Week 11 Fantasy Football Matchups

To prepare you as best we can for your week of Fantasy Football, we've devised this series of previews for each NFL game. We'll give you a taste of what to expect, then rank each significant Fantasy contributor on a scale from 0-5 logos (with five logos suggesting can't-miss; a player or unit without any logos suggests you probably shouldn't start him under any circumstances). The rankings take the matchup into account, but injuries and other significant factors also contribute.

Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Thursday, 8:20 pm, Bank of America Stadium
The Dolphins are too proficient at running to do anything but that against Carolina. The Panthers are only decent against the run, so Miami should exploit the defense with a heavy dose of Ricky Williams . The Panthers will know it's coming and they'll catch a break not seeing Ronnie Brown , who is out. They'll try to stuff Williams and force Chad Henne to pass. His best plan of attack to mix up the runs is with some outside quick-hitters and slants to help balance things out. The Panthers have a big advantage against the Dolphins pass attack so they'll try to build a lead and force Henne to beat them. How might they build that lead? It won't be easy: Carolina will be without Pro Bowl left tackle Jordan Gross , its best offensive lineman, for the rest of the year and they'll take on a Miami defense that doesn't break down easily against running backs. Look for the Panthers to really grind away on the ground with DeAngelo Williams shouldering the load ( Jonathan Stewart might not do well playing on only four days rest). The Dolphins' secondary is improving and should match up well with Steve Smith but could struggle against Carolina's trio of underrated tight ends. Athletic receiving tight end Dante Rosario strikes us as someone who could make a dent -- he's improving healthwise and might be useful. Short passes will also benefit the Panthers, especially with the Dolphins' fleet of pass rushers coming after a slow Jake Delhomme without his best pass protector. Ultimately, this is a playoff game as neither team can afford to lose. It shouldn't be high scoring.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Chad Henne QB Jake Delhomme
Ricky Williams RB DeAngelo Williams
Lex Hilliard RB Jonathan Stewart
Davone Bess WR Steve Smith
Greg Camarillo   WR Muhsin Muhammad
Joey Haynos TE Dante Rosario
Dan Carpenter K John Kasay
Dolphins DST Panthers
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Lambeau Field
This isn't going to be pretty for the 49ers; they're 1-3 away from home, 1-3 with Alex Smith playing under center and their win last week was more gift-wrapped for them than anything else. They're going to stick to their run game with Frank Gore , of course, but the Packers have been improving against the run and will know to stack the box against him. The Packers secondary match up very well with the 49ers receivers and could even follow the choices made by the Bears to blanket tight end Vernon Davis and take him out of Smith's plans on passing downs. It's going to be hard for the 49ers to put points on the board unless Gore dominates. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers probably took a few lessons from Jay Cutler mistakes last week and will simply be cognizant of where he's putting the football when he drops back. That's something he's done all season (17 touchdowns, five interceptions) and as such he should put up some solid totals. Donald Driver , Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley (if healthy) should do moderately well. The 49ers are far more proficient at stopping the run, and considering the Packers' run blocking it's safe to expect modest but not overwhelming totals from Ryan Grant , who has really only put up big weeks against the Lions and Buccaneers. The Packers defense has been playing really well, so if you need a DST you can look their way.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Alex Smith QB Aaron Rodgers
Frank Gore RB Ryan Grant
Thomas Clayton   RB Brandon Jackson
Michael Crabtree WR Donald Driver
Josh Morgan   WR Greg Jennings
Vernon Davis TE Jermichael Finley
Joe Nedney K Mason Crosby
49ers DST Packers
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
There's much upheaval in Buffalo, some of it possibly stemming from the decision to start Ryan Fitzpatrick this week at quarterback over Trent Edwards . Dick Jauron is out as head coach and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell gets a crack at trying to change the team's fortunes. Despite the fact that Jacksonville's defense ranks in the bottom half against the run, it should be stout enough to overpower the Buffalo offensive line and contain Marshawn Lynch yardage. But there is hope for the Bills' passing game as they got creative last week on a number of plays and could hang around this week because of receiving weapons Lee Evans and Terrell Owens . Jacksonville has been atrocious against the pass, and without a strong pass rush to force Ryan Fitzpatrick into some errors, the Bills' receivers have a chance. You can count on the Jaguars to lean heavily on Maurice Jones-Drew as the Bills have been terrible at stopping the run. In fact, there might only be limited passing attempts by David Garrard because the Jags are expected to hammer away at the Bills' front seven. Rashad Jennings might even see a few extra touches. But all that running will set up the pass, and this is a decent week for Mike Sims-Walker to put up more numbers than last week. He's played much better at home than on the road.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB David Garrard
