Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Detroit Lions 17

What you need to know

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Injuries were the story of the day as Tampa Bay lost two more receivers to hamstring pulls. Breshad Perriman showed us his best Mike Evans impression as he and Jameis Winston hooked up for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Godwin posted another big day before leaving the game with a hamstring injury midway through the 3rd quarter. Receiver Scotty Miller returned and looked sharp with three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown before leaving late in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury. Evans, Godwin, and Miller are all currently nursing hamstring injuries. Tampa Bay's running game remains nonexistent. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting returned an interception for a touchdown midway the 4th quarter to help put the game on ice.

Detroit Lions - Backup Quarterback David Blough struggled against Tampa Bay on Sunday in a home loss. Blough was inaccurate and held back by poor arm strength which put a cap on Kenny Golladayís production. Wes Hills started for the Lions and struggled running on the interior, but managed to score two goal-line touchdowns. Danny Amendola had a strong game, including a deep reception, but Kenny Golladay was held back by Bloughís inaccuracy.

QB Jameis Winston, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 42 - 458 - 4 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0 - Winston posted perhaps his most brilliant performance of the season despite starting the game without Mike Evans and losing first Scotty Miller and then Chris Godwin to injury. He hooked up with Breshad Perriman for three touchdowns, and Miller for one more. Winston tossed another opening-drive interception this week, but at least warmed up with a couple of completions to his own receivers(Jones and Miller) before hitting a Detroit linebacker sitting in coverage while looking for Ronald Jones on a stick route out of the backfield. Winston found Perriman for an 34 yard touchdown on a deep post route after the receiver roasted his defender on the route in the 1st quarter. Scotty Miller was the recipient of Winston's next touchdown throw, a deep corner route that saw the speedy receiver burn everyone on the defense. Winston found Breshad Perriman for a second touchdown in the 2nd quarter after extending the play with some nifty footwork in the pocket. Perriman worked his way open on a crossing route as Winston scrambled. Winston and Perriman hooked up one final time late in the 4th quarter. On 3rd and 4 from the Detroit 25, Perriman lined up in the slot in a bunch formation and beat his defender to the back of the end zone, where Winston floated a perfect pass for the pair's final score of the day.

RB Ronald Jones, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 23 - 0, Rec: 1 - 26 - 0 (3 targets) - Jones started the day off with a nice 26 yard gain on an out route out of the backfield on his first touch, but picked up only 23 yards rushing for the rest of the day on 11 carries. He could not reel in either of his other targets in the passing game.

RB Peyton Barber, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 17 - 0, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (2 targets) - Barber and Jones were pretty even with their touches, and both were equally ineffective. Barber had two late receptions to help extend a clock-killing 4th quarter drive-9 yards on a checkdown pass from Winston, then another 14 yards on a halfback screen two plays later. He totaled just 17 yard on his 10 carries.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets) - Ogunbowale had a slow week doing his usual sporadic work on passing downs. He lined up as a receiver and caught an out route for a 13 yard gain in the 2nd quarter and logged one carry at the end of the first half. He also returned kicks.

WR Breshad Perriman, 67 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 5 - 113 - 3 (6 targets) - Perriman worked as the number two receiver behind Godwin, catching two of his touchdowns before Godwin left with injury in the 3rd quarter and one after. He started his day out with a 22 yard gain on a deep crossing route in the 1st quarter. Perriman split out wide left and scorched his defender for a 34 yard touchdown on a deep post route later in the 1st quarter. Winston found him for a second touchdown midway through the second quarter after Perriman worked his way open on a crossing route while Winston bought time with his feet. Perriman had a step on his defender for a big gain down the right sideline in the 3rd quarter, but Winston overthrew him. Late in the 4th quarter on 3rd and 4, Perriman lined up in the slot in a bunch formation and burned his defender again, catching a third touchdown pass in the back of the end zone for another 25 yard score. The three touchdowns match a season high for Perriman, who should be the number one option for Tampa Bay the next couple of weeks with Justin Watson working as the number two.

WR Chris Godwin, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 121 - 0 (7 targets) - Godwin posted another game of 100+ yards before leaving in the second half with an injury. He lined up in a tight bunch formation and got open on a deep out route in the 1st quarter, turning up the sideline for a 51 yard gain. He stiff-armed a tackler to the ground on a 20 yard catch and run from the slot in the 2nd quarter. Godwin got loose up the left sideline for a 38 yard gain from Winston in the 3rd quarter. Later in the 3rd, Godwin pulled up lame with a non-contact injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring pull.

WR Scott Miller, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 1 (3 targets) - Miller looked sharp before re-injuring his hamstring. He caught a bubble screen and ripped off a 15 yard gain that negated by a block in the back penalty early in the 1st. He grabbed an out route for an 11 yard gain later in the 1st. He lined up in the left slot and took the top off the defense for a 33 yard touchdown on a deep corner route. Miller left at the end of the 1st quarter after aggravating his hamstring.

WR Justin Watson, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (2 targets) - Watson showed us a low floor this week as he drew a disappointing target total despite Mike Evans missing the game and Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller exiting with injures. Watson took a backset to Breshad Perriman, who was able to consistently burn the Detroit defense with his speed. Watson lined up in the slot and picked up a five yard gain on a curl route in the 1st quarter. He picked up one more 12 yard gain on a curl route to help extend a late drive and run out the clock in the 4th.

TE O.J. Howard, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (8 targets) - Howard drew a team-high 8 targets, getting some extra looks with Mike Evans out with injury while Godwin and Miller left during the game. Howard got open on a deep corner route for a 25 yard gain in the 1st quarter. Winston hit Howard for a pair of consecutive gains on short routes during the two minute drill at the end of the 1st half. Howard was not targeted in the end zone this week.

TE Cameron Brate, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (7 targets) - Brate tight for second on the team with seven targets, but couldn't find the end zone this week. He grabbed an out route on in the 1st quarter for a 9 yard gain. He made a tough catch in traffic while taking a shot on a crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Brate's longest catch went for 16 yards up the right sideline in the 4th quarter.

TE Tanner Hudson, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets) - Hudson mixed into the tight end rotation and looked a lot like Cameron Brate on a 14 yard catch up the seam in the 4th quarter, his only target.

QB David Blough, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 43 - 260 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0 - David Blough struggled against the Tampa Bay defense in a loss on Sunday. Blough was bad early, missing throws and struggling with decision-making. Blough was hurt by a couple of drops, but his poor performance was a result of poor arm strength and bad throws. Blough was intercepted twice, including a throw late over the middle that sailed because he threw off his back foot, and an out route where he stared down his receiver for a pick-6. He had a shot for a touchdown on a long throw to Danny Amendola who was tackled inside the 5-yard line, and another throw on the same drive where Amenolda was tackled just short of the end zone. Blough will get a tough matchup against the Broncos and should be nowhere near lineups.

RB Wes Hills, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 21 - 2, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (2 targets) - Wes Hills drew the start with Bo Scarbrough missing week 15 with an injury. Hills was ineffective most of the game with Detroit unable to establish an offensive rhythm behind a poor performance by David Blough. Hills had three goal-line carries and was able to convert two of them for touchdowns. Hills had little other running success but caught both of his targets for only one yard. Hills faces Denver next week, but week one starter Kerryon Johnson is eligible to return from injured reserve for the game.

WR Danny Amendola, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 102 - 0 (13 targets) - Danny Amendola had one of his best games of the season against Tampa Bay with Marvin Jones missing the game with an injury. Detroitís offense started poorly with David Blough struggling, but Amendola came on strong from the late second quarter on. Amendola caught two passes on a late second-quarter drive, before striking deep in the second half with a highlight catch in contested double coverage where he drew defensive pass interference. The catch set the Lions up at the goal line where he caught another pass that was stopped just short of the goal line. He added a couple of catches later in the game that occurred when the game was out of hand. Despite the near misses for touchdown chances and the poor play by Blough, Amendola had a good game and will look to keep it going next week at Denver.

WR Kenny Golladay, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (7 targets) - Kenny Golladay had a down performance against the Packers on Sunday, a result of poor play from backup quarterback David Blough. Golladay was held without a catch in the first half, and Blough missed multiple throws to Golladay. Golladay was involved in the second half to salvage his fantasy day, as he caught a ball across the middle and had an excellent catch along the sideline for a third down conversion. Golladayís long catch was a deep out route late in the third quarter. He did draw a target that was out of bounds near the goal line and a late desperation target that was broken up that could have helped his day. Golladay will get a matchup with Denver next week but will be tough to trust with Blough at quarterback.


Chicago Bears 13, Green Bay Packers 21

What you need to know

Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears struggled against the Packers on Sunday in a loss. Mitchell Trubisky struggled with accuracy but was able to funnel targets to Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller to produce strong fantasy days for each receiver. David Montgomery struggled running the ball, while Tarik Cohen continued to be heavily involved in the passing game.

Green Bay Packers - The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-13 to improve their record to 11-3 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing three times for 23 yards. Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for seven yards. Davante Adams led the Packers with seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jake Kumerow caught one pass for 49 yards, while Geronimo Allison had two catches for 19 yards. Allen Lazard caught two passes for 14 yards. Jimmy Graham recorded only one catch for zero yards on four targets.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 84 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 53 - 334 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 29 - 0 - Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Trubisky took a couple of bad sacks and missed numerous throws with bad footwork which held back the Chicago offense. Trubisky threw two interceptions. The first one was a Hail Mary at the end of the first half and the second was a short throw that was intercepted by a defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. Trubisky threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Miller near the goal line on a slant route to buoy his final stat line. Trubisky did run four times and was decisive when he chose to run and nearly completed a prayer pass to Riley Ridley in the back of the end zone at the end of the game that could have made his day better. Trubisky should get a high-volume passing game next week against the Chiefs.

RB David Montgomery, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 39 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets) - David Montgomery struggled at Green Bay on Sunday. Montgomery had little running room on the interior until later in the game on a trip to the red zone where Montgomery got two carries inside the ten, including one where he was stopped just short of the end zone. Montgomery had only one reception but had another called back by a penalty when he made a good catch on a low throw. Montgomery will have a home matchup against the Chiefs on Sunday night where he could be harmed by negative game script.

RB Tarik Cohen, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 28 - 0, Rec: 7 - 57 - 0 (10 targets) - Tarik Cohen was heavily involved in the passing game against the Packers in a loss on the road. Cohen was frequently used in the screen game and was a check down safety outlet for Mitchell Trubisky. Cohen did get eight carries in the rushing game, but like David Montgomery, he struggled to get any interior running room established. Cohenís fantasy value at this point in the season is linked to his reception value in PPR leagues and he is a low touchdown probability player next week against the Chiefs.

WR Anthony Miller, 79 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 118 - 1 (15 targets) - Anthony Miller continued his streak of hot play against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Miller was used in the screen game frequently and caught multiple balls in tight windows over the middle of the field. He broke his big gain on a deep over route off a throwback concept where he broke wide open. Miller also scored a touchdown at the goal line on a slant route from the slot where he broke open for the score. Miller had the opportunity for a bigger gain but had a drop and could not stay inbounds on a long target along the perimeter. Miller has consolidated his role as the second receiver in the offense with the passing game funneling through Allen Robinson, Miller, and Tarik Cohen. He has a good opportunity for passing volume next week against the Chiefs.

WR Allen Robinson, 80 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 125 - 0 (14 targets) - Allen Robinson led the Bears in receiving yards against the Packers in a loss on Sunday. Robinson was targeted 14 times but started slowly with a conversion on the first drive of the game before going quiet for the remainder of the half. Robinson then exploded in the second half, with a big catch down the sideline, a back-shoulder catch, and a deep out. He also caught multiple in-breaking routes. Robinson could have had an even bigger game, but was missed on multiple errant throws by Mitchell Trubisky. Robinson will get a matchup against the Chiefs next week.

QB Aaron Rodgers, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 33 - 203 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 23 - 0 - Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Rodgers also rushed three times for 23 yards. This was not a banner game for Rodgers and the Packers offense, as he dipped below a 50% completion percentage for the first time all year. With that said, Rodgers stats could have easily been much, much better had Marquez Valdes-Scantling not dropped a 70 yard pass that would have gone for a touchdown had he come up with the grab. That would have given Rodgers a solid fantasy outing, but the story of the Packers receivers this year has been the lack of a #2 option behind Adams stepping up when given a chance to make a play. Rodgers can only do so much, and while it looks like his stats have taken a big hit in the second half of the season, it has not been his fault most of the time. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the game came with the Packers facing a fourth and four from the Bears 29 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams the whole time. Adams was lined up in the inside left-slot position and made a stutter-step off the line before accelerating on down the field a straight go-route. Adams got a step on his defender and Rodgers was able to loft the ball over the defenderís head without leading Adams too far into the end zone where a Bears defender would have been waiting to hit him hard. The pass was just a little behind Adams in stride, but it was good placement and allowed Adams to go up and make the catch while still keeping his momentum moving forward to the end zone. The end-result was a 29 yard touchdown that came on fourth down, a very aggressive play call but one that paid off for Rodgers. That was the highlight of the day for Rodgers, but he was able to do just enough and make plays at crucial times that helped the Packers move the ball and set up Jones for two touchdown runs.

RB Aaron Jones, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 51 - 2 - Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Jones did not have a target in the passing game, which is starting to feel like a trend as he hasnít had a catch in three of his last five games which coincides with the return of Davante Adams from injury. Jones had less than 20 yards rushing at halftime, but he was able to salvage a tough day by scoring two touchdowns in the second half. Jones first touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a first and 10 from the Bears 21 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who was running off his left tackle. A Bears defender cheated up to the line of scrimmage and funneled Jones towards the middle of the field. Jones cut hard inside and was able to break through a diving leg tackle attempt by that Bears defender. He then cut back to the outside of the field and stiff-armed another Bears defender on his way to a 21 yard touchdown run. It was the type of play that displays Jones natural ability as a runner with vision, power and speed. Jones second touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a second and one from the Bears two yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who went barreling through the left side of the line. The Packers offensive line did a great job of sealing off the Bears defenders and creating a hole for Jones to rush through. Jones met a Bears defender at the goal line, got low and bowled him over on his way to the two yard touchdown. Again, Jonesí power on display and this run will probably serve as a PSA for future defenders who have ideas on stuffing Jones at the goal line when he has a full head of steam.

RB Jamaal Williams, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 26 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets) - Jamaal Williams rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for seven yards on one target in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. There wasnít much room for Williams in this game, as Jones didnít really get much going until the second half and made the most of his opportunities in the red zone before Williams could get a crack. Williams had two runs of six yards, while his other six attempts all went for less than three yards. Williams has a defined role in this offense, and that is to spell Jones and make sure that he doesnít wear down before the Packers get to the playoffs. He is touchdown dependent though, as he doesnít have the big play ability to turn 10 touches into big yardage. Since Adams returned from injury, Williams is seeing more of the passing downs since the Packers do not have to try and manufacture big plays in the passing game through Jones. He is a risky play the next two weeks, but with the Packers fighting for playoff seeding and the coaching staff wanting Jones to be 100% come the playoffs, Williams does have enough upside to warrant being a flex play.

WR Davante Adams, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 103 - 1 (13 targets) - Davante Adams caught seven passes for 103 yards and one touchdown on 13 targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Adams was a big part of the Packers moving the ball, as he accounted for roughly 40% of Rodgers targets and over 50% of his passing yards. Adams came up big at various points in this game, including a fourth and four from the Bears 29 yard line that went for a touchdown. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking to Adams the whole time. Adams was lined up in the inside left-slot position and made a stutter-step off the line that got his defender to be flat footed trying to guess where Adams was going. Once Adams saw this he accelerated down the field on a straight go-route and Rodgers was able to loft the ball over Adams defender on a rope. The ball was a little behind Adams, but not in a bad way as he was able to adjust to the ball while still keeping his body moving towards the end zone before crossing the goal line for a 29 yard touchdown. Adams also came up big on the Packers first possession of the second half, turning a crossing route into a 34 yard gain that took the Packers down to the Bears 38 yard line. This play went a long way in setting up Jones first rushing touchdown. Adams then had three catches on the Packers next touchdown drive, which along with Jake Kumerowís 49 yard catch, set up the Packers deep in Chicago territory.

WR Allen Lazard, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets) - Allen Lazard caught two passes for 14 yards on three targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Lazard continues to play the most snaps out of the Packers wide receivers behind Adams, but that has not translated into fantasy relevance. The Packers seem content with riding Jones and Adams with a little Williams mixed in, so Lazard has gone the way of Allison and Valdes-Scantling before him, promising players who canít take advantage of being the #2 receiver in a Rodgers led offense.

WR Jake Kumerow, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 49 - 0 (1 targets) - Jake Kumerow caught one pass for 49 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Kumerow didnít see a whole lot of playing time in this game but he did come up big when given an opportunity. With the Packers facing a third and four from the Bears 40 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and looked for Kumerow on an intermediate pass along the right sideline. Kumerow made the catch and then hit the breaks hard as a Bears defender came up to try and tackle him. Kumerow faked him out and then took off down the right sideline where he was met by three Chicago defenders who tried to tackle him. Kumerow shook them off with a spin move and was able to pick up another 15 yards before being tackled at the Bears 11 yard line. This play set up Jones second touchdown run and ended up being the points that the Packers needed to win the game.

TE Jimmy Graham, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (4 targets) - Jimmy Graham caught one pass for zero yards on four targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Graham has seen his involvement in the Packers offense dwindle week by week and it has finally reached the point where Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are better options than Graham. Tight end is not a position that you can depend on right now for the Packers, and it looks as though this may be the end of Grahamís career as he is not moving well on the field and his feet look extremely slow and heavy.


Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Oakland Raiders 16

What you need to know

Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jacksonville Jaguars may have picked up their first win in almost 50 days when they defeated the Oakland Raiders 20-16 in a comeback victory. While Jacksonville scores 17 unanswered points in the second half, it was a tough day for the offense after being held to only two first downs and three points at halftime. A string of drives in the second half and improved red zone passing got the offense moving in the second half though, resulting in a game-winning touchdown drive.

Oakland Raiders - -Derek Carr played well but the offense got too conservative in the second half while trying to run out the clock.

-Josh Jacobs was a workhorse (26 touches) despite playing through a serious shoulder injury. He didnít break off any big plays but was consistently productive.

-Darren Waller was the go-to pass catcher, seeing over 30% of the targets and racking up nearly half of the receiving yardage on the day.

-Aside from Waller, Carr spread it around. Eight different pass catchers saw either two or three targets each

QB Gardner Minshew, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 29 - 201 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0 - Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew had a lackadaisical start to the game as Jacksonville tried to stretch the field early on. He did make a great third down throw to Keelan Cole for a 55-yard gain on the game's first drive, an impressive throw to a wide open Cole despite Minshew being hit as he threw. He completed only two other passes in the first half though, ending the half 3/10 for 69 yards. He had issues with accuracy downfield and to the sidelines, often sailing a pass because of pressure.

