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JAKE DELHOMME Panthers VS. Saints Delhomme threw for a season-high 272 yards and his first touchdown of the season in Week 3 against the Bucs. Steve Smith is back from a hamstring injury and will join Keyshawn Johnson to give Delhomme a full complement of receivers. Now he faces his former team, against whom he's thrown a scoring pass in four straight games.
BYRON LEFTWICH Jaguars AT Redskins With his favorite receiver, Matt Jones, hampered by a groin injury, Leftwich was uncharacteristically rattled by the Colts (107 yards, two picks). But with a resurgent ground game, he should have plenty of chances to exploit a defense that's yielded two scoring passes in each of the last two weeks.
CHAD PENNINGTON Jets VS.� Colts Pennington, quickly becoming the feel-good story of 2006, followed up two 300-yard outings with a gutsy 183-yard, one-touchdown performance against an underrated Bills secondary. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis defense is allowing an average of two touchdown passes per game. ( Houston's David Carr had three.)
DREW BLEDSOE Cowboys AT Titans Historically, Bledsoe hasn't done well after bye weeks (193 yards per game, three touchdowns, three interceptions in his last four), but none of his previous games came against a defense as porous as the Titans'. Regardless of Terrell Owens's availability, this promises to be a big day for Bledsoe and Big D.
QB BROWNS VS. Raiders
Three quarterbacks who might otherwise be considered starters have byes in Week 4, so it's time to begin working the waiver wires. Owners scrounging for a sub should not overlook Frye, who's kept the lowly Browns competitive with a do-it-yourself approach. The athletic, second-year signal-caller has had a hand in 83% of Cleveland's touchdowns, running for one in each of the first three games. (Remember, being selfish--in fantasy sports, at least--is a good thing.) Legs-wise, Frye is no Michael Vick, but he'll be the Browns' best threat on the ground in the red zone this week if running back Reuben Droughns sits out a second game with a shoulder injury. As a passer Frye has grown more comfortable every game with wide receiver Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow. In Week 3 Frye had a more-than-respectable 298 passing yards against a solid Ravens secondary.