Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Fitzpatrick has seven touchdowns in two games against Kansas City and Oakland, who have had subpar starts to the season. Now enter the New England Patriots who have torched opposing defenses, while in fact being torched themselves. I could easily seeing Fitzy continuing his trend of throwing three or more touchdowns this week against a bad Patriots defense that allowed Philip Rivers to throw over 350 yards and two Touchdowns.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
When Matt Ryan played against the Eagles last week, he threw four touchdowns against their vaunted defense. The kicker is that Ryan had Tony Gonzalez to throw to, and Eli won’t have a solid tight end to target because Hakeem Nicks is going to be covered by either Nhamdi Asomugah or Asante Samuel. So I will expect a lot more forced balls into tight coverage, and I’ll be surprised if Manning throws for 200 yards or a touchdown.
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
We’ve seen back-to-back 100-yard games for the burner against the Eagles and the Bears, two pretty solid defenses, so I have no reason to think he won’t do it again against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, I don’t think he will go too far over the century mark, although he should be good for a couple of touchdowns.
Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
Going to Seattle will prove to be more challenging than it seems for the Cardinals; they can torch the Seattle corners easily and shouldn’t have much reason to hand off the ball to Wells, and even then I would say the Seahawks have a not-so-bad run defense that plays a lot better at home than they do on the road.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
No corner on the Seattle roster can keep up with Larry Fitzgerald. It’s that simple. The Seahawks’ cornerbacks are too young to be able to double cover the Fitz properly. Also, it’s not like last year when the Cards were playing musical chairs at the quarterback position. Kevin Kolb is a solid guy who can get the ball downfield.
Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs,
Look, the Chiefs aren’t beating anyone this season, so there is no reason to stack the line now that Jamaal Charles is done for the year. Bowe is a very talented receiver, but there just isn’t anything special around him. Matt Cassel is laughable as a starting quarterback, and the offensive line is bad.