Marshawn Lynch RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Fred Jackson RB Rashad Jennings
Lee Evans WR Mike Sims-Walker
Terrell Owens WR Torry Holt
Shawn Nelson   TE Marcedes Lewis
Rian Lindell K Josh Scobee
Bills DST Jaguars
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Cowboys Stadium
The Redskins' win over the Broncos last week was surprising and might have been because backup quarterback Chris Simms was unprepared for the game and the Redskins were able to play well against him. The Cowboys present a myriad of problems for Washington's offense and should be a tougher challenge. But elements of last week's win like quick passes to different receivers should help against a very good pass rush. Ladell Betts might get over 15 carries by default but the Cowboys have been good against the run and should be able to penetrate the Redskins' offensive line and limit him. Expect the Redskins to throw plenty, particularly if they can't handle the Dallas offense. Look for the Cowboys to try and re-establish their run a little bit more than they did last week, but also take deep downfield shots. Remember, the Broncos were well in control of the game last week until Kyle Orton got hurt -- he connected on two long touchdowns before then. Miles Austin strikes us as the perfect weapon for Dallas to use on deep shots against Washington's sagging cornerbacks and safeties. Washington will come after Tony Romo and try to force him into mistakes, but if the Cowboys can negate that with a good dose of the run game and short-area tosses to the running backs and Jason Witten , they should be successful.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Jason Campbell QB Tony Romo
Ladell Betts RB Marion Barber
Rock Cartwright   RB Tashard Choice
Santana Moss WR Miles Austin
Antwaan Randle El   WR Roy Williams
Fred Davis TE Jason Witten
Shaun Suisham K Nick Folk
Redskins DST Cowboys
Atlanta Falcons at N.Y. Giants
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Giants Stadium
The Giants can't sleep on the Falcons' run game just because Michael Turner is out. Given the chance, Jason Snelling will do his best Turner impersonation running behind an O-line that will keep the Giants' defensive line busy. The return of Jerious Norwood will also cause some problems on passing downs if he's healthy ( Aaron Stecker would be in otherwise). The Giants defense should be back at full strength following their bye, which isn't good news for Matt Ryan . Not only must he fend off the Giants' pass rush but also throw into a solid Giants secondary. Given how he's played of late (three touchdowns, six interceptions in his last three games), he's not a safe choice. That puts the status of Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White into jeopardy; White has cooled off after a four-game hot streak and Gonzalez has seen more passes come his way. The Giants have had some trouble against opposing tight ends and it's expected that Ryan will continue to lean on Gonzalez while also involving White. The Giants have allowed a slew of touchdowns through the air recently, but the return of cornerback Aaron Ross and some iffy play by Matty Ice might turn that around. The Giants should battle back with a heavy dose of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw , setting up the play-action pass for downfield strikes to Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks . It's a good matchup all the way around for New York, though typically the Giants will run it more than pass it when given the chance. Eli Manning should be OK, but look for Jacobs and Bradshaw (who had a week to rest his foot) to shoulder the load.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Matt Ryan QB Eli Manning
Jason Snelling RB Brandon Jacobs
Aaron Stecker RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Roddy White WR Steve Smith
Michael Jenkins   WR Mario Manningham
Marty Booker   WR Hakeem Nicks
Tony Gonzalez TE Kevin Boss
Jason Elam K Lawrence Tynes
Falcons DST Giants
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Mall of America Field
