Matchup Meter: Panthers' porous defense welcome sight for Blount
LeGarrette Blount is on his way to a second straight 1,000-yard season, thanks in large part to his 100-yard performances the past two weeks. But if there has been something missing for fantasy owners it's touchdown production. Blount has found the end zone just four times this season, and just once in his last five games. Perhaps things will take a turn for the better this week against Carolina.
The Panthers have allowed 15 rushing touchdowns this season -- tied with Indianapolis for most in the league -- and give up 137.5 rushing yards per game (even Indianapolis' Donald Brown looked sharp against Carolina last week). And in Blount's only game against the Panthers (Week 10 last season) he gained 91 yards and scored on a 17-yard run.
In a battle to help determine the NFC South basement, look for Blount and the Buccaneers' offensive line to slice up Carolina's front seven.
Fantasy owners are scared to death of Denver receivers due to Tim Tebow's ineffectiveness in the pocket. At least for this week, fantasy owners may want to give the Broncos passing attack a second look. The Vikings' secondary gives up the fourth-most passing yards and has allowed a league-worst 22 passing touchdowns. Opposing wide receivers have scored six touchdowns over the last three games combined.
Nothing has improved for Oakland's defense -- the unit still allows the most yards per carry (5.3) and ranks 27th in rushing yards allowed. Plus, no team has given up more big runs (18 of 20-plus yards) than the Raiders.
Too soon for Todd Haley to start Kyle Orton? Nah. The Bears give up the third most passing yards of any defense (270.5 per game) and allow opposing passers to complete 62.0 percent of their attempts. Last week against the Bears, Carson Palmer was able to complete a pass to seven different receivers and notch his second 300-yard game of the season.
The 92.7 rushing yards the Bengals allow ranks fifth best, and even though opponents have run the ball 290 times, Cincinnati has maintained a 3.5-yard average -- scary stuff for opposing backs.
The Falcons offense could lose a little momentum this week in Houston. In five home games, the Texans have kept opposing passers to a 47.3 completion percentage and an average of 156.0 yards. In all games, the Texans rank second against the pass and first in opponent completion percentage.
Through 11 games no back has scored on the 49ers. As impressive as that is, also consider that San Francisco allows eight fewer yards per game (75.5) than the league's second-ranked run defense. That's dominance.