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Fantasy Tidbits - Week 5

Hi everybody. Welcome to week five's Tidbits column. This is the week I begin looking at additional statistics such as points surrendered, passing yards given up per game as well as rushing yards against. This will be useful for those of you in fantasy leagues and perhaps even more so for those of you participating in football pools.

So find a comfortable chair, crack open a cold one and enjoy this week's installment of Tidbits.

Bye Week

Kansas City, Minnesota, NY Giants, Oakland

Sunday

Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions

The Ravens are 7-6 lifetime against the Titans

  • The Ravens were 3-5 on the road last season
  • The Ravens are 2-12 in their last fourteen road games
  • The Ravens have only given up 70.3 rushing yards per game
  • The Ravens are giving up 17.3 points per game
  • The Ravens are giving up a respectable 190.3 passing yards per game (5.92 per attempt) but have yet to intercept a pass
  • The good news: The Ravens quarterbacks are completing 64.3% of their passes
  • The bad news: The quarterbacks are only averaging 9.6 yards per completion
  • What has happened to the Ravens rushing attack? RB Jamal Lewis is only averaging 2.5 yards per carry and Chester Taylor a whopping 3.6 yards per carry
  • WR Derrick Mason is catching 7 passes per game but is averaging only 10.1 yards per catch and has scored just once
  • Of the receivers and tight ends, only WR Clarence Moore is averaging more than 10.2 yards per carry (18.0). He has caught just two passes though

  • The Lions have won three of their past four home games
  • The Lions pass defense has been strong. They are giving up 201 passing yards per game with only 3 touchdown passes allowed and 5 interceptions
  • The Lions have given up 100.7 rushing yards per game and 2 touchdowns
  • The Lions are giving up 19.3 points per game
  • Paging Mr. Mitchell. Paging Scott Mitchell… QB Joey Harrington has been terrible. He is on pace to
    • Toss 26 interceptions
    • Throw for only 2,666 yards
    • Finish with a YPA of 5.4
  • RB Kevin Jones has had a rough start to the season. He is on pace to finish with 784 rushing yards and is averaging 3.3 yards per carry
  • Jones has only rushed for 60 total yards in his last two games
  • Jones has only one 100-yard rushing effort in his last six games
  • Roy Williams is averaging 16.3 yards on his 10 receptions. He is clearly the best receiver on the team

Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns

The Bears are 4-8 lifetime against the Browns

  • The Bears have lost four straight road games dating back to last season. They have scored only 30 total points in those four losses
  • The Bears defense has surrendered only 175 passing yards this season with 4 touchdown passes given up and 6 interceptions
  • The Bears are only giving up 3.0 yards per carry this season (92 yards per game). They have yet to allow a rushing touchdown
  • The Bears are giving up only 13 points per game on the year
  • The Bears have scored just seven points in two of their games this season and 38 in the game against the Detroit Lions
  • Rookie Kyle Orton has looked just like that (a rookie) through the first three games. His projected numbers for an entire season are:
    • 2,345 passing yards
    • 0 rushing yards
    • 52.3% completion rate
    • 5 touchdowns and 32 interceptions
    • 5.0 yards per attempt
  • At least he's been consistent… Orton has thrown for 141, 150 and 149 yards in his three starts
  • RB Thomas Jones is averaging 21 carries and 92 yards per game and has scored 4 touchdowns
  • Rookie RB Cedric Benson is averaging 10 carries and 30 yards per game in his two games played
  • The only receiver making an impact this season is Muhsin Muhammad who is on pace to catch 85 passes

