This is an article from the Dec. 17, 2007 issue
The Lions areprime candidates for a letdown after seeing the Cowboys come back on them athome last week--a loss that dimmed Detroit's playoff hopes. What a bad time forKitna to take on San¬†Diego, which has allowed just two TD passes (andintercepted five throws) in its last 13 quarters.
He'll be playingin just his second career cold-weather game, and he'll certainly receive achilly reception from the Pittsburgh defense, which allows an average of 172.8passing yards and 1.2 passing TDs a game.
Don't count onTaylor (or Maurice Jones-Drew) to become the second back to rush for more than88 yards against Pittsburgh.
It's not good thatReuben Droughns stole three goal line carries last week from Jacobs, theonetime short-yardage specialist.
Cedric Benson'ssub has looked a lot like¬†. . . Cedric Benson, averaging just2.6¬†yards a carry as a starter.
Shockey's stats inhis last three games are not at all charming--seven total catches for 73 yards.His last three tries against the Skins were similarly disappointing, yieldingeight catches for 110 yards. What's worse is that he didn't have a TD in any ofthose games.
Holt managed 90yards with Brock Berlin at QB--but the foe was the Bengals. He'll be lucky toreach half that total against the Pack's tough pass defense.
Since JakeDelhomme went out in Week¬†3, 65 players have more touchdown receptions, 44have more receiving yards and 24 have more catches than Smith.
Only Drew Breesand Jeff Garcia throw to their backs more often than Donovan McNabb, and thatmakes it hard for Philly wideouts to contribute consistently.
After shanking apotential game-winner against San Diego in Week¬†10, Vinatieri has onlyattempted five field goals in four games--and missed two of them.
DEFENSE / SPECIALTEAMS
Jacksonville has amere 17 turnovers--and six were committed by backup QB Quinn Gray, who startedthree games but has been safely on the bench for the last four weeks.
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