The Vikings' run defense should do enough against the Seahawks' iffy offensive line to limit Justin Forsett , plus the Seahawks know they can move the ball through the air. Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last two games and will surely be called upon to make plays again here. John Carlson has a nice matchup against the Vikings' safeties, and even with Antoine Winfield expected to have a shot at playing we could see a bunch of passes go to Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh . And while Forsett's rushing game will be limited, it wouldn't be a shock to see him used on screens to take advantage of the Vikings' aggressive pass rush. The Seahawks should find ways to put points on the board, which is music to the ears of all of Brett Favre Fantasy owners. Minnesota will need Favre for it to win this game, and he's got a fine matchup against a Seattle defense that has struggled to sack the quarterback. Sure, Marcus Trufant is back for the Seahawks and surely is in game shape by now, but he was in last week against the Cardinals and Arizona still found ways to put up huge passing numbers. Look for Sidney Rice , Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe all to put up nice numbers. Adrian Peterson , of course, will be involved and should get good totals even though Seattle hasn't been horrible against the run.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Matt Hasselbeck QB Brett Favre
Justin Forsett RB Adrian Peterson
Louis Rankin   RB Chester Taylor
T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR Sidney Rice
Nate Burleson WR Percy Harvin
Deion Branch   WR Bernard Berrian
John Carlson TE Visanthe Shiancoe
Olindo Mare K Ryan Longwell
Seahawks DST Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Arrowhead Stadium
This should be a lay-up for the Steelers. With Kansas City's defense sagging against the run and the pass, there aren't many players on Pittsburgh worth sitting. If anything, the Steelers might build a lead with Ben Roethlisberger hitting his receivers deep and then handing off to Rashard Mendenhall . The Chiefs have gotten good play out of their safeties, and chances are they'll assign Mike Brown to hassle Heath Miller . He's the only guy on the Steelers who might disappoint. One big reason why the Steelers should roll: The Chiefs offense doesn't have the potential to put up many points. Jamaal Charles has the toughest matchup of his career going up against the Steelers defense with his ugly offensive line -- he'll do more damage as a receiver than as a rusher but he'll be hard pressed to post numbers like he did last week. Kansas City also starts a four-game stint without Dwayne Bowe , who was suspended by the NFL. Pittsburgh's secondary will likely play a two-deep zone and jam up Chris Chambers at the line of scrimmage while bringing a pass rush that Matt Cassel will have a hard time escaping. It won't be pretty for Kansas City, but if you're desperate for a DST, the Chiefs special teams will test the Steelers' coverage unit, which has given up three special-teams touchdowns in four weeks.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Ben Roethlisberger QB Matt Cassel
Rashard Mendenhall RB Jamaal Charles
Mewelde Moore   RB Kolby Smith
Hines Ward WR Chris Chambers
Mike Wallace WR Lance Long
Santonio Holmes WR Mark Bradley
Heath Miller TE Leonard Pope
Jeff Reed K Ryan Succop
Steelers DST Chiefs
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Raymond James Stadium
On paper, this should be a white-washing by the Saints, but we thought the same thing last week when they played at St. Louis. Get this -- New Orleans has lost its last two games at Tampa Bay in games where they've failed to run the football and had the football run on them. Considering the state of the Saints' defense, there's a chance Cadillac Williams could put up some decent totals. The New Orleans secondary is also banged up, and with Antonio Bryant reportedly coming back this week, Josh Freeman will have an extra target to go along with Kellen Winslow . The Bucs could keep this one close. Of course, they'll have to hog the football in order to have a chance to win because the Saints offense should pummel the Buccaneers defense. Marques Colston has yet to have a bad game at Tampa Bay -- he's totaled 25 catches for 299 yards with two scores in three games at the pirate ship and should overpower the Buccaneers' secondary even if he's up against cornerback Aqib Talib . We know Brees will throw his way, but he'll also use up the rest of his receivers including Reggie Bush , who has been playing exceptionally well. Even with Bush's track record against the Bucs, he should be effective. If the Saints are smart, they'll continue to work on the ground with Pierre Thomas , Bush and Mike Bell ; Thomas and Bell were ineffective last week but Tampa Bay breaks down against the run and should do so here, giving the Saints a shot to cash in on the ground once or twice. So long as they stick with the run, they should move to 10-0.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Drew Brees QB Josh Freeman
Pierre Thomas RB Cadillac Williams
Reggie Bush RB Derrick Ward
Marques Colston WR Antonio Bryant
Robert Meachem WR Sammie Stroughter
Devery Henderson WR Michael Clayton
Jeremy Shockey TE Kellen Winslow
John Carney K Connor Barth
Saints DST Buccaneers
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Sunday, 1:00 pm, Ford Field
