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Week 6 Rushing Matchups

[ATL] [BAL] [BUF] [CAR] [CHI] [CIN] [CLE] [DAL] [DEN] [DET] [HOU] [IND] [JAX] [KC] [MIA] [MIN] [NE] [NO] [NYG] [NYJ] [OAK] [PIT] [SD] [SEA] [STL] [TB] [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.


Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense at New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Without Michael Vick in the lineup, the Falcons managed 26/116/0 rushing as a team last week - 19/83/0 for Warrick Dunn; 5/30/0 for T.J. Duckett. New England did not shut them down, but the team fell far short of their normal production on the ground. Even with the modest outing, the Falcons still average 5.6 yards per carry and 190.4 rushing yards per game (both are tops in the NFL) - don't let one slow week disturb you. This is still the best rushing attack in the NFL, folks.

The Saints are 28th in the NFL allowing an average of 122.8 rushing yards per game, and they have surrendered the 2nd most rushing TDs so far with 6 allowed. Last week, the hobbled Packers (#1 Ahman Green was sidelined, and #2 Najeh Davenport broke his ankle during the game) threw down 28/94/2 on this group. The Saints don't do much to slow down their opponents on the ground.

#1 rush attack vs. 28th rush D equals a big edge for Atlanta.

Weather: This game will be played in the Alamodome - weather won't be an issue.

ATL Injuries: QB Michael Vick (Questionable)
NO Injuries: DL Darren Howard (Questionable), LB James Allen (Questionable), LB Terrence Melton (Questionable), LB T.J. Slaughter (Questionable), DB Fakhir Brown (Questionable), DB Mel Mitchell (Questionable)


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

Jamal Lewis continued his upward trend last week, with 15/95/0 rushing and 2/17/1 receiving. He is now the 23rd best fantasy RB in points per game, but he is also the 8th best fantasy RB over the past 3 weeks, with 48/176/1 rushing and 2/17/1 receiving during the past 2 games - Lewis is coming alive heading into the middle of the NFL schedule.

Cleveland currently ranks 30th in the NFL vs. the rush, giving up an average of 137.8 yards per game in this phase (2 TDs given up in 4 games). They coughed up 34/176/0 to Chicago last week (a 5.2 yards-per-carry average). The Browns field an unimpressive defensive front.

Lewis is finding his game again, while the Browns are cellar-dwellers in this department. Advantage, Ravens.

Weather: Early in the week, it looks like M & T Bank Stadium might be soggy on Sunday - if it rains a lot around game time, ball handling and footing could be issues for both teams. Expect 75F for a high with 53F for a low with a 30% chance for precipitation.

BAL Injuries: QB Kyle Boller (Out), RB Chester Taylor (Probable), RB Alan Ricard (Questionable), TE Todd Heap (Probable)
CLE Injuries: none


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

Thomas Jones' knee injury is of critical importance to the Bears - Cedric Benson simply hasn't shown that he is ready to carry the load for Chicago (a role that is crucial considering that newbie Kyle Orton is under center). As of Wednesday, Jone's status is not clear - keep an eye on Jones' practice participation on Thursday and Friday as the current #3 fantasy RB works his way back into the lineup (or not).

The Vikings - dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 178 rushing yards per game, with 5 scores given up to date. Atlanta stomped Minnesota for 41/285/2 (7.0 yards per carry) before the bye week. These guys make the Bills look good (Buffalo is 31st in the NFL averaging 160.4 rushing yards allowed per game).

Whoever carries the ball for Chicago has a great matchup this week.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 63F with a low of 52F and a 10% chance for rain. You can't ask for better weather than that in the Windy City during October.

CHI Injuries: QB Rex Grossman (Out), RB Thomas Jones (Questionable)
MIN Injuries: DL Lance Johnstone (Probable), DL Spencer Johnson (Doubtful), LB E.J. Henderson (Probable), DB Darren Sharper (Probable), DB Brian Williams (Out)


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

Curtis Martin finally gave his owners something to cheer about vs. Tampa last week, with 23/59/2 rushing against the hard-nosed Bucs. Having a credible threat to pass helped Martin a lot - this week, we'll see if he can build on the momentum from last week's game. Backup Derrick Blaylock was lost for the season due to a broken foot last week - barring injury, Martin is the sure-fire featured back from here on out.

