San Francisco 49ers 9, Washington Redskins 0
What you need to know
San Francisco 49ers
- As this game was played on what can only be described as a quagmire in the middle of a monsoon (though not quite a williwaw), it's difficult to draw many fantasy conclusions from the 49ers' performances. That's exacerbated by the fact that two of San Francisco's most fantasy viable players, Matt Breida
and Marquise Goodwin
, exited the game early due to possible concussions. If there's anything to take home besides the usual observations about Jimmy Garoppolo
's inaccuracy issues and George Kittle
's slow-but-sure assumption of Kyle Juszczyk
's role (in addition to his own), it's that Kyle Shanahan chose to use 11 personnel (i.e., one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) far more than he usually does; which is peculiar in its timing given the wind-driven sump his team in which his offense was playing.
- When playing in bad weather you must keep penalties and turnovers to a minimum.† Unfortunately, Washington was on the wrong end of both categories.† They also did a poor job executing on third downs which resulted in a uphill battle to win this game.† These categories have been a problem for Washington all year and makes it difficult to win.† In order to get some more positive outcomes, they will need to clean up the penalties and be better on third downs.† The defense played well enough to win but their offense couldn't get out of its own way.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 21 - 151 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 20 - 0 - Playing in a morass isn't conducive to fantasy output, but Garoppolo missed a couple of big opportunities nevertheless, mainly due to not adjusting properly for the wind. Going against the wind during the second and third quarter, Garoppolo a) floated a near-interception to George Kittle
across the middle; b) tossed a softball to Kendrick Bourne
on a quick slant that was also nearly intercepted; and c) threw an actual interception on an underthrown deep pass to Dante Pettis
, who was wide open. Perhaps then it was overcompensation for wind when, in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo underthrew another deep touchdown -- this time to Bourne -- despite having a stiff breeze at his back. All of the above said, Garoppolo did move the chains via the pass when the 49ers absolutely needed it (usually to Kittle). He also used his legs more than usual, running for two first downs, and performing a Houdini-like sack escape early in the second quarter.
RB Tevin Coleman
, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 62 - 0, Rec: 2 - -1 - 0 (2 targets) - For the first 55 minutes of game time, Coleman had been doing what he always does: Gaining what's blocked for him, and not a yard more. But then on San Francisco's final win-cementing drive, he made a couple of individual plays that essentially ended the game. On a 9-yard run with five minutes left, he made a nice jump-cut to the inside to elude a tackler at the line of scrimmage. Coleman also converted a crucial first down on outside zone to allow San Francisco to further bleed the clock. And on the final scrimmage play of the drive, Coleman used a bounce outside and a burst of speed to escape immediate penetration into the backfield. This eventual 6-yard gain made the 49ers' field goal attempt with less than a minute left a 28-yarder instead of more like 40; which was a significant difference given the field conditions.
RB Matt Breida
, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 35 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Breida started to get things going late in the first half, with a couple of nice cutbacks on outside zone for 20 total yards. Unfortunately, he wasn't used in the final 25 minutes of game time due to a possible concussion.
WR Kendrick Bourne
, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 69 - 0 (4 targets) - Bourne took over Marquise Goodwin
's role in the offense after Goodwin got hurt on San Francisco's first drive. This role was abundantly clear on Bourne's three receptions, as all three involved routes typically run by Goodwin. The first was a deep out route from the left slot that gained 28 yards against safety Landon Collins. Both of Bourne's other catches came on backside crossing routes, but the last one was the same play Goodwin scored a touchdwn on against Cincinnati in Week 2. Namely, Bourne motioned tight to the line as if he was going to block, then navigated through the sea of humanity while the backfield executed a play-action fake, and then found himself wide open deep downfield. It would have been a touchdown if not for the tempestuous conditions producing an underthrow by Jimmy Garoppolo
WR Richie James
, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 40 - 0 (1 targets) - James saw the field far more than usual, not because of Marquise Goodwin
's in-game injury, but instead because San Francisco used three wide receivers on significantly more snaps (51 percent) than they usually do (35 percent). He made the most of this opportunity, producing the 49ers' longest gain of the day, a 40-yarder that was 10 yards of catch and 30 yards of run. On the play, James faked an out route from the left slot, pivoting towards a wide-open middle. That soft spot in Washington's zone, coupled with a bad angle by safety Troy Apke made a long gain academic. It should also be noted that, in his usual job of primary punt returner, James nearly broke free on both of his opportunities.
WR Dante Pettis
, 59 offensive snaps (2 targets) - Given the playing conditions, it's no surprise that Pettis' only target of note was Jimmy Garoppolo
's third quarter interception. On the play, Pettis beat cornerback Quinton Dunbar deep with a beautiful double-move. Unfortunately, as is his wont, Pettis didn't attack the ball in the air. So when the wind knocked down Garoppolo's pass, safety Troy Apke was able to pick off the underthrow.
WR Marquise Goodwin
, 7 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Goodwin dropped a pass and then had to leave the game a few plays later due to a possible concussion -- all on San Francisco's first drive.
TE George Kittle
, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0, Rec: 3 - 38 - 0 (5 targets) - All three of Kittle's catches came on 3rd-and-long, and all three converted first downs. The latter two of these were especially crucial, as they extended both of San Francisco's fourth-quarter scoring drives. There wasn't much more receiving output available than that given the playing conditions. Perhaps that's why Kyle Shanahan introduced a new wrinkle in his Kittle usage; namely, handing the ball off to him? If anything, this just further confirms Kittle's taken over a good portion of the fullback role vacated by Kyle Juszczyk
QB Case Keenum
, 48 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 12 - 77 - 0 TD / 0 INT - Case Keenum
was in extreme game manager mode today with the harsh weather conditions.† Between the heavy rain and Bill Callahan's emphasis to "establish the run" Case only attempted twelve passes on the day.† He didn't even cross the hundred-yard mark as each of his nine completions were within ten yards.† Ball security was even more important in today's game as the weather conditions were extremely sloppy.† Therefore, Case was reluctant to take any chances and the play calling was just as conservative.† He got the Washington offense in scoring position on the opening, but the thirty-nine-yard field goal was missed.† †
RB Adrian Peterson
, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 81 - 0 - Adrian Peterson
was the focal point of today's offense as the weather brought made for a run-heavy attack.† Adrian had a decent day controlling the tempo offensively averaging four yards per carry.† He had twenty carries in this game and constantly showed off his special ability to make jump cuts even in the rainy conditions at FedEx field.† Several drives were stalled due to penalties or else he could have had an even bigger day.
RB Wendell Smallwood
, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 23 - 0, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets) - Wendell Smallwood
only received five carries in this game as he only came in to give Adrian a break.† He averaged almost five yards a carry with his opportunities, so he was effective.† He caught a screen pass that went for eighteen yards as well.† Ultimately, he wasn't a major part of the gameplan.
WR Trey Quinn
, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 30 - 0 (3 targets) - Trey Quinn
led the team in receiving yardage on just two receptions.† He broke a tackle and was able to gain additional yardage on one of his receptions which inflated his production.† The passing game wasn't a priority in this game, but Trey was able to give a minor contribution.†
WR Terry McLaurin
, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets) - Terry McLaurin
had one catch for eleven yards.† He was only targeted twice as the passing game was basically non-existent in the adverse weather conditions.
WR Paul Richardson
, 36 offensive snaps (1 targets) - Paul Richardson
did not record a catch for the second consecutive game.† He recorded one target versus San Francisco.
TE Jeremy Sprinkle
, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets) - Jeremy Sprinkle
tallied two catches for thirteen yards.† Washington's offense only attempted twelve passes in this game therefore making it very difficult to make an impact.
Minnesota Vikings 42, Detroit Lions 30
What you need to know
- It was a back and forth affair between the Vikings and the division rival Lions. The defense was unable to cover Marvin Jones
Jr and allowed all 4 touchdowns to the Detroit receiver. The offense was firing on all cylinders this week with Kirk Cousins
throwing for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, Dalvin Cook
rushing for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Stefon Diggs
having over 100 yards receiving. Adam Thielen
left in the 1st quarter after making a 25-yard touchdown catch with a hamstring injury and did not return. The Vikings had Bisi Johnson and Irv Smith
Jr step up in the offense to fill the void left by Thielen. Dalvin Cook
set a season high mark in rushing attempts and the defense was able to step up on the last drive with a game sealing interception. The Vikings move to 5-2 on the season and sit behind the division leading Packers. Minnesota will play host to Washington on Thursday night as Kirk Cousins
takes on his former team.
QB Kirk Cousins
, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 34 - 337 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - -3 - 0 - After a very disappointing start to the season, Cousins put together his 3rd straight 300 yard passing game and a second straight game with 4 touchdowns. There are a lot of things going right for the Vikings offense right now and one of the biggest changes has been the protection of Cousins. The offensive line did not allow a single sack this week and Cousins did not turn the ball over. He was intercepted in the end zone, but a defensive pass interference call overturned the turn over and the Vikings later punched it in for the score. Cousins first touchdown went to Adam Thielen
on a beautifully thrown 25-yard pass. Cousins saw the zone coverage after calling Thielen into motion and rolled left long enough for Thielen to come free in the back of the end zone. The second touchdown was a 1-yard score to Bisi Johnson where Cousins saw the man coverage by calling him into motion and knew the linebacker could not get across the formation in time to stop the 1-yard pass in the flat. It was an easy pitch and catch for the score. His third touchdown was a 5-yard pass in the flat to C.J Ham. The coverage rolled to the inside when the outside receiver ran a slant and Ham was able to slip underneath into the flat and outrun his linebacker in coverage for the score. The final touchdown was the first of the season to Kyle Rudolph
and went for 15 yards. Rudolph lined up in a bunch formation and made it look like he was blocking before he spun off his man and settled into the void in the zone coverage. Cousins made the easy throw and Rudolph did the rest of the work to get in the end zone. Cousins seems to have finally turned the corner on his season and will take on his former team at home on Thursday night.
RB Dalvin Cook
, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 25 - 142 - 2, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (2 targets) - The Vikings ended up needing every single yard from Cook as well as his 2 touchdowns this week. Cook was given a season high 25 carries this week and turned that into a 5.7 yards per carry average and his 5th 100-yard game of the season. He did not play a very big role in the passing game this week and caught 1 of his 2 targets for 7 yards. His first touchdown went for 8 yards off the left end. Cook took the hand off and powered his way into the end zone for the score. He followed a big clear out block by Irv Smith
and did not make contact with a defender until he got to the goal line. His second touchdown put the game out of reach for Detroit and came after a big 66-yard reception by Stefon Diggs
. Cook took the ball right up the middle of the defense and was stopped initially before bouncing off a defender and cutting to the outside for the score. He could have easily gone down and let more clock run but found another hole and put the Vikings up by 2 scores. Cook continues to be one of the best running backs in the NFL this season and will take on a soft Redskins run defense on Thursday night.
RB Alexander Mattison
, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 18 - 0 - It was not a great game for the rookie as he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry this week. The Vikings pushed the issue with Cook this week and only used Mattison when Cook needed a breather. His longest run went for 9 yards and he did not see a single target in the passing game. This is the type of ebbs and flows you expect to see from a rookie back who is playing behind one of the best running backs in the NFL this season. Mattison will have better games, but the Vikings wanted to rely on Cook this week in a very back and forth affair.
RB C.J. Ham
, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 1 (1 targets) - After all the jokes about Cousins checking the ball down to Ham in the first several weeks of the season, one of those passes finally paid off. It was a 5-yard pass on the opening drive of the second half that went for the score. Ham leaked into the flat while everyone else bunched in the middle. The play action to Dalvin Cook
got the linebacker to bite and Ham simply outran everyone to the edge and for the easy score. He chipped in a single carry for 9 yards and a first down as well this week,
WR Stefon Diggs
, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 142 - 0 (8 targets) - All of the frustration felt by Diggs by lack of production in the offense seems to have melted away in the past 2 weeks. Diggs has caught 14 passes for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 2 weeks. Diggs caught a long 66-yard pass from Cousins deep down the right side and was tackled at the Detroit 4-yard line. This setup Dalvin Cook
ís second touchdown of the game and put the nail in the coffin for the Lions. Diggs also chipped in a ling 27-yard catch and run across the middle of the field to setup their second touchdown of the game. While the stat line looks great for Diggs this week there were a few issues hidden behind the monster yardage. He fumbled a 10-yard reception that was thankfully jumped on by Alexander Mattison
and he dropped what would have been a touchdown catch that went straight through his out stretched hands in the end zone. Diggs normally comes up with those catches and seemed to just lose concentration on the ball as it came down. This was his only missed reception of the game, but it would have gone for a long touchdown had he caught it. If Adam Thielen
is out next week with a hamstring injury, Diggs will see the greatest bump in targets again against the Redskins.
WR Olabisi Johnson
, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 1 (8 targets) - The Vikings have been without a 3rd receiver for much of the season and have watched guys either get hurt or be ineffective. Enter Johnson this week who stepped up after Thielen left the game early due to a hamstring injury. Johnson caught 4 of his 8 targets and capped off a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown catch. Johnson started on the right side of the field and ran his route behind the line of scrimmage. Cousins knew they were in man coverage and the linebacker had no chance to get across the field and make any sort of play. Johnson flared out into the flat and caught the easy 1-yard touchdown for the first score of his career. He added a long 19-yard catch as well and has been a productive 7th round pick for the Vikings.
WR Adam Thielen
, 9 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 25 - 1 (2 targets) - Everything was looking good this week for Thielen and Cousins. They were coming off back to back good games and started this week off with a 25-yard touchdown connection. Unfortunately, Thielen was injured on the play and did not return to the game. It has been ruled a hamstring injury and could hamper him for the next few weeks. Thielen ran a deep drag route after coming all the way across the field in motion for Cousins to check the defensive coverage. Cousins saw it was zone coverage and rolled to his left long enough for Thielen to beat his man and catch the ball in the back of the end zone. Thielen got 2 feet down and injured his leg as he was sliding out of the back of the end zone. No timetable has been set on the injury, but this was his last play of the game this week.
TE Irv Smith
, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 60 - 0 (6 targets) - When Adam Thielen
went down with injury there was instantly more targets to go around in the offense and the Vikings needed someone to step up. Bisi Johnson did his part with 4 catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, but they needed more. Enter rookie Irv Smith
who finished second on the team in receiving this week. Smith caught 5 of his 6 targets for 60 yards and helped the Vikings keep pace with the Detroit offense. He may not have found the end zone, but he helped extend drives and showed the offensive prowess that led to his high draft pick. Smith will continue to push Rudolph for playing time the rest of the season and has already surpassed him in yardage. Look for Smith to get his first career touchdown in the coming weeks as he plays a bigger role in the offense.
TE Kyle Rudolph
, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 58 - 1 (6 targets) - It may have taken 7 weeks, but Rudolph finally got his first touchdown of the season. The big tight end has just 14 catches and 130 yards for the season. This was by far his best game of the season after catching 5 of his 6 targets for a season high 58 yards. This is even with Irv Smith
also catching 5 of 6 targets and the Vikings showing they are not afraid to use both tight ends in the offense. Rudolphís touchdown came from 15 yards out and was a thing of beauty. Rudolph lined up in a bunch formation and made it look like he was blocking. He then spun off his defender and settled into the middle of the field with no defenders around him. He caught the Cousins pass 8 yards down the field and sprinted the last 7 yards in for the score without being touched. It was a great example of the athleticism that Rudolph has and was his longest play of the game.
QB Matthew Stafford
, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 45 - 364 - 4 TD / 1 INT - Matthew Stafford
had the best game of his season against the Vikings in a shootout on Sunday. Stafford made good decisions, was accurate, and was well protected throughout the game. After suffering injuries early in the season, Stafford has looked fine physically and made mobile moves to extend plays. Stafford threw four touchdowns, all to Marvin Jones
from the red zone. Jones and Stafford have a strong rapport and the Lions offense is at its most dangerous when Jones is getting heavy volume. Stafford also threw the ball well to Danny Amendola
while Kenny Golladay
had a quiet game. Stafford did throw an interception in garbage time. He will face the Giants next week at home.
RB Ty Johnson
, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 29 - 0, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (4 targets) - Ty Johnson
was the beneficiary of Kerryon Johnson
missing extended time during the game against the Vikings. Ty Johnson
struggled to get interior running room in the game, but out carried J.D. McKissic
10 to 5, while working in the more traditional running back role. Johnson worked as receiver and got two carries inside the ten yard line. Johnson is a capable two-way player who has had limited usage behind Kerryon Johnson
in the offense but showed enough for Detroit to cut C.J. Anderson
earlier in the season. The status of Kerryon Johnson
will be critical as Ty Johnson
is a viable option next week against the Detroit Lions who were shredded by Arizona backup running back Chase Edmonds
RB J.D. McKissic
, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 29 - 0, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (3 targets) - J.D. McKissic
worked in a committee with Ty Johnson
to replace an injured Kerryon Johnson
against the Vikings. McKissic worked in some traditional running back roles, but was used in more gadget carries and manufactured touches. McKissic was also used in the passing game and played with good quickness. If Kerryon Johnson
misses next week, he will project to function in the lesser part of a committee with Ty Johnson
RB Kerryon Johnson
, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 23 - 0 (1 targets) - Kerryon Johnson
left the game against the Vikings early in the first half after only five carries with a knee injury. Johnson was on a stationary bike on the sideline later in the game before being ruled out of the game. He was later placed on injured reserve.
