With Peyton Manning out for who knows how long, stay with WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dallas Clark. They are elite players even with Kerry Collins. This is the same as starting Calvin Johnson when Shaun Hill replaced Matt Stafford – good receivers find the ball and goal line sometimes despite the quarterback.
Word from the Houston Chronicle is that Arian Foster will be a game day decision. But which back is on deck, Ben Tate or Derrick Ward? The matchup is great against the Colts so if Foster is unable to go, play Tate and Ward Sunday.
RB’s Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee Broncos vs the Raiders
New head coach John Fox wants to pound the football. Moreno and McGahee will share carries with Moreno getting more of the touches and McGahee getting the goal line carries. The Raiders were 29th against the run last year, allowing 133 yards a game. The Broncos want revenge for the 59-14 beating they took from the Raiders at home last year. Moreno and McGahee will combine for more than 150 yards rushing and two scores.
WR Nate Burleson, Lions vs Buccaneers
Lions are not running well and will come out throwing. Burleson scored last year against the Buccaneers and Lions backup QB Drew Stanton passed for 250 yards. While Tampa Bay’s top DB Aqib Talib is covering Calvin Johnson, old timer Ronde Barber will have Burleson. Burleson finds pay dirt this week.
QB Kevin Kolb and WR Andre Roberts, Cardinals vs Panthers
Kolb will throw for more 250 yards and multiple scores. Panthers DB Chris Gamble will not be able cover everyone and have his hands full Larry Fitzgerald. It’s never a good sign when you have to work the waiver wire to find starting DB’s. The Panthers did exactly that this week. Roberts, a second year WR will start and score.
TE Evan Moore, Browns vs Bengals
Remember this name! Moore will be the go to receiver for Colt McCoy with Ben Watson hurting. Browns TE’s scored in the two match ups in 2010 vs Bengals. Moore had one of them and he was their most pleasant surprise in camp.
WR Marques Colston, Saints vs Packers
Hard to sit Colston, who has scored a touchdown in the two games he has faced the Packers, but Green Bay will roll coverage his way with Charles Woodson and force Brees to beat them with Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson. Lance Moore will not play so look for Brees dump to the backs in this game.
TE Owen Daniels Houston vs Colts
Colts are one of the best at covering the TE. Daniels has just one touchdown in the 7 games he has faced the Colts and averages three catches for thirty yards in those contests.
WR Percy Harvin Vikings vs Chargers
Tough match up on the road for Donovan McNabb, facing 2010’s top pass defense. San Diego will focus on Harvin in passing situations and force Bernard Berrian to beat them.
QB Matt Ryan Falcons vs Bears
There is probably no way you sit him, but the Falcons with Ryan start slow. Ryan is a Georgia Domer and the Atlanta signal caller could run into outdoor elements in the Windy City where it might rain. Showers are in the forecast. The Bears allowed just 14 scoring throws and had twenty one interceptions in 2010. There are better QB matchups this week.