MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
receptions, touchdowns.... Chicago simply doesn't allow much of anything that
makes for a strong fantasy performance by a running back. So what will that
mean for the league's leading rusher?
Farewell Tour has gone well so far (save for the one-TD problem). En route to
being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October, Barber has been a
model of consistency: He's one of only three players whose per-game rushing
average (103.8) eclipses the century mark, and even his worst game (51 yards)
was offset by stellar receiving stats (7 for 57).
LANCE BRIGGS AND
THE BEARS' DEFENSE
The Bears are
anything but cuddly against the run, allowing 91.1 yards per game. (Only three
opposing backs have topped 75 yards, and none have reached the end zone.)
Briggs and fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher (whose status is uncertain after
suffering a sprained left foot in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins) lead a unit
that has forced a league-high 15 fumbles.
Believe it or not, the outcome may actually hinge on the Bears' offense. If it
scores early and forces the Giants to the air, Barber will suffer. Even if he
makes a few catches, the Chicago D allows fewer than 18 receiving yards per
game to starting running backs. Advantage, Da Bears.
THE INSIDE MAN