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Week 7 Passing Matchups

[ARI] [ATL] [BAL] [BUF] [CHI] [CIN] [CLE] [DAL] [DEN] [DET] [GB] [HOU] [IND] [KC] [MIA] [MIN] [NO] [NYG] [NYJ] [OAK] [PHI] [PIT] [SD] [SEA] [SF] [STL] [TEN] [WAS]


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

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

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jake Plummer continues to play solid football, especially when it comes to decision making (0 interceptions over the past 3 weeks), but his fantasy value isn't all that high - over the past 3 weeks he's the 19th ranked fantasy QB with 46/75 for 490 yards, 5 TDs and 0 interceptions (7/13/0 rushing) - Denver's rushing attack is very powerful and Plummer doesn't need to light up the scoreboard for Denver to win. Rod Smith has seen 5,6, and 7 targets over the past 3 weeks, with 12/179/1 as the result (27th at his position), while Ashley Lelie has 5/99/1 during that span on 3,7, and 4 targets.

The Giants have been doing without starting CB William Peterson for weeks due to a back injury, and it showed last week when Drew Bledsoe lit them up for 26/37 for 312 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. They are 31st in the NFL allowing an average of 316.2 passing yards per game, and have given up 8 TDs to date. This is not a good pass D - not even an average one.

Plummer should have success when the Broncos elect to pass, which may be more often than usual considering how tough the Giants are to run on in recent weeks.

Weather: The forecast for Giant's Stadium calls for a high of 67F with a low of 51F and a 30% chance for rain. If precipitation comes down in buckets around game-time or during the game, the field will get slick and difficult to navigate (2 Pro teams alternate home games on this field, making it one of the most abused playing surfaces in the NFL).

DEN Injuries: TE Stephen Alexander (Probable), TE Jeb Putzier (Probable)
NYG Injuries: DL Reggie Torbor (Questionable), LB Carlos Emmons (Questionable), LB Barrett Green (Questionable), DB Gibril Wilson (Questionable), DB William Peterson (Out)


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

21/43 for 267 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions were the totals that Frerotte put up last week, targeting his lead wide receiver this year, Chris Chambers only 5 times for 3/50/0. Wes Welker led the team with 3/97/0 receiving on only 4 targets. TE Randy McMichael saw 8 balls come his way, for only 3/20/0 in receiving. All in all, it wasn't a good day to start a Dolphin. The team is 18th in the NFL averaging 213.6 passing yards per game, with 7 TDs to date. Miami has averaged 276.5 passing yards per game over the past 2 games, with 2 TDs and 3 interceptions during that span. By the way, A.J. Feely was traded on Tuesday to San Diego, so the job is without a doubt in Frerotte's hands now.

KC doesn't scare anybody in this phase of the game, averaging 278.0 passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL)- they have given away 9 passing scores to date. Over the past 2 games they've averaged 332.5 passing yards surrendered, including 25/41 for 331 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to Mark Brunell last week. They are weak pass defenders again this year, folks.

Miami sports an OK pass attack, while the Chiefs are lame pass defenders - advantage, Miami.

Note that this game has been moved up to Friday evening because of Hurricane Wilma.

Weather: Hurricane Wilma is said to be heading for South Florida as of Wednesday evening. This category 5 hurricane is extremely powerful (the most powerful ever recorded, actually), and if the current projections are right, it would be squatting over south Florida on Sunday. If this forecast is borne out, it would be no surprise to see the game either postponed or moved to another venue. The University of Miami has rescheduled it's Saturday game due to the projected path of the storm already. Stay tuned...

MIA Injuries: none
KC Injuries: DL Gary Stills (Probable), DL Ryan Sims (Out), DB Greg Wesley (Probable), DB Dexter McCleon (Questionable)


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Donovan McNabb has an array of injuries, most notably a groin injury that probably needs surgery for correction - in the Philly Times this week, a hernia expert from Munich's Hernia Center, offered the following explanation about sports hernias in general: "You can't say exactly how fast, but yes, they do get worse," said Dr. Angie Everhorn, "These are pretty tough guys who can play through the pain, but the sooner you come and have this done, the sooner you're OK for the rest of the season." (read the whole article on Sports Hernias and methods of surgical repair here: https://registration.philly.com/reg/login.do?url=http://www.philly.com%2Fmld%2Fdailynews%2Fsports%2F12938754.htm).

In any case, McNabb was totally ineffective against the Cowboys 13/26 for 131 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions and ended the day on the bench, while Koy Detmer threw 3/4 for 14 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Terrell Owens led the team with an unimpressive 5/50/0 performance - no dancing on the Star this time around.

San Diego has struggled defending the pass, allowing an average of 245.3 yards per game (27th in the NFL this year), with 7 passing scores surrendered to date. They've averaged 236.3 yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks (3 games), so they're pretty much on the season pace in recent weeks - Kerry Collins hit for 24/48 for 292 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception last week.

McNabb and company are struggling - he'll have a chance to improve against the weak Chargers' secondary, if his injuries will allow him to perform. Keep an eye on his practice status later in the week.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 67F and a low of 51F with a 30% chance for rain on Sunday. If the field gets soggy, footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

PHI Injuries: QB Donovan McNabb (Probable), QB Mike McMahon (Questionable)
SD Injuries: DL Jacques Cesaire (Questionable), DL Luis Castillo (Questionable), LB Steve Foley (Questionable), DB Sammy Davis (Questionable), DB Drayton Florence (Questionable)


Washington Redskins Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Mark Brunell is on fire in recent weeks, with 75/130 for 879 yards, 7 TDs and 1 interception to his credit over 3 games, with 25/41 for 331 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions coming last week vs. K.C. Santana Moss is tearing up the league with 55 targets (7th in the NFL this season) for 33/631/4 - a 19.1 yards-per-reception average. Last week he hauled in 10/173/2 on 14 targets - Brunell and Moss are nuclear hot right now.

