Week Seven Analysis: Maurice Jones-Drew fell short of 60 rushing yards in each of his last two games prior to Jacksonville's bye, and without a professional quarterback to keep defenses honest, MoJo will continue to face a stacked box every single game. Thankfully, this week he draws an Oakland defense that's giving up 154 combo yards and a touchdown per game to opposing backs. Those numbers are even worse when you consider that they haven't faced a single top-10 rusher—the best back they faced was Reggie Bush, and he lit them up for nearly 200 yards and a pair of scores. The bye week also gave Jacksonville's banged-up offensive line a much needed respite.
Week Five Analysis: At this time last week, coming off a 30-touch, 193-yard explosion against Indianapolis, all signs pointed Maurice Jones-Drew ripping through an equally lousy Cincinnati run defense. Instead, we got the kind of performance that causes premature balding in the fantasy community. The Bengals stacked the box and held Jones-Drew to just 13 carries for 38 yards, his lowest rushing total in his last 32 games. He's now fallen shy of 80 rushing yards in three of four games—he missed that mark just once all of last season. Only two teams have allowed fewer rushing yards than the Bears, and they haven't given up a touchdown to an opposing back since the opener. This is a scary matchup for MoJo.
Week Three Analysis: We fully expected Maurice Jones-Drew to break out against the Colts last week, and he obliged us, amassing 193 combo yards and a score. Despite an abnormal start to his season, the reigning rushing champ's three-game mark of 314 yards is actually ahead of last year's pace. MoJo's 30 touches Sunday were a clear indication that everything is back to normal, so expect him to take full advantage of another cupcake matchup this week. The Bengals have allowed five touchdowns and 5.5 yards per carry to opposing backs through three games, making MoJo an elite-level start.
Week Three Analysis: An early deficit resulted in just 12 carries for Maurice Jones-Drew against Houston, but he could easily double that number this week. MoJo notched 25 carries in each of his two meetings with the Colts' deplorable run defense last season, and he amassed 310 total yards and a touchdown. While Indianapolis bottled up Adrian Peterson last week, history tells us that they're much closer to the unit that gave up 162 yards and three touchdowns to Matt Forte and Michael Bush in the opener. This should be the breakout that owners have been waiting for.
Week Two Analysis: So much for easing Maurice Jones-Drew back into action. After Rashad Jennings went down to injury, head coach Mike Mularky fed the reigning rushing champ 19 times in Minnesota. Jones-Drew didn't quite look himself yet, and nothing will come easy against a Houston fantasy run defense that ranked second only to San Francisco last year. Now, MoJo did find some success against this defense last season, scoring and totaling 74 yards in the first meeting, and posting 166 combo yards in the second. However, expecting a repeat may be overly optimistic.
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