Week 8 Looks/Touches

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The following is a list of the Week 8 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.

TOUCHES

Larry Johnson's 41 touches (39 carries, two catches) in Week 8 were the highest single-game total for a player so far this season. The resulting 181 yards of offense (155 rushing, 26 receiving) brought his season total to a league-leading 973 (644 rushing, 329 receiving). Johnson vaulted previous leader Tiki Barber, thanks to Barber's sub-par performance against the Buccaneers – Barber managed just 88 yards of offense (68 rushing, 20 receiving) on his 29 touches (26 carries, three catches), bringing his season totals to 957 yards (715 rushing, 242 receiving) on 184 touches (155 carries, 29 catches).

LaDainian Tomlinson also moved past Barber in total offense this past week, as his 240 yards of offense (183 rushing, 57 receiving) on 28 touches (25 carries, three catches) gave him totals of 959 yards (656 rushing, 303 receiving) on 185 touches (150 carries, 35 catches). His 240 yards of offense represent the highest single-game total in the NFL this season.

The Browns called Reuben Droughns' number early and often against the Jets in Week 8. Droughns had season highs in touches (35), carries (33), total offense (132 yards), and rushing yards (125), while scoring his second touchdown of the season.

Perhaps Jamal Lewis' season will take a turn for the better. In the first game in which coach Brian Billick also called the offensive plays, Lewis recorded season-highs in carries (31, 10 more than his previous high) and rushing yards (109). It was the first 100-yard game of the season for Lewis, who has not scored a touchdown since Week 1.

Wali Lundy and Joseph Addai made strong cases in Week 8 for remaining their teams' featured backs in future games. Lundy totaled 149 yards of offense (116 rushing, 33 receiving) on 23 touches (18 carries, five receptions), while Addai had 130 yards (93 rushing, 37 receiving) on 22 touches (17 carries, five receptions).

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 8 included: Atlanta ( Warrick Dunn 22, Jerious Norwood 12), Denver ( Mike Bell 16, Tatum Bell 13), Jacksonville ( Maurice Jones-Drew 24, Fred Taylor 16), New Orleans ( Reggie Bush 9, Deuce McAllister 7), and Tampa Bay ( Carnell Williams 13, Michael Pittman 7).

Vernand Morency topped the yards-per-touch leaderboard in Week 8, as he rushed for 101 yards on his 11 carries (no receptions), a 9.18-yard average. Travis Henry undoubtedly left a slew of disappointed fantasy owners in his Week 8 wake as he managed just a 1.93-yard average on his 15 carries (no receptions), giving him the lowest average among players with at least 10 touches.

LOOKS

Andre Johnson keeps on piling up the looks and stats. His 18 looks in Week 8 were a season high, but was the fourth time in five games that he's been targeted at least 13 times. While his 81 looks on the season are third-most in the league, he leads the league in both catches (56) and receiving yards (669).

A number of players at the top of the looks leaderboard registered their season-bests in a number of categories: Tony Romo's first start at quarterback for the Cowboys led to season highs in looks (16), catches (9), and receiving yards (107) for Terrell Owens; "controversial" rookie Marques Colston had his most looks (14), receiving yards (163), and touchdowns (2); Ben Watson finally had the game many assumed would be a regular occurrence this season, with highs in looks (13), catches (7), receiving yards (95), and scored his first touchdown; and Reggie Wayne topped previous season-high marks in looks (11), catches (10), receiving yards (138), and touchdowns (3).

Owen Daniels didn't just have his best game of the season – he doubled many of his to-date numbers in one fell swoop. He had 11 looks despite entering the week with 16 total; he had nine receptions entering the game, and did in fact double that season total; he had 84 yards receiving in the season's first seven weeks, but topped that mark by 15 in Week 8 alone; he had three touchdowns entering the week, and added two more to his total.

Anquan Boldin continued to be Matt Leinart's main target this past week, but turned in a second consecutive disappoint performance. Over the past two weeks Boldin has been targeted 24 times, but has just eight catches, 106 yards, and no touchdowns to show for it.

