Kevin Smith vs. Packers
What a game it was for Kevin Smith. His road back to a healthy NFL career has been a long one since he tore his ACL toward the end of the 2009 season. Last year, Smith was with the Lions but clearly wasn’t the same player he was before his injury. Until injuries and poor play opened the door for Smith again in Detroit, he was out of the league just a few weeks back.
Two attributes I’ve always admired about Smith his big heart and determination, and those served him well in a three-touchdown performance with over 200 total yards from scrimmage on only 20 touches last week.
Smith will face off against two of the better teams in the coming weeks, but both the Packers and Saints have struggled against the run this year. Look to Smith as low-end RB-2 as he’s earned the starting job in Detroit.
Mark Ingram vs. Giants
Finally healthy from a heel injury suffered Week 7, Ingram should be a worthy flex play option this week against the Giants' defense. New York played well against the run last week until LeSean McCoy broke loose for a 60-yard run at the end of the game. While the Giants should play well early, I expect the same thing to happen this week, as New York has had trouble putting four quarters of solid run defense together lately.
The Saints love to run the football at the end of games, and if you're in need of a third running back to start, this should be a week where we see Ingram rush for over 50 yards and a score. In the end, Ingram’s missed time could work in your favor down the stretch as he will have fresh legs.
|1||Arian Foster||@ Jaguars|
|3||Matt Forte||@ Raiders|
|5||Greg Jennings (I)||@ Lions|
|6||Steve Smith||@ Colts|
|10||Larry Fitzgerald||@ Rams|
|11||Mike Wallace||@ Chiefs|
|21||Hakeem Nicks||@ Saints|
|22||Wes Welker (I)||@ Eagles|
|23||Jordy Nelson||@ Lions|
|25||Antonio Brown||@ Chiefs|
|26||Andre Johnson (I)||@ Jaguars|
|27||Fred Jackson (I)||@ Jets|
|28||Jonathan Stewart||@ Colts|
|29||LeGarrette Blount||@ Titans|
|33||Victor Cruz||@ Saints|
|34||Reggie Bush||@ Cowboys|
|35||Willis McGahee (I)||@ Chargers|
|37||Percy Harvin||@ Falcons|
|40||Frank Gore (I)||@ Ravens|
|42||Ben Tate||@ Jaguars|
|43||Brandon Jacobs||@ Saints|
|44||Chris Ogbonnaya||@ Bengals|
|45||Brandon Marshall||@ Cowboys|
|46||Mario Manningham||@ Saints|
|47||Jeremy Maclin (I)||Patriots|
|49||Michael Crabtree||@ Ravens|
|52||Shonn Greene (I)||Bills|
|53||Toby Gerhart||@ Falcons|
|54||Sidney Rice (I)||Redskins|
|58||Mike Williams (TB)||@ Titans|
|60||Beanie Wells (I)||@ Rams|
|61||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I)||@ Eagles|
|62||DeAngelo Williams||@ Colts|
|64||James Jones||@ Lions|
|65||Earl Bennett||@ Raiders|
|67||C.J. Spiller||@ Jets|
|70||Eric Decker||@ Chargers|
|74||Roy Helu||@ Seahawks|
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