  • The Browns have lost six straight home games
  • The Browns are giving up 21.3 points per game
  • The Browns pass defense has been brutal. They have allowed teams to complete 76.2 % of their passes and averaged 278.7 yards against
  • The Browns are giving up 125 rushing yards per game but a respectable 3.9 yards per carry
  • Trent Dilfer has been above-average. He is completing 66.3% of his throws with 4 touchdowns against 2 interceptions. His YPA is 7.9
  • Dilfer is on pace to throw for 4,381 yards. His career high in a season is only 2,859 yards
  • The Browns have yet to score a rushing touchdown in 2005
  • RB Reuben Droughns is averaging 18 carries per game but only 3.8 yards per carry
  • The Browns have four receivers on pace to finish with 789 receiving yards (Antonio Bryant, Braylon Edwards, Frisman Jackson and TE Steve Heiden)
  • Bryant leads the way with 25 targets this season

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

The Dolphins are 49-32-1 lifetime against the Bills

  • The Dolphins only scored seven points in their first road game of the season (a 17-7 loss to the Jets)
  • The Dolphins pass defense has been average. They are giving up 217.7 yards per game with 6 touchdowns against 3 interceptions. The completion percentage of 53.1% is quite good
  • The Dolphins run defense has been strong. They are only giving up 2.9 yards per carry and haven't allowed a touchdown
  • The Dolphins are giving up 17.0 points per game
  • QB Gus Frerotte is only completing 51.6% of his passes but does have 5 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions
  • RB Ronnie Brown is averaging 19 carries per game and 3.9 yards per carry.
  • Brown had his first 100-yard rushing effort in his last game (against the Panthers). He rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries
  • The Dolphins leading receiver is TE Randy McMichael who is on pace to finish with 80 receptions for 800 yards and 16 touchdowns
  • WR Chris Chambers has been targeted 32 times and has caught 14 passes for 154 yards and a score
  • In seven games against the Bills, Chambers has
    • One game with 20+ fantasy points (5 rec. for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns during the 2001 campaign)
    • Six games with 11.1 or fewer fantasy points
    • Three games with 5+ receptions
    • 5 touchdowns scored
    • One game with 100+ receiving yards and only one game with more than 51 yards
  • TE Randy McMichael has never caught more than 4 passes in a game against the Bills

  • The Bills are only 1-2 in the last three home games but won five in a row prior to that
  • The Bills have the league's best pass defense. They are giving up 121.3 yards per game with 2 touchdowns against 4 interceptions
  • The Bills run defense has been non-existent to this point. They are giving up a poor 4.9 yards per carry and 172.3 yards per game with 5 touchdowns allowed
  • The Bills are giving up 17.3 points per game on the year
  • QB J.P. Losman has been miserable. He is completing 48.4% of his throws and his YPA is only 4.6
  • The good news: His passes are so erratic that the defense can't catch them either. He has thrown only 2 interceptions with his single touchdown pass
  • Rumor Mill: Losman to be benched in favor of Kelly Holcomb. I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief coming from the receivers
  • RB Willis McGahee is on pace to finish with 1,500 rushing yards and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the year
  • WR Eric Moulds is on pace to finish with 40 receptions for 320 yards on the season. Think he misses Drew Bledsoe?
  • WR Lee Evans is on pace to finish with 36 receptions but is on pace for 556 receiving yards.
  • In two games against the Dolphins, McGahee carried the ball 49 times for 202 yards but didn't score
  • In ten games against the Dolphins, Moulds has five games with 10+ fantasy points and five games with fewer than 10 fantasy points
  • Moulds has at least 5 receptions in five of the ten games against the Dolphins
  • Moulds best game against the Dolphins came in 2001 when he caught 6 passes for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns
  • In week thirteen last season, Evans caught 4 passes for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Dolphins

