San Francisco 49ers 28, Arizona Cardinals 25

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San Francisco 49ers - This game showed that San Francisco's can still put up plenty of points even when a team has made every effort to stop their running game. (Outside of two long outside zone runs, the rush offense was highly ineffective.) Arizona used an array of eight-man boxes with man-to-man coverage behind it. And unlike in past seasons, the 49ers quarterback and receivers were able to exploit it via their individual skills. George Kittle is George Kittle, but Emmanuel Sanders beat Patrick Peterson's man-to-man coverage and Jimmy Garoppolo put his passes into perfect spots time after time.

Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals came back late to challenge the 49ers in the close home loss plus found 162 total yards from newly acquired Kenyan Drake as the running back depth chart was running on fumes with David Johnson and Chase Edmonds out. The passing game struggled overall for impact outside of a long catch-and-run touchdown from seldom-targeted Andy Isabella for his first splash play as a rookie. The defense’s inability to get off the field late thwarted Arizona’s ultimate comeback efforts.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 37 - 317 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 2 - 0 - For the first time in a long time, Garoppolo showed a level of pinpoint accuracy we haven't seen since before his 2018 injury. This bit of renaissance was fully on display on all four of his touchdowns throws. On his first two touchdowns, he hit George Kittle in stride on a quick slant and hit Kendrick Bourne on a square-in through a tiny window. Putting the ball in a perfect spot on in-breaking routes has been a particular struggle for Garoppolo this season. On his final two touchdowns, he showed pinpoint accuracy on out-breaking routes, first to Emmanuel Sanders on a flat route out of the backfield, and then to Dante Pettis on a deep corner route. The latter, though wide open, may have actually been a better indicator of Garoppolo's performance because he had been consistently underthrowing those all season.

RB Matt Breida, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 78 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets) - Nearly two-thirds of Breida's 94 scrimmage yards came on three plays: Two runs of 31 and 19 yards respectively in which he wasn't touched until the end; and a 9-yard reception in which he wasn't covered on a shallow cross across the middle.

RB Tevin Coleman, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 23 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (4 targets) - Coleman was stymied by the constant parade of eight-man boxes employed by Arizona. That said, there were a couple of opportunities to slip one tackle and produce a big gain, but Coleman couldn't do it. For instance, on consecutive runs at the end of the first quarter, Coleman was poised to be one on one with the Cardinals' single-high safety, but he went down at first contact just as the wide open running lane opened up.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 112 - 1 (9 targets) - Sanders gained 52 of his 112 yards on two plays in the same second quarter scoring drive, both against Patrick Peterson's man-to-man coverage. On the first, Sanders ran a 20-yard comeback route, and held onto the ball despite Peterson hitting him as the pass arrived. Two plays later, Sanders beat Peterson on a quick slant out of the right slot, and ran away from him for 24 yards after the catch. Sanders' most important play, however, was his 4th-and-1 touchdown to end the first half, which gave the 49ers a two-score lead they wouldn't relinquish. On that play, Sanders uncharacteristically lined up in the backfield, and ran a route into the right flat. Peterson didn't locate him until it was too late.

WR Deebo Samuel, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (7 targets) - Samuel avoided Patrick Peterson on the vast majority of his routes, but only mustered two notable plays. At the end of the first half, Byron Murphy, Jr., got picked by his own teammate, leaving Samuel wide open in the middle of the end zone, but he dropped the pass. Then midway through the fourth quarter, Samuel sat down in a zone to convert a first down on 3rd-and-11.

WR Dante Pettis, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 1 (1 targets) - Pettis didn't even see the field until the end of the first quarter. On his lone target and reception (and touchdown), the 49ers lined up in a bunch right formation against Arizona's man-to-man defense. Pettis ran a deep corner route into the endzone, but both Patrick Peterson and Byron Murphy, Jr., followed Emmanuel Sanders on his short out route. By the time Peterson realized it, it was too late.

TE George Kittle, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 79 - 1 (8 targets) - After taking a direct hit to his knee on San Francisco's first play, Kittle did well simply continuing in the game, let alone having his typical productive performance. Two-thirds of his receiving yardage and his first quarter touchdown came on only two plays. For his touchdown, Kittle beat the press man coverage of safety Budda Baker on a quick slant out of the right slot. He then stiff-armed Baker at the 10-yard line to finish off his run after the catch. In the third quarter, Kittle had a 23-yard catch wherein he beat linebacker Jordan Hicks on a quick slant across the middle. This was one of several times Arizona chose to cover Kittle with a linebacker for some reason.

