What to Make of Week 10

The Colts defense could be in trouble

With Tom Brady making minced meat of the Colts secondary on Sunday night, you know opposing offensive coordinators were taking notes. With Joe Flacco (12 touchdowns) and Matt Schaub (17 touchdowns) next on the teams slate, the Colts look hard pressed to keep their unblemished record in tact. In the teams last two games the secondary has allowed 686 passing yards and four touchdown passes

LT and San Diego Charging Fast

After falling to the Broncos on Monday night about a month ago, the Chargers have reeled off four straight wins and are now tied with Denver at 6-3. Their most recent win on Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles will set up a Sunday showdown with Denver at Invesco Field. The Chargers have been using a potent passing game led by quarterback Philip Rivers who has thrown nine touchdown passes during the streak.

Looking Under the Microscope

It’s hardly rocket science figuring this one out, but last week when running back Ronnie Brown went out with injury his backup Ricky Williams stepped in. For most of the year it has been a one-two punch with Brown (648 yards, 8 touchdowns) landing most of the big blows. With Miami missing one phin, Williams powered the running game with 20 carries and 102 yards on the ground. As early as Wednesday afternoon it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brown was placed on the injured reserve.

With Brown out, Williams nows moves into the number one position and for some fantasy owners a huge stroke of luck. Williams is hardly a second rate back and this season has shown he’s got plenty left. When he gets the carries Ricky is averaging more than five yards a pop and his seven touchdowns show he’s still got a nose for the goal line. This Thursday owners will get a big taste of what Ricky Williams will be cooking in the second half of the season when he faces the Panthers 25th ranked run defense.

More Fantasy Notes

With Clinton Portis ailing it appears fantasy owners can place their bets on the Redskins backup running back Ladell Betts. Last Sunday starting in place of the injured Portis, Betts carried the ball 26 times for 114 yards and a score. With Portis again highly doubtful and the Redskins traveling to Big D, expect to see more of Betts doing the same against a shaky Cowboys run defense. Although the Boys are ranked 10th against the run, they are allowing more than four yards a carry and Betts looks like he could be a beast heading into this one.

Over the past couple of weeks the Cardinal’s potent passing attack has been getting healthier. With Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner now starting to look more in sync the passing attack looks unstoppable. In the past two weeks Fitz has caught 16 passes for nearly 200 yards, while Warner has averaged 300 yards passing with seven touchdowns. Add to the mix a healthy Boldin (eight catches on Sunday) and the Cardinals are ready to fly away with the West.

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