WR Marvin Jones
, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 93 - 4 (13 targets) - Marvin Jones
had a career game against the Vikings with four touchdowns. All four touchdowns came in the red zone with Jones making plays on the perimeter, including two against Xavier Rhodes. Jones also drew a long defensive pass interference against Rhodes and had multiple catches in the middle of the field. Jones dropped a touchdown pass but made up for it by scoring on the same drive on a terrific contested catch. Jones creates easy separation and lifts the Lions offense to a higher level when he is heavily targeted. He will get a matchup next week against the Giants.
WR Danny Amendola
, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 105 - 0 (11 targets) - Danny Amendola
had a good game after a disappointing game last week. Amendola worked primarily in the short area of the field and was seemingly unconverable for stretches. Amendola was able to break two bigger gains with runs after the catch and added a deep crossing route reception. Amendola creates easy throws for Matthew Stafford
, especially in chain moving situations. He will face the Giants next week.
WR Kenny Golladay
, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (2 targets) - Kenny Golladay
had a disappointing day against the Vikings. He drew a deep target in the first half but was covered well by Xavier Rhodes. His lone catch was a deep out late in the first half. He did draw an unofficial target in the back of the end zone on a play that was called back by penalty and dropped a two-point conversion attempt on a route he ran short of the end zone. He will look to bounce back next week against the Giants.
TE T.J. Hockenson
, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (5 targets) - T.J. Hockenson
had a quiet game against the Vikings. He was not involved early with his first reception coming in the fourth quarter. He added two short receptions in the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter. He will look to rebound next week against the Giants.
Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 31
What you need to know
- The Dolphins continue to work towards their first win of the season but just did not have enough against Buffalo this week. Miami led this game 14-9 going into half time and took the opening kick off 71 yards to the Buffalo 2-yard line before an unfortunate series of plays led to an interception and Buffalo getting back on track. Everything went wrong from this point as the Dolphins lost a fumble and then had an onside kick attempt returned for a touchdown after bringing the game to within 3 points. Ryan Fitzpatrick
looked like the better quarterback this week and Miami stuck with him the entire game despite a fumble and an interception. The defense held Buffalo to just field goals in the first half and then relented in the second half with touchdowns. This is the best that Miami has played all year, but they were sunk by a few big mistakes. The Dolphins will take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh next Monday night in what will be their only prime time game of the season.
- The Buffalo Bills beat the Dolphins on Sunday despite trailing at halftime. The offense performed well in the second half after struggling with pressure and penalties that halted momentum and forced them to settle for field goals in the first half. Buffalo was able to finish off drives in the second half with touchdown passes to John Brown
and Cole Beasley
. Josh Allen
avoided mistakes during the game and was able to run without taking the punishment he has in recent weeks. Frank Gore
led the backfield in rushing and carries while Devin Singletary
returned to his role as an ancillary back after missing a month with an injured hamstring.
RB Mark Walton
, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 66 - 0, Rec: 1 - -8 - 0 (1 targets) - This was the most complete game for any Miami running back this season. Walton had more than double the number of carries than any other running back and turned that into a 4.7 yards per carry average. He ripped off a long run of 19 yards and was the most effective weapon on the ground this week. He looks to have surpassed Drake on the depth chart in rushing duties but is still lacking in the passing game. Waltonís only target was a failed screen that went for -8 yards. Unfortunately for Walton, it is Ballage that is taking the goal line carries and Drake that is getting the targets on third down. Walton may get the most carries but he will need to break a long one to get a touchdown with the way this offense is going.
RB Kenyan Drake
, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 21 - 0, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (4 targets) - This was his best chance at taking back over for the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick put forth a good effort this week. He threw the ball all over the field and completed passes to 7 different receivers. Fitzpatrick benefitted from the rushing attack amassing more than 100 total yards on the ground for the first time this week. For his lone touchdown pass, Fitzpatrick found DeVante Parker
dragging across the field for a 12-yard touchdown. The play action was not very convincing, and Parker caught the flare pass just 2 yards down the field before turning it up and running the rest of the way in on his own. Things were looking up in the second half with the team having a lead and driving the length of the field. After a fake field goal gave Buffalo a 1st and goal from the 2-yard line there was an errant snap that cost Fitzpatrick 10 yards and almost a fumble lost and then he proceeded to throw an interception on the next play. Fitzpatrick tried force a ball in to Isaiah Ford
at the pylon and the route was jumped and intercepted. Buffalo went on to drive the length of the field, score a touchdown, and the Dolphins never had the lead again. In a last-ditch effort to try and regain the lead, Fitzpatrick led one more touchdown drive and scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run. The ensuing onside kick was returned for a touchdown and any hopes at a comeback were dashed. Fitzpatrick looks to have earned another shot at starting next week but the starter has not been officially named against the Steelers.
RB Kalen Ballage
, 5 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 1 - It may not be the biggest role, but Ballage continues to get the ball down around the goal line. He punched in the first touchdown of the game from 3 yards out and capped off a 70-yard drive that gave the Dolphins their first lead. He looked to get another chance from the 2-yard line in the second half before a Fitzpatrick fumble and ensuing interception took that chance away. Ballage does not play an active role in the passing game and will not see consistent work as an every down back, but he is getting the goal line carries in Miami right now and has been the best bet to punch it in.
WR Preston Williams
, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 82 - 0 (8 targets) - After a down week last week everything was getting back on track for Williams. He caught 6 of his 8 targets and had a long 35-yard catch to help setup a score. Unfortunately, Williams fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter when Miami was down just 3 and the Bills next drive went for a touchdown and a 10-point lead. Williams caught a 6-yard slant across the middle and had the ball stripped as he was going to the ground. Williams has been the most productive player for the Dolphins so far this year, but it is mistakes like these that has Miami sitting at 0-6 for the season.
WR DeVante Parker
, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 55 - 1 (10 targets) - Parker plays much better when Fitzpatrick is under center and it showed again this week. He was targeted a team high 10 times and caught 5 of those passes and a touchdown. His longest catch went for 14 yards and he added a 12-yard catch and run for a touchdown in the first half. Fitzpatrick went play action and rolled to his right with Parker leaking out into the flat on a shallow drag route. Parker caught the ball, turned up field, and ran over a defender as he dove into the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. This gave Miami a lead going into half time and capped off a 60-yard drive. Parker now has a touchdown in each of the last 3 games for Miami and is taking advantage of teams paying more attention to Williams on the other side.
TE Mike Gesicki
, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (4 targets) - It has not been the season that many hoped for Gesicki this year with the big tight end only having 13 catches and 143 yards across 6 games. He caught all 4 of his targets and set a season high in receptions and had a big 17-yard catch for a first down to extend a scoring drive. Gesicki has not served as the security blanket many hoped he would be and has not see the garbage time yards that many would expect on a team that has been behind almost the entire season. He is coming off games of 51 and 41 yards and seems to be trending in the right direction, but still has a long way to go.
QB Josh Allen
, 56 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 26 - 202 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 32 - 0 - Josh Allen
came alive in the second half to beat the Dolphins after their offense bogged down early in the game. Buffalo has consistently thrown the ball on early downs to create easy opportunities for Allen this season and Sunday was a similar strategy. Allen moved the ball well to start the game but ground to a halt forcing Buffalo to settle for three field goals. Allenís volume was down as the Dolphins effectively ran the ball and controlled the clock throughout much of the game. Allen heated up in the second half, completing the first eight passes of the half and had big throws including a touch pass to Duke Williams
on an over route, John Brown
down the seam for a touchdown, and flat pass to Isaiah McKenzie
in the flat. Allen also had a short touchdown on a quick flat route to Cole Beasley
, before adding a two-point conversion on a designed quarterback run. Allen was more involved in the running game with designed runs this week and managed to avoid some of the bigger hits he has taken in prior weeks. Allen will get a good matchup against a Philadelphia secondary next week at home.
RB Frank Gore
, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 55 - 0, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets) - Frank Gore
started against his former team on Sunday, despite the return of Devin Singletary
from injury. Gore has been the starter throughout the season, and the return of Singletary did not change his role in the offense. The Buffalo offense moved the ball early but bogged down on third down in the first half and left Gore no good scoring opportunities. Buffalo did move into the red zone late in the second half, but Josh Allen
threw to Cole Beasley
for a touchdown on their only short scoring opportunity. Goreís primary work came in traditional running sets and managed a long gain of 15 yards, and another 9-yard carry was called back. He executed a good screen reception for a first down and ran effectively during the game. Gore will get a tougher matchup next week at home against the Eagles.
RB Devin Singletary
, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 26 - 0 - Devin Singletary
returned to the Buffalo offense after missing a month with a hamstring injury. Singletary returned to his role behind Gore and relegated T.J. Yeldon
to an inactive status. Singletary was limited to only seven touches and was unable to break a big gain like he was consistently doing prior to his injury. He will face the Eagles next week at home.
WR John Brown
, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 83 - 1 (6 targets) - John Brown
had a strong game against the Dolphins on Sunday. Brown scored his first touchdown since week one, on a post down the seam on a well-thrown ball by Josh Allen
. Brown also had a good reception on a deep dig route across the middle, where his speed was able to create separation on the route. Brown is consistently the number one option in the Buffalo offense and has a strong rapport with Josh Allen
. He will get a good matchup against a week Philadelphia secondary next week.
WR Cole Beasley
, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 16 - 1 (6 targets) - Cole Beasley
had a slow start against the Dolphins, with his first reception coming late in the third quarter on a short pass over the middle. Beasley managed to salvage his fantasy day with a short touchdown on a quick flat route. Beasley will look to bounce back next week against the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
Kansas City Chiefs 30, Denver Broncos 6
What you need to know
Kansas City Chiefs
- The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 30-6 to improve their record to 5-2 on the season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
completed 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a dislocated kneecap. Veteran Matt Moore
came in to replace him and completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. LeSean McCoy
carried the ball 12 times for 64 yards, while also catching two passes for 12 yards. Damien Williams
rushed nine times for seven yards and caught two passes for -1 yards. Tyreek Hill
caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, and Mecole Hardman
had two catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. Demarcus Robinson
caught three passes for 31 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce
caught six passes for 44 yards.
- The Broncos offense was painful to watch on this Thursday night matchup. The line was particularly awful, as left tackle Bolles continues to rack up penalties. Flacco took 8 sacks and on top of QB hurries and batted passes galore. Denver's run game was non-existent as they fell behind early, but Freeman did find the end zone in the 1st with a dive from the one yard line. Denver's special teams botched an ugly fake punt attempt at the end of the 1st quarter. Kicker McManus missed a 45 yard FG attempt in the 2nd quarter. Denver's coaches remain committed to Flacco for now, but trade rumors are swirling around receiver Sanders.
QB Matt Moore
, 41 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 19 - 117 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0 - Matt Moore
completed 10 of 19 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, in relief of the injured Mahomes. Moore got a lot of help from the Chiefs defense, as he was only able to put up one touchdown and one field in nine offensive drives. Mooreís only touchdown of the night came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from their own 43 yard line. Moore took the snap under center and play action faked the ball to McCoy in the backfield before a Broncos pass rush forced him to step up in the pocket. Hill ran a crossing pattern towards the right sideline and Moore was able to loft the ball up and over the defense as Hill curled his route up the field. From there it was all Hillís speed as he was able to outrun his defender without being touched for the 57 yard touchdown. The Chiefs offense is stacked with talent, but Mahomes is the reigning MVP for a reason. Moore will need the entire offense to step up in Mahomes absence in order for the Chiefs to stay atop the AFC standings.
QB Patrick Mahomes
, 20 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 11 - 76 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0 - Patrick Mahomes
completed 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs 30-6 victory over the Broncos on Thursday night. Mahomes got off to a fast start against the Broncos, throwing a touchdown pass on the Chiefs first drive, however, it wasnít long before the Chiefs Super Bowl hopes came crashing down as Mahomes suffered what was originally thought to be a very gruesome knee injury. The injury turned out to be a dislocated kneecap, and it looks as though it will keep the star quarterback out for three weeks or so. Mahomes only touchdown pass came on the Chiefs first drive with the offense facing a third and two from the Broncos 21 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked to Hardman running a crossing route. The pass was out in front of Hardman and the receiver initially bobbled the ball, but was able to tuck it back in and turn the corner for the 21 yard touchdown. Mahomes would leave the game after only three drives.
RB LeSean McCoy
, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 64 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - LeSean McCoy
rushed 12 times for 64 yards and caught two passes on two targets for an additional 12 yards in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. McCoy was by far the more effective running back over Williams, and it has been that way all season. McCoy has doubled Williams carries over the last two weeks and with Mahomes going down, it looks as though he the offense will rely more on his ability to run between the tackles. McCoy looked very good in this game, getting to the line of scrimmage quickly and decisively following his blockers. When he reached the second level of the Broncos defense, he was able to his cutback ability to gain extra yards. It will be interesting to see if McCoy is given the entire workload as opposed to sharing carries with two Williams.
RB Damien Williams
, Rush: 9 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - -1 - 0 (3 targets) - Damien Williams
rushed nine times for seven yards while also catching two passes for negative one yards on three targets. This was another awful night for Williams, and he was out-touched by McCoy 14-11, while McCoy outgained him by 70 yards. With Patrick Mahomes
being sidelined, it is time for Williams to see the bench on fantasy rosters, as his touchdown upside has all be disappeared.
WR Demarcus Robinson
, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (5 targets) - Demarcus Robinson
caught three passes for 31 yards on five targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Thursday. It was another pedestrian game from Robinson, who has totaled a paltry 10 receptions for 97 yards over his last four games. This was after totaling nine receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns in weeks two and three. Robinson taking a backseat to Hill and Kelce is nothing new, but it also appears as though Hardman has gained the trust of Mahomes and is above Robinson in the pecking order. With Moore under center for at least the next three games, Robinsonís value has reached a new low this season, as there are just not enough balls to go around, and Robinson was aided by Mahomes ability to create plays.
WR Tyreek Hill
, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 74 - 1 (5 targets) - Tyreek Hill
caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown on five targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Thursday. Since returning from an injury last week, Hill now has three touchdown catches in the past two weeks and his return could not have come at a better time with Mahomes injury. He will be depended on to give the Chiefs explosive plays as Matt Moore
does not have the same type of playmaking ability as Mahomes. Although Hill only had three catches in this game, he made his presence felt by scoring on a 57 yard touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from their own 43 yard line, Moore took the snap under center and play action faked the ball to McCoy in the backfield. Hill started on the left outside left position and ran a crossing pattern towards the right sideline. He was able to get out in front of his defender and turn his route upfield as Moore lofted a pass up and over the defense. From there it was all Hill, as he outran his defender without being touched on his way to the 57 yard score. In order for the Chiefs to keep pace in the AFC, they will need Hill to keep churning out big plays until Mahomes returns from his injury.
WR Mecole Hardman
, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 1 (3 targets) - Mecole Hardman
caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown on three targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. Once again it was all feast or famine from Hardman, as heís not seeing enough targets to be counted on every week, but he has managed to make big plays, scoring a touchdown or eclipsing 70+ yards in four of his last six games. Hardmanís touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a third and two om the Broncos 21 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked to Hardman running a crossing route towards the left sideline. The pass was out in front of Hardman and the receiver initially bobbled the ball, but was able to corral it and turn the corner before his defender could recover. Hardman then was able to slip one arm tackle from a Broncos defender before scoring on the 21 yard reception.
TE Travis Kelce
, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 44 - 0 (8 targets) - Travis Kelce
caught six passes for 44 yards on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos. The six catches and eight targets led the Chiefs pass catchers, but he was unable to really get things going and it didnít help that Mahomes left the game with an injury. Kelce only has one touchdown on the season, and after gaining 80+ yards in the Chiefs first four games, he has yet to reach that mark in his last three games. With Moore as the starter now, Kelceís value should hold steady though, as he will be counted on to be his quarterbackís main security blanket. Moore is a veteran who understands how to manage the game, and that should work in Kelceís favor moving forward, at least from a target and reception perspective.
QB Joe Flacco
, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 34 - 213 - 0 TD / 0 INT - Flacco had an abysmal night as his offensive line struggled to protect him from a constant pass rush. He took 8 official sacks on top of plenty of other contact as he displayed zero mobility, standing like a statue in the pocket. Flacco fumbled three times in the first half, losing one that was returned for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. His receivers didn't help him out much, with tight end Fant in particular leaving a lot of yards on the field with three drops. Flacco had few highlights, but his longest connection of the day was a dime to Sutton on a 2nd quarter deep corner route that picked up 41 yards. Denver's coaches remain adamant that they are sticking with Flacco, but it seems like a foregone conclusion that rookie Lock will wind up starting some games once healthy.
