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Week 3 Passing Matchups

by Mark Wimer and Joe Bryant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Peyton Manning is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jay Cutler has been outstanding during 2008, tossing a fantasy-best 52/74 for 649 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception over the first 2 weeks. Brandon Marshall made a statement in his return to action vs. San Diego, landing at 2nd all-time for most receptions in a game (18/166/1), while Tony Scheffler (6/64/2) and rookie sensation Eddie Royal (5/37/1 + a 2 pt. conversion) handled the rest of the TD throws. Brandon Stokley helped keep the chains moving with 3/47/0 - this team is going places during 2008, folks.

The Saints' pass D isn't impressive, averaging 256 yards allowed per game to date (26th in the NFL), with 2 passing TDs given up. They have managed 4 sacks to date (tied for 17th in the NFL), but Denver has only allowed a single sack of Cutler to date. Jason Campbell, who couldn't do anything passing the ball in week 1, crushed the Saints in week 2 with 24/36 for 306 net passing yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions on Sunday.

This is a great matchup for the home team.

Weather: The forecast for Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 75F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance of rain - perfect fall weather is on tap for this matchup as long as the rain stays away.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees was explosive in the season opener, but cooled off vs. Washington, posting 22/33 for 216 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions in the narrow loss. To date, he is the 7th ranked fantasy QB in the land with 45/65 for 559 yards, 4 TDs and 3 interceptions - the offense was not as lethal without Marques Colston in the lineup last week, though, and he'll be out for a few more weeks. Reggie Bush (7/63/0) and David Patten (5/55/0) took care of most of the receiving yards, while Robert Meachem scored 1/19/1 and the mercurial Devery Henderson let down his fantasy owners last week with 2/6/0.

The Broncos were in a shoot out with Philip Rivers last week, handing over 21/33 for 376 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in the high scoring contest - this year, Denver averages 266.5 pass yards allowed per game, and has coughed up 5 TDs in 2 weeks (4 sacks generated to date, in the middle of the NFL field). New Orleans has only allowed 3 sacks through 2 games - they are pretty good pass blockers in the Big Easy.

Brees has been up and down to start the year, but against the suspect Broncos we expect him to bounce back strongly in week 3.

Weather: The forecast for Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 75F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance of rain - perfect fall weather is on tap for this matchup as long as the rain stays away.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Hasselbeck's WR cadre took another hit last week as Logan Payne was lost for the season with an ACL injury. For those of you counting at home, that is 4 Seattle receivers down with knee ligament injuries - Bobby Engram is the "different" one with a broken shoulder. The leading wide receiver last week was a street free agent out of football in 2007, Billy McMullen, who grabbed 3/48/0 (TE John Carlson led the team with 6/78/0) - Matt Hasselbeck wound up with 18/36 for 189 yards passing, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. This week, to bolster the WR corps, the team signed Koren Robinson (you read that right) and traded for Keary Colbert from Denver (he joined them in the offseason from Carolina). Taylor and McMullen project to be the starters, while Colbert and Robinson are the top 2 backups entering week 3.

The Rams' defense is in shambles, having given up 79 points in 2 weeks. They've handed over 308 rushing yards and 2 rushing scores in 2 games, and allowed 655 net passing yards and 6 TD passes in 2 games (a 67.4 completion percentage, and an opposing passers' rating of 129.1 allowed) - almost 1,000 combined yards given up in 120 minutes of football. There really isn't anything else to say.

As hard as the Seahawks have had things in the tough breaks department of late, they still get a "great matchup" designation this week against the struggling St. Louis defense.

Weather: Qwest Field expects a high of 67F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance for rain - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this matchup.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Seattle, which had only one sack in Week 1 at Buffalo, had eight against the 49ers, including two apiece for starting defensive ends Patrick Kerney and Lawrence Jackson. J.Y. O'Sullivan threw for 300+ yards despite the pressure (20/32 for 321 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions), but the team needs to protect him better as you don't win many games when allowing 8 QB sacks. O'Sullivan has been sacked a league-worst 12 times so far this year.

Bryant Johnson is the 49ers lead receiver through 2 weeks, with 12 targets for 9/126/1; Frank Gore is second with 9 for 9/93/0; Arnaz Battle checks in at 3rd with 8 targets for 5/60/0; and Isaac Bruce (a forgotten man in week 1) had 8 balls come his way last week for 4/153/0. The 49ers got the ball flowing down field in week 2, which is a good thing for fantasy owners invested in their receiving corps - unless you are a Vernon Davis owner (5 targets for 3/51/0 to date).

The Lions' pass D is almost as soft as their rush D, with an average of 240 yards allowed per week and 4 passing scores coughed up so far. They are also among the league's worst pass rushers, with only 2 sacks in 2 games. This unit doesn't do much of anything well, frankly - giving up 24/38 for 324 net yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions to Aaron Rodgers during week 2, for example.

The 49ers need to protect O'Sullivan better, but even with the porous pass protection this looks like a great matchup as the Lions aren't very good pass rushers.

