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29 Oct 2009

RB and QB decision

I've got three backs whose matchups run inverse to their performance so far.

Forte vs. CLE
C. Johnson vs. JAX
D. Williams @ ARI

Forte and his line have been bad, but the matchup is sweet. Williams has shown the most, but Arizona's going to put 10 men in the box and snicker at Jake. Johnson's in a similar situation. Thoughts?

Also, safe to start Hasselbeck over McNabb this week? It seems like the right call, but last time I did that was the SEA/ARI game. Ugh.

Posted by: DrunkenSuperman on 29 Oct 2009

3 replies , Last at 30 Oct 2009, 7:20pm by Zheng

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Oh no, not the Jaguars.
by Snowglare :: Fri, 10/30/2009 - 5:01am

I'd go with Forte, Johnson, and Hasselbeck.

Neither QB has looked good outside of cushy matchups this year, and one of them has a cushy matchup this week.

Forte has to score a 2nd TD sometime (I hope), and he topped 100 total yards against SEA and DET. Johnson's far too dangerous to bench (128 yards in that 59-0 beatdown the Pats handed them, where Titans QBs were 2-14 for -7 yards), and I don't buy the Jags as a tough matchup; the Cardinals ran all over them. I could see playing DeAngelo over Forte - Williams is deadly, too - but Stewart and a tough matchup make him less enticing.

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Re: RB and QB decision
by galactic_dev :: Fri, 10/30/2009 - 2:22pm

I'd go with Forte, Johnson, and McNabb. McNabb is in the groove, Arizona is killer against the run, and the Jax D isn't all that.

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Re: RB and QB decision
by Zheng :: Fri, 10/30/2009 - 7:20pm

I'd go Johnson, Forte, and Williams a distant 3rd. We know CJ has game and JAX is only meh against the run. Forte's matchup is better, but something is wrong with him and his line. Still his best chance yet for a decent game. ARI actually has a solid run D even without stacking the box, which they will.

Hass/McNabb is sort of a tossup. I think McNabb is the safer play with injuries to Westbrook and the Giants secondary. Hass could blow up in DAL against their weaker secondary, or he and his team could implode again... I'm hoping the former because I have to play Burleson this week, but it's impossible to predict with the turnover on their O-line.

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