RB Royce Freeman
, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 35 - 1, Rec: 4 - 32 - 0 (5 targets) - Freeman found the end zone for the first time this season, following fullback Janovich from a power formation from the one yard line to cap the first drive of the game with a touchdown. Denver chose to go for two points following an offsides penalty during the extra point attempt, but gave the ball to Lindsay, who was stuffed on his attempt from the one yard line. Freeman broke a 14 yard run off left tackle in the 4th quarter, Denver's longest rush of the day. Freeman(10 carries) and Lindsay(11 carries) posted a nearly identical stat line on the ground, with Freeman scoring Denver's only touchdown.
Freeman continues to see more looks in the passing game than Lindsay, drawing five targets to Lindsay's one as the Broncos played almost all of the contest from behind. Freeman's first look was a swing route from the backfield for 9 yards in the 1st. He made an incredibly smooth one handed snag in stride on another short out route from the backfield late in the 2nd quarter. His longest reception of the day was another short dumpoff out of the backfield that picked up 11 yards in the 4th quarter.
RB Phillip Lindsay
, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 36 - 0, Rec: 1 - -4 - 0 (1 targets) - Lindsay and Freeman were nearly dead even in the rushing department, but it was Freeman who got the 1 yard goal line carry this week, converting it early in the 1st quarter. Lindsay got stuffed on a two point conversion attempt from the one yard line after the touchdown. He converted 4th and 1 with a strong effort to turn the corner in the 4th quarter. Lindsay's longest run of the day was a meager 9 yard carry off left tackle in the 4th quarter. Lindsay was lucky to collect his one passing target with his jaw intact, as Flacco hung him out to dry on a swing route and a linebacker cleaned him out behind the line of scrimmage. Freeman saw five targets to Lindsay's one look, and moved around more in the formation as a receiver.
RB Andy Janovich
, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (1 targets) - Janovich threw some nice lead blocks and ran several pass routes from the fullback position. He made a nice cut out of the backfield and took a short pass into the Chiefs red zone for a 22 yard gain in the 1st quarter.
WR Courtland Sutton
, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 87 - 0 (8 targets) - Sutton continues to provide consistence performances despite dreadful efforts from his offensive line and quarterback. He led the team again with 8 targets, securing 6 of them for a game-high 87 yards. Sutton very nearly scored in the 1st quarter when he caught a curl route and was tackled at the 1 yard line. Sutton had the receiving highlight of the day with a diving grab on a deep corner route for a 41 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. This drive featured most of his production for the day as Sutton secured a slant route for a solid gain on the next play, then converted 3rd and long with an 18 yard gain up the middle two plays later. Sutton collected one more short slant at the end of the 1st half. Rumors that Emmanuel Sanders
could be traded might mean more future targets for Sutton, who is blossoming into a solid number one receiver option for the Broncos.
WR DaeSean Hamilton
, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (5 targets) - Hamilton worked as the third receiver, but couldn't get anything going as Flacco spent most of his night on the turf. Hamilton lost yardage on his first target of the game, a short out route. He picked up a few yards on a slant later in the same drive. Rumors are circulating that the Broncos might be fielding offers for Emmanuel Sanders
, which would definitely be a boost for Hamilton's value. Hamilton sports a similar skill set to Sanders- fast, sharp routes out of the slot with good run after the catch ability, but also the speed to make plays downfield.
WR Diontae Spencer
, 1 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - Spencer returned punts and saw limited snaps as a receiver. He motioned from right WR to the backfield and then caught a swing route from Flacco for a five yard gain early in the 1st.
TE Noah Fant
, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (5 targets) - Fant had a miserable day, leaving a lot of yardage on the field with missed passes. a had a good chance at a deep ball down the right sideline, but couldn't reel it in as a distressed Flacco put the pass a bit behind him. Fant should have had a huge gain up the left seam at the end of the first half, but he let the pass bounce off his hands. Fant missed another huge gain up the right seam with a pass that hit him in both hands in the 3rd quarter. Fant managed just one catch on a curl route for a short gain.
Arizona Cardinals 27, New York Giants 21
What you need to know
- The Cardinals offense continues to develop under Kliff Kingsbury
and Kyler Murray
. Arizona performed well against another suspect defense in the Giants in Week 7. Not much was needed from Murray and the passing game as the defense and run game dominated the effort. David Johnson
started the game but exited early as Chase Edmonds
was the unquestioned workhorse to the tune of a career game of 150 total yards and three touchdowns. With Arizona working out veterans for Week 8, Johnsonís status looks in doubt and Edmonds projects to continue his lead back status.
New York Giants
- 1. Jones really struggled with turnovers and took too many hits. The fumbles really cost the Giants and killed the potential fantasy production for a lot of players. He needs to improve his pocket presence and feel the rush better.
2. Barkley did not look rusty or slow due to his ankle, he was explosive and as slippery as always.
3. Tate is becoming a top target for Jones as his hands are very dependable. Engram was a non factor as the Cardinals were successful in shutting down the talented tight end.
QB Kyler Murray
, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 21 - 104 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 10 - 28 - 0 - Murray was not asked to do much in the road win against the Giants, throwing a career low 21 passes, but running at least 10 time for a third straight game. Murray made key throws amidst his 14 completions, including stick passes to Trent Sherfield
on a fourth down crosser route and later Pharoh Cooper
on a third down comeback. The weather turned ugly in the second half and Arizona turned more conservative as they controlled the game. Murrayís lone clunky sequence came with a circling-in-the-pocket sack near Arizonaís goal line and the following punt was blocked for a touchdown. The Saints next week offer a much more difficult assignment than the Cincinnati-Atlanta-Giants trio of recent weeks for Murray and the Arizona offense.
RB Chase Edmonds
, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 126 - 3, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (4 targets) - Edmonds posted a career game against the Giants with 150 total yards and three touchdowns in the exploitable matchup. David Johnson
drew the start but saw a single carry before exiting, never to return to action in the game. Edmonds ran with the lead role with 29 touches and enjoyed a few open running lanes by the Arizona offensive line. Edmonds scored on three chunk gains, two of them were great blocking and the third was fueled by a broken tackle. Edmonds had his best moments to the edge of the defense. The cherry on top was picking up a first down on a third-and-11 draw inside, which caught the Giants defense in a passing front. Edmonds did have a drop in the passing game. With Arizona exploring veteran running back signings early in the week, Edmonds looks poised to be the lead back for at least Week 8 against the stingy Saints.
RB David Johnson
, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0 - Johnson was stuffed on an early first quarter carry before exiting the game against the Giants, never to return to action. Chase Edmonds
ran with the feature role to the tune of 150 total yards and three touchdowns. Johnsonís known back injury has prompted Arizona to work out veteran running backs of note in advance of Week 8 as an ominous sign for Johnsonís short-term availability considering Arizonaís rail-thin running back depth chart.
WR KeeSean Johnson
, 5 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets) - Arizona threw the ball a sparse 21 times in the road win against the Giants and Johnson saw a mere two looks, converting one for a short hitch reception. Johnson has not benefited from Christian Kirk
ís multi-game absence to-date, including this week and has yet to find the end over 17 receptions this season and has only one game averaging more than 10 yards per catch.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (3 targets) - Fitzgerald was targeted a mere three times with Arizona taking the air out of the ball against the Giants. Second half weather was a factor as well as the Arizona run game moving the ball nearing at will. Fitzgerald converted a third down with yards-after-the-catch on his lone reception. Three targets marks by far his low water mark of the season and Fitzgerald has not found the end zone in a month, spanning 18 receptions.
QB Daniel Jones
, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 35 - 223 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 35 - 0 - Daniel Jones
had a poor game with yet again too many hits in the pocket and too many turnovers. Jones failed to see the rush coming on several occasions and did not react well when faced with pressure. He got sacked often in key situations and these kind of plays quickly ended several Giants drives prematurely. Jones started the game with a nice scramble for a first down and made several nice throws on the run. However, soon after this, he forced a bad ball into double coverage and it was easily picked off by the Cardinal defense. Jones did float a terrific ball over the shoulder to Ellison on a post route down the field, resulting in a spectacular touchdown between two defenders. When Jones was afforded time in the pocket, he showed accuracy and competence to deliver the ball on time. When faced with pressure quickly after the snap however, his play deteriorated rapidly. Jones had several dropped balls from his receivers
but nothing too game breaking. He had a really rough end to the game as the Cardinals teed off on the young quarterback. The Giants kept moving backwards due to sacks, putting Jones in obvious passing situations and they blitzed
him with great success. Jones lost the ball twice, recovered once but the lost yardage was damage enough to seal the game for the Cardinals. Jones needs to improve his pre snap read of the defense and react better to pressure or
the turnovers will continue to plague his performances. The turnovers are hurting the fantasy potential of the entire team due to the reduced scoring opportunities. Jones' chemistry with Tate is definitely improving and the duo connected throughout the game for first downs, which is a positive to see.
RB Saquon Barkley
, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 72 - 1, Rec: 3 - 8 - 0 (5 targets) - Saquon Barkley
was back for the Giants and looked almost 100% on Sunday against the Cardinals. His production was relatively low by his standards and most of this can be attributed to the struggles of his young quarterback. The Giants turned over the ball a lot and this kept them from the redzone for most of this game. Barkley showed his typical explosion and great vision by bouncing plays to the outside when space presented itself and he routinely beat his man to the sideline for extra yards. He made several defenders miss their first tackle attempt and almost always fell forward for extra yards. Barkley broke free into the secondary early for a nice run, finding a small gap and only going down when surrounded by multiple Cardinal defenders. Barkley's touchdown run came on a well blocked inside zone from shotgun. The Giants sealed off Cardinals well at the start and Barkley just had to lower the shoulder to push back any tackle attempts for the score.
WR Golden Tate
, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 80 - 0 (11 targets) - Golden Tate
was the leading receiver for the Giants as he showed great chemistry with Jones on Sunday. The pair hooked up over the middle, often in very tight coverage, throughout the game and picked up crucial first downs to extend many of the Giants drives. Tate was a reliable pair of hands in the wet weather and a tough player when fighting for the ball over the middle. He worked with Jones well when he was facing pressure and Jones often looked his way as the first intended target in his progressions. Tate will rarely break a play for a big touchdown or outrun a defense down the sideline but his reliability for first downs cannot be under valued as picked apart zone coverage at times, including plays on 4th down in clutch situations. There were very few redzone opportunities for the Giants due to turnovers and the lack of a touchdown hurt his production. He should be seen as a decent WR3 in ppr leagues but Jones is a bit too unpredictable right now in his career.
WR Cody Latimer
, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (5 targets) - Cody Latimer
caught only short balls and did not feature down the field for the Giants. He was tackled immediately on several of his touches and Jones didn't venture down the field very often. Latimer is a small time role player for the Giants and should not be started in fantasy.
WR Darius Slayton
, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (2 targets) - Darius Slayton
always has big play potential but playing him will result in a lot of quiet games, like the game on Sunday against the Cardinals. Jones struggled to connect with anyone down the field and Slayton was invisible for most of this game. He will not get the targets or looks to be fantasy relevant and belongs on the bench, especially as Jones is struggling with turnovers.
TE Rhett Ellison
, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 1 (2 targets) - Rhett Ellison
caught the only passing touchdown for the Giants and it was a spectacular one. Ellison got between two Cardinal defenders down the field and hauled in a perfect pass from Jones before taking a hit over the goal line. Ellison was more the beneficiary of a great pass as there wasn't much separation between him and the secondary but he did show great concentration and toughness to complete the score. Ellison got a quick checkdown play later in the game but really didn't factor much as the game progressed. He won't get the looks / targets from Jones to be fantasy relevant with Engram also on the field.
TE Evan Engram
, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (5 targets) - Evan Engram
had a bad game on Sunday and did very little. The Cardinals almost completely eliminated his role in the offense and forced Jones to look elsewhere. Jones found Engram down the sideline for a big play early in the game but he dropped the ball. He dropped another ball on a short pass and just seemed out of sorts against the Cardinals. Engram was returning from an injury so perhaps this was an off week, the bad weather also hampered the Giants passing game. Engram should look to bounce back as a fantasy tight end next game.
Oakland Raiders 24, Green Bay Packers 42
What you need to know
- -Josh Jacobs
had a couple beautiful runs and looks like an emerging star at the position. He was stopped just short of the goal line a couple times or he would have had a big fantasy outing.
is emerging as a real star. He caught his first two touchdown passes of the season and could have easily had a couple more.
-Carr spread the ball around to 10 different pass catchers, which makes it hard to trust anyone other than Waller or Jacobs to get consistent volume.
Green Bay Packers
- Aaron Rodgers
had one of the best games of his career with plenty of time to throw and help from his receivers and the Raiders defense. Aaron Jones
was the lead back again after a time share in Week 6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
was healthy enough to catch a bomb and have a long catch and run score. Jimmy Graham
looked as spry as he has as a Packer and both Allen Lazard
and Jake Kumerow
showed they can contribute if given the opportunity.
QB Derek Carr
, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 28 - 293 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0 - With Aaron Rodgers
slicing through the Raiders defense, Carr needed to be almost perfect for the Raiders to have a chance to pull off the upset in Green Bay. He wasnít. His biggest mistake came a few minutes before halftime. On 2nd-and-goal from the three yard line, he bought some time then scrambled right and took off toward the end zone. He put the ball in his left hand and tried to dive along the sideline and extend the ball inside the pylon. However, it slipped out of his hand and flew out of the end zone for a touchback. Instead of the Raiders taking a 17-14 lead, the fumble followed promptly by a Packers touchdown put the Raiders in a 21-10 halftime hole. There were some positives in Carrís performance, however. Despite throwing to a young and not particularly talented group of receivers, Carr averaged over 10 yards per attempt and completed 22 of 28 attempts. He showed great touch on some fades along the sideline that went for big gains to Keelan Doss
, Marcell Ateman
, and Darren Waller
. With the injuries at wide receiver, Carr has been especially reliant on his tight ends. He and Darren Waller
have a tremendous connection. The two hooked up for a 7-yard touchdown in the middle of the end zone. They also had a 28-yard touchdown connection that was called back due to a holding call on the backup right tackle (who struggled at time filling in for Trent Brown).
When Waller lines up outside with a smaller cornerback on him, Carr has shown confidence and accuracy when throwing it high and allowing Waller chances to go up and get it. Carr threw a late interception in the end zone trying to get it to Waller despite double coverage. It ended any outside chance the Raiders had of making a comeback and Gruden elected to have Mike Glennon
play out the string in the final seven minutes of garbage time.
RB Josh Jacobs
, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 124 - 0, Rec: 3 - 10 - 0 (3 targets) - Jacobs had another outstanding performance. His stop-start quickness was regularly on display and allowed him to break off some long runs even without big holes to run through. He set the tone early with a powerful 9-yard run on the first play of the game. A defensive back came up to try to make the tackle on him and Jacobs lowered his shoulders and knocked the DB on his back to pick up a few extra yards. Two plays later he had a highlight-reel worthy run for 42 yards. He broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage, made a cut to get outside, and then delivered a devastating stiff arm on a defensive back that allowed him to pick up an extra 20 yards at the end of the run. He had another highlight run for 27 yards later in the game. Even in traffic, he was able to make multiple tacklers miss in space with a pair of impressive stop and go moves. Jacobs could have had an even bigger fantasy game but he was stood up on three separate goal line carries from inside the 3-yard line. He couldnít get the edge on a 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line in the second quarter, gaining just a yard. Carr fumbled on the next play. Later in the game, Jacobs got four straight carries inside the 10-yard line but couldnít get into the end zone. On 3rd-and-goal from the two, he was only able to push the pile for one yard. The Raiders went back to him on 4th down and Jacobs tried to leap over the pile. A Packers linebacker made a great play, leaping to meet Jacobs high and stopping him just shy of the end zone.
RB DeAndre Washington
, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 29 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - Washington is typically getting a series or two at running back each game. He ran it for 8 yards to open a second quarter drive and was out there for a couple long pass plays but then got pulled for Jacobs when the Raiders got inside the 5-yard line. Without much usage in the passing game and minimal short-yardage work, Washington wonít make much of an impact.
RB Jalen Richard
, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - Despite the Raiders playing from way behind in the second half, Richard only played 23% of the snaps. Josh Jacobs
is growing into a true workhorse role, with increasing usage as a receiver. Meanwhile, DeAndre Washington
has become the preferred option as a change of pace runner. It leaves Richard without much of a role.
WR Keelan Doss
, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 54 - 0 (5 targets) - Doss led all Raiders receivers in targets and made a couple beautiful grabs. He was open along the sideline for what should have been a 15-yard catch but Carr sailed the throw. Doss nearly made a spectacular leaping one-handed grab but the defender was able to punch it out at the last minute. Doss didnít have anyone within 10 yards of him in the middle of the field on an easy 31-yard reception. He had a 19-yard grab along the sideline in garbage time from Mike Glennon
WR Hunter Renfrow
, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets) - Renfrow played just 45% of the snaps, his fourth straight week playing 40-60% of the snaps. The Raiders increasingly heavy reliance on 12 personnel has led to less three receiver sets and fewer snaps for Renfrow. He showed reliable hands to pick up first downs on a pair of third down receptions, holding on despite a defender hitting him as the ball arrived.