Weather: Walsh Field expects a high of 74F with a low of 55F and a 20% chance of precipitation on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch pro football.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco gave the Ravens exactly what they needed during week 1 - a steady effort with few mistakes (15/29 for 129 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions, with 4/37/1 rushing to his credit). As expected, with the passing attack in the hands of a rookie during his first NFL start, none of the Ravens' receivers were exciting from the fantasy perspective (Derrick Mason led the way with 4/44/0). Look for a lot more of the same this week (in week 1 the Ravens rushed the ball 46 times and threw it 29). Troy Smith was finally able to resume practicing this week, but he's lost 20 pounds thanks to his sickness and is unlikely to be a factor vs. Cleveland. Todd Heap practiced on Wednesday after a week of recuperation and the early bye.

Cleveland's pass D is among the league's most generous entering week 3, with an average of 242 pass yards allowed per game so far (26th in the NFL). They have coughed up 2 pass TDs and generated only 3 sacks so far (23rd in the NFL). Ben Roethlisberger completed over 63% of his passes vs. Cleveland last week, with 12/19 for 164 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions en route to a 10-6 victory. The Browns aren't fielding the league's worst unit, but they are far from top-shelf entering week 3.

Flacco has a tough defense and a solid stable of RBs at his back - despite a good passing matchup, the Ravens will likely keep the passing attack basic vs. the Browns.

Weather: The forecast calls for a high of 74F and a low of 58F on Sunday, with a 20% chance for rain falling on M and T Bank Stadium - weather shouldn't play a big role during this game.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Trent Edwards had a second solid game under center last week, with 20/25 for 239 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to his credit. Fred Jackson was his favorite target in week 2, with 7 for 7/83/0 to his credit - Lee Evans had 4 balls come his way (4/77/0) and Josh Reed had 5 chances to catch passes (4/36/0). James Hardy converted 3 targets to 2/12/1, scoring the first TD of his NFL career to put Buffalo ahead for good in the 4th quarter on Sunday. Through 2 games, Edwards is the 15th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with 39/55 for 454 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions.

Oakland's defense squared off against the wounded Kansas City corps last week, and destroyed youngster Tyler Thigpen for most of the afternoon (14/33 for 151 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception) - as a team, the Chiefs eked out 17/38 for 135 net yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions vs. the Raiders. After 2 games, Oakland averages 217.5 passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing TDs handed over to date - they bounced back from a tough season opener last week.

Edwards and company have been steady and productive through 2 games, while the Raiders bounced back from a bad start to limit an anemic K.C. squad in week 2. Advantage, Buffalo.

Weather: Ralph Wilson Stadium expects a high of 71F with a low of 52F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - near perfect football weather, in other words.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Delhomme has found a way to win 2 games without his best receiver, Steve Smith, in the mix. Delhomme ranks 24th among fantasy QBs entering week 3, with 35/62 for 375 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to his credit so far (a holding penalty stripped Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad of a score vs. Chicago last week). The return of Steve Smith should help the entire unit to turn up the heat a notch. Through 2 weeks, Muhsin Muhammad (21 targets for 11/115/0) and D.J. Hackett (16 for 6/70/0) have led the way, while TE Jeff King (6 targets for 3/33/0) and Dante Rosario (9 for 8/102/1) have been critical components, too (Rosario's targets declined from 8 in week 1 to 1 in week 2, mostly due to a sore ankle that limited him on Sunday last week).

The Viking's pass D is in the bottom 1/3 of the league entering week 3, averaging 237 yards allowed per game, with 2 passing TDs handed over to date. They are tied for 24th in the NFL with only 2 sacks so far (Carolina has handed over 4 to date, in the middle of the NFL) despite Jared Allen's presence on the club. Last week, Peyton Manning beat the Vikings through the air with 26/42 for 296 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions - the Vikings' secondary bears a lot of pressure each week as their defensive front is so tough to run the ball against.

Delhomme and company will be at full strength this week, while the Vikings are towards the bottom of the league in this phase of the game. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather won't be an issue for either team.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jon Kitna threw well enough to bring his team into the lead vs. Green Bay (briefly), but then he imploded with 2 interceptions returned for scores in the 4th quarter to wreck an otherwise solid outing (21/41 for 276 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions) - Calvin Johnson continued his banner season in the game, with 6/129/2 while Roy Williams helped out with 3/48/0 - 4 other players had at least 2 receptions in the game. So far this season, Kitna has been throwing the ball early and often (as expected) with 45/74 for 538 yards, 4 TDs and 4 interceptions to his credit (9th best fantasy QB in the land to date).

The 49ers are currently 14th in the NFL averaging 179 passing yards allowed per game, with only 1 pass TD coughed up so far. They are in the middle of the NFL pack with 4 sacks through 2 games - last week, Matt Hasselbeck and his depleted WR corps could only muster 18/36 for 189 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions but they are really desperate for warm bodies in Seattle at WR - the 49ers weren't facing top talent last week.

The Lions' team strength is at WR, while the 49ers are only so-so at defending vs. the pass. Advantage, Detroit.

Weather: Walsh Field expects a high of 74F with a low of 55F and a 20% chance of precipitation on Sunday - it should be a great day to play and watch pro football.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

As we said last week, Aaron Rodgers is making the Packers' brass look pretty smart - he's the #2 fantasy QB in the land after 2 games, with 42/60 for 506 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions to his credit (with 12/60/1 rushing in addition). Rodgers tore up the Lions last week, hitting 24/38 for 328 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. Greg Jennings led in receiving (6/167/0), but the TDs went to Donal Driver (7/52/1), James Jones (4/29/1) and Jordy Nelson (1/29/1) - the Packers are loaded for bear at WR as you can see. This passing attack is among the league's finest entering week 3.