QB Kyler Murray, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 24 - 241 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 34 - 0 - Murray saw his second-lowest passing volume of the season in the home loss against the 49ers. Partly due to the 49ers controlling the game and clock with extended drives and also the Cardinals found lightning in a bottle with Kenyan Drake as a trade acquisition earlier in the week and turning around for 19 touches. Murray avoided an interception for the fifth straight game, but did have two regrettable throws, one should have been an interception and the other was a high throw to Christian Kirk on third down. Murray also took two drive-killing sacks on third down. On the positive side, Murray rebounded from a mostly-silent first half to comeback from multiple touchdowns down in the second half. Murray threaded the needle on a high-level-of-difficulty deep crossing route to Andy Isabella into a tight window, fueling a long run-after-catch touchdown. Murray also got Arizona back into the game with a rollout touchdown to KeeSean Johnson with impeccable accuracy. The Buccaneers secondary offers an ideal matchup in Week 10 for Murray to have one of his better games of the season.

RB Kenyan Drake, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 110 - 1, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (4 targets) - With Arizona’s backfield running on fumes with injuries to David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, Drake’s debut with Arizona was as a feature back to the tune of 19 touches and more than 160 total yards. Drake enjoyed consistently good run blocking up the middle and Drake also ran over a defender for a goal line perimeter touchdown run. Drake churned out quality gains as a receiver for more than 15 yards on three occasions, but one was called back by penalty. Drake added a two-point conversion in his impressive game. The Buccaneers offer a stiff rushing defense test for Drake if he sees the bulk of the work again in Week 10.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (4 targets) - After a hot start to the season Fitzgerald has waned in recent weeks and especially the past three games (7-58-0 total). Fitzgerald’s highlights included beating three defenders on a quick hitch route for 10 yards after the catch and doing the same for 20 yards earlier in the game. Fitzgerald will look to turn around his production in Week 10 against the struggling Tampa Bay secondary.

WR Christian Kirk, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (5 targets) - Kirk led the team in targets but with a paltry five looks as Arizona’s play count sagged as the 49ers controlled the game in the Week 9 home loss. Kirk was stuffed on a screen pass and Kyler Murray missed a wide open Kirk on a third-down target. Kirk showed speed to the corner on an end-around rush, his lone play of note in the game. The Buccaneers offer an ideal rebound matchup in Week 10.

WR KeeSean Johnson, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 1 (3 targets) - Johnson found the end zone for the first time in his young career, getting Arizona back in the game against the 49ers with a rollout red zone touchdown from Kyler Murray. Johnson converted a third-and-long as well with a well-timed out route. Johnson also dropped an easy pass to prevent a bigger stat line. Johnson remains an ancillary target for Arizona but one with an ideal matchup (Tampa Bay) next week.

WR Andy Isabella, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 88 - 1 (1 targets) - Isabella got free on an extended play and ran away and around the 49ers defense to make it home from 88 yards out. He has a chance to build on this play for more opportunity going forward.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, Seattle Seahawks 40

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs went back and forth with the Seahawks all day in a close contest. They drove down to tie the game with less than a minute left in the 4th, but fell in overtime as the Seahawks marched down the field and scored on the opening drive of OT. Winston tossed two touchdowns and was not intercepted, but did have a costly lost fumble that set up an easy Seattle touchdown in the 4th quarter. Receiver Mike Evans carried the offense on his way to another monster day, while halfback Ronald Jones finally got the start in the backfield and outpaced Peyton Barber by a considerable margin. Tight end OJ Howard missed another week, and Cameron Brate posted a catchless dud in his absence this week, as backups Hudson(who was also targeted once in the end zone) and Auclair both recorded a catch each.

Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson had a career day keeping pace with the Tampa Bay offense, throwing his 5th touchdown of the day to win the game in overtime. Tyler Lockett was Wilson’s favorite target, and caught nearly everything thrown his way, finishing with 13-152-2. D.K. Metcalf had the best day of his young career, with 123 yards and a TD. Chris Carson had a productive day as the Seahawks main back, but did not score, and had two fumbles. The biggest surprise of the day was TE Jacob Hollister, who erupted for two touchdowns, including the game winner.