He was on fire in the second half though Get to a more quick passing offense. Miss you look more comfortable in his open targets drop the second half, leading three scoring drives on the game's final three possessions. He threw a six-yard touchdown to Chris Conley with about five minutes left, an accurate strike on a slant. Then Minshew went 4/5 for 48 yards on the final drive of the game, making accurate intermediate passes to Conley and finding Fournette as an open checkdown. He also ran for a first down, one of his two big scrambles on the day.

Finally, Minshew read a zero blitz on third-and-goal from the four yard line with 0:34 left and anticipated Conley coming open on a slant. He threw the pass before the corner could close, and led a road comeback victory in the process.

RB Leonard Fournette, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 42 - 0, Rec: 5 - 31 - 0 (7 targets) - It was mostly tough sledding for Leonard Fournette on Sunday, rushing 15 times for only 42 yards. He had a 24-yard run that was called back in the second half due to a blocking in the back penalty, but he was otherwise left to only minimal gains and losses. Too often he tried to find a cutback lane and ended up losing because he was trying to do too much. Not all of the game and lack of production was his fault but a decent amount of blame does have to go his way. On the other hand, the third year running back was running hard after contact, and picking up a lot of short yardage conversions because he was able to fall forward and gain extra yards.

As a receiver, Fournette again showed he is a valuable piece on the field, finishing the game with five catches for 31 yards. Out of the backfield, Fournette did a good job of getting yards after the catch especially on the games final drive well he was able to make defender miss in space and get 15 yards on two catches, including one to get the ball to the 4 yard line.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 2 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0 - Ryquell Armstead played only two snaps, getting one carry for one yard. With Leonard Fournette in the fold, Armstead isn't going to see the field.

WR Chris Conley, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 49 - 2 (8 targets) - Conley didn't make a ton of grabs but he had three catches late in the game that were some of the biggest plays made in the entire 60 minute clash. Early on he struggled getting separation and did not win any balls down the field. He finished the game with four catches for 49 yards, but three of those catches and 31 of those yards came on the game's final two drives.

He caught the aforementioned first touchdown by having a clean release off of the line and then securing the ball through contact. Now on the final drive, he caught a pass on drag route and turned it up field by out running angles and turning it into a 21 yard gain to get Jacksonville into Oakland territory. Finally, he again had a good release off of the line with a slant and for his head around just in time to catch the final touchdown pass. He's had issues with his hands this season, but he was clutch in Oakland.

WR Dede Westbrook, 53 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (4 targets) - Despite no Chark, Westbrook was an afterthought on Sunday. He caught two passes for 14 yards and had one drop. He simply only sees high percentage targets that don't give him much of a chance to make a play, but he also has trouble separating so this is understandable.

WR Keelan Cole, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 76 - 0 (6 targets) - Playing the number three wide receiver spot in the offense because of the injury to Chark, Cole made some explosive plays early on. He beat an Oakland corner with a double move to come wide open down the field. He caught the deep pass and got a few yards after the catch, showing nice quickness and vision. After that he was mostly quiet, but he did catch a 12 yard curl on a third-and-10 in the second half, a big play to keep Jacksonville in scoring position.

QB Derek Carr, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 36 - 267 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0 - Carr had a strong game despite fairly modest numbers. He hit Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Carr hit Williams in stride over the middle on a crossing route and Williams broke a tackle to get loose for the long score. Carr was on the same page with Darren Waller throughout the game, hooking up with his big tight end for a number of chunk gains. Sacks and penalties caused a few Raiders drives to stall but it looked like the game was in hand. With the Raiders looking to ice the game late, Carr ran for 11 yards and slid before going out of bounds prior to the two-minute warning. The refs made the incorrect call judging he went out of bounds, which may have been the difference in the game. The Raiders missed a field goal and Jacksonville had enough time to score the go-ahead touchdown. Carr got the ball back with thirty seconds left and quickly got the team in position for a couple Hail Mary attempts. Both were batted down in the end zone.

RB Josh Jacobs, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 89 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - After sitting out last week with a shoulder injury, Jacobs stepped right back into his workhorse role. He played 57% of the snaps, which is right in line with his season average and handled 26 touches. He showed his blend of power and short-area quickness on a number of runs and was generally able to earn positive yardage when needed to keep the offense moving. Unlike some previous weeks, Jacobs was never really able to break through to the second level. None of his 24 runs went for more than nine yards. There also werenít any goal line opportunities. The Raiders offense got inside the Jacksonville 15-yard line just once and that was for one passing play in the final seconds of the first half. Jacobs had a few strong runs late to pick up first downs as the Raiders attempted to run the clock out.

RB DeAndre Washington, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 16 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (3 targets) - After the big game filling in for Josh Jacobs last week, Washington was an afterthought in Week 15. He played just 15% of the snaps. He caught a 9-yard pass on the opening drive and had a few nice runs up the middle. He was also dropped for a pair of big losses, including a blown up run play where he took a huge hit that went for minus-four yards.

RB Jalen Richard, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (3 targets) - Richard played 29% of the snaps, his ninth-straight game playing between 20 and 40% of the offenseís snaps. He had most of his production in the two-minute drill just before halftime. He took a draw through a big hole up the middle and got into the secondary but slipped when trying to make a cut on a gain of 11. He took a well-blocked screen for a gain of 24 yards on the next play.

WR Tyrell Williams, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 45 - 1 (3 targets) - Williams played a season-high 72 snaps (96%) but was only targeted three times. On the opening drive, he caught a short crossing route and ran through an attempted arm tackle by the safety to get loose for a 40-yard touchdown. He drew an illegal contact penalty on a third down throw in his direction.

TE Darren Waller, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 122 - 0 (10 targets) - Waller was again Carrís go-to target again. His 10 targets were more than three times those of any other Raiders pass catcher. He started the game off on fire with five catches for 86 yards in the first quarter. Each of them going for at least 10 yards and a first down with the longest gain going for 36 yards on a pretty over the shoulder grab deep down the left sideline. He had a short catch called back due to an illegal formation in the second quarter. He made a 20-yard grab over the middle to setup a field goal in the final seconds before halftime, putting him over 100 yards in the first half. Waller had a very quiet second half, however. The Raiders seemed comfortably in control and mostly played it safe running the ball. After a pair of late Jacksonville touchdowns, the Raiders were forced to be aggressive in the final minute and Waller was again key. He drew a 33-yard interference penalty streaking down the seam. Then he went low for a 10-yard diving grab over the middle that put the Raiders in position for a couple Hail Mary attempts at the end zone. It was another standout performance for Waller who is far and away the most dangerous weapon on the Raiders offense.


Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27

What you need to know

Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles needed comeback mode to notch a needed divisional win over Washington to set up next weekís showdown with the Cowboys. Carson Wentz optimized his weapons with Greg Ward being the featured receiver on their game-winning touchdown drive, catching three passes including a contested touchdown. Miles Sanders had a career-best game, totaling 172 yards and two touchdowns as a strong receiving threat and workhorse runner. Wentzís ball security was a question mark with two in-pocket fumbles, one a critical fourth quarter turnover in their own territory but rebounded with a series of big-time throws.

Washington Redskins - Washington had some positive play from their quarterback today and it impacted the entire offense. Quarterback progression will be the biggest key as the season winds down. They will need to see more consistent plays from Dwayne Haskins in order to move into the offseason feeling like they can build around him. Todayís game showed the offense has potential as they scored close to thirty points.

QB Carson Wentz, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 43 - 266 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0 - Wentz lead the Eagles to a comeback win over Washington with a series of high-level throws in the second half, including a long game-winning touchdown drive. Wentz found Greg Ward, the de facto lead receiver, on three occasions on the final drive, including a floating contested score to the back pylon. Wentz extended numerous plays, both with positive and negative plays. Wentz surrendered two fumbles in the pocket with Washington recovering one in the fourth quarter. Wentz also extended plays to the tune of a season-highlight throw past two defenders for a Miles Sanders touchdown in the corner of the end zone and later with a deep one-handed grab by Dallas Goedert.

RB Miles Sanders, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 122 - 1, Rec: 6 - 50 - 1 (6 targets) - Sanders had a career (to-date) game against Washington as a two-way producer. Sanders had 172 total yards, excelling both as a rusher and receiver. Sandersí patience and smooth acceleration were on display as he beat three defenders on a flat reception on additional yardage and late in the game exploded on a third-and-long draw play for more than 50 yards to flip the field at a key moment. Sanders also hauled in an impressive touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone, barely staying in bounds as Carson Wentz extended the play. Sanders added a touchdown on the ground after getting to the goal line on a red zone run, with a too-easy jaunt to the perimeter.

RB Boston Scott, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 26 - 0, Rec: 7 - 39 - 0 (7 targets) - Scott remained productive with the secondary role to Miles Sanders as Jordan Howard was inactive against Washington. Scott fumbled early in the game (the Eagles recovered), but consistently made positive plays otherwise. Scott converted two third-down plays in the game and was outstanding in the screen game with explosion on the opening yards of his touches.

WR Greg Ward, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 61 - 1 (9 targets) - Ward has emerged as the de facto lead receiver for the injury-riddled Eagles depth chart in recent weeks. Ward was quiet until the fourth quarter with only a third-down conversion of note until the final minutes of the game. Ward exploded as an impact player on the Eaglesí final drive especially as he adjusted on a slant throw behind him, churning down to the goal line on another reception, and finally hauling in a crossing route touchdown as Carson Wentz floated a contested pass to the corner pylon. Ward secured the pass and ultimately the win for the Eagles over Washington.

TE Dallas Goedert, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 55 - 0 (6 targets) - Goedert made two highlight plays against Washington, both for chunk yardage. Goedert hurdled a defender and churned through contact on a screen play and later added a highlight one-handed reception on a deep out as the Eagles were in comeback mode. Goedertís lone missed opportunity was a contested sideline pass tipped away by the defender as Goedert optimized his other five targets in the game. With the Eaglesí injuries at wide receiver Goedertís weekly involved has been far more consistent this season and especially down the stretch.

TE Zach Ertz, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 1 (10 targets) - Ertz zoomed to a fast start against Washington with three receptions in the first quarter alone, including breaking a tackle for a long gain as Carson Wentz beat the blitz. However, Ertzís impact slowed outside of a wide-open pick-play goal line touchdown in the second half, which included a third-down drop. Ertz did lead the Eagles in targets and has four touchdowns over the past four games and an outside chance at 100 receptions on the season with two games to play.

QB Dwayne Haskins, 53 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 28 - 261 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 0 - Dwayne Haskins may have had his best game of the season against the Eagles. He demonstrated improved command and decisiveness in the pocket. He still struggled with inaccuracies and recorded a lost fumble. However, he made more plays in the passing game than normal. Dwayne threw two touchdowns, and both were impressive considering how he has looked recently. His first touchdown involved more ďrun after catchĒ but he delivered a strike to Terry McLaurin for a seventy-five-yard score. He managed to find Terry for a short pass in coverage but the decisiveness on his read and throw refreshing considering his reluctance most times. The second touchdown thrown was a dime in the back of the endzone. It was a great read on Dwayneís behalf as he identified the cornerback out of position and placed the ball directly over the back of his helmet. This was an encouraging outing for Dwayne although against a horrendous secondary. Hopefully he can carry some of the positive play from today into next week.

RB Adrian Peterson, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 66 - 1, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (3 targets) - Adrian Peterson was able to maintain a role in this game as the game script was in his favor. The game was close throughout and allowed Washington to keep him involved. Adrian had a total of nineteen touches as sixteen were on the ground. It is incredible how effective he continues to look for an older running back. Averaging four yards per carry and constantly shedding the first tackler helped keep Washington ahead of schedule on downs. He added one of three touchdowns scored in this game as he took a handoff and reversed field to find the endzone. Adrianís famous jump cut is still alive and when the game script is positive, he continues to prove he can contribute.

RB Josh Ferguson, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0 - Josh Ferguson tallied three carries in this game as the third string running back. He was not a factor in Washingtonís offense.

RB Chris Thompson, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (3 targets) - Chris Thompson didnít have a carry in this game but managed to record two catches. He wasnít as involved this week as it seems the coaching staff wanted to establish the run. Chrisí opportunities are usually increased when Washington is facing a deficit. In this case, as the third down passing back his chances to contribute were limited.

WR Steven Sims, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 45 - 1 (11 targets) - Steven Sims led the team in targets with eleven but was only able to haul in five of them. His five catches only went for forty-five yards, but it also included a touchdown. Stevenís touchdown was a dime in the back of the endzone in traffic. He was missed on two particular throws that could have given him a much better stat line. Dwayne was unable to connect with Steven twice in the third quarter as Steven had advantage in coverage, but bad ball placement sent them incomplete. It was encouraging to see Steven more involved, but his ball skills and route running are still a work in progress.

WR Terry McLaurin, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 130 - 1 (5 targets) - Terry McLaurin caught all five of his targets for a total of one hundred and thirty yards. His biggest catch came on a seventy-five-yard touchdown in the first quarter. His speed is elite but the suddenness he showed after the catch was just as impressive. Aside of the long touchdown, he wasnít as impactful although he did have a couple of catches resulting in first downs. The chemistry between him and the quarterback seems to be improving as this was the first time all year they connected on all targets. Today was a perfect example that if Washington can get Terry the ball then good things will happen.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets) - Kelvin Harmon caught two of his three targets versus the Eagles. He wasnít a main contributor in this game. The quarterback play isnít operating at a level that will make Kelvin a reliable piece to this offense.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets) - Jeremy Sprinkle recorded two catches in todayís game. He didnít make much of an impact, but he did tally a reception for the first time in over a month.


Houston Texans 24, Tennessee Titans 21

What you need to know

Houston Texans - WR Keke Coutee went back to being inactive with Will Fuller back in the lineup.

It was a slow day for the tight end groups. Darren Fells and Jordan Akins combined for 3 receptions for nine yards. Jordan Thomas was active but played only one offensive snap.

Tennessee Titans - The Titans snapped a four-game win streak as they fell to the Texans in a hard-fought game full of big plays on both sides of the ball. Ryan Tannehill had a decent game under center, but it was A.J. Brown who stole the show again for this offense as he finished with a team-high 13 targets, eight receptions, 114 yards, and a touchdown. Jonnu Smith also had a big day with a 57-yard run and 60 receiving yards. Derrick Henry was kept out of the end zone and held under 100 yards for the first time in over a month as he struggled finding room to run for most of the afternoon but suffered no apparent setbacks from the hamstring injury he has been dealing with.

QB Deshaun Watson, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 27 - 243 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 7 - 32 - 0 - It could have been a bigger day for Deshaun Watson than his two touchdown performance. Both touchdowns went to Kenny Stills in favorable matchups to get him open in the red zone. Watson threw two costly interceptions in the red zone. One was intended for a wide open Duke Johnson but the ball was left hanging too much for the safer to intercept it at the one. The other was on a play action pass that was tipped at the line headed for Will Fuller but that too was intercepted. Watsonís best passes on the day came on two pinpoint strikes to DeAndre Hopkins, both going for 35-yards.

RB Carlos Hyde, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 104 - 1 - It was a monumental day for the veteran running back. Helping pace the running game with 119 yards, Hyde helped bring back life to a missing running game. Hyde was able to eclipse the 1,000 yard plateau for the first time in his career on his 10-yard touchdown run. It was the second game in. Row that Hyde has help be what they needed on the ground.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 119 - 0 (8 targets) - It was a slow start for Hopkins but in the 4th quarter he took over when Watson starting feeding him the football. Hopkins had two receptions for 35 yards and was able to break open a defense that had him contained for majority of the game.

WR Will Fuller, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 0 (7 targets) - When Will Fuller plays that usually means good things for the Texans offense. Fuller did most of his work on intermediate routes and racked up 61 yards running hitch and curl routes. The Titans were worried about his vertical presence, Hopkins and Kenny Stills were able to do most of the damage.

WR Kenny Stills, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 35 - 2 (3 targets) - There were only three receptions on the day for Stills but two went for touchdowns. Stills caught two touchdowns that singled him. Up against Titans DB Logan Ryan. Stills in both plays was able to run to voids in the defense to allow Watson to throw easy passes for him to run under.

QB Ryan Tannehill, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 36 - 279 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 10 - 1 - Ryan Tannehill had a mediocre outing in which he passed for a couple of touchdowns and an interception that was by no means his fault. He also had issues holding on to the ball for far too long while hesitating to pull the trigger on a number of throws. Tannehillís first pass of the game, however, was a beauty as he connected with A.J. Brown on a deep ball for a 60-yard gain. It was a bold play call with the Titans backed up on their own three-yard line, but he hit Brown in full stride for what would be the longest offensive play of the day for the Titans. Tannehill caught a bad break on his third drive of the game as his intended receiver allowed what would have been a touchdown reception to bounce off his hands into those of Whitney Mercilus, who nearly returned the interception for a touchdown. Tannehill made a number of clutch throws as he led a nine-plus minute touchdown drive to open up the second half. Part of his success on this drive came on the ground as he picked up a first down on a 10-yard scramble. He capped that drive off with his legs also, rolling right after the play-action fake and easily walking it in for a half-yard touchdown run. His first touchdown pass of the game came just after the start of the fourth quarter as Tannehill had plenty of time to find A.J. Brown with a laser throw for the score from 5 yards out. Tannehill got his second passing touchdown with minutes left in the game from an easy dump-off to Dion Lewis, who took advantage of soft coverage to find the end zome from 11-yards out.

RB Derrick Henry, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 86 - 0 (1 targets) - Derrick Henry had a relatively slow day by his standards as he was held out of the end zone and under 100 rushing yards for the first time in over a month. He came into this game with a hamstring injury, but it did not noticeably limit him ad Henry still rushed 21 times and played the majority of the snaps. It wasnít until the third drive of the game until Henry finally had a few decent runs, gaining six yards on back-to-back runs between the end of the first and start of the second quarters. He followed those runs up just two plays later with a huge gain of 23 yards, taking advantage of great blocking as he found a sizeable hole through which to make his way downfield. He saw out the next series and was quiet to close out the first half. Henry was featured with seven runs on the first drive after halftime, which included an 11-yard run from inside the red zone as Henry broke a tackle and came within just two yards of scoring. The rest of the game was uneventful for Henry as the Titans were in pass-first mode trying to catch up with the Texans.

RB Dion Lewis, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0, Rec: 1 - 11 - 1 (1 targets) - Dion Lewis saw a slight uptick in playing time, but he still touched the ball just four times--three of which were runs for a total of 10 rushing yards. His last touch of the game came late in the fourth quarter as Lewis was the beneficiary of soft coverage near the goal line and took a dump-off 11 yards for his first touchdown of the season.

WR A.J. Brown, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 114 - 1 (13 targets) - A.J. Brown saw a career-high 13 targets this week as he was the featured piece of this Titans offense. His day got started with a bang as Brown hauled in the first pass play of the game for a huge 60-yard gain. It was an impressive deep ball from Ryan Tannehill to catch Brown in full stride, who made the catch over his shoulder and ran another few yards before going out of bounds. Brown had another chance at making a clutch play on third down later in this drive, but he couldnít hold on to the ball coming down on the left sideline. Brown would also drop his next target on the following drive. Beyond those couple of drops, however, there would be only positive things to say about Brownís play. He caught a pair of out routes for 11-yard gains just before halftime to help move the chains. Brown then chipped in with two more catches on the first drive of the second half--the first coming on the left sideline causing Brown to elevate to make the grab, and the second thrown slightly behind Brown which caused him to quickly turn back to snare the catch. After heavy involvement in the offense all day, Brown finally found the end zone near the start of the fourth quarter as he hauled in the pass from five yards out. It was a long play on which Brownís route was busted, so he did a great job scrambling in the end zone to find space and come back to Tannehillís throw to make the play just over the goal line.

