Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55, Los Angeles Rams 40

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Winston and the passing game clicked as Tampa Bay's defense forced multiple turnovers that the offense was able to capitalize on. Tampa Bay intercepted Jared Goff three times and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Winston found Godwin twice and Evans and Brate once each for touchdowns. He did throw an ugly pick six late in the 4th quarter on what could have been a miscommunication with receiver Bobo Wilson. Both backs scored, but Ronald Jones appears to be pulling ahead of starter Peyton Barber in the backfield, being featured almost exclusively in the 2nd half. Receiver Breshad Perriman left the game in the 1st with a hamstring injury and did not return.

Los Angeles Rams - On the positive side, the Rams put up 40 points and found their rhythm with Todd Gurley at the goal line (two touchdowns) and the passing game (seven receptions). However, their stat lines were largely padded by playing catch up to a multiple-score deficit for much of the game as the Rams defense could not get off the field in the shootout loss. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods were largely uncoverable on short-to-intermediate routes and Jared Goff threw an unreal 68 passes in the catch-up effort as six Rams players saw at least seven targets.

QB Jameis Winston, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 41 - 385 - 4 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0 - Winston had his best game of the year in a tough matchup with the Rams. He and Godwin were particularly hot this week, hooking up on 12 of 14 targets for two touchdowns. Winston set the Bucs' first touchdown up with a deep post route to Godwin that the receiver took down to the four yard line, two plays before Peyton Barber punched it in with a short run. Winston and Godwin hooked up again in the second quarter on a post route that Godwin took to the 3 yard line. Winston narrowly missed Evans on a corner route before hitting Godwin on an out route for Winston's first touchdown of the day. Winston and Godwin connected for a score again on the next drive, capitalizing on great field position after Lavonte David returned an interception to the Rams' 9 yard line. Winston hit Godwin on a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage, and the receiver did all the work from there, darting up the sideline and blasting a tackler on his way past the front pylon. Winston found Cameron Brate at the end of the 3rd quarter on one of the seam routes that the two of them have had so much success connecting on. Winston saved his biggest play of the day for the 4th quarter, hitting a wide open Mike Evans with a beautiful deep ball for a 67 yard score.

Winston threw an ugly pick six late in the 4th quarter, looking for Bobo Wilson on a deep comeback down the left sideline that could have been a miscommunication with the young receiver. A defender saw the pass coming and jumped the route, returning it 32 yards for a score.

RB Ronald Jones II, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 70 - 1, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - Barber scored on a short run on the opening drive, but the backfield was all Jones after that, save for a few carries by Barber and a few targets for Ogunbowale. Jones exploded up the middle for a 25 yard gain in the 2nd quarter, showing off a nifty spin move, but the play was called back for an illegal shift penalty. He scored from a few yards out at the end of the 2nd quarter, carrying off right tackle. Jones was featured heavily in the 2nd half. He had another big run down called back for a holding penalty in the 3rd quarter. Jones caught a short out route in the 3rd quarter to pick up a 3rd down conversion. Jones appears to be pulling ahead of Barber for backfield duties with Ogunbowale still working in some situations like the two minute drill.

RB Peyton Barber, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 19 - 1 (1 targets) - Barber capped the opening drive off with a touchdown after Chris Godwin was brought down at the four yard line, but quickly relinquished backfield duties to Jones, who was featured almost exclusively in the second half. Barber got stuffed on his first attempt, but scored off left tackle on his second attempt. Barber got another goal line carry from the 3 yard line in the 2nd quarter, but couldn't convert as Chris Godwin eventually caught a touchdown pass to seal the drive. He finished the day with just 9 carries and no catches on one target.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (4 targets) - Ogunbowale continues to work exclusively in passing down situations. He first worked into the rotation in the two minute drill at the end of the first half, snagging a few checkdown passes from Winston underneath prevent coverage.

WR Chris Godwin, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 172 - 2 (14 targets) - Godwin drew the winning matchup this week as Winston peppered him with 14 targets total, twice as many as Mike Evans or any other receiver. Winston hit him up the seam on the first play of the game. Winston hit him on a deep post later in the drive and Godwin was tackled inside the 5 yard line. Godwin caught a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage and turned in into a nice gain in the 2nd quarter. Godwin was tackled inside the red zone again in the 2nd quarter when he took a deep post all the way to the 3 yard line, but he did manage to cap that drive with a touchdown catch two plays later on an out route from Winston. Godwin scored again on the next drive after Lavonte David returned an interception of Jared Goff down to the 9 yard line. Godwin caught a WR bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage and lowered his shoulder to blast a defensive back on his way to a touchdown at the front pylon. Godwin secured 12 of his 14 targets, posting the best stat line of his career.

WR Mike Evans, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 89 - 1 (7 targets) - Evans was having a slow day until he saved his fantasy day with a big touchdown late. Chris Godwin won the matchup lottery this week and drew twice as many targets as Evans, scoring twice in the first half. Winston first looked Evans' way on the second drive, hitting him up the seam to convert 3rd down. Winston and Evans just barely missed scoring on a back corner fade route in the end zone in the second quarter. Evans finally broke loose in the 4th quarter, burning his defender on a deep ball from Winston that picked up 67 yards and a touchdown.

WR Justin Watson, 2 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets) - Watson was used sparingly in the wide receiver rotation. He lined up in the right slot in a 4WR set, catching a deep curl on his only target for his first reception of the season.

WR Breshad Perriman, 5 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Perriman injured his hamstring in the 1st quarter and did not return.

TE O.J. Howard, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (3 targets) - Howard had another slow day as Winston peppered receiver Godwin with most of his targets. Winston hit Howard on a curl route in the 1st quarter. Howard's most impressive play was a catch and run on a tight end screen in the 2nd quarter. He got close to the end zone in the second quarter, but was brought down inside the 10 yard line on his final catch of the game. Howard had a costly holding penalty that negated a huge Ronald Jones run in the 3rd quarter. Howard still has yet to score this season, while fellow tight end Brate has found paydirt three times.

TE Cameron Brate, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 1 (3 targets) - Brate made a tough contested catch up the seam on the first drive of the game. He caught an out route for a solid gain late in the 3rd quarter. Brate found the end zone at the end of the same drive, running one of his signature seam routes and making a tough contested catch. Brate hasn't generated much in the way of stats, but he's found the end zone three times this season, which is three more than OJ Howard has accounted for.

QB Jared Goff, 98 offensive snaps, Pass: 45 - 68 - 517 - 2 TD / 3 INT - Goff stuffed the stat sheet with an unreal 68 pass attempts against the Buccaneers, a mark not seen since Jon Kitna’s 68 passes all the way back in 2001. Goff was in constant comeback mode as the Rams defense struggled to stop Tampa Bay throughout and the Rams abandoned the run game to the tune of a mere 10 running back carries. Goff made several big-time throws, especially on intermediate routes, but trailed most of the game by multiple scores. Goff tallied three interceptions with one a result of his arm being hit and a fourth being a near interception late in the game. Goff delivered timely laser throws at times, including a red zone touchdown to Gerald Everett and an impressive deep out to Robert Woods for nearly 40 yards. However, the turnovers and two long touchdown misfired throws to Brandin Cooks and Gerald Everett were missed opportunities in a game where the Rams offense had minimal margin for error as the defense struggled to make a stop.

RB Todd Gurley, 74 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 16 - 2, Rec: 7 - 54 - 0 (11 targets) - Gurley’s run game volume took a massive hit in the shootout loss to the Buccaneers as the Rams passed an unreal 68 times. On the plus side, Gurley amassed 11 targets in the comeback mode game script, including early-game receptions which eluded Gurley in the first three games of the season (four receptions total). Gurley did log two drops as missed opportunities, but also drew a defensive pass interference penalty as he was wide open on a wheel route. Among Gurley’s meager five carries were two impressive red zone touchdowns, both through contact. The Rams defense will need a quick turnaround to provide the Rams run game more volume in Seattle for Week 5.

RB Malcolm Brown, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 14 - 0 (1 targets) - Brown sparsely played against Tampa Bay in the shootout loss. The reserve running back saw no snaps until the second quarter where he saw back-to-back carries. Once the game turned into serial comeback mode for the Rams, Todd Gurley dominated passing game work and Brown was relegated to sporadic snaps and a mere one target despite the team throwing 68 passes.

WR Robert Woods, 96 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 164 - 0 (15 targets) - Woods nearly set a new career high for receiving yards with a monster 164-yard performance against the Buccaneers. The Rams threw an unreal 68 passes in the comeback effort and Woods was unstoppable on intermediate routes. Woods’ highlight catch came on a laser throw by Jared Goff on a deep out route for nearly 40 yards. Despite the 13 receptions, Woods did not sniff the end zone and remains curiously scoreless on the season despite 26 catches overall.

WR Cooper Kupp, 92 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 9 - 121 - 1 (15 targets) - Kupp surged in volume, along with the rising tide of the Rams voluminous passing game against Tampa Bay, to a season-high 15 targets and 121 yards. Kupp was uncheckable by defensive backs and produced three massive plays for 20 or more yards, including two for chunks of yards-after-the-catch and a long touchdown. Kupp has three 100-yard games in a row and if the Rams defense continues to struggle like they did against the Buccaneers, Kupp’s elite target level will be stable going forward.

WR Brandin Cooks, 88 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 71 - 0 (9 targets) - Despite the huge passing game pie for the Rams against Tampa Bay (more than 500 yards and 68 passes), Cooks had a comparatively tepid game with only nine targets and 71 yards. Cooks had a long touchdown opportunity, coming wide open on a post route, but Jared Goff missed the speedster with one of his inaccurate throws on the game. Cooks logged a drop and had a reception called back, preventing a push for a 100-yard effort.

TE Gerald Everett, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 44 - 1 (8 targets) - Everett logged more targets this week than the first three games of the season combined. The Rams threw the ball around a massive 68 times in the comeback effort and Everett had two notable plays. Everett exhibited strong hands on a Jared Goff laser red zone throw for a score and the other Everett accrued yards-after-the-catch with multiple moves typically reserved for wide receivers, not a tight end of Everett’s size. Everett separated on a deep corner route, a likely second touchdown, but Jared Goff overthrew the tight end. Everett is clearly the preferred receiving tight end for the Rams compared to more blocking-centric Tyler Higbee.


Tennessee Titans 24, Atlanta Falcons 10

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Tennessee Titans - This was the week of the tight end with the Saints throwing over 1/3 of their passes to the position. Unfortunately, Cook only caught 3 of his 6 targets and continues to struggle in the offense. His longest catch of the night went for 9 yards and he was out played by Josh Hill on the other side. Hill is normally a blocking tight end and has no business surpassing Cook in receiving yards. Cook has struggled in this offense both with and without Brees. If the Saints ever commit to using Taysom Hill at a single position, Cook could lose all of his value at tight end. He is going to need a big game in the coming weeks to regain trust in the Saints offense.

Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons defense missed tackles or good angles to the ball carrier on multiple first-half passes that resulted in big plays—touchdowns to A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. Starting right guard Jamon Brown suffered a concussion early in the second quarter and the line was forced to go with third-string guard Wes Schweitzer. Atlanta failed to convert three fourth-and-short plays in the game. Despite these issues, Austin Hooper thrived up the seam and in the flats on play-action passes. He routinely made the first man miss or broke the first tackle. Calvin Ridley didn’t earn a catch until the third quarter and Jones only had one catch in the second half. Devonta Freeman was active but his production was as inconsistent as his line play, which either opened big creases or allowed penetration behind the line of scrimmage.

QB Marcus Mariota, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 27 - 227 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 22 - 0 - Mariota had an incredible start to last week as he completed 14 of 19 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone. The vast majority of his throws were on target while Mariota looked poised in the pocket. His first touchdown came off play-action where Mariota threw a strike over midfield to A.J. Brown, setting up Brown to make a play as he took it to the end zone from 55 yards out. Mariota put an incredibly delicate touch on the second touchdown pass as he lofted the ball only where Brown could get it on the right side of the end zone, allowing Brown to haul in his second touchdown of the day. Mariota would complete another deep ball to Brown before hooking up with Corey Davis for his third touchdown of the day. The throw to Davis was well done, leading him perfectly towards the left sideline for Davis to make a move back to the right and power into the end zone. Mariota had a very quiet second half as the Titans leaned on Derrick Henry to protect a big lead.

RB Derrick Henry, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 100 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets) - Derrick Henry had a heavy workload from a favorable game script this week, rushing a season-high 27 times for 100 yards. This performance was predicated mainly on volume, as Henry sifted through a few negative gains and 0-5 yard runs. He did finish with a few chunk runs of note, including a 16-yard run late in the first quarter where Henry found the edge and accelerated down the sideline. Henry picked up 15 yards out of the wild cat late in the third quarter, highlighted by a big stiff arm and broken tackle as Henry found the edge. He followed that up with another big gain of 13 yards right up the middle on the very next play.

RB Dion Lewis, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 16 - 0, Rec: 4 - 4 - 0 (5 targets) - Dion Lewis finished with four receptions from five targets, but only four total yards. He is being used almost exclusively on screens which went absolutely nowhere. Three of his four receptions were for negative yardage, while his longest catch went for an 11-yard gain.

WR Corey Davis, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 91 - 1 (6 targets) - Davis hauled in the first catch of the game on a simple five-yard out route where he stiff-armed a defender to create a gain of 14 yards. His second catch came wide open underneath zone coverage. His third catch was a nice come-backer where Davis hauled it in despite tight coverage from Desmond Trufant. He then broke away from Trufant’s tackle attempt to pick up another five yards after the catch. Davis found the end zone on his next reception a few plays later on that drive as he made a nice cut after the catch on an out route, speeding around the Falcons defender before sprinting up the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown. His last reception came in the third quarter as Davis again found space in zone coverage to haul in a 16-yard gain over the middle.

WR A.J. Brown, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 94 - 2 (3 targets) - A.J. Brown had a big day where he would find the end zone for the first and second time in his NFL career. His first reception of the game was the biggest play of the day for any Titans player as Brown caught the ball in the middle of the field, made a slight fake to the right, then turned on the burners as he accelerated down the left side all the way to the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown reception. Brown’s next catch would also find the end zone as Mariota lofted it above the Falcons defender so Brown could jump up from the fade route and snag it on the right sideline of the end zone for the score. Brown’s final reception came near the start of the second quarter as he was wide open deep over the middle of the field, catching the pass in stride for a 30-yard gain.

WR Adam Humphries, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets) - Humphries made a critical catch on third down near the end of the first quarter, hauling in an eight-yard out route to keep what would end up being a Titans touchdown drive alive. His only other catch was a relatively inconsequential six-yard gain in the second quarter.

TE Delanie Walker, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets) - Delanie Walker was held to just one reception for four yards as the Titans offense leaned on their wide receivers in this one.

QB Matt Ryan, 80 offensive snaps, Pass: 35 - 53 - 397 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 18 - 0 - After moving Atlanta past midfield on a pair of drives, Ryan lost the ball while trying to avoid interior pressure during the Falcons’ third series. Starting right guard Jamon Brown suffered a concussion early in the second quarter and the line was forced to go with third-string guard Wes Schweitzer. He moved Atlanta up and down the field but all but one drive stalled out in Titans terriotyr in the first half. He dealt with consistent pressure early in the third quarter but a screen pass to Devonta Freeman and an over route to Mohamed Sanu got Atlanta into the red zone. Calvin Ridley and Sanu dropped red zone passes and forced another field goal attempt. Ryan was sacked for the third time on a 4th and 1 play-action pass late in the third quarter.

RB Devonta Freeman, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 28 - 0, Rec: 8 - 72 - 0 (9 targets) - He began the game with a patient run when his pulling guard was late to work around the line to his assignment, earning four on the play. Freeman earned three two series later on a play he bounced outside right end to the boundary. A few plays later, he earned two yards up the middle on 1st and 10. Freeman lost six yards when the left guard missed his pulling assignment early in the second quarter. He earned five yards on a check-down to the opposite side of the field in the middle of the second quarter and on the next play, found a big crease off left guard for a 10-yard gain. Freeman caught a check-down for a gain of five yards before exiting to the boundary. Freeman opened the third quarter with a screen pass for 22 yards, thanks to a good block to seal the inside so Freeman could work up the flat. On the next play, he got snowed under by multiple defenders after bouncing off two hits at the line and trying to bounce outside to open space. He earned eight yards off left guard from deep inside Atlanta’s territory in the middle of the third quarter and followed up with a short run for a first down. He earned nine yards on a check-down up the middle early in the fourth quarter. He earned a similar route for another nine on the next play. Freeman earned more opportunities in garbage time with a pair of check-downs.

RB Ito Smith, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 11 - 1, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (4 targets) - He took an I-formation, inside zone run for 10 yards up the middle to the Titans’ 1. He followed up with a score off right guard to tie the game. Ryan overshot Smith in the left flat on 1st and 10 with a lot of room up the left flat in the red zone. Pressure forced Ryan to hurry the throw. Smith earned a pair of check-downs in garbage-time.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 91 - 0 (12 targets) - He drew a 32-yard pass interference penalty against the defense on a play-action throw-back early in the second series and put Atlanta across the 50 yard-line. Two plays later, Sanu earned nine yards in the middle of the field to reach the Titans’ 11 yard-line. Sanu came up a yard short in the middle of the field against zone coverage in the middle of the second quarter, which led to a 4th and 1 situation just past midfield. Ryan overshot Sanu up the middle on a vertical shot late in the second quarter. Good extension by Sanu on a 3rd and 5 later in the drive to earn the first down on a 3rd and 5. Sanu earned another target in the flat for six yards late in the half. He opened the third quarter with an over route in the open zone for 28 yards and got Atlanta into the red zone. Sanu dropped a post route in the end zone on 3rd and 20 and the ball bounced off Sanu’s hands. Sanu earned a 3rd and 16 pass for 15 over the middle late in the third quarter. Sanu begin another late-third-quarter drive with a seven-yard gain in the flat. Sanu converted a fourth down in the fourth quarter on a flat route in a tight window between zone defenders.

WR Julio Jones, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (7 targets) - Ryan was high of target on a comeback against Malcolm Butler during the opening possession. He earned 20 yards on a well run out route to begin the third series and got Atlanta near mid-field. He dropped a deflected pass on a crossing route in the middle of the second quarter. He followed up on the next play with a catch at the right sideline against tight coverage plastered to his back for the first down. The Titans stuffed Jones for a short gain on an end-around a few plays later. He made a catch of a lowtarget against tight coverage at the two-minute earning. Jones’ first catch of the second half came in the middle of the fourth quarter on a busted zone up the flat.

