Trading Places

Oct 6, 2008

Frank Gore and Thomas Jones are about to have their worlds turned upside down. 

Frank Gore has been amazing with 603 total yards and 4 TDs (120.6 and 0.8 per game) in the 49ers’ first five games.  He’s been the most productive back not named Michael Turner through the first five weeks.  That’s about to change though as he has back-to-back dates with two NFC East powerhouses.  They will provide much stiffer tests than some of the feeble Defenses he’s faced (Detroit and New Orleans for example) thus far.  First up is Philly, who got burned by Washington for 200+ on the ground.  That’s not going to sit well with the Birds.  They are still allowing just 83.6 rushing yards per game despite Washington’s onslaught.  They have only allowed 2 rushing TDs through the first five weeks.  He gets no relief in Week 7 when they face the Giants on the road.  The Giants are even tougher statistically allowing just 82 yards per game and only 1 TD in four games.

Thomas Jones was almost an afterthough as Brett Favre threw 6 TDs in Week 4.  Since opening the year with 101 yards against Miami, Jones has only 153 rushing yards in his last three games.  For the year he has 301 total yards and 1 TD (75.25, 0.25).  That’s about to change though as he has three cushy matchups lined up.  He starts off with Cincinnati out of the bye.  They’ve been torched for 171 yards per game and have allowed 6 rushing TDs through five games.  He follows that up with a date with Oakland.  They are only allowing 113.3 per game, which is middle of the pack, but they have given up 7 rushing TDs in 4 games.  Finally, he gets to tee off against Kansas City.  They are dead last in the league allowing 182.2 yards per game.  They have also been burned for 8 rushing TDs in give games.

There’s the fantasy nugget.  Adjust your lineups accordingly.

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14 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    Solid write up Lester!!
    as for phiily, i really don’t see much changing with the team unless someone makes a move to get more vocal with the play calling!

  2. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:50 am #

    CK – Thanks. Frustrating loss I’m sure. Thankfully I didn’t have to live it as the Colts-Texans game was aired in MN. Then I had to watch the stinking Boys when my Pats were on.

  3. CK0712
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:56 am #

    Then I had to watch the stinking Boys

    HA, the NFL felon team !!

    not so much frustrating Lester as the fact, andy has got to go. he is holding the boyz down for sure!

    the pats pulled it off yesterday, congrats!

  4. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    CK – no doubt. Is that becoming the feeling in Philly? Not piped in like when I lived there. Yeah, the Pats will win ugly this year when they win.

  5. CK0712
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    no doubt. Is that becoming the feeling in Philly?

    i suppose, i can tell you the fans have been saying for a long time now, the problem is not the boyz playing, it’s the play calling …..marty has nothing to do with this either, andy is the head coach. i’ve never been a fan of his, so i guess i’m not the best person to sing for him.

    any win is a win ;0 ugly or otherwise!! lol

  6. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:13 am #

    He prob should have stepped down last year witht he distractions he brought.

    agree. a win is a win. Until last year the Pats wins weren’t pretty anyways.

  7. Mo Morrissey
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    Wonder how happy the Chargers are that they let Turner go now…

  8. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    Think the prob runs deeper in Chargerville.

  9. LEV
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Wow, some harsh words for Andy. I’ve always thought he was an excellent coach. He’s only had 2 losing seasons in 10 (one a very young team, the other injury plagued) and been to the playoffs 6 times, once going to the Super Bowl, with a chance to win. I think a lot of blame is wrongly placed on his shoulders. Let’s look at the players (Donovan McNabb) who turtle up and don’t come through in the clutch instead. I think Donovan is a rare talent, but he does have a history of poor judgement and mistakes in the 4th quarter. He may very well be the best 3 quarter player in football. Just my two cents…

  10. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    LEV – I guess it’s hard to get a feel for a coach unless you live in that market and hear the talk radio shows. Not sure what to make of it. I know they have great pieces in place, but haven’t quite delivered at times. McNabb does play the disappearing act all too often, but not on 4th & 26.

  11. CK0712
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Lev,
    no harsh words, facts. i’ve lived & breathed the eagles all my life. facts Lev, facts!
    the mistakes weren’t in the 4th quarter of yesterdays game, bottom line andy’s play call of the 1st & goal: be it Bwest or Buck..he gets burned every time yet he continues to tell donovan to do it. donovan likes to throw.

    andy is the head coach, jeff is an absentee owner & should really get more involved.

    as for My QB donovan, he’s a great player they all are, they all deserve a ring, specially the “older” ones who are bound to retire soon as the contracts are up.

    andy’s contract is up soon, i just hope JEFF makes an appearance before he lets him re sign on the dotted line .

  12. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:28 am #

    CK – you are passionate, that’s for sure. It’s a tough one because Reid has been succesful, but you wonder if they’d be better off with diff’t guidance

  13. CK0712
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Lester, yes i am! no hater just a fact person. Reid’s had some success yes he has; however like you pointed out…change of scenery sometimes helps. even if we win the next few games, i still am calling for andy’s contract to be re evaluated. i love my team, win lose or draw, always….it’s andy’s contract i want re evaluated, it’s jeff lurie i want to see get more involved with his franchise. some say donovan’s heads on the block (again) i don’t believe that for a second. i think it’s andy’s head that is facing the block or at least i hope so ;0

  14. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2008 at 8:39 am #

    CK – fair enough.

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