Our teams see some of the most productive skill players in the league this weekend. To notch a win, the Colts, Jaguars, Texans and Titans will have to slow some formidable people.
Indianapolis hosts the Steelers. Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace has been excellent so far. His 16 receptions are the second most in the NFL. He’s tied for fourth in yardage with 233 and his three third-down catches have averaged 22.7 yards.
Jacksonville will need to limit the Cam Newton-to-Steve Smith connection that has torched the Panthers’ first two opponents. Smith had 178 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arizona, the biggest receiving yardage day so far in the NFL. And he followed that up with 156 receiving yards against Green Bay.
Houston faces the Saints, who are loaded with weapons. You won’t find Darren Sproles on the list of the league’s leading running backs. He’s only got six carries for 24 yards. We need to look at receiving leaders to find his big impact. He’s tied for third in the league in receptions with 13 catches, and is a threat on every play. His seven third-down catches are the most in the league.
Tennessee hosts Denver, and the Broncos have not shown themselves to have an especially dangerous weapon so far. Their most productive threat right now might not be on offense, but on special teams. But Eric Decker has two receiving touchdowns and a return touchdown and ranks as the second-leading punt return man in the league with a 25.6-yard average. He's slated to start at receiver at LP Field on Sunday.
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