.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brian Hoyer threw a 300-yard game vs. Tampa Bay, with 21/34 for 300 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, and three sacks taken for -20 yards. He relied on Taylor Gabriel (six targets for 5/87/1 receiving) as Andrew Hawkins suffered a thigh/knee injury that limited him to eight targets for 3/34/0 during the game - Hawkins looks iffy to play on Thursday this week (he would have missed practice on Monday if Cleveland had held one). Terrance West (1/2/1) handled the other Hoyer TD last week.

The Bengals' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL in terms of yards allowed (255.2), but they have as many interceptions (10-tied for fourth in the NFL) as TD passes allowed (10). Cincinnati has notched just 13 sacks this year (tied for 25th in the NFL) - this is a so-so unit, overall. Turnover machine Blake Bortles only had one interception in Cincinnati (22/33 for 233 net yards, with two TDs thrown), while Joe Flacco threw two interceptions at Cincinnati two weeks ago (17/34 for 187 net yards, zero TDs). The Bengals are a you-get-what-you-see defense - a mediocre unit.

This is a neutral matchup for the visiting Browns.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tony Romo has been outstanding since assuming the starter's helm, with 24/36 for 284 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions last week and 24/36 for 270 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception the week prior (vs. Carolina). Terry Glenn was limited by a sore quadriceps last week, and could only muster 3/26/1, while "napping" Terrell Owens posted 7/76/1 to trail only Patrick Crayton in receiving yards (4/84/0 for Crayton during the game to lead the team). Glenn missed practice on Wednesday, as he rested his quad so keep an eye on his status.

The Cardinal's pass D ranks 24th in the NFL allowing an average of 219.4 pass yards allowed per game, with 7 TDs given away so far (tied for 2nd-least passing TDs allowed). Last week, they were on bye after allowing 17/25 for 180 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Brett Favre during week 8. They have 5 sacks and 2 interceptions during the past 3 weeks, indicating that their pass rush is weighing down the other teams' signal callers in recent weeks.

Romo is on a roll, and has a good rapport with Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn besides the support of the coaching staff. He looks for real, but the Cardinal's pass D isn't a push over - this one looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Broncos scored 7 total TDs vs. Philadelphia, had 2 100+ yard rushers - AND Jake Plummer threw for 22/35 for 309 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. Philadelphia. Basically, the Broncos were white hot going into their bye week. Plummer has tossed 40/64 for 503 yards, 5 TDs and 0 interceptions over the past 3 weeks (2 games) to rank 2nd in fantasy points per game at his position; Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie lead the Broncos with 16 targets each during that span (8/127/1 receiving for Smith and 8/145/0 for Lelie in that time-frame, ranking 18th and 31st among fantasy WRs); TE Jeb Putzier has seen 15 targets for a disappointing 5/58/0 (24th at his position).

The Raiders dropped a heart-breaker at the buzzer last week, and in the course of losing gave up 22/35 for 235 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Trent Green and company. They currently rank 22nd in the NFL giving up an average of 220.3 passing yards per contest, with 11 thrown TDs handed over to date. Over the past 3 weeks, the team has averaged 173 net passing yards allowed per game - the Raiders have 12 sacks during that 3 week span (the most in the NFL during that time-frame), and are now tied for 14th in the NFL with 20 so far this year. They have turned up the heat on opposing QBs lately, to be sure. Denver is tied for 2nd-least sacks allowed this year, though, with only 10 given up - they protect Plummer pretty well most of the time.

The Raiders will have the home-field advantage on their side, and they are always hard on their divisional rivals in Oakland. However, Plummer and company have really got it going lately, and they aren't pushovers along the OL - this one looks pretty even to us, on balance.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jake Plummer had a modest game the last time these teams faced off in week 6, with 11/18 for 102 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. However, he has turned up the volume during the last few weeks, tossing 49/89 for 610 yards, 5 TDs and 2 interceptions (with 10/38/1 rushing) over his past 3 games including 16/27 for 227 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. Pittsburgh last week. Javon Walker dominated the Steelers, racking up 6/134/2 receiving and 1/72/1 rushing during the big win. Rod Smith handled the other score with 4/47/1 on the day. The Broncos' passing attack is stampeding ahead right now. Some bad news about Smith could cause problems, though - he has a separated shoulder inflicted during the Pittsburgh game, and his status for this game isn't clear as of midweek. Keep an eye on his practice/injury status as the week goes along.

The Oakland Raiders rank 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (159.8), but have handed over 10 passing scores to date. They have 11 sacks and 6 interceptions during the last 3 weeks (2 games were victories during that span), although last week Seneca Wallace and the Seahawks handed them a 16-0 defeat with Wallace tossing 18/30 for 176 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. The Raiders' pass D is respectable and can bring pressure to bear, but they aren't a shut-down type of unit regardless of their top-5 yards allowed stance at the mid point of the year.

In Oakland, the Broncos will have a fight on their hands (the 12th man is a big factor in McAfee Coliseum) - this looks like a neutral matchup to us on balance.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Coach Mariucci on the prospects for Jeff Garcia to start on Sunday: "Before he plays again, he has to feel good. He needs his mobility to play well." The word is that if Garcia can practice later in the week (Thursday-Friday), then he'll get the nod. Otherwise, Joey Harrington will (reluctantly) be given the nod again.

In other Lions news, Roy Williams disputed coach Mariucci's characterization that Williams was physically unable to play last Sunday "I'm not a punk. I'm a football player. I was ready at all times. I'm not going to dress if I'm not ready to play. He's the head coach and he manages his players. I feel I'm the best wide receiver on this team. I'm not healthy, but I'm 70 percent and I agreed to 20 to 30 plays. I never said 'take me out.' When Mike (Williams) went down, (Mariucci) pulled the receivers over and asked if I could play the 'Z'. I told him I can't play 60, let's stick to 20, but that didn't happen, either." Evidently, coach Mariucci didn't feel that 70% was good enough to call #11 very often.

Over the past 3 weeks, Harrington has tossed 28/48 for 263 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions in his chances; Garcia has 45/69 for 407 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception when on the field. Neither has been very exciting in fantasy terms. Stories in the Detroit press this week indicate that the rest of the team is fed up with all three of the Lions' underperforming young WRs (Charles Rogers, Mike Williams and Roy Williams), and that they are being written off as lost causes by the running backs and defensive squad. Suffice it to say that the frustrations of this poor season are causing a lot of friction in Detroit right now...

Anyway, the mediocre Cardinals' secondary is coming to visit Ford Field this week - they are ranked 15th in the NFL vs. the pass, allowing an average of 200.6 passing yards per game to the opposition, with 8 passing scores surrendered to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've coughed up an average of 206 passing yards per contest (well over 300 total yards per game, averaging 354 given away each week). Matt Hasselbeck only needed 13/20 for 158 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions passing as the Seahawks jammed 33/208/3 rushing down the Card's throats last week. Nobody is afraid to pass on the Cardinals' unit, though they may prefer to run the ball against their weak defensive front.

The Lions' signal caller will have chances to make good things happen if the Detroit receivers show signs of life this week - that hasn't happened much in weeks past, though, so we're going to call this matchup neutral. Neither team has a clear edge over the other.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jon Kitna had no trouble dissecting the Denver pass D last week, posting 16/31 for 252 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during the contest. Shaun McDonald led the team with 5/78/1 receiving during the game, while Calving Johnson (3/47/0) and Roy Williams (3/44/0) both hauled in 3 receptions. Mike Furrey handled the other TD with 3/32/1 to his credit. It looks like Kitna and company are back on track in this phase of the game heading into the second half of the season.

The Cardinal's pass D is playing solidly this year, averaging 194.6 net yards allowed per game (7th in the NFL), with 9 pass TDs handed over in 8 games. They have a sub-par 6 interceptions to their credit this year, but have notched 20 sacks (tied for 12th in the NFL). Last week, the Cardinals held Jeff Garcia and company to 18/28 for 188 net yards passing, 1 TD and 0 interceptions.

The Cardinals have a solid pass D to throw in front of the Lions, and they'll have home-field advantage at their back on Sunday. The Lions have a top shelf pass attack (but one that leads the NFL with 36 sacks allowed to date) - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matthew Stafford threw for 18/30 yielding 152 yards, one TD and two interceptions during the first matchup between these divisional rivals (week two). Calvin Johnson led the team with 5/51/1 receiving, while Brandon Pettigrew was second on the team with 4/40/0 receiving. Since this early game, Stafford was sidelined for several weeks due to injury, but has since returned to the saddle - he continues to look like a first-year starter in the NFL, though. Staffords been back in action for two weeks, and has combined in those games for 36/75 for 371 yards, two TDs and six interceptions (with 22/42 for 203 yards, two TDs and five interceptions last week vs. Seattle). Calvin Johnson was back in action last week after missing time due to a sore knee, but clearly wasn't 100% (9 targets for 2/27/0 receiving) - 'He's not 100 percent, but I thought he was able to go out and be effective,' coach Jim Schwartz said after the game. 'He was able to get open. He had a couple chances to be able make plays down the field. He's still not 100 percent, but he's getting there.' Brandon Pettigrew had his best game of the season, though, with eight targets for 7/70/1 receiving.

The Vikings average 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game this year, with 13 passing TDs given up vs. just six interceptions recorded - the team has generated a league-best 31 sacks so far, though. Detroit is tied for 28th in the NFL with 26 sacks allowed so far, which could spell trouble for Stafford, who was sacked twice and hit twice last week by Seattle on his way to those five interceptions he threw. Green Bay squeezed the Vikings for 27/42 yielding 261 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions in week eight and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger also threw a TD with no picks in week seven (14/262 for 152 net yards) - though the Vikings' pass rushers inflict pain on QBs, their counterparts in the secondary aren't capitalizing on errant throws nearly enough.

Stafford had one of those poor rookie outings that all first-year guys go through when they're under center - against the so-so Vikings, he's got an even chance at improving his showing this week.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Detroit was crushed 10-45 the last time they stepped on a field, by the 3-5 Chiefs, and has sunk to 1-7 on the season. They are in spoiler mode now, having changed out offensive coordinators - Joe Lombardi is out and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan were also fired - quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter is now calling plays, but the first results of the new regime were seen in London (see the 10-45 defeat referenced above). Matthew Stafford didn't impress in that game, with 22/36 for 217 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown - he relied on the usual suspects to catch his passes, finding Calvin Johnson for 5/85/0 receiving on 10 targets; Golden Tate handled seven for 6/59/0, while Lance Moore posted three for 3/29/1 on the day.

The Packers' pass D gave up 15/30 for 297 net yards, three TDs and one interception to Cam Newton last week, and didn't sack Newton at all. Two weeks ago their pass D allowed 21/29 for 340 net yards, zero TDs and one interception to Peyton Manning and company last week - they didn't sack Manning at all, either. See a theme here? The Packers' pass D is on the ropes coming into this contest.

This is a neutral matchup between struggling units.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brett Favre didn't have much luck against the Steelers' tough D last week, managing a modest 20/35 for 214 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception. However, with the running back stable down to the last man standing (almost literally), you can bet Favre will see lots of passing plays called again this week - he'll be putting the ball up often. Hopefully, top receiver Donald Driver will be able to handle the ball better this week - he had too many drops last week (9 targets with only 5/64/0 receptions). Bubba Franks and Donald Lee both had 7 balls come their way last week (tied for 2nd on the team - Franks snagged 3/22/0 and Lee handled 3/21/0) while WR Antonio Chatman had 5 chances (4/43/0). Even with the 2 bad weeks on his tally sheet, Favre is still the 6th ranked fantasy QB in the land this season, with 194/296 for 2064 yards, 15 TDs and 14 interceptions thrown through 8 games - he's on pace to exceed 4000 yards passing this season.

The Falcons' secondary is running in the middle of the NFL pack at the season's midpoint, with an average of 204.1 passing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL) and 9 passing scores surrendered to date. They average 148.5 passing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games), but that number is depressed by Gus Frerotte's poor effort last week (13/22 for 103 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). Atlanta fields a mediocre pass D this year, but they do bring a lot of pressure on opposing QBs, with 24 sacks to date (4th in the NFL).

Favre has good pass protection (Green Bay is second in the NFL with only 10 sacks allowed so far during 2005), which should limit the Falcons' sacking this week - however, he needs to see his receivers hold onto the ball more often, and Green Bay is visiting the noisy Georgia Dome. This matchup looks fairly even to us from where we sit.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brett Favre tossed 28/47 for 287 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions on Sunday vs. the Bills despite his injury-depleted receiving corps. Donald Driver led the way (as usual) with 9/96/1, while Greg Jennings chipped in with 5/69/0 before his sore ankle flared up. Jennings may miss time again due to this injury - his practice participation this week bears watching. Over the past 3 weeks, Favre has 64/107 for 673 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions in 3 games to rank 16th among fantasy QBs; Driver has posted 24/237/2 to land at #15 at his position during that span. Green Bay's offense has some life left in it despite their injury woes.

The Vikings' pass D is 18th in the NFL this year allowing an average of 209.8 yards per contest, with 8 passing scores given up to date. They have been up and down in this phase lately, giving up 13/21 for 105 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to the 49ers last week, but 29/43 for 372 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to Tom Brady the week before - the real defense lies somewhere in between those extremes. Over the past 3 weeks they have 10 sacks and 4 interceptions - the Vikings are bringing pressure to bear on the opposition.

Favre is making do with what weapons he has left to command, while the Vikings are trying to forget their awful game against the Patriots. On balance, we think this looks like a neutral matchup between units in flux.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

GB Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Love him or hate him, Brian Hoyer has been a fantasy asset this year, with 129/215 for 1,581 yards passing, 13 TDs and just three interceptions thrown over parts of seven games played - he enters the second half of the season secure in his role as starter after the release of Ryan Mallett. Over his last three games played, Hoyer is the 14th-best fantasy player during the past four weeks with 70/120 for 801 yards passing, eight TDs and just one interception slung. DeAndre Hopkins is the 12th-best fantasy receiver during that four week, three-game time span with 24/292/3, while Nate Washington checks in at 22nd with 13/201/3. This is a passing game that fantasy owners ignore at their own peril.

The Bengals' pass D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 244.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores handed over vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for fifth in the NFL) generated to date. Houston is tied for 14th in the NFL with 17 sacks allowed to date (and 39 hits on the quarterback so far). Last week, the Browns threw for 15/33 for 144 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at Cincinnati; the Bengals' pass D limited Ben Roethlisberger to 28/45 for 240 net yards passing, one TD and three interceptions thrown two games back.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Texans.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

21/27 for 237 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception were Peyton Manning's totals vs. Houston back in week 7 - the Colts beat the Texans 38-20. Over the past 3 weeks, Manning has tossed 49/64 for 558 yards, 5 TDs and 2 interceptions to rank 1st in fantasy points per game at his position during that span. Marvin Harrison is 2nd among fantasy WRs with 16/193/3 in that 3 week time-frame; Reggie Wayne is 8th in fantasy points per game among WRs with 18/213/1. It's all good for Colts owners right now - start these 3 if you've got them. with 4/55/1 to his credit, TE Dallas Clark is 10th among fantasy TEs during the past 3 weeks - he's worthy of consideration too.

The Texans pass defense is better than their rush D (which isn't saying much, as they are dead last vs. the run), currently ranking 18th in the NFL giving up an average of 208 passing yards per game (with 11 passing scores allowed to date. Over the past 3 weeks, the Texans have averaged 205 passing yards surrendered per contest - they are sticking close to their mediocre season pace at the season's mid-point. 19/25 for 218 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions were handed over to the Jaguars last week. Houston's secondary is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get bunch this year - not horrible, but not very impressive, either.

The only stumbling block for the Colts' passing game is the anemic Texans' defensive front 7 - the Colts may not need to pass the ball very much during this game. The Colts are huge favorites in this game but we see this as a pretty neutral matchup as the Texans are fairly average defending the pass.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Dallas Clark hauled in 14/119/0 receiving last week against the Texans, nearing a NFL record in the process: 'It was one of those things that you try to take advantage of things that are given us,' Clark said. 'Even with getting those catches early, they still didn't adjust... so we were going to try and keep attacking it.' All told, Peyton Manning racked up 34/50 for 318 yards, one TD and one interception during the game, going to all the usual suspects (Reggie Wayne was second on the team with 8/64/0 receiving; Joesph Addai had 5/49/1) while also mixing in some new-comers (5/60/0 receiving for Pierre Garcon; 2/26/0 receiving for Austin Collie). Though the Colts would love to have Anthony Gonzalez back at 100% healthy, they have zero incentive to rush him back with so many other players performing at a high level.

The Patriots are currently fourth in the NFL with an average of 179.4 net yards allowed per game in this phase - they've handed over nine passing TDs and generated seven interceptions so far this year. The team only has 15 sacks (26th in the NFL), but the secondary does a fine job despite the relatively-low pressure generated by the big guys up front. Over the past four weeks, the Patriots have allowed only 345 net passing yards (201 were surrendered to Miami last week, with 151 alloted to the young Tampa Bay tandem in week seven) - the Titans' disastrous game vs. New England is artifically skewing the near-term average drastically downwards. This is a very good, but not elite, pass D on balance.

The Colts field an elite passing attack - at home in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night, this looks like a neutral matchup with neither team holding a significant edge over the other.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Blake Bortles (154/241 for 1,630 yards passing, eight TDs and 13 interceptions thrown over his time on the field this year, with 31/201/0 rushing) finally limited the turnovers in Cincinnati last week, throwing 22/33 for 247 yards, two TDs and one interception en route to a closer than usual 23-33 loss. Allen Hurns (nine targets for 7/112/2 receiving) burned the Bengals repeatedly, while Toby Gerhart (four for 3/49/0), Cecil Shorts III (seven for 5/40/0), and Allen Robinson (eight for 4/35/0) kept the chains moving for the Jaguars.

The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 237.3 net yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given up balanced by nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and 12 sacks generated (28th). This is a mediocre pass D, folks. Carson Palmer hit them up for 22/34 yielding 237 net yards, three TDs and one interception last week (two sacks for -12 yards). Colt McCoy came within spitting distance of 300 yards in Dallas two weeks ago (25/30 for 299 yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -12 yards).

Two so-so units face off in this game 'over there' in London - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Damon Huard is in charge of the Chiefs' aerial assault for at least another week, as Trent Green won't be cleared to return to contact/game play until 11/19/06 at the earliest. In Green's absence, Huard has played very well, piling up 42/67 for 692 yards, 6 TDs and 0 interceptions over the past 3 weeks, with 10/15 for 148 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions last week against the Rams. Tony Gonzalez has been on fire during those 3 weeks, with 19 targets for 17/317/2; Eddie Kennison has converted 14 for 10/181/1; Larry Johnson accounted for 9 for 3/70/0; and Samie Parker has hauled in 3/70/0 on 9 chances. Gonzalez's counterpart, Kris Wilson, has 6 targets for 5/50/2 during that 3 week span. Huard has engaged all his best weapons in the attack.

The Dolphins have handed over 13 passing scores to date, despite being ranked 4th in terms of passing yards allowed per game (176.3). They are not shutting down the opposition in this phase of the game. Over the last 3 weeks, the Dolphins have 5 sacks and 3 interceptions in 2 contests, including last week's embarrassment of Rex Grossman (18/42 for 210 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions). On balance, they look like an average to above-average group of defenders heading into the second half of the season.

In the Dolphins' house, we think this will be a fairly even matchup for Huard and the Chiefs, with neither side holding a huge edge over the other.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Damon Huard slung around 19/32 for 213 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. the Packers during a game when his top receiver, Dwayne Bowe, had an off day (Bowe was shaken up and sidelined for a while during the game, and ended up with 0 catches). Tony Gonzalez was "the man" during the contest, with 10/109/1 - Larry Johnson was 2nd on the squad with 3/42/1 receiving. Jason Webb (2/26/0) and Samie Parker (2/22/0) did spot duty during the game. Huard has hopscotched since week 4 between 200+ yard, 2 TD games (weeks 4, 6, 9) interspersed with sub 200 yard, 0 TD games (5, 7, bye week 8). The early word out of K.C. is that Larry Johnson is out for at least this game (and probably longer), which probably will lead to increased coverage on the receivers (unless Priest Holmes can prove he can still run the ball effectively). Coach Edwards hinted on Wednesday that Huard may be on a short leash this week, with Brodie Croyle possibly stepping into the fray "....my whole deal now is if we're going to win this division or have a shot at it, we've got to score more points," Edwards said. "We can't keep playing the way we're playing. There comes a point to where if we don't get this thing going, I'm going to have to do something."

The Broncos' pass D has been exposed during the last 2 weeks, with 16/31 for 252 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions given up to Jon Kitna last week, and 21/27 for 331 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions allowed to Brett Favre the week before. The Broncos have now allowed 15 passing TDs vs. only 6 interceptions generated, and they are 19th in the NFL with only 15 sacks to date. The fault lines are showing and Champ Bailey/Dre Bly aren't enough to hold the secondary together entering the second half of the season.

Huard and company have the home field this week, and the reeling Broncos look pretty ordinary right now - this is a neutral matchup between division rivals in our opinion.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Cassel was fairly effective back in week two vs. Oakland, throwing 24/39 for 241 yards, one TD and two interceptions - that day, Bobby Wade (6/72/0) led the team in receiving, while Dwayne Bowe was second (5/56/0). Since then, the Chiefs have acquired Chris Chambers from San Diego, and he had quite an impact for the squad in his first start with the team (3/70/2 receiving). Given that Larry Johnson is now out the door, the Chiefs figure to lean more heavily on the passing attack going forwards. This offense is quite different from the one the Raiders saw back in week two.

Cassel threw for 23/39 yielding 262 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week - three Chiefs went over 70 yards receiving during the game - Chambers, mentioned above, Dwayne Bowe (4/74/0 receiving out of 10 targets), and WR Lance Long (11 targets for 8/74/0). Over the past four weeks, Cassel has hit 50/96 for 545 yards, three TDs and three interceptions, to land at 22nd among all fantasy QBs in points per game during that span of time.

Oakland fields a so-so pass D this year, averaging 212.2 net yards allowed per game, with eight passing TDs allowed in eight games, vs. five interceptions and 17 sacks generated so far. Over the four games before last week's bye, the team averaged 214 net passing yards allowed per game, and they allowed the second-most total yards from scrimmage in the league during the second quarter of the season, with 1559 yards allowed. The were also second-worst in the NFL during that portion of the season with 115 total points given up. San Diego hit them for 24 points and 246 net yards passing in week eight (one TD and one interception), while the Jets pounded Oakland 38-0 in week seven with 131 net yards passing (one TD and zero interceptions).

Cassel has been improving his play as the team around him gets more talented and experienced - against the so-so Raiders' D he should have an even shot at a decent game this week.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This battle of Florida will be fought out on Monday Night Football next week - Ryan Tannehill has struggled of late, with 20/28 for 208 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown vs. Cincinnati, and 22/42 for 192 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown at New England. The most-targeted players during the two-week span are Mike Wallace (18 for 9/123/0 receiving), Charles Clay (11 for 8/59/0), Brian Hartline (11 for 7/76/0), and Rishard Matthews (10 for 5/54/0). Daniel Thomas (three for 2/9/1 receiving) and Brandon Gibson (now on IR) - two for 1/4/1 - handled the sparse TDs for Tannehill during the past two games.

The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 240.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 pass TDs given out vs. eight interceptions and only 17 sacks generated so far (16th- and 25th-ranked, respectively). Russell Wilson wasn't sacked last week (19/26 for 217 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown), while Cam Newton threw 23/32 for 195 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (three sacks taken for -26 yards). This is a mediocre-to-sub-par unit, friends.

Two so-so squads face off in this one - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill moved the ball up and down the field at Buffalo (27/36 for 309 yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions) but failed to find pay dirt last week, hitting Jarvis Landry the most (13 targets for 11/69/0 receiving), and also relying on Lamar Miller (seven for 7/97/0). Kenny Stills (five for 3/74/0) and Rishard Matthews (four for 4/54/0) provided a vertical element but unfortunately for the Dolphins they couldn't score. DeVante Parker is off the field (again) due to more foot problems, and didn't travel with the team.

The Eagles' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 253.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores given out vs. 12 interceptions (fourth in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied for 14th) generated so far. Matt Cassel piled up 25/38 for 277 net yards, three TDs and one interception throw after taking four sacks for -22 yards from the Eagles last week. The Panthers posted 14/24 for 190 net yards passing, one TD pass and two interceptions thrown vs. Philadelphia two games ago.

This is a neutral matchup for Tannehill and company, who haven't been scoring much lately.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brett Favre showed that he could do without Randy Moss or a healthy left ankle last week, throwing for a career high 446 yards (with two TDs and two interceptions to his credit). Five Vikings has more than 60 yards receiving, and six had four or more receptions. Percy Harvin gutted out 12 targets for 9/126/0 despite his sore ankle; Bernard Berrian handled 11 for 9/89/0; Visanthe Shiancoe saw five for 4/66/1; Greg Camarillo handled five for 4/66/0; Adrian Peterson snagged four for 4/63/1, and Greg Lewis handled six targets for 4/30/0. The Vikings' passing attack is on a hot streak right now, folks.

