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Week 3 Passing Matchups

[ARI] [ATL] [BUF] [CAR] [CHI] [CIN] [CLE] [DAL] [DEN] [GB] [IND] [JAX] [KC] [MIA] [MIN] [NE] [NO] [NYG] [NYJ] [OAK] [PHI] [PIT] [SD] [SEA] [SF] [STL] [TB] [TEN]


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 Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kevin Kolb played a solid game at Washington, compiling 17/30 for 251 yards, two TDs and one interception passing during the one-point loss. He and Larry Fitzgerald are forging a solid working relationship (nine targets for 7/133/1 receiving for Fitzgerald last week, and 10/195/1 receiving through two games). TE Jeff King has also jelled with Kolb nicely (two targets for 2/36/1, and he's scored in both games to open the season with 4/97/2 so far this year). To date, Kolb is right on the cusp of QB #1 fantasy numbers with 35/57 for 560 yards, four TDs and one interception passing to his credit. The Cardinal's offense has taken a quantum leap forward over their pathetic 2010 showing.

The Seahawks' pass D was stout in San Francisco during week one, limiting Alex Smith to 15/20 for 124 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions. However, the team had zero sacks and only one hit on Smith, so there wasn't much in the way of a pass rush to open the season. Last week, Ben Roethlisberger and company blanked the Seahawks 24-0, and racked up 23/31 for 297 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks and three total hits on Roethlisberger. Seattle is currently tied for 28th in the league with two sacks generated and tied for dead last with zero interceptions to date. Nobody fears this unit entering week three.

Advantage, Arizona.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Larry Fitzgerald (five targets for 2/33/0 receiving last week) only managed to participate in part of the game during week two, due to his injured hamstring: 'I didn't have much in the second half,' Fitzgerald said afterwards. 'I was fatigued. I didn't want to be a liability to my team. A couple years back, I would have tried to keep going.' Even without their superstar receiver, the Cardinals left University of Phoenix Stadium with a 25-21 victory over Detroit. After the game, Carson Palmer (22/39 for 248 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with just one sack taken for -4 yards) indicated that the team didn't panic or waver in the absence of Fitzgerald. Running back Andre Ellington handled two targets for 2/42/1 to lead Arizona in receiving, while wide receiver Kerry Taylor (four for 3/40/0) and Andre Roberts (eight for 3/36/0) also helped keep the sticks moving. As of midweek, Fitzgerald's participation for week three looks iffy - even if he does start, he'll probably be well less than 100% healthy (after the Detroit game Fitzgerald was asked if he played at 80% and Fitzgerald responded that he wished he'd been that healthy). Fantasy owners of Fitzgerald may want to look at other options until we know that his hamstring is in better shape.

However, the passing matchup this week is pretty sweet, with the door-mat Saints' D coming to town. The Saints' pass D opened 2013 giving up 25/38 for 279 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown to Atlanta, while generating three sacks for -25 yards. Last year, New Orleans ranked dead last in rush D and 31st in the NFL in pass D, allowing an average of 292.6 net passing yards per game. They did do better against the Buccaneers' struggling offense in Week two (Josh Freeman had one of his off-weeks and eked out just 9/22 for 113 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown), but that showing was more a function of Tampa imploding than it was the sudden show of strength by New Orleans. This is still a highly suspect secondary, friends.

Keep an eye on Fitzgeralds' practice participation (or lack of practicing) later in the week - if his hamstring improves enough he can practice fully, his fantasy owners have a tough call to make. This is a great matchup for Palmer and any of his company healthy enough to play.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Carson Palmer teed off on the Buccaneers' secondary during Week Two, with 18/31 for 308 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown during the 40-7 drubbing of Tampa Bay. The Cardinals led 33-7 at the end of the third quarter, so their second-team offense closed out the big win, otherwise Palmer might have piled on even more fantasy points for his owners. Shaking off a sore knee, Larry Fitzgerald was the lead receiver in this one by far, with 11 targets to his credit, and he was second on the team in receiving yards with 6/81/1 to his credit. David Johnson saw five targets and led the team in receiving with 3/98/0, while Michael Floyd (six targets for 2/8/1 receiving) and Jaron Brown (two targets for 2/78/1) handled the other TDs for Palmer. John Brown (three targets for 1/14/0) continues to be a distant third in the pecking order among the team's wide receivers - he is off to a very slow start to this season.

The Bills' pass defense got bombed last Thursday by the Jets for 24/34 yielding 370 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack generated for -4 yards). Through two games they are 24th in the NFL averaging 297.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs handed over vs. zero interceptions and five sacks generated to date. Through two games, the Bills are 17th in the NFL averaging 20.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks; 30th in the NFL averaging 33.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers, while checking in at second in the NFL averaging 2.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Wide receivers love to play against the Bills' secondary this season, folks.

Arizona has some great wide receivers - advantage, Cardinals.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Julio Jones (calf) has been diagnosed a calf strain, although it is not believed to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure on Monday September 19. Despite Jones sore ankle and calf, Matt Ryan and company came out strong again in Week Two, compiling 26/34 for 396 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with just one sack of Ryan for -7 yards. He found Jones (five targets for 5/106/1 receiving), Jacob Tamme (eight for 5/75/1) and Justin Hardy (three for 1/8/1) for the TDs, and rookie tight end Austin Hooper (three for 3/84/0) was also heavily involved - all told, nine different Falcons caught passes from Ryan in Week Two. The Falcons' aerial assault is soaring entering Week Three, with 730 yards passing for Ryan over the first two games.

The Saints' pass defense was already injury-riddled entering last week's game at the Giants, and then cornerback P.J. Williams suffered a concussion (he was taken off the field on a back board) which will likely keep him out some time. To date, the Saints have given up 672 yards passing, averaging 336 per game (30th in the NFL) - though strangely they have given up just one passing TD against zero interceptions generated. Eli Manning had 353 net yards passing but zero TDs during Week Two. However, there is no denying that teams are easily passing the football against the Saints - for whatever reason they just haven't wound up in the end zone to start off the year.

The Saints are vulnerable in this phase of the game, and the Falcons are flying high - advantage, Atlanta.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the sixth-ranked fantasy QB in the land through two games, with 45/71 for 472 yards, seven TDs and one interception (with 6/26/0 rushing) to his credit through two games. He led the Bills to a thrilling come-from-behind win during week two, with 28/46 for 264 yards, three TDs and one interception to his credit. During the contest, two receivers stood out for Buffalo - Steve Nelson, who played through a groin injury to post 14 targets for 8/96/1; and David Nelson, who handled 13 targets for 10/83/1. WR Donald Jones saw six targets for 4/24/0 receiving on the day, and new tight end sensation Scott Chandler had a third 2011 TD come his way (2/16/1) - he's the surprise seventh-ranked fantasy TE through three games, folks (7/79/3 receiving). To date, Johnson is 12th among all fantasy WRs (PPR format) with 12/162/2 receiving; Nelson is 19th with 14/149/1; and Jones is 61st with 6/27/1 to his credit.

Unfortunately, the Bills have already lost Marcus Easley to IR for the season, and Roscoe Parrish's injury (ankle injury week two, put on IR Tuesday, September 20th) cuts even further into the depth at wide receiver. However, from a a fantasy perspective the available balls will be concentrated with the remaining receivers (likely those listed above) on the squad. 'Guys that we weren't exactly playing a lot are going to have to come on and play,' Chan Gailey said after the win on Sunday. 'I feel like we got a system that allows a guy to be successful if he'll be at the right place at the right time and can win some one-on-ones. We've got to catch the ball, too. We dropped too many today.'

The Patriots' pass D surrendered 30/49 for 390 net yards, two TDs and one interception to Chad Henne and company in week one. They followed up by giving away 29/40 for 372 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions to the Chargers' Philip Rivers in week two. Though Tom Brady's unbelievable start to the season is masking the defensive flaw in the 'W' column, this is one of the worst secondaries in the NFL, folks. They've given away an average of 381 net yards (31st in the NFL) through two games, with four TDs allowed vs. three interceptions and six sacks generated.

Fitzpatrick and company should post a great fantasy performance when the Patriots come to town, despite the intense in-division rivalry between the teams.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

After a wild week one (18/32 for 195 yards passing, three TD passes and three interceptions), Ryan Fitzpatrick smoothed out his performance vs. Kansas City, with 10/19 for 178 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions - and his team won handily 35-17. So far Steve Johnson (15 targets for 6/111/2), Donald Jones (10 for 6/40/1) and tight end Scott Chandler (11 for 6/91/2) have been the main cogs in the Bills' passing attack. So far, so good for fantasy owners invested in the Buffalo passing attack.

The Browns' secondary was bombed for 24/31 yielding 295 net yards, three TDs and one interception by Andy Dalton and the Bengals last week (he did take six sacks for -23 yards during the game, though). Even though Mike Vick threw four interceptions in week one, the Eagles still won the game on the strength of 29/56 for 306 net yards passing, with two thrown TDs. To date, the Browns are 30th in the NFL averaging 305.0 net passing yards allowed per game - not too good, friends.

Fitzpatrick and company have to get more consistent in this phase of the game, and the Browns should be the medicine Buffalo needs - advantage, Bills.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith have exploded to open the NFL season, with 48/68 for 508 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception put up by Delhomme so far (4th best fantasy QB in the NFL so far) - Smith leads all fantasy WRs with 15/271/4 through 2 contests, and is the focus of the Panther's aerial assault (22 targets to date). TE Jeff King is second on the team with 11 targets for 9/74/0 receiving through 2 games, and Keary Colbert is 3rd so far with 10 targets for 4/34/0, although Drew Carter has done more with his 9 chances (6/69/2). So far, so good for Delhomme and Smith - they are red hot coming into week 3.

The Falcons have given up 207 net yards passing per game to date, with 2 passing TDs surrendered to date. They are in the middle of the NFL pack with 4 sacks generated to date, and have notched 1 interception to date. Last week, David Garrard threw for 17/25 for 272 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in the face of the Falcons' secondary - they were pretty soft in their second contest.

Delhomme and Smith are dominant right now, while the Falcons aren't even a little scary. This is a great matchup for Carolina's dynamic duo.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

'He's grown and he's improving... He's been doing a great job. He pushes me. I push him.' - Steve Smith (four targets for 3/104/0 receiving vs. New Orleans last week) on fellow wide receiver Brandon LaFell (eight targets for 6/90/0 last week). 'You just want to get your first win. Especially early on in the season, it's such a long year, you want to get that first win under your belt. It kind of gets the season rolling.' Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (three targets for 1/13/0 last week) commented after the Panthers defeated reeling New Orleans 35-27. With Cam Newton and company running to 41/219/3 last week, Newton didn't throw the ball very often against the Saints (14/20 for 253 yards, one TD and zero interceptions), but he had good results when he did uncork a pass (like the long 66-yard gainer that he and Smith combined for during the game). The Panthers' offense looks like a juggernaut entering week three, friends.

The Giants' battered secondary held their own vs. the run-first Buccaneers last week (15/28 for 228 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions, with two sacks for -15 yards generated). They were shelled by Tony Romo in week one for 22/29 yielding 290 net yards, three TDs passing and just one interception thrown (the Giants managed two sacks for -17 yards). This secondary is sub-par through two weeks, ranking 22nd in the NFL averaging 259 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing TDs given away vs. three interceptions generated to date.

Newton and company have a great matchup to work with on Thursday Night Football.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Following offseason shoulder surgery, Cam Newton isn’t quite himself right now. His numbers are generally in line with the rest of his career, but he’s simply not throwing the ball well despite an overhaul of supporting talent. Newton has never been a particularly accurate passer, but he’s missed on numerous key throws thus far, including badly missing would-be touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The bad news grew far worse on Monday, when Greg Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot that will sideline him for at least six to eight weeks. Considering the shaky state of the Panthers’ offensive line – he was sacked six times in Week 2 – we’re seeing a bit of a perfect storm working against his fantasy value. Expect to see further reliance upon Benjamin for contested catches, as well as expanded usage for rookie back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. There’s plenty of dynamism there to be had, especially against the Saints’ barely-there defense, but Newton simply doesn’t look healthy and confident enough to snatch it right now. At least he has history on his side. Over his 4 meetings with the Saints under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Newton has averaged 290.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns through the air, with 29.8 standard fantasy points. Cam Newton is struggling, but there’s little better medicine in the NFL than a date with the Saints “defense.” The unit is predictably shallow and weak down the field, ceding deep balls and wide-open intermediate completions everywhere. Through 2 games, they’ve surrendered the most yards (388.5 per game) and net yards (10.5 per attempt) in the league, as well as the second-most touchdowns (6). Simply put, there’s nothing about this matchup not to like. Their poor deep-ball defense projects especially poorly against Newton’s powerful downfield arm – thus far, opponents have completed an eye-popping 13 of 15 deep balls against them. Newton is no guarantee to scorch them, especially in his current state. But there’s no better time for him to get on track.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Andy Dalton wasn't sacked by Pittsburgh last week and he came within shouting distance of 300 yards passing with 25/45 for 280 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown during the 20-10 Bengals' victory. Both Cincinnati tight ends got 66 yards receiving last week (nine targets for 6/66/0 receiving by Jermaine Gresham; five for 3/66/0 for Tyler Eifert) and tied for the team lead in receiving yards, followed by A.J. Green (14 targets for 6/41/0 receiving), Mohamed Sanu (eight for 5/40/0), Marvin Jones (four for 3/35/0) and Giovani Bernard (two for 1/27/1). As you can see, Dalton has a profusion of targets to pick from and he is spreading the ball around liberally this year.

The Packers' pass D has allowed 724 net passing yards in the last two games - the 26/40 for 320 yards, three TDs and one interception given up to Robert Griffin III came mostly after the Packers were up 31-0, but this secondary is still a very suspect unit. Green Bay is far from shutting down the opposing quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis.

Dalton and company have a great matchup ahead.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Head coach Mike Pettine was asked if Josh McCown will get his starting gig back from Johnny Manziel - "We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it," Pettine said on Monday, September 21. Wednesday, Josh McCown was named the starter and will get the nod to go against fellow second-year quarterback Derek Carr when Oakland comes to visit on Sunday. Browns WR, Travis Benjamin, had a great day with four targets for 3/115/2 receiving (and added another TD on a 78-yard punt return) with Manziel. Andrew Hawkins was the second-fiddle receiver last week with four targets for 3/43/0. These receivers hope to keep it up with McCown.

The Oakland pass D was sliced up by Joe Flacco last week (32/45 for 384 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown), and is currently ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 326.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing TDs given out vs. one interception and zero sacks generated to date. This is a poor defensive unit, friends.

Advantage, McCown and the Browns.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Who is this Drew Bledsoe person? He's thrown 39/60 for 487 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions so far during 2005 and rushed 6 times for 12 yards this year. Those numbers make him the 6th best fantasy QB in the land, folks. This is how you get your career back on track. Terry Glenn was the target of opportunity this week, with 6/157/1 during the game on Monday night.

San Francisco hasn't done much in this phase of the game, and ranks dead last in the NFL after 2 weeks allowing 379.5 passing yards per game and 7 thrown scores to date (also last in the NFL). They have 9 sacks over the first 2 games, 2nd in the NFL, but not much else has worked for the 9ers D.

Bledsoe is hot, while San Francisco is stone cold. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tony Romo is the 11th-ranked fantasy QB in the land through two games, with 65/98 for 656 yards, two TDs and two interceptions to his credit so far. Miles Austin piled up targets (15) and receptions (10/142/0) last week, but saw the lone passing TD go to FB Chris Gronkowski (3/13/1 receiving on the day). Roy Williams (4/53/0), Dez Bryant (2/52/0) and Jason Witten (5/51/0) all went over 50 yards receiving last week, and Martellus Bennett was close with 7/45/0. There is plenty of work being shared out on this attack, friends.

Peyton Manning sliced up the Texan's secondary during his furious comeback assault in week one (40/57 for 433 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions) - the Texans were barely a speed bump for Manning and company in this phase of the game. Donovan McNabb ripped this group for over 400 yards in week two, as well (28/38 for 403 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions). Mario Williams and company have piled up five sacks in two games, but their secondary is very weak, friends.

Romo and company should hopefully get an opportunity to break out against the Texans' shaky secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

'We just didn't execute plays, myself included,' Jason Witten (10 targets for 4/58/0 receiving) said after Sunday's 27-7 loss to Seattle. 'Inexcusable on my part.' Tony Romo managed 23/40 for 251 yards passing, with one TD and one interception during the game, finding Miles Austin (10 for 5/63/1 receiving) for a 22-yard strike. Felix Jones turned five targets into 4/40/0, while Dez Bryant disappeared last week with seven targets but just 3/17/0 to show for it. Kevin Ogletree had just one target, but he made a nice gain on the catch with 1/26/0. The Cowboys never recovered from the 0-10 start to the game last week.

'We knew it would be a dogfight and they made one more play than us,' Tampa CB Aqib Talib said after the loss to New York last week. 'It was our job to stop them and we didn't do it often enough.' When a team allows 510 net yards passing in one game (with zero sacks generated), it's pretty fair to say that the defense didn't stop them often enough. Manning also had three passing TDs to go with his 510 net yards passing (he did also throw three interceptions). Two weeks ago Cam Newton put up 23/33 for 291 net passing yards, with one TD - he also threw two costly interceptions and took three sacks for -12 yards in that game. On the upside, Tampa is tied for first in the NFL with five interceptions to date. On the downside, the Buccaneers rank dead last in the NFL averaging 400.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores surrendered so far.

Dallas had an off week in Seattle, but they should bounce back big against the suspect Tampa Bay secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tony Romo did his part at Kansas City last week, slinging 30/42 for 298 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (he took three sacks for -17 yards during the contest). Dez Bryant roared back to fantasy dominance in Week two with 13 targets for 9/141/1 receiving (his sore foot didn't appear to be an issue). DeMarco Murray (six for 5/49/0) and Mile Austin (four for 3/31/0) were the other top receivers for Romo during the second game of the season. Romo is firing on all cylinders coming into Week three.

The Rams' pass D gave up 26/40 for 304 yards, two TDs and one interception to Carson Palmer during week one, 2013 and followed up with 33/43 for 357 net passing yards allowed, two TDs and zero interceptions given up to Matt Ryan and company last week. The St. Louis secondary is not playing very well as of mid-September.

Romo and company are gaining steam as the season rolls along, while the Rams have been overly generous in this phase of the game so far. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jay Cutler has been outstanding during 2008, tossing a fantasy-best 52/74 for 649 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception over the first 2 weeks. Brandon Marshall made a statement in his return to action vs. San Diego, landing at 2nd all-time for most receptions in a game (18/166/1), while Tony Scheffler (6/64/2) and rookie sensation Eddie Royal (5/37/1 + a 2 pt. conversion) handled the rest of the TD throws. Brandon Stokley helped keep the chains moving with 3/47/0 - this team is going places during 2008, folks.

The Saints' pass D isn't impressive, averaging 256 yards allowed per game to date (26th in the NFL), with 2 passing TDs given up. They have managed 4 sacks to date (tied for 17th in the NFL), but Denver has only allowed a single sack of Cutler to date. Jason Campbell, who couldn't do anything passing the ball in week 1, crushed the Saints in week 2 with 24/36 for 306 net passing yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions on Sunday.

This is a great matchup for the home team.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jon Kitna hasn't set the world on fire through 2 weeks, tossing 44/67 for 459 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions (with 1/1/1 rushing, he ranks as the 17th fantasy QB so far). However, his team opened against the reigning NFC champs week 1 and then faced the NFC North champions week 2, so he's had a tough row to hoe during the early going. Mike Furrey (14 targets for 11/122/0 receiving to date, 43rd-ranked fantasy WR) and Roy Williams (15 targets for 9/107/0 receiving, 48th fantasy WR) have been mediocre as a result of the slow start. Kevin Jones has also seen 14 passes, with 11/83/0 to his credit so far - these 3 are the main targets for Kitna. Mike Williams continues to ride the pine as he has not measured up to the new coaching staffs' standards.

Green Bay allowed 26/41 for 353 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to the Saints last week, and have averaged 292 net passing yards allowed per game to date (30th in the NFL). Rex Grossman touched them for 18/26 for 262 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception in week 1 - the Packers are making opposing quarterbacks look pretty good in the early going, folks. They have allowed 60 points over the first 2 weeks of the season as a team.

Kitna and company have an excellent opportunity to break out this week against the bottom-scraping Packers' secondary.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Titus Young was targeted seven times in the Lions' 48-3 trouncing of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and finished with five catches and 89 receiving yards. 'It was a great opportunity and I'm glad I was able to capitalize on it,' Young said. It looks like Detroit has found a viable #3 WR behind Nate Burleson (nine targets for 7/93/0 last week) and Calvin Johnson (seven for 3/29/2). Jahvid Best (eight for 6/66/1) and Tony Scheffler (four for 1/36/1) also joined in the scoring fest as Detroit beat K.C. 48-3. Matthew Stafford slung 23/39 for 294 yards, four TDs and one interception before taking a seat to Shaun Hill (1/1 for 28 yards).

The Vikings are ranked 23rd in the NFL through two games, with an average of 280 net passing yards allowed. They have coughed up three passing scores vs. three interceptions and four sacks generated. Tampa Bay managed 230 net yards passing and one TD with one interception at Minnesota last week.

Stafford and company are surging entering week three, while the Vikings are treading water - advantage, Detroit.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matthew Stafford couldn't find last-minute heroics vs. the stout 49ers' defense, and ended up on the wrong end of a 19-27 score last week. He managed a respectable day passing the football (19/32 for 230 yards passing, one TD and one interception with two sacks for -16 yards taken), finding Brandon Pettigrew (3/18/1) for the score while tossing it most often to - who else? - Calvin Johnson (12 targets for 8/94/0 receiving). Joique Bell (two for 2/59/0) and Kevin Smith (three for 2/17/0) also chipped in more than once on Sunday.

The Titans' pass D got whaled on by Philip Rivers and company last week (24/32 for 284 yards passing, three TDs and one interception) despite sacking Rivers four times for -16 yards during the game. To date, the Titans have averaged 248 net yards passing allowed, with five passing TDs surrendered vs. just one interception generated (with five sacks altogether to date). Tennessee's defense isn't getting it done in either phase of the game, friends.

Stafford was limited by the 49ers, but he should be able to exploit Tennessee's weak defense early and often this week - advantage, Detroit.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matthew Staford has thrown 52/79 for 635 yards passing, four TDs and one interception so far this year, to check in at 11th among fantasy quarterbacks through two games. Last week, he tossed 24/36 for 278 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Arizona, hooking up with Calvin Johnson for 6/116/2 receiving on eight targets. Nate Burleson (eight targets for 7/45/0) and Reggie Bush (three for 3/44/0) were the other top receivers last week. Except for some worry over Bush's sore knee, everything is coming up roses for the Lions' passing attack during September. Keep an eye on Bush's practice participation later this week as he is an important piece of this attack.

The Washington pass D ranks 23rd in the NFL after two weeks, averaging 310.5 net passing yards allowed per game. They have allowed six passing scores and have generated zero interceptions so far, while posting seven sacks to date. Aaron Rodgers just torched Washington for 34/42 for 441 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions last week. Not too good, Washington fans.

Stafford and company have excellent prospects for a big game this week.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers has a problem, and it's not with his receiving corps. The OL has injury issues (most recently, LT Chad Clifton suffered a painful ankle sprain and is out for an indeterminate (but longish) amount of time) - resulting in 10 sacks of Rodgers in the past two games. That's not good news, folks - Rodgers is a tough guy but eventually some big linebacker will knock him out of a game unless the blocking improves in a hurry. Last week, Rodgers and Donald Driver got back on the same page after some problems in week one - Rodgers threw for 21/39 yielding 261 yards, one TD and zero interceptions while Driver led the team wtih 6/99/1 receiving. TEs Jermichael Finley (4/56/0) and Donald Lee (4/28/0) were heavily involved in the attack as well (Lee suffered a back injury/stinger during the game and had to be helped to the bench, but is vowing to play again this week). Greg Jennings couldn't buy a reception last Sunday, though - he had five chances and ended up with a goose egg. The Packers' attack is still a little off-kilter entering week three.

Luckily, the Packers get a gift from the schedule this week as St. Louis is on the menu. The Rams average 258 net passing yards allowed per game this year (25th in the NFL), with three passing TDs handed over to date. They have one sack and two interceptions so far (last week, Jason Campbell threw for 23/35 for 242 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions against the Rams, though). In short, the Rams D isn't very good.

The Packers' attack isn't firing on all cylinders right now, but they have a great matchup to work with this week in order to get the rattles and clunks out of the system.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers has been working to re-integrate Jordy Nelson to the passing attack, and so far, things are looking up - in Week One, Nelson handled nine targets for 6/32/1 receiving, and followed that up with 11 targets for 5/73/1 receiving (a better 14.6 yards-per-reception average in Week Two). Randall Cobb (seven for 5/32/0), Jared Cook (six for 4/31/0) and Davante Adams (seven for 3/26/0) also all saw mid-single-digit targets from Rodgers in last week's tilt. While Rodgers' totals weren't earth-shattering (20/36 for 213 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with five sacks taken for -33 yards and 3/29/1 rushing), the rushing TD helped is fantasy owners to a decent score in Week Two.

The Lions' pass defense has averaged 296.0 net passing yards allowed per game this season, with the second-most passing scores given up at six (vs. just one interception generated). Over the first two weeks of the season, Detroit has averaged 28.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 22 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (18th); with 21 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most allowed in the NFL over the first two weeks on average). Last week, Marcus Mariota had 25/33 for 224 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks for -14 taken in the wake of Andrew Lucks' scoring-fest against Detroit in Week One 31/47 for 368 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards.

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

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers pass attack amassed 343 passing yards and two touchdowns last week. Rodgers got off to a very sluggish start last week with only 85 passing yards, an interception, and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. He picked it up in the second half though, especially in the fourth quarter once the game was already well out of hand—amassing 149 yards and both of his touchdowns during this garbage time. Rodgers spread the ball around all night as Davante Adams led the way with eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Martellus Bennet was Rodgers most targeted receiver, but only hauled in 5-of-11 targets for 47 yards. Randall Cobb has a solid showing but was forced to exit in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. His status is looking positive for this week though. The big story for the Packers right now is Jordy Nelson’s injured quadriceps, forcing him out of last week’s game early in the first quarter before amassing a single catch. As of early in the week, it looks like Nelson’s status for Week 3 is still up in the air. Cincinnati's defense has been statistically solid against the pass this season, allowing only six yards per pass attempt and 209 total passing yards. Although most of this can be attributed to the Bengals inept offense that made it easy for teams to protect their lead by rushing the ball, this defensive unit actually has actually played well on their limited opportunities to defend against the pass. From a pass-rushing perspective, the Bengals own a 9.8% sack rate—eight highest in the league. Geno Atkins has been solid on the interior of that line, applying consistent pressure on the quarterback—including six pressures and two sacks last week against the Texans. Cornerback is a weakness for the Bengals, but they have a solid safety over the top in Shawn Williams. The Packers offensive as a whole will by far be the Bengals toughest test of the season, as Aaron Rodgers is a mismatch for almost any defense.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Schaub came out of his week one funk against the Titans, and led his team to victory with a great effort, posting 25/39 for 357 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions against Tennessee. 'It counts as one [win],' head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. 'We're a 1-1 football team. We're a .500 football team and we're very inconsistent. We have so many things to be competitive week in and week out. We have a long, long way to go.' Indeed, Schuab bounced back strongly from the week one showing (18/33 for 166 yards, zero TDs and one interception), but coach Kubiak is right in characterizing the team as inconsistent from week to week. We'll see if Schaub can build on the momentum generated by the big win over Tennessee.

During the contest last week, Andre Johnson enjoyed 16 targets for 10/149/2 receiving, while Owen Daniels was second with 8 chances for 6/72/1/. Unheralded Jacoby Jones also grabbed a score (4 for 2/73/1). At the end of the day six different Texans had reeled in catches, with five players catching multiple passes. The Texans are 'on' coming into week three.

Jacksonville's pass D was thoroughly humiliated by Kurt Warner last week, who made completions at will (24/26 for 243 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) - midway through the third quarter the score stood at 31-3 in favor of Arizona. After two games, the Jaguars average 279.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores surrendered vs. zero sacks generated and only one interception to boast about. They aren't playing well to open the season.

Schaub and company are hot, the Jaguars are not - advantage, Houston.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Edgerrin James outgained Peyton Manning last week - 27/128/0 rushing and 4/39/0 receiving (he led the team in receiving, by the way) vs. 13/28 for 122 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception for Manning. The Colts won 10-3 vs. Jacksonville in any case - the 2005 version of this offense looks more focused on the running game, though, folks. Eli Manning has more fantasy points than Peyton Manning after two weeks of 2005. Marvin Harrison is the top fantasy receiver on this team, ranking 33rd amongst fantasy wideouts to date. Peyton Manning is a great QB, but right now he and his receivers are vastly underperforming in fantasy terms. This should change Sunday.

The Browns are not impressive in this phase of the game. They've allowed 5 passing scores in 2 games (tied with the Packers and Vikings for second-worst in the NFL behind San Francisco), and average 304 passing yards allowed per game. Brett Favre carved them up for 32/44 for 342 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions (without his top receiver Javon Walker) last week.

Manning hasn't been explosive just yet during 2005, but the Browns look like a very generous defense in this phase of the game. Advantage, Colts.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Indianapolis ran the ball effectively last week (shocker!) so Andrew Luck actually threw the ball less than the team rushed it (34 pass attempts vs. 38 rushes) - Luck ended the game with a fat three TDs passing, with 20/34 for 172 yards passing, zero interceptions and zero sacks taken. Ahmad Bradshaw snagged two TDs with 5/26/2 to his credit, while T.Y. Hilton (11 for 6/65/0 receiving) and Reggie Wayne (seven for 3/28/0) handled most of the passes. Dwayne Allen sunk into oblivion last week (zero targets) while backup Jack Doyle (two targets for 2/12/1 receiving) handled most of the action from the tight end position.

Jacksonville has allowed a league-worst 75 points through the first two games, another low-light for this struggling franchise. They coughed up 24/36 for 258 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with three sacks generated for -30 yards in Washington last week, and lost 10-41. Jacksonville is 25th in the NFL vs. passers this season, averaging 266.5 net yards allowed per game, with four TDs handed over vs. just one interception so far. This is a horrid defense overall, folks.

Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Andrew Luck cooled off in Mile High Stadium last weekend, throwing just one TD and one interception vs. the Broncos, while taking five sacks for -27 yards and 11 quarterback hits from Denver's defenders. Ouch. Donte Moncrief has a shoulder injury after the bout in Denver (three targets for 1/9/0 receiving) and may have also had a concussion/head/neck injury in the contest. Whatever the final diagnosis turns out to be, Moncrief is beat up entering Week Three. T.Y. Hilton squandered most of his 11 targets in Denver (4/41/0 receiving), while Philip Dorsett only managed 1/30/0 receiving on five targets. Not much went right for the Colts' passing attack last week (Luck finished with 21/40 for 197 yards passing on the day).

However, the Chargers make most passing attacks revive to instant health when they are the opposition - to date, the Chargers average 324.5 net passing yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), with four passing TDs allowed and three interceptions along with five sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, San Diego has averaged 29.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-most in the NFL); and 22.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (17th in the league); with 12.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fifth-most).

This is a great matchup for Luck and company (tight end Dwayne Allen should do better than four targets for 2/25/0 receiving in this one).

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Alex Smith has quietly put together two solid games to open 2013 - he's amassed 42/70 for 396 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 12/82/0 yards rushing added - currently, Smith is the 14th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land. Last week, Smith threw 21/36 for 223 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Dallas, though he did take four sacks for -24 yards. Dwayne Bowe (eight targets for 4/56/1) and Jamaal Charles (10 targets for 8/48/1 receiving) led the team in receiving during the victory, followed by Donnie Avery (four for 2/38/0) and tight end Sean McGrath (four for 2/31/0).

The Eagles' pass D has coughed up 36/47 for 413 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Phillip Rivers and 30/49 for 308 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions to Robert Griffin III to open up the 2013 season. Averaging over 360 net passing yards per game (360.5 to be exact) puts Philadelphia at 31st in the NFL in net passing yards allowed per game.

Smith has a great matchup to work with this week as the Eagles' secondary is porous.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Miami lost their third starting RG for the season when Bennie Anderson tore his left triceps muscle in the game against the Bills. Anderson joins Seth McKinney (neck surgery) and Joe Toledo (knee) on the IR. The team's fourth RG, Joe Berger, is currently nursing a sore foot and may not be in the mix for a few more weeks. The OL is in turmoil right now, which is a contributing factor to the 10 sacks allowed over the first 2 weeks (31st in the NFL - only Oakland has been worse to open 2006). Given that Daunte Culpepper is still learning a new offense, the shambles of the OL is not helping him acclimate. In this context, his season totals of 41/69 for 512 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions don't look as negative as they might at first glance. He's been dealing with a lot of pressure (but is not a solid fantasy play right now, ranking 15th among fantasy QBs, well outside of QB1 range).

This week, though, Miami will enjoy a visit by one of the league's worst defenses, the pathetic Tennessee Titans. Only the Texans have allowed more total yardage (956 vs 869 allowed by Tennessee) and more total points (67 vs. 63 allowed by Tennessee). They have 0 interceptions and only 2 sacks to date, while laying down for 537 net passing yards so far this season. In a word, they stink.

This is a great matchup for the Dolphins.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill posted a solid 23/34 for 319 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Colts in Week two - he was sacked five times for -22 yards, though. Mike Wallace finally displayed some chemistry with his new quarterback, throwing down for 11 targets with 9/115/1 receiving, and Charles Clay surprised from the tight end position with seven for 5/109/0 receiving and 1/1/1 rushing at Indianapolis. Brian Hartline was third on the team with eight targets for 5/68/0 receiving. All told, six Dolphins snagged at least one catch from Tannehill at the Colts. As Lamar Miller got the running game going last week (27/101/2 rushing as a team), the Dolphins come into this matchup with a fairly efficient, balanced offensive attack.

The Falcons' pass D has been wobbly so far this year, averaging 346.5 net passing yards allowed per game, (30th in the NFL), with five passing TDs allowed vs. just two interceptions and only two sacks generated so far. Last week, Sam Bradford wasn't sacked at all on the way to 32/55 for 352 net yards, three TDs and one interception thrown. Nobody is scared of the Falcons' pass D entering week three.

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

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill was asked to bring the Dolphins back from a 6-17 deficit, and he nearly managed the feat (eventually Miami lost 20-23). He attempted 44 passes last weekend (vs. just 16 rushes tried by the team), completing 30 for 359 yards passing and two TDs thrown (zero interceptions). Jarvis Landry (10 targets for 8/110/0 receiving) and Rishard Matthews (seven for 6/115/0) both went over 100 yards receiving, while Damien Williams (3/15/1 receiving), Jake Stoneburner (two targets for 2/18/1 receiving) handled the TDs. Jordan Cameron posted four targets for 3/62/0 receiving before exiting the game due to a sore groin. He'll be evaluated further as the week grinds on.

The Bills' pass D is ranked 31st in the NFL after two games, averaging 345.5 net passing yards allowed per game with five pass TDs given up vs. just two interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and four sacks (tied for 13th in the NFL) generated. Tom Brady bombed this group for a heart-wrenching 38/59 for 466 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week.

Advantage Miami.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tom Brady (47/59 for 576 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception) has been very much in sync with Randy Moss to date (18 targets for 17/288/3) - Moss has literally caught all but one of the passes that have come his way. Wes Welker has also seen 18 passes so far, and converted 14 into 152 yards and 1 TD, while Ben Watson has handled the other TDs (8 targets for 7/58/2). This offense is as potent as any in the NFL entering week 3.

The Bills have been fielding an awful defense so far, ranking 30th in the NFL vs. the run and 27th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, allowing an average of 267.5 passing yards per game, with 2 TDs surrendered so far. They have generated 2 interceptions, but only 2 sacks over the first 2 games. To date, the Bills can't stop the opposing rushers, the opposing passers, or apply much pass rush pressure - that's a sad statement for Bills' fans and any fantasy owners who happen to have rostered their defense/special teams during the 2007 draft.

This is a great matchup for the home-team Patriots. It'll be a good day to own Brady, Moss, Welker or Watson, if the past 2 weeks are any indication.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Wow. Tom Brady: 63/91 for 754 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown over the first two games of the season. Rob Gronkowski: 21 targets for 12/207/4 receiving to date. Julian Edelman: 31 for 22/194/2. This trio is on fire entering Week Three.

Jacksonville averages 251.0 net passing yards allowed per game so far (20th in the NFL), with three passing scores given up vs. one interception generated.

You get the picture. Start your Patriots if you have one or more of the 'Big Three' for New England.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees was explosive in the season opener, but cooled off vs. Washington, posting 22/33 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions in the narrow loss. To date, he is the 7th ranked fantasy QB in the land with 45/65 for 559 yards, 4 TDs and 3 interceptions - the offense was not as lethal without Marques Colston in the lineup last week, though, and he'll be out for a few more weeks. Reggie Bush (7/63/0) and David Patten (5/55/0) took care of most of the receiving yards, while Robert Meachem scored 1/19/1 and the mercurial Devery Henderson let down his fantasy owners last week with 2/6/0.

The Broncos were in a shoot out with Philip Rivers last week, handing over 21/33 for 376 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in the high scoring contest - this year, Denver averages 266.5 pass yards allowed per game, and has coughed up 5 TDs in 2 weeks (4 sacks generated to date, in the middle of the NFL field). New Orleans has only allowed 3 sacks through 2 games - they are pretty good pass blockers in the Big Easy.

Brees has been up and down to start the year, but against the suspect Broncos we expect him to bounce back strongly in week 3.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees is having a fantasy dream season so far, with 51/68 for 669 passing yards, 9 TDs and 2 interceptions through just two games. Four players have seen double-digit targets in that span of time: Marques Colston (14 targets for 11/128/3); Devery Henderson (12 for 8/174/1); Reggie Bush (11 for 8/97/0); and Jeremy Shockey (8/80/2). FB Heath Evans also has two TDs so far (7 for 6/51/2) - as you can see there are fantasy points aplenty to be had in New Orleans. Lance Moore's hamstring tightened up on him last week, killing his fantasy value, but he's only seen three targets so far this year - he may be the odd man out (at least until he's back to 100% healthy).

The Bills survived 50 passing attempts from Byron Leftwich last week (26/50 for 296 net yards allowed, with three TDs and two interceptions generated) - they did get two sacks and 12 other hits on the QB during the game, though, so the pass pressure continues to be intense for Buffalo. The Bills have generated three sacks and three interceptions through two games this year, while averaging 332 net passing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL in this category).

Brees is the best fantasy QB around, and he should be awesome this week with the hurry-up Bills and their soft pass D on the schedule.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees continues to bomb away this year, with 101 passing attempts to his credit (by far the most in the NFL to date) in the first two games of the year (55/101 for 664 yards passing, four TDs and four interceptions thrown, with 2/0/1 rushing as a sweetener) - all that passing has kept him at #4 among all fantasy quarterbacks so far this year. Jimmy Graham is his favorite target, with 23 passes for 13/156/2 receiving this year, followed by Lance Moore (15 for 8/150/1) and Marques Colston (15 for 7/120/0). Devery Henderson suffered a concussion in the first game of the year and hasn't been back to practices since. Stay tuned for his practice status later in the week.

The Chiefs' pass defense was only thrown at 19 times last week, but they still contrived to give up two passing TDs (10/19 for 178 net yards, two TDs allowed vs. zero interceptions and zero sacks generated). To date, the Chiefs rank 18th in the NFL averaging 235 net yards allowed per game, they've given up five passing TDs vs. zero interceptions and just a single sack generated. In other words, this is a non-threatening, sub-par pass defense, folks.

Brees and company should have a field day against the hapless K.C. secondary.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jimmy Graham set a single-game record for the Saints in receiving yards by a tight end last week - he hauled in 10/179/1 receiving while seeing 16 targets from Drew Brees. 'I didn't know so much about the record,' Graham said after the game. 'I just knew we were being productive. Really, just getting the win was the biggest record for me.' Head coach Sean Payton enthused after the 16-14 victory that 'He's a special talent... he makes big plays all the time. He's a great weapon to have on your side.' Even with the big game by Graham, the Saints barely escaped with a 16-14 win thanks to an uncharacteristically poor day throwing the football by Drew Brees (Brees had two interceptions vs. just one TD, and also fumbled the ball once during the game). It's strange to think that 26/46 for 322 yards passing is a poor day throwing the football, but the turnovers killed drives for the Saints and New Orleans very nearly lost the game due to the mistakes - one of the interceptions was returned 85 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter, putting Tampa up 14-13. Other than Graham, the usual suspects handled most of the other passes, with Marques Colston snagging 4/63/0 receiving out of seven targets, Darren Sproles handling eight for 6/36/0 receiving, and Pierre Thomas hauling in 4/19/0 out of five targets.

Arizona's secondary got bombed by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson to the tune of 24/36 for 273 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with one sack for -5 yards generated by the Cardinals). Two weeks ago Sam Bradford slung 27/38 for 299 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken. As you can see, the defensive front isn't generating much pass pressure so far this season, and the defensive backs are being beat for TDs fairly regularly. Arizona is currently 21st in the NFL averaging 286 net passing yards allowed per game.

Advantage, New Orleans. Also, the rushing matchup is not good for New Orleans this week, so they will likely ask Brees to throw early and often in this contest. Start the key members of New Orleans' passing attack if you've got them for week three, friends.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees approached 300 yards passing at New York (29/44 for 263 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -16 yards), but he didn't light up the Giants in Week Two after hammering the Oakland secondary two weeks ago with 28/42 for 423 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Willie Snead did find the end zone again (eight targets for 5/54/1 receiving), while Brandin Cooks (nine for 7/68/0) led the team in receiving on the day. Michael Thomas (five for 4/56/0) also went over 50 yards receiving in the second game. The oddly low-scoring affair in New York kept a lid on the fantasy ceilings for both squads this past Sunday.

The Falcons' pass defense kept Oakland in the game last Sunday, giving up 34/45 for 299 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions generated, with a paltry one sack for zero yards recorded. Two weeks ago they had zero sacks generated and a gigantic four passing scores handed over to Jameis Winston and company (23/33 for 281 net yards allowed, four TDs and one interception given up last weekend by the Falcons). With seven passing scores allowed and zero interceptions generated to date, it is no surprise to see Atlanta at third-most-generous in the league regarding fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (28.7 per game on average); second-most-generous in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (15.9 per game on average); and the 12th-most fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers per game (24.9). Any way you slice it, the Falcons' secondary is porous.

This looks like it should be a high-scoring shootout. Advantage, New Orleans.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Giants are leaning on Eli Manning's passing arm more than years past, at least in the early going (45/67 for 586 yards, three TDs and one interception to date) - he threw for 25/38 for 330 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Dallas last week. 'People are going to say what they want to,' Mario Manningham said after his big game on Sunday (10/150/1). 'We know we believe in ourselves as a receiver group. We know what we can do. We don't care what other people say. It is always motivating when somebody says you can't do anything.' Both Manningham and Steve Smith enjoyed 13 targets last week, with 10/134/1 landing in Smith's capable hands. It appears that the Giants have found their 'new' Toomer and Burress - Manningham and Smith are off the a great start, anyhow (#1 and #3 fantasy WRs, respectively, after two weeks in PPR leagues). Manningham was limited on Wednesday in practice due to a sore shoulder, which is something for his and Manning owners to monitor later in the week. Hakeem Nicks didn't practice (foot injury), and neither did Domenik Hixon who injured a knee last week and was held out of the majority of the week two game as a result.

The Tampa Bay D isn't what it used to be, currently ranking 27th in the NFL averaging 282 net passing yards allowed per game, with five pass TDs given up in the course of two contests. Trent Edwards hit them up for 21/31 for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception last week, following the 16/27 for 344 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions that Tony Romo racked up on opening day. The Buccaneers have three sacks and just one interception so far. They lost depth in the secondary this week when FS/LB Jermaine Phillips was placed on IR due to a serious thumb injury, further weakening the middle and back of the Tampa D.

Manning is on a roll, while the Buccaneers are coming apart at the seams on defense right now - advantage, New York.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Eli Manning carpet-bombed the Buccaneers' secondary for a ridiculous 31/51 for 510 yards, with three TDs thrown and three interceptions given away - Manning wasn't sacked at all during the game. Hakeem Nicks (15 targets for 10/199/1 receiving) and Victor Cruz (17 for 11/179/1) made their fantasy owners' days last week, and tight end Martellus Bennett continues to be a hot fantasy property with 5/72/1 last week and 9/112/2 so far this year (fifth-best fantasy tight end in the land). It's all good for fantasy owners invested in the Giants' attack as of week three.

The Panthers' pass defense allowed the Saints to go up and down the field in week two, with 31/49 for 323 net yards given up, but they coughed up just one passing score with two interceptions and one sack generated - it was enough for the Panthers to eke out a 35-27 win, but the secondary didn't shut down Brees and company by any stretch of the imagination. Josh Freeman had modest totals in the Buccaneers' 16-10 win week one (16/24 for 128 net yards passing, with one TD and zero interceptions, with two sacks for -10 yards taken), but Tampa has a run-first attack this year.

Carolina looked vulnerable in this phase of the game last week - Manning and company are on a roll and figure to exploit the obvious weakness in week three.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Eli Manning fizzled vs his sibling's team last week, inflicting four interceptions on his team while tossing 28/49 for 362 yards passing and one TD throw. Victor Cruz continues to be Manning's favorite receiver with 11 targets for 8/118/0 receiving to his credit in the loss to Denver. Hakeem Nicks saw seven targets for 4/83/0 receiving, and Brandon Myers handled 10 targets for 6/74/0 (but he was also banged up with a ribs injury and Myers was screened for a concussion vs. Denver). DaRel Scott snagged the TD with four targets for 2/30/1 to his credit.

However, even with Manning's struggles last week, we consider this matchup a great one for the visiting Giants. Four Carolina defensive backs were hurt last week at Buffalo, including three starters. S Charles Godfrey injured his Achilles' tendon on Sunday, and the team fears that the tendon is torn - he has since been ruled out for the season. Godfrey is one of three starting defensive backs injured in Sunday's game, leaving the Carolina secondary depleted entering Week three. S Quintin Mikell (ankle injury), CB Josh Thomas (concussion) and CB D.J. Moore (knee ligament sprain) were all also injured on Sunday. The Panthers' pass D is banged up and vulnerable - rookie E.J. Manuel threw for 27/39 for 287 net passing yards, one TD and one interception during Buffalo's win over Carolina last week, as their defensive backs went down to injury.

Manning has a really fine matchup to work with this week - the Carolina secondary is depleted and will be juggling their lineup on short notice.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Josh McCown was a surprise starter last week after being listed as doubtful on Friday - his injured foot improved a lot over the weekend. However, the same cannot be said for his fractured index finger (throwing hand) - McCown delivered up 3 interceptions to the Broncos last week, while going 8/16 for 73 yards (with 1 TD). Ron Curry, a fantasy sensation in week 1, posted 0 for 1 passing and 2/12/0 receiving during the poor showing by McCown - Jerry Porter hauled in the lone TD with 1/46/1. It was a forget-able outing for the entire unit. Despite the lull in production, coach Kiffin has decided to stick with McCown in week 3, saying on Tuesday "That falls on all of us, from up front to the receivers to the backs to the quarterback to the coaches, all of us. It's obviously something we need to improve on. Josh has got to get better, that's no secret, or he won't be our starting quarterback for long, especially at this pace."

This week, the Raiders face a Cleveland secondary that is in complete shambles. They have allowed 553 yards passing in the first 2 weeks, with 10 passing TDs given up to date (by far the worst in the league), while only generating 2 interceptions and an anemic 2 sacks. Last week, the group was nuked by Carson Palmer for 33/50 for 401 yards, 6 TDs (and 2 interceptions).

This is a great matchup for McCown, Curry and Porter - look for them to get back on track against the awful Browns.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Wow. 23/29 for 342 yards, 5 TDS and 0 interceptions during a partial game (backups Koy Detmer and Mike McMahon combined for 10/10 for 116 yards after coach Reid called off the dogs). Both Owens (5/143/2) and Greg Lewis (4/39/1) saw 7 balls come their way, and TE L.J. Smith (9/119/1) caught every ball that came his way. Brian Westbrook grabbed the other score (3/31/1). The Eagles look solid heading into week 3.

The Raiders coughed up 18/28 for 237 yards to Trent Green last week, and rank 27th in the NFL thus far, allowing 267.5 passing yards per game with 2 passing scores allowed this year. They also have only 1 sack during the first two games - Oakland isn't impressive in this phase of the game.

Philadelphia has a great matchup this week, playing at home against the soft Raiders.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Michael Vick looked like the laser-armed star we used to see in Atlanta during week two of regular season. He ripped up the weak Lions' D for 21/34 yielding 284 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to win a tight 35-32 decision. After the game, Vick exclaimed 'I'm 10 times better than I was four years ago. I've learned so much about the position, about being a complete quarterback, from Andy and Marty. How to stay active back there, how to make good decisions, or they'll be down my throat. I like that. It's something I need.' It is interesting to note that Vick is crediting coaching for his improvement - he has previously indicated that during his time in Atlanta he was the last one in the building and the first one out - he wasn't very coachable while a younger man but it appears that age has added wisdom to Vicks' approach to playing the QB position. DeSean Jackson thrived as Vick's #1 last week, with seven targets for 4/135/1, while Jeremy Maclin turned six targets into 3/26/1. Jason Avant (five for 3/33/0) and Brent Celek (five for 3/27/0) rounded out the top four receivers last week - all told, eight Eagles caught passes in week two. The performance was good enough to catapult Vick into the #1 QB role for this team - it's his team going forwards. Kevin Kolb is a backup again.

The Jaguars were roughed up by San Diego in week two, allowing 22/29 for 326 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions to Philip Rivers en route to a 13-38 loss to San Diego. They coughed up 21/33 for 274 net yards, one TD and one interception to Kyle Orton and company in week one. This unit looks similar to last year's 27th-ranked pass D - perhaps even just a tad worse.

This is a great week to have Vick and company in your lineup.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Phillip Rivers' throwing arm was on display against the Ravens in week two - he posted 25/45 for 436 yards, two TDs and two interceptions during the 31-26 loss to Baltimore. 'They [the Ravens] brought it and brought it often,' quarterback Philip Rivers said. 'They give you crazy looks, and for the most part we handled it well. The guys up front battled some of the toughest looks you will see. ... We did some really good things against it, and it's just unfortunate that we made some key errors.' Rivers was sacked twice and hit seven times by the aggressive Ravens (his banged up OL didn't help matters much). Though Chris Chambers was the most-targeted receiver (10 for 2/30/0), Vincent Jackson (7 for 6/141/1) and Darren Sproles (9 for 7/124/1) did the most with their opportunities, as did Antonio Gates (7 for 5/78/0) and Malcolm Floyd (2 for 1/45/0). In the end, the turnovers killed the Chargers' bid to win the game.

The Dolphins' pass D was shredded with surgical precision by Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark last week (14/23 for 295 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions). They also gave up a healthy 22/36 for 213 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Matt Ryan in the opener - pass defense hasn't been a strength for Miami this year. The team has three sacks to claim through two games.

This is a great matchup for Rivers and company, who are on fire - Miami was torched last week in this phase of the game and may be scorched again this week.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Antonio Gates had a tough time in week two. 'I knew they were going to make it difficult to get the ball, but I thought I would still have an opportunity to make a play somewhere along the way,' Gates said. 'I tried to stay patient. They just had a tremendous game plan.' One week after being thrown to 13 times and catching eight passes, Gates was shut down by the Patriots in week two. Philip Rivers still managed 29/40 for 378 yards, two TDs and two interceptions at New England, but it wasn't enough to win the game. Vincent Jackson won a lot of games for his fantasy owners, though, with 15 targets for 10/172/2 receiving - the next wide receiver on the roster, Malcom Floyd, posted two targets for 2/59/0 before leaving the game with a sore groin.

Kansas City is fielding the league's 20th-ranked pass D entering week three, and they are dead last with eight passing TDs given up versus just two interceptions and one sack generated. Matthew Stafford tore up this group with 23/39 for 294 yards, four TDs and one interception thrown last week.

Rivers should make mincemeat of the Chiefs during week three.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Philip Rivers is off to a great start this season, ranking eighth in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks with 49/73 for 522 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown. He's relied on his running backs for 12/90/0 receiving to date, and hooked up with Antonio Gates the most (13/177/3 receiving out of 17 targets). Keenan Allen (15 targets for 10/92/0 receiving) and Eddie Royal (16 for 8/89/0) have seen the most targets among the wide receivers, while Malcom Floyd (seven for 4/50/1) has claimed the lone TD thrown to a wide receiver so far - Floyd put up a goose-egg against Seattle, though, with zero targets during the game.

Last season the Bills were fourth in the NFL averaging 204 net passing yards allowed per game, BUT they gave up 28 passing scores over 16 games. Part of the reason for the low average passing yards allowed was that their rush defense was porous last year so teams elected to run the ball against Buffalo quite a lot. So far this year, Jay Cutler lit up the Bills in Week 1 for 34/49 yielding 341 net yards passing and two TDs but also two interceptions thrown while being sacked twice for -8 yards. The Dolphins managed 31/49 for 210 net yards in Week 2, with one TD and one interception thrown, while taking four sacks for -31 yards. The Bills are currently 27th in the NFL averaging 275.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they are tied for fourth in the NFL with three interceptions so far and tied for sixth with six sacks so far. This pass D gambles trying to create big turnovers or big losses on sacks.

The Chargers' passing attack handled the feared Seahawks with aplomb last week - they have an attractive matchup against the free-wheeling and generous Buffalo pass D this week as well.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Philip Rivers mowed down the Jaguars with 17/24 for 220 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week - Travis Benjamin came into his own as the lead receiver for San Diego (six targets for 6/115/2) ably helped out by Tyrell Williams (six for 3/61/1) and Antonio Gates (five for 3/15/1). So far this season Rivers has thrown 42/60 for 463 yards, five TDs and zero interceptions to land at 12th-best fantasy quarterback in the land, despite losing his top receiver, Keenan Allen, in the first game of the season.

The Colts are racing the Chargers' defense to the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed per game - right now Indianapolis is 25th in the NFL averaging 299.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given out vs. one interception (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and a (tied for) next-to-last total of two sacks generated so far. They have averaged 21.3 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks (14th-most in the NFL), with 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tied for seventh-least in the NFL); and 7.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th in the NFL).

This is a nice matchup for the red-hot Rivers and his new cast of receivers. The rushing matchup is also really favorable, so it is likely we see a balanced approach from the Chargers - not really a set up for 350+ passing yards (although still possible against the weak Indianapolis pass D).

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck has been workmanlike in his first 2 games, with 39/60 for 503 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to date. Last week, he tossed 22/36 for 281 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. Arizona - he's the 13th best fantasy QB so far this year. D.J. Hackett is out for several more weeks with a high ankle sprain, leaving last week's leading receiver, Deion Branch (7/122/0 on 13 targets) in the headlining role for the foreseeable future. Bobby Engram was second in targets last week, with 7 for 5/71/0, while Nate Burleson converted 6 targets into 2/39/1. These three players figure to continue to handle most of the WR touches going forward.

The Bengals were carpet-bombed by the Browns last week, allowing a total of 20/33 for 328 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception to Derek Anderson and company. Cincy is now 27th in the NFL averaging 267.5 passing yards allowed per game, while generating only 2 sacks (they do have 3 interceptions to their credit so far). Entering week 3, the Bengal's secondary looks very vulnerable.

This is a great week for Hasselbeck owners, and for those invested in the Seattle receivers.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck's WR cadre took another hit last week as Logan Payne was lost for the season with an ACL injury. For those of you counting at home, that is 4 Seattle receivers down with knee ligament injuries - Bobby Engram is the "different" one with a broken shoulder. The leading wide receiver last week was a street free agent out of football in 2007, Billy McMullen, who grabbed 3/48/0 (TE John Carlson led the team with 6/78/0) - Matt Hasselbeck wound up with 18/36 for 189 yards passing, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. This week, to bolster the WR corps, the team signed Koren Robinson (you read that right) and traded for Keary Colbert from Denver (he joined them in the offseason from Carolina). Taylor and McMullen project to be the starters, while Colbert and Robinson are the top 2 backups entering week 3.

The Rams' defense is in shambles, having given up 79 points in 2 weeks. They've handed over 308 rushing yards and 2 rushing scores in 2 games, and allowed 655 net passing yards and 6 TD passes in 2 games (a 67.4 completion percentage, and an opposing passers' rating of 129.1 allowed) - almost 1,000 combined yards given up in 120 minutes of football. There really isn't anything else to say.

As hard as the Seahawks have had things in the tough breaks department of late, they still get a "great matchup" designation this week against the struggling St. Louis defense.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Super Bowl Rematch! Russell Wilson did what needed to be done on February 2, 2014, with 18/26 for 206 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken from Denver on the way to an easy 43-8 Super Bowl victory.

So far this season, Wilson is the ninth-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land, with 36/53 for 393 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 9/47/0 rushing to his credit. Doug Baldwin has been the top wide receiver in terms of targets, with 11 for 6/49/0 receiving, followed by Percy Harvin (eight for 8/64/0); Jermaine Kearse (eight for 5/69/0) and Ricardo Lockette (four for 2/38/1). The other three TDs thrown have gone to running backs Marshawn Lynch (five targets for 5/41/1 receiving); Robert Turbin (two for 2/35/1); and Derrick Coleman (two for 1/15/1). Wilson is getting the job done using the tools available to him.

The Broncos' pass D allowed 26/42 for 247 yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks for eight yards of Alex Smith last week. Andrew Luck finished with 35/53 for 354 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -16 yards back in Week 1. To date, the Broncos are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 300.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs given up balanced by two interceptions generated so far.

Wilson and company have a great matchup to exploit at home this weekend.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Russell Wilson threw 19/30 for 206 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Packers last week, adding 10/78/0 rushing to his effort. He relied on Doug Baldwin the most (eight targets for 7/92/1 receiving), and also hit backup running back Fred Jackson for a TD (two for 2/16/1). Luke Willson (four targets for 2/36/0 receiving) was the only other Seahawk receiver over 20 yards receiving at Green Bay, though running back Marshawn Lynch handled 3/21/0 out of the backfield.

This week, the anemic Chicago defense rolls into Seattle (and the team will do without starting quarterback Jay Cutler, which likely means a fair number of three-and-out series by the offense). Though Chicago is fourth in the NFL after two games allowing an average of 184 passing yards per game, they have given away a whopping seven passing scores over two games, balanced by just one interception and a league-worst zero sacks generated. This is not a feared unit, friends.

Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Seattle, which had only one sack in Week 1 at Buffalo, had eight against the 49ers, including two apiece for starting defensive ends Patrick Kerney and Lawrence Jackson. J.Y. O'Sullivan threw for 300+ yards despite the pressure (20/32 for 321 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions), but the team needs to protect him better as you don't win many games when allowing 8 QB sacks. O'Sullivan has been sacked a league-worst 12 times so far this year.

Bryant Johnson is the 49ers lead receiver through 2 weeks, with 12 targets for 9/126/1; Frank Gore is second with 9 for 9/93/0; Arnaz Battle checks in at 3rd with 8 targets for 5/60/0; and Isaac Bruce (a forgotten man in week 1) had 8 balls come his way last week for 4/153/0. The 49ers got the ball flowing down field in week 2, which is a good thing for fantasy owners invested in their receiving corps - unless you are a Vernon Davis owner (5 targets for 3/51/0 to date).

The Lions' pass D is almost as soft as their rush D, with an average of 240 yards allowed per week and 4 passing scores coughed up so far. They are also among the league's worst pass rushers, with only 2 sacks in 2 games. This unit doesn't do much of anything well, frankly - giving up 24/38 for 324 net yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to Aaron Rodgers during week 2, for example.

The 49ers need to protect O'Sullivan better, but even with the porous pass protection this looks like a great matchup as the Lions aren't very good pass rushers.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Alex Smith had some tough breaks against New Orleans, with some tipped passes turning into two interceptions - all told, Smith posted 23/32 for 275 yards, one TD during the 22-25 loss. He did look good running the team's two minute drill, and he managed to throw a two-point conversion to Vernon Davis (4/78/0 receiving on seven targets) to knot up the game late in the fourth quarter. The 49ers just couldn't quite seal the deal last week, though. Josh Morgan (eight targets for 6/70/0) quietly put together a nice showing, and Frank Gore handled two of the 49ers' three TDs with 7/56/1 receiving in this phase. Michael Crabtree had a long 32 yard reception (three targets) and Delanie Walker posted 2/26/0 as the #2 TE on the field. After a dreadful start vs. Seattle, the 49ers offense looked much more coordinated in week two.

The Chiefs' gave up 22/39 for 298 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Philip Rivers in week one, and followed up with 16/31 for 226 net yards, one TD and one interception handed over to Seneca Wallace in week two. They had one sack and three other hits on Wallace last week. Though the Chiefs are 2-0, their pass D is the weakest link on the team right now.

Smith and company got on the same page of the playbook last week, and threw a scare into the Saints. Meanwhile, the Chiefs continue playing poor pass D - this is a great matchup for the 49ers.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Sam Bradford had to bring his team back from a 0-21 deficit in Atlanta last week, and he managed 32/55 for 352 yards passing, three TDs and one interception in the losing 24-31 effort. Bradford has yet to be sacked during 2013 and is proving to be very effective as a passer given enough time to make a read or two before throwing. Five Rams have over five targets thus far this season - Tavon Austin leads the Rams with 19 targets for 12/88/2 receiving; Austin Pettis as seen 17 for 11/94/1; Jared Cook has handled 15 for 8/151/2; Chris Givens has been the target 11 times for 7/132/0 receiving; and Lance Kendricks has seen seven for 5/48/0 receiving so far this year. To date, Bradford is the seventh-best fantasy quarterback with 59/93 for 651 yards passing, five TDs thrown vs. two interceptions given up.

The Cowboys' pass D was shredded by Eli Manning in week one (27/42 for 428 net yards, four TDs and three interceptions thrown), and even Alex Smith had good success throwing at this group (21/36 for 199 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown). Dallas is tied for seventh in the NFL with seven sacks generated to date, but they are not among the elite pass defenses in the NFL after two games.

Bradford is on fire entering this contest while the Cowboys are sub-par in this phase of the game - advantage, St. Louis.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Josh McCown has moved the ball well enough to set up the Buccaneers to score - in fact, last week he handled the scoring himself with 16/21 for 179 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (one sack taken for -4 yards), while rushing for 2/6/2. Vincent Jackson (seven targets for 4/51/0 receiving last week) and Mike Evans (four for 4/49/0) are the main cogs in this receiving corps, though Brandon Myers (two for 2/33/0) showed off some skills in Week 2, while Austin Seferian-Jenkins was idled due to a foot/ankle injury.

The Falcons allowed three rushing TDs to the Saints during Week 1 (28/139/3 rushing allowed), so Drew Brees didn't have to win the game with his arm. Nevertheless, the Falcons still coughed up 29/42 for 333 yards passing, one TD and one interception generated, with zero sacks of Brees. Last season, the Falcons ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 244 net passing yards allowed per game, with a mere 10 interceptions (tied for 29th) and only 32 sacks generated (also 29th in the NFL). So far this year, the Falcons average 317.5 net yards passing allowed per game (31st in the NFL) - this defense is pretty soft in both phases of the game, friends, as the Bengals illustrated with 16/24 for 302 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken last Sunday.

This is a great matchup for the Buccaneers - Atlanta's defense is one of the worst in the league again this year.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Vince Young continues to refine his game at this level, resulting in some fairly pedestrian passing numbers from week to week so far during 2007. He is currently the 18th ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 28/45 for 262 yards passing, 1 TD and 1 interception through 2 games (with 16/75/1 rushing helping out his fantasy owners to keep their heads up for drafting Young). To be fair, Young isn't blessed with a studly receiver corps this year - Brandon Jones leads the mob with 11 targets for 6/63/0; TE Bo Scaife is 2nd with 7 targets for 3/26/0; and Roydell Williams is 3rd on the team having seen 6 targets so far for 4/72/1. Young is making do with the available talent.

The Saints' pass D is in the bottom tier of the league so far this season, allowing an average of 265.5 passing yards per game (26th in the NFL), with 5 passing scores surrendered during the first 2 games. They have 0 sacks and 0 interceptions to date - that's pretty weak, folks. It's not hard to pass on the Saints' secondary.

This is a great matchup for the Titans' attack - hopefully Young will throw down a solid game (we think he'll come close to 200 yards passing and toss at least 1 TD vs. the weak New Orleans' secondary).

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Marcus Mariota is the 15th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land after two games, with 50/74 for 509 yards passing, four TDs and two interceptions thrown, and 6/30/0 rushing. Last week, he relied on Delanie Walker (six targets for 6/83/1 receiving), DeMarco Murray (seven for 7/56/0), Tajae Sharp (seven for 4/33/0) and Rishard Matthews (six for 4/40/0) the most, but also found Andre Johnson for a TD (two for 1/9/1). The Titans' passing game is moving along at a nice clip through two games.

The Raiders' pass defense was shattered by Atlanta last weekend - 26/34 for 389 net yards allowed, three TDs given out vs. one interception and one sack for -7 yards generated. To date, the Raiders average 404 net passing yards allowed per game, dead last in the NFL, with seven passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. They are the most generous pass defense in the land to opposing quarterbacks, averaging 34.2 fantasy points allowed per game on average. Enough said.

Advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Mark Brunell did not look good against the Cowboys last week, tossing 18/33 for 197 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception. He threw to Santana Moss 6 times, connecting for 4/69/0, and dumped off to Betts 8 times for 7/57/0 - nobody else caught more than 2 balls. The passing offense has been anemic to date, with Brunell managing 35/61 for 360 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to date (25th ranked fantasy QB to date).

However, this week the Redskins visit the worst pass defense in the NFL, who just last week surrendered 26/38 for 400 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to Peyton Manning and company. Over the first 2 weeks of the season, the Texans have laid down for 701 passing yards and given up 67 total points - they are dead last in passing yards allowed, total yards allowed (956) and points allowed.

This is a game in which Brunell and company should look very good.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jason Campbell hasn't been outstanding this season, but he has been effective in streaks during the first 2 games. Last week, he ended up with 16/29 for 209 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception (over the first 2 games he's posted 28/50 for 431 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions) - he managed to limit the turnovers and did find the end-zone on a pass to TE Chris Cooley (2/25/1). Santana Moss (5/89/0) and Antwaan Randle El (4/44/0) were the top 2 receivers for Washington on Sunday.

The Giants' secondary can't stop anybody right now, allowing a league-worst 310.5 passing yards per game (29/38 for 286 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception given up to Green Bay last week) and a total of 7 passing scores in 2 weeks. They have only 2 sacks and 2 interceptions to their credit so far - the Giants have a very porous pass defense entering week 3.

This is a great matchup for the home-team Redskins.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jason Campbell moved the ball fairly well last week between the 20's, with 23/35 for 242 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions to his credit. However, he is having trouble either A). putting together a sustained drive or B). hitting his wide receivers on deep routes. The dinking and dunking led to nine points and a victory, but none of the Redskins receivers aside from TE Chris Cooley (7/83/0) was worth starting in fantasy terms. Malcolm Kelly led the stable with 4/41/0, followed by Antwaan Randle El (4/39/0) and Santana Moss (3/35/0). Campbell has thrown 42/61 for 453 yards, one TD and one interception during the first two games (21st fantasy QB in the land so far).

The Lions' pass D has been riddled for eight passing scores in the first two weeks, while averaging 255.5 net passing yards allowed per game (24th in the league). They have a middling three sacks so far, and one interception to boast of - but this group is sub-par at best. Brett Favre threw completions almost at will last week, with 23/27 for 155 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions.

Campbell is not impressing, but he has a great shot this week to turn in a solid effort against the toothless Lions.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Faced with an anemic running back stable, Donovan McNabb put the Redskins' offense on his shoulders in week two and took Houston to overtime before losing 27-30. He threw for 28/38 yielding 426 yards, one TD and zero interceptions during the game. Santana Moss is his go-to guy, with 13 targets for 10/89/0 last week, while Joey Galloway showed up with seven targets for 3/88/0. Chris Cooley (three for 3/64/1) and Fred Davis (one for 1/62/0) helped out from the TE position as well. All told, nine different Redskins caught passes from McNabb last week.

The Rams' pass D opened the 2010 season allowing 22/41 for 266 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Derek Anderson and an ailing Larry Fitzgerald, and followed up that performance handing over 19/37 for 231 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Oakland in week two. Over the first two weeks, the team ranks 24th in the NFL averaging 248.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs given away and two interceptions generated, with four sacks to their credit. St. Louis' defense has a long way to go before they are able to call themselves mediocre.

McNabb and company have a great matchup in a dome to work with in week three - advantage, Washington.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Robert Griffin III continues to score big fantasy points - last week, he had a relatively-modest 20/29 for 206 yards passing, with one TD and one interception thrown, but he added 11/82/2 rushing to his effort. Leonard Hankerson (three targets for 2/68/1) led the team in receiving last week, followed by Josh Morgan (five for 5/50/0) and Aldrick Robinson (three targets for 2/40/0). We'll see if Morgan gets in the game this week after his dumb penalty that backed up Washington's Billy Cundiff at the buzzer and cost his team a chance to go to overtime. Santana Moss (2/14/0 receiving) and Fred Davis (3/14/0 receiving) played last week but took a supporting role to the youth movement at wide receiver there in Washington.

Brandon Weeden couldn't do anything right during the season opener, but the Bengals' defense proved a tonic in week two, allowing 26/37 for 309 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the rookie quarterback. This, after coughing up 23/32 for 308 net yards, two passing TDs and zero interceptions to Joe Flacco and company in week one. They enter week three ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 308.5 net passing yards allowed per game - ouch!

This looks like an excellent matchup for Griffin and company - advantage, Washington.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The worries over Jordan Reed's sore thigh/quadricep were over-blown last week - he snagged all six of the targets that came his way on Sunday (6/82/0 receiving) and led Washington in receptions and receiving yards during Week Two. Pierre Garcon (seven targets for 6/23/1 receiving) snagged the lone TD that Kirk Cousins threw last week (23/27 for 203 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Cousins' credit). This ain't a fancy passing attack, but they notched a 'W' at home last weekend.

The Giants' pass defense is ranked dead last in the NFL after two games, averaging 351.0 net yards allowed per game with four passing scores offset by two interceptions and two sacks generated. Matt Ryan lit this group up for 30/46 for 363 passing yards with one TD and zero interceptions last week.

Advantage, Washington. The Giants' rush D is fairly good, so Cousins and company will likely have to be featured for Washington to carry the day.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Seahawks limited Kurt Warner to 24/38 for 231 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week, keeping Anquan Boldin (10 targets for 6/62/0 receiving) and Larry Fitzgerald (4/52/0 on 7 opportunities) under wraps for the most part. Bryant Johnson hauled in a late score with 1/40/1 (3 targets) - there wasn't a huge amount of fantasy points among the Cardinals' receivers last week. Through 2 weeks, Fitzgerald is 19th among fantasy WRs with 13/185/0 and Bolding is 21st with 10/124/1 to his credit. They have been solid but neither has put together a truly dominant effort (although Fitzgerald had 9/133/0 week 1, the current lack of TDs is limiting his game-breaking potential from the fantasy perspective).

St. Louis is currently 10th in the NFL averaging 165.5 passing yards allowed per game, and have sacked the opposing QB 4 times this season. Alex Smith tossed 11/22 for 233 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions against the Rams last week, and was not sacked at all - the Rams come into this game playing up-and-down vs. opposing passers. In week 1, they crushed Jake Plummer (13/26 for 138 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions) - we haven't seen consistent play from the Rams in the early going.

At home in their new stadium, we like Warner and his receivers vs. the inconsistent Rams defenders.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer has thrown seven TDs and just one interception over the first two weeks of the season (36/56 for 492 yards passing), and has Arizona leading the West at 2-0 during September. Larry Fitzgerald showed off his chemistry with Palmer last week (nine targets for 8/112/3 receiving at Chicago), and has amassed 14/199/3 receiving over the first two games. The Browns (John Brown, five targets for 5/45/0; Jaron Brown, three for 2/20/1) were the only other receivers to cross 20 yards for Palmer last week.

The 49ers were torn asunder by Ben Roethlisberger in this phase of the game last week, coughing up an embarrassing 21/27 for 369 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken, while two weeks ago they allowed just 23/32 for 177 net yards, zero TDs and one interception to Teddy Bridgewater. They also sacked Bridgewater five times for -54 yards during Week One. The 49ers pass D has swung from sublime to awful in this phase over the past two games.

Palmer has been steady and outstanding so far during 2015, while the 49ers look vulnerable after the debacle in Pittsburgh - advantage, Arizona.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer passed for 332 yards and a touchdown last week as he spread the ball around to eight different targets with a pass of at least 10 yards to each one. Palmer started slow but really heated up after the first quarter. JJ Nelson stepped up in a big way as he led the team in receiving with 120 yards and a long touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. It would have truly been a monster day for Nelson had another touchdown not been called back after Nelson couldn’t get both feet in bounds. Jaron Brown was Palmer’s most targeted receiver with 11 targets, but he only managed to haul in four of them for 77 yards. The Colts secondary focused heavily on Larry Fitzgerald and effectively shut him down, limiting Fitzgerald to a disappointing performance of only three receptions for 21 yards. The Cowboys secondary looked horrible last week as they allowed Trevor Siemian to finish as the third highest scoring fantasy quarterback of the week, passing for 231 yards and four touchdowns with one interception caused more by his receiver than Semian. Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Chidobe Aquzie were routinely beaten in coverage by the Broncos receivers, proving that the absence of Orlando Scandrick really made a difference in this secondary. With Scandrick expected to miss this next game as well, both Jaron Brown and John Brown will be licking their chops. While John Brown has been taking some snaps from the slot, Fitzgerald typically mans that position and should have a solid matchup against slot cornerback Anthony Brown. Brown allowed six receptions last week as the Broncos targeted him heavily.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Michael Vick threw for only 92 yards last week (10/15 for 92 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), but when your team rushes for 306 yards, there is little need to throw the ball. Nobody on the team caught more than 22 yards worth of passes, and FB Fred McCrary accounted for the TD (1/4/1). WR Roddy White suffered a rib injury during the game that bears watching if the first bye-week is going to force you to possibly pull him off your bench for a WR stand-in.

New Orleans is off to a hot start (also 2-0) and they have the emotional boost of a home-coming game (literally a home-coming, to the fully renovated and refurbished SuperDome) at their back this week. In week 1, they served notice that they are here to play this season, limiting Charlie Frye to 16/27 for 132 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. This was followed up by surviving Brett Favre and the Pack at home, although Favre blew the Saints up for 31/55 for 340 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception last week. It's fair to say that the Saints have been up and down in this phase of the game out of the starting gates.

Vick is no Favre when it comes to passing the ball, and considering how powerful the run game is right now, he may not need to put the football up very much. When he does throw the ball, he'll have a decent shot at making good things happen against the back-pedaling Saints' defense.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Steven Jackson may miss 2-4 weeks due to his injured quadriceps, so it appears that Matt Ryan will have to carry the Falcons' offense for the next few weeks. So far this year, Ryan has put up 58/81 for 678 yards passing, four TDs and one interception to land at ninth among all fantasy quarterbacks through two weeks of play. Last week, he threw 33/43 for 374 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while taking two sacks for -17 yards. Julio Jones dominated the Rams with 14 targets for 11/182/1 receiving to his credit, followed by four other players with four receptions (Harry Douglas, five for 4/43/0; Jason Snelling four for 4/41/0; Tony Gonzalez eight for 4/33/0; and Jacquizz Rodgers four for 4/28/0). The Falcons' passing attack is on fire entering week three, even though Roddy White has been playing sparingly due to a high ankle sprain (three targets for 3/21/0 receiving last week).

The Dolphins' pass D ranks 20th in the NFL through two games, averaging 279.5 net passing yards allowed per game. However, they have twice as many interceptions (four) as TDs allowed so far (two) - and Miami is tied for first in the NFL with nine sacks to date. Atlanta is 17th in the league with five sacks given up so far. Last week, Andrew Luck tossed 25/43 for 315 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -6 yards.

Ryan has his passing attack flying high again this season - against the suspect Miami secondary, he should have a solid game (and remember that the Atlanta offense is likely to tilt towards the passing game if Steven Jackson is indeed out for Week three).

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Ryan followed up his career-best opening-day performance with a stinker at Cincinnati: 24/44 for 231 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -19 yards. Julio Jones had a respectable day with 13 targets for 7/88/1 receiving, followed by Roddy White (eight for 5/42/0) and Harry Douglas (eight for 4/38/0). Levine Toilolo (tree for 2/13/0) and Devin Hester (one for 1/2/0) lost a lot of their luster in Week 2 without much in the way of receiving yards and no TDs scored. We'll see if Ryan can bounce back in Week 3.

The Buccaneers allowed 24/34 for 221 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Derek Anderson on opening day, and lost 14-20. In Week 2, the Buccaneers followed up allowing the following to St. Louis' third-string quarterback, Austin Davis; 22/29 for 220 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards. Tampa Bay was 17th in the NFL last season averaging 238 net passing yards allowed per game, with 30 passing scores handed out over 16 games (almost two per game, the same pace Anderson put up last week). They were tied for third in the league with 21 interceptions generated, but only had 35 sacks (tied for 23rd in the league). Tampa has started 2014 ranked 16th in the NFL averaging 220.5 net passing yards allowed per game.

Against the so-so Buccaneers' pass D, Ryan and company have a good shot at rebounding nicely during the third game of the season.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Steve McNair is winning games by making throws when he has to, and otherwise simply making good decisions and leaning on the Raven's outstanding defense. In the real NFL, that's a winning formula. However, in fantasy circles, this game plan means that McNair is not a fantasy star - with 33/60 for 324 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to date (6/14/0 rushing - his footloose days are well behind McNair now), McNair ranks as the 22nd best fantasy QB through 2 weeks. Derrick Mason (11 targets for 5/46/0 last week) and Todd Heap (8 targets for 5/17/1) are the main components of this conservative passing attack on the receiving end of the picture.

Cleveland's defense is sorry. They have allowed 53 points in 2 games, and average 245.5 passing yards surrendered per contest so far (27th in the NFL). Carson Palmer torched them for 24/40 for 352 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions last week. These guys are reeling coming into week 3. More bad news hit Tuesday when the Browns were forced to place CB Daylon McCutcheon on IR due to knee problems that did not respond to a August 2nd arthroscopic knee surgery. CB Gary Baxter is battling through a chest injury (torn muscle) that is limiting his coverage and tackling abilities. The unit is banged up and it shows in their early-season results.

McNair and the Ravens don't need to throw the ball a lot, but when they do put it up they should enjoy success against their soft divisional rivals.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco gave the Ravens exactly what they needed during week 1 - a steady effort with few mistakes (15/29 for 129 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, with 4/37/1 rushing to his credit). As expected, with the passing attack in the hands of a rookie during his first NFL start, none of the Ravens' receivers were exciting from the fantasy perspective (Derrick Mason led the way with 4/44/0). Look for a lot more of the same this week (in week 1 the Ravens rushed the ball 46 times and threw it 29). Troy Smith was finally able to resume practicing this week, but he's lost 20 pounds thanks to his sickness and is unlikely to be a factor vs. Cleveland. Todd Heap practiced on Wednesday after a week of recuperation and the early bye.

Cleveland's pass D is among the league's most generous entering week 3, with an average of 242 pass yards allowed per game so far (26th in the NFL). They have coughed up 2 pass TDs and generated only 3 sacks so far (23rd in the NFL). Ben Roethlisberger completed over 63% of his passes vs. Cleveland last week, with 12/19 for 164 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions en route to a 10-6 victory. The Browns aren't fielding the league's worst unit, but they are far from top-shelf entering week 3.

Flacco has a tough defense and a solid stable of RBs at his back - despite a good passing matchup, the Ravens will likely keep the passing attack basic vs. the Browns.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco continued his strong play from week one (26/43 for 307 yards, three TDs and one interception) and posted 17/26 for 190 yards, two TDs and one interception during the game vs. San Diego. Ray Rice led all targets in week two with six for 5/46/0, followed by Derrick Mason (3/31/0), Mark Clayton (1/20/0), Todd Heap (1/9/1), and Kelley Washington (4/58/1), who all received four targets during the game. Flacco is spreading the ball around to many receivers in his second season in the league as he grows in confidence as a NFL starter. He is actually the second-best fantasy QB in the land to date (with 45 total fantasy points, behind Drew Bree's 67.4 so far).

The Browns' pass D is currently seventh in the NFL with an average of 174 net passing yards allowed per game through two weeks - they've generated four sacks (in the middle of the NFL range) but have zero interceptions so far. Last week, Kyle Orton had little trouble beating up on the Browns' defenders, though - 19/37 for 263 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken. All told, the Cleveland D gave up 449 total yards to the Denver offense last week. Ouch.

Flacco has come out of the gates at a gallop this year, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down with feeble Cleveland visiting this week - advantage, Baltimore.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'I missed four weeks with the hamstring and I'm not going to lie, it affected my timing with Joe,' Ed Dickson said after the game on Sunday. 'I've been spending time with Joe after practice, catching extra passes.' The extra time hasn't helped out so far - Dickson has seen six targets over the first two games (five at Denver, and one last week vs. the Browns) and has just one reception for 13 yards to show for it. Dallas Clark's share of the reception pie collapsed in Week two as well - he had just one target for 1/8/0 after handling 12 targets for 7/87/0 at Denver during the season opener. Torrey Smith has seen the most targets so far this year with 21 for 11/177/0 receiving, but Marlon Brown has caught two TDs over his 12 targets for 8/110/2 receiving. Smith and Brown led the team in receiving vs. Cleveland with 13 for 7/85/0 and six for 4/45/1, respectively. Joe Flacco is leaning on his wide receivers coming into week three - Brandon Stokley was third on the team in receiving last week with five for 4/36/0 to his credit.

The Texans' pass D is currently third in the NFL averaging 156 net passing yards allowed per game, but they've coughed up six pass TDs so far this year and generated only a single interception through two games. Jake Locker only managed 17/30 for 129 net yards passing at Houston last week, but he still had two passing scores to his credit.

At Baltimore, we give the home team a slight edge in this contest.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco has thrown 56/91 for 511 yards passing, three TDs and one interception through two game this year - Steve Smith leads the team with 25 targets for 13/189/1 receiving, followed by Dennis Pitta (19 for 13/113/0), Owen Daniels (10 for 9/62/2) and Torrey Smith (10 for 4/60/0). Daniels was particularly effective against Pittsburgh last week (five for 5/28/2 receiving) - the Ravens have a nice array of targets for Flacco to work with heading into the third game of the season.

Last year, Cleveland averaged 221 net passing yards allowed per game, tied for seventh in the NFL, but they gave away a hefty 29 passing scores over 16 games, while generating 14 interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 40 sacks (tied for 16th). During Week 1 Ben Roethlisberger rocked the Browns for 23/34 yielding 365 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken by Roethlisberger (for -27 yards). Drew Brees managed 27/40 for 223 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Cleveland last week - a similar performance to what we saw on average during 2013.

This looks like a good matchup for Flacco and company - the Browns are generous with passing TDs more often than not.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Ravens' passing attack stuttered on take-off last week, but then the players got in rhythym vs. the Browns - in the end, Joe Flacco had 25/42 for 302 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, and a 'W' 25-20. His new favorite receiver, Mike Wallace, scored both TDs (six targets for 4/41/2 receiving), while Dennis Pitta proved his comeback is for real with 12 targets for 9/102/0 receiving on the day to lead the team in receiving yards. Steve Smith (six for 3/64/0) and Breshad Perriman (five for 2/32/0) helped keep the chains moving for Flacco and company. The Ravens' passing attack is finding their way as Flacco gains confidence in his repaired knee.

The Jaguars' pass defense didn't wow us vs. the Chargers, giving up four passing scores to Philip Rivers and company (17/25 for 207 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -13 yards) before the Chargers called off the first team - San Diego won 38-14. To date, the Jaguars are ranked eighth in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game, 203 on average, but they have coughed up six passing scores and generated zero interceptions so far. Over the first two weeks of the season, Jacksonville has averaged 26.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (sixth-most in the NFL); and 32 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-most); with 5.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (21st in the NFL).

This is a good matchup for Flacco and company.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

J.P. Losman's stat line from last week: 11/18 for 83 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions, with 2/10/0 rushing. After 2 weeks of regular-season action, he has posted 26/41 for 247 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. That's an average of 123.5 passing yards per game, with .5 TDs per contest. Buffalo's top WR is Josh Reed, with 7/79/1 (37th in the NFL), while Lee Evans lands at #80 on the fantasy board, with 4/44/0. It's ugly from a fantasy football perspective right now.

The Jets limited Tom Brady to 15/29 for 220 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week (but gave up 39/147/2 to the Patriots' backs), and have averaged 226.5 passing yards allowed per game to date (22nd in the NFL to date). They have only managed 3 sacks to date - the Jets' pass defense is sub-par this year.

Who is worse? The Bills' toothless passing attack or the Jets' bottom-feeding secondary? We can't get too excited about Buffalo but this has to be seen as a good matchup for them.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Trent Edwards had a second solid game under center last week, with 20/25 for 239 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to his credit. Fred Jackson was his favorite target in week 2, with 7 for 7/83/0 to his credit - Lee Evans had 4 balls come his way (4/77/0) and Josh Reed had 5 chances to catch passes (4/36/0). James Hardy converted 3 targets to 2/12/1, scoring the first TD of his NFL career to put Buffalo ahead for good in the 4th quarter on Sunday. Through 2 games, Edwards is the 15th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with 39/55 for 454 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions.

Oakland's defense squared off against the wounded Kansas City corps last week, and destroyed youngster Tyler Thigpen for most of the afternoon (14/33 for 151 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception) - as a team, the Chiefs eked out 17/38 for 135 net yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. the Raiders. After 2 games, Oakland averages 217.5 passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing TDs handed over to date - they bounced back from a tough season opener last week.

Edwards and company have been steady and productive through 2 games, while the Raiders bounced back from a bad start to limit an anemic K.C. squad in week 2. Advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Trent Edwards had another good game pitching the pigskin, with 21/31 for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception to his credit in the victory over Tampa Bay (33-20). To date, he is the seventh best fantasy QB in the land with 36/56 for 442 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to his credit, with 5/49/0 rushing as a nice sweetener for his fantasy owners. Terrell Owens (3/52/1) and Lee Evans (1/32/1) both caught long TDs from Edwards - and Owens dropped a second potential TD pass as well. This offense is firing on all cylinders - maybe head coach Jauron was right to fire ex-OC Turk Schonert? Fred Jackson is heavily involved in the passing game as a safety valve (6/25/0 receiving last week), while TE Derek Schouman (6/62/0) and WR Josh Reed (4/46/0) help keep the chains moving. Time of possession evened out last week, too, with Buffalo keeping the ball for 29:33.

The Saints out-dueled Philadelphia and Kevin "The Mad Bomber" Kolb, who valiantly contested the issue with 31/51 for 391 yards, two TDs and three interceptions to his credit passing last week (378 net passing yards allowed). Two weeks into the season, the Saints average 288 net passing yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL), with three sacks and six interceptions generated so far (tied for first in the NFL in the latter category). The Saints' defense is not the strength of this team.

Edwards and company are off to a hot start, and the Saints' defense is pretty vulnerable in this phase of the game - advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

EJ Manuel has done a competent job so far this season, with 32/48 for 375 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with 10/25/1 rushing to his credit. The Bills lead the AFC East at 2-0 on the young season. Last week, Sammy Watkins shook off his sore ribs and posted a nice 11 targets for 8/117/1 receiving stat line - the next highest Bills' receiver were Fred Jackson (four for 2/27/0) and Scott Chandler (two for 2/27/0). We'll see if Watkins can continue as the star wide receiver in this third contest. He did have trainer attention to his ribs area during the game, so pay attention to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week if you are invested in Watkins, to monitor his practice participation before setting lineups for Week 3.

The Chargers gave up 24/37 for 294 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks for -10 yards) to the Cardinals on Monday night during Week 1. Last season the Chargers were 29th in the league allowing an average of 259 yards passing per game, with only 11 interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL) and 35 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated. Seattle managed 17/25 for 180 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at San Diego last week. To date, the Chargers rank 19th in the NFL, averaging 237 net passing yards allowed per game, with four TDs given up vs. zero interceptions generated. This is a sub-par pass D, folks.

Advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Delhomme has found a way to win 2 games without his best receiver, Steve Smith, in the mix. Delhomme ranks 24th among fantasy QBs entering week 3, with 35/62 for 375 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to his credit so far (a holding penalty stripped Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad of a score vs. Chicago last week). The return of Steve Smith should help the entire unit to turn up the heat a notch. Through 2 weeks, Muhsin Muhammad (21 targets for 11/115/0) and D.J. Hackett (16 for 6/70/0) have led the way, while TE Jeff King (6 targets for 3/33/0) and Dante Rosario (9 for 8/102/1) have been critical components, too (Rosario's targets declined from 8 in week 1 to 1 in week 2, mostly due to a sore ankle that limited him on Sunday last week).

The Viking's pass D is in the bottom 1/3 of the league entering week 3, averaging 237 yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs handed over to date. They are tied for 24th in the NFL with only 2 sacks so far (Carolina has handed over 4 to date, in the middle of the NFL) despite Jared Allen's presence on the club. Last week, Peyton Manning beat the Vikings through the air with 26/42 for 296 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions - the Vikings' secondary bears a lot of pressure each week as their defensive front is so tough to run the ball against.

Delhomme and company will be at full strength this week, while the Vikings are towards the bottom of the league in this phase of the game. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'I don't think there's any doubt,' said Jake Delhomme after the game vs. Atlanta on Sunday. 'I'm not going to sit here and lie to you. Last week I couldn't throw it in the ocean. This week it felt really good to be out there on the field. That's a good thing.' Delhomme threw for 25-of-41 passes for 308 yards, one touchdown and a single interception. 'I think I got back to Jake playing like Jake. It felt good to be out there.' As usual, Steve Smith was the number one threat on the field, with 8/131/0 receiving (he left the game briefly with a leg injury but returned to action). His sidekick Muhsin Muhammad grabbed 4/47/0 for second on the team, while TEs Jeff King (2/38/0) and Dante Rosario (3/31/1) and RB DeAngelo Williams (3/32/0) did their part against Atlanta as well. The Panthers didn't win the game, but they seemed to get their confidence back in this phase after Delhomme's dreadful week one showing.

The Cowboy's pass D was shredded by the Giants' youthful corps of receivers last week - Eli Manning ended the night with 25/38 for 330 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions, while taking not a single sack and only being hit twice. It's no wonder that the Cowboys are currently 30th in the league averaging 303 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given away vs. goose eggs in the sacks and interceptions department.

Delhomme and company started to get into rhythm last week. They are still shaky but they should find it easy to build up momentum against the Cowboys' woeful pass D. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

WOW. What else can be said about Cam Newton's first two games as an NFL passer? He is second in the NFL to date as a fantasy QB (behind only Tom Brady), with 52/83 for 854 yards passing, three TDs and four interceptions (with 18/71/2 rushing to his credit). Last week, he torched one of the NFL's top pass defenses with 28/46 for 432 yards, one TD and three interceptions vs. Green Bay! Steve Smith has compiled 14/334/2 receiving to date (second-best fantasy WR in the land so far), while Brandon LaFell checks in at 30th on the wide receiver board after two games with 8/119/1). It's all good for Carolina in this phase of the game folks.

The Jaguars handed over 17/24 for 182 yards, two TDs and two interceptions to Mark Sanchez last week, and are currently 14th in the NFL averaging 215.5 net yards allowed per game, with four TDs given up vs. three interceptions and three sacks generated. The Jaguars are just so-so in this phase of the game.

Newton is posting amazing numbers while the Jaguars bumble around in the middle of the NFL pack - advantage, Carolina.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cam Newton slung 18/37 for 195 yards passing two TDs and one interception vs. Houston last week (adding 10/76/1 rushing to his tally as well). Greg Olsen saw 14 targets to lead the team (6/70/0 receiving) while Ted Ginn Jr. (nine for 4/41/1) and Corey Brown (four for 3/57/1) handled the pass TDs for Newton. Jerricho Cotchery suffered a high ankle sprain, tried to get back in the game, but was eventually sidelined. He looks iffy to play here in Week Three given his advanced years and the fact that high ankle sprains often linger for several weeks.

The Saints' pass D is horrid this year, averaging 250.5 net passing yards allowed per game (18th in the NFL) with four passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions and a mere three sacks generated over the past two games. Rookie Jameis Winston ripped up the Saints' secondary for 14/21 yielding 207 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last weekend.

Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Coach Lovie Smith commented on the Bears' latest game vs. KC with the following: "The turnovers on the offensive side are something that we have to eliminate. It's as simple as that. Passing-game-wise, we didn't get a lot done [Sunday]." In fact, Rex Grossman has thrown 3 interceptions; completed 56.1 percent of his passes; been sacked six times; and has a passer rating of 55.1 - 32nd in the NFL entering week 3. He's 31st among fantasy passers with 32/57 for 305 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions (and 3 rushes for -3 yards). Simply put, the Bears' aerial attack is horrible entering week 3 of the regular season.

The Cowboys are 31st in the NFL vs. opposing passers after 2 games, giving up an average of 293.5 passing yards per game to date, with 6 passing scores allowed, vs. 5 interceptions and 3 sacks generated to date. Last week, Trent Green and the Dolphins hung 23/40 for 287 yards and 2 TDs around the 'Boys necks, although they did intercept Green 4 times during the game. Overall, this is a sub-par unit that isn't slowing opposing passers down much at all.

Grossman has been struggling to open 2007 and we have a hard time getting excited about him - we'll see what he can do with this good matchup with the home crowd at his back on Sunday.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler has taken just one sack through two games this year - a big improvement over the situation in years past - and Cutler is responding to staying upright more with solid quarterback play. Last week, during the 31-30 squeaker over Minnesota, Cutler threw 28/39 for 290 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions. Brandon Marshall (10 targets for 7/113/1 receiving) has found a quality counterpart in Martellus Bennett (nine for 7/76/2 last week), and Matt Forte forms the third member of Chicago's triumvirate of receivers so far this year (Forte handled 11 targets for 11/71/0 receiving last week). Nobody else on the team went over 20 yards receiving, though Alshon Jeffery did get five chances to catch the football (he only converted one for 11 yards receiving).

The Steelers' offense was only on the field for 24:26 last week, leaving their defense on the field for 35:34 - the situation on offense isn't going to get better quickly, so Pittsburgh's defenders are going to be fighting fatigue as well as their opponents from week to week. During the game at Cincinnati, Andy Dalton wasn't sacked at all on the way to a 25/45 for 280 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions performance and a 20-10 win over the Steelers. As the offense has fallen apart, the Pittsburgh defense is cracking under the strain of extended periods on the field.

This looks like a good matchup for Cutler and company as they face a fading Steelers' franchise.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler was limited for most of the game against San Francisco, but a series of late turnovers fueled his stat line by providing easily-reached red-zone opportunities. When the dust settled on the Bears' comeback win, he'd pitched 23/34 for 176 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions. He did all the above after taking a vicious crown-of-the-helmet hit to his chest, which he described after the game as 'feeling like my chest hit my backbone'. It was quite a display of toughness on Cutler's part. Brandon Marshall powered through a sore ankle to haul in 5/48/3 (eight targets) on the night, while Martellus Bennett handled eight targets for 7/37/1 receiving. Alshon Jeffery, also nursing a sore ankle, managed six targets for 3/47/0 receiving - the Bears' walking wounded got the job done last week, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for their practice status later in the week as both Marshall and Jeffery were clearly gimpy during the game.

The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th after two games, averaging 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (they have six sacks to date, tied for sixth in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary for 25/42 yielding 310 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (four sacks taken for -36 yards). Once the Jets were past the rookie Derek Carr in Week 1, their secondary was exposed by Rodgers and company.

Cutler and company have a good matchup, and as the Jets' rush D is so stout, look for Cutler and whoever is healthy enough to take the field on Sunday to have a solid game against the suspect Jets' secondary.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler is out due to a hamstring injury, putting journeyman Jimmy Clausen in charge of the Bears' passing attack in this game. Clausen has a total of 197/370 for 1902 yards passing, five TDs and 11 interceptions tossed since he joined the league with Carolina back in 2010. He's thrown 40/71 for 344 yards, two TDs and two interceptions as a Bear since 2014.

Who Clausen will throw to remains to be seen - Alshon Jeffery was a scratch last week due to his sore hamstring and calf. Eddie Royal (eight targets for 7/41/0 receiving) saw the most targets last week, while Martellus Bennett (six for 4/48/0) led the team in receiving. Sidekick Josh Bellamy scored the TD for Chicago last week with two targets for 1/48/1 receiving. There are a lot of options for Clausen to throw at here in Week Three.

Seattle's pass D is ranked 29th in the league after two contests averaging 255 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. ZERO interceptions generated (tied for last in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers hit them for 25/33 yielding 249 net yards two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Kam Chancellor looks to be returning though and that should be a boost.

This looks like a good matchup for even the occasional starter Clausen.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer turned in a strong game in week 2, tossing 24/40 for 352 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. the Browns. He threw 12 passes to Chad Johnson (6/78/1) and 11 flares to Chris Henry (subbing for the injured T.J. Houshmandzadeh) - Henry managed to convert 5/113/0. Kelley Washington saw 6 passes and grabbed 5/77/1 - the Bengals' pass offense was "on" last week.

During week 1, the Steelers posted a 3 sack, 2 interception effort vs. Miami's Daunte Culpepper (18/37 for 262 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions), and followed that game up by limiting Byron Leftwich to 26/39 for 260 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception, but only managed a single sack. They have 4 sacks this season (tied for 17th in the NFL) and have averaged 246 net passing yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL). The Steelers definitely have room for improvement in this phase of the game. It's worth noting as well that all world safety Troy Polamalu appeared limited with an arm injury in the Jacksonville game missing several plays he normally would make.

Palmer and company looked pretty strong last week, and they expect T.J. Houshmandzadeh back in the lineup this week (keep an eye on his injury/practice status as the late-week injury reports come out). The Bengals will have to deal with the vocal Pittsburgh crowd this week, but even with the extra backing behind the D we think this looks like it could be a good matchup for Palmer and company.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer has been playing stellar football, and leads all fantasy QBs with 53/82 for 595 yards, 8 TDs and 2 interceptions passing to date (5/10/0 rushing). As usual, he targets Chad Johnson (16 targets last week for 11/209/2) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (16 for 8/69/2) much more than his other receivers - over the first 2 games, Johnson has 24 targets for 16/304/3, Houshmandzadeh has seen 28 targets for 17/119/3, and Rudi Johnson is 3rd on the team with 9 targets for 7/59/1. Glenn Holt, who caught all 5 balls thrown his way last week, has 5/52/1 in a supporting role - Tab Perry went down to a hamstring injury last week, opening the door for Holt to show what he could do.

Seattle's pass D hasn't been overwhelming so far, averaging 246.5 net yards allowed per game - they are tied for 9th in the NFL with 5 sacks to date, and have been tough to score on through 2 games, with only 1 passing score surrendered so far. The Seahawks have only generated 1 interception this season. Last week, Matt Leinart hit them for 23/37 yielding 299 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception.

Palmer is smokin' hot - meanwhile, the Seahawks' pass defenders have been mediocre-to-sub par this year. This is a good matchup for Palmer and company.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Andy Dalton fought through his sore wrist to set a record for Cincinnati rookie QBs last week - 27/41 for 332 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Not too bad, huh? Jerome Simpson (nine for 4/136/0) and A.J. Green (14 for 10/124/1) led the team in receiving, while Andre Caldwell also scored (four for 3/27/1). Unfortunately, the team lost some depth at the WR position when Jordan Shipley went down to a torn ACL and landed on IR early this week. TE Jermaine Gresham was quiet in week two with just 2/8/0 receiving out of five opportunities.

The 49ers are ranked 25th in the NFL through two games, averaging 291 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing TDs allowed vs. three interceptions and six sacks generated. All told, Dallas put up 427 net yards passing at San Francisco with three TDs and two interceptions thrown. Obviously, there is a lot of room for improvement on this squad.

Dalton played a great game last week and has a weak opponent visiting this week - advantage, Cincinnati. Also, the 49ers' run D is very solid so expect the Bengals to go to the air early and often in this game - Dalton is on the verge of top-ten projections this week as a result.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Andy Dalton overcame six sacks for -23 yards on Sunday to beat Cleveland 34-27. He threw for 318 yards and three TDs during the game (24/31 for 318 yards, three TDs with one interception), spreading the ball among six main targets. Last week, Brandon Tate led the team with three targets for 3/71/1 receiving, followed by Armon Binns (five for 5/66/0), A.J. Green (12 for 7/58/2), and Andrew Hawkins (three for 2/56/1). The Bengals have developed a multi-faceted group of receivers entering week three - Dalton has a nice array of weapons to throw at as of the third week of the season.

The Redskins' defense will be in transition this week as they struggle to replace starting OLB Brian Orakpo an starting DE Adam Carriker, who both landed on IR this week due to injuries suffered in the 28-31 loss to St. Louis last week (26/35 for 301 net passing yards allowed, with three passing TDs given away vs. one interception and two sacks for -9 yards generated). The departure of Carriker and Orakpo will especially impact on the Redskins' pass rush (four sacks generated so far this year, tied for 16th in the NFL), which may help keep Dalton upright more in week three (he's suffered 10 sacks so far this year, most in the league to date).

Dalton's pass blocking has stunk so far this year, but he's got a depleted Washington unit to pick on this week - advantage, Cincinnati.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a 'W' over the Chargers with a solid 16/26 for 214 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions last weekend. He hooked up with A.J. Green a lot (as usual), with four targets for 3/45/1 receiving, but also spread the TD wealth to Tyler Eifert (five for 4/49/1) and Marvin Jones (five for 2/48/1). It looks like Jones has moved past Mohamed Sanu (again), as Sanu saw a mere two targets for 1/15/0 receiving at Oakland. The Bengals' passing attack is humming along nicely entering Week Three.

The Ravens' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 250.5 net passing yards allowed per game with three passing TDs given out vs. two interceptions generated to date. Derek Carr torched the Ravens' secondary last week with 30/46 for 351 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with zero sacks taken). This is a vulnerable unit entering the third regular season game, friends.

Advantage, Cincinnati.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Wow. 20/33 for 328 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception later, Derek Anderson is in the driver's seat as the Browns' QB #1 - Brady Quinn may have to wait longer than he anticipated to take the top job with the Browns. Ultimately, Cleveland won the wild 51-45 shootout with the Bengals - all the usual suspects among the Browns saw lots of yards and TDs. Braylon Edwards led the team with 8/146/2. Kellen Winslow hauled in 6/100/1. Joe Jurevicius snagged 4/44/2. The upshot is that an offense that looked deep sixed in week 1 shone during week 2 - we'll see just how for real Anderson is this week - can he throw down another great game? Stay tuned...

Oakland ranks 29th in the NFL after 2 games, averaging 272 net passing yards allowed per game, with 4 scoring throws given up to date. They have generated 4 interceptions over 2 games, though, and have 4 sacks to their credit so far - they are doing a few things right. Last week, Jay Cutler passed for 23/33 for 269 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions while facing this bunch. They have shown some flashes of ability, but right now the unit is a sub-par bunch, overall.

Anderson is hot while the Raiders' pass defense is luke-warm, at best. This is a good matchup for the Browns' latest signal caller and his receivers.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Colt McCoy earned his first W of the season last week, with 22/32 for 211 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to his credit. 'I thought he was efficient,' head coach Pat Shurmur said. 'The silent count, he handled that well. I thought he made some plays scrambling. His most explosive plays probably came when he was out of the pocket. I thought he was calm, I thought he was seeing things well.'

Peyton Hillis is a believer in McCoy 'As time has gone on, you can steadily see the progression in his game on the positive side,' Hillis said. 'I only think he's going to do great things from here on out.'

Three WRs led the team in receiving yardage last week - Mohamed Massaquoi snagged 3/45/0 out of six targets to lead the team, followed by Joshua Cribbs (three for 3/41/0) and Greg Little (five for 4/38/0). 'Colt and I are building a great game rapport in practice,' WR Greg Little said. 'But it's important to get those reps so I can convert on third downs [in games] and catch the ball when it's thrown to me. I think I'll start to see more balls thrown my way.' TE Evan Moore caught his second TD of the season at Indianapolis, with 1/16/1 to his credit on one target.

After the home loss to Houston, LB Jason Taylor admitted that some of the players are starting to lose confidence. 'To be honest, we have,' Taylor said. 'Not everybody, but I'm sure there's a faction of the group that's trying to figure this thing out, figure out where we are. That's kind of the product of losing sometimes, you start to question, second-guess a little bit, question what you're doing as a team. And until you win, those things will linger out there a little bit.' Matt Schaub ripped up the Miami secondary last week with 21/29 for 207 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. To date, the Dolphins are 30th in the NFL averaging 361.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with the second-most passing TDs given up (6), vs just one interception and four sacks generated. It's pretty ugly for the Dolphins right now.

McCoy and company are generating positive momentum, while the Dolphins are scraping the bottom of the pool in this phase of the game - advantage, Cleveland.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brandon Weeden recovered from a disastrous week one experience to post 26/37 for 322 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -13 yards). Even though the Browns lost the divisional game, the improvement from Weeden and Trent Richardson (19/109/1 rushing and 4/36/1 receiving) are reasons for optimism by the long-suffering Browns' fans. Mohamed Massaquoi led the team in receiving last week with seven targets for 5/90/0 receiving, followed by Chris Ogbonnaya (six targets for 6/73/0 receiving) and Greg Little (seven targets for 5/57/1).

Matt Cassel put up 23/42 for 272 net yards, two TDs and one interception at Buffalo last week (he did take five sacks for -29 yards as the Bills' sleeping pass rush awoke in week two after failing to get a sack in week one). During week one they allowed 19/27 for 266 net yards, three TDs and one interception to Mark Sanchez and the Jets - teams are moving the ball almost at will on the Bills' secondary right now.

Weeden has a good matchup to look forward to when the suspect Bills roll into Cleveland on Sunday.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Update - The Browns traded RB Trent Richardson to the Colts Wednesday afternoon in a shocking move. This puts the team in disarray. Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are there now but I have a hard time seeing either of them doing much. Willis McGahee is reportedly going to take a physical tomorrow and will be added.

This puts a major damper on Weeden's value removing the threat of Richardson.

Brandon Weeden's MRI showed no significant injury to his sore thumb after he smacked it against a Raven defender's helmet last week, but the team is going to be cautious with him and allow him a week to rest - which means that Jason Campbell will get the starting nod for this contest. 'It was the first time getting to play in a while, the first time getting to run our offense,' Campbell said in reference to his lack-luster 1/4 for six yards performance in relief of Weeden last week. 'I’ll prepare this week as if I'm starting. A week of preparation, it definitely helps a lot.' Trent Richardson expressed confidence in Campbell as the team's new starter. 'Jason will do well. He's got to know that we believe in him,' Richardson said. 'He’s got a big arm. Jason has got to make sure that he controls the offense. Game management, all that, he's got to make sure that he can step up and be the captain. We know he can. So he's just got to be him.' Josh Gordon returns to practices this week after a two-game suspension, so he and Campbell will be working on chemistry with a very narrow time window to get fully up to speed. As of Week three, only Jordan Cameron has played well for the Browns' receiving corps - he snagged 5/95/0 receiving on seven targets last week (led the team in receiving) and is currently fourth in fantasy points among tight ends after two games, with 14/203/1 receiving to his credit.

As an important side note, Greg Little dropped two passes in the opener against the Miami Dolphins and reportedly had at least two more drops against the Ravens. 'That's something I have to work on. I have to concentrate to make my catches. My focus needs to be better when the ball is in the air.' With Gordon back in the fold, Little may see a diminished number of targets (he had 12 chances last week but only hauled in 4/33/0 receiving).

Minnesota's pass D hasn't played particularly well to open 2013, with 28/39 for 282 net yards, three TDs and two interceptions allowed to Jay Cutler and company last week (just one sack for -8 yards generated) and 28/43 for 357 net passing yards, two TDs and one interception given up to Matthew Stafford two weeks ago (zero sacks in that game). It's pretty easy to throw on the Vikings right now.

Campbell is a journeyman-level NFL talent, but against the soft Vikings' secondary he enjoys a good matchup for his spot start.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brian Hoyer (24/40 for 204 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) put a feather in his cap last week by leading a stunning 26-24 upset of Drew Brees' Saints. Meanwhile, Johnny Manziel had one passing attempt for zero completions - Hoyer is playing very well, relegating Manziel to an inconsequential role so far this season. In the absence of Jordan Cameron, Gary Barnidge is proving his worth as a backup (four targets for 4/41/0 receiving last week), while Andrew Hawkins (12 for 6/70/0) and Miles Austin (10 for 6/44/1) handle the lions' share of the targets each week. The Brows' passing attack gained credibility last week, friends.

The Ravens' pass D allowed 301 yards passing to Andy Dalton in Week One (25/38 for 301 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) without sacking (or even hitting) Dalton once. However, Ben Roethlisberger had a harder time in M and T Bank Stadium last week, finishing the day with 22/37 for 202 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards. Baltimore was 12th in the NFL averaging 230 net passing yards allowed per game last season, with 25 TDs given up over 16 games played. So far this year, they rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 251.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one TD allowed and one interception to their credit so far.

Hoyer has things moving in the right direction during 2014, while the Ravens' pass D has been up and down - at home, we give the Browns a slight edge.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeShone Kizer left last week’s game after dealing with migraine headaches. Kizer came back after leaving but was largely ineffective as he threw for four interceptions in this game Adding to issues for the Browns passing game is Corey Coleman broke his hand last week and has been placed on IR. The Browns passing game still leaves a lot to be desired and it is still incredibly young as Ricardo Louis and Rishard Higgins are expected to see an increase in workload with the injury to Corey Coleman. This Colts passing defense badly misses Vontae Davis who could be close to returning and if he does return, this matchup becomes not nearly as good for the Browns this week as Davis who is one of the top cornerbacks in the league would significantly improve their defense as the Colts have been mixing Quincy Wilson and T.J. Green as the replacement for Davis and neither has been particularly effective. Last week, the Colts secondary held strong for the first half only to fall apart in the second half which was primarily setup due to the pass rush getting to Carson Palmer which the pass-rush will have a more difficult time against the Browns strong offensive line.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tony Romo fell off a cliff last week after his spectacular week one performance, tossing just 13/29 for 127 yards, one TD and three interceptions vs. the New York Giants. Jason Witten led the team with 5/33/1; Marion Barber was second with 2/31/0 - nobody else caught more than one pass or went over 20 yards receiving. Romo has been up and down this season, as you can see. He enters week three as cold as an iceberg.

The Panthers' pass D didn't slow down Matt Ryan much last week, handing over 21/27 for 220 net yards, three TDs and only one interception (they had zero sacks and zero other hits on Ryan, which is pretty sad if you're a Carolina fan). All told, the Panthers rank third this year in terms of passing yards allowed per game (151 per game on average), but they've coughed up five passing TDs so far - their yards per game figure is badly skewed by the disastrous game vs. Philadelphia in week one when the Eagles didn't really ever need to throw the ball thanks to Delhomme's implosion.

Romo has all the tools to succeed, but stumbled badly last week. Meanwhile, the Panthers' pass D continues to be generous with TDs and generally not play very well. This looks like a good matchup for Romo and company, in their own house on Monday Night Football.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Dallas has lost Tony Romo for the foreseeable future due to the broken clavicle (Collarbone) he suffered at Philadelphia lsat weekend. In steps Brandon Weeden, a first round draft pick of the Browns many moons ago - Weeden practices with the starting lineup in Wednesday sessions in-season, which is good news for the remaining Dallas receivers. Weeden will do without Dez Bryant, who is also out for the foreseeable future due to his injured foot. Terrance Williams had a good chemistry with Weeden in Philadelphia, generating the only Dallas receiving score last weekend (seven targets for 4/84/1 receiving). Jason Witten (eight for 7/56/0) and Lance Dunbar (five for 3/45/0) were the other high-volume targets during Week Two (Cole Beasley also saw five targets but only managed 4/14/0 receiving in his chances).

The Falcons' pass D gave up 27/40 for 291 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Eli Manning last weekend - they gave up 36/52 for 336 yards passing, and one TD to Philadelphia two games back. Not too good folks.

Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Plummer bounced back from a bad week 1 performance to post 23/37 for 248 yards 0 TDs and 1 interception in week 2. It wasn't his best fantasy game ever (he finished 23rd in the league). Rod Smith hauled in 8/83/0 to lead the team again in week 2. Ashley Lelie grabbed 6/62/0. Since the Broncos didn't score with anything much other than the kicking game on offense (FB Kyle Johnson got a 3 yard TD plunge, but he wasn't started by many fantasy teams), fantasy points were scarce among the receivers.

The Chiefs have hemorrhaged 294.5 pass yards per game on average so far, but they have only surrendered 2 scores in this phase of the game. Patrick Surtain had 5 solo tackles during the game, despite his concussion from last week's game. The Chiefs present a bend-but-don't-break front in this phase of the game.

At Mile High Stadium, look for the Broncos to test the Chief's secondary. There should be lots of yards up for grabs, if not 6 pointers.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning snapped out of his week one funk to throw 26/45 for 256 yards passing, three TDs and one interception at Kansas City last week - he hasn't been as explosive in the Gary Kubiak offense as he was in prior Denver attacks, but last week was a move in the right direction. DeMaryius Thomas (14 targets for 8/116/0) and Emmanuel Sanders (14 for 8/87/2) were heavily targeted last week, while tight end Virgil Green (three for 2/12/1) handled the third TD pass for Manning. Owen Daniels turned five targets into 3/19/0 - overall it was a good day for the Broncos' attack in this phase of the game. Given the sputtering rushing attack Denver is suffering from right now, Manning may be throwing more often going forwards.

The Lions' pass D is ranked 24th in the NFL averaging 269.5 net yards allowed per game with three passing scores surrendered vs. two interceptions (tied for sixth with almost half the league) and three sacks (tied-21st) generated over two games. There isn't anything special going on here as you can see. Last week, the Lions surrendered 14/18 for 153 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings.

This is an attractive matchup for the visiting Broncos.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jon Kitna threw well enough to bring his team into the lead vs. Green Bay (briefly), but then he imploded with 2 interceptions returned for scores in the 4th quarter to wreck an otherwise solid outing (21/41 for 276 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions) - Calvin Johnson continued his banner season in the game, with 6/129/2 while Roy Williams helped out with 3/48/0 - 4 other players had at least 2 receptions in the game. So far this season, Kitna has been throwing the ball early and often (as expected) with 45/74 for 538 yards, 4 TDs and 4 interceptions to his credit (9th best fantasy QB in the land to date).

The 49ers are currently 14th in the NFL averaging 179 passing yards allowed per game, with only 1 pass TD coughed up so far. They are in the middle of the NFL pack with 4 sacks through 2 games - last week, Matt Hasselbeck and his depleted WR corps could only muster 18/36 for 189 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions but they are really desperate for warm bodies in Seattle at WR - the 49ers weren't facing top talent last week.

The Lions' team strength is at WR, while the 49ers are only so-so at defending vs. the pass. Advantage, Detroit.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'We're trying to get the ball in all our playmakers' hands, but again you need to make the right decisions and you can't force the ball,' head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game on Sunday. 'There's some of those situations when the defense does role coverage to him [Calvin Johnson] that you end up forcing the ball. We have to rely on our other guys. That's the way we're built, and that's the way we have to be.' Johnson enjoyed 11 targets, but could only convert 4/50/1 vs. Philadelphia. Jahvid Best exploded for 9/154/1 receiving on 14 targets last week - he's becoming a fantasy force to be reckoned with. Brandon Pettigrew had a solid outing with eight targets for 7/108/0, helping Shaun Hill to 25/45 for 335 yards, two TDs and two interceptions during the game. 'As far as my performance goes, I'm very simple,' Hill said. 'I judge myself - it's wins and losses. We did not win, so therefore my performance wasn't good enough.' However, the fantasy owners invested in Detroit's passing attack weren't disappointed in week two.

Miami didn't test the Vikings' pass D much in week two (9/15 for 114 yards, one TD and zero interceptions). During the season opener, the Saints racked up 27/36 yielding 229 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions in this phase of the game. Minnesota's pass D has been so-so to start off 2010 - they aren't shutting anybody down entering week three.

