Crossing the halfway point of the season...
Speaking of Zac Stacy, he may not impress anyone with his 4.5 40 time, but he's got some hard-nosed Frank Gore running in him. Easy to see why he's climbed the ladder to the top of the Rams RB depth chart.
Chargers @ Redskins: Vegas has this game as a PK. These two teams have had about as opposite of past 2 weeks as possible. Washington is coming of a pair of games in which they were strongly competitive for 7 out of 8 quarters, beating the Bears and then taking a lead into the 4th quarter against the Broncos (on the road, mind you) before they got Omaha-Omaha-Omaha'd. San Diego, meanwhile, has had the closest thing possible to a 2 week vacation: an uncontested victory against Jacksonville followed by a bye week, allowing them to rest their legs after all that scampering up and down the field. Can a well rested San Diego gear up quickly against a battle-hardened Redskins team?
Eagles @ Raiders: Fun fact: all 3 of Philadelphia's wins have been on the road. If they're going to make it 4, they'll need better play out of their quarterback... whomever that turns out to be. Vick is "likely" out, and Foles has been cleared to return to practice, but is not guaranteed to start, meaning we could see more Matt Barkley, whose 60.9% completion percentage jumps to 70% if you add in the interceptions. When Barkley throws the ball, somebody catches it. Oakland's QB position has its own issues, as Terrelle Pryor is coming off his worst outing as a passer, where he gained more yardage on his 1st quarter touchdown run (93) than he did all game passing (88).
Colts @ Texans: Matt Schaub is still Houston's "starting QB", and is active, yet Case Keenum will start against Indianapolis. You figure it out. If there's one thing Keenum has shown for certain, it's that he is better than T.J. Yates... so what was he doing still behind Yates on the depth chart? At any rate, while Keenum will take the snaps, it's uncertain who will line up behind him at RB, with both Arian Foster and Ben Tate struggling with injuries. It's apparently enough of a concern that the Texans signed 3 free agent running backs to their roster on Monday. On the Indy side, we'll get our first look at the Colts passing game without Reggie Wayne. The team opted not to make any trades at the deadline, so T.Y. Hilton will step into the team's starting split end spot.
Ravens @ Browns:
The list keeps on growin'. Jason Campbell provided enough of a spark in Cleveland to give the Chiefs a scare. The team appears to have fully given up on Brandon Weeden, making this Campbell's last best chance to claim an NFL starting job. He did his job for one week, at least. 22-of-36 for 293 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs is about all one can ask for in Cleveland. If not for Davone Bess's inability to catch passes, the Browns may have pulled off an upset. Isn't it about time for Greg Little to step up? The Ravens took a 2 game losing streak into the bye, and need to get hot to keep pace in the AFC wildcard conversation. Denver or Kansas City seems destined to grab one of the two, whichever one doesn't win the AFC West, leaving one up for grabs for a whole mess of mediocre AFC teams hanging around .500.
Buccaneers @ Seahawks: Seattle proved to be vulnerable to teams that can rush the passer, and though Tampa has not been converting many of their pressures into sacks, they have some players who theoretically are capable of getting to the passer. Both of these teams sent WRs to IR this week, as Mike Williams and Sidney Rice both saw their seasons end. Seattle was awful against St. Louis, and while playing Tampa would seem to be a reprieve, Mike Glennon will at least prove to be more of an adversary than Kellen Clemens. For both the 49ers and Jaguars, though, I would really appreciate it if Tampa could win here.
Make your Week 9 picks now!
Last Week's Results:
Jolly Bill: 3-2
Secret Asian Man: 3-2
Season to Date
Jolly Bill: 21-9
Secret Asian Man: 18-17
zellbrigen 26: 3-2
Tempest Blayze: 2-3