Week Nine Wide Receivers
1. Terrell Owens at Philadelphia – T.O.’s return to Philly last season resulted in him catching only three passes. This time around he’s armed with Tony Romo and not Mr. Concrete Feet, Drew Bledsoe.
2. Reggie Wayne at New England – With Marvin Harrison’s health in question and New England’s offense performing at an extremely high level, Wayne must play well and he should get plenty of opportunities to make big plays.
3. Randy Moss at Indianapolis – Indy’s secondary has faced 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde, Quinn Gray/David Garrard, and Jeff Garcia. That’s not exactly Otto Graham, Joe Montana and John Elway. Moss may have early troubles but look for Brady to connect with him on at least one score. Remember, essentially the ’06 AFC Title Game is why Moss is a Patriot. So, they are going to throw, throw and throw some more.
4. T.J. Houshmandzadeh at Buffalo – Houshmandzadeh has been Carson Palmer’s most consistent target. The Bengals should try to attack the Bills offensively and force Buffalo’s offensively challenged squad to put points on the board.
5. Braylon Edwards vs. Seattle – Edwards has a career high nine touchdowns. He should continue that against the sluggish Seahawks defense.
6. Steve Smith at Tennessee – He’s greatly handicapped by the quarterback situation in Carolina. Here’s hoping that David Carr makes it through the game in one piece.
7. Chad Johnson at Buffalo -Remember him? He last scored a touchdown in Week 2.
8. Wes Welker at Indianapolis – The speedy Welker should thrive on the turf in Indy. The Colts will try to pay heavy duty attention to Moss, thus leaving Welker to roam free.
9. Hines Ward vs. Baltimore – The Ravens defense is slipping and Ward appears to be back to normal. Willie Parker will struggle to run which may lead to Ward having success.
10. Donald Driver at Kansas City – This is a funky game for the Packers. Kansas City is a tough place to play and somehow the Chiefs have managed to be competitive this season. If Favre isn’t overwhelmed by Kansas City’s D, he’ll get the ball to Driver.
11. Anquan Boldin at Tampa Bay – Boldin’s comeback performance against Washington was strange. Let’s see this time if Kurt Warner can complete passes longer than five yards to the Quan.
12. Larry Fitzgerald at Tampa Bay – Blah.
13. Patrick Crayton at Philadelphia – In the event Owens is slow to get out of the gates, look for Crayton to have an impact against the Eagles secondary.
14. Roy Williams vs. Denver – What a humiliating week for Champ Bailey and Dre Bly. James Jones and Greg Jennings burned them on long touchdown passes last week in Denver. Williams has struggled as of late but he could get into the endzone at home.
15. Kevin Curtis vs. Philadelphia – This is a throwback offense – one that should be thrown back into an ocean. Curtis may thrive if this game turns into a shootout.
16. Brandon Marshall at Detroit – Marshall will attempt to channel the spirit of Kevin Curtis versus the Lions secondary. Although, Javon Walker’s presence is clearly missed.
17. Chris Chambers at Minnesota – Minnesota couldn’t cover Reggie Brown. That’s a great sign for Chambers.
18. Laveranues Coles vs. Washington – Well, no Pennington which is a good thing for Coles. Too bad the Washington secondary is pretty rugged…except for last week of course.
19. Lee Evans vs. Cincinnati – You know, here we go again with this J.P. Losman sleeper stuff. Enough folks. Nonetheless, Cincy’s defense is brutal.
20. Marvin Harrison vs. New England – Be careful here with his injury status. If he plays, he could serve as a decoy for much of the afternoon.
The best of the rest…
21. Roddy White vs. San Francisco
22. Greg Jennings at Kansas City
23. Dwayne Bowe vs. Green Bay
24. Joey Galloway vs. Arizona
25. Donte Stallworth at Indianapolis
26. Jerricho Cotchery vs. Washington
27. Marques Colston vs. Jacksonville
28. Deion Branch at Cleveland
29. Calvin Johnson vs. Denver
30. Reggie Brown vs. Dallas
31. Santonio Holmes vs. Baltimore
32. Derrick Mason at Pittsburgh
33. Shaun McDonald vs. Denver
34. Jerry Porter vs. Oakland
35. Ike Hilliard vs. Arizona
36. Bobby Engram at Cleveland
37. Andre Davis at Oakland
38. Kevin Walter vs. Oakland
39. Ronald Curry vs. Houston
40. Nate Burleson at Cleveland
41. James Jones at Kansas City
42. Roydell Williams vs. Carolina
43. Joe Jurevicius vs. Seattle
44. Brandon Stokley at Detroit
45. D.J. Hackett at Cleveland