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In a lot of leagues, the playoffs have begun. This is because most leagues don’t play during week 17. I don’t see why. In the SoB league, we play all the way through to the end. This means that we are in our final week of our regular season. I think playing during week 17 is great for a championship match because it involves more strategy; knowing what teams will bench their starters and who you need to pick up. It involves knowledge of the game and it tests how deep your commitment is to this game really is. All hail Week 17 playoffs!
Houston RB Steve Slaton missed Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with neck and shoulder numbness that extended all the way down to his thumb. No word yet on his availability for Week 14, but given that his production has come to a screeching halt, it is not a good idea to start him anytime soon.
This is a song that is all to familiar. Detroit rookie QB Matthew Stafford once again injured his left shoulder this past Sunday. No official decision has been made on whether or not he will start this week, but seriously, give the kid a week off before you permanently injure him.
Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams was out for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a sprained ankle. The injury isn’t too serious and he is listed as day-to-day this week.
All of the “Romo is overrated” talk should be silenced by now. The QB turned in a masterful game against New York with a career-high 392 yds and 3 TD.
Dallas opposes San Diego, who have a pretty tough pass defense (204 yds per game), but they just let Brady Quinn throw for 271 yds and 3 TD last Sunday.
Jacobs contributed on the ground and through the air with 113 total yds and 2 TD.
Combining splitting carries and nagging injuries, Jacobs has not had a 100-yd game this season and has found the endzone just five times. The Eagles are just one of seven teams to allow less than 100 rush yds per game, so don’t expect Jacobs’ fortune to get any better this week.
Meachem had his best game of the season with eight catches for 142 yds and a TD. He also returned a fumble for a TD.
Saints top ranked pass offense + Atlanta and the 4th worst pass defense in football = Good day to be a Saints receiver.
Finley had 79 yds on the day and led all tight ends with two scores.
Finley has 17 catches over the past three games and the Packers get to face the struggling Bears defense that has allowed an average of 232 pass yds over the last three weeks.
Prater once again came out big for Denver, going 3/3 on field goal and 5/5 on extra points.
This makes seven field goals for Prater in his last two games. Temper your expectations this week as the Broncos travel to Indianapolis to face the undefeated Colts.
The Panthers shut down Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers, allowing just six points and accumulating two sacks and five interceptions.
Another dominating performance won’t come easy against the Patriots. Tom Brady and New England will refuse to lose three games in a row this season.
Flacco ran into a wall known as the Green Bay defense and threw for only 137 yds, 1 TD, and 3 INT.
Flacco’s luck is about to change as the Ravens will have a field day against the NFL’s worst pass defense in the form of the Lions.
Even the best have a bad day as Peterson has 65 total yds on the day with no scores.
Peterson could be in store for another poor game against the Bengals and their rush defense, which is the 2nd best in football. Then again, I don’t think AP will have two bad performances in a row on his record.
Wayne looked terrible on the stat sheet with four catches for 48 yds and trips to the endzone.
This makes just seven catches and 67 yds over the past two games for Wayne. He may be in more trouble against the Broncos, who allow only 180 pass yds per game. Plus, you know Champ Bailey won’t let Wayne get the best of him.
Clark’s numbers suffered as a result of Indy’s desire to run the ball on Sunday and he came away with three catches for 25 yds.
I can’t see the Colts running that much this week against Denver, so I think Peyton Manning should be back to throwing it. With Champ Bailey all over Reggie Wayne, Clark should get a lot of looks.
Folk was terrible all day as he was just 1/3 on field goals. This makes him 2/5 on field goals in the last two games.
Even if he gets the opportunities, he is clearly not making the most of them. Do not play until he gets his head on straight.
The Steelers continue to struggle without safety Troy Polamalu and they let Oakland beat them. Pittsburgh gave up 27 points and had three sacks for the day.
I would say that facing Cleveland is a favorable matchup, but that’s what everyone said last week about Oakland.
Even an Oakland QB can have a good day against the Steelers. Gradkowski tore the Steelers’ secondary a new one with 307 yds and 3 TD.
The Redskins have the 5th best pass defense in football, but they let Drew Brees throw for over 400 yds against them on Sunday. Then again, Bruce Gradkowski is not Drew Brees.
The Patriots’ defense has been suspect all season and Henne exposed it for 335 yds and 2 TD.
Henne gets to face a Jaguars defense that allows the 10th most pass yds per game this season and had given up 252 pass yds per game over the last three weeks.
With no more Jamal Lewis this season, Harrison filled in nicely with 97 total yds and 2 TD.
His rushing wasn’t impressive on Sunday (3.5 ypc), but he had seven catches out of the backfield. His versatility will come in handy against those struggling Steelers.
Smith is still getting little respect these days, but it is your loss. He turned in another great game, throwing for 310 yds and 2 TD.
The Alex Smith-Vernon Davis duo is one of the best in football and it will be on full display against Arizona this week. The Cardinals have the 3rd worst pass defense in football and have allowed an average of 293 pass yds over the past five weeks.
Murphy has his best game of the season with four catches for 128 yds and 2 TD.
Don’t expect this from the rookie this week against the Redskins who have allowed 200+ pass yds in a game only four times this season.
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