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Week 17 Rushing Matchups

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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.


Baltimore Ravens Rushing Offense at Cleveland Browns Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Chester Taylor led the Ravens in rushing yardage when last they played the Browns (8/92/0 rushing and 4/8/0 receiving), while Jamal Lewis handled the ball the most (24/59/0 rushing with 2/11/0 receiving) - in recent weeks, Lewis seems to have found a spark while playing on national TV, racking up 24/74/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving vs. Minnesota last week, and 22/105/1 rushing with 2/9/0 receiving in week 15 vs. Green Bay. We'll see if he can keep the motor running in the season finale.

The Browns were rocked and rolled for 35/209/3 rushing by the Steelers last week, and have averaged 179 rushing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks. This year, they are the 29th ranked rush D in the land, giving up an average of 138.2 rushing yards per game - things are heading in the wrong direction in this phase of the game to close the season.

Advantage, Baltimore.

Weather: The forecast for Cleveland Browns' Stadium calls for a high of 38F with a low of 34F and a 20% chance for precipitation - it sounds like a brisk but calm day is on tap for this matchup, as long as the forecast holds up.

BAL Injuries: RB B.J. Sams (Questionable), TE Daniel Wilcox (Doubtful)
CLE Injuries: DL Orpheus Roye (Questionable), DB Ray Mickens (Questionable)


Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Julius Jones finally got back to form last week, slashing the Carolina Panther's top-5 rush defense for 34/192/2 rushing with 2/17/0 receiving - it was by far his best game this season (he's put up 58/314/2 rushing and 5/34/0 receiving over the past 3 weeks, to rank 11th in fantasy points per game at his position). Coach Parcells said of Jones' resurgence ""Well, trust me, he's been able to run like you saw him run for a month...Sometimes you just have to get going on your own. Finally, you get loose a little bit, and you start running with a little more confidence." It seems that Jones will be the featured runner this week vs. St. Louis, although Marion Barber III will probably get some touches in the change-of-pace role.

The Rams have been awful at rush D this year, ranking 30th (tie) in the NFL through 15 games allowing an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game, with a league-leading 22 rushing scores handed over to date. Over the past 3 weeks, these guys have laid down to the tune of 151.6 rushing yards allowed per game, including last week's "performance" of 29/217/3 given up to, of all stables, the 49ers. St. Louis is in the tank, folks.

This is an excellent matchup for Jones and company.

Weather: The forecast for Texas Stadium calls for a high of 77F with a low of 56F and a 10% chance for rain - weather conditions shouldn't impact this matchup very much, as long as that pleasant forecast holds up.

DAL Injuries: none
STL Injuries: DL Brian Howard (Probable), DL Damione Lewis (Questionable), DB Oshiomogho Atogwe (Questionable), DB Jerome Carter (Out)


Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jacksonville struggled to rush the ball against Tennessee back in week 11, led by Greg Jones (16/33/0 rushing with 2/7/0 receiving) - the team only reached 30/49/1 as a group that week. Jones is suffering from a neck injury that was too sore and swollen to allow him to play in last week's game, when Jacksonville blasted Houston for 34/172/4 as a team, led by Fred Taylor's 22/101/1 rushing (1/11/0 receiving) and LaBrandon Toefield's goal-line prowess (4/24/3). Jacksonville is coming on strong just as the "second season" is ready to kick off.

The Titans are not particularly good at rush D, ranking 22nd in the NFL allowing an average of 118.1 rushing yards per game, with 9 rushing scores allowed to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they have allowed an average of 175.6 rushing yards per game, including last week's totals of 38/192/1 handed over to Miami. As the season winds down, the Titans are falling apart in this phase.

This is a great matchup for the Jaguars' running backs.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 72F with a low of 57F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a pleasant day to play some football, as long as the forecast holds up.

JAX Injuries: QB Byron Leftwich (Questionable), RB Rich Alexis (Probable), RB Greg Jones (Questionable), WR Jimmy Smith (Probable)
TEN Injuries: DB Rich Gardner (Questionable)


New York Giants Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tiki Barber (77/424/2 rushing and 16/4/149/1 receiving over the last 3 games) had been a one-man wrecking crew in fantasy terms until last week, when he slipped to 16/80/0 rushing and 6/49/0 receiving vs. the Redskins - he still had over 100 yards of offense combined, but it felt like an off day to his spoiled fantasy owners. We'll see if he can get back to fantasy stud status again this week.

Oakland was trampled for 40/155/2 by the Broncos last week, and have averaged 136.6 rushing yards allowed per game during the past 3 weeks. Their rush D is in the lowest 1/3 of the league this season, allowing an average of 122.5 rushing yards per contest to date (24th in the NFL) while surrendering 16 rushing scores to date. As their season has ground to a close, the Raiders have become more and more vulnerable in this phase of the game.

Barber has a great shot at an awesome game vs. the staggering Raiders.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 58F with a low of 46F and a 60% chance of rain on Saturday. If the moistures falls heavily around game time, expect footing and ball handling to be tougher than usual for both teams.

NYG Injuries: WR Tim Carter (Questionable), TE Jeremy Shockey (Questionable)
OAK Injuries: DL Edward Jasper (Questionable), DL Grant Irons (Doubtful), LB Danny Clark (Questionable), DB Fabian Washington (Probable), DB Stuart Schweigert (Probable), DB Charles Woodson (Out)


New York Jets Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Curtis Martin ripped up the Bills on the ground back in week 6, with 18/148/1 during the game - since then, of course, he's landed on the sidelines in street clothes due to a knee injury that ended his season. In Martin's place, Derrick Blaylock saw the first action since his early-season injury last week, with 3/20/0 rushing and 1/4/0 receiving - rookie Cedric Houston put up 5/14/0 rushing and 1/2/0 receiving. There isn't much gas left in the Jets' running back stable.

