This is an article from the Dec. 3, 2007 issue
No defense is lessof a threat to QBs than Carolina's, which has only 10 sacks and eightinterceptions this year. Dilfer won't set the joint on fire (his last 300-yardgame was in 2005), but he's a solid waiver-wire pickup if you need a substitutepasser.
In Week 2 he shookoff a concussion to throw for 245 yards and a TD in 30 minutes againstMinnesota. With a clear head and a full game against a secondary that has beenlousy (outside of Giants Stadium), he should do even better.
Following his150-yard, two-TD first start, he gets a date with a defense that allowed 157.8rushing yards per game in November.
On Sept.¬†16in Denver, Oakland's LaMont Jordan rushed for 159 yards. New starter Fargasgets a chance against the Broncos at home.
Gore owners shouldbe encouraged after seeing him reach the end zone for the first time in twomonths.
Coverage of tightends is the weakness of Green Bay's otherwise strong defense; the Packers areone of two teams to allow two 100-yard games to tight ends this year. Wittenhad big numbers (eight catches, 112¬†yards, one TD) in his only gameagainst Green Bay, in 2004.
With opponentsfocused on stopping the run, Minnesota's pass attack is taking off. Thatprocess will speed up against Detroit's lame secondary.
Filling in for theinjured Marvin Harrison on Thanksgiving, the rookie first-round pick had abreakout game: six catches for 105 yards against Atlanta.
Five receivershave had multi-touchdown games against Cincinnati this year; Ward has had twoin his last four games against the Bengals.
Yes, it's a greatdivision rivalry, but both offenses are struggling mightily--Miami even smellsa chance to get its first win--so expect a field goal contest.
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Philly's offensiveline will give up sacks no matter who is calling the signals. Over the last twoweeks Seattle defensive end Patrick Kerney has six takedowns.
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