Surprisingly, Buffalo's rush defense has been terrible in recent weeks (they rank 31st in the NFL allowing an average of 160.4 rushing yards per contest, with 5 scores allowed to date). Miami averaged 5.7 yards per rush last week (20/113/0) - the Bills are super-soft against the run.

Martin has momentum behind him and a struggling rush defense in front of him this week - it's a great matchup for the Jets.

Weather: Ralph Wilson Stadium may be damp this week - there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday, with a high forecast to be 62F and a low of 48F. If the rain falls heavily around game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

NYJ Injuries: QB Jay Fiedler (Out), QB Chad Pennington (Out), RB Curtis Martin (Probable), RB B.J. Askew (Questionable), RB Derrick Blaylock (Out)
BUF Injuries: DL Ron Edwards (Out), DB Coy Wire (Probable)


Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense vs Houston Texans Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Shaun Alexander has been awesome during the early weeks of 2005 - he is the 2nd ranked fantasy running back with 109/574/8 rushing and 6/31/0 receiving so far. Start him if you've got him.

Houston has not been stout in this phase, averaging 118.8 rushing yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL right now) with 3 rushing scores given up so far. Tennessee racked up 31/90/2 against this group last week - Seattle is not afraid of Houston, rest assured.

Alexander is a top tier RB, while the Texans are bottom feeders in this phase of the game. Advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Qwest Field expects a high of 60F and a low of 46F with only a 20% chance of precipitation. If the forecast holds up, the field might be firm and dry on Sunday.

SEA Injuries: WR Bobby Engram (Out), WR Darrell Jackson (Out)
HOU Injuries: DL Jerry DeLoach (Probable), DL Junior Ioane (Probable), DL Robaire Smith (Probable), DL Gary Walker (Out), LB Jason Babin (Out)


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

Willis McGahee put up 31/86/1 rushing with 2/5/0 receiving against the hard-nosed Dolphins last week (they are #2 in the NFL vs. the rush and have only allowed 1 rushing score to date) -it wasn't a huge fantasy performance, but it was a solid game against a rough D.

The Jets allow an average of 120.4 rushing yards per game (27th in the NFL) and have surrendered 5 rushing scores so far. Last week, the Cadillac-poor Bucs were held to 26/84/0 by this unit (the first time in weeks that the Jets had a decent offensive effort in support of the defense). The Jets are improving in this phase of the game.

McGahee is a top-shelf back, while the Jets still have a lot to prove - advantage, Bills.

Weather: Ralph Wilson Stadium may be damp this week - there is a 40% chance for rain on Sunday, with a high forecast to be 62F and a low of 48F. If the rain falls heavily around game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

BUF Injuries: WR Roscoe Parrish (Questionable), TE Tim Euhus (Probable)
NYJ Injuries: DL Dewayne Robertson (Probable), LB Eric Barton (Questionable)


Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeShaun Foster continues to share time each week - he ranks 34th among all fantasy RBs to date with 41/185/0 rushing and 12/188/0 receiving - but Stephen Davis gets all the scoring opportunities so far (7 TDs to date on 91/291/7 rushing and 3/37/0 receiving). Their value as fantasy players is highly dependent on your league's scoring paradigm. In basic scoring leagues, Davis is the man to have. In leagues with a point-per-reception and points for yardage, Foster can be a bye week sub (but understand his role and the lack of TDs).

Detroit is 21st in the NFL vs. opposing running backs, allowing an average of 115.3 yards per game (but only 2 rushing scores to date). Baltimore ground out 30/159/0 against them last week - an average of 5.3 yards per carry. The Lions aren't scaring the opposition in this phase of the game.

Foster and Davis should both be productive vs. Detroit, but TDs might be hard to come by.

Weather: This game will be played indoors at Ford Field. Weather won't be an issue.