The Bills' rush D is awful this year, ranking dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 141.6 yards per game, with 21 rushing scores surrendered to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've coughed up 147 rushing yards per game on average, including last week's 23/104/1 handed over to Cincinnati (a 4.5 yards-per-carry allowed on average). These guys are soft.

It's hard to get excited about the Jets but Houston and Blaylock have a great matchup to close the season.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects a high of 45F with a low of 31F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - as long as the precipitation holds off, that's pretty nice weather for January 1st.

NYJ Injuries: none
BUF Injuries: DB Coy Wire (Out)


Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense at Green Bay Packers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Shaun Alexander tied the league record for TDs scored in a season by a RB, with 27 - he's the #1 fantasy RB in the land, and would normally be a must-start. However, with the first seed in the NFC already clinched, the Seahawks are expected to rest a lot of their key offensive players - that would definitely include Alexander (he's also had a death in the family this week, an aunt, so he's been away at her memorial services). Look for Alexander to get his record setting TD and then likely yield to Maurice Morris and maybe even rookie Leonard Weaver for most of the game. Said coach Holmgren of his backup players and their role for this week's game: "I think it’s great fun for them. They’ve worked hard all year. While we’ve had a couple games when we could substitute people –maybe even a little more than in years past – they know they’re going to play(extensively on Sunday). They have a lot of pride and they’re good players, (witnessed) by the fact that they’re on the roster."

Green Bay's rush D is sub-par, ranking 26th in the league allowing an average of 127.5 yards per contest, with 9 rushing scores surrendered to date. They have coughed up an average of 148.6 rushing yards per game over the last 3 weeks (8 TDs rushing and receiving), including last week's totals of 33/135/1 handed over to Chicago. They are collapsing to end the season in this phase.

Morris and company have a great matchup to exploit this week.

Weather: Lambeau Field should seee a high of 30F with a low of 27F and a 20% chance for precipitation on Sunday - it'll be cold, especially if the wind is blowing briskly around game time (a usual occurence here at this time of year). Owners of Seahawks and Packers will want to check a short-term forecast at the end of the week before setting their lineups, as wind conditions could adversely affect both teams' passing games.

SEA Injuries: WR Darrell Jackson (Probable)
GB Injuries: LB Robert Thomas (Out)


San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense vs Houston Texans Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

San Francisco's rushing attack exploded against the Rams last week, for 29/217/3 as a team. Maurice Hicks led the way with 10/109/1 (he's had 14/114/1 rushing and 1/2/0 receiving over the past 3 weeks, so his performance was a surprise), while grinder Frank Gore managed 10/68/2 - it was perhaps the best game of the year for San Francisco, even if it did come against one of the worst rush defenses in the league this year. San Francisco needs all the help they can get.

The prospects for another strong performance by San Francisco are good, because the Texans are just as soft as the Rams - in fact, they are currently tied for 30th in the NFL allowing an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game (Houston has handed over 21 rushing scores to date; the Rams have given up 22). Over the past 3 weeks, the Texans have given up an average of 101.3 rushing yards per game, including 33/172/4 to the Jaguars last week. The defense fell down and went splat last week.

This is a great matchup for the 49ers' stable.

Weather: Monster Park expects a high of 58F witha a low of 52F and a 60% chance of rain on Sunday. If the moisture falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams.

SF Injuries: WR Rasheed Marshall (Probable)
HOU Injuries: DL Travis Johnson (Questionable)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Tampa Bay needs to win this game in order to nail down the NFC South crown. Cadillac Williams had no problem slashing through the Saints' defensive front the last time he faced them (week 13), gaining 22/96/0 rushing and 2/7/0 receiving during the contest. Last week, Williams piled up 31/150/1 against Atlanta, and the team totaled 37/174/1. He's the 9th ranked fantasy back over the past 3 weeks, with 74/285/3 rushing and 6/18/0 receiving to his credit - Williams is hot coming into this game.

The Saints are definitely not hot - they rank 27th in the NFL vs. opposing backs, giving up an average of 133.1 rushing yards per game and 16 rushing scores to date. Over the past 3 weeks, the team has averaged 119.6 rushing yards allowed per game, including last week's totals of 24/71/0 handed over to the injury-depleted Lions. Most weeks, these guys are softer than a memory-foam mattress.

Williams has a great matchup to exploit in the season finale.

Weather: The weather service says that Raymond James Stadium can expect a high of 73F with a low of 62F and a 20% chance for rain on Sunday. That's nice football weather - conditions shouldn't be a factor in this matchup.

TB Injuries: WR Mark Jones (Questionable), WR Michael Clayton (Out), TE Anthony Becht (Questionable)
NO Injuries: DL Darren Howard (Out), LB Sedrick Hodge (Questionable), DB Mike McKenzie (Questionable)


Arizona Cardinals Rushing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

What Cardinals' rushing attack?

The Colts defense went without key starters like LB Cato June and run-stuffing DT Corey Simon last week, giving them (and others) time to heal up their injuries and prepare for the playoff run. Seattle responded by steamrolling the Colts' reserves to the tune of 30/173/2 on the ground before calling off the attack. Expect more of the same strategy from Indianapolis in this meaningless game.

The Cardinals would have a good shot at a solid game if they had any legitimate NFL-caliber performers on their squad. This is technically a good matchup as the Colts will not be their normal selves, but we cannot recommend the disappointing Marcel Shipp or J.J. Arrington to anybody based on the fact that they've been so bad so long that Arizona has essentially no legitimate running game. Witness last week's 2.3 yards-per-carry average against the Eagles as an example of what to expect from these guys (32/75/0 as a team: 13/42/0 for Shipp and 10/23/0 to Arrington's credit on the ground).

Weather: This game will be played in the RCA Dome - weather won't be a factor in the game's outcome.