WR Corey Davis, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 57 - 0 (6 targets) - Corey Davis finished this game with his most yards since Week 7, but he was still overshadowed by A.J. Brown. Just a few plays after getting called for a false start, Davis got involved on the third drive of the game as he made a big catch on 3rd-and-13 to move the chains, gaining 22 yards on the play. Davis would haul in his second pass just after halftime as he caught a screen and turned on the jets, finding the edge and accelerating up the sideline for a 13-yard gain to get Tennessee within the red zone. His last catch was an eight-yard comeback route in the final minutes of the game that Davis hauled in, shed the first tackler, scampered downfield to pick up the first down and more for a 19-yard gain.

TE Jonnu Smith, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 57 - 0, Rec: 5 - 60 - 0 (5 targets) - Jonnu Smith was absent from the Titans offense in the first half, with the exception of a spectacular defensive play to catch up to Whitney Mercilus to make a touchdown-saving tackle after a Tannehill interception. The second half was another story for Smith as he gained all 117 of his all-purpose yards. That big half started in an unorthodox way as the Titans drew up a running play for Smith, who took a toss from Tannehill and found room to run on the right sideline. Smith showed incredible acceleration as he streaked down the field for what ended up being a 57-yards gain, the longest run play of the day and the longest run by any tight end in over 40 years. On the next drive, Smith caught his first pass of the game on a screen to the left side of the field for 10 yards. Smith led off the fourth quarter with a 16-yard catch, then hauled in another big reception of 17 yards to start off the following drive. That 17-yard reception looked like it was going nowhere as the defensive back put a nice hit on Smith at the line of scrimmage, but Smith basically ran right through the tackle attempt and proceeded downfield for the first down. Smithís last three receptions came on sequential plays to open up the last meaningful Titans drive of the game, with his best play being a 23-yard reception over the middle of the field.


Atlanta Falcons 29, San Francisco 49ers 22

What you need to know

Atlanta Falcons - Atlanta lost Takk McKinley to a shoulder injury during the second drive of the game and the 49ers jumped to a brief lead thanks to the ground game and timely passes to George Kittle to capitalize on a 21-play drive. Atlanta countered with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. They got to work during the second quarter of this game, combining for four targets and a touchdown to tie the game. The 49ers gave Atlantaís defense a heavy dose of George Kittle late in the half and early in the second half but Atlanta foiled Kittle on a third-down pass that forced a punt. The 49ers repeatedly pressured Ryan in the second half, forcing inaccurate and rushed throws during one series and cleaning up with coverage sacks the next. Atlantaís offense also incurred untimely penalties that put the unit in difficult down and distance situations. Ryan leaned on Julio Jones throughout the fourth quarter and Jones set up a Qadree Ollison one-yard plunge with a deep route that drew a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone, getting Atlanta within two points of the 49ers until the 49ers extended the lead to five late in the game. With less than 150 yards passing late, Ryan found Freeman, Gage, and Jones to cross midfield and then scrambled past pressure to reach the 49ersí 15 with 34 seconds left and then hit Jones with 17 seconds left to reach the 5. Atlanta pulled off the victory with a crossing route to Jones for a touchdown that replay overruled as down inside the one a play after Hooper seemed to score with a great one-handed catch that the replay overruled.

San Francisco 49ers - Armchair sport psychology dictates that we assume San Francisco suffered a letdown after their recent stretch of playoff-caliber games. Armchair sport psychology is almost always wrong, but it's hard to have watched this performance and not have noticed that execution was just a bit sloppier than usual. False starts by wide receivers; wide receivers unable to beat man-to-man coverage by one of the worst secondaries in the league; unnecessary holding penalties by running backs in pass protection; all-world tight ends just outright fumbling the ball without any contact as the win-sealing first down is a yard in front of them; a quarterback who devolved back into his "generally accurate" but not "pinpoint accurate" self. The list goes on. Having said all that, a positive delopment going forward was the performance of new center Ben Garland, who only surrendered 1 hurry in 38 pass-blocking snaps (per Pro Football Focus).

QB Matt Ryan, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 39 - 210 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0 - A combination of pressure and coverage limited Ryanís production during the first two series, including a curl route intended for Julio Jones where linebacker Dre Greenlaw undercut while buzzing across the flat. Ryan engineered a successful third drive into San Franciscoís red zone thanks to a pair accurate perimeter passes to Julio Jones and a pair of shorter targets to Austin Hooper. Ryan and Jones got Atlanta inside the five with a crossing route against man coverage and then followed up with an out to the front pylon where Jones leaned towards the corner, tucking the ball to his left hand to get the ball across the plain for a touchdown. Ryan found Jones late in the half on a double move up the right sideline but Jones let the ball go through his hands while the cornerback was holding Jones. The hold wasnít called and non-reviewable by instant replay, but the cornerbackís play failed to live up to the standard of pass interference. Sheldon Day earned a push up the middle for a first-and-long sack of Ryan inside Atlantaís 10 early in the third quarter, leading to a 2nd and 22 and Ryan went to the check-down on the following play to Freeman for three yards. Ryan followed up with quick screen and a bad throw that led to a series-ending punt. Ryan took too much time on a second-down attempt where he climbed the pocket and took one extra hitch he shouldnít and it cost him time to break the pocket or throw the ball away. More pressure on the next play forced Ryan to break the pocket for a short gain, which led to another punt. Ryan nearly threw an interception early in the fourth quarter while trying to fit the ball over deep drops by the linebackers in the middle of the field, leading to another punt. With less than 150 yards passing late, Ryan found Freeman, Gage, and Jones to cross midfield and then scrambled past pressure to reach the 49ersí 15 with 34 seconds left. He then had a near-touchdown to Austin Hooper that was overruled due to the Calvin Johnson Rule and followed up with a game-winner to Julio Jones with two seconds left that was initially ruled down inside the one but overruled by replay to give Atlanta the score.

RB Devonta Freeman, 53 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 39 - 0, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets) - He earned two carries up the middle for no gains during the first drive, but followed up with a cutback to the shallow side of the field and leaned through a hit from the cornerback to fall forward for a gain of six. Freeman earned six yards off right guard early in the second drive but Austin Hooper held Erik Armstead on the edge and the foul nullified the run. Freeman earned six up the middle with a shifty run early in the Falconsí third series. The 49ers cut off a pitch to left end later in the seriesóFreeman bounced off one hit but three more defenders were unblocked and heading towards him. Right guard Chris Lindstrom opened a nice crease for Freeman on a gap play for 11 yards later in the first half. Lindstrom opened an eight-yard gain with a pulling block early in the third quarter. Fred Warner stopped Freeman a yard shy of the marker on a toss to the left side and Freeman appeared a little too upright at the collision point but the officials gave the Falcons a generous spot. Freeman earned a first down on a pass under the zone up the left sideline as a receiver split outside late in the game.

RB Kenjon Barner, 3 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets) - He entered the game on the second play of the first drive and shifted from the backfield into an empty set to earn a target on a quick throw-out to the left flat for five yards. Barner fumbled away a punt return early in the fourth quarter deep in Atlanta territory after trying to spin off a hit. Tight end Ross Dwelly caused the fumbled and fullback Kyle Jusczyck recovered it and took the ball to the Atlanta one.

RB Qadree Ollison, 1 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 1 - The rookie scored from one yard after Julio Jones drew a pass interference penalty against safety Jimmie Ward.

RB Brian Hill, 10 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 16 - 0 - He entered the game late in the second quarter to spell Freeman and earned a toss play for 16 yards to get Atlanta across midfield.

WR Julio Jones, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 134 - 2 (20 targets) - He came up limping after his first target on a target breaking to the right sideline after the cornerback held Jones on the play and their feet collided during Jonesís break. He returned a play later. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw read Matt Ryanís eyes and worked across the flat to tip the ball away from Jones working underneath deeper coverage. Jones earned a back-shoulder fade against tight coverage on third and four up the right sideline early in the second quarter for 28 yards. Ryan followed up with a flush right and delivery of the comeback to the right sideline for another first down to get Atlanta to the 49ersí 21. Jones got Atlanta inside the five with a crossing route against man coverage and then followed up with an out to the front pylon where he leaned towards the corner and tucked the ball to his left hand to get the ball across the plain for a touchdown. Ryan found Jones during the next drive on a speed out for a first down to get inside the 49ersí 30 with less than four minutes left in the half. Ryan delivered the ball to Jones on a double move that went through Jonesís hands in the end zone late in the half. The hold that the cornerback committed during the play wasnít called and it was non-reviewable by instant replay, but the cornerbackís play failed to live up to the standard of pass interference. Atlanta hit Jones on a receiver screen off of a fake toss to the opposite side but the 49ers recovered and limited the gain to five yards. Ryan found Jones for his seventh catch on a curl at the end of the third quarter for a first down near midfield. Jones dropped a low and away dig route that hit his fingers but required a difficult stretch early in the fourth quarter. Jones earned a first down on a third-down slant midway through the fourth quarter to keep another drive alive. D.J. Reed stuffed Jones on the next play when Atlanta tried another short screen. Ryan then overshot Jones on an out but followed up with a crossing route that Jones converted for a first down. Jones dropped a throw arriving over his inside shoulder after Jimmie Ward interfered with the receiver throughout the receiverís break and put the ball inside the 49ersí one yard-line. Jones broke a tackle on a target over the middle as the inside receiver of a trips set that got Atlanta inside the 49ers 30 with seconds remaining and later earned a curl inside the five with 17 seconds left. Jones scored over the middle with two seconds left for the game winner.

WR Russell Gage, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 5 - 27 - 0 (6 targets) - Ryan targeted Gage on a slant to begin Atlantaís second drive and Gage extended for the catch and the first down. Gage earned a flay sweep for six yards top open Atlantaís third series. Gage earned a quick seven yards up the flat but a holding call on Christian Blake nullified the gain. Gage lost about five yards on second-and-one when Blake missed a blocking assignment and let the cornerback through for the tackle. Later in the drive, Gage worked up field though a nice crease on a receiver screen to the left flat for a first down to get Atlanta inside the 49ersí 35. Gage crossed midfield on a short pass after Ryan scrambled to buy time late in the game.

WR Olamide Zaccheaus, 5 offensive snaps - After a score the week prior, Zaccheaus didnít see the field with the exception of special teams but he scored with no time left when the 49ers failed on a throwback during a kick return and Zaccheaus recovered the fumble.

WR Christian Blake, 57 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Blake committed two penalties that nullified positive plays. This was the extent of his notable work in the game.

TE Austin Hooper, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (6 targets) - Ryan was off-target on a third-and-four pass to Hooper in the right flat, leading to a series-ending punt to begin the game. Hooper ran a nice flat route against Greenlaw to get Atlanta into the red zone during a second-quarter drive. He followed up with a gain of 6-7 on a screen. He began a mid-fourth-quarter drive with a screen that he took up the left flat for nine yards. Ryan nearly hit Hooper on a post between two defenders in the end zone with 29 seconds left. Later in the drive, Hooper made a great extension for the ball in the end zone but could not maintain possession according to the rules, which before the Calvin Johnson Rule would have easily been a touchdown.

TE Luke Stocker, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - He earned a short gain on a screen pass during a second-quarter drive.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 34 - 200 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 6 - 0 - Garoppolo wasn't necessarily "bad" in this game. He just clearly wasn't as sharp as he had been in recent weeks. It's true that a big reason for his underwhelming stat line was Atlanta's defensive game plan, which neutralized San Francisco's wide receivers via man-to-man coverage and limited George Kittle to underneath catches in traffic. Having said that, Garoppolo didn't help matters, missing several times in all manners of miss -- low, high, ahead, behind, early, late, etc. -- when receivers were certainly "open" by NFL standards.

RB Raheem Mostert, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 54 - 1, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets) - Once again, Mostert played a higher snap share than Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, and as also outperformed them in fantasy. Against Atlanta, however, the forward progress was more plodding and the plays were less explosive than in recent weeks. To wit, he didn't have a single touch gain double-digit yardage and actually had one carry go for minus-6 yards. Also unlike recent weeks, Mostert was virtually non-existent down the stretch, producing only 29 total yards in the second half.

RB Matt Breida, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (2 targets) - Breida once again played a lower snap share than Raheem Mostert. It still may be partially due to Breida's perpetual "less than 100% status," but the bigger reason -- at least this week in particular -- was a fumble he lost in scoring position at the end of the third quarter. It didn't directly result in points for the Falcons, but it was an eggregious enough error that Breida had exactly zero touches afterward.

RB Tevin Coleman, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 40 - 0 (1 targets) - Coleman sprinkled in a single, untouched run for 37 yards among a holding penalty in pass protection, a target he wasn't ready for despite the playing being designe to him, as we all as a handful of other runs that went nowhere. To be fair, though, that long run did require a modicum of vision and change-of-direction at the point of attack in order to get into the secondary.

WR Deebo Samuel, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 29 - 0 (3 targets) - Samuel's three targets involved an uncatchable short pass, a very catchable intermediate pass that he dropped, and a very catchable underneath pass that he caught wide open and ran for 29 yards.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (4 targets) - The Falcons played a ton of man-to-man coverage, so the main reason for Sanders's quiet day was that he didn't beat it, especially against cornerback Isaiah Oliver, against whom he ran most of his routes. A secondary reason was that Atlanta didn't fall for Kyle's Shanahanigans, repeatedly ignoring when Sanders would go in jet-sweep or end-around action as a decoy.

WR Kendrick Bourne, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets) - Though Bourne only had two targets, both were on third down; yet even more evidence that he's a coveted weapon for Kyle Shanahan in crucial situations. Having said that, he won't be for long if he keeps dropping half of said targets like he did in this game.

TE George Kittle, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 134 - 0 (17 targets) - Kittle's big day happened because, for whatever reason, Atlanta decided to mostly use linebackers in coverage against Kittle, which was the exact opposite of what Baltimore and New Orleans had done to keep him relatively quiet the previous two weeks. That said, there may have been a method to Atlanta's madness, as none of Kittle's targets provided opportunities for big plays. Rather, everything involved either an underneath throw, minimal opportunity for yards after catch, or both.


New York Jets 21, Baltimore Ravens 42

What you need to know

New York Jets - Itís hard to trust anyone right now, but Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson both seem to be consistent sources of fantasy production right now. The next two games are tough, but Sam Darnold seems to be able to find both of them consistently and while you canít expect big points, they will give you something. With Crowder, you also get a bonus in point per reception leagues. We donít trust LeVeon Bellís value right now, as we donít trust the playcalling or the blocking, but this game was at least a step in the right direction, albeit too little too late.

Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson and the Ravens found success running and throwing the ball. Jackson returned to form as a passer with 5 touchdown passes and a number of great throws. Jackson also broke Michael Vick's single season rushing record for a quarterback. Mark Ingram also found more room to run than he had in previous weeks. Ingram found success on almost every touch including two touchdowns. Mark Andrews looked healthy and was Jackson's favorite target as he has been all season. Jackson missed Andrews for a potential 72 yard touchdown or the tight end could have had a huge game. Marquise Brown could have had a second touchdown but a blatant pass interference penalty in the end zone stopped him from securing the pass. Seth Roberts made some nice plays in the passing game but did not make his first catch until late in the 3rd quarter.

QB Sam Darnold, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 32 - 218 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0 - Once again, Darnold wasnít great but he also wasnít a disaster. He had his second straight game where he had two touchdowns to one interception, but he also fumbled for the second game in a row, this one ending up in the hands of a Baltimore defender. Still, while heís not reaching the heights predicted in August, hes still showing flashes. On his second touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder ó this one late in the game ó Darnold showed poise in a collapsing pocket and patience enough to wait for his receiver to crack enough space for the quarterback to deliver the ball. His throw to Robby Anderson oi the two-point conversion afterwards was also a good one, with Darnold climbing the pocket and then putting the ball where only his receiver could get it. His first throw to Crowder for a score was a nice one as well, as he threaded the ball to his receiver in the end zone, even though Crowder was well covered. Even his fumble wasnít all bad, or all his fault. On the play, Raven Tyus Bowser blew past tight end Trevon Wesco and hammered Darnoldís blindside. Darnold could have done a better job holding onto the ball, but ultimately he needed a little more help from the blocker as well. His interception was pretty bad, however, as he wildly underthrew tight end Daniel Brown near the end of the first half, trailing 21-7. It was a terrible place to turn the ball over, and an awful throw.

RB LeVeon Bell, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 87 - 0, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (2 targets) - On the plus side, Bellís carries were tied for his highest of the season, and his rushing yards yards were the most he had. In terms of negatives, he saw almost no targets and had his lowest total of receiving yards all season. He did look a little better running the ball than he has most of the season, so perhaps not playing against Miami was a plus. Bell did do much of his damage in the first half, before the game got completely out of control, and Sam Darnold was forced to throw the ball to try and get back into the game. His longest run ó a fifteen yard scamper early in the first quarter ó epitomized what he has to do in order to succeed in this offense. On the play, he took the ball, followed the fullback to the right and didnít hesitate or dance ó just ran through the hole while it existed, which admittedly was longer than normal for this offensive line. The problem was, for all the carries he got, Bell never quite established a rhythm, as the playcalling seemed to shift away from him just when he appeared to get rolling. For example, after that 15 yard carry, the Jets called three passes ó two of which went incomplete ó and one run, which went to Ty Montgomery for a single yard, stalling the drive.

RB Ty Montgomery, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - As much as the Jets donít seem to really know what to do with LeVeon Bell, theyíve even less of an idea what they signed Montgomery for. With just three touches on twelve snaps ó and only seven on special teams ó Montgomery had better be on time for the bus because the Jets donít seem to remember he exists most of the time.

WR Jamison Crowder, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 90 - 2 (11 targets) - Jamison Crowder didnít see a target until the end of the first quarter, but after that he was off to the races. He scored his first touchdown with a toe tap catch in the end zone, as quarterback Sam Darnold put it where only Crowder was grabbing it. On the second touchdown, Darnold was under duress, but stayed calm and moved up in the pocket until Crowder could break free. Then Crowder made a nice catch, slipped a tackle and sauntered into the end zone. The most impressive thing about Crowderís game against Baltimore was his ability after the catch. Crowder continually make tacklers miss, accelerated into the open field and gained extra yards. More than once he made a move that resulted in some nice bonus yards for his team. Crowder did a lot of different things this game, and ran routes at all levels, showing the versatility he brings to the Jets offense on each catch.

WR Robby Anderson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 66 - 0 (6 targets) - After a pair of hundred yard games, one might be disappointed by Andersonís totals, but he played very well in a tough matchup. The bulk of his yards did come on a 41-yard catch late in the game, when he got behind the coverage. The pass was just a tad long, but Anderson reached out and caught it with his fingertips for a big gain.