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons

The Patriots are 4-6 lifetime against the Falcons

  • The Patriots have surrendered 47 points in two road games this season
  • The Patriots have given up 27.0 points per game this season. That is 4th worst on the year
  • The good news: The Patriots are only allowing opponents to complete 51.3 % of their passes and are giving up 207.5 passing yards per game
  • The bad news: The Patriots have given up 7 passing touchdowns while intercepting just a single pass
  • The Patriots are giving up a respectable 3.8 yards per carry but have given up 5 rushing touchdowns
  • QB Tom Brady is off to a fast start when it comes to passing yards. He is on pace to finish with 4,688 passing yards this season
  • Brady is only averaging 1 touchdown pass per game
  • Is Corey Dillon too old? Dillon is averaging only 3.1 yards per carry on the season and is on pace to finish with 892 rushing yards
  • Receivers Deion Branch and David Givens have both caught 22 passes on the season
  • Branch hasn't had a 100-yard game in his last ten starts (did reach 99 yards in week one)
  • Givens has caught 15 passes for 196 yards over the last two games
  • The tight end position has been invisible. They have caught only 7 passes over the first four games

  • The Falcons have now won seven straight home games
  • The Falcons are giving up only 14.3 points per game
  • The Falcons are giving up 187.3 passing yards per game and have 4 interceptions to go with the 4 touchdown passes allowed
  • The Falcons are giving up 112.3 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry. They have allowed only 2 touchdowns
  • Some things don't change. The Falcons have 145 rushing attempts and only 92 passing attempts
  • QB Michael Vick is on pace to rush for 932 yards this season
  • Vick is completing 57.1% of his passes and has been intercepted just twice
  • Vick still hasn't had a 300-yard passing game since the 2002 season
  • Dunn is on pace to rush for 1,576 yards this season and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He has scored just once however
  • Duckett is averaging 10 carries per game for 39 yards and has scored 4 touchdowns in four games
  • The Falcons have three receivers with 135+ receiving yards (Brian Finneran-135; Alge Crumpler-158 and Michael Jenkins-162). Nobody else has more than 30.
  • Brian Finneran leads the way with 19 targets on the season

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

The Saints are 5-13 lifetime against the Packers

  • The Saints are giving up a decent 21.8 points per game this season
  • The Saints have given up only 179 passing yards per game but have allowed 5 touchdown passes and a 60% completion rate
  • The Saints are bad when it comes to run defense. They give up 4.5 yards per attempt and 130 rushing yards per game along with 4 touchdowns scored
  • In his last three starts, QB Aaron Brooks has completed only 52.4% of his passes with 2 touchdowns against 5 interceptions
  • Brooks is on pace to throw for 3,752 yards this season. That would be his fifth straight season with 3,500+ yards passing
  • RB Deuce McAllister is on pace to rush for 1,216 yards this season (3.7 YPC), catch 56 passes and has scored 3 times
  • McAllister had his first 100-yard rushing effort last week against the Bills
  • WR Donte Stallworth leads the way with 32 targets and 20 receptions on the year. He hasn't scored though
  • Stallworth has eight receptions in two games this season as well as two 100-yard efforts
  • WR Joe Horn has averaged 5 receptions per game (missed last week's game) this season
  • Horn has averaged 5.5 receptions per game over the last six seasons

  • The Packers are giving up 23 points per game
  • The Packers are allowing opponents to complete 63.6% of their passes and have given up 9 passing touchdowns while intercepting a single pass
  • The Packers are giving up 204 passing yards per game
  • The Packers run defense has been strong this season, allowing only 3.3 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns on the season
  • The Packers run attack is non-existent. The team is averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Think guards matter to an offensive line (lost both Wahle and Rivera and we warned you about it)
  • WR Robert Ferguson has 12 receptions and 2 touchdowns but has been the target of Brett Favre's wrath frequently this season for running sloppy routes
  • WR Donald Driver has been strong and is on pace to finish with 1,176 receiving yards
  • TE David Martin had his best game as a pro last week with 5 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown
  • Driver has been targeted 33 times this season
  • Favre is on pace to throw for 4,164 passing yards and 36 touchdowns this season. The bad news is he is on pace to toss 32 interceptions
  • Favre has now thrown for 50,775 yards during his career. That is the 3rd best mark of all-time (exactly 700 yards behind # 2, Elway)

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

The Seahawks are 4-9 lifetime against the Rams and have lost four games in a row (including last season's post-season loss)

