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Fantasy Tidbits - Week 8

Fantasy Points are based on the following system:
1 pt every 20 passing yards
1 pt every 10 rushing yards
1 pt every 10 receiving yards
4 pts per passing touchdown
6 pts per rushing/receiving touchdown
-1 pt per interception

This week, I removed some of the team data (rushing yards against, passing yards against, etc.) as it doesn’t change enough week to week to warrant the info in the article.  Click here to see the info from last week and it will return every second week, starting next week, until the end of the season

If you have any comments, questions, concerns or interesting facts please feel free to contact me at:

smith@footballguys.com

Bye Week

Atlanta, Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets, Seattle

Sunday

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys

The Cardinals are 28-53-1 lifetime against the Cowboys

  • The Cardinals are 0-2 on the road this season (outscored 79 to 31)
  • The Cardinals have given up 48 points over the last three games
  • RB Marcel Shipp is leading the way with 2.5 YPC on the season (177 rushing yards)
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games
  • Fitzgerald has scored 12 touchdowns in his first twenty-two NFL games
  • The Cardinals offense has already attempted 254 passes this season but have only 6 touchdown passes
  • Shipp and J.J. Arrington have gained only 248 yards on 101 carries.
  • Last week, WR Anquan Boldin failed to record a reception in a game he played in for the first time as a starter
  • The Cowboys have won their past two home games (outscored the opposition 49 to 23)
  • The Cowboys have scored 16 points or less in three of the last four games (managed 33 points against the Eagles in week five)
  • QB Drew Bledsoe needs to throw 13 touchdowns over the final nine weeks to have his best season since 1997 (threw 24 touchdowns with the Bills in 2002)
  • Bledsoe has at least one touchdown pass in each of the seven games this season
  • The Cowboys have four running backs with at least 35 carries on the year (Julius Jones, Anthony Thomas, Tyson Thompson and Marion Barber)
  • During his last three seasons in Tampa Bay (41 games), WR Keyshawn Johnson caught only 9 touchdowns
  • During his first 23 games with the Cowboys, Johnson has already caught 10 touchdown passes
  • WR Terry Glenn hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 1999.  He is on pace to finish with 1,410 yards this season (previous-high is 1,147)

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

The Bears are 84-62-5 lifetime against the Lions

  • The Bears are 0-2 on the road this season (outscored 29 to 17) and have lost five straight road games overall
  • In three games against the Lions as a Chicago Bear, RB Thomas Jones has 315 rushing yards, 91 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns
  • QB Kyle Orton completed 66.7% of his passes for 150 yards and a touchdown against the Lions in week two.  That was his best effort of the season
  • WR Muhsin Muhammad caught 6 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Lions earlier this season
  • The Bears defense is on fire.  They have given up 9 points or less in four of the six games this season and averaged less than 12 points per game
  • RB Thomas Jones has never finished with more than 240 carries in a season (948 rushing yards).  This year he is on pace to have 357 carries and 1,709 yards
  • Jones only needs to more touchdowns to achieve a career-high (previous best was 7 touchdowns set during the 2004 campaign)
  • Jones has four 100-yard rushing efforts in the last five games
  • Rookie QB Kyle Orton has yet to throw for more than 150 yards in a game this season
  • Over the last three games, Orton has managed to throw 4 touchdowns against only a single interception
  • The Lions are 2-1 at home this season (outscored opposition 72 to 41)
  • The Lions defense has given up 17 points or fewer in four of the six games this season
  • In three games against the Bears, RB Kevin Jones has rushed for 181 yards on 48 carries and scored once
  • In his first start as a Lion, QB Jeff Garcia threw for 210 yards and completed 64.7% of his passes
  • The emergence of rookie Mike Williams?  The gifted rookie caught 5 passes for 95 yards last week after a very slow start to his professional career (only 59 yards through 5 games)
  • RB Kevin Jones is still only averaging 2.9 yards per carry on the season
  • Jones has yet to record a 100-yard game this season