Hill and company are clicking as a squad, while the Vikings will enjoy their rowdy 12th-man for this divisional contest. Even with home field at the Vikings' backs, we think the Lions have an edge in this phase of the game. Also, the Vikings' defensive front is tough enough that the Lions will probably need to throw the ball quite a bit.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre bounced back from his awful week 1 outing to post 31/55 for 340 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Saints. Greg Jennings made up for his weak opening day game taking 12 targets for 6/67/1, while Donald Driver converted 11 passes into 8/153/0. Driver has 15/249/0 through 2 weeks of action, to rank 7th among all fantasy WRs. TEs Bubba Franks (7 targets for 3/18/0) and David Martin (7 targets for 6/44/0) saw a lot of chances after seeing only 1 pass between the two of them in week 1. Robert Ferguson (1/4/1) and Noah Herron (1/6/1) accounted for the rest of Favre's TD passes. In all 7 players caught passes from Favre in week 2.

During week 1, the Lions allowed 25/30 for 210 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions to the Seahawks. Last week, though, they were shredded by the surprising Rex Grossman and the Bears (21/28 for 294 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions). The Lions are 24th in the NFL right now averaging 233.5 passing yards allowed per week. They have 5 sacks to date (tied for 13th in the NFL) and have yet to force an interception. After giving up only 9 points week 1, the Lions gave away 34 to Chicago last week.

Favre has the Packers' attack heading in the right direction, while the Lions' secondary is regressing. Advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre has led his team to a surprising 2-0 start, piling up 52/80 for 492 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions passing to date. Donald Driver leads the receivers with 24 targets to date (14/139/1), James Jones is second with 12 targets for 8/104/0. TEs Bubba Franks (11 targets for 6/37/1) and Donald Lee (10 targets for 8/62/1) have both notched a TD to date (each caught a score last week against the Giants). Greg Jennings has yet to get back in the action due to his slow-healing hamstring and wasn't able to play week 2 despite optimistic reports earlier in the week.

The Chargers rank 10th in the NFL averaging 192.5 passing yards allowed per game, with 3 TDs handed over so far (2 interceptions generated by the defense). They have 5 sacks so far this season, inflicting 2 on Tom Brady last week - but that didn't slow Brady down much (25/31 for 279 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception). Overall, the Charger's pass defense is slightly above average, nothing more.

The Packers have got their groove on heading into week 3, while the Chargers stumbled last week vs. New England and don't look too scary as of week 3 in any case - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

As we said last week, Aaron Rodgers is making the Packers' brass look pretty smart - he's the #2 fantasy QB in the land after 2 games, with 42/60 for 506 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions to his credit (with 12/60/1 rushing in addition). Rodgers tore up the Lions last week, hitting 24/38 for 328 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. Greg Jennings led in receiving (6/167/0), but the TDs went to Donal Driver (7/52/1), James Jones (4/29/1) and Jordy Nelson (1/29/1) - the Packers are loaded for bear at WR as you can see. This passing attack is among the league's finest entering week 3.

Against the Browns in week 1, the Cowboys did an excellent job shutting down Braylon Edwards (2/14/0) and limited Derek Anderson to a mere 11/24 for 114 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions while sacking him once. They were more giving to the Philadelphia offense in week 2, though, handing out 25/37 for 259 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to the Eagles - the 'Boys managed to sack McNabb 4 times, though, improving their pass rush over the first game. Right now, this is an adequate, but not great, unit.

Green Bay is on a roll right now, and they have the home field advantage at their back this week too. That all adds up to an edge over the visiting Cowboys.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers played a solid game in week two, with 19/29 for 255 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown against the solid Buffalo pass D. Donald Driver (five targets for 4/38/1) scored as did James Jones (seven for 3/32/1), but Jermichael Finley led the team in receiving with six targets for 4/103/0 receiving to his credit at the end of the day. In all, nine different Packers were targeted with passes last week. To date, Rodgers is fifth among all fantasy QBs, with 38/60 for 443 yards, four TDs and two interceptions (sweetened by 10/29/1 rushing so far this year).

Chicago held Detroit to 20/34 for 148 net yards, zero TDs and one interception (they also knocked Matthew Stafford out of the game for a month or so on one of their two sacks and five other hits on the Lions' QBs) during the season opener. The team followed up by giving up a lot of yardage to Tony Romo (34/51 for 374 yards, one TD and two interceptions), but the Bears were tough to score on. In fact, the team has allowed but one passing TD and generated three interceptions to date. However, they are currently 27th in the NFL averaging 261 net passing yards allowed per contest. The Bears' pass D is a mixed bag entering week three.

Rodgers and company got their mojo going in week two, but they need to sustain the momentum if they are to prevail in the Bears' house this week. On balance, this looks like a good, but not great, matchup in favor of Green Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers and company continued to roll along in week two, with 19/30 for 308 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions passing for the team. Jordy Nelson (two targets for 1/84/1) and Greg Jennings (eight for 2/55/1) punched in the receiving TDs, while TE Jermichael Finley (six for 5/68/0) and RB James Starks (four for 3/30/0) also chipped in around the edges. Through two games, Rodgers is the seventh best fantasy QB in the league with 46/65 for 620 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Start him and smile!

The Bears' pass D is currently 22nd in the NFL averaging 270 net yards allowed per game, with three TDs surrendered so far vs. one interception and six sacks generated. Drew Brees torched this group for 26/37 yielding 264 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week - not too good, folks.

Rodgers is on fire while the Bears' D is struggling in this phase of the game - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers is making his fantasy owners very happy so far this year, with 55/79 for 813 yards passing, seven TDs and just one interception thrown through two contests (he's just 5.3 fantasy points behind current #1 fantasy quarterback Peyton Manning). Last week, Rodgers put on a clinic vs. a sorry Washington D that coughed up 34/42 for 480 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown. James Jones bounced back form his week 1 disappearing act to lead the Packers in receiving with 12 targets for 11/178/0, while Randall Cobb (10 for 9/128/1), Jordy Nelson (four for 3/66/2) and Jermichael Finley (seven for 6/65/1) all had monster fantasy outings. It's all good for fantasy owners invested in the Green Bay passing attack, friends.

The Bengals' pass D enters Week three ranked 14th in pass D, allowing an average of 238.0 net yards passing per week, with three passing TDs surrendered to date offset by two interceptions and two sacks generated so far. The injury-bedeviled Steelers managed 20/37 for 234 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week, while absorbing two sacks for -17 yards. The Bengals are solid-but-not-outstanding pass defenders so far this year.

Rodgers and company will give the Bengals a real test of their worth as pass defenders this week - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers has adjusted to the loss of Jordy Nelson by throwing more short-to-medium passes so far this year, and it is working out for him (43/56 for 438 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions thrown to date). He relies on Randall Cobb (16 targets for 13/154/1 receiving so far this season), Davante Adams (13 for 9/92/0) and James Jones (seven for 5/80/3 receiving, and one other TD that was stripped from Jones on dubious grounds on replay). Adams is dealing with an ankle issue that cost him part of the victorious game against Seattle, and he looked limited when he managed to return to the game after being carted off last week. Monitor Adams' practice participation this week before inserting him into your lineups for Week Three.

The Chiefs' pass D is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 268.0 net yards allowed per game with five passing scores given up vs. two interceptions generated so far. They do have eight sacks to their credit this year (tied for second in the NFL) but the pressure up front isn't translating to strong results in the secondary. Peyton Manning and company posted 26/45 for 256 yards passing, three TDs and one interception on this group last week.

In Lambeau Field this Monday, we give the Packers a slight edge in this one. Also, the rushing attack is facing a tough matchup so Rodgers may need to throw the ball a good bit to win this game.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Texans were outscored last week, but David Carr put up a second strong statistical effort passing the ball in week 2, tossing 22/26 for 219 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions in the losing effort. Through 2 weeks, Carr has compiled 40/53 for 427 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions despite being sacked 9 times. Andre Johnson is 13th among fantasy WRs with 10/157/1 through 2 games, while Eric Moulds has amassed 10/127/1 (18th best fantasy WR). Despite the difficulties in the rushing phase of the game, the Texans offense is actually functioning fairly well.

Washington helped Drew Bledsoe out last week, handing over 19/38 for 237 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to the embattled veteran, and only sacked the Cowboys' starter once. Over the first 2 games of the season, Washington has generated only 2 sacks (tied for 27th in the NFL) while allowing 226 net passing yards per contest on average (21st in the NFL). These guys don't scare opposing offenses, friends.

At home, the Texans have the edge in this matchup as their unit is playing well while the Redskins come into the game looking vulnerable to opposing passers.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Head coach Gary Kubiak called Matt Schaub's performance in week two 'a gutsy performance (that) we've come to expect from him' - Schaub had a career day, throwing for 497 yards and three touchdowns to rally his team from a 27-10 to win the game 30-27. However, the win came at a price - 'Matt's pretty beat up,' Kubiak added. 'He took some shots. He got his ankle tweaked a little bit.' The Texans' lead WR, Andre Johnson, was also injured on Sunday when he rolled an ankle and had an MRI to inspect the joint on Monday (12/158/1). Kevin Walter (11/144/1) and Jacoby Jones (6/53/1) handled the TDs last week, while Owen Daniels converted only two of his five targets into 24 yards receiving. He's still working his way back into 'game shape'.

The Cowboys' pass D hasn't been good this year, allowing 21/29 for 270 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Jay Cutler last week; they coughed up 15/32 for 171 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions to Donovan McNabb in their week one loss. The team is currently 18th in the NFL averaging 215.5 net passing yards allowed per game.

Schaub and company are on fire, while the Dallas secondary is smoldering after being blasted by Jay Cutler and company last week - advantage, Houston.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Schaub is actually the sixth-best fantasy quarterback after two games, with 60/93 for 644 yards passing, six passing TDs vs. three interceptions thrown (he has zero rushes to date). Unfortunately, Andre Johnson suffered a head injury vs Tennessee that was considered serious enough to put Johnson into the NFL concussion protocols (he put up 8/76/0 receiving on 13 targets before being forced out). However, Johnson's misfortune was DeAndre Hopkins' opportunity, and the rookie ended up leading Houston with 13 targets for 7/117/1 receiving in the win over Tennessee. Keshawn Martin was third with two targets for 2/37/0 receiving, while the tight ends Garrett Graham (five for 3/30/1) and Owen Daniels (five for 2/24/1) both scored TDs during the contest last week. Johnson is expected to be back in time for this contest, so Schaub will most likely once again go into battle with all his weapons arrayed around him.

The Ravens' pass D bounced back from their horror show in Denver (445 net passing yards and seven passing TDs allowed) to clamp down on the Browns' offense - all told, Cleveland eked out 22/37 for 194 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with five sacks taken for -39 yards. The Ravens demonstrated that they are a resilient bunch during their 14-6 defeat of Cleveland.

Schaub is red hot right now, while the Ravens' pass D has swung from awful to stalwart so far this year. On balance, we give Schaub and company a slight edge here as their receiving corps is significantly better than the unit Cleveland brings to the table. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for Arian Foster and Ben Tate, so Schaub should need to throw the ball in order to move his team at M & T Bank Stadium.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has avoided turnovers so far this year, with 28/41 for 345 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 4/10/0 rushing to his credit. As he's eased his way into the Texans' offense, Fitzpatrick has connected with DeAndre Hopkins (10 targets for 7/111/2 receiving) the most in the end-zone, while venerable Andre Johnson has managed 16 targets for 12/167/0 receiving to lead the team in receiving yards. These two receivers are the main cogs of the passing attack, at least when J.J. Watt (one target for 1/1/1 last week) isn't on the field with the offense. At 2-0, the Texans are charting a winning course through the season so far.

The Giants' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL after two games, with 241.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated. Arizona's backup Drew Stanton was sacked four times for -25 yards last week, but his 14/29 for 142 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions was enough to pull out a 25-14 win over Big Blue in Week 2.

Fitzpatrick is throwing the ball well enough to win games, while the Giants' pass D is sub-par - advantage, Houston.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning (46/72 for 600 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to date); Marvin Harrison (10/170/1 receiving through 2 games); Reggie Wayne (12/185/2 so far); Dallas Clark (9/117/1 through 2 games); the Colts' offensive line (2 sacks allowed, tied for 2nd-least in the NFL to date). What is not to like with this picture? Start them if you've got them.

The Texans rank 17th in the NFL currently, allowing an average of 212.5 passing yards per game, with 3 passing TDs handed over to date. They have 6 sacks so far (t-7th in the NFL), and have generated 3 interceptions in 2 weeks. Last week, the Texans didn't manage to contain Jake Delhomme (27/41 for 307 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception) or Steve Smith (8/153/3) - what will they do when faced with Harrison, Wayne, Addai, Clark and Gonzalez?

This one looks like a good matchup for the Colts despite home field advantage resting with the defense.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning found a little rhythm in the second half vs. Minnesota last week, and ended the day with 26/42 for 311 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions when the dust settled. Anthony Gonzalez led the team in receiving (in Dallas Clark's absence (knee injury)), racking up 9/137/0, while Reggie Wayne grabbed the TD with 5/93/1, and backup TE Tom Santi was 3rd on the team with 5/29/0. Marvin Harrison could only manage 1/16/0 vs. the Vikings. In the end it wasn't a pretty "W", but Manning owners could take a little solace in his first 300+ yard passing performance of the year.

This season, the Jaguars started off by frustrating Vince Young (12/22 for 110 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions) but then coughed up 2/2 for 65 yards to Kerry Collins after he came in the game, an up-and-down performance that set the stage for week 2 vs. Buffalo. Trent Edwards enjoyed a solid-but-unspectacular outing vs. Jacksonville, with 20/25 for 210 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. The Jaguars added 3 sacks to their season total, bringing them to 4 (tied for 17th in the NFL). All told, they are right in the middle of the NFL pack in most categories of pass D, including season average (191 pass yards allowed per game, 16th in the NFL).

Manning is one of the all-time greats, but he hasn't put together a complete game yet this year. Against the so-so Jaguars, at home in a divisional contest, we think this is the week that Manning does well - over the last 4 regular season games vs. Jacksonville, he's averaged 269.75 yards passing, with 1.5 TDs and .75 interceptions per game. Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning continues to tear up the league in this department, with 20/26 for 255 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week vs. Eli Manning's Giants, and a total of 60/83 for 688 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions during the first two games of the season. He's the top fantasy QB in the land so far; Reggie Wayne is the third fantasy WR with 14/195/2; and Dallas Clark is the number one fantasy TE with 16/163/2 to his credit so far. Austin Collie snagged a TD last week (4/25/1), joining Wayne (7/96/1 last week) and Clark (5/83/1) in the box score. Manning is playing superbly - he hasn't missed Anthony Gonzalez, who is out for about a month with a new injury (high ankle sprain).

The Broncos created three interceptions last week (Matt Hasselbeck threw 20/35 for 230 net yards, one TD and three interceptions), but CB Champ Bailey was spotted on crutches after the game - there may be a hole in the secondary this week if Bailey can't play. Denver did cough up 16/21 for 170 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to David Garrard and company in week one, though - they've been hot and then cold so far this young season.

Manning is nuclear-hot entering week three, while the Broncos have been up and down - advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Colts' offensive line is in a state of turmoil entering week three - OG Joe Reitz was unable to practice last week due to his injured knee, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected after being listed as out on Friday. OT Winston Justice was limited in practice on Wednesday due to his head injury, and was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. C Samson Satele left the game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a knee injury. He was replaced by OG Mike McGlynn, who moved from right guard to center. OG Trai Essex replaced McGlynn at guard. The reshuffled line gave up two sacks and five quarterback hurries, a worry for Andrew Luck (20/31 for 224 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions during the 23-20 win over Minnesota).

'I was very fired up,' said Dwayne Allen (one target for 1/3/1), after the Colts' win 'For us as an offensive group to overcome that penalty and get down there and score, I was just excited. I was just happy as heck to get to the end zone.' Reggie Wayne hauled in 6/71/1 out of 11 targets, while Donnie Avery led the team in receiving with 10 targets for 9/111/0 in the absence of Austin Collie (concussions) - Collie is expected to practice this week, so Avery and Collie owners will want to monitor Collie's progress/lack of progress returning from his concussions later in the week.

The Jaguars' rush D allowed 48/216/3 to the Texans' backs last week, so Matt Schaub didn't need to throw the ball in the red zone (26/35 for 195 net yards passing, with zero TDs and zero interceptions during the 27-7 win) During week one, Christian Ponder and company managed 20/27 for 266 net yards passing, but also had zero TDs and zero interceptions during the game - the Jaguars coughed up 29/123/2 rushing to Adrian Peterson and company in that game. Teams are exploiting the weak rush defense of the Jaguars to open 2012, friends.

Teams are moving the ball on Jacksonville with ease, but they have tended to run in their TDs so far this year. On balance, we rate this a good matchup for Luck and company, but realize that he may not have multiple pass TDs in this game if the Jaguars' defensive front collapses again this week.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Colts shifted to Jacoby Brissett this past week after benching starter Scott Tolzien. Brissett will once again start in this upcoming week as Andrew Luck is still not practicing with a shoulder injury. Brissett paired with Jack Doyle connecting on eight of eight targets in this game. Brissett was not overly effective in this game outside of connecting with Doyle as Donte Moncrief saw eight targets while only catching two passes and Kamar Aiken saw nine targets while only catching three of them. The Browns lost Jamie Collins last week to a concussion and while Collins has not been overly effective this season in run coverage, he has been by far the best coverage linebacker for the Browns who have already struggled with covering the tight end in coverage as the Ravens tight ends had 12 receptions for 112 yards last week against the Browns. The Browns secondary has been led by Jason McCourty Briean Boddy-Calhoun both who have been great so far. Boddy-Calhoun has primarily been working out of the slot, while McCourty has been lined up primarily on the right side of the field this year. The one weakness in the secondary is Jamar Taylor on the left side of the field who will be going up against a mixture of Moncrief and Hilton as the Colts rotate their receivers around the field.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Byron Leftwich did enough to notch a W over the Steelers last week, with 26/39 for 260 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - he has tossed 49/73 for 497 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions since the season opener (10/11/1 rushing helps him to 13th on the fantasy QB board as of week 2). Reggie Williams finally looks like a high draft pick, posting 8/95/0 against the Steelers last week. Matt Jones was the second best WR last week, posting 6/73/0 (Ernest Wilford had a modest 4/27/0). If Williams can bring the same level of effort and intensity to the field each week, this unit will become a force to be reckoned with - we'll see how he follows through this week vs. the division-rival Colts.

Indianapolis has been sub-par at pass defense this year, allowing an average of 219 net passing yards per game. They have 4 sacks and only 1 interception to date (not much in the way of pressure on opposing QBs), and have given up 45 points over the first 2 games. All 4 sacks came against the swiss-cheese Texans' offensive line, by the way. Despite sacking Carr 4 times, they still coughed up 22/26 for 219 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to Houston (that's a 84.6 completion %).

Leftwich and his rapidly-improving corps of young receivers should enjoy some good results against the weak Indy secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

At the end of the game vs. Arizona, David Garrard had a stat line for fantasy owners to love (23/43 for 282 yards, two TDs and one interception, with 4/27/0 rushing), but most of the yardage and both scores came after Arizona was up 31-3 and switched to a prevent style of defense. Garrard commented after the 31-17 loss 'I felt like I played better than last week, but not being able to get the win, it doesn't matter. It still feels the same.' Torry Holt (6/65/0 receiving) observed after the game 'We got some bad breaks, but we played poorly.' Mike Sims-Walker finally got in the mix during week two, with 6/106/1 out of nine targets, while Marcedes Lewis also found the end zone on a 25-yard pass from Garrard (6/32/1 to his credit last week out of five targets). The Jaguar's offense is still sputtering despite generating some yards and points in the waning moments of the week two game. They also got some bad injury news early this week as preseason star Troy Williamson had to undergo surgery due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder - he's done for the season and is now on IR. Rookie WRs Mike Thomas and Jarrett Dillard are likely to be activated this week to back up Holt and Sims-Walker. The team also signed WR Tiquan Underwood to the active roster from the practice squad to bolster depth at WR, bringing the total number of receivers on the active roster up to five now.

The Texans got into a close contest with the Titans last week and came out on top 34-31, but as you'd expect in such a high scoring affair, their defense didn't shine - Kerry Collins threw for 21/33 for 209 net yards, two TDs and one interception. The Texans gave up 449 yards of total offense to Tennessee last week. So far this year, Houston ranks 22nd in the NFL averaging 240.5 net passing yards per game, with three passing TDs handed over vs. one sack and two interceptions generated by the D. They are a sub-par unit as of week three, friends.

Jacksonville needs to come out of the gates stronger if they are to stay in games - against the sub-par Texans, Garrard and company should find some chances for making good things happen during week three.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'I had zero catches, we won, and I was happier than ever [week one],' Sims-Walker said. 'I don't even know what my line is today and we lost. No matter the individual stats we want to win.' Sims-Walker was the bright spot on the Jaguars' squad last week in fantasy terms, with 12 targets for 10/105/1 receiving, while Marcedes Lewis (nine for 5/70/0), Rashad Jennings (five for 4/50/0) and Mike Thomas (eight for 4/43/0) rounded out the top four receivers for Jacksonville. David Garrard was benched after throwing four interceptions during the game, but his backup Luke McCown tore a ligament in his knee and is headed for IR, ending any possible QB controversy in Jacksonville. Todd Bouman is now the backup in Jacksonville. We'll see how Garrard responds to the benching after having a nice game in week one (three TD passes). 'We had a couple of bad performances last year on the west coast,' Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. 'I thought we traveled well and prepared well. We just didn't execute.' This week, the Jaguars are at home in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The Eagles play an aggressive, attacking style of defense but they also generally allow a generous number of scoring passes and yards in each contest. This held true in the first game, when Aaron Rodgers posted 19/31 for 167 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (with three sacks taken and three other hits administered by the Eagles). During week two, the Lions' Shaun Hill threw for 25/45 yielding 329 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions - once again, some turnovers were created, but a lot of yards and points were given up by Philly in the course of their 35-32 win.

Garrard will need to be careful with the football against the aggressive Eagles, but he has a good chance at scoring TDs with his throwing arm, too. Advantage, Jacksonville.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

QB Luke McCown was benched after throwing four interceptions last week, and rookie QB Blaine Gabbert came on to finish up. 'I'm gonna be ready. There's no question about that,' Gabbert said. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that rookie Blaine Gabbert would get the start over McCown this week. Neither player excits us - McCown eked out 6/19 for 59 yards, zero TDs and four interceptions last week, while Gabbert managed 5/6 for 52 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions at the Jets. Key TE Marcedes Lewis missed the game last week due to a nagging calf injury, so it may be that Zach Miller will be in the starting lineup again this week.

Linebacker Thomas Davis suffered a leg injury in the second half last week, and it turned out to be his third torn ACL. He's out for the season. 'Any time you lose somebody off your starting team, it's hard,' safety Charles Godfrey said. 'We also have other guys who have to step up and have to play. The season is not going to stop. We're going to have to get those guys to play.' The Panthers are currently 26th in the NFL averaging 295 net passing yards allowed per game, and they've given up four passing scores with zero interceptions and three sacks generated. Aaron Rodgers just ripped them up for 19/30 yielding 308 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week - they aren't a good pass D, folks.

Whoever coach Del Rio decides to start will have a good matchup to work with this week, but don't expect 300+ passing yards from the Jaguars and then you won't be disappointed.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'I'm not sure anybody played very good today,' head coach Mike Mularkey said after Jacksonville's loss on Sunday. 'We all have to play well. I can't make judgments like some based on standing on the sidelines, but I can tell you we have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas.' Blaine Gabbert got dismantled by the Texans, who sacked him three times for -24 yards and hit him seven other times - when he exited the game with a sore hamstring, Gabbert had a paltry 7/19 for 53 yards passing, with one TD to Maurice Jones-Drew. Chad Henne cleaned up the mess with 2/2 for 23 yards passing. Laurent Robinson was the only receiver with more than 12 yards to his credit last week (3/49/0 receiving out of six targets) - Justin Blackmon was a complete non-factor with four targets but zero receptions. It was UGLY for the Jaguars' young quarterback in week two - it was like a flashback to 2011 (which is really bad news for Jacksonville).

The Colts' pass defense is ranked 25th in the NFL after two games, averaging 273 net yards allowed per game, with four passing TDs given away vs. just one interception and six sacks generated so far this year. Christian Ponder hit them for 27/35 yielding 232 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions most recently - he was sacked four times for -13 yards, but the Colts' secondary didn't hold up their end of the bargain (again) this week.

Gabbert had a nightmare game vs the Texans last week, but his confidence should get a boost from the Colts' inept pass defense - advantage, Jacksonville.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Chad Henne got spammed for ten sacks last week, costing his team -70 yards. Tentative and surrounded with young receivers, Henne managed just 14/28 for 193 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown while being ground into the dust. The one weapon who scored last week, Marcedes Lewis, suffered a severe high ankle sprain and was sent to IR-designated to return this week (he's out until at least Week 12 now). Aside from Lewis, the Robinsons (Allen Robinson, six targets for 4/75/0 receiving, and Denard Robinson, two for 2/14/0) were the main targets for Henne when he wasn't eating grass at Washington.

The Colts' pass D ranks 28th in the NFL averaging 295.0 yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. The Colts are tied for 30th in the NFL with just one sack - it may be hard for them to plant Henne during this upcoming game. Last week, Nick Foles was not sacked or hit on his way to 21/37 for 331 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown.

Henne is sore this week after the debacle at Washington, but he actually has a good matchup against the weak Colts' pass D this week.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Blake Bortles bounced back from a Week One loss to defeat cross-state rival Miami this week - he threw 18/33 for 273 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions during the game and added 2/27/0 rushing to the winning effort. Allen Robinson was a fantasy gem last week with 12 targets for 6/155/2 receiving, followed by Allen Hurns (four for 4/68/0) and Marqise Lee (four for 2/27/0). The Jaguars are hot in this phase of the game entering Week Three.

The Patriots' pass D allowed 23/30 for 242 yards passing, three TDs and three interceptions to the Bills/Tyrod Taylor last week. To date they average 259.5 net passing yards per game (22nd in the NFL), with four passing scores given up balanced by four interceptions generated. The Patriots lead the NFL with 11 sacks over two games, a worry for Bortles who was the most-sacked quarterback in the league last season.

On balance this looks like a good but not great matchup for the visiting Jaguars.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel has two 'W's in the win column, but he hasn't done much to earn them with his efforts as a passer. To date, he's eked out 26/50 for 244 yards, one TD and two interceptions over two contests, with both interceptions thrown last week vs. Cleveland (16/28 for 176 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions). TE Tony Moeaki led the team in targets (10) and receiving last week (5/58/0), followed by Dwayne Bowe (five for 4/45/0) and Chris Chambers (five for 3/33/0). Jamaal Charles made his one target count for a 27-yard reception, but there really isn't much to get excited about on this squad, friends. The Chiefs attempted 39 rushes last week vs. 28 passes.

The 49ers were able to keep the score close last week, but it wasn't thanks to their pass D which surrendered 28/38 for 237 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Drew Brees and company. The team did generate two sacks and three hits on Brees, but he picked them apart eventually, leading a game-winning FG drive in the final minute of regulation. Matt Hasselbeck posted 18/23 for 165 net yards, two TDs and one interception during the season opening win over the 49ers. The pass D is going in reverse entering week three, as you can see.

Matt Cassel has a lot of work to do - against the sub-par 49ers' pass D, he'll have a decent shot at some improvement. Advantage, Kansas City. Also, the 49ers' rush D is so stout that the Chiefs will likely take to the air more often in week three than we've seen previously.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel has had some hot streaks during his first two games (he's currently the sixth-ranked fantasy QB in the land after two weeks, with 44/75 for 559 yards passing, three TDs and three interceptions thrown, with 6/45/1 rushing also on his record so far), but he has yet to put together a complete, 60-minute game. Last week, he lit up the Bills for 23/42 yielding 301 yards passing, with two TDs and one interception thrown - Dwayne Bowe exploded for 8/102/2 receiving out of 15 targets at Buffalo, followed by Jonathan Baldwin (six for 3/62/0), Dexter McCluster (five for 4/32/0) and Kevin Boss (one for 1/29/0).

The Saints' pass D enters week three ranked 26th in the NFL, averaging 275 net yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given away vs. zero interceptions and just three sacks generated so far (21st in the NFL in the sacks department, tied for last in interceptions). New Orleans' rush defense is dead last in the NFL right now - basically, teams can move the football on this group at will, in either phase of the game.

Cassel has been up-and-down in both of his starts this year - against the soft Saints, he should do good things when asked to pass, but his running backs will likely carry the load this week against the super-squishy New Orleans rush defense.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Alex Smith went from dynamic to dud from Week One (34/48 for 363 yards passing, two TDs and one interception, wth three sacks taken for -33 yards, and 4/15/1 rushing) to Week Two (20/37 for 186 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -14 yards, with 2/2/0 rushing). Of course, the Chiefs humiliated the Texans in the playoffs last year, so there was a lot of sentiment powering the Texans' defense last weekend. Jeremy Maclin (15 targets for 6/68/0 receiving), Spencer Ware (three for 2/48/0), and Travis Kelce for 5/34/0) were the only receivers to go over 30 yards in the flop Week Two.

The Jets' pass D crumpled in Buffalo, allowing 19/31 for 307 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks generated. In particular, the Bills attacked Darrelle Revis on multiple occasions, and made some long completions in so doing. To date, the Jets average 315.5 yards passing allowed per game, with four passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and seven sacks generated. The pass rush has worked at points, but the secondary is ailing this season, friends. Over the first two weeks of the season, New York has averaged 25.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-most in the NFL); and 35.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most in the league); with 4.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-least). Suddenly, the Jets' pass defense looks very vulnerable.

Advantage, Kansas City.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Trent Green has hit 47/78 for 506 yards, 3 TDs and 4 interceptions this year, while being sacked 4 times (t-16th in the NFL). His favorite targets thus far are Chris Chambers (27 targets for 15/201/0), Marty Booker (13 for 7/99/1) and Jesse Chatman (11 for 10/63/0) - Chatman has been very sure handed so far. Last week, Green tossed 23/40 for 287 yards and 2 TDs (but he threw 4 interceptions to besmirch his otherwise solid play). Indianapolis, the Dolphins are not, but they have more going for them than Tarvaris Jackson and the Vikings do.

The Jets are 22nd in the NFL so far, coughing up an average of 241 yards per game, with 5 passing TDs allowed to date. Last week, Kyle Boller managed to throw 23/35 for 185 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Jets. Through 2 games, the Jets have 0 sacks and 0 interceptions to their credit.

This is a good matchup for the visiting Dolphins.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Chad Henne did enough to notch a 14-10 upset victory over the Vikings in week two - 9/15 for 114 yards, one TD and zero interceptions won't get a fantasy owners' heart pumping wildly, though. Brandon Marshall (eight targets for 4/71/0) and Brian Hartline (three for 3/28/1) were the main receivers for Henne last week - nobody else got over 15 yards receiving. Henne has 30/49 for 236 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to his credit through two victories. This is a solid-but-unspectacular attack so far during 2010.

Coach Rex Ryan said after the game on Sunday (regarding Darrelle Revis). 'I think I was in tears when they told me he pulled a hamstring.' For his part, Revis plans to rest and heal - 'Hamstring injuries, it's really about rest,' Revis commented. 'I pulled up. Usually I rely on my speed ... but it wouldn't let me speed up to make a play.' He's expected to miss 2-3 weeks as an initial estimate, and definitely won't be on the field for this divisional grudge match. That will hurt the Jets' pass D, which enters the game ranked 22nd in the NFL allowing an average of 236 net passing yards per game, with two TDs given away so far vs. three interceptions generated. Tom Brady hit the Jets for 20/36 yielding 239 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions last week. Even with Revis, this group hasn't been playing their usual shut-down football vs. opposing passers.

The Jets will be without their shut-down corner down in Miami for this crucial divisional contest - advantage, Miami. Also, realize the Jets' rush D has been stellar so far this year, which means that Henne may need to do more passing this week if the Dolphins are to triumph over the Jets.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill posted 31/49 for 241 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -31 yards in Buffalo last weekend. He targeted Mike Wallace (eight targets for 5/51/1 receiving), Brian Hartline (eight for 5/36/0) and Charles Clay (eight for 7/31/0) eight times each last week, followed by Jarvis Landry (six for 5/49/0 receiving). With 49/81 for 419 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date, Tannehill is the 21st-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land through two games.

The Chiefs' pass D ranked 25th in the NFL last year averaging 248 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up during the season. They also had 21 interceptions, though (tied for third in the NFL) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) - the Chiefs pressure opposing passers up front and in the secondary. Jake Locker took the Chiefs' defense apart in Week 1 despite being sacked four times and hit eight other times - when the dust settled Locker had posted 22/33 for 243 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Kansas City. The Broncos posted 21/26 for 237 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last Sunday. Kansas City is tied at 10th in the NFL with six sacks to date, but they aren't doing much else to annoy opposing passers.

Advantage, Miami.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Cleveland, we have a(nother) problem - your pass defense is in horrible shape after two games, currently averaging 286 net yards passing allowed per game (21st in the NFL) with four passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and two sacks generated through two games. Over the first two weeks of the season, Cleveland has averaged 21.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 28.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-most); with 9.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-most). The Browns are not impressive in this phase of the game (or any phase of the game) entering Week Three.

Ryan Tannehill had a tale of two halves last week - when New England was trying really hard and led 24-3, he struggled to move the football. After half-time, when the Patriots went into a prevent defense to defend their lead, then Tannehill found some room to pass the ball, and wound up with a strong fantasy outing (32/45 for 389 yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken) even though his team lost 24-31. Two of Miami's receivers went over 100 yards - Jarvis Landry with 13 targets for 10/137/0 receiving, and DeVante Parker, with 13 for 8/106/0 - while Jordan Cameron (seven for 5/49/1) and Kenny Stills (four for 2/39/1) furnished the TD receptions. This is an up-and-down offense that has yet to find their groove (sounds familiar, doesn't it?).

The Dolphins have a clear edge in this one - advantage, Miami.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jay Cutler was uncharacteristically conservative in his Dolphins debut. Ever the gunslinger, Cutler focused his attention on quick underneath throws to Jarvis Landry to counteract a fiery Chargers pass rush. Landry won’t see 15 targets every week, but it’s clear he’s on Cutler’s page and an integral part of the offense as a kind of extension of the running game. Going forward, though, we should probably expect a gradual effort to push the ball downfield more. He took an interest in DeVante Parker during the preseason, and it carried over into the opener with 9 targets, including a pair of 31-yard completions. They failed to connect on their other four deep-ball attempts; this should be viewed as a boom-or-bust connection for the time being, but one with strong weekly upside. Like the rest of the Jets’ units, this one is rebuilding and poses little threat to opposing offenses. The coverage has been atrocious thus far, and starting cornerbacks Juston Burris and Buster Skrine took turns being burned for touchdowns by Michael Crabtree (three in all) in Week 2. Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are intriguing prospects, but neither is ready to anchor a pass defense in coverage. And as the Jets continue to rebuild this unit, we see how imperative it is they add some explosive element to their pass rush. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are talented pocket-pushers, but there’s virtually no dynamism coming off the edges. Recent third-round pick Jordan Jenkins has yet to make noise, while Kony Ealy was a low-floor flyer who’s contributed little thus far and Josh Martin is a miscast special-teamer. It’s difficult to slow down opposing passing games without pressure or coverage chops, so this is a great defense to target for efficient fantasy production.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre is getting acclimated now that he's got a couple of regular season games under his belt in the purple-and-gold. He was extremely efficient against the suspect Lions last week, throwing 23/27 for 155 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. Bernard Berrian got back in the thick of things last week with 6 targets for 6/46/0; Percy Harvin is proving a worthwhile draft pick with 5 for 5/41/1 receiving last week and 8/77/2 through two games; Sidney Rice converted 5 targets into 3/29/0. TE Visanthe Shiancoe hauled in the other TD Favre threw (1/1/1 out of 3 targets).

Seattle lost their starter, Matt Hasselbeck, to a rib injury last week and went to Seneca Wallace - at the end of the day, the 49ers had surrendered 25/41 for 217 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to the Seahawks. To date, San Francisco has four sacks and three interceptions while ranking 20th in the NFL averaging 238 net passing yards allowed per game (with two passing TDs given up so far). They are getting after opposing QBs with lots of pressure, but are vulnerable to long plays down the field (five different Seahawks had long receptions of between 15 and 22 yards last week) - this is a so-so unit, on balance.

Favre is getting increasingly comfortable with his weapons, and has a mediocre secondary en route to the Metrodome this week - that sounds like a good matchup to us.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'It's sore, it's hurting,' Percy Harvin (seven targets for 5/32/0 receiving last week) said of his hip/leg injury after the second straight Minnesota loss. 'We'll re-evaluate it to see what's going on... It just grabs some. I can't really get to the top of my speed. It kind of grabs me a little bit, and it's hard to stop and go. It's just something I'll keep treating and hopefully it gets better sooner than later.' With Sidney Rice out and Harvin hurting, Brett Favre had trouble hooking up with his remaining healthy targets, and ended the day throwing 22/36 for 225 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions - he's been sacked four times this year, and has a total of 37/63 for 396 yards, one TD and four interceptions to his credit through two games. Aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe (nine targets for 6/86/0 last week - Shiancoe has 10/162/1 already this young season, for third on the TE board) - none of the other receivers have stepped in and become a reliable option for Favre. Bernard Berrian converted just two of five targets in week two, for 24 yards receiving. Harvin didn't practice on Wednesday due to his sore hip. Harvin and Favre owners will want to monitor Harvin's practice participation later in the week.

The Lions' pass D was bad, as expected, last week, allowing 21/34 for 247 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Mike Vick and the Eagles. The team did post five sacks and eleven other hits on Vick, but couldn't slow him enough to win the game. The Lions lead the NFL right now with 10 sacks as a team, but they haven't been able to capitalize on the good pass rush from the front seven. Jay Cutler sliced and diced Detroit for 23/35 yielding 362 net yards, two TDs and one interception in week one despite also taking five sacks.

Favre hasn't looked good this year, but the Lions' pass D is often the medicine a team needs to get healthy quickly - advantage, Minnesota.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel was workmanlike in his first NFL start, tossing a lot of short passes to Wes Welker (7/72/0) on the way to 16/23 for 165 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Kevin Faulk was the #2 receiver last week with 4/50/0, while Randy Moss deflated his fantasy owners' post-Brady hopes with 2/22/0. We'll see if Cassel (or the coaches) gets more aggressive with a "W" under his belt, but right now the Patriots' passing attack is pretty "ho-hum".

The Dolphins are currently 30th in the NFL averaging 272.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 5 passing TDs surrendered to date. Kurt Warner punished this group with 19/24 for 361 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions last week (Miami did manage 2 sacks on the Cards last week). To date, Miami has 5 sacks to their credit - at least they have some sort of pass rush to bring to the party.

Cassel won in the real NFL but didn't lift many fantasy teams last week - against the cellar-dwelling Miami defense he has a shot at perking up for his fantasy clubs this week. Advantage, New England.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady was clearly annoyed after his offense got blanked in the TD department last week, saying that it was 'unacceptable' for him to not throw a TD vs. the Jets. 'We're not really firing on all cylinders right now,' Brady said. 'We've got to identify where the issues are and try to correct them. That's most important. It's a different group, it's a year, it's different defenses, it's a lot of different things. We're trying to execute a lot better than we did today. To not get the ball in the end zone, that's unacceptable.' At the end of the day, Brady had managed 23/47 for 216 yards, zero TDs and one interception vs. the Jets. Wes Welker was a game-time scratch due to his left knee woes (he wasn't at practice on Wednesday the 23rd when the media was allowed in, either), so Justin Edelman got in the game and made the most of his playing time, snagging a team-high 8/98/0 receiving, followed by Joey Galloway (5/53/0). Randy Moss (4/24/0) and Ben Watson (3/23/0) were the only other Patriots to catch more than one pass last week. Edelman was limited in practice on Wednesday, though, apparently due to a sore ankle. After two weeks, the Patriots are fourth in the NFL averaging 292 net passing yards per game - Brady has been up and down in his appearances thus far during 2009.

Atlanta gave up 25/41 for 296 net yards, one TD and one interception to the Panthers' struggling attack last week (Jake Delhomme said he couldn't hit 'the ocean' with a pass during week one), one week after containing Chad Pennington and company to 21/30 for 163 net yards, one TD and one interception during the first game of the season. They've been up and down so far during 2009, and their average reflects this - the team is 17th in the NFL allowing an average of 229.5 net yards per game, with two passing TDs allowed during two games. They've generated two interceptions and five sacks to date, among the top units in both categories during 2009.

Brady and company had a rough game last week, but against the suspect Falcons look for New England to bounce back in front of the home crowd. Advantage, New England.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'We couldn't do anything in the second half, we had a hard time gaining yards there,' said Tom Brady, who threw 7/16 for 69 yards and two interceptions in the second half vs. New York last week (he was 20/36 for 248 yards with two touchdowns and two picks during the entire game). 'We couldn't do anything on third down, we couldn't get anything on first or second down. We couldn't run it. We couldn't throw it. We just sucked.' Aaron Hernandez led the Patriots with 6/101/0 receiving last week, followed by stalwarts Wes Welker (6/38/1) and Randy Moss (2/38/1, but limited to just the two receptions on ten targets by the Jets' Darrelle Revis). In the end, the Jets won 28-14 and currently lead the Patriots in the AFC East (Miami leads the division with a 2-0 mark).

Buffalo is at the bottom of the AFC East, but they are bitter rivals of the Patriots - this is usually a hard-fought game. Miami didn't throw the ball a whole lot vs. Buffalo back in week one (largely due to their inept rush D which the Dolphins exploited on their way to a 15-10 win). All told, Henne and company threw for 164 net yards and zero TDs with zero interceptions. However, Green Bay lost their #1 RB Ryan Grant in week one and came at the Bills with a balanced attack in week two (29 passing attempts and 27 rushes) - at the end of the day Aaron Rodgers had posted 19/29 for 255 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions - the Bills failed to sack Rodgers last week and only managed two QB hits. Up against the elite Packers' attack, the Bills' pass D looked strictly average.

Brady and company stumbled for a half last week - but at home against the so-so Bills, we think that New England holds the upper hand. Advantage, Patriots.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady continued his domination of NFL opponents and the fantasy ranks at his position with 31/40 for 423 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown vs. San Diego. He hit Deion Branch for the most yards in week two, tossing 10 passes to Branch for 8/129/0 on the day. 'I've thrown a lot of passes to him over the years,' Brady said of Branch after the game. 'There's nobody I enjoy playing with more than this guy. It's always been that way. He's my locker mate and one of my great friends. He's just everything you look for in a receiver.'

TE Rob Gronkowski snatched 4/86/2 out of six chances during the game. 'Whatever the play call is, that's what you've got to do and go out and execute,' Gronkowski said. 'And then you've just got to keep it up, too. We've got to go out and practice and keep on proving week in and week out that it's not just a onetime thing and we can keep going out there and making blocks for running backs and doing our own job.' Fellow TD Aaron Hernandez (7/62/1 receiving) accounted for the team's third TD, but he suffered a MCL injury in his knee that may cost him several weeks - he's definitely expected to miss this contest. Wes Welker also snagged seven receptions vs. San Diego (11 targets for 7/81/0) though he didn't manage to score last week.

Not only did the Bills' defense allow 454 total yards to Oakland, but the Raiders converted 8 of 12 (67 percent) on third down. Jason Campbell threw for 23/33 yielding 323 net yards, two TDs and one interception during the game - the Bills had zero sacks during the contest. 'I'm definitely disappointed in our performance with giving up so many points and yards,' Bills linebacker Nick Barnett said. 'We'll clean that stuff up and come out... we might have to win some games 13-10 sometimes. It's a three-phase game and we've got to clean some things up but overall I'm happy we won. What can I say?' To date, the Bills are 13th in the NFL averaging 214 net yards allowed per game, with three pass TDs given up vs. two interceptions and two sacks generated.

Brady is operating on an astronomic level as of week three, while the Bills' D showed their vulnerability last week. Advantage, New England.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady’s Week 2 – however inflated it was by the horrid New Orleans “defense” – showed definitively that he can excel even with a depleted group of pass-catchers. Down to just three healthy wideouts (plus special-teamer Matt Slater), Brady carved up the Saints for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30-of-39 passing. There’s no one more adept at utilizing the right weapon at the right time. There is indeed a blueprint to slowing Brady: hefty, organic pressure from an aggressive front seven that allows its secondary to win the numbers game in the intermediate areas. But that’s easier said than done, considering Brady’s rocket-speed release and the team’s strong pass-blocking line. New addition Brandin Cooks will look to get on track in Week 3, while Chris Hogan will help test the Texans’ banged-up secondary on the boundary. Rob Gronkowski was dazzling against the Saints, but may be marginalized in the game plan against Houston’s elite tight-end defense. It’s hard to gauge the progress of Houston’s pass defense. Through two games, they’ve faced the league’s two most anemic passing games: Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in Week 1, followed by a Bengals “attack” that has already fired its offensive coordinator. From what we can tell, though, this pass defense looks similar to last year’s dominant unit – and it’s hard to overstate the return of J.J. Watt. With Watt on board, the Texans boast at least four dynamic pass rushers. And the loss of cornerback A.J. Bouye hasn’t been felt much: the Texans held A.J. Green largely in check last Thursday, allowing a 50-yard deep ball but just 17 yards on his other 7 targets. Unfortunately, they’ll press on without the services of cornerback Kevin Johnson, who sprained his MCL in Week 2, for awhile. His snaps will be filled by 34-year-old Jonathan Joseph and special-teams specialist Marcus Burley. It’s not a big downgrade, but a noticeable one, especially with a high-octane Patriots offense on tap. And Joseph may be limited Sunday by a Week 2 shoulder injury of his own.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Brooks hasn't created enough positive plays this year. He's tossed 45/69 567 1 TD and 3 interceptions (6/42/0 rushing) over 2 games, and last week lobbed all 3 interceptions vs the Giants (27/45 for 375 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions). Joe Horn remains a top fantasy WR (14/209/1 so far during 2005, with 9/143/1 last week: he's 11th in the NFL with 21 targets to date). Brooks has been up and down, and as Brooks goes, his receivers go.

Carson Palmer ripped the Vikings for 27/40 for 337 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception last week. The Vikings are tied for next-to-last in passing TDs allowed, with 5 surrendered to date, and are 28th in the NFL allowing 268 passing yards per game. These guys are soft entering week 3.

Brooks hasn't been great so far, but he'll have every opportunity to throw down big numbers this week against the weak Vikings' secondary.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Drew Brees improved upon his horrid week 1 performance (28/41 for 192 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions) to toss 26/44 for 260 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week vs. the Buccaneers. However, the Saint's offense is still faltering in comparison to last year's unit - Devery Henderson failed to haul in a single ball out of his 3 targets last week, including a sure TD that he simply dropped. Marques Colston showed up in week 2, with 8/70/1, but he can't make the offense go all by himself. David Patten helped out with 2/66/0 last week - we'll see who starts across from Colston this week. Overall, the Saints' offense has been a sad disappointment so far during 2007.

The Titans field the league's 24th ranked pass defense, which is currently averaging 248.5 passing yards per game, with 2 TDs allowed to date. They have generated 4 sacks and 1 interception so far - on the low side of the range for both categories through 2 weeks. Overall, this is a sub-par unit heading into the week 3 Monday Night Football game vs. New Orleans.

Brees and company have a good matchup to work with this week - we'll see if Brees can get his team back on track in the passing department during the prime time show from the Superdome.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Atlanta held Pittsburgh to 18/26 for 211 net yards, zero TDs and one interception in the passing department during week one, with two sacks and three QB hits generated by the Falcons' defenders. They continued with their improved play (over 2009) with a solid 41-7 win over Arizona in which the team allowed zero passing TDs (18/33 for 149 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions) while generating two sacks and two other QB hits. So far this year, the Falcons' pass D looks like they are on an upward trajectory.

The improving Falcons' secondary will face a stern test against their divisional rivals in the Louisiana Superdome. On balance, we see this as a good matchup for Brees and company despite the Falcons' strides early in September. Given the injury carnage at running back, it would be no surprise to see Brees take to the air early and often in this contest, ramping up the pressure on the Falcons' secondary even more.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Eli Manning threw the ball all over the field against the Saints' sorry pass defense, but his receivers somehow kept not getting across the goal line (32/41 for 368 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -14 yards). He found Sterling Shepard (eight targets for 8/117/0 receiving) and Odell Beckham Jr. (11 for 8/86/0) the most during the game, also targeting Victor Cruz (eight for 4/91/0) with regularity. Shane Vereen (three for 3/24/0) and Larry Donnell (five for 4/24/0) also chipped in from time to time. The Giants' passing game is going strong, but DFS players would like to see Manning score some TDs to go with all those completions and yards!

The Washington pass defense allowed 22/30 for 278 net yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions to Dak Prescott last weekend (with four sacks for -14 yards). To date, Washington averages 284.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given out vs. one interception generated (and five sacks so far). Over the first two weeks of the season, Washington has averaged 23.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 29.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-most); with 5.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (20th in the league).

This is a great matchup for Manning and company.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Coach Eric Mangini insists that Chad Pennington is the team's starting QB: "If he can, he will. We'll just assess it throughout the week, but if he's able to, he will." Pennington has publicly stated that he wanted to play this past week and would play, but the staff decided they'd rather see what Kellen Clemens could do in a real game. He played fairly well, with 19/37 for 260 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Jerricho Cotchery exploded for 7/165/0 while Laveranues Coles handled 6/57/0. None of the other players had more than 20 yards receiving during the contest.

The Dolphins pass D swims in the middle of the NFL pond, averaging 197.5 passing yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs given up. The Jets have generated 0 sacks and 0 interceptions this season - that's not too good, folks. Last week, Tony Romo and company ended the day with 14/29 for 186 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions.

Whichever of the Jets' QBs is inserted into the starting lineup, that guy is going to like what he sees from the Miami pass defenders. This is a good matchup for the Jets' and their aerial unit.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre couldn't put the Jets over the top vs. New England, tossing 18/26 for 181 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Chansi Stuckey scored for the second straight week (4/43/1), while Laveranues Coles returned to the top of the class with 3/72/0 to his credit (Jerricho Cotchery had 1/20/0 during the contest). So far, Fave is the 16th best fantasy QB in points per game, with 33/48 for 375 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. Coles was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore thigh (he's been fighting through the injury to play early in the season).

San Diego's defense has been really soft this year, and gave up a pile of TDs to Jay Cutler last week (36/50 for 341 net yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception) after dropping a game at the buzzer to Jake Delhomme's winning TD pass in week 1. They are currently 31st in the NFL averaging 293.5 passing yards allowed per game, and have only 2 sacks to their credit. The Chargers' pass D is a glaring weak point as of week 3.

Favre and company have a good matchup to look forward to on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Mark Sanchez is playing much better than most rookie NFL QBs do, with 32/53 for 435 yards, two TDs and one interception to his credit through 2 games (21st fantasy QB in the land). He's thrown one TD per game, with 14/22 for 163 yards, one TD and zero interceptions last week (despite taking two sacks and two other hits from the Patriots). As usual, his main targets are Jerricho Cotchery (6 targets for 4/87/0), Chansi Stuckey (7 for 4/37/0) and Dustin Keller (5 for 3/22/1). It's not fancy, but it is working as the Jets are 2-0 so far.

The Titans' D has a fearsome reputation and they are living up to it in the rushing phase of the game, but their pass D leaves a lot to be desired so far during 2009. Matt Schaub rang up 25/39 for 357 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions vs. Tennessee last week, and Ben Roethlisberger lit them up for 33/43 for 363 yards, one TD and two interceptions two weeks ago. The pass D is the main reason that Tennessee stands at 0-2 this week. The Titans have managed four sacks so far this year, but had none last week vs. Houston.

Sanchez has been steady and reliable through two games, and he's got a good matchup to work with this week.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Mark Sanchez did a good job guiding the Jets' offense to a 32-3 win over Jacksonville, with 17/24 for 182 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions. However, starting WR Plaxico Burress (0 receptions) found the win less-than-satisfying. 'It's definitely a little frustrating, I'm not going to sit here and say that it's not,' Burress said. 'But I'm just going to do what they ask me to do. Coach is out there calling the plays, trying to get me the football, and they're lining up coverages where they can't get the ball to me. We're not going to force it.' He added later: 'If teams want to show me that much respect, that's why I'm here.' Dustin Keller (six targets for 6/101/1 receiving) and Santonio Holmes (four for 3/42/1) converted their chances into yards a TDs.

Oakland was blasted for three passing TDs in the second half last week, en route to a 35-38 loss to Buffalo (with 28/46 for 258 net yards, three passing TDs and one interception at the end of the day). Entering week three, they are the league's 21st-ranked pass D averaging 268 net passing yards allowed per game, with four TDs given up vs. two interceptions and five sacks generated.

Sanchez is getting hot while the Raiders are struggling - advantage, New York.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Mark Sanchez went from encouraging in week one (19/27 for 266 yards passing, three TDs and one interception) to discouraging in week two (10/27 for 138 yards passing, and one touchdown). Santonio Holmes saw 11 passes come his way, but could only convert 3/28/1 into receptions during the game, while Jeremy Kerley led the team in receiving week two (four targets for 2/67/0). The Jets' passing attack is a roller-coaster ride entering week three - we'll see if they go back up the incline or run off the rails in Miami.

The Dolphins' pass D has allowed folks to move up and down the field between the 20s so far this year, averaging 313.5 net passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), but they toughen up in the red zone, with a mere two passing scores handed over to date, vs. one interception and two sacks generated so far. Last week, Carson Palmer and the Raiders piled up 24/48 for 373 net yards, with zero sacks taken and one interception thrown - but Palmer only threw one TD pass.

Sanchez and company will need to carry the load this week as Shonn Greene has a terrible matchup against the stalwart Miami defensive front - against the sub-par Dolphins' secondary the Jets' passing attack should put up respectable numbers on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick was cemented as the starting quarterback this week as head coach Todd Bowles stated that Fitzpatrick is the starter no matter when Geno Smith's jaw heals up. At 2-0 so far, Bowles doesn't want to mess with success. Fitzpatrick outplayed Andrew Luck on Monday Night Football with 22/34 for 244 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown on the way to a 20-3 victory. Unfortunately, Eric Decker suffered a PCL sprain during the game after scoring a TD (11 targets for 8/97/1 receiving) and he isn't practicing on Wednesday. It looks like Decker is very iffy to play here in Week Three. Brandon Marshall (10 targets for 7/101/1) becomes the focus of the attack with Decker sidelined - Quincy Enunwa may be the next man up across from Marshall this week (three targets for 1/27/0 receiving last week against the Colts).

The Eagles' pass D allowed 25/34 for 268 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Cowboys last week. They are ranked 25th in the NFL currently, averaging 270.0 net passing yards per week, with three passing scores offset by two interceptions and four sacks generated so far. It hasn't been too hard to move the football on the Eagles this season.

Advantage, New York.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

While the overall passing numbers were not great for the Raiders last week as Derek Carr only threw for 230 yards, it was extremely efficient as Carr was 23/28 with three touchdowns led by Michael Crabtree catching all three of the touchdown passes. This is an offense so far that has been one of the best passing attacks in football and if this game was ever in doubt Carr and company could easily have had a big day offensively. The Redskins passing defense has struggled a little bit this season as they have allowed the seventh most passing yards in their two games against the Eagles and the Rams. Figuring out the Redskins is normally pretty easy as you want to avoid whoever Josh Norman is covering, as outside of Norman the Redskins have struggled against the opposing receivers. The issue is that Norman has not been a shadow cornerback this season instead lining up primarily on the left side of the ball, so both Crabtree and Cooper will see him which means that both should see time away from him as well against Bashaud Breeland who while he has played better this season really struggled last season so it remains to be seen if it is just a small sample size or if the 25 year old has turned a corner in his development.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Donovan McNabb has shot to the front of the NFL pack at his position after 2 games, with 51/80 for 664 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception (and 8/38/0 rushing). He's the number 1 fantasy QB in the NFL, despite Manning's huge game last week. Don't blame McNabb for the team's loss to New York - he tossed 27/45 for 350 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during the game, hitting L.J. Smith for 7/111/0, while finding Donte' Stallworth for 5/81/1 and connecting with Reggie Brown for the other score (1/21/1). Stallworth is definitely making an impact in his new home, with 11/222/2 to stand as the surprise #1 fantasy WR after 2 contests. McNabb and his receiving stable are tearing up the league right now.

The 49ers pass defense was tested by the Rams last week, and they withstood the assault pretty well, holding Bulger and his team mates to 19/34 for 185 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. After facing the Rams and the Cardinals, the 49ers rank 19th in the league allowing an average of 215 net passing yards per contest, and they have generated 9 sacks in two games (tied for 3rd in the NFL). This unit isn't an elite group, but they are worthy of respect none-the-less.

Philly is fielding an explosive aerial assault right now, while the 49ers have a decent-but-not-outstanding group to put in opposition. Advantage, Philadelphia.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeSean Jackson's sore groin, which had flared up periodically all week, cost him playing time on Sunday during most of the fourth quarter. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along - this looks like it could be a nagging issue for him as the season goes along. He was visibly limping and icing the area after the game, and refused to speculate on his availability for next Sunday. The team designated him as day-to-day on Monday. Jackson did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Also hurting, Donovan McNabb is nursing his fractured rib and watching Kevin Kolb take first-team snaps on Wednesday - it is unclear as of midweek if McNabb will be in for week three (it looks like Kolb will probably get another start). As you can see, the Eagles are dealing with a number of injury issues this week.

On the field last week, Kevin Kolb put the petal to the metal in an attempt to keep Philly even with the Saints - he threw 31/51 for 391 yards, two TDs and three interceptions during the 48-22 loss to New Orleans. DeSean Jackson (4/101/1) and Jason Avant (7/79/1) snagged the TDs, while TE Brent Celek (8/104/0) and Kevin Curtis (3/44/0) helped move the chains often. Both LeSean McCoy (4/37/0) and Brian Westbrook (3/14/0) caught multiple passes - even rookie Jeremy Maclin got into the mix, with 2/12/0. It was a good week to be invested in the Philadelphia attack, as you can see. This week, the offense will have an added dimension with the return of Michael Vick to NFL football - the team is reported by SI.com's Peter King to be working on a set of 10 scripted plays for Vick to run this week.

The Chiefs field a so-so pass defense that currently ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 201 net passing yards allowed per game (with three passing TDs handed over so far). They have been up and down to begin 2009, with 7/24 for 99 net yards allowed to JaMarcus Russell last week, but 26/43 for 303 yards, three TDs and one interception handed over to Joe Flacco and company in the season opener. K.C. has generated three sacks and one interception so far this year.

