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Fantasy Tidbits - Week 6

Bye Week

Arizona, Green Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Sunday

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

The Falcons are 42-30 lifetime against the Saints but have lost the last two road games to the Saints

  • The Falcons are 1-4 in their past five road games
  • The Falcons are giving up 17.6 points per game this season
  • The Falcons are giving up 218 passing yards per game and 118 rushing yards per game.
  • The Falcons have surrendered 7 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns
  • In seven games against the Saints, TE Alge Crumpler has scored a touchdown in three of the games and one 100-yard receiving game
  • In three games against the Saints, RB T.J. Duckett has scored one touchdown and rushed for a total of 107 yards on 30 carries.He hasnít caught a single pass
  • In six games against the Saints, RB Warrick Dunn hasÖ
    - Four games with 15+ fantasy points and only one game with fewer than 10 fantasy points
    - Two 100-yard rushing games
    - Three touchdowns
    - 587 total rushing yards and 22 receptions
  • In three games against the Saints, QB Michael Vick has finished with 30+ points each time.He has tossed 4 touchdowns and rushed for 215 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns
  • Crumpler has caught two touchdowns in the last three games and has the most receiving yards on the team
  • Crumpler is leading the team in targets with 38 while Michael Jenkins leads the receivers with 26
  • Duckett has been targeted a total of 0 times on the season.Save to say he isnít a threat in the redzone
  • Jenkins still hasnít caught more than 4 passes in a game as a professional (21 games)
  • Last week, Brian Finneran had his first 100-yard game since the 2002 season
  • The Saints are 1-0 at Ďhomeí this season if you can count San Antonio as home
  • The Saints are giving up 27.8 points per game
  • The Saints have allowed 186.0 passing yards and 122.8 rushing yards on the season
  • The Saints have allowed 8 passing touchdowns and 6 rushing touchdowns
  • In nine games against the Falcons, QB Aaron Brooks hasÖ
    - Six games with 20+ FP and no games with fewer than 13 FP
    - Tossed 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and has run for 2 touchdowns
    - Averaged 253 passing yards per game
  • In ten games against the Falcons, WR Joe Horn hasÖ
    - Five 100-yard receiving games
    - Five games in which he has scored a touchdown but has had no multiple-touchdown games
    - Had no 20+ FP games but three games with 19+ FP
    - Four games with 7.6 or fewer FP
  • In his last six games against the Falcons, RB Deuce McAllister has
    - Five 100-yard rushing games
    - Reached 23.5+ FP in three games and 35+ FP in two games
    - Scored 7 touchdowns in three games
    - Averaged 112.5 rushing yards per game
  • RB Deuce McAllister is out for the season with a torn ACL
  • WR Donte Stallworth leads the Saints with 37 targets and 21 receptions on the season but he hasnít reached the endzone yet
  • In his last four starts, QB Aaron Brooks has completed only 63 of 125 passes with 2 touchdown passes against 7 interceptions
  • Brooks hasnít reached the 200-yard passing mark in the last three weeks
  • McAllister has averaged 3.6 YPC on the season while Antowain Smith has averaged only 2.8 YPC

Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions

The Panthers are 2-1 lifetime against the Lions

  • The Panthers are 4-2 over the past six road games
  • The Panthers are giving up 23.2 points per game this season.More was expected from this defensive unit
  • The Panthers pass defense has been terrible.They are giving up 259 passing yards per game and have surrendered 9 touchdown passes
  • The run defense has been better.The Panthers are giving up only 82.8 rushing yards on the year with 3 touchdown runs
  • The Panthers have scored 20+ points in every game this season but also surrendered at least 17 points in each game
  • WR Steve Smith has already had 50 targets on the season (caught 33 passes for 473 yards and 6 touchdowns). The next closest is Keary Colbert with 22 targets (caught only 6)
  • RB DeShaun Foster has been targeted 16 times this season (caught 12 for 188 yards) while Stephen Davis has been targeted only 6 times
  • In odd-numbered weeks this season(1,3 and 5), Steve Smith has caught 27 passes for 427 yards and 6 touchdowns
  • In even-numbered weeks this season (2 and 4), Smith has caught 6 passes for 46 yards.Anomaly or scary trend?
  • In the last three games, Stephen Davis has rushed for 133 yards on 53 carries (2.5 YPC) but has scored three times
  • In his last three games, Foster has rushed for 107 yards, caught 150 yards worth of passes but still hasnít scored this season
  • The Lions have easily won both home games this season (52 to 20) and have now won three straight dating back to last year
  • The Lions defense has been good and are giving up 18.8 points per game
  • The pass defense has been solid.The Lions are giving up 207.8 passing yards per game with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
  • The Lions are giving up 115 rushing yards per game but have allowed only 2 rushing touchdowns
  • RB Kevin Jones has scored 3 touchdowns in the last two games
  • Jones is only averaging 2.9 YPC after four games
  • Jones hasnít had a 100-yard effort in his last five starts (dating back to last season)
  • Roy Williams leads the way with 32 targets in four starts this season and Kevin Johnson is second with 24
  • The team leader in receptions so far in 2005 is Kevin Johnson?Who saw that happening?
  • Nobody has caught more than 1 touchdown pass this season
  • After four games this season, QB Joey Harrington has seen his numbers decline in YPA, completion %, touchdown passes per attempt and interceptions thrown.Just not good enough
  • Harrington has yet to throw for 200-yards this season and has thrown 7 interceptions in three weeks
  • Since entering the NFL, Harrington has thrown more interceptions than he has games played.He has now tossed 57 interceptions in 50 games

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

The Bengals are 30-38-1 lifetime against the Titans

  • The Bengals are 5-2 over the last seven road games
  • The Bengals are giving up only 12.2 points per game on the year
  • The Bengals have given up only 188 passing yards per game with 4 touchdowns surrendered and 12 passes picked up
  • The Bengals are giving up 117 rushing yards per game and a rough 4.9 YPC average.They have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns though
  • Last week, WR Chad Johnson had 8 targets and whined to the media.Think heíll get more looks this week against the Titans?
  • The tight end position has only been targeted 17 total times this season
  • QB Carson Palmer is still completing over 70% of his passes and is on pace to throw 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
  • RB Rudi Johnson has had at least 18 carries and 76 rushing yards in every game this season.He is on pace to have 352 carries this season
  • Rudi Johnson though has had only one 100-yard rushing game in his last seven starts
  • Surprisingly, Rudi Johnson still has the Bengals only rushing touchdown on the year from the running back position (WR TJ Houshmandzadeh also has one)
  • Rookie receiver Chris Henry has caught 13 passes and scored twice over the last four weeks
  • RB Chris Perry set a career-high with 57 rushing yards last week against the Jaguars
  • The Titans are 2-4 over the last six home games
  • The Titans are giving up 25.2 points per game
  • The Titans are giving up 201 passing yards per game but have allowed 11 passing touchdowns
  • The Titans have given up 116.4 rushing yards per game but only 2 rushing touchdowns
  • The Titans have scored 25+ points in three of their five games this season
  • RB Jarrett Payton had his first professional touchdown last week.Only 124 more to go to tie Daddy
  • QB Steve McNair is throwing the ball well.He is completing 65.7% of his throws and has 7 touchdown passes
  • The tight end position has been targeted a staggering 61 times this season with three different players getting substantial looks
  • RB Chris Brown has scored just one touchdown in his last eight starts
  • Brown hasnít had a 100-yard game in his last six starts
  • Only two receivers have more than 7 receptions this season (Drew Bennett and rookie Brandon Jones)
  • Titan wide receivers have caught only a total of 2 touchdowns on the year (one each for Bennett and Jones)
  • Bennett hasnít had a 100-yard game in his last seven starts (had a 96-yarder and a 99-yarder though)
  • TE Ben Troupe has 3 touchdown receptions on the season to go along with his 19 grabs
  • TE Erron Kinney leads the team with 25 receptions on the season

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

The Browns are 4-8 lifetime against the Ravens and have lost the last two in Baltimore by a combined score of 60 to 26

