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Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton has his defense firing on all cylinders right now. They've found their groove. The Cardinals front seven is an attacking bunch and can shut down just about any running back.
Over the past three weeks, the Cardinals have established themselves as one of the top run defenses in the league. Against the 49ers in Week 11, this group held Gore to 3.7 yards per carry; in Week 12, Steven Jackson ran for 3.8 yards per carry, and in Week 13, the Cardinals held the rising star DeMarco Murray to 3.2 yards per carry. They are legit.
This week, Gore will do worse than he did (3.7 YPC) against the Cards in Week 11. Seek help elsewhere.
Marshawn Lynch (Sea) v. St. Louis Rams
The Rams are the lowliest run defense in the league, giving up 157.8 yards per game. Beast Mode will gash the Rams for a buck-50 on the ground and at least one score.
Shonn Greene (NYJ) vs. Kansas City Cheifs
Greene exploded in Week 13 with three rushing touchdowns and should find success against the NFL's 25th ranked run defense this week. While Greene has been disappointing this year given his preseason hype, he will be less disappointing than Wells or Gore this week. While three touchdowns this week is out of the question, 100 yards rushing and a touchdown are not.
And one weekly waiver wonder to consider:
Brandon Saine (GB) vs. Oakland Raiders
This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers are likely to be without the services of starting running back James Starks due to an aggravated ankle injury. Ryan Grant has simply passed his time.
Enter Saine. The Ohio State product is a strong runner and can catch well out of the backfield. In a game that the Packers are sure to control, Saine will be leaned on to run the ball. He could rack up 100 total yards and a score.