WR Calvin Ridley, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (6 targets) - Adoree Jackson tightly covered Ridley on a third-down target at the boundary and forced the incompletion and a subsequent punt. Ryan overshot Calvin Ridley on a deep post early in the second quarter. Ridley dropped a 2nd and 20 pass in the third quarter on a route breaking inside and back to the quarterback. He toasted Malcolm Butler for a dee pout in the middle of the third quarter. He caught an off-target receiver screen in the middle of the fourth quarter. He earned an eight-yard hook route deep in their territory with less than two minutes left.

WR Justin Hardy, 14 offensive snaps - He missed a block of the safety on a 4th and 1 late in the half that led to a turnover on downs.

TE Austin Hooper, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 130 - 0 (11 targets) - He earned a quick five yards in the flat to begin the second series. Ryan found Hooper up the seam a few plays later for 28 yards. Hooper was wide open against theTitans’ zone. Ryan threw the ball behind Hooper on a crossing route that should have been caught but arrived at an awkward angle early in the Falcons’ third series. Ryan went back to Hooper up the middle on third down for 16 yards in the middle of the Tennessee zone. He earned a settle route for 10up the middle just prior ot the two-minute warning. He hurdled a defender and extended for the first down in the flat after the two-minute warning. Later in the drive, Hooper gained nine in the same flat on a pass where Ryan took a hard shot while releasing the ball. He worked up the middle for 24 yards off a play-action pass into an empty zone, gaining 100 yards at that point in the game. Ryan tried to squeeze an over route to Hooper late in the third quarter but underthrew the pass. Hooper earned another 15 yards up the right seam on third down.

TE Luke Stocker, 24 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Stocker dropped a flat route in the red zone during Atlanta’s first drive in the second half.


Minnesota Vikings 6, Chicago Bears 16

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Minnesota Vikings - The wheels look to be falling off in Minnesota already as the struggles of Kirk Cousins continue. Minnesota knocked Mitchell Trubisky out of the game on the first drive and held the Bears offense to just 16 points. Unfortunately, Cousins was ineffective, missed open receivers, and the team fumbled away multiple opportunities to stay in the game. Dalvin Cook could not get anything going on the ground and the offensive line gave up 6 sacks for a loss of 51 yards this week. Many fans in Minnesota are questioning whether it is time to move on from Cousins already. Adam Thielen was quoted saying ìYou have to be able to throw the ball, in direct reference to the struggles of the offense and Cousins especially. Minnesota will travel to take on the Giants and Daniel Jones next Sunday as they try to figure out what is wrong with Cousins and find some sort of spark on offense.

Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings based on a strong defensive performance. Chicago lost starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to an injury on his non-throwing shoulder. Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky and kept the offense on schedule and turned to Allen Robinson as a feature element in the passing game. David Montgomery dominated the running back touches but struggled to create yards in the running game.

QB Kirk Cousins, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 36 - 233 - 0 TD / 0 INT - It is tough when everyone in the building knows you are the problem and everything you are trying just is not working. Cousins may not have thrown an interception this week, but he did put the ball on the ground twice and was sacked 6 times. Several drives were killed when he held the ball too long or simply missed wide open receivers. Teams are starting to stack the box against Cook because they know Cousins is not going to beat them through the air. Cousins had a single nice play this week when he completed a 39-yard pass to Stefon Diggs. HE may have completed 75% of his passes this week, but he was off the mark when it really mattered. The connection with Adam Thielen is all but gone this season as Cousins just cannot find him down the field. Thielen had multiple steps on his defender in the first half and Cousins threw the ball 5 yards over his head on what should have been an easy touchdown. He is throwing the ball behind him on crossing routes and having the ball sail on comebacks. Cousins has the benefit of a massive guaranteed contract right now, but the Vikings will have to seriously consider moving on if he does not start to play better.

RB Dalvin Cook, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 35 - 1, Rec: 6 - 35 - 0 (8 targets) - Cook fell a single yard behind Christian McCaffrey for the league lead in rushing yards after the Vikings brutal offensive performance against the Bears this week. The offensive line could not block their way out of a paper bag this week and there were no holes for Cook to run through. His longest run of the night went for 9 yards and he could not find the same success of the edge that he has all season. Cook finally broke through in the 4th quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run but it was too little too late for an offense that missed the 2-point conversion and then turned the ball over on downs the next drive. Cook caught 6 of his 8 targets out of the back field with his longest going for 13 yards. He ended with 70 total yards on the day against a Bears defense that was missing 2 of its starters. Cook is going to see an extra man in the box going forward until Cousins can show that he can throw the ball over the top. It has been a great start for Cook but things are going to get much tougher in the coming weeks.

RB Alexander Mattison, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets) - The usage for Mattison is always going to depend on how well things are going for Cook and this week things did not go well for anyone. There was no room to run on the ground for the Vikings and Mattison was only given 2 carries this week. After breaking through for his first career touchdown last week, it was a very quiet game this week. Mattison caught his lone target for 8 yards and had just 3 touches the entire game. Mattison needs the offense to click in order to receiver more touches and that is not going to happen unless Cousins starts to play better.

WR Stefon Diggs, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 108 - 0 (7 targets) - The only person in the offense who produced this week was Diggs. He caught all 7 of his targets and had his first 100-yard game of the season. He also chipped in a big 39-yard catch that showed Cousins can still push the ball down the field. Unfortunately, his day was dampened by a fumble on their last offensive drive before half time. Diggs looked to catch the ball across the middle for 10 yards before having the ball come loose and picked up by the Bears. The play was originally ruled incomplete but was challenged by Chicago. After the replay, it was ruled that Diggs had caught the ball, made a football move, fumbled the ball, and there was a clear recovery by the Bears. Chicago proceeded to go 57 yards in 20 plays and run more than 6 and a half minutes of the clock before kicking a field goal to send it to half. Diggs has had a tough start to the season and will only see that continue until they can get better play from Cousins.

WR Adam Thielen, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (6 targets) - After getting off to a great start last season, Thielen has seen a steep decline this year. There looks to be no chemistry with Cousins now and every pass that comes his way seems to be off the mark. Thielen caught 2 of his 6 targets this week and found himself venting to the media after the game. Cousins missed Thielen up the seam for what should have been an easy touchdown after he beat his man. The ball was thrown 5 yards too far down the field despite Thielen having more than 2 yards of a cushion on his defender. This was a throw that any quarterback in the NFL should be able to make. Thielen came into the year talking about being a team player and wanting to win over personal stats. This philosophy may go out the window if the offense continues to struggle the way it has.

TE Irv Smith, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - Smith was unable to build off of his big game a week ago. He had a single target and reception this week and did not challenge Rudolph for more playing time going forward. Smith projects out as the more athletic tight end but does not appear to be ready in this offense just yet. By the end of the season it will be Smith headlining the tight end group, but it is still too early to pass the torch.

TE Kyle Rudolph, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - We have to start to wonder if the struggles from Rudolph this year have more to do with Cousins than the declining play of Rudolph. He was pushed for playing time by Irv Smith last week and only saw a single target and catch for 12 yards again this week. However, Smith only had a single target and catch for 5 yards and no receiver in the offense found the end zone this week. The Viking offense is struggling outside of the running game this season and Rudolph is suffering because of it. It looked as if he was going to lose playing time to Smith last week but may have bought himself some more time with everyone else struggling around him.

QB Chase Daniel, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 30 - 195 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 4 - 0 - The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings based on a strong defensive performance. Chicago lost starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to an injury on his non-throwing shoulder. Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky and kept the offense on schedule and turned to Allen Robinson as a feature element in the passing game. David Montgomery dominated the running back touches but struggled to create yards in the running game.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 6 offensive snaps, Pass: 2 - 3 - 9 - 0 TD / 0 INT - The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings based on a strong defensive performance. Chicago lost starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to an injury on his non-throwing shoulder. Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky and kept the offense on schedule and turned to Allen Robinson as a feature element in the passing game. David Montgomery dominated the running back touches but struggled to create yards in the running game.

RB David Montgomery, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 53 - 0, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (5 targets) - David Montgomery entered the game behind Tarik Cohen but took over the lead role in the backfield upon his entry. Montgomery was primarily used on running plays but did get work in the passing game. Montgomery had a drop and was tackled on a busted screen play. Montgomery struggled to get running room and ran like a plodder with a long carry of seven yards. The offense is limited by the quarterback position and as a result, Montgomery has little room to run. Montgomery will face the Raiders in week five.

RB Tarik Cohen, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 7 - 1 (5 targets) - Tarik Cohen was the first running back in the game against the Minnesota Vikings but was out-touched by David Montgomery 24 to 7. Cohen was used in the running game early in the game, but Montgomery was the primary ball carrier through much of the game. Cohen managed a touchdown on a route out of the backfield where he beat Anthony Barr in man coverage. He had the opportunity for another big play on a wheel route but bobbled it along the sideline and the pass was ruled incomplete. Cohen’s role has been capped in the offense with the need to produce a touchdown to maintain fantasy viability in weekly scoring.

WR Allen Robinson, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 77 - 0 (7 targets) - Allen Robinson had a strong game against the Minnesota Vikings. Robinson had a good rapport with Chase Daniel who replaced Mitchell Trubisky after his shoulder injury in the first quarter. He had multiple tough catches, including a slant and two diving catches. He was a featured element of the passing offense and made critical plays for the offense. He could have had a bigger day, with a big play on the perimeter, but the play was called back by his own offensive pass interference. Robinson arguably has a better fantasy prospect with Chase Daniel at quarterback so Trubisky’s injury status will be important to monitor during the week.

TE Trey Burton, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (4 targets) - Trey Burton continued to reintegrate himself into the offense in week four against the Vikings. He dropped a short target but later caught a crossing route and a short slant on an RPO. There are no consistent receiving options in the offense after Allen Robinson, so Burton has the ability to grow into a role in the offense in future weeks. He will face the Raiders in week five.


Cleveland Browns 40, Baltimore Ravens 25

What you need to know

Cleveland Browns - The Browns got right in a blowout win over the Ravens that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The defense continues to play well, stifling a Ravens offense that had been hard to stop in the previous three games. The offense, meanwhile, found a way to fix some issues that were dogging them through the first three games. After taking way too many hits leading into Week 4, Baker Mayfield only took one sack. He looked much more like the 2018 version of himself, taking quick drops and slinging the ball out on quick passes. Also back was some of the creative play-calling that was one of the big reasons why Freddie Kitchens got the head coaching job to begin with.

Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson and the Ravens struggled to find consistency against the Browns. Jackson was frequently pressured, missed some easy completions, and the Ravens turned the ball over 3 times after having no turnovers in the first 3 games of the season. Mark Ingram ran well but had a costly fumble with the Ravens in field goal range. Jackson showed improvement from last week in throwing short and intermediate passes but once again struggled hitting the mark with his throws downfield. Jackson missed a wide open Chris Moore down the sideline and threw an ugly pick intended for Mark Andrews downfield. Mark Andrews looked healthy but did not see a high volume of targets from Jackson. Marquise Brown had a drop and wasn't targeted downfield by Jackson. Miles Boykin made a few nice plays and blocked well downfield.

QB Baker Mayfield, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 30 - 342 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 1 - 0 - Mayfield got right after struggling through the first three weeks of the season. He only finished with one touchdown but that was more a result of how well Nick Chubb was running and not an indictment on how Mayfield played. He more closely resembled the player from 2018 when he made fast decisions and got the ball out quickly. It helped that the offensive line played better, allowing Mayfield to only get sacked once (that sack came on the first drive of the game). Since he wasn't forced to run for his life, Mayfield was able to hang in the pocket and step up to make accurate downfield throws. That first possession was the offense's worst of the game as Mayfield had his first pass attempt batted at the line and was then sacked on third-and-five. He came back with a great drive on the second possession. He found Jarvis Landry for a 16-yard catch and then hit Damion Ratley for a 10-yard completion. In the red zone, Mayfield threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. Seals-Jones was wide open on the left side of the field and ran in for the easy score. Mayfield's lone interception came in the second quarter and can be partially blamed on Landry, who pulled up on a short slant route instead of getting in there and fighting for the catch. Mayfield went back to Landry on the next drive, connecting with him on a short pass. Landry did the rest as he rumbled for 65 yards. It could have been an 87-yard touchdown had Landry not started to stumble and eventually lose his footing on the play. The ground game took over in the second half, limiting Mayfield's chances to make plays. He did connect with Seals-Jones for a 59-yard catch-and-run and then found Landry for a 29-yard inside shovel pass that brought the Browns down to the Baltimore two-yard line. If the Browns continue to show that they have fixed some of the early-season issues, Mayfield should continue to ascend going forward.

RB Nick Chubb, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 165 - 3, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets) - Chubb had a huge game, displaying his combination of breakaway speed and bruising tackle-breaking throughout the contest. He went for a five-yard gain on the first drive. On the second drive, Chubb caught a short screen and ran for 10 yards. He saw two red zone carries on that drive, going for six yards to the Baltimore 10 and then another yard to the Baltimore nine-yard line. He saw a red zone target on the final drive of the first half but he dropped the ball near the Baltimore 17-yard line. Chubb really got going in the second half, scoring all three of his touchdowns. His first touchdown was a great 14-yard run where he changed direction going right to left and then forced three missed tackles on his way to the end zone. On the following drive, Chubb punched in a two-yard score. He saved his best run for last as he ripped off an 88-yard touchdown run where he went untouched up the right side of the field. He got some excellent blocking on that run from a pulling guard.

RB Dontrell Hilliard, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 27 - 1, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (3 targets) - Hilliard mixed in as a breather back and wound up having a productive afternoon. He caught a 19-yard pass on the second drive of the game and then caught an eight-yard pass in the second quarter where he lined up wide before the snap. In the third quarter, Hilliard had a 19-yard catch nullified due to offsetting personal foul penalties when Odell Beckham and Marlon Humphrey got into a scuffle. Hilliard got some extended playing time in the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach. He saw three red zone carries on the team's final drive, going for four and 11 yards before punching in a one-yard score.

WR Jarvis Landry, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 167 - 0 (10 targets) - Landry had a huge afternoon, posting a career-high 167 receiving yards in just three quarters of action. Unfortunately, he left at the end of the third quarter with a concussion. Landry found himself in single coverage for much of the afternoon and was able to get open frequently on short and intermediate passes. He was also dominant after the catch, racking up YAC frequently. Landry didn't find the end zone but he could have scored twice. He had a big 65-yard reception in the second quarter. He caught a short slant and spun out of a tackle before taking off down the right sideline. It looked like he would reach the end zone but he started to stumble and wound up falling down at the Baltimore 22-yard line. At the end of the third quarter, Landry again came close to scoring, this time getting forced out at the Baltimore two-yard line after a 29-yard gain on an inside shovel pass. He appeared to hit his head on the turf on the play and was diagnosed with a concussion shortly thereafter, ending his day after the third quarter.

WR Odell Beckham, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (7 targets) - Beckham had a slow day while contending with excellent coverage from Marlon Humphrey. Beckham had two uncharacteristic drops, both the result of solid coverage from Humphrey, who hit Beckham as the ball was arriving, preventing him from securing the ball. He did get open on his first target but he slipped on the turf and was unable to make the grab. He got to throw a pass in this game on a triple-reverse flea flicker. He threw a nice, deep pass to Damion Ratley near the goal line but Ratley couldn't make the catch. It was a catchable ball but Ratley couldn't squeeze it. In the third quarter, perhaps irritated by Humphrey's close coverage throughout the game, Beckham got into a scuffle where he took a swing at the Raven. Humphrey responded by throwing Beckham down and starting to choke him. The play resulted in four offsetting personal foul penalties, two from each team. While Beckham had a slow statistical game, the close defensive attention paid to him allowed Jarvis Landry to post a career-high 167 receiving yards. Beckham's only two catches came in the fourth quarter, after Landry left with a concussion. He had a short three-yard gain and then a 17-yard catch where he held on while taking a big hit.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 82 - 1 (3 targets) - The Browns turned to Ricky Seals-Jones instead of Demetrius Harris in this game, with the latter not even seeing a single target in the win. Seals-Jones made his presence felt, scoring on a nine-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He got wide open on the left side of the field as the defense got lost trying to contend with Odell Beckham. Seals-Jones was quiet after the score until the third quarter when he ripped off a 59-yard catch and run down the right sideline. His final catch was a 14-yard reception later in the third quarter. If Seals-Jones continues to play ahead of Harris, he could make some noise in the Cleveland offense while David Njoku is injured.

QB Lamar Jackson, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 34 - 247 - 3 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 9 - 66 - 0 - Lamar Jackson struggled against the Browns. Jackson was more consistent throwing the ball than last week especially in the short to intermediate ranges but struggled throwing the ball downfield. Jackson was sacked on the Ravens opening possession forcing a 3 and out. The Ravens second possession stalled with a drop by Mark Andrews followed by a 3rd down sack. The Ravens third possession ended with Lamar Jackson failing to complete a pass to a wide open Chris Moore down the sideline. Jackson's poor throw didn't allow Moore to get both feet inbounds. Jackson's first big play was a 29 yard run on a read option play. Jackson followed Nick Boyle around the edge and wasn't touched until he slipped running downfield. A few more running plays moved the Ravens inside the Browns' 10 yard line and Jackson found Miles Boykin for a 9 yard touchdown. The Ravens first drive of the second half stalled in a field goal attempt after Jackson absorbed another sack and short-armed a throw to Marquise Brown. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field with completions in the short to intermediate range and thanks to the Ravens running game. Jackson capped the drive finding Mark Andrews wide open in the back of the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown. Trailing by 12 with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter the Ravens went for it on 4th and 3 deep in their own territory. Jackson's pass fell incomplete with a miscommunication between him and Andrews. On the Ravens ensuing possession Jackson made an ill advised throw to Andrews downfield into double coverage and the pass was intercepted. A few plays later Jackson's arm was hit as he threw and Jackson was again intercepted. Justice Hill appeared to miss a blitz pick up on the play. On the Ravens final possession with the game well out of hand Jackson hit Willie Snead on an underneath throw and Snead took the short pass 50 yards for a touchdown.

RB Mark Ingram, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 71 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets) - Mark Ingram played very well outside of a costly fumble with the Ravens in scoring position. Ingram found holes and picked up good yardage on his carries running hard through contact. Ingram was able to consistently rip off gains of 8 and 9 yards running behind the interior of the Ravens' offensive line. Ingram followed a pulling Bradley Bozeman into the second level and literally just ran behind him for an 18 yard gain. After a couple of nice runs Ingram and the Ravens moved into scoring position Mark Ingram fumbled and the Browns recovered. The fumble killed the Ravens momentum and was the Ravens first turnover of the season. Ingram successfully converted a 2 point attempt with a run off right guard.