CAR Injuries: RB Stephen Davis (Questionable), RB DeShaun Foster (Questionable), RB Brad Hoover (Questionable), RB Rod Smart (Doubtful)
DET Injuries: LB Alex Lewis (Doubtful), DB Vernon Fox (Questionable), DB Andre' Goodman (Doubtful)


Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense vs New York Giants Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Julius Jones suffered an ankle injury last week and ended up sitting on the sidelines. We'll see what kind of problems it causes coming into this week's game. There are rumors as of Wednesday that Jones will miss this week due to a "high ankle sprain" - Tyson Thompson and Anthony Thomas would likely split the load if Jones can't go on Sunday - keep an eye on the injury reports later in the week to determine the likely starter.

The Giants are mediocre at defending the run, giving up an average of 103.3 rushing yards per game (14th in the NFL) with 4 rushing scores allowed in 4 games. The pass-happy Rams managed 15/42/1 before the bye week, but they threw the ball 62 times so it's fair to say they didn't challenge the Giants' defensive front very much.

Jones is a very good back, the Giants are only mediocre at rush defense and Dallas has home-field advantage. Sounds like a fairly neutral matchup against an average defense.

Weather: Dallas expects a high of 85F and a low of 65F with a 10% chance for precipitation on Sunday. It should be a great day to play some football.

DAL Injuries: RB Julius Jones (Questionable)
NYG Injuries: LB Carlos Emmons (Questionable), DB Gibril Wilson (Probable), DB William Peterson (Out)


Denver Broncos Rushing Offense vs New England Patriots Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

So, who'll it be this week - Mike Anderson or Tatum Bell? Anderson has the weight of history at his back (699/3109/25 rushing and 69/519/4 receiving, but Bell blew up last week with 12/127/2). We expect Bell to provide the flash this week - he won't be a forgotten player any more.

The Patriots average 114.8 rushing yards allowed per game, with 5 rushing scores surrendered so far during 2005. They held Atlanta's powerful attack to 26/116/0 last week (the Falcons average 190.4 per game) - this group isn't going to shut people down, but they aren't pushovers either.

The Broncos run the ball very well - the Patriots are 20th in the league vs. opposing rushers so far this season. Advantage, Denver.

Weather: Mile High Stadium expects a high of 59F and a low of 39F on Sunday, with a 20% chance of rain. If the forecast holds up, the venue should have great football weather on Sunday afternoon.

DEN Injuries: RB Tatum Bell (Probable)
NE Injuries: DL Jarvis Green (Probable), DL Marquise Hill (Probable), DL Richard Seymour (Probable), LB Tully Banta-Cain (Probable), LB Matt Chatham (Probable), LB Larry Izzo (Probable), LB Willie McGinest (Probable), DB Randall Gay (Probable), DB Tyrone Poole (Probable), DB Duane Starks (Probable), DB James Sanders (Probable), DB Chad Scott (Out)


Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Edgerrin James has been the 3rd best fantasy RB over the past 3 weeks, with 69/303/2 rushing and 8/83/1 receiving to his credit. While the Colts are sub-par as a team in yards per carry (3.7), they are 17th in the NFL averaging 112.6 rushing yards per game. Look for the Colts to continue feeding James the football in the middle of this season.

The Rams are mediocre in this phase of the game, allowing an average of 100.2 rushing yards per game (12th in the NFL) with 4 scores given up so far. Last week, they coughed up 30/134/2 to divisional rival Seattle - there is a lot of room for improvement on this squad.

James is one of the NFL's most elite running backs, while the Rams' defensive front is in the middle of the NFL pack vs. the rushing game. Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: The Monday Night Football game will go down in the air-conditioned RCA Dome - weather won't be an issue.

IND Injuries: RB James Mungro (Questionable), TE Ben Utecht (Questionable)
STL Injuries: DL Leonard Little (Probable), DB Dejuan Groce (Questionable)


Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense vs Washington Redskins Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kansas City comes into this game off a bye week, with rumors flying that Priest Holmes may be shouldering more of the load running the ball. We'll see, but there is no denying that he's been more of a fantasy threat in recent weeks (18/84/1 rushing for Holmes with 5/24/0 receiving vs. 7/34/0 rushing for Johnson during week 4). Holmes ranks 11th among fantasy RBs to date (73/305/3 rushing and 12/76/0 receiving) while Johnson is 26th (33/198/3 rushing and 2/11/1 receiving).