The Bears' pass D has been a mixed bag in recent weeks, with 31/51 for 294 net yards, one TD and two interceptions allotted to Ryan Fitzpatrick at Buffalo last week, and 17/32 for 187 net yards, one TD and two interceptions given away to Donovan McNabb back in week seven. The Bears are tied for sixth in the NFL with 11 interceptions, and have given up only five passing TDs this year, while generating just 12 sacks to date. They are fairly generous between the 20's (an average of 225.8 net yards allowed per game, 19th in the NFL currently), but they get very tough when the field is compressed.

Favre and company have to have this game to keep their wisps of hope for a post-season appearance alive, while the Bears want to keep pace with Green Bay and stick a stake in the hearts of their other divisional rival on Sunday. Favre is a guy who can suddenly start throwing interceptions, too - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup with neither team holding a big edge over the other.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tom Brady did what he could to defeat the Colts (22/33 for 265 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions), but ultimately it wasn't enough and he ended the game on the bench while Doug Flutie mopped up the mess (3/7 for 20 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) - the Patriots lost 40-21. 6 players caught 3 or more balls during the game, with David Givens leading the way in yardage (4/64/0) - Deion Branch (5/58/1), Troy Brown (5/57/1) and Daniel Graham (5/41/1) were the recipients of Brady's TD passes. Brady has 36/54 for 464 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions on his tally sheet over the past 3 weeks (2 games) to rank 7th among all fantasy QBs in points per game - he's not struggling, but other components of the team (the running backs, the secondary) are definitely in the doldrums.

The Dolphins allowed a season-best of 22/31 for 228 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Michael Vick last week (he hadn't tossed more than 18 completions in a game in the 3 years prior to last week's performance). They have averaged 203 passing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks (3 games) - but they have thrown down 11 sacks during that span. They are now 4th in the NFL with 24 sacks to their credit this season - one thing Miami is doing well right now is pressuring the oppositions' passers. Their season average is currently 195.3 passing yards allowed per game (14th in the NFL) - the team is slightly off their usual pace during recent weeks.

The Dolphins are mediocre at defending the pass more often than not, but they have been bringing a lot of heat on the other teams' QBs lately. The Patriots have allowed the 3rd-least QB sacks this season, though (tied with 3 other teams - 12 given up) - this one looks pretty even from where we sit, with home-field advantage behind the defense and a divisional rivalry to pump up both teams on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Cassel didn't score any points last week, with 25/34 for 204 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to his credit, marking the first time in 3 weeks he hasn't thrown at least 1 TD. Randy Moss led the team with 6/65/0 while Wes Welker nibbled his way to 7/37/0, and Kevin Faulk managed 5/38/0 out of the backfield. It wasn't the greatest day to be invested in the Patriots' passing attack.

The Bills average 202.8 net yards allowed per game (15th in the NFL), with 7 passing TDs given away vs. 5 interceptions and 13 sacks generated so far. Over the past 3 weeks, the Bills coughed up 698 net passing yards (232.6 per contest), with 19/28 for 201 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception allotted to Brett Favre last week. They've been up and down in this phase of the game of late - as their season average indicates, this is a pretty mediocre bunch of pass defenders. SS Donte Whitner is likely out of the picture this week due to a separated shoulder: "Donte is going to be week to week as opposed to day to day; it was fairly significant," coach Dick Jauron said. "It's not the best news we got."

Two stumbling units lock horns in this game - that sounds about even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees has been outstanding in both real NFL terms (the Saints are 6-2, in the drivers seat in the NFC South) and fantasy terms this season. His 187/285 for 2212 yards, 14 TDs and 7 interceptions places him 5th among all fantasy signal callers in points per game. His young receiving corps of Marques Colston (44/700/7 to date) and Devery Henderson (11/221/3 in 5 games) have helped ease the load on crafty veteran Joe Horn (30/507/3 over 7 games). When Horn's sore groin forced him out of the lineup last week, Brees responded with 24/32 for 314 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions, hooking up with Colston for 1 TD (11/123/1) and Henderson for 2 scores (3/111/2). Nothing has rattled Brees since he joined the Saints.

Pittsburgh has been handing over TDs in this phase of the game, with 13 passing scores allowed despite ranking 9th overall in passing yards allowed per game (189 per contest). They gave up 16/27 for 227 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to the Broncos last week. They have 8 sacks and 3 interceptions in their last 3 games, but miscues on the offensive unit have given opposing teams short fields and scoring opportunities. The Steelers' season appears to have slipped away from them as of the season's mid-point.

The Saints' offense is powerful, but the Steelers' defense is still mean-tempered (if a little mauled) as of mid-season. This looks like a neutral matchup to us.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in the first nine games of the season this past Sunday, reaching 3,004 for the year (269/379 for 3,004 yards, 21 TDs and 11 interceptions thrown so far this year). The previous mark was set by Brees - 2,985 yards in 2008 - and he is on pace to shatter Dan Marino's single season record of 5,084 yards passing (1984) by around 300 yards passing if he can maintain his current pace during the second half of the season. Start him if you've got him. Darren Sproles (56/446/3) leads the team in receptions, followed by TE Jimmy Graham (55/791/5) - wide receivers Marques Colston (34/476/3), Lance Moore (33/358/3), and Robert Meachem (27/290/3) have all racked up three TD receptions so far this year. Sproles and Graham are must-start fantasy players (especially in PPR leagues), and Colston has come in during recent weeks with 15/200/2 receiving over the last three games.

The Falcons' pass D is so-so (statistically speaking) over the first nine weeks this year, ranking 19th in the NFL averaging 245.2 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores allowed balanced by 10 interceptions generated (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 15 sacks posted (tied for 25th in the NFL). The woeful Colts could only eke out 17/33 for 103 net yards, zero TDs and one interception (two sacks) vs. Atlanta last week, while Matthew Stafford was limited to 15/32 for 159 net yards (three sacks taken), one TD and zero interceptions back in week seven. Of late, the Falcons' pass D has been playing solid football, as you can see.

Brees is on an elite level of quarterback play rarely seen this year, but the Falcons have tightened up measurably in recent weeks and they have home field advantage for this NFC South grudge match. That sounds about even to us.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning has tossed 145/249 for 1584 yards, 13 TDs and 9 interceptions this season, to rank 8th among all fantasy QBs in points per game. He was less-than-stellar last week, though, with an average of 2.7 yards per attempt. Jeremy Shockey 3/26/0 and Plaxico Burress (2/14/0) were the top targets last week, when Manning had 59 net yards passing. There were reports out of New York at midweek that Plaxico Burress' injured ankle is not improving, and he may not practice again this year at all. "I think there are some fine details with regards to the timing of the quarterback and maybe finishing some routes," receivers coach Mike Sullivan commented about Plaxico's performance without practice time. "There are some things that he is not quite where, I think, he wants to be and where we want him to be. And yet so far he is still making it pretty special for us."

The Cowboys average 214 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 pass TDs given up to date. They are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 11 interceptions, and 11th in the NFL with 20 sacks to your credit so far. Last week, the 'Boys handled Donovan McNabb with ease allowing 27/46 for 250 net passing yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions thrown. Dallas has ping-ponged around the field in this phase of the game over the past 4 weeks, with 250, 65, and 373 net passing yards allowed weeks 9, 7 and 6 (respectively).

Manning comes into this game cold, but with home field advantage at his back, he should be evenly matched against the up-and-down Dallas secondary.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning threw 26/40 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown last week - it was enough to defeat the lowly Buccaneers 32-18. Manning found Shane Vereen (four targets for 4/29/1 receiving) and Rueben Randle (five for 5/40/1) for his TD passes, while heavily targeting Odell Beckham Jr. (17 targets for 9/105/0 receiving) during the contest. Manning wasn't spectacular a la Week Eight, but he wasn't horrid, either.

The Patriots' D limited the Washington attack to 22/40 for 213 net yards passing, one TD and one interception last week (one sack taken for -4 yards) - Ryan Tannehill managed 28/44 for 255 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown with five sacks taken for -45 yards at New England two games ago. To date, the Patriots have amassed 27 sacks (second in the NFL) and nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the league) - New York has allowed just 12 sacks, though, tied for sixth-best in the NFL. New England averages 244.8 net yards allowed per game, 16th in the NFL, with 12 passing scores given out over eight games.

This is a neutral matchup for Manning and company.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Chad Pennington enjoyed a strong game vs. the Patriots back in week 2, with 22/37 for 306 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. Jerricho Cotchery (6/121/1) and Laveranues Coles (6/100/1) both posted triple-digit receiving yardage and scored vs. the Patriots' secondary that day. Since that game, though, Pennington has been up and down - he entered the bye week last week off a poor 11/28 for 108 yards, 0 TD and 2 interceptions performance against the Cleveland Browns, and he's thrown 0 TDs and multiple interceptions in 2 of his last 4 games. He also had a high-water mark of 17/29 for 175 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Dolphins in week 6 of this period, so it's not been all bad - but he's definitely inconsistent of late.

The Patriots are tied for 1st in the NFL with only 6 passing scores given up to date, but they give up 229 yards per contest on average (28th in the NFL). They got some bad news this week when Rodney Harrison discovered he broke his shoulder blade against the Colts (it won't require surgery according to reports in New England, but the timetable for Harrison to return is unknown). "He is going to be out for this game, unfortunately. He was injured last week and we all hope heís back out there soon. Nobody worked harder to get back out on the field than he did after what happened last year. Itís unfortunate, but I know heíll work hard and weíll just to do the best we can without him here." said coach Belichick on Wednesday. The Colts ripped up the Patriots for 20/36 for 326 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception last week - but they do that to a lot of good secondaries.

The Patriots took a hit to their lineup this week, while the Jets' signal caller is yo-yoing in performance heading into the second half. We'll call this a neutral matchup based on the strong game the Jets mustered against the Patriots the first time around the block.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Michael Vick threw a TD pass last week! He's shaking off all the rust from his time on the bench and posted 21/28 for 196 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with three sacks taken for -10 yards (with 4/18/0 rushing) at K.C., despite being checked for a concussion and missing time during the contest. Percy Harvin is the apple of Vick's eye right now (13 targets for 11/129/0 receiving), while Eric Decker (12 for 9/63/1) is also benefiting from Vicks' veteran savvy.

The Steelers' pass D averages 252.2 net passing yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL), with 15 pass TDs given up vs. seven interceptions claimed, and 16 sacks generated to date (18th- and 21st-ranked in the NFL, respectively). SS Troy Polamalu will miss this game due to a sprained knee - the Steelers' secondary is thereby weakened. Last week, Joe Flacco ended the day with 30/45 for 269 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown (taking four sacks for -34 yards), while Andrew Luck tossed 26/45 for 385 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions (and two sacks taken for -15 yards) two games ago.

Vick is getting back to form, and the Steelers look mediocre in this phase of the game - this is a neutral matchup for the Jets.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh McCown wasn't impressive in his return to the field (13/28 for 158 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions), but he did enough to keep the starting job in Oakland for at least this week. Coach Kiffin announced McCown as the starter on Monday. Jerry Porter led the team with 7 targets for 4/55/0;, while Tim Dwight helped his new team out with a TD (4 for 4/28/1). We'll see if McCown can improve with another week of 1st team reps and additional time to knock the rust off his throwing arm.

The Bears' pass D has slid to 22nd in the NFL, averaging 227.5 net yards allowed per game, with 9 passing TDs handed over to date (vs. 5 interceptions generated - tied for 29th in the NFL). Chicago still does get in opposing QB's faces, with 25 sacks to date (tied for 2nd in the NFL), but they aren't converting that pressure to turnovers just yet. Two weeks ago, Jon Kitna tossed 24/35 for 246 net passing yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. the Bears. They are fielding a suspect unit right now.

The Raiders' attack hasn't been stellar, but neither is the Bears' D - this matchup looks about even to us.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Both of these divisional rivals are on losing streaks coming into this first grudge match of the year - Oakland has lost two straight games to land at 4-4, and San Diego has lost three to land at 4-4. The winner of this one will be atop the AFC West where three teams are knotted at 4-4 (K.C. is the third) and Denver is lurking at 3-5 at the season's midpoint. This is a key game for both teams, as you can see.

'I think we did really well with the things we worked on during the bye,' Jacoby Ford (six targets for 5/105/1 receiving last week) said after the game vs. Denver. 'He [Carson Palmer] knew where he wanted the ball to be and I knew where I needed to be for us to make the completions.' Palmer completed 19 of 35 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns in his first start as a Raider last week, but he also threw three interceptions. 'There's still some things I'm a little bit off on and a little bit rusty on, some things I'm not quite comfortable with, but that's what I expected,' Palmer said. 'I didn't expect to come in this week and just feel 100 percent and ready to rock 'n' roll with everything. It's kind of par for the course with where I am in this offense.' Denarius Moore garnered the most targets last week (12 for 4/61/0), while Marcel Reece (five for 3/51/1) and Michael Bush (three for 2/33/1) also found the end zone. Newly acquired T. J. Housmandzadeh had four passes come his way but only snagged one for 28 yards in his first game as a Raider. The Oakland passing attack is still searching for it's rhythm as of week two of the Palmer experience.

The Chargers' pass D was shattered for four TDs by Aaron Rodgers last week (21/26 for 232 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions), and they coughed up 19/32 for 247 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Matt Cassel and company in the OT loss at K.C. two weeks ago. To date, the team is ranked fourth in the NFL in terms of average yards allowed per game (191.6), but they've been well above that mark during the past few weeks. The Chargers have allowed the large sum of 15 passing scores so far this year, vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the league) and 17 sacks (21st) generated. Oakland is acutally second in the NFL with just 10 sacks allowed so far this year, so Palmer should have time in the pocket this week.

Palmer is still in the 'crash course' part of his new job, but the Chargers have looked vulnerable of late, and don't bring a lot of pressure to bear on opposing QBs. We'll call this one fairly even given all the changes that the Raiders are juggling entering week 10.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Terrelle Pryor can run the ball well (63/485/1 rushing this year), but he isn't as polished as a passer, with 121/198 for 1,437 yards passing, five TDs and nine interceptions thrown over the first half of the season. He pitched 22/41 for 288 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions before tweaking his knee vs. Philadelphia and exiting the game - he continues to rely mainly on Rod Streater (six targets for 5/98/0 receiving) and Denarius Moore (11 for 5/82/0). Pryor does seem to like throwing at Rashad Jennings, in now for the oft-injured Darren McFadden (Jennings had 10 for 7/74/0 last week).

The Giants' pass D averages 242.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs allowed vs. seven interceptions generated (tied for 19th in the NFL) and a mere 10 sacks generated (dead last in the NFL). This group doesn't put much pressure on opposing passers, though the combo of Michael Vick and Matt Barkley didn't fare too well back in Week eight (23/35 for 152 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -36 yards lost. Josh Freeman was awful two games ago but that was more about him being rushed into the lineup than anything the Giants did.

On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup with neither side having a clear edge over the other.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Eagles OL is not protecting Donovan McNabb very well at all, ranking 2nd in the NFL in sacks allowed (30), with many more QB pressures given up to opposing rushers. The lack of time is creating a situation where McNabb is dumping off a lot of short throws to Brian Westbrook, and limiting the production of the Eagles receivers - last week, Reggie Brown (2/55/0) and Kevin Curtis (5/51/0) led the team in receiving at the WR position, but RB Brian Westbrook led the team (14/90/0). Hank Baskett caught the lone TD that McNabb threw (3/28/1). McNabb managed 27/46 for 250 net yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions passing last week - not bad numbers, but pretty far from excellent.

The Redskins are tied for 12th in the NFL with 20 sacks to their credit this year - look for Washington to pin their ears back and get after McNabb in a big way on Sunday. The team is 18th in the NFL averaging 215.6 net pass yards allowed per game, with 9 pass TDs given away, vs. 8 interceptions generated to date. Last week, the 'Skins allowed 23/42 for 214 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to the Jets' new starter Kellen Clemens.

McNabb needs some help from his pass blockers - in FedEx Field, this looks like a fairly even matchup between Philly and Washington. He'll be chased around a good bit, but will likely have opportunities to move the ball downfield against the so-so Washington secondary.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Michael Vick was frustrated by the Bears' defensive scheme on Monday Night Football, with 21/38 for 213 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception to his credit during the 24-30 loss (Vick rushed for 5/34/0 during the contest). He's been inconsistent as a passer over the last three games, with a 58.1% completion rate at Washington three weeks ago (18/31 for 237 yards, one TD and one interception); then a nice 75% rate vs. Dallas two weeks ago (21/28 for 279 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) before regressing back to 55.3% vs. Chicago this week. Five players have seen 12 or more targets during those three games: Brent Celek (27 for 18/196/2); DeSean Jackson (20 for 8/93/0); Jeremy Maclin (19 for 12/218/1); LeSean McCoy (12 for 9/74/0); and Jason Avant (12 for 10/122/0). Jackson has been a problem lately, with a mere 40% reception percentage - he needs to improve that number dramatically during the second half of the season.

The Cardinals' pass D is ranked 29th in the NFL, averaging 272 net yards allowed per game, with nine passing TDs given up over eight agmes, with six interceptions (tied for 21st in the league) and 20 sacks (tied for 11th) generated to date. Sam Bradford was limited to 23/36 for 233 net yards (four sacks taken), zero TDs and one interception last week; Joe Flacco put up 31/51 for 298 net yards (three sacks taken), zero TDs and one interception vs. the Cardinals two weeks ago. The Cardinals' pass D allows plenty of movement between the 20's, but they are tough to score on when the field is compressed (also, they've given up 11 rushing TDs, tied for worst in the league, so teams tend to run the ball in around the goal line).

Vick has been up and down in recent games, while the Cardinals are generous with yards but pretty stingy with pass TDs - this looks about even to us. McCoy and Vick may run in multiple TDs in this one, but don't expect multiple TD passes.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The entire wide receiving corps had just three catches from replacement quarterback Charlie Batch last week - otherwise, the passes went to TE Heath Miller (2/11/0) or the running backs. With only 9/16 for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to spread around, none of the Steelers compiled much in the way of receiving. Batch has been declared the starter again this week while Roethlisberger gets his scoped knee back into shape - don't expect a lot of fireworks out of the Steelers' aerial assault this week and you won't be disappointed.

Cleveland fields a mediocre pass D this season, averaging 210.3 passing yards allowed per game with 9 passing scores surrendered to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they average 185 passing yards allowed per game (they have only 3 sacks during those 3 games, by the way - Cleveland ranks 31st in the NFL with only 11 sacks all season long). The injury-ravaged Titans managed 18/42 for 235 yards, 1 TDs and 1 interception vs. Cleveland last week.

The Steelers' attack with Batch at the helm could best be described as very conservative, while the Browns are only mediocre at pass D - this one looks like an even matchup between underpowered units to us.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger threw until he was blue in the face on Sunday, tossing 38/54 for 433 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions, but he wasn't able to pull out a W for the Steelers. 5 players had more than 50 yards receiving, led by Hines Ward's 7/127/0 (Willie Parker caught the TD, with 7/67/1). However, as in week 8 vs. Oakland, the interceptions led to the team's downfall. Roethlisberger has thrown for 79/113 for 972 yards, 5 TDs and 7 interceptions over the past 3 weeks - his fantasy owners can't complain about a tame offense, anyway.

The Saints are 5th in the league in terms of passing yards allowed per game, with an average of 181.4 per contest, but they are near the bottom of the NFL with 14 TDs given up to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they have 5 sacks and 0 interceptions to boast of, but have held opposing passers to an average of 157 pass yards per game. They do some things well, but they don't shut down opposing QBs by any stretch of the imagination.

Roethlisberger is throwing the ball a lot lately - against the steady-but-unspectacular Saints' defense we think he has a neutral matchup to work through. The Saints haven't been generating much in the way of interceptions lately, which has been Roethlisberger's biggest problem over the last 2 weeks.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Both of these divisional rivals are on losing streaks coming into this first grudge match of the year - Oakland has lost two straight games to land at 4-4, and San Diego has lost three to land at 4-4. The winner of this one will be atop the AFC West where three teams are knotted at 4-4 (K.C. is the third) and Denver is lurking at 3-5 at the season's midpoint. This is a key game for both teams, as you can see.

Philip Rivers continues to struggle with turnovers - he's thrown seven in the last three games, vs. five TDs with 68/119 for 933 yards passing. Though some have speculated that Rivers must be hurt, he rebuffed that notion on Monday saying 'I appreciate everybody trying to come up with a theory,' Rivers said. 'I'm not hurt. I've thrown a handful of picks that I normally don't throw and I'll probably throw some more. There won't always be a reason why.' Vs. Green Bay last week he slung 26/46 for 375 net yards, four TDs and three interceptions, relying on his usual favorites Vincent Jackson (12 targets for 7/141/3) and Antonio Gates (11 for 8/96/1) to score the points, while Vincent Brown (six for 4/79/0) filled in for limping Malcom Floyd (who is also expected to miss this game thanks to his sore hip. Mike Tolbert was the other main target vs. the Packers, with nine chances for 4/59/0 receiving. Ryan Mathews is expected back in the mix for San Diego this week (he's a good receiver out of the backfield just like Tolbert is).

The Raiders' pass D wasn't tested much by Denver as they rolled to 299 yards rushing last week - but when Tebow threw he found pay dirt with 10/21 for 124 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. Matt Cassel threw 15/30 for 161 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions back in week seven when the Raiders were blanked 0-28 by the Chiefs. To date, Oakland ranks 20th in the NFL averaging 246.9 net yards allowed per game, with 14 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (18th) generated. San Diego is tied for 16th in the NFL with 19 sacks allowed to date.

A troubled-but-still-dangerous QB faces off with a mediocre divisional foe in this contest - that sounds about even to us. Also, the Raiders' rush D has been terrible of late, so we may see Rivers handing off the ball to Mathews and Tolbert a lot in this game.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck was under center the last time these teams faced off (week 6), and tossed 19/34 for 268 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions during the contest. Since then, he sprained the MCL in his knee and has been sidelined for a few weeks - Seneca Wallace has led the team capably in his absence, most recently to a 16-0 victory over the punchless Raiders on Monday Night Football (Wallace threw for 18/30 for 176 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions). Over the past 3 weeks, Wallace has 47/85 for 508 yards, 4 TDs and 4 interceptions to his credit, with 30 targets for 15/236/2 going to Darrell Jackson; 21 targets for 10/166/1 headed Deion Branch's way, and 15 for 11/120/1 heading to D.J. Hackett. Jerramy Stevens also grabbed a score during that span, with 10 targets for 3/20/1.

St. Louis didn't slow down the San Diego juggernaut last week, giving up 15/23 for 206 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Philip Rivers (and 35/216/3 to San Diego rushers led by LaDainian Tomlinson). They average 205.3 passing yards allowed per game (12 passing TDs given up to date) - Rivers was right at that pace last week. So far St. Louis has 16 sacks and 8 interceptions to their credit which is in the middle of the NFL range in both categories - they are an average pass D that is neither dominant nor lacking.

This is a neutral matchup for Wallace and company.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alex Smith reflected aloud on his poor game last week (17/38 for 149 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions vs. the Falcons), saying on Tuesday "I'd like to have six throws back (including his three interceptions). I look back and think what could have been. No excuses. You've got to hit those plays if you want to win games." The problem for fantasy owners, of course, is that Smith hasn't been able to hit the necessary throws since injuring his shoulder. Vernon Davis did snag 7/77/0 last week, one of his best showings this season, but with 0 TDs to go around none of the 49ers have been exciting of late. Smith has 1 TD thrown and 3 interceptions thrown since returning to the lineup.

The Seahawks' pass D is of the bend-but-don't-break variety, with an average of 231.6 pass yards allowed per game (25th in the NFL), but only 5 pass TDs given away to date (best in the NFL in this category). They have 9 interceptions and 23 sacks to their credit - the Seattle D is of the high-pressure, gambling variety. Derek Anderson threw for 29/48 for 364 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Seattle D last week. Yards are easy to come by vs. Seattle, but TDs are not.

Alex Smith hasn't been able to make many throws lately, but he should have a decent shot at nice yardage totals vs. the giving Seattle secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alex Smith hit three season highs vs. the Titans last week - he threw for the most completions to date (29), and the most yards this year (286) - unfortunately, he also chucked a season-high three interceptions. When the dust settled, Smith had 29/45 for 286 yards, two TDs and the afore-mentioned three interceptions on his box score. However, Smith's chemistry with Vernon Davis continued uninterrupted (11 targets for 10/102/0 receiving) - Davis is the #1 fantasy TE in the last four weeks (PPR format), with 210/215/4 to his credit over three games. Michael Crabtree managed 3/30/0 out of eight chances last week, with 14/167/0 receiving over the last four weeks. Smith has elevated the entire San Francisco attack despite his miscues last week.

