Coffin Corner: A look inside the numbers as you gear up for battles with clubs from the NFC.
Larry Fitzgerald had 149 yards receiving last game, the 30th time he has done that in his illustrious career that he has hit triple-digits (a team record). Fitzgerald has never faced the Browns before though the Browns seem like a tough matchup on paper given that the are second in the NFL at stopping the pass allowing just 181 yards a game though the air.
Anthony Armstrong has a touchdown in each of his last three games against the Giants.
Cliff Avril has been en feugo the past seven games for the Lions. In that time he’s racked up seven sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and he returned one of those recoveries 24 yards for a touchdown.
Marion Barber has recorded a rushing score in his last two outings against Seattle. On the season though, the Seahawks have allowed just eight rushing scores on the season.
Drew Brees continues to rewrite the record books. He’s thrown for 4,368 yards, the most ever through 13 games. He’s completed 20 or more passes in 33-straight games, an NFL record. He’s thrown a TD pass in 40-straight games, the second longest streak ever. The last two times he’s faced the Vikings he’s averaged ‚Äúonly‚ÄĚ217 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael Crabtree has caught a 35+ yard touchdown in two of his last three games on Monday Night Football. The Steelers figure to be a tough matchup as they have allowed an NFL low 179.1 yards a game through the air, though they have allowed 14 passing scores in 13 games.
Donald Driver is 28 yards away from becoming the first Packers’ receiver to ever hit the 10,000 barrier.
Calvin Johnson has one touchdown catch in his last five games, but he still leads the NFC with 12 receiving touchdowns. The only time he has faced the Raiders in his career he caught four balls for 70 yards an a touchdown.
Frank Gore only had 10 carries last week as he’s dealing with a cornucopia of physical issues. Facing the Steelers this week, the sixth best run defense in the game (97.0 yards a game), marks him as a tough start.
Percy Harvin has scored in 4-straight games an in that time he has caught 32 balls for 393 yards. The Saints are allowing a healthy 268 yards passing, the third worst total in football.
A.J. Hawk intercepted a pass in the Packers last meeting with the Chiefs. Fellow linebacker Rob Francois has an interception in two of three games.
Devery Henderson just can’t be considered a weekly play given the up and down nature of his looks, but he’s always enjoyed facing the Vikings who he has scored against in 3-straight games.
Brandon Jacobs ran for 101 yards and two scores last week. Oddly, the last time he faced the Redskin he ran for 103 yards and two scores. Watch out for Ahmad Bradshaw though since he has run for a total of five touchdowns in his last four outings against the ‘Skins.
Steven Jackson went over 60-yards rushing and receiving last week, the 11th time in his career that he has done that. This week he faces a Bengals club that has allowed an average of 121.4 yards from scrimmage per game to running backs.
Marshawn Lynch has tied a team record by scoring in 9-straight games (Shaun Alexander in 2005). Lynch has also run for 100 yards in five of six games, and since Week 9 he leads the NFL with 706 rushing yards. Lynch also ran for a score in his last meeting with the Bears on October 17th of last year.
Eli Manning has already thrown for a career best 4,105 yards, the most in franchise history. He faces a Redskins club that he has traditionally struggled against with only 12 touchdown passes in 14 games and an average of 214 passing yards a game.
LeSean McCoy has scored in 12 of 13 games this season. He’s also two scores away from tying Steve Van Buren for the team record for touchdowns in a season (18 in 1945). The Jets have allowed only nine scores to running backs in 2011.
Cam Newton needs 167 passing yards to become the single season NFL rookie record holder. That mark currently belongs to Peyton Manning who threw for 3,739 yards in 1998. Newton is facing a Houston club that is the third most stingy in the league against the pass (183.5 yards a game).
Julius Peppers has five sacks in his last seven home games. He’s fourth in the NFL with 98 sacks
since he entered the league in 2002.
Adrian Peterson destroyed the Saints in the NFC Championship game a few years ago when he ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
Jason Pierre-Paul has four sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in his last three games against the Redskins. Justin Tuck has eight sacks in the last eight matchups of the ‘Skins and Giants.
Aaron Rodgers will become just the 5th quarterback in league history to throw for 40 scores in a season if he throws one in Week 15 (he’s thrown for two or more scores each week this season, and that streak of 13-straight ties an NFL record). If the throws for three he’ll pass Kurt Warner and move into fourth place all-time.
Laurent Robinson has eight touchdowns in his last seven games. Dez Bryant has a touchdown in three of his past four games. The last time that Miles Austin faced the Bucs he caught a 42 yard touchdown pass. The Bucs have allowed only 12 scores in 13 games to the wide receiver position.
Tony Romo has faced the Bucs twice, and has he ever enjoyed the matchup. Romo has thrown for 659 yards, eight scores and not a single interception.
Steve Smith killed it the last time he faced the Texans with eight receptions, 153 yards and three touchdowns (tying a career-high). The defense is certainly revamped this season, but when you figure in that Smith also had five catches for 88 yards an a score in his other outings against the Texans, you have to feel pretty good about starting Smith even though the matchup doesn’t look spectacular on paper.
Darren Sproles needs six receptions for Sproles and Jimmy Graham to become the first RB/TE duo in NFL history to each have 80 receptions. The Vikings have allowed 67 receptions to the running back position this year, the 10th highest total in the game.
Pierre Thomas won’t have to share the backfield with Mark Ingram this week, and given that Thomas has scored three times in his last two meetings against the Vikings (including the playoffs), he’s got the smell of a solid flex play this week.
Mike Williams has been disappointing given his lack of end zone dancing, but he has averaged 73.8 yards a game over his last four outings. This week he faces a Cowboys defense that has allowed the 12th most yards to the wide receiver this season.
Kellen Winslow is two receptions from a 5th straight year of 60 catches. He’s scored each of the last two times that the Bucs have faced the Cowboys.
Jason Witten has eight receptions for 59 yards the past two weeks. The last time he faced the Bucs he caught five balls for 71 yards so things should improve this week.
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.)
Rex Grossman, Redskins
Sexy Rexy has thrown for eight touchdowns, and an average of 296 yards a game in four career outings against the Giants. The Giants have also struggled against the pass frequently this season leading to the four most passing yards a game (263.7). The G-men also haven’t had any luck stopping the scoring pass as their 24 touchdown passes allowed trails only the 26 permitted by the Vikings.
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