The Redskins field the league's 15th ranked rush D, allowing an average of 103.8 yards per game (with 4 scores surrendered so far). Denver mauled them for 28/165/2 last week - it's fair to say that Washington is back on their heels right now.

One of the NFL's best running backs faces off against a mediocre defensive front in this matchup - Advantage, Kansas City.

Weather: Arrowhead Stadium expects a high of 67F with a low of 56F and a 10% chance for rain. Cool, crisp autumnal conditions - perfect for a game of football (and tailgating).

KC Injuries: none
WAS Injuries: DL Cornelius Griffin (Probable), DL Joe Salave'a (Probable), DL Renaldo Wynn (Probable), DB Carlos Rogers (Probable), DB Shawn Springs (Questionable)


New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Saints suffered a huge loss this week when Deuce McAllister suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Aaron Stecker (58/244/2 rushing last year, a 4.2 ypc average) and Antowain Smith (137/509/4 rushing (a 3.7 ypc average) with 22/169/0 receiving for Tennessee last year) figure to fill in for McAllister going forward. The loss of McAllister is a major blow to the Saints' 2005 season.

Atlanta gave up 30/141/1 to the anemic Patriot's stable last week - the Pats average 81 rushing yards per game this year, 24th in the NFL. The Falcons coughed up 118 rushing yards allowed per game (tied for 24th in the NFL) with 3 rushing scores allowed to date. This unit just isn't very dominant, folks.

Two struggling units face off in the Alamodome - neither has a clear edge over the other although it's a pretty decent matchup for New Orleans as Atlanta hasn't been very strong lately in this part of the game.

Weather: This game will be played in the Alamodome - weather won't be an issue.

NO Injuries: RB Aaron Stecker (Questionable), RB Deuce McAllister (Out), WR Joe Horn (Questionable), TE Ernie Conwell (Questionable), TE Shad Meier (Questionable)
ATL Injuries: DL Patrick Kerney (Questionable)


Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Willie Parker has cooled off after his fast start (10/26/0 rushing with 1/14/0 receiving last week), but fortunately for the Steelers they have another running back named Jerome Bettis to call on (17/54/1 rushing and 1/16/0 receiving last week vs. San Diego).As a team they rank 7th in the NFL averaging 131 rushing yards per game (they sport a decent 4.1 yards per carry average so far). We expect to see Bettis garner most of the scoring opportunities regardless of who starts the games. With either backup QB Tommy Maddox or Charlie Batch likely under center this week, expect the Steelers to emphasize the running game - there should be plenty of touches to go around between Bettis and Parker. Staley might get into the act, too.

Jacksonville is 29th in the NFL vs. the rush, allowing an average of 130.4 rushing yards per game (2 scores given away to date). They handed Cincinnati their first loss of the season last week, but coughed up 26/132/0 rushing on the way - they don't play a shut-down style of defense in Jacksonville this year.

Pittsburgh runs the ball very well, while the Jaguars are soft against the run this year - advantage, Pittsburgh.

Weather: Heinz Field expects a high of 70F with a low of 49F and a 40% chance for rain. If the sky opens up around game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

PIT Injuries: QB Tommy Maddox (Questionable), QB Ben Roethlisberger (Doubtful), WR Antwaan Randle El (Probable), WR Hines Ward (Questionable)
JAX Injuries: DL John Henderson (Probable), LB Akinola Ayodele (Probable)


Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Titans are below the NFL norm in this phase of the game, averaging 96 rushing yards per game (21st in the NFL) and 3.8 yards per carry (tie-18th in the NFL) Chris Brown managed to post 22/78/0 last week vs. Houston, but he's the 37th ranked fantasy RB over the last 3 weeks with 52/192/10 rushing and 5/35/0 receiving.

The Bengals did not do well vs. Fred Taylor and company last week, giving up 37/181/0 rushing (a 4.9 yards-per-carry average) en route to their first loss of 2005. Cincy usually coughs up around 117 rushing yards per game (23rd in the NFL) - last week was worse-than-usual for this defensive front.

Two sub-par units clash in this matchup. The Titans have struggled to run but this is a pretty good matchup if the Bengals don't play rush defense any better than they did against Jacksonville.