Week 8 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W8

YTD

1

Larry Johnson

KAN

41

199

2

Reuben Droughns

CLE

35

127

3

Jamal Lewis

BAL

31

132

4

Tiki Barber

NYG

29

184

5

LaDainian Tomlinson

SDG

28

185

6

Edgerrin James

ARI

27

212

6

Thomas Jones

CHI

27

157

8

Willie Parker

PIT

24

161

8

Julius Jones

DAL

24

148

8

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

24

81

11

Ahman Green

GNB

23

116

11

Wali Lundy

HOU

23

65

13

Warrick Dunn

ATL

22

148

13

Joseph Addai

IND

22

106

15

Steven Jackson

STL

21

179

15

Brian Westbrook

PHI

21

135

17

DeShaun Foster

CAR

19

164

18

Justin Fargas

OAK

18

62

19

Fred Taylor

JAC

16

137

19

Mike Bell

DEN

16

59

21

Travis Henry

TEN

15

103

21

Leon Washington

NYJ

15

91

23

Rudi Johnson

CIN

14

153

23

Frank Gore

SFO

14

150

25

Chester Taylor

MIN

13

171

25

Tatum Bell

DEN

13

150

25

Carnell Williams

TAM

13

132

28

Maurice Morris

SEA

12

92

28

Jerious Norwood

ATL

12

53

30

Vernand Morency

GNB

11

67

31

Laurence Maroney

NWE

10

103

31

Marion Barber III

DAL

10

61

31

Michael Bennett

KAN

10

16

34

Reggie Bush

NOR

9

112

34

Cedric Benson

CHI

9

59

36

Deuce McAllister

NOR

7

111

36

LaMont Jordan

OAK

7

98

36

Ron Dayne

HOU

7

69

36

Brandon Jacobs

NYG

7

54

36

LenDale White

TEN

7

38

36

Michael Pittman

TAM

7

29

42

Dominic Rhodes

IND

6

109

42

Kevan Barlow

NYJ

6

90

42

Mewelde Moore

MIN

6

28

42

Tony Fisher

STL

6

20

46

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

5

55

46

Michael Turner

SDG

5

53

46

Musa Smith

BAL

5

36

49

Corey Dillon

NWE

4

88

49

Najeh Davenport

PIT

4

20

49

Jason McKie

CHI

4

19

49

Zack Crockett

OAK

4

16

49

Jameel Cook

HOU

4

14

49

Chris Perry

CIN

4

9

49

Brandon Miree

GNB

4

8

56

Mack Strong

SEA

3

33

56

Michael Robinson

SFO

3

30

56

Kevin Faulk

NWE

3

23

56

Nick Goings

CAR

3

10

56

Cecil Sapp

DEN

3

9

61

Noah Herron

GNB

2

37

61

Verron Haynes

PIT

2

33

61

Stephen Davis

STL

2

17

61

Justin Griffith

ATL

2

14

61

Aaron Stecker

NOR

2

13

61

Tony Richardson

MIN

2

11

61

Artose Pinner

MIN

2

6

61

Adrian Peterson

CHI

2

3

61

Dan Kreider

PIT

2

3

70

Kenny Watson

CIN

1

16

70

Heath Evans

NWE

1

11

70

Terrelle Smith

CLE

1

7

70

ReShard Lee

OAK

1

5

70

Mike Karney

NOR

1

4

70

Alvin Pearman

JAC

1

3

70

Jim Finn

NYG

1

3

70

Josh Parry

SEA

1

1

Week 8 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W8

YTD

1

Andre Johnson

HOU

18

81

2

Terrell Owens

DAL

16

73

3

Marques Colston

NO

14

59

4

Chad Johnson

CIN

13

70

4

Benjamin Watson

NE

13

53

6

Anquan Boldin

ARI

11

87

6

Joey Galloway

TB

11

68

6

Reggie Wayne

IND

11

61

6

Plaxico Burress

NYG

11

56

6

Brian Westbrook

PHI

11

55

6

Owen Daniels

HOU

11

27

12

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

10

76

12

Hines Ward

PIT

10

59

12

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

10

53

12

Kellen Winslow

CLE

10

52

12

Jeremy Shockey

NYG

10

41

12

Michael Pittman

TB

10

31

18

Torry Holt

STL

9

82

18

Steve Smith

CAR

9

74

18

Darrell Jackson

SEA

9

64

18

Joe Horn

NO

9

50

18

Troy Williamson

MIN

9

49

18

Jason Witten

DAL

9

42

18

Dallas Clark

IND

9

33

25

Donald Driver

GB

8

69

25

Reggie Bush

NO

8

55

25

Antonio Gates

SD

8

55

25

Javon Walker

DEN

8

55

25

Desmond Clark

CHI

8

40

25

Reche Caldwell

NE

8

38

25

Carnell Williams

TB

8

30

25

Kevin Curtis

STL

8

26

25

Troy Walters

ARI

8

26

34

Marvin Harrison

IND

7

68

34

Isaac Bruce

STL

7

52

34

Antonio Bryant

SF

7