One thing the 49ers do well this year is rush the passer. They have 15 sacks to date, 9th in the NFL. However, their secondary couldn't cover opposing receivers if they were glued to them, ranking dead last in the NFL allowing 343.6 passing yards per game and laying down for 12 TDs to date (t-2nd most in the NFL). These guys stink, although they did slow down Peyton Manning two weeks ago (255 passing yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions), not that it mattered - the Colts won 28-3.

Brunell is streaking, while the 49ers are more often than not stinking - you gotta love Brunell and Moss' chances this week.

Weather: The forecast for Fed Ex Field calls for "Brown" skies (OK, actually gray skies - a 30% for rain - couldn't pass up the chance to include "Brown" in a Fed Ex Field write-up) with a high of 67F and a low of 49F. If the skies open up around or during game-time, ball-handling will become more difficult and footing will be an issue for both teams.

WAS Injuries: RB Ladell Betts (Probable), RB Clinton Portis (Probable)
SF Injuries: LB Julian Peterson (Questionable), LB Saleem Rasheed (Out), DB Willie Middlebrooks (Probable), DB Derrick Johnson (Probable), DB Ahmed Plummer (Out)


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Cardinal's pass offense averages 303.6 passing yards per game at this point in the season (2nd in the NFL), thanks to some huge games on the part of Josh McCown since he stepped in for the injured Kurt Warner (76/125 for 928 yards, 4 TDs and 5 interceptions over 4 appearances to date). He hasn't been throwing a ton of TDs, but the receivers have seen a lot of passes: over the past 2 games (3 weeks), Larry Fitzgerald has 27 targets for 16/238/2 (3rd fantasy WR in points per game during that span); Boldin has been targeted 24 times for 18/274/2 (1st fantasy WR in points per game). Those are the guys to have - start Fitzgerald and Boldin if they are on your squad.

Tennessee is rebuilding this year and has a very young squad, and it shows. Carson Palmer mauled them for 27/33 for 272 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions last week. They have surrendered and average of 209.3 passing yards per game over the past 3 weeks, and 20th in the NFL averaging 212.2 per game this year. They have also given away the most passing scores in the league, with 13 surrendered. They are "not too good".

There's been some discussion whether Kurt Warner will be ready and what his role will be. Denny Green has been very secretive there so we'll have to see this week how it's looking. McCown has been fairly hot since coming back to lead the Cards, and his primary receivers are nuclear hot. Tennessee is weak - advantage, Cardinals.

Weather: The desert around Sun Devil Stadium expects a high of 86F with a low of 64F and a 0% chance for rain. No rain and fairly mild temperatures (for this part of the world) mean that the teams should clash on the ground. We'll see.

ARI Injuries: QB Kurt Warner (Probable), WR Reggie Swinton (Probable)
TEN Injuries: DL Randy Starks (Questionable), LB Peter Sirmon (Questionable), DB Andre Woolfolk (Questionable), DB Vincent Fuller (Out)


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kelly Holcomb isn't lighting up the scoreboard (18/26 for 172 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions last week vs. the Jets), but he's doing a workmanlike job of providing Buffalo with a credible threat to pass. He ranks 32nd among fantasy QBs over the past 3 weeks, with 41/58 for 369 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions to his credit. Eric Moulds (16/136/2 over the past 3 weeks, 22nd at his position) and Lee Evans (8/114/0) owners are much happier now that he is under center - at least they've seen some passes come their way over the last few games (18 targets the last 2 games for Moulds, 9 targets for Evans).

The Raiders are pretty porous vs. the pass, giving up 248.6 yards per game on average, with 7 TDs allowed to date. Over the past 3 weeks, though, they've averaged only 171.5 yards surrendered (2 games), with 15/21 for 168 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions vs. San Diego last week. Not great, but better than they've been (of course, San Diego didn't need to pass with Tomlinson trampling the Raiders).

Holcomb should have a decent outing against the Raiders, but don't expect a top ten performance and you won't be disappointed. He's not asked to win the games with his arm in the Bill's scheme.

Weather: Bills/Raiders in Oakland: McAfee Coliseum expects a highg of 62F with a low of 47F and a 0% chance of rain. Weather shouldn't be a factor in this matchup.

BUF Injuries: WR Roscoe Parrish (Questionable)
OAK Injuries: LB DeLawrence Grant (Doubtful)


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Brooks played a solid game vs. Atlanta last week, despite seeing Joe Horn exit early in the contest due to his bad hamstring ("I couldn't go, it just wasn't working", he said) - Brooks ended the day with 22/33 for 259 yards, with 2 TDs and 1 interception, while a trio of receivers handled the bulk of the load: Hakim 9 targets for 6/85/0; Stallworth with 8 targets for 7/83/1; and Devery Henderson with 8 targets for 4/53/1. However, be aware that the Saints have not fared well on the road this season - but they do have momentum at their back in this phase of the game coming into the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams are the 2nd worst defense in the league over the past 3 weeks, giving up 474 rushing and 778 receiving for a total of 1258 yards surrendered during the past 3 games. They coughed up 22/32 for 191 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to the Colts last week, but did manage to sack Manning twice and got in his face quite a bit, at least early in the game. They are currently 8th in the NFL with 16 sacks to date - something is going right, at least.

The Saints are up and down from week to week when it comes to the passing game, while the Rams are struggling in general on defense recently. Advantage, Saints.

Weather: This game will be played in the air-conditioned comfort of the Edward Jones Dome - weather won't be a factor.