WR Trevor Davis
, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (2 targets) - Davis far and away led the Raiders receivers in snaps (76%) but still was only targeted twice. With Carr completing passes to 10 different pass catchers, none of the Raiders wide receivers saw much volume. Davis had a 20-yard reception on a comeback route but drew a flag for offensive pass interference for a small push off at the end of the route. There wasnít much there and Gruden challenged the call but it wasnít overturned. He showed nice acceleration after the catch on a slant for 16 yards.
TE Darren Waller
, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 126 - 2 (8 targets) - Waller had a monster game and it could have been much bigger. He caught two touchdowns and just narrowly missed having two or three more. He got behind the defense on a busted coverage for a 28-yard touchdown early in the second quarter but it was called back due to a holding penalty. His first actual catch came with a few minutes left in the first half, a beautiful 16-yard grab along the sideline. He went up over the defender and was able to toe tap along the sideline. The very next play he got behind the defense for a 48-yard catch. Only a shoestring tackle at the 3-yard line kept him out of the end zone. With the Raiders falling behind big early in the second half, Carr started peppering Waller with targets. He hit Waller on back-to-back identical short routes for 18 and 12 yards. A few plays later, he lined up in the slot and the Packers tried to cover him with a linebacker. He made the defender look bad with a nice stutter step move and was wide open in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Waller had another red zone target in the middle of the end zone later in the second half but he got his feet tangled up with the defender and tripped. It allowed the trailing safety to intercept the pass in the end zone. Waller caught his second touchdown pass of the game in garbage time from Mike Glennon
. He lined up out wide, caught the ball short in front of the corner and then spun out of the attempted tackle and into the end zone. It would be wise for the Raiders to get Waller involved earlier in games because he has proven impossible to cover and is emerging as the star of the offense.
TE Foster Moreau
, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 1 (3 targets) - Moreau had another strong game. He played 48% of the snaps, which was more than all but one of the wide receivers. He caught a 10-yard touchdown on a pick play from an interesting formation. The Raiders came out with three tight ends but had all three of them split out as wide receivers on the same side of the field. Moreau was next to Waller in the slot. Waller ran a rub route to free up Moreau, who caught the ball just shy of the end zone and made an athletic dive to extend the ball across the goal line.
QB Aaron Rodgers
, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 31 - 429 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 6 - 1 - Rodgers didn't complete a pass to a wideout until halfway through the second quarter, but was still making big gains through the air early thanks to his fullback, Jimmy Graham
, and a beautiful adjustment by Aaron Jones
on his first touchdown pass. His second touchdown was an easy short throw to Jamaal Williams
, set up by a pass interference call inside the five on a throw to Jimmy Graham
and the third capped a two minute drill to take control of the game after a Derek Carr
fumble through the end zone. It was thrown to Jake Kumerow
, who tight roped the sideline for the touchdown. Rodgers ran in the fourth touchdown of the game, set up by a long bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling
. Graham scored the fifth, set up by a leaping Allen Lazard
catch inside the five, and the sixth touchdown came on an easy long catch and run by Valdes-Scantling. The offense is coming together as Rodgers looks comfortable and locked in, even without Davante Adams
RB Aaron Jones
, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 50 - 0, Rec: 4 - 33 - 1 (4 targets) - Jones returned to the forefront of the offense right away, getting the bulk of the work early, capping the first drive with a beautiful adjustment to a long pass thrown into the end zone and continuing to dominate touches and snaps on the second drive. He was an asset in the passing game and almost had a second score through the air it the first half. The running game wasn't getting huge chunks of yardage, but it didn't need to. Jones re-asserted himself as the lead back in this easy win and even contributed as a blocker downfield on Valdes-Scantling's long score.
RB Jamaal Williams
, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 1 (5 targets) - Williams wasn't able to do much as a runner, but he was a stubborn runner on his receptions and often broke a tackle or took more than one tackler to bring down. He had an easy short touchdown catch and also handled a few key carries in the shadow of his own goalposts.
RB Dan Vitale
, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 43 - 0 (2 targets) - Vitale showed good speed on his receptions and should continue to get an occasional touch in this offense.
WR Geronimo Allison
, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (5 targets) - Allison had a big play early that was called back because of a pre-snap whistle and a touchdown that was called back because he stepped out of bounds, but still contributed with some key third down catches.
WR Allen Lazard
, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (4 targets) - Lazard had a bad drop early, but Rodgers kept going back to him. His best play of the day was a leaping catch inside the five that was part of a long highlight reel for the Packers passing game. He looked more than capable of contributing fantasy relevant numbers if injuries increase the size of his role.
WR Jake Kumerow
, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 54 - 1 (2 targets) - Kumerow tightroped the sideline for a score to close the first half and left Gareon Conley grasping at air on an excellent route that might have helped the Raiders decide to have Conley walk the plank after the game. Kumerow looks capable of contributing fantasy relevant numbers if injuries push him into the lineup.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 133 - 1 (3 targets) - Valdes-Scantling made the most of his targets. He had a long bomb catch to open the second half that might have been a score if Aaron Rodgers
had put more air under it. He later had a simple out on third down that Gareon Conley whiffed on, allowing Valdes-Scantling to score with Aaron Jones
throwing the key block.
TE Jimmy Graham
, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 65 - 1 (4 targets) - Graham had his best game of the year by far, showing some moves after the catch, the ability to get open downfield, and even drawing a pass interference call inside the five. He had two targets in the red zone and one was an easy touchdown. He has returned to fantasy relevance with this performance.
New England Patriots 33, New York Jets 0
What you need to know
New England Patriots
- ē Mohamed Sanu
, NKeal Harry
and the trickle down effect. The WR corps will be Julian Edelman
, Josh Gordon
, Sanu, Harry, Philip Dorsett, and Jakobi Meyers
when everyone is healthy, which means target share may be unpredictable. Donít forget James White
ē Sony Michel
ís role as the bellcow seems stable, but games will get tougher soon.
New York Jets
- Itís hard not to overreact to a game like this, especially against the top defense in the NFL and one of the best coaches when it comes to stymying young quarterbacks. Sam Darnold
was awful, the offensive line is terrible and the coaching staff seemed unable to figure out a way to help either one. The lone bright spot is LeíVeon Bell, but even his numbers are held down by the situation. Chris Herndon
may be back next week, though that is not worth much right now. Wasnít Adam Gase brought in as an offensive genius? Wasnít Gregg Williams brought in because of his defensive prowess? Right now it appears like neither one deserves the titles as the Jets look like the least prepared team in the league far too often.
QB Tom Brady
, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 45 - 249 - 1 TD / 1 INT - Another cruise control game for Tom Brady
, who wasnít asked to do much with the Patriots defense absolutely destroying the Jets offense. The first half was full of quick passes and easy outs for Brady, who managed through another patchwork offensive line. There was a lull in the second half, but it was tough to not score given the field position and turnover battle. Bradyís lone touchdown was a deep pass to Phillip Dorsett
on a nice sluggo route by the wide receiver. Even though Sony Michel
scored 3 short touchdowns, Brady didnít bother with any sneaks. His interception was due to a hit-as-he-threw play, so it wasnít a terrible decision or anything like that. Beyond that, it was tough to really criticize anything simply because of game script and flow. That will change with the schedule suddenly getting tough overnight for the next 6 weeks.
RB Sony Michel
, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 42 - 3, Rec: 1 - -8 - 0 (2 targets) - Once again, he didnít run particularly well, but Sony Michel
salvaged his stat line with 3 short touchdowns. Two of them were 1 yard touchdowns and one was a 3 yard touchdown, so they werenít huge plays. In fact, on one of the scores, he was absolutely stonewalled on first and second down and barely managed the score on third down. Michel also had a blatant drop on a designed screen that may have been a potential touchdown. It doesnít appear there is a backfield change in the offing as Damien Harris
only saw time when Sony Michel
banged knees towards the end of the game, but reports seem positive. Heís still the volume and gamescript guy til we see otherwise.
RB James White
, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 0 - 0, Rec: 7 - 59 - 0 (8 targets) - With Rex Burkhead
out once again, he was the guy on third downs in the backfield and on pass plays. Unfortunately for him, with the Patriots staked to a huge lead most of the game, his touches werenít needed as much, and his 7 passes didnít amount to anything huge. His carries were absolutely stonewalled, though the Jets generally played well against the run. Itís worth noting he had an easy touchdown called back due to a block in the back on Julian Edelman
that he would have scored on anyways. It was yet another floor game for White, and we know what weíre getting from him at this point.
WR Julian Edelman
, 73 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 20 - 0, Rec: 7 - 47 - 0 (12 targets) - A bunch of quick passes, a smattering of first down catches, and one blatant drop. Sound familiar? This wasnít a big game for Edelman due to game script, and besides a blocking penalty that nullified a touchdown, he didnít do a ton of note. This was even with Josh Gordon
out. In more competitive games, you can be sure heíll be heard from in a louder fashion.
WR Jakobi Meyers
, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 47 - 0 (5 targets) - Jakobi Meyers
had an effective game, but his best contributions were not in the box score. He had a key block on a 3rd and 10 conversion on a screen play, and had two big penalties against him that helped set the Patriots up for scores. He may see reduced playing time with the Patriots WR corps getting reinforced, but heís definitely a usable weapon and should still have a bit role with the team.
WR Phillip Dorsett
, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 46 - 1 (4 targets) - Though he only had 4 targets, he made one count on a deep touchdown with a nice sluggo route. Itís worth noting gamescript didnít favor the passing game even though Josh Gordon
was out, and the Pats purposely played a quick passing game. It remains to be seen how the return of Gordon, NKeal Harry
and the addition of Mohamed Sanu
TE Ben Watson
, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (5 targets) - Knocking off the rust with a pass clanging off his face mask, Watson caught a few passes including a nice 4th down conversion, but didnít do much else. He may not be a full time player with the Pats WR corps getting back on track health and depth wise, but heís the primary pass catching tight end and that wonít change.
QB Sam Darnold
, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 11 - 32 - 86 - 0 TD / 4 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0 - Every young quarterback has low points, but this was by far the lowest Sam Darnold
has ever hit. His decision-making was awful, he consistently threw off his back foot, and he often seemed to have no idea what the defense was doing. His four interceptions were each exemplified by one or all of the problems listed above, two of them in the red zone. He added a fumble during the only time he was sacked. The Jets offensive line was equally putrid in pass blocking, and the Patriotsí defense was exceptional, especially when the Jets showed empty backfield. He also had at least two balls dropped which should have been caught, one to Demaryius Thomas
for what would have been a big first down in the first half. Darnold rarely got the ball out quickly and the Jets didnít seem to be able to give him quick plays to help with that. Overall, the entire offense was bad and Darnold has never looked this rattled, and while Bill Belichick is a whiz at making first and second year quarterbacks look confused, this was even worse than usual.
RB LeVeon Bell
, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 70 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets) - Bell is the only decent constant in an otherwise putrid offense. He does get a little better blocking on run plays than Sam Darnold
does on pass plays, but even then a lot of what Bell accomplished was because he is a transcendent talent. Against a top-shelf run defense, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and many of those were hard yards. He might have been in line for a monster day if the Jets hadnít fallen so far behind, so quickly, but whatís somewhat baffling is the lack of targets. In two weeks, heís seen just five targets, lower than the eight he was averaging with Darnold out. With no Chris Herndon
and a fierce pass rush by New England, why did the Jets not try to use him more to relieve the pressure on Darnold with screens and quick passes?
RB Ty Montgomery
, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - Out of 61 offensive snaps, Montgomery was on the field for just seven of them. Heís not even an afterthought at this point, though he did run the ball well the two times he carried it.
RB Bilal Powell
, 4 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0 - If Ty Montgomery
is barely an afterthought, Bilal Powell
must only get on the field by accident. Powell saw just four snaps on offense and had no luck on his single carry.
WR Jamison Crowder
, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (5 targets) - Crowder was the only reliable player in the passing game, and even then he had a hard time breaking out of coverage. Even when he did, Darnold was under such duress that it was all he could do to get the ball out, which unfortunately went to the other team when he did. Crowder wasnít even very effective on shorter routes against a tough Pats defense.
WR Demaryius Thomas
, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (9 targets) - Thomas saw a surprising nine targets to lead receivers, and drew several flags to move the chains. That said, he had a bad drop early and hasnít really shown the ability to consistently break free of coverage before or after the catch.
WR Braxton Berrios
, 10 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Berrios was the target on one pass, a short one where he had no chance to advance it once he caught it.
WR Robby Anderson
, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (8 targets) - Anderson was shut down by a combination of good coverage, and a shaky quarterback under massive pressure with no time to throw. Andersonís vertical ability isnít of any help when Same Darnold cannot look downfield to find him.
WR Vyncint Smith
, 16 offensive snaps (1 targets) - For the second straight week, Smith was targeted, but this week he didnít make the catch. He did see the field 16 times, so he does seem to be the fourth receiver, for what little that is worth.
TE Ryan Griffin
, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (2 targets) - Griffin was on the field a lot, 51 snaps of the total 61 for the Jets offense, but was mostly trying to help keep quarterback Sam Darnold
clean. It was a futile effort giving the offensive line and the fierce pass rush.
Jacksonville Jaguars 27, Cincinnati Bengals 17
What you need to know
- The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off a 27-17 road win against the hapless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday thanks to a dominating defensive performance and a lack of offensive turnovers. But while the Jaguars racked up 460 yards of total offense against the Bengals, they still struggled throughout the day at the actual act of scoring touchdowns. You know, the most important part of football. They moved the ball with relative ease but they now have one offensive touchdown over the last two weeks, an alarming figure.
- -The running game is historically inept, now averaging just under 54 rushing yards per game. Joe Mixon
and Giovani Bernard
are being hit in the backfield on nearly every run.
-Not counting Andy Dalton
ís runs, the Bengals gained 0 yards on 16 carries.
was okay before a disastrous fourth quarter that saw him throw three interceptions in the span of five minutes, costing the Bengals the game.
had his worst game in a couple years, dropping three passes. He also had a costly fumble and looked like his confidence was shaken.
was the only productive part of the offense, enjoying a breakout performance and putting up 137 yards on 14 targets.
-The Bengals played almost exclusively 11 personnel with Boyd, Tate, Erickson and one tight end. The lack of tight end usage is a problem.
QB Gardner Minshew
, 82 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 32 - 255 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 9 - 48 - 0 - Gardner Minshew
had somewhat of a bounce-back game compared to his putrid performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. He finished the game with a meager 15/32, but threw for 255 yards and one touchdown without any turnovers.†
He delivered mostly accurate passes to all levels of the field on Sunday, especially on inside breaking routes over the middle. Thanks to this, he threw five passes that gained†20+ yards. He was let down by a few drops, but the team's lone offensive touchdown was a perfectly placed touched pass to Keelan Cole
in the corner of the end zone.†
But some of the negatives were still there. Minshew bailed from far too many clean pockets when there was no need to, and too many times he did not let his feet settle down before he threw a pass. He has looked jittery the last 2 weeks and will need to fix this moving forward to improve his completion percentage and overall effectiveness.†
He did once again provide some fantasy value with his running ability, totaling 48 yards on nine carries. When defenses aren't playing contain, he has the ability to hurt them with his legs.
RB Leonard Fournette
, 74 offensive snaps, Rush: 29 - 131 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets) - For what feels like is becoming an every week trend, Leonard Fournette
was the most efficient and dependable player on the Jaguars' entire offense on Sunday. He carried the ball 29 times for 131 yards, a respectable 4.5 YPC average. He showed nice decisiveness and vision, especially on the outside zone runs the Jaguars frequently called. From a consistency basis, this was probably his best game as a runner thanks to improved vision and his ability to force missed tackles at the second level.†
Fournette was barely used as a pass catching threat this week, catching each of his two targets for a total of 14 yards, though he did once again line up on the perimeter for a few snaps.†
Fournette did not find the end zone on Sunday, but he had a solid day without anything really worth complaining about. For an inconsistent Jacksonville offense, that is worth valuing.†
RB Ryquell Armstead
, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0 (1 targets) - Rookie running back Ryquell Armstead
only played seven snaps on Sunday in relief of Fournette. He had three carries for three yards, though one of his carries went for six yards. Inconsistent blocking and no real pattern of usage hindered him this game.†
WR Dede Westbrook
, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 14 - 0, Rec: 6 - 103 - 0 (9 targets) - Despite entering the game with a shoulder injury, Westbrook was Jacksonville's most targeted wideout with nine targets. He converted this to six receptions for 103 yards, and he also had two carries for 14 yards.†
This was by far Westbrook's best game of the season as he frequently found the soft spots in the Bengals' zone coverages and then picked up yards after the catch with ease. He has proven to be Jacksonville's primary quick passing game threat and his chemistry with Minshew is improving dramatically. His best play was a 33-yard reception with less than 0:30 left in the first half as he climbed the ladder and stole the ball out of the air from a defender to not only prevent an interception but also move the Jaguars into field goal range.†
WR D.J. Chark
, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 20 - 0, Rec: 3 - 53 - 0 (4 targets) - Despite the Bengals' top two cornerbacks being out, second-year receiver D.J. Chark
only saw four targets in the passing game, which he converted to three catches for 53 yards, including a 33-yard reception. Chark was also given a direct handoff out of a backfield motion that saw him gain 20 yards thanks to smart open field running.†
On the few plays he was targeted, Chark once again showed tremendous balance and body control to go along with his already obvious speed. On one 3rd down play he caught a pass along the sideline and then was able to stay balanced and in bounds despite a tackle attempt, helping him pick up even more yardage.†
WR Chris Conley
, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 83 - 0 (8 targets) - Conley had an up and down game but ultimately his good plays outshined the bad ones. The negative plays came during two dropped passes, each accurate balls thrown to him on 3rd downs. The positives were three catches for 83 yards, including two massive receptions in one possession.†
The first catch came on a 4th quarter dig route where he gained separation and then broke the first tackle attempt before running for 47 yards to set Jacksonville up near Cincinnati's end zone. The second play came just a few moments later as he ran a slant out the slot on the Jaguars' two-point conversion attempt and caught a rocket from Minshew to give Jacksonville the extra points.†
WR Keelan Cole
, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 1 (2 targets) - Cole played 20 snaps for an injured Marqise Lee
but he only saw two targets all game. With that said, he scored the team's only offensive touchdown thanks to well ran corner route where he tracked the ball in the air and secured it for the catch.