Chicago's secondary got banged up last week - starting CB Charles Tillman and starting SS Al Afalava suffered first-half shoulder injuries and did not return to action during the game - neither Afalava or SS Kevin Payne (back injury) were practicing on Tuesday, the 10th. With just two days to go until this Thursday game, it looks like the center of the Chicago secondary will be short-handed this week, although it appears that Tillman will be able to play at CB. The Bears have given up the fourth-most passing TDs to date this year (16), while generating eight interceptions (tie - 10th in the NFL) and only 16 sacks (tie - 23rd in the NFL). They are 12th in the NFL averaging 206.5 net passing yards allowed per game; over the past four weeks, the team has surrendered 748 net passing yards (187 per game on average). However, Arizona's Kurt Warner roasted them for 22/32 for 256 net yards, five TDs and zero interceptions (Matt Leinart threw an interception on his only pass of the game).

Both Smith and the Bears stumbled in this phase of the game last week - this looks like a fairly even matchup for the early Thursday game.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This clash between the NFC East-leading and NFC West-leading teams will likely have serious playoff implications when it comes to playoff seeding time in January - the 49ers are in command of the NFC West (though they've played and won just one divisional game, they are 7-1 while Seattle is next-closest at 2-6 on the season). The Giants seized control of the NFC East by upsetting the Patriots last week - they are now 6-2 with Dallas next closest at 4-4, though the Giants are currently just 1-1 in division and have a lot of NFC East games ahead in the next eight games.

The 49ers are optimizing Alex Smiths' skill set - he's thrown 49/80 (a 61.3 completion percentage) for 502 yards, three TDs and one interception over the last three weeks, with 29 for 19/182/1 receiving flowing to number one target Michael Crabtree (he's seen 17 more targets than the next-closest receiver, Vernon Davis, with 12 for 9/76/0). Braylon Edwards has been targeted ten times since he got back in action two weeks ago (6/72/0). Last week, Smith tossed 17/24 for 200 yards, one TD and zero interceptions with five targets for 5/51/0 going to Crabtree, seven for 4/41/0 to Davis, three for 2/30/0 to Edwards, and also one pass for 30 yards and a TD to fullback Bruce Miller.

The Giants' pass D is ranked 17th in the NFL averaging 238.5 net yards allowed per game, but they have allowed less passing TDs (nine) than interceptions generated (10, tied for seventh in the NFL) while throwing down for a league-best 28 sacks. San Francisco is in the middle of the NFL range with 19 sacks allowed (tied for 16th in the NFL). Tom Brady bombed the secondary for 28/49 yielding 332 net yards (two sacks), two TDs and two interceptions thrown last week; Matt Moore was limited to 13/22 for 101 net yards (five sacks taken), zero TDs and one interception at New York two weeks ago. As you can see, the Giants have yo-yo'd in this phase of the game in recent weeks.

Two mediocre units cross swords in this matchup - that sounds about even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Marc Bulger ripped up the Seahawks for 26/40 for 336 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception during their last matchup, back in week 5 - but since then Bulger has been sidelined due to a shoulder injury. The Rams are tied for 7th in the NFL with 24 sacks allowed to date, a factor contributing to Bulger's mid-season injury. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Bulger, Torry Holt (sprained knee) and Isaac Bruce (turf toe) were all back on the practice field on Monday after a week of rest and recuperation during the Ram's bye. "We're probably about as healthy right now as we've been all year long." interim head coach Joe Vitt said after the practice. It sounds like the Rams will come into this game with their "A" personnel in place.

The Seahawks' pass D has been stuck in the middle of the NFL pack this season, allowing an average of 203.1 yards per contest (16th in the NFL) and surrendering a total of 10 passing scores to date. They have 27 sacks this season, though (tied for 2nd in the NFL), with 9 sacks over the past 2 games (3 weeks) - considering the porous nature of the Ram's OL, expect to see the Seahawks bringing a lot of pressure to bear against Bulger this week. Kurt Warner tossed 29/48 for 334 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions against this group last week as the Cardinals chased the Rams from behind all day last Sunday. Overall, the Seahawks play decent pass defense, but they do have weaknesses that opposing QBs can exploit.

The Rams had a lot of success against the Seahawks during their first game this year, they are well-rested and have their "A" players back in the lineup. Meanwhile, the Seahawks hold home-field advantage and will bring a lot of pressure to bear on the opposition. We feel this is a pretty even matchup, with both sides having areas of weakness that the other can exploit.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Marc Bulger was limited to 16/33 for 186 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions by the Cardinals last week - he hit Derek Stanley (1/80/1) and Torry Holt (6/58/1) for the TDs, but didn't get anybody else over 26 yards receiving (Donnie Avery, 3/26/0). Bulger only took 2 sacks (the Rams have handed over 26 to date, among the most in the NFL), but his temporary vacation from getting drilled didn't translate to big numbers last week.

The Jets have notched 29 sacks this year (3rd in the NFL), and planted Trent Edwards 5 times last week - Bulger must be up nights heading into this contest, friends. However, the secondary hasn't clamped down on opposing passers despite the strong pass rush, with an average of 236.4 net yards allowed per game (Edwards had 24/35 for 262 yards, 1 TD and 2 TDs last week after subtracting the 5 sacks worth of yards), and 11 passing TDs given up vs. 7 interceptions generated to date. The Jets have given away 703 passing yards in the last 3 weeks (234.3 yards per game on average). Despite the strong pass rush, this is a sub-par unit as a whole.

The Rams are visiting the Jets, which adds the 12th man to the picture on the part of the D - this matchup looks pretty even from where we are sitting, although Bulger is sure to absorb a lot of hits on Sunday.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Austin Davis did just enough to eke out a three-point win over the 49ers in Santa Clara - 13/24 for 105 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with one sack for -3 yards) isn't going to win many games in either the NFL or fantasy circles (and we'd bet teams that started Davis last weekend had a rough time in fantasy leagues). Davis was also held under 200 yards passing at Kansas City two weeks ago (15/25 for 160 yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with seven sacks taken for -44 yards). Given that the Rams have scored 20 points over the last two games (with two TD passes during that span), we're not excited about the receivers on this team right now - running back Benny Cunningham led the team in receiving last week with three targets for 3/38/0, and Kenny Britt grabbed the only TD with four targets for 2/32/1. Yawn.

The Cardinals' much-maligned pass D handled Brandon Weeden with aplomb, holding the Cowboys to 18/33 for 174 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions with one sack for -9 yards (the TD to Dez Bryant came at 1:08 in the fourth quarter when Dallas was down by 18 points - it was a meaningless score except to fantasy owners). However, two weeks ago Nick Foles cranked out 36/62 for 411 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions at Arizona with zero sacks taken - the Cardinals have been up and down over the past two games, as one would expect from the league's 32nd-ranked pass D averaging 286.8 net yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs given up vs. 12 interceptions (tied-first in the NFL) but only eight sacks (tied for next-to-last in the NFL).

Two struggling units face off in this one - neither seems to have the edge over the other.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Nick Foles is in care-taker mode this year for the Rams - he's not gone over 200 yards passing in seven straight games, including last week's 18/33 for 168 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions generated at Minnesota last week. So far he's 30th in the NFL for fantasy points by a quarterback with 128/220 for 1,478 yards passing, seven TDs and five interceptions thrown though he's played in all eight games. There simply isn't much fantasy juice to be had here, though Tavon Austin's 'slash' role on the team has produced some good weeks (8/66/0 rushing with seven targets for 4/15/0 receiving last week, for example). Stedman Bailey has been lost for a four-game suspension due to another failed marijuana test - the Rams' receiving corps has been thinned entering the second half of the season.

The Bears' pass D is ranked fifth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (220.2), but they've allowed over four times as many TDs (17) as interceptions generated (four, tied for next-to-last in the NFL). The team only has 14 sacks this year (tied for 25th in the NFL). On balance this is a mediocre-to-sub-par pass D. Last week, Philip Rivers threw 26/42 for 262 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. Chicago; Teddy Bridgewater managed 17/30 for 180 net yards passing, one TD and one interception at Chicago two games ago.

This is a neutral matchup for the glacial St. Louis passing attack.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh Freeman tossed a couple of picks at Atlanta, with 11/22 for 189 yards, two TDs to go along with the turnovers - he rushed for 4/26/0 in the contest as well. It was the first time since week two that Freeman threw for more than one TD - interestingly, he was at Carolina in week two - the same team he'll face in week 10. Over the past four weeks, his favorite targets are Mike Williams (35 targets for 17/321/2 receiving), Kellen Winslow (26 for 16/123/0) and Cadillac Williams (23 for 19/132/1) - Michael Spurlock has made some big plays in limited chances with 11 targets for 8/111/1 receiving, and Arrelious Benn has averaged 21.2 yards per reception with his rare chances (seven targets for 4/85/1). Williams is probably the best fantasy play out of the bunch (25th-ranked fantasy WR over the past four weeks in PPR leagues).

If only the Panthers had an offense, they'd have a shot in this game. The team has only given away 936 total yards to opposing offenses over the past three games, with a mere 610 net passing yards allowed over that time span. Drew Brees did generate 27/43 for 243 net yards, two TDs and one interceptions last week though, on the way to a 34-3 thumping of Carolina. Not much is going right for the Panthers right now - they'll have a rookie QB under center this week and may be down to their third-string RB, so the defense may be on the field a lot again this week (New Orleans held the ball for 34:41 last week).

Freeman is a steady-Eddie type of QB this year, while the Panthers' pass D is perhaps their team's best unit - this looks fairly even to us, though Freeman did enjoy a solid game against Carolina early in the year.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Vince Young has not looked strong in the passing game since his return from a quad injury - he posted 14/23 for 110 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions last week (8/25/1 rushing) as a follow up to 6/14 for 42 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions during week 8. Even the return of Brandon Jones to the lineup (0 catches last week, but 1/18/0 rushing) hasn't helped Young back to his usual mediocre passing numbers. Right now, there isn't much reason to be starting a Titan pass receiver, as Young's struggles are rendering them useless in fantasy terms. Bo Scaife led the team with 6/35/0 receiving last week, for example.

The Jags are pretty generous with passing yards between the 20s, averaging 246.1 net yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL), but they don't hand out TDs like Halloween candy (only 8 surrendered to date, vs. 8 interceptions generated). They are tied for 12th in the NFL with 20 sacks to date (the Titans have only allowed 14 sacks this year, though). Last week, Drew Brees tore up the Jacksonville secondary, with 35/49 for 435 net passing yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions - the Jaguars are definitely back on their heels entering this contest.

A bad passing attack faces a poor pass D in this game - with home field advantage at the Titans back, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Titans decided to reach out and grab Randy Moss off the waiver wire during their week nine bye - obviously, the mix at WR is likely to look a lot different in week ten than it did in week eight (Nate Washington led the team in receiving during week eight, with four targets for 117 yards and one TD). Moss is listed as the starter opposite Washington as of Tuesday, November ninth. Kenny Britt is out for an extended period of time due to a severe hamstring injury (six-to-eight weeks is the word as of week 10) - Moss and Washington will be the featured tandem in the second half of the season. Vince Young was in an ankle boot after the game vs. San Diego (Young threw 10/21 for 253 yards and two TDs with zero interceptions before being forced from the game) - if Young can't practice later this week Kerry Collins will pitch the pigskin in week 10 (he's put up 53/87 for 587 yards, five TDs and three interceptions over four appearances this season).

The Dolphins' pass D is so-so entering the second half of the season, with an average of 213.9 net yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), and 12 passing scores given away vs. just five interceptions generated so far (tied for 26th in the NFL). The team does have 21 sacks this year, though - tied for 10th in the NFL - but Tennessee has allowed just 15 sacks through eight games. Joe Flacco had no trouble throwing the ball at this group, with 20/27 for 266 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week. Carson Palmer managed two TDs in week eight, with 17/38 for 156 net yards and one interception also on his stat sheet.

The Titans have a shiny new weapon in Moss, but it remains to be seen how well he's been integrated into the system over the bye week. The so-so Dolphins have their home crowd making noise for Young/Collins this week - this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jason Campbell hasn't been lighting up the scoreboard of late, with only 1 TD in his last 3 games played, vs. 3 interceptions. He's ranged from 95 yards passing to 197 yards passing during that 3 game span, with 12/23 for 142 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Jets last week. Chris Cooley (4/58/0) and Santana Moss (4/49/0) were the top receivers for Campbell last week. The 'Skins passing attack is sputtering a the season's midpoint.

The Eagles got Brian Dawkins back in the saddle last week, but lost Lito Sheppard to injury (again) - when the game was all said and done last week, Tony Romo had piled up 20/25 for 324 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Eagles. They are currently 21st in the NFL averaging 224.5 pass yards allowed per game, with 9 passing TDs given up vs. 6 interceptions generated. The Eagles are tied for 5th in the NFL with 24 sacks to date (the 'Skins give Campbell decent protection most weeks, though, with only 1 sacks allowed to date).

Campbell and company need to jump start their production - against the Eagles' mediocre pass D, this looks like a neutral matchup between ho-hum squads from where we sit.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb (both hamstrings are sore/injured) is doing better, according to head coach Mike Shanahan on Tuesday, November ninth. McNabb, however, did not have to go through a hard practice Monday the eighth, so his hamstrings were not tested fully. Shanahan said McNabb is feeling better, but the injury problem still exists. The team hopes he will continue to improve and not suffer any setbacks. McNabb is expected to start vs. Philadelphia this week for an intense divisional rivalry game with added spice as McNabb will once again face the team that let him go in the offseason in this game. He didn't impress us the first time he played Philadelphia, with 8/19 for 125 yards, one TD and one interception (with 5/39/0 rushing), but he was good enough for the Redskins to notch a 'W' in week four. He was benched prior to the teams' week nine bye due to conditioning concerns in the Detroit game - McNabb managed 17/30 for 210 yards, one TD and one interception during that game. His backup Rex Grossman put up 4/7 for 44 yards during the game off the bench. Anthony Armstrong (six targets for 3/92/0 receiving) led the team in receiving at Detroit, followed by Santana Moss (10 for 6/56/0) and Chris Cooley (seven for 4/48/0). Ryan Torain snagged the lone TD pass in week eight (3/19/1).

Philadelphia plays a high-pressure style of pass D, bringing 13 interceptions and 24 sacks into this contest (tied for third in the NFL and tied for fifth, respectively). They've averaged 214.9 net yards allowed per game so far (15th in the NFL), and they've also handed over 14 TDs in the first half of the season - though Philly brings a lot of pressure to bear on opposing QBs, they are also vulnerable to the long ball due to their aggressiveness breaking on the football. Peyton Manning hit them for 31/52 yielding 276 net yards, one TD and two interceptions last week (that was the first time this year he'd thrown multiple interceptions); Kerry Collins racked up 17/31 for 253 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions in his week seven clash with the Eagles.

McNabb has some injury worries coming into week 10, and the Eagles know his tendencies very well - this looks like a fairly even matchup to us before the fact.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Coach Green continues to rotate his QBs freely, hinting early in the week that Kurt Warner's 334 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions weren't enough to cement his hold on the top job for this week's game. With Anquan Boldin out and his replacement Bryant Johnson running hot-and-cold (he dropped way too many balls last week, but did manage to snag one of his scoring opportunities - 6/66/1), only Larry Fitzgerald stands out as a guy to start among the players on this unit - he has amassed 16/209/1 over the past 3 weeks (17th among all fantasy WRs during that span) and has been targeted 35 times during that span.

The Lions allowed 15/22 for 136 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to the conservative Brad Johnson last week - it wasn't an embarrassing performance, but they didn't shut the Vikings down by any stretch of the imagination, either. This year, the team averages 186.1 passing yards allowed per game, 10th in the NFL, but are in the middle of the NFL pack with 11 passing scores given away to date. However, over the past 3 weeks they have averaged only 131.6 passing yards allowed per game, and have notched 9 sacks against opposing passers (they are tied for 12th in the NFL with 21 total sacks this season - almost half coming over the past 3 weeks). The Cardinals have coughed up 26 sacks to date, 5th-most in the NFL so far - the Lions' pass rushers will make trouble for the Cardinal's QB this week.

The Cardinals' unit is down a starting WR, is in turmoil at the QB position, and has been less-than-stellar during recent weeks. Meanwhile the Lions are getting stronger in this phase of the game and they have the personnel to exploit the Cardinals' obvious weakness at pass-blocking - plus, the Lions have the 12th man behind them this week. Advantage, Detroit.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Leinart had a long day vs. the Packers during week 8, getting sacked 4 times en route to a 14/35 for 157 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception performance and a 31-14 loss. He hit Troy Walters (5/54/1) and Anquan Boldin (4/47/0) for the bulk of the yardage during the game - he didn't light the fantasy world on fire by any stretch of the imagination. This week, his much-missed WR Larry Fitzgerald should return to partial action after testing his healing hamstring in practices, but early in the week, coach Green stated that Fitzgerald may only play about 50% of the time if he's cleared to play vs. Dallas. Watch to see if that changes later in the week. Fitzgerald could help spur the offense if he's available come Sunday.

The Cowboys rank 10th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (191.1), but are tied for second in the league with only 7 passing scores handed over to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they gave up an average of 161.3 passing yards per game, with 6 sacks and 2 interceptions in 3 games - pretty stout play on the part of Dallas lately. Mark Brunell tossed 14/23 for 192 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. the 'Boys last week, which is right on their top-ten pace. The Cowboy's pass D is above average to great, depending on the week in question.

This looks like a tough matchup for Leinart and company, despite their home-field advantage.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

John Skelton (20/35 for 222 yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing last week) played well enough to keep the Cardinals close to the Rams, and in overtime Patrick Peterson ran back a punt 99 yards for a game-winning score to put the Cardinals over the top last week, 19-13. Skelton relied on the usual cast of receivers during week nine, with 12 targets for 4/43/1 flowing to Larry Fitzgerald, seven for 5/55/0 going to Andre Roberts, and six for 6/78/0 landing with Early Doucet. As Kevin Kolb looks very iffy for the matchup with his old team as of mid-week - his turf toe injury is still a significant issue for Kolb - it is likely that Skelton will start again for the Cardinals in week 10. So far, he's doubled the team's tally of wins to two, so there isn't much downside for the Cardinals with this situation.

The Eagles handed over 18/32 for 208 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Jay Cutler last week, after giving up 18/35 for 182 net yards, one TD and one interception to Tony Romo two weeks ago - the big difference from week nine compared to week eight was that Romo was sacked four times by the Eagles, while Cutler took zero sacks and zero hits during the Chicago victory. The lack of pass pressure on Cutler allowed the Bears to salt away the victory during the fourth quarter on Monday night. Currently the Eagles are ninth in the NFL averaging 211.8 net yards allowed per game, but they have given away a hefty 14 passing TDs over eight contests, with eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 22 sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL) to date.

Skelton did a workmanlike job vs. the Rams, but given that Arizona is 29th in the NFL with 27 sacks allowed through eight games, he'll likely feel some heat from the wounded Eagles on Sunday. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Cardinals.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer comes off the bye week with his trio of wide receivers (hopefully) ready for the second half of the season - Michael Floyd has returned to health over the first half of the year and went into the bye week off eight targets for 4/106/1 receiving at Cleveland, while John Brown sat out that game due to sore hamstrings but is expected to be back in action during Week 10. Larry Fitzgerald continues his comeback season and had 11 targets for 9/84/1 receiving at Cleveland before the bye - Palmer slung 23/38 for 374 yards passing, four TDs and one interception during the dismantling of Cleveland two weeks ago. It's all good for the Cardinals' passing attack entering Week Ten, they are on a big-time roll.

The Seahawks' secondary clamped down at Dallas in Week Eight (they were on bye last week, too), limiting Matt Cassel to 13/26 yielding 91 net yards passing for zero TDs or interceptions, one week after dominating Colin Kaepernick to the tune of 81 net yards passing and zero TDs after sacking him six times for -43 yards. Entering Week 10 the Seahawks are playing shut-down pass D.

Advantage, Seattle, who will have their vociferous home-field crowd at their backs on Sunday Night Football for this key divisional contest.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

ARI Injuries: none
DET Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

After two solid games throwing the ball, Michael Vick's numbers (and his receivers) regressed last week, when he tossed 17/32 for 163 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions (with 10/80/0 rushing). However, Atlanta receivers dropped at least 6 passes that were placed on their hands, including 2 potential big gainers put on the turf by Alge Crumpler. Vick's numbers were down, but he was not the root of the problem last week. Crumpler did lead the Falcons with 4/47/1 during the game despite his drops. Ashley Lelie was 2nd on the team with 2/35/0. Vick has compiled 55/90 for 686 yards, 8 TDs and 4 interceptions over the past 3 games (24/175/0 rushing), placing him 3rd in fantasy points per game during that span. This week, we'll see if last week was just an isolated bad game or the beginning of a downward spiral for Vick.

The Browns rank 6th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, with an average of 181.6 given up, while handing over 7 passing scores to date (tied for 2nd-least in the NFL). They have 6 sacks and 4 interceptions over the past 3 weeks, while averaging 164.3 passing yards allowed per game. Phillip Rivers tossed 19/28 for 211 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. the Browns last week. They are a wet blanket in this phase of the game.

Vick came back down to earth after two impressive games last week, while the Browns continue to play solidly vs. opposing passers. We think this game is a tough matchup for Vick as a passer and the receiving corps.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joey Harrington turned in a pedestrian showing vs. the 49ers, with 14/25 for 138 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception during the victory (4/14/0 rushing during the game). As usual, Roddy White led the team in receiving, with 3/55/0 to his credit - Michael Jenkins (2/31/0) and Joe Horn (4/23/0) provided most of the rest of the receiving yards last week. TE Alge Crumpler missed the game due to his sore knee and ankle - Crumpler owners will want to pay attention to his practice participation/injury status on Friday. It has been 4 weeks since Harrington threw a TD, and he's tossed at least 1 interception in 3 of his last 4 appearances - he's been in a slump lately.

The Panthers' pass D is in the middle of the NFL pack this season, with an average of 210.9 net yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL), and 7 pass TDs surrendered (vs. 7 interceptions generated). The defensive line hasn't done much in the way of pass pressure this year, with a mere 7 sacks to date (tied for last in the NFL). They have ping-ponged around their average in recent weeks, with 159 net yards given up in week 6, 264 allowed in week 8, and then 14/23 for 96 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions allotted to Vince Young and the Titans last week.

Harrington and company have been very unimpressive over the last few weeks, while the Panthers have been all over the map. With the home-field advantage at Carolina's back, we think they have an edge over the injury-riddled Atlanta team.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Ryan bombed the Panthers for 21/27 for 220 yards, three TDs and one interception back in week two, hitting all the usual suspects in the process - Tony Gonzalez recorded seven targets for 7/71/1; Roddy White turned ten targets into 6/53/1;, Marty Booker hauled in 2/42/0 out of three chances; and Michael Jenkins was fourth on the team with 3/33/0 receiving on four targets. Jason Snelling handled the third TD for Ryan (1/10/1). It was learned Tuesday that backup WR Brian Finneran suffered an undisclosed knee injury during the team's Week 9 game. Head coach Mike Smith was not sure if Finneran re-injured his rebuilt right knee that kept him out of football for two seasons - the team is evaluating his injury and will know more as the week goes along.

Ryan has been struggling to play consistently in the past few weeks, with 19/42 for 289 yards, one TD and three interceptions thrown vs. New Orleans two weeks ago, and 17/24 for 135 yards, one TD and one interception to his credit last week. Over the past four weeks, he's the 20th-ranked fantasy QB in the land with 74/134 for 807 yards, six TDs and eight interceptions thrown. His three main targets during that time frame are (as usual) Roddy White (35 targets for 17/241/3); Tony Gonzalez (31 for 19/219/2); and Michael Jenkins (20 for 9/108/0). Nobody else on the team has seen more than six targets during those four weeks.

Carolina's pass defense has slipped out of the top five in the past two weeks as they've faced first Kurt Warner (27/46 for 226 net yards, two TDs and five interceptions) and then Drew Brees last week (24/35 for 330 net yards, one TD and one interception). They've generated a lot of turnovers lately, with six interceptions in the last two weeks and seven interceptions with three fumble recoveries in the past four weeks, while averaging 197.75 net yards allowed per game (their season average is 181.8 net yards per contest, with 10 total passing scores allowed vs. nine interceptions and 18 sacks to date). On balance, this is a good but not outstanding unit.

