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What to Expect From T.O.


By now you've undoubtedly heard Terrell Owens had no catches the Bills' 27-7 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. I've been asked many times since that game if Owens is officially done as a significant fantasy contributor.

My response has been just the opposite. I'm not saying Owens is going to give you 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns -- he was a lock to reach those benchmarks throughout most of his career -- but don't count him out just yet despite Sunday's goose egg. Even the Bills have intimated as much, with Coach Dick Jauron saying they need to get Owens more involved.

The last time Owens failed to catch a pass was Oct. 14, 1996. The following week, Owens had four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Last season after a slump in which Owens had no more than 38 yards in a five-game strech and had one touchdown over that period, he responded with 213 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco.

Say what you will about Owens as a teammate, but on the field, he generally has responded well to adversity. Owens owners should expect the same this weekend when Buffalo plays Miami, which is ranked 26th in pass defense and has yielded 265 passing yards per game.

The Dolphins have surrendered 229 yards and two touchdowns to Matt Ryan, 303 yards and two touchdowns to Peyton Manning and 303 yards to Philip Rivers. Obviously those three quarterbacks are on a different level than the Bills' Trent Edwards, but regardless, those statistics indicate Miami is sorely lacking against the pass.

If there's any week for Edwards to have a breakout game, this is it. He'll have a motivated Owens looking to make a statement, and he'll have a running game bolstered by the return of Marshawn Lynch from a season-opening three-game suspension.

By Gene Wang  |  October 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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