By Troy Jefferson
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The Baltimore Ravens aren’t as good as they use to be on defense and Carson Palmer has a chance at a big game. Carson Palmer will be forced to play with his third string running back and will have plenty opportunities to pass. Palmer threw the ball over 60 times last week with four touchdowns but also had three interceptions. Carson Palmer is currently 10th in the NFL in touchdowns and passing yards.
Yesterday the running back missed practice with a wrist/back injury but if Lynch can go he should have a big game vs. the Jets. The Seahawks are a different team at home and the New York Jets aren’t the dominant run defense force anymore. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 124 yards and had a touchdown last week vs. the Vikings. Marshawn is currently on a three game streak of rushing for 100 yards or more.
Vincent Jackson has been the ultimate deep threat this season and I’m sure would like nothing better than to catch a bomb or two against his former team. Vincent Jackson only had two catches last week in Oakland but had 84 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are just a mediocre pass defense ranking 18th (237.8 yards per game).
Tannehill isn’t a household fantasy name but has taken advantage when given a favorable matchup (Oakland, St. Louis, Arizona, Indianapolis). Ryan Tannehill threw for 290 yards last week and a touchdown in Indy. Tennessee’s defense has allowed more than 30 points eight times this year and is 27th in passing yards allowed.
Romo has struggled all year and a trip to Philadelphia will not provide any relief. Tony Romo has combined for three touchdowns and four interceptions the last three weeks. Even with a favorable matchup vs. the Panthers a couple of weeks back Romo threw for just 227 yards and one touchdown. For the season Romo has thrown 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Rushing yards are hard to come by against the Houston Texans (81 ypg allowed). Matt Forte has only rushed for three touchdowns this year. This game will be a defensive slugfest and I wouldn’t touch many guys from either team this week.
Crabtree has been hit or miss this year. The former Texas Tech standout had a big game last week vs. the Cardinals on Monday Night Football but also has games where he catches only two passes for 15 yards. The St. Louis Rams have a couple of good young corners that could spell trouble for Crabtree on Sunday.