Ryan has been in a slump of late, and against the solid Panthers in Bank of America Stadium, he's likely to continue to struggle - advantage, Carolina.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Ryan was hot going into the week eight bye, with five TDs and two interceptions thrown in weeks six and seven - however, he slowed down a notch vs. Tampa Bay in week nine, with 24/36 for 235 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to his credit. The usual suspects led the team in receiving after the bye, with 11 targets flowing to Tony Gonzalez (8/72/0), followed by Roddy White (six for 4/49/0), Michael Jenkins (four for 2/55/0 receiving) and Jason Snelling (five for 5/24/0). Old veteran Brian Finneran posted 3/24/0 receiving out of his five targets. While Ryan didn't blow the doors off anybody's fantasy matchups last week, he still enjoyed a steady, productive outing. One item to monitor later this week in Footballguys.com's players in the news - Roddy White (sore knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, November 10th, and is listed as questionable for Week 10 at midweek.

The Ravens went into their bye week off a 37-34 OT scare at the hands of Buffalo during week seven (29/43 for 382 net yards (zero sacks), four TDs and two interceptions handed over to Ryan Fitzpatrick), but returned to solid play in week nine while en route to a 26-10 result over Miami (22/34 for 216 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions allowed last week). Newly-returned FS Ed Reed now leads the Ravens in interceptions after just two games played, collecting his third of the season in the teamís 26-10 win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. 'I was in the right spot at the right time,' Reed said. 'I caught it, and I just took it down.' To date, the Ravens average 206 net yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), with eight passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions and 14 sacks generated (they are in the middle of the NFL in the latter two categories). The Ravens' pass D is solid most of the time, despite the embarrassing showing vs. Buffalo.

Ryan and company are a good, solid unit his year, but so are the Baltimore pass defenders. In this prime-time NFL Network matchup, we think Ryan will have his hands full with Ed Reed and company - this is a tough matchup for Atlanta.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Flacco has watched his team lose four out of the last five games played - Flacco actually played fairly well at Cleveland with 24/41 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, despite taking five sacks for -27 yards and eight other hits during the game. Marlon Brown snagged both TDs with nine targets for 4/52/2 receiving at Cleveland, while Torrey Smith led the team in receiving with eight targets for 5/78/0. Given how poorly Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are running the football this year (they combined for 17/28/0 rushing last week, while Flacco led the team with 3/25/0 rushing), Flacco will be slinging the ball to Brown and Smith a whole lot during the second half of the season. 'Honestly, it's nothing complicated,' Brown explained after the game. 'On a couple of plays, Joe threw strikes and I ran a good route. Probably everyday in practice, I just see myself getting better at just one thing. If I just keep doing that, the sky is the limit from there.'

The Bengals' pass defense ranks 11th in the NFL averaging 221.1 net yards given up per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions (tied-19th in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied-10th) generated so far. Ryan Tannehill had 20/28 for 188 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown last week (three sacks taken for -20 yards) while the Jets' quarterbacks eked out 23/37 for 147 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -29 yards. Of late, the Bengals are playing shut-down football in this phase of the game.

Advantage, Cincinnati.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The early word is that E.J. Manuel has been cleared to fully practice as of 11/4/13. However, it is unclear if the Bills will put him back under center during week 10 - C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson (and company) just threw down 38/241/0 rushing on Kansas City last week, so there is little need to rush Manuel back under center if he's mainly going to hand off the football at Pittsburgh. Jeff Tuel (18/39 for 229 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown last week) is perfectly capable of handing the ball off as he showed last week. He also hit Marquise Goodwin for a TD (four targets for 2/64/1 receiving) but unfortunately Goodwin suffered a hamstring injury late in the game. His status for Week 10 is murky as of mid-week - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on his practice status as we get closer to Sunday. Robert Woods (eight for 4/44/0) went down to a leg injury last week, too - the Bills are thin behind starter Stevie Johnson (seven targets for 5/36/0 receiving last week). Obviously, the passing attack of the Bills is in turmoil due to injuries and the uncertainties caused by the same.

The Steelers' pass D was horrid vs. New England last week, coughing up 23/33 for 413 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions to Tom Brady and company. Two games ago it was a totally different story with Terrelle Pryor tossing a mere 10/19 for 82 net yards passing, zero TDs thrown and two interceptions given away. To date, the Steelers' pass D ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 210.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with only nine passing scores given away so far vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for 27th in the NFL) and only 13 sacks (tied for 29th in the league) generated this year.

Most weeks, the Steelers' pass D is very tough - we expect a return to the better ways during week 10. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton has tossed six TDs and one interception over the past two games, posting 10/17 for 238 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions at the Jets (four sacks taken for -25 yards), and 31/43 283 yards passing, two TDs and one interception with six sacks taken for -38 yards vs Minnesota. The Bills went into the bye week with a 5-3 record, largely due to Orton's passing arm. Sammy Watkins has dominated the diet of targets of late, with 20 targets for 12/279/3 receiving during the past two games, followed by Robert Woods (eight for 7/60/1) and Scott Chandler (eight for 4/48/1). It's all good for the Bills in this phase of the game.

The Chiefs' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 199.4 net passing yarsd allowed per game, with 13 passing scores balanced by four interceptions and 27 sacks (tied for 26th- and third-ranked in the NFL, respectively) generated. Buffalo is tied for 25th in the NFL with 23 sacks allowed so far - Orton will have some guys in his face on Sunday. Most recently, the Jets threw 24/36 for 225 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions while taking three sacks for -10 yards on a visit to Arrowhead Stadium.

At Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo this weekend, we think this looks like a tough matchup for Orton and company.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Cam Newton (13/23 for 201 yards, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken) and Steve Smith (seven targets for 3/41/1 receiving) finally hooked up for a TD pass in Washington last week - it was Smith's first six-point play of they year. Armanti Edwards led the team in receiving yardage with a single 82-yard reception, while Greg Olsen led the team in targets (nine) and receptions (5/48/0). We'll see if Newton and Smith can build on their momentum during week 10 - Denver's 10th-ranked pass D is much more stingy than Washington's 31st-ranked unit.

Speaking of Denver, the Broncos average 221.0 net yards allowed per game, with 14 pass TDs surrendered to date, vs. eight interceptions (tied for 12th in the NFL) and 24 sacks (tied for sixth) generated so far this year. Carolina is in the middle of the NFL range with 17 sacks allowed to date (tied-14th). Andy Dalton tossed 26/42 for 275 net yards, one TD and one interception vs. Denver last week - he was also sacked five times for -24 yards - while Drew Brees managed 22/42 for 201 net yards, two TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -12 yards, two weeks ago. This is a solid pass D, but they don't shut people down completely.

Newton and Smith finally found pay dirt together last week, but this matchup is a tough draw for the Panthers' passing attack.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Cam Newton has been hot for his fantasy owners over the last three weeks, with 61/86 for 674 yards passing, four TDs and two interceptions thrown, with 25/98/2 rushing to his credit as well. Those totals put him at third among all fantasy quarterbacks over the past three weeks, friends, behind Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson. His top four targets over the past three games have been Steve Smith (23 targets for 13/163/1 receiving), Brandon LaFell (18 for 12/132/0), Greg Olsen (13 for 11/134/2), and Ted Ginn (11 for 8/124/0). Mike Tolbert (eight for 7/42/1) handled the remaining TD for Newton during the past three weeks. As you can see, Newton is spreading the love around among his receivers, leaving none of the wide receivers as a dominant fantasy play - Olsen was the fifth-best fantasy tight end during the specified three weeks, and should be starting for his fantasy owners based on his scoring potential.

The 49ers pass D ranks eighth in the NFL averaging 220.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 pass TDs given up vs. nine interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for 25th) generated this year. The return of premium pass rusher Aldon Smith from substance-abuse rehab is slated for this week, which should help boost the sack numbers going forwards - he may not start, but word is his conditioning is good and he should be inserted into the game shortly after kickoff. Chad Henne wasn't sacked at all by the 49ers two weeks ago in London (and Jacksonville is tied for 26th in the NFL with 28 sacks given away this year) as he passed for 29/45 yielding 228 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions - three weeks ago, Jake Locker threw 25/41 for 298 net yards, two TDs and one interception (with three sacks taken for -28 yards).

Newton and company face a tough defense that is getting back to full strength up front this week - advantage, San Francisco.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Cam Newton exploded for four TDs total last week against the Packers (15/30 for 297 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with 9/57/1 rushing) - he hit Jerricho Cotchery for 82 yards receiving (six targets for 3/82/0 receiving) while doling out the TDs to Devin Funchess (four for 3/71/1), Greg Olsen (seven for 4/66/1) and Corey Brown (four for 2/50/1). The Panthers' passing game is firing on all cylinders coming into Week 10.

The Titans' pass D coughed up 28/39 for 355 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception to the Saints last week, after allowing 23/35 for 214 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Texans two games ago. To date, the Titans are ranked third in the NFL averaging 217.5 net passing yards per game, with 15 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the league) and 22 sacks (tied for seventh) generated to date. Most weeks teams have totals closer to the Texans' when they face the Tennessee secondary.

Newton is hot, while the Titans had a rough outing last week - this still looks like a tough challenge for the Panthers, though.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brian Griese was awful at protecting the ball during his last outing, tossing 22/40 for 208 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions vs. the Lions. Greg Olsen started to come into his own as a pass catcher during that game, with 6/59/1 to his credit, followed by Bernard Berrian (4/45/0) and Adrian Peterson (6/41/0). Griese has thrown 6 interceptions and 5 TDs over his last 3 games - but he's been over 300 yards passing after 2 of those contests. His 4 interception showing vs. Detroit wasn't encouraging, but he's actually been a decent fantasy QB part of the time after taking on the offense in relief of Rex Grossman.

The Raiders' pass D is ranked 4th in the NFL allowing an average of 179 net yards per game, with 7 TDs surrendered and 12 interceptions generated to date. They are tied for 26th in the league with only 11 sacks, however. Backup Texan QB Sage Rosenfels hit Oakland for 11/19 for 181 net pass yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week (sacked 0 times). On balance, the Raiders' pass D is good, but not great.

Griese comes into this game off a bad performance, and will be looking to bounce back - but Oakland won't make that easy for Chicago. Advantage, Oakland.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

If the Bears are going to keep pace in the NFC North (and ruin Minnesota's hopes of a second-half comeback), they need to have a big game from Jay Cutler in week ten when the Vikings roll into Soldier Field. Cutler managed to stabilize his play in week nine after a bye week of rest and while visiting the 0-8 Bills, throwing 17/30 for 188 yards and two TDs, with zero interceptions to drag down his team. Back in week seven, Cutler was abused for four sacks, four interceptions, and eight other hits on the QB by the Redskins on the way to a 26/40 for 281 yards, one TD game (the Bears lost 14-17). During those two contests, Johnny Knox (17 targets for 9/135/1 receiving), Greg Olsen (12 for 6/72/1) and Earl Bennett (10 for 8/128/1) have accounted for Cutlers' TD throws - Devin Hester has converted 11 targets to 7/53/0 and as of week 10 the Bears are officially moving away from the Hester-as-lead-receiver experiment. Hester has seen his snaps at receiver reduced over the last few games because the team wants to keep him fresh for punt returns, according to local reports - he is not going to come back into prominence for the Bears as a receiver, it appears.

Minnesota's pass defenders have given up just two passing TDs in the last two games, with 16/27 for 172 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions alloted to Derek Anderson and company last week (with six sacks and 11 other hits on the QB); Tom Brady managed 16/27 for 240 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions two weeks ago (one sack and six QB hits). Of course, the Bears are the worst pass-blocking team in the NFL this year, with 32 sacks allowed to date, while the Vikings are trying to revive their pass rush which has just 12 sacks to date (but seven in the last two games). Jay Cutler will want to get rid of the ball quickly this week if he wants to survive this game. The Vikings are currently 10th in the NFL averaging 206.4 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing TDs given away vs. six interceptions generated.

Cutler will have to be sharp to elude the Vikings' pass rushers - this looks like a tough matchup for the Bears given their leaky offensive line.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler had a solid day passing the football in Detroit during week five (even though his team lost the game 13-24), with 28/38 for 249 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. Dane Sanzenbacher had ten targets for 6/64/0 during the game, followed by Sam Hurd (five for 4/50/0), Matt Forte (seven for 4/35/0), Devin Hester (seven for 5/32/0) and Kellen Davis (three for 3/25/1).

Since that game, Cutler has thrown 56/95 for 701 yards, five TDs and two interceptions, including his 18/32 for 208 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Philadelphia on Monday Night Football. Earl Bennett came back from a chest injury that cost him the better part of two months this past week and was a major factor at Philadelphia, with five targets for 5/95/1 receiving, followed by Roy Williams (six for 3/46/0), Matt Forte (five for 3/17/0), Johnny Knox (one for 1/14/0) and Matt Spaeth (two for 2/13/1). Bennett and Cutler had no trouble finding their usual chemistry against the talented Eagles' secondary.

The Lions' pass D ranks sixth in the NFL at the season's midpoint, averaging 193.6 net yards allowed per game. They have given up less TDs (nine) than interceptions generated (11, tied for fifth in the NFL), while posting 24 sacks to date (that's tied for fourth in the NFL). Tim Tebow was sacked seven times by the Lions two weeks ago (18/39 for 117 net yards, one TD and one interception), while Matt Ryan managed 20/34 for 199 net yards (three sacks taken) one TD and two interceptions at Detroit back in week seven. Detroit fields one of the best pass defenses in the NFL this year.

Cutler had a decent showing in the first game between these teams, and his offensive line has tightened up a lot since week five. However, the Lions' pass D is a very capable unit, which makes this a tough matchup for the home-team Bears on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler has had a lot of help from his teammates recently - the defense and special teams scored twice during the rout of Tennessee last week, for example - so Cutler's lack-luster yardage totals (229 yards passing last week; 186 two weeks ago; 150 three weeks ago) haven't really impacted the real-world bottom line of 'Ws' in the win-loss column. Last week, for the first time in three weeks, Cutler threw multiple TDs, with 19/26 for 229 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions. Brandon Marshall hogged all three TDs (10 targets for 9/122/3), delighting his fantasy owners - Matt Forte (two for 2/45/0) and Earl Bennett (eight for 4/22/0) were the other receivers over 20 yards last week. Marshall is the one Bears' receiver to own this year in fantasy circles (#1 fantasy wide receiver, with 59/797/7 receiving to his credit so far this year).

The Texans' pass D is fairly stingy this year, averaging 203.8 net yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs given up vs. nine interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 24 sacks generated (tied for sixth). The Bills posted 25/38 for 230 yards passing last week (zero TDs or interceptions), with three sacks taken for -9 yards. Joe Flacco was limited to 21/43 for 121 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -26 yards, back in week seven.

Cutler has been steadily productive but not exciting lately - he faces a very tough defensive team on Sunday Night Football. Advantage, Houston.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler had an up-and-down game vs the Packers back in Week 4, with 22/34 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. Alshon Jeffery (seven targets for 4/39/1 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (six for 2/19/1) handled the TD catches for Cutler during the 17-38 loss.

Cutler was also up and down at New England during Week 8, with 20/30 for 227 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, and three sacks taken for -18 yards. Martellus Bennett (seven targets for 6/95/1 receiving), Alshon Jeffery (eight for 5/59/1), and Matt Forte (eight for 6/54/1) handled the TDs for Cutler in that game. Chicago eventually lost 51-23.

The Packers' pass D is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 225.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions generated (tied for fourth in the NFL) - they also have 18 sacks to date (tied-18th). Drew Brees rocked this unit for 27/32 yielding 302 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) two weeks ago, though, while Cam Newton and company posted 22/39 for 223 net yards, two TDs and one interception (with three sacks taken for -25 yards) two games back.

On balance, this looks like a tough assignment for the visiting, divisional rivals - advantage, Green Bay. Also, the rushing matchup is favorable for the Bears so Cutler may hand the ball off to Forte a good bit in this one.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler engineered a win at San Diego on Monday Night Football, throwing 27/40 for 345 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown during the contest. He relied on the usual suspects, finding Alshon Jeffery (16 targets for 10/151/0 receiving) and Martellus Bennett (nine for 8/57/1), while incorporating new starting running back Jeremy Langford (four for 3/70/0) as well. The Bears' offense is on a mini-roll - we'll see if they can build on their momentum here in Week 10.

The Rams' pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 219.8 net passing yards allowed per game, while checking in at first in the NFL with just five passing scores given up all year. They have generated six interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 27 sacks (tied for second) - it's tough to move the ball on St. Louis in this phase of the game. Last week, the Vikings threw for 15/27 yielding 148 net passing yards, zero TDs and one interception against the Rams - two games ago the Rams dominated Colin Kaepernick (20/40 for 151 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions with three sacks taken for -11 yards).

This is a tough matchup for Cutler and company.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Frustration is mounting for the Bengals, who have scored 20 or less points during 4 of their last 5 games - Chad Johnson fumed after last week's 4/32/0 receiving performance "You have your best player, and you can't even get him the (expletive) ball. When Christmas comes around, I might as well be a hood ornament. Because all I've been so far is a decoration - a decoration sitting out there all pretty, ready for people to jump on. I haven't asked for the ball and I'm not going to complain. What, is (No.) 85 some kind of secret now? They know what I can do. But I'm selfish for trying to help us win? If I complain, I'm selfish for asking for the ball. I'm the individual."

Palmer has tossed 59/101 for 701 yards, 5 TDs and 2 interceptions during the past 3 weeks (15th best fantasy QB in the land), but Johnson has only seen 16/183/1 during that span, while T.J. Houshmandzadeh (16/197/2) and Chris Henry (7/160/1 in 2 games) have been more prominent during recent games. We'll see if the team refocuses their play calling on Johnson as a result of the ruckus, but in any event the slump in point production is depressing all of the Bengals' fantasy values right now. Palmer could only muster 12/26 for 195 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions last week (1 returned for a TD).

The Chargers are 8th in the league vs. opposing passers this season, averaging 183.8 yards allowed per game (10 passing scores handed over). They are first in the league with 31 sacks, including 5 inflicted on Charlie Frye (25/43 for 236 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception) last week and 10 sacks over the past 3 weeks. They are getting after QBs in a big way lately. The Bengals are in the top 10 teams in the league in sacks allowed (not a good stat), and the OL has been weakened by the absence of C Rich Braham and T Levi Jones - the Chargers have a definite weakness to exploit this week.

This looks like a tough matchup for the sputtering Bengals.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer helped put his team over the top vs. Pittsburgh in week three, with 20/37 for 183 yards, one TD and zero interceptions - the TD to Andre Caldwell came at :14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter (a 4-yard strike). With the news this week that Chris Henry has been lost for the rest of the season due to a badly-broken forearm, the Bengals will need Caldwell (6/52/1 receiving back in week three; 11/91/1 over the last four weeks) and Laveranues Coles (5/34/0 receiving in week three, 12/149/2 over the last four weeks) to step in as compliments to headliner Chad Ochocinco (5/54/0 receiving vs. Pittsburgh in week three, 20/287/2 over the last four weeks). Palmer has thrown for 63/92 for 716 yards, seven TDs and one interception over the past four weeks (eighth best fantasy QB during that time span), and comes into this contest hot.

The Steelers' pass D is currently 14th in the NFL, averaging 214.5 net yards allowed per game, with nine TDs given up vs. eight interceptions generated - the Steelers are currently fourth in the NFL with 23 sacks to their credit. It isn't easy to move the ball into the end-zone on the Steelers, who have only given up 11 total TDs (two rushing and nine passing) this season. The Steelers are averaging 206 net passing yards allowed per game over the last four weeks (three games), with six interceptions and eight sacks during that time frame. Kyle Orton was held to 23/38 for 215 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions on Monday Night Football - the Broncos didn't score an offensive TD during the game.

Palmer is hot, but the Steelers are no pushovers, and with their savvy, vocal 12th man behind the Blitzburgh pass D, this looks like a tough matchup for the AFC North-leading Bengals. This game figures to have a playoff atmosphere and intensity to match.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer has thrown at least two TDs in five straight games, and has seven TDs vs. two interceptions since the Bengals' week six bye. Terrell Owens is absolutely on fire since the break, with 39 targets for 24/294/5 receiving, followed by Chad 'Robin' Ochocinco (31 for 14/157/1) and Jordan Shipley (19 for 13/206/1). The Bengals' passing attack is doing just fine entering the second half of the season - Palmer has thrown for 75/124 yielding 816 yards to go with his seven TDs in the last three games, to check in at sixth among all fantasy QBs in points per game during that span of time. One item to monitor as the week goes along - Palmer sat out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 10, because he was resting his shoulder, so this could be a warning flag. Check on his practice participation later this week in Footballguys.com's players in the news.

The Colts' pass D ranks seventh in the NFL averaging 203.8 net yards allowed per game, with nine pass TDs handed over to date vs. six interceptions and 17 sacks generated. Mike Vick hit them for 17/29 for 207 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions last week; Matt Schaub managed 22/38 for 183 net yards, one TD and one interception two weeks ago. This is one of the better pass defenses on the field during 2010, friends.

Palmer and Owens are very simpatico entering the second half of the season, but they've got a tough matchup to face this week, on the road in deafening Lucas Oil Stadium.

CIN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Derek Anderson took a week off from carrying the Browns (he let Jamal Lewis score 4 rushing TDs instead) - he ended up with 29/48 for 364 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception despite the lack of TD throws (2/21/0 rushing as well). Kellen Winslow snagged 11/125/0 during the game to lead the team, while WRs Joe Jurevicius (4/69/0) and Braylon Edwards (5/67/0) were in support of Winslow last week. Anderson and his cadre of receivers continue to roll on as of the mid-point of this season.

Pittsburgh crushed the Ravens' Steve McNair last week, limiting Baltimore to 16/31 for 40 net passing yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception when the dust settled. The Steelers are 1st in the NFL in average net passing yards allowed (161.8), and have given away only 7 passing TDs this season. They have generated 7 interceptions and 25 sacks (the Browns are protecting Anderson fairly well, with only 13 sacks surrendered to date). Pittsburgh's D is as tough as they come this year.

Anderson and company have been outstanding this year, but so has the Steelers' D - at Heinz Field, this looks like a tough matchup for Cleveland's squad.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Colt McCoy did enough to put his team in position to win the game, with 14/19 for 174 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions passing, and he pushed in a rushing TD with 3/20/1 on the ground last week. Muhammad Massaquoi led the team in receiving last week with four targets for 4/58/0 receiving, followed by Peyton Hillis (three for 3/36/0). Nobody else had over 25 yards receiving last week. McCoy is taking what opposing defenses give him and letting his team take it from there. That can lead to 'W's in the NFL, but it doesn't do much for fantasy owners invested in the Cleveland passing attack. It looks like Browns' receivers should stay on your bench, folks.

The Jets' pass D has clamped down in recent weeks, with just 585 net yards allowed over their past three games, and the team has given up just 49 points through three contests. Detroit did manage 20/37 for 228 net yards last week, with two TDs, but Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay could only muster 15/34 for 156 yards in tough conditions two weeks ago.

McCoy isn't going to electrify anyone in this phase of the game, but he gives his real-world team a chance to win. This is a tough matchup for the youngster, though.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tony Romo tore up the Eagles' secondary last week, with 20/25 for 324 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. Terrell Owens was targeted on just less than 50% of Romo's throws (12 for 10//174/1), while Jason Witten (5 for 3/77/1) and TE Tony Curtis handled the other score (1/1/1). Romo has 4 300+ yard passing, 2+ TDs thrown outings in 4 of his last 6 games - the guy is on fire, as are Owens and Witten.

The Giants' pass rush leads the NFL with 30 sacks to their credit so far - but Dallas is among the league leaders in pass protection, with only 11 sacks given up to date. The Giants are in the middle of the NFL pack with 8 interceptions so far this year. Journeyman QB Cleo Lemon could only manage 17/30 for 138 net pass yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. these guys over in London - they currently average 195.1 net pass yards allowed per game, but have coughed up 12 pass TDs so far this year. On balance, this is a mediocre pass D that depends on a strong pass rush to disrupt the opposition.

Romo and company are galloping along at a breakneck pace, but they'll need to slow down and take care of Romo during the upcoming game vs. the Giants.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jon Kitna has thrown four TDs and six interceptions since stepping into the lineup for Tony Romo (69/112 for 749 yards over three appearances). In his starts, he's thrown just two TDs and six interceptions - vs. Jacksonville and at Green Bay. This week, he'll be in hostile New Meadowlands Stadium facing a team that is on a five game winning streak (Dallas has lost five straight, with three straight losses with Kitna under center). Since Kitna took over in week seven, Jason Witten has led the team in targets (29 for 22/236/2), while Miles Austin (26 for 12/171/0) and Dez Bryant (26 for 20/224/3) have both seen 26 looks. Roy Williams is a distant fourth on the team with 10 targets for 2/27/0 receiving in those three games.