  • The Browns are 2-8 in their past ten road games but did win in Green Bay earlier this season
  • The Browns are giving up 18.5 points per game this season
  • The Browns are allowing 232 passing yards and 137.8 rushing yards per game.They have given up only 8 total touchdowns
  • WR Antonio Bryant faced the Ravens once last year and caught 4 passes for 43 yards
  • In two games against the Ravens, RB Lee Suggs has carried the ball 38 times for 124 yards and hasnít scored
  • Bryant is the runaway leader in targets and receptions on the team with 34 and 21 respectively
  • Bryant hasnít had a 100-yard receiving game since week thirteen of last season
  • Bryant scored two touchdowns last week, scoring for the first time in eight games
  • RB Reuben Droughns has 71 of the 79 carries from the running back spot. He is only averaging 3.9 yards per carry though and hasnít scored
  • The Browns couldnít ask for anything more from QB Trent Dilfer.He is completing 66.7% of his throws on the season with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
  • Droughns hasnít rushed for more than 78 yards in a game this season
  • The Ravens are 7-3 in their last ten home games
  • The Ravens have struggled and are giving up 21.8 points per game on the year
  • The Ravens are only giving up 167 passing yards per game and 95 rushing yards per game.
  • The Ravens have surrendered 4 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing touchdowns
  • In eight games against the Browns, RB Jamal Lewis has
    - Rushed for a total of 1,181 yards including the NFL record 295-yard performance in 2003
    - Scored 7 touchdowns
    - Finished with 21+ FP four times and 29+ FP three times while failing to hit at least 10 FP only twice
  • TE Todd Heap has never had more than 8.6 FP in a game against the Browns
  • WR Derrick Mason has been targeted 39 times in four games this season (caught 27 for 278 yards)
  • Mason hasnít caught fewer than 5 passes in a game this year
  • TE Todd Heap is on pace to catch 60 passes this year for 750 yards
  • What has happened to the Ravens rushing attack?Jamal Lewis is averaging a low 3.1 yards per carry and the team has a total of one rushing touchdown
  • The good news is Lewis has gained 176 rushing yards on 48 carries over the last two weeks and has scored two touchdowns (one rushing / one receiving)

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jaguars and Steelers are tied at 8 wins apiece lifetime but the Jaguars have lost the past three meetings

  • The Jaguars have won three of their past four road games (1-1 this season)
  • The Jaguars are giving up only 16.8 points per game on the year
  • The Jaguars are only giving up 155 passing yards per game but have allowed 6 touchdown passes
  • The Jaguars are giving up 130.4 rushing yards per game on the year with 2 rushing touchdowns scored
  • QB Byron Leftwich had 268 passing yards and a touchdown against the Steelers in week 13 last season
  • In six games against the Steelers, WR Jimmy Smith had one game with 24.6 FP and five games with fewer than 9 FP
  • During the 2000 campaign, RB Fred Taylor rushed for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Steelers (48.8 FP)
  • In four games since that game, Taylor has failed to reach the 100-yard mark and hasnít eclipsed 15.3 FP
  • WR Jimmy Smith leads the way with 40 targets this year and Reggie Williams is 2nd with 29
  • Smith has two 100-yard receiving games this season
  • WR Reggie Williams hasnít had more than 54 receiving yards in a game this season and hasnít scored in six straight games
  • WR Earnest Wilfolk makes the most on limited touches.He has 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions this season
  • The Steelers are 11-1 over the past twelve home games (only loss was to the Patriots earlier this season)
  • The Steelers are giving up 218 passing yards per game but only 3 passing touchdowns through the first four games
  • The Steelers give up just 89 rushing yards per game on 3.6 yards per carry with 3 touchdowns allowed
  • The Steelers are giving up 14.8 points per game
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns a year ago against the Jaguars in addition to rushing for 40 yards
  • In six games against the Jaguars, WR Hines Ward has
    - One 100-yard passing game
    - Three games with 7+ receptions
    - Three games with a touchdown
    - No games with 20+ FP; three games with 12+ FP and three games with fewer than 10 FP
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is questionable this week with a hyperextended left knee.Charlie Batch would start in his absence
  • WR Hines Ward is clearing the go-to receiver with 29 targets this season.Antwaan Randle El is 2nd with 18 looks
  • Ward has 16 receptions for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last three starts
  • Roethlisberger has yet to throw an interception this season and has tossed 7 touchdown passes
  • RB Jerome Bettis got 17 carries in his first game back last week and scored a touchdown
  • RB Willie Parker has only gained 81 yards on 27 carries over the last two weeks and hasnít scored

Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Dolphins are 4-3 lifetime against the Buccaneers