Kolb showed how explosive the Eagle's passing attack can be, while the Chiefs' D bounced back from a poor showing in the opener to clamp down on Oakland last week. In the Eagles' own house, this looks like a good matchup for Kolb, Vick and company - but if DeSean Jackson can't play this week then downgrade this to a neutral matchup. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's players in the news for the latest on all the injured Eagles later during the week.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Michael Vick threw 23/36 for 428 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. San Diego last week, and added 6/23/1 with his legs. Through two games, Vick has piled up 39/62 for 631 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 15/77/2 rushing to boot. He's the third-best fantasy quarterback in the land through two games. DeSean Jackson is the top fantasy wide receiver with 16/297/2 receiving during the same span - Riley Cooper (eight targets for 4/39/1) and Jason Avant (nine for 5/44/0) are distant seconds in this attack. It's the Vick, McCoy and Jackson show for Philadelphia so far this season.

The Chiefs' pass D allowed 30/42 for 281 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Tony Romo last week (three sacks for -17 yards), after dominating the weak Jaguars in the season opener (19/41 for 107 net yards allowed, zero TDs and two interceptions generated, with six sacks for -50 yards). To date, the Chiefs average 194 net passing yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL) with a league-best nine sacks generated so far - Philadelphia has given up four sacks so far this year.

Vick and company are nuclear hot, while the Chiefs have run hot-and-cold so far this year. At home in Lincoln Financial Field, we give the Eagles a slight edge in this contest.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger came down from his week 1 TD binge last week, and posted 21/34 for 242 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. the Bills. Over the first 2 weeks of the season, Roethlisberger has amassed 33/57 for 403 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception passing. His top targets have been Hines Ward (15 for 8/106/1), Santonio Holmes (9 for 5/108/1), and Heath Miller (7 for 6/69/1). Backup TE Matt Spaeth has become a red-zone threat, snagging 2 TDs out of 3 receptions so far this year, to lead the Steelers' receivers in TDs so far (3/15/2).

The 49ers are average at defensing the pass, ranking 18th in the NFL allowing an average of 215.3 net passing yards per game with 2 passing scores surrendered to date. They have 2 interceptions and 7 sacks so far this year - last week, they spammed Marc Bulger with 6 sacks (and according to accounts out of St. Louis, hit him on approximately half of his 41 pass attempts) while limiting the Rams to only 1 TD (they did give up 331 net passing yards despite the 6 sacks). The Steelers are tied for 2nd-least in the sacks allowed department, with 2 so far - they are not particularly vulnerable to pass rushers (unlike the Rams).

San Francisco is so-so at defending against the pass, while the Steelers are finding their wings in the early stages of 2007 - this looks like a good matchup for the home team.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger beat up the Darrelle Revis-less Jets last week, with 24/31 for 275 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions (with three sacks taken for -10 yards). Antonio Brown (10 targets for 7/79/0 receiving) led the team while Mike Wallace (five for 5/74/1) and Heath Miller (three for 3/19/1) snagged the TDs from Roethlisberger. Ernie Sanders also hauled in multiple passes for 3/33/0 during the game - the Steelers' passing attack is humming along nicely entering week three, friends.

Oaklands' secondary gave up 18/30 for 189 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to rookie Ryan Tannehill last week (one sack for -11 yards generated). During the season opener, Philip Rivers and company posted 24/33 for 226 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions and Rivers also took just a single sack (for -5 yards). The Raiders are holding their own in this phase of the game, but they aren't bringing much in the way of pass pressure to bear on opposing quarterbacks so far this year.

Roethlisberger and company have a reasonably good shot at a decent outing vs. Oakland on Sunday - our own David Dodds ranks Roethlisberger as the 12th-best fantasy quarterback prospect for week three as of Wednesday. Also, with the news that Jonathan Dwyer has a turf toe injury, the Steelers are getting very thin at running back - Roethlisberger and company will probably bear most of the offensive burden this week.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger looked just fine in Week 2, testing the Vikings’ imposing secondary to a solid amount of success. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards and 2 scores, and he could’ve had a markedly bigger game. Roethlisberger threw a whopping 10 deep passes (15+ yards downfield), two of which drew long pass interference flags. He simply looks far more confident and accurate when playing at home. He’ll be on the road this Sunday, though, where his outlook is a little less rosy. Over his last 3 seasons (plus 1 game), his yardage has fallen by 16% per attempt and 21% per game away from Pittsburgh, and he’s thrown just 1.1 touchdowns a game over that span. Overall, his fantasy production has declined by a whopping 43% on the road, including some memorably middling showings against mediocre pass defenses. All told, though, his arrow is pointing up. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are winning battles on all levels of the field, and dual-threat extraordinaire LeVeon Bell is rounding into form. Under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears have improved exponentially against the pass. They’ve been especially adept at funneling opportunity away from opposing WR1s; dating back to the start of last season, they’ve shut down the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Dez Bryant, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson, and Julio Jones (twice). Of course, as our John Lee will point out, that’s a taller task when that WR1 has a strong complement on the other side, as Evans did in last week’s matchup. With DeSean Jackson drawing deep help down the field, Evans managed to meet his typical expectations, catching 7 of his 9 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown (and dropping another). As a result, it’s hard to project what Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will be able to do Sunday. The Bears don’t use top cornerback Prince Amukamara to shadow top receivers, and the Steelers move their wideouts around quite a bit, so both will get their chances against shaky cover man Marcus Cooper. Expect occasional fireworks on that side, as the Bears will struggle to provide safety help to both cornerbacks.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

"We need to get LT back at full speed, but we do have more playmakers than we had a year ago," coach Norv Turner said on Sunday. "Mike Tolbert gives us an added dimension inside. Our wide receivers are playing at a high level."

"We're going to find out about us," Philip Rivers commented "Last year we were tested at 1-3 and 5-5, and we found out and fought through it. We're back in it again, with what I think is a tougher stretch coming up." Rivers did all he could to win the game vs. Denver (to be fair, he should have a "W", except for a blown call/whistle on Ed Hochuli's part), throwing 21/33 for 377 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in the barn-burner. Chris Chambers led the team with 4/83/2, while LaDainian Tomlinson's backup, Darren Sproles, hauled in the other TD (2/72/1). Vincent Jackson posted 6/73/0, and Antonio Gates got his share with 4/61/0 (he was seen in a sandal after the game, nursing his sore foot, though). The Chargers' passing attack was not to blame for the loss in Denver.

The Jets are in the middle of the league's range after 2 weeks, having allowed an average of 192 passing yards per game and 2 passing TDs to date. They have 7 sacks, among the league's leaders in that department, with 3 on Matt Cassel last week on the way to allowing a modest 16/23 for 156 net passing yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. The Jets come into this contest playing very well vs. opposing QBs.

Rivers is one of the hottest QBs in the land, but the Jets' pass defenders come into this game on a mini-roll of their own. At the Chargers' house, we think Rivers and company have a slight edge - there are a lot of quality Chargers' receivers that the Jets will have to cover this week.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Philip Rivers is off to a roaring start this season, with 22/29 for 334 yards, three TDs and two interceptions last week vs. Jacksonville and 44/68 for 632 yards, five TDs and two interceptions through two contests so far. Malcom Floyd converted 75% of the passes that came his way in week two (four targets for 3/95/1) and led the team in receiving, while Antonio Gates scored twice (seven for 5/57/2). Daren Sproles (4/63/0) and Chris Davis (5/48/0) rounded out the top four receivers for the Chargers last week - Legedu Naanee had a quiet game with three targets for 1/14/0 receiving.

Seattle's secondary allowed Alex Smith to throw for 26/45 for 214 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions in the season opener, but fell apart in Denver last week. Kyle Orton ripped this group for 25/35 yielding 304 net passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (Orton was sacked just once and hit only one other time). The Seahawks pass defense has run hot and cold over the opening weeks of the season.

Rivers and company are going full bore entering week three, while the Seahawks stumbled in week two. Advantage, San Diego.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Philip Rivers continued his TD pass blitz in Week two, with 36/47 for 419 yards passing, three TDs (all to Eddie Royal) and zero interceptions thrown. So far this year, Rivers has 50/76 for 614 yards passing, seven TDs and one interception thrown - Eddie Royal leads the team in targets (14) and TDs (five) - 14 for 10/110/5 - while Antonio Gates has also seen 14 targets for 10/173/0 receiving. Malcom Floyd (11 for 6/149/0) and Vincent Brown (10 for 5/33/1) round out the list of the top receivers and tight ends for Rivers so far this year. Danny Woodhead has 10 catches for 53 yards from the backfield as well. The San Diego passing attack is on fire.

The Titans lost to Houston in overtime last week, allowing 26/48 for 280 net yards, three TDs and two iterceptions to Matt Schaub and company. Schuab was sacked twice for -18 yards. 'We've got to close games out,' S Bernard Pollard said after the loss to Houston. 'We played a good enough game to win. But we have to learn in situations like this. We left so many things on the field, and we can't do that.' Two wees ago Ben Roethlisberger managed 21/33 for 163 net yards, one TD and one interception while taking five sacks for -28 yards.

The Titans' pass D has been up and down to open regular season, while Rivers has been going Mach three with his hair on fire so far this year. Advantage, San Diego.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck bounced back big-time last week, with 20/31 for 281 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. Atlanta. Darrell Jackson (8/131/0), Bobby Engram (5/77/0) and TE Jerramy Stevens (3/49/1) led the charge, while Joe Jurevicius snagged Hasselbeck's other TD (1/6/1). The Seahawks got back on track last week.

The Cardinals rank 6th in the NFL this year, allowing an average of 171.5 passing yards per game. However, they have also given up 3 passing scores in 2 games, which is not among the top tier of NFL defenses. The Cards are a mediocre unit at this point of the season.

The Seahawks got into a groove last week, while Arizona coughed up 18/29 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to Marc Bulger during their losing effort. Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

With a somewhat sluggish running game and a hole at LG caused by LG Floyd Womack's knee injury, Matt Hasselbeck delivered a mere 12/27 for 221 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. the Cardinals. He hasn't been sharp to open the season, tossing 37/57 for 431 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions to date - we'll see if free agent import WR Deion Branch can help spark the passing game (he'll be taking reps away from Nate Burleson this weekend, while Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson maintain their grip on the top roles in the passing offense). Speaking of Jackson, he had a great game last week, snagging 5/127/1 out of 10 targets. Engram had 4/51/0 in a support role. There may be a need for a lot of 3-wide sets this week as Itula Mili, the last veteran TE standing on the team, suffered a right knee injury last week and Jerramy Stevens is still rehabbing a torn meniscus cartilage in his knee and is unavailable. The team is auditioning veteran TEs this week while they wait to hear how long Mili is likely to be out...

The Giants' secondary was blasted for 27/45 for 350 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions by Donovan McNabb last week, and rolled over for 276 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. Indianapolis in week 1 - the Giants are heading in the wrong direction in this phase of the game. Their sack numbers are way down, too, with only 1 per game so far this year - neither the pass rushers or the secondary personnel are playing very well right now.

Hasselbeck has a good shot at a strong game this week vs. the unimpressive Giants' defense.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll still hopes Sidney Rice can play in next week's home opener against Arizona. 'This would be a big week for us to test him,' Carroll said after Sunday's game. 'He was at about 80 percent last week. If you had watched practice, you would think he could play. But we didn't hit him, we didn't knock him around. We won't know until we get him more active with him in practice. We'll know more this week.' Carroll was asked specifically about reports of a torn labrum bedeviling Rice. 'He's got some damage in his shoulder,' Carroll said, 'and we're trying to figure out how he can come back.'. As you can see, there aren't many answers to be had for the Seahawks right now. Regarding whether he faults Tarvaris Jackson for the team's loss last week, Carroll said on Sunday 'It had nothing to do with the quarterback spot,' Carroll said. 'I don't feel like that at all. We'll look at everything, but I don't feel like that at all.'.

Well, here's what had to do with Jackson last week: 20/29 for 159 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown en route to a 0-24 thrashing by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seattle's offense held the ball for 21:16 last week, folks, and their top receiver was Ben Obomanu (six targets for 4/35/0). This is a fantasy wasteland, friends. Find somewhere else to select your weekly starters from until we see some signs of life in Seattle.

Arizona allowed 25/43 for 283 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions to Rex Grossman last week, and enters week three averaging 343 net passing yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), with four pass TDs given up vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated to date. Cam Newton set a rookie record with 422 yards passing (24/37 for 403 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing) against this group in week one.

Two struggling units face off in this game - we give a slight edge to the Seahawks, but don't expect a miracle from Jackson and company given their impotent and banged-up attack.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Alex Smith has made great strides this season, and currently ranks 12th among fantasy QBs with 34/62 for 521 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to his credit after 2 games. He hit his playmaker, Antonio Bryant, for a long TD last week (72 yards) - Bryant posted 4/131/1 on the day and currently averages 30.6 yards per catch with 8/245/1 this season (he's 5th on the fantasy WR board right now). Rookie TE Vernon Davis is going through the predictable highs and lows (0 catches last week), but is still 15th at his position with 5/37/1 to his credit. These guys are progressing nicely, and Arnaz Battle joined in the show last week with 3/78/0 (long of 56) - it appears that Smith is capable of throwing the deep ball with good success.

The Eagles played a great game through 3 quarters, only to let Eli Manning and the Giants off the hook in the 4th quarter and overtime (they ended the day allowing 31/43 for 371 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to Manning). Despite 8 sacks (the Eagles lead the league with 13 after 2 games), they were unable to close the deal. In even worse news for the team, DE Jevon Kearse has been lost for the season due to spraining several ligaments in his left knee (MCL, LCL, and PCL - his knee is highly unstable with that much damage). We'll see how the juggled line does in terms of delivering a pass rush this week. The Eagles' secondary has been very porous since losing Lito Sheppard, allowing an average of 244.5 net passing yards per game (26th in the NFL to date). The 49ers have given up only 1 sack through 2 games - they haven't been particularly vulnerable to pass pressure in the early going.

The 49ers youthful offense has been firing on all cylinders to open 2006 - meanwhile, the Eagles defense dropped a heartbreaker last week and is pretty banged up coming into week 3. We think that Smith and company have a good shot at continuing their hot streak this week.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

'I'm certainly not proud of the way that we played tonight or coached,' coach Jim Harbaugh said after a humbling 3-29 loss at Seattle. 'It was not our finest hour... We have to bounce back. We have to bounce back in a big way.' Colin Kaepernick (13/28 for 127 yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown while taking three sacks for -20 yards) stated 'We're not going to win games if I play like that.'. Anquan Boldin (four targets for 1/7/0 receiving) observed 'We didn't execute, across the board. We just didn't do what we were supposed to do.' The bottom dropped out on San Francisco and fantasy owners invested in them during week two - we'll see how they respond to adversity in this upcoming contest.

The Colts visit the wounded 49ers this weekend - Indianapolis has allowed 23/34 for 297 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions (with five sacks for -22 yards) to the Dolphins, and 19/29 for 201 net yards, one TD and two interceptions with one sack for -16 yards to the Raiders over the last two weeks. The secondary is moving in the wrong direction as of week three, friends.

Kaepernick and company have a good shot at a rebound game at home on Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Colin Kaepernick has thrown 37/57 for 449 yards, three TDs and three interceptions to date, with 14/77/0 rushing so far. Last week, he tossed 21/34 for 248 yards passing, with one TD and three interceptions thrown, while taking four sacks for -16 yards. The turnovers killed the 49ers' chances to win the football game. Michael Crabtree finally looked like a #1 wideout with nine targets for 7/82/1 receiving during the game, which marginalized Vernon Davis (three for 3/39/0) and Anquan Boldin (six for 2/34/0) in terms of production - Davis was also hampered by an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game and led to him leaving the stadium on crutches. He had an MRI on September 15 - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later in the week to see if Davis can practice (or not) before inserting him in a lineup this week, folks.

Arizona was tied for 14th in the NFL last season averaging 233 passing yards allowed per game, with 20 interceptions (tied for fifth) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) over 16 games. This is a hard-nose, ball-hawking unit, friends. Philip Rivers managed 21/36 for 238 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Arizona on Monday Night Football's nightcap game during Week 1. Eli Manning managed 26/39 for 260 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards during Week 2. They average 249 net passing yards allowed per game to date this year, in the bottom third of the league (22nd), through two contests. Kaepernick may have to do without Davis this week, but he's still got a nice passing matchup here - advantage, San Francisco.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Marc Bulger hasn't generated a ton of offense in the new system through 2 weeks (37/68 for 402 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions), although he also has avoided making big mistakes. After 2 contests, he is the 24th ranked fantasy QB in the land - the Rams offense as a whole has struggled to get to the red zone and has generated exactly 1 TD in 2 games. As a result, Torry Holt (12/110/1, 24th fantasy WR to date) and Isaac Bruce (10/141/0, 36th best fantasy WR so far) have been merely ordinary in fantasy terms. They are starters, but haven't been explosive for their teams in the early going.

The Arizona Cardinals rank 25th in the NFL currently, allowing an average of 240.5 passing yards per contest ( the 49ers' Alex Smith threw 23/40 for 288 yards and 1 TD in week 1; last week Matt Hasselbeck tossed 12/27 for 221 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. Arizona). Arizona is in 17th as far as QB sacks go this young season, with 4 so far (3 last week vs. Seattle). They improved from week 1 to week 2 in this area, and hope to continue to do so vs. St. Louis.

The Rams have a lot of weapons to throw at the Cardinals, but they'll be in the Cardinals' house this week which means a vocal 12th man backing the defense. We still like the matchup here for St. Louis though.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Despite being sacked 6 times last week, Marc Bulger tossed 24/41 for 368 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. Isaac Bruce (8/145/0) and Torry Holt (5/74/1) headlined the attack, as usual. Free agent import Drew Bennett got in the action with 3/42/0 as well. Bulger has thrown for 46/83 for 535 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions (10th best fantasy QB in the game to date) this season despite a leaky offensive line that has allowed 7 sacks in 2 games (tied for 3rd most in the NFL as of today).

The Buccaneers are tied at 17th in the NFL with 4 sacks to their credit so far, and have allowed an average of 224 passing yards per game (20th in the NFL) with 2 passing TDs allowed so far. Last week, the Bucs handed over 26/44 for 260 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to Drew Brees and the Saints. This is not a top-shelf pass defense entering week 3.

The Bucs have home field advantage at their backs, but Bulger and the Rams are good enough and veteran enough to make adjustments to the crowd noise - this looks like a good matchup for the visitors.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Sam Bradford had more TDs (two) than interceptions (one) in his second pro game, throwing 14/25 for 167 yards in a narrow 14-16 loss to Oakland. Mark Clayton handled both TDs (five targets for 2/24/2) and has amassed 12/143/2 to land at tenth among all fantasy WRs through two games. Danny Amendola was the leading wide receiver last week, with seven targets for 4/39/0 (Steven Jackson led the team with five for 4/50/0), and Daniel Fells grabbed one catch for 36 yards. We'll see if Bradford can keep up the good decision making in week three.

The Redskins' pass D allowed an astronomical 38/52 for 468 net yards, three TDs and one interception to Matt Schaub in week two, after Tony Romo and company hit Washington for 31/48 yielding 277 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions (Washington had just one sack and three hits on the QB) in week one. So far this season, the Washington pass D hasn't been playing very well.

Bradford got things heading in the right direction last week, and will face a vulnerable Washington team at home this week. Advantage, St. Louis.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Nick Foles struggled at Washington, throwing for well less than 200 yards (17/32 for 150 yards passing with one TD and zero interceptions tossed). He targeted Jared Cook (seven for 5/47/0 receiving), Benny Cunningham (six for 4/27/0), Tre Mason (five for 2/4/0) and Kenny Britt (four for 2/44/1) the most last week. Not much is going on for fantasy owners on this unit right now.

The Steelers' pass D handed over 33/46 for 335 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick last week, and are currently ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 289.5 net passing yards allowed per game with six passing scores handed out vs. zero interceptions generated to date. The Steelers are tied for fourth in the NFL with seven sacks over two games, but their secondary remains very vulnerable.

This is a good matchup for Foles, who should bounce back at home in the Edward Jones Dome.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Case Keenum remains a mediocre NFL quarterback - he is what he is - posting 18/30 for 239 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, and taking two sacks for -20 yards last weekend vs. Seattle. His offense generated nine points during the 60 minutes of game time. Tavon Austin managed 2/6/0 rushing and saw nine targets for 5/50/0 receiving during the game, while Kenny Britt (10 targets for 6/94/0 receiving) and Lance Kendricks (six for 4/61/0) provided most of the rest of the receiving yards on the day. The Rams' offense is not a high-octane bunch despite having Todd Gurley (one target for 1/19/0) to threaten opposing defensesin the rushing phase of the game.

The Buccaneers' pass D went from 27/39 for 322 net yards passing, with two TDs and zero interceptions allowed to Matt Ryan in the first game of the year to 19/35 for 315 net yards allowed, with three TDs givn out and zero interceptions generated at Arizona last weekend. Not too good, friends - Over the first two weeks of the season, Tampa Bay has averaged 26.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-most in the NFL); and 31.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-most); with 4.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-least).

This is a good matchup for the pedestrian L.A. pass attack.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Rams passing offense took a step back last week after their rout of the Colts. Jared Goff noticeably struggled, passing for only 224 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Goff only managed to complete nine passes to wide receivers as tight end Gerald Everett and Todd Gurley accounted for over half of his passing yards. Gurley looked very good as he is becoming more involved in the offense as a pass-catching back, hauling in three of his four targets for 48 yards and a touchdown. Rookie tight end Gerald Everett exploded for a 69-yard catch and run, on his way to 95 yards before hobbling off with an injured thigh in the third quarter. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods were both on the field for 45 of the Rams 50 offensive snaps, but they were only targeted a combined six times with Watkins hauling in all two of his targets for 30 yards. Cooper Kupp was Goff’s most targeted receiver again this week but only hauled in three of those targets for 33 yards. The 49ers pass defense played well against the Seahawks last week as they defended five passes while limiting Russell Wilson to only 198 passing yards and one touchdown in what was a very low scoring affair. Roaming safety Jaquiski Tartt had a great outing last week while middle linebacker Navorro Bowman led the team in solo tackles. The 49ers were without Reuben Foster though, as he is still considered week to week with an injured ankle. They also lost starting safety Eric Reid last week to a PCL injury. Reid has been officially ruled out for this game against the Rams. Cooper Kupp will match up against slot cornerback KWaun Williams, on whom Kupp has a solid four-inch height advantage. Williams has played terribly this season, so expect for Kupp to dominate that matchup. With poor to mediocre cornerbacks and a couple of key injuries, the Jared Goff should find some openings this Thursday night.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tampa's passing game is barely adequate - but when you have a Cadillac driving the ball down field, adequate is enough. 34/51 for 349 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions isn't much to boast about after 2 games, but it's enough for Brian Griese and the Bucs. 16/22 for 136 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions was enough to lead Tampa to a 19-3 victory last week, but it didn't lift many fantasy teams to victory as Griese was 29th in the league in fantasy points. Michael Clayton's 6/84/0 was the best performance by a Tampa receiver last week - not too impressive.

Green Bay is soft in this phase of the game, allowing an average of 244 passing yards per game to date, with 5 passing scores surrendered over 2 weeks. Only San Francisco is worse as far as scores allowed during the opening stanza of 2005. The Packers have only generated 2 sacks this year, 2nd worse in the NFL (tied with 3 other lame teams).

Tampa's tepid attack will have a chance to look good vs. the weak Packers. They aren't a great passing team but we like this matchup.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jeff Garcia looked more on top of his game in week 2 vs. the Saints, tossing 10/16 for 243 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during the game. The solid game landed him at #8 among fantasy signal callers last week, and he moved to 17th on the QB board including both games (29/43 for 444 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). He has kept away from the big mistake, and is building a strong relationship with WR Joey Galloway (4/135/2 from Garcia last week). Ike Hilliard (2/51/0) and TE Alex Smith (2/45/0) provided reliable targets in supporting roles.

The Rams currently rank 4th in the NFL averaging 149 net passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing scores surrendered to date. Last week, San Francisco's Alex Smith could only manage 11/17 for 126 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. this group - nobody mistakes the 49er's passing attack for a top-tier unit, though. Jake Delhomme had little trouble scoring on this group in week 1 (18/27 for 201 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions) - the Rams have 4 sacks in 2 games, but have yet to generate an interception.

The Rams haven't given up a ton of yards so far this year, but they aren't generating much in the way of pass pressure and looked fairly soft in week 1. In Raymond James Stadium, we think that Garcia and company have the edge - advantage, Tampa Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Arrelious Benn scored his first TD of the season in week two, posting 1/25/1 out of two targets. 'Free (Freeman) told me he was going to throw it to me before the play,' Benn said. 'I came out and made a play. I started off flat, really, in the game. I know I need to bounce back to get to where I need to get to...As the game went on, I got better. I had the dropped ball early and a penalty. It gets better as you go. That's definitely going to happen.' All told, the Buccaneers managed 22/31 for 243 yards, one TD and one interception at Minnesota - Preston Parker actually led the team with seven targets for 6/98/0 receiving followed by Kellen Winslow (eight for 4/44/0) and Dezmon Briscoe (four for 4/42/0). Through two games, Freeman has managed 50/74 for 502 yards, two TDs with two interceptions and 7/42/0 rushing - he hasn't hit his stride as a fantasy starter just yet.

'There were a lot of ebbs and flows,' Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the team's narrow win over Philadelphis. 'It wasn't our best game but we did enough to get it down. On offense, we picked up the defense when we had to. On defense picked up the offense when they had to.' The Eagles did finish with a 447-318 total yards from scrimmage advantage, with most - 314 yards - arrived via the passing game. Vick and Kafka combined for 26/37 for 314 yards, two TDs and one interception on the day. Atlanta's pass D enters week three ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 301.5 net yards allowed per game, with four pass TDs given up vs. two interceptions and five sacks generated. There is a lot of room for improvement in this phase of the game.

Freeman got his team moving in the right direction last week, while Atlanta's pass D barely survived Philadelphia - advantage, Tampa Bay.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jameis Winston picked up his first NFL win last week, rebounding from a mediocre showing vs. Tennessee with 14/21 for 207 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (and added a rushing score with 6/23/1) at New Orleans during Week Two. Vincent Jackson (five targets for 3/54/1 receiving) and Louis Murphy (four for 3/82/0) did most of the damage for Winston. Mike Evans was mostly a decoy in his first game back (zero catches on three targets) - but he did run a lot of routes and seemed to escape without aggravating his hamstring. We'll see if he can get more involved in the offense here in Week Three. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a quiet day with three targets for 2/29/0 receiving.

The Texans' pass D is ranked 11th in the NFL after two games averaging 205.5 net yards allowed per game. However, they have coughed up five passing scores and only generated one interception and four sacks. This is a middlin' pass D entering the second half of September friends.

Advantage Tampa.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kerry Collins was adequate in his first start of the season, slinging 14/21 for 128 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. Cincinnati in very gusty winds. Justin Gage was the best Titans' receiver, with 5/59/1 and may be the target of choice for Collins - Alge Crumpler contributed more in week 2, with 2/16/0, but is still a far cry from the dominant TE he was in Atlanta.

The Texans were 24th in the NFL last year in passing yards allowed per game (230.1) and coughed up 25 pass TDs (tied for 22nd in the NFL). Against the Cowboys in the third exhibition, Tony Romo and Brad Johnson combined for 24/32 for 273 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs Houston. To kick of the season, Ben Roethlisberger only needed 14 passes (he completed 13 of them) to notch 2 TDs (13/14 for 137 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). The Texans were humiliated 38-17 (they were down 35-3 starting the 4th quarter - the game was never close at all). Thanks to Hurricane Ike, the D has had 2 weeks to lick their wounds after the drubbing by Pittsburgh - we'll see if they've been able to turn up their intensity in the intervening week.

Collins isn't blessed with a lot of talent in the receiving corps, but he should be able to do some good things on Sunday against the suspect Texans.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jared Cook is being used as a hybrid receiver and sometimes at tight end, sometimes in the slot, sometimes as a wideout - he had two catches for 37 yards last week. Cook, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington all had receptions of 30-plus yards vs. Baltimore. Cook believes multiple options in the vertical passing game will help loosen up opposing defenses. 'There's talent on this offense, a lot of talent,' he said. 'Anybody can step up and make a play on any given play. That's to our advantage.' Matt Hasselbeck definitely appreciates the help at receiver, with 30/42 for 358 yards, one TD and one interception to his credit in the 26-13 win over Baltimore. Britt saw 13 targets for 9/135/1 receiving, while Washington accounted for 7/99/0 on 11 chances. Cook was third on the team with 2/37/0 receiving out of three targets.

Denver's pass D enters this contest ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 204.5 net passing yards allowed per game, and they've coughed up three passing TDs so far. The team is without an interception to date, and has just three sacks so far. A rookie QB in his second start, Andy Dalton, put up 27/41 for 310 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Mile High Stadium last week - there is a lot of work to do in this phase of the game for the Broncos.

Hasselbeck got in a groove last week, while the Broncos fell apart - advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Locker threw two TDs last week (17/30 for 148 yards passing), one to Kendall Wright (11 targets for 7/54/1 receiving) and the other to Delanie Walker (two for 1/10/1). Nate Washington was also heavily involved (five for 3/50/0). Kenny Britt was benched for mistakes on assignments and 'lazy blocking' during the game and appears to be making for the exits after this season. He's only registered 5/43/0 receiving this year and is a fantasy non-factor now that he's firmly in the coaching staff's doghouse. Locker has just 28/50 for 273 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown so far this year (31st-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land) - it's probably best to look for your starting wide receivers elsewhere until Lockers' numbers come up (if they do).

The Chargers' pass D gave up 23/37 for 422 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Michael Vick and company last week, with one sack for -6 yards. Two weeks ago, Matt Schaub took the wood to the secondary for 34/45 for 329 net yards, three TDs and one interception with two sacks taken for -17 yards. The San Diego secondary is one of the weakest in the NFL as of the third game of the season, ranking 32nd in the NFL averaging 375.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five pass TDs given up vs. one interception generated. Yuck.

Locker and company have a good opportunity for a bigger game here - can Locker deliver it?

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Marcus Mariota slowed down his torrid pace during Week Two, throwing 21/37 for 257 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Cleveland last week - tight ends Anthony Fasano (seven targets for 5/84/1 receiving) and Chase Coffman (six for 4/42/0) were his mainstays on the road. Dorial Green-Beckham snagged a TD, too, with two targets for 1/13/1, while Harry Douglas had a miserable game (eight targets but only 1/9/0 receiving on the day.

The Colts' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 219.0 net passing yards allowed per game. Indianapolis has given up three passing scores, and only generated one interception and one sack in response so far. Ryan Fitzpatrick slung 22/34 for 244 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. Indianapolis last Monday night.

At home in LP Field, we think Mariota has a slight edge in this game.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Robert Griffin III has gotten off to slow starts the last two games, but his come-from-behind efforts have been giving his fantasy owners solid results - so far, Griffin has slung 56/89 for 649 yards, five TDs and three interceptions this season, landing at eighth-best fantasy quarterback through two games. Last week, Pierre Garcon (13 targets for 8/143/1), Santana Moss (five for 3/41/1) and Jordan Reed (three for 3/18/1) scored for Washington, while Josh Morgan handled six for 2/39/0 and Leonard Hankerson saw three for 3/35/0. Griffin has a wide array of targets available to him and should continue to produce quality fantasy numbers.

Detroits' pass D ranks 15th in the NFL right now, averaging 243.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs allowed vs. four interceptions generated and four sacks inflicted on their opponents. Arizona posted 23/40 for 261 yards passing, one TD and one interception vs. the Lions last week, and Carson Palmer was sacked just once for -4 yards.

Griffin has been lighting up second halves this year, while the Lions' pass D is mired in mediocrity - advantage, Washington.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kirk Cousins has largely struggled so far this season as in his two games against the Eagles and the Rams he has failed to go for over 240 yards and has not thrown for a multi-touchdown game. Complicating factors is that Jordan Reed is questionable for this game with a chest injury which would draw more attention to Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder if Reed was unable to go. Starting for Reed if he is unable to play is Vernon Davis who we have not seen much of in this early season, but Davis was effective at times when filling in for Reed last season. Terrelle Pryor much like last season continues to be a volatile player as he had 11 targets in week one, but only 4 targets in week two. So far on the season, the Raiders have held the Titans and the Jets to 200 yards passing per game and while neither are pass heavy offense, this unit appears to be improved compared to the 2016 Raiders who allowed ninth-most passing yards at 258 per game. Sean Smith the Raiders top cornerback remains questionable, and if he were unable to go first-round pick Gareon Conley would likely take his place as he did last week. Conley had a strong game going up against the Jets last week, but going up against the more talented receivers of the Redskins is a bigger test. One position to potentially exploit on this If Jordan Reed plays, this could be a great opportunity for him in this offense as the Raiders have struggled against tight ends as rookie Tyrell Adams and Cory James are two of their weaker players on defense. The Raiders struggled in week one going up against Delanie Walker who was able to catch 7 receptions for 79 yards against this unit.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Kurt Warner has been up and down this year for the Cards. 56/88 for 591 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions through 2 weeks are the numbers that Warner's posted so far. Larry Fitzgerald has seen 20 targets and grabbed 17/225/1 to date. Anquan Boldin has seen 18 passes for 12/181/0 so far. Warner is leading a pass offense in Arizona that's posting yards, but needs to start scoring.

The Seahawks have started 2005 with a solid effort, allowing an average of 175.5 passing yards per game (8th in the NFL), with 3 thrown TDs in this phase. They have shown improvement from their '04 224.4 passing yards allowed per game average (23rd in the NFL). It looks like Seattle is on the right path entering 2005.

Warner is a savvy veteran with young weapons, but home field advantage is against him this week. We think this one looks even.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Leinart shook off his week 1 slump (14/28 for 102 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions) to toss 23/37 for 299 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs. the Seahawks. Larry Fitzgerald led the team with 13 targets for 7/87/0. Anquan Boldin was second with 8 targets for 4/83/0 while TE Leonard Pope hauled in the TD with 2 targets for 1/30/1. This was the passing attack that fantasy owners everywhere expected to see from the Cardinals. We'll see which version of the offense shows up against the Ravens during week 3.

Baltimore enters the game ranking 16th in the NFL after 2 games, allowing an average of 208 passing yards per game, with 3 pass TDs surrendered to date. They have generated 5 sacks (in the middle of the NFL pack) and 2 interceptions so far. Last week, against the Jets, backup Kellen Clemens tossed 19/37 for 260 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. Baltimore, with 4 of the team's 5 sacks coming during the most recent contest. Overall, this is a respectable, but not elite, pass defense entering week 3 of the regular season.

The Cardinals face off against a decent pass defense this week, and will have to contend with the hostile crowd at M and T Bank Stadium - this looks like a fairly even matchup to us with neither team enjoying a huge edge over the other.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said he wasn't close to playing in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He described his injury as a nerve in his right shoulder that is in deep sleep. Palmer suffered the injury in Week 1 when he went down on a running play, and he's not sure when he'll be able to return. 'They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,' Palmer said. 'It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know.' QB Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown - he was sacked four times for -25 yards by the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald (10 targets for 6/51/0) and Michael Floyd (six for 1/19/0) were the most-targeted receivers by Stanton, but Floyd failed to do much with his chances. John Carlson (three for 2/43/0) and John Brown (four for 3/28/0) contributed some key receiving yards to the effort last week.

Last year, the 49ers were ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 221 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing scores handed out over 16 games. They had 18 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for 18th) to their credit by year's end. Tony Romo was plagued by early interceptions in the season opener, but ended the day with 23/37 for 255 net passing yards, one TD and three interceptions (with three sacks taken for -26 yards). The 49ers' defense generated turnovers, but they were also generous with passing yards Week 1. In Week 2, Jay Cutler was limited to 23/34 for 170 net yards passing, but he had four TD strikes vs. zero interceptions thrown and took just one sack for -6 yards. To date the 49ers are 12th in the NFL averaging 212.5 net passing yards allowed per contest. Their defense has been uneven in the red zone so far, as you can see.

Stanton did a credible job in his first start of the 2014 season - if he is under center again this week, he's got a neutral matchup to work with.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Reality crashed in on Matt Ryan last week as he was sacked 4 times by Tampa Bay and driven into 2 critical errors early in the game (he ended the day with 13/33 for 158 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble (recovered by Atlanta)). Roddy White (4/59/0) and Laurent Robinson (4/45/0) led the team in receiving during the loss, but nobody on the team was very exciting vs. Tampa last week. Welcome to the NFL learning curve, Matt Ryan.

Kansas City has been losing games this year, but not in the passing phase of the game. They rank 6th in the NFL averaging 133.5 passing yards allowed per game to date, with only 1 passing score given up. They have a mere 2 sacks to date, though - it appears that teams are electing to take advantage of their 31st-ranked rush D rather than bother to throw the ball much. However, in fantasy terms, it is worth noting that passers don't rack up huge stats vs. Kansas City so far this year.

Ryan had a rude wake-up call last week - against the feeble Chief's team, he may fare better, but don't expect a huge day in the passing department and you won't be disappointed.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Ryan broke out of his 2010 scoring lull in a big way during week two, with 21/32 for 225 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Cardinals. Roddy White (12 targets for 7/78/1), Jason Snelling (five for 5/57/1) and Brian Finneran (3 for 3/31/1) all caught TDs in the 41-7 blowout of Arizona. Heading into week three, the Falcons' passing attack is back on track - Tony Gonzalez caught 2/19/0 last week, but hasn't managed to find the end-zone yet this year (4/54/0 receiving so far this season). Harry Douglas struggled in week two, converting just two of his eight targets for 31 yards receiving - he needs to hang onto more balls if he's going to keep Michael Jenkins on the bench when Jenkins' shoulder is healed up.

Brett Favre didn't fare well against the Saints in week one, with 15/27 for 162 net yards, one TD and one interception (he was sacked once and hit four other times). The Saints followed up in week two with two interceptions of Alex Smith (23/32 for 275 net yards, one TD and two interceptions), though they didn't manage to sack him during the game. To date, the Saints' pass D is averaging 218.5 net passing yards allowed per game (19th in the NFL). It's still early in the season, but they seem to be keeping to their high-risk/high-reward attacking style in this phase of the game (hey, they won a Super Bowl with it, so why change things now?).

The Falcons' passing attack came alive last week but they face a division rival in the deafening Louisiana Superdome this week - on balance, this looks like a fairly even matchup to us.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

'That's why he has been to all those Pro Bowls and he's obviously a first-ballot Hall of Famer,' Falcons coach Mike Smith said regarding Tony Gonzalez's game during week two. 'I can't say anything but 'wow' about those catches. The one-handed catch will be one you'll see for a long time.'

'I knew I had the catch,' said Gonzalez, who finished with seven catches for 83 yards. 'I didn't know if I had the feet in because I wasn't looking down. I've been around for a little while and in that situation you want to drag your feet because you don't know where you are at. Maybe you will get lucky and I got lucky there.' 'Oddly enough, I think I've seen him make that catch in practice 50 to 70 times,' said QB Matt Ryan, who had a career-high four touchdown passes during week two. 'Something crazy like that and he transfers it over into the game.'

If it sounds like the Falcons' passing attack got healthy in week two, that's because it did. Against Mike Vick's new team, Matt Ryan shone the brightest Sunday night with 17/28 for 195 yards, four TDs and two interceptions en route to a 35-31 win over the Eagles. Gonzalez led the team with nine targets for 7/83/2 during the game, while Julio Jones (eight targets for 2/29/0) had a hard time shaking off the Eagles' defenders. Roddy White turned his four chances into 3/23/1, and FB Ovie Mughelli handled a one-yard TD flare from Ryan during the Falcon's furious fourth-quarter comeback. Jones was the one sore spot for this unit during week two - he needs to haul in more of the balls that come his way.

The Buccaneers' pass D is currently 19th in the NFL averaging 258.5 net yards allowed per game, with three TD passes surrendered to date vs. one interception and two sacks generated. Donovan McNabb moved the ball against them fairly well for the first 30 minutes of the game last week, but he was shut down in the second half on the way to 18/30 for 212 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions. We saw improvement from this unit in week two over the total of 24/33 for 305 yards net yards (with zero sacks and zero QB hits), with three TDs and one interception given up to Detroit in week one.

The Falcons soared higher than the Eagles last week on offense, while the Buccaneers buckled down and toughened up vs. the Vikings. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Falcons as they travel to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Ryan is the second-best fantasy quarterback in the land after two games, with 47/67 for 518 yards passing, 5 passing TDs and zero interceptions thrown, while rushing for 9/44/1 through two games. Last week, he leaned on Roddy White (11 targets for 8/102/1 receiving) and Tony Gonzalez (10 for 7/70/1) while Julio Jones struggled to make an impact (seven targets for 4/14/0) - all told, Ryan threw for 24/36 for 219 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions during a convincing 27-21 win over the Broncos.

The Chargers' pass D did an a so-so job at Oakland in week one, holding Carson Palmer to just one passing TD despite 32/46 for 276 net yards passing (the Chargers sacked Palmer thrice for -21 yards, but didn't intercept a pass). In week two, Jake Locker managed 15/30 for 174 net yards passing, with one TD thrown and one interception tossed - he wasn't sacked at all at San Diego. To date, the Chargers rank 12th in the NFL averaging 225 net yards allowed per game in this phase, with two TDs handed over vs. one interception generated. They're a middle-of-the-road unit so far during 2012.

Atlanta has been powerful in this phase of the game, while the Chargers are merely adequate - on the road in Qualcomm Stadium we think this looks like a neutral matchup for the Falcons.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Atlanta catches a break in this contest as the Cowboys will go into the fight without Tony Romo or Dez Bryant, while the Falcons still have all their primary weapons on the passing attack available. Julio Jones has been on fire during September, with 26 targets for 22/276/2 receiving. Last week, it looked like Leonard Hankerson (11 targets for 6/77/1 receiving) had supplanted Roddy White (one target for zero receptions) as the Falcons' #2 wide receiver. Matt Ryan (53/80 for 662 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown over the first two games) is as hot as any starting quarterback in the league right now.

Dallas' pass D is ranked ninth in the NFL after two games, averaging 204.5 passing yards allowed per game, with one receiving score offset by two interceptions and two sacks generated by the Cowboys. Sam Bradford and company managed 23/37 for 219 net yards, one passing score and two interceptions thrown last week. We like Matt Ryan and love Julio Jones. But this is a pretty good pass defense.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It's an open question whether Steve McNair (groin injury) will be able to rejoin the lineup for week 3 - here's what he had to say after the game on Sunday: "We're just going to continue to get treatment, continue to work it out and continue to do the things we need to do. If I'm good enough to go, I'm going. If I don't, I think Kyle's doing an excellent job of moving the ball." Boller notched a "W" in relief of McNair last week, tossing 23/35 for 185 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. the Jets. Derrick Mason (12 targets for 8/54/0), Todd Heap (9 targets for 7/76/1) and Demetrius Williams (5 targets for 1/13/0) led the team in opportunities with Boller under center. Willis McGahee (3 targets for 2/6/1) hauled in the other TD that Boller threw.

Arizona has given up an average of 190 net passing yards per game so far, with only 1 scoring pass allowed to date. They are in the middle of the NFL pack with 4 sacks to date, and have generated 2 interceptions so far. Last week, Matt Hasselbeck hit them for 22/36 for 281 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions with 1 sack taken - the Cardinals' pass defense has yo-yo'd from strong to sub-par over the first 2 weeks of the season, as you can see.

The Ravens' pass attack isn't among the league's elite units, but they are adequate whether McNair or Boller is calling the signals - the Cardinals looked suspect in this phase last week after a strong game in week 1. This looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Ravens.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joe Flacco and company were slowed by the Eagles' secondary during week two, posting 22/42 for 232 yards passing, one TD and one interception, with two sacks taken for -18 yards. Dennis Pitta (8/65/0 receiving) led the team last week, followed by Ray Rice (6/53/0) and Torrey Smith (2/51/0 receiving) - Jacoby Jones claimed the only TD available with 1/21/1 to his credit. After two contests, Flacco is the 19th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land, with 43/71 for 531 net yards, three TDs and one interception thrown.

The Patriots' pass D limited the Cardinals to just 15/27 for 140 net yards passing last week (and kept Larry Fitzgerald to just 1/4/0 receiving!), while allowing one pass TD vs. zero interceptions and just one sack (for zero yards lost) generated. Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck combined to toss 29/43 for 264 yards, one TD and one interception vs. the Patriots in week one - they aren't giving away TDs hand over fist this year, but the Patriots haven't consistently shut down their opposition so far, either.

Flacco and company couldn't seal the deal against a turnover-prone Philadelphia team last week - they've got a neutral matchup ahead when New England comes to town on Sunday night.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joe Flacco looked a bit looser and more comfortable in Week 2, doubling his Week 1 attempt total and completing 74% of them. He’s still not pushing the ball downfield, though; through 2 games he’s sent just 4 passes more than 15 yards beyond the line. As a result, the Ravens’ only passing “attack” has come on sanitized short passes to Jeremy Maclin and the tight ends, and in the flats to the running backs. Maclin has scored twice, but his production has suffered mightily (6 catches, 87 yards), and Mike Wallace (2 for 15) has been invisible with a still-getting-there quarterback. The Ravens led the NFL in attempts from 2015-16, and as Flacco works back from his offseason back woes, he’ll post more productive days. But at the moment, he’s doing little more than moving the sticks from underneath, and it’s hard to expect any real numbers from this passing game. Ben Watson’s 8-catch, 91-yard Week 2 performance was nice, but it’s his absolute upside; there’s little dynamism left in his legs. The Jaguars have yet to cede anything noteworthy through the air, but their apparent dominance must be taken with several grains of salt. Their Week 1 success came against the woeful Tom Savage and ultra-raw Deshaun Watson of Houston, and Marcus Mariota was able to create plays over the 2.5 quarters their Week 2 matchup was competitive. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye have been generally strong in coverage, but the Jaguars did allow a handful of chunk plays to the Titans’ cabinet of receivers last Sunday. All in all, this is definitely an ascending unit, with a talented, young cornerback duo, playmaking linebackers, and seemingly the best version of Calais Campbell ever. But if Joe Flacco steps forward in his recovery and conditioning this week, he’ll have opportunities to make plays down the field.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

J.P. Losman is a rookie. His team relies on the rushing game (sparked by RB Willis McGahee) and their D, asking Losman to not lose the games in the passing phase. His limited role has limited Losman's fantasy stats (29/57 for 284 passing yards, with 1 TD and 0 interceptions (10/44/0 rushing). The best Buffalo receiver so far is Josh Reed, 5/80/0 after 2 weeks of action.

The Falcons rank 26th in the NFL allowing an average of 267.5 passing yards per game (2 passing scores allowed to date). They are in the middle of the NFL (tied for 16th) with 4 sacks after 2 weeks. The Falcons are not great at pass D, but they aren't awful, either.

Losman is 28th in FP per game after 2 weeks of the season, while the Falcons are unimpressive in this phase of the game. The two squads look fairly even to us.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Edwards underwhelmed everyone on Buffalo's team (and elsewhere in the U.S.A.) that he was demoted from starting this week after tossing 11/18 for 102 yards (62 net after sacks) for zero TDs and two interceptions last week. Roscoe Parrish (four targets for 2/34/0) and Steve Johnson (six for 3/31/0) were the lead receivers while Lee Evans didn't catch a thing in week two. We'll see if Ryan Fitzpatrick can light a fire under this unit, something that Edwards failed to do in his chances so far this year.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots paid a price for their youth movement in the secondary vs. the Jets last week, surrendering 21/30 for 200 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to a Jets' passing attack that was DOA in week one vs. Baltimore. 'I don’t know what went wrong right now, but it’s about watching film and figuring it out,' said the rookie starting CB Devin McCourty, who was beaten on Jerricho Cotchery’s 2-yard TD reception. 'Just gotta make a play there and finish it out. I’m just going to attack it. Try to get in there, watch film. That’s the only way I could fix it.' 'We didn’t do a good enough job stopping those guys,' said rookie starting CB Darius Butler. 'This is what we get paid to do. We got to find a way to stop it.' Carson Palmer lit up the Patriot's secondary for 34/50 yielding 341 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions in week one - there is definitely big trouble in this phase of the game for New England, currently 28th in the NFL averaging 270.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing TDs handed over vs. just one interception generated over two contests.

Fitzpatrick doesn't have much to work with in Buffalo, and he'll be on the road in Gillette Stadium in a divisional matchup. However, the Patriots' pass D is very vulnerable. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup (but don't get too excited about Buffalo's understrength squad).

Edwards finished with five catches for 45 yards, leading coach Rex Ryan to offer some high praise.

“There’s no secret that big wideout over there is a threat,” Ryan said of Edwards, “like Randy Moss is a threat. We were able to get the ball despite their coverage.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tyrod Taylor turned in an energetic but flawed performance against the Patriots during Week Two - 23/30 for 242 yards passing, three TDs and three interceptions thrown, with 5/43/1 rushing. Sammy Watkins came out of his Week One coma (zero receptions) to post eight targets for 6/60/1 receiving. Robert Woods (three for 3/60/1) and Charles Clay (five for 3/19/1) handled the other TDs for Taylor, while Percy Harvin had five targets for 4/47/0 receiving and added one rush for seven yards to his performance. This year the Bills' offense is exciting, at least.

The Miami pass D is ranked 16th in the NFL so far, averaging 230.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. two interceptions generated so far. Surprisingly, their bally-hoo'd defensive front has a mere one sack through two games - last week, Blake Bortles, the NFL's most-sacked quarterback last season, made it through 60 minutes against Miami and wasn't sacked once! Hmmmmm...

This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Bills, with neither team holding an edge over the other in his divisional showdown in South Florida.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jake Delhomme has been a fantasy disappointment so far during 2005, with only 30/57 for 366 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions to his credit. Steve Smith has 12/172/1 after 2 weeks, placing him at #13 among all fantasy WRs. Ricky Proehl led the team last week with 3/63/0 (and 1/-8/0 rushing). There just hasn't been much to be excited about in Carolina the last two weeks.

Chad Pennington rebounded vs the Dolphins last week, with 19/30 for 190 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions. So far during 2005, the Dolphins rank 16th in the NFL allowing an average of 207.5 passing yards per game. They aren't a feared pass D since Patrick Surtain fled to Kansas City, but they aren't an embarrassment either.

Delhomme is struggling to start 2005. Miami is mediocre in this phase - sounds pretty even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Steve Smith, where are you? Jake Delhomme and fantasy owners everywhere want to know. Reports on Tuesday (which the team refused to comment upon) placed Smith in Birmingham, Alabama, to consult with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews (the same guy who rebuilt Daunte Culpepper's knee, just one among many professional athletes who have benefited from Dr. Andrews' expertise). Is the consultation a good sign or a bad one? That question is unclear as of mid-week. Smith (and Delhomme owners) will want to keep a sharp eye out on Smith's practice availability later in the week. He worked out lightly Wednesday with some light running and catching drills.

Smith aside, Delhomme and company posted a better effort in week 2 vs. Minnesota than they did against Atlanta in the opener: Delhomme tossed 17/33 for 181 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, but was only sacked twice (he went down 4 times vs. Atlanta and took many other hits as well). WR Drew Carter, who has been starting since Smith hurt his hamstring, broke a finger in last week's game - surgery is not required, according to coach Fox, but he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. Keary Colbert figures to move into the starting lineup across from Keyshawn Johnson if Smith and Carter are unavailable. Speaking of Keyshawn Johnson, he posted 5/106/0 last week with a long of 40 out of 7 targets during the game. Carter turned 9 chances into 4/54/0.

The Buccaneers only allowed 92 yards passing (with 1 TD and 1 interception) to Michael Vick last week, but they were totally dominated on the ground (allowing 306 rushing yards) - Atlanta didn't need to pass last week. Steve McNair and the Ravens put together 17/27 for 181 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions passing during week 1, so on paper the Buccaneer's pass D looks pretty good. However, the 41 points allowed during the first 2 games puts the lie to the statistical yards-against data. Make no mistake, the Tampa defense is floundering right now.

Will Smith be able to play or not? If he can go, this looks like a neutral matchup to us. If he is sidelined, things become a lot tougher for Delhomme and company.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Cam Newton is off to a slow start (25th-ranked fantasy QB through two games) this year, tossing 37/61 for 354 yards passing, with three TDs thrown vs. one interception tossed - he does have 9/53/0 rushing to his credit so far this year. Outside of Steve Smith (19 targets for 11/103/1 receiving to date) and Greg Olsen (18 for 12/140/1), the Panthers have two other receivers with over five targets to date - Brandon LaFell has seen six targets for 4/13/0, while Ted Ginn has seen nine targets for 4/72/1 receiving. Newton needs LaFell to elevate his game, or we may see Ginn taking over as the guy across from Steve Smith in the starting lineup.

The Giants' pass D ranks 19th in the league after two games, with an average of 275.5 net passing yards allowed per game. They've coughed up four pass TDs vs. just one interception and only two sacks generated to date. Peyton Manning sliced the Giants' pass D to the tune of 30/43 for 307 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken last week. This pass D is among the most generous teams so far this year.

Two under-performing units face off in this contest - we don't think either group as a significant edge over the other.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Cam Newton sliced up the Lions' secondary for 22/34 yielding 281 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, but did take an uncomfortable five sacks for -30 yards during the contest. Greg Olsen (eight targets for 7/72/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 2/46/0) were the most heavily targeted Panthers, but Benjamin had some issues with drops/lapses of concentration in the game. Jason Avant (seven for 5/54/1) and Jerricho Cotchery (4/46/0) provided steady hands and a diet of first downs to Newton. These four make up a surprisingly effective receiving stable entering the third week of regular season.

Pittsburgh gave up 19/31 for 230 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (Hoyer was sacked three times for -24 yards). The Steelers' defense was ranked ninth in the NFL last year, averaging 222 net yards passing allowed per game. So far this year, they average 186 yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL), but have zero interceptions generated vs. three TDs allowed. Pittsburgh's rush D is so weak right now that teams are preferring to run on them (Baltimore tried 36 rushes last week vs. 29 passes attempted).

Newton may not need to throw the ball that much against the soft Steelers' D, but he may be able to do some good things with his legs this week - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the 2-0 Panthers.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Kyle Orton is a rookie, but he's handling the pressure of being thrown to the wolves very well. 29/49 for 291 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception isn't enough production from the fantasy viewpoint, though (32nd among all fantasy QBs after 2 weeks). The Bears are relying on their running game and defense, with the passing game coming in a distant third so far during 2005. Muhsin Muhammad did have a decent game last week, with 6/81/1 to his credit (13th fantasy WR in the land last week). Other than Muhammad, though, there isn't much happening in this phase of the game for fantasy owners.

Cincinnati has allowed 1 passing score over their first 2 games, but is coughing up an average of 252.5 yards per game (25th in the NFL). Part of that statistic is due to the offense's fast start (#1 in the NFL averaging 462 yards per game), which has forced other teams to play catchup. On balance, the Bengals are playing fairly well in this phase of the game.

Orton is doing well, for a rookie. However, he isn't doing enough to warrant a start on a fantasy team right now. Muhsin Muhammad however, is definitely worth a look among this stable of receivers.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Bears entered last Sunday without starting WR Roy Williams (groin injury) and saw WR Earl Bennett also go down - he suffered a chest injury. Coach Lovie Smith said 'We're starting to get a few injuries, but we're feeling good about the 53-man roster, so other guys will get an opportunity,'.

Chicago QB Jay Cutler misfired on 26 of his 45 pass attempts against the New Orleans Saints, finishing with 244 yards and a touchdown, with zero interceptions. However, he did fumble and he was sacked six times, extending the long run of sacks that he has endured - Chicago is dead last in the NFL with 11 sacks allowed through two weeks this year, and was last in the NFL in this department last year, too. All of the punishment Cutler absorbs is part of the reason he is 16th among all fantasy QBs this year, with 41/77 for 556 yards, three TDs and one interception to his credit so far. Last week, he threw the ball to RB Matt Forte 14 times (10/117/0), and managed just one completion to Devin Hester out of nine targets (1/17/0). Johnny Knox (six for 2/45/0) and Dane Sanzenbacher (seven for 3/33/1) did chip in, but Cutler hasn't been able to hook up with his wide receivers much so far during 2011.

The Packers lost starting FS Nick Collins to a neck injury last week - a serious disk issue with his spine - so Charlie Peprah will move into the starting lineup. Peprah has been in this position before - Morgan Burnett was lost for the season to a knee injury during week four last season, and Peprah started the rest of the way alongside Collins. 'Last year definitely helps. It couldn't but help to get that experience,' Peprah said. 'Now I'm able to come in with a lot of confidence and my teammates know I can come in and pick up right where Nick left off.' However, the Packer's pass D is not in good shape as of week three - they are dead last in the NFL averaging 400 yards passing allowed per game, with four TDs given away vs. three interceptions and seven sacks generated. Rookie Cam Newton torched them for 432 yards passing, with one TD and three interceptions thrown last week. We'll see if Peprah will be able to help improve things in week three.

Cutler's line isn't protecting him, and the Packers are tied for fourth in the NFL with seven sacks to date. However, the secondary hasn't been a strong point for Green Bay so far - we see this as neutral.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jay Cutler crashed-and-burned in the face of Green Bay's relentless pass rush in week two - he was sacked seven times for -52 yards, intercepted four times, and had a net of 74 yards passing (126 before sacks are subtracted) with just one passing TD to salve his bumps and bruises from the debacle. Brandon Marshall was held to 2/24/0 receiving on five targets - Kellen Davis caught the lone TD with 1/21/1 to his credit. It was ugly all over with some hideous on the side for Cutler owners last week, friends.

The Rams' pass D was so-so against the Redskins in week two, allowing 20/29 for 197 net yards, one passing TD and one interception with a single sack for -9 yards generated. Matthew Stafford posted 32/48 for 346 net yards passing, one TD and three interceptions thrown (one sack taken for -9 yards) during the season opener. To date, the Rams' unit has been between adequate and sub-par, depending on which statistical category you are looking at.

Cutler looked horrid at Green Bay, and that game provided a blueprint for other teams to follow - attack the poor Chicago offensive line aggressively and plant Cutler as often as possible. We'll see if the Rams can follow the script - this looks like a neutral matchup to us, as the Rams have only managed two sacks so far this year.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This game has become a battle of backups - Chicago's starter Jay Cutler (sprained thumb on his throwing hand) and Tony Romo (back injury) are sidelined as of Week Three, which means that Chicago will have Brian Hoyer under center until further notice. Realize that Hoyer has extensive experience in starting stints at Cleveland and Houston (44 games appeared in, with 590/1012 for 7,250 yards passing, 38 TDs and 26 interceptions thrown, and 71/112/1 rushing), and that Hoyer did get Houston to the playoffs last year - but then melted down in spectacular fashion during the Wild Card round. He is a bona-fide NFL starter, but he is not among the elite tier of quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL - his best finish among fantasy quarterbacks so far during his career was 25th in the league as the starter in Cleveland during 2014, before the Johnny Manziel debacle - but there are worse fates than starting Hoyer (just ask the Browns, currently prepping rookie Cody Kessler). We'll see which receivers he has good chemistry with - Hoyer completed nine of 12 passes for 78 yards in relief of Cutler last week, finding starters Kevin White, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller for two receptions each during his string of nine straight completions. He also attempted a deep pass to Jeffery and two deep throws to White.