NO Injuries: RB Aaron Stecker (Questionable), WR Joe Horn (Questionable), TE Shad Meier (Questionable)
STL Injuries: DB Jerome Carter (Probable)


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Eli Manning had an up and down afternoon last week (14/30 for 215 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), but he's still playing very well in his second season. He ranks 9th among fantasy signal callers this year with 80/153 for 1200 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 interceptions to his credit. Plaxico Burress is 3rd in the league with 60 targets (30/451/4 receiving, 7th at his position to date) and Jeremy Shockey is 4th in the NFL among TEs with 37 targets for 22/380/3 to rank 1st among all fantasy TEs to date. It's all good for the Giants in this phase of the game.

The Broncos limited Tom Brady and company most of the afternoon, but then had to survive a late rally - at the end of the day, Brady had 24/46 for 299 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to his credit. Champ Bailey was only able to go for about a half on his injured hamstring for the Broncos - watch his practice/injury status this week. One thing the Broncos aren't doing much of is sacking the QB - they are tied for 28th in the league with a mere 8 sacks to their credit. Overall, they rank 26th in the NFL allowing 245 passing yards per game, with 7 scores surrendered to date. During the last 3 weeks, they've been awful, allowing a total of 850 passing yards (worst in the NFL during that span) - an average of 283.3 yards per game.

Manning had a slow week last week, but should have a nice afternoon against the beat-up and fading Broncos' secondary.

Weather: The forecast for Giant's Stadium calls for a high of 67F with a low of 51F and a 30% chance for rain. If precipitation comes down in buckets around game-time or during the game, the field will get slick and difficult to navigate (2 Pro teams alternate home games on this field, making it one of the most abused playing surfaces in the NFL).

NYG Injuries: none
DEN Injuries: DL John Engelberger (Probable), LB Al Wilson (Probable), DB Roc Alexander (Probable), DB Champ Bailey (Probable), DB Nick Ferguson (Questionable), DB Sam Brandon (Out)


New York Jets Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Vinny Testaverde had a rough week vs. Buffalo's tough secondary last week, managing 12/26 for 161 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. He was sacked 5 times - the Jets are 3rd behind Houston and Minnesota with 21 sacks allowed to date. That is not a good way to keep a 40-something QB healthy, folks. Justin McCareins had a big day, with 5/116/0, and saw 11 targets - is he becoming a go-to guy for Testaverde? Time will tell, but it was his best game of the year. Laveranues Coles was quiet, with 4/33/0 on 7 targets, the same number of targets he saw 2 weeks ago in Testaverde's debut.

On a side note, the Chargers got A.J. Feely in a trade on Tuesday, and the rumor is that Brees will stay next year with Rivers being traded during the off-season. The New York area press is speculating that the Jets might be interested....

The Falcons rank 22nd in the NFL in this phase of the game, giving up an average of 222.7 passing yards per game and 9 TDs total to date. They coughed up 22/39 for 259 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Aaron Brooks last week. In fact, over the past 3 weeks they've surrendered 785 passing yards, 261.6 per game, and gave up the 3rd most total yardage during that span with 1200 yards given away. They are not impressing anybody on D lately. Said Coach Mora on Tuesday "We're off a little. We're off a hair. When you're off a hair in this league it can look very bad. Very bad." Tell us about it, coach.

Testaverde and company should look pretty good against the soft Falcons this week.

Weather: Monday Night Football will go down in the air-conditioned comfort of the Georgia Dome - weather won't be an issue indoors, most especially if you wear size zero like Sam Ryan is reported to wear.

NYJ Injuries: QB Jay Fiedler (Out), QB Chad Pennington (Out), RB B.J. Askew (Probable), RB Derrick Blaylock (Out)
ATL Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

With LaDainian Tomlinson going through opposing defenses like a hot knife through butter, Drew Brees and company haven't needed to do a whole lot in recent weeks. Brees is the 18th ranked fantasy QB during the past 3 weeks, with 53/79 for 631 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception to his credit, including 14/20 for 164 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions last week. This offense is Tomlinson's show - the threw for a TD last week, and led the team in receiving with 2/39/1, meaning that he was involved in every TD put up by San Diego last week. Needless to say, starting San Diego receivers hasn't been a very rewarding proposition lately - the top WR last week was Reche Caldwell, with 1/34/0.

On a side note, the Chargers got A.J. Feely in a trade on Tuesday, and the rumor is that Brees will stay next year with Rivers being traded during the off-season. The New York area press is speculating that the Jets might be interested....

Philly was on bye last week - during week 5 they got stomped by divisional foe Dallas 33-10, while allowing 289 passing yards and 3 TDs to Drew Bledsoe (0 interceptions) during the rout. They've averaged 249 passing yards allowed in their last 2 contests - Philadelphia is stone cold in this phase of the game coming into week 7.

Brees is efficient but not explosive - Philadelphia looks pretty vulnerable right now. However, remember the Tomlinson factor - don't expect a huge pile of fantasy points from Brees and you won't be disappointed. Advantage, San Diego.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 67F and a low of 51F with a 30% chance for rain on Sunday. If the field gets soggy, footing and ball-handling could become issues for both teams.

SD Injuries: RB Darren Sproles (Questionable), WR Eric Parker (Questionable), TE Ryan Krause (Out)
PHI Injuries: DL Ndukwe Kalu (Probable), DL Darwin Walker (Probable), DL Trent Cole (Probable), LB Jason Short (Doubtful), DB Roderick Hood (Probable)


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Palmer is awesome this year. 143/197 for 1573 yards, 13 TDs and only 2 interceptions to date. He's tossed 74/100 for 787 yards, 5 TDs and 0 TDs over the past 3 weeks to rank 10th at his position in fantasy points. Chad Johnson has seen 20/254/2 (9th among fantasy receiver) in that 3 week span. Only T.J. Houshmandzadeh owners are unhappy, as he's been sidelined for 2 weeks with a hand injury - keep an eye on his status and practice time later in the week. Start your Bengals if you've got them.

