Tom Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 32-straight games. With one more TD pass he will pass John Elway (300) for the 5th most passing scores in league history. The last three times that he has faced the Titans he's thrown for 824 yards, eight scores and nary an interception. Ronnie Brown should handle the majority of touches against the Raiders with Ryan Mathews on the shelf. It's not like you should expect Brown to be a top-10 runner in Week 1, but he does have a nice career track record against the Silver and Black (in four career games he has averaged 94.5 yards a game). Reggie Bush led the NFL in rushing yards last September and he finished the year with 4-straight games of at least 100 yards rushing. In two career games against the Texans he has carried the ball 21 times for 52 yards though he has caught 13 balls for 73 yards. Daniel Thomas had a lot more success against the Texans with a career best 107 yards on the ground in his last meeting against the Texans. Jairus Byrd, a safety for the Bills, has four interceptions in six games against the Jets. With Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow throwing the pigskin, that number could grow in Week 1. Matt Cassel is 10-4 in his career against NFC opponents. In those 14 games he has passed for 3,048 yards, 23 scores and just nine interceptions. He faces the Falcons in Week 1. Jamaal Charles is averaging 6.1 yards per carry during his NFL career. With one more carry, he has 499, he will have the fifth best mark in the history of football (Michael Vick leads the way at 7.2 but Charles would be #1 amongst running backs). Andy Dalton shredded the Ravens for a career best 373 yards and three scores in Week 11 last year. He completed only 22 of 44 passes for 232 yards and no scores against the Ravens in Week 17. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards and three scores the last time that he faced the Jets. In addition, he tore up the vaunted Jets' pass defense for five scores and just one interception last season. Antonio Gates has success against everyone. The Raiders are certainly not immune to his talents as he has caught 10 touchdown passes in 18 career games. BenJarvus Green Ellis has scored 24 rushing touchdowns since the start of 2010. Only one other running back has more – Arian Foster with 26. With Bernard Scott out of action for Week 1, look for BJGE to try his darnedest against a Ravens squad that is traditionally very difficult to run on (the Ravens were at the top of the AFC last year allowing just 92.6 yards per game on the ground as they allowed 10 rushing scores). Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a career best nine passes the last time that he faced the Chargers. Santonio Holmes had a down season last year but he did tie his career best with eight touchdowns. In Week 1 he will be aiming for a 4th straight game against the Bills with a touchdown. Andre Johnson just kills the Dolphins. In five games against the Fish he's gone hog wild for four scores and an average of 104 yards per game. He appears to be over the leg woes that limited him this preseason. Chris Johnson has faced the Patriots one time in his career. He ran for 128 yards on 17 carries. Stevie Johnson is one of the few receivers in football who you can confidently start against Darelle Revis. In two outings against the Jets last year he caught 11 balls for 159 yards an a score. He says his groin is 90 percent, and he should be good to go for Week 1. For his career Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Rashad Jennings, who will get the start and the majority of touches in Week 1, has averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his career. Dustin Keller isn't 100 percent physically right now but he's had two games against the Bills in his career in which he has scored twice (10/3/10 and 11/27/11). Greg Little caught 61 passes last season, 2nd most in Browns history for a rookie wideout (Kevin Johnson had 66 in 1999). He'll enter the 2012 as the Browns top option in the passing attack. Jake Locker will make his first career start in Week 1. He will be facing a Patriots team that scores to often that teams are often forced to pass, heavily, to try and catch up. Last year the Pats defense was 2nd worst in the NFL allowing 294 yards passing a game. They also permitted 26 passing scores. Peyton Manning will be wearing a Broncos jersey for the first time, but he's faced the Steelers three times in his career (how is it only three times? Shocked it's so low). In those three games he's averaged 263 yards and two scores per contest. Darren McFadden has posted a 5.5 yard per carry mark against the AFC West in his career. Against the Chargers that numbers is just 4.2 yards in four games. Carson Palmer has made five career starts against San Diego. His per game average is 348 yards and 2.6 touchdown passes. Ed Reed has intercepted nine passes against the Bengals, the most he has against any one team in his illustrious career. Ben Roethlisberger really likes to throw the ball in Denver. In his last two starts there he has completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. Seven. We'll overlook the three interceptions if he passes at that rate again, right? Mark Sanchez has been effective the last two times he has faced the Jets. He may have only thrown for 410 yards in those two games but he also has five passing scores an a 91.4 QB Rating. Matt Schaub is 4-0 in his career against the Dolphins. Unfortunately he's only thrown for five scores despite averaging an impressive 297 yards passing per contest. The last time he faced them he threw for 230 yards and two scores. Torrey Smith had 165 receiving yards against the Bengals on November 11th last season, the most of any game in his young career. Demaryius Thomas has fond memories of the Steelers. In the playoffs last season he not only scored a game winning 80 yard touchdown in overtime for the Broncos, he also caught three other passes 124 yards as well in that contest. There is some concern that Mike Wallace might start out slowly after he held out for the majority of the preseason. Perhaps he'll be able to get off to a quick start since he will be facing a Broncos club that he caught four balls for 69 yards and a score in his only career matchup against them. Wes Welker had 10 receptions for 150 yards and two scores in his last outing against the Titans. He needs four receptions to reach 558 for his career which would be a new Patriots record (Troy Brown had 557). RANDOM START OF THE WEEK (That one player you would never consider starting but for some reason he might be worth a look if you're desperate.) Heath Miller has faced the Broncos three times in his career catching 13 passes for two scores if you are already desperate at the tight end position. You also read above just how impressive that Big Ben has been throwing the ball in Denver, so Miller is the choice here. Remember what this section is for before you go and start thinking that I'm telling you to bench Vernon Davis to start Miller (I'm not saying that). I'm merely saying that if you are looking for a hail mary play at tight end that Miller might be a solid option. FUN FACT Everyone is ga-ga over quarterbacks this season, but remember this. IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL only five quarterbacks have ever thrown for 4,500 yards in back-to-back seasons: Philip Rivers (2010-11), Dan Fouts (1980-81), Warren Moon (1990-91), Peyton Manning (2009-10) and Drew Brees (2010-11). Ray Flowers can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio on The Fantasy Drive on Sirius 210 and XM 87, Monday through Friday, 7 PM EDT. Ray's analysis can be found at BaseballGuys.com and his minute to minute musings can be located at the BaseballGuys' Twitter account.



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