QB Jameis Winston, 79 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 44 - 335 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0 - Winston had a good day on the stat sheet as he attempted a whopping 44 passes, good for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was locked in on Mike Evans again this week, peppering the big receiver with 16 targets to the tune of 180 yards and a score. Winston got a lucky break on his first touchdown pass, as it probably should have been intercepted in the end zone. Winston tried to force the ball in to Mike Evans, but a defender deflected it up instead of catching it before Breshad Perriman snagged it for the touchdown. Winston's scrambled away from pressure and bought time while Mike Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter for a 6 yard touchdown. Winston scored again on a magnificent 20 yard scramble in the 3rd quarter that was unfortunately called back for a holding penalty. Winston lost a costly fumble on a sack in the 4th quarter, setting Seattle up in the Tampa Bay red zone for an easy score that put the Bucs in the hole late. Winston led the offense on a game-tying drive at the end of the 4th, hitting Jones and Evans for nice gains and converting 4th and 5 with a scramble. He nearly capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans, who was dragged down inches short after catching a slant route. Dare Ogunbowale took the ball in from the one yard line to tie the game on the next snap. The Bucs offense didn't get a chance in overtime as Seattle put together a lengthy scoring drive on their first possession.

RB Ronald Jones, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 67 - 1, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets) - Jones appears to have taken control of the backfield as he drew the start and out-touched Barber 20-4 with 18 carries and two catches. Jones scored on a gritty touchdown run early in the 1st quarter, punching the ball in from the 8 yard line after a holding penalty set the Bucs up inside the Seattle red zone. He wasn't able to break any particularly long runs, as his longest run of the day was a 15 yard gain off right tackle late in the 4th quarter. Jones caught a short out route from the backfield for a minimal gain in the 3rd quarter. He leaked out of the backfield and caught a crossing route for a 12 yard gain, helping to set up the game-tying touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter.

RB Peyton Barber, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0 - It looks as though the torch has finally been passed, as Jones got the start this week and dominated the snap count. Barber managed 15 yards on just 4 carries and was not targeted in the passing game. Jones and passing down specialist Ogunbowale both rushed for touchdowns and got more work in the passing game.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 1, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - Ogunbowale got his usual work in hurry-up situations at the end of each half, managing a touchdown on one of his two touches. He hauled in a dumpoff pass from Winston for a 12 yard catch and run late in the 4th quarter with the team driving to tie the game. Ogunbowale capped the drive with a one yard touchdown plunge after Mike Evans was tackled inches short of the end zone, sending the game to overtime.

RB T.J. Logan, 2 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets) - Halfback Logan returned kicks and actually lined up as a receiver for his lone target, a short gain on a slant route.

WR Mike Evans, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 180 - 1 (16 targets) - Evans carried the offense with 16 targets that he converted into 12 catches for 180 yards, as well as drawing several defensive pass interference penalties for a significant chunk of yardage. Evans got to work early, hauling in a big gain up the left seam on the first offensive play of the game. Winston found him up the left sideline a couple of plays later for a gain of 21 yards. Evans was responsible for most of the yardage on a lengthy 1st quarter drive that ended in a Breshad Perriman touchdown. WInston found Evans for gains of 6 and 16 before setting the touchdown up with a deep ball to Evans that drew a pass interference penalty in the Seattle red zone. Winston was actually looking for Evans in the end zone on Perriman's score, but a defender deflected the ball and Perriman grabbed it in the end zone. Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter and a scrambling Winston found him for a 6 yard score. Evans set up a last second field goal attempt at the end of the 1st half with a big reception with 8 seconds left in the half. Winston tried him on a deep ball in the end zone on the next snap, but they couldn't connect and settled for the field goal attempt. Evans continued to silence the Seattle crowd in the second half of play as he made catches at will, towering over defenders for the tough grabs. Evans and Winston nearly connected on a deep bomb in the 4th quarter, but Evans ran out of room in the back of the end zone. Evans picked up his biggest gain of the day in the 4th quarter when he got open on a deep post route for 25 yards. He made another huge catch on the game-tying drive, deftly snagging a pass over a defender on the sidelines while maintaining his balance and tiptoeing down the line for extra yardage. Evans nearly capped the drive with a touchdown, but he was dragged down by a defender at the one yard line after hauling in a slant in the red zone. Dare Ogunbowale scored on a one yard plunge on the next play.

