This is an article from the Nov. 19, 2007 issue
Rivers is thisyear's version of Rex Grossman, alternating triple-digit passer ratings withhead-scratching performances. Expect a visit from the bad Rivers when he goesagainst a stingy Jacksonville defense that has allowed only two passingtouch-downs at home this year.
Assuming he holdson to his starting job after a down day against the Dolphins (157 yards, oneinterception), he's in for another tough outing. In five career games againstNew England, Losman has five INTs and one TD.
Don't get tooexcited about the former star's return start on Sunday (65 yards). He averaged3.3 yards a carry against Denver's awful run D.
Starting backs(Benson, Peterson, Portis, Tomlinson and Westbrook) have rushed for 64 yardsper game at Lambeau in 2007.
The last rusherto gain 100 yards outdoors on turf against Pittsburgh was Jamal Lewis—in2003.
With fourwideouts on a roll and a newly discovered running attack in Green Bay, Lee'schances of scoring are diminished. They shrink even more against Carolina,which has allowed only two scores to tight ends this season, both to AlgeCrumpler.
Randle El hasdisappeared against top defenses like Dallas's. In two games against theCowboys last season, he had just eight receiving yards.
The 6' 3"rookie has been Kansas City's best wideout all season, but he has not found theend zone since Week 4; Indy's is the first top 10 defense he has faced.
He topped 100yards in Weeks 1 and 2. Then Jake Delhomme went down for the season in Week 3,and Smith has had only one 100-yard game since.
He was among theleague's scoring leaders earlier this year, but over the last three gamesStover has been good for a grand total of four points.
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Injuries to thesecondary and struggles by Baltimore's offense will exhaust the proud Ravens D;Cleveland scored 27 points when these teams met in Week 4.
ALSO SIT QB JayCutler-Broncos, RB Jamal Lewis-Browns, RB Fred Taylor-Jaguars, WR LaveranuesColes-Jets, WR Lee Evans-Bills