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How bad is Oakland’s offense? Well, they are the only team in the NFL who have not reached 1,000 total team yds (958). Eight teams have played in one less game, and they have better numbers.
Oakland is the only team in the NFL who does not reach 200 yds of offense per game (191.6). They also only average 108.6 passing yds per game. JaMarcus Russell has only completed 42.1% of his passes in five games. The Oakland WR’s account for only 17 receptions on the season, with rookie Louis Murphy leading the way with 12.
They are one of two teams to average less than 10 points per game (9.8). The other is St. Louis, who averages less than a touchdown per game at 6.8 points per contest.
This is just a reminder to everyone out there who still thinks JaMarcus Russell is worth having on your bench just because he is a starter, or those who think Darren McFadden will be a bright spot since the Raiders obviously can’t throw the ball.
An unknown player up until Week 4, Finley busted out against the Vikings for 128 yds and a TD. The Packers come off the bye week and you have to like Finley against the Lions. Detroit gives up 244 pass yds per game and have allowed a league-high 15 passing TD’s.
Over the past two weeks, Bush has done more than you think with his limited touches. He has 19 carries for 101 yds (5.3 ypc) and six receptions. A matchup against the New York Giants seems daunting, but there are holes.
The Giants surprisingly allow over 100 rushing yds per game and that includes allowing 4.8 ypc. With all the concentration being on Pierre Thomas, don’t be surprised if Bush squeezes out a few useful carries. Not to mention, against a tough Giants passing defense (105 pass yds allowed per game), a lot of passes to Bush out of the backfield is not too far-fetched.
Chicago is nice and rested after the bye week and will take on the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta’s pass defense is in the bottom half of the league with 229 pass yds allowed per game, and Jay Cutler will take advantage of it.
Bennett leads the Bears in receptions and receiving yds with 15 catches and 200 yds. However, his first TD still eludes him. A matchup against a beatable secondary may result in his first score.
Why is a man who was most likely drafted in the first round of your fantasy league a sleeper this week? Well, odds are, you have had very little confidence in starting Williams this season. He has yet to reach 100 yds rushing in any game this season and is only averaging 3.7 ypc. The lack of a passing attack in Carolina is partly to blame for the lack of success in the running game.
All is well this week as Carolina will get a huge confidence boost when they face Tampa Bay. The Bucs are an embarrassment of a defense with over 370 total yds allowed per game. Their run defense is particularly weak with 152 rush yds allowed per game. The Panthers should open up a nice passing game that should spread the field for Williams. Once they get a lead, they will run the ball all day. I guarantee that Williams will have his first 100-yd game of the season this week.
Campbell recovered from a rough outing in Week 4 (3 INT) and had a serviceable game against Carolina by completing 73% of his passes and throwing a TD with no INT. Now, he gets a crack at the Kansas City defense. The Chiefs are once again at the bottom of the barrel in defense and Campbell is a good option for a bye week fill-in.
The Chiefs allow 270 pass yds per game and the only opposing QB they have held to under 270 yds is JaMarcus Russell. In addition, the Chiefs only have two interceptions on the season, which means they have little ability to take the ball away, and their six sacks means that they can’t generate a pass rush. Campbell will have all day to pass the ball and pick apart K.C.’s secondary.
Am I crazy, or just stupid? A little of column A and a little of Column B. Why would I let you start a Buffalo defense against the Jets. New York is coming off of a last-second Monday night loss to the winless Dolphins, and Rex Ryan and company will want nothing more than to prove that they are not a weak team.
Well, believe it or not, Buffalo’s defense has some good points. The Bills defense is in the top-10 in Sacks (12) and INT (4). They also have a stellar pass defense that gives up just 185 pass yds per game.
Rookie Mark Sanchez has only had 200+ yds passing in one game this season, and that was all the way back in Week 1 against Houston. Since then, he is averaging a lowly 168 pass yds per game. The Jets offense as a whole is 24th in the NFL with 299 total yds per game.
Now, you may point out that Buffalo’s defense can’t stop the run at all since they give up over 150 rush yds per game. OK, so the Jets will just hand it off to Thomas Jones all day right? That might be a good idea, but Jones has only had one 100-yd game this season, and that was in Week 1 against Houston (man, New York was really good against Houston that day, huh?). Since then, Jones has averaged a dismal 3.04 yds per carry. He may get a cheap goal line TD, but that’s about it. What’s to stop the Bills from putting eight in the box and stopping the run? Nothing! I think they will be comfortable letting Mark Sanchez throw it.
The Jets are clearly a defensive team first, and an offensive team second. The Bills may come away with a surprising victory this week. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.