This is an article from the Oct. 15, 2007 issue
BRETT FAVRE PackersVS. Redskins Washington has greatly improved its pass defense from 2006--lastweek it limited Detroit's Jon Kitna to 106 yards and no touchdowns with twointerceptions--and will have five games' worth of film it can use to dissectGreen Bay's new dink-and-dunk offense.
Philip RiversChargers vs. Raiders Think Rivers is disappointing in '07? He was worse in two'06 games against Oakland, with a combined 241 passing yards and onetouchdown.
Vince Young Titansat Buccaneers The Vince Young Question has been answered: He's not anevery-week fantasy guy. Bench him against strong defenses like Tampa Bay's.
EARNEST GRAHAMBuccaneers VS. Titans He looks tempting. Cadillac Williams is out and MichaelPittman hurt his ankle on Sunday, leaving Graham as Tampa Bay's primaryballcarrier. But Tennessee has allowed starting backs to gain just 42 yardscombined over its last two games.
Cedric Benson Bearsvs. Vikings Benson's disappointing year gets worse; Minnesota has surrenderedmore than 96 rushing yards to only one of its last 18 opponents.
Thomas Jones Jetsvs. Eagles Against teams that have won at least one game, he's averaging just45 yards. Philadelphia has won one game.
Clinton PortisRedskins at Packers Once a reliable workhorse, Portis hasn't carried more than18 times in a game this season.
JERRY PORTERRaiders AT Chargers Even before his seasonlong hissy fit in 2006, Porter didn'tput up big numbers against the Bolts. In five starts he averaged 4.4 catchesfor 49.2 yards, and he hasn't seen San Diego's end zone in five years.
Torry Holt Rams atRavens Sitting Holt may seem like a luxury you can't afford. Think again, evenwith his touchdown catch on Sunday. An injury-riddled offensive line simplyprevents St.¬†Louis from working deep very often.
Patrick CraytonCowboys vs. Patriots While it's unlikely that New England's D will bottle upT.O., expect a tough outing for the other Cowboys--especially with safetyRodney Harrison back.
Owen Daniels TexansAT Jaguars Tight ends not named Tony Gonzalez have just six catches for 72yards against Jacksonville.
Randy McMichaelRams AT Ravens He had three receptions and a TD in Week¬†5, but he wasn'tlining up against Ed Reed.
David Akers Eaglesat Jets He's ranked ninth alltime in field goal accuracy (81.8%), but he hasmade only 45.5% of his kicks in the wind tunnel that is Giants Stadium.
Morten AndersenFalcons vs. Giants Until Atlanta bolsters the league's sorriest passing game,the top points man in NFL history won't tack on many more.
DEFENSE / SPECIALTEAMS
Cowboys vs.Patriots New England outscores opponents by an average of 23.4 points and hasonly turned the ball over three times.
Panthers vs.Cardinals Arizona's quarterbacks have been sacked just five times, whileCarolina has only two sacks and two interceptions this year.
HE'S NOT WHAT YOUTHINK HE IS. . . . Gus Frerotte
DON'T BE fooled byhis 262 yards on Sunday. Playing from behind against Arizona's D, Marc Bulgerwould have had 400.
Bye week Bills,Broncos, Colts, 49ers, Lions, Steelers