  • The Seahawks are giving up 19 points per game on the year
  • The good news: The Seahawks are giving up only 184.5 passing yards per game and a 54% completion rate
  • The bad news: The Seahawks have allowed 5 passing touchdowns while intercepting only 2 passes
  • The Seahawks have surrendered a lot of rushing yards (116.3) but are only giving up 3.9 yards per carry and have allowed only a single rushing touchdown
  • In six games against the Rams, RB Shaun Alexander has
    • three 100-yard rushing games
    • Four games with at least 17.9 fantasy points
    • Three games with 6.6 or fewer fantasy points
    • Scored in only three games (4 touchdowns total)
    • Caught only 9 passes
  • In five games against the Rams, QB Matt Hasselbeck has
    • Three games with 22+ fantasy points and four games with 17.3+ fantasy points
    • Tossed 6 touchdowns against 3 interceptions
    • Thrown for 200-yards four times and 300-yards one time
  • In six games against the Rams, WR Darrell Jackson has
    • Caught a total of 22 passes for 386 yards
    • Had at least 10.1 fantasy points in five of the six games
    • Scored a touchdown in five of the six games (one per game)
  • WR Darrell Jackson has 42 targets so far through 4 games and is on pace to catch 116 passes on the season
  • Hasselbeck is on pace to throw for 4,044 yards this season
  • In his last three games, Alexander has rushed for 382 yards and scored 6 touchdowns
  • Jackson has 100-yards receiving in five of the last nine games

  • The Panthers were 3-5 at home a year ago but did win three of their final four home games
  • The Rams are giving up 27.8 points per game on the year
  • The Rams pass defense has been terrible. They are allowing opponents to complete 63.4% of their passes and have given up 255 yards per game and 8 touchdowns
  • The Rams are only giving up 91.8 rushing yards on the year but that is more to do with incompetent pass defense as they are giving up 4.1 yards per carry
  • QB Marc Bulger is on pace to throw the ball 700 times for 5,248 passing yards and 32 touchdowns this season
  • Bulger has tossed at least one touchdown in twenty-four of the past twenty-five games
  • Not including the SF game last year in which he was hurt, Bulger has thrown for at least 216 yards in thirteen straight games
  • Not including the game against the Cardinals this season, RB Steven Jackson has rushed for only 125 yards on 41 carries
  • WR Torry Holt is on pace to catch 120 passes for 1,768 yards this season
  • In five games against the Seahawks, Bulger has at least 17.8 fantasy points in each game
    • Bulger has 8 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions in those five games and has averaged 263 passing yards per game
  • In seven games against the Seahawks, WR Torry Holt has
    • Two games with 15+ fantasy points and four games with fewer than 7.5 fantasy points
    • Caught 5+ passes in five games
    • Had two 100-yard receiving games and scored twice
  • RB Marshall Faulk has faced the Seahawks seven times and finished with at least 15.8 fantasy points in four of those games including a 47.5 point explosion back in 2002

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets

The Buccaneers have only defeated the Jets once in the eight lifetime meetings

  • The Buccaneers last won five in a row back during the 2002 season (finished 12-4 that year)
  • The Buccaneers are giving up 220.3 yards per game this season. That is far and away tops in the NFL
  • The Buccaneers are
    • 3rd in points surrendered (11.3 ppg)
    • 3rd in passing yards given up per game (158.8 yards per game)
    • 1st in rushing yardage allowed per game (61.5 rushing yards per game)
  • The Buccaneers have given up only 3 total touchdowns on defense and intercepted six passes
  • QB Brian Griese is completing 62.6% of his passes with 6 touchdown passes against 6 interceptions. He is on pace to finish with 3,160 yards
  • Griese has thrown multiple touchdowns in a game in nine of the past twelve games
  • RB Cadillac Williams is averaging 112 rushing yards per game
  • WR Michael Clayton hasn't had a 100-yard effort in his last seven games
  • Clayton has yet to score this season and is only 2nd on the team in targets (behind Galloway)
  • WR Joey Galloway is on pace to catch 68 passes for 1,264 yards and score 12 times
  • Last week, Galloway had his first 100-yard game since the start of the 2003 season

