Fantasy owners took Fred Jackson for dead until his game against the Jaguars last week. Jackson gained 109 yards -- his first 100-yard day since November 2011 -- on his only 20-plus carry effort of the season. No one should be surprised, really. No team has been run on more than Jacksonville (33.8 attempts allowed per game) and only one defense has allowed more rushing scores.
The Titans' pass defense has ranked near the bottom of the league all year, allowing 257.5 yards a game. Only the Chiefs have given up more scores through the air, and Tennessee allows 7.7 yards per passing attempt. Andrew Luck completed 26-of-38 passes for 297 yards in Tennessee earlier this year.
Last week Adrian Peterson averaged 10.0 yards a carry against Green Bay thanks, in part, to poor tackling. The Packers are suffering from injuries to the linebacker corps and have had trouble with just about every back they've faced in recent weeks. They've allowed at least one rushing score in seven of the past eight games.
The 49ers have quite a résumé. The defense ranks third in rushing yards allowed a game (90.6), second in touchdowns allowed (three) and second in yards allowed per carry (3.6). Here's a list of the last three backs to face San Francisco: Steven Jackson (21 carries for 48 yards); Mark Ingram (10 for 27); and Matt Forte (21 for 63).
Some may be tempted to bet against Pittsburgh with Ike Taylor out, but one man did not make Pittsburgh the league's top-rated pass defense. The Steelers are one of four defenses allowing fewer than 200 passing yards -- 22.3 yards less than any other club -- and the only team allowing fewer than 6.0 yards per attempt.
This game could have a ton of scoring, but it won't come from the Patriots' ground attack. The Texans allow just 87.6 rushing yards on the ground and are one of three teams that have not allowed a single carry of more than 30 yards.