WR Vyncint Smith, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (5 targets) - Starting in place of Demaryus Thomas, Smith made a few nice plays, including on a 31-yard reception. On the play, Smith caught a short pass and then took advantage of a missed tackle and some blockers to add about 26 yards to what should have been a five yard play. He did have a massive fumble on a drive near the end of the first quarter. He was wide open for a pass from Darnold, which he caught easily, but had the ball too loose in his hands, resulting in a fumble when the defender wrapped him. He was saved by the ball going out of bounds as well as a penalty which negated the play, but heís going to have to work on ball security if he wants to get a bigger role in the offense.

WR Jeff Smith, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - Smith had just one catch, a diving grab during the second drive in the first quarter. He was a nonfactor beyond that.

TE Daniel Brown, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets) - On Brownís biggest play, he was just the target, as he was the intended receiver on Sam Darnoldís horribly underthrown ball which was intercepted.

QB Lamar Jackson, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 23 - 212 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 86 - 0 - Lamar Jackson returned to form throwing the ball after two subpar passing performances. Jackson had a few misses but was very consistent and accurate throwing the ball all over the field. Jackson took the Ravens down the field for an opening possession touchdown. Jackson accounted for 68 yards on the drive throwing and passing including a run that broke Michael Vick's single season rushing record for quarterback. Jackson scrambled for 25 more yards to move the Ravens into the red zone for the second time. Jackson found Miles Boykin on a crossing route off of play action for 5 yard touchdown to cap the drive. Jackson threw a nice deep ball to Marquise Brown who drew a 43 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. A few plays later Jackson found Mark Andrews in the flat for a 1 yard score. Two Ravens drives stalled with failed conversions on 3rd and short. One ended on a stuffed running play and the other with a batted pass. Jackson took advantage of great field position after a turnover finding Marquise Brown in the back of the end zone for a 24 yard touchdown. The Ravens went for it on 4th down from their own 29 yard line with a 21 point lead and Jackson converted with a 36 yard completion to Andrews. Jackson made the throw on the run and did well to spot Andrews downfield. A few plays later Jackson dropped an absolute dime to Seth Roberts on a corner route for a 33 yard touchdown. Following a failed onside kick, Jackson threw his 5th touchdown of the game to Mark Ingram and Jackson was replaced by Robert Griffin III for most of the 4th quarter.

RB Mark Ingram, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 76 - 1, Rec: 1 - 10 - 1 (2 targets) - Mark Ingram consistently picked up chunks of yardage against the Jets strong run defense. Ingram found a lot of success rushing to the edges. Ingram was able to break into the open field and wasn't consistently met at or near the line of scrimmage like previous weeks. Ingram remains involved in the passing game and is one of the Ravens best red zone weapons. Ingram took the ball to the edge on a read option play and got a great block from Nick Boyle to score a 6 yard touchdown. Ingram found a huge lane off right tackle running behind Orlando Brown and broke into the open field for a 29 yard gain. Ingram converted a 2 point attempt on a run that looked almost identical to the 29 yard run. Ingram released into the flat off of play action and caught a 10 yard touchdown pass. Ingram sat for much of the 4th quarter with the Ravens holding a huge lead.

WR Marquise Brown, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 45 - 1 (4 targets) - Marquise Brown played very well against the Jets. Brown made play underneath and downfield showing his versatility. Brown was tackled in the end zone on a deep shot from Jackson drawing an obvious 43 yard pass interference penalty. Brown made a tough catch running a slant for 9 yards absorbing a hit over the middle. Brown made a 5 yard catch a few plays later. Brown released vertically from the slot and made a nice toe dragging catch for a 24 yard touchdown. Brown is clearly Jackson's favorite target at receiver.

WR Seth Roberts, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 66 - 1 (3 targets) - Seth Roberts made his first 12 yard catch running an in breaking route late in the 3rd quarter. A few plays later Roberts made a very nice 33 yard catch running a corner route for a touchdown. Roberts showed good concentration holding on to the pass. On 3rd and 13 Roberts found a space between 3 defenders to secure a 21 yard catch again on an in breaking route.

TE Mark Andrews, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 1 (7 targets) - Mark Andrews looked healthy and reassumed his role as Jackson's favorite target after leaving last week's game with a leg injury. Andrews was productive and could have had a huge game if not for a missed throw by Jackson. Andrews made his first catch running a comeback route for 7 yards. Andrews ran a quick out route and picked up 8 yards. Andrews released up field off of play action and caught a 1 yard touchdown but the play was negated by penalty. A few plays later Andrews released into the flat and caught a 1 yard touchdown. Andrews converted a 4th and 1 with a 36 yard catch and run.Andrews ran a crossing route and released up field as Jackson scrambled to get wide open. Andrews came wide open for a potential 72 yard touchdown but Jackson missed the throw.

TE Hayden Hurst, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (2 targets) - Hayden Hurst saw only a few targets in the passing game. Hurst released up field off of play action and bounced off two potential tacklers for a 19 yard gain on the Ravens first offensive play. Hurst was targeted downfield off of play action but Jackson's pass was underthrown.


Buffalo Bills 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

What you need to know

Buffalo Bills - The Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road on Sunday night clinching a playoff birth. The Bills played tight to the vest as their defense was formidable against a struggling Pittsburgh offense. Josh Allen ran and threw for a score to Tyler Kroft, and showed a good rapport with John Brown, including a deep go route. Devin Singletary led the offense in rushing but fumbled and was pulled from the game for a series.

Pittsburgh Steelers - The Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2019 with a 1-4 record, Ben Roethlisberger injured, and looking to have their worst record in the Mike Tomlin coaching era. Then the Steelers hit their stride. Winning seven of their next eight games, the Steelers have played their way into a possible playoff berth. Except for one drive in the second half, the Steelers were not able to get things rolling on the offensive side of the ball. At the end of the first quarter the score of the game was zero to zero and the Steelers were on pace for 112 total yards after the first quarter. The momentum seemed to shift late in the second quarter as the Steelers force an interception to get the ball right before the half. Unfortunately, after a phantom facemask call against the Bills, the Steelers coughed the ball up. In the third quarter the Steelers caused a fumble by rookie runner, Devin Singletary when he was rushing through the line and T.J. Watt was able to disengage from his man, work back to the ball carrier and punch the ball out and cause the fumble. Later in the game, Singletary nearly had a second fumble on a similar punchout move. The game ended for the Steelers on two possessions where the Steelers gained zero yards and turned the ball over with opportunities to tie the game.

QB Josh Allen, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 25 - 139 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 7 - 28 - 1 - Josh Allen scored two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a win on Sunday night. Allen had a low volume night in the passing game as Pittsburgh and Buffalo both played close to the vest. Allen missed some opportunities, including an out route to Cole Beasley, a perimeter route to Patrick DiMarco, and a deep throw under pressure to Beasley. However, Allen did have success targeting John Brown who the Steelers had few answers for. Allen hooked up with Brown on a vertical route for 40 yards and went back to the well on the same series, just overthrowing Brown in the end zone. Allen scored two touchdowns, one a corner route to Tyler Kroft in the end zone, and the other a designed keeper in the red zone. Allen had another trip to the red zone to add to his stats, but the Bills inexplicably called three runs plays that lost yardage. Allenís interception was not his fault as the ball was deflected into the air for a touchdown. Allen will get a tough matchup at New England on Sunday.

RB Devin Singletary, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 87 - 0, Rec: 2 - 2 - 0 (3 targets) - Devin Singletary ran hard against a tough Pittsburgh defense on Sunday, carrying the ball a team-high 21 times. Singletary ran with power and elusiveness on the interior but had another fumble which was recovered by the Steelers. Singletary was held out of the next series after the fumble, where Frank Gore got three red zone opportunities but lost yardage. Gore had an opportunity on the edge on the series that Singletary would have been a threat to score a touchdown on. Singletary returned on the following series and got a chunk gain of 15 yards. Singletary did get a red zone carry and was tackled at the 1-yard line which set up a Josh Allen rushing touchdown. He caught both of his targets but was held to short gains on each. Singletary faces a good Patriots defense at New England on Sunday but should have a manageable game script with Buffaloís defense against New Englandís struggling offense.

WR John Brown, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 99 - 0 (10 targets) - John Brown had a strong performance against the Steelers after struggling in recent weeks. Brown was the go-to receiver for Josh Allen including on critical third and fourth down conversions. Brown had the opportunity for a big gain over the middle but dropped the pass. Brownís big gain was a go route on the sideline where he drew defense pass interference and caught the pass for 40 yards. He was targeted again on the drive, but the go route was well defended in the end zone. Brown is consistently quick and a tough cover in all areas of the field. He will get a tough matchup next week against the Patriots.

WR Cole Beasley, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (6 targets) - Cole Beasley had a down game against the Steelers. He dropped two passes and was missed on two throws by Josh Allen including a throw in the deep middle of the field where Allen was hit on the play. Beasleyís lone reception was a short catch in the flat. Beasley was second on the team with six targets and will look to rebound next week in a tough matchup at New England.

TE Dawson Knox, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets) - Dawson Knox had a quiet game. He caught a ball in traffic on the first series of the game but was not targeted again. He will face the Patriots next week.

TE Tyler Kroft, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 1 (1 targets) - Tyler Kroft caught a touchdown on a corner route on his only target of the game against the Steelers. Kroft is an ancillary piece to the offense and should not be near lineups in week 16 against the Patriots.

QB Devlin Hodges, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 38 - 202 - 1 TD / 4 INT, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0 - With four turnovers, and nearly five, this will go down as Devlin Hodgesí worst game and the blueprint of how to beat the Steelers for the remainder of the season. On the first drive of the game Hodges was intercepted on a target to James Washington deep. It was a third down and fourteen yards and Hodges was under a lot of pressure. As he was flushed from the pocket and as Washington was breaking from a double move, Hodges did not notice Washington was being double covered and threw an ill-advised pass. Things looked to be turning around for Hodges in the second quarter when his first pass attempt to James Washington in the second quarter netted the Steelers more yards than their entire first quarter. The pass was poorly thrown and did not have enough arm on it. If Hodges could have driven the ball deeper, he would have hit Washington in stride for a touchdown. This wasnít enough to build on for Hodges as he almost fumbled the ball on the first play after the Steelers defense recovered a fumble. Hodgesí second interception of the game was a throw across the field from the far hash where Hodges doesnít have the arm strength to make the throw. Additionally, this throw shouldnít be done against one of the best defensive backs in the league, TreíDavious White. With the possibility of tying the game, Hodges was given two final possessions. On his next to last drive on fourth down Hodges throws his third interception into tight coverage to Deon Cain when James Washington was streaking across the field relatively uncovered. The Steelers had one final gasp of life in Devlin Hodgesí hands as the Steelers began their final drive of the game. Hodges was able to keep the offense on time and made his best throw of the night to Diontae Johnson along the sideline, a pass that was picked off earlier in the game. Hodgesí last play, to possibly tie the game, was a throw to the end zone, running to his left, and against his own momentum. Hodges was not able to get any loft on the ball to create a jump ball situation. Instead, Hodges threw his fourth interception of the game.

RB James Conner, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 42 - 0, Rec: 4 - 9 - 1 (5 targets) - In his first start since suffering a setback to his shoulder injury, Connerís opening carry went for 15-yards off the left side. Connerís worst play of the night came on a wildcat play where Conner took the snap. At the mesh point (point where the wildcat quarterback keeps the ball or hands the ball off), the ball was never completely handed off or kept. Ultimately, the ball was fumbled away. Trying to get things back on track, Connerís first touch of the second half was impressive and made the defender buckle his knees. Conner displayed excellent vision and lowered his shoulder at the end of the run. Conner seemed to be getting stronger through the game as Devlin Hodges found him out the backfield for a reception. Conner shed the tackle in the open field and was able to stay on his feet for a touchdown. After Connerís touchdown he only managed four total touches throughout the rest of the game.

WR James Washington, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 83 - 0 (11 targets) - The target total was high, but the quality of the targets was not. Washington had two highlight receptions. The first was on a sluggo (slant and go) on Micah Hyde. Washington then completely turned around for an underthrown ball for 34-yards. Washington showed great adjustment for a poorly thrown ball. Washington had another highlight reception on a crucial catch on third down. Ball was just thrown up for Washington and he made a beautiful tracking catch with his body fully turned.

WR Diontae Johnson, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 62 - 0 (7 targets) - The Steelers were trying to find ways to get Johnson involved with his athleticism deeper downfield instead of through the use of trick plays like in weeks past. Johnsonís second catch on the evening was a deeper target downfield and went for 34-yards. Good display of athleticism against the defender as he accelerated past him. Johnsonís remaining targets were all close to the line of scrimmage and tallied four receptions for 28-yards.


Cleveland Browns 24, Arizona Cardinals 38

What you need to know

Cleveland Browns - The Browns dropped what appeared would be a winnable game against a weak Arizona defense. The offense didnít play poorly but also didnít fully exploit a Cardinals secondary that has been a weak spot for Arizona this season. The Cleveland defense was the main culprit as they were shredded by Kenyan Drake, who had four touchdowns. The teamís frustration was evident on the sideline as Jarvis Landry was seen arguing with head coach Freddie Kitchens during the fourth quarter. Landry later explained that he was unhappy with his usage in the game. Things donít get any easier next week as the Browns will face a red-hot Ravens offense that will surely be looking for revenge after losing to Cleveland in Week 4. Tight end David Njoku was a surprise pregame inactive due to a coachís decision. There hasnít been much more information about it, but there is a report that Kitchens didnít feel that Njoku was ready to return when he was activated ahead of Week 14ís game. An Ian Rapoport report on Sunday morning indicated that team management planned on keeping Kitchens as head coach for the 2020 season but the ugly loss may have them rethinking that stance already.

Arizona Cardinals - Kenyan Drake posted a career day with four touchdowns and Kyler Murray added to Arizonaís strong run game in the home win over the Browns. David Johnson barely played (again) and the ancillary pass-catchers were key contributors with Damiere Byrd leading the team in receiving yards with a season-high 86 yards and Dan Arnold catching the teamís lone touchdown through the air. The Cardinals can play spoiler at Seattle next week.

QB Baker Mayfield, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 43 - 247 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0 - Mayfield didnít play particularly poorly but he also fell short of expectations against an Arizona defense that opposing quarterbacks have routinely shredded this season. His first pass attempt was a deep shot to Odell Beckham Jr. near the goal line. Beckham was double-covered and Mayfield threw the ball too far out in front of him for even a catch attempt. He went right back to Beckham deep on the left again. This time Beckham dropped a catchable ball. It all goes to show that he and OBJ still have a long way to go when it comes to establishing chemistry together. Mayfield then ripped a 21-yard pass to Damion Ratley. Unfortunately, Mayfield put an end to that promising first drive with an end zone interception. He was targeting Beckham (again) and threw too high for Beckham, resulting in an easy pick for Patrick Peterson who was behind OBJ. Mayfield heated up in the second half, throwing both of his touchdowns. On the first drive of the third quarter, he ran for a four-yard gain on a third-and-three to keep the drive alive. He then capped off that drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. Mayfield executed a nice run fake and then found Seals-Jones all by himself on the left side of the end zone for the easy score. In the fourth quarter, Mayfieldís accuracy started to crumble as Cleveland went into pass-heavy comeback mode. He threw too high for Jarvis Landry, leaving the receiver exposed to take a big hit from a defender. He then came close to throwing a second interception when targeting Landry again. The Arizona defender actually did catch the pass but his foot landed out of bounds before he established possession. Mayfield took advantage of the second chance, finding a wide open Seals-Jones in the end zone again, this time for a one-yard score.

RB Nick Chubb, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 127 - 1, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (3 targets) - Chubb had an excellent game against Arizona although the team went away from him while in fourth-quarter comeback mode. Chubb had a quiet first drive, gaining just seven yards on three carries. He came back on the second drive to haul in an eight-yard reception. He really came to life in the second quarter. He picked up 17 yards on a nice cutback from right to left to find the hole in the line. He then exploded for a 33-yard touchdown run up the middle where he ran/hurdled over a diving tackle attempt. In the third quarter, Chubb lost four yards on a reception behind the line of scrimmage. He followed that up with a 12-yard gain where he broke another tackle about six yards into the run. Chubb then ripped off a 29-yard run where he displayed an impressive cutback to get the team down the to Arizona three-yard line. He saw a red zone carry from that spot, gaining one yard down to the Arizona two-yard line, which then set Ricky Seals-Jones up for his two-yard touchdown catch. It was a quiet fourth quarter for Chubb, who had just one touch, a five-yard carry.

RB Kareem Hunt, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0, Rec: 8 - 62 - 0 (9 targets) - Hunt didnít do much on the ground but he finished second on the team in receiving. He caught two passes for a total of 16 yards on the teamís first drive of the game. In the third quarter, Hunt added another catch, this time a four-yard gain that gave the team a first down on third-and-four. It appeared he was going to get stopped just short of the first down marker but an excellent second effort out of Hunt got his team a new set of downs. On the following drive, Hunt added a two-yard catch on a quick pass to the left. He finished up the third quarter with a seven-yard reception to the right side. Hunt saw plenty of snaps in the fourth quarter with the offense shifting into comeback mode. Hunt had a nine-yard catch on the final drive and appeared to have another nine-yard gain shortly after, but the second catch was nullified by an offensive holding penalty. His last two catches came on the teamís final drive. The first was a 16-yard gain up the middle where he broke a tackle to gain some extra yardage. His final touch went for an eight-yard gain for the team. Cleveland continues to find creative ways to utilize Hunt in the passing game, an area where he is clearly thriving.

WR Odell Beckham, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 66 - 0 (13 targets) - Beckham set a new season-high with 13 targets but he was unable to break any big plays on any of his eight catches. He did come close to having a really big game but just couldnít get any breaks. He saw a deep target on Baker Mayfieldís first pass of the game but the ball was overthrown. He came back to catch a six-yard pass on that same drive. Mayfield then tried him again on a deep shot, this time delivering a perfect pass that Beckham had in his hands and then dropped. On the second drive, Beckham was credited with a target on a throwaway attempt out of bounds. In the second quarter Beckham pulled in a 17-yard reception on second-and-15. He tacked on one more catch in the third quarter, going for a five-yard gain on a screen. Beckham was extremely busy in the fourth quarter with the Browns shifting into comeback mode. He started off with another catchable target that he failed to haul in. It probably wonít be ruled an official drop thanks to good defense but it appeared to be a ball he could have brought in. On the teamís final drive, Beckham notched four catches and saw a few red zone looks. His first red zone target came in the end zone but the ball was thrown to wide right of him. He did take a big helmet-to-helmet hit on a four-yard catch but popped right back up after the play. He came extremely close to scoring a touchdown on his last catch, getting stopped at the Arizona one-yard line after an 11-yard gain. The chemistry between Mayfield and Beckham remains a work in progress.