51

34

Derrick Mason

BAL

7

51

34

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

50

34

Eddie Kennison

KC

7

41

34

Edgerrin James

ARI

7

40

34

Doug Gabriel

NE

7

38

34

Eric Parker

SD

7

37

34

Cedrick Wilson

PIT

7

32

34

Chris Henry

CIN

7

30

34

Alex Smith

TB

7

26

34

Mewelde Moore

MIN

7

24

34

Tony Fisher

STL

7

18

34

Wali Lundy

HOU

7

14

34

Mark Campbell

NO

7

10

50

Keyshawn Johnson

CAR

6

68

50

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

6

53

50

Bernard Berrian

CHI

6

52

50

Reggie Brown

PHI

6

52

50

Terry Glenn

DAL

6

50

50

Tony Gonzalez

KC

6

45

50

Deion Branch

SEA

6

34

50

DeShaun Foster

CAR

6

30

50

Jermaine Wiggins

MIN

6

30

50

Ashley Lelie

ATL

6

28

50

Joseph Addai

IND

6

25

61

Drew Bennett

TEN

5

50

61

Alge Crumpler

ATL

5

46

61

Bryant Johnson

ARI

5

39

61

Larry Johnson

KC

5

37

61

Steven Jackson

STL

5

34

61

Arnaz Battle

SF

5

31

61

Donte' Stallworth

PHI

5

31

61

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

5

23

61

David Martin

GB

5

22

61

Bethel Johnson

MIN

5

5

61

Jerramy Stevens

SEA

5

5

72

Randy Moss

OAK

4

58

72

Braylon Edwards

CLE

4

53

72

Todd Heap

BAL

4

53

72

Rod Smith

DEN

4

46

72

Travis Taylor

MIN

4

40

72

Frank Gore

SF

4

38

72

Michael Jenkins

ATL

4

35

72

Roddy White

ATL

4

32

72

Troy Brown

NE

4

31

72

Santonio Holmes

PIT

4

26

72

Chester Taylor

MIN

4

26

72

Bo Scaife

TEN

4

25

72

Thomas Jones

CHI

4

23

72

Heath Miller

PIT

4

22

72

Kevin Faulk

NE

4

19

72

Steve Heiden

CLE

4

18

72

Tony Scheffler

DEN

4

17

72

D.J. Hackett

SEA

4

16

72

Michael Gaines

CAR

4

13

72

Brandon Miree

GB

4

9

72

Ruvell Martin

GB

4

8

72

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

8

Week 8 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W8

YTD

1

Larry Johnson

KAN

41

199

2

Reuben Droughns

CLE

35

127

3

Jamal Lewis

BAL

31

132

4

Tiki Barber

NYG

29

184

5

LaDainian Tomlinson

SDG

28

185

6

Edgerrin James

ARI

27

212

6

Thomas Jones

CHI

27

157

8

Willie Parker

PIT

24

161

8

Julius Jones

DAL

24

148

8

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

24

81

11

Ahman Green

GNB

23

116

11

Wali Lundy

HOU

23

65

13

Warrick Dunn

ATL

22

148

13

Joseph Addai

IND

22

106

15

Steven Jackson

STL

21

179

15

Brian Westbrook

PHI

21

135

17

DeShaun Foster

CAR

19

164

18

Justin Fargas

OAK

18

62

19

Fred Taylor

JAC

16

137

19

Mike Bell

DEN

16

59

21

Travis Henry

TEN

15

103

21

Leon Washington

NYJ

15

91

23

Rudi Johnson

CIN

14

153

23

Frank Gore

SFO

14

150

25

Chester Taylor

MIN

13

171

25

Tatum Bell

DEN

13

150

25

Carnell Williams

TAM

13

132

28

Maurice Morris

SEA

12

92

28

Jerious Norwood

ATL

12

53

30

Vernand Morency

GNB

11

67

31

Laurence Maroney

NWE

10

103

31

Marion Barber III

DAL

10

61

31

Michael Bennett

KAN

10

16

34

Reggie Bush

NOR

9

112

34

Cedric Benson

CHI

9

59

36

Deuce McAllister

NOR

7

111

36

LaMont Jordan

OAK

7

98

36

Ron Dayne

HOU

7

69

36

Brandon Jacobs

NYG

7

54

36

LenDale White

TEN

7

38

36

Michael Pittman

TAM

7

29

42

Dominic Rhodes

IND

6

109

42

Kevan Barlow

NYJ

6

90

42

Mewelde Moore

MIN

6

28

42

Tony Fisher

STL

6

20

46

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

5

55

46

Michael Turner

SDG

5

53

46

Musa Smith

BAL

5

36

49

Corey Dillon

NWE

4

88

49

Najeh Davenport

PIT

4

20

49

Jason McKie

CHI

4

19

49

Zack Crockett

OAK

4

16

49

Jameel Cook

HOU

4

14

49

Chris Perry

CIN

4

9

49

Brandon Miree

GNB

4

8

56

Mack Strong

SEA

3

33

