Alex Smith, WAS (vs Cincinnati)
Smith might not have to throw it 55 times this week, but he should still have a good amount of success against the Bengals pass defense. The only quarterback that did not account for multiple scores against Cincinnati was Tyrod Taylor in Week 1. That list includes Gardner Minshew, Baker Mayfield (twice, including a five touchdown game), and Philip Rivers. The Washington passing game is coming into focus and Smith is riffing with Logan Thomas, Cam Sims, Steven Sims Jr., Isaiah Wright, and J.D. McKissic in addition to clear #1 wideout Terry McLaurin.
Joe Flacco, NYJ (at Los Angeles Chargers)
Flacco will remain the starter this week in good news for the Jets pass offense. The Chargers have allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in six straight games, including to Tua Tagovailoa, Derek Carr, and Gardner Minshew and none of them threw more than 27 passes. The Jets passing game will also have their top three receivers on the field together for only the second time this year. The first time, Flacco threw for three scores and 262 yards on only 25 attempts against the Patriots in Week 9.
Derek Carr, LV (vs Kansas City)
Carr gets to face the opponent that allowed his best game this year. The Chiefs surrendered 347 yards and three scores in Week 5, and he’ll have Bryan Edwards this time around in addition to the receivers he had in the first matchup. Patrick Mahomes II and the Kansas City offense should be primed to score big points in the rematch and force the Raiders offense to open up.
Kirk Cousins, MIN (vs Dallas)
Cousins has been highly efficient in recent weeks, throwing for at least 220 and two scores in four of the last five games, with the wind bowl in Green Bay when he only threw 14 passes (for 160 and a score). The Cowboys have allowed multiple passing scores in the last four games and seven of the last eight, including games against Kyle Allen, Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield where none of them threw more than 30 times.
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