He's coming offthree solid outings (801 yards, eight TDs) against mediocre Seahawks, Falconsand Niners defenses, so you can finally be comfortable with Brees as apotential starter—but not against a Jacksonville defense that has allowed amere four passing touchdowns in seven games.
It's time to lookpast coordinator Mike Martz's reputation as a passing genius and recognize thatit's been a month since Kitna's last TD toss. Denver brings one of the NFL'stop-rated air defenses to Motown.
His per-carryaverage against Baltimore is an ugly 3.1 yards; his per-game average is 43; hisTD tally is zero. Case closed.
As if you needanother reason to sit this leading candidate for Most Frustrating Player of theYear: What about Bob (Sanders)?
Take Tennessee'srun defense extremely seriously: No back has cracked 82 yards against it.
Yes, Cleveland issure to go aerial against Seattle, which allows 212.7 passing yards a game. ButDerek Anderson is more likely to look deep for Braylon Edwards and JoeJurevicius, and the Seahawks have yet to allow either 45 yards or five catchesto a tight end.
Carolina's brittleQB combo of Vinny Testaverde and David Carr diminishes Smith's value. That plusTennessee's swarming defense will add up to a disappointing day.
Sit him only ifyou have great receiver depth, but in eight career regular- and postseasongames against the Pats, he's averaged 58.5 yards and has only two TDs.
Coles has beenmaking Gang Green feel blue, gaining a total of 70 yards on five catches, withone touchdown, in the Jets' last three home games.
Detroit plays aseldom-seen defensive style: break but don't bend. The Lions give up 25.4points per game, but opponents have made only five field goals.
DEFENSE / SPECIALTEAMS
Don't expect anylow-score bonuses in this matchup of the NFL's elite; the powerhouses haveaveraged a combined 60 points in their last three meetings.
ALSO SIT WRMarques Colston Saints, WR Derrick Mason Ravens, TE Heath Miller Steelers, allBears, Dolphins, Giants, Rams (bye)
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JL DYKSTRA/ICON SMI (SMITH)
THOMAS E. WITTE (WINSLOW)
SIMON BRUTY (PARKER)