QB Andy Dalton
, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 43 - 276 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 4 - 33 - 1 - Dalton was decent through the first three quarters. The Bengals moved the ball at times despite having no run game, a number of offensive line penalties, and uncharacteristic drops from his top targets. On one first quarter drive, the Bengals got out to midfield and then lost 11 yards on an end around to setup 3rd-and-17. Dalton threw a perfect pass to Boyd over the middle right near the line to gain and Boyd flat out dropped it. Even Alex Erickson
, who had a breakout game had a big drop. Dalton dropped it in perfectly over his outside shoulder for what should have been a 40-yard completion and Erickson let it go straight through his hands. Dalton led an 80-yard, 6-yard play touchdown drive that took less than a minute right before halftime. He hit Alex Erickson
for 48 yards on a deep crosser and eventually capped the drive off with an easy 2-yard touchdown throw to Joe Mixon
. When the wheels came off for Dalton in the fourth quarter, they came off in pretty spectacular fashion. He was leading a long drive and had it deep in Jacksonville territory but threw it behind Tyler Boyd
, which allowed Myles Jack to make the interception. It was a fine read, just an awful throw. The Bengals forced a three and out and got the ball back needing a touchdown to tie. Dalton promptly threw a terrible pick six trying to hit Giovani Bernard
on a screen. Jacksonville got pressure on him and also held Bernard up from getting into the route and Dalton just threw it up for grabs. After the interception for a touchdown, the Bengals got a long kick return into Jacksonville territory. Dalton threw another interception on the very first play. It was a wobbler towards Tyler Boyd
into double coverage. Three interceptions in five snaps. He scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in garbage time.
RB Joe Mixon
, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 1 (2 targets) - Mixon lined up in the slot with speedy linebacker Myles Jack matched up against him and was able to beat him to the outside for a 2-yard touchdown catch. That was about it for highlights on the day. Mixon averaged 1.7 yards after contact on his 10 runs and still only gained 2 total rushing yards on the day. That means, on average, he was hit 1.5 yards behind the line of scrimmage on his carries. Thereís simply no room to run and the Bengals running game looks completely broken. The Bengals are also tipping their hand with their play calling and by subbing in Giovani Bernard
so often. A Jacksonville defender said after the game that when Bernard was in, they assumed it would be a pass and when Mixon was in, they assumed it would be a run. It is hard to understand why Mixon played just 54% of the snaps despite the Bengals taking a lead into the fourth quarter. With a slew of injuries on the offensive line, it is hard to see the situation for Mixon getting much better any time soon.
RB Giovani Bernard
, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (3 targets) - Mixon had a rough day and it wasnít any better for Bernard, who played 47% of the snaps. Bernard carried four times for zero yards and managed just four yards on three targets. Bernard was targeted on a screen pass in the fourth quarter but the defensive lineman read it well, held up Bernard and then intercepted the pass. He said after the game that whenever Bernard was in, he keyed on the pass and was able to guess what the play would be on the interception.
WR Alex Erickson
, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0, Rec: 8 - 137 - 0 (14 targets) - The lone offensive bright spot for the Bengals was Erickson. He is a good route runner, has sure hands, and is excellent after the catch. He caught a slant for a gain of 12 yards, showing some wiggle to make a man miss and pick up a few extra yards at the end of the play. Erickson lost 11 yards on an end around that had no chance. Erickson really got rolling in the two-minute drill before halftime, when he had three catches for 87 yards. The biggest gain came on a 48-yard deep crossing route. He caught it in stride and showed nice acceleration to get down the sideline. A few plays later, he caught a short out route and then broke an attempted tackle by A.J. Bouye to get loose down the sideline for a 27-yard gain before getting knocked out of bounds just shy of the end zone. Even with the breakout performance, Erickson left some plays on the field. He was open on a deep fade route from the slot for what should have been at least a 40-yard gain and he let the ball drop right through his hands.
WR Tyler Boyd
, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 55 - 0 (14 targets) - Boyd had one of the worst games of his career. There were mental mistakes like a penalty for a late shift. There were a number of drops. He should have had a 17-yard gain over the middle but dropped the pass when he looked up to see where the defender was before securing the ball. Some of the failed connections were on both Boyd and Dalton. Boyd got open on a smooth out and up route but the ball was slightly under thrown, allowing the defender to get a hand in to knock it out when Boyd let it get into his chest instead of grabbing it with his hands. The next play Dalton put a little too much speed on the ball on a quick slant and Boyd let it sail right through his hands. In addition to the drops, Boyd also had a costly fumble. He caught a short pass and weaved his way through traffic but stumbled a bit, causing his arm carrying the ball to swing away from his body and a defender to punch it out. Overall, Boyd did not look like the confident, sure-handed player he was throughout 2018. He struggled some with confidence early in his career and there is some chance that his struggles could snowball.
WR Auden Tate
, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 65 - 0 (6 targets) - Tate had a quiet game with Dalton focused on Boyd and Erickson. His catches were again of the spectacular variety, however. He was double covered but Dalton still threw it up and gave him a chance to make a play on it. Tate make the leaping grab for 33 yards. He also made a pretty twisting catch along the sideline for 20 yards in the final minute of the game. He almost scored but his momentum carried him out of bounds just shy of the end zone.
TE Tyler Eifert
, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (2 targets) - The Bengals very rarely used two tight end sets, so Eifert played just 47% of the snaps. He wasnít targeted until midway through the fourth quarter. He caught a couple short passes. Unlike past seasons, Eifertís being used almost exclusively on short routes and there arenít any attempts to use his speed to stretch the seam.
Philadelphia Eagles 10, Dallas Cowboys 37
What you need to know
- The Eagles posted a non-effort on defense in Dallas, getting run over by Ezekiel Elliott
on the ground and allowing big plays through the air to the tune of a 27-point road loss. The offense was playing catch-up for most of the game and Carson Wentz
was unable to overcome the shoddy offensive line play and his own turnovers to muster much of a comeback. Jordan Howard
remained the lead back and Miles Sanders
the clear secondary back with more of a receiving focus. Dallas Goedert
posted his best game of the season despite only four targets as no other no other receiver produced more than 40 yards against Dallasí inspired defensive effort.
- The Cowboys found their mojo in the home blowout win over the Eagles in Week 7. It was a complete team effort as the defense harassed Carson Wentz
into turnovers and the offense controlled the game with Ezekiel Elliot and timely chunk passing plays. This marked the most consistent run game effort possibly of the entire season with the offensive line regularly opening holes to the second level and Ezekiel Elliott
exploiting contact for additional yardage regularly. Amari Cooper
not only played, but was an impact, with his iffy status entering the weekend, posting 106 yards several impact plays.
QB Carson Wentz
, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 26 - 191 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0 - Mistakes and negative game script were watch words for the Eagles offense in the road blowout loss in Dallas. Wentz lost a fumble in his own red zone and took a third-down sack amidst a clunky first half and 20-point deficit. Impact plays were present for Wentz as he made several forays away from pocket pressure, like spinning from the rush with a stick throw to Nelson Agholor
down the sideline on one occasion and hitting Alshon Jeffery
between defenders on another. Wentz was hot in the third quarter, but the momentum did not translate to much of a comeback and was short lived. Wentz threw into traffic for an early fourth quarter interception, essentially the dagger in a 20-point game, and later had a fumble and should have thrown another interception but the pass was dropped by the defense in scoring range.
RB Jordan Howard
, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 50 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (2 targets) - Howard drew the start against Dallas and was the clear lead option for the Eaglesí run game. However, game script turned negative and they trailed by 20 points at halftime and did not make a dent in the deficit. Howard was stuffed on a screen pass, his notable chance for a big play in space. Howard did his best work against contact, twice powering through defenders for additional yardage, most of which came in the first quarter.
RB Miles Sanders
, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 21 - 0, Rec: 3 - 11 - 0 (3 targets) - The trend of seeing more Jordan Howard
on interior runs and Sanders in an ancillary space role continued against Dallas. Sanders has seen only nine rushing attempts over the past two games after at least nine in every game over the opening five weeks of the season. Sandersí big plays in the passing game dwindled against Dallas. Sandersí big run came on a give up third-and-long in the first minute of the first half to burn clock for eight yards. Sanders also hesitated on a kickoff return and was ultimately stuffed at the 13-yard-line to set back the offense. The Bills offer a stiff Week 8 test for Sanders to get back on track.
WR Alshon Jeffery
, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 38 - 0 (5 targets) - Jeffery led the team in targets, but with a modest total of five as the Eagles struggled to maintain scoring drives in the blowout loss at Dallas. Jefferyís lone impact play was Carson Wentz
ís best throw of the game, a sideline pass between defenders to Jeffery. Jeffery also dropped a chunk reception and did not have a chance to corral a too-tall target from Wentz in the end zone. The Bills offer another tough test in Week 8 for Jeffery to top 80 yards for the first time this season.
WR Nelson Agholor
, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (4 targets) - Agholor had a nondescript game, posted only two receptions despite DeSean Jackson
being inactive yet again. Agholor had one deep opportunity, shedding the Dallas coverage on a post route only to be overthrown by the hot-and-hold Carson Wentz
in the blowout loss. Agholor logged a deep comeback route as his lone reception of significance as he played second fiddle to Alshon Jeffery
TE Dallas Goedert
, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 69 - 1 (4 targets) - Goedert led the Eagles in receiving against the Cowboys, converting all four of his targets and finding the end zone. Goedert showed off his range with a full-extension grab for his deep over route touchdown of note and later churned out yards-after-the-catch for 20 yards to combine for much of his production. Goedert did add an untimely fumble on the opening drive of the game in Eagles territory to cloud an otherwise overtly positive performance for the second-year tight end.
TE Zach Ertz
, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 38 - 0 (5 targets) - Ertz saw a season-low five targets against the Cowboys and did see much passing game action until the mid-third quarter. Ertzís stat line would have looked far better, but a long high-point reception was challenged and overturned to an incomplete pass in the game and a red zone slant was called back by penalty. Dallas Goedert
emerged with his best game of the season in Week 7 as well to cloud Ertzís impact heading into a tough Buffalo matchup in Week 8.
QB Dak Prescott
, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 27 - 239 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 30 - 1 - Prescott lead the Cowboys to the easy home win over the Eagles. On several occasions, Prescott made impact plays through the air with his full collection of weapons healthy, including Amari Cooper
. Prescott found Cooper on a deep target for more than 40 yards and later did the same into a small window for more than 20 yards down the sideline. Prescott added production on the ground, including a play-action rollout touchdown at the goal line to essentially ice the game in the fourth quarter, and a third-down conversion on another occasion. Dallasí offense was rarely stopped on offense but Prescott was the cause on two occasions as he was stripped in the pocket on a sack and later threw an interception deep in the end zone into double coverage to keep Philadelphia marginally in the game late in the second half.
RB Ezekiel Elliott
, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 111 - 1, Rec: 6 - 36 - 0 (7 targets) - For the second week in a row Elliott was a dominant workhorse for the Cowboys, this time with 28 touches and nearly 150 total yards in the Cowboysí impressive home win over the Eagles. Elliott was rarely stopped for more than a few yards on any rushing attempt as the offensive line propelled him to the second level and Elliott was dominant after contact. Elliott was the offensive centerpiece on the opening drive and the sentiment maintained for much of the game until Tony Pollard
collected volume of note in the closing minutes of the blowout win. Elliott ran over a defender down to the goal line before converting the point-blank touchdown to cap a score drive and capped his performance with a powerful broken tackle for more than 15 yards on a mid-fourth quarter carry. After more than 60 touches over the past two games Elliott gets a deserved bye week in Week 8 before an ideal matchup against the reeling Giants.
WR Amari Cooper
, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 106 - 0 (5 targets) - Despite being questionable during the week if he would play against the Eagles and seeing only five targets, Cooper logged an impact game and more than 100 yards. Cooper and Dak Prescott
were in rhythm throughout with two deep passes for much of the pairís production, including a tight window completion down the sideline. Cooper also converted a back shoulder catch through defensive pass interference. Cooper had a highlight high-point touchdown but was called back by offensive pass interference on the play.
WR Michael Gallup
, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 34 - 0 (4 targets) - Gallup shifted back to his ancillary duties with Amari Cooper
active against the Eagles. Gallup saw a tepid four targets with the Cowboys controlling the game on the ground and with their defense. Gallup Gallup fared well with his sparse opportunities, however, bursting though contact on a third-and-long screen pass to convert and adjusting well to a slant pass on his back hip earlier in the game. Gallup did drop a red zone slant target for his lone misstep.
TE Jason Witten
, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (4 targets) - For the sixth time in seven games Witten saw exactly four targets. Wittenís opportunities were clustered in the second quarter, three of which were all quick out routes against soft coverage by the Eagles as the Cowboys angled for a last-second field goal. Witten took a slant reception into the red zone on a third-down conversion on his other non-hurry-up reception. Wittenís scoreless streak has now spanned five games and 19 receptions.
New Orleans Saints 36, Chicago Bears 25
What you need to know
New Orleans Saints
- The Saints continue to roll with Teddy Bridgewater
at quarterback and even found a way to win against the vaunted Bears defense with Latavius Murray
starting at running back. New Orleans moves to 6-1 after embarrassing the Bears at home this week. Bridgewater was methodical in moving the ball down the field in chunks, and Murray was nearly run into the ground on his way to 100+ yards and 2 touchdowns this week. The defense created 2 turnovers with fumble recoveries and blocked a punt for a safety but only sacked Mitchell Trubisky
twice. It was not a dominant defensive performance, but they did just enough to seal the victory. The Saints are happy it was not a closer game with Will Lutz
missing 2 field goals this week as well. They were uncharacteristic misses that could have cost the Saints in a closer game. The Saints will take on a suddenly surging Arizona team at home next week and could be without Alvin Kamara
again in an effort to let him rest his ankle another week before heading into their Bye week. This team should get an even bigger boost with the return of Drew Bree after the Bye and is putting themselves in the position to be the top team in the NFC.
- The Chicago Bears struggled against the Saints behind a dismal performance by Mitchell Trubisky
. The box score hides how bad Trubisky was, as the Bears returned a kick for a touchdown and scored two touchdowns in garbage time, including one after a fluke onside kick recovery. David Montgomery
played a minimal role behind Tarik Cohen
, while Cohen produced a low yardage high reception game. Allen Robinson
was peppered with targets and was the lone bright spot in the offense.
QB Teddy Bridgewater
, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 38 - 281 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 7 - 0 - The legend of Bridgewater continues on New Orleans after moving to 5-0 as the starter. After special teams spotted him a 2-0 on a blocked punt safety, Bridgewater started the offensive scoring with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill
. The short drive came after the defense recovered a Chicago fumble and Bridgewater found Hill all alone in the flat before turning it up field and extending the ball across the goal line. It was a perfect read on the zone coverage and there was not a Bears defender within 5 yards of Hill when he made the catch. The second touchdown pass went to Taysom Hill
for 4 yards. It was a simple bubble screen play where Bridgewater got the ball into his hands quickly and let Hill do the rest of the work. Bridgewater carried the ball 4 times for 7 yards but was not needed to run this week. 6 of his 7 yards came on a single carry and he was only sacked once for a loss of 8 yards. Bridgewater connected on long plays of 34 yards to Michael Thomas
and 45 yards to Ted Ginn
. The connection with Thomas continues as the pair connected on 9 of 11 passes for over 100 yards this week. Bridgewater has a great matchup next week against the Cardinals defense and has done nothing but improve his stock while filling in for Brees this season.
