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SANTANA MOSS Redskins AT Buccaneers This is a tough matchup for a Washington receiving corps that has never really jelled; RB Clinton Portis is out (broken hand), so Tampa Bay--which recently signed corner Philip Buchanon--can focus its defense on the pass. Moreover, Moss still appears hampered by a bad hamstring.
T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH Bengals AT Saints Housh took a mighty blow from the Chargers' Marlon McCree on Sunday. When his head clears, he'll have Mike McKenzie and the New Orleans defense to deal with. Plus, teammate Chad Johnson seems to have gotten the point across to Carson Palmer: He wants the ball, and he wants it often.
GREG JENNINGS Packers VS. Patriots Before Sunday's game against the Vikings, no one knew how Jennings would be affected by his injured ankle. Now that we know (he had three catches for 38 yards), consider benching the rookie. Another reason: Brett Favre has a good thing going with his other wideout, Donald Driver.
ANTONIO GATES Chargers AT Broncos In six career meetings against the Broncos, Gates has 16 catches, 164 yards and no touchdowns. In five of those games he was held to 31 or fewer yards. This season John Lynch & Co. have shut down most opposing tight ends, allowing a total of eight catches and 62 yards to the elite trio of Tony Gonzalez, Todd Heap and Kellen Winslow Jr.
RYAN LONGWELL Vikings AT Dolphins In two straight surprising wins, previously foundering Miami held the Bears and the Chiefs to a combined 23 points, only 11 of which were scored by kickers. Meanwhile the Minnesota offense has struggled, scoring a total of 13 points over the last three games, against the Patriots and the less-than-ferocious defenses of the Packers and the 49ers.
COWBOYS VS. Colts Everyone knows how good the Indy offense is at putting up points, but just as impressive is how well it takes care of the ball (eight turnovers in nine games) and how well the offensive line protects Peyton Manning (10 sacks allowed, second only to the Saints). Dallas will be near the bottom of the league in weekly fantasy points.