Sunday Morning quick Points (week 8)

Darren Sproles is facing the 32nd ranked rush defense and will share the load with Pierre Thomas since Ingram is out. Sproles had a season high 12 rushing touches and produced with a season high 88 yards rushing. He also added a rushing and receiving touchdown. His touches in the pass game did not go down either (6) which is about his season average.

Before you buy into the Demarco Murray hype, consider the fact it was against the Rams. Murray was only averaging 2.1 YPC before the monster game and will face a regenerated Eagles team today. The Eagles got back to basics last week after bringing in “consultants” and their potential showed. They held the Skins to 42 total yards rushing in week 6 and are not the team which was allowing 123 rushing yards per game. Their return to basics is something they should have focused on off the bat. Talent is allowed to shine when the basics are the foundation and we can expect them to have focused on that in the bye week.

The Miami Dolphins will be on the road against the Giants without Vontae Davis. The Fins are allowing 258 YPG through the air and will now face Manningham, Nicks and Cruz all coming off a bye week to prepare. With rumors Bill Cowher has been contacted by the organization and Daniel Thomas out for the game, the Fins confidence will be low, especially considering how they choked against Denver last week.

It looks like Ryan Mathews will carry the bulk Monday with Tolbert expected to sit this one out. Mathews torched the Chiefs in their last meeting with 98 yards rushing, 51 receiving and 2 scores on the ground. The Chargers were without Antonio Gates that game and will have him back today. The Chiefs allowed 99 yards to Mike Bush last week who is not as multi-dimensional as Mathews so we can expect a productive day.

Don’t shy away from Bronco RB Knowshon Moreno today despite his injury plagued, slow start to the season. The Lions are poor against the run, allowing 129 rushing yards per game on the season to go along with 8 runs of 20+ yards. Moreno is also a solid pass catching threat out of the backfield and Tebow should look to him often since he was abysmal at throwing the ball any further than 20 yards last week. Moreno will get the lions share of the carries and the Lions will be more caught up staying at home against Tebow which should mean plenty of room for Moreno to work.

While the Vikings have been far from a great team, they are 4th against the run and will be facing Cam Newton today. I have watched nearly every one of the Vikings games this season and though they like to give up the long ball, their front four are very good at getting penetration and collapsing the pocket while keeping QB’s at bay. They only allowed Aaron Rodgers 8 rushing yards last week and we know Rodgers is not afraid to take off running. Despite the Vikings lack of talent in the secondary, they do have enough to double Steve Smith and keep him within respectable numbers. Call it a hunch, but I don’t see Newton having his typical monster day today. He could easily prove me wrong, but I think the Vikes of all teams match up well defensively.

Nate Washington could be in for a great day as he faces the Colts whom have allowed 14 passing touchdowns and 25 pass plays of 20+ yards. The Colts are 31st against the run as well and I expect CJ2K to do well amid all the criticism he has received all week. If CJ can get it going this will open coverage up more for Washington against the Colts cover 2.

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