The Cowboys' pass defense has been up and down so far this year - in the season opener Eli Manning threw 19/28 for 203 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception at Dallas, while last week Kurt Cousins slung 28/46 for 350 net yards, one TD and one interception with two sacks taken for -14 yards vs. Dallas. To date, the team is 18th in the NFL averaging 276.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Dallas has averaged 22.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 24.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-most); with 11.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-most). Not too good, folks.

This is a neutral matchup between teams struggling with personnel issues.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Bengals managed to bounce back from their heart-breaking last-second loss to Denver in week one to upset the Packers during week two - this team has some moxie this year, folks. Carson Palmer leaned on his big RB Cedric Benson last week (29/141/0 rushing) and threw only 23 times - but he hooked up for three TDs with his trio of WRs (15/23 for 185 yards, three TDs and two interceptions for Palmer last week). Chad Ochocinco snagged 4/91/1; Laveranues Coles caught some balls last week and managed 2/9/1; and Chris Henry handled the other score (1/5/1). TE Dan Coats was second on the team with 2/26/0 receiving - in all, eight Bengals caught passes from Palmer.

Pittsburgh played Chicago without standout S Troy Polamalu, and Jay Cutler moved the ball well on Pittsburgh's remaining secondary, throwing 27/38 for 232 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. Kerry Collins was right in the same neighborhood during week one (22/35 for 234 net yards, one TD and one interception) - the Steelers are currently 19th in the NFL averaging 233 net passing yards allowed per game (with two sacks and one interception so far this year). The pass D is definitely the weak link for the Steelers this year.

Palmer and company got on the same page last week, and they have a secondary with some questions arriving in Cincinnati this weekend - This one looks pretty even.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Carson Palmer didn't keep the momentum he generated in week one ending the day with just 16/35 for 167 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions while his team's place kicker, Mike Nugent, set up the 15-10 win with five field goals. Terrell Owens only converted three of his 11 targets into catches (57 yards), while Chad Ochocinco managed 4/44/0 out of nine opportunities. Jordan Shipley held onto five of the six balls that came his way (5/42/0) and was the most reliable receiver in week two. Jermaine Gresham underwhelmed us with 3/15/0 on five targets.

The Panthers coughed up 12/24 for 178 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to young Josh Freeman last week en route to a 7-20 loss, with zero sacks during the game (three QB hits). 'We were awful on third downs [this week],' Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said after the game. 'Kellen [Winslow] made some plays, some with his hands and some with his legs.' So far during 2010, the Panthers average 218 net passing yards allowed per game, with five TDs handed over vs. three interceptions generated. They are tied for worst in the league with just one sack, as well.

Palmer and company struggled last week, while the Panthers handed over a 'W' to a sub-par Tampa Bay passing attack. At Bank of America Stadium, the 12th man will help level the playing field - we think this is a neutral matchup on balance.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andy Dalton has had a very rough start to the season as his Bengals offense has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. Dalton has been extremely ineffective, completing only 54.5% of his passes with four interceptions while taking eight sacks behind a struggling offensive line. In large part to this poor offensive line play against the pass rush, Dalton has had very little time to find any of his receivers. Dalton made some big throws against the Texans last week while protecting the ball without any turnovers, but he still made a startling number of bad reads and overthrows. Dalton was not helped a ton by his receivers, being forced to throw it away five times as his targets could not get open. A.J. Green led the team with six catches on eight targets for 67 yards. Dalton has targeted the tight end position on only 7% of attempts this season—a league-low. This is not good for Tyler Eifert, who hauled in three receptions for 42 yards last week after only catching one ball for one yard in Week 1. The Packers defense was lit up for 34 points last week. Their passing defense held last year’s MVP Matt Ryan at bay, statistically, allowing him to pass for only 252 yards and one touchdown. However, Ryan did what exactly what he needed to do as the Falcons relied heavily on their rushing attack due to their early lead. The Packers secondary still looked good on the pass plays they did have to defend though. Rookie cornerback Kevin King was a shining star for the Packers as he didn’t allow a single reception when targeted, in addition to defending a pass in what should have been a mismatch against Julio Jones. The Packers pass rush was very strong last week as well, dropping Matt Ryan three times for 29 negative yards. Clay Matthews applied solid pressure as he led the team with 1.5 sacks. Safety Kentrell Brice and cornerback Davon House both had to leave the game with injuries last week, both neither appeared on the team’s injury report thus far this week.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Dilfer has more fantasy points to his credit this year than either Peyton Manning (24th after 2 weeks) or Daunte Culpepper (26th in the NFL so far). He's the 3rd-ranked fantasy QB in the land with 47/75 for 614 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions passing (22.85 fantasy points per game to date). 21/32 for 336 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions was last week's effort. Not too shabby for an old man, huh? WR Braylon Edwards (3/107/1) and TE Steve Heiden (6/104/2) led the charge last week, while week one hero Frisman Jackson only managed 1/11/0. Dilfer is taking what the defense gives him, with no clear #1 option just yet. Dennis Northcutt and Antonio Bryant both grabbed 3 balls, but neither broke through 40 yards receiving.

The Colts have allowed an average of 249.5 passing yards per game during 2005 (24th in the NFL), but only 1 passing score in 2 games. While they aren't shutting people down, Indianapolis is not laying down in this phase of the game either. In a hard-fought game vs. Jacksonville last week, the Colts allowed 16/29 for 198 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions to Byron Leftwich (they are tied for second in the league with 9 sacks in 2 games. Montae Reagor had 3 sacks last week in a fine effort; the defense planted Leftwich 5 times as a group).

Dilfer looks good to start 2005, but these Colts are strong at pass D. We view this matchup as fairly even.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tony Romo cooled his jets a bit last week (14/29 for 186 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions) after his dominant fantasy performance in week 1 (15/24 for 345 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception) - after 2 weeks he's the 2nd best fantasy QB in the land with 29/53 for 531 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception to his credit so far (7/47/1 rushing in addition to his passing stats). Terrell Owens remained a mainstay of the attack (no kidding!) with 5/97/1, while week 1 star Jason Witten struggled with cramping in week 2 and could only muster 2/27/0. With Patrick Crayton suffering an open dislocation of his pinky finger on his right hand - the bone popped through the skin and the wound had to be closed with stitches, limiting Crayton to return duties on Sunday - Sam Hurd became a modest #2 WR with 2/18/0 to his credit last week. Terry Glenn remains sidelined for the foreseeable future.

The Bears have racked up 7 sacks so far during 2007 (t-5th in the NFL), while generating 2 interceptions. They currently rank 13th in the league averaging 198.5 passing yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs given up to date. The Chiefs put up 23/32 for 211 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against Chicago last week. The Bears have a strong, but not elite, pass defense entering week 3.

Dallas has been very powerful in this phase of the game so far, while the Bears enjoy home field advantage and bring a solid unit to the dance - that sounds like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tony Romo out dueled Donovan McNabb last week, slinging 21/30 for 312 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception during the narrow victory. As usual, Terrell Owens (3/89/2) delivered before the prime time cameras, while Jason Witten led the team in receiving (7/110/0). Witten banged up a shoulder during the game - keep an eye on his practice participation later in the week. Marion Barber handled the 3rd TD pass, with 4/51/1 to his credit. It's all good on the Cowboy's offense right now folks.

Green Bay generated 1 sack of Tarvaris Jackson during week 1, while allowing 16/35 for 168 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to the Vikings' passing attack, and followed up by handing over 23/45 for 262 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions to the Lions in week 2 (Charles Woodson had 2 picks and scored on 1, and Nick Collins also returned a pick for a TD last week). The Packers are now tied for 7th in the NFL with 6 sacks - they sport a pretty respectable pass D, as you can see.

Green Bay has a solid pass D, while the Cowboys bring a high-octane attack to the dance. With the home field advantage at the Packers' backs, we think this looks like a neutral matchup between top shelf teams.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tony Romo watched DeMarco Murray rack up 29/167/1 rushing last week, and with 43/220/1 rushing as a team (and 41:11 time of possession by the Cowboys), Romo only needed to throw the football 29 times (19/29 for 176 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -28 yards). Dez Bryant was his main target last week, with 14 for 10/103/1 receiving flowing that way - Jason Witten was second on the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/32/0 receiving to his credit. After two games, Romo has compiled 42/66 for 457 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown to land at 28th among all fantasy quarterbacks through two games played.

The Rams held Josh McCown to 16/21 for 175 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception in this phase of the game last week (though he did have 2/6/2 rushing). Matt Cassel threw 17/25 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while being sacked once for -10 yards two weeks ago. St. Louis ranks fifth in the NFL averaging 172.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one interception and one sack to balance the two TDs given up so far. The bottom line here is that teams are gashing the St. Louis for an average of 171 rushing yards per game, so they don't need to pass much vs. the Rams.

Romo had a quiet game while DeMarco Murray piled up the fantasy points last week - against the Rams' suspect defensive front, there is no reason to expect Romo to have to throw the ball much again this week. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for Romo.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Dak Prescott got a 'W' in Washington, and got within spitting distance of 300 yards passing on the way there, with 22/30 for 292 yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown and he also ran in a TD with 1/6/1 to his credit. He hooked up with Dez Bryant a good bit last week (12 targets for 7/102/0 receiving), and also found Cole Beasley (six for 5/75/0) and Jason Witten (four for 3/51/0) with regularity. The offense continues to find a groove as Prescott settles into the starting job at quarterback.

The Bears' offense is undergoing a shift this week, with Brian Hoyer in under center while Jay Cutler nurses a sprained thumb - so far, the Bears' defensive backs have been stingy with passing yards, giving up an average of 197.5 net passing yards per game (sixth in the NFL), with three passing scores given out vs. one interception generated. However, the defensive unit got banged up against Philadelphia last week - safety Adrian Amos(concussion) and cornerback Bryce Callahan (concussion) left the game against the Eagles due to concussions, so the starting lineup is getting thin in the back-end of the defense, folks. Also, starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman was carted off with a serious-looking knee injury - the Bears' defensive front/pass rush may be degraded for this contest as well as the secondary. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week for the latest on which Bears' defenders are going to be available to play in this game.

Prescott is learning fast - against the injury-riddled Bears we give him a 50-50 shot at a decent game.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jake Plummer's woes continued on Sunday, with 16/30 for 173 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to his credit (and a concussion to leading receiver Rod Smith to boot - Smith is considered probable to play this week despite the injury, though). He has posted 29/56 for 311 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions passing this season - until Plummer turns his game around, fantasy points are going to be few and far between for the Broncos' receivers. Javon Walker led the team with 5/79/0 last week, and is the top fantasy WR on the Broncos heading into week 3 (36th among fantasy WRs, with 8/120/0 so far on 14 targets). Rod Smith has seen 13 passes in 2 weeks, and converted 5/50/0 so far.

During week 1 the Patriots allowed 15/23 for 164 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions to the Bills, and sacked J.P. Losman 3 times. They posted 4 sacks of Chad Pennington last week (currently tied for 8th in the NFL with 7 sacks) en route to allowing Pennington 22/37 for 306 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. As you can see, despite the strong pass rush, the Patriots' secondary didn't fare particularly well against the Jets. They have been up and down to start 2006.

Plummer threw fewer interceptions in week 2 than week 1, but isn't playing very well coming into this game - meanwhile, the Patriots' weaknesses were exposed by Pennington and company last week. This looks like an even matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Kyle Orton continues to play very well for the Broncos, tossing 25/35 for 307 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. Seattle last week - he's the ninth-best fantasy QB through two games, with 46/68 for 602 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. Demaryius Thomas finally got in the game last week and led the team in receiving (nine targets for 8/97/1), while Eddie Royal (five for 5/65/1) also scored. Knowshon Moreno (4/67/0 receiving) and Brandon Lloyd (3/53/0 receiving) rounded out the top four receivers in week two. The Denver passing attack is firing on all cylinders as of week three, folks.

The Indianapolis rush D collapsed to such an extent in week one of regular season that Houston only attempted 17 passes (vs. 42 rushes) - Matt Schaub threw for 9/17 yielding 98 net yards, one TD and one interception in limited action vs. the Colts that day. In week two, Eli Manning and the Giants posted just 13/24 for 137 net yards, two TDs and one interception - the Colts won 38-14. So far this year they are the fourth-ranked pass D in the land averaging 117.5 net passing yards allowed, with three TDs handed over vs. two interceptions generated.

In Mile High Stadium, this looks like a fairly even matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Peyton Manning wasn't as spectacular in Week two as he was in the season opener, but his spoiled fantasy owners can't really complain about 30/43 for 307 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown on their behalf last week. Wes Welker (eight targets for 3/39/1) and Julius Thomas (nine for 6/47/1) handled the TDs for Manning last week, while Demaryius Thomas (six for 5/52/0) and Eric Decker (13 for 9/87/0) kept the chains moving for Denver. Manning is spreading the ball around to his many weapons, and there is enough passing yards and scores here for many mouths to be fed.

The hated Raiders travel to Denver riding a decisive 19-9 win over the anemic Jaguars last week. They halted the Jaguars' offense most of the time, though Chad Henne did manage 25/38 for 214 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with five sacks taken for -27 yards). Andrew Luck eked out 18/23 for 147 net passing yards two weeks ago (with two TDs and zero interceptions thrown) while taking four sacks for -31 yards. The Raiders' D leads the NFL in sacks with nine sacks generated this season. However, Peyton Manning's quick-release makes it difficult to sack him - Oakland may not have mid-single-digit sacks this week.

Manning is on fire as of the third game of the season but Oakland is not a pushover in this phase of the game. This looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Super Bowl Rematch! Peyton Manning had a nightmare from the very first snap of the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 - he eventually posted 34/49 for 280 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -1 yards, but the final score was 8-43 in favor of Seattle. One of the interceptions that Manning threw was returned for a pick-six TD.

Manning is the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback through two games, but is tied for the league lead with six passing scores - he's thrown 43/62 for for 511 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions so far this year (with 5/-4/0 rushing in typical Peyton Manning fashion). Five of Manning's six TDs have gone to tight ends this year, with 13 targets for 11/143/4 flowing to Julius Thomas and one for 1/4/1 landing in Jacob Tamme's arms. Demaryius Thomas has seen 18 targets for 9/110/1 receiving, tied with Emmanuel Sanders at 18 targets (for 14/185/0 receiving) to lead the team in targets so far this season. Manning has a wealth of receivers to choose from, and it looks like Wes Welker will be back in action during Week 3, unless there is a hang-up with the new NFL-NFLPA drug testing agreement.

Seattle was exposed by the Chargers on Sunday - San Diego piled up 28/37 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions, while Philip Rivers was sacked just once for -8 yards. Antonio Gates snaffled up all three TDs with seven targets for 7/96/3 receiving - Seattle trailed the final three quarters of the game. To date, Seattle ranks 18th in the NFL averaging 225.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. There are some lessons for the Broncos to learn from last week's game.

Manning was frustrated by the Seahawks seven months ago - he has a tough neutral matchup ahead in the Seahawks' vociferous house this week. The rushing matchup is bad for the Broncos, so if they are to be competitive in this game it will be up to Manning and his passing arm.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trevor Siemian did throw an interception last week (22/33 for 266 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception with one sack taken for zero yards), but his defense took two turnovers to the house and boosted the Broncos to a convincing 34-20 win over the Colts despite the mistake. Siemian relied on starting wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (seven targets for 5/90/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 3/36/0) while also finding starting tight end Virgil Green three times for 3/46/0. Unfortunately, Green suffered a strained right calf during the contest, and was in a walking boot after the contest. Stay tuned to his practice participation (or lack thereof) later on this week if you are invested in the Broncos' passing attack.

The Bengals' pass defense is currently ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 219.0 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have coughed up five passing scores so far vs. three interceptions and just two sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Cincinnati has averaged 21.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th in the NFL); and 20.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-least in the NFL); with 9.0 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-most in the NFL).

If Green can go this looks like a good matchup for him, but overall we rank this neutral for the Broncos' so-so passing attack. Also, C.J. Anderson has a great matchup in the rushing phase of the game, which likely minimizes the need for Siemian to pass the ball during this contest.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matthew Stafford regressed during Week 2, throwing 27/48 for 291 yards passing (a respectable total), but only managing one TD thrown vs. one interception, and he was sacked four times for -38 yards. Calvin Johnson (13 for 6/83/0), Joique Bell (11 for 6/61/0) and Golden Tate (eight for 5/57/0) were his main targets last week, with fullback Jed Collins (2/3/1 receiving) the recipient of the lone TD that Detroit scored last week. The Lions didn't do well when faced with a top-shelf defense such as Carolina's.

This week, the Lions face a fairly stout pass D when Green Bay rolls into Detroit - the Packers are sixth in the NFL this year averaging 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. one interception generated so far. Geno Smith and Mike Vick were held to 16/32 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week, while Russell Wilson had an easy time against the Pack on opening day - he was sacked once for zero yards lost, and didn't have an interception on the way to 19/28 for 191 yards, with two TDs thrown. The Packers haven't allowed a ton of passing yards yet this year, but they haven't pressured opposing passers much, either.

Stafford and company have to face the thunderous Green Bay home field advantage this week, so we consider this a neutral matchup on balance.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matthew Stafford kept the Lions close to the Titans last Sunday, with 22/40 for 260 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (he did take four sacks for -22 yards, though). As has become usual, Marvin Jones was the most-targeted Lions' receiver with 11 for 8/118/0 receiving, while Golden Tate saw nine chances but only pulled in 2/13/0. Eric Ebron (seven for 4/53/0), Anquan Boldin (seven for 4/48/1) and Theo Riddick (five for 4/28/0) all also saw mid-single-digit targets from Stafford. We'll see if Stafford finds a trip to Green Bay stimulating (last year he threw 47/73 for 462 yards passing, four TDs and one interception over two games vs. Green Bay, with two TDs in each contest).

The Packers' pass defense averages 277.0 net passing yards allowed per game so far this year (19th in the NFL) with three passing scores given up vs. one interception and seven sacks (tied for third-most in the NFL to date) generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Green Bay has averaged 20.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (18th in the NFL); and 23.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th); with 13.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-most in the league).

A so-so defense with a raucous 12th-man awaits the division-rival Lions' passing attack in this neutral matchup.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers pulled the Packers' fat out of the fire last week after the team was down 3-21 midway through the second quarter. He bombed the Jets for 25/42 yielding 346 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with four sacks taken for -28 yards. He relied on stalwarts Jordy Nelson (16 targets for 9/209/1 receiving) and Randall Cobb (six for 5/39/2), while throwing seven balls to Davante Adams (seven for 5/50/0) - Jarrett Boykin (three for 1/6/0) seems to be falling behind Adams on the depth chart as of Week 3 - Adams is becoming the 'third wheel' to Cobb and Nelson. It's all good for the Packers in this phase of the game entering the third week of regular season.

The Lions' pass D ranks ninth in the NFL averaging 197.5 net passing yards per game this year, with two pass TDs and two interceptions generated through two games. The Panthers put up 22/34 for 251 net yards passing last week, with one TD and one interception thrown - Cam Newton was sacked four times for -30 yards. Though the Lions' defensive front gets after opponents, their secondary is suspect when the rushers don't meet at the quarterback.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Packers.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Schaub cut out the interceptions in week two, with 21/29 for 230 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Miami. As usual, Andre Johnson (nine targets for 7/93/1 receiving) led the team. He was followed by Jacoby Jones (four for 3/48/0), Ben Tate (four for 4/32/0) and Owen Daniels (five for 3/25/1). At the end of the day, Houston won 23-13 to run their record to 2-0.

The Saints beat up Jay Cutler in week two, with six sacks and ten hits on the QB, while holding the Bears to 19/45 for 186 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions. To date, New Orleans is the 18th-ranked pass D in the land, with an average of 241 net passing yards allowed. They have zero interceptions this year, but they are third in the NFL with 8 sacks to date. Houston is tied for 13th in the NFL with four sacks allowed so far.

Schaub and company got their mojo going in week two, while the Saints beat up on Jay Cutler - this looks like a fairly even matchup from where we are sitting.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

With 48/216/3 rushing as a team last week, Matt Schaub didn't need to throw the ball 50 times last week - in fact, he ended up with a respectable-but-unspectacular 26/35 for 195 yards passing (zero TDs, zero interceptions, zero sacks taken, and only four hits taken - Schaub barely got his uniform dirty last week, folks). When the rushing attack is rolling, the above numbers are going to be fairly typical of this outstanding (but run-oriented) offense. Owen Daniels (nine targets for 6/47/0) and Arian Foster (seven for 6/37/0) were the leading receivers last week - Kevin Walter (four for 3/34/0), Ben Tate (four for 4/23/0), Andre Johnson (four for 3/21/0) and James Casey (four for 3/18/0) each saw four targets for modest sums during the course of the 27-7 victory.

Denver started off 2012 by sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times, while allowing 22/40 for 209 net yards passing, while coughing up two passing scores and generating one interception. They followed up by sacking Matt Ryan just once, however, and allowed 24/36 for 208 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Falcons' attack. So far they are ninth in the NFL averaging 208.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they've handed over four pass TDs to just one interception generated to date.

Houston runs the ball early and often, but when Schaub is called on to throw he's got a decent chance to make good things happen at Mile High Stadium.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Nate Washington caught 3/63/0 on eight targets during the Texans' loss to the Panthers. Washington was third in line for targets behind Cecil Shorts (12 for 6/34/0) and DeAndre Hopkins (11 for 5/53/0) on a day Ryan Mallett attempted a whopping 58 passes, completing 27 for 244 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. Garret Graham handled the TD with five for 1/7/1 to his credit. Mallett isn't afraid to put the ball up, but he isn't making a lot of things happen at a 46.6 completion rate.

The Buccaneers' pass D coughed up 24/38 for 255 yards passing, one TD and one interception to Drew Brees last week. To date the Buccaneers are ranked sixth in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game, 202.0, but they have given out five passing scores vs. just one interception generated. The team does have six sacks through two contests, but the secondary isn't scaring anybody entering Week Three.

This looks like an even matchup between so-so units.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brock Osweiler overcame two interceptions thrown last week to lead his team to a 'W' against the Chiefs - he posted 19/33 for 268 yards passing, one TD (and took two sacks for -14 yards) - he found his favorite receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, for the TD (11 targets for 7/113/1 receiving), also relying on Will Fuller heavily (seven targets for 4/104/0 receiving) - nobody else on the team went over 15 yards receiving. Osweiler has settled into a strong rapport with his #1 and #2 wide receivers here in September.

The Patriots' defense flustered Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in the first half last week, before going into 'prevent' mode and allowing the Dolphins to make the score respectable (32/45 for 389 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown). Over the first two weeks of the season, New England averages 320.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. two interceptions and three sacks generated. The Patriots have averaged 25.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-most in the NFL); and 32.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fourth-most); with 8.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most).

Osweiler and his always tough wide receivers look set up a neutral matchup on Thursday.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Peyton Manning put on a passing clinic during week 2 vs. Miami, throwing for over 300 yards passing (14/23 for 303 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) in only a little less than 15 minutes of playing time (14:53). Dallas Clark torched the Dolphins for 7/183/1 receiving on the night, taking up the injured Anthony Gonzalez' place in the attack quite capably. Pierre Garcon (1/48/1) and Reggie Wayne (3/37/0) accounted for most of the rest of the yardage in week two. The Colts are currently third in the NFL averaging 294.5 net passing yards per game (they had 295 last Monday), with only two sacks allowed over two contests.

The Cardinals' pass D held David Garrard scoreless in the first half last week, and didn't start to give much of anything to him until late in the third quarter (after being up 31-3, they shifted to a prevent defense, inflating Garrard's statistics). At the end of the day, Arizona surrendered 280 net passing yards with two TDs handed over vs. one interception generated, but they dominated Jacksonville for most of the contest before calling off the dogs. Shaun Hill could only muster 18/31 for 182 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions during week one - Arizona is second in the NFL right now with eight sacks and has generated one interception this season. They are currently 18th in the NFL averaging 231 net passing yards allowed per game.

Manning is pretty much a must start, but he's on the road and facing an improved Arizona squad this week - this looks like a neutral matchup to us, on balance.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Andrew Luck is looking ordinary this season - he threw 21/37 for 250 yards passing at the Jets on Monday night with one TD vs. three interceptions thrown, reminding the league why NOT to challenge Darrelle Revis. Four wide receivers were the mainstay of the Colts' attack on Monday - Donte Moncrief (eight targets for 7/122/1 receiving); T.Y. Hilton (seven for 4/45/0); Andre Johnson (seven for 3/27/0) and Phillip Dorsett (six for 1/25/0). We'll see if Luck can get back to throwing the ball more efficiently here in Week Three.

The Titan's pass D gave up two long-ball TDs to Johnny Manziel and Travis Benjamin last week (8/15 yielding 172 passing yards for two TDs and zero interceptions). So far this season the Titans have given up an average of 169.5 net passing yards per game (third in the NFL), with four pass TDs handed over vs. two interceptions and six sacks generated. However, it must be noted that they accomplished these numbers against Jameis Winston in his first career start and a talent-starved Cleveland passing attack.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the struggling Luck and company.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Byron Leftwich had a tough game last week, taking 6 sacks while tossing 16/29 for 198 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in the course of a 10-3 loss. Jimmy Smith led the team with 3/49/0 receiving, but nobody did much in fantasy terms thanks to the tough Colts defense.

The Jets are ninth in the league allowing an average of 180 passing yards per game after two weeks, and they've held their opponents to 1 passing score over 2 weeks. They played a solid game last week after their opening weekend embarrassment but it was against the Dolphins. We're not convinced that the Jets are solid, even though they did look much better in this phase of the game heading into week 3.

We're calling this one a neutral matchup.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Green hasn't thrown a TD yet this year. That's not good news for his fantasy owners, but with such a strong running game it is understandable. 33/54 for 437 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception (with 1 rush for 5 yards) explains why Tony Gonzalez (9/95/0, 14th fantasy TE through 2 weeks) and Eddie Kennison (8/128/0, 40th fantasy WR through 2 weeks) are not performing up to expectations so far.

Denver ranks 15th in the NFL allowing an average of 204.5 passing yards per game, with 2 scores allowed to date. However, they have 4 sacks to their credit (16th in the NFL) and Champ Bailey returned an interception for a TD last week. This group is not dominating, but they aren't a pushover, either.

Green hasn't tossed a score yet; Denver is mediocre in this phase but they have home field advantage - this game is a divisional rivalry. It looks pretty even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Damon Huard (19/28 for 175 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week) and Brodie Croyle (5/5 for 55 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) combined to post 23/32 for 211 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week. Despite the strong showing by Croyle, coach Edwards confirmed that he'd be the starter for week 3 - we'll see if he can elevate his game with Croyle breathing down his neck for playing time. Dwayne Bowe did a nice job subbing for Eddie Kennison at wide receiver last week, notching 2/22/1. Jeff Webb led the team with 4/59/0, while TEs Tony Gonzalez (4/43/0) and Kris Wilson (4/34/0) both chipped in from the TE position.

The Vikings rank 25th in the NFL so far, averaging 264 passing yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs handed over to date. Last week, Jon Kitna and J.T. O'Sullivan hung 35/56 for 359 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions around Minnesota's neck - the Vikings have got their pass rush going, though, with 4 sacks of Lion QBs last week and 10 so far this year (tied for first in the NFL with Pittsburgh). The Chiefs are tied for 3rd-most sacks allowed to date, with 7 - expect the Vikings to pin their ears back and gun for Huard throughout the game on Sunday.

Huard is still finding a comfort zone with his remixed stable of WRs (with Kennison out) - the Vikings play soft in some respects but will make a QB pay for daring to face them. This one looks like a neutral matchup for the Chiefs.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alex Smith posted 26/42 for 255 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -8 yards last week. To date, he's thrown 45/77 for 457 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions to land at 22nd among all fantasy quarterbacks so far this year. With Dwayne Bowe back in the fold (six targets for 3/40/0 receiving), and Travis Kelce emerging (six targets for 4/81/0 to lead the team in receiving) the Chiefs have some positive things happening on offense while going 0-2 to open the season.

The Dolphins' pass D ranks 15th in the NFL averaging 214.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores and zero interceptions generated through two contests. EJ Manuel was not sacked or hit by the Dolphins last week as he threw for 16/26 yielding 202 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. In Week 1, Tom Brady and company manufactured 29/56 for 226 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, while taking four sacks for -23 yards. The Dolphins' pass D is looking pretty mediocre as of Week 3.

This is a neutral matchup for the Chiefs' signal caller and his cohorts.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alex Smith had a miserable game against the Broncos' top-shelf pass D last week - when the dust settled, he'd thrown 16/25 for 191 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions during the losing effort. Jeremy Maclin (seven targets for 4/57/0 receiving), Travis Kelce (five for 4/58/0) and Jamaal Charles (five for 4/2/0) were Smith's top targets last week. We'll see if the Chiefs can bounce back on Monday Night Football in this phase of the game.

The Packers' pass D gave up 19/30 for 206 yards passing, two TDs and one interception to the Seahawks last week - to date, Green Bay is ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 209.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. This is a so-so, middle-of-the-Pack pass D, friends.

This looks like a fairly even matchup between respectable but not outstanding units. Also, the Chiefs have a great rushing matchup so Smith may not need to throw very often in this game.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This was the traditional Chiefs offense that we saw last year as after a strong week one where Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt had huge receiving games, the offense went back to basics in running through Travis Kelce as he had 10 of the team’s 28 targets in this game while going for 100 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith came back to his reliable efficient starter after a big week one as Smith completed 75% of his passes in week 2. Tyreek Hill regressed in week one, but is in a good spot lining up out of the slot in this game as he will be going up against the rookie Desmond King who has had questions about his speed heading into this season. The Chargers defense played a bend but don’t break type style last week against the Dolphins as they only gave up 230 yards, but did give up 13 receptions to slot receiver Jarvis Landry. The Chargers who are still going to be missing Pro Bowler Jason Verrett this week due to injury replaced him by moving Trevor Williams out from the slot to the outside and moved Desmond King into the slot. King who is a fifth-round rookie out of Iowa played well even though Landry did have a big receiving game he only had 6 yards per carry so King was quick to bring him down in coverage. The Chargers may have some success in their pass rush as even though Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram have gotten off to relatively slow starts, Mitchell Schwartz has struggled so far this season in pass protection.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Gus Frerotte cooled down last week, with 20/43 for 177 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. He's 13th in the NFL with 44/79 for 452 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions after 2 weeks of game play - Marty Booker leads all Dolphin receivers with 6/125/1 to date (1/21/0 last week), while Chris Chambers has racked up 8/61/0 so far. Randy McMichael hauled in the TD last week (8/77/1) and is 2nd in the NFL among TEs with 12/132/2 to his credit so far.

23/44 for 270 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception was Tom Brady's box score vs. Carolina last week. The Panthers beat the World Champs 27-17, but they are 20th in the NFL allowing an average of 219.5 passing yards per game in this phase. Carolina has coughed up 2 TDs in this phase to date; they aren't solid vs. the pass, but they aren't pushovers either.

Frerotte has a stable of solid receivers to throw at Carolina, but the visitors can play credible pass D. This one looks pretty even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Chad Pennington didn't need to throw very often last week as his backs averaged 4.9 yards per carry vs. Indianapolis (49/239/2 rushing) - when he did put it up, Pennington managed to complete 66% of his passes (22/33 for 183 yards, zero TDs and one interception). Ted Ginn Jr. led Miami with 11/108/0 receiving out of 16 targets; Davon Bess was second with three targets for 3/29/0. Brian Hartline (2/23/0) and Greg Camarillo (3/11/0) also had 3 targets during the game.

The Chargers' pass D was so-so vs. Baltimore, allowing 18/27 for 181 net yards, two TDs and one interception to Joe Flacco. The Chargers are currently 13th in the NFL averagaing 199.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing TDs given away to date. The D has generated two sacks and three interceptions so far this year.

Two mediocre units lock up in this matchup - that sounds about even to us.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Tannehill did a creditable job against the Raiders last week, tossing 18/30 for 200 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with just one sack taken for -11 yards. He added 3/14/1 to his effort on the ground, and the Dolphins won easily 35-13. Brian Hartline came back from the fantasy graveyard with 12 targets for 9/111/0, and he seems to be Tannehill's #1 wideout these days with 20 targets for 12/161/0 receiving over the first two weeks, followed by Davone Bess (13 for 8/88/0). We'll see how the rookie quarterback stands up to divisional foe New York this week.

The Jets did without Darrelle Revis last week (concussion) and it showed on the field - Ben Roethlisberger and company carved up the Jets' secondary for 24/31 yielding 265 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (the Jets did generate three sacks for -10 yards). Fantasy owners invested in the Jets' team defense will want to monitor Revis' practice participation this week as the secondary is much weaker in his absence. To date, the Jets rank 16th in the NFL averaging 230 net yards allowed per game, with five passing TDs allowed vs. three interceptions and three sacks generated so far.

Tannehill will be in the friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium for the renewal of this divisional grudge match - this is always a hard-fought game on both sides and we think the rookie has a 50-50 shot at a respectable game on Sunday. However, with an attractive rushing matchup for Reggie Bush and company, it would surprise us if Tannehill is asked to throw the football much (he's ranked 32nd out of 32 NFL starters this week by Footballguys' David Dodds).

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Cassel stunk up the joint in Week 2, with four interceptions thrown and six sacks for -39 yards taken in the course of a 7-30 pounding by the Patriots. Cassel finished the day with 19/36 for 202 yards passing and one TD throw (to Matt Asiata, the new starting running back), leaning heavily on Asiata (seven targets for 5/48/1 receiving), Kyle Rudolph (eight for 5/53/0) and Cordarrelle Patterson (seven for 4/56/0). We'll see if the powder-puff Saints' D can improve Cassel's stats this week.

The Saints' defense has allowed 63 points so far this year, helping to contribute to their poor start. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more points (75) this season. The Saints handed over 24/41 for 202 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (one sack for -2 yards) after being blasted by Matt Ryan and company in Week 1 (31/43 for 448 yards passing to Ryan, also surrendering three TD passes vs. zero interceptions and only one sack (for -3 yards) generated during the game.) This unit is far from right as of Week 3.

Two struggling units face off in this game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Adrian Peterson was featured in last week's attack, so the passing game took a back seat with 14/18 for 153 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown by Teddy Bridgewater (he did score a rushing TD as well, though, with 6/21/1 to his credit). Adrian Peterson led the team in receiving with two targets for 2/58/0, while Kyle Rudolph (seven for 5/30/1) scored the lone receiving TD, and Mike Wallace helped move some chains with three targets for 3/38/0. The result was a 'W' so nobody in Minnesota is upset with the quiet day from Bridgewater and company.

The Chargers average 223.5 net passing yards allowed per game (14th in the NFL so far) with five passing scores given up vs. two interceptions and one sack generated so far. Last week, Andy Dalton hit them for 16/26 yielding 214 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions. The Chargers' D enters this game knocked back on their heels, friends.

On balance this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Vikings.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It remains to be seen if Sam Bradford will play and if he does not play, it will once again be Case Keenum for the Vikings in this game. Keenum who averaged just 4.51 yards per target in his first game as a Vikings starting quarterback would be a big negative to this offense compared to Bradford who had a terrific week one against the Saints. The Vikings will limit the offense in an attempt to run the ball and control the ball without asking Keenum to do much in this offense as Keenum only completed 20 of 37 passes last week. From a wide receiver standpoint, Kyle Rudolph, Laquon Treadwell, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs all saw 6 targets this past week with Rudolph leading the way with 45 yards. The Buccaneers secondary largely shut down the Bears defense in the first half holding them scoreless led by Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. If you look at the overall numbers the Bears did throw for 301 yards in this game which was largely due to garbage time at the end of the game as the Buccaneers were up 26-0 at halftime. Grimes will primarily lineup on the outside on Stefon Diggs, but the matchup to potentially exploit is cornerback Robert McClain who continues to be a subpar slot corner and his matchup against Adam Thielen this week. Last week, Kendall Wright out of the slot had 10 targets 7 receptions for 69 yards against McClain and this will be a clear area where the Vikings will target this upcoming week.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

New England has won it's first two games by a total of five points, but for fantasy owners the bigger worry is the collapse of the New England passing attack last week vs. the Jets. Tom Brady clearly was frustrated with his young cadre of receivers and had trouble completing his passes repeatedly during the contest. The issues weren't due to a lot of pass pressure, either, as the Jets had just one sack for -7 yards. At the end of the day, Brady finished with 19/39 for 185 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions. Julian Edelman was reliable, with 18 targets for 13/78/0 receiving, but Aaron Dobson turned 10 targets into just 3/56/1 receiving, while saw seven targets but only managed 2/47/0 receiving during the game. With Danny Amendola still sidelined for the foreseeable future by his complex groin/hip muscle/connective tissue injury(ies), and Rob Gronkowski perhaps returning after missing all of the training camp reps with Brady, there isn't a 'white knight' in sight to help Brady suddenly find his top form again. The surrounding talent in New England is dragging on Brady's production as of mid-September.

The Buccaneers' pass D held it's own against Drew Brees, eventually allowing 26/46 for 296 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions, with four sacks for -26 yards. Two weeks ago, the Jets' Geno Smith took five sacks for -42 yards on the way to 24/39 for 214 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown against Tampa. This is a much-improved secondary compared to last year's league-worst bunch.

Brady is struggling right now, while the Tampa Bay pass D is getting better (but still far from elite). On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup with neither squad holding a big edge over the other.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tom Brady is currently the 26th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land, with 44/78 for 398 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Julian Edelman (15 for 12/176/1) and Rob Gronkowski (17 targets for 8/72/1 receiving) are his main men in the passing game, though Gronkowski is still rusty and working his way back into shape as you can see from his sub-.500 reception percentage right now.

The Raiders' pass D ranks second in the NFL through two games (164.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores allowed and one interception so far) - Oakland's pass D doesn't get tested much as their rush D is dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 200 yards rushing per game. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't sacked at all last week, while throwing 14/19 for 139 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions at the Black Hole.

This looks like a neutral matchup for Brady and company as New England may not need to throw the ball much this week.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees continues to utilize his young corps of receivers, tossing 9 passes to Reggie Bush (8/68/0) and Marques Colston (4/58/1), with 6 balls going to Devery Henderson (3/51/1). Old war-horse Joe Horn converted 6 opportunities into 5/88/0, helping Brees to a 26/41 for 353 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception game vs. Green Bay. It's all good in this phase of the game for New Orleans right now (Brees is the 10th ranked fantasy QB after 2 weeks with 43/72 for 529 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions to his credit so far).

The Falcons have limited their opponents to an average of 230.5 passing yards per game so far during 2006 (23rd in the NFL), and have notched 5 sacks in the last 2 games - although their pass rush dropped off last week as John Abraham was sidelined with a groin injury (only 1 sack on Chris Simms last week). They have generated 4 interceptions in 2 games, with 3 given away by Simms in week 2 (28/53 for 313 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions). This isn't a shut-down type of defense when it comes to yards allowed, but the Falcons have given up exactly 9 points in 2 games - it's hard to put the ball through the uprights against these guys, let alone get to the end zone.

Brees and his crowd of youngsters will have their hands full, home-coming game or not. We think this looks like an even matchup between two hot teams.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees and company tore up the Bears in week two, with 26/37 for 270 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions to Brees' credit. Devery Henderson extended his run of 100 yard receiving games to two with 3/103/1 vs. Chicago, and he is currently 10th among all fantasy receivers with 9/203/2 receiving to his credit this young season. Jimmy Graham (seven targets for 6/79/0), Darren Sproles (10 for 8/43/1) and Pierre Thomas (four for 2/14/0) were the top receivers last week, while Robert Meachem (four targets for 4/10/1) accounted for a TD, too.

The Texans have the league's top-ranked pass D through two games, averaging 162.5 net passing yards allowed with two passing TDs given up vs. one interception and five sacks generated. Chad Henne was limited to 12/30 for 153 net yards, one TD and one interception last week (there were two sacks and seven total QB hits laid on Henne last week).

Brees and company are powerful, but the Texans are no joke this year - all told, this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees tossed 27/40 for 237 yards passing, two TDs and one interception last week, and checks in at 11th among fantasy quarterbacks so far this year with 56/82 for 570 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date. Last week he lost a heart-breaker at Cleveland 24-26 while relying on Jimmy Graham heavily (13 targets for 10/118/2 receiving) - five other Saints had three receptions, led by Robert Meachem (five for 3/37/0) and Kenny Stills (four for 3/25/0). Marques Colston saw no passes in Week 2, making him a big burden for fantasy owners after eight targets for 5/110/0 receiving in the first game of the year.

The Vikings' D surrendered 15/22 for 142 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions last week, while sacking Tom Brady once for -7 yards. To date, the Vikings are ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 194.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with one passing score given up vs. two interceptions generated. They slumped last week after starting out allowing St. Louis to throw 24/36 for 246 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with five sacks for -27 yards. This is an above-average, but not a shut-down pass defense, as of Week 3.

Brees and company have a neutral matchup at home this week.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

We all know that Drew Brees isn’t quite the same mega-productive passer on the road, but not everyone is aware just how stark the difference has been of late. Dating back to 2015, he’s averaged 1.58 fewer yards per attempt and posted a 38% drop in touchdown rate away from the Superdome. All told, he’s averaged 31% fewer fantasy points on the road over that span. Through two weeks of the 2017 season, he’s struggled noticeably – once at home – and definitely misses Willie Snead, who will return from suspension in Week 4. Ted Ginn simply isn’t an across-the-field receiver; he’s a one-speed guy with iffy hands, and he’s of little help to Brees on short and intermediate routes. What’s worse is that he has yet to shake loose for a deep ball thus far, despite facing two burnable cornerback groups. Defenses have effectively swarmed WR1 Michael Thomas, who’s caught just 10 of his 18 targets and registered just one high-impact catch pre-garbage time. He has a better outlook against the Panthers’ shaky cornerbacks but is definitely struggling with all of the defensive attention. Also missing both starting offensive tackles, Brees and the Saints passing game may be at least a week from putting it all together. The Panthers have yet to be tested by a NFL-caliber passing game in 2017. They’ve “shut down” the anemic units of San Francisco (193 yards) and Buffalo (125), but neither prepares them for Drew Brees and his cast. It’s nice that they’ve been rushing the passer well, registering seven sacks thus far, and that they’ve yet to allow a completion of more than 22 yards. But the numbers have been inflated (or rather, deflated) by the toothless competition, and it’s worth noting that cornerback James Bradberry has been burned for two long would-be touchdowns that were both dropped. The ageless Julius Peppers still brings strong pressure off the edge, as do fellow rushers Wes Horton and Mario Addison. But it’s hard to draw a bead on their performance thus far – and the peripherals they’ve put on paper don’t bode particularly well as Brees comes to town.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning has more fantasy points per week than his brother Peyton (23/47 337 yards for 3 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. 34/64 for 376 yards 2 TDs and 1 interception on Peyton's behalf). No one expected that sentence to be written in July, but it's true. Plaxico Burress is the #1 WR target to date, with 21 looks for 10/140/1. Jeremy Shockey has seen 8 targets so far, but pulled in 7/93/1 - he's been very consistent to date. The Giants look pretty strong in the early going, folks.

The Chargers played a solid game last week, limiting Jake Plummer to 23/37 for 248 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception. They are in the middle of the NFL pack right now, averaging 212.5 passing yards allowed per game (18th in the league), with 3 scores surrendered to date. They aren't shutting down their foes, but they haven't folded either.

Manning, Burress and Shockey have game, but the Chargers are not a pushover and they have home field advantage. This matchup looks pretty even to us.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning watched his backs roll to 200 yards rushing last week, so he could have taken things easy, but he didn't - after he threw 20/29 for 260 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions, the Rams were destroyed by New York by a margin of 41-13. Plaxico Burress (5/81/1), Amani Toomer (6/67/1) and Ahmad Bradshaw (1/18/1) caught the TD passes. The Giants are on a huge roll entering week 3.

Cincinnati's rush D has struggled, leading teams to not throw often vs. Cincy - they are currently 3rd in the NFL averaging 123.5 pass yards allowed per game, with 1 passing TD given up to date. They have only a single sack so far (worst in the league), but teams simply haven't needed to pass in order to beat the Bengals so far this year.

Manning is red hot entering this game, but given the Bengals' extreme vulnerability on the ground, he may not need to take to the air much. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup from a fantasy perspective as the Giants are likely to chew up Cincinnati on the ground this week.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning overcame a dismal first half to put up 19/30 for 223 yards, two TDs and one interception vs. St. Louis last week. He hit Mario Mannigham (seven targets for 3/56/0), Ahmad Bradshaw (five for 5/45/0) and Hakeem Nicks (eight for 4/38/1) the most, followed by Domenik Hixon (two for 2/29/1). To date, Manning is the 22nd-ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 36/61 for 468 yards, two TDS and two interceptions passing.

So far this year Philadelphia is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 180.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four pass TDs given up vs. two interceptions and nine sacks generated (they are second in the NFL in sacks generated). Atlanta found the seams in this D last week, though, with 17/28 for 180 net yards, four TDs and two interceptions passing. The Eagles enter week three with some question marks in this phase of the game.

Two so-so units face off on Sunday - we call this a neutral matchup.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning threw 26/39 for 277 yards, two TDs, two interceptions, and took two sacks for -17 yards last week. He may finally be getting comfortable in Ben McAdoo's offense, friends. Starting tight end Larry Donnell led the team in receiving with nine targets for 7/81/0 receiving, followed by Victor Cruz (10 for 5/60/0), Rashad Jennings (four for 4/45/0) and Reuben Randle (seven for 4/39/1). Daniel Fells siphoned off a score from Donnell with 1/1/1 to his credit last week. Alas, it was all for naught as the Giants lost 14-25. At least they are making things closer these days.

The Texans' D ranks 24th in the NFL averaging 252.0 net passing yards allowed this year, but they have given away just one passing TD vs. two interceptions generated so far. Derek Carr managed 27/42 for 263 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown vs. Houston last week - he's still a rookie learning the pro game so the Texans made the most of his inexperience with the two picks.

Manning seems to be getting on track - we'll see how he does against the sub-par Houston secondary. On balance this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Chad Pennington continued his Jet-fueled comeback last week, tossing 22/37 for 306 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception vs. New England. He is the 4th ranked fantasy QB in the land after 2 contests, with 46/70 for 625 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to open the season. Laveranues Coles is 3rd among fantasy WRs with 14/253/1 in the first 2 games, and Jerricho Cotchery is 4th with 12/186/2 to his credit. The lack of a powerful running game hasn't hurt the numbers from Pennington and company yet - they are on fire.

The Bills sacked Daunte Culpepper 7 times last week (they have amassed 10 sacks in just 2 games), and denied him any points until very late in the 4th quarter (under the 2 minute warning) - they are tied with Denver at 7th overall in pass yards allowed per game during 2006, averaging 163 passing yards given up per game. DE Ryan Denney accounted for 3 of the sacks, had 4 solo tackles and a forced fumble during the game - he was a force to be reckoned with last week.

The Jets' receivers and quarterback are hot; the Bills are coming off a big divisional victory and have played solid pass defense to open the season. At Ralph Wilson Stadium, we think the 12th man will help put the air-brakes on New York - this one looks pretty even to us, on balance.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Mark Sanchez quieted the doubters in week two, tossing 21/30 for 220 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Patriots. Dustin Keller (nine targets for 7/115/1) led the team in receiving, followed by Braylon Edwards (six for 5/45/1), Jerricho Cotchery (seven for 4/26/1) and LaDainian Tomlinson (4/26/0 receiving). It was a vast improvement over week one's poor showing (10/21 for 74 yards). However, trouble cropped up when Braylon Edwards got popped for driving while intoxicated on Tuesday night. He will not start the team's game, and how much he plays will be up to head coach Rex Ryan. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Edwards' situation will need to run its course through the legal system and any discipline that comes will be fall under the league through their program. Look for Brad Smith or David Clowney to keep Santonio Holmes' starting spot warm for him over the next game or two.

The Dolphins feasted on Brett Favre's errors during week two, with three interceptions and zero TDs allowed (22/36 for 208 net yards). Two weeks ago, they allowed just 18/34 for 116 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Trent Edwards (who has since been benched for poor play). To date, this defense has played fairly well in this phase of the game.

Sanchez has run cold and then hot so far this year, while the Dolphins have pulled out a key divisional win and an upset over the Vikings. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup between fierce divisional rivals.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Geno Smith played like a rookie starting quarterback at New England last week, with 15/35 for 214 yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, while getting sacked four times for -25 yards. There were some positive developments, though, as Santonio Holmes actually exerted himself and played hard in the game (six targets for 3/51/0 receiving) and Stephen Hill led the team in receiving with eight targets for 4/86/0 receiving. Kellen Winslow slowed down in the second game, though, with 3/16/0 receiving out of six chances. We'll see if Smith can cut down on the mistakes this week when the Bills come to town.

Speaking of the Bills, they held Cam Newton and company to 21/38 for 183 net passing yards, with two passing scores allowed balanced by one interception and six sacks for -46 yards generated by Buffalo. Two weeks ago, they were much more generous to Tom Brady and company (29/52 for 273 net passing yards allowed, two TDs given up vs. one interception generated)

Smith is still growing into his new job, while the Bills hope that their secondary brings its' top form into this divisional contest. On balance we rate this a neutral matchup.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Geno Smith had the Jets in position to win at Lambeau Field, with a 21-3 lead well into the second quarter. However, the Jets' pass D crumbled as the game went on and eventually Smith and the Jets lost 24-31. Smith threw 16/32 for 176 yards, one TD and zero interceptions during the game, while hooking up with Eric Decker for the TD (Decker had eight targets for 4/63/1 to lead the Jets in receiving). Unfortunately, Decker re-injured the same hamstring that hampered him in training camp, and the aggravation is said to be more severe than the original injury (which cost Decker a couple of weeks during training camp). Stay tuned to the Footballguys.com Players in the News to see how much Decker is able to practice later this week (indications are that he is unlikely to play in the game, but the Jets are being vague in their comments early during the week). If Decker can't go, Jeremy Kerley (13 targets for 8/60/0 so far this season) and David Nelson (two for 2/23/0) would be the starting wide receivers. Jeff Cumberland (seven targets for 5/64/0) and Jace Amaro (five for 3/13/0) would likely be more involved from the tight end position if Decker misses time.

The Bears' pass D averaged 233 passing yards allowed per game (tied for 14th in the NFL) last season, and begins 2014 averaging 199.5 net passing yards (10th in the NFL) with two passing scores given up balanced by four interceptions generated. However, the Bears lost their best cornerback, Charles Tillman, to a torn triceps (the second time he's torn the triceps in two years) - he has now gone to IR, weakening the Bears' secondary significantly. Tillman led all Chicago CBs with eight tackles before the season-ending injury. We'll see how the Chicago secondary responds to the roster shuffling this week.

The Jets have a so-so passing attack, while the Bears' pass D has been weakened - this looks like a fairly even matchup to us, given current circumstances. Also, Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson have a great matchup in the other phase of the game, so the Jets may not need to pass the ball very much as the Jets will ground and pound the football with glee if that is working for them.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick came out of his Week One stupor and looked like the fantasy-favorite from 2015 during Week Two, with 24/34 for 374 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and just one sack taken for -4 yards, at Buffalo last weekend. Both Brandon Marshall (nine targets for 6/106/0 receiving) and Eric Decker (eight for 6/126/1) went over 100 yards receiving on the day, and Quincy Enunwa almost got there with six targets for 6/92/0. The only fly in this ointment entering Week Three is that Marshall was banged up during the game, and though he eventually returned to action, there is concern over his knee, with some reports indicating a sprained MCL, but that is a diagnosis that head coach Todd Bowles disputed this week. Marshall himself had this to say 'The school I come from is, don't rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warmup to see if I'm good to go. Right now, I feel stable. I feel good. And I'm going to work my tail off to get out there and be out there with the guys.' Fantasy owners will want to monitor Marshall's practice status late in the week.

The Chiefs' pass D intercepted Brock Osweiler twice last weekend while allowing one TD pass (19/33 for 254 net passing yards, with two sacks generated for -14 yards). So far this season K.C. averages 243.5 net passing yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL) with two TDs given out vs. two interceptions and three sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Kansas City has averaged 16.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-least in the NFL); and 22.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (16th); with 3.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-least). They are a solid but not fearsome pass defense entering Week Three.

This looks like a neutral matchup, with K.C.'s vociferous 12th-man at Arrowhead Stadium helping to boost the so-so pass defense.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Bruce Gradkowski (who overcame a pectoral injury during the offseason to make the Raiders' squad this year) created a quarterback controversy with is play in week two - he outplayed Campbell and led the team to a win with 11/22 for 162 yards, one TD and one interception in relief of an ineffective Campbell (8/15 for 87 yards, zero TDs and one interception). As a result, Campbell has fallen to third on the QB depth chart as of week three. 'He [Gradkowski] finds ways to make plays. He has guys in his face, getting hit, put on his back but he's still getting the ball out,' TE Zach Miller said on Tuesday. 'Even if he's just throwing it away, he's saving us sacks. He's really able to make plays under pressure and find a way to get first downs. It's a good quality in a quarterback.' Evidently, the coaching staff agreed with the players' sentiments and will now lean on Gradkowski going forwards.

The Cardinals' pass D was pretty mediocre during 2009, with 3,729 net yards allowed (23rd in the NFL with an average of 233.7 net yards allowed per game) and 22 pass TDs given away (14th). However, the squad is very opportunistic when it comes to generating turnovers, notching 21 interceptions last year (seventh in the NFL). They forced three interceptions from rookie Sam Bradford on opening day, while handing over 32/55 for 240 net yards, and one TD. The Cardinals generated two sacks and seven hits on Bradford during that game. However, Matt Ryan and the Falcons blasted Arizona for 21/32 for 223 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions in week two - the Cardinals managed just one sack and one other QB hit on Ryan last Sunday. 'Hey, they came out and whupped us,' CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said after the game. 'Everybody. Me, myself included. Hey, they had a better day today.' Like we said, this is an opportunistic but mediocre unit - they come into this contest cold after a 7-41 loss to Atlanta.

Gradkowski got his wide receivers going in week two (Louis Murphy (6/91/1) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (6/80/0) both caught fire), and he's got an average unit across the line of scrimmage this week. This looks like a fairly even matchup for the on-again Raiders' starter.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Derek Carr threw 34/45 for 299 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. the Falcons in Week Two, and didn't get sacked at all during the game. To date, Carr is the sixth-best fantasy quarterback in the land, with 58/83 for 618 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with two two-point conversion throws as well), and 4/26/0 rushing. He is relying on the usual suspects - last week, Amari Cooper led the team in targets and receiving yards (nine targets for 5/71/0), followed by Clive Walford (seven for 6/50/1), Latavius Murray (six for 6/44/0), and Michal Crabtree (five for 4/31/1), while Andre Holmes handled three targets for 1/6/1 to pick up a TD reception. It's all good in this phase of the game for the Raiders.

The Titans' pass defense averages 237.0 net passing yards allowed per game so far (tied for 13th in the NFL) with one passing score given up balanced by one interception and four sacks generated to date. They limited Matthew Stafford and company to 22/40 for 238 net passing yards in Ford Field last weekend, with one TD and one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -22 yards. Over the first two weeks of the season, Tennessee has averaged 15.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-least in the NFL); and 20.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-least); with 5.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th-least). They are a middle-of-the-road secondary entering Week Three.

This looks like a neutral matchup for Carr and company, on the road in Nissan Stadium.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Donovan McNabb struggled to get anything going during the first 3 quarters of Monday Night Football, but finally found his groove during the final period - when it was all said and done, McNabb had thrown for 28/46 for 240 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Over the first 2 weeks of the season, McNabb has amassed 43/79 for 424 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception (22nd fantasy QB in the land to open the season). Jason Avant posted another solid effort in week 2, with 5/55/0, following up 3/54/1 during the week 1 contest with Green Bay.

The Lions gave Tarvaris Jackson and company a hard time last week, with 20/37 for 190 yards, 0 TDs allowed and 4 interceptions generated during the game. Jackson was sacked twice, bring the Lions' season total to 5 - they are getting some heat on opposing passers. After 2 games, the Lions are 21st in the NFL averaging 236.5 passing yards allowed per game, but have surrendered only 2 passing scores so far (none last week). They started out slowly but came on strong vs. the Vikings.

McNabb has shown flashes of his former dominant self, but hasn't gotten all the way back to top form yet. Meanwhile, the Lions elevated their game a notch last week and looked pretty stout - this one looks like a neutral matchup between 2 squads that have been up and down during the initial weeks of 2007.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

'Coach Reid will come up with that decision,' Mike Kafka said after the game on Sunday. 'Right now, we're still working through the kinks of this game. I talked to Mike a little earlier and we'll see how that goes and the coach will make that decision.' Vick missed practice on Wednesday and looks very iffy to play in week three after getting concussed in his start at Atlanta. Mike Kafka (7/9 for 72 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions) stepped in for Vick last week as Vince Young was sidelined by a hamstring injury. 'I think I can help him out, get it to him [Jeremy Maclin] a little quicker, Kafka said after the game. 'It's an 11-man operation on offense - we all know that - so everybody collectively has got to do a better job. We'll move on, we'll learn from it, it's a great learning experience. And we'll get better... Jeremy's done a great job for us all year. I know I can help him out by getting it to him a little quicker, getting the ball up a little bit,' Kafka said. 'It's an 11-man operation on offense, so we'll all take responsibility for that.'

Basically, fantasy owners need to see who practices with the first team later in the week. The Vick/Young/Kafka picture is very cloudy as of mid-week.

The Giants are ranked 24th in the NFL through two weeks, with an average of 283 net passing yards allowed per game. Their decimated secondary has given up 3 TDs and generated zero interceptions to date - they are in the middle of the NFL with six sacks to their credit so far. Sam Bradford and company managed 22/46 for 308 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing at New York last week.

