Mr. Moss has to
show up at some point this season, and it's a good bet that he'll grace us with
a cameo against the banged-up Bengals secondary, which is ranked dead last
against the pass and has allowed 16 TDs through the air this year. The Raiders
don't throw the ball a lot, so don't count on too many receptions. Rather, look
for some catch-and-run plays of the type Moss exhibited against Cincinnati in
'98 (his rookie year), when he hauled in four balls for 99 yards and a
touchdown. This year's Bengals have the look of a playoff team, and they're
likely to put Oakland away early. That could lead Raiders coach Art Shell to
open up the offense as a means of playing catch-up and seeing whom he wants to
keep around for the future. In that vein Moss may also have an eye on '07. Even
if he wants out of Oakland, he'll have to find someone else to pay him and will
need to show his stuff down the stretch.
Seahawks AT Cardinals
Even with wins in two of its last three games, Arizona continues to give up
passing yards by the acre (234.8 per game). Hasselbeck gets a well-deserved
gimme after missing four games with a knee injury, then playing in frigid
conditions in Seattle in Week 12 and in Denver on Sunday.
Chargers VS. Broncos
When these teams last met, Denver was confident that it could contain LaDainian
Tomlinson. Four TDs later the Broncos realized no one can. That won't keep
Denver from trying this week by stacking the box, which will open up passing
lanes for Rivers (222 yards, two TDs, two picks in their first matchup).
Titans AT Texans
Houston entertained the notion of making this native son the first overall pick
in April's draft. Now the Texans will get to see what they missed out on. Young
has led Tennessee to five wins in seven games with his arm (five TD passes over
three games) and legs (147 rush yards and a TD in his last two).