Pittsburgh limited Leftwich and the Jags to 19/35 for 177 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception last week. They are the league's 17th ranked pass D this year, averaging 205.2 passing yards allowed per week (7 TDs so far), but have averaged 183 passing yards per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games). The Steelers are improving in this phase of the game.

Pittsburgh may be improving, but Palmer and company are super hot and they have home field advantage. We like their chances as they face a pretty neutral matchup with Pittsburgh.

Weather: Cincinnati expects a high of 63F with a low of 46F and a 30% chance of rain at Paul Brown Stadium. If it rains hard and the field gets soggy, both teams may have issues with footing and ball-handling.

CIN Injuries: RB Rudi Johnson (Probable), WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Questionable), TE Tony Stewart (Questionable)
PIT Injuries: LB James Harrison (Probable), LB Clint Kriewaldt (Probable), LB Joey Porter (Probable), LB Clark Haggans (Out), DB Ricardo Colclough (Doubtful), DB Deshea Townsend (Doubtful)


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Trent Dilfer melted down against the Ravens last week, eking out 16/30 for 147 passing yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. his old team. Dennis Northcutt led the team with 4/60/0, but other than him nobody managed more than 38 yards receiving. Ho hum. Dilfer fell to 28th among all fantasy QBs in fantasy points per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games) with 39/64 for 365 passing yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions. Not too exciting....

Detroit fields the league's 21st ranked pass D this season, averaging 218.8 passing yards allowed per game (with 8 scores given up), and has been pacing 258.3 yards given up per game over the past 3 weeks (3 games). Jake Delhomme/Chris Weinke combined for 20/32 for 283 yards, 3 TDs and 3 interceptions (2 returned for scores by Kennoy Kennedy and Boss Bailey, respectively - the Lions are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 10 interceptions to date) - they are currently in the middle of the NFL pack (15th) with 12 sacks to date. Cleveland has surrendered 11 sacks to date (in the middle of the NFL)- the Browns aren't particularly vulnerable to the pass rush.

Both teams are struggling at this point, although the Lions generate a lot of interceptions - neither enjoys an edge over the other.

Weather: Paul Brown Stadium expects a high of 57F with a low of 48F and a 30% chance of rain. If the precipitation comes down thickly around game time, ball-handling and footing could be issues for both teams.

CLE Injuries: RB Lee Suggs (Out), WR Braylon Edwards (Doubtful)
DET Injuries: DL Kalimba Edwards (Questionable), DL James Hall (Questionable), LB Alex Lewis (Doubtful)


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Bledsoe cooled a little off last week, with only 1 passing score vs 1 interception, but he still threw for 312 yards during the Dallas victory. Keyshawn Johnson led the team last week with 8/120/0, while fellow renaissance man Terry Glenn had 8/64/0. Jason Witten hauled in the TD with 5/56/1, and is currently the 7th best fantasy TE in the land with 28/317/2 this year so far. Unfortunately, the team has lost the services of Pro Bowl LT Flozell Adams for the season to a torn ACL - that won't help matters on the OL any. The Cowboys are in the middle of the NFL with 13 sacks allowed to date - pass protection could become more of an issue than usual while they try to replace Adams.

Seattle fields a very ho-hum secondary, ranking 16th in the NFL with an average of 201.2 passing yards allowed per game and 8 total TDs so far. 19/33 for 179 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions were given up to the Texans last week - but they don't test many units. Seattle has a strong pass rush, with 18 sacks to date (4th in the NFL) - they should bring pressure on Bledsoe from the edges this week.

Dallas' QB is hot, but he may have guys in his face this week. With home-field behind the D, we think this matchup looks pretty even.

Weather: Qwest Stadium has one of the lesser chances for rain across the NFL this weekend (20%). It doesn't seem fair that the normally-drenched Seahawks have the most prolific offense in the NFL and also enjoy week after week of near-perfect conditions at home (they expect a high of 59F and a low of 46F on Sunday). Everything is bouncing Seattle's way right now.

DAL Injuries: RB Julius Jones (Questionable), WR Patrick Crayton (Out), TE Dan Campbell (Probable)
SEA Injuries: LB D.D. Lewis (Questionable), DB Andre Dyson (Questionable), DB Ken Hamlin (Out)


Detroit Lions Passing Offense at Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joey Harrington is rapidly sliding towards oblivion in Detroit. He's 34th among fantasy signal callers in fantasy points per game over the past 3 weeks, with 42/78 for 435 yards passing, 1 TD and 3 interceptions to his credit. His receiving corps has disintegrated (Rogers: suspended; Roy Williams: out with a quadriceps injury; Mike Williams: slowed by a back injury), and the early word out of Detroit is that Jeff Garcia may get the start this week if his healing leg will hold up during practice this week. How Garcia is going to do any better with Scottie Vines and Kevin Johnson as his primary receivers is open to question....

Cleveland lost a low-scoring slugfest to the anemic Ravens last week, giving up 23/31 for 213 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to the Great Anthony Wright. The Browns rank 23rd in the NFL this season allowing 225.4 passing yards per game (with 7 scores given up), and have a mere 8 sacks to their credit to date (t-28th in the NFL). They've been up and down in this department recently, giving up 291 passing yards over their last 2 games - tough one week, weak the next. Overall, they are pretty mediocre vs. the pass.

Whoever gets the call for the Lions has a bare cupboard of receivers to work with, but the Browns aren't impressive in this phase of the game, either. That sounds even to us.

Weather: Paul Brown Stadium expects a high of 57F with a low of 48F and a 30% chance of rain. If the precipitation comes down thickly around game time, ball-handling and footing could be issues for both teams.

