Coffin Corner: A look inside the numbers as you gear up for battles with clubs from the AFC.
Cedric Benson will play for at least one more week before his suspension is officially levied. That’s great news for his owners this week. The Bills are 24th against the run this year and have allowed an average of one rushing TD a game. Benson went for 124 yards an a score the last time he faced the Bills, and in two career match-ups he has run for 172 yards and three scores.
Anquan Boldin has enjoyed some serious success against the Jets. In three career games against the Jets he’s gone for 316 yards, an average of 105.3 per game.
Deion Branch caught 15 passes for two scores the first two weeks of the season before he was completely shut out in Week 3. He’ll look to bounce back this week against a Raiders club that he’s scored against twice in three games.
Jason Campbell is averaging 194.7 yards a game, a terrible total (he’s thrown for less than 160 yards in two of three games). Amazingly, that mark is still better then the 183.6 total he posted last season. Oh, an in his lone appearance against the Patriots he threw for 197. It doesn’t seem wise to bank on him going for well over 200 yards this week, other than the fact that the Pats are giving up an average of 377 yards a game, a mark that would set the all-time record for futility.
Matt Cassel is really struggling to put things together. Over his last four regular season games he has averaged 136 yards a game with three of his efforts failing to even reach that pathetic total. He’s also thrown for only three touchdowns while being picked off seven times. He plays at home this week against the Vikings, and in his last nine starts at home the Chiefs are 7-2 thanks in part to his play (14 scores, four interceptions, 87.7 QB Rating). Does that mean he’ll turn things around? We’ll see.
Two Colts have had success against the Bucs, though of course that was with Peyton Manning under center. Reggie Wayne is averaging 112.5 yards receiving per game in his last four outings against the NFC. Joseph Addai has run for 220 yards in his last two outings against the Bucs
Vincent Jackson needs 86 yards to reach 4,000 in his career. Through three games he is averaging 88.7 yards a contest. The last time he faced the Dolphins he caught five balls for 120 yards.
Is Chris Johnson ready for his breakout? In his lone game against the Browns he ran for 136 yards an a score.
Matt Hasselbeck has had a lot of success this season with 2-straight 300 yard games and a QB Rating of at least 90 in each of his three starts for the Titans. It figures to be much tougher sledding moving forward without Kenny Britt, but Hasselbeck has had success against the Browns in his career with five touchdowns an a 102 QB Rating the last two times he has faced the Cleveland club.
Fred Jackson is averaging 101 rushing yards and a score in his three outings this season. The last time he faced the Bengals he went off for 116 yards and two scores. Can you say 4-straight big games to start the season for F-Jax? Still, the Bengals have allowed an average of just 276.3 yards a game this season, the third best mark in the NFL, so it may not be as easy as it sounds.
Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 102.3 yards per game on the ground this season. The last three times he has faced an NFC opponent he has gone for 100 yards, and three of his past four home games he has run for 100 yards. The Saints will have their hands full stopping him this week.
The last three times that Brandon Lloyd has faced an NFC opponent he has scored three times. The Packers stout defense will look to end that run. Charles Woodson has recorded eight interceptions returned for touchdowns since 2006, the most in the NFL, and he figures to offer Lloyd a lot of trouble this week.
Brandon Marshall has caught 17 passes in three games this season. Back on the 14th of September in 2008 he caught 18 passes in one game against the Chargers.
The last two times Colt McCoy has started at home he has thrown for two scores. Against the Titans, who have allowed only three passing scores in three games, it might be a tall order to extend that out to 3-straight games.
The Patriots have scored at least 30 points in 11-straight games. Tom Brady is obviously the heart and soul of that run. How good has Brady been this year? If he matches his last game against the Raiders â 306 yards and two touchdowns â it would easily be his worst game this season. Brady has thrown for 1,327 yards, the highest three game total in the history of the game.
For those of you playing in IDP leagues, Ahtyba Rybin has 2.5 sacks for the Browns in his last two games.
Mark Sanchez has a bad match-up on paper against the Ravens this week, and he’s coming off a broken nose. Still, he’s been a pretty darn consistent pass throwing of late. In three games this season he’s thrown for at least two scores each time while posting a QB Rating of 85 or better each time out. However, in his lone start against the Ravens he completed 10 pass for 74 yards, so he’s far from a sure bet to excel.
For those of you in PPR setups, Mike Tolbert lead AFC runners with 20 receptions. Running mate Ryan Mathews has scored three times on the ground in his last two games.
Everyone is down on Mike Williams of Tampa Bay, and who would blame them when he has 10 catches for 89 yards this season. Still, the guy has scored a touchdown in four of his last six games and has five total scores in those games.
Random Start of the Week
(That one player you would never consider starting but for some reason he might be worth a look if you’re desperate.)
Mike Thomas is averaging five receptions a week, but potentially even more exciting is the fact that he has had 30 targets through three weeks. The last four games against an NFC opponent, the Jags are taking on the Saints, Thomas has scored three times.
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