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans

The Browns are 2-0 lifetime against the Texans

  • The Browns have lost the last two road games by a combined score of 29 to 9
  • The good news:  The Browns defense has given up 16 points or fewer in four straight games (52 points through 4 games)
  • The bad news: The Browns offense has scored only 39 total points during that same stretch
  • The good news:  RB Reuben Droughns is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and is on pace to finish with 1,149 rushing yards
  • The bad news:  Droughns still hasn’t scored a touchdown through six games
  • In his last two games, QB Trent Dilfer has only thrown for 220 total yards with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
  • The Texans have lost five straight home games and seven games overall
  • The Texans have given up 114 points over the last three weeks
  • The Texans still haven’t scored more than 20 points in a game this season
  • QB David Carr has completed 65+ percent of his passes in three of the last four games and has at least one touchdown in five straight games
  • However Carr still hasn’t thrown for more than 179 yards in a game this season
  • Against the Colts last week, Carr threw a whopping 9 passes for 48 yards.  Conservative play-calling like that won’t win too many games
  • WR Jabar Gaffney leads the way with 24 receptions this year but is averaging only 9.6 yards per catch

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals

The Packers are 5-4 lifetime against the Bengals

  • The Packers may be struggling but don’t blame Brett Favre.  He is on pace to throw for 4,189 yards and 37 touchdowns
  • The Packers have scored 101 points over the last three games
  • What rushing attack?  RB Ahman Green who is now injured and out for the year leads the way with 255 rushing yards on 3.3 yards per carry
  • WR Donald Driver is clearly the class of the Packers receiving core with 31 receptions for 456 yards and 3 touchdowns already this season
  • WR Robert Ferguson will miss the next two to four weeks due to injury, elevating Antonio Chatman to a starting role with the team
  • Favre needs only 170 yards passing to move into 2nd place all-time, passing John Elway.  He has 10,000 more yards to go to catch Dan Marino
  • The Bengals have given up 73 points over the last three games after surrendering only 38 points in the first four games of the season
  • Last week against the Steelers, QB Carson Palmer had his first multiple-interception game since November of last season
  • Palmer has thrown for at least 227 yards in all but one game this season
  • RB Chris Perry is on pace to catch 73 passes this season
  • RB Rudi Johnson has had at least 65 rushing yards in each game this season but has scored only 2 touchdowns
  • WR Chad Johnson is on pace to finish with 1,497 receiving yards on the year
  • Chad Johnson has at least 52 receiving yards in each game played this season

Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams

The Jaguars lost the only game these two teams have played

  • The Jaguars have scored 23+ points in four of the six games this season
  • The Jaguars haven’t given up more than 20 points in a game this season
  • QB Byron Leftwich has at least one touchdown pass in five of the six games this year
  • Leftwich has 200+ passing yards in only two games this season
  • RB Fred Taylor has scored only once this season and only four times over the last nineteen games
  • WR Jimmy Smith has four receptions or fewer in four of the six games he has played this season but does have four touchdown receptions
  • WR Reggie Williams is fourteen years younger than Jimmy Smith
  • Williams has yet to finish with more than 54 receiving yards in a game
  • Smith needs only 364 more receiving yards to reach 12,000 yards in his illustrious career (only 253 yards behind Isaac Bruce)
  • The Rams have scored 24+ points in all but one game this season
  • The Rams have given up 27+ points in five of the seven games this year
  • QB Jamie Martin has completed 70% of his passes on the year
  • The Rams are starting to feed RB Steven Jackson the ball.  He has rushed for 262 yards on 54 carries over the past three games
  • Jackson has scored at least one touchdown in four straight games
  • Jackson has yet to record a 100-yard rushing game this season
  • RB Marshall Faulk still needs 8 more touchdowns to pass Marcus Allen and move into 3rd place all-time (currently has 136 total touchdowns)
  • Faulk has nine receptions over the last two weeks
  • WR Kevin Curtis is on pace to finish with 1,029 receiving yards on the year
  • If WR Isaac Bruce can get healthy, he needs only 257 receiving yards to move into the top-ten all-time (currently Charlie Joiner sits 10th)
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Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings are 3-2 lifetime against the Panthers

