Chiefs AT Cardinals
With three of the better fantasy QBs having byes this week, Huard should be an
appealing stopgap. He was efficient against the 49ers (18 of 23, two TDs, no
picks), and he'll work over Arizona's 25th-ranked pass defense. Better yet, the
Cards should put up some points, which will mean more passing by K.C.
Patriots VS. Dolphins
Brady is completing more passes to wide receivers each week, which suggests
he's more confident throwing downfield. That will result in better stats.
Having Doug Gabriel in the lineup is also important; in two games since
returning from a hamstring injury, he has 10 catches for 122 yards and two
Vikings VS. Lions
Wouldn't it be great if your QB played Detroit every week? Johnson struggled
against the Bills, but so have most other passers. He'll do better against a
Lions defense that has yet to get an interception and has allowed the two other
NFC North teams to throw for 629 yards and seven touchdowns total.
Cowboys AT Eagles
Remember one thing: Bledsoe's performance will have a lot to do with the effort
turned in by Terrell Owens, who visits Philly for the first time since wreaking
havoc there last year. Emotions aside, the banged-up Eagles are in the bottom
third of the league in pass defense, so Bledsoe could have a field day.
Smith enters the
Battle of the Bay Area having done an about-face from a rookie season in which
he threw just one touchdown pass and was picked off 11 times. Despite San
Francisco's manhandling by the Chiefs on Sunday, Smith has been impressive,
starting the season with 115 consecutive passes (three for touchdowns) before
throwing his first interception. Until Sunday, Smith had more passing yards
than Tom Brady, Marc Bulger, Carson Palmer or Kurt Warner. Don't be fooled by a
Raiders defense that has allowed just 137.7 yards per game through the air:
Oakland hasn't faced a big-armed QB in its three losses. Instead, it's been
getting killed on the ground. As a bonus, the 49ers' offense is balanced enough
for both running back Frank Gore and Smith (who'll connect repeatedly with
Antonio Bryant, Arnaz Battle and Eric Johnson) to have giant games against the