ARI Injuries: WR LeRon McCoy (Questionable)
IND Injuries: DL Dwight Freeney (Probable), DL Montae Reagor (Questionable), DL Corey Simon (Questionable), DL Josh Thomas (Questionable), DL Robert Mathis (Doubtful), LB Cato June (Doubtful), DB Marlin Jackson (Probable), DB Gerome Sapp (Probable), DB Bob Sanders (Doubtful)


Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense at New York Jets Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Willis McGahee rushed for 29/143/1 against the Jets back in week 6 - that total represents his best rushing effort of the '05-'06 season. During the second half of the season, he has failed to rush for more than 100 yards in any game during the last 7 weeks - 27/81/0 rushing and 2/18/0 receiving vs. Miami in week 13 is his best second-half effort to date. Over the past 3 weeks, he's been horrible, with 40/105/1 rushing and 7/19/0 receiving to his credit (40th ranked fantasy RB in points per game during that span). He scraped up 23/66/0 rushing and 3/0/0 receiving vs. Cincinnati last week.

New York was trampled by New England on Monday night, giving up 50/151/2 to the Patriots - they have averaged 124.6 rushing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks, with 8 TDs (rushing and receiving) given away during that span. This year, the Jets are the 28th ranked rush D in the land, averaging 135.1 rushing yards allowed per game, with 19 rushing scores handed over to date. They just aren't very good at rush D.

McGahee has struggled mightily this season, but he has a decent shot to go out on a high note vs. the weak Jets.

Weather: Giants' Stadium expects a high of 45F with a low of 31F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - as long as the precipitation holds off, that's pretty nice weather for January 1st.

BUF Injuries: QB J.P. Losman (Probable)
NYJ Injuries: DL Shaun Ellis (Questionable), DL Dewayne Robertson (Questionable), DB Oliver Celestin (Probable), DB Ty Law (Probable)


Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeShaun Foster had his finest game to date this season the last time he faced the Falcons (week 13), with 24/131/1 rushing and 3/49/1 receiving - this week, the Panthers must have a win if they are going to clinch the NFC South (and Tampa would need to lose to New Orleans). DeShaun Foster has been mediocre during the last 3 weeks with 57/189/0 rushing and 6/24/0 receiving (33rd best fantasy RB in that span) - his partner in the backfield, Nick Goings, has racked up 18/63/0 rushing and 8/86/0 receiving during the same span (51st best fantasy RB in that time-frame. Last week, Foster had 22/68/0 rushing and 2/13/0 - he's getting his chances to make things happen - while Goings posted 1/4/0 rushing and 2/24/0 receiving in a support role.

The Falcons come into this game in the spoiler role, still smarting from the 24-6 defeat Carolina handed them in week 13. Last week, division-rival Tampa trampled these guys for 37/174/1, and Atlanta has averaged 142.3 rushing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks. The Falcons haven't been particularly good at rush D for most of the year, ranking 23rd in the NFL allowing an average of 122.3 rushing yards per game, with 16 scores given away in this phase to date.

The Georgia Dome's 12th man will help boost the Falcons, but this is still a good matchup for the Panthers' stable.

Weather: Inside the Georgia Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather won't be an issue for either team during this contest.

CAR Injuries: RB DeShaun Foster (Questionable)
ATL Injuries: DB Deangelo Hall (Out)


Chicago Bears Rushing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Thomas Jones racked up 23/89/2 rushing and 1/6/0 receiving the last time Chicago faced Minnesota, back in week 6. Even though the Bears have clinched the #2 NFC seed and this game is essentially meaningless, the Bears' offense is working to get Rex Grossman thoroughly entrenched and up to speed before the playoffs - they need to put in some reps with the first team this week before pulling the starters. However, it could be time for Cedric Benson to test his knee after many weeks on the sidelines - said offensive coordinator Ron Turner "He looked better this last week in practice. And the word I got last week was that he should be ready this week." It's a fairly sure bet that Jones will only play for part of the game - we'd be shocked to see him in action during the second half.

Minnesota held Baltimore to 32/88/0 rushing as a team last week - over the past 3 weeks, the Vikings have handed over an average of 112.6 rushing yards per game to their opposition. They haven't been very stout vs. opposing backs very often this year, averaging 112.5 rushing yards allowed per game (18th in the NFL) while surrendering 14 rushing scores to date.

This is a good matchup for the Bears' backs.

Weather: This game is scheduled for the Metrodome - weather won't be an issue for either team.

CHI Injuries: RB Cedric Benson (Questionable), RB Bryan Johnson (Out)
MIN Injuries: LB Keith Newman (Out), DB Corey Chavous (Probable)


Houston Texans Rushing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Domanick Davis hasn't been able to play for the last 2 weeks due to his injured knee (now out for the year on IR), so Jonathan Wells has had an opportunity to strut his stuff for personnel evaluator Dan Reeves, gaining 51/176/2 rushing and 4/44/0 receiving during the last 3 weeks, to rank 19th among all fantasy RBs in points per game. Last week, against the stubborn Jacksonville defensive front, he piled up 21/86/0 rushing and 3/33/0 receiving - he's running very strongly in relief of Davis. Wells has a nagging thigh bruise that may limit him this week, too.

The San Francisco defense has been sub-par in this phase for most of the year, allowing an average of 116.3 rushing yards per game (21st in the NFL) with 18 rushing scores handed over to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've paced 121 rushing yards allowed per game, including last week's totals of 21/44/1 for St. Louis. Even with an abnormally good showing last week, the 49ers poor 3 week average highlights a struggling defensive front.

The Texans have injury woes that may slow their attack, while the 49ers are just plain woeful most of the time - this is a good matchup for the Texans if they can get a back healthy.

Weather: Monster Park expects a high of 58F witha a low of 52F and a 60% chance of rain on Sunday. If the moisture falls thickly around game time, footing and ball handling will be more difficult than usual for both teams.