Knowing they have a chance to win this game, expect a good effort from the Browns. Not that it means they'll win or even put up a ton of points, but they'll aim to attack a Lions defense that has been burned by the pass game after game. If you're desperate for a sleeper, we might see Mohamed Massaquoi land a couple of deep lobs as Detroit simply cannot defend against the pass. Brady Quinn might also see his tight ends as open targets and hit them as he did against the Ravens last week. This does not mean Jamal Lewis will have his way with the Lions -- his offensive line doesn't match up especially well here and the Lions have actually allowed fewer touchdowns on the ground than the Dolphins and Saints! Now, the Lions know this is a potential win too, and they are far more prepared to beat up the Browns defense. Detroit has not gotten away from using Kevin Smith and it's completely reasonable to expect him to put a hurtin' on them both on the ground and through the air. But this should be the week that Calvin Johnson erupts. He's played two games since returning from a knee sprain and showed signs of improved chemistry with Matthew Stafford last week. If he doesn't light up the Browns' fast but not overly physical secondary for a couple of deep grabs and end-zone jump balls, you should be worried. The Browns' pass rush is decent enough to force Stafford to make quick decisions, but his mobility and play-action can negate a lot of that. The Lions should be able to outscore the Browns offense.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Brady Quinn QB Matthew Stafford
Jamal Lewis RB Kevin Smith
Chris Jennings   RB Maurice Morris
Mohamed Massaquoi WR Calvin Johnson
Mike Furrey   WR Bryant Johnson
Steve Heiden TE Brandon Pettigrew
Billy Cundiff   K Jason Hanson
Browns DST Lions
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, 1:00 pm, M&T Bank Stadium
Priority No. 1 for the Colts will be protecting Peyton Manning against the Ravens' pass rush. Manning has seen this defense before and torched them -- he has seven touchdowns in his last two games against them. So long as the Colts keep Manning upright, which they should be able to do with ease since Terrell Suggs won't play, the Ravens defense will be in for a long day. The Ravens' cornerbacks will struggle to keep up with their receivers, but they should be able to contain Dallas Clark as they have in their last three games against him (including a playoff game). The only concern for the Colts is how Joseph Addai will perform; he's had a three-touchdown game against the Ravens but bupkis in his other contests against them and the Ravens run defense remains strong. Plus, we know Indianapolis will throw it more than run it, and Donald Brown might cut in to Addai's workload a little bit. He's a risk. The Ravens will do what everyone else does against the Colts: Run it. They'll be effective with Ray Rice taking a big part of the offense against a sinking Indy run defense. By using him they'll kill the clock, keep Peyton off the field and keep the heat off of Joe Flacco . The Ravens' passing game has gone limp over the last three weeks and this should be no exception. Defenses are focusing on limiting Derrick Mason and as a result the rest of Baltimore's receivers aren't coming up with huge grabs (Mason's stats have wilted, too). Plus Flacco is not throwing as much as he did earlier in the season. The Colts have been scrutinized for using rookie cornerbacks, but Jerraud Powers has played excellent football and Jacob Lacey has made some nice plays at the nickelback spot. It could be another long week for the Ravens' passing game.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Peyton Manning QB Joe Flacco
Joseph Addai RB Ray Rice
Donald Brown RB Willis McGahee
Reggie Wayne WR Derrick Mason
Pierre Garcon WR Mark Clayton
Austin Collie WR Kelley Washington
Dallas Clark TE Todd Heap
Matt Stover K Billy Cundiff
Colts DST Ravens
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Sunday, 4:05 pm, Edward Jones Dome
The Rams might be able to say they're ready for the Cardinals after nearly pulling the upset against the Saints last week, but expect Arizona to do its thing and score enough to win. Larry Fitzgerald should continue his productive ways, and when the Cards go to their three-receiver set the Rams won't have the talent to keep up. Their pass rush is also weak, so Warner should have a pretty good game as should his wideouts. And whether a lead is built or not, the Cardinals will probably spend some plays running the football with Beanie Wells . The rookie has been impressive when he's been given the chance to accumulate carries, and this might be one of those games. The Cardinals ran well against St. Louis last season, something Tim Hightower was a part of, but with Wells there to take touches from Hightower we could see a good effort between the two of them. You probably know what the Rams are going to do -- hand off to Steven Jackson . They won the time of possession battle with the Saints last week because of Jackson's runs along with a suddenly improved passing game thanks to Donnie Avery and rookie Brandon Gibson . We like Gibson's route-running ability -- Marc Bulger does too -- and with him being a threat and Avery stretching the Cardinals defense, there is a chance for the Rams to test the Cardinals' secondary, especially if Marc Bulger can get the protection he had last week.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Kurt Warner QB Marc Bulger
