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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
WEEK 8
~ 2007 ~
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday
Monday
On Bye
ARI, ATL
BAL, DAL
KC, SEA
*updated

Prediction: OAK 10, TEN 23

The Raiders hit the road where they are 1-2 thanks to a trip to Miami and the Titans are just 1-1 at home thanks to the Colts. However, there is a really big difference between the Dolphins and the Colts. The Titans can remain in the thick of the playoff hunt with a win here while the Raiders have to be starting to look nervously at their bench for another quarterback.

Update: Josh McCown is back at practice but has been with the practice squad so Daunte Culpepper takes another start this week.

Vince Young has already gone through two full practices and it appears his quadricep will not prevent him from playing this week. I have added him back into the projections and removed Kerry Collins. Brandon Jones was held out on Wednesday but returned for a full practiceon Thursday. He still may miss this week and I am not adding him into the projections but there is a chance he could get some playing time after his layoff because of his knee injury.

Chris Brown still has not practiced and is not expected to play this week. It will be interesting to see how much playing time that Chris Henry is given this week. I am not adding him in but be aware he is likely to take some carries and if he plays well enough, the more playing time he will get.

Oakland Raiders (2-4)
Homefield: McAfee Coliseum
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 DET 21-36 -1 39
2 @DEN 20-23 +10 37.5
3 CLE 26-24 +3 40.5
4 @MIA 35-17 +3.5 40
5 BYE - - -
6 @SD 14-28 +9.5 44
7 KC 10-12 -3 37.5
8 @TEN   +7 41
9 HOU 4-Nov SUN 4:15 PM
10 CHI 11-Nov SUN 4:15 PM
11 @MIN 18-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
12 @KC 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 DEN 2-Dec SUN 4:05 PM
14 @GB 9-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
15 IND 16-Dec SUN 4:05 PM
16 @JAC 23-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
17 SD 30-Dec SUN 4:15 PM
OAK at TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Daunte Culpepper     200,1
RB Lamont Jordan 40 40  
RB Dominic Rhodes 30 10  
TE Zach Miller   40  
WR Jerry Porter   40,1  
WR Ronald Curry   50  
WR Mike Williams   20  
PK Sebastian Janikowski 1 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Raiders offense has fallen on hard times thanks to a less than satisfactory quarterback situation and going against opponents much tougher than the opening season cakewalk. Without the quarterback of the future playing - or even the preferred quarterback of the present - the offense is not evolving and improving and the defense is only good enough to make most teams work a little harder for a win. Two home games wait on the other side of this week but the schedule from here on out never gets any easier. We may have already seen the best of the 2007 Raiders.

Quarterback: Josh McCown has returned to limited practice after missing the last four games with a badly sprained foot but he may not be ready to return again this week as well. Daunte Culpepper had his big five touchdown payback against the Dolphins but has only scored twice in three other starts and never turned in more than 230 passing yards. Since there has been no word yet about JaMarcus Russell's progress and McCown is still on the mend, Culpepper will take his fifth start this week. Culpepper's most recent game on the road was in San Diego when he had 229 passing yards and one score but threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. He was also sacked six times in that game.

Running Backs: Lamont Jordan has been back for two weeks now but the results are less than stellar. After only gaining 42 yards on 18 carries in San Diego, he only managed 29 yards on 11 runs against the visiting Chiefs. Dominic Rhodes whined about getting no carries in his first week of eligible play so was given nine carries last week and turned that into a cool 21 yards. Jordan had three decent games to start the year but all came against soft defenses - DEN, DET and CLE. And now he has to share with Rhodes so only his receptions are propping up his fantasy value now.

Wide Receivers: Ronald Curry keeps his string alive. He has a touchdown catch in each of the home games and has never scored on the road. At least Curry came up with six catches for 73 yards in San Diego because his first two road trips only featured three catches for 28 yards. Jerry Porter has only scored on the road this year but still has yet to produce more than 59 receiving yards in a game. Either Curry has a decent yardage game or no one has a decent yardage game for the Raiders wideouts. And that doesn't happen on the road much.

Tight Ends: Zach Miller comes off his best game of the year with four catches for 48 yards last week but he still only has one score on the season and is struggling along with the rest of the Oakland passing game under Culpepper.

