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QB Nick Foles - Kansas City Chiefs

6-5, 243Born: 1-20-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Alex Smith and company eked out a buzzer-beating 30-27 win at Denver Sunday night (off a karoming field-goal that bounced off an upright and just barely inside the other) in which Smith managed 26/44 for 220 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and six sacks taken for -30 yards. In the continuing absence of Jeremy Maclin (groin injury), Travis Kelce (15 targets for 8/101/0 receiving) and new #1 wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10 for 9/52/1) handled the bulk of Smith's passes - Spencer Ware was third on the team in receiving with two for 2/32/0). Hill also ran in a TD (1/3/1) and returned a kick 86 yards for a third TD last weekend - he's becoming a fantasy force in the final weeks of 2016. The Falcons' pass defense coughed up 25/45 for 274 net yards, two TDs and one interception with two sacks generated for -15 yards to the Cardinals' passing attack last weekend - two weeks ago the Falcons surrendered just 25/36 for 221 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions and notched two sacks of Carson Wentz for -10 yards. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Atlanta has averaged 22.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 20.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-least); with 8.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-most). They enter Week 13 dead last in the NFL averaging 282.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores handed over vs. just seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the league) and 24 sacks (tied for 15th in the NFL) generated so far. The news that top cornerback Desmond Trufant is gone for the season (torn pectoral muscle) and that defensive end Adrian Clayborn will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus and miss three to five weeks, is a double-dose of bad tidings for the Falcons as they enter the run-up to Christmas. This is a good matchup for the so-so Chiefs' attack, given the injury woes of the Falcons entering Week 13.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs JAX 58 20 33 187 1 0 3 -3 0 0 13.05
13 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
13 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 9 vs JAX (20 / 33 / 187 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Foles had an efficient day, completing 20 of 33 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown, and kept the confidence that the Chiefs coaching staff had in him by not turning the ball over. Foles had his work cut out for him on a day where the Jaguars bottled up the Chiefs wide receivers with very good coverage in the secondary. Foles set the tempo from the start, looking deep for Travis Kelce on the first drive of the game, completing a 23 yard pass while throwing a beautiful rainbow that dropped right into Kelce's hand, in stride. Foles threw his lone touchdown with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter, finding Albert Wilson for a 23 yard touchdown. Foles showed nice touch on the ball, as Wilson ran a straight go route from the inside slot position on the right hash mark, running right by a Jacksonville defender and making a nice over the shoulder catch in the back of the end zone. Foles was somewhat quiet for the rest of the game, although it should be noted that he attempted throws down the field with much more frequency than that of his counterpart, Alex Smith. Without Jeremy Maclin, and going against stout Jacksonville coverage, Foles was unable to get much going, but he was able to set the Chiefs up for four touchdowns and that turned out to be the difference in the game.

2016 Week 8 vs IND (16 / 22 / 223 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Foles saw his first extended action of the 2016 season, and played very well in relief of Alex Smith. Foles completed 16 of 22 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He showed off impressive command of the Chiefs offense and generated more plays down the field than his counterpart, Smith. This was especially true on his touchdown pass to Tyreke Hill. Hill ran a basic go route and after Foles looked to his right, he found Hill streaking down the left sideline for a 34 yard touchdown. While the pass only traveled around 30 yards in the air, it was the type of throw that Smith has been reluctant to try. Foles superior arm strength was also on display when he found Travis Kelce for a 37 yard completion late in the 3rd quarter. Foles was rushed out of the pocket to his left and ended up throwing a beautiful ball across his body, dropping it in tight coverage where Kelce secured the catch. The play was eventually overturned, but again, it was the type of play that the Chiefs have been lacking in the passing game and Foles may have found a fantastic opportunity to get his career on track again.


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