56

Michael Robinson

SFO

3

30

56

Kevin Faulk

NWE

3

23

56

Nick Goings

CAR

3

10

56

Cecil Sapp

DEN

3

9

61

Noah Herron

GNB

2

37

61

Verron Haynes

PIT

2

33

61

Stephen Davis

STL

2

17

61

Justin Griffith

ATL

2

14

61

Aaron Stecker

NOR

2

13

61

Tony Richardson

MIN

2

11

61

Artose Pinner

MIN

2

6

61

Adrian Peterson

CHI

2

3

61

Dan Kreider

PIT

2

3

70

Kenny Watson

CIN

1

16

70

Heath Evans

NWE

1

11

70

Terrelle Smith

CLE

1

7

70

ReShard Lee

OAK

1

5

70

Mike Karney

NOR

1

4

70

Alvin Pearman

JAC

1

3

70

Jim Finn

NYG

1

3

70

Josh Parry

SEA

1

1

Week 8 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W8

YTD

1

Andre Johnson

HOU

18

81

2

Terrell Owens

DAL

16

73

3

Marques Colston

NO

14

59

4

Chad Johnson

CIN

13

70

4

Benjamin Watson

NE

13

53

6

Anquan Boldin

ARI

11

87

6

Joey Galloway

TB

11

68

6

Reggie Wayne

IND

11

61

6

Plaxico Burress

NYG

11

56

6

Brian Westbrook

PHI

11

55

6

Owen Daniels

HOU

11

27

12

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

10

76

12

Hines Ward

PIT

10

59

12

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

10

53

12

Kellen Winslow

CLE

10

52

12

Jeremy Shockey

NYG

10

41

12

Michael Pittman

TB

10

31

18

Torry Holt

STL

9

82

18

Steve Smith

CAR

9

74

18

Darrell Jackson

SEA

9

64

18

Joe Horn

NO

9

50

18

Troy Williamson

MIN

9

49

18

Jason Witten

DAL

9

42

18

Dallas Clark

IND

9

33

25

Donald Driver

GB

8

69

25

Reggie Bush

NO

8

55

25

Antonio Gates

SD

8

55

25

Javon Walker

DEN

8

55

25

Desmond Clark

CHI

8

40

25

Reche Caldwell

NE

8

38

25

Carnell Williams

TB

8

30

25

Kevin Curtis

STL

8

26

25

Troy Walters

ARI

8

26

34

Marvin Harrison

IND

7

68

34

Isaac Bruce

STL

7

52

34

Antonio Bryant

SF

7

51

34

Derrick Mason

BAL

7

51

34

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

50

34

Eddie Kennison

KC

7

41

34

Edgerrin James

ARI

7

40

34

Doug Gabriel

NE

7

38

34

Eric Parker

SD

7

37

34

Cedrick Wilson

PIT

7

32

34

Chris Henry

CIN

7

30

34

Alex Smith

TB

7

26

34

Mewelde Moore

MIN

7

24

34

Tony Fisher

STL

7

18

34

Wali Lundy

HOU

7

14

34

Mark Campbell

NO

7

10

50

Keyshawn Johnson

CAR

6

68

50

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

6

53

50

Bernard Berrian

CHI

6

52

50

Reggie Brown

PHI

6

52

50

Terry Glenn

DAL

6

50

50

Tony Gonzalez

KC

6

45

50

Deion Branch

SEA

6

34

50

DeShaun Foster

CAR

6

30

50

Jermaine Wiggins

MIN

6

30

50

Ashley Lelie

ATL

6

28

50

Joseph Addai

IND

6

25

61

Drew Bennett

TEN

5

50

61

Alge Crumpler

ATL

5

46

61

Bryant Johnson

ARI

5

39

61

Larry Johnson

KC

5

37

61

Steven Jackson

STL

5

34

61

Arnaz Battle

SF

5

31

61

Donte' Stallworth

PHI

5

31

61

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

5

23

61

David Martin

GB

5

22

61

Bethel Johnson

MIN

5

5

61

Jerramy Stevens

SEA

5

5

72

Randy Moss

OAK

4

58

72

Braylon Edwards

CLE

4

53

72

Todd Heap

BAL

4

53

72

Rod Smith

DEN

4

46

72

Travis Taylor

MIN

4

40

72

Frank Gore

SF

4

38

72

Michael Jenkins

ATL

4

35

72

Roddy White

ATL

4

32

72

Troy Brown

NE

4

31

72

Santonio Holmes

PIT

4

26

72

Chester Taylor

MIN

4

26

72

Bo Scaife

TEN

4

25

72

Thomas Jones

CHI

4

23

72

Heath Miller

PIT

4

22

72

Kevin Faulk

NE

4

19

72

Steve Heiden

CLE

4

18

72

Tony Scheffler

DEN

4

17

72

D.J. Hackett

SEA

4

16

72

Michael Gaines

CAR

4

13

72

Brandon Miree

GB

4

9

72

Ruvell Martin

GB

4

8

72

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

8

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