MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Daniel Snyder had games like this in mind when he signed this hard-hitting
ex-Ram to the richest contract ever for a safety (six years, $30 million). Will
Archuleta silence the motormouthed tight end?
Shockey's act is
wearing thin. He has just 11 catches in three games and griped that the Giants
were outcoached in a Week 3 loss to the Seahawks. Bad timing, considering that
reserve wideouts Tim Carter and David Tyree are already becoming more frequent
passing targets. In two games against Washington last year, Shockey caught five
balls and had one touchdown.
against the Giants, while doing the brunt of the work in the Rams' paper-thin
secondary, Archuleta was burned by Shockey and wideout Plaxico Burress for long
TDs. But since moving to Washington (where he's not asked to blitz as much as
in St. Louis), he's been solid: Opposing tight ends have averaged 57.5 yards
Archuleta was a man on an island in St. Louis; now he has Shawn Springs and
Sean Taylor to pick up the slack in the secondary. Shockey won't have a lot of
balls thrown his way, and with a torpedoing safety like Archuleta in pursuit,
it'll be a quiet day for the tight end, in all respects.