Falcons VS. Steelers
For all its struggles, Pittsburgh still has a Super Bowl defense--one that
averages three sacks a game and nearly pitched a shutout against K.C. last
week. Combine that with Vick's erratic play, and that's enough reason to bench
the QB. He's had only two games that have met a starter's standards.
Chiefs VS. Chargers
Here's a reminder about substitute waiver-wire QBs: Use them if you must, but
always go back to your starter. Surely a few owners benefited from Huard's
early hot hand (four TDs and one interception in his first three starts). But
the Steelers cooled him off, and the Chargers allow just 146.8 passing yards
Packers AT Dolphins
You never know which Favre you'll get in '06: the one who torched New Orleans
and Detroit for three TDs apiece or the one who went scoreless with two picks
against both Philly and Chicago. Bet on the latter in Miami. Nick Saban teaches
tough D, especially among his speed rushers.
Seahawks VS. Vikings
It appears that Shaun Alexander is going to miss at least two more weeks, but
Morris is nowhere close to being a suitable replacement (109 yards with no
scores in two starting assignments). Plus, Minnesota ranks fourth against the
rush, allowing only 74.4 yards per game.
Bills VS. Patriots
New England held McGahee to 70 yards and no TDs when these teams met on opening
day. The last time the Bills hosted the Pats, he ran eight times for three
yards. McGahee has reached the end zone only once this year and hasn't scored
against an AFC East foe in Buffalo's last seven divisional games.
Vikings AT Seahawks
In one of the season's most intriguing matchups, left guard Steve Hutchinson
returns to Seattle to face the interior defenders he practiced against every
day last season. Hutchinson will ensure that Taylor won't be completely shut
out, but his numbers will be below his 84.2 yards per game.
Panthers AT Bengals
Who said Carolina needed more than one wide receiver? Since returning from a
bad hammy, Steve Smith has stepped up his game (189 yards and a TD in last
Sunday's win over Baltimore). Meanwhile Johnson has pulled a vanishing act.
Expect even less than his Week 5 output (five balls, 46 yards).