RB Gus Edwards, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 28 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets) - Gus Edwards continues to look excellent on limited touches. With the Ravens passing game struggling in recent weeks the Ravens may rely even more heavily on their ground game. Edwards has been very efficient and if Ingram has another costly fumble it could lead to more touches for Edwards. If Ingram were to lose touches they would go to Edwards who has been playing very well in the same role as Ingram. Justice Hill would likely remain in his current role as a change of pace back.

WR Marquise Brown, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 22 - 0 (7 targets) - Marquise Brown never got involved in the game outside of a few underneath catches. Brown did not see any of the deep shots from Jackson he had been peppered with in previous weeks. Brown made his first catch running a quick out route for 4 yards. Brown dropped a deep slant over the middle that hit him in the hands it would have been Brown's biggest play of the game. Brown picked up 5 more yards running another quick out route. Brown made a 10 yard catch running an out route.

WR Miles Boykin, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 1 (3 targets) - Miles Boykin seems to be earning more snaps and opportunities with his play. Boykin caught a 9 yard touchdown from Lamar Jackson his second of the season. Boykin showed great chemistry with Jackson as he did on his first touchdown. Boykin broke off his route as Jackson extended the play and Jackson found him over the middle for the score. Boykin made an 18 yard catch running a deep comeback route along the sideline. Boykin made a 5 yard catch running a curl route.

WR Willie Snead, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 61 - 1 (2 targets) - Mark Andrews was not able to generate any big plays and did not play his best game. Andrews picked up 7 yards running an out route on his first reception. Andrews dropped what should have been a 10 yard gain and first down. Andrews caught a dump off from Jackson for 5 yards. Andrews picked up 11 yards running a curl over the middle. Andrews came wide open running up the seam in the red zone and high pointed a pass from Jackson for an 8 yard touchdown. Jackson and Andrews were not on the same page on a 4th down conversion attempt. Andrews released up field while Jackson expected him to break outside resulting in an incompletion. Andrews only deep target was intercepted. It was an ill-advised throw and the interception was not Andrews' fault.

TE Mark Andrews, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 31 - 1 (8 targets) - Mark Andrews was not able to generate any big plays and did not play his best game. Andrews picked up 7 yards running an out route on his first reception. Andrews dropped what should have been a 10 yard gain and first down. Andrews caught a dump off from Jackson for 5 yards. Andrews picked up 11 yards running a curl over the middle. Andrews came wide open running up the seam in the red zone and high pointed a pass from Jackson for an 8 yard touchdown. Jackson and Andrews were not on the same page on a 4th down conversion attempt. Andrews released up field while Jackson expected him to break outside resulting in an incompletion. Andrews only deep target was intercepted. It was an ill-advised throw and the interception was not Andrews' fault.

TE Hayden Hurst, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (2 targets) - Hayden Hurst saw his first target with less than 2 minutes remaining in a blowout loss but was targeted on 3 consecutive plays. Hurst made a 10 yard catch over the middle on his first target. Hurst then released up the seam and had a nice catch and run for 26 yards. Hurst then high pointed a pass down the seam for 29 yards but the catch was negated by an illegal shift penalty.


Seattle Seahawks 27, Arizona Cardinals 10

What you need to know

Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks were efficient and were in control of this game from start to finish. What started out as a balanced attack, shifted toward the ground game in the second half as they held the lead and committed to giving Chris Carson the ball. No one receiver shone, but Russell Wilson targeted TE Will Dissly with much success throughout the game.

Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals trailed early against the Seahawks and failed to find offensive traction as they stayed winless on the season. Arizona’s offense has struggled to complete scoring drives even when in rhythm and this week’s positives were more difficult to find. On the positive side, David Johnson was a force in the passing game, but the other receivers were generally gobbled up by coverage and Kyler Murray struggled to produce big plays as a passer or runner. While still an injury-away option, Chase Edmonds was more involved early in the game than previous weeks behind David Johnson. Christian Kirk suffered an ankle injury late in the game and his Week 5 status is uncertain.

QB Russell Wilson, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 28 - 240 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0 - Wilson had not true highlight worthy plays against the Cardinals, but was quietly very efficient. He hit his TE, Will Dissly all day long, including for the lone TD, as he hit him wide open in stride as he crossed the goal line. Wilson had more success on short plays, to Dissly and Carson, primarily. His deep passes were not on the money in this one. Coverage was tight and he was forced to overthrow the ball rather than risk an interception, which he has so far managed to avoid in all four games this season. The blemish on his game is that he had more opportunity to score, but failed to get in on three passing plays from the 6-yard line, at the end of the half.

RB Chris Carson, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 104 - 0, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (4 targets) - It’s safe to say that Carson fully redeemed himself for his fumble problems over the first three games. He had a great game all around – by the numbers and on the field. He proved to be not only reliable holding on to the ball, but showed both power and speed, while catching several passes out of the backfield and finding/making room to run. Carson played almost the full first half, including for the two-minute drill, as the Seahawks clearly were committed to giving him the ball. Unfortunately, he was spelled twice by CJ Prosise – both times in the red zone. This felt like coincidence, but it’s hard to tell, since Prosise is typically their best pass catching back. For what it’s worth: Without Carson, the drive stalled and they had to settle for a field goal. With him, the momentum was palpable, and it seemed inevitable they would end up with a major. There were several individual plays worth mentioning – a nice spin move that got him outside for the first down; his vision helping him to get the short yardage first down; and most impressive was a reception in the fourth quarter that was essentially a dump pass. Carson was draped in coverage but broke the tackle, beat two defenders with his speed, and powered through a fourth Cardinal for a first down. He kept running hard til the end, and in fact did find the end zone on a short play that had him cutting all the way to the outside to make it in, but it was called back on a penalty. A few plays later, Prosise vulture a score. Even with Rashaad Penny coming back next week, Carson clearly has the trust of his coaches and should continue to get the bulk of the carries.

RB C.J. Prosise, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 4 - 1 - Prosise saw the field only to spell Chris Carson briefly. He did not get the customary call for the two minute drill – however, he did sub in at the 6-yard line, presumably to give Carson a breather more than anything. Late in the came, he was similarly subbed into the red zone, and this time vulture a TD with a nice run up the middle, which put the game out of reach.

WR Tyler Lockett, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 51 - 0 (4 targets) - Lockett sometimes doesn’t see any targets for a while, but by now we know the rapport is there with Wilson, and usually it’s just a matter of time. But as the Seahawks built a lead, they leaned a bit more on the running game and short passing, which meant a pedestrian day for Lockett. Later in the game, Wilson seemed to be looking his way more often. Lockett made a very nice catch in the red zone as Wilson threaded the needle with a 28-yard pass. And in the 4th quarter, Lockett took a big hit to make a first down on a comeback route. He had one end zone target late in game, which drew a Pass Interference penalty, but he could not come down with the ball.

WR Jaron Brown, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 50 - 0 (3 targets) - Brown seems to have the lead on the third WR spot, and made the most of his opportunities. He made all three of his catches look pretty easy, finding openings in the coverage, and had room to run on a short outside catch and one over the middle for 32 yards.

WR DK Metcalf, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets) - Good news/Bad news. The positive here is that three of his four targets were in the end zone, so he’s got a pretty important role in this offense. However, all three were more or less uncatchable, two overthrown, and a jump ball in tight coverage but he couldn’t get both hands on it.

WR David Moore, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets) - Moore seems to have fallen behind in the third WR competition, as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. He had one short catch, and was targeted in the end zone but the ball was uncatchable.

TE Will Dissly, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 57 - 1 (8 targets) - Dissly has become a permanent fixture in Wilson’s multi-faceted arsenal. Against the Cardinals, he took the top spot with 7 catches, including a TD. He was used mainly on short patterns, but he and Wilson like to team up on a seam pattern, which usually sees Dissly open and getting the ball near or at the goal line, which is exactly how this one went down.

QB Kyler Murray, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 32 - 241 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 27 - 1 - In the sound home defeat to the Seahawks, Murray struggled to comeback from an early deficit. Murray’s flash moments were just that – moments – as consistency has eluded the Arizona passing game and their offense overall through four weeks. Murray’s interception came at the hands of an athletic play by Jadaveon Clowney, snaring an intended screen pass and turning it into a pick-six touchdown. Murray’s best plays used his mobility, like breaking a tackle in the pocket before delivering a strike to Trent Sherfield and eluding rushers before finding David Johnson over the middle for nearly 30 yards. Murray also added a well-designed red zone draw play for a touchdown, Arizona’s lone end zone appearance on the day. Cincinnati’s struggling defense offers a potential get well matchup in Week 5.

RB David Johnson, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 40 - 0, Rec: 8 - 99 - 0 (11 targets) - Arizona did not stick with the run game for long against Seattle as they trailed from nearly the outset. Johnson was regularly used as a receiver, including from a split-out alignment, as the leading receiver (yardage and targets) for the team. Johnson had two receptions total 60 yards of his game’s tally, one on a breath-taking Kyler Murray play to elude rushers and find Johnson over the middle. Johnson had a 15-yard rush in garbage time to make his pedestrian rushing stat line look even more bleak otherwise. Johnson will look for a better game script against Cincinnati next week.

RB Chase Edmonds, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 37 - 0 - Edmonds was more involved in the Arizona offense early in this week’s game against Seattle than previous weeks. Edmonds had three touches in the first four minutes alone, a strong uptick from his typical relief appearances for David Johnson’s rest intervals. Edmonds, more so than Johnson, found success as a rusher, including a huge interior hole for close to 10 yards and two more quality runs later in the game. Edmonds projects as a high market share option for Arizona’s backfield if David Johnson were to miss time in a future week.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 47 - 0 (5 targets) - In a record-setting week for Fitzgerald, moving into the second position for all-time receptions in the NFL behind Jerry Rice, the veteran did not move the needle for impact on his five catches, two of which coming in garbage time. Another reception came on a give-up third-and-long well in front of the sticks. Fitzgerald did not see any downfield targets as the Arizona offense was stifled outside of a few flashes in the sound home defeat.

WR Christian Kirk, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (5 targets) - Kirk saw an early season-low five targets against Seattle as the Arizona passing game as a whole struggled in the home loss. Two of Kirk’s receptions came in clear garbage time and a deep comeback route earlier in the game, Kirk’s biggest play, was called back of offensive pass interference. Kirk looks to rebound against Cincinnati in Week 5, a pass defense which as struggled after quality slot and after-the-catch options this season. Kirk suffered an ankle injury late in the game that could sideline him.


Carolina Panthers 16, Houston Texans 10

What you need to know

Carolina Panthers - The Kyle Allen Show rolls on for the Panthers - and to good effect, at that. Allen's composure was evident in this game as he kept the Carolina offense on schedule. Taking the easy check downs when required, Allen was not afraid to test the Texans downfield, albeit many of those passes were incomplete. He lost three fumbles, however, a statistic that will concern the coaching staff. Christian McCaffrey's touch count remains sky-high, but he is manufacturing space with every tote and bamboozling linebackers in coverage. Among the receivers, Curtis Samuel made a handful of impressive catches and appears to have the best rapport with Allen, while D.J. Moore and Jarius Wright moved the sticks with catches in traffic. Greg Olsen was, after a dominant display against Arizona, the odd man out this time around. Allen distributes the ball evenly across his array of targets, however.

Houston Texans - Kenny Stills appears to be out for the upcoming week with a right hamstring injury. Stills injured his right hamstring on a catch and run in the first quarter.

With Stills dealing with a hamstring injury, which means Keke Coutee will move back into his role of the slot.

Darren Fells remains the Texans top tight end getting the most snaps. He and Akins are the top two options at the position at the moment.

QB Kyle Allen, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 34 - 232 - 0 TD / 0 INT - Kyle Allen remained the picture of poise and precision as he kept the Carolina offense in rhythm throughout. Houston's defensive front caused some problems at times, but Allen generally got the ball out on time and had a good feel for where he wanted to go. However, at times he held the ball a second too long and, while trying to escape the pocket, had the ball knocked loose. Houston recovered that fumble, and two more along with it, as Allen's carelessness cost him. Allen remained focused when forced to scramble, delivering catchable passes on the move to Christian McCaffrey and others. He was also not afraid to test the Houston defense downfield, with one deep shot to Curtis Samuel drawing a 40+-yard pass interference foul. The other targets in Samuel's direction, most of them deep, fell incomplete, but they were not far off the mark. The young gunslinger's best play came on a Houdini act in the final minutes of the game. With interior pressure given up instantly on the play and J.J. Watt rushing at his face, Allen nonchalantly ducked under the sack, kept his focus downfield and fired a pass to Jarius Wright for a game-clinching first down. It was a moment of inspiration that Allen could not have risen to had he not been so cool in the moment.

RB Christian McCaffrey, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 93 - 1, Rec: 10 - 86 - 0 (10 targets) - Christian McCaffrey was once again the workhorse for the Carolina offense. With Kyle Allen starting his second game of the season, the game plan was evident: feed McCaffrey and settle the young passer down. McCaffrey, ever the cool customer, did just that and routinely juked and wriggled his way through the Houston defense. He showed excellent patience throughout, often waiting for his moment to strike at the line. When he hit it up the field, he finished runs strongly and usually gained yards after the first contact. As a receiver, he was the usual safe pair of hands for his quarterback and converted a few third-down plays to keep things ticking over for the offense. His highlight play came on a third down catch that, on its face, seemed routine. However, Allen's pass was a little in front of McCaffrey, who spectacularly batted the ball up to himself while falling to the ground, cradling it in as he hit the turf and finally sliding for the first down.

WR Jarius Wright, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (6 targets) - Jarius Wright proved to be a valuable safety blanket for Kyle Allen, with the key play of the game coming his way. With Allen under pressure from J.J. Watt up the middle, the quarterback pulled off a Houdini act by ducking under the would-be sack before looking downfield and finding a kneeling Wright, who gratefully accepted the pass. Apart from that standout moment, Wright provided Allen with an outlet on quick passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, showing safe hands. Wright had a magnificent catch on a seam pattern in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Stacking the defensive back in coverage, Wright tracked the ball perfectly as Allen lofted it up and over the defensive back's outstretched hands.

WR Curtis Samuel, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (7 targets) - Curtis Samuel popped off the screen multiple times in this game as he continued his strong progression. He and Kyle Allen have a strong connection and it was on display from early on in this game. Allen fired a deep ball in Samuel's direction down the left sideline, with a defensive pass interference flag gaining the offense 40 yards or so as Samuel was bumped. Allen went back to Samuel on another deep target not long after, but it was laid out just a few inches out of his reach. Samuel excelled on timing patterns where the defensive back's cushion allowed him room to work. He made a spectacular toe-tapping catch on the sideline, hauling in the pass as he was already bent over and falling to the turf. Allen continued to pepper him with deep targets, but the two were unable to connect.

WR D.J. Moore, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (5 targets) - D.J. Moore was largely kept quiet in this game, although the Carolina passing attack didn't have to get too expansive with the lead intact. Moore did not put a foot wrong all game, hauling in all his catchable passes. He and Kyle Allen failed to connect on a corner route deep down the right sideline late in the game, with the pass floating too high. Moore connected well with Allen off play action, where the quick-twitch receiver was able to gain inside leverage on his coverage player for an easy pitch and catch.

TE Greg Olsen, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (4 targets) - The Texans had their eyes peeled on Greg Olsen throughout, with Kyle Allen's first target to the tight end broken up impressively by a roving defender. Olsen converted two key third-down plays, one of which came on a tight end throwback pass; the other saw the tight end leaking across the formation off a boot action by Allen. Otherwise, Olsen's role was limited to blocking as the game script allowed Carolina to run the ball often.

QB Deshaun Watson, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 33 - 160 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 12 - 1 - It was a slow and disappointing day for Deshaun Watson who looked unwilling to take what the Panthers defense was willing to give him. He only had two completions over 10-yards and the 14-yard completion to DeAndre Hopkins came on the final drive of the game. Watson was just not patient, and he missed tremendous opportunities to hit Will Fuller and Hopkins for near touchdown plays. He overthrew both receivers who had their defenders beat downfield. It was the first game that Watson did not have a completion over 20-plus yards. Watson did check the ball down when needed, but it was an uninspiring performance from one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL.

RB Carlos Hyde, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 58 - 0, Rec: 4 - 6 - 0 (5 targets) - Carlos Hyde's best run of the day came on what was not a designed run. It was a lateral on a missed pass protection call. Watson was able to find Hyde last minute and hit him for a 25-yard run. Outside of that run, Hyde has been wildly inconsistent running the football compared to the first two weeks of the season. Hyde is giving up on his blocking too quick and not getting downhill as he did in the first two games of the season. Hyde only had 35 yards outside of that 25-yard broken play averaging 3.2 yards per carry.

RB Duke Johnson, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 56 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets) - The Texans are trying to find ways to get Duke Johnson the football and right now he is their best back on the field. He had a season-long rush of 40-yards where he beat one defender and was off to the races to get the offense into the red zone. Johnson also had two receptions with his longest being 12-yards. The one thing that Johnson has going for him is his ability to make defenders miss when he has the football in his hands.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rec: 5 - 41 - 0 (8 targets) - There are not enough chances headed DeAndre Hopkins way in the passing game, and it is due to Deshaun Watson not giving him opportunities. Only targeted eight times, Hopkins is doing most of his work underneath due to the coverage the Panthers were playing. Hopkins was missed on a potential big gain, but Watson missed him by overthrowing him. Hopkins was asked to throw a pass in the red zone that resulted in an interception intended for Carlos Hyde a similar play they ran the season before against the Buffalo Bills. Hopkins time will come, but his success is predicated on Watson seeing the field properly.

WR Will Fuller, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (6 targets) - Will Fuller was targeted on 20-plus routes twice and both were incomplete. Watson missed a wide-open Fuller after he beat two Panthers defenders on an excellent post route. If the pass were better from Watson, Fuller would have coasted into the end zone. Again, the Panthers were playing zone most of the game and kept Fuller under wraps working underneath routes.

TE Jordan Akins, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets) - Jordan Akins is slowly turning into Watson's favorite tight end in the offense, especially in the check down game. With so much attention being put on others, Akins is finding opportunities sneaking into the creases of the defense. Akins had a 10-yard first down reception late in the game to jump-start the offense looking for any type of life.


Kansas City Chiefs 34, Detroit Lions 30

What you need to know

Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Detroit Lions 34-30 to improve their record to 4-0. Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and rushed six times for 54 yards. LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 33 yards. Darrel Williams rushed eight times for 13 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 43 yards. Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 54 yards and Demarcus Robinson caught four passes for 35 yards. Mecole Hardman caught two passes for nine yards. Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 85 yards to lead the Chiefs in both categories.

Detroit Lions - The Lions lost a tight game to the Kansas City Chiefs in week four. Matthew Stafford played well despite entering the game questionable to play with a hip injury. Stafford threw three touchdowns, two to Kenny Golladay and one to T.J. Hockenson. Kerryon Johnson had his biggest workload of the season with over 100 yards rushing, while T.J. Hockenson left the game in the concussion protocol.

QB Patrick Mahomes, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 42 - 315 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 54 - 0 - Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Mahomes also rushed six times for 54 yards. This was only the third time since Mahomes became the Chiefs starter last season that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Coming into the game, Mahomes had thrown for 10 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He did keep his streak of 300 yard passing games alive, with four consecutive games to start the season. The Lions surprisingly kept Mahomes in check by playing man to man defense and double teaming Travis Kelce on a lot of plays, while also choosing to double Watkins, Hardman and Robinson on certain looks. This was surprising not only because of Mahomes prior production (and talent), but also due to the Lions missing star cornerback Darius Slay and losing safety Quandry Diggs to an injury in the first quarter. The Chiefs offensive production is a mix of Mahomes innate talent and the scheming of Andy Reid, but without the deep ball open to him, Mahomes had difficulty getting the ball to Hardman and Robinson, with the two combining for six catches for 44 yards on 14 targets. Mahomes did find a small way to exploit the Lions defensive scheme in the second half, which was to run when they dropped a second linebacker in coverage. This was highly apparent on the games biggest play, a fourth and eight from the Chiefs 34 yard line with 1:55 left in the game and the Chiefs down 39-27. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and after dropping back he noticed that Kelce was being double teamed. He tucked the ball and split the line rushing straight up the middle for a 15 yard gain that kept the drive alive and allowed them to score the winning touchdown. This type of game is super rare for Mahomes, and while other teams will try and copy the Lions game plan, in the end the Chiefs still won the game.

RB LeSean McCoy, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 56 - 1, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (4 targets) - LeSean McCoy rushed 11 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 33 yards on four targets. McCoy continued to look very good in this contest, with 51 of his 56 yards coming in the first half before Williams came in and got most of the second half work. McCoy had a long run of 39 yards, which looked like vintage LeSean McCoy, juking and cutting in his distinctive style of running. McCoy also was involved in perhaps the most impressive play of the day where Kelce caught a ball in the middle of the field and as he was being brought to the ground he lateralled the ball to McCoy for a 23 yard gain. The play was not drawn up that way, but was the product of two veterans who know the play is not dead until the whistle blows. McCoy’s touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal from the Detroit one yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed to McCoy who started right and then jump cut to his left before running through the line for a touchdown. McCoy is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the year and looks to have carved out a significant role for himself in the Chiefs offense.

RB Darrel Williams, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 13 - 2, Rec: 3 - 43 - 0 (4 targets) - Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Mahomes also rushed six times for 54 yards. This was only the third time since Mahomes became the Chiefs starter last season that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Coming into the game, Mahomes had thrown for 10 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He did keep his streak of 300 yard passing games alive, with four consecutive games to start the season. The Lions surprisingly kept Mahomes in check by playing man to man defense and double teaming Travis Kelce on a lot of plays, while also choosing to double Watkins, Hardman and Robinson on certain looks. This was surprising not only because of Mahomes prior production (and talent), but also due to the Lions missing star cornerback Darius Slay and losing safety Quandry Diggs to an injury in the first quarter. The Chiefs offensive production is a mix of Mahomes innate talent and the scheming of Andy Reid, but without the deep ball open to him, Mahomes had difficulty getting the ball to Hardman and Robinson, with the two combining for six catches for 44 yards on 14 targets. Mahomes did find a small way to exploit the Lions defensive scheme in the second half, which was to run when they dropped a second linebacker in coverage. This was highly apparent on the games biggest play, a fourth and eight from the Chiefs 34 yard line with 1:55 left in the game and the Chiefs down 39-27. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and after dropping back he noticed that Kelce was being double teamed. He tucked the ball and split the line rushing straight up the middle for a 15 yard gain that kept the drive alive and allowed them to score the winning touchdown. This type of game is super rare for Mahomes, and while other teams will try and copy the Lions game plan, in the end the Chiefs still won the game.

WR Demarcus Robinson, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 35 - 0 (9 targets) - Demarcus Robinson caught four passes for 35 yards on nine targets in the Chiefs win over the Lions. Robinson continued to be the Chiefs deep ball target, totaling 150+ yards in targets, but he failed to make an impact in that aspect of the game. He did total three of his four receptions in the second half with the Chiefs playing from behind, but they were in the short and intermediate passing game and Robinson failed to score after catching three touchdown passes in his last two games.

WR Sammy Watkins, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 54 - 0 (6 targets) - Watkins caught three passes for 54 yards on six targets in the Chiefs win over the Lions on Sunday. It was the first game that Watkins did not lead (or tie for the lead) in targets from Mahomes this season. With Slay out for Detroit, Watkins had a great opportunity to put up big numbers, but Detroit’s backup corners played him very well. This was especially true in the red zone where Watkins had three targets but could not convert on any of them. Watkins also had a fumble for the second straight game, but this was the first one he lost on the season.

WR Mecole Hardman, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (5 targets) - Mecole Hardman caught two passes for nine yards on five targets against the Lions on Sunday. His low yardage was not a result of Hardman only being targeted in the short passing game as three of his five targets came at least 20 yards down the field. Hardman was unable to reel in any of those passes, so he had to settle for trying to create yards after the catch, which he was unsuccessful in doing. Hardman is a feast or famine type target, and as we saw this past week, when he’s not blowing by defenders with his speed, he’s not going to come down with a lot of catches.

TE Travis Kelce, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 85 - 0 (8 targets) - Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 85 yards on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Lions on Sunday. Kelce was the Chiefs most productive player on Sunday, consistently beating the double teams that the Lions threw at him and missing only one target in the game. In the past three weeks, Kelce has caught 21 of 25 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown, and he has surpassed 80 yards receiving in every game this season. Kelce made several clutch catches in this game, including an 18 yard reception which put the Chiefs in Lions territory with 1:32 left in the game. The aforementioned play to McCoy was my nominee for play of the week as it showed how intelligent a football player Kelce is. While most of the play is a reaction and not necessarily thinking, Kelce had to do quick calculations to ensure the lateral was worth trying, and it ended up being a big play in the fourth quarter. Kelce continues to be the most consistent tight end in the NFL, and the #1 fantasy tight end.

QB Matthew Stafford, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 34 - 291 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 18 - 0 - Matthew Stafford started against the Chiefs after being questionable during the week with a hip injury. Stafford played well and looked mobile with no visual limitations from the injury. Stafford threw the ball particularly well throughout the game, including a throw that threaded defenders in the red zone to Kenny Golladay for a touchdown. The throw was one only a handful of quarterbacks have the arm to make. Stafford also threw an open touchdown to T.J. Hockenson out of a bunch set and a good throw to the perimeter to Golladay who dragged two feet in bounds for the third score. Stafford could have had an even bigger day, but for a weird sequence in the red zone. Stafford threw what looked like a touchdown to Golladay along the back of the end zone, but Golladay bobbled the ball and it was ruled an incomplete pass. On the next play, Stafford scrambled but fumbled just short of the endzone that was recovered by the Chiefs. Stafford also had a well-placed throw down the seam to Hockenson that was dropped. Stafford played without Danny Amendola and lost Hockenson to injury during the game, but neither hurt his fantasy performance. Stafford is off for a bye next week before facing the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in week six.

RB Kerryon Johnson, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 125 - 0, Rec: 2 - 32 - 0 (3 targets) - Kerryon Johnson had the best day of the season against the Chiefs on Sunday. Johnson continuously had running room on the interior and the perimeter, which was exploited by Detroit to the tune of a season-high 26 carries. Johnson got the full workload including multiple carries inside the 10 yard but was held scoreless. Johnson had a near miss, as he got a carry at the goal line he attempted to reach into the endzone, but fumbled for a Kansas City recovery that was returned for a touchdown. Johnson missed no time because of the fumble, as he was in on the next offensive play from scrimmage where he had a good catch and run. Johnson also drew an endzone target on a well-covered go route that was broken up. After sharing work with C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson earlier in the season, Johnson has consolidated his role as the lead back in the offense, with 28 touches to a combined nine for J.D McKissic and Ty Johnson. Johnson will have an off week in week five before facing a strong test on Monday night against the Packers in week six.

RB Ty Johnson, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Ty Johnson was the clear second back behind Kerryon Johnson in a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson worked as a reserve behind Kerryon Johnson with only four touches on the day. He projects as a pure backup without standalone value against Green Bay in week six after a week five bye.

WR Kenny Golladay, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 67 - 2 (9 targets) - Kenny Golladay had a strong week four performance against the Kansas Chiefs after struggling last week. Golladay’s two highlights were touchdowns. The first a seam route in the red zone out of the slot on a well-thrown pass from Matthew Stafford. The second was an out route in the end zone where Golladay used good extension to catch the ball and dragged two feet in bounds for a touchdown. He could have had a better day, but he bobbled a catch along the back of the end zone and dropped another ball along the sideline. Golladay will have a bye in week five before facing a tough test against the Packers in week six.

WR Marvin Jones, 74 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 77 - 0 (5 targets) - Marvin Jones had a relatively quiet game against the Chiefs in week four. Jones caught a deep post on third down in the first quarter to set the Lions up in the red zone but was quiet through much of the rest of the game. He had a near-miss at the end zone where he was overthrown on a slant where he could have scored a touchdown. Jones will be off in week five before facing the Packers in week six.

TE T.J. Hockenson, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 1 (3 targets) - T.J. Hockenson left the game against the Chiefs after a scary injury. Hockenson attempted to hurdle a defender but fell and landed awkwardly. Hockenson laid on the ground very awkwardly and was in the concussion protocol after the game. Prior to the injury, Hockenson caught a touchdown pass on an out route from a bunch formation where he broke easily open in the end zone. Hockenson also was schemed up for a chunk play on a tight end screen play. Hockenson did have a drop on a target down the seam on a well-thrown ball from Matthew Stafford. He will have an extra week to clear the concussion protocol with a week five bye before facing the Packers in week six.


Dallas Cowboys 10, New Orleans Saints 12

What you need to know

Dallas Cowboys - The NFC showdown with the Saints turned into a defensive-minded slugfest as Dallas lost the nip-and-tuck contest. Big plays eluded the Dallas offense and typical playmakers Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper posted pedestrian games as Dallas mired to the tune of 10 points. Despite the struggles, Dallas had a chance to win the game with a final drive but fell short at midfield. After a strong three-game stretch to open the season, Dak Prescott fell to earth without a touchdown and was a non-factor as a rusher. Dallas will look to rebound against the Packers in another headlining NFC matchup in Week 5.

New Orleans Saints - It was not pretty, but the Saints moved to 3-1 on the season after escaping at home against Dallas. The defense stepped up when needed and held Dallas to just 10 points as the offense fell flat and could only muster 4 field goals this week. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 5 times and threw an interception on the first offensive drive of the game for the Saints. Dallas held Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas in check this week, but the offense was able to move the ball just enough to get the field goals they needed. The defense forced 2 fumbles and came up with a big interception on the final play of the game to seal the win. New Orleans has looked dysfunctional on offense since losing Brees, but now have 2 wins with Bridgewater starting. The Saints take on Tampa Bay at home in week 5 and will need a much better showing on offense after the Buccaneers hung 55 points on the Rams this weekend.

QB Dak Prescott, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 33 - 223 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0 - Prescott faced a stiff Saints defense and failed to produce impact plays for the first time this season. Prescott was a non-factor on the ground and made only a handful of quality throws. Prescott did find Jason Witten on a deep out as Prescott was hit and delivered a perfect seam pass to Blake Jarwin for more than 30 yards. Down by two points, Prescott had a two-minute drive to win the game but took a critical sack to start the drive and sap the clock, limiting Dallas to a last gasp Hail Mary throw, which was intercepted, from midfield.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 56 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 35 - 1, Rec: 6 - 30 - 0 (7 targets) - Elliott had his typical workhorse volume but produced minimal results against the stout New Orleans defense. Backup Tony Pollard barely saw the field as Elliott collected his 24 touches and a season-high six receptions, including a one-handed catch. Elliott converted a key fourth-and-one carry but fumbled as he landed, a huge turnover considering both teams’ limited scoring opportunities in the game. Elliott salvaged a goal line touchdown in an otherwise muted performance.

WR Amari Cooper, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (8 targets) - Cooper led Dallas in targets against the Saints but struggled to make more positive plays than negative ones in the road loss. Cooper was limited to short completions and minimal yards-after-the-catch chances outside of a deep comeback route in the final minute of the game. Cooper added two offensive pass interference penalty to his ledger, including one which wiped off a promising completion. Cooper will face his toughest test of the season in Week 5 against the Packers.

WR Randall Cobb, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 41 - 0 (6 targets) - With Michael Gallup still out of the lineup, Randall Cobb assumed the secondary role to Amari Cooper against the Saints. Cobb saw a moderate six targets with his biggest play coming in the final seconds down the seam as Dallas set up a last gasp heave into the end zone from midfield. Cobb also added a critical third-down drop late in the game. Cobb has largely been outplayed by the Dallas tight ends (Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin) in the opening month of the season for interior passing game work.

TE Jason Witten, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (4 targets) - Witten posted another solid performance on an eerily consistent four targets for the fourth straight game this season. Witten logged two quality catches – one on a deep out as Dak Prescott was being hit and another low grab – but also lost a fumble following a chunk gain against the Saints. Witten has been a moderate surprise producer over the opening month for Dallas especially with his regular big plays, an element which evaporated from his game prior to his year away from football in 2018.

TE Blake Jarwin, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 0 (3 targets) - Jarwin has been one of the more active secondary tight ends in the NFL through the opening month and saw another promising three targets against New Orleans. Jarwin’s main contribution was a perfect seam throw from Dak Prescott as Jarwin rumbled down to the goal line. Jarwin has shown big-play ability if his role increases with an absence by Jason Witten going forward.

QB Teddy Bridgewater, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 30 - 193 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0 - It was not pretty, but the Saints moved to 3-1 on the season after escaping at home against Dallas. The defense stepped up when needed and held Dallas to just 10 points as the offense fell flat and could only muster 4 field goals this week. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 5 times and threw an interception on the first offensive drive of the game for the Saints. Dallas held Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas in check this week, but the offense was able to move the ball just enough to get the field goals they needed. The defense forced 2 fumbles and came up with a big interception on the final play of the game to seal the win. New Orleans has looked dysfunctional on offense since losing Brees, but now have 2 wins with Bridgewater starting. The Saints take on Tampa Bay at home in week 5 and will need a much better showing on offense after the Buccaneers hung 55 points on the Rams this weekend.

QB Taysom Hill, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0 - The Saints still have not used Hill in a passing situation under center and he did not register a single target in the offense this week. Hill accounted for the longest run on the ground when he took the ball off the right end for 18 yards and ran over a Dallas defender in the process. His only other carry went for -2 yards and it is clear to see that the Saints do not want him throwing the ball right now. Bridgewater targeted other Saints tight ends 10 times this week and Hill had a very quiet day. For being one of the most athletic guys on the team, the Saints do not seem to want to feature Hill in the offense outside of a few plays a game.

RB Alvin Kamara, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 69 - 0, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - It was not a great week for Kamara as he failed to surpass 100 total yards this week. The Saints offense was out of sync and there were no explosive of big plays from anyone. Kamara had a long run of 13 yards on the ground and saw the ball spread around the offense more than in recent weeks. He carried the ball 17 times and other players had 10 carries. Taysom Hill had the longest run on the ground from the wild cat, and Kamara's never got a chance down around the goal line to punch in a touchdown. He caught all 3 of his targets this week but was covered by Dallas very well. Michael Thomas, Josh Hill, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn all saw more targets in the passing game this week and the Saints did not utilize one of their best weapons out of the back field. Kamara has a great matchup next week against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up multiple touchdown to Todd Gurley and this week's game will be a distant memory.

RB Latavius Murray, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets) - It was not a great week for Kamara as he failed to surpass 100 total yards this week. The Saints offense was out of sync and there were no explosive of big plays from anyone. Kamara had a long run of 13 yards on the ground and saw the ball spread around the offense more than in recent weeks. He carried the ball 17 times and other players had 10 carries. Taysom Hill had the longest run on the ground from the wild cat, and Kamara's never got a chance down around the goal line to punch in a touchdown. He caught all 3 of his targets this week but was covered by Dallas very well. Michael Thomas, Josh Hill, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn all saw more targets in the passing game this week and the Saints did not utilize one of their best weapons out of the back field. Kamara has a great matchup next week against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up multiple touchdown to Todd Gurley and this week's game will be a distant memory.

WR Michael Thomas, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 95 - 0 (9 targets) - Thomas was the only player who saw his normal volume this week and was able to do something with it. He caught all 9 of his targets and helped Bridgewater move the chains and get into field goal range for the Saints. His longest catch went for 20 yards and he fell just short of 100 yards for the game. Thomas has taken a hit since Brees was lost to injury but not nearly as much as other players in the offense. Ted Ginn continues to struggle on the other side and there is no clear 3rd receiver to push Thomas for targets. Thomas should see a fair amount of volume against Tampa next week and should project out to 100 yards and a touchdown.

WR Ted Ginn, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (5 targets) - It was another disappointing game for Ginn this week. He caught just 3 of his 5 targets for less than 20 yards and cost the team an interception on the first offensive drive of the game. Bridgewater escaped the pressure and rolled to his right before throwing a dart down the field to Ginn who was open. The ball bounced off his chest and he was hit in the back before he could adjust and make the catch. The ball fell right into the arms of a Dallas defender before he fell out of bounds and the tone was set for the offense the rest of the game. Ginn has not been the big play threat he has been in the past this year and has not seen any significant volume since Brees went down with an injury. The Saints do not have a 3rd receiver that is going to push Ginn for targets at the moment, but he will see his numbers continue to decrease if someone else can step up in the offense.

TE Jared Cook, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (6 targets) - This was the week of the tight end with the Saints throwing over 1/3 of their passes to the position. Unfortunately, Cook only caught 3 of his 6 targets and continues to struggle in the offense. His longest catch of the night went for 9 yards and he was out played by Josh Hill on the other side. Hill is normally a blocking tight end and has no business surpassing Cook in receiving yards. Cook has struggled in this offense both with and without Brees. If the Saints ever commit to using Taysom Hill at a single position, Cook could lose all of his value at tight end. He is going to need a big game in the coming weeks to regain trust in the Saints offense.


