Redskins (2-1) at Cowboys (3-0)
Santana Moss: His 19 receptions and three touchdown catches are
tops on the team, and his receptions total currently has him tied for
fourth-best in the league. Moss has rolled up 276 receiving yards over the past three
Jason Campbell: The Redskins quarterback has completed 65.6
percent of his passes, thrown four touchdown passes and no interceptions. His
100.1 passer rating is much better than his career 80.2 mark. Campbell has
looked more poised and comfortable the past two week. He'll need to maintain
that demeanor at Dallas to lead his team to a win.
Clinton Portis: He's scored three rushing touchdowns, but is
averaging 3.8 yards per carry. He'll need a stronger performance than that
against Dallas to help open up the passing game for Jason Campbell.
Shaun Suisham: The Redskins kicker has been inconsistent,
missing three of his seven field goal attempts this season. His 52.7-percent
success rate is far below his record last year, when he converted 82.9 percent
of his chances.
Rocky McIntosh: The linebacker has forced a pair of fumbles and
is currently second on the squad with 22 tackles this season. He also has a
quarterback hit and half of a sack.
Tony Romo: The Cowboys quarterback has thrown five touchdown
passes, but has been picked-off three times, once in each contest. That's part
of the danger you take on when you're tied for completing the most 20-plus yard
passes (13) in the league. The Packers
sacked him three times last week during Dallas' win at Green Bay, but prior to
that he hadn't suffered a sack. Romo enters this matchup with a passer rating of
103.2 , completing 67.4 percent of his passes. His 892 passing yards are
third-best in the NFL.
Marion Barber: Averaging 4.6 yards per carry, Barber has four
rushing touchdowns, putting him in a tie for second-best in the league in that
category. When the Cowboys running back runs with the ball, he gets a first down
for his team on 35.5 percent of his attempts. He's also caught ten passes for 87 yards and another score.
Jason Witten: Clearly the favorite target of Tony Romo, Witten
leads all tight ends in the NFL with 20 catches and is third overall in the NFL
in that category. He's averaging 13.7 yards per
Terrell Owens: Still a big-strike threat, Owens is averaging
19.3 yards per catch and has scored three times.
DeMarcus Ware: The outside linebacker has tallied three sacks,
one in each contest so far this season. He also has four quarterback hits and a
forced fumble. Ware's 13 tackles puts him in a tie for third place on the team
in that category.
Bills (3-0) at Rams (0-3)
Marshawn Lynch: The second-year running back has scored four rushing
touchdowns, but is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. He has eight catches for
57 yards during the first three games.
DT Marcus Stroud
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Marcus Stroud: The former Jaguar has knocked down four pass
attempts from his defensive tackle spot on the Bills line. He also leads the
team with two sacks and has been credited with 13 tackles and a quarterback hit.
Lee Evans: With a team-best 244 receiving yards, Evans is averaging 20.3
yards per catch. He has four catches for 20-plus yards, putting him in a
tie for sixth-best in the NFL.
Leodis McKelvin: The rookie cornerback is averaging 25.7 yards
on kickoff returns.
Steven Jackson: The Rams running back is averaging just 3.2 yards per
carry on 50 attempts, and he hasn't found the end zone yet. But he's been active
in the passing game, catching a team-best 15 balls for 133 yards.
Josh Brown: He's made all five field goal attempts through the
first three weeks, including a pair of 50-plus yard opportunities.
James Hall: The 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive end leads the Rams
with 20 tackles heading into Week 4.
Trent Green: After missing 19 games over the past two seasons
due to concussions, Trent Green will take the reigns at starting quarterback
against Buffalo. Last year, he started five games for the Dolphins, throwing
five touchdown passes and seven interceptions before landing on the injured
reserve list with another concussion-related problem. Marc Bulger was sacked 11
times during the first three games, so keep an eye on how Green fares in that
area against Buffalo.
Chargers (1-2) at Raiders (1-2)
Philip Rivers: The Chargers quarterback is fifth in the league in completion
percentage (67.1) and fourth in passing yards (844). Particularly impressive is
his nine touchdown passes against just two interceptions after three weeks of
action. Rivers is also moving the chains well, getting a first down for his team
with 42.4 percent of his passes, second-best in the league.
CB Antonio Cromartie
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Antonio Cromartie: San Diego's amazing cornerback has defensed six passes and notched
two interceptions. He's also made 17 tackles, including 15 solo efforts.
Chris Chambers: Four of his six catches this season have been
for touchdowns, and he's averaging 25.7 yards per catch.
LaDainian Tomlinson: One of the most feared runners in football has
averaged just 3.3 yards per carry this year, and he has yet to break a run longer
than 14 yards.
Darren McFadden: Averaging 5.7 yards per carry, the Oakland
rookie will have to step up this week after a spotty performance last week where
he averaged just 3 yards per attempt and tallied just 42 yards on the ground.
With Justin Fargas sidelined again, the Raiders need McFadden to roll if they're
going to keep pace with San Diego.
Jon Alston: He's made five of the team's 16 solo tackles on
special teams this season.
JaMarcus Russell: With two consecutive game performances where
he didn't even complete 50 percent of his passes, JaMarcus Russell clearly isn't
in a rhythm with the pro game yet. He's been careful not to throw any
interceptions, and he's only been sacked four times, but at some point he's
going to have to be more aggressive and accurate as a passer if he's not
going to be another Raiders quarterback bust.
Johnnie Lee Higgins: Out of return specialists with at least ten
opportunities, Higgins is currently second in the league, averaging a nifty 29.7 yards
per kickoff return. The wide receiver is also handling punt returns, averaging 7.7 yards
Sunday Night Game
Eagles (2-1) at Bears (1-2)
DeSean Jackson: The rookie has become Donovan McNabb's favorite
target, evidenced by his team-best 17 catches for an average gain of 15.6 yards.
Jackson is handling punt return duties for the Eagles as well and is averaging
10 yards per chance with just three fair catches.
QB Donovan McNabb
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Donovan McNabb: The Eagles quarterback threw his first
interception of the season last weekend, but has five touchdown passes heading
into Week 4 action. He's completed at least 63 percent of his throws in all
three of his games this year, and has a 102.8 passer rating. McNabb's 838
passing yards are good enough for fifth place in the NFL rankings.
David Akers: Philadelphia's kicker has converted all six of his field
goal opportunities. Five of those kicks have been from a distance of less than
Brian Dawkins: The veteran safety is off to another impressive start,
forcing a pair of fumbles, recovering one fumble, defensing two passes, making
14 tackles and even getting to the quarterback once for a sack.
Matt Forte: The rookie running back is tied for the team lead in
receptions (13) with WR Brandon Lloyd and has scored once following a catch.
He's rushed for 304 yards—fourth-best in the NFL—averaging 4.2 yard per
carry, and has scored one rushing touchdown.
Kyle Orton: Although he's completed 67.2 percent of his passes,
Orton has thrown as many interceptions as he has touchdowns -- two of each. He's
been sacked six times and enters Sunday night's game with his longest completion
covering just 32 yards.
Danieal Manning: Although both he and Devin Hester have each had six
opportunities to handle kickoff return duties, it's Manning who has the best
average, covering 27 yards versus Hester's 20 yards. Manning's longest return
this season was 46 yards, while Hester hasn't broken one longer than 28 yards.
Alex Brown: Not only does he lead the team in sacks (2), he's also the
leader in quarterback hits with four. Brown's made just six tackles, but he's
also defensed three passes from his defensive end spot.
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