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Week 12 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

San Francisco 49ers


Michael Crabtree: 6-6-5-BYE-6-5 (28), Vernon Davis: 5-0-2-BYE-5-8 (20), Mario Manningham: 10-dnp-4-BYE-3-2 (19), Frank Gore: 4-6-1-BYE-4-0 (15), Kyle Williams: 4-4-1-BYE-3-2 (14), Randy Moss: 3-4-1-BYE-2-2 (12), Delanie Walker: 2-1-3-BYE-1-3 (10), Kendall Hunter: 1-2-1-BYE-1-1 (6), Garrett Celek: 2-0-0-BYE-0-0 (2), Ted Ginn: 0-0-1-BYE-0-0 (1)



Yes, Alex Smith has been efficient this season, but Colin Kaepernick did things on the field that Smith just can’t do. And somewhere in the wild-eyed mind of Jim Harbaugh is a home game against the Giants where Smith threw three interceptions, no touchdowns and was stomped on in his own building. Of course Kaepernick had an almost perfect game and living up to that and taking a team that’s already in first place into the playoffs to make a Super Bowl run is a lot to ask.


As far as what happened on the field goes, the addition of Kaepernick helped one Vernon Davis out a ton. Davis had averaged 39 yards and no touchdowns over the last six weeks before catching six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Bears.  His eight targets tied him for his season high, which he had back in week three. CK is good for VD.



Seattle Seahawks


Sidney Rice: 6-4-8-4-7-BYE (29), Golden Tate: 6-3-7-6-2-BYE (24), Zach Miller: 2-2-5-3-6-BYE (18), Doug Baldwin: 3-2-dnp-3-4-BYE (12), Marshawn Lynch: 1-2-3-2-1-BYE (9), Robert Turbin: 2-1-3-1-0-BYE (7), Ben Obomanu: 1-4-0-dnp-dnp-BYE (5), Michael Robinson: 0-1-1-3-0-BYE (5), Braylon Edwards: 3-2-dnp-dnp-0-BYE (5), Leon Washington: 2-0-2-0-0-BYE (4), Anthony McCoy: 1-1-2-0-0-BYE (4), Charly Martin: dnp-dnp-3-0-dnp-BYE (3), Jermaine Kearse: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-0-BYE (2), Evan Moore: 0-1-1-0-0-BYE (2)


The Seahawks used the bye to read up on new state laws.



St. Louis Rams


Brandon Gibson: 9-7-3-BYE-6-5 (30), Danny Amendola: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-12-11 (23), Chris Givens: 7-5-4-BYE-dnp-7 (23), Austin Pettis: 3-3-5-BYE-4-6 (21), Lance Kendricks: 4-4-4-BYE-6-2 (20), Daryl Richardson: 3-3-4-BYE-2-3 (15), Steven Jackson: 5-0-2-BYE-3-4 (14), Brian Quick: 2-4-4-BYE-1-2 (13), Steve Smith: 2-6-1-BYE-2-dnp (11), Matthew Mulligan: 2-0-2-BYE-0-0 (4), Mike McNeill: 0-0-2-BYE-0-2 (4), Brit Miller: 0-1-0-BYE-1-dnp (2), Isaiah Pead: 1-0-0-BYE-1-0 (2)


Brandon Gibson caught three of five targets for nine yards and two touchdowns. That is not going to happen all that often. But if Danny Amendola can stay whole, he’s never going to ever have a game where he doesn’t have double digit targets, maybe. After Amendola there is just no consistency in the receiving game.


After splitting carries at a 2 to 1 ratio for much of the season, it looked like Steven Jackson had taken back his workhorse status in week ten when he saw 80 percent of the snaps, but last week he dropped down to 54 percent while Daryl Richardson saw 44 percent. And this came while Jackson was tearing it up.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 8-14-6-4-7-11 (50), Mike Williams: 6-8-11-8-4-9 (46), Dallas Clark: 1-6-3-5-1-11 (27), Doug Martin: 4-3-6-5-3-5 (26), Tiquan Underwood: 3-6-5-2-2-2 (20), Danny Ware: 2-1-2-1-0-3 (9), Luke Stocker: 0-1-0-2-1-2 (6), Nate Byham: dnp-0-0-2-0-1 (3), LeGarrette Blount: 0-1-0-0-0-dnp (1), Arrelious Benn: 0-0-1-0-dnp-0 (1), Chris Owusu: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-dnp (1)


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the hunt and they are hunting with their offense.  How often do you see a rookie coach, running back and a free agent wide receiver help turn a  team around so drastically? I was a believer coming into the season, but it is so rare for an offense to click like this one has, so quickly. Josh Freeman’s deep passes are things of beauty and that’s giving Doug Martin a little daylight and that is more than enough for him. According to Pro Football Focus, he is the first running back to break 50 tackles this season. The biggest difference in targets last week was Dallas Clark’s 11 targets, which led to his best game of the season. He has been the fourth option or worse, most of the season, so I’m still taking a wait and see stance on old man Clark.



Washington Redskins


Josh Morgan: 4-2-8-12-BYE-4 (30), Leonard Hankerson: 3-8-4-4-BYE-2 (21), Logan Paulsen: 0-6-6-8-BYE-1 (21), Santana Moss: 4-4-9-2-BYE-1 (20), Evan Royster: 1-1-1-4-BYE-0 (7), Alfred Morris: 2-2-0-1-BYE-1 (6), Brandon Banks: 2-0-0-2-BYE-1 (5),
Aldrick Robinson: 0-1-1-2-BYE-1 (5), Fred Davis: 4-1-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (5), Darrel Young: 1-1-1-0-BYE-1 (4), Niles Paul: 0-1-1-2-BYE-0 (4), Pierre Garcon: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3 (3), Dezmon Briscoe: 0-dnp-2-1-BYE-dnp (3), Chris Cooley: dnp-dnp-1-1-BYE-0 (2)


When you look at the guys Robert Griffin III is throwing to, it’s hard to believe he went 14 for 15 with four touchdown passes. Start RGIII and Alfred Morris and call it a day.



Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus and red zone data from our other friends at The Football Guys.

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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