WR Chris Godwin, 76 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 7 - 61 - 0 (9 targets) - Godwin was second to Evans with 9 targets, snagging 6 total on a day that he was unable to break the big plays. Evans had another monster day, but Godwin was still able to generate a respectable 61 yards. He grabbed his first target late in the 1st quarter for short gain on an out route. He had a nice run after the catch on a WR bubble screen later in the 2nd quarter. Godwin set up Mike Evans' touchdown at the end of the 2nd quarter with a slant route that he took to the Seattle 6 yard line. He came up short of first down yardage with a bubble screen on 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter. Godwin also had an 8 yard carry on a end-around in the 4th quarter.

WR Breshad Perriman, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 1 (8 targets) - Perriman's first reception didn't go anywhere as he was blown up behind the line of scrimmage on a WR bubble screen from the slot. Perriman scored an opportunistic touchdown in the 2nd quarter when a deflected pass came his way in the end zone after Winston tried to force it to a tightly covered Mike Evans. Perriman made a beautiful leaping catch over his back shoulder in the 3rd quarter for an 18 yard gain, his longest play of the day.

TE Tanner Hudson, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - Hudson got his hands on a pass in the end zone for the second week in a row, but couldn't make the extremely tough catch as he was leaping over a defender and twisting around over his back shoulder. Hudson made a nice effort to haul in a deep comeback route that was just short of a first down on 3rd and 14 in the 3rd quarter.

TE Antony Auclair, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets) - Blocking tight end Auclair still managed a better day than Cameron Brate in OJ Howards absence. He collected a short dumpoff pass from Winston late in the 1st quarter and rumbled to an 11 yard gain.

TE Cameron Brate, 11 offensive snaps - Brate posted a complete dud in OJ Howards absence this week against a Seahawks defense that has been fairly generous to tight ends. Backup TE's Hudson and Auclair both caught a pass, and Hudson had a target in the end zone that he nearly collected for a score. This offense has proven to be a barren wasteland for tight end productivity, with Evans and Godwin hogging all the targets on a weekly basis.

QB Russell Wilson, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 43 - 378 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 21 - 0 - Wilson had a career day was driven by the Seahawks falling behind, which led to a more aggressive passing game than usual. He began the first drive by matching Tamps Bay’s opening drive score with his own 5-or-5, 75-yard drive, culminating in a brilliant throw to Lockett in the back corner of the end zone. He maintained the rapport with Lockett, hitting him all over the field all game, and adding a short touchdown on the opposite end zone corner later on. DK Metcalf became a more important target as the game wore on. Wilson found him a couple of times for short gains in the first half, but in the second half, threw a long ball on a deep crossing route, which Metcalf took in easily for the score. Wilson took advantage down low with TE Jacob Hollister, who surprised as more than a mere checkdown option, with two short touchdowns of his own, including on Wilson’s perfect leading throw for the winning score. Wilson only ran once the whole game, but he made that one count, for 21 yards. If you’re keeping tabs, that is now 22 touchdowns, 1 interception, over nine games.

RB Chris Carson, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 105 - 0, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (2 targets) - Carson had a good game, but … one that comes with a couple of “but’s”. He started out looking good on a screen play for first down, then on one play, making a cutback-spin move-broken tackle in quick succession for a short gain instead of being tackled for a loss. The But’s in question are that he fumbled twice – losing neither, luckily – and did not score. Much of his yardage came on one big run, early in the second half, in which he broke three tackles en route to a 59-yard gain, but (yes, another one) he didn’t have the breakaway speed to go all the way. The other but, is that Carson was stopped on a goal line carry, which has been a recurring theme lately. In OT, he made an acrobatic short catch with Wilson throwing on the run. And then again, he was stopped for a loss on a run inside the 10.

RB Rashaad Penny, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - Penny took a back seat yet again, and though potentially productive, he remains only an important handcuff option.