  • The Jets are giving up 18.3 points per game
  • The Jets pass defense has been solid. They are surrendering 168.3 passing yards per game and have given up only 3 passing touchdowns with 4 interceptions
  • The Jets have given up 129.5 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns this season. They are allowing only 3.6 yards per carry
  • The Jets are only 3-3 in the last six home games
  • The Jets haven't lost two straight home games since the first two of the 2003 campaign
  • The Jets haven't score more than 20 points in a game this season
  • The good news is Curtis Martin is on pace to carry the ball 328 times. The bad news is his 2.8 YPC average and no touchdowns
  • WR Laveranues Coles has only averaged 4 receptions for 42 yards per game this season. He has caught 16 of the 32 passes thrown his way
  • TE Chris Baker has only caught 7 passes over the last three games

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

The Titans are 4-2 lifetime against the Texans and lost last season in Houston

  • The Titans are giving up 26.5 points per game
  • The Titans pass defense is horrible. They are allowing teams to complete 70.2% of their pass attempts with 10 passing touchdowns allowed against only 2 interceptions
  • The Titans run defense has been serviceable with 105.3 rushing yards per game surrendered and 2 touchdowns
  • QB Steve McNair has completed 64.5% of his throws this season but almost 2/3 of those throws have gone to the tight ends and running backs
  • McNair is on pace to throw for 3,580 yards this season
  • WR Drew Bennett has disappointed and is on pace to catch only 56 passes for 988 yards this season. He has yet to score
  • WR Brandon Jones has emerged as the # 2 receiver with 11 receptions for 121 yards
  • RB Chris Brown is clearly the top running back on the team. He is averaging 4.3 yards per carry this season
  • The Titans have yet to score a rushing touchdown
  • In six games against the Texans, McNair has
    • At least 20.1 fantasy points in four of the games and to 30+ point performances
    • Four 200-yard passing efforts
    • 11 touchdown passes
  • WR Drew Bennett caught 10 passes and scored once in two games against the Texans last season. He had 11.9 and 5.4 fantasy points in those two games
  • Chris Brown has gone up against the Texans three times and never finished a game with more than 8.8 fantasy points

  • The Texans are giving up 21.7 points per game
  • The Texans pass defense has been non-existent. They have allowed 230 passing yards per game with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and allow 67.5% of the passes to be completed
  • The Texans have only given up a single rushing touchdown on the season and allow 128.3 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry
  • The Texans are averaging 8.0 points per game
  • QB David Carr has failed to hit the 200-yard passing mark in seven of his past eight games
  • Carr hasn't had a multiple-touchdown game in the last eight starts
  • RB Domanick Davis needs more touches. He has touched the ball a total of 58 times this season. He averaged 24.7 touches per game last season
  • Speaking of more touches, WR Andre Johnson only has 10 receptions for 76 yards on the season. He has been targeted 20 times
  • Carr is on pace to rush for 645 yards this season
  • Rookie RB Vernand Morency has yet to touch the ball on offense this season
  • In four games against the Titans, Domanick Davis has one game with 20+ fantasy points and three games with fewer than 13 fantasy points
  • In six games against the Titans, David Carr has
    • Five games with 200+ passing yards
    • Three games with 20+ fantasy points and no games with less than 10 fantasy points
    • Tossed seven touchdowns against 10 interceptions
  • In four games against the Titans, WR Andre Johnson has never finished with more than 10.8 fantasy points in a game