Oakland Raiders 31, Indianapolis Colts 24

What you need to know

Oakland Raiders - -Josh Jacobs ran hard and showed some niftiness in the open field. If his role con-tinues to grow in the passing game, he could get on a roll. -Darren Waller is the go-to guy in the passing offense. He’s catching everything thrown in his direction and is always one of the best athletes on the field. -Tyrell Williams nearly had a two-touchdown day but wasn’t able to pull in a mod-erately difficult grab in the end zone. -With J.J. Nelson out, Trevor Davis took basically all of the snaps Nelson would have played, which meant no increase in opportunity for Hunter Renfrow.

Indianapolis Colts - The Colts struggled offensively with drops, penalties, and inconsistency running the football. The Colts had 5 drops in the first half with 3 coming from Eric Ebron. The absence of TY Hilton was a big blow the Colts ability to be consistent on offense. Colts receivers outside of Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers struggled to make plays downfield and Rogers left the game with an injury. Brissett did not have a target in the passing game he could count on getting open. Jack Doyle saw an uptick in targets but did all of his damage underneath. Brissett threw an ugly game sealing pick six with the Colts trailing by 7 with less than 3 minutes remaining. Zach Pascal was the Colts most impressive offensive player. Pascal attacked the ball over the middle and consistently got open down the seam. Marlon Mack did not see many carries because of the Colts offensive inconsistency and the fact that they trailed by two scores for a good portion of the game.

QB Derek Carr, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 31 - 189 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0 - Carr got away with a couple dangerous throws that could have been intercepted but otherwise managed the game extremely well. He led long touchdown drives on three of the Raiders first four possessions. He threw it up high to tight end Fabian Moreau in the front of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. Carr threw a pretty back shoulder fade to Tyrell Williams for a 19-yard touchdown, throwing it to where only Williams could make a play on the ball. With the Raiders jumping out to an early lead and holding a multi-score lead for most of the game, the play calling was very conservative in the second half. Carr narrowly missed a third touchdown pass on a ball thrown slightly behind Tyrell Williams in the center of the end zone. It wasn’t a perfect pass but should have been caught. It was a solid, workman-like performance from Carr.

RB Josh Jacobs, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 79 - 0, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (2 targets) - Jacobs had his strongest performance since Week 1, consistently breaking the first tackle attempt and picking up extra yardage. Even while possessing just average burst, Jacobs has shown a knack for making the first man miss. In addition to his elusiveness, he has shown to be the type of powerful runner who runs through arm tackles and pushes the pile forward. On an early 12-yard gain, he made a nice cut in the hole and ran through an arm tackle attempt up around his neck. He got into the secondary, made the first tackler miss in the open field before getting tripped up. Jacobs had two receptions on the opening drive of the second half and looked great running after the catch on both. He made a quick jump cut to turn what would have been a short gain into 8 yards. Two plays later, he made another sweet cut on a short reception. He gave a fake inside and then made a fantastic lateral jump cut to get outside for a gain of 20 yards. Jacobs was also excellent in the four-minute offense late in the game. He had back-to-back runs of 16 and 8 yards. But for three false start penalties, Jacobs probably would have been able to salt the game away with a long, clock-bleeding drive. The Raiders got the ball back with one minute left, nursing a one-score lead while Indianapolis had all three timeouts. Jacobs again went to work, banging it right up the middle for gains of 7 and 5 yards to pick up the first down and seal the game. While Jacobs’ play was a positive, the Raiders committee approach continues and will make him tougher to trust from a fantasy perspective. He played just 54% of the snaps and handled 63% of the running back carries.

RB DeAndre Washington, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 18 - 0, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (3 targets) - Washington only played 19% of the snaps but was again the second back into the game, subbing in for Jacobs early on the opening drive. He promptly caught a swing pass for 7 yards. Washington was targeted on a dump off but had a bad drop. He turned his head to start running before securing what should have been an easy catch for a short gain. Washington subbed in for Jacobs on a third quarter drive and carried it five times on the drive, including multiple times in the red zone. After back-to-back runs of 7 and 6 yards set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Washington was dropped at the line on first down.

RB Jalen Richard, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 17 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Richard played 28% of the snaps and remains involved in the offense as part of a three-man committee. He took a pitch around the edge for three yards on 3rd-and-2, showing a bit of power to finish the run and pick up the first down.

WR Tyrell Williams, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 1 (7 targets) - Williams caught a back shoulder fade for a 19-yard touchdown, showing nice body control to twist around and made the grab while falling down. Colts rookie cornerback Rock Ya-Sin had a good day against Williams. Ya-Sin was stride for stride with Williams as Carr targeted him on back-to-back deep balls, knocking both passes down. Williams should have had a second touchdown but dropped a pass in the center of the end zone. He ran a slant and was wide open for what should have been an 8-yard touchdown. The pass was thrown slightly behind him but it was still a catch Williams should have made.

WR Hunter Renfrow, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets) - Even with J.J. Nelson sidelined, Renfrow didn’t see a bump in playing time, logging just 42% of the snaps. He took a quick swing pass for a 10-yard gain on the opening drive. His other catch went for 8 yards on a very similar play design. He lined up in the slot, chipped a pass rusher, caught the short dump off, and turned up field for a modest gain.

WR Trevor Davis, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 74 - 1 - J.J. Nelson warmed up but couldn’t go, which opened the door for Davis in a big way. He played a whopping 88% of the snaps, an especially eye-opening number considering he just arrived in Oakland less than two weeks ago after spending the first few years of his career in Green Bay. Davis took advantage of his opportunity and made a great first impression for the Raiders with a pair of impressive runs. He took an end around down the left sideline for a 60-yard score, showing off his sub-4.4 speed along the way. He later had a 14-yard run that was even more impressive. The play was again designed for Davis to take the ball down the left sideline on an end around. However, the Colts read the play well and had multiple guys in position to drop Davis for a loss. He reversed field and went back in the other direction, weaving his way for a 14-yard gain.

TE Darren Waller, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 53 - 0 (8 targets) - Waller continues to be the go-to target in the Raiders passing offense. He again led the team in targets and receptions. Aside from a bit of a drop on a short swing pass along the sideline that was thrown behind him and would have gone for no gain, Waller caught every ball thrown his way. His hands and pass catching technique have been nearly perfect. He consistently catches the ball way from his body and can hang on through contact. Unlike some past weeks, the Raiders didn’t take their time getting him involved. He came across the formation on a play-action fake and caught a short dump off for 7 yards on the first play of the game. On a 3rd-and-6 on the opening drive, he went low and held on despite a big hit for another 7-yard reception. Waller made a 17-yard grab over the middle on a post route. He used his elite speed to take a short dump off for 15 yards, destroying the angle of the linebacker in coverage to turn what should have been a modest gain into a bigger play. Waller might have had a bigger day if Oakland hadn’t jumped out to a big lead. After the relatively hot start, he was targeted just twice after halftime as the Raiders ran their four-minute offense.

QB Jacoby Brissett, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 46 - 265 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0 - Jacoby Brissett and the Colts offense struggled as a whole. The Colts were inconsistent passing the ball and struggled to sustain offense as a result. Colts receivers dropped numerous passes, the Colts had a number of offensive penalties, and the Colts turned the ball over twice including a pick six by Brissett. Brissett had his receivers drop numerous passes early in the game. Chester Rogers dropped one over the middle and Ebron dropped a potential big play on 3rd down along the sideline. The Colts took over in great field position following a fumble. Brissett found Jack Doyle in the flat off of play action for a 5 yard touchdown. Brissett and the Colts moved into the red zone thanks to their running game and penalties by the Raiders. The Colts were forced to settle for a field goal after finding no success inside the 10 yard line. The Colts moved into field goal range again thanks to a big completion to Chester Rogers but a fumble by Parris Campbell kept the Colts from coming away with points. Brissett nearly got the Colts into field range running the two minute offense but a penalty and a drop by Deon Cain forced a 57 yard field goal attempt that was missed. The Colts managed just two first downs on their first two possessions of the second half. Brissett got the offense going with a 23 yard bullet to Zach Pascal. A penalty helped the Colts move into the red zone and Brissett capped the drive with a 4 yard touchdown to Chester Rogers. Trailing by 7 with less than 3 minutes remaining Brissett failed to see a safety lurking in coverage and threw a pick six sealing the game. Trailing by two touchdowns with two minutes remaining Brissett connected with Pascal for 28 yards then found Ebron open downfield for a 48 yard catch and run touchdown.

RB Marlon Mack, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 39 - 0 - Marlon Mack saw a limited workload thanks in large part to the Colts trailing the majority of the game. Mack produced mixed results on his limited carries either getting dropped for a big loss or picking up good yardage. Mack was dropped for a 5 yard loss on his second carry thanks to a missed blocking assignment. Mack picked up 18 yards off left tackle on his next carry. The Colts did a great job sealing the edge for Mack on the play. Mack again got the edge on the Oakland defense and escaped outside for 14 yards. Mack was dropped for a 4 yard loss again being met in the backfield by an unblocked defender.

RB Nyheim Hines, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0, Rec: 6 - 39 - 0 (6 targets) - Nyheim Hines saw good number of targets with the Colts trailing and struggling to make plays downfield. With the Colts trailing by two scores for much of the game they went pass heavy and favored using Hines over Marlon Mack. Hines made 3 catches in short order for 27 yards all on check downs from Brissett. Hines picked up 10 yards running a quick out route from the slot. Hines had an 11 yard reception negated by an illeligble player downfield penalty.

WR Parris Campbell, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 25 - 0 (8 targets) - Parris Campbell did not play well and was inefficient with his targets. Campbell saw a deep target from Brissett but the pass was well defended. Campbell made his first catch underneath for 2 yards. Campbell did well to pick up 15 yards on a screen pass on 3rd and 20 but was caught from behind and stripped giving the Raiders the ball. Campbell made a 7 yard catch on 3rd and 5 running a crossing route.

WR Zach Pascal, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 72 - 0 (7 targets) - Zach Pascal was the Colts most effective offensive player. Pascal showed great hands and ball skills as well the ability to pick up yards after catch. Pascal made a 15 yard catch running up the seam. The catch set up 4th and 3 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the half. Pascal then made a nice catch the following play running a crossing route for 6 yards.. Pascal again found a hole in the Raiders coverage up the seam and turned a modest gain into a 23 yard pick up with good running after the catch. Pascal made a very impressive diving catch up the seam for 28 yards. Pascal did a great job attacking the pass or it could have been intercepted.

WR Chester Rogers, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 1 (6 targets) - Chester Rogers was the Colts second best offensive weapon behind Zach Pascal. Rogers dropped a routine catch running a slant over the middle. Rogers got open running a corner route and Brissett found him for a 27 yard gain. Rogers made a nice back shoulder catch for a 17 yard gain with a defender in tight coverage. Rogers caught a 4 yard touchdown running a speed out. A route TY Hilton normally finds success with. Rogers dropped a slant after receiving a huge hit to his stomach and ribs. Rogers did not return to the game.

TE Jack Doyle, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 22 - 1 (8 targets) - Jack Doyle saw all of his targets underneath. Doyle crossed the formation off of play action and caught an easy 5 yard touchdown. Doyle made a 5 yard catch running a curl on 3rd and 3. Doyle absorbed an illegal hit from Vontaze Burfict on the play and Burfict was ejected from the game. Doyle picked up 8 yards on a dump off from Brissett. Doyle had a 7 yard reception negated by a holding penalty. Doyle saw a high number of targets but all of them were in the short to intermediate range. Doyle was targeted in the end zone late in the 4th quarter but the pass was broken up.

TE Eric Ebron, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 48 - 1 (5 targets) - Eric Ebron dropped his first 3 targets in the first half and wasn't targeted again until the Colts final play. Ebron had a potential big play hit him in the hands and fall incomplete. Ebron had a defender closing in on him at full speed as he tried to secure the catch. Ebron's second target again hit him in the hands and fell incomplete. Ebron dropped his 3rd target running a slant over the middle. Ebron made his first and only catch on the Colts final offensive play of the game. Ebron crossed the middle of the field and secured a contested catch before racing to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown.


Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Denver Broncos 24

What you need to know

Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguar offense was mostly discombobulated in the first half, with the Denver defensive front clearly winning the pass rush battle against Jacksonville's offensive line. In the second half, however, Leonard Fournette and the offensive line took over the game. They held the ball for 13 minutes of game time in the third quarter, and racked up 269 on the ground. Gardner Minshew did not have a big day on the stat sheet and took a lot of damage from the pass rush. However, he made some incredibly gutsy and savvy plays in the second half while under fire.

Denver Broncos - The Broncos lost their eighth game straight since last season, falling to a last second field goal after leading for most of the game. Denver held a 17-6 lead at halftime, but the Jaguars offense came alive in the 2nd half, led by an outstanding performance by RB Leonard Fournette and an eventual game-winning field goal. Denver's ground game was abysmal, with the majority of Denver's rushing yards coming on one 28 yard tote by Phillip Lindsay. Joe Flacco and the passing game looked a little better, finding the end zone three times, but in the end it wasn't enough to hold off the Jags. Receivers Sanders and Sutton both had productive days, with Sutton finding the end zone twice and Sanders passing the 100 yard mark for the first time this season. Rookie first round tight end Noah Fant scored his first NFL touchdown in the 1st quarter.

QB Gardner Minshew, 85 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 33 - 213 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0 - He took the Jaguars down the field on his second drive, picking up 50 yards through the air (one of them downfield to DJ Chark that would have been a huge play if not for pass interference). The drive stalled out inside the five however, and the Jaguars settled for a field goal. For the remainder of the first half, Minshew was under siege. The Jaguars could not block the Broncos' defensive front, allowing Denver to get their first three sacks of the season. He also almost threw an interception with 2:30 left in the first half on a target intended for Jeff Swaim. After Ronnie Harrison intercepted a Joe Flacco pass on the next drive, Minshew led a field goal drive that started with 43 seconds remaining in the first half. He started with some short passes to Dede Westbrook and Geoff Swaim. On the third play, he threw a perfect ball to DJ Chark on a vertical route for a touchdown. However, it was erased because of an Illegal Hands to the Face penalty on left tackle Cam Robinson. The penalty stalled the drive out, and the Jags were forced to settle for a field goal. While he did not put up huge passing numbers in the second half, he was a Houdini in the pocket ñ routinely breaking the grasp of sacks to move around and find open receivers. The first came on a huge 3rd and 14 conversion, where he slipped a sack, rolled to his right, and threw back over the middle of the field to find Keelan Cole for the first down. On the touchdown pass that capped the drive off, he escaped two potential sacks while inside the pocket. He made subtle movements to evade and reset in very compressed space, never dropped his eyes, and found Ryquell Armstead wide open in the endzone after he converted his route upfield while Minshew was avoiding the rush. After struggling for most of the day on third down, he made two 3rd and medium conversions on a drive in the fourth quarter, a Shallow Cross to Marqise Lee and a quick Slant to DJ Chark. On the first play of the game-winning drive, he got hit in the legs, barely getting the ball off and getting up in obvious pain. On the next play, he got stripsacked from behind. He had the cognizance to pick the ball back up and get a pass off, getting crushed on the attempt, but making a short completion to DJ Chark (also drawing a Roughing the Passer in the process). He then hit Dede Westbrook for a Deep Out followed by a Comeback route to Chris Conley to get the ball into Josh Lambo's range for the game-winning field goal.

RB Leonard Fournette, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 29 - 225 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - Fournette's huge day did not just come from an explosive first half. He was getting consistent yardage on the ground early in the game as well, gaining positive yardage on a mix of Gap and Zone runs. He continues to get volume in the pass game. Even if he is not a game-breaking receiving threat, he is dependable. His first reception was his biggest gain and came on a checkdown from Minshew, where he had a ton of space and went for 15 yards. The Jaguar offense mostly stalled out in the first half due to sacks and penalties. In the second half, Fournette and the Jaguar offensive line took over the game. They set the tone on the very first play of the second half, with Fournette breaking a carry at the line of scrimmage, picking up 12 yards after and finishing the run with physicality. He largely authored a drive that took over 10 minutes of game time. After Minshew's touchdown pass to Ryquell Armstead capped the drive, the Broncos went 3-and-out on their ensuing possession. With the Bronco defense completely gassed at this point, Fournette took over the game. His first carry of the possession went for over 80 yards. The nickelback was unblocked off the edge on a blitz and could have made a stop in the backfield. But he made a business decision, taking a bad angle at the line of scrimmage. Fournette ran through an arm tackle at the line of scrimmage, broke another tackle in the secondary, and was off. He was finally brought down inside the 15. He broke a 27 yarder a couple drives later on a Counter play, again breaking multiple tackles and finishing the run with authority.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 42 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 1 (1 targets) - After three games and one carry, the Jaguars started easing Armstead into the offense against Denver and he performed very well for them. He first checked into the game on the second drive in the first quarter. He scored his first touchdown of the season on a redzone catch, where he converted a flat pass upfield while Garnder Minshew evaded the rush. He showed good power and acceleration on his carries when subbing for Fournette in the second half as well. They compliment each other well, as Armstead is basically a slightly lighter, more agile version of Fournette.

WR Dede Westbrook, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 66 - 0 (6 targets) - Westbrook had a very quiet day, but made the biggest reception on the game-winning drive. He caught a Deep Out from the slot, picking up enough yards after the catch to get the ball into comfortable range for a Josh Lambo field goal.

WR D.J. Chark, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (8 targets) - On the second drive, he made a beautiful diving catch after drawing pass interference while breaking free on a double move. The play had potential to be huge down the field, but the interference slowed him enough in the route to where he had to dive to catch up to the ball. During the Jags' final drive of the first half, he beat Chris Harris easily on a vertical route to catch a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball from Minshew. However, it was negated due to a penalty on the offensive line. The two continue to show a penchant for connecting on vertical routes. He was just out of bounds after pirouetting along the left sideline on another potentially big catch downfield on the first drive of the second quarter.

WR Chris Conley, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (4 targets) - Conley did not have a reception until the final drive of the game. After Dede Wesbtrook's Deep Out got the ball into field goal range for Lambo, Conley added another 10 yards or so of comfort by making a 10 yard grab on a Comeback route.

WR Keelan Cole, 10 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (1 targets) - Cole's first reception of the season was a huge one - getting open for Minshew on a scramble drill on the first drive of the second quarter. They connected for a 3rd and 14 conversion to keep the drive alive.

