Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 13

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Passing Matchups for Week 13


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Minnesota vs Jacksonville

The Vikings prefer not to throw much, leaning whenever possible on a ground game that’s capable of dominating. But Kirk Cousins and his two scintillating wideouts continue to produce whenever pushed into a pass-heavy script. Cousins has thrown 30+ times in 5 games thus far, averaging 301 yards and 2.6 touchdowns in them. His 8.7 yards per attempt ranks second only to Deshaun Watson - clearly, he’s building quite a rapport with Adam Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson. The pair dominates this attack when both are on the field, as they almost certainly will be Sunday. Thielen still leads the way, but Jefferson has stolen the headlines with his dynamic debut. Averaging 18.8 yards per catch and 85 a game, he’d be the Rookie of the Year runaway if not for Justin Herbert’s success.

The Jaguars continue to field one of fantasy’s most targetable pass defenses. Seven of their last 8 opponents have thrown for 260 or more, and the same seven threw multiple touchdowns as well. Quarterbacks simply face very little resistance when attacking on any level of this undermanned unit. Top cornerbacks C.J. Henderson, Sidney Jones, and D.J. Hayden are all out of action, and their replacements have been nothing short of awful. Tre Herndon has long been a major liability in coverage, and Chris Claybrooks and undrafted rookie Luq Barcoo don’t inspire confidence themselves. There’s little help from the safeties, and the utter lack of a pass rush (dead last league-wide with 11 sacks) puts a ton of pressure on those replacement-level bodies. That’s allowed pocket passers like Ben Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield to pick them apart in recent weeks, using play-action to manufacture big plays between the zones. Cousins shouldn’t have much difficulty following suit, and the Jaguars don’t boast a healthy soul capable of tracking Thielen and Jefferson across the field.

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