The Giants have allowed 628 net passing yards over their last three games, with 62 points given away in that time span. Dallas managed 35 back in week seven, but have scored just 24 points in two games since then. To date, the Giants are second in the NFL vs. opposing passers, allowing an average of 169.8 net yards per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. nine interceptions and 24 sacks generated. Dallas has allowed nine sacks in the last three games, with three sacks and seven other hits on their QBs by the Giants back in week seven.

The Giants are in the hunt for the NFC East crown, while the Cowboys can only be spoilers now. This appears like a lopsided matchup in favor of the home-team Giants.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Cowboys' passing attack has been high-flying of late, with 34/51 for 337 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown by Romo last week and 14/30 for 206 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions pitched by Romo two weeks ago. Terrance Williams (17 targets for 4/97/1 receiving) and Dez Bryant (17 for 9/136/2) tie for first in targets from Romo during that time-frame, while Jason Witten (12 for 10/117/1) and Cole Beasley (12 for 7/74/0) tied for second. It's all good for fantasy owners invested in the Dallas passing attack, although we'd like to see Williams catch more of the balls that have been coming his way. Bryant is dealing with a sore back as of Wednesday but the team doesn't think it'll be an issue for the upcoming game.

The Saints' pass D is quite good this year, averaging 211.9 net yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL) with more interceptions (nine) than passing TDs allowed (eight) - the unit has generated 26 sacks so far. The Jets posted 9/20 for 140 net yards passing vs. New Orleans last week (zero TDs or interceptions) while the Bills managed 22/39 for 211 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown.

This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Romo and company.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

DAL Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton has hit a slump over the last two weeks, with 23/37 for 152 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions vs. Baltimore in week eight, followed up by 23/38 for 221 yards, zero TDs and an uncharacteristic three interceptions vs. Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football. A few bright spots are to be found for fantasy owners in the midst of the losing streak - Brandon Marshall went over 100 yards receiving last week (11/112/0 out of 15 opportunities) and Eddie Royal finally started catching at least some of the balls that come his way (10 targets for 5/74/0 last week). We'll see if the Broncos can get back on top of their games on the road to Washington this week.

The Redskins are not particularly generous hosts this year, though, averaging 159.9 net passing yards allowed per game (first in the NFL), with seven passing TDs allowed over eight games. However they are tied for next-to-last in the NFL with only four interceptions, despite notching 21 sacks so far this year (tied for seventh in the NFL). This is a very good pass D that is burdened with a limping offense. Unfortunately, the Redskins learned that DB Chris Horton will be out four to six weeks and, possibly, four to six months because of an injury to his toe incurred last week, Coach Jim Zorn said on Monday. Depth at the SS position is now paper thin, with just Reed Doughty manning the position entering week 10.

Orton has fallen into a tail-spin of late, and he's got to face a top-notch secondary in a hostile venue this week - that sounds like a tough matchup to us.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Peyton Manning is at ridiculous levels entering week 10, with five straight weeks of 3 TD passes per game, and a total of 1,580 yards passing during the hot streak (only three interceptions thrown vs. 15 TD passes). If you don't have Eric Decker (43 targets for 29/340/7 receiving during the past five games) and Demaryius Thomas (36 for 29/542/2 receiving during that span) in your lineups weekly then you are missing the boat, friends. Start your Broncos' headliners if you've got them! Manning is nuclear hot.

The Panthers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 224.0 net yards allowed per game, with nine passing TDs given up to date vs. six interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 24 sacks (tied-sixth) generated. Robert Griffin III was held to 23/39 for 186 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, and had four sacks taken for -29 yards last week; Jay Cutler posted 19/28 for 131 net yards, one TD and one interception, with six sacks taken for -55 yards, two weeks ago. The Panthers' pass D is surging entering the second half of the season.

Manning is hot, but this is a fairly tough matchup for him - but he's still probably your starter unless you are totally loaded at the quarterback position.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Back in Week Two, these teams clashed with a narrow 31-24 win recorded by Denver on the strength of a fumble recovery returned for a TD by cornerback Bradley Roby at 0:27 left in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning threw three TDs in the game, vs. one interception (26/45 for 256 yards passing) in one of his better outings of the 2015 season. Emmanuel Sanders (14 targets for 8/87/2 receiving) and Demaryius Thomas (14 for 8/116/0) both handled 14 targets during the game - Virgil Green hauled in the other TD (three for 2/12/1).

Since this contest, Denver has added Vernon Davis to their receiving mix and he is expected to gradually integrate into the offense - last week he had a modest outing in his first game as a Bronco, but he had less than a week to learn the playbook. Owen Daniels responded to the signing of another tight end with an outburst against the Colts (nine targets for 6/102/1 receiving), while Emmanuel Sanders posted 11 for 6/90/1; Demaryius Thomas (seven for 5/50/0) was the only other receiver over 25 yards last week - Peyton Manning wound up with the first 'L' of the season and 21/36 for 281 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (he's up to 13 interceptions this year, vs just nine TDs thrown).

The K.C. D is ranked 22nd in the NFL vs. opposing passers, allowing an average of 255.9 net yards per game, with 16 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied-ninth) generated to date. Denver is ninth in the NFL with 13 sacks given out so far, but they have also allowed 42 quarterback hits on Manning to date. Look for the Chiefs pass rushers to get after Manning on Sunday. Before their bye week, the Chiefs sacked Matthew Stafford six times for -32 yards and held him to 23/38 for 195 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown.

This looks like a tough matchup for Manning who has a struggling running game/offensive line to be his albatross.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

DEN Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matthew Stafford got good news on Wednesday as Calvin Johnson practiced after the Week 9 bye and vowed to play vs. Miami. While Johnson has been out, Stafford has leaned on Golden Tate (28 targets for 17/305/2 receiving over the past two weeks), Theo Riddick (12 for 8/74/1), and Corey Fuller (11 for 6/87/1) to handle the bulk of his passes. With 24/47 for 325 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown at Atlanta (in London), and 27/40 for 299 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions tossed vs. New Orleans over the past two games, Stafford hasn't been in a swoon, but having the top receiver in the NFL back in the fold can only be a good thing.

The Dolphins' pass D is ranked second in the NFL averaging 201.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for fifth in the NFL) generated to date. This is one of the toughest pass defenses in the NFL, folks. Philip Rivers was sacked four times for -20 yards, intercepted three times, and ended the day with 13/26 for 128 net yards passing last Sunday, while Blake Bortles was also sacked four times for -20 yards, finishing with 18/34 for 201 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions vs. Miami two weeks ago.

This looks like a tough matchup for Stafford and company, Johnson or no Johnson.

Weather: This game is to be played indoors at Ford Field - weather won't be an issue for either team.

DET Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

David Carr was pathetic the last time he faced the Colts, crawling to 6/9 for 48 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception - and he was the only player under center during the entire game. Last week, against the Jaguars, Carr was much better with 22/30 for 219 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions - the return of Andre Johnson (9/91/0 on 11 targets) helped spark the entire offense - Corey Bradford showed up with 7 targets for 5/71/1. We'll see if Johnson can continue to bolster Carr's performance this week.

The Colts' pass D is currently ranked 9th in the NFL allowing an average of 179.9 passing yards per game, with 8 thrown TDs allowed to date. They lead the league with 28 sacks to their credit, with 7 sacks rung up during their last 2 games. They average 130 net passing yards allowed per game during the last 3 weeks (2 games), including the 25/40 for 285 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions Tom Brady laid on them last Monday. The other QB included in that 3-week average is the above-mentioned David Car with his 48 yards of passing! In case you haven't been paying attention to the Texans lately, they lead the league in sacks allowed, with 43 surrendered at the 1/2 way point of 2005 - as we noted, the Colts are tops in the league at sacking opposing passers.

In this matchup, the pass rush of the Colts vs. the swiss-cheese OL of the Texans will make life miserable for David Carr and company. Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

David Carr ambushed the Jaguars back in week 7, tossing for 25/34 for 224 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions en route to a 27-7 upset victory. Andre Johnson headlined the receivers, with 8/106/1, while TE Owen Daniels snagged the other TD (2/20/1). Since then, Carr has compiled 61/85 for 513 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception during the past 3 weeks (0 TDs and 1 interception during the 2 games since the rout of Jacksonville). Last week he posted a pedestrian 21/30 for 176 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Giants.

The Jaguars' defenders come into this game smoking hot and looking for payback - they grounded the Eagles 2 weeks ago (13-6 victory) and followed that up by crushing Tennessee 37-7. The D has got their competitive fire back in a big way since the loss to the Texans. The Jags have 6 sacks and 3 interceptions to their credit in the past 3 weeks, and only allowed 15/36 for 163 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions to the Titans' Vince Young last week.

Carr and the Jaguars' defense have gone in opposite directions since the Texans' victory - this looks like a very tough matchup for Carr's team.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Schaub threw for two TDs last week (19/27 for 268 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions, with two sacks taken for -12 yards, to be precise) - he's been over 250 yards and has thrown two TDs in two straight games (he's tossed 42/64 for 524 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions during the mini-streak). Andre Johnson has gained the most yards over the last two weeks (20 targets for 17/204/0) while Owen Daniels (18 for 11/121/2) has scored the most TDs. Kevin Walter has been a distant third over the past two weeks (nine targets for 6/102/1), but he does have a TD to boast of.

The Bears' pass D has allowed 20/35 for 174 net yards, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -20 yards generated) and 20/39 for 297 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions (with two sacks for -17 yards generated) over the past two weeks. To date, this unit ranks 16th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (230.1) but they have allowed only seven passing scores (tied for third-least in the NFL) vs. 17 interceptions (tied for first) and 25 sacks (tied for third) generated to date. On balance, this is an outstanding pass D that really gets stubborn in scoring situations.

Schaub has been steadily productive of late, but he faces a very tough draw this week. This looks like a low-scoring affair on paper as both teams have excellent defenses to bring to the nationally-televised, prime-time event in week 10.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Peyton Manning has see-sawed from good to bad over the past 3 weeks, with 68/112 for 706 yards passing, 4 TDs and 4 interceptions over that time span (13th ranked fantasy QB in points per game). He has thrown 2 TDs per game over the past 2 games, and 9 TDs in his past 5 contests vs. 5 interceptions (he has done more good than bad in 4 of his last 5 games) - last week, he hit the Patriots for 21/29 for 254 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions. Dallas Clark leads the team in targets over the past 3 weeks, with 28 for 19/238/2; Reggie Wayne is second in that span with 23 for 10/118/0; Marvin Harrison has seen 18 for 7/73/0 and Anthony Gonzalez 17 for 13/154/2 - he snagged both TDs last week with 4/55/2 vs. New England. It appears that Wayne and Harrison need to elevate their play if Manning and the Colts are going to get back to routinely dominating the opposition.

The Steelers are 1st in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 164 net yards allowed per game, with only 6 passing TDs given up vs. 8 interceptions and a league-leading 32 sacks to date. They reduced Jason Campbell to 24/43 for 161 net yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions last week (his first 2 interceptions of the year), while planting Campbell 7 times in the course of the game. The Steelers D is rock solid entering week 10.

Manning and Gonzalez got in rhythm last week - this week, though, they travel to one of the toughest venues in the NFL, Heinz Field, and face the best pass D in the land. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Andrew Luck has thrown three TDs and zero interceptions in each of his last two starts, with 21/38 for 228 yards passing, three TDs vs. Denver and then 18/40 for 271 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Houston. T.Y. Hilton was the lead receiver during the comeback in Houston, notching 12 targets for 7/121/3, while Darrius Heyward-Bey stone-handed his way out of the top receiving job with six targets for a mere 1/11/0 receiving last week. Coby Fleener (five targets for 3/64/0 receiving last week) was the number two option during the first post-Reggie-Wayne game for the Colts.

The Rams limited Jake Locker to 13/22 for 165 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions last week, while sacking him four times for -20 yards. Two games ago, Russell Wilson was sacked seven times for -48 yards on the way to 10/18 for 91 net yards passing, but he managed two TDs vs. zero interceptions despite all the pressure. To date, the Rams rank 9th in the NFL averaging 220.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing TDs vs. seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 29 sacks (tied for third) generated. The Colts have given up just 19 sacks this season (tied for eighth in the league) - Luck isn't terribly susceptible to pass pressure this season.

This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Luck and Hilton.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The word out of Jacksonville at mid-week is that Ernest Wilford is going to continue to see more action in the passing game as the starter across from Jimmy Smith. "He's got good body control. He's got explosiveness in and out of his cuts. The only thing he's lacking is top vertical speed, which can be overrated." said coach Del Rio about Wilford earlier this week. Over the past 3 weeks, Wilford has piled up 10/234/2 in 2 games, to rank 3rd among all fantasy WRs in points per game - Smith has 6/79/0 during that same span. Last week, Byron Leftwich tossed 19/25 for 218 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions - Wilford snagged 4/89/1 and Smith grabbed 4/52/0. Matt Jones assisted with 3/21/0 - former #2 WR Reggie Williams did not make a reception last week.

The Ravens' secondary is missing their leader, Ed Reed, and it showed last week when their division-rivals the Bengals hit them for 19/26 for 248 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions. Over the past 3 weeks, the Ravens have allowed an average of 174.6 passing yards per game, compared to an average of 163.5 passing yards per game this season (4th in the NFL to date). Clearly, the unit is slipping from the league's elite ranks, at least over the last few contests.

Jacksonville has developed some new threats (Ernest Wilford, Matt Jones) to team up with Jimmy Smith - their attack is on the rise, while the Ravens' D is going the opposite direction. The Ravens are "merely" very good right now - they will still be a strong challenge for the Jaguars.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Quinn Gray had to pass the ball last week as the Saints were ahead much of the game - he responded with 20/33 for 354 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions during the game. Reggie Williams led the team with 6/128/1, while the other TD went to Dennis Northcutt (1/15/1). Last week marked the first time Gray had passed for more than 100 yards in a game this year. We'll see if the coaching staff will give him more chances to throw the ball this week, of if they go back to starter David Garrard. "I don't have to make a decision until Sunday, but I expect him (Garrard) to play," coach Del Rio said on Tuesday. Owners of Garrard, Northcutt and the other Jacksonville receivers will want to monitor Garrard's practice participation later in the week to see if he has any setbacks with his ankle.

The Titans are 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 204.8 net yards allowed per game, with 8 TDs allowed vs. 13 interceptions generated (2nd-most interceptions in the NFL this year). They are tied for 9th in the league with 22 sacks to date (the Jaguars have allowed the 9th-most sacks so far, with 22 surrendered). Carolina could only muster 17/32 for 113 net pass yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions last week vs. Tennessee. Two weeks ago, they gave up 143 net yards in the wake of their poor showing during week 7 (294 net passing yards) - the Titans are back to playing solid pass D at the midway point of the season.

Garrard or Gray (whoever gets the nod this week) has a tough matchup to face when the Jaguars travel to LP Field on Sunday.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Trent Green has been dealing with the death of his father as he's performed very well in recent games, tossing 73/112 for 871 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions over the past 3 weeks - he's back in the top ten among fantasy QBs with those numbers (10th). 14/199/1 puts Eddie Kennison at #22 among fantasy WRs during those 3 games; Tony Gonzalez was the 2nd best TE play in that span with 19/234/1 to his credit. The Chiefs' slumbering passing attack has finally come awake. Green rolls into Buffalo with 22/35 for 235 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions racked up against the Raiders last week (Gonzalez and Kennison each snagged 5 receptions with 5/70/0 and 5/60/0 respectively last week).

The Bill's secondary (in contrast to their pathetic defensive front) is no joke, limiting teams to an average of 156.9 passing yards per game (1st in the NFL) and allowing only 6 passing scores to date (3rd in the NFL). They have allowed an average of 217 passing yards per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games) though, including 14/21 for 199 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Tom Brady during week 8. With 19 sacks so far this year, they are in the middle of the NFL pack (tied for 16th in the league) - overall this is a solid-to-outstanding pass D, depending on the week in question.

Green and company have started to rev up their engines in recent weeks, but at the Bill's house against Buffalo's top-tier unit, they face a tough road.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joey Harrington led his team to an improbable upset of the mighty Bears last week, tossing 3 TDs out of 16/32 for 137 yards (with 2 interceptions). All of the teams' top receivers got in the act, with 5/58/1 for Chris Chambers, 3/14/1 for Marty Booker and 2/14/1 for Wesley Welker - they didn't post huge yardage numbers last week, but they made their catches count for 6 points when the opportunity arose.

Kansas City's defense allowed 31/42 for 354 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to the Rams last week - they average 201 passing yards allowed per game this season (12th in the NFL) with 11 TDs given up to date. Over the past 3 weeks, the Chiefs have 7 sacks and 3 interceptions (5 fumble recoveries) - they are converting pressure into turnovers, which is where you want your defense to be. The Rams' totals look more like an anomaly than a trend to us - these guys are usually quite a bit better than they played vs. Bulger and company.

Harrington has 9 interceptions vs. 6 TDs this season, and K.C. likes to put pressure on QBs in order to create turnovers - this looks like a tough matchup for Harrington and his compatriots.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Henne has endured two tough outings in a row, with zero TDs and four interceptions to his credit during that time-span. Last week was especially frustrating as he threw 22/34 for 231 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions at Baltimore. Five different receivers caught at least three balls last week (Anthony Fasano had 3/26/0 as tail-gunner on the list, while Brian Hartline led the team with five targets for 4/85/0 receiving). Now that the team has benched Henne (as of Wednesday) in favor of Chad Pennington, we'll see if the offense can get moving in a positive direction (coach Sparano indicated that Henne's benching wasn't 'an indictment on [Henne's] future.', but it indicates a loss of confidence in Henne for sure). Pennington is a known quantity. He's a pretty safe QB that probably won't turn the ball over too often but also won't throw it down the field. We're not getting excited about Pennington for this game or what he does to the other players on offense - especially with him surely being a little rusty and facing a tough defense when Tennessee rolls into Sun Life Stadium on Sunday.

The Titans' pass D is giving between the 20's, with an average of 239.1 net pass yards allowed per week, but they get stubborn in the red zone, with just nine pass TDs given away vs. 13 interceptions (tied for third in the league) and 26 sacks (fourth in the NFL) generated. Philip Rivers managed 27/36 for 300 net yards, two TDs and one interception in week eight, while Kevin Kolb eked out 26/48 for 227 net yards, one TD and two interceptions during week seven.

Pennington needs to be careful with ball security, as the Titans love to generate turnovers. Given how long it's been since Pennington started a game (week three, 2009), we give a big edge to the Titans in this matchup - advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Moore made a silk purse out of a sow's ear last week at Kansas City, with 17/23 for 244 yards, zero sacks taken, and three TDs thrown vs. zero interceptions. It was his first multi-TD game of the season (and only the second time he's thrown for a TD in a game this year). Brandon Marshall enjoyed his third 100+ yards-receiving game of the year, with 11 targets for 8/106/1, followed by Reggie Bush (three for 3/50/0), Charles Clay (three for 3/50/0) and Anthony Fasano (three for 2/38/0). We'll see if Moore and company can build on the momentum generated from the solid outing this week when the struggling Redskins come calling at Sun Life Stadium.

Speaking of the Redskins, their pass defense hasn't hampered their opponents much in recent weeks - Alex Smith threw 17/24 for 188 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions at Washington last week (a 109.7 QB rating) and Ryan Fitzpatrick hit them for 21/27 for 252 net yards, two TDs and one interception two weeks ago (a 116.4 QB rating). The Redskins rank 11th in the NFL averaging 218.8 net yards allowed per game, with eight passing TDs given up over eight games, vs. six interceptions (tied for 21st) and 25 sacks (tied for third) generated to date. The Dolphins' offensive line has surrendered 27 sacks, tied for 29th in the NFL, so it may be that the Redskins' proficiency in pass rushing will disrupt Moore more than it did Smith or Fitzpatrick.

Moore has put up one good game this year, while the Redskins' pass D matches up to exploit Miami's weaknesses in this phase of the game - advantage, Washington.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill has thrown 24/34 for 288 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Chargers last week, and 16/29 for 196 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Jacksonville two weeks ago. He's relied on Mike Wallace (15 targets for 5/109/0 receiving), Brian Hartline (11 for 6/69/0) and Charles Clay (11 for 6/66/1) the most during that time span. The Dolphins aren't fancy, but they get the job done most weeks.

The Lions' pass D is ranked fifth in the NFL averaging 216.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with nine passing scores and nine interceptions generated to date (tied for ninth in the NFL). They have 23 sacks so far this year (also tied for ninth in the NFL) - this is one of the premium overall defenses in the NFL, friends. Matt Ryan was limited to 20/27 for 213 net yards, two TDs and one interception (with two sacks taken for -15 yards) two weeks ago, while Drew Brees threw 28/45 for 335 net yards, two TDs and one interception at Detroit two games ago (one sack taken for -7 yards). Usually, teams look more like Atlanta's stat line when the Lions are in town.

Advantage, Detroit.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

MIA Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brad Johnson has been struggling in recent weeks, posting 56/88 for 492 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions during the past 3 games. Marcus Robinson hasn't seen a pass in 2 games due to his sore back, and may miss this contest as well according to coach Childress. Travis Taylor (6 targets for 3/19/0 last week) and Troy Williamson (4 for 1/4/0) haven't picked up the slack for Robinson or Johnson. 11 of Johnson's 21 completions last week (21/31 for 136 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception) went to running backs. The Vikings' pass offense is not providing enough juice to the team right now.

Green Bay held J.P. Losman to 8/15 for 102 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions last week, and has averaged 192.3 passing yards allowed per game over the last 3 weeks. They have generated 13 sacks and 4 interceptions during those games - the Packers are 3rd in the league with 27 sacks to their credit this year. They are coming after opposing QBs this year - the Vikings are in the middle of the NFL with 18 sacks allowed to date. They aren't Oakland (44 sacks allowed), but they aren't New Orleans (8 sacks allowed) either.

Brad Johnson has been struggling lately, and the Packers aren't going to make life easy for him this week.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Viking's QB position is in turmoil. Tarvaris Jackson was concussed last week and has been fighting through a fractured index finger on his throwing hand; Kelly Holcomb is still very sore in his neck after suffering a whiplash-type injury and he may not be able to go this week, either. If both guys are unable to practice/play, Brooks Bollinger will get the start this week, with newly-signed veteran Koy Detmer backing him up (Detmer worked with coach Childress in Philly for years and is very familiar with offense). Bollinger tossed 7/10 for 95 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in relief of Jackson last week, and has 17/24 for 215 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in his appearances this year. Sidney Rice led the team in receiving last week with 4/66/1, followed by Robert Ferguson (3/24/0).

The Packers rank 20th in the NFL averaging 219.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing TDs to date vs. 8 interceptions generated so far. They are tied with Seattle for 7th in the NFL with 23 QB sacks this year (Minnesota is tied for 10th-most sacks allowed this year, with 21 handed over to date). Last week, Green Bay held Damon Huard to 19/32 for 173 net yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions - it was only the second time they've given up less than 203 net passing yards this season, though. The Packers bring an intense pass rush, but their DBs can be beat on a fairly regular basis.

Minnesota's pass offense is in chaos coming into this divisional rivalry - even though the Packers aren't fielding their toughest secondary ever, we think Lambeau's 12th man and the Green Bay pass rush gives them an edge over the injury-riddled Vikings.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Gus Frerotte has been among the top 10 fantasy QBs in the land over the past 3 weeks (2 games) in points per game, with 36/58 for 480 yards, 5 TDs and 5 interceptions thrown during that span of time, including last week's 11/18 for 182 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Texans. His favorite target of late has been Bernard Berrian, who snagged 2/104/1 last week and has enjoyed 17 targets for 8/185/2 over the last 2 games. Nobody else on the team has amassed over 76 yards receiving in the last 2 contests (Bobby Wade, 12 for 8/76/0). Visanthe Shiancoe has grabbed 2 TDs in the last 2 games, with 1/25/1 vs. Houston and 7 for 5/93/2 all told in that time span. Berrian and Shiancoe seem to be the main red-zone targets. Frerotte didn't play vs. the Packers in week 1, so we don't have recent history as a guide in this matchup.

The Packers' pass D is 5th in the NFL, averaging 183.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 9 pass TDs handed over vs. 13 interceptions and 14 sacks generated to date. Last week, the Pack sacked Kerry Collins twice, doubling the number of sacks the Titans have allowed this year, and held Tennessee to 18/37 for 169 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Over the past 3 weeks, Green Bay has given up 398 passing yards in 2 contests. They are solid in this phase of the game, folks.