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers

The Colts are 22-18 lifetime against the 49ers

  • The Colts are surrendering a miniscule 6.5 points per game this season.
  • The Colts are giving up 222.8 passing yards per game and have allowed 67.1 % of the passes to be complete
  • The Colts pass defense has given up only 2 passing touchdowns, have intercepted 4 passes and are allowing only 8.9 yards per completion
  • The Colts are giving up only 97.3 rushing yards per game on the year with no rushing touchdowns allowed
  • Not including the final game of the 2004 season against the Broncos (Colts rested their starters), the Colts have won 8 straight regular season road games
  • QB Peyton Manning is on pace to finish with 3,472 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Both would be his lowest output as a pro
  • RB Edgerrin James is on pace to finish with 1,656 rushing yards this season. That would be his best performance since the 2000 season
  • James hasn't rushed for less than 88 yards in a game this season
  • WR Brandon Stokley has disappeared this season. He is on pace to catch only 40 passes for 464 yards
  • WR Marvin Harrison is on pace to finish with 96 receptions for 1,068 yards and score 12 times
  • Harrison has had at least 5 receptions in six of his last seven games
  • WR Reggie Wayne hasn't had a 100-yard receiving game in his last ten starts

  • The 49ers are giving up a league-worst 33 points per game on the season
  • The 49ers pass defense is atrocious. They are giving up 368.3 passing yards per game and have allowed 11 touchdowns along with a 68.7 completion rate
  • The 49ers are only giving up 3.5 yards per carry but have allowed 4 rushing touchdowns
  • The 49ers have allowed 473.5 total yards per game this season. That is 50 yards worst than the next closest team (Giants)
  • Rookie QB Alex Smith will get the start this week against the Colts. Think DE Dwight Freeney is licking his chops?
  • RB Kevan Barlow has yet to carry the ball more than 14 times in a game this season
  • Barlow is averaging 3.6 yards per carry and hasn't scored since week one
  • WR Brandon Lloyd has had two straight 100-yard receiving games and has been targeted 28 times

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals

The Panthers are 3-2 lifetime against the Cardinals

  • The Panthers lost their only road game so far this season
  • The Panthers are giving up 24 points per game this season
  • The Panthers are allowing opponents to complete only 56.1% of their passes but have allowed 7 passing touchdowns against only 3 interceptions
  • The Panthers are giving up 226 passing yards per game
  • The Panthers have given up 85.5 rushing yards per game (3.5 YPC) and 3 total rushing touchdowns
  • The Panthers have scored at least 18 points in thirteen straight games
  • QB Jake Delhomme has thrown for at least 200 yards in eight of the nine games
  • WR Steve Smith has been up and down all season:
    • In weeks one and three, Smith had 19 receptions for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns
    • In weeks two and four, Smith had only 6 receptions for 46 yards

  • The Cardinals went 5-3 at home last season including a win against the Rams
  • The Cardinals are giving up 27.5 points per game
  • The Cardinals are tough to pass against. They have surrendered 186 passing yards per game with 3 passing touchdowns against 4 interceptions
  • The Cardinals allow opponents to complete only 57.4% of their passes
  • The Cardinals have been poor when it comes to stopping the run. Opponents are averaging 4.5 yards per carry and have scored 7 rushing touchdowns
  • Props to David Dodds who accurately stated QB Josh McCown would have a big game. 385 passing yards is a very special night
  • RB J.J. Arrington is averaging a whopping 1.4 yards per carry this season. It's so bad rumors are circulating that Michael Bennett will be brought in
  • Arrington has yet to rush for more than 13 yards in a game this season
  • The dynamic receiver duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are both on pace to finish with at least 1,472 yards
  • The tight end position has caught a total of 8 passes on the season
  • Boldin has had at least 4 receptions and 68 yards receiving in every game this season. He has hit the 100-yard mark twice
  • Fitzgerald has at least 16 fantasy points in two of the four games this season
  • Boldin has been targeted 42 times and Fitzgerald has been targeted 37 times

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles are 40-51 lifetime against the Cowboys

