The following is a list of the Week 6 leaders in looks and touches. It defines those running backs and receivers who received the most attention this past weekend.
Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.
Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.
You just can't spin Edgerrin James' numbers into much of anything positive. His league-high 37 touches in Week 6 (36 carries, one catch) resulted in just 62 yards of offense (55 rushing, seven receiving), ranking him 21st among running backs for the week. His 1.68 yards per touch was the lowest of any back with at least 12 touches. His 171 touches through six games (148 carries, 23 receptions) are 13 more than any other player, while his 531 yards of offense (398 rushing, 133 receiving) are just 13th. At least the Cardinals are making a concerted effort to get him the ball (?)
It's fairly safe to assume Travis Henry has settled in as the Titans' featured back of the present after his 181 yards of offense (178 rushing, three receiving) on 34 touches (32 carries, two catches) in Week 6. Over the past two weeks, Henry has totaled 314 yards of offense (301 rushing, 13 receiving) on 55 touches (51 carries, four receptions).
Rudi Johnson continued a string of sub-par games in Week 6, with 52 yards rushing on 17 carries (no receptions). Johnson averaged 125.5 yards of offense and 1.5 touchdowns on 28.5 touches in the season's first two weeks, but in his past three games has averaged just 66.7 yards of offense and 0.3 touchdowns on 18.3 touches.
The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for Week 6 included: Baltimore ( Jamal Lewis 12, Mike Anderson 6), Houston ( Ron Dayne 11, Samkon Gado 8), New Orleans ( Deuce McAllister 18, Reggie Bush 15), New York Jets ( Kevan Barlow 16, Leon Washington 11), and Pittsburgh ( Willie Parker 22, Najeh Davenport 12).
Warrick Dunn led all running backs with at least 10 touches in Week 6 at 10.43 yards per touch. Dunn had 146 rushing yards on just 14 carries (no receptions). Ron Dayne managed to just beat out James on the low end, averaging only 1.64 yards with his 11 touches. Dayne had 10 carries for 14 yards and one catch for four yards. Larry Johnson also deserves mention, as he helped form a terrible trio with Dayne and James. Johnson had 18 touches (15 carries, three receptions) but only 32 yards of offense (26 rushing, six receiving) against the Steelers, a 1.78-yard average – although he did score once on the ground.
You have to wonder why Anquan Boldin had "just" 19 looks against the Bears. While Edge floundered at the line of scrimmage, Boldin recorded a league-high 12 catches, good for 136 yards and a score. With Larry Fitzgerald sidelined, Matt Leinart targeted Boldin on just under half of his 42 pass attempts. Bryant Johnson started in Fitzgerald's place and was targeted seven times, finishing with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Roy Williams has certainly lived up to the preseason hype thus far, as he set career-highs in both receptions (10, on 17 looks) and receiving yards (161) for the third time in four games in Week 6. Despite missing all but his team's first possession last week with a stinger in his back, Williams currently leads the NFL with 552 receiving yards on the season. His 58 looks and 36 receptions on the season are both good for fifth in the league among wide receivers.
Mark Brunell completed 53.3 percent of his 30 passes overall on Sunday versus the Titans, but just 31.3 percent of his 16 passes intended for Santana Moss, who finished with five catches for 50 yards on the day. Hank Baskett had the worst o-fer of Week 6, as he had zero catches despite being the intended target of Donovan McNabb on six occasions.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh missed the Bengals' first two games due to injury, and, in the three games since his return, he's had 31 looks to Chad Johnson's 26. The resulting stats for the two in those three games have been strikingly different: Johnson has recorded 13 catches for 176 yards and no scores, while Houshmandzadeh has 23 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns.