Cowboys on Bye
Giants vs Packers
Andre Brown: It didn’t take long for the Giants to get Brown involved and he rewarded everyone with 30 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown. The Packers rush defense is mediocre at best giving up 106 rushing yard per game and seven rushing touchdowns this season and Brown already looks to be in game shape. No indecision here.
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Victor Cruz: I’m not sure if it’s the play of quarterback Eli Manning and the offensive line or possibly offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s play calling or it could be the way Cruz himself is playing or maybe it’s all the above that’s stifling Cruz’s performance. What I do know is that Cruz hasn’t scored a touchdown or gone over 100 yards receiving since week four and last week against a very vulnerable Raiders secondary only managed three receptions on ten targets for 37 yards. The Packers defense is giving up almost 250 receiving yards per game and 17 receiving touchdowns through nine games. I can’t guarantee a receiving touchdown for Cruz based on all the issues involved but he’s way to talented not to break out soon…hopefully it’s this week.
Reuben Randle: While Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are trying to figure out what the hell is going on Randle has been quietly putting up fantasy relevant numbers. He’s scored a touchdown in four of his last five games played and in week six against the Eagles scored twice. Last week Randle didn’t get many targets, receptions or yards but he did go three for three for 50 yards and yes another touchdown. He faces all the same problems that his receiving mates face but quarterback Eli Manning seems content with targeting Randle in the red zone. It wouldn’t surprise me if that continued this week as well.
Redskins @ Eagles
Robert Griffin: The Eagles have given up the second most passing yards allowed (3,065) in ten games played for a 306.5 yards per game average and 15 passing touchdowns. Last week Griffin went 24 or 37 for 281 yards and three touchdowns and appears to be getting close to cranking things up again. Keep in mind he threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns against this defense in week one without playing in the preseason and on a still untested knee.
Alfred Morris: The Eagles rushing defense is just slightly better than their passing defense giving up 110.5 rushing yards per game. In his last five games Morris has rushed for 529 yards for a 105.8 yard average and scored three touchdowns. Running backs Roy Helu has been consistently cutting into Morris’ carries each week and in week nine Darrel Young vultured three rushing touchdowns but on the positive side Morris had 25 carries week nine and in week ten another 26 carries. Start him as usual.
Pierre Garcon: Garcon is one of the more underrated receivers in the game but also one of the toughest with very good hands. He’s averaging 11 targets per week and has gone over 100 yards receiving his last two games with one touchdown. The Packers are 31st against the pass and catching Garcon when he’s getting hot which all spells bad news for the Packers defense.
Jordan Reed: Reed has been quite a surprise but also the second most targeted player on the Redskins and one of the most reliable for Robert Griffin this season. Reed is averaging nine targets per game, has scored twice in his last four games and other than the Broncos Julius Thomas is one of the hottest names going at tight end right now. The Packers have given up 15 passing touchdowns this season including one to Reed in week two and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Reed have a good game and possibly another touchdown this week.
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Nick Foles: Foles has been a touchdown machine in his last two starts passing for ten touchdowns and 634 yards. More remarkably he’s totaled 16 touchdowns in seven games. The Redskins defense ranks 26th against the pass allowing 274.8 passing yards per game. They’ve also allowed 19 passing touchdowns which is tied for fourth most in the league. Foles comes into this contest as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league throwing to two of the hottest receivers and I don’t see this defense thwarting his momentum.
LeSean McCoy: McCoy erupted with a 155 rushing yard 25 carry effort against the Packers last week to break a three week mini slump. The Redskins rushing defense is giving up 113.8 yard average per game to opposing running backs which is ranked 16th in the league. McCoy hasn’t scored a touchdown since week five but the good news is the Redskins have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns this season. Although McCoy has struggled at times with either yardage or scoring touchdowns he is still one of the most talented and elusive running backs in the league and this week there’s a great chance he breaks his scoring drought.
DeSean Jackson: If there’s a downside to losing starting quarterback Michael Vick to injury it’s hardly noticeable where Jackson is concerned. Jackson hasn’t missed a step playing with new starting quarterback Nick Foles scoring touchdowns in his last two games and racking up 230 receiving yards. Although Foles can’t run like Vick he’s got a stronger and more accurate arm and is deceptively mobile allowing him to extend plays giving the speedy Jackson time to get open. The Redskins are ranked 26th against the pass and in week one Jackson went off for seven receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown. Need I say more?
Riley Cooper: If there’s one receiver hotter than teammate DeSean Jackson it’s Riley Cooper. He’s benefited the most from the change in starting quarterbacks scoring five touchdowns in his last two games. In week nine he had five receptions on six targets for 139 and three touchdowns and followed that with a better than solid three receptions on five targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Foles and Cooper have definitely developed a successful chemistry together and unless Foles gets injured it’s entirely within reason that Michael Vick has seen his last days as the starter for the Eagles and that’s a good thing for Cooper.