RB Curtis Brinkley - San Diego Chargers
|5-9, 208||Born: 9-20-1985||College: Syracuse||Drafted: ---|
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Week 3: at Buffalo Bills
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews sprained the MCL in one of his knees last week, and is out for 4-5 weeks as a result. Look for Danny Woodhead (8/32/0 rushing with 4/28/0 receiving vs. Seattle last week) and Donald Brown (9/19/0 rushing with 3/10/0 receiving so far this season) to handle the bulk of the work in Mathews' absence.
Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.9 yards rushing allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games played. This is not a top rush D, folks. Matt Forte gained 17/82/0 rushing (with nine targets for 8/87/0 receiving) during the season premiere, while the Dolphins managed 21/80/0 rushing at Buffalo last week. So far this year the defensive front is much improved over the 2013 version, averaging 83 rushing yards allowed per game, with zero rushing scores allowed over two games.
This looks like a tough matchup for Brown and Woodhead, but the passing matchup is great so don't overlook Woodhead as he is a dual threat and can post big games catching the football.
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