WR Tyler Lockett, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 152 - 2 (18 targets) - Lockett started the game on fire and never looked back. He was 2-for-2, both which went for first downs, and the third catch was an excellent corner route that blew by the defender and caught Wilson’s perfect throw easily in the back of the end zone. Rather than describe each of his catches, it’s fair to say in this case, that he caught the ball quite literally all over the field. Lockett moved the chains in the 2-minute drill, and then tied the game with another spectacular catch in the back of the end zone. Lockett typically excels by finding openings in the zone defense, but this game he had perfect throws in man coverage as well, as the play calling became a little more aggressive. It was a fantastic day, and given his rapport with Russell Wilson, he should stand a good chance to keep on rolling, even with the 49ers on the schedule next week.

WR DK Metcalf, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 6 - 123 - 1 (9 targets) - Metcalf started slow, but proved reliable as the team kept him involved. He and Russell Wilson are still figuring each other out, as evidenced by the first pass, which was thrown behind him. Metcalf then took a reverse for 8 yards, and remained relatively quiet, but adding a couple of big plays along the way. He made a 2-point conversion look easy, as he caught a laser throw in a crowd; then looked fast and elusive on his 53-yard TD catch, as he gained separation before the long catch, and then ran in untouched. Once Metcalf has the ball, he’s tough to take down – on one short catch, he effortlessly pushed away a defender for extra yards. He capped off his day with a couple more in the final minute to set up the (missed) field goal. And finally, the big downfield catch in OT, was a tough one in coverage, and brought the ball to the 6 yard line.

TE Jacob Hollister, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 2 (6 targets) - Hollister was the preferred receiving TE, providing Wilson with a reliable underneath target. Despite the fact that he’s rarely a threat to gain yards after the catch, Hollister was an integral part of the offense. He was also targeted on a deep throw in end zone, which drew a penalty. This set up his own TD two plays later, on a play action call at the goal line. His biggest play was on a seam route for a 22-yard catch, which brought him down at the 1-yard line. As good as all of that was, Hollister topped it in OT, catching the 10-yard winning score, on a crossing pattern, making a nice catch on the leading throw, and just making it to the goal line as he was being tackled.


Green Bay Packers 11, Los Angeles Chargers 26

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Green Bay Packers - The Green Bay Packers lost to the LA Chargers 26-11 on Sunday to drop their record to 7-2 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing one time for five yards. Running back Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught one pass for -1 yards. Jamaal Williams rushed two times for 10 yards and caught six passes for 39 yards and one touchdown. Davante Adams made his return to the lineup and caught seven passes for 41 yards, while Allen Lazard caught three passes for 41 yards. Marquez Valdes-Scalding went catch-less on two targets. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 17 yards.

Los Angeles Chargers - This was the first game since the Chargers fired offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The results were very encouraging, as the Los Angeles offense played a nearly flawless game. The big three receivers of Hunter Henry, Mike Williams, and Keenan Allen were open almost at will, and Philip Rivers picked the defense apart with precision.

This is exactly the type of performance the Chargers hoped for with the 1-2 punch of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. After struggling mightily since Gordon's return from a holdout, the duo combined for over 200 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Ekeler was once again more productive on a per touch basis, but Gordon got the scoring opportunities (and fantasy glory).

Tight End Hunter Henry continues to be almost uncoverable in the passing game. He has been extremely consistent since his return from a knee injury, and appears to be Philip Rivers' favorite target at this point. Keenan Allen started off hot over the season's first three games, but has been unbelievably quiet ever since and this game was no exception.

QB Aaron Rodgers, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 35 - 161 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0 - Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 35 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. As good as Rodgers had been in weeks seven and eight, hopes were high that the one time MVP was back in peak form, but the Chargers defense had other plans for Rodgers and the Packers offense. Joey Bosa, specifically, reeked havoc on the Packers offense, beating the Packers offensive line consistently. This led to the Packers offense punting on their first five possessions. Aaron Jones averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, but it was also only on eight carries, and a lot of that was due to the Chargers controlling the tempo of the game. The Packers offense looked slow as a unit, and they never really got into an offensive groove. While Rodgers was at a disadvantage due to the lack of a running game, he was responsible for having a sloppy day as a passer. He overthrew several deep routes, as well as crossing routes over the middle, and even uncharacteristically threw passes that came up well short, something we rarely see out of Rodgers. Rodgers sole passing touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Chargers 10 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was soon forced out of the pocket to his left. Rodgers ran towards the sideline and as he was reaching the line of scrimmage he pump faked once, moving the defense away from Williams, before throwing a pass to a wide open Williams in the end zone. Rodgers then rushed in the following two point conversion.