QB Taysom Hill
, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 1 (2 targets) - It was a very productive 3rd quarter for Hill. All of his positive yards came on a single touchdown drive and he showed why the Saints love to get him the ball. The first play was a 23-yard run out of the wild cat where he burst through the line and cut to the outside for the long run. The big play got the Saints into Chicago territory on 3rd and 1 and Latavius Murray
did the rest of the work to get the Saints to a 1st and goal situation. Hill caught a bubble screen and took it 4 yards for a touchdown to cap off the drive. He caught ball, turned up field, and lowed his shoulder through a defender into the end zone. Hill only had 1 other target the rest of the game and his other rushing attempt was stuffed for a loss of 2 yards.
RB Latavius Murray
, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 119 - 2, Rec: 5 - 31 - 0 (6 targets) - The Saints continue to show that they can stick anyone in the offense, and they will have success. Murray took over the starting role this week with Kamara ruled out and turned in a 100+ yard and 2 touchdown performance. The Saints ran him into the ground with 27 carries and another 6 targets in the passing game. Murrayís first touchdown came from 3 yards out after a big 45-yard catch by Ted Ginn
. It was a simple power I formation run that Murray took right up the middle of the defense. He was stopped about a yard short and kept churning his legs until he got in. The second touchdown put the Saints up big at the start of the 4th quarter and came from 4 yards out. Murray was the lone back and followed his left guard in for the score. He made a good cut and turned his body just enough to squeeze in between defenders for the score. Murray chipped in 5 receptions on 6 targets for another 30 yards and showed why the Saints let Mark Ingram
go and brought him in to spell Kamara this season.
RB Alvin Kamara
- After not practicing all week it was no surprise that Kamara was ruled out. He has been dealing with a high ankle sprain type injury and also is dealing with a knee issue. Latavius Murray
filled in admirably and with a game against the Cardinals and then the Bye week approaching, look for the Saints to continue to rest their star running back.
WR Michael Thomas
, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 131 - 0 (11 targets) - The only thing that did not go right for Thomas this week was he did not find the end zone. Bridgewater and Thomas connected on 9 of 11 passes for 131 yards. Thomas had a long 34-yard catch than ranked only second to Ginnís 45-yard route. Thomas averaged 14.6+ yards per catch and was a first down machine against the Bears. He did a great job finding the holes in the Bears zone coverage this week and gave Bridgewater a big target. With Brees, Kamara, and Cook out this week, Thomas was the man for the Saints receiving core. This was his 3rd 100-yard receiving game of the season and a 3rd straight game with 10+ targets. Everyone thought he would take a hit with Bridgewater at quarterback, but Thomas has shown he can catch the ball from anyone.
WR Ted Ginn
, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 48 - 0 (5 targets) - It was not the most productive game for Ginn after he only caught 2 of his 5 targets, but he made the big play on the first drive of the 2nd half to setup a Saints touchdown. It was a play action pass where the entire defense seemed to bite on the fake. Ginn had beaten his man off the line and ran straight past the safety and everyone else in coverage. Had Bridgewater put the ball out in front of him it would have been an easy touchdown, but Ginn had to slow down and catch the ball a little behind him. Bridgewater looked to hold the ball just half a second too long and must have been surprised at how open Ginn was. He was knocked down at the 3-yard line and Latavius Murray
punched in the touchdown on the very next play. Ginn continues to make the big plays but has not been consistent in the offense with Bridgewater as quarterback.
TE Josh Hill
, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 43 - 1 (3 targets) - This was the most effective game of the season for Hill. He caught all 3 of his targets including a long 27-yard catch and run and a 7-yard touchdown. Hill settled into the void in the Bears zone coverage and caught a deep pass up the seam before being tackled for his 27-yard gain. His touchdown pass looked like a blown coverage but again came when he settled down into a void. Hill leaked out into the flat that was wide open after the defensive coverage rolled to the inside. HE caught the ball 2 yards from the line of scrimmage and ran the last 5 yards in for the easy score without being touched. The Saints offense has been banged up all season and it will take different people stepping up to keep the streak going.
TE Jared Cook
- Just when he finally seemed to be putting it all together, Cook was inactive this week with an ankle injury. The other Saints tight ends stepped up with a touchdown catch each and Cook could have been in for a big day had he been healthy. Cook will hope to get healthy and return against an Arizona offense that has been very kind to opposing tight ends next week.
QB Mitchell Trubisky
, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 34 - 54 - 251 - 2 TD / 0 INT - Mitchell Trubisky
struggled mightily against the Saints. The scoreboard did not do the performance justice as the Bears returned a kick for a touchdown and scored two touchdowns late in garbage time. Trubisky was bad throughout the game. He was indecisive on throws and frequently off-target. He looked to consistently feel pressure, even when he had good protection. He had no ability to move the offense until late in the game when the Bears were down four quarters. Trubisky threw multiple balls that should have been intercepted but was lucky to have balls broken up by receivers and defenders to be out of bounds. Trubiskyís stat line looked better than he played because he threw two touchdown passes deep in garbage time, one to Allen Robinson
and another to Javon Wims
. Trubisky is holding back a championship-caliber defense and special team unit. His job could be in danger, but Chase Daniel
struggled when he last played in relief of Trubisky. He will look to bounce back against the Chargers next week.
RB Tarik Cohen
, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0, Rec: 9 - 19 - 0 (12 targets) - Tarik Cohen
led the backfield in both rushes and receptions against the Saints. Unfortunately, Cohen only rushed three times on a day they had seven total carries, while he caught nine passes for only 19 yards. Cohen was the frequent target of check-down passes from a skittish Mitchell Trubisky
which boosted his fantasy day in points per reception leagues. Cohen is restrained by the fact Trubisky is a limiting element to the offense and the offense predictably revolves around Allen Robinson
and Cohen, limiting Cohenís opportunities to create plays in the passing game. He will hope to bounce back against the Chargers next week.
RB David Montgomery
, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 6 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets) - David Montgomery
had a nightmare game against the Saints on Sunday. He was a ghost in the first half as Tarik Cohen
handled much of the offense and only had two carries on the game, including a lost fumble. Montgomery had some short receptions in garbage time after the game was out of reach but failed to add anything after the catch. Montgomery is restricted by a limited offense and is likely to be unpredictable next week against the Chargers.
WR Allen Robinson
, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 87 - 1 (16 targets) - Allen Robinson
was the only positive in the Chicago offense on Sunday. He was dominant and peppered with targets throughout the offense. Robinson was dominant in the short area of the field but struggled to create big plays because Mitchell Trubisky
struggled mightily throughout the game. He had the opportunity for a big play down the sideline but was unable to get both feet down in bounds. Robinson boosted his fantasy day in garbage time with a terrific double move for a touchdown. Robinson is limited in his big-play ability by Trubiskyís deficiencies but is a focal point of the offense and dominant player when he gets on point targets. He will face the Chargers next week.
TE Trey Burton
, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (4 targets) - Trey Burton
continued to be a minimal element in the offense with Mitchell Trubisky
struggling to move the offense. Burton had two short receptions and added a drop while splitting snaps with Adam Shaheen
who caught a two-point conversion. He is a low-end option next week against the Chargers.
Los Angeles Chargers 20, Tennessee Titans 23
What you need to know
Los Angeles Chargers
- Philip Rivers
did all he could to keep the team in the game. He didn't play a perfect game, but he played as well as could be considering the state of his offensive line and failure of the running game to generate any kind of offense.
has gone from one of the most critical components of the offense, to almost an afterthought since the return of Hunter Henry
. Henry again dominated the receiving game targets, as Allen took a back seat.
continues to see much more work than Austin Ekeler
, and continues to get outplayed by the unheralded backup. In this game, Gordon averaged less than two yards per touch and coughed up the football at the end of the fourth quarter to essentially end the game. Ekeler, meanwhile, hauled in a 41-yard touchdown and averaged over ten yards per touch.
- With Ryan Tannehill
under center, the Titans racked up over 300 passing yards for the first time this season on their way to a win over the Chargers. Tannehill played well and made decisive throws, completing 23-of-29 passes with two touchdowns. Corey Davis
was atop the score sheet in receiving with 80 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Brown
led the team in targets and made a few big plays of his own. Derrick Henry
also had a solid showing with 23 touches, 108 total yards, and one rushing touchdown. Right tackle Jack Conklin suffered a thigh injury early in the game and did not return.
QB Philip Rivers
, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 38 - 329 - 2 TD / 0 INT - Rivers was under duress for much of the game, and deserved a better outcome than what happened at the end. He put up big stats and consistently put the ball in the right spots for his receivers (who also made a number of difficult plays to help him as well), but he was let down by the lack of a running game and the limited protection afforded by the offensive line. The first half featured a lot of short passes and checkdowns as the Titans hurried him repeatedly and largely took away the deep ball. On one particular fourth down attempt, Rivers had his man semi-open, but underthrew the ball since a defender was bearing down on him. When Rivers DID have time to step into the throws, the bullet passes and precision timing routes were a thing of beauty. Late in the first half, Rivers engineered a perfect drive during which he went 7-7 for 96 yards, culminating with one of the easiest touchdown passes of his career. He found Melvin Gordon
wide open off a play fake by flipping it over the defender to the wide open running back. Rivers was sacked on his very first dropback of the second half and the Chargers had just two total yards the entire third quarter. He was also nearly intercepted when he underthrew a pass to Keenan Allen
that a Titans defender got a hand on, but it would have been a spectacular play on a diving attempt. But just when it seemed like they were dead, Rivers nearly brought the Chargers all the way back. Trailing by ten and with Tennessee playing a softer defense, Rivers engineered a four play drive to go 75 yards for the score, with the big play being the 41-yard touchdown strike down the right sideline to a wide open Austin Ekeler
. Following a Tennessee turnover on downs, Rivers led the Chargers down towards a potential game-winning score. He again found Ekeler on an inside slant for what appeared to be the go-ahead touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game. But officials reviewed the play and determined that Ekeler was down short of the goal line. Following a pass interference penalty against the Titans in the end zone on a Rivers pass intended for Mike Williams
, Melvin Gordon
got a handoff up the middle and fumbled it away to Tennessee to end the game. Adding injury to insult, Chargers starting lineman Forrest Lamp reinjured his knee idway through the game and had to be carted off, which doesn't bode well for Rivers' prospects of remaining upright going forward.
RB Melvin Gordon
, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 32 - 0, Rec: 2 - -3 - 1 (3 targets) - The stats look bad enough, but the end results for Gordon were even worse than the numbers make it appear. He turned in one of his worst games of his career, getting almost nothing going on the ground or through the air, culminating in coughing up a fumble at the goal line to lose the game with the Chargers literally inches away from winning it if he could have gotten across the goal line. Early on, the Chargers fed Gordon with multiple delayed handoff attempts up the middle, which is largely what they tried doing last week (also with no success). On one play when Gordon did get to the outside, the defender stripped the ball away as Gordon was switching the ball to his other hands. It was very nearly recovered by Tennessee, but fortunately for the Chargers the ball bounced right back to Gordon who fell on it. There was another sloppy play where Gordon was the target of a sideline pass and just sat back waiting for the ball. The defender jumped the route and nearly picked it off, as Gordon failed to come back to the football. Late in the first half, the Chargers got near the Tennessee goal line. Gordon was not only stuffed at the goal line, but actually appeared to lose the ball as he was trying to leap over the pile. Officials, however, ruled that the play was dead since his progress had been stopped. Finally, Rivers dropped back and flipped one over the top of the defense to a wide open Gordon after the Tennessee defense had crashed the middle leaving Gordon wide open. Gordon wasn't heard from much the rest of the way until late in the fourth quarter. With the team trailing by three points, Austin Ekeler
appeared to score a game-winning touchdown. Replays showed Ekeler was short of the goal line, so Gordon was given a handoff on the next play. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but after review this one was overturned as well (replays showed Gordon was not only short of the goal line, but may have fumbled as well). Following a Chargers false start penalty (where Gordon was going to get the ball), the Chargers threw a jump ball to Mike Williams
. A pass interference penalty against Tennessee put the ball back on the 1-yard line. With 22 seconds left to play and no timeouts, the Chargers ran Gordon up the middle again to try and win the game. Once again, he was stopped short of the goal line and once again he fumbled the ball away. This time, however, there was no question about the fumble or that it was recovered by Tennessee to end the game. On the bright side, the Chargers trusted Gordon repeatedly on the goal line all game long. On the negative side, he failed on every single opportunity he got and could barely hold onto the football when he did.
RB Austin Ekeler
, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 7 - 0, Rec: 7 - 118 - 1 (8 targets) - Melvin Gordon
saw more touches than Ekeler (18-12), but once again Ekeler was far more productive (125 yards from scrimmage for Ekeler, compared to just 29 for Gordon). Gordon also had a couple of costly goal line fumbles (only one was lost, but it ended the game) and was sloppy with a few other touches as well. On top of that, Ekeler actually played well himself. His first few receptions all went for first downs or close to it, dragging tackles up the field with him at times. He again showed how quickly he can get to top speed, and excellent vision to pick up yards where other players may not have that same ability to. In the second half, the Chargers found themselves down by ten. Philip Rivers
used a quick strike offense to lead the team on a four-play, 75-yard drive, the big play being a 41-yard bomb to Ekeler down the sideline for the easy score. Ekeler had beaten the linebacker off the line and was wide open, waltzing in the last few yards to get the Chargers to within three points. Ekeler was essentially playing wide receiver in the fourth quarter, grabbing a slant over the middle to get inside the 20-yard line. And then later he grabbed a pass over the middle, dragged multiple defenders with him, and appeared to get in for the go-ahead touchdown. Replays showed he was just short of the end zone, and overturned the touchdown. Despite having time and multiple opportunities to get in from inside the 1-yard line, the Chargers failed to convert the score (and notably, didn't put the ball in Ekeler's hands on any of the goal line attempts to score).
WR Keenan Allen
, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 61 - 0 (11 targets) - Allen continued his shockingly quiet 2019 campaign with yet another substandard (for him) performance. He didn't play particularly poorly, but once again took a back seat to both Austin Ekeler
and Hunter Henry
in the passing game. Allen got open down the sideline on the first play of the game and Rivers fired him a bullet pass, but the defender made a tremendous break in closing back to the ball and deflecting it away. Soon after, Allen again got open over the middle. Rivers went high with the pass and Allen got a hand on it, but was unable to bring it in as he came down to the field. He finally made his first catch with just under four minutes left in the first quarter, a sliding grab over the middle for a nice gain. He then converted a long third down pass play by going high over the middle and shielding out the defender for the first down grab. Allen showed his athleticism on two catches close to one another, the first a tough sideline grab where he managed to drag his back foot along the sideline. And the second was ruled a catch along the sideline, but it was reviewed. Replays appeared to show his second foot missing the field, but officials presumably ruled that the bottom of his foot scraped across the grass. That catch put the ball inside the 5-yard line as Allen tried reaching out for the pylon, but didn't quite get there. But that was really the extent of Allen's involvement. He had a rare second half drop on one pass, and was the target of a 50-50 ball in the end zone on a sideline route, but the defender knocked it away and it never really had a chance.
WR Mike Williams
, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 47 - 0 (6 targets) - Williams had a relatively quiet game, but he was involved in some of the most key plays of the game. He was targeted on an end zone pass over the middle early on, but the ball was fired way over his head and into double coverage. Williams, who has dealt with some various bumps and bruises this season, hit the ground hard after the incompletion. But he appeared to be fine with no lasting effects. Later in the first half, he made a spectacular catch on a ball thrown over his head. He managed to hang onto the ball with his fingertips and toe-tapped the sideline to remain in bounds. It was initially ruled incomplete, but the Chargers challenged the call and it was overturned after the replay review. Williams had a key third down reception on the last drive of the game, bouncing off the defender and diving ahead to get the Chargers into field goal range (which would have tied the game). He was then targeted on a jump ball in the end zone for what would have been the go-ahead score. While Williams didn't catch the ball, he did draw a pass interference penalty to set up a first and goal at the goal line.
TE Hunter Henry
, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 97 - 0 (8 targets) - Henry's involvement in the offense was consistent and productive. His first catch of the game came on the second play of the game, a floater near the sideline that Henry laid out for. He got up and immediately headed to the sideline, but came back in a few plays later showing no ill effects. He saw regular targets throughout the rest of the game, culminating in back to back long targets to open a fourth quarter drive that got the Chargers into Tennessee territory. He showed nice concentration on one pass over his shoulder, and showed good strength on the other one when he caught a short pass over the middle and then dragged a few would-be tacklers past the sticks to pick up the first down.
TE Virgil Green
, 12 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - Green caught one ball, a quick reception over the middle on the play following Hunter Henry
leaving after getting dinged up. Henry returned soon after, and Green returned to fantasy irrelevance.