WR Marqise Lee, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - Marqise Lee just had one catch (also his first of the season), but it was an important one that kept a drive alive late in the fourth quarter. It was a simple Shallow Cross where he converted a 3rd and 5.

TE James OShaughnessy, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 18 - 1 (4 targets) - He almost had a tough touchdown reception on the Jaguars' second drive. He got up the seam in the redzone, and Minshew threw a relatively well-placed ball, but O'Shaughnessy was double-covered. He was also injured on the play, but entered back into the game shortly thereafter. His touchdown reception came on fantastic play-design towards the end of the third quarter. The Jaguars motioned a receiver into the backfield, faked a flat pass to the runningback, then faked a screen to the wide receiver. The horizontal fakes opened a huge void in the middle of the field for O'Shaughnessy to get wide open down the seam for the touchdown.

QB Joe Flacco, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 38 - 303 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0 - Flacco looked better than he has in past weeks, spreading the ball around and finding the end zone three times. Though he didn't take any official sacks, Flacco still doesn't look very good in the face of pressure, as he can rarely do anything to extend a play before having to throw it away. He capped the Broncos second drive of the day with a touchdown to Noah Fant on a well executed tight end screen. Fant did all the work as he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, broke a couple of tackles and showed some impressive speed on his way to a 25 yard score. Flacco's second touchdown was a well-placed ball on a slant route to Courtland Sutton in the end zone. Flacco killed a drive at the end of the first half with a terrible pass that floated well over Emmanuel Sanders on a short crossing route, landing right in a defender's hands with under two minutes left in the half. Flacco led a scoring drive at the end of the 4th quarter, connecting with Sanders and Sutton for big gains before finding Sutton in the end zone with a well placed throw on a skinny post.

RB Phillip Lindsay, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 53 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets) - Lindsay had the better day of the two backs in the ground game, but was particularly slow in the passing game where he was out-targeted six to one by Royce Feeman. Lindsay burst through the line untouched off right tackle and wove his way through the secondary for a 28 yard gain in the 1st quarter, which was the longest run by either back for the day. His only target was a nice catch and run on a halfback screen in the 2nd quarter. Neither of the two backs are being assigned a role as an early down or passing back, rather the Broncos appear to feature them from drive to drive in whatever role the situation dictates. Freeman moved around the formation as a receiver this week while Lindsay got a couple of short yardage attempts on 3rd and 4th downs.

RB Royce Freeman, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 16 - 0, Rec: 4 - 34 - 0 (6 targets) - Freeman didn't do anything with his meager six touches on the ground, but he was the busier of the two backs in the passing game, moving around the formation to collect 6 targets to Lindsay's 1. Freeman ran a great route on a slant that picked up 15 yards and converted 3rd and long late in the 1st quarter. He lined up wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route to convert 3rd down during the two minute drill at the end of the first half. He finished the day with 50 yards total on 10 touches.

WR Courtland Sutton, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 62 - 2 (9 targets) - Sutton tied with Sanders for a team-high 9 targets, finding the end zone twice. He picked up a couple of quick gains on the game's opening drive, including a 10 yard catch and run to convert 3rd and 10. Sutton lined up wide right and beat his man easily on a slant route in the end zone for his first score in the 2nd quarter. Sutton got loose on a deep post route for a nice gain late in the 4th quarter as the Broncos attempted a comeback drive. Sutton capped a late 4th quarter drive with a touchdown, running a skinny post right into the teeth of the defense. Flacco threw a beautiful pass that Sutton hauled in between three defenders.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 104 - 0 (9 targets) - Sanders passed the 100 yard mark for the first time this season as he and Sutton both drew a team-high nine targets. Sutton found the end zone twice, but Sanders had the edge in yards. Sanders had a diving catch on an out route from Flacco on the first play of the game. Sanders nearly found the end zone when he broke loose on a long catch and run on a deep out route early in the 2nd quarter, but he was brought down inside the 10 yard line after a 39 yard gain. Flacco tried Sanders deep a couple more times in the first half, but couldn't connect on the long balls. Sanders picked up a big gain on a deep crossing route late in the 4th quarter. He grabbed his leg after going down on the play, but hopped up and broke another big gain on a deep post route two plays later in the drive. Though he didn't leave the game, he might be popping up on the injury report this week.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 57 - 0 (5 targets) - Hamilton worked well out of the slot, showing off a diverse skill set on several impressive plays. He made a nice double move on an out and up route in the 2nd quarter and an impressive catch as he leaped over his defender, bringing the ball in for a 28 yard gain. He had another catch on a slant route in the 3rd. Hamilton snagged a short dumpoff pass from Flacco and turned it into a big gain up the left sideline with some nifty running in the 4th quarter.

WR Diontae Spencer, 2 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets) - Spencer returned punts and mixed into the wide receiver rotation sparingly, motioning across the formation to catch a short swing route in the 1st quarter.

TE Noah Fant, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 1 (4 targets) - Fant had a beautiful catch and run in the 1st quarter for his first career touchdown. Flacco threw him a delayed screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and Fant followed his blockers beautifully, breaking a couple of tackles on his way to a an impressive 25 yard score. Fant nearly had another big gain down the right sideline in the 2nd quarter, but Flacco underthrew the ball. He was quiet after that, securing just one catch for a short gain up the seam late in the 3rd quarter.


New England Patriots 16, Buffalo Bills 10

What you need to know

New England Patriots - This is likely a blip on the offensive radar; the next few weeks present get-right spots.

Rex Burkhead only played 12 snaps and touched the ball once. Maybe this was because of his foot injury, but speaks to the unpredictability of touches for New England RBs.

The Patriots would be smart to utilize N’Keal Harry as soon as he is off IR. They could use the help.

Buffalo Bills - The Buffalo Bills offense struggled against a strong New England Patriots defense on Sunday. Josh Allen was inaccurate and struggled with three interceptions, before exiting the game in the concussion protocol on a scary hit while scrambling. Frank Gore was the lead running back against the Patriots with Devin Singletary inactive with a hamstring injury and had consistent success on the interior of the offense. Cole Beasley and John Brown were targeted on 23 of Buffalo’s 40 passing attempts but each were held without a touchdown.

QB Tom Brady, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 39 - 150 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -3 - 0 - Brate made a tough contested catch up the seam on the first drive of the game. He caught an out route for a solid gain late in the 3rd quarter. Brate found the end zone at the end of the same drive, running one of his signature seam routes and making a tough contested catch. Brate hasn't generated much in the way of stats, but he's found the end zone three times this season, which is three more than OJ Howard has accounted for.

RB Sony Michel, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 63 - 0 - The Patriots made a concerted effort to try to get Sony Michel going, but funny enough, the bad passing game actually affected him negatively at times. While he looked better than in prior weeks, offensive line blocking was better in the run game, and he had his ups and downs, particularly in the vision area. With all that said, he didn’t play himself out of a job like some suspected he would, especially against a defense of the Bills caliber. Michel will continue to be involved going forward, but will be game script and pace dependent.

RB James White, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 8 - 57 - 0 (10 targets) - James White was, for all intents and purposes, the Patriots offense when things needed to get done. There wasn’t a huge play beyond his nice deep catch early in the game, but he made small plays here and there on his way to a very unsexy line. It also helped his cause that Rex Burkhead was likely injured in this game as he only played one snap. Still, games like this one are where he can do work, as Tom Brady was most effective when targeting White, even on dumpoffs and screens. Ugly game, but a win.

WR Julian Edelman, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (7 targets) - Edelman didn’t do much of anything against the Bills, but the same could be said for the entire offense. It wasn’t clear if he was less effective because of his injury, but he wasn’t the same Julian Edelman, especially since this was the type of slugfest that Edelman thrives in at times (i.e. the Rams Super Bowl). Tom Brady had to get the ball out quick often, but didn’t look Edelman’s way as much as expected. He’ll be fine.

WR Phillip Dorsett, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (9 targets) - Tom Brady looked and threw Dorsett’s way plenty, but Dorsett was unable to get separation on most of his targets, and many were questionable throws and decisions from his quarterback. This is one case where the stat sheet did the performance justice: 2 catches for 10 yards on 9 targets is wholly awful. Dorsett’s depth of target was also in chunk areas, which meant Brady forced or was inaccurate on a lot of those throws thanks to pressure and generally great defense. Any game where Dorsett is the most targeted Patriot either means something went very wrong or there was nonexistent coverage. On the plus side, maybe this means more trust is being developed between QB and WR.

WR Josh Gordon, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 46 - 0 (7 targets) - Beyond a 31 yard catch and go on a pick play, Gordon didn’t do much of anything, as the Bills smothered him in coverage and bothered Tom Brady all game. He did have a drop on a slant route, and some of his routes were odd considering the Pats didn’t have a ton of time to throw. Julian Edelman was also playing injured, which meant more coverage could head Gordon’s way. Either way, he was expected to be volatile in the stat column on a weekly basis, and it showed here.

QB Josh Allen, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 28 - 153 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 5 - 26 - 1 - Josh Allen left the game against the New England Patriots after a hit to his head on a scramble. Before the injury, Allen struggled mightily with his accuracy, consistently missing open targets. Allen threw three bad interceptions. His first was a post to John Brown in double coverage. He then threw two targeting Zay Jones, the first off his back foot and the second on a scramble where he threw the ball across his body into traffic on a scramble. Allen performed better in the second half helping the Bills move the ball including finishing off a drive with a quarterback plunge over the line of scrimmage at the goal line. The Patriots deployed a defensive scheme intending to keep gap integrity in their pass rush which kept Allen in the pocket and did not allow him to create plays with his legs. Allen will look to return from the concussion protocol in a tough matchup at Tennessee. If he is held out of the game, he will have a bye week before facing Miami in week seven.

QB Matt Barkley, 24 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 16 - 127 - 0 TD / 1 INT - Matt Barkley replaced an injured Josh Allen in the second half against the Patriots. Barkley entered while trailing in a tough spot, but threw a strike to John Brown down the field for a big third down conversion on his first throw. Barkley had an opportunity to lead a comeback attempt but attempted a throw to Zay Jones in the end zone that bounced off his hands. Barkley later had a ball deflected for an easy interception that ended the game. Barkley is a competent backup but will face a tough test at Tennessee next week if Josh Allen is unable to return.

RB Frank Gore, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 109 - 0 (1 targets) - Frank Gore was the starting running back for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots. Gore was the lone running back to carry the ball with Devin Singletary missing his second consecutive game and T.J. Yeldon’s work coming exclusively in the passing game. Gore had good success on the ground and he repeatedly got interior running lanes including big gains of 28 and 41 yards. Gore was less active in the second half, with T.J. Yeldon getting extensive work in the passing game. Gore got multiple cracks at a short touchdown but was stopped at the goal line by the New England defense. He will face a tough test against the Titans next week and Singletary’s status is important to monitor as a gauge of Gore’s volume.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 68 - 0 (4 targets) - T.J. Yeldon was limited in the first half against the New England Patriots but got good passing game work in the second half. Yeldon had four receptions including a catch in the intermediate middle of the field. He was targeted on a trick play at the goal line but was unable to secure a catch in tight coverage. Yeldon’s role has been nearly exclusively in the passing game with Devin Singletary missing his second consecutive week with a hamstring injury. Yeldon will face the Titans in week five.

WR Cole Beasley, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 75 - 0 (12 targets) - Cole Beasley was the leading target in the Buffalo offense in a loss to the Patriots. He was the target of multiple errant throws from Josh Allen early in the game, including a deep corner route and a deep route where a low pass went off his fingers. Beasley had some success when Allen settled down, including catches on RPOs and two catches on the final drive of the game with Matt Barkley at quarterback. Beasley will face a good Titans defense in week five.

WR John Brown, 77 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 69 - 0 (11 targets) - John Brown had a solid game against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Brown saw a lot of coverage from Stephon Gilmore and managed to beat him down the perimeter on a third and long reception. Brown had more success in the middle of the field, including a slant and an intermediate crossing route. He had two deeper targets, one an interception in double coverage that should not have been thrown, and a second a deep pass that was overthrown in good coverage. He also had the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass on a trick play, but T.J. Yeldon was unable to make a contested catch on the play. Brown will face the Titans in week five with questions about the health of Josh Allen.

TE Dawson Knox, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 58 - 0 (3 targets) - Dawson Knox continued his strong play against the New England Patriots in week four. Knox made a strong catch along the sideline and added two other catches that had strong run after the catch efforts. Knox will face a tough Tennessee defense next week.


Washington Redskins 3, New York Giants 24

What you need to know

Washington Redskins - The Redskins have put their first-round rookie in the worst spot possible with the lack of talent on the offensive side. He came in today to take over for Case Keenum which was mostly influenced by public pressure, but it backfired on everyone involved. Washington would be better suited handing this team back over to Case just to maintain a level of stability and not wrecking Dwayne before he gets a true shot to run the offense. A lack of talent on both sides of the ball is glaring and the coaching staff should be on the hot seat as well.

New York Giants - Daniel Jones wasn't spectacular but he was effective against a bad defense. Wayne Gallman was a fantasy hit on the back of two scores and a lot of passing game involvement, but he was mediocre as a runner. Both he and rookie Jon Hilliman fumbled, Hilliman's close to the goal line and Gallman's trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter. Sterling Shepard got open at will in the slot and was Jones main man on third down.

QB Dwayne Haskins, 33 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 17 - 107 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 23 - 0 - Dwayne Haskins had a rough start to his rookie season as he faced the Giants today. Coming in to replace the starter did not erase the issues that Washington is facing weekly. Dwayne was often under pressure, behind schedule on downs, and at times looked lost going through his progressions. He threw a pick-six in the third quarter forcing a pass over the middle. Then added two more interceptions in the fourth quarter trying to make things happen that simply weren't there. His supporting didn't provide much assistance as his skill position players are average at best. If he can't get some form of a run game, it will be tough for him to keep this offense afloat moving forward.

QB Case Keenum, 18 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 11 - 37 - 0 TD / 1 INT - Case Keenum had his worst start to a game this season and it ended with him being replaced. He was wildly inaccurate and continued his bad decision making from the previous game. On the third play of the game he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He also missed Trey Quinn for a potential touchdown on a seam route deep downfield. With a little under 7 minutes left in the second quarter he was replaced by Dwayne Haskins.

RB Adrian Peterson, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 28 - 0 - Adrian Peterson wasn't allowed to establish himself in this game as the offense was out of sync all game. Washington was already down by two touchdowns going into the 2nd quarter which minimized the run game. Too many stalled drives and negative game script kept him from being productive. Adrian had eleven carries in this game for less than thirty yards.

RB Chris Thompson, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 56 - 0 (5 targets) - Chris Thompson was the most productive player on offense as he had a combined eight touches totaling sixty yards. His fifty-six receiving yards paced all receivers as well. The offense only managed three points for the entire game and Chris' contributions were minimized by bad quarterback play.

WR Paul Richardson, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (5 targets) - Paul Richardson tallied three catches for less than twenty yards in this game. Paul's one chance at a big play was wiped out as it was intercepted. Nothing was working in the passing game and things got even worse once the offense was turned over to a rookie. With Terry being out, Paul's matchup turned bad as he was lined up with Janoris Jenkins all game.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets) - Kelvin Harmon didn't make an impact at all in this game as both of his receptions totaled less than twenty yards. He was on the field more than usual today as they were down one starter. He did catch both of his targets, but Kelvin is a reserve most weeks.

WR Trey Quinn, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (4 targets) - Quinn was basically non-existent in this game with two catches. He was targeted four times, but all his opportunities came on short passes. Aside from the one deep shot where he was terribly overthrown. The offense went in the tank once it was taken over by Dwayne Haskins.

TE Vernon Davis, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (4 targets) - Vernon Davis was targeted four times in this game but only managed one catch for five yards. Case missed him for a touchdown in the redzone that would have made his final stat line a little more pleasing. He was held in check for the third consecutive week.

QB Daniel Jones, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 31 - 225 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 33 - 0 - Jones was solid in his second start, albeit against a weak defense. He was on time on third down, mainly to Sterling Shepard, and he was also good at recognizing the blitz and quickly getting the ball out. Jones had a great sense of when to break the pocket on third down and use his athleticism to get the first down with his legs. His touchdown pass came on a walk-in easy short pass to Wayne Gallman, although pass interference was committed in the end zone on Rhett Ellison on another drive that was capped by a Gallman run instead. Jones underthrew a deep ball that was almost picked and another underthrow was picked by Quinton Dunbar right after he peeled off of his man to pick Jones, accounting for the two interceptions thrown by the rookie. The game was out of hand by the second half and Jones didn't have to push the ball downfield, which capped his fantasy production. There was a long gain to Gallman left on the field when the ball was slightly overthrown.

RB Wayne Gallman, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 63 - 1, Rec: 6 - 55 - 1 (7 targets) - Gallman was more effective as a receiver than as a runner, breaking tackles and running with a good burst in space. He ran the ball with urgency and did hit the hole hard, but couldn't push the pile and was clunky in his transitions. Gallman's hands and adjustments as a receiver were excellent and he could have had one more big gain if Jones was a little more accurate in the second half. His best run came when Washington vacated half of the field and he almost scored, but otherwise he didn't have much success as a runner. He fumbled as the team was running out the clock late in the fourth quarter.

RB Jon Hilliman, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 33 - 0 - Hilliman was better between the tackles than Wayne Gallman, getting north south and gaining yards after contact, and making sharp moves to hit holes and find cutback lanes. He was mostly successful as a runner, but didn't see much action after he fumbled close to the Washington goal line.

WR Sterling Shepard, 70 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 23 - 0, Rec: 7 - 76 - 0 (9 targets) - Shepard was getting out at will with good releases out the slot, and came through on an early fourth down on a drive that set the tone for the game. He got a big gain on an end around and was Daniel Jones primary target on third down, usually with good results. He had a good sense of where the first down marker was and should continue to be a primary read even after Golden Tate returns. Shepard even broke a tackle to get extra yards on a slant.

WR Darius Slayton, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets) - Slayton wasn't a frequent target and didn't get any play in the deep passing game.

WR Cody Latimer, 27 offensive snaps - Latimer had a long gain on a crossing pattern nullified when he was called for pass interference after running into and pushing the defender covering him in his route stem.

TE Evan Engram, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 54 - 0 (7 targets) - Engram's speed and strength stood out on his long gain after a crossing pattern, but Daniel Jones was too high on Engram's end zone target and Engram didn't really get a chance to show off his gifts very often because the win was comfortable and the Giants didn't lean on the passing game.