The Eagles are in a state of flux as of midweek - we are ranking this neutral due to the uncertainty.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Nick Foles led another second-half comeback after being down 6-17 at the half last week - he's currently the sixth-best fantasy quarterback in the land with 48/82 for 653 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions to his credit through two contests. Jeremy Maclin (21 targets for 8/142/2 receiving), Darren Sproles (13 for 11/166/0), LeSean McCoy (11 for 10/64/0), Zach Ertz (11 for 7/163/1) and Riley Cooper (10 for 5/37/0) have been the main cogs in this attack so far during 2014.

The Washington pass D ranks second in the NFL averaging 164.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores allowed and one interception generated to date. Jacksonville suffered 10 sacks for -70 yards at Washington last week, eventually posting 14/28 for 123 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. The Washington D is attacking passers heading into the third game of the season.

Two strong units face off in this one - neither has an edge over the other.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Rookie Carson Wentz (21/34 for 190 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -10 yards) looked like the most polished and poised quarterback on the field in Chicago last weekend - he outdueled veterans Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, making good decisions with the football and racking up a second-straight 'W' for the Eagles. Wentz could have notched another TD except for a bad drop by Jordan Matthews (nine targets for 6/71/0 receiving), and Nelson Agholor should have drawn two pass interference penalties - he got mugged on a couple of targets and wound up with seven for 4/42/0. Trey Burton (seven for 5/49/1) was in synch with Wentz and did a great job replacing Zach Ertz (out with a ribs injury - he hasn't practiced this week yet). The Eagles look like they drafted a keeper folks.

The Steelers' pass defense is currently ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 347.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but have given out just one passing TD vs. two interceptions and one sack generated to date. Andy Dalton bombed them for 31/54 yielding 366 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for zero yards last weekend. Over the first two weeks of the season, Pittsburgh has averaged 19.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-least in the NFL); and 20.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (12th-least); with 6.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th-ranked in the NFL). This defense bends between the 20s but is tough to crack in the red zone.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the Eagles' young signal caller.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger has yet to throw an interception this year. He's the 7th ranked fantasy QB after 2 weeks, and 2 Pittsburgh receivers are in the top 15 fantasy wideouts (5/164/1 for Randle El at #14, 8/109/2 for Ward at #15). The teams' new RB is 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards gained (4 yards behind Cadillac Williams) - it's all good in Pittsburgh right now.

New England has a rash of injuries in their secondary (CB Randall Gay has a sore left ankle, CB Tyrone Poole missed the game last week due to an ankle injury, CB Chad Scott sat out Sunday due to a shoulder injury, and S James Sanders also has a bad ankle.) Even so, though, Jake Delhomme only tossed 11/26 for 154 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception last week. The Pats are in the middle of the NFL pack with an average of 196 passing yards allowed per game (14th in the league) and 3 passing scores surrendered to date.

Pittsburgh has been good in this phase of the game to date, and they enjoy home field advantage. New England has injury issues in their secondary and has been pretty average so far. We don't discount the Belichick factor though and we see this matchup as neutral.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger fought through a shoulder injury the team terms a "shoulder sprain" (not a separation) to complete 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in very tough weather (strong, gusty, swirling winds) vs. Cleveland last week. He opened the year completing 13 of 14 passes, and to date has thrown for 25/33 for 323 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions - not exactly a fantasy owners' dream, but definitely respectable numbers. Last week, Hines Ward again caught the TD (5/59/1, making Ward the 6th ranked WR in points per game through 2 weeks, with 11/135/3), while Santonio Holmes led the team in yardage (5/94/0). Heath Miller accounted for the other 2 catches (2/33/0).

The Eagles are currently 22nd in the NFL averaging 221 passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing scores given up. They've been up (Marc Bulger could only muster 14/26 for 130 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in the midst of extreme pass pressure in the season opener, taking 4 sacks) and down (21/30 for 312 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception allowed to Tony Romo, with 0 sacks) so far this year.

Roethlisberger has been steadily productive to date, while the Eagles come home knocked back on their heels after the loss to Dallas. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Steelers - we'll see which Philly defense strides onto the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Pittsburgh's offense was on the field for only 24:26 last week, converting just three out of 12 third down situations all day long at Cincinnati. Without Maurkice Pouncey at center, the rushing game was anemic. Felix Jones eked out 10/37/0 rushing while Jonathan Dwyer was only allowed one rush for two yards during the game. Isaac Redman was injured on the opening kickoff and spent time on the sidelines being screened for a concussion before returning to action - he was ineffective with 3/4/0 rushing and 2/7/0 receiving vs. the Bengals. It's ugly all over with a side of hideous for the Pittsburgh committee of backs right now. Le'Veon Bell will reportedly 'ramp up' his activity in practices this week according to head coach Mike Tomlin, but he remains a long-shot to get into the action anytime soon.

The Bears' pass D currently ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 252.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing TDs allowed offset by three interceptions and two sacks generated so far. Christian Ponder compiled 16/30 for 227 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown last week, while Andy Dalton posted 26/33 for 277 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown two weeks ago - both quarterbacks were sacked once for a grand total of -5 yards.

Roethlisberger is struggling to be efficient (his line is currently tied for 26th in the NFL with seven sacks given up) this year, while the Bears are adequate but not outstanding as pass defenders so far - this sounds like a fairly even matchup.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Brees didn't impress even though Antonio Gates is back in the lineup, tossing 15/23 for 175 yards 0 TDs and 1 interception last week. Gates led the team with 6/80/0 (last week's hero Keenan McCardell hauled in 4/54/0), but the lack of scoring in this phase limited fantasy points severely. We'll see if the Chargers can do better this week.

The Giants have been generous in this phase of the game so far, averaging 318.5 passing yards allowed per game (with only 2 passing scores surrendered to date, though). They haven't shut their opponents down, but they aren't giving up too many points, either.

The Chargers have been up and down in this phase of the game, while New York seems to be playing bend-but-don't-break pass D so far during 2005. At Qualcomm Stadium, we see this as an even matchup.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Keenan Allen was a major disappointment during Week Two (four targets for 2/16/0 receiving), sinking more than one fantasy owners' roster. Philip Rivers (21/27 for 241 yards passing, two TDs and one interception) played a decent game in the loss at Cincinnati, but simply leaned on Malcom Floyd (four targets for 2/55/1) and Stevie Johnson (five for 5/45/1), along with tight end Ladarius Green (six for 5/47/0). There are a lot of viable targets for Rivers in this stable of receivers, and he's spreading the ball around.

The Vikings' pass D allowed 32/53 for 286 yards passing, two TDs and one interception to Matthew Stafford last week. Currently, Minnesota is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 225.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores given out balanced by one interception and two sacks generated so far. This is a so-so, middle-of-the-road pass D entering Week Three.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Chargers.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game have declined of late, and it may not be a fluke. Dating back to the start of 2016, they sit 17th in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt, a marked dip from Rivers’ typical standing. Some of that stems from Keenan Allen’s 15-game absence, of course, and they’re a better passing game with him on the field. But Rivers’ age and the shoddy state of his offensive line could be harbingers of an extended drop-off. Allen dominates volume, but doesn’t inject a lot of explosiveness into the offense. He’s settling in as a trusted yet limited target from the slot – exceptionally valuable to the Chargers, but capped in eruptive upside. Their best shot at downfield dynamism probably lies in Tyrell Williams, who was truly great in his first NFL action in 2016. Williams averaged a studly 8.9 yards per target and tied for sixth league-wide in receptions of 20+ yards, catching 7 touchdowns along the way. He’s talented enough to provide dimension to the offense, if only a complementary role, but the Chargers look like only a slightly above-average passing offense right now.

The Dolphins secondary is becoming a later-stage home for formerly elite cornerbacks. Byron Maxwell, once the prize of the 2015 NFL free agency class, will battle his 2014 counterpart, Alterraun Verner, for one of the starting spots. Maxwell was quite solid in his Dolphins debut, and youngster Xavien Howard posted a strong half-season on the other side, but this was still a shaky unit last year on the whole. They were picked apart down the stretch, allowing big passing days to the mediocre offenses of San Francisco, Baltimore, and Buffalo. Reshad Jones’ return will definitely help their outlook, but they’ll likely struggle sporadically. Their tight end defense is definitely one to target – especially with Timmons and Maualuga pressed into hefty roles. Last season they allowed 60.3 yards per game and 10 touchdowns to the position, so the Chargers duo of Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates could feast.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Russell Wilson didn't need to pass much against the 49ers, so he didn't (8/19 for 142 yards, one TD and one interception thrown) - Seattle ran the ball 47 times for 172 yards and two TDs against the 49ers (one of the best rush D's in the league). This week, one of the worst defensive fronts in the NFL, Jacksonville, comes to town after allowing 34/226/1 rushing to the Raiders in Week two. Expect to see Wilson handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and company a lot again this week - the Seahawks likely won't need to throw the football much against Jacksonville. Last week, Doug Baldwin (one target for 1/51/0), Marshawn Lynch (three targets for 3/37/1) and Zach Miller (four for 2/22/0) led the Seahawks in receiving. It would be no surprise to see similar numbers again this week.

The Jaguars' pass D allowed 15/24 for 115 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions to the Raiders last week, and K.C. had 21/34 for 171 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Jacksonville two weeks ago. Teams simply don't need to throw the ball much when Jacksonville is in town.

Wilson and company have a neutral matchup here based on the fact they will likely have a low number of passes thrown during Week three.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Russell Wilson couldn't find the end zone last week, with 22/35 for 254 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown (and 5/14/0 rushing vs. two sacks taken for -15 yards). Tyler Lockett (four targets for 4/99/0 receiving) and Jimmy Graham (four targets for 3/42/0) were the leading receivers last week, while Doug Baldwin eked out 3/20/0 receiving on six chances, while tweaking a knee (a MRI came back negative on the knee) and suffering from back spasms during the game as well. Keep an eye on his level of practice participation before plugging in Baldwin for Week Three as he is beat up entering this game.

The 49ers were torched for four TD passes by Cam Newton (24/40 for 353 net yards passing, with one interception thrown and one sack taken for zero yards) last weekend, after shutting down Case Keenum in Week One (17/35 for 120 net yards passing, zero TDs with two interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -10 yards). San Francisco has swung wildly from week to week on defense so far this season, and come into this game reeling after allowing 46 points to the Panthers.

This looks like a neutral matchup between teams trying to bounce back.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Russell Wilson survived another week without injury behind an offensive line that seems to endanger him on every play. Wilson was sluggish last week against the 49-ers, failing to pass for over 200 yards while completing only 59% of his 39 pass attempts. Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin were the key targets in the Seahawks passing game, but both struggled to find space and hauled in only six of their nine targets a piece for mediocre stat lines. Paul Richardson came close to making a few big plays and did finish with the team’s first and only touchdown, but he still only managed 19 total yards. Russell Wilson rarely has time to throw behind his bottom-ranked offensive line, which helps explain why he finished last week with 12 rushing attempts and had a tough time sustaining a drive with any consistency. The Titans pass defense was made to look rather solid last week against Blake Bortles, picking him off twice while holding Bortles to only 223 passing yards and one touchdown. The key there was Blake Bortles, who can make any defense look elite. The Titans secondary still allowed a number of chunk plays in the passing game, and they could again be without starting safety Johnathan Cyprien (knee) next week. Cornerback Adoree Jackson normally lines up on the left side for the Titans, and the rookie has struggled with quarterbacks targeting him often.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tim Rattay has been mediocre this year, with a total of 24/42 272 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions (2/-2/0 rushing) in his first two games. Philadelphia held this group to 3 points last week, and intercepted Rattay 3 times (13/26 for 107 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions). With so few yards and 0 TDs, fantasy points were sparse amongst the receivers (Arnaz Battle led the team with 4/44/0).

Dallas is fairly generous in this phase of the game, ranking 19th in the NFL after 2 weeks, allowing an average of 215 passing yards and a total of 4 passing scores to date. Heck, Mark Brunell burned them for 20/34 for 291 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception last week. Rattay hasn't been impressive so far, but expect Dallas to give him some chances this week.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

TE Vernon Davis admitted to being taken aback by the team's conservative offensive philosophy and by being thrown into pass protection against Dallas. 'I didn't think I would be up against Ware like that,' Davis said. 'I did everything the coaches asked me to do,' Davis said. 'I played my role. They asked me to block, I did it.' At the end of the day, Davis had two targets for 2/18/0 receiving, and San Francisco lost 24-27. Alex Smith actually threw two TDs in week two (16/24 for 179 yards, two TDs and one interception), even though he was sacked eight times during the contest. Ted Ginn Jr. led the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/38/0, while TE Delanie Walker (four for 2/38/1) and WR Kyle Williams (1/12/) accounted for the TDs. WR Braylon Edwards could miss a few weeks after a surgical procedure on his knee. Michael Crabtree is tentatively expected to be able to play - 'Crab should be healthy this week and ready to go. And hopefully he is,' 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said on Monday, September 19th.

Cincinnati's pass D is currently eighth in the NFL averaging 194.5 net yards allowed per game, but they have coughed up four passing TDs vs. one interception and four sacks generated to date. Kyle Orton led the wide receiver-challenged Broncos to 15/25 for 187 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week - the Bengals' pass D isn't as impressive a their yardage average indicates.

Two mediocre units clash in this game - we call it fairly even as of midweek.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alex Smith continues to win games without having to light up the sky with aerial fireworks - 20/31 for 226 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (with three sacks taken for -25 yards) with 4/7/0 rushing were his totals last week, and the 49ers won comfortably 27-19 over Detroit. So far this year, Michael Crabtree has led the team with 16 targets for 13/143/0, followed by Vernon Davis (12 for 8/116/3). Randy Moss (five targets for 5/61/1) and Mario Manningham (eight targets for 7/57/0 receiving) have held bit roles from week to week so far.

The Vikings' pass D contained Andrew Luck and company to 20/31 for 194 net yards last week (two sacks for -30 yards), but they allowed two passing scores vs. zero interceptions. So far this year, the Vikings' secondary averages 218 net yards allowed per game (10th in the NFL), but they've coughed up four passing TDs so far, vs. zero interceptions generated. This is a middle-of-the-road pass defense as of week three, folks.

Smith and company have a neutral matchup waiting for them in the Metrodome this week.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Steelers stymied the 49ers offense for much of the game last Sunday, but eventually went into prevent mode after going up 36-10 with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. Luckily for fantasy owners, garbage time stats count too, and Colin Kaepernick finished the day with a solid 33/46 for 335 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions (he added 9/51/0 rushing to lead the 49ers in that category last week, too. Torrey Smith (seven targets for 6/120/1 receiving), Vernon Davis (seven for 5/62/0) and Anquan Boldin (10 for 6/60/1) were the main targets for Kaepernick in Pittsburgh.

Arizona put New Orleans into chase mode during Week One, and Drew Brees racked up 30/48 for 354 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at Arizona. Then came Chicago - between Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen the Bears complied 22/32 for 226 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception. The Cardinals are over-whelming their opponents with offense, putting the opposition into pass-almost-every-down mode - as a result, the Cardinals' pass D looks softer than it really is when we go through the raw statistics of the games.

Kaepernick has his work cut out for him this week - this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Marc Bulger is the 8th ranked fantasy QB so far, with 52/85 578 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions (3/8/0 rushing), but last week he didn't impress with 18/29 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Torry Holt continues to be a top fantasy receiver with 23 targets and 14/195/1 through 2 weeks. Isaac Bruce is still getting his chances, with 14 targets for 8/125/1 so far. TE Brandon Manumaleuna has snagged 2/19/1 on his 2 chances - Manumaleuna has made the most of his chances.

Tennessee has been erratic in this phase of the game so far, allowing 193 passing yards per game and 3 passing scores to date. Anthony Wright managed 25/40 for 212 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week. Tennessee has thrown down 6 sacks during the first 2 weeks (tied for 10th in the NFL) so Bulger is not in a good place - the Rams have given up 11 sacks during the first 2 weeks, trailing only Houston in sacks allowed.

Tennessee fields a young and inexperienced D, while the Rams are soft along the line of scrimmage. That sounds pretty even to us.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Sam Bradford victimized the banged-up Giants' secondary for 22/46 yielding 331 yards, one TD and zero interceptions on Monday Night Football. Danario Alexander led the team in receiving with seven targets for 3/122/1, followed by Mike Sims-Walker (11 for 6/92/0), Brandon Gibson (eight for 4/52/0) and Greg Salas (eight for 4/27/0). To date, Bradford has been lacking in the scoring department with 519 yards and one TD passing to his credit, though he has avoided throwing an interception so far. The Rams' offense just hasn't been as explosive as many of us hoped during September.

The Ravens' pass D crumbled in week two, coughing up 30/42 for 358 net yards (zero sacks), one TD and one interception to the venerable Matt Hasselbeck and company. In the season opener, the team posted four sacks, five total QB hits, and three interceptions with two forced fumbles from the Ben Roethlisberger. In the end the Ravens allowed 22/41 for 246 net yards and one TD to Roethlisberger - and they regressed in week two at Tennessee.

The up-and-down Ravens visit the so-so Rams in week three - that sounds about neutral to us.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

As of midweek, we're in limbo as to who will start at quarterback for the Rams. Stay tuned to the Footballguys.com Players in the News to see whether Shaun Hill or Austin Davis is expected under center. As of mid-week, our guess is that Davis will the the start - he's projected by David Dodds to have 20/31 for 237 yards passing, 1.3 TDs thrown and .9 interceptions in this game. That places Davis at #30 overall fantasy quarterback - fantasy owners should look at other options when considering fantasy starters this week due to the uncertainty around the quarterback situation in St. Louis.

Dallas' pass D is mediocre, ranking 13th in the NFL averaging 212.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three TDs given up to date and two interceptions generated (along with three sacks so far). Last week, Jake Locker managed 18/34 for 232 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -2 yards.

Whoever starts for the Rams has a neutral matchup vs. Dallas. Don't expect a stunning day from either Davis or Hill, and then you won't be disappointed.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

45/82 for 446 yards, 0 TDs and 6 interceptions represents the statistical story for Chris Simms this season - his team has posted 3 points during 120 minutes of playing time during 2006. Simms is behind Charlie Batch (who only played in one game), Damon Huard (1.5 games) and J.P. Losman in total fantasy points this season. In other words, Simms has suffered through a complete train wreck to open 2006. "I'm not thinking about a quarterback change at this time." said head coach Gruden after the second consecutive 3-interception, 0 TD performance by Simms. However, Simms had better shape up his game quickly if he's going to avoid the axe.

Joey Galloway has seen 20 balls come his way to open the season (17 last week) to post 9/161/0 (all 9/161/0 coming last week). While Michael Clayton has handled 16 chances (7 week 1, 9 in week 2) for 8/96/0 to date. TE Alex Smith, who started so hot last year, has only seen 4 balls over the first 2 weeks (2/18/0). Aside from Galloway's big game last Sunday, there isn't much in the way of fantasy points here due to Simms' struggles.

The Panthers' defense is currently 11th vs. opposing passers (allowing an average of 179 yards through the air per week in the early going) - but that is partially due to their soft rush defense, which is laying down to all comers and almost making the passing game an after-thought. Minnesota posted 200/32 for 259 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against this group on Sunday (the TD was thrown by kicker Ryan Longwell on a fake field goal). Suffice it to say that Carolina's defense isn't playing nearly as well as their 179 yard passing-yards-against average might appear to indicate.

At home, Simms will have an even chance to right the Buccaneer's ship in the passing phase of the game.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Buccaneers quickly established Jameis Winston to Mike Evans connection as Evans had 7 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. Winston threw the ball just 30 times in this game, but it was largely due to game script as the Buccaneers got off to a quick lead and there was no need to continue to throw the ball in this game. Outside of Evans, no receiver stood out as the only receiver with more than three targets was DeSean Jackson who had seven targets but was just able to catch three of those for 39 yards. On the season, the Vikings secondary which had high expectations coming into this season has not played up to their 2016 standards as in 2016 they were the third best pass defense allowing just 208 yards per game and this season they are the 25th pass defense allowing 259 yards passing per game. The biggest difference has been Xavier Rhodes not being 100% healthy along with Trae Waynes really struggling in coverage so far this season. The one bright spot for the Vikings has been Harrison Smith who has been one of the best coverage safeties so far this season and was a big factor why Antonio Brown was held to just 5 receptions for 62 yards. This could be a big opportunity for DeSean Jackson this week as Smith will likely stay to help protect Mike Evans side of the football.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Drew Bennett is the 41st best fantasy receiver so far this year (6/131/0 receiving) while Steve McNair is 19th among fantasy Qbs with 37/62 for 414 yards, 2 tds and 1 interception with 5/1/0 rushing to date this season. McNair is in the tank, along with his receiving corps. Start Titan receivers only if necessary this week.

The Rams have coughed up 240 passing yards per game and 2 thrown TDs so far this season. Kurt Warner racked up 29/42 327 0TDs and 1 interception vs. the Rams last week - they have not fixed their pass D, as the Rams 22nd ranking in this phase illustrates.

Tennessee is limping along in this phase of the game, as are the Rams. Neither team has a clear edge coming into the game.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Vince Young had a rough game last week, taking a lot of shots (that weren't called penalties) and compiling 7/10 for 66 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions (with 2/12/0 rushing) before being benched for the balance of the game with Pittsburgh. 'Those types of things like that don't bother me,' Young said after the game on Sunday regarding some potentially uncalled roughing-the-passer penalties in week two. 'But eventually when I get to be a top five quarterback in the league then I might get those calls. But right now, I'm way below [that] so I'm not going to get those calls.' Kerry Collins did provide a spark to the squad Sunday, throwing 17/25 for 149 yards, one TD (to Nate Washington, nine targets for 4/34/1) and one interception. Justin Gage also made an impact last week with five targets for 4/74/0, and Kenny Britt got in the game with seven targets for 5/41/0. Though Tennessee lost, the passing attack wasn't a total disaster (unlike Chris Johnson and the rushing attack). The word at midweek is that Young remains the team's starter: 'He shouldn't like it. Anybody you take out of the game, do you expect him to like it? No, he shouldn't like it,' coach Jeff Fisher said on Tuesday the 21st. 'And I would expect any player that was replaced for whatever reason not to be happy with it. But what you do is you come back to work, you work harder, you learn from it and you improve. The position is not an easy position to play.'

The Giants' pass D was sliced and diced by Peyton Manning last week (20/26 for 255 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions) - New York allowed just 14/35 for 148 net yards, one TD and three interceptions, with four sacks generated and 10 other hits on the QBs to the Panthers' ex-starter two weeks ago, but were shown up by the elite Indianapolis offense in week two.

Vince Young struggled last week, as did the Giants - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup between up-and-down squads.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Robert Griffin III is out for 4-8 weeks due to a dislocated (but not fractured) ankle, so the Washington offense belongs to Kirk Cousins now. He looked good off the bench last week (22/33 for 250 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown), but Cousins has had problems previously once he becomes officially 'the Man' at quarterback. We'll see how he responds to his elevation as starter this time around, under new offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

The Eagles' pass D is ranked 11th so far this year in terms of yards allowed (207.0), but they have coughed up five passing scores in two games vs. one interception generated. Andrew Luck was not sacked last week on the way to 20/34 for 172 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown.

Cousins had a hot start to his tenure as starting quarterback. Against the so-so Eagles, this looks like a neutral matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kurt Warner had a perfect passer rating, 158.3, for the third time in his career last Sunday vs. Miami - his other perfect ratings occurred in 2000 or before. With that performance, Warner tied Peyton Manning for the most perfect ratings in league history. "It's always nice to justify yourself in any way, shape or form by having games like this and letting people know... that I can still play a high level," Warner said. "I'm humbled to be in Peyton's class in that regard. Let's hope that there's a few more in the barrel, too."

Owners of Warner (19/24 for 361 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions), Larry Fitzgerald (6/153/0) and Anquan Boldin (6/140/3) were all very happy by the end of the game on Sunday. TE Ben Patrick was the 3rd-highest receiver on Sunday, with 4/30/0. Through 2 weeks, Warner is the 6th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with an average of 21.8 fantasy points per game. He's on a roll entering week 3, as you can see.

The Redskins handed over 19/35 for 200 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to Eli Manning in the season opener, and followed up that performance by limiting Drew Brees and company to 22/33 for 195 net yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions (both by S Chris Horton). Washington posted 2 sacks on Brees, bringing their season total to 4, right in the middle of the NFL pack in that category. Overall, this unit is playing very well entering week 3.

Warner is on a roll, but so are the Redskins. In FedEx Field on Sunday, we think that Warner has a stern test ahead of him. Advantage, Washington.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kurt Warner posted a stellar game during week two, with an incredible 24/26 for 243 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during the 31-17 shellacking of the Jaguars. However, he aggravated his sore right shoulder during the game and coach Whisenhunt went to Matt Leinart (3/6 for 22 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions) during the third quarter (after the Cards were up big over the Jaguars) - 'The reason I took Kurt out was not anything other than I wanted to make sure he was OK.' said Whisenhunt after the game. It doesn't appear like a big deal as of mid-week. Steve Breaston's sore knee calmed down by Sunday and he was able to play - he led the team with 5/83/0, while the usual suspects, Anquan Boldin (8/69/0) and Larry Fitzgerald (4/34/1) handeled most of the rest of the work. Fitzgerald extended his streak of games with at least one TD to eight games last week. RB Jason Wright handled the other TD grab from Warner (1/5/1). It was a good bounce-back game by the Warner who threw more interceptions than TDs during week one (26/44 for 288, one TD and two interceptions).

The Colts' pass D is among the league's best units, currently averaging 139 net passing yards allowed per game (1st in the NFL), with three sacks and one interception generated through 2 contests so far. Last week, Chad Pennington and company could only muster 22/33 for 164 yards, zero TDs and one interception vs. Indianapolis.

Warner and company started to get hot last week, but they've got a tough opponent arriving for Sunday night football - advantage, Indianapolis. Also, owners of Cardinals should note that the Indianapolis rush defense is bottom-of-the-barrel, so Warner may not need to throw as often as his owners are accustomed to seeing.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Derek Anderson struggled to score points in week two (his team was beat 41-7 by the Falcons), and he managed to toss two interceptions on the way to 17/31 for 161 yards, with zero TDs. However, he and Larry Fitzgerald did get on the same page vs. Atlanta (Fitzgerald converted 12 targets into 7/83/0 receiving on Sunday), which is a hopeful sign for the Cardinals. Nobody else on the team went over 30 yards receiving - last week's hero Steve Breaston had just 3/10/0 receiving to his credit. Anderson has been up and down to open the season - but his backups haven't mounted a challenge for the starting job yet (Max Hall had 1/2 passing for three yards and one interception in a brief relief appearance after the game was totally out of hand in week two).

The Raiders fielded one of the league's toughest pass defenses last year, ranking seventh in the NFL while averaging just 206.4 net yards allowed per game. They gave up just 16 passing TDs (sixth in the NFL), but had a paltry eight interceptions (31st) to go with 37 sacks generated (11th in the NFL). Tennessee was held to just 140 net yards passing in week one, but the Raiders did give up two TDs vs. zero interceptions. They continued to be generous with points in week two, allowing two TDs to rookie Sam Bradford (14/25 for 135 net yards, two TDs and one interception). The team did generate three sacks and five other hits on the QB in week two. Right now, the Raiders are not allowing teams to move through the air (they're fifth in the NFL averaging 137.5 net passing yards allowed per game), but they have been vulnerable in the red zone.

Anderson has run hot-and-cold so far this year, while the Raiders are playing fairly well in this phase of the game. This looks like a tough matchup for the home-team Cardinals.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kevin Kolb led the Cardinals to a surprising upset of the Patriots in week two, tossing 15/27 for 140 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with 6/20/1 rushing to boot. Even though the Patriots blanketed Larry Fitzgerald all day (1/4/0 receiving for Fitzgerald on five targets), Kolb managed to find Todd Heap for 5/62/0 receiving, and hooked up with Chris Wells for 1/24/0 and Early Doucet for 3/21/0. Andre Roberts snagged his second TD of the season with 1/2/1 on one target. It wasn't fancy, but the Cardinals did enough to win 20-18. We'll see if Fitzgerald can shake loose some this week and help elevate Kolb's numbers.

Philadelphia completely dominated the Browns' rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden in week one, intercepting him four times, sacking him twice for -7 yards, and putting on four other hits while limiting Weeden to 12/35 for 111 yards passing (34.4% completion percentage). They followed up by allowing 22/42 for 214 net yards to Joe Flacco and company, with one TD given up and one interception generated - they had two sacks of Flacco for -18 yards. To date, the Eagles are ranked fourth in the NFL with an average of 162.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with just one passing score allowed vs. the five total interceptions they've generated. Given how poorly Michael Vick has played in the first two games, it's fair to say the Eagles are 2-0 thanks to their defensive unit - Juan Castillo has made huge improvements over his rocky first year as the defensive coordinator that we all witnessed during 2011.

Kolb got a 'W' last week, but he faces a tough test when the Eagles' secondary rolls into town.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

ARI Injuries: none
SEA Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Through 2 weeks, Joey Harrington isn't exactly setting the fantasy world on fire - he's amassed 35/52 for 399 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions (24th best fantasy QB to date). "I think right now Joey is playing a little bit conservative, a little bit not to throw the interception," coach Bobby Petrino said after the team's second loss. "Therefore it is causing him to hold the ball. He just needs to open it up more with confidence and play to go win the game." In order to encourage Harrington to play better, and to provide the team with a plan B in case he doesn't, the team signed Byron Leftwich on Tuesday - initially, he'll back up Harrington. But if Harrington continues to falter, the team will probably call Leftwich's number once he's had a chance to learn the new offense.

Last week, Harrington didn't stink up the joint (12/20 for 200 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions), but he didn't light up the scoreboard, either. So far, Roddy White has been the most targeted receiver, with 11 chances for 8/110/0 (4/81/0 last week); Alge Crumpler is second on the team with 8 targets for 7/93/0 (3/53/0 receiving last week); Joe Horn (7 targets for 3/48/0) and Warrick Dunn (7 targets for 5/30/0) round out the top 4 targets on the Falcons after 2 weeks.

The Panthers are currently ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 194.5 passing yards allowed per game through 2 contests, having allowed 3 passing scores. They currently rank dead last in the NFL with only 1 sack after 2 games, but expect that number to go up as the Falcons are dead last in the NFL with 13 sacks allowed in just 2 games. Overall, the Panthers have looked pretty ordinary in this phase of the game, surrendering 20/28 for 227 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to the Texans last week.

Harrington has struggled to make much happen for the Falcons to date, while the Panthers have been only so-so at defending against opposing passers this year. Still though, this looks like a tough matchup between unimpressive units from where we sit.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Ryan had an outstanding game vs. Carolina in week two, with 21/27 for 220 yards, three TDs and one interception to his credit at the end of the game. Marty Booker is filling a valuable niche as the #3 WR now that he is acclimated to the system, and snagged 2/42/0 out of three targets. The usual suspects handled the bulk of Ryan's completions: Tony Gonzalez led the team with 7/71/1, while Roddy White (6/53/1) and Jason Snelling (1/10/1) pulled in the other TDs - Michael Jenkins contributed 3/33/0 to the cause. So far this year, the Falcons average 218.5 net passing yards per game (17th in the NFL), with only two sacks allowed through two games (tied-5th in the NFL).

New England got into a knock-down, drag-out defensive brawl with the Jets last week, and limited Mark Sanchez to 14/22 for 137 net yards, with one TD and zero interceptions. They sacked Sanchez twice and put hits on him twice during the game - in the end, though, Sanchez's TD made the difference 9-16. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots are 6th in the NFL averaging 161.5 net passing yards allowed per game (Trent Edwards rang up 15/25 for 186 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions vs. New England in week one). The Patriots haven't stolen a pass yet this year.

Ryan and company come into this game hot, but the Patriots' pass D is a wet blanket so far during 2009 - this looks like a tough matchup for the visitors.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Flacco endured a disastrous outing vs. Cincinnati, with 17/39 for 154 yards, one TD and four interceptions to his 'credit' by the end of the game. None of his primary receivers got over 40 yards in offense (Anquan Boldin led the team with 5/35/0; Todd Heap had 4/35/0; and Derrick Mason managed just 1/31/1 receiving out of six targets). The Ravens' offense has only scored 20 points so far this year - Flacco and company can boast one TD to date as a passing attack. It's fair to say that the Ravens' offense is very disappointing so far (especially in fantasy football terms).

The Browns' pass D limited Kansas City to a mere 16/28 for 172 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions in their week two contest - so far, Cleveland averages 170.5 passing yards allowed per game with two TDs given up vs. three interceptions generated. Rookie safety T.J. Ward is a difference maker for this club with 10 solo tackles and one assist last week to lead the team - so far this year the Browns have played solid pass D, as you can see, though they have faced less-than-impressive opponents (Tampa Bay, Kansas City).

The Browns are playing well in this phase of the game, and the Ravens haven't been - advantage Cleveland (as strange as it is to write that sentence).

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Flacco torched the Steelers in week one, tossing 17/29 for 224 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions en route to a commanding 35-7 win. However, he was much more ordinary in week two, with 15/32 for 197 yards, one TD and two interceptions passing at Tennessee. Though the usual suspects - Ray Rice (5/53/1 receiving), Anquan Boldin (3/46/0), Lee Evans (2/45/0) and tight ends Ed Dickson (2/25/0) and Dennis Pitta (2/24/0) - were heavily involved, none of receivers or tight ends managed to bust a play into the end zone. In the end, Baltimore was doubled-up by Tennessee 13-26. Evans continues to fight through a sore ankle, by the way - after the week two game at Tennessee, Evans was soaking his injured left ankle and foot (an injury that has dogged him since preseason) in a bucket of ice. 'I can't say I'm 100 percent,' Evans said. 'I'm giving it what I got.'. The Ravens have some issues to sort out entering week three.

The Rams kept Eli Manning down for half of the game on Monday night, but eventually coughed up 18/29 for 181 net yards, two TDs and one interception en route to a 16-28 loss. During week one, the Rams' pass D contained Mike Vick (14/32 for 167 net yards), but they allowed two passing scores during the home opener. They did get three sacks of Vick during the game (and had three sacks on Manning with four total QB hits on Monday night). So far, the Rams have a top-five pass D averaging 174 net yards allowed per game (tied for fourth with Pittsburgh).

The Ravens faltered in this phase last week and face a quality pass D on the road in week three - advantage, St. Louis. Also, realize the suspect rush D on the part of the Rams may lead to more running the ball and less passing during this matchup.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Flacco shook off his Week One blues and exploded in Oakland for 32/45 yielding 384 passing yards, two TDs and one interception thrown. As usual, Steve Smith Sr. led the way for the Ravens, with an enormous 16 targets for 10/150/0 receiving, while Kamar Aiken (seven for 5/89/0) and Crockett Gilmore (six for 5/88/2) were also fantasy-worthy players in the second contest. This unit is heading in the right direction for fantasy owners.

The Bengals' pass D is ranked seventh in the NFL after two games, averaging 203.0 net yards allowed per game, with four passing scores balanced by two interceptions and six sacks generated so far (tied for sixth in the NFL in both categories). Philip Rivers managed 21/27 for 223 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown at Cincinnati last week.

Flacco and company got things going in Week Two - we'll see if they can maintain the momentum in the face of a solid pass D this Sunday.

BAL Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

E.J. Manuel continues to impress as a first-year NFL starter - he just missed posting a career-first 300 yards passing effort in week two, with 27/39 for 296 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown vs. Carolina last week (he took just one sack for -9 yards). Stevie Johnson roared back to fantasy prominence in Week two with ten targets for 8/111/1 receiving (so far this year he's seen 16 for 11/150/2 receiving, leading the Bills in targets, receptions, TDs and receiving yardage through two games. Scott Chandler (12 for 7/48/0) and Robert Woods (eight for 5/86/1) are the other major cogs in the Bills' passing attack entering Week three - nobody else at wide receiver or tight end has seen more than five targets to date (though running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both excellent receivers out of the backfield, and both are heavily involved in the offense so far this year). Johnson and Woods look like the guys to own and start off of this passing attack (and Manuel is respectable at 21st among all fantasy quarterbacks through two weeks - if he keeps bumping up against 300 yards passing per game he'll rapidly move up from that spot on the quarterbacks' board). Considering that Buffalo has a rookie under center, everything is coming up roses so far this season.

The Jets' pass D limited Tom Brady and his young receivers' corps to 19/39 for 178 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week. Tampa Bay eked out 15/31 for 185 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown two weeks ago. So far this year, the Jets' D has been imposing in both phases of the game.

On the road to MetLife Stadium this week, we think Manuel and company are facing a very tough matchup in this divisional showdown.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

During Week One, Sammy Watkins saw six targets for a so-so 4/43/0 receiving (and that was almost half of the 111 yards passing that Tyrod Taylor managed at Baltimore). Charles Clay was second on the team in receiving with three targets for 2/40/0, and fantasy owners invested in Buffalo's passing attack were not happy campers. Last week, though, Tyrod Taylor bounced back in a big way against the Jets' struggling secondary, with 18/30 for 297 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, and surprisingly, zero sacks taken. Watkins still disappointed, though, with five targets but just 2/20/0 receiving, while Marquise Goodwin (five targets for 2/112/1 receiving) and Greg Salas (five for 4/89/1) found a way to make things work at home in New Era Stadium. Backup running back Mike Gillislee (one for 1/18/1) was the other receiver that scored for the Bills. Though they still lost the game on Sunday, the Bills found their passing attack, which is a good thing.

The Cardinals knocked the wind out of the Buccaneers' sails in Week Two, intercepting Jameis Winston four times while allowing just one TD pass (27/52 for 221 net yards passing, with three sacks generated for -22 yards). The Cardinals' pass D ceded 24/33 for 257 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks for -7 yards to Jimmy Garoppolo and company two games back - through two contests, the Cardinals are 15th in the NFL averaging 239.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores handed out vs. four interceptions and five sacks generated to date. They are currently allowing the seventh-least fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (15.9 per game on average); but have surrendered the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (27.6 per game); while averaging 2.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (tied for second-least in the NFL).

This is a tough matchup for the on-again/off-again Bills' attack.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Cam Newton got his team back on track against the 49ers in Week Two, with 24/40 for 353 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown (and 6/37/0 rushing). With so many TDs in the air, three of the usual suspects pulled in TDs - Greg Olsen led the team in receiving with eight targets for 5/122/1 receiving, while Kelvin Benjamin (nine for 7/108/2) also went over 100 yards receiving during the contest. Devin Funchess (four targets for 2/19/1) also scored, while Ted Ginn Jr. hit a long reception of 52 yards on his way to four targets for 2/51/0 receiving during the contest. It's all good for the Panthers heading into this home game vs. Minnesota.

The Vikings come into this game during another juggling act on offense - this time, it's Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury (torn meniscus) - so expect the Vikings to lean on their defense as they sort out their attack. The Vikings' secondary has averaged 216.0 net passing yards per game this year, with three passing scores given out vs. two interceptions generated , with seven sacks to their credit (tied for fourth-most sacks in the NFL). Over the first two weeks of the season, Minnesota has averaged 22.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-most in the NFL); and 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 4.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). Aaron Rodgers ran in a TD against the Vikings last week - and Cam Newton is always a threat to do that, as well.

This looks like a tough matchup for Newton and the receivers.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Wow, Rex Grossman has silenced the clamor for Brian Griese, hasn't he? His top 3 targets last week - Muhsin Muhammad (7), Bernard Berrian (6) and Desmond Clark (5) accounted for 4/59/0, 5/89/1, and 5/85/1, respectively, during the game. Grossman also hit TE John Gilmore for 2 TDs (a 3 yard pass and a 5 yard pass), on his way to 20/27 for 289 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions. With 48/53 for 551 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception through 2 games, Grossman ranks as the 5th best fantasy QB in the land - this offense has been very strong out of the starting gates.

In the season opener, the Vikings held Mark Brunell to 17/28 for 163 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, and were flying to the ball with a lot of jarring hits. Last week, Jake Delhomme posted 17/33 for 181 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions - Minnesota currently ranks 9th in the league allowing an average of 163.5 net passing yards per game. They have only managed 2 sacks in the first two games, so there is room for improvement - but their secondary is clearly frustrating opposing passers and receivers.

The Bears' offense is on a roll, but they have to visit a hostile Metrodome this week and will face a pretty solid secondary. This looks like a tough test for the Bears' signal caller.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton is managing the Bears' passing game efficiently, hitting enough receivers to keep drives alive and to put up enough points to keep the Bears competitive. However, he hasn't been a fantasy owners dream, with 32/53 for 299 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions thrown so far (19/32 for 149 yards last week). Brandon Lloyd is the most productive wide receiver so far, with 5/66/0 last week and 7/92/0 to his credit to date. Desmond Clark tied with Matt Forte for second on the team in receiving last week, with 3/21/0. Greg Olsen has been having trouble with the dropsies of late and Clark seems to be gaining more attention as Olsen struggles.

During week 1, New Orleans held the Bears' pass rush at bay (only 1 sack generated by the Bucs last week) and Drew Brees exploded for 23/32 for 337 net yards, 3 TDs and only 1 interception. Last week, though, the team started out on the right foot vs. Atlanta, intercepting Matt Ryan twice (13/33 for 129 net yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions) leading to an easy 24-9 victory. Through 2 weeks, the Bucs are 23rd in the NFL averaging 233 passing yards allowed per game, but they played much better than their average indicates last week.

Tampa played up to their potential last week, while the Bears' attack is pretty pedestrian even on their best days. This looks like a tough matchup for Orton and company from where we sit.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler bounced back from his disastrous season opener (17/36 for 277 yards, one TD and four interceptions) to win vs. Pittsburgh in week two (27/38 for 236 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions). Youngster Johnny Knox (6/70/1) led the Bears in receiving while TEs Greg Olsen (3/41/0) and Kellen Davis (5/38/1) provided several first downs during the game. Devin Hester was quiet with 4/21/0, as was Earl Bennett (2/22/0). It was a much better effort across the board in week two - we'll see if the Bears can string together two good games.

The Seahawks went from shutting out the Rams to getting blown out by the 49ers in week two, handing over the enormous total of 29/256/2 rushing to Frank Gore and company. As you might expect, with such success in the rushing department Shaun Hill had a relatively quiet game, with 19/26 for 144 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions. The Seahawks are currently second in the NFL averaging 146.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with zero TDs given up so far. They have seven sacks to date (tied for third in the NFL), but zero interceptions this year. The team announced on Wednesday that CB Josh Wilson (ankle injury) is out for the week three game.

Cutler bounced back last week - we'll see if he can overcome the solid Seahawks' pass D in a tough matchup this week.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler is tearing up the league right now, with 44/64 for 649 yards, five TDs and one interception to his credit through two games (second-best fantasy QB during that time span). He spread around the wealth last week hitting three different receivers for TDs (Devin Hester, 4/77/1; Greg Olsen, 1/39/1; Matt Forte, 5/37/1). Johnny Knox led the team in receiving with 4/86/0 vs. Dallas. So far, it's all good for the Bears in this phase of the game.

The Packers were tough on the Eagles' QBs during week one, limiting Philadelphia to 21/34 for 171 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions in the course of Green Bay's 27-20 victory. Trent Edwards and the flaccid Bills' attack crept to 11/18 for 62 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions last week - the Packers had four sacks and ten other hits on the QB (meaning they hit Edwards 14 of the 18 times he dropped back to pass!). This year, the Packers are third in the NFL averaging 118.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one TD given up and two interceptions generated. The Bears are tied for 21st in the NFL with five sacks allowed through two games.

Cutler has played well to date, but he's got some tough divisional rivals coming to town on Monday night - this looks like a tough matchup for Cutler and company.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

This week, coach John Fox signed off on Mike Glennon remaining his starter. It’s unclear why that is, though; Glennon has been mediocre at best through two games. He’s completed a studly-looking 67.1% of his throws, but that number has been inflated by checkdowns and prevent defenses. Glennon has produced just 6.05 yards per attempt, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. He’s also lost three turnovers (two interceptions) and absorbed five sacks – including one in the red zone to end the team’s 23-17 loss in Week 1. Not all of this is Glennon’s fault, of course. The Bears have been ravaged by injuries to receivers, and he played Week 2 without top offensive lineman Kyle Long, who is tentatively expected to return this weekend. But Glennon is bringing nothing positive to the table, failing to make much happen downfield (only 3 completions traveling 15+ yards beyond the line) and hemorrhaging turnovers. With a lack of difference-making receivers – Kendall Wright – it’s hard to find any optimism. We should see rookie Mitchell Trubisky sooner rather than later; considering Glennon’s turnover-fest in Week 2, it could be as soon as this Sunday. The Steelers’ pass defense would definitely feel the loss of rookie edge rusher T.J. Watt, who’s questionable with a groin injury that knocked him out of Week 2, but it wouldn’t doom them. Watt’s high-energy play and pass-rush chops have been huge for the team, but they’re flushed with pass-rush options that can step in admirably. Cameron Heyward has been a demon on the front line, while Bud Dupree and Anthony Chickillo have taken turns making splash plays in the pass game. We’ll likely get a James Harrison sighting, too, if Watt can’t go or aggravates the injury in-game. In the secondary, things are dicier. We can’t gauge much from their Week 2 matchup with the anemic Case Keenum, and there’s little to fear in this atrocious Bears passing game. But the cover men – especially cornerback Joe Haden, who was worked over by Corey Coleman in Week 1 – will need to avoid missteps down the field.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CHI Injuries: none
CIN Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer is on fire. 53/74 for 617 yards, 5 TDs and 2 interceptions after 2 games places him second on the fantasy QB list behind Donovan McNabb. Chad Johnson is the 5th best fantasy WR in the land (16/230/1) after two weeks, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh is 8th, (10/130/1 receiving with 2/24/1 rushing). Start these guys if you were smart enough to draft them.

Chicago has allowed 1 passing score and an average of 182 passing yards per game this season (10th in the NFL). They picked off Joey Harrington 5 times last week, with one returned for a TD by Mike Brown. Right now, the Bears are fielding an elite defense.

Cincinnati is hot, but so are the Bears. At Soldier Field, we love what the Bengals are doing but still see this as a tough matchup for Cincinnati.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Bengals have thrown for over 300 yards passing in each of their first two games - last week, Andy Dalton (15/23 for 252 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) was helped out by Mohamed Sanu (1/1 for 50 yards passing) - neither guy was sacked during Week 2. Sanu not only threw an impressive, on-target long bomb, he also racked up four targets for 3/84/1 to account for the only TD pass from Dalton during the game. Giovani Bernard (six targets for 5/79/0), Brandon Tate (three for 1/50/0), Dane Sanzenbacher (four for 2/42/0) and Jermaine Gresham (three targets for 3/25/0) were all also heavily involved after A.J. Green was forced out of the lineup due to aggravating a foot/toe injury. Dalton is getting the job done even without his #1 and #2 (Marvin Jones, rehabbing after foot surgery) wide receivers on the field.

During Week One, Alex Smith was sacked four times for -24 yards, hit five other times, intercepted three times, and ended the day with a mere 19/35 for 178 net yards passing, with one TD thrown vs. Tennessee. Tony Romo watched his backs pile up 43/220/1 rushing at Tennessee last week, so Romo didn't have to throw much (19/29 for 148 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions thrown, and four sacks taken for -28 yards). The Titans are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks so far this year, and they haven't allowed much in the way of passing yards, either, as you can see.

Dalton and company are diminished without Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones - also, A.J. Green is proving iffy during September due to his nagging toe injury. Meanwhile the Bengals' backs have a great matchup - we think the team will slant the game plan towards the rushing game this week. Advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Andy Dalton got kicked in the shin last weekend, and was hobbling badly in the locker room after the game - keep an eye on his practice participation as the week goes along as shin/ankle injuries can be quite painful and difficult to manage. Dalton and company threw flares all over the Steelers between the 20s in this phase of the game last week, winding up with 31/54 for 366 passing yards, with one TD and zero interceptions thrown - but scoring didn't come in bunches. Giovani Bernard led the team in targets (11) and receiving yards (9/100/1) while securing the available TD - meanwhile Brandon LaFell (eight for 3/39/0) and A.J. Green (eight for 2/38/0) mostly squandered their opportunities. A lone bright spot for the Bengals' receiving stable was the play of rookie Tyler Boyd (eight for 6/78/0). We'll see if Green can get back to his Week One form (13 for 12/180/1) against the Denver defense.

Speaking of the Broncos, they are currently ranked second in the NFL in average net passing yards allowed per game (173.0, with two passing scores balanced by two interceptions, one of which was run back by Aqib Talib for a TD last week vs. Indianapolis), and they are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks (one of which was a strip-sack for a TD last week vs. Indianapolis). Yes, they are awesome on defense again this year, folks. Over the first two weeks of the season, Denver has averaged 19.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-least in the NFL); and 14.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-least); with 6.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th in the NFL currently).

This is a tough matchup for any offense in the NFL.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

After the Pittsburgh loss last Sunday wide receiver Syndric Steptoe said the team needs to find its rhythm: "That's the thing about the league. You have to find your groove. Right now, we are still trying to find it, but we know it's going to come eventually. We just haven't done the little things."

Well, where has the offensive juggernaut of 2007 gone? The Browns have dropped 2 straight games with a mere 16 points scored over 120 minutes of football - more than just the "little things" are missing here, folks. Braylon Edwards continues to drop easy receptions. Derek Anderson has plummeted to 29th among fantasy QBs in points per game through 2 contests, with 29/56 for 280 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions (7/30/0 rushing) - even Kellen Winslow II has slipped to 5th at his position, with 12/102/1 through 2 games. The Browns' passing attack is a major disappointment this year so far. Edwards was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore shoulder - something that his owners will want to monitor as the week heads towards Sunday.

The Ravens' pass D was sub-par last season, with 27 TDs allowed (tied for 26th in the NFL) and an average of 222.3 yards given up per game (20th in the league). However, Ed Reed returned to the field in week 1, and combined with the Ravens' pass rush (2 sacks) the Baltimore pass D shut down Cincinnati's usually-explosive unit (10/25 for only 89 net yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). So far, the Ravens look like a unit on the rise, and they will benefit from an extra week of rest coming into week 3 thanks to Hurricane Ike.

The Browns are stumbling into week 3, while the well-rested Ravens are riding a 1-game winning streak. At M and T Bank Stadium, this game looks like a stern test for the visiting Browns.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brady Quinn commented on the Browns' second loss of the season: 'It's tough any time you go through a competition like that and you kind of go into the regular season excited about the opportunity and things don't process the way you'd like them to,' said Quinn, who completed 18-of-31 passes for 161 yards Sunday, with one interception. 'You can do one or two things: You can give up or you can continue to battle through the adversity and persevere.' Quinn was less-than-stellar vs. the Broncos last week, managing just 18/31 for 161 yards, zero TDs and one interception - he did manage to find Braylon Edwards on several occasions, but other than Edwards the players with multiple receptions were Jerome Harrison (4/24/0, for 6 yards a catch) and Joshua Cribbs (5/22/0 for 4.4 yards per catch). Quinn's dink-and-dunk style limits the gains to minimal yards, as you can see. Also, he's taking a lot of sacks to open the season (nine and counting) - his inexperience is exacerbating a sub-par OL's issues regarding pass blocking. After catching one pass last week, which was the fifth time in his five-year career he'd been held to a single reception, the Browns' Edwards bounced back with six receptions for 92 yards. Maybe there is some hope for Edwards owners - we'll see if he can build on the momentum this week.

The Ravens' pass D gets tested a lot because their rush D is so super that teams give up on running the ball - right now they average 41 rushing yards allowed per game, but have coughed up 290 passing yards per contest with four passing TDs handed over in the first two games. The D has five sacks and two interceptions to their credit so far (among the upper tier in the NFL through two games). Phillip Rivers bombed Baltimore for 25/45 yielding 421 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions last week - in the end, Baltimore prevailed 31-26. The Ravens also gave up two TDs to Brodie Croyle in week one - if there is a weakness on Baltimore's D, it is to be found in the passing phase of the game.

Quinn is the 27th ranked fantasy QB through two games, so we aren't too excited about his chances in Baltimore, but the Ravens' secondary is knocked back on their heels after last week's struggle in San Diego. We think this is a tough matchup with the home field crowd at the back of the Ravens' D and the Browns' glaring problem regarding pass-blocking/sacks playing to a strength of the Ravens' unit - their ability to generate pass pressure.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Cleveland, we have a problem. Josh McCown is out for an indefinite period due to his injured shoulder, and Robert Griffen III is already on IR. In desperation, Charlie Whitehurst was signed off the street this week, but he has no reps to speak of in the Cleveland offense. That's right, Browns' fans, it's (rookie) Cody Kessler time at quarterback! We don't blame you if you aren't excited by this prospect.

Kessler has not shone in his chances this season - according to Footballguys.com's Fourth Training Camp Update 'The Browns hope that rookie Cody Kessler will not need to see game action any time soon, as he has not performed especially well in game situations.' On September 15, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kessler is 'not close to being ready to play.' It may be time to consider other fantasy options at wide receiver and tight end until we see if the Browns' coaches have been able to coach Kessler up during his reps with the first team.

Miami is currently 17th in the NFL averaging 272.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given out vs. one interception and five sacks generated through two games. Over the first two weeks of the season, Miami has averaged 23.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-most in the NFL); and 27.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 10.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most).

Two weak units face off in this game - since Miami has home field advantage, and since Kessler is a rookie, we rank this a tough matchup for the Browns.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Cowboys got beat up in San Francisco. Tony Romo fractured at least one rib and punctured a lung; lead RB Felix Jones suffered a separated shoulder, top WR Miles Austin aggravated a sore hamstring and TE Jason Witten suffered bruised ribs. 'That was an intense game with a lot of runs back and forth,' Witten said. 'We couldn't get the running game going. We'll need that extra day to get guys back. Miles played great. He should be back. It'll be good for Tony to get him healthy. It'll be good for everybody across the board.' As of midweek, sources say that Romo will play on Monday Night Football ('He's going. Knowing him they'd have to knock him out cold to keep him out.' an unnamed source said on Wednesday, September 21st.), while Austin is expected to miss the game (on Tuesday, the team re-signed WR Laurent Robinson to bolster depth at WR). The team hopes that Dez Bryant (quadriceps injury) can get back in action next Monday, though he missed week two.

Washington gave up 17/30 for 231 net yards, two TDs and one interception to the Cardinals in week two, and are currently 17th in the NFL averaging 235.5 net passing yards allowed per game. However, they have only allowed two passing scores so far this year vs. two interceptions and seven sacks (tied for fourth in the NFL) generated. The Redskins' D is solid but not spectacular entering week three.

The Cowboys are banged up and will play this game without their top wide receiver, while the Redskins bring an intact unit to the dance in Dallas - advantage, Washington.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jay Cutler has been managing games pretty well, and currently ranks 12th among fantasy QBs through 2 games, with 46/72 for 573 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions (6/16/0 rushing). His headlining WR is Javon Walker, who has attracted 28 targets (tied for most targets through 2 weeks with Cincy's T.J. Houshmandzadeh) for 17/220/0 so far, a 60.7 reception percentage. Brandon Marshall (15 targets for 10/134/1) and Brandon Stokley (8 targets for 6/108/1) are being productive in support roles. Combined with Travis Henry's strong running, the Broncos have put together a powerful offense.

The Jaguars rank 2nd in the NFL right now, allowing an average of 117 net passing yards per game, with 0 passing TDs given up to date. They sacked Joey Harrington 7 times last week, and have a total of 9 to their credit this season (3rd in the NFL). One weakness of the unit is their lack of turnovers generated (0 interceptions, 0 fumble recoveries). The Broncos have only given up 3 sacks to date - they aren't very vulnerable to the pass rush, but they'll have their hands full this week.

Cutler has been solid this season, but even with the home field advantage we think this looks like a tough matchup for the Broncos.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton looked more comfortable during week two, throwing 19/37 for 263 yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Browns. He most frequently targetted wide receivers during week two, with nine balls going to Eddie Royal (3/20/0); six to Brandon Marshall (3/34/0); seven passes aimed at Brandon Stokley (5/70/0); and five thrown to Jabar Gaffney (3/82/0). TE Tony Scheffler snagged the score, though (1/2/1 on two targets). No fluke reception was necessary to deliver a 27-6 decision over the Browns.

Oakland allowed a healthy amount of yardage to Matt Cassel in week two (24/39 for 236 net yards, one TD and two interceptions), but they ended up on top anyway 13-10. They are currently 20th in the NFL averaging 238 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have generated five sacks and three interceptions through two games - with only two passing TDs given away so far. They aren't a shut-down type of defense, but they aren't pushovers, either.

Orton pulled it together in week two - but he'll be in the Black Hole this week as a hated divisional rival of the Raiders - this looks like a tough game for the visitors.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton did without his top WR, Brandon Lloyd (groin injury), and didn't have his #2 guy, Eddie Royal (groin injury) for much of the game last week, and he was without #1 RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring injury), and TE Julius Thomas was lost early in the game (high ankle sprain). However, Orton still threw for two touchdowns (15/25 for 195 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions) and won the game 24-22. However, as of Wednesday the news for Denver is better, with Lloyd and Moreno practicing while Royal and Thomas remained sidelined. Obviously, fantasy owners invested in the Denver passing attack will want to check practice status for the whole team later this week.

The Titans utterly frustrated Joe Flacco and company last week, holding him to 15/32 for 184 net yards, one TD and two interceptions during the course of the game. So far, Tennessee is third in the NFL averaging 172 net yards passing allowed, with just one TD given up and two interceptions with five sacks generated. This is a solid unit, folks.

Denver's passing attack is in flux as of midweek, while the Titan's D is solid. We'll call this a tough matchup as of Wednesday, but if Lloyd can't go then downgrade this to bad.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Peyton Manning didn't have good velocity on his throws during the early part of the game Monday night, and he ended up tossing three interceptions during the game as a result. He was also under constant pass rush pressure, taking three sacks for -23 yards during the contest (while being hit six other times by the defense) - at the end of the game, he'd compiled 24/37 for 241 yards with one TD pass, and the Falcons won 27-21. The usual suspects - Demaryius Thomas (11 targets for 8/78/1), Eric Decker (eight for 4/53/0), and Brandon Stokley (six for 3/27/0) were Manning's main targets last week. Tight ends Joel Dreesen (two for 2/16/0) and Jacob Tamme (four for 2/13/0) were also in the mix at Atlanta.

Houston leads the NFL, averaging just 124 net passing yards allowed per game after two contests, with one passing score given up vs. three interceptions and six sacks generated. Blaine Gabbert was crushed like a worm by this group last week (7/19 for 53 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -24 yards and seven other hits on the quarterback generated). These guys are scary good, friends.

