Despite quarterback Chad Hutchinson's three touchdown game last week, he rarely threw the ball past ten yards. He may be asked to air it out a few times in his matchup.
Defensively, they must stop the Jaguars' running game. The one area where the Bears have struggled this season is against the run and they'll need to do a much better job on Sunday. The Jaguars' passing game is struggling so the Bears will want to put Leftwich in a lot of third and long situations.
Adewale Ogunleye should be able to get the most of right tackle Maurice Williams. If he can win that matchup that will help limit the big plays down field. The Bears' secondary, which is the strength of the defense, should be able to have their way with the Jaguars' receivers.
What the Jaguars have to do to win:
Offensively, they must establish the running game. Running back Fred Taylor should be able to sustain the ground attack all day against the struggling Bears' run defense. If they can get it done on the ground that should help their passing game a bit.
Defensively, make Hutchinson beat them by shutting down the running game and forcing them to throw. They should play a lot of eight man fronts.
Cleveland at Buffalo
What the Browns have do to win:
Offensively, they will have to find some sort of running game on Sunday. With second-year back Lee Suggs expected to miss another game, William Green will have to run through whatever holes his offensive line opens up.
In the passing game, they should get receiver Antonio Bryant matched up on cornerback Terrence McGee where they clearly have an advantage.
Defensively, they'll have to find a way to control the Bills' running game. If not, it will be a long day for the defense. They'll likely have to load up the box in order to slow down running back Willis McGahee.
They'll also have to slow down the Bills' improved passing game with double coverage on veteran wideout Eric Moulds.
What the Bills have to do to win:
Offensively, pound the ball on the ground since the Browns are really having trouble stopping the run. The Browns will likely try to use an extra defender in the box. When they do, the Bills should go right after the secondary since it will be harder to use double coverage.
Defensively, they shouldn't have any problems slowing the Browns' struggling running game down so they should be able to go to more man coverage.
New Orleans at Dallas
What the Saints have to do to win:
Offensively, they have to control the clock by running the ball effectively in order to keep their struggling defense off of the field.
If running back Deuce McAllister can run well, that will help them open up the passing game where Dallas can be exploited. McAllister must run better than he has been recently if the Saints want to have a good chance to win.
Defensively, they'll have to find a way to slow down surging running back Julius Jones by keeping an extra defender in the box. That's a good move considering the Cowboys don't have an explosive passing game.
What the Cowboys have to do to win:
Offensively, keep Jones running early and often. The Saints' run defense has proven all season that they can't stop anyone. That's really going to be the key to their success the rest of the season-running the ball effectively.
When passing the ball, get it to tight end Jason Witten who matches up well against their safeties.
Defensively, control McAllister and you essentially have a good chance to control their offense. If successful, they'll be able to have more double-coverage on veteran receiver Joe Horn who is their best option in the passing game.
Oakland at Atlanta
What the Raiders have to do to win:
Offensively, they have to find a way to run the ball effectively. It won't be easy since the Raiders have one of the worst running games in the NFL and the Falcons do a solid job of stopping the run.
If not, they'll have to use a lot of multiple receiver sets and try to move the ball in the air. With the Falcons likely to use double-coverage on receiver Jerry Porter, they should look to get receiver Doug Gabriel more involved. He's more than capable of making plays down field.
Defensively, they'll have to control the Falcons running game. That's their bread and butter and they don't really have much of a passing game. They'll also have to contain quarterback Michael Vick and not let him make any big plays.
What the Falcons have to do to win:
Offensively, the Raiders aren't good against the run so they should keep on the ground as much as possible. They should find much success in that area. They should also get tight end Alge Crumpler involved since the Raiders don't normally cover that position well. If the Raiders try cornerback on Crumpler, get the receivers more involved since Woodson is their only solid defensive back.
Defensively, the Raiders don't run the ball well so they can use double-coverage on Porter and make one of their other receivers beat them.
Indianapolis at Houston
What the Colts have to do to win:
Offensively, just keep doing what they have been doing all season. Run the ball well to open up the passing game. Run out of one-back sets and use multiple receivers. The Texans are without starting linebacker Jay Foreman and his replacement, DaShon Polk, isn't nearly the run-stopper so they should have success running inside.