Against the Browns in week 1, the Cowboys did an excellent job shutting down Braylon Edwards (2/14/0) and limited Derek Anderson to a mere 11/24 for 114 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions while sacking him once. They were more giving to the Philadelphia offense in week 2, though, handing out 25/37 for 259 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to the Eagles - the 'Boys managed to sack McNabb 4 times, though, improving their pass rush over the first game. Right now, this is an adequate, but not great, unit.

Green Bay is on a roll right now, and they have the home field advantage at their back this week too. That all adds up to an edge over the visiting Cowboys.

Weather: Lambeau Field expects a high of 73F and a low of 53F with a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a nice day to watch and play football.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Peyton Manning found a little rhythm in the second half vs. Minnesota last week, and ended the day with 26/42 for 311 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions when the dust settled. Anthony Gonzalez led the team in receiving (in Dallas Clark's absence (knee injury)), racking up 9/137/0, while Reggie Wayne grabbed the TD with 5/93/1, and backup TE Tom Santi was 3rd on the team with 5/29/0. Marvin Harrison could only manage 1/16/0 vs. the Vikings. In the end it wasn't a pretty "W", but Manning owners could take a little solace in his first 300+ yard passing performance of the year.

This season, the Jaguars started off by frustrating Vince Young (12/22 for 110 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions) but then coughed up 2/2 for 65 yards to Kerry Collins after he came in the game, an up-and-down performance that set the stage for week 2 vs. Buffalo. Trent Edwards enjoyed a solid-but-unspectacular outing vs. Jacksonville, with 20/25 for 210 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. The Jaguars added 3 sacks to their season total, bringing them to 4 (tied for 17th in the NFL). All told, they are right in the middle of the NFL pack in most categories of pass D, including season average (191 pass yards allowed per game, 16th in the NFL).

Manning is one of the all-time greats, but he hasn't put together a complete game yet this year. Against the so-so Jaguars, at home in a divisional contest, we think this is the week that Manning does well - over the last 4 regular season games vs. Jacksonville, he's averaged 269.75 yards passing, with 1.5 TDs and .75 interceptions per game. Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside Lucas Oil Stadium, weather won't be a worry for either team on Sunday.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New England Patriots Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Matt Cassel was workmanlike in his first NFL start, tossing a lot of short passes to Wes Welker (7/72/0) on the way to 16/23 for 165 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. Kevin Faulk was the #2 receiver last week with 4/50/0, while Randy Moss deflated his fantasy owners' post-Brady hopes with 2/22/0. We'll see if Cassel (or the coaches) gets more aggressive with a "W" under his belt, but right now the Patriots' passing attack is pretty "ho-hum".

The Dolphins are currently 30th in the NFL averaging 272.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 5 passing TDs surrendered to date. Kurt Warner punished this group with 19/24 for 361 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions last week (Miami did manage 2 sacks on the Cards last week). To date, Miami has 5 sacks to their credit - at least they have some sort of pass rush to bring to the party.

Cassel won in the real NFL but didn't lift many fantasy teams last week - against the cellar-dwelling Miami defense he has a shot at perking up for his fantasy clubs this week. Advantage, New England.

Weather: Gillette Stadium should be on the cool side on Sunday, with a high of 66F and a low of 49F and a 20% chance of rain forecast. Neither team should have much trouble due to the weather this weekend.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Passing Offense at San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Brett Favre couldn't put the Jets over the top vs. New England, tossing 18/26 for 181 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Chansi Stuckey scored for the second straight week (4/43/1), while Laveranues Coles returned to the top of the class with 3/72/0 to his credit (Jerricho Cotchery had 1/20/0 during the contest). So far, Fave is the 16th best fantasy QB in points per game, with 33/48 for 375 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his credit. Coles was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore thigh (he's been fighting through the injury to play early in the season).

San Diego's defense has been really soft this year, and gave up a pile of TDs to Jay Cutler last week (36/50 for 341 net yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception) after dropping a game at the buzzer to Jake Delhomme's winning TD pass in week 1. They are currently 31st in the NFL averaging 293.5 passing yards allowed per game, and have only 2 sacks to their credit. The Chargers' pass D is a glaring weak point as of week 3.

Favre and company have a good matchup to look forward to on Sunday.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects typical, near-perfect Southern California weather for Monday Night Football, with a night-time low around 62F and a 10% chance for rain - weather shouldn't be a factor in this matchup if the forecast holds up.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

"We need to get LT back at full speed, but we do have more playmakers than we had a year ago," coach Norv Turner said on Sunday. "Mike Tolbert gives us an added dimension inside. Our wide receivers are playing at a high level."

"We're going to find out about us," Philip Rivers commented "Last year we were tested at 1-3 and 5-5, and we found out and fought through it. We're back in it again, with what I think is a tougher stretch coming up." Rivers did all he could to win the game vs. Denver (to be fair, he should have a "W", except for a blown call/whistle on Ed Hochuli's part), throwing 21/33 for 377 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in the barn-burner. Chris Chambers led the team with 4/83/2, while LaDainian Tomlinson's backup, Darren Sproles, hauled in the other TD (2/72/1). Vincent Jackson posted 6/73/0, and Antonio Gates got his share with 4/61/0 (he was seen in a sandal after the game, nursing his sore foot, though). The Chargers' passing attack was not to blame for the loss in Denver.