HOU Injuries: RB Jonathan Wells (Probable)
SF Injuries: LB Saleem Rasheed (Probable), DB Derrick Johnson (Doubtful), DB Ahmed Plummer (Out)


Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

With the sad news out of Indianapolis these words from Coach Tony Dungy seem to sum up the feelings that right now, football might not be the priority: "Parents hug your kids every chance you get. Tell them you love them every chance you get because you don't know when it's going to be the last time."

As the Colts have already locked down home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and have no need to win expect them to play James sparingly again this week - perhaps even less than they did last week, when he played for a half. Dominic Rhodes had a tough time making much happen (as did James Mungro), but that's not surprising as the Seahawks sport a top-ten rush D that has allowed the fewest rushing scores in the NFL this season (4, tied with Jacksonville). Considering the emotionally charged atmosphere surrounding James Dungy's funeral and the aftermath, it would be no surprise to see the Colts playing flatly again this week.

Arizona, of course, has nothing on the line this week as a team - they've been out of the playoff hunt for quite a while. However, evaluations considering next years' roster are in play, which will provide motivation for personal achievement in the final game of the season. The Cardinals have been horrible at the goal line in this phase of the game, surrendering a league-worst 22 rushing scores in 15 games, while ranking 13th in rushing yards allowed per game at 108.1. Over the past 3 weeks, the Cards have averaged 90.3 rushing yards allowed per game, including last week's totals of 17/43/2 handed over to the Eagles' stable.

Whoever carries the ball for Indianapolis this week (probably a mix of James first, then Rhodes/Mungro) will have good prospects for TDs and should grab some yardage as well.

Weather: This game will be played in the RCA Dome - weather won't be a factor in the game's outcome.

IND Injuries: WR Marvin Harrison (Questionable), WR Brandon Stokley (Questionable)
ARI Injuries: DL Darnell Dockett (Probable), DB Antrel Rolle (Doubtful)


Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs New York Giants Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

LaMont Jordan is almost surely out for the season finale due to his turf-toe injury. He stated on Tuesday "I've got some movement, a lot more movement in my foot. I definitely don't think I'll be going this week." In Jordan's absence last week, the Raiders moved the ball well when they decided to run it, with 15/61/0 on the ground for Zack Crockett and 2/26/0 to Justin Fargas' credit (2/17/0 and 1/9/0 receiving, respectively) - look for a similar mix this week in Jordan's absence.

The Redskins ripped up the Giants last week, slapping down 43/156/1 as a team on the ground. Over the past 3 weeks, New York has handed over 173 rushing yards per game on average, with 9 TDs (rushing and receiving) allowed during that span. As you can see, they have been awful at rush D lately (the Giants rank 15th in the NFL allowing 108.7 rushing yards per game this season). They are catching a major break with LaMont Jordan's turf-toe injury.

This is a good matchup for the Raiders against a Giants defense that's been very giving of late.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 58F with a low of 46F and a 60% chance of rain on Saturday. If the moistures falls heavily around game time, expect footing and ball handling to be tougher than usual for both teams.

OAK Injuries: RB Omar Easy (Probable), RB Lamont Jordan (Doubtful), WR Randy Moss (Probable), TE Courtney Anderson (Doubtful)
NYG Injuries: DL William Joseph (Questionable), DL Reggie Torbor (Questionable), LB Antonio Pierce (Out)


Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense vs Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Pittsburgh exploded for 35/209/3 on the ground last week, led by Willie Parker's 17/130/1 (including an 80 yard gallop for the TD).

Detroit is going nowhere but home after this game, and they had a tough fight to win vs. the Saints last week, but did play well in this phase of the game holding the opposing backs to 25/47/0. Over the past 3 weeks, the Lions have averaged 127.6 rushing yards allowed per game (even with the low-ball numbers from last week), which is no surprise, really: the team averages 122.7 rushing yards allowed per game this year, 25th in the NFL (11 rushing scores given up to date). They just aren't very tough on the oppositions' running backs most of the time.

This is a good matchup for the powerful Pittsburgh attack.

Weather: Heinz Field expects a high of 42F with a low of 37F and a 30% chance of precipitation on Sunday. If the sky opens up, the moisture could fall as snow, sleet or rain - owners of Lions or Steelers will want to check a short-term forecast before setting their lineups this week, as wind and weather can make things tough on players in this venue.

PIT Injuries: QB Ben Roethlisberger (Probable), RB Dan Kreider (Probable)
DET Injuries: LB Donte Curry (Questionable), LB Nate Wayne (Questionable), DB Jon McGraw (Doubtful)


Washington Redskins Rushing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Back in week 9, Clinton Portis rushed for 21/67/1 and added 3/8/0 vs. the Eagles. Since then, he's come on strong during the second half of the season, with 4 straight 100+ rushing yard games, and rushing scores in 3 of his last 4 games. Last week, Portis posted 27/108/1 rushing and 1/10/0 receiving vs. the Giants (with 1/1 for 17 yards and a TD passing to boot) - he's on fire right now, and looks like the running back we expected to begin the season.

Philadelphia, having fallen off their NFC East perch, can only play spoiler in this game - lately, they've averaged 130.3 rushing yards allowed per game (last 3 weeks), though, including last week's lame effort by Arizona (32/75/0) - they aren't very good in the season's closing weeks. Over the past 15 games, the Eagles have averaged 115.5 rushing yards allowed per game - they are way off that pace right now.

Portis and company are hot, while the Eagles are stone cold - Advantage, Redskins.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 46F with a low of 33F and a 20% chance of precipitation on Sunday. As long as the wind doesn't get too brisk, there should be decent weather conditions for football in Philadelphia.

