No matter what
terrible things you hear about Grossman this week, remember this: The
26-year-old has a short memory. He was miserable on the road against the
Cardinals in Week 6 (zero TDs, four picks), then came back with a flawless
three-TD game against the 49ers. He floundered against the Dolphins in Week 9
(three interceptions), but threw three TDs a week later on the road against the
Giants. On paper Grossman was a wreck at New England on Sunday, with three
interceptions, but he did throw a decent short game. (His deep passes got him
into trouble.) He should bounce back against Minnesota at Soldier Field, where
he has been picked off only three times all year (see: Miami, above). The
Vikings rank 31st against the pass and have been tinkering with their lineup to
little effect: Cardinals rookie Matt Leinart carved up the unit last week for a
career-best 405 yards.
Ravens AT Bengals
With cornerbacks Deltha O'Neal and Keiwan Ratliff nursing injuries, Cincinnati
allowed 828 passing yards to the Chargers and the Saints in Weeks 10 and 11,
before holding the sorry Browns to 152 on Sunday. Unless O'Neal (shoulder) and
Ratliff (ribs) are healthy, a vet like McNair should have a field day.
Redskins VS. Falcons
Campbell has yet to crack the 200-yard mark in two starts, but he'll have a
terrific opportunity to do so on Sunday: Atlanta's pass defense has fallen to
29th in the league (241.2 yards per game), with its rush hampered by defensive
end John Abraham's groin injury.
Bengals VS. Ravens
The last time he faced Baltimore, in Week 9, Palmer was a dismal 12 of 26 with
two interceptions. Since then he has nine TDs and has reconnected with
playmaking WR Chad Johnson (who's had five of those scores), while Baltimore LB
Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed have developed nagging injuries.
Colts AT Titans
It was clear when he scored three first-half touchdowns against the Eagles that
Addai is the new Edgerrin James in Indianapolis. This week he faces a Tennessee
defense that should have charged rent for all the room Giants RB Brandon Jacobs
had to work with on his two trips to the end zone on Sunday.
Ravens AT Bengals
In 10 career games against Cincinnati, Lewis has rushed for 100 yards eight
times and scored at least one touchdown six times--including a Week 9 meeting,
in which he scored a TD but was held to 72 yards on 24 carries. Lewis may not
have a triple-digit rushing day, but he's sure to strike pay dirt.