DET Injuries: QB Jeff Garcia (Questionable), RB Cory Schlesinger (Probable), RB Kevin Jones (Questionable), WR Eddie Drummond (Questionable), WR Roy Williams (Questionable)
CLE Injuries: DL Orpheus Roye (Probable), LB Nick Speegle (Doubtful)


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Believe it or not, over the past 3 weeks Green Bay's offense has been the best fantasy offense in the land in terms of fantasy points per game (73.35) - Favre has thrown 47/74 for 518 yards, 7 TDs and 1 interception (ranking 2nd among all fantasy QBs in points per game during the same 3 weeks). However, he's spread out the completions such that the top Packer receiver during that span is Donald Driver, only 19th among all fantasy WRs with 11/140/1. Robert Ferguson has snagged 6/108/1 to rank 23rd. Meanwhile, David Martin (subbing for the injured Bubba Franks) has been the 6th ranked fantasy TE in the land in points per game over the past 3 weeks, with 7/60/2 in 2 games. Favre isn't looking washed-up, lately.

The Vikings are 8th in the NFL in pass D, allowing an average of 179.8 passing yards per game to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've been stingy with only 90 yards per game allowed in 2 contests (one was against Bear's rookie Kyle Orton last week - he hit for 16/25 for 117 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception), but they give up TDs to opposing passers often with 9 surrendered to date. Nobody is scared of the Viking's defense this year.

The top-scoring fantasy offense over the past 3 weeks faces off against a dispirited, waterlogged Minnesota squad this week - we're calling it pretty even though as Favre usually has a hard time in the Metrodome and the Vikings rush defense is so vulnerable that we think the team will focus more on the ground.

Weather: This matchup will be held in the Hubert M. Humphrey Metrodome - neither team will be able to blame the weather when one of them loses.

GB Injuries: RB Ahman Green (Questionable), TE Bubba Franks (Questionable)
MIN Injuries: DL Spencer Johnson (Probable), LB Dontarrious Thomas (Probable), DB Brian Williams (Probable)


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

22/32 for 191 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions was all Peyton Manning needed to throw on Monday night as Edgerrin James and company carried the load against St. Louis. Reggie Wayne snagged 7/59/1 during the game, and Marvin Harrison pulled down 4/39/1 (Manning and Harrison eclipsed Young/Rice for most thrown TDs by a combo, with 86 to date). However, considering that the Texans gave up 320 yards rushing to Seattle last week (5 rushing scores hemorrhaged), don't expect the Colts to throw the ball much this week. They won't need to, most likely.

The Texans are actually sub-par in this department, too, averaging 19th in the NFL allowing 209.8 passing yards per game, with 7 passing scores coughed up to date. There isn't much of anything this team does right - they rank 30th among all fantasy defenses over the past 3 weeks, and have surrendered 632 passing yards with only 1 interception generated during that span.

Houston is monumentally, perhaps even historically, bad as an overall NFL team. When the Colts feel like it, they will enjoy good success throwing the ball against these Texans, but realize they probably won't need to toss the pigskin around very much. With that in mind, we're calling it a neutral matchup.

Weather: Reliant Stadium expects a high of 84F and a low of 63F with a 0% chance of rain. Sounds like ideal football weather to us.

IND Injuries: RB James Mungro (Questionable)
HOU Injuries: DL Gary Walker (Out), LB Jason Babin (Out), DB Jason Simmons (Questionable)


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Shaun Alexander has been dominating the past few weeks, so Matt Hasselbeck hasn't needed to pass a ton (67/96 for 726 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception), but he still ranks 11th among all fantasy QBs in points per game. In the absence of Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson, Joe Jurevicius has piled up 13/183/2 to rank 17th among all fantasy receivers (he had 3/29/1 last week while Alexander stuffed in 4 TDs against the Texans - nobody caught more than 3 balls last week. Peter Warrick did well with 3/53/0 in his first start as a Seahawk.

Dallas' pass D is ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 198.2 passing yards per game and 8 TDs surrendered to date. Last week, Eli Manning managed 14/31 for 215 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception against Dallas. The team averages 164.3 passing yards per game over the past 3 weeks - they've been stout in most of their recent games.

Hasselbeck is an excellent QB with a surprising stable of backup receivers to throw at right now, while the Cowboys are improving since earlier this year. With the home crowd at the offense's back, we see this as a neutral matchup - but realize that Alexander is on a tear so don't expect a lot of TDs and you won't be disappointed.

Weather: Qwest Stadium has one of the lesser chances for rain across the NFL this weekend (20%). It doesn't seem fair that the normally-drenched Seahawks have the most prolific offense in the NFL and also enjoy week after week of near-perfect conditions at home (they expect a high of 59F and a low of 46F on Sunday). Everything is bouncing Seattle's way right now.

SEA Injuries: RB Mack Strong (Probable), WR Bobby Engram (Out), WR Darrell Jackson (Out)
DAL Injuries: LB Dat Nguyen (Probable)


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The bad news for Rams fans is that Marc Bulger is probably out for a few weeks (likely until the Rams' game Nov. 13 in Seattle is the preliminary word) due to a throwing-arm shoulder injury incurred during an interception return. Backup Jamie Martin will need to pick up the slack, and started with 17/21 for 134 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions during a partial game. Unfortunately for Martin, Isaac Bruce continues to miss time with a turf toe injury, and Torry Holt is said to be about 60% due to a sore knee. Kevin Curtis and Dane Looker aren't chopped liver (3/73/1 and 2/25/0, respectively, last week), but neither are they Holt (6/70/0 last week) and Bruce. The cupboard is starting to get a little thin for the Rams in this phase of the game. One big worry for Martin is the porous offensive line, which has surrendered 21 sacks to date (tied with the Jets for 3rd most in the NFL - between the 2 teams they've lost 3 QBs to date...).