Tim Hightower RB Steven Jackson
Beanie Wells RB Samkon Gado
Larry Fitzgerald WR Donnie Avery
Anquan Boldin WR Brandon Gibson
Stephen Spach   TE Randy McMichael
Neil Rackers K Josh Brown
Cardinals DST Rams
N.Y. Jets at New England Patriots
Sunday, 4:15 pm, Gillette Stadium
The Jets are catching Bill Belichick's Patriots at the wrong time -- coming off a rare embarrassing loss. The Jets have done well running the ball of late and will come off the bus handing off to Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene . But the Jets will know well in advance that the Patriots will stack up to stop the run and force Mark Sanchez to throw -- that's what all of their opponents have tried to do. With Dustin Keller wrapped up by safety Brandon McGowan , Sanchez will have to make really good use of Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery . The Patriots didn't see Edwards in their Week 2 meeting, and while their secondary is good, the team has struggled with opponents who have at least two very good wide receivers. In three games against teams with multiple capable receiving threats (vs. Baltimore, at Denver, at Indianapolis) the Patriots are 1-2 and have allowed at least 20 points per game. They don't have the defense to entirely shut down Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery and slow down the run. With their pass rush being good, not great, Edwards and Cotchery have a chance to do some damage. The Patriots' offense won't be lacking confidence in spite of last week's loss. Rather, they'll be out to win big. In that regard, the spotlight falls on Randy Moss , who has had a lot of trouble when he's covered by Darrelle Revis . Moss had Revis' number in their first meeting, but since then Revis has done a solid job of shutting him down. The Patriots won't ignore Moss, but they'll surely plan ahead and have alternatives to move the chains. One move will be using Laurence Maroney , as the Jets have struggled to slow down the run since they lost defensive tackle Kris Jenkins . Wes Welker should be called upon a lot and even Julian Edelman and Sam Aiken could see a few passes go their way, especially if Moss is blanketed, but the trend between Tom Brady and Rex Ryan's defenses combined with all of these factors make Brady a good but not great start. Temper expectations with him.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Mark Sanchez QB Tom Brady
Thomas Jones RB Laurence Maroney
Shonn Greene RB Kevin Faulk
Jerricho Cotchery WR Randy Moss
Braylon Edwards WR Wes Welker
Dustin Keller TE Benjamin Watson
Jay Feely K Stephen Gostkowski
Jets DST Patriots
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Sunday, 4:15 pm, Invesco Field at Mile High
While the Chargers should be expected to keep up their aggressive pass attack, chances are they won't be able to ignore how bad the Broncos run defense has been over the last two weeks. Getting run over by Rashard Mendenhall and the Steelers is one thing, but Ladell Betts and the Redskins? Clearly the Chargers won't be afraid to run LaDainian Tomlinson at least 15 times, making him useful even with his offensive line still a little suspect. Philip Rivers numbers should be fine even though the Broncos have done a good job containing tight ends, meaning that Antonio Gates might struggle for huge numbers. Vincent Jackson was clamped down by the Eagles last week and the rest of the Bolts put up nice totals -- don't expect the Broncos to try and do the same thing. Offensively, the Broncos will either roll out a hobbled Kyle Orton or a healthy Chris Simms . With a week of practice, Simms should be the better option considering Denver's typical offense. Orton rushed back last season from an ankle injury and was a totally different quarterback, enough to help harpoon the Bears' 2008 playoff run. Simms was unprepared last week but should step up enough to at least run the Broncos' short-area passing game and hand off. Look for Knowshon Moreno to take on a big role again this week as the Chargers' run defense was hardly tested last week but is still suspect. Also, the Broncos exploited the Chargers' coverage of Tony Scheffler in their Week 6 meeting, leading to a huge game from the tight end. If San Diego doesn't apply better coverage to him, and with Simms potentially leaning on his tight ends as security blankets, Scheffler could emerge this week. He's worth the gamble if you're thin at the position.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Philip Rivers QB Kyle Orton
LaDainian Tomlinson RB Knowshon Moreno
Darren Sproles RB Correll Buckhalter
Vincent Jackson WR Brandon Marshall
Malcom Floyd WR Eddie Royal
Antonio Gates TE Tony Scheffler
Nate Kaeding K Matt Prater
Chargers DST Broncos
