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Last Week: 232 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
Smith has only thrown five interceptions through eight games played with 12 touchdown passes. Though he has only thrown for 300 yards in one game, he has been consistent, and every now and then he’ll give you that top performance that wins you your match-up.
Heath Miller Steelers TE
Last Week: 4 catches for 48 yards
Miller has six touchdown catches, which ranks second in the NFL and only one behind Rob Gronkowski (7) for the most at his position. Monday Night football vs. a struggling Kansas City team seems like it could lead to a potentially huge day for the Steelers’ passing offense as a whole.
Ryan Broyles Lions WR
Last Week: 6 catches for 52 yards
Broyles’ numbers in his first three games he has played in his professional career are combined for 12 catches for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson only has 1 touchdown all year, and the leader of the team, Titus Young, has just three an is currently questionable with a knee injury. Stafford and Broyles look to be the x-factors if there were to be any breakout stars for Detroit in Week 10.
Pierre Thomas Saints RB
Last Week: 70 total yards
Thomas has been a great change of pace back for Darren Sproles the past two seasons and now it’s his time to step up with an injured Sproles sidelined. He is not only a threat in the running game but possibly more so in the passing game, with at least a few screens from Drew Brees per game attempted. With one 100-yard game accounted for already this year, Thomas needs to find the end zone once again, in what could be the most crucial game for New Orleans.
Jake Locker Titans QB
2012 season: 4 Touchdowns
Locker’s injury had him on the bench for the past seven weeks. Now that he is finally health enough to suit up again, look for him to continue his growth not only as a passer but a running quarterback as well, being one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the league. With already having over 375 passing yards in a game this season which was his last start, Locker will try and build off what last appeared to be a promising season.
Top Defense: Steelers
Last Week: 2 sacks, 1 turnover, 20 points allowed
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t been as dominate as they have been in the past few seasons, especially since two of their key players have been injured for a good part of the season — James Harrison and Troy Polamalu (two former defensive players of the year). Though that doesn’t seem to matter too much these days when the Chiefs come to town. The Steelers defense may not be making the game-changing highlights but they’re much better than the stat sheets say and they’ll try to prove it this Monday night.
Matt Cassel QB Chiefs
Last Week: 181 passing yards, 2 turnovers, 0 touchdowns
Not even sure why somebody would consider this start but just in case: don’t do it to yourself. Sure he may throw a bomb to Dwayne Bowe but don’t count on it happening more than once. With much better options out there that are safer, don’t risk it for at best a mediocre performance.
Isaac Redman RB Steelers
Last Week: 147 rushing yards, touchdown
Redman had a monster game last week, looking like a legitimate starting running back in the league. Now all of a sudden Jonathan Dwyer may be coming back, along with Rashard Mendenhall. If Redman gets his carries he looks to be golden, similar to an Andre Brown. If he starts, he’ll be good enough to make impact; if not, it could get scary.
Brandon Gibson WR Rams
Last Week: 46 yards
Gibson has been nothing but consistent (197 in last 3 games) in Danny Amendola’s absence from the starting lineup. It appears that Amendola is listed as questionable but more than a likely chance he’ll get the nod against one of the best secondaries in the league in the San Francisco 49ers, who rank 2nd against the pass allowing 186 yards against a game.
Last Week: 30 points allowed, 1 sack
Minnesota’s defense was off to a hot start, scoring points on defense (
3 total touchdowns) and causing multiple turnovers per game. Though in the past two weeks they have given up 66 points (36, 30) and failed to produce any type of turnover against the Buccaneers and Seahawks, which aren’t known for being high powered offenses. Facing a much tougher offense in the Detroit Lions, Minnesota should be in for an interesting matchup in Week 10.
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