WAS Injuries: QB Mark Brunell (Probable)
PHI Injuries: DL Ndukwe Kalu (Probable), DL Mike Patterson (Probable), DL Jevon Kearse (Questionable), DB Sheldon Brown (Probable)


Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Bengals are fighting for playoff seeding, but have already clinched the AFC North - they are in the playoffs. As Denver and Indianapolis have already secured first round byes, though, there is less at stake for the Bengals than the Chiefs, who must win in order to have a prayer of playing in the playoffs. Rudi Johnson has been increasingly productive during the second half of the season, with 72/374/3 rushing and 6/33/0 receiving during the past 3 weeks to rank 6th among all fantasy RBs in points per game during that span. He put up 18/88/0 rushing and 2/8/0 receiving last week - Chris Perry has continued to be sidelined due to his ankle injury during recent weeks.

Kansas City held LaDainian Tomlinson and company to 20/80/0 last week - they've been averaging 144 rushing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks, though. It's fair to say that the Chiefs have been up and down in this phase of the game during the recent past (Tiki Barber blasted them for 29/220/2 rushing just 2 weeks ago). This season, the Chiefs sport the league's 9th ranked rush D averaging 102.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with 11 rushing TDs surrendered over 15 games - they haven't been that good lately, though.

This is a neutral matchup for Rudi Johnson and company - the Chiefs have been up and down, but are always tough at Arrowhead when their 12th man can make things miserable for the opposition.

Weather: The forecast for Arrowhead Stadium calls for a high of 55F and a low of 40F with a 20% chance for rain on Sunday - that's pretty nice weather given the time of year. Wind is often an issue in this venue - owners of Bengals or Chiefs will want to check a short-term forecast at the end of the week before setting your lineup.

CIN Injuries: QB Carson Palmer (Probable), RB Rudi Johnson (Probable), RB Chris Perry (Doubtful), TE Reggie Kelly (Questionable)
KC Injuries: DL John Browning (Probable), DL Eric Hicks (Probable), LB Shawn Barber (Questionable), DB Benny Sapp (Probable), DB Jerome Woods (Questionable)


Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Chiefs have to have this game in order to have a shot at the playoffs, so look for them to play like there is no tomorrow. Larry Johnson has been awesome of late, with 89/441/6 rushing and 9/93/1 receiving over the past 3 weeks, including last week's 32/131/1 rushing and 4/48/1 receiving drubbing of San Diego. He's an unstoppable force since taking over the starting job in K.C.

Cincinnati's rush D was suspect for most of the season - they currently rank 17th in the NFL allowing an average of 109.9 rushing yards per game over the season, with 13 rushing scores given up over 15 games - but they've stiffened in this phase during recent weeks, averaging 70 rushing yards given up per game over the last 3 contests. Buffalo managed a mere 25/67/1 vs. this team last week - the Bengals have certainly found their collective spine in recent weeks.

Johnson is awesome and a must start, while the Bengals are playing at the top of their games - this is a neutral matchup for Kansas City.

Weather: The forecast for Arrowhead Stadium calls for a high of 55F and a low of 40F with a 20% chance for rain on Sunday - that's pretty nice weather given the time of year. Wind is often an issue in this venue - owners of Bengals or Chiefs will want to check a short-term forecast at the end of the week before setting your lineup.

KC Injuries: TE Kris Wilson (Questionable)
CIN Injuries: DL Shaun Smith (Probable), DL Jonathan Fanene (Probable), DL Carl Powell (Doubtful), DL Bryan Robinson (Out), LB Marcus Wilkins (Questionable), DB Deltha O'Neal (Questionable)


New England Patriots Rushing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The last time these teams faced off, in week 10, neither Corey Dillon or Kevin Faulk participated in the game - since then, they've returned to relatively good health and both are making key plays for their squad. Last week, Dillon scored twice vs. the Jets (26/77/2) while Faulk added 10/38/0 rushing and 4/19/0 receiving - the Patriots piled up 50/151/2 on the day - they are recommitted to the running game. Dillon has been the #7 fantasy RB over the past 3 weeks, with 67/227/4 rushing and 8/44/1 receiving to his credit.

Miami's defense has battled through several injuries to key personnel this season to rank 19th in the NFL vs. the rush, allowing 114.4 yards per game on average, with 11 rushing scores surrendered to date. Over the past 3 weeks, they've averaged 92.6 rushing yards allowed per game, including last week's totals of 25/92/0 allotted to the Titans. They are playing pretty stoutly in this phase of the game recently.

The Patriots' stable has returned to health and offer a versatile 1-2 punch to the team, while Miami's squad is getting healthier and stubborn to close the season. This looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Weather: The forecast for Gillette Stadium calls for a high of 40F and a low of 22F with a 20% chance for precipitation. That's pretty nice weather for Massachusetts in January - as long as the wind stays calm, it'll be a nice day to play some football.

NE Injuries: QB Tom Brady (Probable), RB Patrick Pass (Probable), RB Corey Dillon (Probable), RB Heath Evans (Probable), WR Bethel Johnson (Probable), TE Christian Fauria (Probable), TE Daniel Graham (Probable)
MIA Injuries: none


San Diego Chargers Rushing Offense vs Denver Broncos Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The last time these teams faced off, LaDainian Tomlinson was limited to 19/52/2 - since then, the Chargers have been eliminated from playoff contention despite a wining record, while Denver has secured the #2 seed in the playoffs. Tomlinson suffered a power outage at the end of the year (partially due to a painful injury to his ribs) - he could only muster 15/49/0 rushing and 3/18/0 receiving last week. Over the past 3 weeks, he ranked 27th among fantasy RBs with 60/200/0 rushing and 8/27/0 receiving - it has been a long time since Tomlinson hasn't scored a TD in a 3 week span.

Starting MLB Al Wilson had surgery to place pins in his injured thumb this week, and will likely sit out this meaningless game in order to have a better shot at being ready for the playoffs. DL Courtney Brown will also sit out the finale to rest his sore knee and sore shoulder. Other key members of the D are likely to make cameo appearances before giving way to backups as the Broncos prepare for their playoff run. The Broncos enter this game as the 3rd ranked rush D in the land this season, giving up an average of 84.8 yards per game on average - but they aren't likely to have their top players in the game for very long.

