By Troy Jefferson
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Peyton Manning (Broncos QB)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers give up 315.5 yards per game, which is last in the league. Matt Ryan threw up 353 yards on the Buc’s defense last week and Manning should do much of the same. Peyton Manning has thrown for multiple touchdowns in nine games this season. The MVP candidate will have a big passing game Sunday at Mile High.
Bryce Brown (Eagles RB)
Brown had 178 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina on Monday. The Eagles don’t have many things going for them but the Kansas native is capable of filling in for McCoy. Dallas has given up seven rushing scores in seven weeks. With Nick Foles still starting at quarterback, Brown should see a heavy workload.
Pierre Garcon (Redskins WR)
Garcon’s foot isn’t completely healed but the wide receiver will fight through the injury the rest of the season. The Washington Redskins’ speedy wide receiver caught five passes for 93 yards including a 59-yard touchdown against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. New York is 25th in pass defense, so Garcon should get some chances against that secondary.
Cole Beasley (Cowboys WR)
Cole Beasley had seven catches for 68 yards against Washington and was targeted 13 times. Dallas has some injuries at the wide receiver position and Beasley could emerge as a quality player. Worth noting, the Eagles gave up 306 passing yards last week against Carolina.
Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB)
Wilson has thrown for 9 touchdowns and one interception the last four games but this week Seattle travels to Chicago. Seattle’s signal caller has only thrown for more than 250 yards once this season and the Bears only give 210 passing yards per game.
Chris Johnson (Titans RB)
CJ had a favorable matchup last week vs. Jacksonville, but only managed 80 yards and went without a touchdown. This week the challenge is a little stiffer for the Titans since they play host to the Houston Texans. Houston only gives up 87 rushing yards per game and will stack the box against Chris Johnson on Sunday.
Randall Cobb (Packers WR)
This is less about the matchup and more about the Packers getting healthy. Cobb’s streak of consecutive touchdowns came to an end against New York last week and now Aaron Rodgers has another weapon coming off injury he can throw too. Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings will take targets away from the former Kentucky Wildcat.