TE Rhett Ellison, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (4 targets) - Ellison got the first target of the game and in general played a larger part in the game than expected. He did have the game clinching reception that included a broken tackle and drew pass interference in the end zone, but wasn't much of a factor in the game.


Philadelphia Eagles 34, Green Bay Packers 27

What you need to know

Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles run game was the focal point, controlling the game at the line of scrimmage on offense for most of the critical road win. Carson Wentz missed a handful of throws but was sharp on intermediate throws, especially in the red zone. While Miles Sanders flashed with a long kickoff return and splash offensive plays, Jordan Howard was the sustaining element of the Eagles offense, winning against contact and seeing the bulk of the red zone work. DeSean Jackson remained out of the lineup this week, but Alshon Jeffery’s return was a key boost to the passing game struggling in previous weeks.

Green Bay Packers - The Green Bay Packers lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-27 to drop their record to 3-1 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 53 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns with on interception. Rodgers also rushed five times for 46 yards. Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Jamaal Williams was injured on his only reception of the game, which went for zero yards. Davante Adams got back on track, catching 10 passes for 180 yards and Marquez Valdes-Scalding caught three passes for 47 yards. Geronimo Allison caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

QB Carson Wentz, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 27 - 160 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 13 - 0 - Wentz played a clean game of no turnovers in the road win over the Packers. The Eagles offense won in the trenches with an outstanding run game resulting in Wentz’s role being more of a game manager than an overt playmaker. Wentz’s best throws came on slant routes and in the red zone, namely to Dallas Goedert and Alshon Jeffery. Also, Wentz added two third-down sneak conversions as a runner. Wentz’s missed connections included two early throws to Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz, both high of the mark, and a wide-open Alshon Jeffery on a key mid-fourth quarter third-down play which could have prevented the Packers from getting a final drive to attempt to tie the game.

RB Jordan Howard, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 87 - 2, Rec: 3 - 28 - 1 (4 targets) - While Miles Sanders has been the buzz player in the opening weeks to see more touches in the Eagles backfield, Week 4 saw Howard the impact player and a key element to the team’s road win over the Packers. The Eagles offensive line was arguably the MVP of the game, controlling the Packers front on most rushing attempts, but Howard did his part especially against contact. Howard’s two touchdowns came from short range, both of which he got the team down to the goal line with impressive runs. Howard also added a split-out screen reception and then a wheel route touchdown where he was lost by the Packers coverage. Howard took a big hit on a swing route target in the mid-fourth and was slow to the sidelines. Howard’s 18 touches were by far a season high.

RB Miles Sanders, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 72 - 0 - Sanders was a secondary headliner of the Eagles backfield compared to Jordan Howard against the Eagles. However, Sanders ignited the Eagles from a 10-point early deficit with a long kickoff return into Packers territory. Sanders exhibited strong cuts on numerous occasions with smooth acceleration and the ability to throttle down when needed. Sanders exploited a huge hole for 30 yards on his biggest run of the game and greatly benefitted, as did Jordan Howard, from a dominant performance by the Eagles offensive line. With Darren Sproles barely seeing the field, it was a firm committee between Sanders and Howard against the Packers.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 38 - 1 (9 targets) - Jeffery returned to the Eagles lineup against the Packers with DeSean Jackson still notably out with injury. Jeffery did not see a target until the second quarter but led the team with 33% of the targets for the game overall. Jeffery had an up-and-down game in his return and the connection with Carson Wentz was hit-and-miss. Jeffery dropped a slant after a wide-open touchdown on the same route earlier in the first half. Jeffery also had two contested targets tipped away by defenders. With a chance to ice the game in the closing minutes, a third-down out route by Jeffery was missed due to an inaccurate Carson Wentz throw.

TE Zach Ertz, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 65 - 0 (8 targets) - Ertz was held out of the end zone for the fourth straight game to begin the season, now spanning 24 receptions without a score. Ertz collected a sturdy eight targets, second to Alshon Jeffery, who returned from injury against the Packers. Out routes were the most common completion for Ertz, one on third down and another producing a chunk play featuring yards after the catch. Ertz’s lone missed opportunity came on a difficult high throw in a contested situation on an early-game third down.

TE Dallas Goedert, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 1 (3 targets) - Goedert has had a minimal role in the Eagles offense through four games, but Goedert was back to full health against the Packers and converted his two key receptions. One was a red zone screen for 10+ yards. Another was Goedert winning as a split-out receiver against a defensive back on a slant route with ease for a goal-line touchdown. While the targets have been minimal to-date, Goedert’s ability to create mismatches and be a red zone weapon were prevalent this week.

QB Aaron Rodgers, 81 offensive snaps, Pass: 34 - 53 - 422 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 46 - 0 - Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 53 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also led the Packers in rushing yards, gaining 46 yards on five carries. It was not the most efficient game given the standards that Rodgers has created for himself, but it was the second most attempts, completions and yards for Rodgers over the last three seasons. Rodgers could have had an even bigger game, but he was robbed of a touchdown when a 58 yard catch and run by Adams was stopped on a diving tackle at the Eagles seven yard line. That extra touchdown would have really made Rodgers fantasy stats look good, but it was nice to see that Rodgers can still put up numbers when the chance at a shootout presents itself. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 19 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and dropped back facing zone coverage by the Eagles. Rodgers looked as though he was going to take off and run, which froze an Eagles defender that was dropping back to the goal line in the middle of the field. As soon as that defender started to move towards him, Rodgers threw a pass on the run to Allison that was perfectly on target. The manipulation of that one defender by Rodgers was artistic, as had he stayed in the pocket, Rodgers would not have had the right angle to throw to Allison, and he would have had a tough time throwing a pass that would have had to go over the shallow defender to Allison, but under the Eagles defenders that were behind his receiver. Rodgers second touchdown pass of the night came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 14 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after his drop back was faced with a pocket that was collapsing, as well as an Eagles defender that was running unimpeded through the line. Rodgers took off to the right and then immediately threw on the run. He led tight end Jimmy Graham perfectly, as Graham had started on the inside right slot position and then run a shallow out pattern directly to the sideline. When Graham saw his defender taking a terrible angle towards him he broke up-field, which allowed Rodgers to lead him to the end zone for an easy touchdown catch. While neither of these touchdowns looked terribly difficult, Rodgers was able to create the edge that made the plays look easy. Rodgers only interception came on the last offensive play of the game for the Packers. Rodgers threw a slant to the inside right slot receiver (Valdes-Scalding), but the ball bounced off of Valdes-Scalding’s hand and was intercepted in the red zone. I question whether the ball should have been thrown to Davante Adams, however we will revisit that later in this column.

RB Aaron Jones, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 21 - 1, Rec: 6 - 37 - 0 (7 targets) - Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 21 yards and one touchdown and caught six passes for 37 yards on seven targets. Over the past two games, Jones has rushed 23 times for 40 yards, which has been a result of the Packers lack of rushing him in advantageous situations like second or third and short. It was kind of like watching the same play over and over again as Jones was given nine carries on first down that went for 11 total yards. The Eagles defensive line played very well and consistently stopped Jones at or behind the line of scrimmage. The silver lining in Jones production has been his touchdown output, as he’s scored four times over the past three weeks. Jamaal Williams was injured on the first play of the game and Dexter Williams was inactive, so it will be interesting to see if Jones continues to see so much work in the backfield, or if Matt LaFleur will spell him. Jones did contribute six catches for 37 yards, which really saved his day from a fantasy perspective, but he was not much of a factor throughout the game. After averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 192 rushes in his first two seasons, Jones is averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 59 rushes this season. LaFleur brought a track record of having productive running backs under his tutelage, but if he keeps up with the vanilla play calling, Jones’ impressive talent won’t matter much against defenses who can easily scheme to stop him.

RB Jamaal Williams, 1 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets) - Jamaal Williams caught one pass for zero yards after being injured on the first play from scrimmage for the Packers. Williams was hit with a nasty helmet to helmet tackle that resulted in him being carted off the field. He posted to social media that he was released from the hospital and has avoided serious injury, but the third year back will still miss some games while the Packers keep a close eye on his recovery. Dexter Williams will be the next man up but will need to adjust quickly after the Packers made him inactive for non-injury related reasons this past week.

WR Davante Adams, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 180 - 0 (15 targets) - Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 180 yards on 15 targets in the Packers loss to the Eagles. From the catches to the yards to the targets, this was the type of production that we expected from Adams when he was touted as a first round pick this year, and a player many expected to be the #1 wide receiver comes years end. Adams really could have put an exclamation point on this performance with a touchdown, but he was caught on the back of the leg on a desperation tackle during a 58 yard catch and run. The play was a simple go-route where Rodgers threw the ball out in front of Adams and he was able to run right by his defender and not be touched until he went down at the Eagle seven yard line. Adams also had a 40 yard catch, and was able to draw three pass interference penalties against the Eagles secondary. The majority of Adams catches were in the short and intermediate passing game, where he excels by creating separation through his strength and route-running chops. While Adams had a monster game and that is what we should be talking about, I find myself talking more about the final play of the game where Adams should have been targeted instead of the tall but slight Valdes-Scalding. We are talking about the only wide receiver in the NFL with 10+ touchdowns in the last three seasons (37 total). Adams has yet to have a touchdown catch this season and was only targeted twice in the red zone over the first three weeks. He did have four red zone targets against the Eagles and did not score, however I would rather play the numbers and think Adams would be successful than point to that as a reason not to target him on the most important play of the game. The play call was a slant to the outside receiver where you know the Eagles are going to be crowded across the goal line in the short field. Essentially, that is why you have Adams, and he has more than proven himself capable of making big plays when it matters most, especially on a night where he was feasting on the Eagles banged up secondary. The Packers have been committed to the running game but now find themselves with some real depth problems, so Adams could see even more targets as a possession receiver moving forward.

WR Geronimo Allison, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 3 - 52 - 1 (4 targets) - Geronimo Allison caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown on four targets in the Packers loss to the Eagles. Allison did a lot of his damage, including his touchdown catch, on the final drive of the first half with the Packers in hurry up mode. Allison’s touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 19 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and dropped back facing zone coverage with the Eagles linebackers dropping back into the intermediate passing zone. Rodgers looked as though he was going to take off and run, which froze an Eagles defender that was dropping back to the goal line in the middle of the field. As soon as that defender started to move towards him, Rodgers threw a pass on the run to Allison that was perfectly on target. Allison jumped up and made a routine catch that the Eagles had no chance of stopping. Through four games, Allison has eight catches on 11 targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns. The stats are not encouraging from a per game perspective, but Allison is catching a solid number of his targets and his two touchdown receptions are tied for most on the team.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (7 targets) - Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught three passes for 47 yards on seven targets in the Packers loss to the Eagles. Valdes-Scalding failed to make much of an impact despite the fact that Rodgers threw the ball 53 times and the Eagles secondary was at less than full strength. Valdes-Scantling was called for offensive pass interference, a play that forced the Packers into a first and 20 situation from their own 14 yard line. It was also Valdes-Scantling who had the ball bounce off his hands and get intercepted on the Packers last offensive play of the game, where they were driving to tie the game up. Was it a catchable ball? Of course, Rodgers threw it. However, Valdes-Scantling is not wholly to blame, as the play-call was a slant where he and the outside receiver cross paths. The outside receiver—instead of crossing directly in front of Valdes-Scantling—crossed directly in his path, forcing him to cut back and then up the field into his slant pattern.

TE Jimmy Graham, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 61 - 1 (9 targets) - Jimmy Graham caught six passes on seven targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Packers loss to the Eagles. After missing most of the last two weeks with an injury, Graham had his most productive game of the season, coming in behind only Adams in catches, yards and targets. Graham’s touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and 10 from the Eagles 14 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after his drop back was faced with a pocket that was collapsing as well as an Eagles defender flying through the line unblocked. Rodgers took off to the right and then immediately threw on the run. He led tight Graham perfectly, as Graham had started on the inside right slot position and then run a shallow out pattern directly to the sideline. Graham gets some credit for creating this play, as when he saw his defender taking a bad angle towards him he broke off his route and ran up-field, similar to how a wheel route would play out. This allowed Rodgers to lead him to the end zone for an easy touchdown catch. Much has been made about the lack of chemistry between Rodgers and Graham, which should have eased a bit after this play, but Graham did not do himself any favors when he was unable to come down with two redzone targets from the one yard line. One of those plays looked really bad for Graham, as he turned around as Rodgers was throwing him the ball and never had a chance to make the reception. It is the type of play that gives a tight end an easy touchdown, but that is assuming the quarterback and tight end are on the same page, which cannot be said for Graham and Rodgers at this juncture.


Los Angeles Chargers 30, Miami Dolphins 10

What you need to know

Los Angeles Chargers - The Chargers entered the game missing Justin Jackson, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin, Hunter Henry, and Virgil Green due to injury. So a lot of players who don't normally get much playing time ended up playing critical roles. During the course of the game, they also lost two of those replacements, Dontrelle Inman and Sean Culkin, to injuries of their own. The Chargers don't have a bye until Week 12, so they will continue to lean on depth to fill out their starting lineup over the next several weeks. On the plus side, they did welcome back RB Melvin Gordon this week. He didn't see the field at all, but he should be moving into a somewhat regular role going forward.

Philip Rivers may have been missing several of his top weapons, but he didn't let it affect him. He was wildly efficient, completing 80% of his pass attempts for over ten yards per pass. He played a basically flawless game, showing that he is by far the most important player on the Charger offense.

Austin Ekeler has dominated the backfield touches to this point in the season, and with Justin Jackson missing this game with injury that trend continued this week. Troymaine Pope did see 12 touches to Ekeler's 23, but Ekeler was by far the more effective runner. With Melvin Gordon's holdout coming to an end this week, it will be interesting to see how the Chargers split the backfield touches the rest of the way.

Miami Dolphins - Despite the final score, there are still some positive things the Dolphins can take away from this game. They held their first lead of the season when they held the Chargers to a field goal on the first drive and then scored a touchdown on theirs, and the defense managed to keep the game tied until late in the 2nd quarter before giving up 20 unanswered points. Josh Rosen is looking like the better option at quarterback, but the offensive line continues to not be able to stop anyone. They gave up 5 sacks for a loss of 19 yards, and Rosen was under pressure all game. DeVante Parker made up for his dropped touchdown earlier in the year and Preston Williams continues to emerge as a quiet producer for this team. The rushing attack failed to produce more than 100 yards again this week and will continue to be one of the weakest points of this team. Miami will limp into their bye week at 0-4 before squaring off with an equally disappointing Washington team in week 6.

QB Philip Rivers, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 30 - 310 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0 - There are times when a stat line doesn't tell the whole story about a player's game, either for better or for worse. In this game, Rivers' stat line is exactly indicative of just how well he played. It started with his offensive line giving him a ton of time on nearly every single dropback, but Rivers himself made a lot happen. He completed 80% of his passes and averaged over 10 yards per attempt, while finding the end zone twice and never coming close to throwing an interception. It was, essentially, a perfect game. He was missing a bunch of weapons from the offensive skill spots, but didn't really miss a beat. Instead of focusing it on a handful of targets, he really spread the wealth around by completing passes to nine different players. He made a perfect pass in traffic early on to TE Lance Kendricks down the seam for 24 yards, demonstrating his precision. One aspect of his game that isn't seen much is his ability to buy time in the pocket. But he did exactly that on a rollout to his left, with defenders coming up in the pocket to defend him. But just at the last second, he flipped it back across his body to Troymaine Pope who took off for the end one untouched. Rivers' second touchdown of the half came late in the second quarter. He found Ekeler in the flat in stride, and Ekeler did the rest by shooting up the left sideline and into the end zone virtually untouched. In the second half, it was more of the same for Rivers. He spread the ball around, dropping it into tight spaces when needed and continuing to get loads of time to let plays develop and allow routes to be fully run. Rivers nearly added a third touchdown pass on a floater over the defense to TE Sean Culkin. But Culkin hurt his Achilles while leaping for the ball, and stumbled down before he could get the rest of the way into the end zone. About the only blemish on Rivers' afternoon was a fumbled snap that ended up getting recovered by the Chargers anyway.

RB Austin Ekeler, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 60 - 1, Rec: 5 - 62 - 1 (5 targets) - Troymaine Pope was listed as the de facto starter, but it was Ekeler who got the first carry of the game. He had a tough time in the early going as the Dolphins did a nice job of cutting off the edge repeatedly, but Ekeler finally started to get things going late in the first half. As usual, he consistently fell forward on his rushing attempts, and he was busy in the passing game too. On one of those, he snagged a swing pass from Rivers and shot up the left sideline for the easy score. In the second half, a crossing route resulted in another big gain. The key was the play of the offensive line in giving Rivers time to wait for these plays to develop. The line also played a key role in Ekeler's second touchdown of the game. He took a handoff out of shotgun from Rivers and plunged in for the score, featuring some excellent line blocking up front. Ekeler is the only player who has carried the ball inside the 5-yard line for the Chargers this season, but that will likely change next week with the return of Melvin Gordon. The return of Gordon is likely to affect how many touches Ekeler sees in total, but he has been extremely impressive in his own right and has likely earned at least a decent share of the backfield work. He has proven adept at short yardage work as well as passing game work, and his strength is very underrated. On one play in particular, a swarm of Dolphins attempted a gang tackle and Ekeler still gained two yards on the play. A 2-yard run isn't impressive in and of itself, but it's the fact that it went for two positive yards rather than a loss of 3-4 yards that was the most impressive aspect. He almost never goes down on first contact or gets knocked backwards.

RB Troymaine Pope, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 20 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 1 (2 targets) - With Justin Jackson injured and inactive for this game and Melvin Gordon being held back for an "emergency situation" only, Pope was in line for a lot more work than usual. Pope was listed as the starting tailback, but he was clearly the second option behind Austin Ekeler in this game. He saw 12 touches in the game, but those touches didn't result in very much effectiveness. His first carry on the opening drive went for 8 yards, but that was by far his longest run of the game. His other nine rushing attempts totaled just 12 yards. He just didn't show that same burst or strength as Ekeler in this game (or Jackson in previous weeks). Pope was the beneficiary of being in the right place in the right time late in the first quarter, however. Rivers was buying time by rolling out to his left. And with the defense all jumping up to defend Rivers, it left Pope wide open a few yards away. Rivers flipped him the ball, Pope turned upfield, and outran the handful of defenders to go into the end zone untouched for the score.

RB Derek Watt, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets) - Watt's role is typically reduced to surprise short yardage specialist. But while he didn't see a handoff in this game, he did snag a checkdown pass in the flat with nothing but open space in front of him. He rumbled downfield for a big 21-yard gain and added 15 more yards after a personal foul penalty for the huge gain overall.