The Jets are in the middle of the league's range after 2 weeks, having allowed an average of 192 passing yards per game and 2 passing TDs to date. They have 7 sacks, among the league's leaders in that department, with 3 on Matt Cassel last week on the way to allowing a modest 16/23 for 156 net passing yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions. The Jets come into this contest playing very well vs. opposing QBs.

Rivers is one of the hottest QBs in the land, but the Jets' pass defenders come into this game on a mini-roll of their own. At the Chargers' house, we think Rivers and company have a slight edge - there are a lot of quality Chargers' receivers that the Jets will have to cover this week.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects typical, near-perfect Southern California weather for Monday Night Football, with a night-time low around 62F and a 10% chance for rain - weather shouldn't be a factor in this matchup if the forecast holds up.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense vs Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kerry Collins was adequate in his first start of the season, slinging 14/21 for 128 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions vs. Cincinnati in very gusty winds. Justin Gage was the best Titans' receiver, with 5/59/1 and may be the target of choice for Collins - Alge Crumpler contributed more in week 2, with 2/16/0, but is still a far cry from the dominant TE he was in Atlanta.

The Texans were 24th in the NFL last year in passing yards allowed per game (230.1) and coughed up 25 pass TDs (tied for 22nd in the NFL). Against the Cowboys in the third exhibition, Tony Romo and Brad Johnson combined for 24/32 for 273 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception vs Houston. To kick of the season, Ben Roethlisberger only needed 14 passes (he completed 13 of them) to notch 2 TDs (13/14 for 137 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). The Texans were humiliated 38-17 (they were down 35-3 starting the 4th quarter - the game was never close at all). Thanks to Hurricane Ike, the D has had 2 weeks to lick their wounds after the drubbing by Pittsburgh - we'll see if they've been able to turn up their intensity in the intervening week.

Collins isn't blessed with a lot of talent in the receiving corps, but he should be able to do some good things on Sunday against the suspect Texans.

Weather: The forecast for LP Field calls for a high of 82F with a low of 59F and a 20% chance for rain on Sunday - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this contest.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Reality crashed in on Matt Ryan last week as he was sacked 4 times by Tampa Bay and driven into 2 critical errors early in the game (he ended the day with 13/33 for 158 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble (recovered by Atlanta)). Roddy White (4/59/0) and Laurent Robinson (4/45/0) led the team in receiving during the loss, but nobody on the team was very exciting vs. Tampa last week. Welcome to the NFL learning curve, Matt Ryan.

Kansas City has been losing games this year, but not in the passing phase of the game. They rank 6th in the NFL averaging 133.5 passing yards allowed per game to date, with only 1 passing score given up. They have a mere 2 sacks to date, though - it appears that teams are electing to take advantage of their 31st-ranked rush D rather than bother to throw the ball much. However, in fantasy terms, it is worth noting that passers don't rack up huge stats vs. Kansas City so far this year.

Ryan had a rude wake-up call last week - against the feeble Chief's team, he may fare better, but don't expect a huge day in the passing department and you won't be disappointed.

Weather: Inside the Georgia Dome, weather won't be an issue for either team.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Tony Romo out dueled Donovan McNabb last week, slinging 21/30 for 312 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception during the narrow victory. As usual, Terrell Owens (3/89/2) delivered before the prime time cameras, while Jason Witten led the team in receiving (7/110/0). Witten banged up a shoulder during the game - keep an eye on his practice participation later in the week. Marion Barber handled the 3rd TD pass, with 4/51/1 to his credit. It's all good on the Cowboy's offense right now folks.

Green Bay generated 1 sack of Tarvaris Jackson during week 1, while allowing 16/35 for 168 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to the Vikings' passing attack, and followed up by handing over 23/45 for 262 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions to the Lions in week 2 (Charles Woodson had 2 picks and scored on 1, and Nick Collins also returned a pick for a TD last week). The Packers are now tied for 7th in the NFL with 6 sacks - they sport a pretty respectable pass D, as you can see.

Green Bay has a solid pass D, while the Cowboys bring a high-octane attack to the dance. With the home field advantage at the Packers' backs, we think this looks like a neutral matchup between top shelf teams.

Weather: Lambeau Field expects a high of 73F and a low of 53F with a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - it should be a nice day to watch and play football.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Eli Manning watched his backs roll to 200 yards rushing last week, so he could have taken things easy, but he didn't - after he threw 20/29 for 260 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions, the Rams were destroyed by New York by a margin of 41-13. Plaxico Burress (5/81/1), Amani Toomer (6/67/1) and Ahmad Bradshaw (1/18/1) caught the TD passes. The Giants are on a huge roll entering week 3.

Cincinnati's rush D has struggled, leading teams to not throw often vs. Cincy - they are currently 3rd in the NFL averaging 123.5 pass yards allowed per game, with 1 passing TD given up to date. They have only a single sack so far (worst in the league), but teams simply haven't needed to pass in order to beat the Bengals so far this year.

Manning is red hot entering this game, but given the Bengals' extreme vulnerability on the ground, he may not need to take to the air much. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup from a fantasy perspective as the Giants are likely to chew up Cincinnati on the ground this week.

