Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
Ben Roethlisberger (Pit) – Big Ben has faced NE 9 times in his career, the highest non-divisional total, and has owned the Pats with 19 TDs, 9 INTs and 23.6 FPG. He only tossed 1 TD last year against them but threw for 351 yards for 21.6 FP. In 2013, he threw for 400 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs and totaled 35.9 FP.
Tom Brady (NE) – Just like Big Ben has had success against the Pats, Tom Brady has him beat. In 10 games against Pittsburgh, he’s averaging 26.4 FPG. In Week 7 of this year, he completed 73.1% of his passes, threw 2 TDs and no INTs and totaled 20.4 FP. In 2015, he completed an amazing 78.1% of his passes with 288 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs and totaled 30.5 FP.
Le’Veon Bell (Pit) – Earlier this year against NE, Bell had a low YPC (3.9) but still got the volume. He rushed 21 times for 81 yards but added 10/68 receiving on a whopping 13 targets for 24.9 FP.
LeGarrette Blount (NE) – Earlier this year, Blount rushed 24 times for 127 yards and 2 TDs for 26.4 FP, a season-high.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Pit) – For all his issues, DHB has played NE well. In Week 7 this year, he totaled 3/30/1 receiving on 7 targets for 12.0 FP, tied for his highest of the season. Last year, he put up 4/58 on 7 targets for a respectable 9.8 FP.
Julian Edelman (NE) – In Week 7 this year, Edelman caught 9 balls for 60 yards and 15 FP. In 2015, caught 11 for 97 yards on 12 targets, good for 21.6 FP.
Antonio Brown (Pit) – Brown is averaging over 20 FPG against New England and even without Big Ben this year, still put up 7/106 on 10 targets for 18.9 FP. In Week 1 of 2015, he started the season off with a 9/133/1 stat line on 11 targets against the Pats for 28.3 FP.
Michael Floyd (NE) – As a member of the Cardinals last year, Floyd caught 5 balls for 50 yards and a TD on 8 targets for 16 FP. That’s been his only game against Pit.
Sammie Coates (Pit) – In Week 7 of this year, Coates did nothing against the Pats, catching his only target for 4 yards.
Danny Amendola (NE) – The last 2 times Amendola has faced the Steelers, he’s put up grand totals of 0/0/0 in Week 7 this year and 2/24 receiving last year. Mind you, his role has diminished over time in Belichick’s offense.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Aaron Rodgers (GB) – Ryan has been a force to be reckoned with against the Falcons. In Week 8 of this year, he threw 4 TDs and 0 picks while completing 73.7% of his passes for 34.3 FP. In 2014, he threw for 327 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and added 5/28 rushing for 31.2 FP.
Matt Ryan (Atl) – If history tells us anything, it’s that this game will be bonkers. Earlier this year against GB, Ryan put up 288 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and 27.3 FP while completing a whopping 80% of his passes. In 2014, he threw for 375 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT for 37.1 FP.
Davante Adams (GB) – In Week 8 of this year, Adams caught 12 passes for 74 yards on a whopping 14 targets for 19.4 FP against the Falcons. The 14 targets were his second-highest of the season.
Jordy Nelson (GB) – IF he goes, the Packers will be getting a guy who put up 4/94/1 on 9 targets for 19.4 FP in Week 8 earlier this year. In 2014 against the Falcons, Jordy put up a whopping 8/146/2 on 10 targets for 34.6 FP.
Mohamed Sanu (Atl) – Sanu was a large part of Matt Ryan’s success against the Packers in Week 8 this year, catching 9 of 10 targets for 84 yards and a TD, totaling 23.4 FP.
Taylor Gabriel (Atl) – His only game against Green Bay came in Week 8 this year, when he put up 3/68/1 receiving on 3 targets for 15.8 FP.
Christine Michael (GB) – He’s not going to get nearly enough work to make an impact barring an injury, but for what it’s worth, he rushed 18 times for 64 yards and 2 TDs for 23.3 FP against Atlanta as a member of the Seahawks.
Devonta Freeman (Atl) – In Week 8 this year, Freeman rushed 11 times for 35 times and a TD. His 3.2 YPC was one of his lowest on the season but he added 4/23/1 receiving for 21.8 FP.
Austin Hooper (Atl) – Hooper started to emerge mid-season, including the Week 8 matchup with GB when he caught all 5 of his targets for 41 yards and 9.1 FP.
Julio Jones (Atl) – He did go nuts in 2014 against the Packers, but earlier this year they held him in check to the tune of 3/29 receiving on 5 targets for 5.9 FP.
Jared Cook (GB) – Even when he was a major player and not splitting TE time with anyone in 2013, he managed just 1/10 receiving on 6 targets for 2.0 FP as a member of the Rams against the Falcons.