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HINES WARD Steelers AT Browns With the continued improvement of wideouts Cedrick Wilson and Santonio Holmes--both of whom have had great Novembers--defenses can no longer key on Ward. History is also on Ward's side: In 2005 he had 15 catches, 229 yards and two TDs in two games against Cleveland.
LAVERANUES COLES Jets VS. Bears For whatever reason, the Bears have had a hard time against diminutive burners. Lee Evans (5'10") caught nine balls for 94 yards and a TD five weeks ago, and in '05 Steve Smith (5'9") torched Chicago for 387 yards and two TDs over two games. Coles (5'11") is a Smith doppleg�nger by any measure.
DONTE' STALLWORTH Eagles VS. Titans Stallworth's 84-yard catch-and-run TD last week served two purposes. First, it was a reminder that he's a serious deep threat and a bona fide fantasy starter. (He leads the league at 21.1 yards per catch.) Second, it shows that his bum hammy has healed. Stallworth is a must play against Tennessee.
JERRAMY STEVENS Seahawks AT 49ers There is apparently nothing like a good kick to the groin to jump-start a player's production: After missing most of the first half of the season with an injury, Stevens took a knee to his privates from Tyler Brayton on Nov. 6 in prime time; on Sunday he reached the end zone for the second time in three weeks. He should thrive against the tight-end-vulnerable 49ers.
JOHN CARNEY Saints VS. Bengals A game with Cincinnati is guaranteed to be a day at the races: The Bengals' three most recent opponents have averaged 34.7 points a game. Meanwhile, the Saints have put 111 points on the board in their last four games, against the Eagles, Ravens, Bucs and Steelers. Carney has missed only two field goal tries this year and is 6 for 6 in the Superdome.
VIKINGS AT Dolphins The Vikings thought they would be lining up against old teammate Daunte Culpepper this week; instead they'll see another familiar face: QB Joey Harrington, who while he was with the Lions threw seven touchdown passes in six games against Minnesota but also was picked off a stunning 13 times.