Weather: The Coliseum expects a high of 75F and a low of 52F, with a 10% chance of rain - that sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

TEN Injuries: RB Troy Fleming (Questionable)
CIN Injuries: DB Kevin Kaesviharn (Probable), DB Madieu Williams (Probable)


San Diego Chargers Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

18/62/1 rushing, with 7/68/0 receiving for Tomlinson last week was not enough to win the game for San Diego - but it did help a lot of fantasy owners clinch victories. Tomlinson continues to be fantasy gold now that coach Shottenheimer has remembered that he's the #1 weapon on the team - witness his #1 ranking among all fantasy RBs in fantasy points per game with 1/26/1 passing, 102/519/9 rushing and 16/130/0 receiving.

Dallas managed 32/116/0 vs. Oakland two weeks ago in this phase of the game. They don't scare opposing backs, ranking 11th in the NFL with an average of 99.3 rushing yards allowed per game (and 5 TDs given away to date). The Raiders' rush defense is nothing special.

Tomlinson is elite, the Raiders are average. But you don't need us to tell you to start him.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 71F and a low of 50F with a 20% chance for rain - if the forecast holds up it should be perfect weather for football and tailgating.

SD Injuries: QB Drew Brees (Questionable), RB Darren Sproles (Questionable), TE Ryan Krause (Out)
OAK Injuries: none


Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Offense at Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Rudi Johnson hasn't lit up fantasy scoreboards so far, but he hasn't been a total loss, either - the Bengals rank 10th in the NFL averaging 125.6 rushing yards per game. Chris Perry has started to erode Johnson's touches somewhat, with 7/55/0 rushing and 2/21/0 receiving last week - Rudi had 18/76/0 rushing and 2/7/0 receiving last week.

Tennessee coughed up 28/161/0 rushing to Houston last week (an embarrassing 5.8 yards per carry), but managed to hold the line in the red zone. While they rank 22nd in the NFL with an average of 118.8 rushing yards given up per game, the Titans have surrendered only 2 rushing scores to date. Tennessee bends-but-doesn't-break more often than not this year.

In the Coliseum we think that Johnson and company have their work cut out for them. Advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: The Coliseum expects a high of 75F and a low of 52F, with a 10% chance of rain - that sounds like perfect weather for a football game to us.

CIN Injuries: RB Rudi Johnson (Probable), WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Questionable), TE Matt Schobel (Probable), TE Tony Stewart (Questionable)
TEN Injuries: LB Peter Sirmon (Questionable), DB Vincent Fuller (Out)


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

Reuben Droughns is the starter in Cleveland - the feared RBBC never materialized thanks to Lee Suggs injury woes. That said, realize that Cleveland has yet to score a rushing TD and they rank 29th in rushing yards per game averaging 75.3 - and they are 24th in the league averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Droughns racks up what yards there are to be had, but he isn't a top fantasy producer (ranking 26th among all fantasy RBs over the past 3 weeks with 39/148/0 rushing and 7/58/0 receiving in 2 games.)

The Ravens caved in to Detroit last week, giving up 37/169/4 to the Lions' stable of backs. Up until last week, they had not allowed a TD to opposing rushers and even with the big game factored in, they rank 9th vs. the rush this season (averaging 95 rushing yards allowed per game). The Ravens lost their composure last week (committing 20+ penalties) and Detroit made them pay for the lack of discipline.

Droughns is a decent back playing behind an unimpressive offensive line, while the Ravens are staggering into this game off a poor performance. We expect the Ravens to get back into form against their visiting division rivals - advantage Baltimore.

Weather: Early in the week, it looks like M & T Bank Stadium might be soggy on Sunday - if it rains a lot around game time, ball handling and footing could be issues for both teams. Expect 75F for a high with 53F for a low with a 30% chance for precipitation.

CLE Injuries: RB Lee Suggs (Out), WR Braylon Edwards (Out)
BAL Injuries: DL Terrell Suggs (Probable), DL Anthony Weaver (Out), DB Samari Rolle (Probable)


Detroit Lions Rushing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

So much for the "benching" of Kevin Jones - he ground out 58 tough yards and 2 scores (and was within a few inches of a 3rd) on 26 carries vs. the Baltimore defense before exiting the game due to a concussion. As a team, the Lions reeled off 37/169/4 on a day that saw almost the entire receiving corps go down to injury. The team averages 3.6 yards per carry and 97.8 yards per game - they are moving in the right direction.