Weather: Giants Stadium expects nice fall weather on Sunday, with a high of 74F and a low of 56F and a 20% chance of rain. Weather shouldn't be an issue for either team this week.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger fought through a shoulder injury the team terms a "shoulder sprain" (not a separation) to complete 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in very tough weather (strong, gusty, swirling winds) vs. Cleveland last week. He opened the year completing 13 of 14 passes, and to date has thrown for 25/33 for 323 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions - not exactly a fantasy owners' dream, but definitely respectable numbers. Last week, Hines Ward again caught the TD (5/59/1, making Ward the 6th ranked WR in points per game through 2 weeks, with 11/135/3), while Santonio Holmes led the team in yardage (5/94/0). Heath Miller accounted for the other 2 catches (2/33/0).

The Eagles are currently 22nd in the NFL averaging 221 passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing scores given up. They've been up (Marc Bulger could only muster 14/26 for 130 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in the midst of extreme pass pressure in the season opener, taking 4 sacks) and down (21/30 for 312 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception allowed to Tony Romo, with 0 sacks) so far this year.

Roethlisberger has been steadily productive to date, while the Eagles come home knocked back on their heels after the loss to Dallas. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Steelers - we'll see which Philly defense strides onto the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 75F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this matchup.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kurt Warner had a perfect passer rating, 158.3, for the third time in his career last Sunday vs. Miami - his other perfect ratings occurred in 2000 or before. With that performance, Warner tied Peyton Manning for the most perfect ratings in league history. "It's always nice to justify yourself in any way, shape or form by having games like this and letting people know... that I can still play a high level," Warner said. "I'm humbled to be in Peyton's class in that regard. Let's hope that there's a few more in the barrel, too."

Owners of Warner (19/24 for 361 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions), Larry Fitzgerald (6/153/0) and Anquan Boldin (6/140/3) were all very happy by the end of the game on Sunday. TE Ben Patrick was the 3rd-highest receiver on Sunday, with 4/30/0. Through 2 weeks, Warner is the 6th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with an average of 21.8 fantasy points per game. He's on a roll entering week 3, as you can see.

The Redskins handed over 19/35 for 200 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to Eli Manning in the season opener, and followed up that performance by limiting Drew Brees and company to 22/33 for 195 net yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions (both by S Chris Horton). Washington posted 2 sacks on Brees, bringing their season total to 4, right in the middle of the NFL pack in that category. Overall, this unit is playing very well entering week 3.

Warner is on a roll, but so are the Redskins. In FedEx Field on Sunday, we think that Warner has a stern test ahead of him. Advantage, Washington.

Weather: FedEx Field expects beautiful weather on Sunday, with a high of 75F and a low of 55F with a 20% chance for rain.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kyle Orton is managing the Bears' passing game efficiently, hitting enough receivers to keep drives alive and to put up enough points to keep the Bears competitive. However, he hasn't been a fantasy owners dream, with 32/53 for 299 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions thrown so far (19/32 for 149 yards last week). Brandon Lloyd is the most productive wide receiver so far, with 5/66/0 last week and 7/92/0 to his credit to date. Desmond Clark tied with Matt Forte for second on the team in receiving last week, with 3/21/0. Greg Olsen has been having trouble with the dropsies of late and Clark seems to be gaining more attention as Olsen struggles.

During week 1, New Orleans held the Bears' pass rush at bay (only 1 sack generated by the Bucs last week) and Drew Brees exploded for 23/32 for 337 net yards, 3 TDs and only 1 interception. Last week, though, the team started out on the right foot vs. Atlanta, intercepting Matt Ryan twice (13/33 for 129 net yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions) leading to an easy 24-9 victory. Through 2 weeks, the Bucs are 23rd in the NFL averaging 233 passing yards allowed per game, but they played much better than their average indicates last week.

Tampa played up to their potential last week, while the Bears' attack is pretty pedestrian even on their best days. This looks like a tough matchup for Orton and company from where we sit.

Weather: Soldier Field's forecast for Sunday calls for a high of 77F with a low of 58F and a 20% chance for precipitation - if the forecast holds up, weather won't be an issue for either squad on Sunday.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

After the Pittsburgh loss last Sunday wide receiver Syndric Steptoe said the team needs to find its rhythm: "That's the thing about the league. You have to find your groove. Right now, we are still trying to find it, but we know it's going to come eventually. We just haven't done the little things."

Well, where has the offensive juggernaut of 2007 gone? The Browns have dropped 2 straight games with a mere 16 points scored over 120 minutes of football - more than just the "little things" are missing here, folks. Braylon Edwards continues to drop easy receptions. Derek Anderson has plummeted to 29th among fantasy QBs in points per game through 2 contests, with 29/56 for 280 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions (7/30/0 rushing) - even Kellen Winslow II has slipped to 5th at his position, with 12/102/1 through 2 games. The Browns' passing attack is a major disappointment this year so far. Edwards was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore shoulder - something that his owners will want to monitor as the week heads towards Sunday.