  • The Dolphins have won on the road only once in the last nine games
  • Miamiís defense has done well and are giving up only 17.8 points per game on the year
  • The Dolphins are giving up 197.5 passing yards per game along with 7 touchdown passes against
  • The Dolphins are allowing only 82 rushing yards per game and a miniscule 2.8 YPC average against
  • WR Chris Chambers has been targeted 41 times this season but has caught only 18 passes for 214 yards and a single touchdown
  • WR Marty Booker has only caught 6 passes for 108 yards over the last three games
  • RB Ronnie Brown has emerged.He has gained 229 yards on 40 carries over the last two games
  • TE Randy McMichael has caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games this season.That is his best streak as a pro
  • QB Gus Frerotte has already thrown 145 passes this season.That is the most he has thrown in one year since the 2000 season
  • Frerotte has had at least one touchdown and one interception in every game this season
  • Frerotte has had two 200-yard passing games this season
  • Ricky Williams is back and will play this week for the first time since the final game of the 2003 season. He had 145 total yards and a touchdown in that last game
  • The Buccaneers havenít given up more than 16 points in a game this season
  • The Buccaneers have won both home games this season by a combined score of 36 to 16
  • The Buccaneers are giving up only 11.8 points per game on the year
  • The Buccaneers have only given up 157 passing yards per game and 2 passing touchdowns
  • The Buccaneers lead the NFL in rushing yards against with only 61.6 per game surrendered.They have given up three rushing touchdowns
  • QB Brian Griese has more interceptions than touchdowns this season (7 to 6)
  • RB Michael Pittman has had 213 total yards and a touchdown over the last two games
  • RB Cadillac Williams only has 13 rushing yards in the last two weeks (didnít play last week though)
  • Whatís wrong with Michael Clayton?He has only five targets in the last two weeks
  • Clayton has 11 total yards in the last two weeks
  • WR Joey Galloway is on pace to finish with 1,289 receiving yards this season. That would be his best mark as a pro

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

The Vikings lead the series 47-39 with 2 ties but have lost the past four meetings in Chicago

  • The Vikings have won only once in the last seven road games
  • The Vikings defense has been terrible and are giving up 26.8 points per game
  • The Vikings are giving up 200.2 passing yards per game and have allowed 7 passing touchdowns
  • The Vikings are the worst team in the NFL in stopping the run.They are giving up 178 yards per game and a terrible 5.4 YPC average
  • In ten games against the Bears, QB Daunte Culpepper has
    - Failed to throw a touchdown pass in only one game
    - Hit the 20+ FP mark in eight of the games
    - Averaged 235.5 passing yards per game and 30 rushing yards per game
    - Has tossed 13 touchdowns and rushed for 5 more
  • Last year against the Bears, Culpepper threw for 639 yards and 4 touchdown passes
  • In his one game against the Bears, WR Marcus Robinson caught 6 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown
  • In the last two weeks, Culpepper has 550 passing yards and 4 touchdowns.He is on pace for 40 interceptions this season though
  • Culpepper has 84 career interceptions in 78 games played but has also tossed 133 touchdowns
  • The Vikings running backs have 68 carries for 241 yards this season.They have yet to score a touchdown
  • WR Travis Taylor has yet to eclipse 75 receiving yards this season but is leading the team with 30 targets
  • Rookie WR Troy Williamson has 9 receptions for 166 yards in the last three games
  • The Bears have won only once in their last four home games
  • The Bears have given up only 14.8 points per game this year
  • The Bears have allowed 182 passing yards per game and 6 touchdown passes.The Bears have picked off 8 passes
  • The Bears run defense is very strong.They are giving up only 88 yards per game and a small 3.1 YPC average.They have yet to surrender a rushing touchdown as well
  • RB Thomas Jones rushed for 159 yards on 37 carries, caught 11 passes and scored a touchdown in two games against the Vikings
  • WR Muhsin Muhammad has twice as many targets as anybody else on the Bears (42).The next closest is rookie Mark Bradley with 21
  • RB Thomas Jones has had a great season so far with 413 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns but is now battling injury (what else is new)
  • QB Kyle Orton has struggled, throwing for only 557 yards in four games with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions
  • Muhammad has three games with 6 receptions this season but has yet to eclipse 81 yards in a game