Carolina limited the anemic Cardinals to 27/72/0 last week - they are currently the NFL's 3rd ranked rush D, averaging only 82.8 rushing yards allowed per game (3 scores surrendered to date). These guys are a hard-nosed bunch.

Jones and company will need to carry the load for Detroit this week, but it won't be easy going vs. Carolina.

Weather: This game will be played indoors at Ford Field. Weather won't be an issue.

DET Injuries: QB Jeff Garcia (Out), RB Cory Schlesinger (Questionable), WR Eddie Drummond (Questionable), WR Roy Williams (Questionable)
CAR Injuries: LB Vinny Ciurciu (Questionable), DB Chris Gamble (Questionable)


Houston Texans Rushing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

At 0-4, the Texans are riding off into the sunset already - only Domanick Davis has done much of anything this season, ranking 18th among fantasy RBs with 67/318/0 rushing and 18/116/1 receiving to his credit. There just isn't much else positive to write about this sorry team.

Davis is playing hard, but the rest of the team stinks, quite frankly. Teams don't fear Carr in the passing phase, and they blitz (and sack) with impunity against this sorry offensive line. Seattle gave up 17/77/1 rushing and 6/62/0 receiving to Steven Jackson last week, and figure to improve on those numbers agains the one-dimensional Texans. The Seahawks average 108.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with 2 rushing scores given up to date.

Davis has little to no support from his counterparts on the Texans' offense and Houston is the visitor this week - advantage, Seattle.

Weather: Qwest Field expects a high of 60F and a low of 46F with only a 20% chance of precipitation. If the forecast holds up, the field might be firm and dry on Sunday.

HOU Injuries: RB Jonathan Wells (Probable), WR Andre Johnson (Questionable), WR Jerome Mathis (Questionable)
SEA Injuries: DB Andre Dyson (Doubtful)


Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Fred Taylor got back on track last week after a tough week 4 game, putting up 24/132/0 vs. Cincinnati (the team notched a total of 37/181/0 rushing). While he's still lagging in the scoring department, at least Taylor moved the ball well last week.

Pittsburgh did their job vs. LaDainian Tomlinson last week, containing him to 18/62/1 on the ground. He added 7/68/0 receiving, but anytime Tomlinson doesn't rush for 100+ yards it's a win for the defense. The Steelers rank 6th in the NFL averaging 89 rushing yards allowed per game (with 3 rushing scores surrendered to date).

Taylor has been up and down during recent weeks, while the Steelers are consistently excellent. With home field behind Pittsburgh, this figures to be a tough matchup for Taylor and company.

Weather: Heinz Field expects a high of 70F with a low of 49F and a 40% chance for rain. If the sky opens up around game time, footing and ball handling could become issues for both teams.

JAX Injuries: RB Fred Taylor (Probable), WR Jimmy Smith (Probable)
PIT Injuries: LB Clint Kriewaldt (Probable), LB James Harrison (Questionable), LB Clark Haggans (Out), DB Ricardo Colclough (Out)


New England Patriots Rushing Offense at Denver Broncos Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

New England got their ground game cranked up last week, posting 30/141/1 against the Falcons (Corey Dillon managed 23/106/0 rushing while Patrick Pass punched in the score with 6/34/1). While the Patriots aren't headlining the NFL in this phase of the game (they rank 30th in the NFL averaging 3.2 yards per carry), they have some starch in their collar at the goal-line.

Denver squeaked past Washington last week, giving up 26/125/0 to the Redskins' stable of backs in the process. Denver ranks 5th in the NFL this year averaging 88.2 rushing yards allowed per game (with 3 TDs given away) - they are usually stronger against the run.

New England's attack has been erratic so far, while the Broncos stumbled somewhat last week. With home field advantage at their backs, though, we're calling this a tough matchup for New England.

Weather: Mile High Stadium expects a high of 59F and a low of 39F on Sunday, with a 20% chance of rain. If the forecast holds up, the venue should have great football weather on Sunday afternoon.

