DAVID CARR Texans
If someone had told you in August that Carr would be the NFL's highest-rated
starting quarterback in mid-October, you'd have called him crazy. But Carr tops
the rankings ... until this week when Terence Newman, Roy Williams and the rest
of Dallas's prickly pass defense send him for a tumble.
Cardinals VS. Bears
The Leinart era began with a bang: two first-quarter TD passes. However, by the
end of his debut, it was the same old desert denouement--an Arizona loss. If
the Bears made Super Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck look like a rookie two
weeks ago, what do you think they'll make a real rookie look like?
Panthers AT Ravens
Carolina's usual game plan is to ride the run and let Delhomme take deep shots
to Steve Smith when the defense cheats toward the line. But Baltimore's 4--3
doesn't need to cheat to shut down DeShaun Foster, which will mean lots of
pressure on Delhomme and the Panthers' passing game.
Raiders AT Broncos
Facing a soft 49ers defense that's been vulnerable against the rush all year,
Jordan averaged 5.9 yards a carry, but gained only 71 yards. That's not awful,
but he needs to produce more to justify his inclusion in your lineup. Now he
goes up against a Denver team that hadn't allowed a ground TD through Week
Cardinals VS. Bears
The Bears are a daunting assignment for even the best running teams, whose
ranks decidedly do not include Arizona. No back has rushed for 100 yards
against Chicago in the last four games, and James would be lucky even to match
the 50 that Willis McGahee gained against the Bears last week.
Rams VS. Seahawks
Seattle's interior defense is the strength of the team, with Rocky Bernard,
Chartric Darby and Lofa Tatupu anchoring one of the league's most underrated
units. With its air attack clicking over the last two games, look for St. Louis
to use Jackson as a change of pace rather than as a main option.
Giants AT Falcons
Few defenders are more foreboding for your fantasy receivers than Atlanta's
DeAngelo Hall, the best shutdown corner in the league. While Burress had a fine
game against the Redskins last week (7 catches, 69 yards, 1 TD), and has scored
a TD in three of his four games, look for Hall to put the clamps on.