RUNNING BACK RADAR
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
RUNNING BACK RADAR
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
I don't know who was exposed more on Monday night, Nicollette Sheridan or the disappointing Dallas defense, but I can say that I found the Cowboys' play more offensive. At the same time, I don't think many DB's can contain coverage for 14 seconds as the Cowboys were forced to do on Monday night.
Donovan McNabb capped a weekend of spectacular QB performances, hooking up with everyone's favorite receiver and master thespian, Terrell Owens, on three TD passes. Where was the coverage on his second?
There were, of course, several QBs who got their pink slips after sub-par performances on Sunday. Patrick Ramsey and A.J. Feeley will get a chance to see if they can't revive the sputtering Redskins and Dolphins offenses, respectively. Ramsey is the better option on the waiver wire this week, as he has both the running back and wide receiver weapons to become an instant threat.
The most talked about starting debut will be made by No. 1 pick Eli Manning for the Giants this week. He saw spot duty back in Week 1 against the Eagles and went 3-for-9 for 66 yards. The rookie has a rough road ahead with a schedule that includes attacking Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh defenses. Given the recent struggles on the offensive line, watch for coordinators to blitz Manning regularly.
Laveranues Coles leads the list of intended targets again in Week 10. He's averaging 12 looks per game on the season, but has tallied only one score. We'll see if the QB change translates to bigger numbers for Coles and Rod Gardner, who had just two catches in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.
With his big game against Detroit, Jimmy Smith ranks third in receiving yards with 812. While fantasy owners have been able to pencil in 90 receiving yards from the veteran Smith each week, his TD in overtime was just his third of the year.
This season can be characterized as the year of the tight end. Antonio Gates of the Chargers leads all tight ends with eight TD receptions, followed by five players with five TD's (Daniel Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark, Marcus Pollard and Jason Witten). Forty-nine different tight ends have scored this season.
I'll be back on Thursday with a deeper look at the numbers through Week 10 and injury updates after Wednesday's practices. For now, let's get deeper into Week 10:
Shouldering the load: Most active RB's (carries+catches)
Week 10 Touch Leaders
Domanick Davis, HOU
Derrick Blaylock, KAN
Jamal Lewis, BAL
Anthony Thomas, CHI
Rudi Johnson, CIN
Jerome Bettis, PIT
Curtis Martin, NYJ
Corey Dillon, NE
Fred Taylor, JAC
Tiki Barber, NYG
Attention getters: Top intended targets (looks)
Week 10 Look Leaders
Laveranues Coles, WAS
Nate Burleson, MIN
Jimmy Smith, JAC
Chad Johnson, CIN
Amani Toomer, NYG
Ricky Proehl, CAR
Eric Moulds, BUF
Muhsin Muhammad, CAR
Anquan Boldin, ARI
Darrell Jackson, SEA
David Givens, NE
Drew Bennett, TEN
Jason Witten, DAL
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN
Trainer's table: Updates on the wounded in action
Not an injury, but Koren Robinson's appeal will be heard on Tuesday. He's expected to be suspended for four games, beginning with Sunday's game. Bobby Engram and Jerry Rice would slide into his vacated role.
Jamal Lewis owners are fired up. Jonathan Ogden is expected to return to the lineup this week. Without Ogden, Lewis has run for an average of 70 yards. With him, he's at 110 yards. Happy days lay ahead.
Brian Urlacher is out 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his injured left leg. The loss is a crushing blow to the resurgent Bears, who are riding a three-game winning streak.
Randy Moss may be held out of one more game to be sure that he's ready for the stretch run. Keep an eye on the Vikings' practices this week. If he doesn't suit up Wednesday, he's likely to sit and watch Nate Burleson dominate.
Priest Holmes will likely miss next Monday night's game against New England. His strained MCL may need another week, meaning that 186-yard rusher Derrick Blaylock gets to try an encore.
Chris Brown's toe is swollen and sore after Sunday's loss to Chicago. Does it hurt more after two lost fumbles? Seriously, he's not expected to go this week against the Jaguars, meaning that Antowain Smith is the likely starter.
Torry Holt suffered a concussion on a vicious hit in Sunday's game against Seattle. He didn't return, and his availability is questionable for this week. Check to see if Shaun McDonald is on the waiver wire, as his role would expand.
The Bears lost Brian Urlacher, but expect Thomas Jones to be back in the lineup for Week 11. Anthony Thomas has been great in his absence and will likely steal some carries from him going forward.
Jake Delhomme broke his right thumb in week 10's win over San Francisco, but is expected to line up under center against Arizona in Week 11.
Daunte Culpepper suffered a left knee contusion against Green Bay, but shrugged off its seriousness. He expects to play in Week 11.
Ahman Green sustained an ankle injury in Sunday's win over Minnesota, but fought through the pain to post 145 rushing yards. He'll be ready for Houston on Sunday night.
Titans QB Steve McNair sat out for the third time this season against the Bears with a bruised sternum. He's expected back this week against Jacksonville.
Duce Staley was sidelined for the second straight week with a hamstring injury. "The Bus" ably shouldered the load, but will give the starting job back to Duce this week.
Deep-ball threat Andre' Davis continues to be defeated by turf toe. His absence has opened the door for Antonio Bryant to assume a bigger role, but the offense continues to struggle. He may return for Week 11 against the Jets.
Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun reports that TE Todd Heap is probably 2-3 weeks away from returning to the lineup.