Is Donovan McNabb a trap start this week?
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Donovan McNabb faces Miami this weekend. I know what you’re thinking (because I thought the same thing). McNabb should light Miami up. Afterall, they are 0-9. However, I’m here to tell to beward.
Earlier in the week I broke down McNabb’s stats. I’ll dig a little deeper. We’re all aware of the two monster games McNabb has produced this year. He destroyed the Lions to the tune of 381 yards and 4 TD passes. Last week he smoke Washington (who has completely fell apart since the Patriots destroyed them) for 251 yards and 4 more TD passes. That makes his season total of 13 look decent through 9 games. However, if you take those two games away he has 5 TD passes in 7 games. That’s OK, he probably added a couple of TDs on the ground. Guess again. He hasn’t scored on the ground, and his 37 yards last week were a season high. Prior to that he was averaging less than 9 rushing yards a game. Well, he’s making it up with passing yards. Guess again. He’s averaging a solid 255 yards a game. However, if you take away that explosion vs. Detroit and a 333 yard game against a bad Viking pass defense and he’s averaging 224 yards a game.
OK, so McNabb’s numbers aren’t great, but it’s the Dolphins. The Dolphins. I understand they are bad, but through the air isn’t where they are getting worked (save for Tom Brady’s 6 TD day). The Dolphins have allowed 15 TD passes in 9 games. However, take away Brady’s destruction and you’re looking at 9 TD passes in 8 games. Throw in the fact that they are 5th in the league with just 184.6 passing yards allowed per game, and it doesn’t seem like such a no-brainer. Take away Tom Terrific’s 354 passing yards and they are allowing just 163 passing yards a game.
Unless you have a real solid option, you’re kind of forced to use McNabb, but do temper your expectations. If you’re expecting a repeat of last week, you could be very disappointed.