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Most passing yards
Terrelle Pryor (Oakland Raiders) vs. Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)
Not sure Terrelle Pryor's progression as an NFL quarterback is properly being reflected by this line.
The Raiders aren't known for their offensive prowess, but they're certainly coming along in that department, and Pryor is a big part of that. This isn't a team void of talent at the wide receiver position. Denarius Moore has quietly enjoyed three straight strong games, and I expect him to play a big factor this week as well.
Alex Smith has done a terrific job with the Chiefs so far, but this offense isn't just about one guy. Smith has topped out at 288 passing yards in a game this season, but I don't see him approaching that number against an improving Raiders defense.
Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams) vs. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans)
After two consecutive miserable performances, the Texans need to take the heat off of Matt Schaub and they will on Sunday. I fully expect Houston to lean heavily on its ground game against the Rams. This isn't the type of matchup where Schaub needs to shoulder the entire load.
The Rams running game has been virtually non-existent this season, and they would only be banging their heads against the wall by trying to run on a stout Houston front line.
The path to victory has to run through Sam Bradford this week. Keep in mind, he does have a 352-yard passing game under his belt this season, and threw for three scores against Jacksonville last Sunday. A much tougher matchup presents itself here, but I expect to see Bradford air it out early and often.
Most rushing yards
LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Shady McCoy hasn't been able to get going since ripping off 158 yards against Kansas City back in Week 3, and I don't see this as an ideal spot for him to get untracked.
Note that the Bucs have been among the league's toughest teams against the run, allowing just 3.7 yards per rush this season.
As for Doug Martin, he's in a similar position to McCoy, having not recorded a 100-yard rushing game since Week 2. I do think he'll be given ample opportunity to do so this week, however, as the Bucs know that they can ill afford to have rookie QB Mike Glennon throwing the ball 40+ times again.
Most pass receptions
Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) vs. Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens)
We've made a habit of supporting Ravens players this season, and we'll go back to the well here.
Randall Cobb has emerged as a top-flight receiver for the Packers, but it seems as though the opposition has quickly caught on, holding him to just nine catches and 89 yards in the last two games. You can be sure the Ravens will key on the elusive Cobb this Sunday.
Torrey Smith is one of the NFL's elite wide receivers and he appears to be hitting his stride. Smith is coming off back-to-back huge performances, racking up a combined 287 yards through the air. It's no secret that Joe Flacco will be looking to his star receiver on a regular basis this week.