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View from the cheap seats in Week 11

Did you
happen to hear Marvin Lewis commenting on the
Larry Johnson
signing? I laughed pretty hard. He would be surprised if
Larry would even be active. At this time,
Brian Leonard
, who apparently is ahead of Johnson on the depth chart, lacks
the power and speed that it takes to be a good runner. He is a poor man’s
Jacob Hester
, who

San Diego
wasted a draft pick on a couple of years ago. Don’t be fooled by the media
circus as the Bengals plan to use L.J. as a complementary back to
Cedric Benson
. The Bengals’ offensive line is very good, which translates
into some quality stats for both backs.

Ricky Williams is the No. 1 option in

now with
Ronnie Brown
on Injured Reserve. However, there is room for
Lex Hilliard
to pick up about 10-12 carries a game. Hilliard is 5-foot-11
and goes about 245 pounds. He runs with tremendous power and has a very good
leg drive. The young

product should get enough work to be a decent option as more teams key on
. Look for increased carries and keep him on your Radar if you are
thin at running back. The Dolphins won’t stop the power running game anytime


San Francisco
49ers looked great against the Bears last week.

 Aaron Rodgers will exploit the secondary
like a house of cards this week. Expect to see less of
Ryan Grant
, and a ton of work going to the wide receivers. I like
Donald Driver
James Jones
Greg Jennings
Donald Lee
Spencer Havner
in that order. Do you honestly think that they won’t pull
the plug on gifted the Niner secondary with five interceptions last week
against Jay Cutler? On several plays the receivers were to blame. The 12th man
(in a striped shirt) caused one. I am not defending Cutler by any means, but
with the Packers rolling at home. I’m calling it


Green Bay.

Anquan Boldin owners rejoice as he gets back on track with a monster game versus
the St. Louis Rams. Boldin sheds the ankle injury and has his best game of the
season. It’s about time since Boldin hasn’t seen the end zone since Week 3.
Expect the slaughter to be on as the Cardinals are outscoring opponents by 16.3
points on the road.

Don’t be too excited about
Justin Forsett
‘s starting gig this week in Minnesota. I wouldn’t
expect more than 65 yards as the Vikings defense is mighty stingy. Forsett showed
flashes last week versus a very mediocre


Arizona gives up 10.33 points to
backs, while this week’s opponent,

gives up a modest 5.33 points per week. I would think

Seattle’s game plan will be to throw the ball
to score this week against a very porous secondary.

Look to Steelers offensive players for points this week.

Kansas City gives up an average of 55.10
points per week to offensive players. Now I would expect big games from
Rashard Mendenhall
Santonio Holmes
Hines Ward
Heath Miller
in that order. I expect this one will get out of hand fast. I’m
calling it


31-13. Mendenhall makes it look
easy with that big offensive line. Most of the time he looks like he is running
downhill. I expect the Steeler defense will be big as well.

That’s a wrap folks! Stay tuned for more audibles as we get down to crunch time
for making your leagues’ playoffs. Playoffs? Playoffs? Did you say playoffs?

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