Brian Dezelske highlights three running backs who will "POP," and three who will "FLOP."
Mike Wiliams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Tennessee
Last week’s performance was what lil’ Mikey Williams’ owners have been waiting for. Finally! Maybe I’m over-excited and letting my emotions get the best of me, but I feel a repeat coming.
He’s struggled with top-flight DB’s this year, so there’s cause for concern about his matchup with Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
Don’t sweat that this week. Tasting the end zone last week should motivate him to finish the season on a strong note, and that starts with building off of his big game against the Green Bay Packers.
Laurent Robinson (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Miami
Laurent Robinson has been popping for the last four weeks in a row, having scored five times in that span.
He continues his momentum this week, extending his scoring streak to five games against a sub-par Miami Dolphins secondary that ranks 25th against the pass.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Robinson went 7/79/2 on Turkey Day. Kudos to Brian for the great call, and my apologies to readers for not getting this nugget posted sooner! - RB
Wes Welker (New England Patriots) @ Philadelphia
Our esteemed followers are going to think I’m nuts, and there may be some truth to that, but not when it comes to Wes Welker flopping all over the place this week like a fish out of water.
It’s simple. The first six weeks of the season he ripped off four 100-yard games and hauled in six TD’s. Since week six he has 1 such 100-yard and zero TD’s, and in four of the last five games he’s failed to eclipse 50 receiving yards.
The major reason for this is Rob Gronkowski taking over as the league's premier tight end, and teams focusing all their attention on stopping Welker.
DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New England
I know every DeSean Jackson owner is super excited about starting him against worst pass defense in the NFL, but slow down just a little bit here.
He still only has two 100-yard games on the year to go with two touchdowns, and you can be assured that Bill Belichick will have a game plan devised to take away the long ball—Jackson’s specialty.