The Ravens' pass D was sub-par last season, with 27 TDs allowed (tied for 26th in the NFL) and an average of 222.3 yards given up per game (20th in the league). However, Ed Reed returned to the field in week 1, and combined with the Ravens' pass rush (2 sacks) the Baltimore pass D shut down Cincinnati's usually-explosive unit (10/25 for only 89 net yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception). So far, the Ravens look like a unit on the rise, and they will benefit from an extra week of rest coming into week 3 thanks to Hurricane Ike.

The Browns are stumbling into week 3, while the well-rested Ravens are riding a 1-game winning streak. At M and T Bank Stadium, this game looks like a stern test for the visiting Browns.

Weather: The forecast calls for a high of 74F and a low of 58F on Sunday, with a 20% chance for rain falling on M and T Bank Stadium - weather shouldn't play a big role during this game.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Passing Offense at Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matt Schaub got pushed around by the Steelers' pass D in the season opener, with 25/33 for 159 net yards (202 before sacks), 1 TD and 2 interceptions to his credit by day's end (2/4/1 rushing helped salvage his fantasy outing) - he was sacked a David Carr-esque 5 times during the contest. Andre Johnson was brilliant on the field as usual (10/112/0 receiving) while Kevin Walter snagged 3/41/1 and Owen Daniels logged 3/33/0 - the receivers did what they could to aid Schaub. Luckily for Schaub, Hurricane Ike created a bye week early in the season allowing him an extra week to recover from the 5 sacks.

Tennessee limited Carson Palmer to 16/27 for 127 net yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions last week, although they only managed to sack him 1 time. Combined with their 7 sacks from week 1, Tennessee is still in 2nd through 2 weeks with 8 QB sacks to their credit, though - an obvious concern for the Texans after the season opener. The Titans are 7th vs. opposing passers this year, with an average of 141.5 passing yards allowed per game, and only 1 passing TD handed over so far. The Titans' D is one of the best units around this season.

Schaub was O.K. but not brilliant in the opener, and his OL problems are a weakness that Tennessee is geared to exploit. Advantage, Tennessee.

Weather: The forecast for LP Field calls for a high of 82F with a low of 59F and a 20% chance for rain on Sunday - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this contest.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at New England Patriots Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Pennington did what he could for his team vs. Arizona, tossing 10/20 for 112 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions before the game got away from him. In the end, Pennington chilled out on the bench while Chad Henne got some live game experience (7/12 for 67 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions). On Monday coach Tony Sparano confirmed that Pennington is the starter for week 3 (although he'll have to do better than last week in the coming contests if he wants to stay under center). Ted Ginn Jr. dropped off the map in week 2 after under producing in week 1, with only 1 target in the game. Greg Camarillo leads the team with 14 targets through 2 games, with 7/86/0 to his credit, while David Martin is next with 11 targets for 7/85/1 so far. Anthony Fasano went from 9 for 8/84/1 in week 1 to 0 targets last week - nobody else on the team has more than 5 receptions to date.

New England choked off Brett Favre and company in week 2 (18/26 for 152 net yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), and are currently 10th in the NFL averaging 167 net passing yards allowed per game, with only 2 passing TDs given up in 2 games. They have 6 sacks to their credit this year (tied for 7th in the NFL), while the Dolphins have allowed 6 sacks to date, tied for 6th-most in the NFL. Look for New England to come at Pennington early and often in this game.

The rebuilding Dolphins will have their hands full when they arrive at Gillette Stadium this week - advantage, New England.

Weather: Gillette Stadium should be on the cool side on Sunday, with a high of 66F and a low of 49F and a 20% chance of rain forecast. Neither team should have much trouble due to the weather this weekend.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tarvaris Jackson has regressed now that teams are game-planning their defensive packages - he hasn't looked good since preseason. Last week, he managed 14/24 for 130 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions (a modest improvement over week 1 - at least he got over a 50% completion rate). To date, Jackson has tossed 30/59 for 308 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception, with 10/66/0 rushing to his credit (#20 fantasy QB in points per game). He got bad news on Sunday when Sidney Rice suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee - there is a chance he'll play on Sunday but we won't know for sure until his knee is tested in practice. Bernard Berrian didn't make a catch on Sunday, and he was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a sore foot. There isn't much to be excited about with this squad (Bobby Wade led the team with 3/42/0 receiving vs. Indianapolis). On Wednesday, Jackson got even worse news - he's been benched for the rest of the season in favor of Gus Frerotte. "I'm just not seeing right now the aggressiveness from Tarvaris that I saw throughout the offseason, training camp, the two preseason games that he played in," coach Brad Childress said as he announced the move. "And part of it may be experience. I know Gus will give us that. And I know his approach will also lend itself to that."

"I can't say that it was a shock, because I've been playing for a long time," Frerotte said. "I've been through a lot of shocking moments in my time, so nothing really shocks me anymore. It's obviously something Coach wanted to do." Frerotte has thrown 1521/2804 for 19,134 yards, 102 TDs and 91 interceptions during his 14 years in the league. In the preseason week 3 tune up game, he tossed 13/19 for 133 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. Pittsburgh. Now we'll see who Frerotte has good chemistry with moving forward.

The Panthers' defense is currently 13th vs. opposing passers, averaging 176 net yards allowed per game, with 3 passing TDs given up to date. They have only 2 sacks so far this year (Minnesota has allowed 4 to date). Last week, Carolina limited Kyle Orton and company to 19/32 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions - they are playing well entering week 3.

