3) Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans: The Texans lost their last two games to Dallas and Indy. However, Arian Foster shined in both games. Houston’s running back carried the ball 43 times, gained 266-yards, scored four touchdowns, and averaged 6.15-yards per carry. The Texans will travel to Heinz Field for their Monday Night encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill O’Brien will have to put the ball in Arian Foster’s hands if the Texans want a road victory.
2) Joe Flacco, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens: After struggling last season and starting this season as a question mark, Joe Flacco is beginning to catch fire. Last week, Flacco completed 21 of 29 passes for 306-yards. He also threw five touchdown passes, all of which came in the first half. Plain and simple, Joe Flacco torched the Buccaneers defense and secondary. He is likely to do the same against the Atlanta Falcons, a team that ranks 28th in defending the pass.
1) T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton’s performance last Thursday night against the Texans was reminiscent of his performance in last year’s Wild Card Playoffs. During that game, Hilton burned Kansas City with 13 receptions for 244-yards and two touchdowns in the Colts 45-44 come from behind victory. T.Y. had those same kinds of numbers against Houston, catching nine passes for 223-yards and a touchdown. The tandem of Hilton and, quarterback, Andrew Luck will play a big factor against a Bengals defense who struggled to stop the pass against Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
3) Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks: After losing to the Cowboys, Russell Wilson experienced only his second home loss as the Seahawks starting quarterback. Not only that, he completed just 14 of 28 passes for 126-yards and one interception. Wilson did have a rushing touchdown, but for a quarterback, touchdowns through the air also play a big factor as well.
2) Alfred Morris, running back, Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden abandoned the running game too soon against the Cardinals, which is probably why Alfred Morris gained just 41-yards on 13 carries. Ever since Kirk Cousins took over for RGIII, Morris’ numbers have slowly declined. There is no reason to start Morris against the Titans because all Gruden will continue to do is throw the football.
1) Eli Manning, quarterback, New York Giants: What happened to that spectacular Giants offense on Sunday night? In their previous three wins, Eli Manning and the offense cruised to an average of 35 points per game, until they were shut out by the Eagles. During that same stretch, Manning threw eight touchdown passes and just one interception. Against Philadelphia, he threw zero touchdowns and was sacked six times.