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Week 1 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 6 targets
Clark's day seems pretty boring considering Gonzalez was out, but the box score conceals two targets downfield over the middle that Manning and Clark barely missed hooking up on, and a terrific day blocking for Clark, keying big plays for other players. Expect his numbers to go up in the coming weeks.
Week 2 vs. MIA
Receiving: 7 / 183 / 1 on 8 targets
Clark's night opened with an 80-yard catch and run that saw him break Gibril Wilson's tackle on the way to the end zone, and he basically got open at will all night. Wilson and Yeremiah Bell could not contain him, a week after Tony Gonzalez gave them fits. He had a drop, and a decent gain called back by a penalty, but it didn't stop him from having the best game any fantasy TE has had this year, and probably will have this year. He's far and away the #1 fantasy TE to have while Gonzalez is out.
Week 3 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 62 / 1 on 9 targets
Clark owned the middle of the field, giving Manning a nice Welker-esque outlet underneath when he needed it. He got open easily in the red zone for his TD, and even had a good gain on the TE end around. He's well on his way to being the #1 fantasy TE this year.
Week 4 vs. SEA
Receiving: 8 / 80 / 0 on 10 targets
Clark, like clockwork, goes to work on third down. Manning found him six times for first down receptions of over ten yards. He caught all but one ball thrown to him.
Week 5 vs. TEN
Receiving: 9 / 77 / 0 on 9 targets
Clark continues to look like this years Jason Witten. He simply torches defenders over the middle and down the field on every series and rarely makes a mistake. This night was no different. Clark caught 9 passes (on 9 targets) for 77 yards. At this point Clark and Manning are in a zone and appear to be on auto-pilot together. He is the premier TE in fantasy football circles through the first 5 weeks of 2009.
Week 7 vs. STL
Receiving: 3 / 44 / 1 on 5 targets
Clark continued to take full advantage of favorable matchups, this time getting three grabs for 44 yards on five targets --- all in the first half. The Colts were up big in a hurry against the Rams and then went into cruise control, giving more snaps to the second string receivers in the second half. Clark was able to get into the end zone on a great catch behind two defenders on a seam route where Peyton Manning lobbed a perfect ball into his hands at the goal line for the score.
Week 8 vs. SF
Receiving: 8 / 99 / 0 on 10 targets
Clark was his usual versatile self: With great hands, he is extremely effective out of the slot, and is Manning's second option on most plays. He was targeted twice in the end zone, but was covered both times. Clark is the guy Manning looked to in the clutch, and he did not disappoint.
Week 9 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 14 / 119 / 0 on 16 targets
Clark had a great day against Houston. The Texans defense rotated safeties, linebackers, and the occasional corner (depending on who was blitzing) to cover Clark and no one seemed to have any success keeping him from catching the ball. The Texans managed to keep Clark from catching any deep balls on go routes by keeping a safety on his side of the field 12-20 yards deep, but he was a wrecking crew between the hashes in short range. Clark finished the day with 14 receptions for 119 yards, none longer then 17 yards. The Texans did well at wrapping him up after the reception to limit his yards after catch, but Clark's size and strength combined with his route-running and rapport with Manning are simply too much for a single defender to consistently overcome.
Week 10 vs. NE
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 0 on 5 targets
New England focused on taking away TE Dallas Clark in Week 10, trying to limit arguably the best tight end in the game. Clark was covered often by a safety or by mobile LB Jerod Mayo. Clark got some quick work early on in the first quarter with two quick grabs on the second Indianapolis drive of the game for a combined 37 yards, but after that Clark only had two more catches on the night. Clark's final grab got the Colts down inside the Patriots' five yard line and set up Joseph Addai's touchdown that brought Indianapolis within six points.
Week 11 vs. BAL
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 1 on 3 targets
Dallas Clark is finding it tougher and tougher to get open week after week. His explosive 1st half of the season is garnering him extra attention in the Colts passing game. As a testament to his unbelievable athleticism Clark make a ridiculous one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone for his lone catch of the game. The play was incredible because he didn't even bring the ball into his body; he just held his hand out and caught it. As this game progressed, Clark was guarded heavily and Manning looked towards his other options.
Week 12 vs. HOU
Receiving: 9 / 63 / 1 on 10 targets
Dallas Clark had another amazing game, catching 9 balls on a variety of routes to sustain drives for the Colts. He only caught one ball longer then 10 yards and primarily worked between the hashmarks on slants and quick-ins. His touchdown came on a quick pass from Manning wherein Clark lined up on the right side of the line, ran to the goalline, and cut inside to catch a low throw. Clark continues to be the vital piece of the Colts offense between the hashmarks and on weak-side blitzes.
Week 13 vs. TEN
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 6 targets
Clark had only three catches in this game. The defense did an excellent job keeping him, and fellow go-to guy Reggie Wayne, in check.
Week 14 vs. DEN
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 3 on 9 targets
It was a big day for Dallas Clark, as he scored a hat trick of touchdowns against the Broncos. With the Denver secondary taking away most deep passes, Peyton Manning had to do most of his damage with underneath routes. The Broncos linebackers can be exploited in pass coverage, and Dallas Clark did just that.
Week 15 vs. JAX
Receiving: 7 / 95 / 2 on 11 targets
Dallas Clark dominated the Jacksonville defense as the Jaguars tried to cover him with linebackers one on one, a mistake all around and Peyton Manning made Jacksonville pay dearly in Week 15. Clark snagged seven of his 11 targets, making some athletic catches along the way including his first touchdown where the ball rested on his shoulder as he slid near the back of the end zone before he was able to secure it. Clark later eluded poor tackling to find the end zone again on what should have been about a 15-yard catch but instead finished as a 27-yard score. Clark now has 10 touchdowns and is just three yards shy of a 1,000-yard season.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 57 / 0 on 7 targets
Clark had a couple of uncharacteristic drops, but recovered to have a four catch, 57 yard game in a little over two quarters (before he was rested). Clark reached 1,000 yards receiving on the year. He could have had one more long catch, as he almost came down with a one handed grab after beating his man deep.
Week 17 vs. BUF
Receiving: 7 / 52 / 0 on 8 targets
Clark was targeted frequently when the first team offense was on the field because he needed seven catches to become the second TE after Tony Gonzalez to have 100 catches in a season. He was tackled at the goal line, or he would have also had a TD in this historic game for him. He made some things happen after the catch and was a big part of the Colts only TD drive.
Week 19 vs. BAL
Receiving: 7 / 59 / 0 on 9 targets
Clark was yet again a big part of the Colts offense this week. He worked mostly short routes as Manning's safety valve. He managed to haul in 7 receptions for 59 yards on the afternoon.
Week 20 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 35 / 1 on 8 targets
Clark was quiet for much of the game, but came on in the second half. He let a perfect throw slip through his fingers in the 4th quarter and that seemed to be a wake up call. He made up for it on the very same drive, with one tough catch, followed by a touchdown reception.