Manning was off target for much of Monday Night Football against a so-so Falcons' pass defense, and things get a lot harder this week when Houston visits Mile High Stadium.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Trevor Siemian and the Broncos passing offense absolutely decimated a struggling Cowboys secondary last week. Siemian tied his career high with four touchdowns last week, completing nearly 70% of his passes for 231 yards. The combination of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders led the way for Broncos receivers, each garnering eight targets and six receptions with Thomas leading in yardage with 71 but Sanders leading in touchdowns with two big scores. Thomas has yet to find the end zone this season, despite leading the Broncos in receiving yards each of the first two weeks. C.J. Anderson also got involved in the passing game here, hauling in three balls for 36 yards and a touchdown. The Bills pass defense is a solid unit off to a great start this season. Their pass-rush looked particularly fierce last week with consistent pressure applied to Cam Newton, resulting in six sacks on the day. Edge rusher Jerry Hughes was particularly effective, finishing with two sacks and four quarterback hurries in what was a tough matchup against former Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Kalil. Safety Jordan Poyer has been outstanding so far this season, contributing to the Bills allowing only two pass plays of 20 or more yards last week while racking up seven tackles, a sack, and three passes defended. With Denver missing left tackle Garrett Boles this week, a key piece of their offensive line, they may struggle to protect Siemian as he tries to find an opening against the hot Bills secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

DEN Injuries: none
KC Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jon Kitna missed part of the game on Sunday due to a slight concussion/being shaken up and woozy. However, he eventually returned to the field and led his team to victory in overtime, tossing 22/33 for 245 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception during the game (his backup J.T. O'Sullivan hit 13/23 for 148 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions during his quarter + in play under center). As a result of all the passing (and an ineffectual running game), Roy Williams (7/111/1), Shaun McDonald (7/71/0), Calvin Johnson (4/61/1) and Mike Furrey (5/60/0) all hurdled the 50-yards receiving mark during the game. There is a deep pool of receivers available to fuel Mike Martz's scheme this year in Detroit.

Philly ranks 8th in the NFL vs. opposing passers after 2 weeks, averaging 188 passing yards allowed per game, with only 1 passing TD surrendered to date. They have amassed 5 sacks and 2 interceptions so far - last week, Jason Campbell could only muster 16/29 for 209 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against the Eagles. They sport one of the top pass defenses in the land, although Brian Dawkins was knocked out of the game due to a head injury/stinger late in the game on Monday night.

Kitna and company are playing solid football, but they'll have a tough test visiting the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Entering week three, the Lions are leaning on Calvin Johnson (20 targets so far for 8/141/1 receiving) and Kevin Smith (12 targets for 9/62/0 to date) the most in the passing phase of the game. TE Brandon Pettigrew wasn't ignored this past week - catching four passes for 40 yards out of five targets - 'It was good to get the ball a little bit more, good to get a little more involved' Pettigrew said after the game. Bryant Johnson's targets plummeted from eight in week one to one in week two, while Dennis Northcutt saw his share of the pie go from zero targets to six - it's clear that the team is still trying to find the best mix of receivers for new QB Matthew Stafford (who looks like a typical NFL rookie QB, with 34/67 for 357 yards, one TD and five interceptions to his credit through two games). Head coach Jim Schwartz is standing behind Stafford despite the growing pains: 'I have a lot of confidence in Matt's ability, not only as a player but his ability to lead this team, and his ability to help us win. We can't answer how he'll be better off in Week 6 from where he is right now. He needs experience. With experience he'll become better and better.'

The Redskins held Marc Bulger to 15/28 for 119 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions last week (an improvement on the 20/29 for 248 yards, one TD and one interception handed over to Eli Manning during week one). So far, Washington is tied for 10th in the NFL averaging 183.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two sacks and one interception to boast of - on balance, this is a mediocre unit that suppressed a weak opponent last Sunday.

Stafford is learning the ropes the hard way, while the Redskins bring a so-so unit to this dance - veteran experience tilts the table in favor of the Redskins by just a little.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matthew Stafford has been beat up over the first two weeks of the season. So much so, in fact, that he had X-rays on his ribs after the loss in Minnesota and was reported to be in a good deal of pain. Despite his discomfort Stafford led the Lions' practice/walkthrough on Monday, September 21 and is currently reported to be on track to start in this game. Pay attention to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the week goes by to check and see if Stafford has been able to practice fully.

At Minnesota last week Stafford threw 32/53 for 286 yards passing, two TDs and one interception. He relied on Calvin Johnson (17 targets for 10/83/1 receiving), Golden Tate (10 for 6/80/0), and Eric Ebron (10 for 5/43/1), while Theo Riddick was the most productive Detroit running back last week with six targets for 5/40/0 receiving (and 1/5/0 rushing). Given how awful the running backs were last week it would be no surprise to see Stafford putting up a lot of passes again in this one.

However the Broncos' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 135.0 net yards allowed per game, with zero passing scores given up so far vs. four interceptions (tied for first in the NFL) and seven sacks (tied for sixth) generated to date. Alex Smith and company were stymied last week at home in Arrowhead Stadium (16/25 for 191 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions slung).

Advantage, Denver.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Detroit Lions Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Despite passing, Matthew Stafford played very well last week despite passing for only 122 yards, the second-lowest passing yardage mark of his career. Stafford helped his team jump out to a lead in the first half before allowing his run game and excellent defense to put the game away in the second half, only attempting four passes after halftime. The run-heavy game script did not bode well in fantasy terms for the Lions receivers, as only tight end Eric Ebron had more than 40 receiving yards on the day. Ebron snagged one of Stafford’s touchdowns, while Marvin Jones Jr accounted for the other as his lone, but very impressive, reception of an excellent back shoulder pass from Stafford. Golden Tate was very quietly hauled in all four of his targets, but for only 25 yards. After a big Week 1 debut, Kenny Golladay was a non-factor with only one catch for eight yards. The Falcons pass rush was strong last week against Aaron Rodgers, forcing Rodgers out of the pocket over and over again while sacking him three times for 35 negative yards. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Pro Bowl linebacker Vic Beasley left last week’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return. He is expected to miss multiple weeks with a hamstring tear, so this will be a huge help to a Lions offensive line that has historically struggled to keep Matt Stafford upright. The Falcons secondary has also played very well this season against opposing wide receivers as they kept the Packers, with both Brian Poole and Desmond Trufant leading putting in a couple of dominant performances. Trufant only allowed two catches for 26 yards while tacking on an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown last week. Poole should be matched up on Golden Tate out of the slot for most of the day next week, so Tate will have a tough time there. Trufant plays most of his snaps on the left side of the field, which should mean he will mostly draw Marvin Jones Jr. The Falcons did allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends last season and have already allowed 13 receptions for 139 yards to tight ends this season—so Eric Ebron would be in play as an option here. The one spot that the Falcons continue to struggle with is defending the running back out of the backfield as evidenced in week one when Tarik Cohen had eight receptions and in week two where Ty Montgomery caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown which could setup well for Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick out of the backfield this week.

DET Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers hasn't quite gotten to his usual top form as of week three, with 52/76 for 522 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date (18th-ranked fantasy quarterback through two games) while adding a modest 8/21/0 rushing to his totals. The lack of Greg Jennings last week didn't help (), while Jordy Nelson (nine targets for 6/84/0), Cedric Benson (four for 4/35/0) and Jermichael Finley (five for 4/26/0) handled most of the passes for Rodgers. Tom Crabtree (1/27/1) and Donald Driver (1/26/1) made their receptions count (but Crabtree's came on special teams), and Rodgers ended the day with 23/32 for 219 yards, one TD and one interception thrown, with five sacks for -31 yards taken. The Packers' offensive attack was almost balanced last week, with 28 rushes vs 33 passes - we'll see if the team continues to work Benson in more often in this third contest. The Packers may not be the 'mad bombers' of the NFL anymore if Benson remains effective running the football in the weeks to come.

Seattle coughed up just one offensive TD last week, to Tony Romo and Miles Austin (Romo ended the night with a middlin' 23/40 for 247 net yards, one TD, one interception, and one sack taken for -4 yards. Two weeks ago, the Seahawks limited John Skelton and Kevin Kolb to 20/36 for 210 net yards passing, with one TD allowed and one interception generated (Seattle also had one sack and five other hits on the quarterbacks). So far, they are 16th in the NFL averaging 228.5 net passing yards allowed per game - but it is fairly tough to score on this group, with just two passing TDs allowed over two games.

Rodgers has a tough task ahead when the Packers roll into CenturyLink Field.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Schaub has been outstanding for the Texans so far, with 36/50 for 452 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. However, he and the passing attack took a blow this week when they discovered that Andre Johnson has a sprained PCL in his knee. "I would say that he is doubtful for that football game," coach Kubiak said on Monday. "We'll know more in the next couple of days. There was no swelling, but there's definitely a sprain there. It's a concern right now...He has a knee sprain. That's the good news and the bad news. We feel fortunate. Andre is going to be fine. Is he going to be fine in one week? Or is he going to be fine in four weeks? We're still in the evaluation stage. We don't know." With 20 targets for 14/263/3 to Johnson's credit (10 targets per game), the loss of Johnson for even 1 game is going to damage Schaub's chances for productivity. The next-most-targeted receiver on the team is TE Owen Daniels, with 8 targets for 6/72/0 to his credit. Houston, we have a problem. On Wednesday, Johnson admitted that he won't be able to play this week: "If you look at me right now, no, I won't be there out there Sunday. I'm taking it day-by-day, week-by-week." Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones will have to fill in for Johnson as best they can vs. the Colts.

The Colts rank 7th in the NFL allowing an average of 179.5 passing yards per game, and they don't give up passing TDs much (1 during the last 2 games). They haven't notched a ton of sacks (4, tied for 17th in the NFL right now), but they have kept up constant pressure on opposing signal callers. Entering week 3, the Colts sport a solid but not elite pass defense.

With Johnson likely out for this key divisional contest, we think that Schaub is facing an uphill battle vs. the World Champions.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Schaub got pushed around by the Steelers' pass D in the season opener, with 25/33 for 159 net yards (202 before sacks), 1 TD and 2 interceptions to his credit by day's end (2/4/1 rushing helped salvage his fantasy outing) - he was sacked a David Carr-esque 5 times during the contest. Andre Johnson was brilliant on the field as usual (10/112/0 receiving) while Kevin Walter snagged 3/41/1 and Owen Daniels logged 3/33/0 - the receivers did what they could to aid Schaub. Luckily for Schaub, Hurricane Ike created a bye week early in the season allowing him an extra week to recover from the 5 sacks.

Tennessee limited Carson Palmer to 16/27 for 127 net yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions last week, although they only managed to sack him 1 time. Combined with their 7 sacks from week 1, Tennessee is still in 2nd through 2 weeks with 8 QB sacks to their credit, though - an obvious concern for the Texans after the season opener. The Titans are 7th vs. opposing passers this year, with an average of 141.5 passing yards allowed per game, and only 1 passing TD handed over so far. The Titans' D is one of the best units around this season.

Schaub was O.K. but not brilliant in the opener, and his OL problems are a weakness that Tennessee is geared to exploit. Advantage, Tennessee.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Houston Texans Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

New England’s secondary can absolutely be exploited, but even that is a tall order for Deshaun Watson and the Houston passing game. Watson looks out of his depth thus far, the receiving corps is badly banged up, and the scheme isn’t doing them any favors. Watson’s college career was carefully managed with quick, simple reads through short progressions, yet he’s being asked to captain a traditional, pro-style offense in Houston. It’s not working: through 6 quarters, he’s averaged a pitiful 4.30 adjusted yards per attempt, taking 7 sacks in the process. It’s not all his fault, of course. The team is badly missing second-year wideout Will Fuller, as well as its three (yes, three) concussed tight ends. With C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson all sitting for Week 2, Houston ran just 16 plays that featured a tight end. That asked a lot of limited receivers Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong, neither of whom had any noticeable impact. Griffin and Anderson are tentatively expected to return Sunday, but they’re complementary guys at best. Strong was waived this week, leaving the receiving corps undermanned and in complete disarray. DeAndre Hopkins will continue to be as busy as he can tolerate, but the outlook isn’t good for efficiency, with a raw and shaky rookie passer testing him in heavy coverage. The Patriots are clearly concerned over the slip in cornerback Malcolm Butler’s play. Butler has been beaten consistently since the preseason, and he didn’t play in the team’s base defense in Week 2, logging a below-average 49 snaps. He’ll likely return to his prominent role sooner rather than later, but he’s rarely used against big wideouts, so new addition Stephon Gilmore will likely draw most of the DeAndre Hopkins coverage this week. In fact, the team is loaded with young, situational talent at cornerback, so the downfield outlook is especially glum for Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. He’ll likely test the flat and slant zones Sunday, so the Patriots’ goal will be to keep the short throws in front of them and tackle well. That’s not optimal; no team allowed more yards after the catch in 2016. But with such an advantage in downfield coverage and pushing the pocket, the Patriots should win this matchup going away.

HOU Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Peyton Manning posted a spectacular effort last week, bombing the soft Texans with 26/38 for 400 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions en route to a 43 point victory. The usual suspects handled his passes for the most part, although 9 different players caught balls during the game. The top 3 receivers were Reggie Wayne (6/135/0); Marvin Harrison (7/127/0); and Dallas Clark (3/26/0). Joseph Addai (2/22/1), Bryan Fletcher (2/15/1) and Brandon Stokley (1/10/1) snagged the scores - Stokley aggravated his sore ankle and had to leave the game after his TD, though.

The Jaguars' defense is far better than the one that the Texans field. They are currently averaging 181 net passing yards allowed per game, with 4 sacks and 5 interceptions to their credit over the first 2 games. They have allowed 17 points in 2 contests, and just shut out the Super Bowl champs last Monday (Roethlisberger struggled to a 17/32 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interception finish against the Jags last week).

Manning and company are firing on all cylinders, but the Jaguars have claws in their pass D - this is going to be a tough test for Manning and company despite their home-field advantage.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Update - The Browns traded RB Trent Richardson to the Colts Wednesday afternoon in a shocking move. We think this is great news for Andrew Luck as he now has the rushing threat of Richardson to keep defenses honest. Although it remains to be seen how much of the offense Richardson can pick up in such a short time.

WR T.Y. Hilton set a personal best in the first half last Sunday with 124 yards on six catches. He was targeted 12 times during the game - with Darrius Heyward-Bey sore shoulder/ribs injury hampering him last week (an MRI came back with no serious damage to Heyward-Bey), Hilton was able to come to the forefront of the wide receivers stable. Coby Fleener (eight for 4/69/1) and Reggie Wayne (eight for 5/46/0) were also major cogs in the Colts' attack last week. Andrew Luck finished the game with 25/43 for 321 yards passing, one TD and one interception, with three sacks taken for -6 yards. The Colts' passing attack is going full bore entering week three.

The 49ers' pass D wasn't tested much last week as Seattle elected to run the ball 47 times vs. attempting just 19 passes (Russell Wilson went 8/19 for 118 net yards passing, one TD with one interception thrown while taking four sacks for -24 yards). To date, the 49ers average 220 net passing yards allowed per game (10th in the NFL) with four passing scores given up vs. two interceptions generated. Aaron Rodgers had 322 net yards passing and three TDs vs. one interception at San Francisco two weeks ago - the 49ers' pass D has been up and and down so far this year.

Luck and company have a tough matchup ahead.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Blake Bortles and company put up 320 yards passing on the Packers in the regular season opener (24/39 for 320 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -20 yards), and with Chris Ivory ailing and unavailable, Bortles exceeded 320 yards in Week Two, with 31/50 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown at San Diego (he took two sacks for -10 yards). His TDs flowed to backup tight end Marcedes Lewis (three targets for 2/17/1 receiving) and backup running back Corey Grant (one for 1/15/1), leaving Allen Robinson (five for 3/54/0) and Allen Hurns (10 for 5/64/0) relatively high-and-dry in Week Two. Marqise Lee (seven for 5/75/0) and Julius Thomas (seven for 4/71/0) were the top receivers for Bortles last week.

The Ravens' pass defense allowed 20/33 for 242 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions to Josh McCown and company last weekend while sacking him three times for -18 yards and a serious shoulder injury. To date, the Ravens rank first in the league averaging 168.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs and two interceptions generated, and five sacks to the Ravens' credit. Over the first two weeks of the season, Baltimore has averaged 12.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-least in the NFL); and 17.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-least); with 3.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (eighth-least). The Baltimore secondary is a tough nut to crack, friends.

Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Cassel got back in the saddle for K.C. last week, throwing 24/39 for 241 yards, one TD and two interceptions in his regular-season debut with the Chiefs. Bobby Wade (9 targets for 6/72/0) and Dantrell Savage (9 targets for 6/43/0) were the most targeted players in week two, followed by Dwayne Bowe (5 for 5/56/1). The Chiefs rolled to 409 yards of total offense last week - Cassel helped loosen up some seams for the backs to run through with his credible threat to throw the ball over the top of the defensive front. However, Cassel is apparently on the hot seat after just one game - head coach Todd Haley said on Wednesday 'You've got to ultimately do what you think gives your team the best chance to win. If that means another quarterback being in there other than Matt Cassel, then sign me up.' Brodie Croyle waits in the wings after one solid showing vs. Baltimore in week one. Stay tuned...

The Eagles' D that had shattered Jake Delhomme in week one was in turn shattered by the great Drew Brees last week (25/34 for 288 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception). The Eagles managed two sacks and one other hit on Brees, but it was a far cry from the five sacks and 10 hits of Jake Delhomme in week one. To date, the Eagles are tied for third in the NFL with seven sacks to date, and tied for first in the NFL with six interceptions generated. They play a ball-hawking, attacking style of D in Philly, which could be a problem for Cassel as the Chiefs are tied for 21st in the NFL with five sacks allowed through two games.

Cassel and company are still getting to know one another, while the Eagles will have their frenzied crowd to help disrupt snap counts and audibles on Sunday in addition to a turnover-creating pass D - this looks like a tough matchup for Cassel and company.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

'It starts with us taking better care of the ball,' Cassel said after the blowout loss to Detroit. 'That will immediately help this team.' We agree with Cassel, who has one TD and four interceptions thrown through two games (he's the 31st ranked fantasy QB so far, with 37/58 for 252 yards, one TD and four interceptions to his credit). The loss of top RB Jamaal Charles makes this an even bigger hole for Cassel to climb out of. Dwayne Bowe did his part at Detroit with eight targets for 5/101/0 receiving, but he doesn't have a TD yet this year in the under-powered Chiefs' offense (7/118/0 receiving with 1/12/0 rushing). There just isn't much to get excited about on the Chiefs' roster this year.

San Diego got blasted for 31/40 for 410 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last week (two sacks and five hits were generated against Brady). They are currently the 15th-ranked pass D in the land averaging 219 net passing yards allowed per game with four pass TDs given up vs. one interception and four sacks generated. This isn't a top pass D, friends.

Cassel is struggling this year and this looks like a tough matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Pennington did what he could for his team vs. Arizona, tossing 10/20 for 112 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions before the game got away from him. In the end, Pennington chilled out on the bench while Chad Henne got some live game experience (7/12 for 67 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions). On Monday coach Tony Sparano confirmed that Pennington is the starter for week 3 (although he'll have to do better than last week in the coming contests if he wants to stay under center). Ted Ginn Jr. dropped off the map in week 2 after under producing in week 1, with only 1 target in the game. Greg Camarillo leads the team with 14 targets through 2 games, with 7/86/0 to his credit, while David Martin is next with 11 targets for 7/85/1 so far. Anthony Fasano went from 9 for 8/84/1 in week 1 to 0 targets last week - nobody else on the team has more than 5 receptions to date.

New England choked off Brett Favre and company in week 2 (18/26 for 152 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), and are currently 10th in the NFL averaging 167 net passing yards allowed per game, with only 2 passing TDs given up in 2 games. They have 6 sacks to their credit this year (tied for 7th in the NFL), while the Dolphins have allowed 6 sacks to date, tied for 6th-most in the NFL. Look for New England to come at Pennington early and often in this game.

The rebuilding Dolphins will have their hands full when they arrive at Gillette Stadium this week - advantage, New England.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Henne managed 12/30 for 170 yards, one TD and one interception passing during the 13-23 loss to Houston last week. As usual, Brandon Marshall (11 for 6/79/1), Davone Bess (five for 2/42/0) and Brian Hartline (seven for 2/36/0) led the team in receiving, but Anthony Fasano blanked during the show (two targets for 0 receptions). Though Henne is currently among the top five fantasy QBs in the land with 42/79 for 586 yards, three TDs and two interceptions with 10/85/1 rushing, he didn't look like a top-ten fantasy QB last week. We've got him projected well outside the top-12 fantasy QBs for week three.

Cleveland's pass D did a nice job containing Kerry Collins and company last week, holding the Colts to 19/38 for 176 net yards, one TD and one interception. In fact, so far this year Cleveland is second in the NFL averaging 165.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three TDs allowed vs. one interception and six sacks generated. This is a rising defensive team, folks.

Henne isn't consistently good, and as he faces a very solid pass D this week we give the edge to Cleveland.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

MIA Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Daunte Culpepper: 43/70 for 469 yards passing, 0 TDs and 8 interceptions so far this year (6/22/1 rushing). 26th in the NFL in fantasy points per game. Travis Taylor is the top Viking wide receiver so far, with 10/113/0 - good for 45th in the league among fantasy WRs. Start a Viking only if you are desperate this week.

13/24 for 165 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions was Eli Manning's box score vs. New Orleans last week. They are 11th in the NFL so far, allowing an average of 187 passing yards per game and 2 thrown TDs to date. The Saints are pretty tough in this phase of the game.

Culpepper and company are not doing well, while the Saints are on top of their game in this phase. Look for Minnesota to struggle again this week.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brad Johnson and Troy Williamson continue to be in synch - he has targeted Williamson 16 times in the first two games, and Williamson has hauled in 10/179/0 (22nd fantasy WR in the league) - last week, he was thrown to 7 times and grabbed 6/102/0 (even after injuring his shoulder and being put in a harness, he was a major part of the overtime effort that won the game for Minnesota). Said coach Childress of Williamson after the game "He's learned how to grind it out a little bit. Sometimes those elite athletes don't fight through a little 'owie,' a little hamstring, a little bump, a little bruise. He's a football player." Travis Taylor was second on the team in receiving last week, with 3/65/0 out of 6 opportunities. Johnson is the 19th ranked fantasy QB after 2 weeks, with 35/61 for 466 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to his credit so far.

In week 1, Favre and the Packers managed 15/29 for 170 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions against the Bears - last week, Jon Kitna and the Lions posted 23/30 for 230 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Over the first 2 weeks of the season, the Bears have given up 7 points - this is one of the elite defensive units in the NFL, folks, averaging 181.5 net passing yards allowed per game. They've thrown down 9 sacks in 2 games (3rd in the NFL) and put Kitna on the turf 6 times last week (2 sacks by Tommie Harris and 1.5 by Adewale Ogunleye led the way).

Johnson and company have the home field advantage, but they will need all the help they can get against the formidable Bears.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tarvaris Jackson was awful last week. 17/33 for 166 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions won't get the job done at the NFL level. He did suffer a groin injury during the game, and may not be able to go this week for the Vikes. If so, Kelly Holcomb could leap-frog Brooks Bollinger (3/4 for 26 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in relief of Jackson last week) and become the starter while Jackson heals. Holcomb is no stranger to jumping into a starting lineup as he has been involved in QB controversies in Cleveland and Buffalo in years' past. He's thrown for 523/810 for 5401 yards, 37 TDs and 37 interceptions over his career in the NFL.

The Chief's defense is currently 6th in the NFL vs opposing passers, averaging 169 net yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs handed over so far. They have generated 5 sacks and 3 interceptions over the first 2 games, including limiting Rex Grossman and the Bears to 20/34 for 160 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions last week. Overall, the Chiefs sport an outstanding group of pass defenders.

Minnesota's passing attack is in disarray (and possibly turmoil), while the Chiefs are settled into a solid defensive scheme vs. the pass. Advantage, K.C.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tarvaris Jackson has regressed now that teams are game-planning their defensive packages - he hasn't looked good since preseason. Last week, he managed 14/24 for 130 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions (a modest improvement over week 1 - at least he got over a 50% completion rate). To date, Jackson has tossed 30/59 for 308 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception, with 10/66/0 rushing to his credit (#20 fantasy QB in points per game). He got bad news on Sunday when Sidney Rice suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee - there is a chance he'll play on Sunday but we won't know for sure until his knee is tested in practice. Bernard Berrian didn't make a catch on Sunday, and he was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore foot. There isn't much to be excited about with this squad (Bobby Wade led the team with 3/42/0 receiving vs. Indianapolis). On Wednesday, Jackson got even worse news - he's been benched for the rest of the season in favor of Gus Frerotte. "I'm just not seeing right now the aggressiveness from Tarvaris that I saw throughout the offseason, training camp, the two preseason games that he played in," coach Brad Childress said as he announced the move. "And part of it may be experience. I know Gus will give us that. And I know his approach will also lend itself to that."

"I can't say that it was a shock, because I've been playing for a long time," Frerotte said. "I've been through a lot of shocking moments in my time, so nothing really shocks me anymore. It's obviously something Coach wanted to do." Frerotte has thrown 1521/2804 for 19,134 yards, 102 TDs and 91 interceptions during his 14 years in the league. In the preseason week 3 tune up game, he tossed 13/19 for 133 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. Pittsburgh. Now we'll see who Frerotte has good chemistry with moving forward.

The Panthers' defense is currently 13th vs. opposing passers, averaging 176 net yards allowed per game, with 3 passing TDs given up to date. They have only 2 sacks so far this year (Minnesota has allowed 4 to date). Last week, Carolina limited Kyle Orton and company to 19/32 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions - they are playing well entering week 3.

Frerotte will be trying to rev up the Vikings and get back in the saddle this week, while the Panthers are doing well at pass D so far. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Christian Ponder is currently ranked 22nd among fantasy quarterbacks, with 47/62 for 515 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown with 4/8/0 rushing to date. Percy Harvin is his number one target, with 21 for 18/188/0 receiving though two games, followed by Kyle Rudolph (12 for /102/1) and Michael Jenkins (11 for 8/88/0). As you can see, Harvin and Rudolph are the guys to own among Ponder's receivers this year.

The 49ers' pass defense limited Matthew Stafford and company to 19/32 for 214 yards, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -16 yards) last week, after giving up 30/44 for 279 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Green Bay two weeks ago - they did rack up three sacks for -24 yards that day. Since it is very difficult to run the ball on San Francisco, teams tend to attack in this phase of the game.

Ponder and company will need to produce in this phase of the game if their team is to have a prayer of winning on Sunday - this is a pretty tough matchup for the young Vikings' squad, especially since Minnesota ranks 26th in the NFL with six sacks allowed through two contests.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Christian Ponder didn't stink at Chicago! Though 16/30 for 227 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown isn't reason for excitement among fantasy owners, Vikings' fans were thrilled to see Ponder crack the 200-yards-passing barrier as that has been an issue for him dating back to the 2012 season. Greg Jennings led the team with six targets for 5/84/0 receiving, followed by Jerome Simpson (five for 2/49/0) and Kyle Rudolph (six for 3/42/1). There isn't much juice among the Vikings' receivers with such a limited quarterback under center, but at least Week two wasn't a debacle. We'll see if Ponder can gain some confidence and build off the adequate effort.

The Browns' pass D held Joe Flacco and company to 22/33 for 197 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions (with two sacks for -14 yards) last week, and sacked Ryan Tannehill four times two weeks ago while allowing 24/38 for 255 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. In the modern NFL, the above is good enough to get the Browns into 12th place among pass defenses so far, as they average 226 net passing yards allowed per game to date.

Ponder is showing signs of reviving his passing arm, but he faces a tough challenge this week vs. Cleveland's solid secondary.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Sam Bradford got to start with all-world running back Adrian Peterson - for one game. Now Peterson is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus cartilage in his knee, and Bradford will work with a committee of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata at running back. So far, Bradford has displayed good chemistry with Stefon Diggs (11 targets for 9/182/1 receiving), Adam Thielen (five for 4/41/0) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (eight for 3/31/1) en route to his victory over the Packers (22/31 for 286 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -32 yards). One concern is that the offensive line let Bradford get hit 10 times last weekend - hardly a formula for keeping Bradford upright and slinging the football.

The Panthers' pass rush has generated four sacks through two games, tied for 15th in the NFL, while averaging 198 yards passing allowed (seventh in the league), with three passing TDs given up vs. four interceptions generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Panthers have averaged 19 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-least in the NFL); and 14 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 9.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-most).

Bradford and company have a tough road trip ahead of them.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tom Brady threw for 23/44 for 270 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week against a tough Carolina defense. Deion Branch grabbed 8/60/0 to lead the team in receptions, but Troy Brown gained more yards (3/87/0 with a long of 71). TE Daniel Graham pulled down the TD (1/1/1).

16/26 for 167 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions was David Carr's boxscore last week vs. Pittsburgh. They average 157 passing yards allowed per game (3rd in the NFL) and have given up 2 passing scores in 2 weeks. It's not easy to punch in TDs on this group.

At Pittsburgh, expect Brady and company to have a tough day against the new Steel Curtain.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tom Brady hasn't been stellar to open 2006 (26/52 for 383 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions to date), ranking 16th among fantasy signal callers - but he's doing enough to keep defenses honest and allowing his running backs a lot of room to roam. The top Patriot receiver in targets so far this season is TE Ben Watson, with 13 chances (6/89/0, ranking 17th among fantasy TEs to date) - WR Troy Brown is second so far with 11 chances for 6/69/1 (42nd ranked fantasy WR). We'll see if Brady can turn it up a notch for the home crowd this week.

Denver battled the Chiefs to a 9-6 decision last week, holding Damon Huard and company to 17/23 for 133 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. They coughed up 18/34 for 217 yards, with 0 TDs and 0 interceptions to Marc Bulger in week 1 - to date, the Broncos have kept the opposition out of the end zone, with 8 field goals surrendered to date. They have recorded 4 sacks so far (tied for 17th in the NFL) and rank 7th with 163 net passing yards given up per game. They are an above-average pass defense in the early going.

Brady has been fairly quiet to open the season, and against the solid Denver defense he may have trouble getting it in gear - advantage, Denver.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Guys go in and out and you lose guys over the course of a game [like Aaron Hernandez leaving the game Sunday - MW], and you have to be able to adjust,' Tom Brady said after the 18-20 loss to Arizona. 'They have a good defense and they certainly put a lot of pressure on you to make good plays. They really don't give you easy ones.' Brady would know about pass pressure - he's taken five sacks so far this year, and was hit six times with four sacks taken from the Cardinals last week (for -19 yards). All the pressure resulted in 28/46 for 316 yards, one TD and one interception thrown during the 18-20 loss to Arizona. When Hernandez went out, Wes Welker got a lot more action, and ended the day with 11 targets for 5/95/0 receiving to lead the team; Rob Gronkowski caught the TD with nine targets for 6/75/1; and Brandon Lloyd led in targets with 13 for 8/60/0 receiving. Hernandez is likely to miss 4-6 weeks due to a serious low ankle sprain - it looks like Welker will get more action in the new pecking order for targets with Hernandez out.

The Ravens beat on the Bengals 44-13 in their Monday Night Football opener, limiting the Bengals to 22/37 for 193 net yards, zero TDs and one interception (with four sacks for -28 yards and five other hits on the quarterback). Last week, Mike Vick was sacked twice and intercepted twice (with a lost fumble by Vick, too), but he piled up 23/32 for 357 net yards and one TD on the way to a 24-23 squeaker over the Ravens. The Ravens have been tough to score on in this phase and they are tied for sixth in the NFL with six sacks so far this year.

New England is struggling to protect Tom Brady from pass rushers with five sacks and 10 QB hits allowed through two games, so the Ravens' pass-rushing prowess is an especially troubling concern for the Patriots' offense. Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Eli Manning overcame a horrendous performance by his offensive line (8 sacks allowed) and led his team to an improbable OT victory after a furious 4th-quarter comeback - Manning ended the day with 31/43 for 371 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception after being dominated by Philly for much of the game. It was an impressive performance by not only Manning, but also Amani Toomer (12 targets for 12/137/2) and Plaxico Burress (9 targets for 6/114/1). Jeremy Shockey fought through his sore right ankle for much of regulation, but was sidelined for the OT period and ended the day with 2/17/0 - he was visibly hurting and looks pretty iffy for week 3, at least early in the week. Coach Coughlin commented after the game that "He just keeps wearing it down. The one thing that was good was last week at this time it was the same and then he got better each day during the course of the week."

The Seahawks have allowed just 16 points to date (1 passing TD in 2 games) and currently rank 15th in the NFL giving up an average of 202 net passing yards per contest. They have notched 8 sacks during the first 2 games, and are sure to attack the weakness that the Giants' OL displayed last week in allowing 8 sacks to the Eagles. Seattle has managed only 1 interception despite the good pass pressure, but other than that this unit is playing very solid football entering week 3.

Manning and company will have to fight hard for this game in the hostile environs of Qwest Field.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Eli Manning battled through his bruised and sore shoulder to toss 16/29 for 211 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception, before the game got away from the Giants and the coaching staff decided to pull him out for precautionary reasons. "Physically I'm fine. Mentally, I am upset with the loss and missed opportunities." Manning said after the loss. Backup Jared Lorenzen turned his ankle and left the game before the end of the contest, leaving #3 QB Anthony Wright to close out the loss. Top WR Plaxico Burress (2/32/1 on Sunday) rolled an ankle during the game - owners of Manning and Burress will want to watch his practice participation closely later in the week, as Burress has been a big part of the Giants' attack during the early weeks of 2007. As usual, Jeremy Shockey played a big role, leading the team with 5/60/0, followed by Amani Toomer with 2/48/0. Manning looked solid during the contest, but the Giants' defense isn't slowing down the opposition very much right now.

Washington's defense held Donovan McNabb in check for the first 3 quarters of the game on Monday Night Football, but just barely managed to stave off a furious 4th-quarter charge by the Eagles to preserve a 20-12 victory. McNabb and company ended the night with 28/46 for 240 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions - the 'Skins sacked McNabb 3 times and have a total of 5 so far this year. The safeties in particular were hitting the Eagles' receivers hard - LaRon Landry jarred loose a pass to Jason Avant at the goal line late in the 4th quarter to send Philly home losers. To date, the Redskins are 19th in the NFL allowing an average of 216.5 passing yards per game, but they have surrendered only 1 passing score so far.

The Giants' passing attack has been solid during the first 2 games of the year, but they face a tough divisional challenge this week in FedEx Field against a ferocious young Redskins' secondary.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Eli Manning couldn't get enough offense going to catch up to Peyton Manning last week, but he did scrape up 13/24 for 161 yards, two TDs and one interception, while hitting Mario Manningham (six targets for 4/75/1) for another TD this season and adding another to Hakeem Nicks' stats (five for 2/38/1). Steve Smith was pretty quiet with nine targets for just 4/35/0 - nobody else got over 10 yards receiving during the game. So far this year, Manning has put up 33/54 for 424 yards, five TDs and four interceptions - he's scoring points but also costing his fantasy owners with a lot of turnovers. Manning got some good news at mid-week - his top tight end Kevin Boss has been cleared to resume play after suffering a concussion in week one.

The Titans didn't get much pass pressure from Pittsburgh last week - Dennis Dixon tore cartilage in his knee and couldn't finish the game, while Charlie Batch could only manage 5/11 for 25 yards in relief of Dixon. All told, the Steelers had just 21 yards of net passing offense last week - Tennessee recorded four sacks and six other hits on the Pittsburgh QBs. The Oakland passing attack managed just 23/38 for 151 net yards, one TD and one interception during the first game this year. The Titans are really tough to pass on so far during 2010 - they've turned around their secondary in a big way.

Eli Manning is playing mediocre football so far this year, while the Titans' pass D has been excellent - this looks like a tough matchup for Manning and company.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday, September 21 that he was "frustrated" with Eli Manning's up-and-down play so far this year (47/76 for 485 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown over two games). "I mean there are times when it's tremendous," Coughlin said, "and then other times when it's not." Odell Beckham Jr. was tremendous last week (12 targets for 7/146/1 receiving) - he looks like the elite wide receiver we all expected heading into Week Three, and Larry Donnell (six for 4/28/1 receiving) got into the end-zone last week. Preston Parker (an ex-Giant now) had five drops in the first two games and was released by the team this week. Shane Vereen was central to the passing attack last week with eight targets for 8/76/0 vs. Atlanta.

The Washington pass D is ranked second in the NFL averaging 164.0 net passing yards allowed per game to date, with two pass TDs given out vs. zero interceptions and four sacks generated. The Rams were limited to 17/32 for 150 yards passing with one TD and zero interceptions last weekend.

At FedEx in a crucial NFC East game we think the erratic Manning and company have their work cut out for them - advantage, Washington.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The football world is buzzing over left tackle Ereck Flowers and the Giants’ offensive line, but for all the wrong reasons. Fresh off a poor rookie season, Flowers has been comically bad in pass protection throughout training camp and into 2017. He’s given up four of the Giants’ eight sacks, including two that severely damaged second-quarter drives last week and another that forced a fumble. The abject failures of Flowers and the line as a whole have amplified Eli Manning’s struggles, forcing him into mistakes and a low-impact “attack” that’s produced an anemic 5.56 adjusted yards per attempt. Third-down back Shane Vereen (13 targets), slot man Sterling Shepard (12), and tight end Evan Engram (12) have been the engine for this passing game with Odell Beckham Jr. hobbled, and an engine like that is rarely the sign of a healthy unit generating any dynamism. Brandon Marshall’s contested-ball prowesses has gone for naught, and Beckham’s downfield dominance could struggle to manifest in such a neutered offense. Obviously, his return is deeply impactful and will only improve the Giants’ passing outlook. But it’s fair to wonder just how much impact there can be if Manning can’t deliver the ball to him. Eli Manning has been ineffective thus far, targeted mercilessly by opposing pass rushes, and there’s plenty of reason to expect the Eagles to join the party. Their pass rush is stout, led by early All-Pro candidate Brandon Graham (3 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks) and stud interior rushers Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan (4 and 3.5 combined). There’s enough uncertainty, though, to wonder whether Manning can break out of his shell this week against a banged-up Eagles secondary. Top cornerback Ronald Darby remains out with a dislocated ankle, and the starter on the other side, Jaylen Watkins, was lost in Week 2 to a hamstring strain. Strong safety Rodney McLeod joined Watkins with the same injury later in the game, and both are now very questionable for Week 3. Odell Beckham Jr.’s return should be huge for a receiving corps almost devoid of downfield or playmaking ability. With Darby out, the Eagles lack a shutdown presence in the secondary, and an undermanned unit sets the stage for a potential Beckham eruption.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

NYG Injuries: none
SD Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Pennington wasn't great but protected the ball last week, while tossing 19/30 for 190 yards and 2 TDs (one went to WR Laveranues Coles, 5/68/1, while the other was tossed to FB Jerald Sowell 3/4/1). It was a much improved effort over the week 1 disaster.

The Jags rank 7th in the NFL after 2 weeks, giving up 173.5 passing yards per game and a total of 2 passing TDs to date. They're pretty tough in this phase of the game, but Jacksonville lost key S Donovin Darius this week due to an ACL injury in his left knee. It remains to be seen if Deke Cooper can fill in for Darius.

The Jets have been up and down in this phase of the game, while the Jags are cobbling together a new starting lineup in the secondary. The Jets are trying to keep things moving in the right direction but Jacksonville is tough.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

It’s hard to find a less-inspiring passing game than that of the Jets. Take the fact that 38-year-old Josh McCown, he of the career 78.2 passer rating and 3.2% interception rate, is their runaway top option to start under center. Or, consider that Seahawks castoff Jermaine Kearse, ideally a special-teams ace and run-blocking WR3, has been by far the team’s most efficient receiver. Altogether, this is an offense that’s produced just 176.5 passing yards per game, and a pitiful 4.73 adjusted yards per attempt. There’s a glint of optimism, at least, in the return of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from suspension. Considering his natural abilities and the team’s yard-sale level of pass-catching talent, there’s a decent chance he emerges as a voluminous splash-play threat out of the gate. His matchup is certainly cherry, fresh off a 2016 that saw the Dolphins destroyed by tight ends. Miami’s pass defense was a mixed bag in their 2017 debut. The Dolphins got solid play from cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Maxwell, but their lack of pass rush (three quarterback hits, one sack) allowed Philip Rivers to generally carve up the secondary (31-of-39 passing for a stout 8.49-yard average). Still, this unit is looking at a dream matchup and opportunity to tune up against the woeful Jets offense. On the back end, Howard and Maxwell are absolutely strong enough in man coverage to neutralize the Jets receivers, all of whom are ideally NFL WR3/4 types at best. And Cameron Wake and company will have another crack at pass-rushing success against a poor offensive line. Where the Dolphins are most vulnerable, regardless of matchup, is in defending the tight end position. Over their past 17 games, opposing tight ends have averaged 62.1 yards per game and caught a whopping 11 touchdowns. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in game shape, he could create a few mismatches up the seams and in short yardage.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: none
JAX Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kerry Collins hasn't won a game yet, but he's posting great numbers, with 39/75 for 528 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to date (4/12/0 rushing). He's 4th in the NFL among fantasy QBs. Randy Moss leads the NFL with 10/257/2 so far (Jerry Porter has 8/116/0 in his supporting role).

The Eagles deploy a rough pass D (they have recorded 7 sacks during the first 1 games), allowing an average of 101.5 passing yards per game (2nd in the NFL) and 0 TDs so far in this phase of the game. These guys are tough, with both Brian Dawkins (11 tackles, 0 assists, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble and 3 passes defensed)- 4th in the league - and Michael Lewis (12 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed) among the top ten DB's in the NFL.

As Oakland is visiting the Eagles' house, we give the nod to Philly this week.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Denarius Moore had a coming out party at Buffalo, with eight targets for 5/146/1 receiving in the close loss. 'It was an OK day for me,' said Moore, who didn't have any catches in the opener in Denver. 'I came in, made plays when they called upon me, but overall, the thing is, we took an 'L' today, so we've got to come back, practice (today) and get better.' Moore played in place of injured receivers Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy - to top off the performance, he also had 25 yards on a double reverse. 'I don't want to say I made a (statement) where I can play in the league,' Moore said. 'I'm putting myself on the map where I'm part of the team and can actually make plays to help the team.' Darren McFadden (eight for 7/71/1) and Derek Hagan (eight for 5/61/0) were the other top receivers in week two. The offensive line did their job, not allowing a sack - so far, they've allowed on sack on the young season. 'I would rather give up one or two and win,' RT Khalif Barnes said after the game, but he was part of an effort that allowed Jason Campbell to put up 23/33 for 323 net yards, two TDs and one interception. The Raiders are on a roll in this phase of the game.

Jacksonville was terrible at New York last week, crawling to 11/25 for 91 net yards, zero TDs and four interceptions thrown. To date, the Jets are 11th in the NFL averaging 208.5 net yards allowed per game, with just two passing TDs given up vs. five interceptions and six sacks generated. These guys remain a top NFL D, folks.

Campbell and company did well in Buffalo, but they've got some tough customers coming to Oakland this week. Advantage, New York.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Palmer moved his team around between the 20's in Miami, with 24/48 for 373 yards, but only one TD pass (and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken last week). Tight end Brandon Myers (six for 6/86/0) and fullback Mike Goodson (three for 3/83/1) led the team in receiving, followed by wide receivers Denarius Moore (eight targets for 3/67/0 receiving) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (eight for 4/41/0). Palmer needs his wide receivers to get on the same page with him and start converting more passes into receptions! We'll see how another week of reps improves (or doesn't improve) Moore and Heyward-Bey's chemistry with Palmer.

The Steelers' pass defense enters week three ranked fifth in the NFL, averaging 184.5 net yards allowed per game, with three passing TDs surrendered so far, vs. 0 interceptions and four sacks generated. The Jets managed just 10/27 for 129 net yards, with one TD and zero interceptions thrown (two sacks for -9 yards taken at Pittsburgh last week).

Palmer and company piled up yards last week at Miami, but the Steelers' secondary will be a sterner test of their mettle - advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Terrelle Pryor didn't need to throw the ball much against the Jaguars, so he didn't, posting 5/24 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -17 yards). He did add 9/50/0 rushing to the team total vs. Jacksonville, which helped out his fantasy owners somewhat, but as of the third game of the season Pryor is a marginal fantasy player, as are his receivers (Rod Streater led the team with four targets for 3/42/0 receiving last week, and tight end Mychal Rivera was second on the team with three targets for 3/32/0 receiving). David Ausberry continues to miss games due to his injured shoulder and isn't expected back for the third game of the season on Sunday.

The Denver pass D ranks 28th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (344.0 net yards per contest on average right now), but part of that number is due to the fact that Denver is jumping out to huge leads and forcing their opponents to essentially abandon the running game. The Broncos have twice as many interceptions (six) as they do passing TDs allowed (three) - Denver is first in the league in forcing turnovers in the passing game.

Pryor is limited as a passer and will be a rookie in his first game at thunderous Mile High Stadium. Given the Broncos' ball-hawking ways and the Raiders' limited resources at receiver, we think this is a tough matchup for the young Oakland starter.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Derek Carr out-dueled Joe Flacco last week throwing 30/46 for 351 yards passing, three TDs and one interception during the narrow 37-33 victory. Michael Crabtree (16 targets for 9/111/1 receiving) and Amari Cooper (11 for 7/109/1) were the lead targets for Carr, while Andre Holmes saw four targets for 3/50/0 and Seth Roberts hauled in the other TD (one for 1/12/1). Carr used the wide receivers extensively in this game, only throwing to the Mychal Rivera (five for 3/15/0) and Clive Walford (two for 1/4/0) a combined seven times (out of 46 attempts) for 4/19/0 receiving collectively at the tight end position.

The Browns' pass D is ranked fifth in the NFL currently, averaging 199 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have coughed up four passing scores vs. just one interception generated over two games. The team does have seven sacks so far (tied for fourth in the NFL). Last week, Marcus Mariota posted 21/37 for 257 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Cleveland.

This looks like a tough place to visit for Oakland, but the matchup isn't impossible. With a cupcake Browns' rush D in the other phase, though, Carr may not need to throw the ball a lot in this game.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Donovan McNabb moved the ball at will vs. Dallas on Monday Night Football until late in the game, with 25/37 for 281 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to his credit in the close loss. DeSean Jackson's star continued to rise (although he made a bone-headed move and dropped the football before crossing the goal-line, failing to score an easy TD) with 6/110/0 to his credit, while Brian Westbrook handled the TD (6/45/1). 9 Eagles in all caught at least 1 pass vs. Dallas. McNabb has tossed 46/70 for 642 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions through 2 games (#4 fantasy QB in points-per-game so far).

The Steelers are currently 9th in the league averaging 157 net passing yards allowed per game, with 1 passing TD given up to date. They are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 7 sacks - last week, they dumped Derek Anderson twice on the way to 18/32 for 155 net passing yards allowed, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. The Steelers have an outstanding defensive unit, folks.

McNabb came back down to earth vs. Dallas last week - meanwhile, the Steelers are coming on strong entering week 3. The Eagles have a fight on their hands this week, folks.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Eagles are a very, very lucky 2-0 team - Michael Vick has been terrible about ball security during the first two games of the season, with six interceptions thrown and one fumble lost so far (52/88 for 688 yards passing, three TDs and six interceptions, with 17/66/1 rushing to his credit). One of Vick's top targets, Jeremy Maclin (15 targets for 8/119/2 receiving so far this year), may miss this contest after re-injuring an already-painful hip pointer in the game last Sunday. DeSean Jackson (19 for 11/191/0 receiving) and Brent Celek (19 for 10/122/0) lead the team in targets through two games, while backup TE Clay Harbor has eight targets for 4/35/1 to his credit so far.

Facing a rookie QB in his first start during week one, the Cardinals held Russell Wilson to 18/34 for 139 net yards, one TD and one interception, while generating three sacks. They did a solid job and pressured the passer well during the game - and that was a theme that continued in week two as Tom Brady and the Patriots were upset by the Cardinals 20-18. Brady took four sacks for -19 yards, was hit six other times, and threw just one TD with one interception thrown as well (28/46 for 297 net yards allowed). The Cardinals have seven sacks so far this year, ranking fourth in the NFL, and they currently are 10th in the league averaging 218 net passing yards allowed per game. This defense is making the Cardinals' a viable team each week despite a struggling offensive squad.

The Cardinals' defense has been quite good to start 2012, while Michael Vick has issues coming into week three - advantage, Arizona.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

There was a bright spot for fantasy owners during the Eagles' debacle vs. Dallas on Sunday - Sam Bradford (23/37 for 224 yards, one TD and two interceptions last week) starting throwing the football to Nelson Agholor (six targets for 3/31/0). It wasn't an earth-shattering development, but at least the rookie wideout is getting more involved in the passing attack. Jordan Matthews (nine for 6/80/1) hauled in the TD, while DeMarco Murray showed off his soft hands (five for 5/53/0). There isn't much to get Eagles' fans excited about this team right now, but the Eagles' passing game isn't DOA just yet.

The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (233.5), but they have twice as many interceptions (four, tied for first in the NFL) as TDs allowed (two) so far this year. The Jets have three sacks and have hit opposing quarterbacks regularly so far this season when they don't get the sack. Andrew Luck was pressured into three interceptions on Monday night but wasn't officially sacked during the contest (21/37 for 250 yards passing with one TD throw).

This looks like a tough matchup for Bradford and the herky-jerky Philadelphia passing attack.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Doug Pederson’s exceptionally pass-happy Eagles offense is surprising, but does make sense. It’s indeed where all of his talent lies, so we should expect the trend to continue. Wentz has a gifted if inconsistent all-around playmaker (Alshon Jeffery), a reliable, seam-busting tight end (Zach Ertz), and an occasionally dynamic slot man (Nelson Agholor) to throw to. And through 2 weeks, he’s topped 300 yards and 2 touchdowns twice. There are peripheral concerns here, though. Wentz struggled mightily with the deep ball as a rookie, and thus far in 2017 he’s completed just 7 of 20 passes beyond 15 yards; that 35% rate would’ve ranked dead last among regular starters last season. It caps his upside noticeably, as accomplished deep-ball studs Jeffery and Torrey Smith go to waste a bit. He’s also been beaten around more than usual thus far as his once-elite line has struggled. This remains a flawed passing game, but one that’s at least shown it can flash dynamism. The Giants generally fared well in Week 2 without standout cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and they’re expected to have him back for Week 3. Matthew Stafford and the Lions were ultimately effective through the air, but the Giants only allowed two receptions of note (both touchdowns, which obviously hurt). With him, Apple, and slot man Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the field – as well as a dynamic pass rush – this is a tough team to involve your wideouts much against. Their tight end defense, on the other hand, is an exploitable unit. Through 2 weeks they’ve been worked over by Jason Witten (7 catches for 59 yards and 1 touchdown) and Eric Ebron (5 catches for 42 yards and 1 touchdown).

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

PHI Injuries: none
OAK Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger looked out-of-synch in his return to the field, especially late in the game when he turned the ball over to the Jaguars and threw a string of incomplete passes with the game on the line. He ended the day with 17/31 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions - Nate Washington led the team with 3/32/0 receiving. It was a very disappointing game for fantasy teams that started Steelers.

Against the Chiefs during week 1, the Bengals allowed 23/35 for 230 yards, 1 TD and generated 1 interception - they followed this game up with 20/33 for 244 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions given up to Charlie Frye and the Browns. The Bengals have 7 sacks in 2 games (tied for 8th in the NFL), and continue their ball-hawking ways in the secondary. These guys currently rank 16th in the league allowing 210 net passing yards per game, but their ability to consistently generate turnovers makes this a feared defensive unit.

Roethlisberger had trouble gunning the ball to his receivers last week, and tossed a couple of interceptions in the loss - against the aggressive Bengals defense, he'll have his hands full despite home-field advantage.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger posted a decent performance during week two, with 23/35 for 221 yards, one TD and one interception to his credit. He found all the usual targets, with 5/83/0 going to Santonio Holmes; 6/57/0 to Hines Ward; 3/27/0 landing in Heath Miller's hands, and 3/15/0 going to Mewelde Moore. Mike Wallace also pitched in with 2/13/0. TE Matt Spaeth caught the only TD (2/10/1). It was a credible, workmanlike performance from both the NFL and fantasy perspectives - but not terribly exciting. According to reports out of Pittsburgh this week, Limas Sweed (foot injury) did some running Tuesday, Sept. 22. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Sweed would practice Wednesday, Sept. 23, but that he might be limited due to the injury - it looks like Mike Wallace will probably continue to be the young guy in the mix right now, with Sweed limping. There is a heads-up for Holmes owners on Tuesday - Holmes was spotted at the team's facility icing down a left wrist injury with a large wrap on Monday, September 21. He dinged it on a fall to the turf on Sunday, apparently - Holmes owners will want to monitor his practice participation later in the week, just in case this becomes a big deal (it looks like a minor issue on Wednesday, but we'll wait and see how it responds to practice time).

The Bengals managed to contain Aaron Rodgers and company to just one TD, but gave up 21/39 for 222 net yards en route - they did sack Rodgers six times and get 10 other hits on him, though - DE Antwan Odom was a maniac last Sunday, notching five sacks on his own, along with six solo tackles and a pass defensed. The Bengals lead the NFL through two games with nine sacks, though they have yet to notch an interception this year. They're in the middle of the NFL averaging 224.5 net passing yards allowed to date, with one pass TD given up in each game so far. The powerful pass rush of the Bengals could spell trouble for Roethlisberger, who has absorbed a lot of punishment so far this year (six sacks allowed so far, tied for 25th in the NFL).

Roethlisberger and company came down to normalcy last week, and they face a credible pass D that has a strength in the pass rushing department that plays to a weakness of the Pittsburgh OL (pass protection) - in Paul Brown Stadium, this looks like it might be a tough matchup for the Steelers' passing attack.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Byron Leftwich was re-signed on Monday, September 20th and it looks like he'll back up Charlie Batch this week. Batch crept to 5/11 for 25 yards in relief of Dennis Dixon (torn knee cartilage) last week - all told, the Steelers only had 43 yards passing during the entire game. Mike Wallace was the only guy to go over 10 yards receiving, with 2/25/0 on four targets. Right now, the Pittsburgh passing attack is struggling, folks. We'll see what Batch is able to put together here.

Tampa Bay gave up gave up 21/38 for 236 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Jake Delhomme and Joshua Cribbs in week one of regular season. They held the ho-hum Panthers' passing attack to a mere 13/29 for 159 net yards, one TD and two interceptions last week, posting four sacks and four other hits on the Carolina QBs. So far, the Buccaneers' D has looked good in this phase of the game, but nobody thinks the Cleveland or Carolina passing attacks are particularly powerful.

The Steelers are down to retread QBs in their stable due to injury to Dixon and Roethlisberger's ongoing suspension - against the respectable Buccaneers the Steelers' signal callers will have their hands full in Raymond James Stadium.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Roethlisberger suffered a scary-looking left leg injury vs. Seattle, and spent a lot of time on the ground before missing a snap. 'Pretty scary,' said Roethlisberger. 'Structurally, it felt fine. I didn't feel anything pop so that was the good thing about it. Then it was just a matter of playing through the pain.' Roethlisberger was walking with a slight limp after the game and will be evaluated further as the week goes along. 'I'll be fine and we'll get through it.' he asserted on Monday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is 'going to be fine,' on Tuesday, September 20th. The Steelers' starter put up 22/30 for 298 yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. Seattle, preferring Mike Wallace (nine targets for 8/126/1 receiving) and Antonio Brown (six for 4/67/0) last week. Emmanuel Sanders (three for 2/44/0) and Hines Ward (six for 4/33/0) rounded out the top four receivers last week.

Indianapolis is currently tenth in the NFL averaging 207 net passing yards allowed per game with two TDs allowed, two interceptions, and two sacks so far this year. Cleveland managed 22/32 for 197 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing last week.

Roethlisberger and company got well in week two, but they face a stiff pass D in week three - this looks like a tough assignment for the visiting Steelers.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger came back down to earth in Week 2 (22/37 for 217 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception) after a big game in Week 1 (23/34 for 365 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown). He has taken five sacks for -29 yards so far this season - the pass blocking needs to improve to keep Roethlisberger upright during 2014. Antonio Brown (12 targets for 7/90/0) and Markus Wheaton (eight for 5/38/0) saw the most targets last week, followed by Heath Miller (six for 4/35/0) and LeVeon Bell (five for 5/48/0). These four guys make up the backbone of the receiving corps in Pittsburgh this season.

The Panthers' pass D held Josh McCown to 22/35 for 162 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with three sacks for -21 yards generated in the first regular season game. They followed up by limiting the scoring of Matthew Stafford and company in Week 2 (27/48 for 253 net yards allowed, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -38 yards), without their top DE Greg Hardy who was inactivated by the team under pressure from team owner Jerry Richardson, just an hour or so before the game started. Hardy is supposedly going to play this week, but he was supposed to last week, too. The latest news is that the NFL may intervene and punish Hardy based on a recent domestic violence conviction that Hardy is appealing. This is a fluid situation - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later in the week if Hardy is on your IDP roster.

Carolina has a great defense and they hold home-field advantage in this game - this is a tough matchup for Roethlisberger and company.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger destroyed the 49ers with 21/27 for 369 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions last week. Antonio Brown torched the 49ers for 11 targets yielding 9/195/1 receiving, and Darrius Heyward-Bey looks like he's found a home in the NFL with five targets for 4/77/1 receiving during Week Two. Heath Miller accounted for 2/15/1 on two targets last week, and Markus Wheaton hauled in 2/67/0 on four chances. It's all going well for the Steelers' offense entering Week Three, and they get Le'Veon Bell back in action in this contest as well.

The Rams' pass D ranks 10th in the NFL currently, averaging 205.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores given up vs. one interception and an impressive eight sacks so far (tied for second in the NFL). Last week, Kirk Cousins posted 23/27 for 203 yards passing with one TD and zero interceptions against the Rams, right on their usual pace. This unit is the strength of the Rams' defense.

On balance it looks like the Steelers have a tougher-than-usual passing matchup here but Roethlisberger and company are so hot you can't sit them unless you are absolutely stacked at quarterback - Brown is essentially a must-start regardless of matchup.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger had 19/37 for 259 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. the Bengals last weekend, and is currently the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land with 46/74 for 559 yards passing, six TDs and three interceptions thrown through two weeks, with two rushes for 12 yards so far this year. Antonio Brown is the eighth-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the land, with 12/165/2 through two games - Jesse James is the 15th-ranked fantasy tight end with 8/60/1 so far. On Wednesday, September 21 head coach Mike Tomlin said Markus Wheaton (shoulder) looks 'ready to go,' though Tomlin indicated that Wheaton's participation in practice leading up to Week Three would determine his availability. The Steelers are getting healthier as September rolls along.