WR Jarvis Landry, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 23 - 0 (8 targets) - Landry had a quiet game with Cleveland looking to get Odell Beckham Jr. involved, which came at Landryís expense. His first catch came on the first drive and went for an eight-yard gain. He then caught a shovel pass and took it for six yards before inexplicably throwing a lateral back to Mayfield. In the third quarter he saw just one target, an incompletion to the right that was not catchable. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter with catches of 10, two, and nine yards. He saw an end zone target on the teamís final drive. He pass was poorly thrown and caught by an Arizona defender. Fortunately for Cleveland, his feet landed out of bounds so it didnít go into the books as an interception. Landry was caught on the broadcast arguing with Freddie Kitchens during the fourth quarter. After the game, he told reporters that he was unhappy with his involvement in the offense.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 2 (4 targets) - Seals-Jones saw an uptick in usage with David Njoku being a ruled out shortly before the game due to coachís decision. Seals-Jones took advantage of his chance, catching two touchdowns but also losing a costly fumble in the fourth quarter. Seals-Jones caught his first touchdown in the third quarter. He got wide open on the left side of the end zone to haul in an easy two-yard score. In the fourth quarter he hauled in a pretty 26-yard pass down the seam but lost a fumble on his way to the ground. It appeared he was close to being down on the play but officials ruled it a lost fumble. Seals-Jones bounced back to catch his second touchdown, this time a one-yard score, on the teamís final drive of the game. He found an open spot in Arizonaís defense and caught the ball for an easy one-yard score.

QB Kyler Murray, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 25 - 219 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 8 - 56 - 0 - Murray played a clean game in the win over Cleveland outside of a single floating interception in the first half. Murrayís mobility was a key aspect to Arizonaís offense, including gutting the defense with his speed on a read option keeper for 35 yards and later a third-down keeper in the red zone. Murray did not need much through the air, but did log impressive throws to Dan Arnold in the end zone for his lone score, a rollout strike to Larry Fitzgerald while rolling left, and a deep comeback to Damiere Byrd to the far side of the field with ease.

RB Kenyan Drake, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 137 - 4, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - Drake enjoyed a career day against the Browns with four rushing touchdowns. David Johnson sparsely played with Drake, once again, in the clear lead role of the backfield. Drake was impactful on the opening drive with three chunk gains and capped off the drive with a too-easy goal line touchdown to the perimeter. Drake regularly found holes to the second level or perimeter without having to break a tackle, including a chunk touchdown to ice the game in the mid-fourth quarter. The lone missing piece for Drake was the passing game as he saw just one target, a swing pass on the second play of the game as Arizona did not need much through the air in the home win.

RB David Johnson, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0 - Johnson barely played, yet again, as the clear second option to Kenyan Drakeís starting status against the Browns. Johnson did have an impressive run among his limited opportunities, beating backfield penetration and turning a loss into a five-yard gain in the first half. Without an injury to Kenyan Drake, Johnson is looking at a disappointing end to the season after a quality opening six weeks pre-injury.

WR Christian Kirk, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 28 - 0, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (5 targets) - Kirk had a muted pass-catching day against the Browns with a wide-open slant as his best gain but did add a long end zone defensive pass interference upon review to aid Arizonaís offense. Kirk also contributed nearly 30 yards on an end-around run with great blocking. Touchdowns have eluded Kirk this season with only one game finding the end zone (albeit three times in a career day against Tampa Bay in Week 10) with otherwise tepid numbers.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (5 targets) - Fitzgerald was active early against the Browns, logging three receptions on their opening touchdown drive. However, Fitzgerald did not log another catch for the rest of the game as Damiere Byrd, Christian Kirk, and Kenyan Drake were central offensive figures. Fitzgerald had a contested reception ranging above his head as his best catch on an otherwise non-descript day.


Minnesota Vikings 39, Los Angeles Chargers 10

What you need to know

Minnesota Vikings - Despite the final score, this was one of the sloppiest games of football this weekend. The Vikings defense preyed on a Chargers offense that simply refused to hold on to the football. Philip Rivers threw 3 interceptions and lost a fumble, Melvin Gordon lost 2 fumbles, and Hunter Henry also lost a fumble. The fumble by Rivers was scooped up and returned for a touchdown and this game got out of hand in the second half. Mike Hughes returned an interception for a touchdown and just about everything went right for this defense. The offense got a major boost with Adam Thielen finally returning from a hamstring injury, but he had an overall quiet day. The big blow came with another injury to Dalvin Cook. He injured his shoulder early in the 3rd quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. The offense was already without Alexander Mattison this week and had to rely on Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah down the stretch. Boone exceled and punched in 2 touchdowns and the Vikings ended the game with 37 total carries and 9 different players rushing the ball. Minnesota has a week 16 showdown against Green Bay on Monday Night Football as they fight to clinch a playoff spot. They will need to win out and have Green Bay lose out to win the division or they will be forced to play on the road for wild card weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers - Already in the midst of arguably the worst season of his career, Philip Rivers again struggled mightily. He turned it over four more times, alternating excellent timing throws in traffic with some seemingly boneheaded decisions that were easily picked off by the defense. His arm strength has noticeably declined, and rumors have begun circulating that the next two games could be Rivers' last ones with the team.

Melvin Gordon fumbled twice and saw the bench for nearly the remainder of the game (the second fumble came on the first play from scrimmage in the second half). Austin Ekeler, fresh off one of the best games of his career, didn't fare much better. One week after the 1-2 punch worked to perfection, the duo totaled 145 on 24 touches and did not find the end zone.

Mike Williams once again bested Keenan Allen from a fantasy perspective, finding the end zone and tallying 71 yards on the day. Allen himself was very busy, leading the team in receptions, yardage, and targets. But he did it without the benefit of any real big plays, unlike Williams who had two.

QB Kirk Cousins, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 25 - 207 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0 - With everything going right for the defense this week, Cousins was not asked to do very much. He threw the ball just 25 times and let the rushing attack work the clock. When the defense forces 7 turnovers and scores twice there is not much for the quarterback to do. Cousins did connect on a touchdown to Irv Smith on the first drive of the game. It was a 1-yard score with Smith making a juggling catch as he went to the ground in the back of the end zone. The play was ultimately reviewed to see if he had possession before he rolled out of bounds and the score was upheld by replay. Cousins was not sacked a single time but did throw an interception on what should have been an easy screen play. Defensive end Melvin Ingram read the screen perfectly and was able to jump in front of the play for the interception. Cousins continued his connection with Stefon Diggs and worked to get Thielen back into the fold. Cousins still has not won a game on Monday Night Football in his career and we will hear the same narrative about him not being able to win the big game all week before a showdown against the Packers.

RB Mike Boone, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 56 - 2 - Boone was pressed into a starting role in the second half this week. He was active with Alexander Mattison sitting out with an ankle injury. He led all rushers with 13 carries and 56 yards and his longest run going for 10. The Vikings did not fully trust him to carry the load and spread carries out over 9 different players. 3 different wide receivers got a carry, but it was Boone who punched in the touchdowns. In just over a 2minute span, Boone punched in 2 touchdowns. The first was a power run up the middle for 8 yards. It came on the heels of a 7 play 96-yard drive. Then the defense forced a fumble of Hunter Henry on the Chargers first offensive play and Boone punched in a 2-yard power run up the middle again. It was a dream scenario for any running back and put the game completely out of reach for the Chargers. We will have to watch the injury report on both Cook and Mattison this week before projecting what type of role Boone could have on Monday night against the Packers.

RB Dalvin Cook, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 27 - 0, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (3 targets) - The Vikings had a firm hold of this game before Cook went down, but an injury to their star running back would spell disaster as they make their final play off push. The severity of his shoulder injury is unknown at this time and we will have to wait until later in the week to see if he plays on Monday. Cook had rushed the ball 9 times and averaged just 3 yards per carry before exiting the game. His longest run went for 8 yards and he caught all 3 of his targets with the longest going for 11. It would have been Cook with 2 short yard touchdown carries instead of Boone had he not left with injury. We will have to watch the injury report this week to see if Cook suits up against the Packers on Monday Night Football.

RB Alexander Mattison - Mattison did not play this week after being ruled out with an ankle injury. He missed practice time this week, but the inactive status came as a surprise to many. Then Dalvin Cook left the game with an injury and the Vikings had to piece together a rushing attack for the rest of the game. If Cook is unable to go next week, Mattison should be in line for the majority of the carries if his ankle heals as well. Otherwise it will be another patchwork game with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah.

WR Stefon Diggs, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 76 - 0 (6 targets) - The Vikings finally got both of their receivers back this week against the Chargers, but it was Diggs who had the most success. He caught 4 of his 6 targets for 76 yards and continues to be the deep threat in this offense. His longest catch went for 46 yards and could have easily been a touchdown with a better throw by Cousins. The Chargers bit on the play action fake by Cousins and let Diggs run free down the middle of the field. Cousins rolled to his right, taking the safety with him, and let loose a deep pass to Diggs. The only issue was he did not hit him in stride and Diggs had to stop his route to make the catch. Had the ball been put further out in front of him he would have walked into the end zone for an easy score. The Vikings have had success with this same play all season long and seem to call it at the perfect time against single high safety defenses. Diggs and Thielen will work through their targeting sharing in the coming weeks before heading to the playoffs.

WR Adam Thielen, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (3 targets) - It took longer than most expected, but Thielen finally made his return to the starting lineup. The Vikings did not try, and force feed him the ball and were able to let him rest down the stretch when they had the game firmly in hand. Thielen made the catch on all 3 of his targets with the longest going for 13 yards. He also had a single carry on an end around that went for 3 yards. The rushing attempt seems risky given the prior hamstring issue, but the Vikings feel confident that he is back and healthy. Thielen did not seem to be suffering any ill effects from the injury and was able to cut and show his explosive speed this week. Look for the Vikings to ease him back into things, but he has had a great track record against the Packers over the past 2 seasons and is back at the perfect time for a playoff push.

TE Kyle Rudolph, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (3 targets) - The person with the most targets to lose with the return of Thielen looked to by Rudolph, but he made his mark this week anyway. Rudolph caught all 3 of his targets, including a 22-yard strike down the sideline. This was the second longest play of the game for the Vikings and showed the big tight end has some break away speed when he needs it. He lost the goal line touchdown to Irv Smith and then later Mike Boone rushing touchdowns. The Vikings had a comfortable lead and did not have to force the ball down the field late in the second half. Rudolph has been a big part of this offense in recent weeks and that should continue even with Thielen back in the mix.

TE Irv Smith, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 1 (3 targets) - It was not the most productive game for Smith this week, but he made the plays that counted. He caught a 1-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game to give the Vikings an early lead. Cousins found Smith open over the middle for a contested catch. The defense sold out to stop the play action fake to Dalvin Cook and Smith made a diving catch in the back of the end zone. The play was reviewed to make sure he had possession of the ball before rolling out of bounds and was upheld as a score. His only other catch went for 7 yards as it was a very quiet game for the passing attack of Minnesota.

QB Philip Rivers, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 39 - 307 - 1 TD / 3 INT - One week after turning back the clock for one of his best performances of the season, Rivers reverted back to his typical underwhelming status in this one. He turned the ball over a whopping four times, including a back-breaking fumble just before halftime that really seemed to turn the tide in the game in Minnesota's direction. Rivers started the game off well enough, connecting with Mike Williams for gains of 19 and 39 yards. He tossed a floater to Keenan Allen up the sideline, showing excellent timing and rapport with his veteran wideout. And Rivers demonstrated enough arm strength to complete a pass almost flat-footed all the way across the field to Williams to set up a manageable third down. Later in the half, Rivers again connected with Williams on a jump ball in the end zone for the touchdown. It was perfectly placed too high for the defender to reach it and just high enough for Williams to snag it for the score. The receiver got position on his man, and it was mostly just a pitch-and-catch. But as has often been the case for Rivers this season, he made an horrifically ill-advised pass down the seam that was easily intercepted. He was in some traffic in the pocket, and the ball just had nothing on it. But despite that and an earlier Melvin Gordon turnover, the team was still in it late in the first half, driving with the ball and down just 12-10. But Rivers was sacked and had the ball stripped away. Running back Austin Ekeler had a chance to recover it, but allowed it to slip through hish fingers. It was picked up by Minnesota and returned all the way for a touchdown. At halftime, Anthony Lynn made it a focal point to remind his team to protect the football. In the second half, there were a lot of safe, short passes featured by Rivers as the team tried to chip away. But on the rare occasions that they did try to take a shot down the field, Rivers' passes were woefully underthrown and intercepted. Just as the announcers were discussing how good Rivers has been throughout his career, he underthrew another pass intended for Williams down the sideline which was again easily intercepted. In recent weeks, the whispers have gotten louder that Rivers may be in the final weeks of his Chargers career. With the team already eliminated from playoff contention and seemingly looking at a somewhat high draft pick next year, it is very conceivable that the Chargers may look to move on from Rivers in the not-too-distant future.

RB Melvin Gordon, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 28 - 0, Rec: 5 - 36 - 0 (7 targets) - Gordon was having very little success running the ball early on, including a costly fumble that was recovered by Minnesota. It didn't look like a particularly hard hit that jarred the ball loose either. On the ensuing drive, Gordon was given the first carry which was telling in that they went right back to him. He spent the rest of the first half mostly getting stifled by the stout defense of Minnesota. On one short catch in the flat, he had a chance to get into the end zone but the defender made a really nice tackle and dragged him down at the 4-yard line. On the next play he was stopped at the 2-yard line, again with a tough tackle by the defender after it originally appeared that there was some daylight. Just before the end of the first half, Philip Rivers coughed up the ball and it was returned by the Vikings for a touchdown. That play is important in Gordon's game description because head coach Anthony Lynn implored his team to protect the football in the second half. So when Gordon lost a fumble on the very first play of the second half, he found himself very much in the doghouse the rest of the way. When Austin Ekeler came out of the game for a breather, it was Justin Jackson and not Gordon who came on in relief. Midway through the fourth quarter, Gordon did make his way back onto the field. But it was far too little, too late, for any kind of fantasy impact in the game.

RB Austin Ekeler, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 19 - 0, Rec: 5 - 62 - 0 (7 targets) - A week after one of the biggest games of his (or any running back's) career, Ekeler came back to Earth a bit. Minnesota seemed to be employing a strategy of keying on the Los Angeles run game and forcing Philip Rivers to beat them deep. Rivers was unable to do so, and so the run game never really got going. On the bright side for Ekeler, Melvin Gordon lost two fumbles early on which led to a greater share of the rushing workload. On the downside for Ekeler, the Chargers trailed significantly throughout the second half so there wasn't much rushing workload to be had. And on the occasion that there was, there wasn't much room to run. He was again effective in the passing game, with his big gain going for 27 yards. He shook loose wide open down the sideline out of the backfield for the long pass play. Later in the first half, he took a short catch in the flat and was absolutely drilled by a defender. The ball popped loose and sat on the ground for several moments with three Minnesota defenders around it, but Keenan Allen alertly dove and knocked it out of bounds before anyone could recover from the defense. After Melvin Gordon's second fumble of the game early in the second half, Ekeler got the next carry and shared the workload with Justin Jackson as Gordon remained on the bench for nearly the entirety of the second half.

RB Justin Jackson, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 15 - 0, Rec: 2 - 2 - 0 (2 targets) - An early-season sleeper, Jackson has gotten very little playing time due to injury as well as the return of Melvin Gordon. He did get an early-game reception in this one while working into the running back rotation, but the majority of his workload came after Gordon lost his second fumble of the game on the first play of the second half. Jackson looked good on a couple of runs, showing nice wiggle and darting to the outside after shaking a defender loose. Of course, he was also stuffed on a third and 1 carry that ended up losing a yard. Aside from that, the Charger offense mostly revolved around the passing game since they trailed by so much throughout the second half.

WR Keenan Allen, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 99 - 0 (10 targets) - After taking something of a back seat to the likes of Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry in recent weeks, Allen was extremely busy in this one. He led all players in both targets and receptions, and was involved in all facets of the Los Angeles passing game. On several occasions, he and Rivers looked to be very much in sync, with several passes being thrown before Allen had even started his break and the ball being right where the receiver was. This may be the last few games the two will play together as there have been rumors of Rivers potentially being let go after the season, but it was clear in this game that some of that rapport is still there. Allen attacked the defense both along the sidelines and over the middle of the field with his patented comeback and crossing routes. On Allen's best chance to score, Rivers fired a pass his way in the end zone on a slant. Allen appeared to be open on the play, but he slipped coming out of his break and the ball sailed past him for an incompletion. Despite a relatively lackluster finish to the season (for him), Allen still went over 1,000 yards receiving for the third straight year and fourth time overall.

WR Mike Williams, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 71 - 1 (9 targets) - Williams did most of his damage in the first half, making a nice grab on a floater down the seam where he glided in front of defenders to snatch the pass that they thought they had lined up for an interception. Soon after, Williams hauled in a deep bomb down the left side for 39 yards, making a nice adjustment to snag it in front of the defender. For the second straight game, Williams also managed to bring in a score. From the 2-yard line, Rivers stepped back and tossed up a 50-50 jump ball. Williams had a significant height advantage over his defender, and went up to get it at its highest point for the touchdown. There were no real plays of positive significance involving Williams in the second half, despite the Chargers trailing throughout.

TE Hunter Henry, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (2 targets) - After a solid return to form from an early-season knee injury, Henry has somewhat disappeared of late. In this game, his name wasn't even called until the second half. He finally got on the board with a 24-yard catch to convert a fourth down down to the 11-yard line. He had just one other catch in the game, a short pass on a crossing route. As he started to make a move, the ball was stripped away and ruled a fumble. Replays looked like it was close to being just an incomplete pass, but eventually ruled that he had made a football move and confirmed the fumble.


Indianapolis Colts 7, New Orleans Saints 34

What you need to know

Indianapolis Colts - The Colts were simply terrible offensively against the Saints. The Colts could not consistently pick up positive yardage or get first downs. Jacoby Brissett did not have any turnovers but played very poorly. Brissett missed numerous throws to open receivers. Brissett threw high and wide of his target throughout the game. Brissett's throws were all over the place and his knee injury may still be effecting him. TY Hilton returned from injury and did not look healthy. Hilton did not seem to have his usual acceleration and was plastered by Marshon Lattimore all game. Marlon Mack lost more snaps and touches to Hines and Wilkins than usual. Mack was stuffed on most of his carries but found a little success rushing to the edges late in the game. Zach Pascal made a few plays for the Colts but most of his yards came on a blown coverage assignment. Jack Doyle could have scored a touchdown but drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone.

New Orleans Saints - The Saints moved to 11-3 in dominating fashion against the Colts on Monday Night. It was a very special night for Drew Brees and Michael Thomas continued his quest for the all-time receptions in a season record. Brees passed Peyton Manning on the list for all time touchdown passes and also set the single game completion percentage record. The Saints game plan looked to get the record for Brees from the beginning with the rushing attack taking a back seat this week. The defense was able to sit back and allow Jacoby Brissett to make all of the mistake this week. He barely completed 50% of his passes and could not hit the broad side of a barn. The normally robust rushing game for the Colts was held to under 50 total yards and it was an all-around poor showing for the Colts offense. With the win, the Saints creep closer to a first round Bye, but they cannot sit back yet. The NFC playoff picture is very crowded at the top with 4 teams having an 11-3 record. New Orleans will travel to take on Tennessee next Saturday before closing the regular season against the Panthers.

