FRANK GORE 49ers
AT Chiefs In 2005 quarterback Alex Smith's ineptitude left Gore chipping away
at stacked lines, but now teams have to respect San Francisco's passing game.
As a result the 49ers suddenly have an explosive ground attack. (Just make sure
Gore's strained abdomen isn't serious.) And Kansas City hasn't yet held a team
under 115 yards rushing.
Bears VS. Seahawks Sure, Jones has his work cut out for him against Seattle,
third in the league against the run. But little things add up in his favor:
Cedric Benson, once a threat for playing time, has all but disappeared; he had
no touches in Week 3. And TE Desmond Clark's injury elevates Jones's chances
for a red-zone look.
Colts VS. Jets Although he has struggled, Rhodes hasn't lost any ground to
Joseph Addai; in fact, he outcarried Addai five-to-one in Sunday's important
win over Jacksonville. Even at 2.6 yards per carry, it'll probably take an Indy
loss for Rhodes to be shunted aside, and he has a chance to bust loose against
the Jets' 25th-ranked run defense.
Cowboys AT Titans Marion Barber siphoned off valuable carries in Week 2,
costing Jones 39 yards and a TD. But that's to be expected in a time-share. A
wise owner will hang tough, using Jones when there's plenty of yardage to be
had--such as against the Titans, who allowed two Chargers to run for 70-plus
Browns AT Raiders It's all coming together for Winslow, who fancies himself one
of the NFL's elite tight ends and may well be, in view of his seven-catch,
92-yard game in Week 3. Oakland's had trouble with pass coverage, allowing
touchdowns in each of the first two games to tight ends who undoubtedly are
among the elite, Antonio Gates and Todd Heap.
Dolphins AT Texans McMichael has been relegated to serving as an extra
offensive lineman in order to provide maximum protection for Daunte Culpepper.
However, this week he'll get his best chance of the season to run some routes
and snag some balls against a Texans squad that has put no pressure on opposing
Cowboys AT Titans With or without an injured T.O. lining up across from him,
Glenn is having a fantastic season, having snared 10 passes for 175 yards and a
touchdown. Through three weeks Tennessee has allowed 50 or more yards to six
receivers, including 153 to Laveranues Coles. Look for similar numbers from the
Cowboys' top threat.
Browns AT Raiders Edwards is finally making his mark on the NFL, coming off a
five-catch, 116-yard, one-touchdown performance against Baltimore. The Oakland
defense is ranked second against the pass and 31st against the run--but that's
only because the Raiders have faced primarily rushing teams ( San Diego and