HOT - Let's do another projection for Brady: 61 TDs / 4857 yards and a passer rating of 137.9 if he keeps his current pace for 16 weeks...wow! Tony Romo is busting out some nice stats, but Brady is overshadowing everyone else (think Tomlinson last year). Derek Anderson should be rested from his bye week and will get a chance to heavily pad his numbers in the dome against the Rams. Brett Favre has just 9 TDs, but his 1700+ passing yards are enough to put him on the hot list...Favre gets a chance to showcase on MNF against the Broncos in week 8.
COLD - Take away McNabb's 381 yard / 4 TD game against Detroit and McNabb has just 3 TDs over his other 5 games (and a mere 213 yard yardage average). Jason Campbell is really struggling...his passing TDs match his INTs at 5 with a passer rating of just 78.5. Drew Brees has improved over the last couple of games, but just enough to move him from the freezer to the fridge...Brees has 10 INTs against only 5 TDs through 6 games. Vince Young, Marc Bulger, and Alex Smith are all likely to play this week, although none of the trio has done much of anything (even when healthy)...the three combine for 6 TDs / 14 INTs / and an average passer rating between the three of just over 60.
HOT - Tomlinson is back and rested from his bye week - expect L.T. to have a huge 2nd half. Ronnie Brown deserves this last week on the HOT list, but paid the ultimate price in week 7 with a torn ACL...Brown was having a great season with a horrible team. LaMont claims his back feels better than it has all season and will put it against a test against a tough Titan run D. Adrian Peterson may be the top rookie sensation through the first half of the season, but Marshawn Lynce isn't far behind...look for Lynch to destroy the Jets this weekend and have an even bigger 2nd half of 2007 with more touches in Buffalo's offense.
COLD - Come on Benson! - 3 yards per carry and only 2 TDs on 136 rushes?...that's awful. The Bears and Jets would have both been better off if Thomas Jones would have stayed in Chicago. Fred Taylor is over the hill, Rudi Johnson is hurt and about to lose his job to a more versatile back, and Tatum Bell is out of favor in Detroit. Steven Jackson and Laurence Maroney both came into the season with top 5 expectations, but injuries have had them shelved for most of the year - neither has a TD, but that should change this week as each is capable of a bustout game against beatable opponents.
HOT - Coach Bill Belichick calls Randy Moss the smartest and most capable wide receiver he's ever coached....and Belichick is getting no argument here. Brady is tossing Moss' direction against double and triple coverage and still connecting for TDs (10 in just 7 games - remember that 13 TDs led the NFL among WRs in 2006). Plaxico Burress and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are both playing unbelievably and showing no sign of a decrease in numbers. Braylon Edwards is on fire and gets a superb matchup this week (indoors at St. Louis). Steve Smith isn't seemingly bothered by catching TDs from 3 different QBs. Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens are capable of exploding for a 3-TD game at any time (although Owens will spend week 8 on a bye).
COLD - Marvin Harrison is banged up and is seeing limited touches to help the healing process...Harrison started slow in 2006 prior to finishing at the top of the NFL's wide receiver list, but his knee sprain in week 5 seems to be hurting his chances of a surging recovery. Javon Walker is probably done for the year after last week's foot surgery. Many were very high on Lee Evans, but Evans is struggling with only 211 yards and no touchdowns.
HOT - Jason Witten is off in week 8 and will likely yield his TE top spot to Antonio Gates and/or Dallas Clark (who are both on fire and also ranked with Witten in the top 15 in receiving stats - incredible for 3 TEs to have produced these stats at this point in the season). Kellen Winslow may have the most talent among anyone on this list and will get a chance to heavily improve his numbers in a great matchup at St. Louis in week 8. Benjamin Watson has been dinged, but will again deliver when he returns healthy to Tom Brady's offense.
COLD - Vernon Davis gets Alex Smith back at QB and is desperate to prove his worth to all whom he boasted. L.J. Smith should return this week from injury and is anxious to get off of START...maybe Smith can produce something this week and help McNabb out of his incredible rut. Amazing that Jerramy Stevens was playing in the Superbowl just a short time ago...my how the mightly disappear and are essentially forgotten so quickly.
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