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WEEK 3
2010
BUF at NE DAL at HOU* CIN at CAR* SD at SEA*
ATL at NO SF at KC PHI at JAC* IND at DEN*
DET at MIN* TEN at NYG WAS at STL* NYJ at MIA
*updated CLE at BAL* PIT at TB* OAK at ARI* GB at CHI

Prediction: TEN 17, NYG 24

This is a needed statement game. The Titans throttled the Raiders but then were dominated by the Steelers who didn't even have a quarterback. This is their first road game and the Titans were only 3-5 away from Tennessee last year. The Giants had no problems crushing the Panthers but then the whole Manning vs. Manning thing went horribly wrong on Sunday night. This will be close, but the Giants at home with a better quarterback should be enough.

Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Homefield: LP Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 OAK W 38-13 10 @MIA --
2 PIT L 11-19 11 WAS --
3 @NYG -- 12 @HOU --
4 DEN -- 13 JAC --
5 @DAL -- 14 IND --
6 @JAC -- 15 HOU --
7 PHI -- 16 @KC --
8 @SD -- 17 @IND --
9 Bye - - - -
Titans Report | Statistics | Roster
TENNESSEE at NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Vince Young 20 - 170,1
RB Chris Johnson 110,1 20 -
TE Bo Scaife - 20 -
WR Justin Gage - 50 -
WR Nate Washington - 40,1 -
WR Kenny Britt - 30 -
PK Rob Bironas 1 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: Last week was a frustrating one when Vince Young ended up being benched and Chris Johnson saw his 100 yard rushing streak end in a big way. The Titans have three a tough stretch up until their week nine bye with four of six games on the road and no "gimmees" on the horizon. How the Titans respond this week will set the tone for the next month.

QUARTERBACK: Vince Young was benched against the Steelers after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble but Collins had a pick as well and fumble himself. All Collins did was extend Nate Washington's two week scoring streak and make the game look more respectable that it really was. Young has handled the benching in a mature manner and will be back as starter this week.

Playing in New York will be tough but Young should manage his normal pedestrian passing yardage and have a chance for one score.

RUNNING BACKS: Chris Johnson lost his bid to produce a 13th straight game with over 100 rushing yards and what makes it worse is that he not only was limited to only 34 yards on 16 carries, but he broke an 85-yard touchdown run that was called back on a holding penalty. He'll be back on his new streak starting this week against a defense that gave up 151 rushing yards to the Colts. Bottom line is that Johnson not only needs those long gainers to rack up the yardage, he did it 12 times in a row and almost made 13. He's not one to bet against and the Titans struggles in passing lately will only serve to rely on Johnson even more.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Despite the anemic throwing, Nate Washington has two touchdowns on the season and has 122 yards on seven catches in total to lead the team. Justin Gage came to life last week with 74 yards on four catches but that was mostly from Collins and not Young. The Giants are weakest against wide receivers with the #1 guy from each opponent scoring on them so far. It is hard to rely on but I am going to credit Washington with a score this week because no other Titans receiver has strung two decent games together yet.

TIGHT ENDS: Bo Scaife has settled for three catches in each game so far with around 25 yards in each and one touchdown in the season opener. He's still too unproductive to rely on even for a bye week filler.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 18 8 17 12 18 15
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 21 21 24 21 30 31


New York Giants (1-1)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR W 31-18 10 DAL --
2 @IND L 14-38 11 @PHI --
3 TEN -- 12 JAC --
4 CHI -- 13 WAS --
5 @HOU -- 14 @MIN --
6 DET -- 15 PHI --
7 @DAL -- 16 @GB --
8 Bye - 17 @WAS --
9 @SEA -- - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 250,2
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 80,1 20 -
WR Steve Smith - 50,1 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 70 -
WR Mario Manningham - 80,1 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Giants were ambushed in Indianapolis and the entire Manning vs. Manning battle was mostly just about cute commercials. The Giants are back at home and need a win to right the ship. There's dissension with Brandon Jacobs and the defense is still having nightmares about Peyton but this week should be a nice change of direction. The Titans have only played the Raiders who have now changed quarterbacks and the Steelers who have never had a quarterback and broke the one they were trying to use. The passing game should be much more effective this week than it may seem on paper.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning may have thrown three interceptions against the Panthers and maybe he couldn't keep up with his big brother. But he has five touchdowns on the season and faces the Titans who on the road have always been weak against the pass.

The Titans have literally not yet faced a quarterback who knew what he was doing. Jason Campbell didn't and he still had 180 yards and one score. The Steelers made Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon play but only so someone could hand the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall. Expect a surprisingly good game here from Manning.

RUNNING BACKS: Brandon Jacobs has been fined $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands Sunday night. But regardless of any rumor, he is not likely to be traded because of his salary and the Giants still need him if only for sullen depth. Jacobs struggled all last year and now has sunk like a rock. No reason to project for him and even tough just to keep him on a fantasy roster.

Ahmad Bradshaw has been solid yet unspectacular with games of 93 and 89 total yards with one score in the home opener. He faces a Titans defense that held Mendenhall to only 69 yards but Darren McFadden had 150 total yards in the season opener. Expect a good game here from Bradshaw.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Steve Smith has yet to turn in a big game despite being targeted more than any other receiver. He been good for four or five catches per week but not more than 43 yards. Mario Manningham has been far more productive with games of 4-85 and 4-74 and a score last week. Hakeem Nicks was a question mark coming into the game on Sunday because of a sprained ankle but he showed no signs of a lingering problem and ended with 38 yards and a score even if it was during trash time. Back at home should be a better game for these wide receivers and they'll be the first time the Titans have faced both talented wideouts and a quarterback that can use them properly.

Smith is hard to start because he has yet to catch fire but any of these wideouts have upside this week.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 11 19 4 30 24 7
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 3 14 1 6 31 32

WEEK 3
2010
BUF at NE DAL at HOU CIN at CAR SD at SEA
ATL at NO SF at KC PHI at JAC IND at DEN
DET at MIN TEN at NYG WAS at STL NYJ at MIA
  CLE at BAL PIT at TB OAK at ARI GB at CHI
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