Ryan looks more and more like a veteran with each passing week and less like a rookie. Last week against a tough Eagles' defense, he threw a career-high 44 times, completing 23 for 277 yards and two TDs. He has five TD passes in the last three games, but look for the Falcons to pass less this week at Oakland and run more as Ryan manages the game better this time around.
After topping 100 yards in three of his first five games with Atlanta while scoring six TDs, Turner has been shut down the last two weeks. He was limited to 58 yards last week by Philadelphia in 17 carries and now has 112 yards and no TDs in the last two games. But the Raiders rank 26th against the run, allowing 144.1 yards per game, so look for Turner to bust out against his old foes.
White registered his third-straight 100-yard receiving game last week and fourth on the season as he torched the Eagles for eight receptions for 113 yards and two TDs. He had TD catches of 55 and 8 yards, giving him a total of 25 catches in his last three games for 357 yards and four TDs. He's having an All-Pro season and should have another big game against the Raiders this week.
As defenses begin to double-team White, it should open things for Jenkins. So far he hasn't taken advantage of the situation as he hasn't scored a TD since Week 1 and he's had just 10 catches for 146 yards the last three games. Expect more of the same as White dominates the passing game.
The Falcons' defense hasn't performed as expected this year as it ranks 24th against the pass, 23rd against the run, and has just 12 sacks and five interceptions. Fortunately, it plays the low-octane Raiders this week.
Russell continues to struggle with inaccuracy, but he does look a little more comfortable running this offense with each passing week. He has topped 200 yards passing in three of the last four games with three TDs, including last week at Baltimore when he threw for 228 yards and a TD. The Falcons rank 24th vs. the pass, so Russell could have some success this week, but not enough to make him a starter on your team.
Fargas couldn't get anything going last week at Baltimore as he finished with just 24 yards on 12 carries. That happens against a good Ravens' defense, but the Falcons rank 23rd vs. the run, so expect more carries, more yards and even his first TD of the season in Week 9.
McFadden was surprisingly inactive last week with his turf toe injury. It seemed like he was making more progress last week, but the Raiders chose to keep him out at Baltimore last week because of the injury. He should be okay to play this week, but if not Michael Bush will be the No. 2 back behind Fargas.
Schilens is starting to turn some heads in Oakland and he's becoming more of a factor with each week going forward. The rookie out of San Diego State caught three passes last week for 76 yards, including a nice haul on a 60-yard bomb. He has good upside and will continue to start going forward.
Miller isn't flashy, but he provides something each week. Last week at Baltimore, he finished with two catches for 56 yards and he's now topped 50 yards in receiving yardage three of the last four games. Look for more of the same this week.