Steelers VS. Saints
Roethlisberger threw for 433 yards last week against the Broncos, but he also
tossed three interceptions (the third time he has thrown three or more picks in
a game this season). Since the high-scoring Saints will make Pittsburgh pay for
any turnovers, look for Big Ben to hand the ball off a lot.
Giants VS. Bears
The younger Manning would normally merit a start against a tough D. But with
wideout Plaxico Burress suffering from back spasms and his backup, Tim Carter,
all but invisible against the much softer Texans last week, Manning won't have
the weapons to attack the Bears the way he would want to.
Packers AT Vikings
The Vikings are solid against the pass (eight TDs allowed, nine interceptions
in eight games). Also remember that Minnesota coach Brad Childress was with the
Eagles when they held Favre to 148 yards per game in their last four meetings.
Expect his defensive assistants and players to watch those films this week.
Bears AT Giants
Traditionally, time-shares resolve themselves by about Week 8. Chicago isn't so
traditional, so Jones owners need to be wary of Cedric Benson, who's making the
most of his carries and has as many TDs as his running mate. Plus, New York has
held its last two opponents' starting backs to less than 50 yards.
Titans VS. Ravens
The Titans don't figure to challenge Baltimore's stout run defense--which has
allowed 69.2 yards per game--so Henry can go back to the bench despite having
had a few solid games. Moreover, even if the Titans were facing a less
formidable foe, you would still have to be aware of backup LenDale White, a
threat for PT.
Rams AT Seahawks
Forget Jackson's dislocated finger, it's his history against Seattle that
should make you think twice about starting him. In five games over three years,
he has never cracked 80 yards (he averages 68 as a starter), and he was held to
56 yards in the Rams' 30--28 loss to the Seahawks three weeks ago.
Jets AT Patriots
Only Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Marvin Harrison and Javon Walker have 100-yard
games this year against the Pats. Coles's performance in Week 2 (six catches
for 100 yards and a TD) seems like a long time ago, however. In the next six
games he averaged 59 yards and scored but two touchdowns.