RB Curtis Brinkley - San Diego Chargers
|5-9, 208||Born: 9-20-1985||College: Syracuse||Drafted: ---|
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Week 14: at Carolina Panthers
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Melvin Gordon led San Diego in rushing and receiving last weekend, with 17/84/1 rushing and 4/54/0 receiving to his credit. All told the Chargers amassed 25/119/1 rushing, but unless you have Gordon rostered, ignore the rest of the Chargers' running backs. This is Gordon's gig, folks. Over the last three weeks, he's handled 42 touches on the football, with a total of 227 yards combined, and one rushing TD. The other backs on the team have 6/14/0 rushing during that time frame.
The Panthers' rush defense averages 92.8 yards rushing allowed per game (eighth in the NFL), with nine rushing scores given out to date. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Carolina averages 19.1 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (ninth-most in the NFL). Seattle whacked this defensive front with 29/240/3 rushing last week - far beyond what the Panthers usually allow (to give credit where credit is due, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was out due to concussion, making the job easier for the Seahawks in this phase of the game). Kuechly may be able to return from his concussion for this game, but as it is non-conference it would be no surprise to see the coaching staff keep him on the sidelines.
This looks like a neutral matchup for Gordon and company, as the Panthers are knocked back on their heels this week.
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