Bears VS. Dolphins
Here's a fact that should worry owners: Last week was the first time this year
that QB Rex Grossman didn't attempt to connect with Berrian on their signature
streak route, perhaps fallout from their poor communication at Arizona. Against
the 49ers, Berrian didn't see anything longer than 15 yards.
Titans AT Jaguars
Bennett is no longer a solid fantasy option, and perhaps Vince Young is to
blame. Since the rookie took over at QB four games ago, Bennett has caught just
six balls. Expect numbers similar to what Bennett put up the last time he faced
Jacksonville (Week 17 of last year): one catch for nine yards.
Bears VS. Dolphins
Miami's secondary has been torched for 12 passing TDs in seven games. With that
in mind, look for Chicago's wideouts to be more involved in the offense than
the (likely) Pro Bowl--bound Clark. He's also battling precedent: Over the last
four games no opposing tight end has gained more than 39 yards against the
Dolphins, and only Green Bay's David Martin has scored.
Steelers VS. Broncos
The Steelers' offense is discombobulated, and the only chance it has to cobble
together scoring drives against the Broncos is if Denver's defense is still
recovering from last week's whipping by the Colts. Moreover, Reed is one of the
league's least-used kickers, having attempted just 11 field goals (making
eight) in seven games this season.
After Indy's demolition of the vaunted Denver D, it's clear that there's little
anyone--even defensive mastermind Bill Belichick--can do to slow down Peyton
Manning, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Co. Don't expect turnovers,
either: Indy has committed only four, a league low, through Week 8.
RB SEAHAWKS vs. Raiders
slated to return from a broken foot this week against the Raiders, but a smart
owner might consider a strategy of watchful waiting. If you have the Seattle
star, you've no doubt procured someone to fill in. So why rush Alexander out
there? Better hold off a week before testing him. (He wasn't performing
particularly well--2.9 yards per carry--before his injury.) While the Raiders
might appear to be the perfect team for Alexander to find his legs against,
their rushing defense (ranked 26th) isn't as bad as it looks. For the most part
opponents are racking up rushing yards because they've been way ahead and
haven't had to pass in the second half. But DE Derrick Burgess and DT Warren
Sapp have been playing better during Oakland's current two-game winning streak.
Then there's the Seattle line. Without Steve Hutchinson it has been awful, and
Seahawks starters have averaged a mere 52.9 rushing yards.