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have owned the Giants over the years.The Cowboys lead the series 50-33 with 2 ties.The Giants won both game last season though

  • The Giants have lost five consecutive road games dating back to last season
  • The Giants are giving up 24.5 points per game on the year
  • The Giants are giving up 322 passing yards per game on the season and 7 passing touchdowns total.They have picked off 8 passes though
  • The Giants give up 103 rushing yards per game and have surrendered 4 rushing touchdowns
  • QB Eli Manning threw for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns in his only game against the Cowboys
  • In ten games against the Cowboys, RB Tiki Barber has
    - Two 100-yard rushing games and six games with 80+ rushing yards
    - 18.7 FP in four of the games and fewer than 10 FP in only three games
    - Has caught 40 passes and run for 773 yards
  • RB Tiki Barber ran for 217 yards, caught 8 passes and scored three times in the two games last season
  • TE Jeremy Shockey has never had more than 44 receiving yards against the Cowboys but has scored twice in the four games
  • WR Amani Toomer has one 100-yard game and 3 touchdowns in his nine games against the Giants
  • The Giants are averaging 34 points per game this season
  • WR Plaxico Burress is averaging 12 targets per game
  • QB Eli Manning is on pace to throw 36 touchdown passes against only 8 interceptions.Iíll be surprised if he keeps that pace up
  • WR Plaxico Burress is on pace to catch 100 passes for 1,584 yards and 16 touchdowns.I think the Giants are getting their money worth
  • Burress has caught at least 5 passes in every game this season
  • RB Tiki Barber has had two 100-yard rushing games in the last nine games
  • Barber has scored at least one touchdown in seven of the last eight games
  • TE Jeremy Shockey is on pace to finish with his first 1,000 yard season (1,004 yards)
  • The Cowboys are only 4-5 over the last nine home games
  • The Cowboys are giving up 19.6 points per game
  • The Cowboys are giving up 202 passing yards per game and a total of 7 passing touchdowns
  • The Cowboys have only given up 95.8 rushing yards per game and a total of 2 rushing touchdowns
  • In three games against the Giants, WR Terry Glenn has one 100-yard game but has yet to score a touchdown
  • Last season, WR Keyshawn Johnson only caught 5 passes for 61 yards in the two games against the Giants but did score a touchdown
  • In his only game against the Giants, RB Julius Jones rushed for 149 yards on 29 carries and scored a touchdown (week seventeen last season)
  • TE Jason Witten caught 13 passes and a touchdown in the two games against the Giants last season
  • TE Witten has caught 18 passes in the last three games for 249 yards.Itís safe to say his early-season struggles are over
  • WR Terry Glenn is averaging 104 receiving yards per game.He has had three 100-yard games this season
  • RB Julius Jones is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry but has scored three touchdowns on the year
  • QB Drew Bledsoe is on pace to toss 32 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions. That would be career-bests in both categories
  • Bledsoe has 200+ passing yards in every game this year and is on pace to throw for 4,323 yards

Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs

The Redskins have only defeated the Chiefs once in the six lifetime meetings

  • The Redskins are 4-4 over the last eight road games
  • The Redskins are only giving up 14.5 points per game
  • The Redskins are giving up only 178 passing yards per game and a total of 3 touchdown passes.Surprisingly they have picked off only one pass
  • The Redskins are giving up 104 rushing yards per game on the season with a total of 4 rushing touchdowns allowed.
  • WR Santana Moss is averaging more than 10 targets per game this season
  • Moss is averaging 115 receiving yards per game
  • Moss still hasnít had less than 87 receiving yards in a game this year
  • RB Clinton Portis is averaging 4.4 yards per carry on the year but has yet to score a touchdown
  • Portis has two 100-yard efforts on the year and one 90-yarder
  • QB Mark Brunell has thrown 2 touchdowns in each of the last three weeks
  • Brunell has had at least 226 passing yards in each of the last three weeks (his best streak since the 2001 season)
  • TE Chris Cooley had a career-high 8 receptions in the game last week
  • The Chiefs are 3-1 over the last four home games
  • The Chiefs are giving up 22.8 points per game
  • The Chiefs are giving up 273 passing yards per game and a total of 6 touchdown passes.They have only intercepted 2 passes
  • The Chiefs are giving up 94.5 rushing yards per game and a total of 3 rushing touchdowns
  • WR Eddie Kennison leads the way with 32 targets this season (has caught 23 for 349 yards)
  • QB Trent Green has only thrown 3 touchdown passes in four games this season
  • Green has passed for 200+ yards in each of the four games this year
  • Kennison has caught 15 passes for 221 yards over the last two starts
  • TE Tony Gonzalez is frustrated and for good reason.He has only caught 16 passes for 129 yards this season and has scored in just one of the last twelve games
  • RB Larry Johnson hasnít had more than 9 carries in a game this season and has only 1 catch but is averaging 6 yards per carry and has scored 3 times
  • RB Priest Holmes is only averaging 4.2 yards per carry on the year and has only 3 touchdowns through 4 games.
  • Holmes has yet to record a 100-yard rushing game this season