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, 4:15 pm, Oakland Coliseum
Cedric Benson or not, the Bengals O-line should open up holes for Bernard Scott and Larry Johnson to scoot through on Sunday. Expect the Bengals to lean on the run game, and thus I suspect that Johnson will see some playing time. Scott doubles as the Bengals' kick returner and third-down back Brian Leonard only sees action so often, so Johnson should see some touches if Benson is out. Oh by the way, Johnson has seen these Raiders before and has crushed them in the past. The Raiders' secondary is solid, so between that and the Bengals' ability to run at will, don't be shocked to see less than typical totals from Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson . The Raiders will have their hands full here as the Bengals are great against the run and the pass, even as they turn to Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback. Tight end Zach Miller has a pretty good matchup but other than that, Cincinnati will load up to slow down the Raiders' running backs, play man-coverage on the Raiders receivers and wait for them to make mistakes. With games against the Raiders, Browns and Lions over the next three weeks, the Bengals DST should do wonders for your Fantasy team.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Carson Palmer QB Bruce Gradkowski
Bernard Scott RB Justin Fargas
Larry Johnson RB Michael Bush
Brian Leonard   RB Darren McFadden
Chad Johnson WR Chaz Schilens
Laveranues Coles WR Louis Murphy
Darius Hill   TE Zach Miller
Shayne Graham K Sebastian Janikowski
Bengals DST Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sunday, 8:20 pm, Soldier Field
Without Brian Westbrook , the Eagles become Donovan McNabb offense and therefore they don't stick with the run as much as everyone else in the league does. LeSean McCoy might produce good totals simply because he's the running back in the Philly offense, but the matchup for him isn't overly favorable. The Bears defense played really well last week at San Francisco and also have had 11 days to rest up. So long as defensive tackle Tommie Harris helps crash the pocket and keep pressure on McNabb, they'll keep the Eagles' offense from being explosive. To that extent, DeSean Jackson is probably a safe start as is Brent Celek , but Jeremy Maclin might not do as well. The Bears' secondary isn't that bad. Surely, the Eagles will take their chances with Jay Cutler firing into their secondary with the hope they can pick up some turnovers. But to do that effectively, Philadelphia will have to plug up its run defense, have a man assigned to Matt Forte out of the backfield and double-cover Greg Olsen . Philadelphia has been terrible against opposing tight ends and if the Bears come out in a three-receiver set with Olsen and Forte, the Birds are going to have their hands full. Keep in mind that the Eagles' secondary is very thin behind their starters, and the Bears will take advantage of those mismatches. Expect Chicago to continue to lose faith in its run game and ultimately have Cutler throw, especially considering the aforementioned mismatches. Like other contests this week, this is a playoff game with the loser having their chances of making the playoffs really crippled.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Donovan McNabb QB Jay Cutler
LeSean McCoy RB Matt Forte
Leonard Weaver RB Adrian Peterson
DeSean Jackson WR Devin Hester
Jeremy Maclin WR Earl Bennett
Brent Celek TE Greg Olsen
David Akers K Robbie Gould
Eagles DST Bears
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Monday, 8:30 pm, Reliant Stadium
Big game for both teams. The Titans have leaned on Chris Johnson making plays and Vince Young keeping the ball safe to build their current winning streak, and that should continue here. Even with Young coming home to play in Houston, don't expect the Titans to start changing their identity and throw the ball everywhere. Young has continued to show signs of developing and might begin to throw more in a couple of weeks, but with Johnson playing out of his mind and the Titans interested in keeping the Texans offense on the sideline, they'll run it. Meanwhile, Tennessee's defense has improved from the beginning of the season, but with the Titans' pass rush not consistent enough to scare the Texans, expect Matt Schaub to drop back plenty and hit targets deep and short. Andre Johnson is obvious, but also expect both Steve Slaton and Ryan Moats along with Kevin Walter and rookie tight end James Casey to get involved. Remember, Owen Daniels is long gone for Houston and so they'll need to utilize its other options if Johnson sees max coverage rolled his way. Casey is a legit sleeper this week. The Texans should be successful as they were earlier this season in Nashville.
Name Rating Pos. Name Rating
Vince Young QB Matt Schaub
Chris Johnson RB Ryan Moats
LenDale White   RB Steve Slaton
Nate Washington WR Andre Johnson
Kenny Britt   WR Kevin Walter
Bo Scaife TE James Casey
Rob Bironas K Kris Brown
Titans DST Texans
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