This is an article from the Nov. 12, 2007 issue
Since thebeginning of October, Oakland's defense has allowed an NFL-low 139 passingyards per game, and one passing touchdown. Coming off a four-interception gamein Detroit, Griese is an unlikely candidate to reverse this trend.
San Diego willattempt to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline by feeding LaDainian Tomlinsonand running the clock.
True, Drew Breestorched the Jags for 445 yards—but that's 16 more yards than Young has thrownfor in his last four games combined.
Welcome back tothe lineup, Rudi—now hit the pines! Johnson had a mere 50 yards for 18 carriesagainst Baltimore in Week 1, and since then he's missed three games with ahamstring injury. Besides, OT Willie Anderson has been dinged up. That can'thelp.
It's hard not toplay him, but Dallas's 45 points in its Week 1 win came mostly through the air.that's how the Cowboys will attack again.
White had amiddling 66 yards against the Jags in Week 1—and that's actually good againstthis rugged D.
Bad sign: In Week4 Minnesota held then starter DeShawn Wynn to 20 yards on 10 carries.
He's been greatso far, but the rookie will have a learning experience in his first encounterwith the swirling winds of Giants Stadium.
His surprisinglyquiet year will continue against Indy, whose opponents have made only sevenFGs, none longer than 40 yards.
DEFENSE / SPECIALTEAMS
On average,Peyton Manning takes 1.0 sacks a game, throws 0.5 picks and leads his team to30.5 points.
Dallas hung 45points on New York in Week 1; the Giants' D has improved since then but notenough to throttle Tony Romo.
A vast majorityof Marshall's nine catches and 96 yards last week came in garbage time againstDetroit. He'll most likely be in a tighter game here, and he'll also draw Tylaw in coverage.
Even if youignore the lack of a healthy NFL-quality quarterback on the Panthers' roster,you have to recognize that Smith has been held to a total of one catch and 10yards the last two times he has faced Atlanta CB DeAngelo Hall.
Curry has cooledafter a quick start, with 102 yards in his last three games. Besides, only onewideout, Terrell Owens, has had a 100-yard game against Chicago.
His role seems tobe diminishing as Drew Brees finds his wideouts more often.
He's coming off asolid effort but has only three grabs in two games against Seattle.
HE SEEMED LIKE AGOOD IDEA...
REPORTS OF HISpending suspension after a positive test for a banned substance hurt hisfantasy value even more than his lame Sunday stats (three carries, minus-threeyards).
BYE WEEKBuccaneers, Jets, Patriots, Texans