The Eagles' pass defense has generated six sacks and two interceptions while allowing zero TD passes through two games, and currently sits at fifth in the NFL averaging 194 yards passing allowed per game. Over the first two weeks of the season, Philadelphia has averaged just 11.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); and 16.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-least in the league); with 2.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (least in the NFL). This is a vastly improved pass defense that is playing quite well in Philadelphia right now.

Advantage, Eagles.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

PIT Injuries: none
NE Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Philip Rivers was sacked 3 times last week and hurried many more - he ended up with 19/30 for 179 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions, but looked lost and frustrated more than once during the game vs. New England. As usual, Antonio Gates led the receiving corps with 7/77/1, while Vincent Jackson assisted with 4/53/0 - nobody else broke through 25 yards receiving during the contest. Rivers needs to regain his focus and concentration this week - he looked pretty bad during long stretches of the game this past Sunday.

The Packers rank 14th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 205.5 net yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs handed over to date. They have only 3 sacks this year, tied for 23rd in the NFL. Last week, the Packers held the Giants to 20/40 for 231 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception - not too bad, considering how Burress and Manning went off in week 1.

Rivers has been streaky during the initial weeks of 2007, while the Packers bring a hungry, veteran secondary to the dance at Lambeau this week. Advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Antonio Gates was unable to practice last week due to his sore ribs, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. 'I always hold out hope that he can play,' head coach Norv Turner said after the game, regarding Gates' game-time decision (Turner made Gates inactive). 'It would've been too big a risk for him to have further injury. We weren't being cautious... With Gates, it's going to be a day-to-day thing. We'll see how he improves.' Without Gates in the lineup, Dante Rosario did a great 'Gates impression' at tight end, scoring all three of the TD receptions (four targets for 4/48/3) doled out by Philip Rivers (24/32 for 284 yards passing, with three TDs and one interception, while taking four sacks for -16 yards) last week. Malcom Floyd led the team with eight targets for 6/109/0 receiving, while Robert Meachem whiffed on all four of the passes that came his way. Another tight end, Ladarius Green, was third on the team in receiving last week with on target for 1/31/0 to his credit.

In week one, the Falcons coughed up 21/33 for 241 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to the Chiefs (while generating three sacks for -17 yards, with four other hits on Matt Cassel). They buckled down at home on Monday Night Football, though, limiting Peyton Manning and company to 24/37 for 218 net yards, with just one passing TD vs. three interceptions thrown - Manning was sacked three times for -23 yards and also hit six other times. The team made the adjustment to losing Brent Grimes with little problem, it appears. With five interceptions through two games, the Falcons are tied for first in the NFL in this category.

Rivers and his receivers haven't lit up the skies yet, and he may go without Gates again this week (though Dante Rosario did a great job in relief of Gates last week, without a doubt). With the ball-hawking Falcons in their path this week, we think the Chargers have a tougher-than-usual matchup ahead.

Weather: The forecastr for Qualcomm Stadium calls for a high of 69F with a low of 58F and a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day for tailgating and sitting in the stands down in San Diego.

SD Injuries: none
NYG Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

'For whatever reason, we didn't move the ball at all,' receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said after the game on Sunday. 'The exception [was] that one drive before halftime when Matt got injured.' Unfortunately, the Seahawks appear to be preparing for a game without Hasselbeck ('Right now, we'll probably do that - unless we get word otherwise' said head coach Jim Mora on Tuesdday), as Hasselbeck tries to get healthy after suffering a fractured rib last week. He did not practice Wednesday, and coach Mora indicated that he might miss practice Thursday, but Mora is not ruling Hasselbeck out for the week three game as of mid-week.Seneca Wallace can be effective in Hasselbeck's place (141/242 for 1532 passing yards, 11 TDs and 3 interceptions over 10 games last season while Hasselbeck's bad back sidelined him). Wallace threw for 15/23 for 127 yards, one TD and one interception in relief of Hasselbeck last week. Houshmandzadeh (4/62/0), Justin Forsett (6/57/0), John Carlson (6/46/0) and Nate Burleson (4/46/0) led the team in receiving last week.

The Bears' pass D ranks in the top-ten after two games, with an average of 176.5 net yards allowed per contest and two passing TDs handed over so far. They have amassed six sacks so far this year, but only one interception (of Ben Roethlisberger last week - 23/35 for 203 yards, one TD and one interception). Seattle is tied for the league lead with only one sack given up to date, though - the Bears may have a hard time bringing pressure to bear on Wallace this week.

The Seahawks are in flux in this phase of the game due to Hasselbeck's injury and they face a solid pass D this week - that sounds like a tough matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck has been up and down in the first two games of the season, with 18/23 for 170 yards, two TDs and one interception in the season-opening upset of San Francisco, but then he regressed to toss 20/35 for 233 yards, one TD and three interceptions in the loss at Denver (he did add a nice 20-yard TD scamper to pad his fantasy stats last week, though). Some good news came out of the Denver game - Golden Tate made his first NFL catch (two targets with 1/52/0), and four other Seattle receivers went over 30 yards receiving - Deon Butler (eight targets for 5/50/0); John Carlson (ten targets for 5/48/0); Deion Branch (seven for 4/31/0) and Ben Obomanu (two for 2/30/0). Hasselbeck has got enough capable receivers to make this offense hum, but the big block of turnovers isn't helping his team or his fantasy owners.

The Chargers are currently eighth in the NFL averaging 170.5 net yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs given up and four interceptions generated. Jacksonville's starter, David Garrard, was taken apart by the Chargers for 15/23 yielding 173 passing yards, one TD and four interceptions last week. Eventually he and Luke McCown compiled 26/42 for 279 net passing yards, one TD and four interceptions. In week one of the regular season, Matt Cassel could only muster 68 net yards passing and one TD vs. the Chargers.

Hasselbeck has been hot and cold to start the year, while the Chargers' secondary is creating turnovers and limiting scoring during the early going. Advantage, San Diego.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Shaun Hill didn't need to throw the ball a ton last week as Frank Gore reeled off 207 yards rushing vs. Seattle - Hill played within his capabilities and protected the football, ending up with 19/26 for 144 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions. Isaac Bruce (8 targets for 4/35/0), Vernon Davis (6 for 2/32/0) and Frank Gore (5 for 5/39/0) were his primary receivers last week - Gore actually led the team with his 39 yards receiving. The 49ers pass offense is not a fantasy points juggernaut as you can see (Hill is the 26th ranked fantasy QB through two games, with 37/57 for 353 yards, one TD and zero interceptions. OC Jimmy Raye reflected on the win over Seattle saying 'We had a 16-play drive today and a 13-play drive, and we got three points off each one. We have to finish those drives with touchdowns. But we managed the clock well... If we can run the ball and if we get the breakout plays, if we get the short throws and completions... we'll be pretty good.' Short throws and completions - that describes Hills afternoon last week, with a long pass of 17 yards (to Vernon Davis) - all his other receivers averaged 8.8 or less yards per reception.

The Vikings' pass defense is currently fifth in the NFL allowing 157.5 net yards per game entering week three (two pass TDs given up over two weeks of action). They are tied for third in the NFL with seven sacks so far, and tied for fifth in the NFL with three interceptions generated. Rookie Matthew Stafford was held to 18/30 for 136 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions last week (Minnesota sacked him twice and had two other hits on the QB). So far, in a reverse of last season, the Vikings' pass D is proving to be more stubborn than the rushing D (which is currently 15th in the NFL vs. the rush).

Hill is a capable QB, but he doesn't make many big plays and the 49ers aren't asking him to right now - meanwhile, the Vikings have a top-five pass D that is playing well in all categories vs. opposing passers. This is a tough matchup for the 49ers.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Marc Bulger is running for his life behind the leaky St Louis OL (10 sacks allowed to date, 6 given up last week to the New York Giants) - RG Richie Incognito and C Nick Leckey in particular are struggling to keep rushers at bay. Unfortunately for Bulger (28th fantasy QB in points per game, with 34/58 for 335 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to date), Seattle leads the NFL with 9 sacks through 2 games (they dumped J.T. O'Sullivan 8 times last week). Only Torry Holt has managed a TD catch this year (6/76/1 last week), and that was a minor miracle as Holt was laying on his back in the end zone when the ball caromed off a defender's fingers onto his chest.

"Wow," Holt said on Sunday after the 41-13 loss to the Giants, when he heard that the defense has given up almost 1000 combined yards in 2 games. "That's all I can say is, wow. They've got some cleaning up to do. And we've got to do a better job of trying to score some points." It may take a lot of doing for Holt and company to overcome their patchwork OL's flaws.

As noted above, the Seahawks lead the NFL in sacks after last week, but they are also 27th in the league averaging 252 net passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing scores given up to date, after O'Sullivan threw for 20/32 for 272 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in the contest. At least Seattle will have the home crowd at their back on Sunday.

Two shaky units clash in this contest - the glaring flaw of the Rams plays into a team strength in Seattle, though, meaning this is likely to be a tough matchup for Bulger and company (again).

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Sam Bradford bounced back from the week one loss to engineer a 31-28 win over Washington in week two - he threw 26/35 for 310 net yards, three TDs and one interception during the game, with two sacks taken for -9 yards. Danny Amendola dominated the Redskins with 16 targets for 15/160/1 receiving, followed by Brandon Gibson (four for 2/53/1), Steve Smith (five for 3/39/0) and Lance Kendricks (two for 2/25/0 receiving). Heading into week three, Bradford and company are on an upswing. We'll see if Bradford can maintain the momentum against the forbidding Chicago defense.

The Bears' secondary contained Green Bay in week two, holding Aaron Rodgers and company to 23/33 for 215 net yards, two TDs and one interception (five sacks for -31 yards and 12 other hits on the quarterback last week). Rookie Andrew Luck tossed 23/45 for 293 net yards, one TD and three interceptions at Chicago in week one (he was sacked three times for -16 yards, and hit five more times). To date, the Bears are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks generated, while the Rams are tied for 25th in the NFL with six allowed.

Bradford will have a lot of heat on him from the Bears' attacking pass rushers - this looks like a tough matchup for the St. Louis signal caller.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brian Griese led the Bucs to victory last week, tossing 18/31 for 160 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. Ike Hilliard has been steady this season with 6 targets in each contest for a total of 10/86/1 (4/41/0 receiving last week), while Joey Galloway could only go for 1/2 the game last week (4 for 2/18/0) due to a foot sprain that landed him on crutches after the contest. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along, but Galloway's availability for this game is in question as of midweek. TE John Gilmore (2 for 2/41/1) and TE Alex Smith (6 for 2/20/0) were the other main cogs in the passing attack last week.

The Bears severely limited Jake Delhomme and the Panthers last week, giving up only 12/21 for 102 net yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception while ringing up 3 sacks on Delhomme. The Bears have 5 sacks so far this year, tied for 10th in the NFL, and currently average 171 passing yards given up per contest (11th) with only 1 pass TD surrendered to date. This D looks for real entering week 3.

Griese is capable but not explosive at this point, with injury worries among his receiving corps - meanwhile, the Bears are playing stalwart pass D and they have home field advantage at their back. This is a tough matchup for Tampa.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Give credit where credit is due - Byron Leftwich is making some big throws week in and week out right now - he had a 42-yard TD pass last week and also a 38-yard completion to Kellen Winslow and Maurice Stovall, respectively (26/50 for 296 yards, three TDs and two interceptions). He's currently the fifth ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 51/91 for 572 yards, four TDs and two interceptions over two contests. His teams' D is bottom tier in both phases of the game, leaving Leftwich and company in a chase position often so far during 2009 - that's bad for Buccaneer fans but it is good for fantasy owners of Leftwich. Even without top WR Antonio Bryant (out with knee trouble last week, reported to be a bone bruise - he was limited in practice on Wednesday, but the team hopes he can play week three), Leftwich made hay with Kellen Winslow (10 targets for 7/90/1), Maurice Stovall (6 for 3/80/0), Cadillac Williams (9 for 7/56/1), Michael Clayton (4 for 2/27/0), and Jerramy Stevens (9 for 3/24/1). Leftwich is also getting good pass blocking so far, with only two sacks surrendered by his OL.

The Giants are currently fourth in the NFL averaging 157 net passing yards allowed per game, with only two TDs given up. They've racked up three sacks and four interceptions to date - Tony Romo was intercepted three times last week and held to 13/29 for 127 net yards, with just one TD (CB Bruce Johnson ran one of the interceptions back for a TD). It's not easy to move the ball through the air when the Giants are lined up across from you.

Leftwich is on a roll, but it won't be easy to sustain the momentum when the Giants show up at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. Advantage, New York.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

'There is no doubt about it, some of the best plays he [Josh Freeman] made are just how happy you are about the decisions he made,' said head coach Raheem Morris. 'They were great decisions, great moments that could have been big time positive plays for the Carolina Panthers and he didn't give them. Sometimes we say, 'the best play is the one you don't make.' He absolutely proved that true yesterday.' However, Freeman did manage to throw two TDs (12/24 for 178 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions), finding Mike Williams (seven targets for 2/54/1) and Earnest Graham (six for 5/33/1) for six points each, while leaning on Kellen Winslow to move the chains (four targets for 4/83/0). So far this year, Freeman has amassed 29/52 for 360 yards, four TDs and one interception with 6/77/0 receiving to land at tenth among all fantasy QBs in points scored.

The Steelers intercepted Vince Young twice and recovered one fumble from him, eventually forcing him to the bench in favor of Kerry Collins. All told, the Titans managed 24/35 for 192 net yards, one TD and three interceptions last week, while taking four sacks and one other QB hit. During the season opener they limited Atlanta to 27/44 for 237 net yards, zero TDs with one interception generated. So far the Pittsburgh pass D has been solid across the board.

Freeman and company have played well against their first two opponents, but he's got a stern test ahead when the ferocious Steelers' D rolls into Raymond James Stadium.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jameis Winston had an almost mirror-image day in Week Two (27/52 for 243 yards passing, one TD and four interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -22 yards) compared to Week One (23/33 for 281 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown - he wasn't sacked at all during the game), tossing a disastrous four interceptions against just one TD at Arizona last weekend. Mike Evans caught 35% of the 17 passes thrown his way (6/70/1 receiving), while Vincent Jackson was under 50% with nine targets for 4/44/0 receiving - Adam Humphries as the only efficient receiver last weekend, with eight targets for 6/67/0. Winston has run hot-and-cold over the first two games of the year.

The Rams' defense has also run cold-and-hot, getting blanked 0-28 in the season opener but then holding the Seahawks to three points during Week Two. Over the first two weeks of the season, L.A. has averaged 14.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-least in the NFL); and 15 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fourth-least); with 6.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th in the league). So far, the pass defense has been decent, averaging 204.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with just one passing score given out, despite having zero interceptions and just two sacks generated.

Winston was off-target in Week Two - and he has a tough matchup to face here in Week Three.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kerry Collins threw two TDs last week and amassed 21/33 for 216 yards, while throwing just one interception. He hit Chris Johnson for a monster 69 yard strike, and also threw a TD pass to Nate Washington (Washington's first as a Titan). Johnson led the team in receiving last week with 9/87/1, while Alge Crumpler (4/44/0) and Washington (4/36/1) both hauled in four catches. WRs Justin Gage (2/27/0) and Kenny Britt (2/22/0) also chipped in during Johnson's amazing afternoon. Rookie tight end Jared Cook made his NFL debut on Sunday but didn't make a catch - the Titans threw to him twice during the contest. After two games, Collins has piled up 43/68 for 460 yards, three TDs and two interceptions (18th-best fantasy QB in the land), but hasn't managed to notch a 'W' in the win column yet.

The Titans will have to wait at least another week for a 'W' if the Jets have their way - New York is currently ninth in the NFL averaging 180.5 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have yet to allow either a passing or a rushing TD this season. Three field goals is the sum total of scoring allowed by the Jets' D through two contests, friends. They have two sacks and two interceptions to their credit. Even Tom Brady and his crew couldn't find the end zone vs. New York (23/47 for 216 yards, zero TDs and one interception last week).

Collins is playing well this year and his new-look receiving corps is rounding into form, but going into the Meadowlands against the 2009 version of the Jets is no picnic - advantage, New York.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Titans passing attack, and offense as a whole, started out very sluggish last week against a tough Jaguars secondary. Marcus Mariota looked sloppy in the first half, but he really turned it around on the other side of halftime, completing six of nine passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Delanie Walker continues to showcase his connection with Mariota as he led the team in receiving yards for a second week in a row (while also adding a career-first rushing touchdown last week). Rishard Matthews made a couple of big plays on one drive but was otherwise quiet. Corey Davis was ineffective for three-quarters before leaving with a hamstring injury similar to what he was dealing with throughout training camp. He would later return to help with run-blocking but is still listed as day-to-day. The stats did not look eye-popping for this passing offense last week, but much of that was due to the game script as the Titans centered their offense around the run during the second half to protect their lead. The Seahawks pass defense has allowed only 5.9 yards per pass attempt in their first two games, including Week 1 against Aaron Rodgers. The sample is small, but this is one of the most feared secondaries in the league with some serious talent at most positions. Bobby Wagner had Brian Hoyer’s number last week as he read Hoyer like a book, defending two passes while intercepting one. Both safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor continue to look solid this year in defending over the top. Delanie Walker will have a tough time finding space in the middle against these linebackers and safeties, Corey Davis likely will not be 100%, and Rishard Matthews should see a lot of Richard Sherman.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jason Campbell bounced back from a sorry season opener vs. New York (15/27 for 133 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions, with most of the completions happening in "garbage time", late in the contest) to post an impressive 24/36 for 321 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions passing vs. New Orleans during week 2. As usual, Santana Moss (9 targets for 7/164/1) and Antwaan Randle-El (6 targets for 4/53/0) led the way, while TE Chris Cooley also got his just deserts with 6 targets for 5/72/0. The passing attack was much more "in synch" during week 2 and appears to be heading in the right direction as of week 3.

The Cardinals held Arizona held J.T. O'Sullivan to 14/20 for 183 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception while notching 4 sacks in the season opener, and followed up by frustrating Miami's Chad Pennington and Chad Henne (17/32 for 164 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) in the 2nd game of the year. The Cards posted 2 sacks to bring their season total to 6, among the top tier of pass rushing performance in the NFL to date. It looks like Arizona is for real entering week 3, folks.

Campbell has been down and then up in this phase of the game entering 2008, while the Cardinals have been consistently solid. Despite the home field advantage behind Washington, this is a tough matchup for the Redskins.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Rex Grossman was able to engineer a second 'W' last week with 25/43 for 291 yards, two TDs and two interceptions to his credit vs. Arizona. Fred Davis (seven targets for 6/86/1), Jabar Gaffney (eight for 5/62/0) and Santana Moss (nine for 5/61/1) were the top receivers during the game. To date, Grossman is the 12th-ranked fantasy QB in the land with 46/77 for 596 yards, four TDs and two interceptions to his credit - so far, so good for the Redskins.

Dallas has the league's 16th-ranked pass D through two games, averaging 223.5 net yards allowed per contest and four TDs given up vs. two interceptions and 10 sacks generated (the Cowboys lead the league in sacks so far this year, while Washington is tied for 17th with five sacks allowed). Alex Smith was dumped for six sacks and nine hits on the QB last week en route to 16/24 for 132 net yards, two TDs and one interception. The Cowboys' pass D is getting stronger as we move through September.

Grossman has played well so far this year, but at the deafening Cowboys' Stadium on Monday Night Football he's got a tough path to tread. Advantage, Dallas.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Washington Redskins Passing Offense Free agent Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kirk Cousins is 5/17 for 34 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the red zone so far this year. Last season, he was 50-for-78 for 345 yards, 22 touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. On September 20, head coach Jay Gruden said Cousins still has the coaching staff's 'total faith' despite the rough beginning to the season. Cousins ranks third in the league in passing yards (693), but he has only one touchdown versus three interceptions so far this year. We'll see if the visit to divisional-rival New York sparks an improvement in Cousins - the top Washington wide receiver so far this season (PPR scoring) is Jamison Crowder, with 12/97/1 receiving (30th-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the land). Jordan Reed checks in at eighth among fantasy tight ends with 12/134/0 to his credit.

The Giants' pass defense is currently 13th in the NFL averaging 237.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with just one passing score given out vs. zero interceptions and two sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Giants have averaged 14.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (sixth-least in the NFL); and 18.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-least); with 5.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-least).

This is a tough matchup for the visiting Cousins and company.

WAS Injuries: none
FA Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Atlanta is a run-first, defense-second, pass-third operation. 23/42 for 279 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception reflects Mike Vick's passing game this year. He's the 11th best fantasy QB so far during 2005, but that's due to his presence in the rushing game (19/111/1). Vick is not an elite passer. He's not even an average passer, as of week 3, 2005. Brian Finneran led the team in fantasy points among receivers last week, with 5/35/1. TE Alge Crumpler snagged 3/53/0 in the losing effort. 12 completions represent Vick's best effort this season. Don't count on Falcon's receivers to anchor your receiving corps, folks.

Buffalo is 1st in the NFL allowing an average of 76 passing yards per game, with 0 passing scores surrendered to date. As they are suspect in the ground game (30th in the NFL), it would not be surprising to see Atlanta focus on running the ball this week.

Vick is not exciting in this phase of the game, while Buffalo is very strong. Advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Falcons passing offense was relatively quiet last week in a game that favored their rushing offense due to establishing a 24-7 halftime lead. Matt Ryan was efficient as he completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown. Ryan relied almost entirely on the services of Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu last week, with that duo accounting for a combined 10 receptions and 193 yards—hogging over 50% of Matt Ryan’s targets. Julio Jones crossed the 100-yard threshold here, leading the team with nine targets as Ryan fed him early and often with eight four of his receptions and 95 yards all coming in the first half. Despite missing the end zone again, this is a nice bounce-back for Jones after being relatively under-utilized in Week 1. The Lions secondary has been on fire this season, leading the league with 16 passes defended along with four interceptions. Glover Quin is an intimidating presence over the top, while Darius Slay continues to be one of the top cornerbacks in football. Slay only allowed 15 yards after contact last week while breaking up two would-be touchdowns. Slot cornerback Quandre Diggs has made a huge turnaround thus far this season after finishing as one of the worst cornerbacks in the league last season. Diggs played well in Week 1 and smothered Sterling Shepherd last week, allowing him only two receptions for 17 yards. The edge rushing combination of Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel has also been very effective for the Lions, with Ansah contributing to three of their five sacks last week. This defensive line and secondary should present a challenge for the high-powered Falcons offense.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

ATL Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

J.P. Losman has played poorly to open 2007 (29/46 for 251 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception through the first 2 games), limiting Lee Evans (and his suffering fantasy owners) to 4/22/0 to date. Roscoe Parrish has converted 11 targets into 8/81/0 to lead the team in receiving so far, but an average of 40 yards per game isn't going to win many fantasy trophies, folks. So far, the Bills' passing attack has been DOA on game day.

The Patriots' defense ranks 1st in the NFL vs. the rush and is 5th vs. the pass, giving up an average of 158 net passing yards per game (4 passing TDs allowed through 2 games). They are 4th in the NFL with 8 sacks through 2 games, and have generated 2 interceptions. Philip Rivers couldn't do much against the Pats last week, notching 19/30 for 179 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. New England, while being sacked 3 times. These guys are good.

Losman hasn't produced much in the passing phase to date, and he'll have a hard time suddenly improving against the top-shelf Patriots - the home team has a huge edge in this game.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Bills passing offense has predictably struggled this season, particularly last week as Tyrod Taylor passed for only 125 yards with the Bills only managing to post one field goal. The Bills played even worse than their offensive numbers suggest as a good chunk of their total yardage came in garbage time on their last drive. Jordan Matthews has only been targeted six times this season, while Charles Clay started strong in Week 1 before plummeting last week with only three receptions for 23 yards. The Bills receivers did not gain more than 15 yards on a single play last week as Tyrod Taylor struggled to push the ball downfield against a tough Panthers secondary. The Bills matchup woes get even worst this week as they square off against the elite Broncos defense. This secondary is loaded with talent, making for a bad matchup for every offensive position. Even with the Bills receivers likely to draw plenty of one-on-one matchups, the mismatch in talent should prove to be too skewed to overcome as the Broncos have arguably the strongest secondary in the NFL with Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby. On top of the secondary, Von Miller is playing on another level right now as he faces a couple of Bills tackles that have struggled in pass protection this season.

Weather: The weather service says that the high will be around 75F and the low at 59F with a 30% chance of rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. If the rain comes down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: none
ATL Injuries: none


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

'We are trying to find out who can play,' coach John Fox said. 'LaFell had a little hamstring issue last week. David Gettis is a guy that we like. Without looking at the tape, he made some plays today... We are still looking at that wide receiver spot. Dwayne played. He had a role. We only had three receivers dress for the game.' Evidently, Fox has decided that Matt Moore can't play, as he's been benched in favor of rookie Jimmy Clausen. Clausen didn't set the world on fire when he was thrown into the week two game in relief of Moore (7/13 for 59 yards, zero TDs and one interception), but at 0-2 Fox and company are trying to spark the offense somehow. It remains to be seen if Clausen and Steve Smith (who missed training camp due to a broken arm and therefore has limited reps with the new starter) have any chemistry at all. Frankly, this may be a good week to avoid all the Panthers' receivers, as rookie QBs almost always struggle mightily in their first pro start. Also, Steve Smith has a sore wrist that limited his practice participation on Wednesday and Brandon LaFell was out due to his sore hamstring, which means Smith and LaFell aren't getting needed reps with the new starter.

Cincinnati tore down veteran Joe Flacco last week, victimizing him for four interceptions en route to a 17/39 for 150 net yards, one-TD finish. So far this year the Bengals have averaged 204 net passing yards allowed per game, with four TDs allowed and four interceptions generated so far. They are tied for last in the NFL with just one sack through two games, though.

Clausen is likely to have a very conservative game plan to follow, and he faces an opportunistic Bengals' D. This looks like a bad week to be invested in the Carolina passing attack.

Weather: The forecast for Dolphin Stadium calls for a high of 91F with a low of 77F and a 30% chance of rain. If the rains come down hard at game time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

CAR Injuries: none
MIA Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

"We're 0-2 and we're going to get to work, and we're going to go beat the New York Giants. That's all we can do. We're not going to sit here and whine about it. We lost the game. We didn't play good enough to win — point blank — so we didn't deserve to win. We're going to take the criticism and we're going to get it corrected. We're going to work better and get after it." — Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis after the 24-7 loss to Tennessee. Said quarterback Carson Palmer: "We just need to try to find a way to stay positive. The best way to look at our situation is that we're 0-2, we're by no means out of the playoffs, and we've got a definite uphill battle ahead of us." Palmer has been awful this year, slinging 16/27 for 134 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. Tennessee and posting totals of 26/52 for 233 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions to date this season (35th ranked fantasy QB in points per game). Needless to say, none of the usual fantasy favorites from Cincy have thrived while Palmer struggles - Chad Johnson was second on the team in receiving last week with 4/37/0 behind the great DeDe Dorsey (2/49/0).

The Giants frustrated Marc Bulger last week to the tune of 20/32 for 133 net yards, 1 (miracle) TD and 1 interception - Torry Holt made a circus grab lying flat on his back in the end-zone for the lucky TD. Right now, teams average 129 net passing yards per game vs. New York, with 2 passing scores given up vs. 7 sacks generated (tied for 3rd in the NFL). The Bengals have allowed 3 sacks to date, but expect that number to go up when they leave Giants' Stadium this week.

Palmer has been awful while the Giants have played brilliantly to start the season - advantage, New York.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 82F and a low of 61F on Sunday, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until after the game, but if it comes down hard during the game footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

CIN Injuries: none
CHI Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Charlie Frye has not been explosive in the passing game, tossing 16/27 for 132 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions week 1, followed up with 20/33 for 244 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions during week 2. His rushing efforts (10/54/2 through 2 games) have helped salvage his fantasy value, but other than Kellen Winslow II (12/105/1 through 2 games, 4th best fantasy TE to date), the receivers in Cleveland are struggling to produce. Braylon Edwards checks into the WR list at 39th, with 6/133/0 to date to lead the WR stable. In off-field news this week, Winslow criticized the coaching staff for being too conservative and not playing him enough. This didn't sit well with head coach Crennel, who called a meeting with Winslow and stated to the press "I'm the head coach and I'm the guy who calls the shots. If he has displeasure with the shots that are being called, he should address them to me first. I'm calling the shots." Winslow owners can hope that he hasn't landed in the doghouse with his head coach - time will tell.

The Ravens have surrendered 6 points in 2 games, and are 3rd in the NFL vs. the pass right now (averaging 119.5 passing yards allowed per game). Andrew Walter managed 10/27 for 162 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions vs. the Ravens last week. The Ravens have 9 sacks (tied for 3rd in the NFL), 1 forced fumble, 6 interceptions (1st in the league, with one returned for a TD) and 22 passes defensed (1st in the NFL to date) over the first 2 games this season. Got the picture.

Cleveland looks like it's in for a painful home game on Sunday.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Seneca Wallace kept the Browns in the game until mid-way through the fourth quarter last week, notching 16/31 for 229 yards, one TD and one interception en route to a close 14-16 loss. He added just 1/4/0 rushing in his first start as a Brown. Joshua Cribbs was his most successful target in week two (five targets for 3/74/1), while Ben Watson (six for 4/62/0) and the running backs Jerome Harrison (three for 3/35/0) and Peyton Hillis (three for 3/26/0) rounded out the top four receivers on the team. Brian Robiskie continues to struggle to convert targets (five) to receptions (1/12/0) and should be relegated to the bench (if you are stubborn enough to still have him on a roster). Jake Delhomme is considered week-to-week because of his ankle injury and the injury makes him a dicey proposition for week three - Wallace may well get an extended audition as the Browns' starter due to Delhomme's injury. TE Evan Moore, who suffered a concussion in week two, is reportedly not being ruled out of the game for week three. Keep an eye on Footballguys.com's players in the news later this week for the latest on these developing situations.

Last year, the Ravens tied for eighth in the NFL averaging 207.2 pass yards allowed per game, with 17 passing TDs given up vs. 22 interceptions generated (and they posted 32 sacks as a unit). Mark Sanchez and the Jets managed a mere 10/21 for 60 yards in week one against this bunch, and Carson Palmer was held without a score in week two (16/35 for 159 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions with one sack and seven other hits on the QB). Despite their injury woes entering regular season, this unit is as solid as ever.

The Browns have a bad matchup on the road at their divisional rivals the ex-Browns.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

CLE Injuries: none
IND Injuries: none


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Dak Prescott and company received the benefit of an unnaturally pass-heavy game script last week as Prescott attempted a career-high 50 passes, completing 60% of them for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott also made a few costly mistakes though, coughing up two interceptions—one of which went to Aqib Talib in the end zone, who ran it back 102 yards for a touchdown. Prescott really forced the ball to his primary weapons on offense, targeting Dez Bryant a staggering 16 times and Jason Witten 13 times. Bryant was well covered for most of the game, hauling in only seven receptions for 59 yards with a touchdown. Witten led the offense with 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown as well. It is worth noting that Dak Prescott seemingly sustained an ankle injury during the second half last week, but he finished the game and did not appear on Monday’s injury report. Keep an eye out by Thursday for any significant updates on Prescott’s status for the weekend. The Cardinals secondary started with a rough showing in Week 1 against the Lions, but they bounced back with a much better outing against a struggling Colts offense last week. Patrick Peterson did an excellent job shutting down T.Y. Hilton, while Tyrann Mathieu held Kamar Aiken to only a 33% catch rate (3 of 9 targets) out of the slot. Both Tyvon Branch and Antoine Bethea have played well over the top so far this season also, limiting the Colts to only one play of 20 or more yards last week. Cole Beasley will have a tough time out of the slot, while Dez Bryant will likely draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Cardinals Linebacker Haason Reddick struggled in pass coverage last week allowing a number of catches to tight end Jack Doyle, so look for some upside from Jason Witten if he can find space in the middle of the field as the Cardinals linebackers have not played well in their first two games this season.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

DAL Injuries: none
SF Injuries: none


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Brett Favre overcame his opening week disappointment to throw 32/44 for 342 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions during week 2. With Javon Walker out of the lineup, Donald Driver saw 8 targets and snagged 6/105/1, while Robert Ferguson (4/47/1 on 7 targets) and Antonio Chatman both hauled in 4 receptions (4/71/0). FB Tony Fisher grabbed the other TD (1/4/1). One concern this week is TE Bubba Franks' status - he may be forced to miss this game due to his sore knee. Franks owners should check the Thursday/Friday injury reports for the latest on Franks.

Tampa is 4th in the NFL so far, giving up a mere 157.5 passing yards per game, with 0 passing scores to date. Tampa led the league last year with an average of 161.2 passing yards allowed per game - they are on pace to match or surpass last year's numbers.

Favre comes into this game hot, but he'll have to deal with a hard charging pass D on Sunday. We like the guy but this is as tough a matchup as he'll find.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

GB Injuries: none
TB Injuries: none


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Colt's offense is in a funk without Peyton Manning. 'Just not getting the job done,' wide receiver Reggie Wayne said after Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns. 'We've got to figure out what to do. Hopefully we can figure it out sooner than later. I believe we're close. We've got to keep chopping wood.'

'Execution, not catching the ball,' added slot receiver Austin Collie.

Kerry Collins (35/69 for 388 yards, two TDs and one interception so far this year) would appreciate some help in this phase of the game. He tossed 19/38 for 191 yards, one TD and one interception vs. Cleveland last week, but lost the game 27-19. Reggie Wayne (eight targets for 4/66/0), Joseph Addai (four for 4/37/0) and Dallas Clark (eight for 4/32/1) all snagged four catches last week, but they couldn't bring their team a 'W'.

Pittsburgh erased their week one loss to Baltimore by blanking Seattle 24-0. All told, the Seahawks managed just 20/29 for 133 net passing yards during the game - it was a total domination by Pittsburgh.

The Colts are still trying to find their rhythm with Collins, while the Steelers got on track at Seattle last week - advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: Inside the RCA Dome, perfect conditions are expected. Weather has no bearing on this matchup.

IND Injuries: none
CLE Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Garrard has been an efficient game manager since he stepped into the top spot in Jacksonville - 34/55 for 476 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions lands him at #11 among fantasy signal callers to date (10/44/0 rushing so far). Dennis Northcutt is his clear #1 WR, with 15 targets for 9/132/0 over the first 2 games; Marcedes Lewis is #2 with 9 targets for 6/74/0. Last week, Reggie Williams responded to his week 1 deactivation by throwing down for 2/41/1 on his 3 chances. Matt Jones (7 targets for 3/36/0) and Ernest Wilford (5 targets for 3/53/0) have contributed modestly when given a look.

The Denver pass D is feared throughout the NFL - after 2 games, they lead the league averaging 62.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 1 passing TD allowed to date. They have posted 4 interceptions and 6 sacks through 2 weeks - last week, Josh McCown stumbled to 73 yards passing (before sacks), 3 interceptions (1 TD) and 4 sacks. The Broncos mean business when it comes to shutting down opposing passers.

This will be a extremely tough challenge for Garrard and company, who'll have to contend with the savvy and vocal Denver crowd as well as the 11 defenders this weekend.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Garrard (17/28 for 165 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Bills last week) continues to swim upstream as his injury-ravaged WR corps starts to get back in the saddle (Reggie Williams had 4/36/0 last week, #2 on the team behind Matt Jones, who has led the team for 2 weeks, posting 5/50/0 vs. Buffalo and 6/80/0 in the season opener). The Jaguars have allowed 9 sacks over 2 games due to their personnel woes on the offensive line (Buffalo notched 2 sacks last week, after a disastrous week 1 in which Garrard was sacked 7 times). The team added veteran guard Chris Naeole (who has been with Jacksonville before) to the mix along the OL on Wednesday - hopefully he can help the depth along the line this week.

The Colts' pass D is quite good, ranking 4th in the NFL averaging 127.5 net yards allowed per week, and they have yet to give up a TD. They have 5 sacks through 2 games, tied for 10th in the league - look for them to bring the heat to Garrard at home in Lucas Oil Stadium this week. The Vikings could only muster 14/24 for 119 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in the face of Indy last week.

Garrard has reason to worry while sheltering behind a leaky OL this week - advantage Indianapolis.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Although Blaine Gabbert’s lacerated throwing hand is expected to keep him out of the Jaguars' game next week in Seattle, coach Gus Bradley wasn’t quite ready to name Chad Henne (25/38 for 241 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with five sacks taken for -27 yards) the starter after the 19-9 loss to Oakland on Sunday. 'We'll see,' Bradley said. 'We'll evaluate where Blaine is after this week... 'Pretty good,' Bradley said when asked about Henne’s game. 'I thought he played with poise.' With Henne under center, Cecil Shorts III managed 14 targets for 8/93/0 receiving, and Ace Sanders saw seven balls for 5/64/0 receiving on the day. Tight end Clay Harbor had four targets for 3/34/1 during the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, this week they travel to Seattle. Seattle has allowed 10 points over their first two games, and they ruined Colin Kaepernicks' weekend last Sunday by holding him to 13/28 for 107 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, with three sacks for -20 yards taken by Kaepernick. Cam Newton had 16/23 for 119 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown vs. Seattle two weeks ago. Seattle ranks first in the NFL averaging just 113 net passing yards allowed per game.

This one looks really ugly - we'd avoid all Jaguars during Week three if at all possible.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Jaguars passing game has been downright atrocious thus far. That’s no big surprise when we recall Blake Bortles’ 2016 flameout and nightmarish offseason, which saw him briefly benched for Chad Henne, one of the league’s worst backups. But the team has now lost all trust in his abilities, so his inefficiency and turnover-prone play is now seen only in short bursts as offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett aims to keep the ball out of his hands. Bortles has attempted just 55 passes through 2 games, a low number that’s actually inflated by Week 2 garbage time. He’s created an average of just 6.32 yards on those throws – 5.28 over the first 2 quarters – while throwing 2 interceptions along the way. A switch to Henne seems right around the corner, considering Bortles’ ineffectiveness and $19 million injury guarantee. Neither passer inspires any confidence, especially with Allen Robinson sidelined. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are solid complements, but neither threatens a defense enough to open things up underneath for Bortles and the run game. This passing game remains a quarterback away from anything truly dynamic. The Ravens pass defense has drawn mixed reviews thus far, but their numbers have been great, albeit against two dysfunctional passing games. They’ve smothered both Andy Dalton (52% completion rate, 4 interceptions, 6 sacks) and DeShone Kizer (48%, 3 and 3) with dominant pass rushes, forcing thoroughly ineffective play, so they obviously deserve the benefit of the doubt. Baltimore is pushing the pocket fantastically, allowing Terrell Suggs and the underrated line to live in opposing backfields. Again, we have to note the competition, and the occasional lapses in coverage by the inconsistent secondary. Kizer in particular managed to create big, if isolated, plays down the field, hitting on 6 completions of 20 yards or more. But it’s a fair assumption the pass rush will force errant throws, and without an obvious Jacksonville playmaker to alter their assignments, they’ll keep Blake Bortles’ impact low or negative.

Weather: The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 79F with a low of 65F and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain falls heavily during the game, footing and ball-handling could be issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: none
NYJ Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

"We couldn’t do anything," Chief's QB Damon Huard said after the loss to Oakland on Sunday. "We couldn’t run it, couldn’t throw it. It was just a tough day all around."

"That was embarrassing," Tony Gonzalez said after the game. "I don’t even know what to say. I’m kind of, like, speechless as far as what can we do. Because I don’t know, to tell you the truth."

Huard was knocked out of the game early with a head trauma (2/4 for 17 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception), which led to Tyler Thigpen subbing (14/33 for 151 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception). The TD came late in the game (4:04 left in the 4th quarter) after the contest was already decided. Dwayne Bowe converted 9 targets into 6/90/0, while Gonzalez scored the lone TD (13 for 5/39/1). Nobody else had more than 20 yards receiving.

Atlanta handed over a modest 18/31 for 147 net passing yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Brian Griese last week, after handing over 24/33 for 246 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Jon Kitna and company in week 1. They have recorded 5 sacks to date, in the middle of the NFL range through 2 weeks, and rank 18th in the NFL with an average of 196.5 passing yards given up per contest. The Falcons are not dominant vs. the pass, but they aren't pushovers, either.

The Falcons will enjoy home field advantage in this game - advantage, Atlanta.

Weather: The forecast for Monday Night Football at Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 78F with a low of 47F and a 40% chance of precipitation. If the moisture falls heavily at game time, the field could get slick and ball handling may be an issue for both teams.

KC Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: none


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

McNabb, who is 8 of 19 for 77 yards in second-half play this season, commented after the second loss of the season. 'We've got to have that attitude that we just can't be stopped... When you have that attitude like that, then you see teams that are 2-0.' Through two games, McNabb has posted 25/45 for 267 yards, one TD and one interception (with 7/44/0 rushing) - he is the 30th-ranked fantasy QB to date. Percy Harvin is 37th among fantasy receivers, with 9/83/0 over two games. Enough said.

The Lions are currently seventh in the NFL averaging 187.5 net yards allowed per game, and they have given up just one passing score to date. Meanwhile, the team has four interceptions (tied for second-most in the NFL) and four sacks to their credit. Matt Cassel was held to 15/22 for 133 gross yards, zero TDs and three interceptions at Detroit last week.

McNabb is underwhelming while the Lions are playing great pass D - advantage, Detroit.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

MIN Injuries: none
NO Injuries: none


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained A/C joint in Week Two - as Footballguys.com's Dr. Jene Bramel noted on Monday, September 19: '...a mid-grade ligament sprain [in the shoulder] is often a multi-week injury for a throwing athlete. The Patriots may call Garoppolo day-to-day this week, but it's very unlikely he plays on Thursday night. Pain and stiffness will be issues throughout the week and the medical staff will not be able to harness Garoppolo's throwing shoulder without further limiting his range of motion and effectiveness. Week 4 may be at risk, too.' With Tom Brady still out on suspension, the Patriots will turn to third-round pick Jacoby Brissett, who played collegiately at N.C. State - he cleaned up the Patriots' win over Miami last week with 6/9 for 92 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -22 yards. He added 4/12/0 rushing to the team effort. With an inexperienced rookie under center, look for the Patriots to hand off the ball early and often in this game. The all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice on Tuesday, and with a short week before the Thursday Night Football game, it would be surprising if he was ready to play on Thursday (although it is surely possible). Bottom line here is that the Patriots' passing attack is severely impacted by injuries as things stand right now.

The Texans' pass D is ranked third in the NFL with an average of 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with only one passing TD given up so far vs. one interception generated. The team leads the NFL with nine sacks over two games - as noted above, Brissett was sacked twice in a short appearance vs. Miami last week. Over the first two weeks of the Houston has averaged 12.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 17.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 2.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least).

This looks like a bad matchup for either a hurt-and-limited Garoppolo or the rookie Brissett.

Weather: The conditions at Heinz Field on Sunday are expected to range from 80F for a high temperature to 62F for a low temperature with a 10% chance for rain. It should be a great day to play some football.

NE Injuries: none
PIT Injuries: none


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Drew Brees injured his left shoulder during the game last week - he's consulted with Dr. James Andrews and is being urged to practice/rehab hard this week. We'll see if Brees (24/38 for 255 passing yards one TD and one interview) can go on Sunday. If not backup Luke McCown (184/317 for 2,035 yards, nine TDs and 14 interceptions thrown during his career) will take the field in a game that counts. Last week Marques Colston (five targets for 4/69/0 receiving) led the Saints in receiving yards, followed closely by Brandin Cooks (seven for 5/62/0). Brandon Coleman (six for 3/33/0) and Willie Snead (six for 4/41/1) helped round out the team effort vs. Tampa Bay.

The Panthers' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL after two games, averaging 204.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with more interceptions (three, tied for fourth in the NFL) than TDs allowed (two). To date the Panthers have six sacks, ranking sixth in the NFL (tie). Ryan Mallett uncorked 58 passes in Charlotte last weekend (27/58 for 244 yards passing, one TD and one interception) but only completed 27 and was sacked once for -5 yards.

If Brees can play this is a tough matchup for the Saints - if McCown is asked to carry the load consider it a bad matchup.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather conditions are irrelevant.

NO Injuries: none
MIN Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Raiders racked up 300 yards rushing with 2 rushing scores vs. K.C. last week - with the ground game churning so well, JaMarcus Russell only attempted 17 passes (6/17 for 55 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) vs. 47 rushes during the game. After 2 weeks, Russell is the 27th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with 23/43 for 235 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions, and only 5/10/0 rushing to his credit. As you can see, the passing attack is taking a back seat to the running backs in Oakland right now. Multi-millionaire Javon Walker was limited by his sore hamstring to a few snaps last week and didn't have a single pass come his way.

The Bills are currently 8th in the NFL averaging 156 passing yards allowed per game, and have given up only a single TD so far. They are currently tied for 3rd in the league with 7 sacks (Oakland has allowed only 3 so far, though). Last week, Buffalo limited David Garrard to 17/28 for 145 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - they are on top of their game right now, folks.

Oakland's team strength is not its passing game - at Ralph Wilson, this looks like a bad matchup for the low-octane Raiders.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

'I really didn't,' head coach Tom Cable said, when asked after the game on Sunday if he contemplated turning to backup Bruce Gradkowski as JaMarcus Russell struggled for most of the game. 'It did not cross my mind.' Russell was not concerned about being benched, it appears: 'Never,' Russell said about worrying about his job security. 'I know that I am the guy.' Russell may be the guy for the Raiders, but his 7/24 for 109 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions last week is putting him on fantasy owners' blacklists from coast to coast. The lead receiver for the Raiders last week was WR Todd Watkins (1/28/0). Darrius Heyward-Bey hauled in an 18-yard pass in the second quarter for the first reception of his NFL career. 'It felt good to get a catch,' he said. Now if only Russell could manage to find his receivers more than twice a game...As of week two, Russell is the 32nd ranked fantasy QB in the land, with a mere 19/54 for 317 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions (that's a 35.2% completion percentage for those keeping track at home).

The Bronco's pass D is currently 10th in the NFL averaging 183.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with zero passing TDs given up to date. The Browns didn't find the end zone at all last week while Brady Quinn threw 18/31 for 146 net yards, zero TDs and one interception. Denver has seven sacks this year (tied for third in the NFL) and three interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL). It looks like the defense has been vastly improved over last year's edition.

Russell and company don't look good, while Denvers' D is playing at a high level - that's a bad matchup in our book.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Derek Carr is the 18th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the NFL after two weeks, with 47/74 for 414 yards passing, three TD passes and two interceptions (and he leads the team in rushing with 5/57/0). James Jones has handled two of Carr's three TD throws (17 for 12/146/2 receiving), while Rod Streater (10 for 6/52/1) has recorded the other TD. Streater injured his hip flexor last weekend, though, and may be iffy to play in this game. Check Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on Streater's practice status as the weekend games approach.

The Patriots allowed 19/36 for 163 net yards, one TD and four interceptions to Matt Cassel last week, while sacking him six times for -39 yards. To date, the Patriots are tied for fourth in the league with seven sack generated - Carr will be pressured up front in this game. To date, the Patriots are ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 166.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three TDs handed over vs. five interceptions generated.

This looks like a bad matchup for the Raiders' rookie signal caller.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 78F and a low of 65F with a 30% chance of rain on Sunday. If precipitation is heavy at game time, footing and ball handling will be more tricky than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: none
PHI Injuries: none


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Russell Wilson didn't need to pass much last week as Seattle piled up 41/182/1 rushing on the Cowboys, so he didn't throw much (15/20 for 151 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -18 yards). He added 4/28/0 on the ground to his total, but even then was not a fantasy star during week two. Tight end Anthony McCoy (five targets for 5/41/1 receiving) led the team in receiving and snagged the lone TD pass, followed by Golden Tate (four for 3/38/0) and Sidney Rice (four for 3/33/0). This isn't a high-octane attack, friends.

The Packers' league-leading pass rush (11 sacks to date) dominated Jay Cutler during the second game of 2012, allowing a mere 74 net yards passing after seven sacks for -52 yards - Cutler also was forced into throwing four interceptions last week, versus just a single TD pass. Green Bay's pass D totally shut down the Bears, friends. Two weeks ago, Alex Smith threw 20/26 for 191 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions at Green Bay - to date, the Packers rank second in the NFL averaging 132.5 net passing yards allowed per game. They are a high-pressure unit up front and in the secondary.

Wilson notched a 'W' last week, but he's got a ferocious, attacking defense coming to town on Monday Night Football - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 71F and a low of 59F on Sunday. There is a 20% chance of rain - it should be a great day for a football game.

SEA Injuries: none
ARI Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Alex Smith hasn't lit the fantasy world on fire yet, tossing 26/48 for 252 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions during the first 2 games (32nd fantasy QB in the NFL). Vernon Davis is 32nd among all fantasy TEs with 4/27/0 receiving - Darrell Jackson (13 targets for 7/97/0) and Arnaz Battle (13 targets for 7/77/0) lead the team in receiving so far. As you can see, there is starvation-level fantasy points being generated by this unit as of week 3. To make matters even worse, Jackson (sore back) and Battle (groin injury) both sat out of practice on Wednesday. Keep an eye on their status later in the week - if one or both can't go this week, the 49ers pass attack will be even weaker than usual.

The Steelers rank 3rd in the NFL allowing an average of 148 passing yards per game, with only 1 pass TD allowed through 2 games. They've accomplished this despite only generating 2 sacks and 2 interceptions during the initial 2 games of the season - these guys are good. Just ask J.P. Losman who netted 15/25 for 121 yards passing, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. the Steelers last week.

This is a bad matchup for Smith and company.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Blaine Gabbert did what he could to keep pace with Carolina (17/36 for 243 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -6 yards), but the 49ers' defense failed in a big way last weekend, leading to a 27-46 loss at Carolina. Gabbert found Vance McDonald (two targets for 1/75/1 receiving) and Torrey Smith (10 for 3/55/1) for the TD passes, while distributing the ball to 11 receivers during the game - none of the others got over Jeremy Kerley's 29 yards receiving (six targets for 3/29/0 receiving). The 49ers faltered in Carolina for sure.

Seattle shut down the L.A. offense for the most part last week, giving up just 17/36 for 219 net yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -20 yards generated. Ryan Tannehill managed 16/29 for 150 net yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions with five sacks taken for -36 yards during the season opener vs. Seattle. Over the first two weeks of the season, Seattle has averaged 14.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-least in the NFL); and 12.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the NFL); with 3.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-least).

This is a bad matchup for the 49ers, who visit the Seahawks in thunderous CenturyLink Field.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The 49ers struggled again last week behind only 99 passing yards from Brian Hoyer. Their offense as a whole was atrocious outside of Carlos Hyde, who finished tied with the most targets (6) on the team. Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin finished with three receptions and 26 yards apiece. Brian Hoyer did not complete a single pass beyond 15 yards, otherwise, he may have thrown for more than only one interception in what was a very tough matchup against the Seahawks. This week’s matchup only slightly improves as Hoyer and company take on a Rams secondary that has yet to allow over 200 passing yards this season against the Colts and Redskins. Safety Lamarcus Joyner has been playing very well this season, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson absolutely smothered Terrelle Pryor last week, holding him to only two receptions on four targets for 31 yards. Johnson had to be helped off in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury, but he was not listed on the team’s Monday injury report. The Rams other starting running back Kayvon Webster missed last week with a shoulder injury, but he was practicing last Friday, so he could suit up this week. The 49ers passing offense is not one you want to be invested in, particularly this week as their receivers simply will not match up with the talent in this Rams secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Monster Park calls for a high of 62F and a low of 52F with a 0% chance of rain. That sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

SF Injuries: none
DAL Injuries: none


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Marc Bulger was able to find the end zone last week, hitting Laurent Robinson (6/54/1 receiving) for the Ram's fist score of the season. That was the highlight of Bulgers' day - the Rams' second-highest receiver was Keenan Burton with 2/38/0 receiving to his credit. At the end of the day Bulger had 15/28 for 125 yards, one TD and zero interceptions - so far this year, he's the 28th ranked fantasy QB in the land with 32/64 for 316 yards, one TD and zero interceptions. The Rams aren't fielding a high-octane passing attack this year, as you can see.

The Packers gave up 15/23 for 168 net passing yards, three TDs and two interceptions to Carson Palmer last week. They managed two sacks and four other hits on the QB last week - to date, the Packers have four sacks and a league-leading six interceptions. They are 15th in the NFL after two games averaging 217 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing TDs handed over so far. This is a good defense that goes after the ball aggressively. Starting FS Nick Collins, who left last week's game early due to a chest contusion, was back at practice on Wednesday, which is good news for the Packers' secondary. SS Atari Bigby, though, was not participating (knee injury).

The Rams' offense continues to stumble, while the Packers' pass D is a quality unit - advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: none
TEN Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Josh Freeman had to throw the ball more often at New York, with 15/28 for 243 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (with two sacks taken for -15 yards) compiled by the end of the 34-41 loss. Tampa attempted 22 rushes last week, moving slightly off their desired 50-50 split. Vincent Jackson (10 targets for 5/128/1 receiving last week), Mike Williams (five for 3/59/1) and Dallas Clark (five for 4/33/0) are the main three targets that Freeman leans on from week to week. It's predictable who'll see the football from week to week, but teams have to stop Freeman's three amigos.

'Obviously you want to be more physical. You want to physically dominate them. In this game, we certainly didn't do that.' head coach Jason Garrett stated after the Cowboy's 7-27 loss to Seattle. The Cowboys' secondary wasn't tested much by rookie Russell Wilson (15/20 for 133 yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with two sacks taken for -18 yards) as the Seahawks rushed the ball 41 times for 182 yards and a TD last week. Two weeks ago, Dallas contained Eli Manning (21/32 for 187 net passing yards, with one TD allowed vs. zero interceptions and three sacks (for -26 yards) generated). Teams haven't seen a lot of success passing the football when Dallas is across the line of scrimmage this year.

Tampa is built to run the football first and foremost - against a Dallas defense that was shredded by the Seahawks a week ago on the ground, we don't expect Freeman to throw the ball much during this very tough matchup. Advantage, Dallas.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Josh Freeman is angry that he wasn't elected a team captain, and reportedly thinks that head coach Greg Schiano 'rigged' the vote so he wouldn't be given that honor. There is evident bad blood in this relationship and Freeman may be playing his way out of a job in his fit of pique. 9/22 for 125 yards, one TD and one interception passing against the Saints was just enough to keep the game close at the end (a 14-16 loss for the Buccaneers), but it was a failure in the real NFL and in fantasy circles. Vincent Jackson managed 5/77/0 receiving on the weight of 11 targets (and had a nice 70+ yard TD called back due to an illegal formation penalty), but nobody else on the team accomplished anything of note with only nine receptions to spread around. The Buccaneers' passing game is in crisis as of Week three.

The Patriots' pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL after two games, both against rookie quarterbacks, and they currently average 169.5 net yards allowed per game, with two passing scores surrendered to date. The Pats have generated three interceptions and four sacks, in the middle of the NFL range in both categories. Last week, Geno Smith threw three interceptions at New England on the way to 15/35 for 189 net yards passing.

Freeman has looked bad so far this year, and the Patriots (and their fans) won't give him a pass this week. Advantage, New England.

Weather: Lambeau Field will be cool and damp if the weather service is correct: 69F for a high, 49F is projected to be the low, and there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday. Damp conditions can lead to footing and ball handling issues.

TB Injuries: none
GB Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Kerry Collins era continues to be a disaster (the team traded Billy Volek to San Diego this week, so now we're just marking time until they decide to go with Vince Young throughout their coming losses). 6/19 for 57 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions is what you got if you started Kerry Collins last week - at least Young threw a TD (7/19 for 106 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions) and led the team in rushing (5/24/0). Drew Bennett handled the TD pass (3/45/1), but who knows when the Collins/Young combo will manage to toss another one of those? This rebuilding year is going to take a toll on fantasy owners with Titans on their rosters, at least in the early stages of the season.

The Dolphins have allowed only 262 net passing yards over their first 2 contests, with a mere 11/18 for 83 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions accorded to the great J.P. Losman last week. Considering the problems on the Titans side of the trenches, they may do even better this week.

In a hostile stadium, the Titans will be challenged to simply execute the offense. Advantage, Miami.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Jake Locker resumed the starting role for Tennessee last week despite his separated non-throwing shoulder, and he posted 15/30 for 174 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with zero sacks taken). Given the utter lack of a credible threat to run the football at San Diego, Locker did pretty well. Tight end Craig Stevens led the team in receiving last week with one target for 1/46/0; Kendall Wright saw the most passes with eight targets, but could only convert 2/24/1. Nate Washington (two targets for 2/20/0) and Kenny Britt (two targets for 1/5/0) were rotated in and out of the game as they continue to nurse their injuries/get back into football shape. Damian Williams caught the most footballs with six targets for 4/45/0. We'll see if Washington and Britt can get back into the game more this week - they'd help elevate Locker's passing numbers if they can return to top form.

The Lions allowed 20/31 for 201 net yards passing, with two TDs and zero interceptions generated (three sacks for -25 yards) to Alex Smith and the 49ers last week. To date they are ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 187 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores handed over vs. zero interceptions geneated. The team does have seven sacks so far this year (tied for fourth in the NFL) while Tennessee has allowed just two (tied for second-least in the league).

The Titans are banged up entering this game, while the Lions' pass D has been pretty solid so far - and Tennessee can't run the ball effectively right now, allowing teams to concentrate on stopping the pass. Advantage, Detroit.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Jake Locker followed up his solid Week 1 game with a disaster against the Cowboys' powder-puff D, eventually putting up 18/34 for 234 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -2 yards). Delanie Walker was dumped off to throughout the game (14 targets for 10/142/1 receiving), while the wide receivers had short-shrift (five targets for 3/31/0 receiving for Kendall Wright; six targets for 2/26/0 for Justin Hunter). Eventually the Titans lost 10-26.

The Bengals did allow a monster 80-yard TD pass to Joe Flacco and Steve Smith Sr. during Week 1, but aside from that it took Flacco 62 attempts to put up 35/62 for 345 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -16 yards. During Week 2, Matt Ryan threw 24/44 for 212 net yards passing, one TD and three interceptions at Cincinnati. Cincinnati ranked fifth in the NFL averaging 209 net passing yards allowed per game, last season, with 20 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 43 sacks (tenth in the league) generated. This season they are currently 26th in the NFL averaging 270.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have double the number of interceptions (four) as pass TDs allowed (two).

Locker threw twice as many interceptions as TDs last week; the Bengals' D has twice as many interceptions generated this year as TDs allowed - this looks like a bad week to depend on the Titan's signal caller.

Weather: This game will be played in the Edward Jones Dome, so weather won't be a factor.

TEN Injuries: none
STL Injuries: none




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