NE Injuries: QB Tom Brady (Probable), RB Corey Dillon (Probable), RB Kevin Faulk (Out), WR Troy Brown (Probable)
DEN Injuries: LB Louis Green (Questionable), DB Nick Ferguson (Probable), DB Roc Alexander (Questionable), DB Champ Bailey (Questionable)


New York Giants Rushing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Coming off a bye week, the Giants should be ready to go: to date Tiki Barber is the 5th best fantasy RB with 74/333/3 rushing and 6/86/1 receiving to his credit. The Giants average 4.4 yards per carry (8th in the NFL) - it is all good for New York's rushing attack heading into the middle of the NFL calendar.

Dallas fields the 10th ranked rush defense in the land, averaging 95.8 rushing yards allowed per game (with 2 scores surrendered so far). Last week, the Eagles could barely get the ball past the line of scrimmage, scraping together 9/19/0 rushing during the entire game. Dallas is on top of their opponents in this phase of the game.

Barber and company will have a tough time moving the ball against Dallas down in Big D this week.

Weather: Dallas expects a high of 85F and a low of 65F with a 10% chance for precipitation on Sunday. It should be a great day to play some football.

NYG Injuries: RB Derrick Ward (Probable)
DAL Injuries: LB Dat Nguyen (Questionable)


Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs San Diego Chargers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Oakland was on bye last week, after an impressive win over Dallas - LaMont Jordan elevated his game vs. the Cowboys and posted 26/126/1 rushing and 4/22/0 receiving to look more like the featured back we expected when he joined the Raiders. The team averages only 78.5 rushing yards per game after 4 games, but they are moving in the right direction.

San Diego gave up 32/104/2 to the Steelers last week, including 17/54/1 to Jerome Bettis - they did not shut down Pittsburgh's stable. The Chargers are the 7th ranked rush D in the NFL averaging 93.8 rushing yards allowed per game, but have surrendered 5 rushing scores to date - on the high end of the spectrum of the 32 teams so far.

Jordan is rounding into form and will be well-rested, while their rivals dropped a heart-breaker to Pittsburgh Monday night. The Chargers are tough to run on though and we're calling this a tough matchup.

Weather: McAfee Coliseum expects a high of 71F and a low of 50F with a 20% chance for rain - if the forecast holds up it should be perfect weather for football and tailgating.

OAK Injuries: WR Ronald Curry (Out), TE John Paul Foschi (Questionable)
SD Injuries: DL Jacques Cesaire (Questionable), LB Stephen Cooper (Questionable), LB Steve Foley (Questionable), LB Randall Godfrey (Questionable), DB Drayton Florence (Questionable), DB Bhawoh Jue (Questionable)


St. Louis Rams Rushing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Rams/Colts: a vital question for fantasy owners is this: will coach Martz's temporary absence mean more handoffs to Steven Jackson? He's been good this year, ranking 13th in the league with 76/295/3 rushing and 17/139/1 receiving even though Martz has ignored the running game during stretches this season - last week Jackson posted 17/77/1 rushing and 6/62/0 receiving, reminding us of Marshall Faulk in his hey-day.

The Colts rank 16th in the NFL allowing an average of 104.4 rushing yards per game, but they lead the league with 0 (yes zero) rushing scores allowed. In fact, they have allowed 2 TDs (total) during their first 5 games. This is a solid, veteran D folks.

Jackson is a fine talent, but the Colts play well in this phase of the game. At the RCA Dome, we'll give the edge to Indy.

Weather: The Monday Night Football game will go down in the air-conditioned RCA Dome - weather won't be an issue.

STL Injuries: WR Torry Holt (Questionable), WR Isaac Bruce (Doubtful), TE Brandon Manumaleuna (Probable)
IND Injuries: DL Josh Thomas (Probable), DL Vincent Burns (Questionable), LB Cato June (Probable), LB David Thornton (Probable), LB Gilbert Gardner (Questionable), DB Bob Sanders (Questionable), DB Joseph Jefferson (Out)


Washington Redskins Rushing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Clinton Portis (and the Redskins as a team) have yet to score a rushing TD during 2005. He is the 20th ranked fantasy RB in the land, with a total of 83/366/0 rushing and 8/70/0 receiving. He just hasn't been very effective this year.

