Week Six: Automatic/Don’t Do It

By Vidur Malik


Vince Young – After a solid game against the Dallas Cowboys, Young and the Tennessee Titans go up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have a defense that ranks near the bottom of the league. They give up over 280 passing yards per game. In week five, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did throw three pick against them, but also had three touchdown passes and 220 yards. Look for Young to also have a good game against the Jags.

Matt Cassel – While Schaub and the Texans should focus on passing, look for Cassel and the Chiefs to do the same when they have the ball. Cassel only threw for 156 yards against the Colts in week five, and didn’t have any touchdowns, but this should be the week for him to have a big game. The Texans are last in the league in passing defense, and 31st in yards per game. Like the Chiefs, they do rank high in rushing defense, so Cassel should have an opportunity to put up big numbers.

Don’t Do It:
Shaun Hill – Hill has been a surprise this year, and ranks 12th in the league in passing yards, but don’t expect him to have a big game this week, when his Detroit Lions play the New York Giants, who have a defense that knows how to apply pressure. They are first in the league in both yards per game and passing yards per game, so Hill should have a tough game this weekend.

Running Backs

Michael Bush – Bush had a big game in the Oakland Raiders’ win over the San Diego Chargers in week five. Reports indicate Bush will get the majority of the carries in this weekend’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers’ defense has struggled stopping the run, and are ranked 18th in rushing defense so far during their 0-5 start. Bush should be able to make plays against them.

Ryan Torain – Torain and the Washington Redskins play the Indianapolis Colts, a team that is near the bottom of the league in rushing defense, ranking 29th in that category. Torain didn’t put up big numbers last week, but he did catch four passes, which indicates that he can be a dual threat against a defense that gives up a lot of yards per game.

Don’t Do It:
Arian Foster – The Houston Texans take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and should focus on their passing game. The Chiefs only give up 80.5 rushing yards per game, but give up 239.5 passing yards, so expect Matt Schaub and the Texans to try to establish their passing game. Foster’s had a great season so far, but might not be the central focus for his offense this weekend.


Roddy White – White has gone over 100 yards the past two games, both of which were wins for the Atlanta Falcons. They play the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, who rank eighth in the league in pass defense, but they did give up over 100 yards and a touchdown to San Francisco 49ers’ tight end Vernon Davis in week five and to 49ers’ wide receiver Michael Crabtree, so White has a chance to put up similar numbers.

Johnny Knox – Reports indicate that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler should play against the Seattle Seahawks after sitting out with a concussion which he suffered in week four against the New York Giants. With Cutler’s strong arm back, Knox should be able to have a big game. He only has 13 catches on the year, but he’s averaging 20.9 yards per reception. That means a few over-the-top plays could be enough for Knox to have a great day over a Seahawks defense that is 31st in the league in passing defense.

Don’t Do It:
Wes Welker – With Randy Moss gone, it would seem like the New England Patriots’ offense would focus more on Welker, but he hasn’t been as big a presence as in the past. He leads the Patriots with 26 receptions, but is only averaging 8.3 yards per catch. He’s got three touchdown catches this season, but hasn’t caught any touchdowns the past two games. The Patriots will play the Baltimore Ravens this weekend, who have a great defense as usual, and are second in the league in passing defense, and fourth in points allowed, with only 14.4


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