The Texans are without normal starting safeties and aren't deep at cornerback so they should be able to pass at will against the Texans who have given up more touchdown passes than any NFL team. If the Texans stick with the cover-two or cover-three, go to the tight ends more since the middle of the field should be wide open.
Defensively, they'll have to use more cover-three against Houston to take away the deep passing game. They'll also have to do a better job of tackling against the run. Had running back Chris Brown not left last week's game early, he might have run for over 200 yards against the Colts.
What the Texans have to do to win:
Offensively, they have to run the ball well and control the clock in order to limit the number of possessions the high-powered Colts' offense has the ball. They have to keep the game close in order to run the ball as much as possible.
In the passing game, to deep like the Titans did in the first half last week. The Colts gave up three deep touchdown passes to receiver Drew Bennett.
Defensively, quarterback Peyton Manning is great at picking up the blitz so their best move would be to go with an extra defensive back to try to slow down their passing game.
New York Giants at Baltimore
What the Giants have to do to win:
Offensively, it won't be easy but they have to find some success in the running game or the Ravens will load up the box as the Redskins did to them last week.
The Giants will likely be playing from behind most of the game so quarterback Eli Manning will need to get off to a good start and his receivers will have to not only do a better job of getting open but they'll have to eliminate the number of dropped passes which have been rising recently.
Defensively, they'll have to find a way to control the Ravens' running game. Defensive tackle William Joseph, who gets another start for veteran tackle Norman Hand, will have to play a lot better than he did last week.
What the Ravens have to do to win:
Offensively, very simply they have to be effective running the ball. The Giants haven't shown that they can stop the run with all the injured players out of the lineup.
The Giants also don't cover the tight end well so Todd Heap should be much more involved this week as long as his tender ankle will allow.
Defensively, the Giants can't throw the ball well so they should just load the box and force Manning to beat them-something he hasn't proven he can do against anyone yet.
Seattle at Minnesota
What the Seahawks have to do to win:
Offensively, the Vikings haven't proven they can stop the run consistently all season so they should get running back Shaun Alexander the ball early and often. If he's successful, that should open up the passing attack.
The passing game should have success since the Vikings are without top cornerback Antoine Winfield. His replacement, Terrence Shaw, will be exposed the more he plays so they should go after him as much as possible.
Defensively, it won't be easy since they have so many of their front-seven starters out but they will have to control the Vikings' running game or it will be a long day for them.
Also double-cover receiver Randy Moss and don't let him make any big plays. The explosiveness of their passing game hasn't been there since Moss was hurt against New Orleans.
What the Vikings have to do to win:
Offensively, since Seattle is banged up, run the ball early and often. That will make them commit an extra defender and when they do, throw the ball down field.
Because of their injuries at linebacker and since their secondary has been struggling of late, Seattle is susceptible to giving up big plays to the tight end as we saw against Dallas last Monday night. Tight end Jermaine Wiggins is having a Pro Bowl season and should be involved in the passing game as much as possible.
Defensively, the have to find a way to stop the run. The linebackers must do a better job of maintaining their gap integrity and they have to tackle a lot better or Alexander will run all over them.
Also, double-team receiver Darrell Jackson since the Seahawks don't have another viable weapon in the passing game.
Cincinnati at New England
What the Bengals have to do to win:
Offensively, the Patriots like to mix their fronts but their secondary is banged up so they should use plenty of multiple receiver sets to spread them out and use more one-back sets to run out of.
The Patriots don't have a cornerback who can cover receiver Chad Johnson one-on-one. Even if they use double-coverage on Johnson, fellow-starting receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh should get a good matchup and offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski should exploit that.
Quarterback Carson Palmer will have to limit his mistakes and do a good job of reading their multiple looks.
Defensively, they will have to find a way to control running back Corey Dillon or it will be a long day on Sunday. They may have to use an extra defender in the box to accomplish that.
What the Patriots have to do to win:
Offensively, the Bengals love to blitz so they should use plenty of one-back sets and run Dillon out of that formation. When the Bengals blitz, quarterback Tom Brady will have to go to his "hot read" quickly.
Defensively, continue to mix coverage's in order to confuse Palmer. Also, control running back Rudi Johnson who has been running well of late.
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