Frerotte has been throwing for a lot of TDs lately, but he has also tossed his share of interceptions - against the aggressive Packers' D, this looks like a tough divisional showdown for the Vikings' offense.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

'Obviously, thereís some inexperience and a learning curve,' Welker said charitably of the Dolphins' rookie CBs after he blew up the secondary for 9/84/0 last week. 'But theyíre some talented guys and definitely going to be some good corners in this league for years to come.' 'Iím glad heís on our team and not the Dolphins anymore,' quarterback Tom Brady observed after the game (he threw for 25/37 for 332 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Miami). Randy Moss also took advantage of the newbies in the secondary, posting 6/147/1 receiving on the day - Ben Watson (4/49/0) and Kevin Faulk (4/35/0) both hauled in four passes from Brady as well. Over the past four weeks (three games), Tom Brady is the #1 fantasy QB in the land with 77/103 for 1020 yards, 10 TDs and three interceptions; Welker is the #1 fantasy WR (PPR format) with 29/341/3 and Moss is #2 with 19/345/4 to his credit. The stars have aligned for the Patriots during the second quarter of the season, friends.

The Colts are ranked ninth in the NFL in terms of net passing yards allowed per game (with an average of 195.2 per game allowed), but they are first in the league with a merre four passing scores given up through eight contests. The team is tied for seventh in the NFL with nine interceptions to date and tied for fifth in the NFL with 22 sacks. They squeeze opposing passing attacks at all levels of the defense, friends. Matt Schaub did gain 32/43 for 301 net yards last week, but threw two picks vs. one TD during the Colts' 20-17 victory; Alex Smith managed 19/32 for 182 net yards, with one TD and one interception thrown two weeks ago. It's always tough sledding when you face the Colts' secondary, and that is doubly true in deafening Lucas Oil Stadium.

Two outstanding units clash in this contest, but the defense has a slight edge in our book - advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

As we told you last week, the Patriots' passing attack isn't a high-octane affair anymore - Tom Brady posted a respectable 19/36 for 224 yards, with two TDs last week, but Aaron Hernandez led the team in receiving with 5/48/2 (a 9.6 yards per reception average) - the 'other' TE, Rob Gronkowski, was second in receiving last week with 4/47/0, while running back Danny Woodhead was third with 2/38/0. We find the first wide receiver on the list, Wes Welker, at fourth last week with 4/36/0 receiving (six targets). The Patriots' record is 6-2, even after the loss to Cleveland last week, but Brady isn't putting many fantasy owners over the top these days.

The Pittsburgh pass D is fairly generous with yardage between the 20's this year, ranking 24th in the NFL while averaging 240 net yards allowed per game. However, they are stingy in the red zone (only eight passing scores allowed over eight games), and they have 11 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 24 sacks (tied for fifth) generated to balance their tight-fisted ways with TDs. Carson Palmer was limited to 22/36 for 218 net yards, two TDs and one interception last week (Pittsburgh led 27-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter but let the Bengals back into the game during the final fifteen minutes) - Drew Brees did light up the Steelers for 34/44 yielding 288 net yards, two TDs and one interception two weeks ago. The Steelers' pass D has slipped a notch in recent weeks, but they remain formidable.

Brady and company have a tough game ahead this week, on the road in Heinz Field.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tom Brady blasted the Jets' pass D for 321 yards passing (24/33 for 321 yards, one TD and one interception) back in week four, and his team won the game 30-21. The usual suspects led the team in receiving - Wes Welker saw eight targets for 5/124/0, followed by Deion Branch (eight for 7/74/1), Aaron Hernandez (nine for 5/56/0) and Rob Gronkowski (four for 4/31/0). New England didn't have much trouble executing their offense in Gillette Stadium on October ninth.

This week, the Patriots travel to MetLife Stadium, and face off in the second divisional grudge match with the Jets. Over the three games since they last met, Tom Brady has been solid-but-not-spectacular, with 79/125 for 829 yards, six TDs and four interceptions passing. The usual suspects were his main targets during that stretch of time, with 31 for 22/269/1 flowing to Rob Gronkowski; 28 for 21/220/1 going to Wes Welker; 23 for 14/112/3 landing in Aaron Hernandez's arms; and 17 for 9/126/1 going to Deion Branch. The Patriots' passing game is doing just fine heading into the second half of the season.

The Jets' D has allowed two TDs and generated four interceptions over their last two contests, allowing 15/31 for 191 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week, and 16/32 for 172 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Philip Rivers back in week seven. This year, the Jets rank seventh in the NFL averaging 196 net passing yards allowed per game. They are first in the NFL with just five passing scores given up to date, and are tied for third in the NFL with 13 interceptions generated (with 18 sacks, tied for 18th in the NFL). This is one top-flight pass D friends.

The Patriots have to face a premier defense and a hostile, rival AFC East crowd on Sunday Night Football - advantage New York.

Weather: The forecast for Opa Locka, FLA calls for a high of 82F with a low of 70F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls thickly around game time, field conditions could get sloppy and the ball would be harder to handle than usual.

NE Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Drew Brees bounced back from a relatively slow game at Denver (22/42 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and one interception two weeks ago) to post a solid 21/27 for 239 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions vs Philadelphia during week nine. While under 300 yards and two TDs passing is a mild disappointment for Brees owners, the solid numbers are very respectable none-the-less. The usual suspects (Jimmy Graham, 8/72/1 receiving; Lance Moore, 2/61/0; and Marques Colston, 4/46/1) handled the bulk of Bree's passes, while Pierre Thomas (2/26/0) and Mark Ingram (2/23/0) also helped out from the running backs' position. The Saints are in a steady state of solid production as of week 10.

The Falcons' pass D is currently 14th in the NFL in terms of net yards allowed per game, 228.8 , but they have allowed only eight passing scores this year (fifth-least in the NFL), vs. 10 interceptions (tied for fourth) and 20 sacks (tied for 13th in the NFL) generated. On balance, this is a top-tier unit - even though Tony Romo slung 25/35 for 312 net yards last week, he still had just one TD (with zero interceptions thrown). Two weeks ago, Mike Vick was limited to 21/35 for 178 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown.

Brees and company are a force to be reckoned with, but Atlanta has an outstanding unit of their own - on balance, this looks like a tough divisional matchup for the Saints.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Drew Brees threw 24/34 for 297 yards, one TD and one interception at Carolina last week, while taking four sacks for -27 yards. He passed for 27/32 yielding 311 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) against the Packers two weeks ago. 300 yards passing and a TD is just another day at the office for Brees - start him if you drafted him.

Lately (over the past two weeks), Brees has spread the ball among his five favorite targets (no surprise), with 12 targets for 9/129/0 receiving for Kenny Stills; 13 for 12/142/2 flowing to Jimmy Graham; 10 for 9/132/1 going to Brandin Cooks; eight for 7/85/0 landing in Marques Colston's hands, and 10 for 7/69/0 thrown to Travaris Cadet.

The 49ers pass D has allowed 13/24 for 102 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions to Austin Davis and 22/27 for 304 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions to Peyton Mannig and company over the last two games played. Santa Clara has been up and down in this phase of the game lately - usually they are pretty stout against opposing passers averaging 206.2 net passing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL), with 14 pass TDs given out vs. nine interceptions (tied-ninth in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied-25th) generated to date.

This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for the Saints, but they are playing in the Superdome where Brees has been extremely sharp most weeks since arriving in the Bayou.

NO Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

With Plaxico Burress sidelined last week to rest his aching back, Eli Manning relied on his TE Jeremy Shockey to propel the Giants passing attack, hitting him for 8/66/1 during the game. Tiki Barber was 2nd on the team with 3/40/0, while 4 other players chipped in with 1 or 2 catches each. When it was all said and done, Manning had compiled 17/28 for 179 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception - he's tossed 45/85 for 522 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions during the Giants' last 3 games (26th best fantasy QB in points per game during that span). In NFL terms, he's been effective but in fantasy circles he's not piling up impressive amounts of fantasy points. The team learned on Wednesday that Amani Toomer has a partial tear of his left ACL and has been lost for the season - the team hopes that Burress can go this week even more in light of this bad news. Tim Carter will step into the starting lineup in Toomer's place. Burress is expected back in the lineup this week, and that may help elevate Manning's stats - but this week, the Bears are coming to town so don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

The Bears are #1 in the NFL vs. opposing passers, holding them to an average of 158.8 yards per game, with only 7 passing scores allowed to date (tied for 2nd-least in the league). They have been more giving in recent weeks, as Joey Harrington surprised them for 3 TD passes last week (16/32 for 137 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions), but they have only allowed 269 net passing yards over their last 2 contests (134.5 on average). The Bears haven't been sacking the opposition much lately, with only 2 to their credit over the last 2 games, but they are throwing a wet blanket over most receivers.

This is a tough matchup for Manning and company, and it could become a bad matchup if Burress' back flares up during practice this week, especially now that Toomer is out of the lineup.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Eli Manning blasted the Cowboys for 3 TDs last week, but with the RBs racking up 200 yards on the ground he only threw 27 times (16/27 for 147 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception). When he did throw, he made it count. Kevin Boss (3/30/1), Steve Smith (5/29/1), and Amani Toomer (2/26/1) all hauled in scores, while Plaxico Burress led the team with 3/34/0 receiving. The Giants' juggernaut continues to roll on.

The Eagles are 4th in the NFL with 27 sacks to date, and have generated 8 interceptions so far, with 10 passing TDs and an average of 191.5 net passing yards allowed per game. Over the past 3 weeks (2 games), Philly has handed over 405 passing yards - last week, Seneca Wallace eked out 13/29 for 147 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. the Eagles. They are tough in this phase of the game, folks.

Manning is playing well entering week 10, but he has to deal with the partisan crowd in Lincoln Financial Field and a rock-solid Philly pass D on Sunday - advantage, Philly.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Eli Manning actually threw decent game against the Colts, with 27/52 for 359 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to his credit. He found Odell Beckham Jr. the most (11 targets for 8/156/0 receiving), followed by Peyton Hillis (six for 5/50/0), Rueben Randle (11 for 4/49/0), Corey Washington (six for 4/48/1) and Larry Donnell (eight for 4/25/1). It looks like the Giants' passing attack is gaining steam heading into the second half of the season.

The Seahawks' pass D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 221.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs given out vs. five interceptions (22nd in the league) and 11 sacks (29th in the NFL) generated. They coughed up 24/41 for 189 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to the Raiders last week, and 12/22 for 152 net yards, zero TDs and one interception to the Panthers two games ago.

This is a tough matchup for Manning and company as they travel to deafening CenturyLink Field.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

NYG Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brooks Bollinger is the new starting QB for the New York Jets. Regarding the switch, head coach Edwards said ""I liked what I saw. I think he made a big leap (from the Ravens game). He made some good throws, kept some drives alive. He also kept some drives alive with his legs. That was good to see. He gained some confidence in that game. There's no doubt about it. . . . We protected him for the most part pretty well (two sacks) and that was good. So hopefully we can build on that." There is no denying that Bollinger sparked the Jets (he tossed 11/20 for 106 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions while relieving Vinny Testaverde on Sunday), and he just missed throwing a game-winning TD as time expired. With the Jets at 2-6, the coaching staff really doesn't have anything to lose starting Bollinger over the largely ineffective Testaverde (42/74 for 562 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions passing, with 6/4/2 rushing). We'll see if the youngster can build on his solid relief performance in his second start of the 2005 season this Sunday.

Carolina is sub-par at defending vs. the passing game, allowing an average of 231.8 yards per game this season (25th in the NFL) and 11 passing scores to date. Over the past 3 weeks (2 games) they have averaged 198.5 net passing yards allowed per game. However, the Panthers bring a lot of heat to bear on the oppositions' signal callers, with 9 sacks in their past 2 games (they are tied for 14th in the NFL with 20 sacks to date - almost half of those during their last 2 games). As the Jets are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 28 sacks surrendered to date (no wonder 3 QBs have gone down to injury this season), expect Bollinger to get a healthy dose of blitzes and pressure from Carolina on Sunday.

Bollinger showed some flashes of talent on Sunday, but he'll have a lot of defenders in his face this week, and he'll be starting in a hostile venue. We see this as a pretty tough matchup for the new QB against an improving Panther defense.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mark Sanchez threw 28/54 for 283 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Miami two weeks ago: it was his second strong game in a row with 28/41 for 328 yards, one TD and one interception thrown at New England three weeks ago. During the two-game hot streak, Jeremy Kerley (22 for 12/163/0), Dustin Keller (18 for 14/160/1), Stephen Hill (14 for 6/84/0) and Clyde Gates (11 for 7/82/0) have enjoyed double-digit targets. We'll see if the bye week helps or hinders Sanchez as far as keeping his hot streak going.

The Seahawks average 206.8 net yards allowed per game in this phase (seventh in the NFL), with nine TDs given up vs. eight interceptions (tied for 12th in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for third) generated to date. Christian Ponder was crushed in Seattle last week (11/22 for 44 net yards passing, zero TDs with one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -19 yards). However, Matthew Stafford threw 34/49 for 331 net yards, three TDs and one interception, with two sacks taken for -21 yards two weeks ago. Usually, the Seahawks are tough on opposing passers, but not as totally dominant as we saw last week.

This is a tough matchup for Sanchez and the Jets.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

NYJ Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer lit up the Buccaneers last Sunday, with 39/61 for 414 yards, four TDs with three interceptions thrown - over the past three games, Palmer has slung 79/135 for 921 yards passing, seven TDs and five interceptions. He's on fire entering week 10, friends. Six receivers went over 50 yards receiving vs. Tampa Bay - fullback Marcel Reece saw nine targets for 8/95/1 receiving; Darrius Heyward-Bey handled six for 5/74/0; Denarius Moore handled nine for 4/66/0; Brandon Myers saw 13 for 8/59/2; Rod Streater saw 10 for 4/54/1; and Mike Goodson handled six for 6/52/0. The Raiders' passing attack is going full bore as of week 10.

The Ravens coughed up just 20/37 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions to Brandon Weeden and the Browns last week (one sack generated for -2 yards); three weeks ago, Houston put up 23/37 for 239 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks taken for -17 yards. To date, Baltimore is ranked 22nd in the NFL in terms of net passing yards allowed per game (246.8), but they have allowed a mere six passing scores (tied for least allowed in the NFL) vs. nine interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied-26th) generated to date.

Palmer is going strong, while the Ravens tightened up against the Browns in week nine and have been tough to score on all year - on balance, this looks like a tough matchup to us.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Derek Carr lit up the Steelers last weekend (24/44 for 301 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown), relying on Michael Crabtree (12 for 7/108/2) and Amari Cooper (13 for 7/88/1) as usual. Clive Walford also snagged a score (five targets for 1/1/1) but didn't do enough with his other opportunities. Carr/Crabtree/Cooper is becoming a nightmare trio for opposing defensive coordinators, folks - the change of scenery to Oakland has definitely benefited Crabtree's career.

The Vikings' pass D is now sixth in the league averaging 220.6 net yards allowed per game, with just nine passing scores handed over to date, vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and 19 sacks generated (tied for 14th in the NFL). St. Louis was limited to 18/33 for 160 net passing yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards; Jay Cutler was held to 22/33 for 208 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions two games ago.

This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for the Raiders, but they are so hot right now it is hard to sit these guys regardless of matchup.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

When you throw the ball more than 70% of the time on offense, your team is bound to rank among the top passing attacks in the league - and the Eagles are #1 this season, averaging 295.1 passing yards per game, with 16 thrown TDs (3rd behind league-leading Cincy and 2nd-place San Diego in this category). Last week, in the first game post-Terrell Owens, McNabb piled up yardage (and looked a lot better to open this game than he had in weeks past), but only managed to toss one TD, ending the game with 22/35 for 304 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to his credit. Reggie Brown, Owens' replacement in the lineup, snagged 5/94/1 including a long score of 56 yards. After the Eagles scored the Brown TD in the first quarter they did not find the end-zone again all day. The top targets for McNabb during the game were Brown (8), Brian Westbrook (8 targets for 4/55/0) Greg Lewis (7 targets for 5/57/0) and Billy McMullen (3 targets for 3/60/0) - TE L.J. Smith also saw 3 balls come his way for 1/10/0.

Back in week 5, the Eagles' top-ranked passing attack managed only 16/30 for 145 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Things got so out of hand that Donovan McNabb ended up on the bench watching the final moments of the 33-10 rout. Coming into this Monday Night Football contest, the Cowboys have averaged 179.5 passing yards allowed per game during the past 3 weeks (2 games), and have only given up 251 yards per game, total, on average. They have also only allowed 2 TDs during their most recent 2 games, holding the hapless Cardinals to 16/34 for 161 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions during their most recent contest. The Dallas defense has very few weaknesses to be seen at this point in the season.

Philadelphia played a decent game in their first post-TO contest last week, but they didn't have much luck against the Cowboys even with him in the lineup last time around - meanwhile, the Cowboys' unit has continued to grow more confident. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Donovan McNabb came on after a slow start vs. Seattle to end with a "W" in his pocket and 28/43 for 349 yards passing 2 TDs and 1 interception on his tally sheet. Over the past 3 weeks (2 games), McNabb has gained 47/77 for 602 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception, with 8/31/1 rushing as a sweetener - he's playing well entering week 10. So is the Eagles' OL, which has given up just 13 sacks to date (an important statistic to keep in mind when we consider the Giants' pass D). TE Brent Celek performed wonders in L.J. Smith's absence (6/131/0), and Kevin Curtis moved the chains with 6/83/0 despite a minor left wrist sprain. Reggie Brown (1/22/1) and OG Todd Herremans (1/1/1) handled the TD passes for McNabb last week.

The Giants boast of the league's 2nd-highest sack total (30), and have 11 interceptions to balance the 8 pass TDs they've handed over to date. The team is 2nd in the NFL right now, averaging 175 net passing yards allowed per game - Dallas crawled to 14/27 for 102 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions last week in the absence of Tony Romo.

McNabb is on a hot streak, but so are the Giants' fierce pass defenders - this is a tough matchup for the home team, friends.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Donovan McNabb threw for over 220 yards passing last week (16/30 for 227 yards, one TD and two interceptions, to be precise), but the two turnovers killed his team's chances at a win and the Eagles fell short 16-20 vs. Dallas. DeSean Jackson was held in check (5 targets for 2/29/0) - no long TDs last week - and the team's top receiver was LeSean McCoy with 5/61/0 receiving, followed by Jeremy Maclin (3/44/0) and Jason Avant (2/43/0), with the TD going to TE Brent Celek (3/39/1). Over the past four weeks, McNabb is the 15th-ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with 70/124 for 892 yards, five TDs and only two interceptions. He didn't get the job done last week, but he wasn't a fantasy disaster, either.

The Chargers gave up 25/33 for 188 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Eli Manning last week, but won the game narrowly 21-20. The team has allowed 578 net passing yards in the last four weeks (four games), an average of just 144.5 net yards per contest, while racking up 15 sacks and 4 interceptions - the Chargers' defense is playing at a high level at the season's mid-point. to date, they are 5th in the NFL averaging 179.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 TDs allowed and eight interceptions on their ledger - they are fifth in the NFL with 22 sacks so far during 2009 (the Eagles are 23rd in the NFL with 21 sacks allowed - they are vulnerable to opposing pass rushers).

McNabb and company stumbled last week, and they have a tough matchup ahead of them when they arrive in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mike Vick managed a 53.7% completion percentage a New Orleans, with 22/41 for 272 yards, one TD and one interception thrown - but he also took seven sacks for -46 yards during the contest, and looked confused on several blitzes that the Saints threw at him. DeSean Jackson was the beneficiary of the lone TD (seven targets for 3/100/1 receiving) and he led the team in receiving last week, while Jason Avant (nine for 6/46/0) and Brent Celek (nine for 5/47/0) saw the most action from Vick. Jeremy Maclin had a pedestrian day with four targets for 2/28/0 receiving - there was not a lot to get excited about for fantasy owners on Monday night.

The Cowboys' pass D is quite good this year, averaging 205.5 net yards allowed per game (sixth in the NFL), with just seven passing scores given up (tied for third-least). However, they haven't generated many turnovers in the first half of the year (just three interceptions, 31st in the NFL), while piling up 16 sacks (20th in the NFL). This team covers opposing receivers well, but doesn't pressure opposing passers much. Matt Ryan slung 24/34 for 330 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with three sacks taken for -12 yards last week; Eli Manning was held to 15/29 for 190 net yards, zero TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -2 yards two weeks ago.

Vick is struggling in this phase of the game, while the Dallas pass D is usually pretty daunting - advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 66F and a low of 46F on Monday, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams (but at least the Eagles have moved on from the treacherous old field at Veterans Stadium - nothing could have been worse than that seamy surface!).

PHI Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

At midweek, we are still unsure of Ben Roethlisberger's status for this game - he is said to have a bruised AC joint in his throwing arm shoulder that may put this game in doubt. When the AC joint is injured, it is very difficult to lift your arm over your head - clearly, that is a problem for any QB due to their throwing motion. Roethlisberger eked out 5/17 for 50 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. Washington before departing the lineup - Byron Leftwich played well in relief with 7/10 for 129 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions (the TD went to Santonio Holmes who snagged 3/30/1 last week). Nate Washington led the team with 2/59/0 receiving vs. the Redskins - the OL allowed 5 more sacks to run Pittsburgh's season total to 29 sacks allowed (3rd-most in the NFL). Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's players in the news later this week to see who is likely to be under center for the Steelers on Sunday. "I'm sure his shoulder has affected him," coach Mike Tomlin said on Wednesday, revealing that Roethlisberger has been nursing the shoulder since week 1. "How much has it affected him, I do not know. It really is kind of irrelevant." Tomlin added that he will determine whether to rest Roethlisberger or play him Sunday against Indianapolis based on "the information that I get from my medical personnel and how he is feeling."

Indy sports one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, with just 2 passing TDs given up in 8 games, vs. 6 interceptions and 10 sacks generated. They average 181 net yards allowed per game, with 581 net yards coughed up during the last 3 weeks (193.6 per contest) - New England managed 26/35 for 202 yards passing 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. Indianapolis last week. The Colts' D is strong in this phase of the game.

Pittsburgh may have to rely on their backup QB this week, and they'll face a top pass defense no matter who is under center. Luckily for whoever the signal caller is, the Colts don't get to the opposing passer often, but this is still a tough matchup for the Steelers' passing attack.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger let loose 28/48 for 400 yards passing, four TDs and two interceptions thrown (with five sacks for -29 yards) against the Patriots last week. His top three wide receivers led the team with 11 targets for 6/98/0 receiving flowing to Emmanuel Sanders, eight for 7/96/3 going to Jerricho Cotchery; and nine for 5/71/1 ending up with Antonio Brown. All cylinders are firing for the Steelers' passing attack entering Week 10. As Roethlisberger put it after the 31-55 loss to New England 'I wouldnít have [come out]. They would have had to drag me off. Iím not going to quit. Iím going to stay out there and fight until the end.'

The Bills' pass D is a gambling, high-pressure unit that has averaged 246.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 20 pass TDs given out to date (dead last in the NFL), vs. 12 interceptions and 29 sacks generated to date (tied for third in the NFL in both of the latter categories). Alex Smith eked out 19/29 for 115 net yards passing last week (zero TDs or interceptions) while Ryan Tannehill tossed 19/37 for 173 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions vs the Bills two games ago. Of late, the Bills' pass D has been dominating the opposition.

Advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

PIT Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Philip Rivers couldn't get much going vs. the Vikings last week (19/42 for 197 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception), and watched as his team was doubled-up on the scoreboard (17-35 loss for the Chargers). Chris Chambers, in his second game with San Diego, led the club with 5/59/0 receiving - nobody else got over 40 yards receiving during the contest. Rivers has not passed for more than 200 yards over his last 3 games, and has posted 0 TDs twice during that span of time (with 3 TDs vs. Houston sandwiched in between 2 disappointing outings vs. Oakland and Minnesota). Turning the corner into the second half of the season, Rivers is pretty cold in fantasy terms.

The Colts' pass D played well for most of the game last week, but melted down in the 4th quarter, handing over 14 points in the final 8 minutes of the game to lose the contest for Indianapolis. When it was all said and done, Tom Brady had amassed 21/32 for 237 net yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. Indy. That was the first time over the past 5 games that the Colts have allowed 200+ passing yards - they are currently 3rd in the NFL averaging 174.4 yards allowed per game, with 8 passing scores surrendered to date vs. 11 interceptions generated. They still lag the NFL field in sacks, with only 14 so far, but overall this is a solid pass D more often than not.

Rivers is stone cold coming into this contest, while the Colts are trying to dust themselves off and get back to playing top-notch pass D. This looks like a tough matchup for San Diego, on balance.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Philip Rivers carried his team last week (the running backs could only muster 15/34/0 rushing against the Giants), throwing for all three TDs the Chargers scored and led his team to a 21-20 victory. When the dust settled, Rivers had 24/36 for 209 yards, three TDs and two interceptions to his credit - Antonio Gates led all receivers with eight targets for 5/67/0, but Vincent Jackson was the TD maker with six targets for 5/58/2 at the end of the game. Little-used Kris Wilson snagged the other TD with 1/2/1 out of three opportunities during the game. Given the Broncos' two game skid, the surging Chargers are back in the AFC West race at 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the division.