The Saints haven't coughed up a lot of passing yardage during the past 3 weeks, with 388 surrendered over 3 games, but they were facing the rush-happy Falcons last week (11/23 for 112 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception thrown by Vick), which will skew most team's averages downwards in the short term. To date, they rank 5th in the NFL surrendering 172.7 passing yards per game (but they've given away 9 passing scores to date, on the heavy side among all 32 teams). They are mediocre in the sacks-generated department, with 12 to date (t-15th in the NFL), but figure to increase that total against the hapless Rams' OL.

Martin is an experienced backup (232/361 for 2463 15 TDs and 15 interceptions during his 11 year career) with some decent weapons to throw at, but the Saints are not push-overs vs. the pass. Home field advantage will help Martin, but we think the Saints will present a solid challenge for the 2nd-stringer.

Weather: This game will be played in the air-conditioned comfort of the Edward Jones Dome - weather won't be a factor.

STL Injuries: QB Marc Bulger (Questionable), WR Torry Holt (Probable), WR Isaac Bruce (Questionable)
NO Injuries: LB James Allen (Questionable), LB T.J. Slaughter (Questionable), DB Mel Mitchell (Questionable), DB Dwight Smith (Questionable)


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tennessee has a serious problem now that Drew Bennett is likely to miss time due to a thumb injury ("I came up and it kind of felt funny. I came over to the sideline and there's a pain in my joint. I couldn't make a fist. The joint is messed up."). Their remaining wide receivers have combined for 30 receptions this year (at least a dozen top receivers like Santana Moss and Steve Smith have more receptions that that individually so far this year). Look for TEs Erron Kinney (29/256/0, leading the team in receptions so far) and Ben Troupe (23/178/3, leading the team in receiving scores this year) to be even more heavily involved in the passing game.

Arizona is average in their pass defense (13th ranked pass D, allowing 197.4 passing yards per game with 5 passing scores allowed to date), but they aren't pushovers in this phase of the game, either. Jake Delhomme had a decent game against them week 5, tossing 18/29 for 243 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. They are a mediocre bunch of defenders, more often than not.

McNair has an inexperienced stable of WRs to work with - don't expect an explosive game against the middling Cardinals.

Weather: The desert around Sun Devil Stadium expects a high of 86F with a low of 64F and a 0% chance for rain. No rain and fairly mild temperatures (for this part of the world) mean that the teams should clash on the ground. We'll see.

TEN Injuries: QB Steve McNair (Questionable), RB Troy Fleming (Questionable), WR Drew Bennett (Out), TE Erron Kinney (Questionable)
ARI Injuries: DB Eric Green (Questionable), DB Antrel Rolle (Out)


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Michael Vick continues to be, well Michael Vick. He's a career 53.9 % passer - last week he hit 11/23 for 112 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. He hasn't passed for more than 18 completions in a game during the past 3 seasons including this one (his career best of 24 came in 2002 vs Pittsburgh, back when Dan Reeves still ran the show). TE Alge Crumpler leads the NFL in targets at his position with 45 targets for 23/309/2 this year (8th best fantasy TE in points per game) - the most targeted Falcon wide receiver is Michael Jenkins with 29 targets for 14/241/1 receiving, 56th at his position, and fellow WR Brian Finneran is next with 19/238/1 on 26 targets. In contrast, the most targeted WR in the land, Torry Holt, has seen 69 opportunities to make plays this year.

The Jets' pass D is ranked 6th in the NFL allowing 173 passing yards per game (with 5 TDs surrendered). Part of the reason for the high ranking is that teams know they can grind out big yards on the ground vs. New York, but in fantasy terms that doesn't matter. New York doesn't give up much in this department from week to week. 18/26 for 172 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions was Kelly Holcomb's total last week, right on pace for the Jets.

The Falcons love to rush the ball, and average only 144.5 passing yards per week (28th in the NFL) this season (8 thrown TDs). We don't expect them to exceed their season average by much this week. This one looks like a tough matchup because we expect the Falcons to run instead of pass.

Weather: Monday Night Football will go down in the air-conditioned comfort of the Georgia Dome - weather won't be an issue indoors, most especially if you wear size zero like Sam Ryan is reported to wear.

ATL Injuries: RB T.J. Duckett (Questionable)
NYJ Injuries: LB Eric Barton (Probable), DB Oliver Celestin (Questionable), DB Ty Law (Questionable)


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Anthony Wright is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get journeyman, averaging 13.1 fantasy points per game over the last 3 weeks with 58/89 for 587 yards, 3 TDs and 5 interceptions (3 games). He's good for about 200 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 interception per week. Derrick Mason leads the WR corps with 47 targets for 35/363/1 to date. Mark Clayton is second among the WRs with 23 targets for 12/95/0 (he got injured last week (ankle)); TE Todd Heap has 27 targets for 21 receptions worth 266 yards and 2 TDs (5th among fantasy TEs). They aren't going to explode for their owners, but they could put up a reasonable amount of fantasy points on any given Sunday.

Chicago crushed the Vikings last week, allowing only 26/48 for 237 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions to the circling-the-bowl Vikings' pass attack. They have 10 interceptions this year, tied for 3rd most in the NFL. They allow an average of 186 passing yards per game, with only 6 scores surrendered to date. They are an impressive defensive unit, and have amassed 14 sacks to date (tied for 11th in the NFL). They excellent all-around, with few chinks in the armor.

The Ravens are mediocre in this phase of the game, the Bears impressive - and they hold a significant home-field advantage. Chicago has the edge.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 58F with a low of 45F and a 20% chance of rain. It should be a great day to visit the Windy City and watch (or play in) a football game.

BAL Injuries: QB Kyle Boller (Out), RB Alan Ricard (Questionable), RB Ovie Mughelli (Questionable), WR Mark Clayton (Questionable)
CHI Injuries: none


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Chiefs' passing attack is not burning down the house right now, with an average of 206.4 yards per game (20th in the NFL) and only 4 TDs thrown this season to date. The lack of scoring is limiting Trent Green's (90/153 for 1060 yards, 4 TDs and 3 interceptions; 25th among fantasy QBs) and Tony Gonzalez's (18/142/0 receiving this year, 30th among fantasy TEs) value. The top KC receiver this year is Eddie Kennison, with 23/349/1, 23rd among fantasy WRs. The Chiefs on the passing attack aren't exciting their fantasy owners very much to date, folks.

