Ravens vs. Browns
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Here's how the Ravens players stack up on a fantasy scale ranging from 0-5 against Cleveland, with 0 being the low mark and 5 being the high:
Steve McNair, QB: The Ravens quarterback has been consistently solid over his last six starts, averaging 251 yards per game while tossing six touchdowns and two interceptions. McNair completed a season-high 78 percent of his passes last week against the Chiefs. He also averaged a season-high 10.5 yards per attempt, thanks in large part to the 87-yard touchdown to Mark Clayton. This week he goes up against a banged-up Browns secondary that ranks 15th in the league against the pass, allowing 210 yards per game. Cleveland is tied for 25th in the NFL with just 23 sacks through 14 games. Last week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 225 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland; he also ran for a score. And the previous week, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns against the Browns. McNair is a safe start here. Look for between 200 and 250 yards and one or two touchdowns. Rating - 3 out of 5
Jamal Lewis, RB: He's run for five touchdowns in his last five games but has only one 100-yard game this season. Last week, Lewis carried 24 times for 81 yards (3.4 ypc). If you watched the Browns-Steelers game last week, you know Cleveland's run defense has major holes. Pittsburgh's Willie Parker ran for 223 yards vs. the Browns, and Larry Johnson ran for 110 yards the week before. Overall, Cleveland's run defense ranks 30th in the league, allowing 145 yards per game. Rating - 3 out of 5
Mark Clayton, WR: He had one of his best fantasy games of the season last week, catching five balls for 112 yards and an 87-yard touchdown that gave the Ravens control in the third quarter. Clayton needs to average 79 yards per game the rest of the season to reach 1,000 yards. He should be well on his way after this week. Rating - 3 out of 5
Todd Heap, TE: He hasn't done much over the last two weeks, catching eight balls for 62 yards against the Chiefs and Bengals. Tony Gonzalez caught nine balls for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns two weeks ago against the Browns. Look for Heap to rebound here and find the end zone for the first time in three games. Rating - 4 out of 5
Matt Stover, K: He hit a pair of field goals last week against the Chiefs and has now hit 21 of 23 attempts this season. The Ravens will move the ball against the Browns so Stover should get multiple field-goal opportunities. Rating - 4 out of 5
Ravens defense: Baltimore had five sacks and forced three turnovers last week against the Chiefs. This week, the Ravens take on the league's 29th-ranked offense and inexperienced quarterback Derek Anderson. Anderson has turned the ball over three times in two games this season, but look for the Ravens to confuse him into making several mistakes Sunday. Rating - 5 out of 5
49ers at Seahawks
You should know that... Frank Gore ran for a franchise-record 212 yards the last time these two teams squared off. He's run for at least 130 yards in four of his last five games and leads the NFC with 1,347 rushing yards on the season. Gore should be solid once again tonight, but Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will torch San Francisco's 24th-ranked pass defense.
The pick: Seattle (-10)