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Moore had a fast start to the day, scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees, with 12:18 remaining in the first quarter. Moore and Brees connected on 4 out of 7 targets throughout the game. The Saints’ wide-out also would have had an 18-yard reception in the 3rd quarter, until it was taken away from a reversed call.
Michael Bush (Week 3: 18 carries 55 yards, TD vs. Rams)
The Bears’ off-season signing of veteran running back, Michael Bush seems to be working out just fine in Chicago. In 3 games, bush has 3 td and looks to be the premier goal- line back whether or not Matt Forte is starting.
Brian Hartline (Week 3: 1 catch, 41 yards, 9 targets vs. Jets)
Hartline was targeted 9 times and yet only had one catch. Revis Island was in full effect in Miami and Hartline felt the wrath of arguably the best cornerback in football. Though it was only 41 yards, Hartline and Tannehill seem to be the primary link for the Miami Dolphins passing game.
Randy Moss (Week 3: 3 catches, 27 yards, 6 Targets vs. Vikings)
Moss saw plenty of action in Sunday’s shocking 24-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Alex Smith was throwing Moss’ way most of the time in the red zone but the two never had the touchdown catch some predicted. Better luck next week vs. injured New York Jets secondary.
Ben Tate (Week 3: 8 carries, 26 yards, fumble lost vs. Broncos)
Tate struggled Sunday. A disappointing performance for the usually consistent running back, Tate couldn’t seem to find his rhythm vs. a tough front 7 of the Denver Broncos. An ambitious start and a bad one in that. The good news is the Texans seem to look at Tate for about 8-13 carries a week. The bad news, Tate’s game this past weekend.
49ers (Week 3: 24 points allowed, 4 fumbles caused, 2 recovered vs. Vikings)
344 yards against and allowing 24 points is unusual in its own right for the Niners to give up, but to the Vikings is uncanny. Every year a dominant defense has a few average weeks, it’s the National Football League, it happens. Plain and simple, this was one of those weeks for San Francisco. New York Jets’ struggling offense could be a viable opponent, to get back on track with.
Vincent Jackson WR TB (Week 3: 1 catch, 29 Yards vs. Cowboys)
Jackson was targeted seven times and limited to one catch, after coming off 5 catches for 128 yards and a score the week before. The young defensive backs for the Dallas Cowboys prove yet again there a solid secondary and capable of covering some of the most dependable wide receivers in the game.
Raiders Defense (Week 3: 31 points allowed, 2 fumbles recoveries, 1 sack vs. Steelers)
Ben Roethlisberger threw 4 touchdowns and had 384 yards passing.
Giving up 433 total yards is never a positive day for the defensive side of the ball. The Raiders defense look at yet another tough match-up in Denver, facing a struggling yet determined 1-2 Broncos team, who is coming off another tough nail biting 31-25 loss last week vs. Texans.
Jacob Tamme TE DEN (Week 3: 3 catches, 31 yards vs. Texans)
Tamme was contained all afternoon by possibly one of the quickest linebacking cores in the league in the Houston Texans. Manning almost connected with Tamme towards the end of regulation but was unsuccessful. Denver’s starting tight-end should have a better outing in week 4 vs. Raider defense, who let Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller, score two touchdowns last week.
Shonn Greene RB NYJ (Week 3: 19 carries, 40 yards vs. Dolphins)
Greene had a rough first half and picked it up a bit in the second half. Either way you look at it, it definitely didn’t hurt or help you by playing him.
Matt Schaub, QB HOU (Week 3: 290 passing yards, 4 TD’s vs. Broncos)
Schaub shut me up pretty quick before the 1st half was even complete, throwing three touchdowns. Arguably even outplaying the great Peyton Manning (316 passing yards, 2 TD’s), who played outstanding in his own right. The Texans QB managed to keep the Houston offense rolling all afternoon and start the season with best record (3-0) in the AFC.
Free Agent Pick-Ups
Tashard Choice RB BUF (Week 3: 20 carries, 91 yards vs. Browns)
With both Buffalo’s no.1 and no.2 running backs on the depth chart significantly injured, Choice is the next man up. The Bills latest running back to take over as the starter will face a New England defense in week 4, which is much improved from last year. The 5th year man out of Georgia Tech has been somewhat of a journey man as of late and has been waiting for an opportunity such as this one to present itself.
Armon Binns WR CIN (Week 3: 3 catches, 63 yards, TD vs. Redskins)
Binns has improving each week thus far in the 2012 season. Posting 4 catches in week 1, 5 receptions for 66 yards in week 2 and this past week he had 63 yards receiving, which included a 48 yard touchdown catch that left defenders in his dust. Binns will try and continue his early-success vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 4.
Heath Miller TE PIT (Week 3: 8 catches 60 yards 2 TD’s vs. Raiders)
Heath Miller now has a total of 4 touchdown receptions on the year in just 3 weeks played. Miller had only two touchdowns all of last year, when he started in all 16 games. Roethlisberger has found his favorite target in the red-zone this year. Known primarily for his blocking, Miller has re-invented his niche in the Pittsburgh passing game.
Jeremy Kerley WR NYJ (Week 3: 2 catches, 73 yards, Touchdown vs. Dolphins)
Kerley has put in an impressive last 3 weeks of football. Week 1 vs. Buffalo: 4 catches for 45 yards and Touchdown. Week 2: 2 catches, 67 yards and in week 3: 2 catches for 73 yards and his 2nd score of the year. Sanchez has drawn a liking to Kerley, who was targeted only 3 times, capitalizing on almost all of the opportunities that were thrown his way.
Cecil Shorts WR JAC (Week 3: 1 catch, 80 yards, TD vs. Colts)
Though Shorts had no catches in week 2 and only one catch in week 1 ( 74-yard touchdown reception), the speedster out of Mount Union, shows he can make plays down the stretch. His shown play-making ability alone gives Shorts worthy of a wire pick-up.
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