Here's the deal with Oakland (at least from my perspective...and this might already be in the post, but I want to have my glory
They really stink. Teams know this. They run the ball and rack up 150 yards a game - Oakland has worst rushing defense in the league. Teams score points against Oakland. Oakland doesn't.
Teams don't need to throw on them!
Rivers - 8/11! - 1 TD
Smith - 15/19 - 3 TD's
Plummer - 11/18 - 0 TD
"Not as good" examples:
McNair - 16/33, but it was Baltimore who sucks on offense and McNair's been horrid this year. 1 TD, 1 INT.
Frye - 22/32, but it was Cleveland who sucks on offense and Frye's been horrid this year. Plus he had 3 TD's and 2 INT.
Let's look at Arizona:
They stink at running. I bet even Oakland could break through that line. They are awesome at throwing. Leinart is playing 300% better than McNair/Frye and better than all those others except for maybe Rivers. He could easily have an Alex Smith-like line this week.
I know all the stat sites are predicting Leinart to have an off day, but that's because they just use available data to make projections. When 3/5 of their opponents threw less than 20 times, you're going to have a lower amount of passing yards given up. I say Leinart throws for 250 and 2 TD's at least this week.
(Disclaimer - I am starting Leinart over Kitna this week.