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Target Watch: Week 16

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New York Giants

Victor Cruz: 11-11-10-12-9-9-9 (71), Hakeem Nicks: dnp-4-7-12-12-10-12 (57), Jake Ballard: 7-4-7-5-6-6-2 (37), Mario Manningham: 7-10-2-dnp-dnp-8-5 (32), Danny Ware: 2-6-3-9-3-4-1 (28), Ramses Barden: 5-0-1-4-3-0-1 (14), Brandon Jacobs: 5-2-4-0-1-1-0 (13), Ahmad Bradshaw: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-5-1-4 (10), Bear Pascoe: 1-3-0-1-0-1-3 (9), Henry Hynoski: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0-3-2 (6)

All in all this was a disastrous game for all the non-Native American related personnel. Ahmad Bradshaw did at least show back up after 7 weeks of non-existence but he was barely a tick on a tornado.

Hakeem Nicks had another big target day but if you lost in your fake playoffs due to his long touchdown drop you are still cussing him. Those 5 catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns sure would have looked a lot better if he had, you know, caught the damn ball.

New York Jets

Santonio Holmes: 6-8-9-9-8-4-6 (50), Dustin Keller: 7-4-8-8-6-5-6 (44), Plaxico Burress: 5-8-9-7-6-2-3 (40), Shonn Greene: 0-4-1-4-4-3-4 (20), Jeremy Kerley: 5-8-dnp-dnp-1-1-3 (18), LaDainian Tomlinson: 3-5-dnp-dnp-1-4-4 (17), Joe McKnight: 1-0-7-3-2-dnp-1 (14), Patrick Turner: 0-1-4-4-1-1-1 (12)

The other New York team didn’t fare much better as they were thumped by the Eagles. Mark Sanchez could only manage 5.7 yards per pass attempt and his best receiver, Santonio Holmes, let him down by mishandling a pass that was then picked off. All in all you didn’t want to be a fan of New York football on Sunday.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 1-0-5-10-8-9-9 (42), Michael Bush: 3-4-2-4-6-4-7 (30), Denarius Moore: 12-7-2-dnp-dnp-dnp-5 (26), Kevin Boss: 0-2-6-3-5-7-3 (26), Chaz Schilens: 2-0-2-8-7-2-3 (24), Marcel Reece: 5-1-3-7-1-4-3 (24), Louis Murphy: 1-1-0-4-5-9-2 (22), T.J. Houshmandzadeh: 4-1-0-0-3-3-6 (17), Brandon Myers: 1-3-3-1-6-0-0 (14)

This is Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 4th game in a row with 8 or more targets. This is after being completed shunned, dismissed and dissed just a month and a half ago. I guess you truly do have to have a short memory in this game. With all those targets DHB had a huge game as he caught 8 of his 9 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Denarius Moore returned and had 5 targets but only caught 2 for 13 yards. Of course he was wide open for a touchdown that Carson Palmer just flat out missed him on. Palmer’s 367 yards and a touchdown sounds even crazier after watching him miss some wide open shots. The Detroit pass defense truly is hurting.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek: 9-7-6-6-4-5-6 (43), DeSean Jackson: 8-dnp-8-10-4-6-2 (38), Riley Cooper: 1-2-12-5-10-3-1 (34), LeSean McCoy: 5-5-4-7-5-6-2 (34), Jason Avant: 3-1-2-14-2-4-2 (28), Jeremy Maclin: 9-5-dnp-dnp-dnp-4-5 (23), Clay Harbor: 1-1-2-1-2-1-2 (10)

With DeSean Jackson getting hurt/not really liking football and Jeremy Maclin still a little banged up, tight end Brent Celek came up big with 5 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown (just missing another). Celek leads the team in targets and receptions and has been the only consistent receiver. Maclin of course would be if he hadn’t gotten hurt, but it’s good to see Celek getting work after being overlooked for much of last season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 10-6-BYE-6-4-8-9 (43), Mike Wallace: 6-10-BYE-6-5-5-11 (43), Heath Miller: 5-5-BYE-2-3-4-9 (28), Jerricho Cotchery: 6-4-BYE-1-0-3-6 (20), Hines Ward: 1-1-BYE-4-6-1-0 (13), Rashard Mendenhall: 2-3-BYE-2-0-0-4 (11), Mewelde Moore: 2-0-BYE-3-1-0-2 (8)

There were a lot of futile targets in San Francisco Monday night as an immobile Ben Roethlisberger was hurried, pressured and sacked often. It’s always been true but Monday’s game showed just how much Roethlisberger relies on his ability to extend plays. Until he is feeling better this hurts Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace.

San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson: 12-7-8-3-5-9-6 (50), Antonio Gates: 11-6-4-10-7-9-2 (49), Mike Tolbert: 9-9-7-4-1-1-2 (33), Vincent Brown: 6-9-4-10-2-0-1 (32), Ryan Mathews: dnp-5-2-1-3-6-2 (19), Randy McMichael: 1-1-3-2-3-1-3 (14), Patrick Crayton: 3-5-0-2-1-3-0 (14), Malcom Floyd: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-4-2-6 (12)

Malcom Floyd and a consistently healthy Ryan Mathews just might have been the missing pieces Philip Rivers needed. Floyd converted his 6 targets into 5 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown and Mathews had a workmanlike 26 carries for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns against a stout Ravens defense. That 26 carries ties Mathews career high and marks the first time he’s had back to back 20 carry games. And of course this is his first time with 4 consecutive games over 100 total yards.

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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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