QB Jacoby Brissett, 56 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 34 - 165 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0 - Jacoby Brissett did not turn the ball over but played one of his worst games as Colt. Brissett left numerous plays on the field and was very inaccurate. Brissett struggled with his consistency throwing the ball. Numerous throws from Brissett were well off target with receivers running open. Brissett threw high and wide on short to intermediate throws as well as downfield passes. Brissett missed Pascal wide open on a crossing route and Marcus Johnson for a potential 46 yard touchdown. Brissett does not deserve all the credit for this performance. The Colts struggled to run the ball and pass protect. Brissett faced frequent pressure and failed rushing attempts but the Colts behind in terms of down and distance. The Saints seemed prepared for everything the Colts did. Whenever the Colts strung together a few first downs a lack of execution would stall the drive and force a punt.

RB Marlon Mack, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 19 - 0 - Marlon Mack lost more snaps and touches to Hines and Wilkins than usual. Mack was stuffed on most of his carries but found a little success rushing to the edges late in the game.

WR Zach Pascal, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (6 targets) - Zach Pascal suffered as a result of Brissett's struggles. Pascal came wide open running a crossing route on his first target but Brissett missed the throw badly. Pascal made his first catch running a slant for 7 yards on 3rd and 5. Pascal did a good job of working back to Brissett as he extended the play for a 9 yard catch. Pascal was left uncovered underneath and took a pass down the sideline for 24 yards.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 25 - 0 (9 targets) - TY Hilton did not look healthy in his return to action. Hilton struggled to separate from Marshon Lattimore all game and lacked his trademark explosiveness. Hilton drew a holding call running a comeback route on what would have been a 10 yard completion. Hilton drew a 7 yard pass interference penalty on an underneath target. Hilton made a 6 yard catch running a comeback route. Hilton made catches on consecutive plays for gains of 11 and 9.

WR Marcus Johnson, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (4 targets) - Marcus Johnson made a few nice plays downfield and got open for a potential touchdown but Brissett missed the throw. Johnson made a nice adjustment on a back shoulder throw from Brissett for a 20 yard gain. Brissett's throw was not that accurate but Johnson made a great play. Johnson made a 17 yard catch running an in breaking route from the slot. Johnson got behind his defender running a 9 route and Brissett overthrew a potential 46 yard touchdown.

TE Jack Doyle, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (5 targets) - Jack Doyle made a few nice plays and could have had a touchdown. Doyle made an 11 yard catch finding a soft spot in the Saints' zone defense over the middle. Doyle made a catch in the flat for a 10 yard gain. Doyle drew a 15 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone releasing up the seam against man to man coverage.

QB Drew Brees, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 30 - 307 - 4 TD / 0 INT - It was a truly special night for Brees this week against the Colts. The game plan was featured around him pushing the ball down the field and trying to set the all-time passing touchdowns record. Brees tied the record in the first half and looked to break it just before half time, but his third touchdown pass of the half was called back on a very soft offensive pass interference call. His first touchdown went to his favorite target in Michael Thomas. It was a 15-yard strike that split the safeties and was wide open after Brees used his eyes to look off the coverage. Thomas was able to sneak into the middle of the end zone up the seam for an easy first score. The second touchdown was a 21-yard pass to TreíQuan Smith. It was another pass that attacked the middle of the field and Brees hit a leaping Smith just before the end zone for the score. The safeties learned from the Thomas touchdown but were playing too deep to come up and make a play on the ball this time. The third touchdown that was called back also went to Smith. Brees made a nice move on a blitzing defender and found Smith all alone in the end zone. He was flagged for offensive pass interference on the play on what looked like a very weak push off. The Saints settled for a field goal before half and Brees had to wait before setting the record. It was not a very long wait with Brees connecting with Josh Hill on the first drive of the second half. It was a 5-yard pass to Hill in the flat. It was a play action fake with the linebackers unable to get into the flat to cover Hill. Now with the record firmly in hand, Brees set his sights on finishing this game in style. On the very next drive, he capped the game off with a 28-yard touchdown to Taysom Hill. Brees hit Hill 20 yards down the sideline and Hill fought through 2 defenders for the last 8 yards and the score. It was the perfect icing on the cake for a masterful game by Brees. His only in completion was a broken play dump off to Latavius Murray who had stopped his route. It was an otherwise perfect day for Brees who is playing his best football down the stretch heading into a playoff run.

QB Taysom Hill, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0, Rec: 2 - 42 - 1 (2 targets) - There were more than enough touchdowns to go around this week and Hill got in on the action for the final score from Brees this week. He caught a long 20-yard pass down the sideline and then fought through 2 defenders for the last 8 yards into the endzone for a 28-yard score. He caught his only other target for 14 yards and rushed the ball 2 times for a net of 1 yard. The Saints did not want to risk taking a touchdown pass away from Brees and did not have Hill throw the ball this week. They still have several tricks up their sleeve with Hill at quarterback, but they are saving them for the playoffs this year.

RB Alvin Kamara, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 66 - 0, Rec: 5 - 23 - 0 (5 targets) - It was a very quiet day for the New Orleans rushing attack. This game was all about Brees and setting the passing touchdown record and the ground game took a back seat. Kamara rushed the ball 14 times and led the team in attempts and yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and had a long run of 15 yards go off the edge in the second half. He was largely held in check by a smothering Colts rush defense and saw most of his value come from catching all 5 of his targets. Even then he was almost tackled immediately and held to under 100 total yards for the game. Kamara has not been the same back since his ankle injury and the Saints did their best to rest him towards the end of the game with the victory all be assured. They still have a lot to play for in the final 2 weeks and will need him to get things going on the ground if they want to have a more balanced attack come playoff time.

RB Latavius Murray, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 29 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - This game was not about running the ball at all, but Murray still got his fair share of attempts. Murray had 9 attempts to 14 for Kamara. He saw Dwayne Washington cut into his work on the final offensive drive of the game for the Colts, but the game was already won at that point. Murray averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and never made it past the second level of defenders this week. His longest run went for 8 yards up the middle and he never made it any further. Murray ruined what would have been a perfect passing day for Brees by stopping a swing route on a broken play. The pass fell incomplete a few yards out in front of him and could have given Brees a 100% completion percentage had he not stopped his route. The Saints will look to go more balanced heading into the playoffs and more productive days should be ahead for Murray.

WR Michael Thomas, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 128 - 1 (12 targets) - There were several records that fell this week, including the single season receptions record for the Saints. Thomas is on pace to set the single season record for the entire NFL after his 12 catch (on 12 targets) performance. Brees to Thomas may have been the most uttered phrase in the first half and the pair connected for the first touchdown of the game. It was a 15-yard strike to the end zone up the seam. Thomas was able to split the safeties and Brees looked the coverage off for the easy score. Thomas was almost all alone in the middle of the end zone for one of the easiest touchdown catches of the season. He set the Saints single season reception record by making a one-handed catch over his shoulder for a first down. Brees to Thomas is one of the most automatic combinations in the NFL right now. Thomas is coming off back to back games with 10+ catches, 100 or more yards, and a touchdown. Through 14 games he has 100 yards in all but 5 of them and a matchup against a Tennessee team that is missing key defensive players is looming. Thomas has a great chance to set several records down the stretch this season and has been the most effective piece in this Saints offense all season.

WR Ted Ginn, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets) - It seemed like everyone else was getting in on the fun this week except for Ginn. He caught his lone target for 13 yards and a first down. Brees was finding open receivers all over the field and Ginn was not one of them. TreíQuan Smith seems to have cut into his playing time a little and the re-emergence of Jared Cook has sucked up several targets a game. Ginn still has the breakaway speed to blow the top off the defense but the Saints have just not needed it recently. His number will get called eventually but it has been a very quiet couple weeks for Ginn.

WR TreQuan Smith, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 1 (1 targets) - If you are only going to make 1 catch in a game, make it count. That is exactly what Smith did this week when he caught a 21-yard touchdown from Brees to tie the all-time passing touchdown record. Smith ran right down the middle of the field and made a leaping catch at the goal line. Brees put the ball on him before the safeties could come up and make a play and Smith fell across the goal line for the score. Smith also caught what should have been the record-breaking touchdown, but it was taken away after an offensive pass interference call. Smith made a cut back in the end zone after he saw the play break down and Brees scrambling out of the pocket. The referee deemed a push off and took the score off the board. The play could have certainly been challenged but the Saints had the game in hand and coach Payton has not had any success with the new pass interference challenges.

TE Jared Cook, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 54 - 0 (4 targets) - The only thing Cook did not do this week was make it into the end zone for a touchdown. He caught all 4 of his targets including a 20-yard catch down the sideline for a first down. He carried multiple defenders an extra 3 yards before being tackled. Cook has come on strong in the past 5 weeks and is looking every bit the part they wanted from their big tight end. He was the second leading receiver on the team this week and provides a consistent red zone threat. Look for Cook to keep producing down the stretch and playing a big role in the playoffs for the Saints.

TE Josh Hill, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 1 (1 targets) - Just like Smith earlier, Hill made the most of his 1 catch this week. It was Jill who caught the record-breaking touchdown from Brees on a 5-yard route in the flat. The Saints normally run the ball in this situation, but they wanted to get Brees the record. It was a play action fake with Hill leaking into the flat. His linebacker in coverage bit on the fake and then did not have enough time to recover and make a play on the ball. It was an easy pitch and catch for the score and the all-time record for Brees.


Miami Dolphins 20, New York Giants 36

What you need to know

Miami Dolphins - In a battle of top of the draft order seeding, Miami finally righted the ship and lost to the 2-11 Giants. This was a very winnable game, but it looks like the Dolphins finally remembered this was a lost season and that every win moves them further away from the top of the order. Miami got another solid effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick with the only blemish being a fumble lost on a big hit he took rushing the ball. The defense appeared to step up on the stat sheet with 3 interceptions of Eli Manning but only managed a single sack. Where they struggled was containing Saquon Barkley who had over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense allowed 138 yards and 3 touchdowns to the Giants on the ground. DeVante Parker returned from a concussion and picked up right where he left off with another 2-touchdown game. Fitzpatrick completed passes to 8 different receivers and has made the best of his situation with the Dolphins either trading or having several key players injured. Miami will take on a Bengals team that is sitting right in front of them in the draft order and then close the season against the Patriots. They are a near lock for a top 3 pick depending on what happens with Washington and New York the rest of the season.

New York Giants - 1. Picking the right Giants wide receiver to start is difficult and the leading receiver seems to change every week. Manning seems to favor Shepard as a possession receiver but recognizing Slayton as a big play threat.

2. Barkley and the Giants looked dominant on the ground on Sunday, probably due to the run/pass balance they were showing on offense to keep the defense guessing.

3. Despite Manning's turnovers, he is the slightly stronger play for the Giants as opposed to Jones and his willingness to push the ball downfield has been invaluable over his last two games.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 41 - 279 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 33 - 0 - The only thing Fitzpatrick did not do this week was come away with the win and that is best case for this team right now. They were coming dangerously close to dropping in the draft order and ruining everything they have been trying to setup this season. Fitzpatrick has looked good enough to get another shot and help mentor whatever young quarterback they take in the draft and he has built rapport with the likes of Parker and Gesicki in this offense. Fitzpatrick kicked off the scoring in the second quarter with a touchdown to Parker. It capped a 9 play 94-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown. Parker ran a simple go route up the seam and Fitzpatrick threaded the needle between 2 defenders for the score. That drive also featured a 21-yard catch and run dump off to Albert Wilson to set the Dolphins up in great position for the score. His second touchdown also went to Parker. But the game was already out of hand at this point. A 20-yard pass to Gesicki helped jump start the drive and it was capped off with a 29-yard strike to Parker. This time it was a deep shot down the left sideline with Parker fighting for position on his corner. Parker made the leaping grab in the front corner of the end zone and continued his breakout season. Fitzpatrick played clean football for the most part outside of a fumble in the 3rd quarter. He had scrambled for 5 yards before a hard hit to the back popped the ball loose. The Miami defense created a turnover of their own 3 plays later and the Dolphins were able to pull the score to 13-14. This was the closest they would get with Saquon Barkley taking over and the offense failing to move the ball until their final drive. Fitzpatrick gets a great matchup next week against the Bengals before being sacrificed to the Patriots defense in week 17.

RB Patrick Laird, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 46 - 0, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (5 targets) - It is hard for any running back to succeed in this offense. The line does not open many big holes and opposing defenses do not respect anyone in the passing game outside of DeVante Parker. Laird got his chance this week to be the lead back and put up some disappointing numbers. He led the team in rushing attempts and yards but averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. Most of his value was to come from catching the ball out of the back field but he only managed to make 2 receptions on 5 targets. He just did not seem to be on the same page as Fitzpatrick and there was no rhythm in the Dolphins offense. Laird suffered an embarrassing tackle for loss and a safety in the 3rd quarter and just could not get any blocking in front of him all day. He was a fun sleeper pick coming into this week, but it is just too hard for any running back to get something going in that offense right now.

WR Albert Wilson, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (8 targets) - At some point someone else is going to have to start making plays in this offense. Wilson was the second leading receiver behind Parker this week and tied for the team lead in targets. His best play was a 21-yard catch and run on a dump off by Fitzpatrick that helped setup the first Parker touchdown. Wilson lost some reps to Isaiah Ford last week but played as the true number 2 receiver this week. With Jakeem Grant still injured, Wilson has a big chance to step up and show that he has a future with this team and expand his role. The Dolphins should continue to rotate through their depth at receiver and see what they have for the future, but Wilson seems to be safe going into next season.

WR DeVante Parker, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 72 - 2 (7 targets) - Parker is the only player in this offense doing anything right now outside of Fitzpatrick. The line cannot block for any of the running backs and the rest of the receivers seem to get lost in the defense. Parker made his way through concussion protocol this week and came back just in time for this game. He caught 4 of his 7 targets and benefitted from Fitzpatrick taking shots down the field. His first touchdown capped off a 9 play 94-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown. Parker ran a simple go route and Fitzpatrick found him open in the seam between 2 defenders. The ball was thrown perfectly and hit Parker in stride in the end zone. His second touchdown came when the game was already out of hand and was a deep shot down the left sideline. Parker ran a simple go route again and was able to fight for inside position against his corner. He used his big body to box out the defender and made a leaping catch in the end zone. Parker has been the only real threat in this offense this season and continues to make plays with the defense rolling coverage his way.

WR Allen Hurns, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - This is the best chance Hurns has had to stick with a team in his career. He did not have an injury designation coming into the game after dealing with knee and ankle issues, but he ended up laying an egg this week. He caught his only target for 9 yards and could not find any room against a defense that just released one of its better corners. Hurns is looking more like Kenny Stills from a year ago and could find himself on the way out of Miami in the off season.

TE Mike Gesicki, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 47 - 0 (8 targets) - It was another slow week for anyone not named DeVante Parker and that included Gesicki. He has quickly turned into Fitzpatrickís second favorite target and tied for the team lead this week. He caught 4 of his 8 targets including a long 24-yard strike to setup the late touchdown to Parker. Miami has not found a way to utilize him in the red zone yet and continues to attack the seams and boundaries with him. They like his big and athletic frame but need to find better ways to get him involved in the offense. Miami seems content moving forward with Gesicki as their tight end of the future, but they will expect a lot more progress next season.

QB Eli Manning, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 28 - 283 - 2 TD / 3 INT - Eli Manning was competent and dangerous on Sunday against Miami, though his three interceptions certainly drag down his performance a bit. He was very patient in the pocket, had good pass protection and picked apart Miami when given time. On several occasions, Manning could really take his time and allow his receivers to unravel. He was looking downfield a lot in this game and made several big throws that changed field position quickly. Manning hit tight end Smith with a well placed ball on a seam route and didn't stop there. He found Tate on another seam route deep. Tate managed to tip the ball to himself, avoided the safety who had taken a poor tackle angle and ran free into the endzone for a big touchdown. Unfortunately Manning displayed terrible accuracy and decision making throwing a ball right to a Miami defender who easily picked it off on a curl route. He was picked off again as time was expiring in the first half, simply heaving a 'Hail Mary' pass deep. Manning shook this off and took advantage of some decent time in the pocket by hitting Slayton who was wide open on a deep out after play action. He was allowed to survey the endzone later on and connected with Slayton in the back of the endzone who had escaped coverage over time. Manning's final pick came on another woeful decision to heave the ball over the middle in an effort to escape pressure but this ball was easily intercepted. He almost had a third touchdown as he threw a perfect pass deep to Shepard on a corner route but his receiver just could not stretch out the ball over the goal line in time and it was out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Save for the turnovers, Manning played at a high level and gave the Giants an excellent opportunity to win the game.

RB Saquon Barkley, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 112 - 2, Rec: 4 - 31 - 0 (5 targets) - Eli Manning was competent and dangerous on Sunday against Miami, though his three interceptions certainly drag down his performance a bit. He was very patient in the pocket, had good pass protection and picked apart Miami when given time. On several occasions, Manning could really take his time and allow his receivers to unravel. He was looking downfield a lot in this game and made several big throws that changed field position quickly. Manning hit tight end Smith with a well placed ball on a seam route and didn't stop there. He found Tate on another seam route deep. Tate managed to tip the ball to himself, avoided the safety who had taken a poor tackle angle and ran free into the endzone for a big touchdown. Unfortunately Manning displayed terrible accuracy and decision making throwing a ball right to a Miami defender who easily picked it off on a curl route. He was picked off again as time was expiring in the first half, simply heaving a 'Hail Mary' pass deep. Manning shook this off and took advantage of some decent time in the pocket by hitting Slayton who was wide open on a deep out after play action. He was allowed to survey the endzone later on and connected with Slayton in the back of the endzone who had escaped coverage over time. Manning's final pick came on another woeful decision to heave the ball over the middle in an effort to escape pressure but this ball was easily intercepted. He almost had a third touchdown as he threw a perfect pass deep to Shepard on a corner route but his receiver just could not stretch out the ball over the goal line in time and it was out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Save for the turnovers, Manning played at a high level and gave the Giants an excellent opportunity to win the game.

WR Sterling Shepard, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 111 - 0 (11 targets) - Sterling Shepard dropped a sure pass over the middle at the start of this game but shook it off as he was the most targeted player for Manning against Miami. He snagged a tight ball on a deep comeback route but this was erased due to offensive pass interference. Shepard was featured player in this game for Manning and the duo connected all over the field. He was key in securing first downs but also occasionally hauled in bigger plays downfield, showing his versatility as a play maker. The Giants used play action often to get Shepard open and this worked to great success. He was escaping coverage often and used his agility to maintain the separation from the nearest Miami defender. Shepard showed good chemistry with Manning on extended plays where the pass rush failed to show up. This allowed Shepard to separate over time and gave Manning big windows to throw into down the field. Shepard was unfortunate not to score on a deep corner route towards the goal line. He hauled in a terrific ball but did not have enough time to put the football in his other hand which possibly would have allowed him to extend it over the line for a score. Regardless, Shepard was a constant threat to the Dolphins secondary and kept the Giants moving downfield throughout the game. His talent and chemistry with Manning was clearly a massive factor in his success.