  • The Eagles crushed the Cowboys 49-21 in Dallas last season and have won three straight
  • The Eagles are giving up 17.0 points per game
  • The Eagles pass defense has been strong. They have allowed opponents to complete only 55.7% of their passes and allowed only 189 passing yards per game.
  • The Eagles have given up 4 touchdown passes and intercepted 6 passes
  • The Eagles have allowed opponents to average 4.0 yards per carry (106 rushing yards per game) and have given up 3 rushing touchdowns
  • QB Donovan McNabb is averaging 27.1 fantasy points per game this season. That is far and away the top performance at quarterback this season
  • In nine games against the Cowboys, McNabb has
    • One 300-yard passing game
    • Thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game (18 total touchdown passes)
    • Tossed no interceptions in five of the games
    • Had at least 28 fantasy points in four games and at least 18 fantasy points in seven of the games
    • Averaged 208 passing yards per game
  • In his last four games against the Cowboys, Brian Westbrook has 3 touchdowns, 15 receptions and never finished with less than 9.7 fantasy points (averaged 13.3)
  • Westbrook is the 4th best fantasy producer at running back this season even without counting receptions in the FP total. He is averaging 18.2 FP/game and 23.7 in leagues that reward one point per reception
  • WR Terrell Owens is on pace to finish with 2,024 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns
  • In week ten against the Cowboys last season, Owens lit it up with 134 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions

  • The Cowboys are only 3-5 in their last eight home games
  • The Cowboys are giving up 22 points per game
  • The good news: The Cowboys passing defense has allowed opponents to complete only 57% of their passes and have 5 interceptions
  • The bad news: The Cowboys passing defense has given up 225 yards per game and given up 7 passing touchdowns
  • The Cowboys are giving up 115 rushing yards per game (4.3 yards per carry) and have allowed only two rushing touchdowns
  • RB Julius Jones is the 11th best fantasy back (14.9 FP/game) but is averaging only 3.5 yards per carry
  • Jones is on pace to carry the ball 384 times this season
  • Jones has faced the Eagles once last season and ran for 80 yards on 25 carries with no touchdowns
  • WR Keyshawn Johnson caught 9 passes and scored a touchdown against the Eagles in two games last season

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos

The Redskins are 5-5 lifetime against the Broncos although they won the most important meeting (Super Bowl 1987 season)

  • The Redskins are only giving up 12.3 points per game
  • The defense has given up 207 passing yards per game and a 60.8% completion rate but have allowed only 2 touchdowns
  • The Redskins have intercepted only a single pass on the season
  • The Redskins are tough to run on. They have surrendered only 83.3 rushing yards per game (3.6 YPC) and given up only 2 rushing touchdowns
  • The Redskins haven't scored a rushing touchdown this season
  • RB Clinton Portis hasn't scored a touchdown in five straight games dating back to last season
  • As a Redskin, Portis has scored a touchdown in only five of his eighteen games
  • Portis is averaging 21 carries per game on the year
  • WR Santana Moss has 342 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. The next closest receiver (James Thrash) has only 87 yards
  • Moss has had at least 87 receiving yards in three consecutive games this season
  • QB Mark Brunell has thrown for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last two games

  • The Broncos have given up 17.0 points per game
  • The Broncos are giving up 212 passing yards per game with 4 passing touchdowns allowed against 4 interceptions
  • The Broncos are only given up 3.5 yards per carry (79 rushing yards per game) with three rushing touchdowns allowed
  • QB Jake Plummer has completed 55 of 81 passes (67.9%) in his last three starts with 3 passing touchdowns and 1 interception
  • In his last two games, RB Mike Anderson has carried the ball 42 times for 213 yards and scored a touchdown
  • Last week Anderson had his first 100-yard effort since the 2001 season
  • WR Ashley Lelie has been terrible this year. He is on pace to finish with 40 receptions for 432 yards
  • Lelie has only caught 10 of the 28 passes thrown his way
  • WR Rod Smith has caught at least four passes in eight straight games

Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Bengals are 5-10 lifetime against the Jaguars