Frerotte will be trying to rev up the Vikings and get back in the saddle this week, while the Panthers are doing well at pass D so far. Advantage, Carolina.

Weather: Inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, weather won't be an issue for either team.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Donovan McNabb moved the ball at will vs. Dallas on Monday Night Football until late in the game, with 25/37 for 281 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to his credit in the close loss. DeSean Jackson's star continued to rise (although he made a bone-headed move and dropped the football before crossing the goal-line, failing to score an easy TD) with 6/110/0 to his credit, while Brian Westbrook handled the TD (6/45/1). 9 Eagles in all caught at least 1 pass vs. Dallas. McNabb has tossed 46/70 for 642 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions through 2 games (#4 fantasy QB in points-per-game so far).

The Steelers are currently 9th in the league averaging 157 net passing yards allowed per game, with 1 passing TD given up to date. They are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 7 sacks - last week, they dumped Derek Anderson twice on the way to 18/32 for 155 net passing yards allowed, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. The Steelers have an outstanding defensive unit, folks.

McNabb came back down to earth vs. Dallas last week - meanwhile, the Steelers are coming on strong entering week 3. The Eagles have a fight on their hands this week, folks.

Weather: Lincoln Financial Field expects a high of 75F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this matchup.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Marc Bulger is running for his life behind the leaky St Louis OL (10 sacks allowed to date, 6 given up last week to the New York Giants) - RG Richie Incognito and C Nick Leckey in particular are struggling to keep rushers at bay. Unfortunately for Bulger (28th fantasy QB in points per game, with 34/58 for 335 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to date), Seattle leads the NFL with 9 sacks through 2 games (they dumped J.T. O'Sullivan 8 times last week). Only Torry Holt has managed a TD catch this year (6/76/1 last week), and that was a minor miracle as Holt was laying on his back in the end zone when the ball caromed off a defender's fingers onto his chest.

"Wow," Holt said on Sunday after the 41-13 loss to the Giants, when he heard that the defense has given up almost 1000 combined yards in 2 games. "That's all I can say is, wow. They've got some cleaning up to do. And we've got to do a better job of trying to score some points." It may take a lot of doing for Holt and company to overcome their patchwork OL's flaws.

As noted above, the Seahawks lead the NFL in sacks after last week, but they are also 27th in the league averaging 252 net passing yards allowed per game, with 3 passing scores given up to date, after O'Sullivan threw for 20/32 for 272 net yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions in the contest. At least Seattle will have the home crowd at their back on Sunday.

Two shaky units clash in this contest - the glaring flaw of the Rams plays into a team strength in Seattle, though, meaning this is likely to be a tough matchup for Bulger and company (again).

Weather: Qwest Field expects a high of 67F with a low of 54F and a 20% chance for rain - weather shouldn't be a big factor in this matchup.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Brian Griese led the Bucs to victory last week, tossing 18/31 for 160 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions. Ike Hilliard has been steady this season with 6 targets in each contest for a total of 10/86/1 (4/41/0 receiving last week), while Joey Galloway could only go for 1/2 the game last week (4 for 2/18/0) due to a foot sprain that landed him on crutches after the contest. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along, but Galloway's availability for this game is in question as of midweek. TE John Gilmore (2 for 2/41/1) and TE Alex Smith (6 for 2/20/0) were the other main cogs in the passing attack last week.

The Bears severely limited Jake Delhomme and the Panthers last week, giving up only 12/21 for 102 net yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception while ringing up 3 sacks on Delhomme. The Bears have 5 sacks so far this year, tied for 10th in the NFL, and currently average 171 passing yards given up per contest (11th) with only 1 pass TD surrendered to date. This D looks for real entering week 3.

Griese is capable but not explosive at this point, with injury worries among his receiving corps - meanwhile, the Bears are playing stalwart pass D and they have home field advantage at their back. This is a tough matchup for Tampa.

Weather: Soldier Field's forecast for Sunday calls for a high of 77F with a low of 58F and a 20% chance for precipitation - if the forecast holds up, weather won't be an issue for either squad on Sunday.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Washington Redskins Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jason Campbell bounced back from a sorry season opener vs. New York (15/27 for 133 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions, with most of the completions happening in "garbage time", late in the contest) to post an impressive 24/36 for 321 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions passing vs. New Orleans during week 2. As usual, Santana Moss (9 targets for 7/164/1) and Antwaan Randle-El (6 targets for 4/53/0) led the way, while TE Chris Cooley also got his just deserts with 6 targets for 5/72/0. The passing attack was much more "in synch" during week 2 and appears to be heading in the right direction as of week 3.

The Cardinals held Arizona held J.T. O'Sullivan to 14/20 for 183 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception while notching 4 sacks in the season opener, and followed up by frustrating Miami's Chad Pennington and Chad Henne (17/32 for 164 net yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) in the 2nd game of the year. The Cards posted 2 sacks to bring their season total to 6, among the top tier of pass rushing performance in the NFL to date. It looks like Arizona is for real entering week 3, folks.

Campbell has been down and then up in this phase of the game entering 2008, while the Cardinals have been consistently solid. Despite the home field advantage behind Washington, this is a tough matchup for the Redskins.

