By Josh Satler www.profootball101.org
1. Brian Westbrook vs. Cleveland Browns. Ever since the Eagles backed themselves into a 5-5-1 hole, Westbrook has taken over and led his team to two victories with 333 total yards and six TDs. In another must-win game for Philadelphia, look for No. 36’s star to shine bright as he eclipses the 100-yard mark once again and score on multiple occasions.
2. Steven Jackson vs. Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have mailed in 2008 and are sitting at 2-11 respectively. But luckily for fantasy owners players have incentives in their contracts based on goals met so look for Jackson to have a strong day on the ground and score at least twice against a demoralized Seahawks’ defense.
3. DeAngelo Williams vs. Denver Broncos. The Panthers are in a tight race for the NFC South and possibly home field advantage through, and for them to get there, they’ll need to rely on what’s worked to this point: running the ball. Williams has really stepped up his game since about the sixth week of this season and look for more of that this week when Denver comes to town.
4. Clinton Portis vs. Cincinnati Bengals. You’ll have to check back closer to game time to see if Portis in fact will go, but if he does, look for a stellar performance against a porous Bengals defense. He’ll easily top the 100-yard mark as Washington will rely heavily on the ground game.
1. Sammy Morris vs. Oakland Raiders. The Raiders played last Thursday Night’s game like they wanted no part of the rest of the season and now they get an 8-5 Patriots team that is fighting for a division crown. Oakland’s strong point is its secondary so look for Morris, and the offense line, to have their way with the Raiders front seven.
2. Pierre Thomas vs. Chicago Bears. Thursday Night’s game will probably be bitingly cold in the Windy City, so don’t look for magic out of Brees and the passing game. In fact, a Bears weak point throughout the season has been its run defense. Look for Thomas, who had a monster game on Sunday, to pick up where he left off when the Saints head to Chicago.
Others with favorable match-ups:
1. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Kansas City Chiefs. It’s been difficult to endorse Tomlinson this season because the Chargers haven’t been able to create holes and running room for the future Hall of Famer, but while there’s still the faintest bit of hope for the Chargers to make the playoffs, look for Tomlinson to perform admirably when San Diego heads out to Arrowhead.
2. Brandon Jacobs vs. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will probably stack the line once again but look for Jacobs get his yards regardless as the Giants will be more effective in the passing game without having to deal with the 25 mph winds that they had on Sunday. The Cowboys have been playing defense much better of late but the Giants can beat them straight up off the line.
3. Thomas Jones vs. Buffalo Bills. The Jets are in a two game funk; the Bills, six. The Bills have literally hit the bottom of the barrel after their impressive 5-1 start and this might be the only opponent at this time to help the Jets get out of their slump. And when they do, look for Jones number to be called plenty of times.