The Eagles dropped a key divisional game last week 16-20, allowing 21/34 for 282 net yards, one TD and one interception to Dallas' Tony Romo - one week before, they rolled the Giants 40-17, though, holding Eli Manning to 20/39 for 215 net yards, one TD and two interceptions - Philadelphia has been up and down during recent weeks. To date, the team is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 204.8 net yards allowed per game, with a hefty 12 passing scores given up balanced by the heftier 15 interceptions generated this year (tied for 2nd in the NFL). The Eagles also have 27 sacks so far this year - also second in the NFL in this category. The team pressures opposing passers relentlessly, but is vulnerable to big plays due to their hyper-agressive style. The Chargers are in the middle of the NFL range with 18 sacks given up to date.

Rivers comes into this game hot, but he had trouble with turnovers last week and was sacked twice by the Giants - he'll have to be careful with the ball this week when the ball-hawking Eagles roll into Qualcomm Stadium. This looks like a tough matchup for the home team from where we're sitting.

SD Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Russell Wilson has thrown for multiple TDs in his last two games, with 16/24 for 173 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week vs. Minnesota, and 25/35 for 236 yards, two TDs and one interception two weeks ago at Detroit. His favorite recievers during the hot streak have been Golden Tate (13 targets for 11/86/2 receiving), Sidney Rice (12 for 10/109/2) and Zach Miller (8 for 4/69/1). Tate and Rice look like the receivers to own here entering week 10.

The Jets' pass D is solid this year, averaging 205.6 net yards allowed per game, with nine passing scores given up vs. seven interceptions generated (tied for 17th in the NFL) and 12 sacks (29th). Miami managed 13/24 for 139 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at the Jets two weeks ago; Tom Brady put up 26/42 for 250 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions on them back in week seven.

Wilson has been hot, but he's got a tougher-than-usual matchup on Sunday. Also, Marshawn Lynch has a great matchup so the Seahawks are likely to run the ball a lot in this game.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Both of these divisional rivals come into this contest off a bye week of rest - it should be a slobber-knocker of a contest between the top two teams in the NFC West. Russell Wilson threw 19/30 for 210 yards passing, one TD and one interception in his last outing (against Dallas), adding 6/32/0 rushing to his totals. Jimmy Graham was heavily targeted (10 targets for 7/75/0 receiving) and his counterpart at tight end, Luke Willson (two for 2/41/1) snarfed up the available TD reception. Doug Baldwin (six for 3/35/0) and Tyler Lockett (four for 3/36/0) were lightly utilized in Dallas, and had typically unimpressive wide receiver numbers for this slow-paced passing attack. The Seahawks don't go for big chunks of yardage in this phase of the game very often.

The Arizona pass D has averaged 222.6 net passing yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL) with 13 passing scores balanced by a league-best 13 interceptions generated to date - the team also has a paltry 13 sacks (tied for 27th in the NFL). The secondary is outstanding while the pass-rushers are sub-par. Cleveland managed 21/40 for 215 net yards passing, three scores and one interception thrown against the Cardinals two weeks ago - two games ago, Joe Flacco threw 26/40 for 221 net yards, one TD and one interception with three sacks taken for -31 yards at Arizona. As you can see the Cardinals have been right at their season average in passing yards allowed over their past two games.

This is a tough divisional matchup for Wilson and company.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Alex Smith has struggled mightily of late, with 13/21 for 105 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception against the Vikings last week, and 29/47 for 251 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions during the past 3 weeks (2 games). He's been in a funk lately, no doubt about it. Unsurprisingly, with only 105 yards to go around last week, none of the wide receivers surpassed Antonio Bryant's 2/24/0 - RB Frank Gore led the team with 5/36/0 on the day.

The Lions' pass defense has been just a little more giving than the 49ers' this year, with an average of 227.1 yards allowed per game, and 15 passing scores allowed to date. They have averaged 165.5 yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks, though (2 games), holding Michael Vick to 174/32 for 163 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions last week. With 4 sacks and 3 interceptions in their most recent 2 games, the Lions have played fairly well in this phase of the game.

The 49ers have wilted in this department, while the Lions have their defense heading in the right direction - this looks like a tough matchup for the struggling 49ers.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Shaun Hill has taken over for J.T. O'Sullivan in San Francisco: "We just felt like right now, Shaun gave us the best chance of winning," coach Mike Singletary said when announcing the move. "Some of the things that have happened with the turnovers and all that, J.T. just needed to take a little time and gather himself." To date in his career, Hill has been very careful with the ball (something that O'Sullivan hasn't proved to be during his time on the field), tossing 69/102 for 674 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception over 2 seasons in San Francisco. In the last game vs. Seattle, Hill took over for O'Sullivan and pitched 15/23 for 173 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions, hitting little-known Jason Hill for the score (3/38/1). We'll see how well Hill stands up to the pounding that the 49ers' OL allows (they are worst in the NFL with 34 sacks allowed in just 8 games).

The Cardinal's defensive front has generated 21 sacks to date, with an average of 216.3 net yards allowed per game (tied for 18th in the NFL). However, they are the league's most generous secondary when it comes to TDs allowed, with 16 handed over to date. Over the past 3 weeks (2 games), the Cards coughed up 408 passing yards, with 2 interceptions and 3 sacks generated. Last week, the Rams managed 16/33 for 170 yards passing, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions - Marc Bulger was sacked twice. Teams with poor OL's tend to have trouble when the Cards are across the line of scrimmage.

San Francisco is in transition at the QB position, and their weakness along the OL plays into a team strength of the Cardinals - this looks like a tough matchup for Hill, although he should be able to generate a TD or 2 with some good luck.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

49ers QBs Alex Smith (shoulder) and Troy Smith say they haven't been told who will start in Week 10. Alex Smith said his shoulder is almost back to normal, and he was able to complete a normal workout Monday, Nov. 8, but he hasn't resumed throwing yet and hasn't been cleared to by doctors. It may take more time before Alex Smith is able to return, though coach Singletary didn't tip his hand on Tuesday ('Sometime before the game we'll know who the starter is going to be,' Singletary said).

On the field, Troy Smith generated a 'W' in London before the team's week nine bye - Smith threw 12/19 for 196 yards, one TD and zero interceptions with 4/2/1 rushing to lead the 49ers to a 24-16 win in Wembley Stadium. Delanie Walker (seven targets for 5/85/0 receiving) and Michael Crabtree (five for 3/53/1) were his preferred targets in Smith's first start, with Josh Morgan seeing two for 1/30/0, and Vernon Davis getting just one look for 1/12/0 receiving. We think Troy Smith is likely to get another start week 10 in an extended audition for the starting job.

The 49ers' divisional rivals, the Rams, are currently ranked 16th in the NFL averaging 216.1 net yards allowed per game, with nine TD passes allowed vs. eight interceptions and 23 sacks generated (tied for 16th in the NFL and ninth in the NFL, respectively). They stole three interceptions from Matt Moore in week eight (23/37 for 176 net yards, one TD), and limited Josh Freeman to 23/40 for 189 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions during St. Louis' two most recent games. These guys are playing great pass D entering the second half of 2010, folks.

One of the Smiths will face a tough matchup at home on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chris Simms played a very solid first half on his way to 25/42 for 259 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. the Panthers last week. One of his mistakes was huge, though, as the Panthers' Chris Gamble returned his interception of Simms for a TD. However, Simms showed a nice touch on several throws during the game, and threw a beautiful 50 yard TD to Joey Galloway during the game (Galloway ended the day with 5/83/1) - Simms has a lot of potential and improved quite a bit from his first to his second start of the year. We'll see if he can cut down on the turnovers moving forward...

The Redskins' pass D is very good this year, ranking 6th in the NFL allowing only 170 yards per game, with only 6 passing scores given up to date (3rd-least in the NFL). Donovan McNabb lit them up for a lot of yards last week (22/35 for 304 yards), but only managed 1 TD vs. 1 interception during the game. Over the past 3 weeks, the Redskins average 156.3 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have piled up 9 sacks during that span (the team ranks 25th in the NFL with only 14 sacks to date - the return of LaVar Arrington to the LB corps is helping pump up the success of the pass-rush quite a bit). Tampa has coughed up 24 sacks to date (t-7th most in the NFL), including 5 given up to Carolina last week - the pass rush could be a big problem for Simms this week.

Simms is growing into his new role on the team, and he'll have home-field advantage at his back. However, the Redskins play well in this phase of the game more often than not, and they have been rushing the passer with a lot of success during recent weeks - Tampa has had trouble protecting their signal caller this year. Advantage, Washington.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Back in week 3, Chris Simms was still the starting QB for Tampa Bay - since then, he's landed on IR and the passing offense has headed south. Bruce Gradkowski has managed just 51/105 for 428 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during the past 3 weeks (3 games) - only Joey Galloway's strong 4/97/2 performance last week has been a bright spot during that span. Most weeks, there just aren't many fantasy points available to the Buccaneer receivers.

The Panthers are in the middle of the NFL scrum vs. opposing passers this year, ranking 20th in the NFL allowing an average of 213 passing yards per game with 11 passing TDs given up. Over their past 2 games (3 weeks), Carolina has only 1 interception and 4 sacks (they are tied for 19th in the NFL with 17 sacks total this year, and have generated 7 interceptions to date). The Panthers are mediocre in this phase of the game no matter how you slice it. Tony Romo hit 24/36 for 270 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Panthers before the bye week - he didn't have much trouble finding open guys.

The Panthers are mediocre in this phase of the game, but Gradkowski has played pretty poorly the last 3 weeks - this looks like a tough matchup for the Tampa signal caller at hostile Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Buccaneers had made cutting down on interceptions a focus for Josh Freeman during the bye week (they decided to include more roll-outs in the game plan to emphasize his strength throwing on the run), and so far the change is working out for Tampa. Last week at New Orleans he posted 27/37 for 281 net yards, took zero sacks, and threw one TD and zero interceptions. Compare that result to week seven in London, when Freeman threw four interceptions and took a 14-yard sack (29/51 for 264 yards, two TDs and four interceptions was his full day's work). Preston Parker led the team in receiving vs. the Saints, with four targets for 3/56/0; Mike Williams was second with eight for 6/46/0; Dezmon Briscoe posted two for 1/46/0; Kregg Lumpkin saw six for 4/31/0; and Kellen Winslow snagged 4/29/1 out of six chances last week. All told, nine different Buccaneers caught passes at New Orleans - Freeman really spread the wealth last week.

The Texans' pass D is second in the NFL, averaging 182.6 net yards allowed per game, with 10 pass TDs allowed balanced by 11 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 24 sacks (tied for fourth) generated to date. Cleveland's Colt McCoy was limited to 14/22 for 128 net yards (four sacks taken, with eight total QB hits generated by Houston), one TD and one interception last week, while Blaine Gabbert and company could only eke out 10/32 for 90 net yards, one TD and two interceptions at Houston two weeks ago. These guys are playing championship-level pass D right now, folks.

This is a very tough matchup for Freeman and his compadres.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Whatever kind of heat head coach Schiano is under in Tampa Bay, there is no doubt he made the right call inserting Mike Glennon into the starting quarterback's job - the kid has been outstanding over the past three weeks with 73/118 for 699 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions thrown during three games. Vincent Jackson has enjoyed 39 targets for 17/228/2 receiving during that tie span, while Tim Wright (15 for 11/121/2), Brian Leonard (13 for 11/89/0) and Mike James (10 for 9/41/0) have been his most-targeted receivers (Mike Williams was in the list too, but he's on IR now). The Tampa Bay passing attack has to be respected, which is opening up running room for James in the other phase of the game.

The Miami pass D gives up yards in chunks - ranking 21st in the NFL averaging 252.2 net yards allowed per game - but they are relatively stingy with TDs having allowed only nine, while generating 11 interceptions (tied for ninth-best in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for 10th). Ultra-hot Andy Dalton was sacked five times for -36 yards and intercepted three times last week, while throwing zero TDs (32/53 for 302 net yards) - Tom Brady had only 13/22 for 100 net passing yards, one TD and one interception vs. Miami two weeks ago (three sacks taken for -16 yards).

This looks like a tough matchup for the young Tampa signal caller. Also, the rushing matchup is outstanding for James and Leonard, so Glennon may not need to throw the football much this week.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jameis Winston came down from his upset victory over Atlanta two weeks ago to lose in New York, but he's been very consistent over those two games with 16/29 for 177 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions passing and 3/24/1 rushing at Atlanta followed by 19/36 for 249 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, and 3/24/1 rushing (again) last week. Mike Evans has been his 'main man' with Vincent Jackson sidelined due to injury (knee) the last two games - Evans has seen 28 targets for 11/200/0 receiving over the last two weeks, including 19 for 8/152/0 vs. New York. Adam Humphries (five for 5/55/0 vs. New York) has handled 11 for 8/69/0 in second place for the Buccaneers with Jackson out. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to see if Jackson will get back in the mix for the so-so Buccaneers' attack this week.

The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 10th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed (tied with Tampa Bay, actually) averaging 240.6 net yards given up per contest, but they have only handed out nine TDs so far. Unfortunately, the Cowboys are tied for last in the NFL with just three interceptions and are dead last in the NFL at -9 turnover differential with a mere one fumble taken away (four turnovers total so far generated by the D) vs. eight interceptions and five fumbles given away. The Eagles generated 25/36 for 287 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week; Dallas' pass D gave up 19/30 for 210 net yards passing, one TD and one interception to Russell Wilson two games ago.

This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Tampa, but they shouldn't have a pile of turnovers to worry about when the dust settles.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Vince Young tossed 15/36 for 153 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions vs. the Jags last week - he's thrown for 22/51 for 250 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions over the past 3 weeks (2 games), adding 8/58/1 on the ground during that span to rank 23rd among all fantasy QBs in points per game. Bo Scaife leads the team with 14 targets for 7/85/0 receiving, while Drew Bennett (12 for 4/74/1) and Brandon Jones (6 for 1/8/0) are the next 2 receivers on the list. While Young is averaging 125 passing yards per game, don't expect much in the way of fantasy points from Titans you may have on the roster.

The Ravens are 13th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 204.5 yards given up per game (9 passing scores allowed to date). Last week, Carson Palmer eked out 12/25 for 195 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. Baltimore. They have 4 sacks and 6 interceptions over the past 32 weeks, while averaging 275.5 passing yards allowed per game (Drew Brees 383 yards passing 2 weeks ago threw this stat out of whack). On balance the Ravens have a good but not great pass D entering the 2nd half of the NFL season.

This looks like a tough matchup for Young and company.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Marcus Mariota announced his return to action with authority last week, throwing 28/39 for 371 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions against the Saints' sorry pass D - Tennessee won the game 34-28 in overtime on a TD pass to Anthony Fasano (three targets for 3/33/1 receiving). Also heavily involved in the absence of Kendall Wright (MCL injury - he didn't practice on Wednesday this week, either) - Delanie Walker (eight targets for 7/92/2) and his lucky catches off caroms; Dorial Green-Beckham (nine targets for 5/77/0); Harry Douglas (five for 5/73/0) and Justin Hunter (four for 3/17/1). The Titans' passing attack is re-energized with Mariota under center.

The Panthers' pass D is ranked 12th in the NFL in terms of net passing yards allowed per game (241.6 on average), but they have allowed less TDs (11) than interceptions generated (13, tied for first in the NFL) and they have recorded 25 sacks this season (fourth-best in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers and company posted 25/48 for 331 yards passing, four TDs and one interception at Carolina and still lost 29-37. Two weeks ago, Andrew Luck managed 23/47 for 223 net yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown.

This is a tough matchup for the home-team Titans.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mark Brunell didn't wow any fantasy owners last week (21/29 for 224 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions), but he was a lot better vs. the Eagles than he was vs. the Giants two weeks ago (11/28 for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). It seems like a long time ago that he was slinging 2-3 TDs per game, though. Over the past 3 weeks, Brunell ranks as the 24th best fantasy QB with 45/77 for 541 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception - top target Santana Moss has seen 25 balls come his way in that span with 16/225/1 receiving (7/79/0 last week). TE Chris Cooley had 8 passes tossed his way last week and snagged 7/85/0 to lead the team in receiving.

Tampa Bay slipped up against the Panthers last week, allowing 11/18 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Jake Delhomme and company, far more than their season average of 161 passing yards allowed per game (2nd in the NFL) - Delhomme's TD marks only the 3rd passing score allowed by the Buccaneers all year long. They've averaged 130 passing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games), but have 0 interceptions and only 1 sack to balance the 3 total (rushing and receiving) TDs surrendered. They play very well in this phase of the game, but Tampa (who ranks 23rd in the NFL with only 16 sacks this season) needs to do more to disrupt their oppositions' QBs.

Brunell and company started to recover from their humiliation by the Giants 2 weeks ago, but they'll have a hard time with Tampa Bay and their raucous home-field crowd. Advantage, Tampa.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mark Brunell was without his star receiver last week, as Santana Moss' injured left hamstring left him on the sidelines. The early word this week is that Moss' status for this divisional showdown is unclear as of mid-week "I'm taking the right steps towards being better. That's all I can pretty much say. I'm feeling pretty good." he commented on Tuesday. Chris Cooley led the receiving stable last week with 3/66/1, while James Thrash was second on the team with 3/52/0 - Brunell managed 14/23 for 192 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions for Washington against the Cowboys. It was a solid-but-unspectacular effort from the veteran signal caller.

The Eagles play an aggressive, blitzing style of defense that has generated 26 sacks, 8 interceptions and 6 fumble recoveries this season en route to ranking 11th in passing yards allowed per game (198.4, with 8 TDs given up in 8 games). They are an above-average but not elite pass defense - in week 8, they held David Garrard to 10/17 for 87 yards passing, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions (but the Jags ran for 209 yards that day, so the passing game was an afterthought). The Redskins have only allowed 12 sacks to date, near the bottom end of the scale - they are not particularly vulnerable to pass rushers.

Brunell is not noted for explosive outings at this stage of his career, while the Eagles tend to make life difficult for opposing passers - especially when they have their vocal and football savvy fans at their back as they will this weekend. We think this is a tough matchup for the injury-challenged Redskins.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Since the Sherman Lewis experiment began, Jason Campbell has thrown three TDs -one to new starting TE Fred Davis (in for the injured Chris Cooley), with 14 targets for 10/104/1 receiving; one to Devin Thomas (6 targets for 3/45/1); and one to little-used TE Todd Yoder (2 targets for 1/3/1). Santana Moss leads the team with 17 targets and leads in receiving yards with 11/121/0 during that time span - Antwaan Randle El is third in targets with 11 for 8/67/0. All told, Campbell has 44/65 for 480 yards, three TDs and two interceptions over the past two weeks. He's improved over weeks four through six, but still has yet to win a game in the new paradigm.

The Broncos have dropped two straight games - they were hit for 21/29 yielding 202 net yards, three TDs and one interception by Ben Roethlisberger last Monday night in the course of a 28-10 loss to Pittsburgh. Joe Flacco carved them for 20/25 for 167 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions in the previous week during the Ravens' 30-7 victory over Denver. The Broncos' secondary is sticking close to their season average of 183.2 net yards allowed per game (seventh-ranked in the NFL) over the losing streak (184.5 passing yards allowed over the last two weeks), but they just aren't doing enough on the other side of the ball to pull out W's right now.

Campbell is getting comfortable with Lewis, but he's got some tough customers coming into FedEx Field this week - advantage, Denver.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 79F with a low of 62F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch some pro football. Weather doesn't look like a major factor in this matchup.

WAS Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Matt Ryan has melted down without Julio Jones and Roddy White, throwing seven interceptions vs. just two TDs in the past two weeks (58/88 for 519 yards passing during that span) - Harry Douglas (five targets for 3/82/0 receiving) is doing what he can to provide Ryan with a target other than Tony Gonzalez (seven for 6/81/1 receiving last week), but even though Gonzalez beat the double- and triple-teams last week, he's been struggling to produce over the past three games. Gonzalez looks like a risky start given the inordinate amount of defensive attention he's drawing lately. Ryan is a shaky fantasy starter right now too, especially in leagues that penalize interceptions stringently.

The Seahawks' presence in the Georgia Dome this week will exacerbate Ryan's issues as this is one of the premier pass defenses in all of the NFL this season. To date, Seattle is second in the NFL averaging 179.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with just nine passing TDs given away vs. 13 interceptions (tied for first in the NFL) and 29 sacks (tied for third) generated to date. Mike Glennon and Mike James did combine for three passing TDs last week, but Glennon still only managed 18/24 for 145 net yards passing, with three sacks taken for -25 yards. Kellen Clemens posted 15/31 for 139 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -19 yards.

Seattle is strong in the interceptions department, which is precisely where Ryan has flopped over the past two games - advantage, Seattle. Also, Seattle has been awful at defending vs. the run the past two games, so Atlanta may elect to slant their game plan more towards running the football this week.

Weather: This game will be played in the Georgia Dome - weather won't be a factor indoors.

ATL Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Todd Heap and Derrick Mason owners should be aware that the Kyle Boller era is about to resume again on Sunday, vs. Jacksonville's 3rd ranked pass defense. Oh yeah, that's going to be pretty - Kyle Boller "knocking the rust off" against a secondary that has averaged 162.3 passing yards allowed per game this season (188.5 per game over the last 3 weeks (2 games)). Until we see if Boller has improved during his injury-enforced stay on the bench, we advise Ravens owners to consider starting players from other teams.

Boller has never impressed us as an NFL-caliber quarter back, he'll be stone-cold after an 8-week stay on the bench. Jacksonville has 3 interceptions and 8 sacks during their last 2 games (10th in the NFL with 22 sacks this season). This one is a very ugly matchup for Boller, who has managed all of 15/23 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception passing so far this year. The defense will also enjoy home-field advantage - everything is in favor of the home team in this matchup.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

BAL Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Carolina has scored 13 points in their last two losses, and they'll be back to either Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike under center this week as Matt Moore landed on IR Monday. LT Jeff Otah has been sidelined all season long due to injury, and now DeAngelo Williams is bothered by a serious foot injury that is keeping him out lately. Jonathan Stewart, who has been a non-entity in fantasy terms this year anyway, suffered a serious concussion last week and had to be carted off the field - he's iffy to play this week. OK, rookie QB under center - check; neither first or second string RB available - check; offensive line injury depleted - check. Pardon us if we can't get excited about Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike this week. The passes have been shared out to predominantly three receivers over the past three weeks, with 29 targets for 14/144/0 flowing to Steve Smith; 17 for 10/147/2 going to David Gettis, and 16 for 12/145/1 landing in Brandon LaFell's arms. Nobody else on the team has compiled over 55 yards receiving in the past three games. If you must start a Panther in week 10, hold your nose and pick one of their leading three receivers. But try and find a better option first. The word as of Wednesday is that Clausen will start the game in week 10, but if he struggles he could be on a short leash - who knows which guy will finish the game?

The Buccaneers' pass D is the sort of ball-hawking unit that usually give young starters (like Clausen and Pike) fits - they are tied for first in the NFL with 14 interceptions through eight games, while averaging 213.5 net passing yards allowed per contest (12th in the NFL). They have given away 15 passing TDs this year, though, and have a lowly six sacks as a team (32nd in the NFL in sacks generated). At least it's not ALL bad news for the Panthers' QBs. Matt Ryan was held to 24/36 for 235 yards, one TD and zero interceptions by the Buccaneers last week.

This is a divisional rivalry, so don't expect the Buccaneers to have any mercy on Clausen or Pike. This is a bad matchup for Carolina.

Weather: Charlotte expects a high of 73F with a low of 46F and a 10% chance for rain - the sky should be "Carolina Blue", making a beautiful dome to sit under during the football game. Weather won't be much of a factor for either team if this forecast holds up.

CAR Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Rex Grossman is back, and last week he was "Good Rex", with 9/19 for 58 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception passing, and 2/3/1 rushing. Anyone who has ever owned Grossman in a fantasy league knows that his hallmark is inconsistency - you never know which Rex Grossman - "Good Rex" or "Bad Rex" - is going to show up on any particular Sunday. At his best, he can throw with the best in the league, but he can also fall into Favre-like interception-prone slumps at any time. Last week, Rashied Davis caught the TD from Grossman, and led the Bears with 5/64/1. As of midweek, Kyle Orton is hinting he might be available for this game. Keep an eye on the news later this week.

The Titans will put a lot of pressure on Grossman and try to bring out the bad in him - they are currently 6th in the NFL with 22 sacks, while the Bears are in the middle of the NFL range with 16 sacks allowed. Tennessee has generated 13 interceptions vs. only 4 passing TDs allowed, and are currently 12th in the league averaging 198.1 net yards given up per game. Aaron Rodgers managed more than usual against Tennessee (22/41 for 288 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), but couldn't pull out a "W" in OT.