QB Ryan Tannehill
, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 29 - 312 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 7 - 0 - Ryan Tannehill
looked accurate and poised as he led the Titans to a victory in his first start of the season. He was routinely making very quick decisions from the pocket as he got the ball out quick with limited scrambling throughout the game. During the second drive of the game, however, Tannehill did have quite a scramble to his left and made a spectacular throw on the run, across his body, to hit Corey Davis
in stride for a 16-yard gain. He would make another solid throw, a bullet, to hit Corey Davis
between the numbers for a touchdown from eight yards out on his third drive of the game. Tannehill caught a break near the end of the third quarter as he overthrew Jonnu Smith
but had Anthony Firkser
right behind Smith as Firkser made the catch to complete what would end up being a 27-yard gain. On that same drive, Tannehill found Tajae Sharpe
wide open with a dart in the back of the end zone for his second passing touchdown of the game. On the next drive, Tannehill connected with Corey Davis
for his biggest play of the game as Davis went for 38 yards. The throw from Tannehill was a risky one, but he had some velocity on this ball that split two defenders to find Davis about 14 yards downfield. To cap off that drive, Tannehill found Tajae Sharpe
wide open in the back of the end zone for his second passing touchdown of the day. The throw was a little high, but it was good enough for Sharpe to snag the score.
RB Derrick Henry
, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 90 - 1, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets) - Derrick Henry
saw 23 touches and amassed over 100 yards and a touchdown in what would be a solid showing for him. He would finish with eight rushes of five or more yards, showing great burst throughout the afternoon. Henry had a great opportunity with a well-blocked screen just before halftime that he took for 18 yards, his longest play of the day. He followed that reception up with a big 12-yard run on a draw play up the middle where Henry showed his power to break through the line of scrimmage and shed another arm tackle before being brought down. He had another nice run midway through the fourth quarter as he read the line of scrimmage well, hit his hole, and made a great cut left to pick up eight yards and get the Titans into the red zone. Two plays later, Henry took a toss to the left to the corner and accelerated his way into the end zone from 11 yards out behind great blocking as he scored what would end up being the game-winning touchdown for Tennessee.
WR A.J. Brown
, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 6 - 64 - 0 (8 targets) - A.J. Brown
led the team in targets with eight, hauling in six of them for 64 yards. He made his first three catches on the same drive just before halftime. His first came from a simple 5-yard in route ran well by Brown, who tacked on extra yards after the catch to complete a 16-yard gain. His next catch came two plays later on a deep route where Brown had to elevate to grab a high-thrown ball that he hauled in with a defender basically hanging off his back. His last catch of that drive was from a curl route just short of the end zone as Brown hauled it in for an 11-yard gain. Brown made three more catches on the same drive late in the fourth quarter. The first was a short pass for five yards. The second came on third down where Brown easily converted it, finding himself wide open for an 11-yard gain. The next catch also came on third down, but Brown was tackled just inches short as he was well covered and immediately tackled for just a six-yard gain.
WR Corey Davis
, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 80 - 1 (7 targets) - Corey Davis
led the team in receiving and tied for the lead in receptions as he had a solid day on Sunday. Davis made a spectacular contested catch on the second drive of the game as he was under tight coverage but plucked the ball away from the defender for an 11-yard gain. Two plays later, Davis hauled in another well-thrown ball that hit him in stride just in front of the defender for a 16-yard gain. His next look in the end zone as Davis settled between two defenders from eight yards out and caught a rocket thrown right between the numbers from Tannehill. Davis took a shot to the head just after making the catch, but he still held on to the ball for his second touchdown of the season. His longest catch of the game would come midway through the fourth quarter as Tannehill hit Davis with a dart about 14-yards downfield that split two defenders. Davis made the catch and quickly turned upfield to complete a 38-yard reception.
WR Adam Humphries
, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (4 targets) - Adam Humphries
caught all four of his targets for 40 yards as he served his normal role as an underneath option to move the chains for this offense. He converted two first downs in this game, both coming in the second half. It was his last catch of the game that would be his longest as he found himself wide open in the middle of the field to complete a 14-yard gain that would get the Titans into the red zone and set up an eventual touchdown.
WR Tajae Sharpe
, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 1 (3 targets) - Sharpe caught just two passes for 19 yards as he was minimally involved in the offense, but he did find the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. His touchdown catch came on a wide-open look in the back of the end zone. The throw was a little high, but Sharpe easily hauled it in and tapped his toes for the score.
TE Jonnu Smith
, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 64 - 0 (3 targets) - Smith made three big catches in Sundayís win over the Chargers. He was the recipient of Tannehillís first pass of the game as Smith did a great job adjusting to the ball while bringing it in over his shoulder in the middle of the field for a 24-yard gain. His next catch was one of the biggest plays of the game for a Titans player. On 3rd-and-14 just after halftime, Smith caught a short pass just two yards from the line of scrimmage and should have been tackled for a short gain. Instead, Smith shed right through an arm tackle before turning upfield, shedding another arm tackle, and churning his way to a huge 35-yard gain. His final catch came within the red zone as he caught a short pass for five yards to help set up a Titans touchdown on the next play.
Houston Texans 23, Indianapolis Colts 30
What you need to know
- Will Fuller
appears to be out for the next few weeks with a hamstring injury. Fuller was injured on the first offensive drive, and the Texans will be turning to Kenny Stills
as his every-down replacement.
The Texans' tight end group was quiet, but Darren Fells
and Jordan Akins
remain the primary tight ends of the offense.
The Texans will be signing wide receiver Steven Mitchell, Jr. to the active roster from the practice squad. With Fuller down for a while, the Texans opted to sign one of their own to help the depth of the position on the 53-man roster.
- The Colts and Jacoby Brissett
found great success throwing the ball downfield particularly on crossing patterns and the Texans seemingly made no adjustments to stop them. Seemingly every time a Colts receiver crossed the middle of the field he was left uncovered allowing huge plays repeatedly. Jacoby Brissett
found a lot of wide open targets. Zach Pascal
, Eric Ebron
, and TY Hilton were the primary beneficiaries. Pascal played one of his best games as a pro. Pascal made plays all over the field showing off his strong hands and ability after the catch. Ebron played his best game of the year which included a spectacular 1 handed catch in the back of the end zone. TY Hilton was relied upon less than usual but he still showed up with key plays in crucial situations. Marlon Mack
and the Colts ground attack found much less success than the passing game. Mack is still clearly the Colts lead back and should produce going forward.
QB Deshaun Watson
, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 34 - 308 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 32 - 0 - It was an up and down day for Deshaun Watson
. The offense had to depend on him due to no real running game throughout the game. Watson had two costly interceptions, one was his own doing while another bounced out of Keke Coutee
's hands into a Colts defenders waiting arms. Watson was still able to throw for 308 yards and hit DeAndre Hopkins
for his only touchdown pass on a four-yard pass. The Colts did everything they could to limit the big throws from Watson and forced him to work underneath with his throws. Watson was patient, but his first interception intended for Duke Johnson
killed a scoring drive opportunity for the offense. Watson did have two 100-yard receivers on the day. The work between Watson, DeAndre Hopkins
, and Kenny Stills
was able to keep the Texans alive during the game.
RB Carlos Hyde
, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 35 - 0 (1 targets) - It was a slow day for Carls Hyde with the Colts defense shutting him down, running the football. Hyde's longest run of the day was a 10-yard scamper that saw him break tackles and get into the second level. Outside of that run, Hyde was a non-factor for the offense. Hyde also had a drop in the passing game on a key thrid down throw late in the game.
RB Duke Johnson
, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 34 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (5 targets) - With the Colts defense causing all types of issues for the Texans offense, O'Brien opted to use and give Duke Johnson
more touches in the offense. He was able to rush for 34 yards and catch two passes fro 22 yards. Johnson's usage and touches went up this week but part of that was due to the Colts scheming to shut down the run and Carlos Hyde
at all costs.
WR DeAndre Hopkins
, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 106 - 1 (12 targets) - The Texans finally had to turn to DeAndre Hopkins
, who had his best day receving since week one. After Will Fuller
went down, the Texans offense starting pumping through Hopkins. Hopkins had nine receptions and was able to get a four-yard touchdown pass reception late in the game. Hopkins beat his man running a nice route getting back to the inside, where he was standing by himself in the end zone. Hopkins remains the Texans' top option in the passing game, and when the ball comes his way, he is going to make plays.
WR Kenny Stills
, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 105 - 0 (5 targets) - It remains a productive situation for Kenny Stills
when he steps on the field. He had an outstanding catch on a 9-route when he was able to stack a cornerback down the sideline and catch a 45-yard reception. Stills was also used on crossing routes early in the game. After Fuller went down, Stills took his place in the offense and was on the field for the remainder of the game.
WR Keke Coutee
, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 1, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (5 targets) - Coutee's usage continues to go up, and with injuries around him, his spot remains safe. Coutee did have a four-yard touchdown run that saw him run an option look with Deshaun Watson
. Watson pitched him the ball late, and he snagged it with one hand to job into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. Coutee was also able to catch three passes for 25 yards, with his longest reception being 13-yards. He did have a costly drop late in the game when the Texans were driving for the potential game-winning drive. Watson hit Coutee in the hands, but he was unable to corral the throw in which the ball bounced into a Colts defender's hands to end the game.
QB Jacoby Brissett
, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 39 - 326 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 6 - 0 - Jacoby Brissett
played outstanding outside of the 4th quarter and an ugly fumble. Brissett led the Colts down the field on a 94 yard touchdown drive to open the game. Brissett completed 3 passes for gains of over 18 yards on the drive including a 20 yard bullet to Zach Pascal
. Brissett capped the drive finding Pascal on a crossing route for an 11 yard touchdown. Brissett had ample time to throw the entire possession and looked very comfortable in the pocket. The Colts following possession ended with a stuffed running play on 4th and 1 then Jacoby Brissett
fumbled a shot gun snap giving the Texans first and goal. The snap was catchable it seemed like Brissett simply took his eye off the ball. Brissett got the passing game back on track and put together a 75 yard touchdown drive. Brissett completed 4 passes that went for 10+ yards and capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown to TY Hilton. Brissett took the Colts down the field on another touchdown drive to open the second half. Brissett found Zach Pascal
for a 34 yard gain and connected with TY Hilton to move the Colts into the red zone. Brissett capped the drive with a touch pass to the back of the end zone to a well covered Eric Ebron
for a 4 yard touchdown. Brissett kept the Colts on track with a 33 yard completion to Ebron and a 25 yard pass to TY Hilton to set up first and goal. Brissett capped the drive with a 2 yard shovel pass to Zach Pascal
for a touchdown. After scoring two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter the Colts managed only 1 first down in the 4th quarter. The Colts play calling became more conservative and the passing game struggled as a result. The Texans also found success blitzing and forcing Brissett to get rid of the ball quickly.
RB Marlon Mack
, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 44 - 0, Rec: 3 - 12 - 0 (3 targets) - Marlon Mack
handled the lion share of the workload for the Colts. Mack played well and consistently gained the yardage that was blocked for him but was not able to break into the open field or create any explosive plays. The Colts passing game was firing on all cylinders for much of the game leaving less of a need for the Colts to rely on Mack. The Colts also found success passing in the red zone scoring 2 2 yard touchdowns and a 4 yard touchdown through the air which took goal line opportunities away from Mack. Mack had 21 touches compared to 5 total between Nyheim Hines
and Jordan Wilkins
. Expect Mack to be a key part of the Colts offense going forward.
WR Zach Pascal
, 36 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 6 - 106 - 2 (7 targets) - Zach Pascal
played a great game against the Texans. Pascal consistently beat his man and made strong physical plays all over the field. Pascal made a nice contested catch running a deep crossing route for 20 yards. Pascal showed strong hands on the play. Pascal beat a linebacker running a shallow crossing route and leapt into the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown. Pascal made a catch in the flat on 3rd and 2 and took his man for a ride downfield for a 12 yard gain. Pascal once again got matched up with a linebacker and beat his man across the field this time escaping down the sideline for a 34 yard gain. Pascal caught a shovel pass from Brissett off of play action and powered his way into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. Pascal beat his man crossing the deep middle of the field and got wide open for a 26 yard completion.
WR T.Y. Hilton
, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 74 - 1 (11 targets) - TY Hilton played well but had a quieter game that some might have expected with Brissett putting up huge numbers. Numerous Colts contributed big plays in the passing game. Hilton had a potential 35 yard gain hit him in the hands and fall incomplete. It was a sideline catch with a high degree of difficulty but it was a catch Hilton has made previously. Hilton beat his man from the slot running a deep crossing route for 23 yards. Hilton made a catch running a slant for 12 yards. Hilton scored a 2 yard touchdown running a pick play with Eric Ebron
. Hilton continues to be a red zone weapon for the Colts thanks to his quickness and sure hands. Hilton made an 11 yard catch running a comeback route. On 3rd and 7 Hilton ran a shallow crossing route, broke a tackle, and tip toed his way down the sideline for 25 yards. It looked like Hilton should have been forced out of bounds about 10 yards before he actually was.
TE Eric Ebron
, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 70 - 1 (5 targets) - Eric Ebron
played his best game of the season against the Texans. Ebron came wide open running a quick out route and escaped downfield for 17 yards. Ebron made a catch crossing the middle of the field and hurdled a defender on his way to a 16 yard gain. Eric Ebron
made a spectacular 1 handed catch in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Ebron not only had the ball stick to his hand like glue but showed amazing awareness and body control to get both feet in bounds. Ebron found a huge hole in the Texans' defense running a deep crossing route for a 33 yard catch and run.
Baltimore Ravens 30, Seattle Seahawks 16
What you need to know
- The Ravens offense was able to move the ball against the Seahawks but managed only 1 touchdown on 4 trips to the red zone. Lamar Jackson
carried the Ravens offense with his legs and made big plays when the team needed it most. Jackson created multiple huge plays with his legs and looked like he was moving at a different speed than defenders at times. Jackson had a few misses early in the game but was better throwing the ball than his stat line suggests. Mark Andrews
had 3 costly drops including a potential touchdown. The Ravens running backs found more success as the game went on. Defenses seem to be keying on Mark Ingram
's inside runs that were so effective early in the season. Gus Edwards
looked like the Ravens best offensive player outside of Lamar Jackson
. Edwards moves surprisingly well for man his size and is a challenge for any defender to tackle 1 on 1. Miles Boykin
made a nice play downfield but needs to see more opportunities to be fantasy relevant.
- It had to happen eventually. Russell Wilson
threw an interception. Unfortunately, the return was a pick six, and made a huge impact in the game. The Ravens seemed to have not only his number, but stalled the running game as well. One important take away this week, was that with Will Dissly
on IR, his targets seemed to be spread evenly between Tyler Lockett
, DK Metcalf
, and Jaron Brown
, so they all deserve a slight uptick. Metcalf was a big time red zone target, though he didnít capitalize.
QB Lamar Jackson
, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 20 - 143 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 14 - 116 - 1 - Lamar Jackson
played very well against the Seahawks. Jackson overcame drops and penalties with a great single handed performance. Jackson delivered big plays with his arm and legs when the Ravens needed them most. On the Ravens first possession Jackson connected with Miles Boykin
off of play action for a 50 yard gain. Jackson's pass was a little underthrown but he did a good job of finding Boykin while he was on the move and completing the pass. The Ravens settled for a field goal after 3 run plays. On 3rd and 10 with no one open Jackson escaped the pocket and ran down the sideline for 28 yards before slipping and falling or he may have had a bigger gain. Jackson then hit Mark Andrews
down the seam for 33 yards on one of his best throws of the game. But once again the Ravens drive stalled with 3 unsuccessful red zone plays. A pick six by Marcus Peters shortened the half for the Ravens offense leaving them with 4 possessions resulting in 2 field goals and 2 punts. Jackson and the Ravens offense finally got going midway through the 3rd quarter. Jackson converted a key 3rd down with a 10 yard pass to Hayden Hurst
down the sideline as he was scrambling. Jackson capped the drive with a 13 yard gain on a designed quarterback run to set up 4th and 2. Jackson then kept the ball on a nearly identical play for an 8 yard touchdown run. Jackson's ability to make defenders miss in tight spaces and avoid hits is remarkable. With a 7 point lead and 12 minutes remaining in the game Jackson led the Ravens down the field on a drive that ate 9 minutes of game clock. After a holding penalty and ugly drop by Mark Andrews
, Lamar Jackson
scrambled for 30 yards on 3rd and 8. The Ravens moved the ball down the field with their rushing attack and kicked a field goal to take a 2 score lead. The Ravens defense scored another touchdown giving the Ravens a commanding lead. Jackson converted a 3rd and 7 with an 8 yard run to seal the game.
RB Mark Ingram
, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 46 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets) - Mark Ingram
struggled to find room to run against the Seahawks. Ingram had his moments but has not found the same running lanes inside that he found earlier in the season. Teams seem intent on taking away the big plays from Ingram and forcing Jackson to beat them on the edge or with his arm. Ingram is still running hard and playing well. Ingram looks quick and is still fighting through contact but he is not being allowed to build a head of steam as he used to. Despite this Ingram still averaged nearly 4 yards per carry and should be a key part of the Ravens offense going forward especially in goal line or short yardage situations.
RB Gus Edwards
, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 35 - 0 - Gus Edwards
looked like the Ravens best running back against the Seahawks. Edwards got a nice block from Matt Skura at the second level allowing Edwards to get downhill and pick up 14 yards with a physical run. Edwards had a 9 yard carry negated by a holding penalty. Edwards got a nice block from Nick Boyle
on the edge and gained 9 yards off left tackle. Edwards saw fewer carries than Ingram but the Ravens offense was most effective with Edwards in the game.