Miami limited the Buc's tandem of QBs to 18/26 for 189 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. They sport the league's 10th ranked pass defense this season, allowing an average of 190.4 passing yards per game, with 8 passing scores surrendered to date. They are 14th in the NFL with 13 sacks to date, while the Chiefs have surrendered 11 (in the middle of the NFL pack).

An upper-echelon pass defense faces an anemic passing attack in this matchup, and the D has home field advantage at their back. Advantage, Miami.

Note that this game has been moved up to Friday evening because of Hurricane Wilma.

Weather: Hurricane Wilma is said to be heading for South Florida as of Wednesday evening. This category 5 hurricane is extremely powerful (the most powerful ever recorded, actually), and if the current projections are right, it would be squatting over south Florida on Sunday. If this forecast is borne out, it would be no surprise to see the game either postponed or moved to another venue. The University of Miami has rescheduled it's Saturday game due to the projected path of the storm already. Stay tuned...

KC Injuries: RB Larry Johnson (Probable), WR Samie Parker (Questionable), TE Jason Dunn (Probable)
MIA Injuries: DL Jason Taylor (Questionable), LB Junior Seau (Questionable)


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Is there anything good to say about the Viking's offense? As a unit they have rushed for 35/143/0 over their past 2 games, while passing for 49/83 for 401 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions during that span (30th in the NFL in FP per game).

Daunte Culpepper has obviously been less than what everyone hoped for. 17th overall to date with a monstrous 12 interceptions vs. 4 TDs (113/181 for 1256 yards passing, with 16/82/1 rushing); 23rd in fantasy points per game over the past 3 weeks (2 games) with 49/82 for 487 yards, 1 TD and 4 interceptions and 2/24/0 rushing (including last week's dismal 26/48 for 237 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions). His "best" WR this year is Travis Taylor, 36th at his position, with 20/252/2 over 5 games.

Owner Zygi Wilf commented this week after a meeting with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in the wake of the "Love Boat" incident: "The commissioner emphasized to me that I inherited an organization that was inadequately structured and staffed, and that we must correct that to ensure the highest standards of team operations, including discipline, accountability, strong oversight and internal communications." Looks like Red McCombs knew when to sell, doesn't it?

The Packers haven't been too stellar themselves this season, allowing an average of 195 passing yards per game, with 9 scores given up to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've been stingier, averaging 177.5 passing yards given up per game, including their game vs. New Orleans in week 5 when they gave up 177 passing yards, 0 TDs and notched 3 interceptions. They don't do a lot of sacking (24th in the NFL with 10 to date), but Green Bay isn't a pushover vs the pass, lately.

Culpepper and the Vikings are melting down, while the Packers are solidifying vs. the pass. Advantage, Green Bay.

Weather: This matchup will be held in the Hubert M. Humphrey Metrodome - neither team will be able to blame the weather when one of them loses.

MIN Injuries: RB Moe Williams (Probable), WR Nate Burleson (Probable)
GB Injuries: LB Nail Diggs (Out), DB Earl Little (Questionable)


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kerry Collins may not be generating "W"s in the real NFL, but he ranks 11th among fantasy QBs with 100/188 for 1383 yards, 6 TDs and 2 interceptions this year. A potentially big problem has cropped up, though - Randy Moss injured his ribs and groin when he leaped into the air and was "sandwiched" by 2 Charger defenders last week. An MRI exam revealed "...Moss has a groin strain -- but no groin tears -- a bone bruise in the pelvic region and bruised left lower ribs..." says sfgate.com. The team hasn't given definite word as to when he might return - we doubt it'll be this week, though, although Moss is a self proclaimed fast healer. Keep an eye on his practice/injury status later in the week. In Moss' absence, Doug Gabriel saw 11 targets come his way, while Jerry Porter was thrown to 12 times (5/84/0 for Gabriel, 5/63/0 for Porter last week). Collins tossed 24/48 for 292 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception in Moss' absence. He will be missed in the red-zone if he can't go (and everywhere else, too).

Buffalo's run defense is very weak, so a lot of teams elect to pound the ball at them - partly because they are blessed with a solid secondary. The team ranks first in the NFL allowing an average of 136.8 passing yards per game, and have surrendered only 4 scores to date (tied for 2nd-least in the NFL). Over the past 3 weeks, they've only given up 502 passing yards in 3 games (167.3 passing yards per game), which is still very solid. Teams don't enjoy a lot of success through the air against Buffalo.

Collins is a very good QB with talented receivers, and home field advantage at his back. Buffalo fields a top-ranked pass D - we call it a tough matchup.

Weather: Bills/Raiders in Oakland: McAfee Coliseum expects a highg of 62F with a low of 47F and a 0% chance of rain. Weather shouldn't be a factor in this matchup.

OAK Injuries: WR Randy Moss (Doubtful), TE John Paul Foschi (Probable)
BUF Injuries: none


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tommy Maddox looked pretty awful during his relief appearance, totaling 11/28 for 154 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions. He had trouble with his throwing arm shoulder (an injury) and was almost pulled for Charlie Batch. Maddox may be third on the depth chart this week due to his struggles. Only Heath Miller owners were happy (he had 4/72/1); Antwaan Randle El did run a punt back for a score, helping out his owners. Hines Ward was sidelined due to his injury and inactive last week. Roethlisberger (52/86 for 913 yards, 7 TDs and 0 interceptions to date, 6th ranked fantasy QB in points per game this year) has been announced as the starter for this week's key AFC North game vs. Cincinnati. Keep an eye on Hines Ward's status as the week goes by as he's a key guy when healthy.