Grossman is a boom-or-bust type guy - against the high-pressure Titans (who are also ball hawks in the secondary), it would be no surprise to see a bust day. Advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

CHI Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Neither Derek Anderson (11/19 for 92 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions) nor Brady Quinn (6/8 for 34 yards, zero TDs and one interception) were effective vs. Baltimore the first time these teams met. Since then, it's been Anderson's show, and he and the now-starters at WR, Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie have been consistently awful week in and week out. This is the worst passing attack in the NFL, though Oakland gives them a run for the 'worst in the NFL' moniker this year. Cleveland averages an anemic 121.5 net passing yards per game, have the paltry sum of three passing TDs all year long, and have surrendered 13 interceptions and 19 sacks to their opponents. Anderson crept to 6/17 for 76 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions in his most recent game vs. Chicago before being benched for Brady Quinn (1/3 for 9 yards). Massaquoi 'led' the team with 2/28/0 receiving vs. Chicago. Head coach Eric Mangini won't 'officially' name a starter at QB for this week - but does anybody outside the Browns' team really care? Fantasy owners shouldn't, that's for sure. Reports out of Cleveland late Tuesday indicated that Brady Quinn will be the flavor of the week at QB for the Browns - just because he starts doesn't mean he'll finish the game, though.

As if the situation in Cleveland were'nt horrid enough, this week, they face their divisional rivals, the Ravens, who pounded Cleveland 34-3 back in week three. Baltimore comes into this game mad after losing to Cincinnati 7-17 last week (Carson Palmer hit them for 20/33 for 223 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions) - Baltimore has averaged 205.3 net yards allowed per game in this phase over the last three weeks.

The Ravens pass D is currently 19th in the NFL averaging 225.8 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing TDs given up vs. eight interceptions generated, but they have enough talent on their squad to squash the inept Browns even with just a mediocre unit. Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: The Steeler's home stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 49F and a 10% chance of rain on Sunday night - Heinz Field should be a nice venue to take in and play in a football game this week. Weather won't be a huge factor in this game if the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Texans lost Matt Schaub for at least 4 weeks due to a knee injury - so now it is time for Sage Rosenfels to step into the lineup. Last week, in relief of Schaub, Rosenfels played pretty well, with 21/29 for 224 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception - he had similar numbers in his other game of the year, vs. Indianapolis 21/33 for 246 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception, and came within 5 minutes of beating the Colts until a series of awful turnovers on Rosenfels' part gave away the game. From the fantasy perspective, the Houston passing attack stays potent whether it is Schaub or Rosenfels under center.

The Ravens bring the league's 4th ranked pass D to the dance, with an average of 187.1 net yards allowed per game. They have given up 10 passing scores to date, with 10 interceptions and 17 sacks to balance the equation. The secondary fought through a plague of injuries last week (only 1 starter, Ed Reed, was on the field), but still limited Derek Anderson and company to 17/33 for 210 net yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception even with little depth in the defensive backfield. Over the past 3 weeks, Baltimore has surrendered 685 net yards, with 3 interceptions and 6 sacks. They are playing well considering their injury woes, but this is not the shut down unit we are used to as of mid-season.

The Texans have a strong passing attack but the Ravens are playing shut down football.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

HOU Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Curtis Painter stunk badly enough last week (13/27 for 98 yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown) that he was benched for Dan Orlovsky (4/6 for 20 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions). The top two tight ends for the Colts, Dallas Clark and Brody Eldrige, have been lost for a minimum of two weeks (though rumors are that Clark will be out much longer, and may be headed for IR), leaving Jacob Tamme as the last man standing there. Eldridge underwent surgery on his injured hand and has a cast on his hand and arm as of Wednesday. Austin Collie led the team in receiving last week with just 4/32/0 on five chances, while Reggie Wayne (4/30/0) and Pierre Garcon (3/22/0) both saw six targets during the 7-31 loss. In more bad news, the team announced this week that Painter remains the starter in Indianapolis (but he may get a quicker hook for Orlovsky if he stinks again this week). As of mid-week, Painter is our 31st-ranked fantasy QB - we advise fantasy owners to stay far away from this unit right now.

The Jaguars' pass D was outstanding vs. Baltimore (21/38 for 112 net yards allowed (three sacks) with one TD and one interception when the final gun sounded), and they did a decent job on the Andre-Johnson-less Texans week eight, allowing 16/30 for 202 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Matt Schaub and company (they sacked Schaub twice in that game). To date the team ranks eighth in the NFL averaging 197 net yards allowed per game, with 11 pass TDs given up vs. seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 16 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated so far.

The Colts' passing attack is an injury-riddled shambles entering the second half of the season, while the Jaguars play stout pass D this year - advantage, Jacksonville.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather isn't an issue in this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
HOU Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Garrard has been all over the place in recent weeks, looking very good last week vs. Kansas City (18/27 for 264 yards, one TD and zero interceptions with 9/29/0 rushing) one week after stinking up the joint vs. the Titans (14/27 for 139 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions, with 3/22/0 rushing). As one would expect, his receivers have risen and fallen with their QB's fortunes: Mike Thomas was the top guy vs. Tennessee with 4/55/0, but Mike Sims-Walker led the club with 6/147/1 receiving vs. K.C. If Garrard would just play solidly week in and week out, his fantasy owners would be less frustrated. One interesting side note on this matchup: Torry Holt is the only Jaguar to post multiple receptions in all eight games thus far during 2009 - he had 4/37/0 receiving last week for second on the team.

The Jets went into the bye week averaging 153 net passing yards allowed in their four games during the second quarter of the season. Miami could only boast of 12/22 for 52 net yards and one TD in week eight; Oakland eked out 16/30 for 144 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions the prior week. To date, the Jets are ranked second in the NFL averaging just 165.2 net yards allowed per game, with only five passing TDs given up in eight games (second-least in the NFL in the first half of the season), while generating seven interceptions and 14 sacks (near the bottom of the league in the latter stat). These guys are very hard to pass on (the Jets have allowed only 9 total TDs through eight games - they are hard-nosed defenders).

Garrard is a herky-jerky fantay QB this year, playing well one week and poorly the next. The Jets are consistently playing shut-down type football in this phase of the game - advantage, New York.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Jacksonville is getting stomped routinely this season - most recently 42-10 by San Francisco - and the lack of scoring is holding down all their players in fantasy terms. Here's how bad it is - the Jaguars have a total of four passing TDs and three rushing TDs over the first half of the season. In this phase of the game, Jacksonville ranks 19th in passing yardage (1,761 yards passing so far) but 32nd in TD passes. To make matters worse, Justin Blackmon got high and got caught (again) by the NFL and he is now suspended indefinitely and seeking rehabilitation. Thus, Chad Henne has been robbed of the one top-shelf receiving option he had entering the second half of the season. The picture isn't too rosy for Jacksonville receivers, though Cecil Shorts III probably gets a bump due to Blackmon's addiction problems.

The Titans' pass D ranks seventh in the NFL averaging 217.8 net yards allowed per game, and they are tied for first in the NFL with Carolina having allowed a mere seven passing scores to date. Yikes, Jaguars' fans. Most recently, Kellen Clemens managed 20/35 for 203 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing vs. Tennessee.

This looks like a lopsided matchup in favor of the Titans.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 74F and a low of 63F with a 10% chance for rain - sounds like great football weather to us.

JAX Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Brady Quinn hasn't been cleared to practice as of Wednesday, so Matt Cassel (142/235 for 1,549 yards passing, six TDs and 11 interceptions so far this year) will be under center for the Chiefs on Monday Night Football, vs. the home-team Steelers. Most recently, Cassel eked out 19/29 for 181 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -5 yards) at San Diego. Dwayne Bowe (10 targets for 8/79/0 receiving) was the top receiver last week, followed by Jamaal Charles (four for 3/27/0). Yuck.

The Steelers have shut down Eli Manning (10/24 for 114 net yards, zero TDs and one interception, with two sacks taken for -11 yards) and Robert Griffin III (16/34 for 169 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -8 yards) over the last two weeks, and boast of the league's top ranked pass D, averaging just 174 net yards allowed per game. They do have a paltry four interceptions this year, but otherwise the Steelers are a dominant pass D entering week 10.

This is a horrid matchup for the fading Chiefs and their passing attack.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Alex Smith threw 21/31 for 199 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Jets last week (one sack taken for -3 yards). Smith has been under 227 yards passing in each of his last three games, while the running backs and defense do their thing for the Chiefs. Last week, tight ends Travis Kelce (five targets for 4/67/1 receiving) and Anthony Fasano (three targets for 3/24/1 receiving) handled all the TDs for Smith. Dwayne Bowe led the team in targets last week with 10 for 6/55/0 receiving.

The Bills' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 233.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 pass TDs given up balanced by 12 interceptions (tied for first in the NFL) and 28 sacks (second) generated to date. It isn't easy to be a quarterback when Buffalo lines up against you this year. Most recently, the hapless Jets were intercepted four times by the Bills, finishing the game with 20/44 for 137 net yards, zero TDs and four sacks taken for -21 yards. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked five times for -39 yards and threw 15/26 for 118 net yards, one TD and two interceptions against Buffalo.

This looks like a bad matchup for the visiting Chiefs.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Back in Week Two, these teams clashed with a narrow 31-24 win recorded by Denver on the strength of a fumble recovery returned for a TD by cornerback Bradley Roby at 0:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs' offense still had Jamaal Charles in action back in Week Two - things have changed since then with Charles on IR. Looking back won't tell us a bunch about the offense as currently constituted.

Alex Smith led the rout of Detroit (45-10) two weeks ago, throwing 18/26 for 145 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown while adding an impressive 5/78/1 rushing during the contest. He found Travis Kelce (eight targets for 6/49/1 receiving) and Jeremy Maclin (five for 3/35/1) for the TDs while also hitting running back Charcandrick West for 4/25/0 out of six targets. The K.C. passing attack isn't flashy, but it was effective against the hapless Lions.

The Broncos' pass D is a different animal than the Lions' - they average just 181.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with a mere seven passing scores given out to date (third-least in the NFL) and a healthy nine interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and a league-best 30 sacks generated. Meanwhile, K.C. is 30th in the NFL with 29 sacks allowed, and 47 other hits on Alex Smith given out. Uh oh Chiefs' fans. Last week, Denver only sacked Andrew Luck once, for -7 yards, and gave up 21/36 for 245 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions generated (but Luck is out for two-to-six weeks now with a lacerated kidney). Two games ago, Broncos limited Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to a mere 14/22 for 77 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions.

This is a bad matchup for Smith and company.

Weather: The forecast for Ralph Wilson Stadium is pretty nice for a November day in upstate New York - 57F for a high, 41F for a low, with a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

In two of Christian Ponders' last three games, he's thrown for less than 70 yards passing. Percy Harvin, by far the best receiving option on the club, has a very sprained ankle this week (sprained in three places according to his comments on Monday) - he was considered very doubtful to play early in the week, and though the team has been more positive at mid-week, Harvin didn't practice on Wednesday. It looks like the struggling Ponder will do without his top receiver in this key divisional game. Forget what he managed to do last time around the block with the Lions - this is a bad situation for Ponder.

The Lions average 214.2 net yards allowed per game in this phase (eighth in the NFL), with 12 pass TDs given up vs. five interceptions (24th) and 18 sacks (17th) generated to date. They allowed 27/38 for 215 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (with one sack for -5 yards) to the Jaguars last week.

This matchup is all about Ponders' poor play and the Vikings' injury woes - this is a bad matchup for fantasy owners.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects perfect weather on Sunday - 64F for a high, with 46F for a low, and a 0% chance for rain. It doesn't get much nicer than that in November, folks. Weather isn't expected to impact this game much, as you can see.

MIN Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Andrew Walter had one of his better games vs. Denver back in week 6, but that's not saying much (13/26 for 189 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - at least he completed 50% of his passes that week). He has tossed 1 TD during the past 4 games, and been sub-50% in completion percentage the last 2 weeks - the Raiders' pass offense stinks. Their pass blocking stinks, too, allowing 9 sacks to Seattle last week and roughly one billion sacks to date (OK, "just" 44, but you see what we mean). Your grandma's bridge club could bull rush these guys and sack Walter at this point of the season. They are the sorriest looking collection of pass blockers since the Texans' lines of recent memory and the Raiders may actually be worse than those pathetic Houston squads.

The Broncos are in the middle of the NFL herd with 19 sacks so far, but you can bet the coaching staff noticed how awfully the Raiders are protecting Walter right now. Denver has 9 sacks over their past 3 games while averaging 293 passing yards allowed per contest (Ben Roethlisberger tossed 38/54 for 433 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions against these guys last week in a losing effort), and the Denver secondary was banged up by the Steelers, with Darrent Williams suffering a separated shoulder and S Sam Brandon going down to IR with a torn ACL - they are starting to get a little thin at DB in Denver. However, they have only allowed 6 passing scores all season which is tied for first in the NFL (Denver has a bend-but-don't-break secondary that plays ferociously when the field is compressed to the red-zone) .

The Broncos have some injury issues coming into this game, but Oakland's got a heaping helping of problems on their collective plate - advantage, Denver.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Raiders had no passing game last week, with a mere 10 net yards gained through the air. JaMarcus Russell was awful with 6/19 for 31 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to his credit - he was sacked 4 times and the offense was on the field for less than 15 of the 60 minutes played. Javon Walker caught another million-dollar pass (1/7/0). There are rumors that Walker may be cut before the end of the season as of Wednesday: enough said.

The Panthers are 10th in the NFL averaging 194.5 net pass yards allowed per game, with just 7 passing TDs allowed in 8 contests. They have generated 5 interceptions to date, but only 13 sacks (tied for 25th in the NFL). 2 weeks ago, the Panthers were beaten up by Kurt Warner (35/49 for 381 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception), but they still won the game. Usually, they aren't so giving in this phase of the game.

Anytime you pass for less than 50 yards in a game, you stink, your receivers stink, your game plan stinks - and right now, the Raiders smell to high heaven. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 64F with a low of 50F and a 10% chance for rain on Sunday - a cool, crisp autumn day is on tap by the Bay - perfect football weather, in other words.

OAK Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Tarvaris Jackson came back down to earth in a big way at Dallas (17/30 for 221 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions), just one week after his big game off the bench vs. Cincinnati two weeks ago (21/40 for 323 yards with zero TDs and one interception). He's had just one passing TD and five interceptions over the past three games that Jackson has played in - the Seattle passing attack is in a slump entering week ten, folks. During the past three weeks, Sidney Rice has led the team with 25 targets for 12/209/0 receiving, followed by Doug Baldwin's 17 targets for 8/104/0 receiving. Ben Obomanu is the other receiver over 100 yards receiving over the past three games, with eight targets for 6/113/0 receiving. If you play in a basic scoring fantasy league, or one in which TDs are heavily weighted, you should probably look somewhere other than the Seahawks' stable of receivers for your fantasy starters. A note of interest - on Monday Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Rice (undisclosed injuries) might be limited in practice this week after injuries sustained in the Week 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Carroll said Rice is 'banged up.' Rice owners will want to monitor his practice participation later in the week if you are considering starting Rice during week 10.

The Ravens' pass D is currently fifth in the NFL averaging 192.6 net yards allowed per game, with just six passing TDs given up to date (second-least in the NFL), vs. eight interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 26 sacks (second in the league) generated through eight contests. Ben Roethlisberger managed 20/37 for 322 net yards (one sack taken), one TD and one interception vs. the Ravens last Sunday night, while Kevin Kolb was held to 10/21 for 98 net yards (six sacks taken), one TD and one interception two weeks ago. Given that Seattle is 31st in the NFL this year with 29 sacks taken to date, this looks like a scary situation for Jackson to face despite his home-field advantage.

The Ravens have a big edge over their opponents this week.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

SEA Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Of the team's 12 penalties last week, eight were on the offensive line, including four on RT Kwame Harris. That kind of "blocking" will kill drives in a flash. Cody Pickett looked like a 3rd-stringer, with 12/21 for 102 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception passing (5/15/0 rushing) - Kevan Barlow snagged 6/41/0 on dump-offs, but other than that the next-highest receiver was Johnnie Morton with 1/24/0. There isn't much reason to think about starting a 49er receiver right now. Coach Nolan is indicating that Pickett will start again against Chicago as of mid-week, and perhaps moving forward into future games "If we have some consistency out of our quarterback as we go forward, then I'm not looking to switch back right away. We'll see. ... The (next) game will determine a lot of that."

The Bears' defenders rank among the league's top ten in this phase of the game, allowing an average of 174.8 passing yards per contest (7th in the NFL) with only 7 passing scores allowed to date (t-4th least in the NFL this season). The D has given up only 3 TDs total during their last 3 games (2 coming in last week's contest vs. New Orleans) - Aaron Brooks tossed 16/26 for 170 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions last week vs. this secondary. The Bears field a very solid (bordering on elite) pass D this year.

The 49ers have started 4 QBs this season, and none of them have been particularly effective - with such a lack of continuity, is it any wonder they rank 6th-worst in the NFL with 25 sacks given up, and are 31st in the NFL averaging 110.5 net passing yards per game, with a league-worst 5 passing scores so far this year? Advantage, Chicago.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

With 38/221/4 rushing in London two weeks ago (and 7/54/2 rushing for Colin Kaepernick personally), there wasn't much need to throw the football - Kaepernick put up 10/16 for 164 yards passing and one TD, while backup Colt McCoy threw 1/1 for 13 yards at Wembley - the 49ers routed the Jaguars 42-10 during the game. Vernon Davis caught the TD with four targets for 3/52/1 receiving, while Anquan Boldin (six for 4/56/0) and Billy Miller (three for 2/56/0) kept the chains moving. Mario Manningham was activated from the PUP list this week (November 4), but it may take him a couple of weeks to get the rust knocked off and back into 'football shape'. We'll see what kind of role he has this week (if he is active - keep an eye on Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation).

The Panthers' pass D is excellent this year - they rank seventh in the league averaging 220.8 net yards allowed per game, with only seven passing TDs given away this year vs. 12 interceptions and 23 sacks generated so far (tied for third- and 13th-best in the NFL, respectively). Matt Ryan was limited to 20/27 for 211 net yards, one TD and three interceptions last week (one sack for -8 yards), while the Rams tossed 23/34 for 254 net yards, one TD and one interception with four sacks taken for -20 yards two games ago.

Kaepernick and the 49ers keep things pretty basic in this phase of the game - against the stout Panthers the low-octane passing attack is likely to struggle. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 59F with a low of 45F and a 30% chance of rain. If the showers dump a lot of rain on the field around game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams. At this time of year, the "Windy City" usually lives up to its' nickname - passing accuracy could suffer if wind conditions are harsh. Owners of 49ers and Bears will want to check a shorter-term forecast on Friday or Saturday before setting their final lineups this week.

SF Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Rams won a game before their bye week, but it took a surprise fake kick play to get them into the end zone in the passing phase of the game (Josh Brown threw for a 36-yard TD on the play). Marc Bulger looked like he has for much of the season, throwing 17/35 for 176 yards, zero TDs and one interception. Over the past four weeks (three games), Bulger is the 30th ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 53/95 for 529 yards, one TD and four interceptions to his credit. Keenan Burton is the only Ram with more than 100 yards receiving (total) during that stretch of time, with 17 targets for 13/119/0 to his credit; Donnie Avery caught the TD from Bulger and piled up 12 targets for 4/90/1 during that four week span - Randy McMichael has turned 12 targets into 7/57/0. You get the picture, and it isn't a pretty one.

The Saints are currently 16th in the NFL averaging 219.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they've only allowed six passing TDs this year and have generated a league-leading 16 interceptions. They are 14th in the NFL with 19 sacks (the Rams are 12th in the NFL with 16 allowed to date). Jake Delhomme managed 17/30 for 189 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Saints last week - Matt Ryan posted 19/42 for 281 yards, one TD and three interceptions the prior week. This is one of the better pass defenses around, friends.

The Rams have a bad matchup ahead of them in this phase of the game.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Sam Bradford returned to action last week, tossing 23/36 for 255 yards, zero TDs and one interception. The good news is that he started throwing to new #1 wide receiver Brandon Lloyd early and often (13 targets for 5/80/0 receiving, which led the team). The bad news is that #2 wide receiver Greg Salas (nine targets for 7/59/0) broke his leg and has been lost for the season. Brandon Gibson was third on the team last week with five targets for 5/54/0. Veteran Mark Clayton (who had a promising start in St. Louis last year with 23/306/2 receiving over five games before rupturing his Achilles' tendon) should be activated from the PUP and available to play in this game if his conditioning is up to snuff. Once again, the Rams will be juggling their personnel due to injuries at wide receiver (Danario Alexander has a bum hamstring, too) and tight end (Lance Kendricks has a mid-foot sprain). Bradford himself was back in a walking boot after playing through his high ankle sprain at Arizona, and it remains to be seen how much he'll be able to practice later in the week. Obviously, the situation on this unit is very much in flux as of mid-week - fantasy owners invested in the St. Louis attack should watch Footballguys.com's players in the news closely later in the week as the practice reports help clarify who will be available to play for the Rams during week 10.

The Browns' pass D is their defensive strength, ranking first in the NFL averaging 165.2 net yards allowed per game, with only nine passing TDs given up vs. five interceptions generated (26th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (18th) so far this year. Matt Schaub only tried 23 passes last week as his team rushed for 40/261/3 vs. Cleveland (14/23 for 119 net yards, zero TDs and one interception); Alex Smith put up 15/24 for 174 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. Cleveland two weeks ago. The Browns' rush D is so vulnerable that teams are electing to run the ball on them.

Given the injury carnage the Rams are (once again) enduring among their receiving corps, it would be no surprise to see the Rams running the ball a lot to exploit the weak Cleveland rush D - this looks like a bad matchup for the gimpy Bradford and his battered receivers.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Sam Bradford went into the bye week off a 7-45 loss, in which he threw 22/30 for 205 yards passing, one TD and one interception. He's thrown one TD per game over the last two contests, but Bradford continues to fail to throw for the big numbers fantasy owners want to see. To date, he's the 26th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land, with 153/249 for 1,797 yards passing, eight TDs and seven interceptions thrown. Until he gets going stronger, we don't recommend Bradford or his inconsistent receivers.

The 49ers won't make Bradford's life easier - they rank second in the NFL with an average of 184.0 net yards passing allowed per game, and are tied for first in the NFL with just six passing TDs given up. Most recently, John Skelton threw 32/52 for 258 net yards, zero TDs and one interception vs. San Francisco (his team had only nine rushes all day in chase mode). This is one of the toughest defenses in the NFL, friends.

Advantage, San Francisco.

Weather: Surprise - it's supposed to rain in Seattle on Sunday! No kidding, the forecast for Qwest Field calls for a high of 48F with a low of 40F and a 60% chance for rain. If the precipitation falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

STL Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

'I'm going to start hating on him and bat the ball down when I see him,' cornerback Terrence McGee joked two weeks ago in reference to Jarius Byrd's interception streak. 'He's doing an amazing job. I've never seen anything like that before. We definitely need it and I hope he averages two or three a game for the rest of the season. He deserves it because he works hard each week preparing himself to be in the right position each week.' Unfortunately for the Bills, Byrd was injured in week eight but after seeing a specialist (he has a groin/hernia injury) the team believes he'll be able to practice at least some this week. He has seven of the team's 15 interceptions this season - the team needs him to be in the lineup to play their best. To date, the Bills have given up an average of 198.8 net passing yards per game (10th-best in the NFL), with only six passing TDs allowed vs. their afore-mentioned 15 interceptions (tied for second-best in the NFL). While it's true that part of their good showing is due to their awful rush D (teams elect to run the ball against Buffalo a lot), they are a very dangerous secondary to throw against and must be respected as a good pass D. Matt Schaub was denied a TD by the Bills in week eight (25/34 for 257 net yards) and he threw two interceptions to the Bills - and Schaub is one of the hottest QBs in the NFL, friends.

Meanwhile, the Titans have been easing Vince Young back into the saddle now that the Kerry Collins era has been closed by his awful QB play this year - Since regaining his job, Young has 27/39 for 297 yards, one TD passing and one interception (with 19/43/1 rushing) to check in at 29th among all fantasy QBs in points per game during his time on the field. Justin Gage is Young's favored target, with 13 for 7/138/0, while Chris Johnson (7 for 5/36/0), Bo Scaife (7 for 6/47/0) and Nate Washington (7 for 5/52/1) are all getting their fair share of looks from Young, too. It ain't reminding us of the Colts, but the Titans' attack at least has a semblance of a pro-level offense now - enough to mount a credible threat to pass which helps out Johnson in the rushing phase quite a bit.

The Titans are picking up the pieces but are far from impressive so far in this phase of the game, while the Bills lean on their pass D for turnovers and get them more often than not - this looks like a bad matchup for Young and company. Also, realize with the awful Bills rush D on the field, Young may not be asked to throw more than a handful of times this week.

TEN Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none




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