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WR Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

5-10, 199Born: 8-2-1988College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Week 16: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matthew Stafford (34/45 for 390 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown) and Calvin Johnson (16 targets for 11/146/2 receiving) blew up against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day en route to a 34-17 victory. Golden Tate also saw double-digit targets (ten for 8/89/0) as the Lions stomped the Bears that day. Since then, Stafford hasn't thrown an interception and the Lions have collected a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay (26/34 for 311 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions) and a 16-14 squeaker (17/28 for 153 yards passing, one TD and zeo interceptions thrown) over Minnesota. The Lions' passing attack is on a roll with 15 targets for 12/211/1 going to Johnson over the past two weeks; 12 for 11/88/1 flowing to Tate; and 11 for 9/91/1 landing in Joique Bell's arms. It's all good for the Lions' offense right now. The Bears' pass D is not good, with 29/36 for 360 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Drew Brees in Chicago on Monday night, after Tony Romo lit them up for 21/26 yielding 203 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions two games ago. That's eight TDs allowed and zero interceptions generated by the secondary over the past three games for those keeping score at home (the New Orleans and Dallas games both went down in Solider Field, by the way). Uggh. Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NE 1 13 0 11 4 97 0 0
13 vs CHI 0 0 0 10 8 89 0 0
14 vs TB 0 0 0 5 4 50 0 0
15 vs MIN 2 5 0 7 7 38 1 0
16 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CHI (10 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)

Calvin Johnson stole the show in the impressive Detroit victory against the Bears, but Golden Tate had a quality showing in his own right. Tate did not see a target until the mid-second quarter; he worked from the backfield and Chicago had no answer matchup-wise as Tate gained more than 20 yards. Tate was at his best in close confines as he converted a contested hitch route on third down, a deep out route, and shook two defenders on a smoke screen - all in the second half. Even with Calvin Johnson seeing north of 35% of the team targets, Tate still saw 22% as the rest of the pass-game options are lackluster by comparison.

2014 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

Tate was his usual efficient self as the secondary receiving option against Tampa Bay. Calvin Johnson was dominant and Tate feasted upon single coverage on his limited touches. Tate broke tackle attempts with regularity and multiple receiver screen opportunities have been a weekly routine. In the first half Tate broke three tackles on two screen receptions for 25 yards in addition to a slant route. In the second half, Tate's game was off. In addition to a rare false start penalty that turned third-and-short into a missed conversion and a punt, Tate uncharacteristically dropped a crossing route that would have been at least a 10-yard gain. Add to those miscues Matthew Stafford missing an open Tate at the goal line, instead throwing into traffic on the opposite side of the field, and Tate's tepid stat line could have approached 100 yards and a touchdown this week.

2014 Week 15 vs MIN (7 / 7 / 38 / 1 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Tate was active in the first half against the Vikings, but well-defensed compared to his typical short-area dominance after the catch. Tate saw early opportunities with screen targets; however, Minnesota was all of him. Multiple defenders pinned in Tate, including on a reverse carry. Tate continued to see the ball, which paid off. Tate broke an arm tackle on a red zone out route en route to the end zone. He converted a third down reception in the second quarter as well. The Lions offense struggled as a whole, but Tate led the Lions in targets and now has at least five receptions in 11-of-14 games this season.


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Overall Dynasty - 77, 63

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