WR Darius Slayton, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 1 (3 targets) - Darius Slayton was the odd man out on Sunday for the Giants, as other receivers were targeted more in this offense. Slayton still managed to score and somewhat rescued fantasy owners who started him. Manning had all day in the pocket in the redzone and this allowed Slayton to unravel from his defender and haul in a pass in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown. Slayton should have had a big catch along the sideline in the first half but he mishandled the ball, though a flag was also thrown for defensive pass interference along with the drop. The Giants ran the football a lot in this game and Shepard seemed to be the focal point, leaving Slayton somewhat on the outside for this game.

WR Golden Tate, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 51 - 1 (4 targets) - Golden Tate managed only one grab on Sunday but he made it count as it went for a touchdown. Tate was targeted on a seam route up the field, he tipped it to himself and secured the ball. The Miami defensive back took a terrible angle to make the tackle and this allowed Tate to escape untouched into the endzone for the score. Manning tried to find Tate deep along the sideline later but the pass was out of bounds. Tate didn't get many more looks from Manning as Shepard was the main man on this day.


Seattle Seahawks 30, Carolina Panthers 24

What you need to know

Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks offense was strong both in the air and on the ground, but the key to this offense is getting their ground game going. Rashaad Pennyís absence was felt, as Chris Carson took on most of the rushing workload, and he rose to the occasion, bookending a solid performance with memorable opening and closing drives Ė first was a score, second ran down the clock to preserve the lead. Russell Wilson got back on track after a few somewhat Ďdowní weeks (at least as MVP caliber seasons go). Most impressive was his renewed rapport with Tyler Lockett, who went 8-9-120-1. DK Metcalf and Josh Gordon had their moments as well, but were not high volume targets. TE Jacob Hollister fell back into a checkdown/outlet receiver role, when he wasnít blocking.

Carolina Panthers - Mistake-prone Kyle Allen threw three interceptions to dig a hole for the Panthers that they could not get out of. Two of the picks were poor errors by Allen, with the third slightly unfortunate due to a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage. Allen is repeating the same mistakes week after week. Even with good pass protection in this game, he was unable to have a clean game. Christian McCaffrey carried the offense on his back, catching check-downs and juking defenders, running hard between the tackles and cashing in with a couple of red zone touchdown runs. D.J. Moore continued to dominate the targets, with Allen favouring him especially in the hurry-up at the end of the game. Curtis Samuel was utilised as a jet sweep option, a pre-snap motion that has become a staple of the Carolina offense since Scott Turner took the reins as offensive coordinator last week. Samuel looked spry and quick on these touches, getting to the edge before the Seahawks defense could react. Ian Thomas was a non-factor, with Allen preferring to target McCaffrey, Moore and Samuel.

QB Russell Wilson, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 26 - 286 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -1 - 0 - Wilson tossed a couple of short passes on the opening touchdown drive, as Chris Carson did most of the work on the ground. But on the second possession, with the Panthers going after the running game, Wilson aired it out. First to Tyler Lockett for 44 yards, with a now familiar sight: a perfect deep throw, inches away from the defense and right into the hands of the suddenly appearing wideout. After connecting with Lockett on 8-of-9 targets, itís safe to say, theyíve rediscovered their chemistry together. Wilson also found DK Metcalf for the score on a 19-yard loft down the sideline, that was caught with a well-timed leap. Wilson also found Josh Gordon for a big gain down the middle. He has clearly developed a healthy rapport with each of those three, as well as TE Jacob Hollister, and with the occasional short pass to his running backs, Wilson got back on track after a few weeks of consecutive interceptions.

RB Chris Carson, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 133 - 2, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets) - On the opening drive, Carson rumbled 47 yards over four plays, including the for the score. Early in the drive, he ran for 23 yards off tackle, zig-zagging up the middle for the big gain. On the scoring play, Carson ran right, made a diving tackler miss, and powered his way from the 5-yard line to the end zone with a defender fully hanging on. With the season ending injury to Rashaad Penny, Carson was THE back for the Seahawks. Carsonís 4th quarter score came from sheer power and determination, as he took a 4th and 1, from the 6, across the goal line. Running to the outside on several plays, Carson also did well, moving the chains on several occasions, including the final drive, in which he ran for 10+ yards, three times, to help seal the victory.

WR Tyler Lockett, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 120 - 1 (9 targets) - After a rough few weeks statistically, in part due to a shin injury and a flu that had him playing down ten pounds this week, Lockett bounced back in a big way. He started small, catching a screen pass for ten yards, and even on that play it was evident that he had his old legs back. On the next drive, he caught (yet another) near miracle pass. He tracked the ball amazingly well on a flag route, running under to catch it just ahead of the defender, for a 44-yard gain. Lockettís touchdown came in the second quarter, as he again found a pocket in the Panthers zone defense and easily brought in the 19-yard pass near the goal line. His only missed target was an overthrow near the goal line. In the final quarter, he caught a short red zone pass as Wilson scrambled, then made a nice inside spin move to elude the defender and get near the first down marker.

WR DK Metcalf, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 36 - 1 (4 targets) - Metcalf only caught two balls, but he made them count. On a sideline route, a well-timed leap in the end zone Ė on a perfectly thrown pass Ė gave the Seahawks the lead on the opening drive. His other reception was over the middle, a nice catch in coverage, but he was taken down quickly.

WR Josh Gordon, 25 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rec: 1 - 58 - 0 (1 targets) - Gordon only had the one catch, but it was a beauty. At full speed, he made a diving catch and with the long pass barely on his fingertips, managed to bring it in and then as he landed hard with the ball between him and the ground, secured his hand over it to maintain possession. Gordon has seen low volume since joining the Seahawks, but each week seems to come up with a clutch catch or two, and has also shown a decent rapport with Russell Wilson. Gordon also attempted a pass on a trick play, and while it wasnít a terrible throw, it was intercepted.

TE Jacob Hollister, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (3 targets) - Hollister was a reliable target for Wilson, but was never more than an outlet option in this one. As a result, he picked up short gains on each of his three catches.

QB Kyle Allen, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 41 - 277 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 5 - 25 - 0 - It was yet another mistake-ridden game from Kyle Allen, with poor decisions in key situations proving costly. At times, Allen displays maturity and lives to fight another down, throwing the ball away; on other occasions he makes the inexplicable pass that puts his team in a bad situation. Inaccuracy plagued him in the early stages, with passes to Jarius Wright and Ian Thomas on crossing patterns left behind the target Ė and not out in front to run on to. Offensive coordinator Scott Turnerís play calling helped Allen tremendously, with jet sweep motions from the receivers and quick passes allowing him to settle into a rhythm. However, the mistakes began to creep in, with the first interception coming on a late pass down the middle. The receiver settled down in zone coverage, but Allen was late to release the ball and a lurking linebacker undercut it easily. The second interception was not completely Allenís fault, with a tipped pass at the line falling kindly into the arms of a Seattle defender. The third pick, however, was an egregious error on Allenís part Ė and a mistake he has made in prior games. As he booted right off play action, the edge defender closed on him quickly, but instead of throwing the ball into row Z he chucked it into the flat Ė and it was picked off. Allen rallied late in the four-minute drill, leading a touchdown drive that culminated in a nice touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel, flipping it to the receiver as he baited the defenders into thinking he would run to the goal line.

RB Christian McCaffrey, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 19 - 87 - 2, Rec: 8 - 88 - 0 (10 targets) - Christian McCaffrey continued to put the Carolina offense on his back, with quarterback Kyle Allen struggling for consistency. The do-it-all back was stymied on some early carries, but eventually he found his feet and burst through some openings. A cutback run off left tackle was a highlight, with McCaffrey instantly recognising the opening and hitting it up the field quickly. McCaffrey scored two rushing touchdowns in the red zone, cashing in this week after a few barren ones. The first score was a shotgun carry up the middle, but the jet sweep motion at the snap kept the linebackers honest and prevented a hard, downhill charge towards McCaffrey. The offensive line blew open a huge hole and he capitalised. McCaffrey continued to be a huge factor in the passing game, with Allenís default read at times being the superstar back on a check down. After the catch, McCaffrey bamboozled defenders with juke moves in space and even hurdled a defender on a swing pass. His second rushing touchdown came with the game out of reach on the scoreline, 30-10, but he charged downhill on the shotgun carry and weaved between defenders beautifully. It appeared the Seahawks were set up to stop the pass on the play, so McCaffrey and the offensive line took full advantage.

WR Curtis Samuel, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 23 - 0, Rec: 5 - 31 - 1 (8 targets) - Like last week, the emphasis of offensive coordinator Scott Turner was to get the ball into Curtis Samuelís hands as a runner, as well as a receiver. That intention became clear as Samuel caught a screen pass out of the backfield early on, weaving his way for a first down. On several plays Samuel was used as a jet sweep option, much like the Rams deploy their receivers pre-snap, and he carried the ball effectively. The Seahawks defense struggled to contain Samuel, whose speed to the edge was too much to handle. One such play saw Samuel fall two yards shy of the goal line. As a receiver, Samuel was able to make hay in the short passing game; Carolina stuck with three-step concepts as the game got away from them. An end zone target thrown high into the back-left corner was out of Samuelís reach, but on the next play he connected with Kyle Allen for a touchdown. Samuel, seeing Allen roll right, adjusted his route as the defender in coverage left him to prevent a possible Allen run. The quarterback spotted the opening and flipped a quick pass to a wide-open Samuel.

WR D.J. Moore, 70 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 8 - 113 - 0 (12 targets) - D.J. Moore continued his positive momentum with a standout performance against the Seahawks. New offensive coordinator Scott Turner got the ball into his hands early on a jet sweep, a staple of the Panthers attack in this game, and Moore scooted for a handful of yards. When the offense went to a higher tempo due to the game script, Moore was the apple of Kyle Allenís eye and the receiver was peppered with short targets. Moore often transitioned quickly after the catch, becoming a dangerous open-field runner. A target on a corner route at the end of the first half was off target, and it was unclear whether there was a miscommunication between quarterback and receiver on the play. As the Panthers continued to deploy a quick passing game, Moore was the beneficiary, catching everything on underneath routes. The one deep target thrown his way sailed harmlessly out of bounds, with Mooreís route lacking the precision to stack the defensive back. Moore was peppered with Allen passes in the hurry-up at the end of the game, almost singlehandedly setting the offense up in the red zone.

WR Jarius Wright, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (4 targets) - Jarius Wright was targeted on a corner route off play action on Kyle Allenís first dropback, but the Seahawks had excellent coverage, forcing a throwaway. Wright and Allen subsequently failed to connect on a third down pass, with the ball thrown too far in front of the receiver for him to haul it in.

TE Ian Thomas, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (4 targets) - Ian Thomas was largely a non-factor despite the Carolina offense playing in catch-up mode for most of the second half. When Kyle Allen tried to hit Thomas early on a crossing route, the pass was behind him and he was unable to adjust his body to make the reception. Thomas picked up a couple of catches on quick throws, scooting free for a 12-yard gain on one, but was rarely the focus of his quarterback in the progression.


Denver Broncos 3, Kansas City Chiefs 23

What you need to know

Denver Broncos - Drew Lock and the offense couldn't get anything going in heavy snow conditions. Denver scored one field goal in the 2nd quarter, with Lock throwing one interception and no touchdowns. Kansas City dominated time of possession as Denver struggled to convert on 3rd down. Courtland Sutton led the receiving effort with 10 targets and 79 yards, narrowly missing a touchdown in the 1st half. Neither Denver halfback put together a serviceable fantasy day. Noah Fant missed the second quarter with a shoulder injury, but returned to play the second half, recording one catch after halftime.

Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 23-3 to improve their record to 10-4 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Andy Reid went with a three way committee at running back with Darwin Thompson leading the way with 38 yards on eight carries. Spencer Ware rushed seven times for 26 yards and LeSean McCoy rushed six times for 16 yards. Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns, while Sammy Watkins had three receptions for 49 yards. Mecole Hardman only saw two targets in this game, catching one pass for 10 yards. Travis Kelce led the Chiefs pass catchers with 11 receptions for 142 yards, both season highs for the All-Pro tight end.

QB Drew Lock, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 40 - 208 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0 - Lock and the entire Denver offense performed poorly in near-blizzard like conditions, piecing together one scoring drive that ended in a field goal in the 2nd quarter. Lock couldn't get anything going downfield in the heavy snow, with a long connection of 43 yards to Noah Fant in the 2nd quarter on a 4th and 1 play action pass. He nearly connected with Sutton in the end zone at the end of the drive, but a defender knocked the ball loose as Sutton fell to the turf. Lock floated a bad pass in the general direction of Tim Patrick and was intercepted by safety Matheiu in the 3rd, but he got bailed out by a defensive holding penalty. Undeterred, he bought time with his feet on the next play and lobbed up a floater across the field to Noah Fant that was intercepted in the end zone, this time officially.

RB Royce Freeman, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 12 - 0, Rec: 4 - 14 - 0 (4 targets) - Freeman had a slow day mixing in with Lindsay with 5 carries and 4 targets in the passing game. His biggest gains were an 8 yard carry in the 4th quarter and a 5 yard pickup on a checkdown pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter.

RB Phillip Lindsay, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 32 - 0 (2 targets) - Lindsay started his day off with a nice 10 yard carry, but didn't muster much after that on a day that only saw him carry seven times. He was targeted twice in the passing game. He couldn't haul in an out route in the 1st quarter and got popped hard while trying to reel in his second target.

RB Devontae Booker, 5 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0 - Booker didn't see many snaps on offense and touched the ball just once. He logged a 5 yard carry in the 3rd quarter.

WR Courtland Sutton, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 79 - 0 (10 targets) - Sutton returned to the top of the Denver receiving order this week, drawing a team-high 10 catches for 79 yards. He made his first catch in traffic on a curl route in the 2nd quarter. Sutton got both hands on a jump ball in the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but a defender knocked it away with a solid effort. In the 3rd quarter, down on their own 1 inch line after an interception near the end zone, Denver showed their confidence in Sutton's run after the catch ability by throwing a WR screen to Sutton behind the line of scrimmage. Sutton hauled it in from the slot and took off on a 33 yard romp through snow and defenders. Sutton caught a short curl route and slipped another tackle for a big gain after the catch later in the same drive.

WR Tim Patrick, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (7 targets) - Patrick drew 7 targets this week, but couldn't get anything going downfield. He made a tough sideline catch in traffic early in the 1st quarter. Lock found him on a deep curl route up the seam for a 12 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Patrick caught an out route from the slot in the 4th quarter.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (9 targets) - Hamilton had the second highest target total(9), but was completely ineffective with just two short catches. He caught a short curl route and turned it up the sidelines for 9 yards in the 4th, his longest play of the day. You would hope that a slot receiver would have a better day in the short and intermediate game considering the snowy conditions, but Hamiltion just hasn't been able to piece together a relevant fantasy performance this season, regardless of who is playing quarterback.

TE Andrew Beck, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (3 targets) - Beck worked as a fullback and tight end. He lined up in the slot and made a nice sliding catch on a crossing route for a 10 yard gain in the 1st quarter. He caught a checkdown pass from the fullback position for a few more yards in the 3rd quarter.

TE Noah Fant, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 56 - 0 (3 targets) - Fant had a smaller target share after missing nearly an entire quarter with an injury. He got behind the defense on a play action fake on 4th and 1 in the 2nd quarter and took off down the left sideline for a 43 yard gain. He was tackled hard and missed the 2nd quarter with a shoulder injury, but returned after halftime to finish the game. He picked up another 13 yards on a deep out route early in the 3rd quarter.

TE Troy Fumagalli, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets) - Fumagalli mixed into the tight end rotation sparingly, catching an out route for a 7 yard gain on his only target in the 4th quarter.

TE Jeff Heuerman, 24 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Heuerman worked as the number two tight end, but still drew only one target with Noah Fant missing the 2nd quarter. Heuerman couldn't reel in a deep post route in the 3rd quarter. Fullback/Tight End Andrew Beck hauled in 2 of 3 targets and is starting to look like a better option than Heuerman in the passing game. Backup TE Fumagalli also had a catch.

QB Patrick Mahomes, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 34 - 340 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0 - Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passes for 340 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Mahomes statistics are even more impressive than they look when you consider that much of the game was played with heavy snow falling. Mahomes didnít waste any time before getting going, leading the Chiefs to a touchdown drive on their first possession which ended up being all the points they technically needed to win this game. With the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Broncos 41 yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and play-action faked the handoff to his running back. He was given a clean pocket by his offensive line and was able to let Hillís deep post route develop before stepping up in the pocket and throwing a beautiful 40 yard pass to Hill perfectly in stride. The pass landed just out in front of Hill, which made it an easy catch on the run and a 41 yard touchdown for the big play receiver. The Broncos had Hill in double coverage, but it didnít matter because neither of his defenders could keep up with him stride for stride, especially when he is running across the field at an angle. Mahomes had a wide margin for error on the throw given Hillís speed, but he didnít need it as the pass could not have been in a better place had Mahomes been able to hand the ball to Hill. Mahomes second touchdown pass came on the Chiefs first possession of the second half with Kansas City facing a first and goal from the Denver five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately rolled out to his left on a designed bootleg pass. Hill was positioned on the inside left slot and ran a simple out-route to the left sideline that he set up by faking to the inside of the field. When Hill made his cut to the outside, he did it at the perfect spot which allowed Watkins to act as a pick on Hillís defender. Mahomes completed the easy pass to a wide open Hill for the five yard touchdown. Mahomes and Kelce were unstoppable in this game, as Kelce was able to create separation immediately off the line of scrimmage and then keep that gap or even widen it with his speed and his defenders trying to navigate a snow-covered field.

RB Darwin Thompson, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 38 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Darwin Thompson rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught one pass on one target in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Thompson led the Chiefs in rushing attempts and rushing yardage, but it is worth noting that Thompson ceded nearly every passing down to Ware and McCoy. This makes sense as Thompson is a rookie and pass-protection is a big deal when your Super Bowl hopes rest on the shoulders of a player like Mahomes. Thompson was able to break open two runs of 12 yards a piece, which were his long gains of the day, while also failing to gain more than one yard on three of his eight carries. Andy Reid has remarked that he wants to keep McCoy fresh for the playoffs, which means Thompson should continue to see a fair amount of touches while Damien Williams is still on the sidelines recovering from a rib injury and the flu. Thompson is a nice fit in this offense, as he has the skillset to break big plays and get to the second level of the defense with the Chiefs keeping opposing defenses off-balance trying to guard their receivers.

RB Spencer Ware, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 26 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (2 targets) - Spencer Ware rushed seven times for 26 yards and caught two passes on two targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. With the Chiefs losing Darryl Williams for the season, and Damien Williams nursing a rib injury, Ware has filled in nicely and it is clear that Reid trusts him in passing situations to not only catch the ball, but protect Mahomes with his pass-blocking skills. Ware has never been a home-run hitter rushing the football, but he is a decisive runner and is consistent with gaining positive yardage, something the Chiefs can take advantage of on short second and third down situations. Four of Wareís seven rushing attempts went for four or more yards.