RB Melvin Gordon - Gordon's holdout ended this week when he reported to the team and was activated for this game, but with the Chargers building a big lead early on he never got any game action. His role is a bit unclear, but he should be in line to get work starting next week.

WR Keenan Allen, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (6 targets) - The Chargers were without a number of key contributors on offense coming into this game. That could have meant that the team would feed Allen more than usual. But it could also mean that the defense would key on him more than anyone else. This story line turned out to be the latter. Allen saw just six targets the entire game. Four different Chargers caught passes on the opening drive, but Allen didn't see a single one. His first touch was actually a handoff to the right side, so the team was at least trying to get him involved. He did manage to turn in some key receptions, including a huge third down conversion over the middle where he leapt high in the air to convert it. And another one picking up 20 yards on a 2nd and 21 in the second half where hf found a soft spot in the zone with four Miami defenders in the area. Allen nearly scored on a dumpoff in the flat, but two defenders managed to force him out at the 2-yard line before he could get in. Allen's biggest play of the game was one that didn't actually count. He snagged a wide open 69-yard touchdown reception up the right side, but part of the reason he was so wide open is because he was whistled for offensive pass interference on the play, negating the score. Replays show it may have been a bit of a dubious call, although there certainly was contact made on the play.

WR Dontrelle Inman, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 76 - 0 (7 targets) - Inman was re-signed by the Chargers this summer precisely for games like this one. The team was without both Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin in the WR stable, as well as Hunter Henry and Virgil Green in the tight end group. And RB Melvin Gordon only recently ended his holdout and reported to the team, but he missed this game. Enter Inman, who is very familiar with the Chargers' offensive scheme and obviously has lots of rapport with Philip Rivers from Inman's previous stint as a San Diego Charger. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt mentioned that Inman would have a big role, and he didn't disappoint. He stepped into a starting role in this game and didn't miss a beat, leading the team in receiving yardage and targets while tying for the team lead in receptions. He made a quick snag over the middle for 16 yards on the opening drive. Inman was all over the field for the Chargers, and while it may be high praise he very much looked like Keenan Allen on several plays. He showed excellent body control on a third down conversion from the shadow of their own end zone, leaning into the defender to screen him out on a back shoulder fade. Another back shoulder catch on the sideline added a big gain later. He showed excellent timing with Rivers, running crisp routes, and demonstrating solid hands. Perhaps his best catch of the game was a tough grab in traffic with a defender hanging all over him (defensive pass interference was called, but the Chargers declined and took the play). But Inman came up limping after the play. He started to walk off, but then dropped to a knee and stayed on the ground. He came out of the game, and it was later reported as a quad injury.

WR Andre Patton, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (4 targets) - The recently-active Patton picked up a huge first down late in the first half with the Chargers driving downfield to take the lead following a missed field goal by Miami. He did see a handful of targets overall, but with so many key players missing, the Chargers really attacked this game with quantity over quality so no one player really dominated receptions.

WR Geremy Davis, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (2 targets) - With so many offensive players missing this game due to injury, Davis got more work than usual. He caught both of his targets, but the team really spread the wealth around amongst its depth. He went low to snag a crossing route on an early 6-yard reception, then made a longer catch downfield to get close to a first down.

TE Lance Kendricks, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (3 targets) - Kendricks looked solid early on, picking up a big chunk for 24 yards on the opening drive. He found space in the zone and got open down the seam, adding another catch later in the half by shielding the defender with his body to pick up a key third down conversion. As the game went along and more of the Chargers depth got involved, Kendricks was phased out a bit and the wealth was very much spread around.

TE Sean Culkin, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - With both Hunter Henry and Virgil Green inactive for the game due to injury, it was Culkin's best chance to get significant playing time. He didn't register a catch until late in the contest, and it turned out to be quite costly. He fell down while coming down with a reception inside the 5-yard line. He probably should have scored on the play, but he stumbled as he braced himself for the jump. Culkin did come down with the pass, tried to get up, and then quickly found himself on the ground again. He was removed from the game, and it was later reported that he will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles.

QB Josh Rosen, 52 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 24 - 180 - 1 TD / 1 INT - Miami has continued its historically bad start to the season, but Rosen seems to be doing everything he can to turn that around. It would be considered a rocky start by just about any other quarterback in the league, but Rosen led Miami to one of its best games so far this season. He completed a long 34-yard touchdown to DeVante Parker on the outside. Parker ran a simple go route and beat the corner who tried to jump the route of the running back in the flat. It was an easy throw and catch as there was not a defender within 10 yards of Parker. Rosen also completed a 25-yard pass to Preston Williams that was tipped by one of their own players first to setup the touchdown play. Rosen tried to take a deep shot to Williams in the 4th quarter when they were playing catch up and had it intercepted. Rosen made a poor throw to Williams that would have carried him out of bounds and not been completed even if it had not been jumped underneath for the interception. Rosen was sacked 4 times for a loss of 18 yards and was not credited for a single running play this week. He will have his chance against a very porous Washington secondary in week 6.

RB Kenyan Drake, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 44 - 0, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (5 targets) - It is going to be difficult for Drake to get anything going this year with Miami constantly playing from behind. He had 12 combined touches this week for 73 yards, but that is not enough volume to get anything going. Drake had 9 carries to 6 for Mark Walton and 2 for Kalen Ballage. Miami ran the ball 18 times total for just 72 yards and no one sticks out as the head of the back field. Drake has the job in title only but looks to be challenged by Walton this week. He had a nice 10-yard burst for his longest rush of the day, but Miami was not willing to commit to the run even when the game was close. Drake chipped in 3 catches on 5 targets this week and continues to show he is the most versatile back in the backfield. He snuck out into the flat and ran down the sideline for 19 yards on a 3rd down play, but it was not enough. Drake put the ball on the ground again this week but was fortunate to not lose the fumble. With his problems of holding on to the ball and Miami playing from behind, Drake may lose even more of his carries to Walton and Ballage.

RB Mark Walton, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 23 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (2 targets) - It is safe to say the run game was not working for Miami again this week, but Walton had a surprising number of carries. He sat only 3 behind Drake and even saw a fair amount of play on traditional passing downs. Walton hauled in both of his targets and had the longest play on the ground for Miami with his 11-yard scamper. Walton has just 10 total carries through 4 games, but someone has to carry the ball for them. It will be interesting to see how much the team starts to move away from Drake in the coming weeks and if Walton is the next man up.

WR Preston Williams, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (7 targets) - Another week and another quietly productive day for Williams. He caught 4 of his 7 targets and was even given the chance on a trick play to throw the ball this week before being sacked for a loss of a yard. Williams got lucky on his 25-yard reception this week. There were multiple Miami receivers in the same area, and it was difficult to tell who the ball was intended for. The pass ended up being tipped by another receiver and fell into the lap of Williams who had fallen to the ground when he tried to change direction. It was his biggest play of the game and accounted for a little more than half of his total yardage this week. Williams is pushing Parker for top receiver on the team and has been one of the lone bright spots for this offense.

WR DeVante Parker, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 70 - 1 (4 targets) - It has been a very up and down career for Parker in Miami and this week just happened to be one of those ups. Parker caught all 4 of his targets and just the second touchdown of the season for the Dolphins. After dropping what should have been an easy touchdown last week, Parker burned past his man this week for a 34-yard touchdown down the right sideline. The corner got caught trying to jump the underneath route by the running back and Parker had a clear path to the end zone without a defender within 10 yards of him. Parker outpaced Preston Williams in yards this week and was the best player on the team. Someone has to catch the ball when it isn’t being thrown to the other team and it will be a toss up each week between Parker and Williams as to who sees the most volume.

WR Jakeem Grant, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets) - It has been a long season already for Grant in the offense. He continues to handle the kick and punt return duties, but they do not utilize his speed in the offense. He was targeted a single time and caught the ball for 6 yards. Grant was also given the ball on a jet sweep and was tackled in the back field for a loss of 2 yards. That is not enough touches for a player that can break a big play any time he touches the ball. Rosen does not have much time to throw the ball but could easily complete a quick slant or even screen to Grant and just see what he can make happen with his legs. This offense has no identity right now and Grant is no more than a glorified return man at the moment.

TE Mike Gesicki, 26 offensive snaps - Gesicki was blanked by the Chargers this week and he seems to have lost all value in the offense. The lone target that came his way bounced off of his hands and luckily fell to Preston Williams who was on the ground. Similar to Grant, Gesicki is not being featured in the offense as they struggle in every aspect right now. Gesicki is a big and athletic tight end that should be making plays all over the field but is seeing his talent wasted in Miami.


Cincinnati Bengals 3, Pittsburgh Steelers 27

What you need to know

Cincinnati Bengals - -Andy Dalton took a career-high 8 sacks behind an embarrassingly bad offensive line. -Joe Mixon took on a workhorse role but there isn’t much meat on the bone for fantasy purposes when sacks are constantly putting the offense in unmanageable downs and distances. -Dalton spread the ball around with six different Bengals seeing either five or six targets. -John Ross left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury and had his arm in a sling after the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers - Coming into Week 4 the Steelers were 0-3 and don't have a first-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick. If that wasn't enough pressure, if the Steelers could pull this game out, they could realistically have a chance to stay competitive in the AFC North with another divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. To say this was a must win for the Steelers would have been putting it lightly. The first quarter of the game started similarly to the Steelers first start against the San Francisco 49ers. The Steelers were not moving the ball and there wasn't much room for the runners to work with. The first three drives finished with zero points to speak of, a fumble and turning the ball over on downs. Towards the end of the second quarter the Steelers finally found their footing. They began to run downhill aggressively at the Bengals and were picking up chunk plays. During the entire second half there was only one drive where the Steelers failed to score.

At the end of the night the Steelers are 1-3 and heading into Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to be at the top of the division with a second-year quarterback at the helm.

QB Andy Dalton, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 37 - 171 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0 - No quarterback could have succeeded behind a Bengals offensive line that struggled mightily. Still, Dalton didn’t handle the pressure well. He was understandably uncomfortable in the pocket but did a poor job of sensing pressure. The game started out with some promise. Dalton marched the team into Steelers territory on the opening drive with long completions to Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert but a blown blitz pickup led to a drive-killing sack. After a turnover by Pittsburgh, Dalton threw a perfect ball to Tyler Eifert in the corner of the end zone that Eifert dropped and the Bengals had to settle for a field goal. It would be their only points of the game. Facing a third and long late in the first quarter, Dalton was hit while releasing a pass in the di-rection of John Ross. It hit Joe Haden in the chest and should have been intercepted. The Bengals had their best drive of the game going, marching into the red zone and racking up 57 yards over five minutes of possession time before a blindside strip sack lost fumble. It’s hard to place too much blame on Dalton but maybe he should have sensed the pressure coming and at least turtled to protect the ball. It was that kind of day. Dalton was sacked eight times and took a few other big hits as well. In addition to the sacks, the line also had a number of costly penalties that put the offense in uncom-fortable downs and distances. Dalton’s interception came on 4th-and-long in garbage time. He threw it in the general direction of Tyler Eifert but there were multiple Steel-ers in the area.

RB Joe Mixon, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 62 - 0, Rec: 4 - 1 - 0 (5 targets) - Mixon played a season-high 61% of the snaps despite the Bengals trailing most of the game. His usage was actually encouraging, with 15 carries and 5 targets. He simply wasn’t able to get anything going as a receiver and didn’t get any goal line opportunities. The huge number of sacks made it impossible for Mixon to really get rolling. For example, he had four touches on the opening drive. The Bengals got into Pittsburgh territory and after a solid five-yard run by Mixon on first down, Dalton was sacked for a nine-yard loss and the drive promptly stalled out. It was that kind of day for Mixon and the Bengals offense. Mixon’s biggest highlight came on a beautiful blitz pickup where he demolished the blitzing defensive back to allow Dalton time to complete it for a nice gain to John Ross.

RB Giovani Bernard, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 4 - 16 - 0 (6 targets) - Even though the game script should have favored Bernard, he played a season-low 33% of the snaps. His only touch in the first three quarters came on the meaningless final play of the half. He took a screen pass for 12 yards but the Bengals were backed up deep and just let the clock run out. The rest of Bernard’s touches came in garbage time and were equally meaningless. He took a 3rd-and-19 screen pass for a modest nine yard gain on his other positive play.

WR Auden Tate, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (6 targets) - Tate was one of four Bengals tied for the team lead with six targets. He got a look in the end zone on a fade route but Joe Haden was step for step in coverage so Dalton threw it high and out of bounds. The next play, Tate caught a comeback route for a five-yard gain. He couldn’t break away from Haden after the catch and was pushed out of bounds at the 5-yard line. Tate made a sliding 15-yard grab over the middle in the two-minute drill before halftime. He also made an 8-yard catch on a quick slant from the slot when the Bengals spread it out with a five-wide alignment. Tate made a 23-yard catch on a post route, pin balling off of the first tackle attempt to stay on his feet for another five yards. He also drew a pair of pass interference penalties. The first came on a 3rd-and-long. The defensive back grabbed him out of his break on an out route near the sideline. He also drew a pass interference penalty on Joe Haden on a 4th-and-9. He had Haden fooled on a double move and Haden held him instead of letting him run free for what might have been a long touchdown catch. Overall, it was another positive performance for Tate who is going to get an extended look in the starting lineup with A.J. Green’s absence expected to drag out longer than expected.

WR Tyler Boyd, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (6 targets) - Boyd was one of four Bengals who tied for the team lead with six targets. He opened the game with an easy 15-yard catch and run on a quick crossing route over the middle. The slot corner blitzed, living Boyd all alone. Boyd picked up 13 on a deeper crossing route, holding on despite a big hit from Mike Hilton. It was a surprisingly quiet day for Boyd, especially considering the game script should have been favorable for him seeing more than just six targets.

WR John Ross, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (6 targets) - Ross made a sweet one-handed grab on a pass thrown slightly behind him over the middle for a 14-yard gain. He made an 11-yard catch on a comeback route look easy. The defensive back, respecting Ross’ speed, gave him a big cushion and Ross was able to come off the line with speed and then throw on the brakes for the out cut and create a ton of separation in the process. Ross made a nice contested catch for an 11-yard gain on an in route but left the game with a shoulder injury after being spun down on the tackle. He was spotted in a sling after the game and his status is very much in doubt for Week 5.

TE Tyler Eifert, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (5 targets) - Eifert was on the field for 67% of Dalton’s drop backs and was clearly one of the guys Cincinnati wanted to get the ball too. He was open on a fade route in the end zone but couldn’t quite haul in a well thrown pass from Dalton. It would have been a moderately high level of difficulty but was the type of ball Eifert usually has been able to come down with throughout his career. His biggest gain of the day came on a diving 13-yard grab over the middle.

QB Mason Rudolph, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 28 - 229 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -3 - 0 - It isn't always about the big flashy plays. Sometimes it is about letting your playmakers find their footing and allowing them to make plays and not being the reason, those players can't make plays. During most of the game Rudolph had handcuffs on. Passes being throw were all within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Late in the second half the short throws began going for large gains. The pass-rush wasn't getting to Rudolph and simple screen passes being taken for large gains. Rudolph's first touchdown of the game came on a screen pass to James Conner on a spring right. Rudolph was able to hit Conner in traffic and place the ball in a place where he could work after the catch. There wasn't much downfield throwing in this game, but Rudolph did take two deep shots downfield. The first was to Johnny Holton incomplete, but the second was for a touchdown to Diontae Johnson. Johnson was lost in the mix in coverage and Rudolph was able to hit him on a deep post. It wasn't a perfect throw as Rudolph almost overthrew Johnson, but it was just good enough.

RB Jaylen Samuels, 27 offensive snaps, Pass: 3 - 3 - 31 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 10 - 26 - 1, Rec: 8 - 57 - 0 (8 targets) - What a difference a week makes. Samuels went from having a 26% snap share in Week 3 to over 50% snap share in Week 4. Not only was Samuels on the field more often, but the Steelers rolled out the 'WILDCAT'. Samuels was being put in the shotgun for a direct snap and he would read the defense and decide if he would pull the ball down or run it himself. On top of the new Wildcat wrinkle being thrown into the Steelers offense, he also was productive as a runner and as a safety release. Ultimately, there was no highlight play standing out from Samuels performance. The highlight from Samuels' performance was his versatility. Samuels played the slot, was in at running back, and ran plays as a wildcat quarterback. Samuels is the swiss army knife of this offense.

RB James Conner, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 42 - 0, Rec: 8 - 83 - 1 (8 targets) - It isn't always about the big flashy plays. Sometimes it is about letting your playmakers find their footing and allowing them to make plays and not being the reason, those players can't make plays. During most of the game Rudolph had handcuffs on. Passes being throw were all within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Late in the second half the short throws began going for large gains. The pass-rush wasn't getting to Rudolph and simple screen passes being taken for large gains. Rudolph's first touchdown of the game came on a screen pass to James Conner on a spring right. Rudolph was able to hit Conner in traffic and place the ball in a place where he could work after the catch. There wasn't much downfield throwing in this game, but Rudolph did take two deep shots downfield. The first was to Johnny Holton incomplete, but the second was for a touchdown to Diontae Johnson. Johnson was lost in the mix in coverage and Rudolph was able to hit him on a deep post. It wasn't a perfect throw as Rudolph almost overthrew Johnson, but it was just good enough.

WR Diontae Johnson, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 77 - 1 (6 targets) - On his first catch of the first quarter on the first drive for the Steelers Diontae Johnson fumbled the ball when being brought to the ground. Video of the sidelines showed Johnson being spoken to by Smith-Schuster and one could only imagine Juju telling him to keep his confidence up and to be patient for his opportunity to make a big play for his team. Johnson didn't have to wait very long. Similar to how Antonio Brown was used last year, Johnson was being used as a multi-dimensional player who could be used on an end around for a big chunk play to catch an overly aggressive defense off balance or he can play in the deep game. In tonight's match-up against the Bengals Johnson was able to deliver one splash play. In the third quarter on a busted coverage Johnson was left alone on the deep left quadrant of the football field. No one was close to him. The ball was almost overthrown and Johnson didn't need to jump for the ball, but the catch was made and Johnson scored a redemption touchdown.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets) - Another quiet night for Smith-Schuster on the field. The Bengals throughout the night were putting their best defender on Smith-Schuster. While Smith-Schuster did not have a big receiving impact on the game, his impact was felt as a mentor to Diontae Johnson. On the first drive of the game, after Johnson fumbled the ball, Smith-Schuster went to Johnson and helped coach him through the turnover.