Match Against the Defense: The Titans have been outstanding against the run this year and outside of Addai, no player has gained more than 49 rushing yards against them and now Rhodes and Jordan are sharing carries. Look for minimal gains this week by either player though Jordan should toss in some nice receiving yardage this week.

The Titans pass defense has also been very good and only that fourth quarter "oops" last week is a black mark when Rosenfels threw for four scores because the Titans had already left the game. Otherwise, five other games only had a total of three passing scores allowed including a game against Peyton Manning. Expect just one passing score here at best in what should be a very tough game for the Oakland offense. The score could go anywhere if it happens but I'll give it to Porter who has the match-up against Harper.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 11 8 22 23 29 19
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 17 3 21 12 8 19

 

Tennessee Titans (4-2)
Homefield: LP Field
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @JAC 13-10 +6.5 37.5
2 IND 20-22 +7 46
3 @NO 31-14 +4 45
4 BYE - - -
5 ATL 20-13 -8 41
6 @TB 10-13 +2.5 37
7 @HOU 38-36 OFF OFF
8 OAK   -7 41
9 CAR 4-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
10 JAC 11-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
11 @DEN 19-Nov MON 8:30 PM
12 @CIN 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 HOU 2-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
14 SD 9-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
15 @KC 16-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
16 NYJ 23-Dec SUN 4:15 PM
17 @IND 30-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
TEN vs OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Kerry Collins 180
QB Vince Young 30   170
RB Lendale White 80,1    
TE Bo Scaife   40  
TE Ben Troupe   20  
WR Justin Gage   30  
WR Eric Moulds   30  
WR Roydell Williams   50  
PK Rob Bironas 3 FG 2 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Titans played without Vince Young last week but still came up with a thrilling win thanks to the Texans scoring 29 fourth quarter points and making the Titans get back into the game they should have won handily. At 4-2, the Titans are in the lead for an eventual wild card thanks to playing in the same division as the Colts and this week is likely to be the easiest match-up left on the schedule other than the week 16 match against the Jets. They have to take the easier games, Vince Young or not.

Quarterback: Vince Young remains "day to day" with a quad injury and was replaced by Kerry Collins last week. I will project for Collins again this week unless Young appears likely to play. Collins did not throw for a score in Houston but he did produce 280 passing yards without a turnover. The Titans as a team only have passing scores in two games this year and with a decent Raiders secondary that is likely to continue.

Running Backs: With Chris Brown sidelined with a sprained ankle last week, LenDale While turned in his best game of the season with 104 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown which gives him four scores on the year. The interesting angle of last week was the appearance of Chris Henry for the first time this year when he gained an impressive 57 yards on 11 carries and scored once. Henry had his first carries during the second quarter so he was not merely an end of the game running back. He's worth keeping an eye on since the Texans need someone to step up and improve the patchwork rushing game.

The Texans have lost their fullback Ahmard Hall to a broken arm and he will require surgery this week.

I will only project for White but Henry seems to be making a move towards playing time. He's worth a waiver wire grab if only because he has yet to show what he can really do.

Wide Receivers: Brandon Jones remains out recuperating from arthroscopic knee surgery and in his place Roydell Williams stepped up nicely last week with a career best 124 yards on five catches. Eric Moulds had a great opportunity to stick it to his old team last week but only was thrown one pass that was an incompletion against the Texans. Yeah, that's really showing them, Eric. Williams has been less than consistent but with Jones out of the line-up, he's as good as this wideout crew gets. Then again, there have only been two touchdowns caught by a wide receiver for Tennessee this year and one did go to Williams.

Tight Ends: With Collins playing the last two weeks, Bo Scaife has had his best games of the year with three catches for 45 yards in Tampa Bay and six catches for 49 yards in Houston. At home, Scaife has never had more than one catch in a game but those were with Young as the starter.

Match Against the Defense: The Raiders defense is banged up and it's not like they have been a force on the road anyway. The three road games by the Raiders this season have all allowed an opposing runner to gain at least 128 rushing yards so look for at least a decent game from White that could end up one of his best of the season. Of course what Henry will do could cut into that but even with the help White remains a strong play this Sunday.

Collins goes against a solid secondary and shouldn't score more than one if that. Expect no passing scores since the Titans have not been successful much this year in the air and the rushing game and defense should control this game. I like the chance for a defensive score in this game.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 27 12 24 21 1 13
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 9 30 10 20 21 26

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