  • The Bengals are only giving up 9.5 points per game on the season. That is 2nd best in the NFL
  • The Bengals pass defense has been awesome. Here are some of the highlights
    • 2 touchdown passes allowed against 12 interceptions
    • Only allowing opponents to complete 55.9% of his passes
    • Allowing 195.5 passing yards per game
  • The Bengals are only giving up 101 rushing yards per game but the high YPC is a red-flag (4.9 ypc). They have allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns
  • QB Carson Palmer is still completing 71.8% of his passes and is on pace to toss 36 touchdowns this season
  • RB Rudi Johnson is averaging 97 rushing yards per game and has had at least 84 yards rushing in every game
  • WR Chad Johnson has been targeted 36 times and has caught 26 of those passes. He is averaging 94 receiving yards per game
  • The tight end position has only caught 9 passes this season
  • Last week, TJ Houshmandzadeh hit the 100-yard mark for the first time in seven games
  • Palmer has had at least 17 fantasy points in every game this season and seven straight games dating back to last season

  • The Jaguars are only giving up 16.0 points per game on the season. That is the 8th best mark
  • Not to be undone, the Jaguars pass defense is also strong. They are giving up only 136 passing yards per game with 4 touchdown passes allowed against 5 interceptions
  • The Jaguars give up 130 rushing yards per game (4.1 ypc average) with 2 rushing touchdowns surrendered
  • In their two losses, the Jaguars have scored a total of 10 points
  • In their two wins, the Jaguars have averaged 26 points per game
  • QB Byron Leftwich in on pace to throw for 3,468 and 20 touchdowns this season
  • Leftwich has thrown for 177+ yards in each of the four games this season
  • RB Fred Taylor is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry
  • WR Jimmy Smith has found the fountain of youth. He has caught 17 of the 32 passes thrown his way for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns. This year's Muhsin Muhammad perhaps?
  • WR Reggie Williams has caught 16 of the 24 passes thrown his way but is averaging less than 10 yards per catch
  • Jimmy Smith has never had more than 8 touchdown receptions in a season. He is on pace for 16 this year
  • Smith has had two 100-yard efforts this season

Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers

The Steelers are 18-7 lifetime against the Chargers

  • The Steelers are giving up only 12.3 points per game
  • The Steelers are allowing opponents to complete 69.1% of their passes and 220 passing yards per game but have allowed only 2 passing touchdowns against 3 interceptions
  • The Steelers are giving up only 96.7 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. They have given up 2 rushing touchdowns
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 229 passing yards per game and 2 touchdown passes per game despite averaging only 12 completions per game. Go deep young man!
  • Roethlisberger has thrown for at least 216 yards in each of the three games
  • WR Hines Ward is questionable this week. He has four touchdown receptions in the last two weeks
  • Antwaan Randle El has averaged 31.4 yards per catch this season
  • RB Willie Parker was slowed down by the Patriots in the last game but he is still on pace to rush for 1,744 yards

  • The Chargers are giving up 22 points per game
  • The Chargers pass defense has given up 248.5 passing yards per game and have allowed 6 passing touchdowns with only 3 interceptions
  • The Chargers run defense has been solid, giving up only 91.5 yards per game (3.7 YPC). They have given up 3 rushing touchdowns though
  • Somebody finally got smart…
    • In the first two games (both losses), RB LaDainian Tomlinson had only 38 rushes for 124 yards and no receptions
    • In the last two games (both lopsided wins), Tomlinson has had 46 carries for 326 yards, 62 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. I wonder why they're winning.
  • WR Keenan McCardell has never finished with more than 8 touchdown receptions in a season. He already has five this year
  • McCardell caught 9 passes in week one and has only caught 9 passes since over the last three games
  • QB Drew Brees is still ultra-efficient this season. He is completing 68.3% of his passes and is on pace to toss 24 touchdown passes
  • In his last two games, Brees has completed 38 of 46 passes (82.6%). That will help a quarterback keep his job.
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