Buccaneers AT Bears
Galloway's far too unpredictable to start in the playoffs, where one bad game
could ruin you. After an up-and-down start he has played poorly of late: The
wideout hasn't broken 100 yards or caught more than five balls since Week 6.
Plus he'll have to deal with ball-hawking corner Charles Tillman.
Jaguars AT Titans
Coming off his best game ever (128 yards and one touchdown), Jones disappeared
against the Colts last week (one catch, seven yards) while his team put up 44
points. Don't risk a repeat, especially since Jones will be going up against
Tennessee cornerback Pacman Jones, who's having an All-Pro season.
Texans AT Patriots
Last week Johnson had a solid performance (seven catches for 68 yards), but
this late in the year, you can't afford to start a player whose team is playing
out the string and tinkering with its lineup. Johnson won't sit, but the 4--9
Texans will give priority to their running back situation.
Browns AT Ravens
It will take serious guts--or impressive depth--to sit K2, who has been one of
the better tight ends this season. But he's coming off a game in which he had
four catches for 19 yards. (Afterwards, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter called
him "soft.") And Winslow goes up against a Ravens defense that has not
allowed a touchdown to a tight end this year.
Lions AT Packers
Hanson has only three games in which he has at least 10 points but still ranks
10th in scoring in the NFL. If Detroit's offense (--3 rushing yards last week)
was more dependable, he'd be a better play. Even though the Lions face the
porous Packers D there's no guarantee they will move the ball. And December in
Lambeau can be a kicker-killer.
The Broncos have just five sacks and four interceptions over the last four
games, and a spotty Denver offense has not been able to keep its D off the
field. Meanwhile Matt Leinart & Co. seem to be coming on. Even
disappointing Edgerrin James has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games (his
first 100-yard efforts of the year).