Cincinnati gave Steve McNair fits last week, limiting him to 26/41 for 259 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions (they have 14 interceptions this season to lead the NFL). The team is ranked 15th in the NFL allowing an average of 200.3 passing yards per game, but tied for 2nd with only 4 passing scores surrendered. This is a ball-hawking, tough secondary that forces most QBs to make mistakes. Their main weakness so far has been in the sack department, with only 9 to date (25th in the NFL), but otherwise they are playing very tough football right now.

One of the NFL's top QBs will start vs. this secondary - will his bruised and hyper-extended knee let him finish. We think so, but it won't be easy going against the Bengals.

Weather: Cincinnati expects a high of 63F with a low of 46F and a 30% chance of rain at Paul Brown Stadium. If it rains hard and the field gets soggy, both teams may have issues with footing and ball-handling.

PIT Injuries: QB Ben Roethlisberger (Probable), QB Tommy Maddox (Questionable), WR Antwaan Randle El (Questionable), WR Hines Ward (Questionable), WR Cedrick Wilson (Questionable)
CIN Injuries: DB Madieu Williams (Questionable)


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

San Francisco traded Tim Rattay to Tampa Bay this week, meaning for better or for worse, this team is now Alex Smith's. We're betting on worse - he's a raw rookie who struggled mightily in his first start. How bad was Smith during his first start? 9/23 for 74 yards, 0 TDs and 4 interceptions vs. Indianapolis. Sorry owners of Lloyd and Battle, you're in for a long drought. Nobody except Kevin Barlow caught more than 1 pass that week. Dink, dunk, dump-off - that's the extent of Smith's abilities right now.

The Redskins have only 5 sacks in the NFL this year, dead last in the league. Look for that number to go up after this week as the 49ers have allowed 17 sacks to date (5th most in the NFL) and will have an indecisive rookie under center on Sunday - San Francisco surrendered 5 in Smith's first start. The Redskins are 7th in the NFL allowing 178.2 passing yards per game, and tied for 2nd with only 4 passing scores given away.

Smith will mostly likely struggle again Sunday.

Weather: The forecast for Fed Ex Field calls for "Brown" skies (OK, actually gray skies - a 30% for rain - couldn't pass up the chance to include "Brown" in a Fed Ex Field write-up) with a high of 67F and a low of 49F. If the skies open up around or during game-time, ball-handling will become more difficult and footing will be an issue for both teams.

SF Injuries: WR Arnaz Battle (Doubtful)
WAS Injuries: DL Joe Salave'a (Probable), DL Cedric Killings (Questionable), DB Shawn Springs (Probable), DB Carlos Rogers (Probable), DB Ryan Clark (Questionable)


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Kyle Orton is developing nicely in his rookie season, tossing a respectable 16/25 for 117 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception in his last start. Compared to, say, Alex Smith, that's awesome for a rookie. He'll be up and down week to week, but almost every first-time starting QB does that. Muhsin Muhammad led the team in receptions with 5/48/0 (he's seen 54 targets this year for 27/298/1, only 5 less targets than Anquan Boldin) while Desmond Clark led in scoring with 4/19/2. Clark is the 11th ranked fantasy TE over the past 3 weeks (2 games), largely on the strength of those scores (6/28/2).

Baltimore spanked the Browns last week, with 16/30 for 147 yards, 0 TDs, 1 interception, and 2 fumbles recovered from Trent Dilfer (ouch). They sacked him 4 times, adding up to 11 this season to date (18th in the NFL). They are 3rd in the NFL averaging 156.8 passing yards allowed per game, and tied for 2nd with 4 scores surrendered. The Ravens sport one of the tougher D's around, although keep an eye on Ed Reed's status this week (ankle injury that could be serious).

Orton is a rookie, the Ravens are a bunch of veterans and nasty. Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: Soldier Field expects a high of 58F with a low of 45F and a 20% chance of rain. It should be a great day to visit the Windy City and watch (or play in) a football game.

CHI Injuries: QB Rex Grossman (Out), RB Thomas Jones (Probable)
BAL Injuries: DL Anthony Weaver (Out), LB Ray Lewis (Probable), DB Ed Reed (Doubtful)


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

David Carr this season: 79/133 for 721 yards, 4 TDs and 4 interceptions passing (24th fantasy QB in the league). David Carr last week: 19/33 for 179 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions (a good outing, for him). The Texan's OL ranks dead last in the NFL with 30 sacks surrendered to date. Top WR Andre Johnson was sidelined last week with an injured calf (he's missed almost 2 games to date thanks to this injury). Stay away from the Texan's receivers - their "best" wideout ranks 68th at his position (Jabar Gaffney, 20/206/0 to date).

In this matchup, the worst offensive line in the league meets the best sacking defensive front in the NFL (21 to date). The worst passing offense in the league meets 12th ranked pass defense in the league, allowing an average of 196 passing yards per game (tied for second with only 4 passing scores surrendered to date). Texans' fans, this one is U-G-L-Y for the home team.

This one looks pretty clear on paper - the Colts should totally dominate the Texans.

Weather: Reliant Stadium expects a high of 84F and a low of 63F with a 0% chance of rain. Sounds like ideal football weather to us.

HOU Injuries: WR Andre Johnson (Questionable)
IND Injuries: DL Dwight Freeney (Probable), DL Montae Reagor (Probable), DL Robert Mathis (Questionable), DL Larry Tripplett (Questionable), DL Vincent Burns (Questionable), LB Gary Brackett (Probable), LB Gilbert Gardner (Probable), LB Cato June (Questionable), LB Keith O'Neil (Out), DB Bob Sanders (Probable), DB Joseph Jefferson (Questionable)




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