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

The Patriots are 15-23 lifetime against the Broncos but beat the Broncos in Denver during the 2003 season

  • The Patriots are only 3-2 over the last five road games but 8-3 over the last eleven
  • The Patriots are surrendering an uncharacteristic 27.2 points per game on the year
  • The Patriots are allowing 223 passing yards per game and have given up a total of 10 touchdown passes
  • The Patriots are allowing 115 rushing yards per game and have allowed 5 rushing touchdowns
  • WR David Givens is leading the team in targets over the past three weeks with 27
  • WR David Branch is leading the way with 46 targets on the season
  • QB Tom Brady is on pace to throw for 4,870 passing yards this season but also on pace to throw only 23 touchdown passes
  • RB Corey Dillon had his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season last week and has rushed for 169 yards on 37 carries over the last two weeks
  • Dillon has scored at least one touchdown in nine of the past twelve games
  • Ouch!WR David Givens hasnít scored a touchdown in twelve straight games
  • Givens has had one 100-yard receiving game in the last eleven games
  • WR Deion Branch has scored only once this season
  • Branch has only one 100-yard receiving game in his last eleven games (had one 99-yard game)
  • Branch has caught at least 6 passes in all but one game this season
  • Going into last week, TE Daniel Graham had 2 receptions for 18 yards. Last week he had 5 receptions for 119 yards.Try predicting that!
  • The Broncos have won five consecutive home games
  • The Broncos are only giving up 17.4 points per game
  • The Broncos are giving up 234 passing yards per game and have surrendered 6 passing touchdowns
  • The Broncos give up only 88 rushing yards per game and have allowed 3 rushing touchdowns
  • WR Rod Smith is leading the way with 40 targets this season but Ashley Lelie is close behind with 35
  • In terms of production though, it isnít even closeÖ
    - Smith has 28 receptions for 309 yards and a touchdown
    - Lelie has 11 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown
  • RB Tatum Bell is now averaging 6.2 yards per carry after his 12 carry / 127 yard explosion last week
  • Last week, Bell scored his first touchdown (got two) in the last eight games
  • RB Mike Anderson had only 34 rushing yards last week after gaining 213 yards in the previous two games
  • QB Jake Plummer has passed for only 380 total yards in the last three games but has 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