Tomlinson hasn't been his usual self of late, but the Broncos figure to be on cruise control for the season finale - we think this looks like a neutral matchup for Tomlinson and company.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 48F and a 30% chance for rain on Saturday. If the rain falls thickly at game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams.

SD Injuries: WR Eric Parker (Questionable)
DEN Injuries: DL Courtney Brown (Out), LB Keith Burns (Probable), LB Ian Gold (Probable), LB Al Wilson (Out), DB Roc Alexander (Probable), DB Darrent Williams (Out)


St. Louis Rams Rushing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Steven Jackson has been playing through a nagging hip-pointer injury, and was actually in the emergency room on Friday night before the last game due to strep throat and stomach virus, and took 2 IVs before playing last week - his 16/28/1 rushing and 3/21/0 receiving performance under those conditions last week is no surprise. Marshall Faulk chipped in with 3/5/0 rushing and 9/44/0 receiving during Jackson's rough week - keep an eye on Jackson's practice status/injury status this week as he continues to recover from the painful hip injury.

The Cowboys have been very generous in this phase of the game over the past 3 weeks, allowing a total of 403 rushing yards during that span (134.3 rushing yards per game on average). Last week, they did hold Carolina to 24/71/0, which was their best performance during the previously mentioned 3 week span - the team is 14th in the NFL this year averaging 108.3 rushing yards allowed per game, with 11 rushing scores given up to date.

The Rams' rushing attack is sporadic, and they come into this contest really cold, while the struggling Cowboys' defensive front found their game again last week - one thing to realize is that, by the time this Sunday night game is played, the Cowboys may have been eliminated from playoff contention (or they may be playing for a spot in the post-season) - there are a lot of "X" factors in play for this matchup. We think this looks like a fairly neutral matchup for the Rams, on balance.

Weather: The forecast for Texas Stadium calls for a high of 77F with a low of 56F and a 10% chance for rain - weather conditions shouldn't impact this matchup very much, as long as that pleasant forecast holds up.

STL Injuries: QB Jamie Martin (Probable), RB Marshall Faulk (Probable), RB Steven Jackson (Probable), WR Dane Looker (Questionable)
DAL Injuries: DB Anthony Henry (Probable), DB Roy Williams (Probable)


Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Warrick Dunn rushed for 16/80/0 (1/6/0 receiving) vs. Carolina back in week 13 (Michael Vick added 4/27/0, while T.J. Duckett was held to 4/4/0 on the ground) - the team could only put 2 field goals on the score-board, and lost 24-6. Since then, the Falcons have been eliminated from playoff contention, so they come into this game in the spoiler role. Last week, vs. Tampa, the Falcons combined for 36/154/1, splitting the work fairly evenly: Dunn put up 14/59/0 rushing and 1/5/0 receiving; T.J. Duckett accounted for 11/32/1 rushing, and Vick had 11/63/0 to his credit. As usual, the Falcons rushing attack was powerful last week. Over the past 3 weeks, Warrick Dunn has put up 45/213/0 rushing and 4/53/0 receiving, while Duckett has 29/43/2 rushing (Vick has piled up 23/136/2 rushing in that span).

The Panthers have been fairly giving in this phase of the game lately, handing over 422 rushing yards in their last 3 games (an average of 140.6 rushing yards per contest) - last week, Dallas lit them up for 41/214/2 on the ground. That's horrible rush D, folks. Usually, the Panthers are made of sterner stuff, ranking 5th in the NFL averaging 95.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with only 9 rushing scores surrendered in 15 games - but the Cowboys showed this group up last week.

The Panthers have to have this game, but the Falcons would love to close their season with a home win. We think the Dallas game was an aberration and that Carolina will make things tough for division-rival Atlanta this week.

Weather: Inside the Georgia Dome, conditions should be perfect - weather won't be an issue for either team during this contest.

ATL Injuries: none
CAR Injuries: DL Kindal Moorehead (Questionable), DL Mike Rucker (Questionable), LB Dan Morgan (Questionable), DB Ken Lucas (Probable)


Denver Broncos Rushing Offense at San Diego Chargers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The last time these teams faced off, back in week 2, the Broncos employed a tandem of Mike Anderson (15/49/0 rushing with 3/41/0 receiving) and Ron Dayne (8/44/0 rushing). Coming into the season finale, Denver has clinched the AFC West title and a first-round bye (No. 2 seed in the AFC), and Anderson has an injured ankle (suffered in the game last week). Coach Shanahan has announced that Anderson will sit this game out to rest the ankle, so expect Tatum Bell to team with Ron Dayne for this game. Bell needs 131 yards rushing to get to 1,000 yards this season (Anderson has surpassed the mark, with 1014) "I'd like to see him get there," Anderson said. "I was pulling for him today. I told him before we left (Dove Valley), lay it all on the line. Two games to do it." Added Bell " "We'll see. I'm going to give it my best."

The Chargers were slashed for 37/144/1 by Larry Johnson and company last week, far more than their top-ranked rush D is used to giving up (an average of 79.5 rushing yards per game allowed this year). Even with the outlier game, the Chargers have averaged 79.6 rushing yards allowed per game over the last 3 weeks - these guys are tough to run the ball against most of the time.

Bell and company will have a tough matchup against the wounded and vengeful Chargers.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects a high of 62F with a low of 48F and a 30% chance for rain on Saturday. If the rain falls thickly at game time, footing and ball handling will be larger issues than usual for both teams.

DEN Injuries: RB Mike Anderson (Out), WR Ashley Lelie (Probable)
SD Injuries: DL Jamal Williams (Questionable), DB Bhawoh Jue (Questionable), DB Terrance Kiel (Out)


Green Bay Packers Rushing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Life just isn't fair sometimes - just ask the Packers' running backs. One after another, they've gone down to season-ending injuries, until now rookie Noah Herron is the lead rusher - with 14/33/1 to his credit. Tony Fisher chipped in on the ground with 6/22/0, and was the second-best receiver on the team last week with 8/61/0. There just isn't much running room in Green Bay this year (tied for 27th in the NFL averaging an anemic 3.5 yards per carry), and the poor run-blocking has hampered whichever back lined up at various points this season.

