TE Leonard Pope - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-7, 250||Born: 9-9-1983||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 3|
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Week 7: vs New England Patriots
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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Steelers lost more than a game last week, they lost Ben Roethlisberger's services for at least a few weeks. That means that Landry Jones (32/56 for 513 yards passing, three TDs and four interceptions thrown over 11 games appeared in) will be the man under center on Sunday, backed up by Zach Mettenberger. Gulp. Expect the Steelers to hand off the football to LeVeon Bell and DeAngelo Williams a lot in this contest - downgrade your expectations for all the active Steelers' receivers, although Antonio Brown (64 targets for 41/486/5 receiving) is very hard to sit, remember that New England specializes in taking away any given team's number one player on offense and then forcing the other players to win the game.
The Patriots held A.J. Green out of the end zone last week (10 targets for 6/88/0) on the way to winning 35-17 over the Bengals. Andy Dalton managed 21/31 for 237 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks taken for -17 yards. Two weeks ago the Browns managed 20/35 for 235 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown. So far this year, New England ranks 18th in the NFL averaging 255.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores given out vs. four interceptions and 11 sacks generated (14th- and 19th-ranked, respectively). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), New England has averaged 20.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (14th-most in the NFL); and 18.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (sixth-least); with 8.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-most). This is a steady, middle of the road type of secondary.
This is a tough matchup for the journeyman-quarterback Landry Jones.
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