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.