WR Miles Boykin
, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 55 - 0 (2 targets) - Miles Boykin
was the Ravens leading receiver and he only saw 2 first quarter targets. Boykin made a 5 yard catch running a quick out route. Boykin got behind the Seahawks secondary off of play action and made a nice catch on an underthrown pass for a 50 yard gain. Boykin used his body to shield the defender from the ball and did a nice job of adjusting to the pass.
TE Mark Andrews
, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (8 targets) - Mark Andrews
had a game to forget against the Seahawks. Andrews first target should have been a routine completion underneath but Jackson threw the pass at Andrews' feet. Andrews beat single coverage down the seam and made a leaping back shoulder catch for 33 yards. The ball placement on the throw was a little awkward and Andrews made a nice adjustment to make the catch. Andrews made a 6 yard catch running a quick out route. Mark Andrews
had a 16 yard touchdown catch in his hands but KJ Wright ripped the ball away from him as he went to the ground forcing an incompletion. Andrews then dropped a potential 10 yard gain the following play. Andrews dropped what should have been a 15 yard gain as he was wide open in the middle of the field. The drops were uncharacteristic for Andrews and he should bounce back after the bye week.
QB Russell Wilson
, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 41 - 241 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 27 - 0 - Wilson had a rough go of it. Coverage was tight all day long, and the best he could do in most cases, was to toss the ball up in man coverage and hope his guy (usually Metcalf, in those cases) won the battle. It happened occasionally, but not enough to move the chains consistently. He continued his excellent rapport with Tyler Lockett
, tossing him a TD with uncanny aim (and perhaps a little telepathy?) Ė about 10 feet away from him in the end zone, which of course Lockett knew exactly when to go for it. Wilson scrambled only occasionally, but with positive results, picking up a couple of first downs. He was also successful throwing short, quick passes, but mainly because the Ravens took away his other options. And of course, from the Ravens highlight reel, was the pick six: Wilson threw to the flat, as the coverage seemed soft, but Marcus Peters intercepted it at full speed and went untouched for the defensive score. It had to happen eventually, but still, it was disappointing that it came on such a rookie-like mistake.
RB Chris Carson
, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 65 - 0, Rec: 3 - 9 - 0 (5 targets) - Carson saw the ball early and often, but really got nowhere throughout the game. On a few occasions, he hit the line of scrimmage fast enough to find a hole, but most carries, he did not. He also had a lot of trouble when attempting to get outside. He looked good in open space, on a reception in which he leapt over a defender for a short gain. 99% of the time, the Ravens defense just had his number. Credit the strong running game overall for the fact that he came away with the positive yardage that he did.
RB C.J. Prosise
, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 17 - 0 - Prosise had a nice 16-yard gain on a first down shotgun handoff. But despite Rashaad Penny
getting no carries at all, Chris Carson
was right back in there after that carry.
RB Rashaad Penny
, 2 offensive snaps - Penny was available (hamstring), and in fact made an appearance in the opening quarter, but had no touches.
WR Tyler Lockett
, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0, Rec: 5 - 61 - 1 (7 targets) - As Lockett so often does, he very quietly led the team in receiving yards. Included were a couple of highlight-worthy catches. First, his diving TD catch, as Wilson tossed the ball to an open space, which caught the defender flat footed, and let Lockett do the work. Lockett was close to getting a second score on a throw that took him just out of bounds in the end zone. What makes Lockett special though, is his versatility. He made a nice possession catch in the second half, moving the chains, and showed great skill at tracking a deep lob over the middle for a 33-yard gain.
WR DK Metcalf
, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 53 - 0 (9 targets) - Metcalf saw a huge amount of targets (9), showing how important he can be to the offense. Unfortunately, the results were mixed, and he played the goat in the end. Some attempts, like his first target, which went off of his fingertips, look to be catchable balls. In those instances, he really does look like a rookie. On others, however, he shows such poise, that it seems just a matter of time before heís a difference maker. The Wilson-to-Metcalf bread-and-butter play (albeit, itís not quite working for them yet) is a toss about 30 yards down the sideline in solo coverage. His second target was one of these, which was a great catch, for 37 yards. Then he drew a pass interference call on a similar play in the second quarter. Still another of basically the same play, this time in the end zone, and a non-call this time, upheld on replay. Late in the game, he made a terrible mistake, fumbling the ball while untouched deep in Seahawks territory, and it was returned for a TD. Metcalf had one more end zone opportunity after the fumble, but the ball was well out of reach. Despite the disappointing overall line, the opportunities are there Ė and especially with big red zone target Will Dislly out for the season -- for Metcalf to make an impact.
WR Jaron Brown
, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 60 - 0 (6 targets) - Brownís 60-yard total was only one short of the team lead (Lockett). With TE Willl Dissly out, Brown picked up some of the slack with a few extra snaps Ė including a red zone look, a sure TD, if he could have held on. On that play, he had trouble getting to the ball, which was hastily thrown, but it still seemed like one of ones you just canít miss. He then made a first down catch in two-minute drill. But most of his yards came at the end. With the score basically out of reach, Brown made a really nice 48-yard catch over the middle in coverage.
TE Jacob Hollister
, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (6 targets) - Despite just coming off of the practice squad last week, Hollister was the check down Tight End of choice for Russell Wilson
. He didnít seem like a bit part of the game plan overall, but the Ravens secondary did a great job in coverage, forcing Wilson to make a lot of short throws.
Los Angeles Rams 37, Atlanta Falcons 10
What you need to know
Los Angeles Rams
- The Rams rebounded in a major way in Atlanta with a decisive win over the struggling Atlanta defense. Todd Gurley
was a full-go this week and saw a hearty 19 touches, including an impressive wheel route diving touchdown. Darrell Henderson
was the secondary running back with Malcolm Brown
out, playing mostly in the second half of the comfortable win. The passing game was a spread-it-around affair with Gerald Everett
making the splash plays including a red zone screen touchdown and a gorgeous over-the-shoulder sideline reception of note.
- Grady Jarrett hurt his ribs during the first drive of the game and was in an out of the contest during the first half while getting ice to the area. Atlantaís defense gave up big plays on crossing routes to Robert Woods
and Cooper Kupp
as well as big plays to Gerald Everett
on a deep pass against UDFA CB Jamal Carter and a screen pass for a touchdown. Dante Fowler earned numerous hits on Matt Ryan
throughout the game as well as a third sack and forced a fumble. Fowler beat the Falcons offensive line on both the left and right sides, and Ryan left the game early in the fourth quarter after limping off the field after an Aaron Donald sack fumble. Although Julio Jones
earned a big play on a go route to Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars had repeated success blitzing Ryan while putting Ramsey on Jones one-on-one on third down to foil drives. Matt Bryant
had a second missed field goal in as many games. Ryanís wide pass on the screen pass to Mohamed Sanu
led to an interception deep in Falconsí territory and resulted in Devonta Freeman
ís third-quarter ejection and another touchdown that put the Rams up 27-3. Ito Smith
also left the game in the first half with a head injury after getting run over by Corey Littleton during a blitz pickup.
QB Jared Goff
, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 37 - 268 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 3 - 1 - A clean game was in order for Goff against the Falcons after a clunky stretch of five touchdowns and six interceptions over the previous four games. The Falcons defense obliged, and Goff avoided mistakes for the comfortable road win. Goff made several stick throws including a deep in-cut to Cooper Kupp
on third and long and another on a deep crosser to Robert Woods
. Goff also showed touch to drop it in the bucket with a wheel route touchdown to Todd Gurley
and a sideline route to Gerald Everett
. Goff is rarely active as a runner but added a goal line rushing touchdown on a rollout and a third-and-short sneak conversion. In terms of missed opportunities, Goff overthrew Gerald Everett
on a fade route and did the same to Cooper Kupp
and Brandin Cooks
on three passes in particular. the Bengals offer a similar matchup to exploit in Week 8.
RB Todd Gurley
, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 41 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 1 (1 targets) - Swapping their status from a week ago, Gurley was active with Malcolm Brown
out with injury against the Falcons. Gurley saw a season-high 19 touches in the comfortable road win with Darrell Henderson
serving as the clear backup. Gurley posted an early-game run for nearly 10 yards but was largely held in check on the ground other than churning through contact on a couple of occasions. Gurley made one of the highlight offensive plays of the game for the Rams with a diving touchdown reception on a wheel route, a small window for the throw and an even better catch by Gurley. Big plays as a runner were limited to less than 10 yards by the Falcons defense for Gurley, but he nearly scored on the ground with two successful red zone runs before being stopped at the goal line on one offensive sequence. Henderson did not challenge Gurley for the lead role and mostly played in the second half with a huge lead.
RB Darrell Henderson
, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 31 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets) - Henderson inherited the secondary role to Todd Gurley
against the Falcons with Malcolm Brown
inactive. Henderson sparsely played in the first half between seeing more action in the second of the comfortable road win. It was tough sledding for both Gurley and Henderson on the ground with Hendersonís most notable runs being a broken tackle on third-and-shot and getting to the edge on another occasion for 10 yards. Henderson saw most of the backfield snaps in the fourth quarter as the Rams milked a big lead.
WR Cooper Kupp
, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 50 - 0 (8 targets) - Kupp has cooled since his three-game stretch of monster performances in Weeks 3-5. Kupp collected eight targets, most among the Ramsí trio of central wide receivers, but was held in check by the otherwise questionable Atlanta defense. Kupp converted a third-and-long with a strong throw by Jared Goff
on a deep in-cut route and turned a screen pass into more than 10 yards, However, Kupp was stuffed on his lone touchdown opportunity, a red zone screen pass.
WR Robert Woods
, 58 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 5 - 80 - 0 (7 targets) - After a notable passing game shutout for Woods last week on four targets, Woods led the Rams in receiving (80 yards) in the blowout win over Atlanta. Woods hearty seven targets included the entire route tree from short-game yards-after-the-catch to a deep crossing route and full-extension grab down to the goal line. Woods had a diving drop for his lone missed opportunity for additional yardage in an otherwise clean performance. Woods has yet to find the end zone this season, spanning 36 receptions with the Bengalsí suspect pass defense next in Week 8.
WR Brandin Cooks
, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 59 - 0 (7 targets) - The even distribution of targets for the Rams wide receivers led to a trio of solid but unspectacular performances in the blowout win over the Falcons. Cooks turned a quick hitch reception into nearly 15 yards with his after-the-catch acumen and had two other chunk gains on deep crossing and in-cut routes. Cooksí big play opportunity was missed by a poor throw from Jared Goff
on a deep target where Cooks separated from the defense. Cooksí scoreless streak has extended to five games, spanning 22 receptions with the exploitable Cincinnati secondary up next.
TE Gerald Everett
, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 1 (10 targets) - For the third time in a month, Everett was a featured element of the Rams offense and saw at least eight targets. Everett turned a red zone screen pass, fueled by great blocking, into a late-game touchdown. Earlier in the game, Everett corralled an over-the-shoulder sideline target for his biggest gain. A bigger game, pushing 100 yards, was possible for Everett but Jared Goff
misfired on a fade target and Everett later got alligator arms on a wide-open deep target where he either mistimed his extension for the pass or otherwise misplayed the opportunity. Cincinnati offers a suspect passing defense matchup overall in Week 8 but have been relatively stingy against opposing tight ends this season.
QB Matt Ryan
, 46 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 27 - 159 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0 - Ryan completed passes to Jones on a crossing route and Ridley on an out route during the first drive. He also ducked out of a Dante Fowler grab and prevented a sack near midfield to throw the ball away. The run game led the way during the first drive and after Ryan missed Ridley due to heavy pressure on third down, the Falcons kicked a 52-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead. Fowler sacked Ryan with a strong inside move on the right tackle to sack Ryan on second down to force a 3rd and 17 during Atlantaís second drive. Corey Littleton came on a blitz on the next play, overloading the left side and putting Jalen Ramsey on Julio Jones
, which resulted in a second straight sack and an Atlanta punt. Ryan found Jones and Gage during Atlantaís third drive to get Atlanta across midfield but pressure on third down forced Ryan to throw the ball well over the head of Jones with Ramsey playing tight. Ryan overthrew Julio Jones
inside the five against Jalen Ramsey late in the half after finding Jones on Ramsey for 36 yards earlier in the drive. Dante Fowler earned two straight pressures on Ryan late in the half, including a forced fumble after beating rookie right tackle Caleb McGary around the corner. Down 20-3, run double clutched a screen to Mohamed Sanu
and wound up with a wide throw that bounced off Sanuís hands and the Rams intercepted. Fowler beat Jake Matthews off the left side and sacked Ryan early in a drive late in the third quarter that led to a three-and-out while down 27-3. Aaron Donald sacked Matt Ryan
with an inside move and knocked the ball loose during the fourth quarter and recovered the ball. Ryan was limping off the field, favoring his right leg after the sack.
QB Matt Schaub
, 9 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 6 - 65 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0 - He found Hooper with 5:00 left in the flat for a short gain. He found Justin Hardy
against a soft zone up the seam to get across midfield and then Austin Hooper
to the 14 in the same area of the field. He returned to Hardy once again in the right flat for 10 yards and then back to Hooper up the right seam for Atlantaís only score of the afternoon.
RB Devonta Freeman
, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 19 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (3 targets) - The Rams stuffed Freeman on his first carry up the middle but Freeman pushed for two yards on the play. His second gain, a seven-yard run outside left end, was nullified due to an Austin Hooper
holding penalty. He followed up with a nine-yard gain on the net play up the middle. Freeman tried a cutback from an I formation run and was forced back inside for no gain to begin Atlantaís second drive. Julio Jones
caught a crossing route against a blitz that Devonta Freeman
picked up for a first down on the initial play of Atlantaís drive during the middle of the second quarter. Freeman earned four yards from a Wild Cat run to right end at midfield later in the drive. Freeman earned four yards on a toss play to the left side but Jalen Ramsey jarred the ball loose and forced Freeman to work well behind the line of scrimmage to track down the fumble and cover the loose ball. Freeman earned eight on a toss to the right midway through the third quarter. Freeman and Aaron Donald got locked up during an interception and Freeman earned an ejection for throwing a punch at Donald.
RB Brian Hill
, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 11 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets) - He earned about five yards on second and long late in the third quarter, breaking a tackle to his legs on the play. He earned another four yards on an I formation gap play during the following drive late in the third quarter. He caught a short pass up the left sideline for a first down at the end of the third quarter. To open the fourth quarter, Fowler penetrated the backfield past the fullback and stuffed Hill for a loss of six.
RB Ito Smith
, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0 - Smith earned seven yards up the middle after Atlanta crossed midfield during its initial drive. Corey Littleton ran over Smith during a third-down blitz pickup and Smith was on the field for some time with the before getting carted off. He was hit helmet to helmet and knocked backward onto his head and flat on his back.
WR Julio Jones
, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 93 - 0 (9 targets) - Atlanta began its offense in an empty set and Ryan found Jones on a shallow crossing route against a zone defense for five yards. Jones earned a first down on an out thrown a little behind him with Ramsey playing off coverage after Jones and Mohamed Sanu
worked together on a two-man route combination to keep Ramsey in a passive stance throughout the early phase of the route. Jones caught a crossing route against a blitz that Devonta Freeman
picked up for a first down on the initial play of Atlantaís drive during the middle of the second quarter. Ramsey delivered well-timed push on an out route on 2nd and 17 in the middle of the second quarter to disrupt Jones and force a miss. Jones beat Ramsey on a go route up the right sideline on first down late in the half when Ramsey expected a break back to the ball and seemed complacent about trailing. He then got beaten again in third down on another go route but Ryan over threw the ball.
WR Calvin Ridley
, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (6 targets) - Dante Fowler held Ridley on third and three during the first drive and gave Altanta new life. Ridley earned a first down on an out route late in the first drive. Ridley caught fin route against off coverage on third and short near midfield in the middle of the second quarter. He caught a quick out route late in the third quarter but Troy Hill stopped Ridley immediately on the play. Ridley gained six a few plays later on 2nd and 16 on a quick slant that Hill also limited early in the fourth quarter.
WR Justin Hardy
, 10 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (2 targets) - He earned a pair of catches in the right flat against soft zones late in the game during a final drive.
WR Russell Gage
, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (2 targets) - He caught a short slant against zone coverage and took a hard hit by Eric Weddle that folded Gage in half at midfield. Gage got open on a deep slant later in the drive but Ryan threw the ball well behind the receiver. Gage fumbled a punt return when hit hard on the ball late in the game and the Rams recovered the ball In the end zone for another touchdown, putting the Rams up 37-10 with 11 seconds left.
TE Austin Hooper
, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 1 (5 targets) - Hooper held the Dante Fowler on a run to the outside that earned Freeman a crease for about seven yards. Hooper got open on a tight end screen but Fowler batted down Ryanís pass. His first target came on a flat route for 18 yards against zone coverage to get Atlanta past midfield with 1:15 in the third quarter. He earned five yards in the flat late in the game from Matt Schaub
. He scored two plays later up the seam with a diving catch of a low throw for Atlantaís only touchdown of the afternoon.