Weather: FedEx Field expects beautiful weather on Sunday, with a high of 75F and a low of 55F with a 20% chance for rain.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

"We're 0-2 and we're going to get to work, and we're going to go beat the New York Giants. That's all we can do. We're not going to sit here and whine about it. We lost the game. We didn't play good enough to win -- point blank -- so we didn't deserve to win. We're going to take the criticism and we're going to get it corrected. We're going to work better and get after it." -- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis after the 24-7 loss to Tennessee. Said quarterback Carson Palmer: "We just need to try to find a way to stay positive. The best way to look at our situation is that we're 0-2, we're by no means out of the playoffs, and we've got a definite uphill battle ahead of us." Palmer has been awful this year, slinging 16/27 for 134 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions vs. Tennessee and posting totals of 26/52 for 233 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions to date this season (35th ranked fantasy QB in points per game). Needless to say, none of the usual fantasy favorites from Cincy have thrived while Palmer struggles - Chad Johnson was second on the team in receiving last week with 4/37/0 behind the great DeDe Dorsey (2/49/0).

The Giants frustrated Marc Bulger last week to the tune of 20/32 for 133 net yards, 1 (miracle) TD and 1 interception - Torry Holt made a circus grab lying flat on his back in the end-zone for the lucky TD. Right now, teams average 129 net passing yards per game vs. New York, with 2 passing scores given up vs. 7 sacks generated (tied for 3rd in the NFL). The Bengals have allowed 3 sacks to date, but expect that number to go up when they leave Giants' Stadium this week.

Palmer has been awful while the Giants have played brilliantly to start the season - advantage, New York.

Weather: Giants Stadium expects nice fall weather on Sunday, with a high of 74F and a low of 56F and a 20% chance of rain. Weather shouldn't be an issue for either team this week.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Garrard (17/28 for 165 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Bills last week) continues to swim upstream as his injury-ravaged WR corps starts to get back in the saddle (Reggie Williams had 4/36/0 last week, #2 on the team behind Matt Jones, who has led the team for 2 weeks, posting 5/50/0 vs. Buffalo and 6/80/0 in the season opener). The Jaguars have allowed 9 sacks over 2 games due to their personnel woes on the offensive line (Buffalo notched 2 sacks last week, after a disastrous week 1 in which Garrard was sacked 7 times). The team added veteran guard Chris Naeole (who has been with Jacksonville before) to the mix along the OL on Wednesday - hopefully he can help the depth along the line this week.

The Colts' pass D is quite good, ranking 4th in the NFL averaging 127.5 net yards allowed per week, and they have yet to give up a TD. They have 5 sacks through 2 games, tied for 10th in the league - look for them to bring the heat to Garrard at home in Lucas Oil Stadium this week. The Vikings could only muster 14/24 for 119 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions in the face of Indy last week.

Garrard has reason to worry while sheltering behind a leaky OL this week - advantage Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside Lucas Oil Stadium, weather won't be a worry for either team on Sunday.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

"We couldn't do anything," Chief's QB Damon Huard said after the loss to Oakland on Sunday. "We couldn't run it, couldn't throw it. It was just a tough day all around."

"That was embarrassing," Tony Gonzalez said after the game. "I don't even know what to say. I'm kind of, like, speechless as far as what can we do. Because I don't know, to tell you the truth."

Huard was knocked out of the game early with a head trauma (2/4 for 17 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception), which led to Tyler Thigpen subbing (14/33 for 151 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception). The TD came late in the game (4:04 left in the 4th quarter) after the contest was already decided. Dwayne Bowe converted 9 targets into 6/90/0, while Gonzalez scored the lone TD (13 for 5/39/1). Nobody else had more than 20 yards receiving.

Atlanta handed over a modest 18/31 for 147 net passing yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions to Brian Griese last week, after handing over 24/33 for 246 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception to Jon Kitna and company in week 1. They have recorded 5 sacks to date, in the middle of the NFL range through 2 weeks, and rank 18th in the NFL with an average of 196.5 passing yards given up per contest. The Falcons are not dominant vs. the pass, but they aren't pushovers, either.

The Falcons will enjoy home field advantage in this game - advantage, Atlanta.

Weather: Inside the Georgia Dome, weather won't be an issue for either team.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Raiders racked up 300 yards rushing with 2 rushing scores vs. K.C. last week - with the ground game churning so well, JaMarcus Russell only attempted 17 passes (6/17 for 55 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions) vs. 47 rushes during the game. After 2 weeks, Russell is the 27th ranked fantasy QB in points per game, with 23/43 for 235 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions, and only 5/10/0 rushing to his credit. As you can see, the passing attack is taking a back seat to the running backs in Oakland right now. Multi-millionaire Javon Walker was limited by his sore hamstring to a few snaps last week and didn't have a single pass come his way.

The Bills are currently 8th in the NFL averaging 156 passing yards allowed per game, and have given up only a single TD so far. They are currently tied for 3rd in the league with 7 sacks (Oakland has allowed only 3 so far, though). Last week, Buffalo limited David Garrard to 17/28 for 145 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - they are on top of their game right now, folks.

Oakland's team strength is not its passing game - at Ralph Wilson, this looks like a bad matchup for the low-octane Raiders.

Weather: Ralph Wilson Stadium expects a high of 71F with a low of 52F and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday - near perfect football weather, in other words.

The official NFL injury report with Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out designations will be available by Saturday. Please refer to the week 3 injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.