  • The Vikings have scored 13 points or less in four games this season
  • In his last four starts, QB Daunte Culpepper has thrown 6 touchdown passes against 4 interceptions
  • Culpepper has completed at least 66% of his passes in four of six games this season
  • Culpepper has thrown for at least 233 yards in each game this year
  • Culpepper has only one rushing touchdown in his last eleven games (not including the playoffs last year)
  • Culpepper already has 12 interceptions on the year.  That is more than the 2003 and 2004 seasons (11 each year)
  • RB Mewelde Moore has 64 carries over the last four weeks for 260 yards
  • Moore has 15 receptions over the past four weeks and scored a receiving touchdown
  • TE Jermaine Wiggins leads the way with 32 receptions this season
  • The Panthers have won three straight games by a combined 8 points.  That is living life dangerously
  • RB Stephen Davis has only rushed for 160 yards on 66 carries over the past four weeks.  He does have 7 touchdowns on the year though
  • RB DeShaun Foster has yet to record 10 carries in a game this year but does have 150 receiving yards in his last three games
  • WR Steve Smith has four 100-yard games this season.  He has 550 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in those four games
  • Smith only has 46 yards and 0 touchdowns in his other two starts
  • QB Jake Delhomme has 2+ touchdowns in four consecutive games but also has at least one interception in all but one game
  • Delhomme has five 200-yard passing games this season

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans

The Raiders are 23-17 lifetime against the Titans

  • The Raiders lost both road games this season
  • QB Kerry Collins has thrown only a single interception this season on 214 attempts
  • Money well spent!
    - RB Lamont Jordan is on pace to rush for 1,152 yards, catch 80 passes and score 21 touchdowns
    - WR Randy Moss is on pace to finish with 1,357 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns despite some injury woes
  • QB Kerry Collins has 200+ yards in all six games this season
  • However, Collins only has a single touchdown toss in his last three games
  • TE Courtney Anderson is the only threat at his position with 12 receptions for 164 yards and 2 scores
  • The Titans have surrendered 20+ points in all but one game this season
  • Feast or famine… The Titans have 23+ points scored in four games this year and 10 or fewer points in three games
  • RB Chris Brown still hasn’t reached the 100-yard mark in a game this season and has scored in just one of the seven games (multiple-touchdown effort)
  • Brown has yet to have more than 30 yards receiving in one game as a professional
  • WR Drew Bennett is on pace to finish with only 935 yards

Washington Redskins at N.Y. Giants

The Giants lead the series against the Redskins 82-59 with 4 ties

  • The Redskins have scored 112 points in the last four games (never thought I’d write that)
  • Hands up.  Who believed QB Mark Brunell would be having an MVP type of season through the first part of the season. He is on pace to…
    - Throw for 3,979 passing yards
    - Toss 32 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions
  • Brunell has never thrown more than 20 touchdown passes in any given season
  • RB Clinton Portis finally broke his goose-egg in a big way last week, scoring his first three touchdowns of the season
  • Portis has three 100-yard rushing games this year and is on pace to rush for 1,451 yards
  • WR Santana Moss has four 100-yard games this season and has yet to finish with fewer than 87 yards in a game this year
  • Moss is on pace to catch 101 passes for 1,979 yards on the year
  • The Giants have scored 23+ points in all but one game this season
  • QB Eli Manning has at least one touchdown pass in seven straight games dating back to last season
  • Manning is only completing 52.8% of his throws
  • RB Tiki Barber has 15 or fewer carries in three of his starts this season
  • Barber has only one 100-yard rushing effort this season and is averaging only 19 receiving yards per game
  • Barber is on pace to finish with his fewest receiving yards since his rookie campaign of 1997 (299 receiving yards as a rookie)
  • WR Plaxico Burress has 5+ receptions in six consecutive games this year
  • Burress has scored a touchdown in four of the six games played
  • Burress has one 200-yard receiving game this season but has not reached the 100-yard mark in the other five