Kansas City kept the Eagles' rushing game in check during week 4, allowing only 17/28/0 to the squad. They rank 8th in the league averaging 94.5 rushing yards allowed per game (with 3 scores given up to date). The Chiefs are not giving in this department.

Portis and company can't find the end zone, and the Chiefs will have their home field advantage to help spur the D this week - advantage, K.C.

Weather: Arrowhead Stadium expects a high of 67F with a low of 56F and a 10% chance for rain. Cool, crisp autumnal conditions - perfect for a game of football (and tailgating).

WAS Injuries: RB Clinton Portis (Probable), RB Ladell Betts (Questionable)
KC Injuries: DL Gary Stills (Questionable), DL Ryan Sims (Out)


Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

This is the week that Ricky Williams can rejoin the Dolphins' offense. Ronnie Brown hasn't been tearing apart the league in Williams' absence (ranking 22nd in the NFL to date with 74/321/1 rushing and 11/43/0 receiving) but he hasn't been terrible, either. We'll be watching closely to see how coach Saban utilizes both backs this week - expect some sort of by-committee aproach, but it's unclear how the workload will be broken down.

Tampa Bay plays very tough rush defense this season, leading the league allowing only 61.6 rushing yards per game on average (with 3 scores surrendered to date). Last week, Curtis Martin managed to push the ball across the goal line twice (but the team only managed 27/62/2 against the Bucs - right on pace for this defense). It's not easy to rush the ball against Tampa.

Miami is the visitor in this game, making their task even tougher than usual - advantage Tampa.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 85F and a low of 69F with a 10% chance of rain. That's great weather for a football game in our book.

MIA Injuries: none
TB Injuries: DB Jermaine Phillips (Questionable)


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

The Vikings have managed only 1 rushing score and an average of 79.8 rushing yards per game to date. It seems they miss Onterrio "Mr. Whizzinator" Smith more than we expected. Mewelde Moore piled up 14/57/0 rushing and 6/63/0 to lead his team in rushing and recieiving before the bye week, but he's still the 24th ranked fantasy RB over the past 3 weeks, averaging 11.2 fantasy points per week. Minnesota has crashed and burned during the first quarter of this season.

22/76/0 was Cleveland's total on the ground last week (Reuben Droughns collected 17/72/0, for an average of 4.2 yards per carry). The Bears are 4th in the league averaging 88 rushing yards allowed per game, with 0 (zero) rushing scores allowed to date. The Bears don't give up easy scores.

A weak rushing offense squares off against a tough rush D in the defense's house - advantage Chicago.

Weather: The forecast for Soldier Field calls for a high of 63F with a low of 52F and a 10% chance for rain. You can't ask for better weather than that in the Windy City during October.

MIN Injuries: RB Moe Williams (Questionable), WR Nate Burleson (Out)
CHI Injuries: DL Adewale Ogunleye (Probable)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Cadillac Williams was out of action last week due to his ailing arch and hamstring: "It really wasn't feeling too good," Williams said after the game. Coach Gruden stated "Carnell just isn't ready to go. He will remain questionable until we see how he progresses." In his absence, Michael Pittman carried the ball for 13/46/0 rushing and snagged 7/41/0 receiving. The Bucs average 4.1 yards per carry (11th in the NFL) and rack up an average of 130.2 rushing yards per game (8th in the league). Whoever handles Griese's hand-offs is positioned to do well more often than not.

Miami is giving up an average of 82 rushing yards per game this year (2nd in the NFL) and had only allowed 1 rushing score to date. That's stout rush D, folks. Last week, the Bills managed 36/99/1 (an average of 2.8 yards per carry) - it's tough to grind out yards against the Dolphins this year.

Miami will make things difficult for whoever Tampa hands the ball this week - two top units will clash in this matchup.

Weather: Raymond James Stadium expects a high of 85F and a low of 69F with a 10% chance of rain. That's great weather for a football game in our book.

TB Injuries: RB Cadillac Williams (Questionable)
MIA Injuries: LB Junior Seau (Questionable), DB Eddie Jackson (Questionable)




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