RB LeSean McCoy, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 16 - 0 - LeSean McCoy rushed six times for 16 yards in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. McCoy took a backseat to Thompson and Ware in this game, finishing third in carries and not seeing any targets in the passing game. With Williams still injured, Reid is playing it safe with McCoy and making sure that he is healthy come playoff time. It will be hard to trust McCoy over the final two weeks, as Thompson will most likely see a majority of the rushing attempts while Ware is taking over on passing downs.

WR Tyreek Hill, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 5 - 67 - 2 (7 targets) - Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Hill got off to a very fast start in this game, catching a 41 yard touchdown on the Chiefs first possession. With the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Broncos 41 yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and play-action faked the handoff to his running back. Hill was lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a deep post-route where he angled his route a bit flatter than usual, which gave him more field to outrun the two defenders the Broncos had on him. Hill was able to get behind the two defenders and give Mahomes a wide margin for error on the deep ball. This didnít end up mattering though, as Mahomes dropped the ball perfectly onto Hillís hands, in stride and out in front of him where only Hill could make the catch. When Mahomes has this much time in the pocket to wait for Hill to get behind his defender, it is nearly impossible to stop as Hill is one of the best in the NFL in creating separation deep down the field. Hillís second touchdown catch of the game came on the Chiefs first possession of the second half, and the offense facing a first and goal from the Denver five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately rolled out to his left on a designed bootleg. Hill was positioned on the inside left slot and ran an out-route to the left side of the end zone where he set up his defender by stutter-stepping and faking to the inside. Hill picked his spot perfectly, as he was able to break at the exact point where Watkins was coming to the inside of the field, effectively creating a pick on Hillís man which left him wide open for the easy five yard touchdown catch.

WR Sammy Watkins, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 0 (4 targets) - Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 49 yards on four targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Watkins was not called on much in this game, although he finished third on the team in targets and took advantage of the opportunities he was given. With the Chiefs facing a second and 18 from their own 17 yard line, Watkins came up big with back to back catches on second and third down that went for 10 and 29 yards. Watkins was also able to draw two defensive penalties and catch a two point conversion from Mahomes. On the two point conversion, Mahomes danced around the pocket and avoided being sacked on two separate occasions while Watkins worked the back of the end zone, eventually finding a soft spot where Mahomes could find him. Watkins is clearly the third option in the Chiefs passing game, but Mahomes trusts him and isnít afraid to go his way on crucial third downs.

TE Travis Kelce, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 11 - 142 - 0 (13 targets) - Travis Kelce caught 11 passes for 142 yards on 13 targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Simply put, Kelce was unstoppable in this game and Mahomes made it a point to go to his tight end whenever he was in single coverage. On several of these plays, Mahomes just threw it up to a spot where he knew Kelce could make a play on the ball, and Kelce did not disappoint, making jumping contested catches against defenders who had no chance of locking him down. This was only Kelceís second 100+ yard game on the season, however it was his ninth game of 70+ yards and his 10th game with six or more catches. Kelce also had a 40 yard catch called back due to a penalty being called on Thompson in the backfield. The Chiefs are the best in the NFL at creating mismatches by using pre-snap motion, and in this game they used it to isolate Kelce on one side of the field in single coverage. When Mahomes got the coverage he wanted, he threw a jump ball to Kelce down the field where Kelce was at least six inches above his defenderís hands when he made the catch. Kelce continues to be the #1 fantasy tight end and his consistency gives you a huge positional advantage over any other tight end.


New England Patriots 34, Cincinnati Bengals 13

What you need to know

New England Patriots - Julian Edelmanís health. If heís injured, the Patriots will need their defense to snag 5 takeaways every game, because the passing offense might be the worst in the league without him.

Cincinnati Bengals - -Andy Dalton threw four interceptions in the second half that allowed the Patriots to break open what had been a close game.

-Joe Mixon was outstanding, racking up over 150 yards through three quarters before being sidelined once the Bengals fell way behind.

-Tyler Boyd saw a lot of star cornerback Stephon Gilmore and lost the battle.

-With Auden Tate sidelined, the Bengals used more 12-personnel and it helped get the running game going.

QB Tom Brady, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 29 - 128 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0 - When your defense has 5 takeaways including a pick six, you may not need to do a ton on offense. That was exactly the case against the Bengals, as the Pats pretty much had the game wrapped up by the end of the 3rd quarter. Tom Brady once again wasnít anything special - only 29 attempts, but didnít even top 130 yards on an inefficient day. He airmailed several throws including a would be-touchdown to Mohamed Sanu, and with Julian Edelman clearly hurting, he really didnít have many places to go with the football. His first touchdown was a simple screen pass to James White, and the Bengals simply didnít have enough defenders who read the play correctly. His second was a strike to NKeal Harry, and for once, Brady had all day to throw. He sat in the pocket for about 6 seconds before Harry broke free. Against a better team, the passing game will still need much more than it showed.

RB Sony Michel, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 89 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (2 targets) - After a clunker in a bad game script, Michel looked fine against the Bengals, especially as the Pats mounted a big lead. He had a couple runs with good vision and decisiveness, and though he still isnít explosive, he hasnít been the major problem like he was earlier in the season. He did drop a pass, but heíll never be relied on much in that area.

RB Rex Burkhead, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 53 - 1, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (2 targets) - Burkheadís ďrevenge gameĒ saw him scamper for a nice 33 yard touchdown which featured a slow juke, but it was good enough to fool a defender in the secondary. The play was blocked well by the o-line. Beyond that, not a ton to speak of.

RB James White, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0, Rec: 3 - 49 - 1 (4 targets) - Your leading receiver on the day with 49 yards, folks. He did have an uncharacteristic drop on a short out, but also had a nice 23 yard screen touchdown in which Patriots blockers simply outnumbered Bengals defenders. Beyond that, it wasnít a day for the passing offense with short fields and big leads.

WR NKeal Harry, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 22 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 1 (4 targets) - Smartly, the coaching staff gave Harry more snaps, often replacing either Dorsett or Meyers in the WR rotation. His key play was a touchdown which didnít create initial separation, but superb pass blocking allowed him to get open after several seconds. He also had a great diving catch on a long shot, but the play was blown dead and the yardage didnít count. Expect him to continue with a good amount of snaps.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (8 targets) - Yet another subpar game for Sanu, who fumbled and dropped a 4th down conversion. He was lucky the fumble was negated by a penalty, but his separation continues to be horrid.

WR Julian Edelman, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (5 targets) - One never wants to speculate, but given how poor Edelman looked on some plays, itís clear his injury designations prior to the game likely played a role in his limited effectiveness. Health will be a huge topic to watch for Edelman. If he is hobbled, the passing game will really struggle.

WR Jakobi Meyers, 7 offensive snaps - Meyers is seemingly being phased out of the offense in favor of NKeal Harry. Itís been a rough season for him.

QB Andy Dalton, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 31 - 151 - 1 TD / 4 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0 - Dalton did a decent job of managing the offense in the first half. On the opening possession, the Bengals marched it down the field via the running game. Daltonís first pass attempt of the game was on a third down from the Patriots 8-yard line and went for a touchdown. He threw it short to Cethan Carter, who made a man miss and got into the end zone. The wheels really came off in a disastrous third quarter, however. On the opening possession of the second half, Dalton threw slightly behind Tyler Boyd on a slant and Stephon Gilmore was able to wrest the ball away. The very next drive, Dalton Gilmore got Dalton again. Dalton tried to hit Boyd on an out-breaking route along the sideline but Gilmore was able to undercut it and took it the other way for a pick six. After a quick three and out, Dalton his third interception of the quarter. He threw it up deep down the sideline to Alex Erickson who was well covered. The corner was able to go up over Erickson and make a play on the ball. Daltonís fourth interception came late in the fourth quarter on a similar play. This time he threw a deep jump ball to John Ross and the well-positioned defender out jumped Ross for the ball.

RB Joe Mixon, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 25 - 136 - 0, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - The lone offensive bright spot for the Bengals was Mixon, who was outstanding. In fact, Mixon played so well against the Patriots that he had Bill Belichick saying he was probably the best back in the league in his postgame press conference. The Bengals came out committed to getting the run game going, with the first five plays of the game each run plays to Mixon. The fifth was an incredible individual effort by Mixon that went for 29 yards. There was nowhere to go and he was hemmed in behind the line of scrimmage before trying to cut back the other direction, then reversing field again to elude a pair of defenders, and running through an arm tackle to burst into the second level. He was able to rip off chunks of yardage throughout the first three quarters, finding success both up the middle and on toss plays to the outside. His impressive combination of power, elusiveness, and speed was on display throughout the game. Mixon had over 150 yards from scrimmage through three quarters but only touched it once in the fourth quarter due to the Bengals falling behind by multiple scores.

RB Giovani Bernard, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (2 targets) - After five straight Mixon runs on the opening drive, he was winded and Bernard came in to give him a breather. Bernard promptly ripped off a 17-yard gain up the middle to get the Bengals into the red zone. He took the next two carries for a combined seven yards to setup a 3rd-and-short that went for a touchdown. After the three early carries and with Mixon rolling, Bernard didnít get another touch until midway through the third quarter. He was on the field for most of the fourth quarter when the Bengals fell behind by multiple scores but didnít make much of an impact and only managed 13 yards on four touches after the opening drive.

WR Tyler Boyd, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (7 targets) - The Patriots shadowed Boyd with Stephon Gilmore and Gilmore easily won the matchup. Gilmore was in Boydís hip pocket on a slant route and when the ball was thrown slightly behind Boyd, Gilmore was able to pick it off. The next possession, Boyd ran an out rout and Dalton tried to make the long throw from the far has to the sideline. Gilmore again stepped in front of Boyd for the interception and took it the other way for a touchdown.

WR John Ross, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (3 targets) - Any early-season momentum Ross generated prior to his injury has not carried over. Despite two of the Bengals top three receivers being out, Ross played just 38% of the snaps and wasnít targeted until the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter. He got open on a deep out route for a 20-yard pickup. Dalton later took a shot to Ross on a go route deep down the left sideline. The pass was slightly under-thrown but Ross made a terrible effort to try to come back and make the catch and the cornerback was able to intercept it. It would have taken a spectacular effort for Ross to have come down with the contested catch but he didnít even make much of an attempt to try to knock it away from the corner. It was the type of soft play that has plagued Ross through his first three seasons.

WR Alex Erickson, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (5 targets) - Erickson operated as the Bengalsí WR2 against the Patriots, out-snapping John Ross 50 to 25. He played 76% of the snaps despite the Bengals playing mostly 12-personnel. Erickson fumbled a punt return, his third-straight game with a fumble. However, he was interfered with by a Patriots defender on the catch and the officials missed it. Ericksonís five targets were tied for second-most on the team but he was only able to manage one catch. A couple targets were uncatchable and a jump ball deep down the sideline to Erickson was intercepted when the cornerback made an athletic leaping grab over Erickson.

TE Tyler Eifert, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (5 targets) - Eifert was the leading receiver for the Bengals. He played 56% of the snaps, his most since Week 8, largely due to the Bengals playing nearly half the snaps with at least two tight ends on the field. He showed some speed to get behind a defender on a go route down the right sideline for a 24-yard catch.

TE Cethan Carter, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 1 (2 targets) - Carter had played 24 snaps total coming into Week 16. He played 32 snaps (48%) against the Patriots, picking up a lot of the opportunities and snaps that would have gone to Auden Tate. He caught an 8-yard touchdown after catching a short comeback route a couple yards downfield and then beating his defender to get into the end zone.


Los Angeles Rams 21, Dallas Cowboys 44

What you need to know

Los Angeles Rams - The Rams barely showed up in the blowout loss in Dallas. The final stat lines look far better with multiple garbage time drives in the fourth quarter with the game already decided. Jared Goff had another clunky game during a forgettable 2019 season, featuring more interceptions than touchdowns since the Ramsí Week 9 bye. Todd Gurley found the end zone twice and Tyler Higbee was peppered with garbage time targets to salvage strong stat lines. Robert Woods was the notable Rams weapon left out of the production aggregation late in the game, finishing with a mere 17 yards.

Dallas Cowboys - Dallas thrashed the Rams with a decisive home win as they push for an NFC East title. The run game and defense were the story as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard both eclipsed 100 yards on the ground and Elliott found his form with 160 total yards and two touchdowns, by far his best game since before Dallasí midseason bye week. Amari Cooper was stifled by Jalen Ramsey and not much was needed from Dallasí passing game with a mere 23 passes and fueled by a long Tavon Austin touchdown and one-handed score by Jason Witten.

QB Jared Goff, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 51 - 284 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 2 - 0 - Goffís forgettable second half of the season continued in Dallas with a blowout loss and lackluster game. This was despite his full complement of wide receivers healthy and open windows for completions. Goff was inaccurate until the fourth quarter garbage time drives, however, missing Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and later Brandin Cooks again on fourth down of note with wild throws. When Goff was not misfiring receivers, sacks ended multiple drives and Goff should have had a second interception over the middle. Goffís lone impressive throw when the game was quasi-competitive was a stick throw on a goal-line out route to Todd Gurley into a small window for the score. Goff piled up production late in the game on multiple touchdown drives as he surged past 50 passes for the game, peppering Tyler Higbee and Cooper Kupp with a handful of receptions each.

RB Todd Gurley, 70 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 20 - 1, Rec: 3 - 18 - 1 (7 targets) - While there was a minimal run game presence against the Cowboys in the blowout loss, Gurley did find the end zone twice and was the clear workhorse with no other running back seeing an offensive touch. Gurley saw a hearty seven targets, including an impressive small window goal-line touchdown. Gurley had nearly 10 yards on his best run of the game, the lone opportunity with much of a hole to the second level amidst his 20-yard game tally. Gurley added a garbage time touchdown on the ground plus a two-point conversion as the Rams moved the ball consistently for the first time since early in the game. The 49ers offer a tough matchup for the Rams offense to rebound next week.

WR Cooper Kupp, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 41 - 1 (6 targets) - Kupp found the end zone for a third straight game in the blowout loss against the Cowboys. However, Kupp largely produced in clear garbage time with all but one of his receptions, including his goal line touchdown. Kupp was invisible until the late third quarter before finding the box score with a catch. Kupp also lost a fumble in the game, but it was wiped out by penalty. Kupp was behind Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Todd Gurley in targets on the team.

WR Robert Woods, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 17 - 0 (9 targets) - Woods saw at least nine targets for the fifth straight games, however, was firmly held in check against the Cowboys. Woods converted a smoke screen on third down has his notable contribution, but had a reception called back and a drop across his lackluster game. While 1,000 yards for the season is well within reach with two games to play, the 49ers are stingy matchup in Week 16 and the Rams have more questions than answers on offense with their clunky showings of late.

WR Brandin Cooks, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (8 targets) - Cooks saw eight targets, his highest total since Week 4 against the Cowboys. Cooks was active early with two targets on the opening drive alone, corralling a deep comeback reception of note. However, Cooks needed late garbage time for two of his meager four receptions on a day where the Rams threw the ball more than 50 times in the blowout loss. Cooks added a drop to his tally and took a big hit in the closing moments of the game on an end zone target, but fortunately was not concussion related, his most recent injury causing missed games.

TE Tyler Higbee, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 111 - 0 (14 targets) - Higbee collected garbage time production against the Cowboys in the blowout loss with half of his receptions coming late in the already-decided contest. Higbee had two chunk gains earlier in the game, one coming on a well-blocked screen and the other a wide open target fueling more than 20 yards after the catch. Higbee has thrived since Gerald Everett has been out of the lineup with injury and has a career-high stretch of 26-334-1 over the past three games on a strong 33 targets.

QB Dak Prescott, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 23 - 212 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 12 - 0 - Prescott was a secondary part of Dallasí impressive home win over the Rams with the run game and defense being the story. Prescott was impactful as a runner despite a muted stat line with a stiff arm for nearly 10 yards on a scramble and two short-yardage conversions, one a fourth down play in the red zone. Prescott eluded a rusher and found a wide-open Tavon Austin downfield for a long touchdown and a chunk of Prescottís otherwise muted day. Prescott had two near-interceptions, one of negated by penalty and the other was Michael Gallup stopped on a route over the middle.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 117 - 2, Rec: 3 - 43 - 0 (4 targets) - Elliottís big Week 14 production continued to Week 15 in the blowout win over the Rams. Elliott found the end zone two more times, both on goal-line runs amidst a huge first half. Elliott had a handful of chunk runs as Dallasí offensive line dominated in the trenches and Elliott consistently broke tackles at the second level. Elliott was not stopped as a receiver either, with two chunk receptions including more than 20 yards on a too-easy catch in the flat. Elliottís day could have been a career-level performance but with Dallasí big lead Tony Pollard was the primary back as the second half progressed to his own strong stat line.

RB Tony Pollard, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 131 - 1, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - For the first time since Week 3, Pollard saw extended playing time as the rookie mopped up production in Dallasí blowout home win over the Rams. Pollard was the primary back as the second half progressed with 14 total touches, including breaking a tackle on multiple touches, including a long touchdown to ice the game with speed to the end zone. Pollard remains one of the highest upside backup running backs in the NFL if Ezekiel Elliott were to miss time with garbage time, like this week, offer a golden opportunity to flash with consistent touches.

WR Amari Cooper, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (2 targets) - Cooper was sparsely involved in the Cowboys run and defense-centric blowout win over the Rams. Cooper saw a mere two targets, but one was converted with an impressive high-point catch on third-and-long with the game still in doubt. Cooper also dropped a deep in-cut target on an otherwise lost day where Dallas threw the ball only 23 times.

WR Randall Cobb, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -3 - 0 (2 targets) - Cobb was yet another disappointing Dallas receiver in the otherwise impressive win over the Rams. Cobb saw just two targets, stuffed for a loss on one and dropping a screen pass in the red zone on the other. Cobbís receiving yardage has declined in four successive weeks entering the Cowboys pivotal Week 16 matchup against the Eagles.

WR Michael Gallup, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (3 targets) - In his worst game of the season, Gallup saw three targets and only a short smoke screen reception in the second half kept the second-year receiver from being shut out of the box score. Gallup also stopped on a route which should have resulted in an interception with a better defensive play.

TE Jason Witten, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 36 - 1 (5 targets) - Witten led Dallasí low volume passing game with five targets in the impressive home win over the Rams. Witten had a drop, but corralled his other four targets, including a highlight reel one-handed grab on a throw behind him on a deep out. Witten found the end zone after the catch to cap the moment. Witten moved to second all-time for franchise receiving touchdowns with the score and one back from Dez Bryant for the top spot with two games to go this season.

TE Blake Jarwin, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 40 - 0 (3 targets) - Jarwin was impactful yet again even with only three targets against the Rams. Jarwin converted a thirdódown target with yards after the catch down the sideline and later on the same drive came wide open on a play-action design for more than 15 yards. Jarwin has consistently offered a big-play presence to blend with Jason Wittenís chain-moving short-range acumen for Dallas at tight end this season.