The Jets are 40-49 lifetime against the Bills

  • The Jets have lost four consecutive road games including the last two in Buffalo
  • The Jets are giving up 17 points per game on the year
  • The Jets pass defense has been great.They are allowing 175 passing yards per game and have given up only 3 passing touchdowns against 5 interceptions
  • The Jets are giving up 120 rushing yards per game but only allowing a 3.5 YPC average.They have surrendered 5 rushing touchdowns
  • In ten games against the Bills, RB Curtis Martin has
    - Three 100-yard games and seven games with 75+ yards
    - Has scored a touchdown in only three of the games (4 TD total)
    - Only one game with 20+ fantasy points
  • WR Laveranues Coles has been targeted 39 times on the year and has 22 receptions for 256 yards
  • WR Justin McCareins has had 33 targets but has caught just 12 passes for 201 yards
  • McCareins hasnít scored in seven straight games
  • Coles has gone eight straight games without a 100-yard effort and has only one touchdown in his last thirteen games
  • Through five games, RB Curtis Martin is still averaging only 2.7 yards per carry.The change in offensive philosophy has obviously hurt the rushing game
  • Martin has scored in just two of the last nine games
  • The Bills are 7-2 in their last nine home games
  • Buffalo is giving up 16.6 points per game
  • The Bills pass defense is strong.They are giving up only 139 passing yards per game with 4 passing touchdowns allowed against 7 interceptions
  • However the run defense has been weak.They are giving up 160 rushing yards per game with a terrible 5.0 YPC average
  • In week nine last season against the Jets, RB Willis McGahee rushed for 132 yards on 37 carries and scored a touchdown
  • In nine games against the Jets, WR Eric Moulds has
    - Three games with 100+ receiving yards
    - Three touchdowns
    - No games with more than 17.2 FP
    - Five games with 8.5 FP or fewer
  • WR Eric Moulds has been targeted 37 times this season while Lee Evans has been targeted just 21 times
  • The difference of a capable quarterbackÖ Holcomb completed 71% of his passes in his first start last week and Moulds caught 7 passes with a touchdown
  • Moulds hasnít had a 100-yard game in the last eighteen games
  • Lee Evans has yet to catch more than 3 passes in a game this season
  • The tight end position has caught only 6 passes this season
  • RB Willis McGahee has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games and has at least 84 rushing yards in four of the five games

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have owned the Chargers over the years and lead the series 55-34-2. However the Chargers have won the last three games in the series

  • The Chargers are 5-2 in the last seven road games
  • The Chargers have given up 112 points this season
  • The Chargers run defense has been stout.They have given up 93.8 rushing yards per game on 3.6 yards per carry.They have surrendered 5 rushing touchdowns though
  • The Chargers are giving up 240 passing yards per game
  • In eight games against the Raiders, RB LaDainian Tomlinson has
    - Four games with 23+ fantasy points and only one game with fewer than 10 fantasy points
    - Four games with 150+ yards rushing and four games with 71 or fewer rushing yards
    - Scored at least one touchdown in all but one game (9 touchdowns total)
    - Caught 35 passes
  • Tomlinson ran for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Raiders in two games last season
  • Last season, QB Drew Brees threw for 507 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Raiders in the Chargers two victories
  • Last season in the two games against the Raiders, TE Antonio Gates caught 13 passes and scored 3 touchdowns
  • WR Keenan McCardell caught 11 passes and scored a touchdown against the Raiders last season
  • TE Antonio Gates is averaging 8 targets per game
  • WR Keenan McCardell is averaging 5 targets per game since Gates returned
  • RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 18 targets in the last three games
  • QB Drew Brees is completing 65.5% of his throws and is 73 of his last 104 throws
  • Brees has yet to throw for less than 175 yards this season or more than 248 yards (that is consistency folks!)
  • Brees has tossed at least one touchdown in seven of the last eight games
  • Tomlinson is on pace to score 29 touchdowns this season
  • Tomlinson has scored at least one touchdown in twenty-six of the last twenty-seven games (37 total scoresÖ WOW!)
  • Antonio Gates has been incredibly consistentÖ Look at the four games playedÖ
    - 6 receptions for 80 yards
    - 6 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown
    - 6 receptions for 108 yards
    - 5 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown
  • McCardell only has 2 receptions for 16 yards in the last two games
  • The Raiders are 2-6 in their last eight home games
  • The Raiders are giving up 22.2 points per game
  • The Raiders are allowing 272 passing yards per game with 5 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions
  • The Raiders are giving up 99 rushing yards per game with 5 touchdowns surrendered but the YPC average is strong (3.4)
  • QB Kerry Collins threw for 490 yards and 3 touchdowns in the two games against the Chargers last season
  • WR Jerry Porter has never had more than 67 receiving yards in a game against the Chargers and has only 1 touchdown in those five games
  • In the Raiders last two games, WR Jerry Porter leads the way with 16 targets while Randy Moss has only had 12
  • WR Randy Moss is averaging 24.5 yards per catch this season and is on pace to finish with 1,844 receiving yards
  • Moss has caught 5 passes in three games and 4 in the other and has had three 100-yard receiving games
  • QB Kerry Collins has yet to throw an interception this season in his 139 attempts.He has been solid
  • Collins has thrown for at least 218 yards in each of the four games this year
  • RB Lamont Jordan has scored in three consecutive games

Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

These two teams have never met

  • The Texans are 4-5 in their last nine road games but 0-2 this season
  • The Texans are giving up 24.8 points per game
  • The Texans are giving up 228 passing yards per game along with 6 passing touchdowns and have yet to intercept a pass
  • The Texans are giving up 119 rushing yards per game and 3 rushing touchdowns
  • QB David Carr has tossed one touchdown in three straight games
  • Carr has failed to throw for 175 yards in six consecutive games (dating back to last season)
  • Carr has completed 64.6% of his throws over the last three weeks with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception
  • RB Domanick Davis is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and had his first 100-yard effort of the season last week
  • Bust of the year?WR Andre Johnson has 10 receptions for 76 yards on the season
  • WR Jabar Gaffney has 8 receptions for 112 yards over the last two weeks
  • The Seahawks have won four straight home games
  • The Seahawks are giving up 21.4 points per game
  • The Seahawks are giving up 209 passing yards per game with 7 passing touchdowns against 3 interceptions
  • The Seahawks are giving up 108 rushing yards per game but have surrendered only a pair of rushing touchdowns
  • RB Shaun Alexander has 574 rushing yards on the season.That is tops in the NFL
  • QB Matt Hasselbeck has been strong this season.He has
    - Completed 65.1 % of his passes
    - Tossed 7 touchdowns against 3 interceptions
    - Averaged 265 passing yards per game
    - Had at least 242 passing yards in each game this year
  • Alexander is having another exceptional season.He is averaging 5.3 YPC and 8 touchdowns.
  • Alexander has had three 100-yard games this season and just missed a fourth
  • Alexander has scored 78 touchdowns in his last sixty-nine games
  • TE Jerramy Stevens has three receptions in each game this season
  • Last week WR Joe Jurevicius had his first 100-yard / touchdown game since the 2002 season
  • Jurevicius has never had more than 4 touchdown receptions in a season.He already has 3 this season

Monday

St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts

The Rams are 17-21-2 lifetime against the Colts

  • The Rams are only 1-7 in the last eight road games and have been outscored 248 to 128
  • The Rams are giving up 29.6 points per game on the season.That is the 2nd worst mark in the NFL
  • The Rams are giving up 264 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns per game
  • The Rams are giving up 100 rushing yards per game and a total of four rushing touchdowns
  • QB Marc Bulger leads the NFL with 1,648 passing yards
  • WR Torry Holt has 568 receiving yards which is tops in the NFL
  • Bulger is on pace to throw the ball 688 times this season.The all-time record is 691 attempts set by Bledsoe during the 1994 season
  • Bulger is on pace to finish with 445 completions which would shatter Rich Gannonís all-time record
  • Bulger is on pace for an NFL-record 5,276 passing yards this year.He may get it if his arm doesnít fall off first
  • Bulger has thrown for at least 292 yards in all but one game this season
  • RB Marshall Faulk has only 24 total touches on the year
  • RB Steven Jackson has yet to record a 100-yard game this season but has scored four touchdowns
  • Holt is on pace to finish with 122 receptions
  • Holt has scored a touchdown in four straight games and has 70 receiving yards in ten straight games
  • WR Kevin Curtis has 5 receptions in four of the five games this year but is still looking for his first 100-yard effort
  • The Colts have won seven consecutive home games and outscored the opposition 208 to 116
  • The Colts are only giving up 5.8 points per game this season and have allowed only 2 total touchdowns
  • The Colts are giving up 187 passing yards per game with only 2 passing touchdowns allowed against 8 interceptions
  • The Colts are giving up 104 rushing yards per game but have yet to allow a touchdown
  • QB Peyton Manning has yet to throw for more than 264 yards in a game this season
  • Manning threw 4 touchdowns in the game against the Titans but has just 3 more in the other four games combined
  • Manning is still on pace to finish with his lowest touchdown output as a pro (22 touchdowns)
  • RB Edgerrin James has rushed for at least 88 yards in every game this season and has scored in three straight games
  • WR Reggie Wayne has now gone eleven games without reaching the 100-yard mark (has hit 90 yards four times)
  • Wayne has scored just 2 touchdowns in the last eight games
  • Last week against the 49ers, Marvin Harrison caught just 2 passes for 17 yards.That was his worst performance in the last thirteen games
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