Seattle has locked down home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs - this is a meaningless game for them. The team can't rest all of their starters, but expect the best defensive players to only play for part of the game. Seattle's rush D has been smothering all year long, leading the NFL with a mere 4 rushing TDs given up in 15 games, and ranking 6th in the NFL with an average of 96.1 rushing yards allowed per game.

Even the backups of Seattle will be a challenge for the running backs remaining in Green Bay's stable. We'll call it a tough matchup (instead of a bad one) to reflect the reality of Seattle resting their top players.

Weather: Lambeau Field should seee a high of 30F with a low of 27F and a 20% chance for precipitation on Sunday - it'll be cold, especially if the wind is blowing briskly around game time (a usual occurence here at this time of year). Owners of Seahawks and Packers will want to check a short-term forecast at the end of the week before setting their lineups, as wind conditions could adversely affect both teams' passing games.

GB Injuries: RB Samkon Gado (Out), WR Robert Ferguson (Questionable), TE David Martin (Probable)
SEA Injuries: DL Joe Tafoya (Questionable), LB D.D. Lewis (Questionable), DB Marcus Trufant (Doubtful), DB Andre Dyson (Out)


Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense at New England Patriots Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Ronnie Brown (14/64/0 rushing and 4/28/0 receiving) and Ricky Williams (11/13/0 rushing with 1/19/0 receiving) split time the last time these teams faced off, in week 10. Last week, Brown was battling left knee and ankle injuries and was inactive for the game vs. Tennessee, while Williams racked up 26/172/1 rushing and 1/3/0 receiving. Brown hopes to return to action this week, stating "I think I'll be back, I was starting to feel better [late in the week] so next week I'm hoping it'll be good enough to play.". Obviously, if Brown can't go again this week then Williams becomes a much more valuable fantasy play.

New England held the Jets to 10/40/0 last week, and have limited their last 3 opponents to a combined 84 yards rushing - an average of only 28 rushing yards per game. However, the team got bad news this week when they learned that key LB Tedy Bruschi may be sidelined for some time due to a calf injury suffered in the Monday night game. "I’ve been preparing as if I’ll be starting every week," Monty Beisel, Bruschi's likely replacement, said. "When the opportunity arises, I have to be ready to go. Tedy means a lot to the team. I have no idea of the extent of his injury, but hopefully we’ll have him back soon and ready to go." Calf injuries tend to be a nagging, lingering type of injury - hopefully, Bruschi will be able to go in the playoffs.

The probable loss of Bruschi for this game means that the Dolphins will have a better-than-usual shot at a decent game in Gillette Stadium - but it will still be tough for the Dolphins to find much room to roam.

Weather: The forecast for Gillette Stadium calls for a high of 40F and a low of 22F with a 20% chance for precipitation. That's pretty nice weather for Massachusetts in January - as long as the wind stays calm, it'll be a nice day to play some football.

MIA Injuries: RB Ronnie Brown (Questionable)
NE Injuries: DL Jarvis Green (Probable), LB Tedy Bruschi (Questionable), DB Artrell Hawkins (Probable), DB Asante Samuel (Probable)


New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

New Orleans can put their disappointing 2005 season to bed by playing the spoiler in their division - Tampa needs to win this game to guarantee a division crown. Last time around the block, back in week 13, Antowain Smith led the team with 18/49/0 rushing (and 1/1/0 receiving), while Aaron Stecker led the team in receiving with 4/55/0 while adding 5/5/0 rushing to the effort. Both players have shared the load since replacing Deuce McAllister in the Saints' RB stable. Last week, neither player could get much going against the Lions, with Smith compiling 13/33/0 rushing and 2/5/0 receiving, while Stecker contributed a meager 7/5/0 rushing and 2/13/0 receiving.

Tampa Bay ranks 7th in the NFL this year, allowing an average of 96.3 rushing yards per game, with 10 rushing scores surrendered so far. Last week, the Falcons ground out 36/154/1 against this defensive front - over the past 3 weeks, the Buccaneers have averaged 106.3 rushing yards allowed per game. Tampa has a good, but not elite, defensive front this year.

The Saints didn't have much luck against the Bucs back in week 13, and they come into this game cold - at hostile Raymond James Stadium, this looks like a tough matchup for New Orleans' stable.

Weather: The weather service says that Raymond James Stadium can expect a high of 73F with a low of 62F and a 20% chance for rain on Sunday. That's nice football weather - conditions shouldn't be a factor in this matchup.

NO Injuries: none
TB Injuries: DL Anthony McFarland (Probable), DB Jermaine Phillips (Questionable)


Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Offense vs Washington Redskins Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brian Westbrook was the starting RB for the Eagles back in week 9 - the series' recent history won't tell us much about this week 17 matchup between Ryan Moats and company vs. Washington. Moats has racked up 32/205/3 rushing during the last 3 weeks, ranking 16th among all fantasy RBs in fantasy points per game. Last week, Moats could only muster 9/13/0 rushing against the Cardinals - he had a bad game (only Mike McMahon found the end-zone rushing, with 3/21/2).

Washington has been tough to score on lately, with only 3 TDs (rushing and receiving) allowed in the last 3 games, while handing over only 90 rushing yards per contest. They held the Giants powerful attack to 19/99/0 last week, and are now the league's 11th ranked rush D averaging 106 rushing yards allowed per game (15 TDs given up this year in this phase). The Redskins are getting stout in this phase just in time for the playoffs.

Moats and company will have a hard time against Washington this week.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 46F with a low of 33F and a 20% chance of precipitation on Sunday. As long as the wind doesn't get too brisk, there should be decent weather conditions for football in Philadelphia.