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

The Chiefs lead the series against the Chargers 47-42 with 1 tie

  • The Chiefs have scored 23+ points in all but one game this year
  • The Chiefs have surrendered 108 points in the last four games
  • QB Trent Green is on pace to finish with 3,597 yards but has thrown only 4 touchdowns on the year
  • Green has failed to throw a touchdown pass in three of the six games played this season
  • Running backs Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson have combined for 11 touchdowns in six games
  • RB Larry Johnson has averaged 18 carries over the past two weeks after watching him get only 8 carries per game through the first four weeks of action
  • Johnson has rushed for 148 yards over the past two weeks with a touchdown scored
  • Holmes has never rushed for less than 4.0 yards per carry as a pro.  This year he is down to 3.9
  • Holmes has at least 14 carries in every game this season and has scored at least once in all but one game
  • Holmes still hasn’t recorded a 100-yard rushing effort this season but does have a 100-yard receiving night
  • Nobody has caught more than 1 touchdown pass on the team this season
  • WR Eddie Kennison has only caught 2 passes for 24 yards in the last two weeks
  • TE Tony Gonzalez has scored in just one of the last fourteen games (scored twice in week sixteen last season against the Raiders)
  • Gonzalez has yet to reach the 70-yard receiving mark this year
  • In nine games against the Chargers Gonzalez has…
    - Two 100-yard performances
    - Two games with touchdown receptions
    - Three games with 10+ fantasy points and six games with 7.1 or fewer
  • In eight games against the Chargers, Green has…
    - Two 300-yard performances
    - 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions
    - Two 30+ fantasy performances, four 20+ FP games and one game with less than 10 FP
  • Holmes has at least 21.9 FP against the Chargers in four of his five games played
  • Johnson had 89 rushing yards, 122 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in his two games against the Chargers
  • The Chargers have given up 20+ points in five of their seven games
  • The Chargers offense has 17+ points in each game this year
  • QB Drew Brees has at least one touchdown pass in nine of the last ten games
  • RB LaDainian Tomlinson was unable to score last week for the first time since week three of 2004.  That was one heck of a streak!
  • Tomlinson only recorded 33 total yards last week against the Eagles.  That was his worst performance as a pro
  • WR Keenan McCardell has only 114 receiving yards over the last four weeks but did manage to score a touchdown against the Eagles
  • TE Antonio Gates has at least 72 yards in four of his six games played this season
  • Gates hasn’t had a multiple-touchdown game since week twelve of 2004
  • WR Eric Parker has never enjoyed a multiple-touchdown performance on offense
  • In five games against the Chiefs, Brees has never had less than 18.9 FP and has tossed 9 touchdown passes
  • In seven games against the Chiefs, RB LaDainian Tomlinson has…
    - Three 100-yard rushing efforts
    - Four games with a touchdown scored
    - 43 receptions
    - Two games with 20+ fantasy points and 1 game with fewer than 10

Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints

The Dolphins are 5-3 lifetime against the Saints

  • The Dolphins have lost three straight games (outscored 77 to 47)
  • QB Gus Frerotte has been under 50% completion rate in four of the last five games
  • Frerotte has failed to throw a touchdown pass over the last two games
  • Rookie RB Ronnie Brown only has 17 carries combined over the last two weeks but has rushed for 117 yards and scored
  • RB Ricky Williams is averaging a whopping 0.6 yards per carry.  That won’t even get it done in the Ganja Fantasy League
  • Through six games, WR Chris Chambers has already set a career-best with 94 rushing yards on only 5 carries
  • Chambers still hasn’t recorded a 100-yard receiving game this season but has 291 receiving yards over the last four starts
  • TE Randy McMichael only has 8 receptions over the last four weeks
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  • The Los Angeles Express…oops I mean the New Orleans Saints have scored 119 points per game while surrendering 201 points
  • The Saints have lost three consecutive games
  • QB Aaron Brooks has tossed four touchdown passes against 2 interceptions in his last two starts
  • Brooks has three games with sub .50% completion rate
  • Brooks has thrown for 489 yards over the last two games
  • Brooks has already rushed for 192 yards this season. That is more than all of last campaign
  • WR Donte Stallworth is on pace to finish with 1,049 receiving yards.  That would be his first 1,000-yard effort of his young career

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos

The Eagles are 6-3 lifetime against the Broncos

  • The Eagles have only rushed for 346 yards this season (less than 60 yards per game)
  • QB Donovan McNabb has only passed for 418 yards and 1 touchdown over the last two games
  • McNabb is on pace to finish with 677 attempts
  • RB Brian Westbrook has 111 more receiving yards than rushing yards and has scored four times on the year
  • WR Terrell Owens has caught at least five passes in each game he has played this season
  • Owens is on pace to set a personal-best of 1,624 receiving yards this season.
  • TE L.J. Smith is on pace to catch 91 passes on the year.
  • The Broncos have scored at least 20 points in six consecutive games
  • QB Jake Plummer has thrown a touchdown pass in nine of the last ten games (13 touchdowns in total)
  • Plummer has failed to throw for 200-yards in four of his seven starts this year
  • RB Mike Anderson is on pace to finish with 1,093 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns
  • RB Tatum Bell is on pace to finish with 1,040 yards and is averaging a sizzling 6.9 yards per carry
  • WR Rod Smith has one 100-yard game in his last fifteen starts but did reach the 75-yard mark in nine of those games
  • WR Ashley Lelie has caught 8 passes for 145 yards in his last two games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers

The Buccaneers are only 3-13 lifetime against the 49ers

  • The Buccaneers haven’t surrendered more than 16 points in a game this season
  • The Buccaneers have failed to score 20 points in a game four times this year
  • What poor OL?  Rookie Cadillac Williams is averaging 4.5 yards per carry while Michael Pittman is averaging 6.1
  • Pittman has caught 17 passes for 169 yards
  • In his last four games, WR Joey Galloway has caught 26 passes for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns
  • In his last three games, WR Michael Clayton has only caught 4 passes for 38 yards
  • It has been nine games since Clayton last reached the 100-yard receiving mark
  • The 49ers stink (need I say more)
  • Those learning curves are getting painful for rookie QB Alex Smith.  He has thrown 5 interceptions on 50 attempts and has yet to discover the endzone
  • Smith has yet to throw for 100 yards in a game this season
  • RB Kevan Barlow is playing solid football with 319 rushing yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average.
  • However, rookie RB Frank Gore is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has looked more explosive
  • WR Brandon Lloyd only has 2 receptions over the last two starts

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

The Bills are 40-48-1 lifetime against the Patriots

  • The Bills have scored 64 points in three games since QB Kelly Holcomb took over for an ineffective J.P. Losman
  • A quarterback comparison between Holcomb and Losman…
    - Holcomb is completing 70.5% of his throws; has a YPA of 6.0 and has 5 touchdowns against 2 interceptions
    - Losman is completing only 48.4% of his throws, has a YPA of 4.6 with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions
  • However Holcomb has yet to throw for more than 172 yards in a game this year
  • RB Willis McGahee had his four-game touchdown streak snapped last week
  • McGahee has three 100-yard rushing games and five with 84+ yards
  • Strange but true.  Lee Evans hasn’t caught more than 3 passes for 68 yards in a game this year
  • WR Eric Moulds has 18 receptions since Holcomb took over but is averaging less than 10 yards per catch
  • The Patriots didn’t play last week but still managed to stay in first place in the division (all three teams lost)
  • The Patriots have yet to give up under 20 points in a game this season.
  • The Patriots have scored at least 17 points in each game this year
  • QB Tom Brady has thrown only 8 touchdown passes in six games so far this season
  • Brady is averaging 303.5 passing yards per game on the year
  • Brady is on pace to finish with 608 passing attempts this year
  • In his last action (week five against the Falcons), Corey Dillon rushed for 106 yards
  • Dillon has had six multiple-touchdown games as a Patriot
  • Patrick Pass has rushed for 98 yards and gained 95 receiving yards to go along with 2 touchdowns over the last two weeks.  Dillon who?
  • Both Deion Branch and David Givens are on pace for 80+ receptions but are averaging less than 12 yards per catch and have only one touchdown apiece

Monday

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ravens are 6-12 lifetime against the Steelers

  • To say the Ravens offense is anemic is an understatement.  They have scored 69 points through six games.  Refresh my memory please.  Wasn’t coach Billick known as an ‘Offensive Guru’?
  • QB Anthony Wright hasn’t made folks forget about Kyle Boller.  In fact he has made fans reminisce for the golden days with Trent Dilfer.  He has 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the year
  • All fizzle, no sizzle… RB Jamal Lewis has averaged 2.9 yards per carry throughout the season and has scored just twice
  • Could Chester Taylor be a ‘Priest Holmes’ in the wings?  He is averaging 6.0 yards per carry on limited touches this season
  • WR Derrick Mason is clearly the best receiver on the team, averaging 6 receptions per game.  The bad news is his low 10.8 yard average and his single touchdown reception
  • Finally some good news… TE Todd Heap has 13 receptions for 150 yards over the past two weeks
  • The Steelers have scored at least 17 points in every game this season
  • The Steelers are last in the NFL in passing attempts
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starting quarterback during the regular season
  • Roethlisberger is averaging 10.1 YPA this season and has thrown 10 touchdowns against only 1 interception.  All I have to say is ‘Wow!’
  • FWP returns.  Willie Parker ran for 131 yards against the Bengals, his third 100-yard outing of the season
  • RB Jerome Bettis has 50+ rushing yards in two of his three games played this season
  • WR Hines Ward has five touchdowns in as many games this season
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