This article is part of our On Target series.
With most of the big money out of the way, it is time to celebrate what is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Week 17 has a great mix of really important games, must-win scenarios, as well as all of our personal favorite bench-warmers getting to play. Joe Webb? Sure! Jeff Janis? Hope so! Akeem Hunt? Come on down! This celebration of the season would not be complete without analyzing some good, bad and interesting WR/CB matchups.
Julio Jones vs Carolina
Jones has the highest-graded matchup for any wide receiver going this week. It's worth noting that the way PFF does their matchup grading includes WR skill, so a good wide receiver will have a better grade against a mediocre CB than a mediocre WR does against a bad DB. That being said, Jones has a big size advantage on the player expected to shadow him, James Bradberry. Jones had another big game last week but left without scoring a touchdown. I expect that trend to be reversed this week. The Falcons also technically have a shot at the playoffs so they have to win this week, ensuring plenty of playing time for Jones.
Keenan Allen vs Oakland
Allen ended up being atrocious last week due to a bad game script, but in this must-win game for the Chargers, I expect him to have a better showing. Antonio Gates played hero last week but Allen still leads the team in all meaningful