PHI Injuries: QB Mike McMahon (Probable), RB Bruce Perry (Probable), RB Reno Mahe (Questionable), WR Billy McMullen (Probable), WR Darnerien McCants (Questionable)
WAS Injuries: DL Renaldo Wynn (Probable), DB Matt Bowen (Probable), DB Shawn Springs (Probable), DB Carlos Rogers (Questionable)


Cleveland Browns Rushing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The last time Cleveland faced Baltimore, back in week 6, Reuben Droughns had a mediocre game, with 15/55/0 rushing and 1/-2/0 receiving. Neither team is in contention for the playoffs at this point, but players are fighting for job security/contract extensions - expect Droughns to bring his "A" game to the final contest of the 05-06 season. However, Droughns has been lagging during the past few weeks, with 10/36/0 rushing and 1/26/0 receiving vs. Pittsburgh last week, and 49/163/0 rushing and 7/64/0 receiving over the past 3 weeks - he's winding down as the season comes to a close.

Baltimore crushed the Vikings' RBs last week, holding them to 14/42/0 as a team. The Ravens have averaged 81.6 rushing yards allowed per game over the past 3 weeks, and are tied for second-least TDs given up during that span with 3 TDs given up (rushing and receiving). Up to the final week of the season, they rank as the league's 10th best rush D in yards allowed per game (102.5), but have given up only 8 rushing scores in 15 games. These guys are playing the run really tough right now, even without Ray Lewis in the lineup.

This is a bad matchup for the Browns and Droughns.

Weather: The forecast for Cleveland Browns' Stadium calls for a high of 38F with a low of 34F and a 20% chance for precipitation - it sounds like a brisk but calm day is on tap for this matchup, as long as the forecast holds up.

CLE Injuries: none
BAL Injuries: DB Chris McAlister (Probable)


Detroit Lions Rushing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Pittsburgh held Cleveland to 19/55/0 rushing last week, and they sport the league's 2nd ranked rush D this season, averaging 84.2 rushing yards allowed per game (10 rushing scores allowed to date). Over the past 3 weeks, the team averages 64 yards allowed per game, and they have given up 1 TD in 3 weeks. These guys have turned up their game during the closing weeks of the season, and now look almost impenetrable.

Add to the mix a Lions team in shambles with injury and this is one bad matchup.

Weather: Heinz Field expects a high of 42F with a low of 37F and a 30% chance of precipitation on Sunday. If the sky opens up, the moisture could fall as snow, sleet or rain - owners of Lions or Steelers will want to check a short-term forecast before setting their lineups this week, as wind and weather can make things tough on players in this venue.

DET Injuries: RB Kevin Jones (Questionable), RB Artose Pinner (Questionable), WR Scott Vines (Probable)
PIT Injuries: DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (Probable), DL Travis Kirschke (Questionable), LB James Harrison (Probable), LB Clint Kriewaldt (Probable), LB Andre Frazier (Questionable)


Minnesota Vikings Rushing Offense vs Chicago Bears Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The last time these teams tangled, back in week 6, Mewelde Moore was the featured back, with 14/57/0 rushing and 5/52/0 receiving - since then, a series of nagging injuries have limited him and at this point in the season, the inconsistent Michael Bennett has handled most of the touches allotted to the Viking's back-field. Last week, though, the Bennett gravy train ground to a halt when he was held to 1/-1/0 rushing and 1/10/0 receiving, while Moore saw 10/49/0 rushing and 4/42/0 receiving. If Moore is back to health, he'll likely be the most productive guy this week. How productive he'll be is a different question, though.

The Bears' rush D has been excellent all year long, ranking 8th in the NFL allowing an average of 99.2 yards per game, but with a mere 7 rushing scores given up to date (2nd-least in the league over 15 games). They have averaged 123 rushing yards allowed per game over the last 3 weeks, though, including last week's totals of 21/65/1 given up to the injury-riddled Packers.

The Vikings will have a lot of trouble moving the ball against the Bears, even if Chicago pulls some of their key guys early in the game.

Weather: This game is scheduled for the Metrodome - weather won't be an issue for either team.

MIN Injuries: WR Marcus Robinson (Probable), TE Jermaine Wiggins (Probable)
CHI Injuries: DL Ian Scott (Questionable), LB Brian Urlacher (Probable), LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (Questionable), DB Michael Green (Questionable), DB Charles Tillman (Questionable), DB Jerry Azumah (Questionable), DB Mike Brown (Questionable)


Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Chris Brown put on quite a show vs. Jacksonville back in week 11, with 20/61/1 rushing and 4/58/1 receiving to his credit during that game. Since that game, Brown has been more down than up - 43/127/0 rushing and 3/49/0 receiving during the past 3 weeks, with a disappointing 7/18/0 last week. He hurt his ankle during the game last week, so his owners will want to look out for his practice participation/injury status as the week goes along. Travis Henry carried the load last week with 16/65/0 rushing and 3/10/0 receiving - he'll be the guy if Brown can't play.

Jacksonville is tied for first in the NFL this season with only 4 rushing TDs allowed to date, while ranking 12th in the league vs. the rush in yards allowed per game (107.3). Over the past 3 weeks, the Jaguars have handed over 104 rushing yards per game on average, with 29/107/0 given up to Houston last week. They are pretty hard nosed in this phase of the game, especially around the goal-line.

This will be a tough week to be a Tennessee ball-carrier.

Weather: Alltel Stadium expects a high of 72F with a low of 57F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a pleasant day to play some football, as long as the forecast holds up.

TEN Injuries: QB Steve McNair (Questionable), RB Chris Brown (Questionable), WR Drew Bennett (Questionable), WR Tyrone Calico (Questionable), TE Erron Kinney (Questionable), TE Ben Troupe (Questionable)
JAX Injuries: DL Reggie Hayward (Probable), DL Paul Spicer (Out)




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