RB Aaron Jones, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 30 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (4 targets) - Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught one pass for -1 yards in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. It wasn’t that Jones was completely ineffective as much as it was the entire Packers offense. For Jones to only see nine total touches in the game, it tells a story of the offense just not having the opportunities they’ve had in weeks past, and that is a testament to the Chargers defense, and a knock on the Packers defense as they just could not stop the Chargers rushing attack. This was an outlier game for Jones, but it also raises an interesting question regarding Davante Adams return. Jones shined brightest with Adams on the sideline, and while the Packers desperately needed their star wideout to return, it is interesting that Adams received 11 targets, while Jones only had nine total touches. Jones needs to be the Packers primary playmaker, especially in games where they are losing the time of possession battle soundly, as he is the only player on the offense capable of scoring a touchdown on any given play. It is something to keep an eye on going forward, most importantly with respect to how Jones is used in the passing game.

RB Jamaal Williams, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 10 - 0, Rec: 6 - 39 - 1 (6 targets) - Jamaal Williams rushed two times for 10 yards and caught six passes on six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown. Williams continues to be a key cog in the Packers offense, scoring the Packers only touchdown while seeing the second most targets in the passing game. In a game where Jones only saw eight carries, it is not surprising that Williams saw only two, but with the Packers trailing for most of the game he was counted on frequently in the passing game. Five of Williams six catches came on second and third down and he did very well with gaining yards after the catch. Williams touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Chargers ten yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was forced out of the pocket to his left by an aggressive Chargers pass rush. Williams ran a short route out to the left flat, but as he saw Rodgers escape the pocket, he turned his route upfield toward the goal line. Rodgers did well to manipulate the secondary with a pump fake before finding Williams wide open in the end zone for an easy 10 yard touchdown.

WR Davante Adams, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 41 - 0 (11 targets) - Davante Adams made his return from injury this week, catching seven of 11 targets for 41 yards. Adams looked a bit rusty in his first game back, dropping a pass from Rodgers that is usually an easy catch for the star receiver. The Chargers defense kept constant pressure on Rodgers, ensuring that Adams was going to be confined to short and intermediate routes. When he did make a catch, the Chargers secondary was all over him, and you could see the frustration building as Adams just could not shake his defenders when Rodgers had such little time to throw. The Packers face off against the Carolina Panthers and their talented secondary next week, so it won’t get any easier for Adams in week 10. We will see whether another full week of practice can get Adams and the Packers passing offense back in their groove of weeks past.

WR Allen Lazard, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (4 targets) - Allen Lazard caught three of four targets for 44 yards in the Packers loss in week nine. Lazard saw the second most targets amongst Packers receivers and led the team in receiving yards. Lazard nearly had a much bigger day but was unable to corral a deep ball from Rodgers that would have gone for a touchdown. Lazard has become more involved with each passing week, and it was a fantastic sign that the Packers gave him more opportunities even when Adams returned to the lineup.

WR Geronimo Allison, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets) - Geronimo Allison caught two passes for 21 yards on two targets in the Packers loss to the Charges on Sunday. Allison has become an afterthought in the Packers offense, and that trend started well before Adams returned to the lineup. Allison has battled several injuries over the last two weeks, and it is clear that any big games would be a complete outlier for Allison at this time.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 37 offensive snaps (2 targets) - Marquez Valdes-Scantling was held without a catch on two targets in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. With Rodgers under constant pressure and having no time to throw, this was not a surprising stat line for the young deep threat.

TE Jimmy Graham, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 17 - 0 (4 targets) - Jimmy Graham caught four passes on four targets for 17 yards in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Graham posted a stat line that is slowly becoming an every week standard. He is seeing between three and five targets per game over the last five weeks, with two games of 41 and 65 yards, and the other three under 20 yards receiving. The Chargers linebackers are led by Joey Bosa, so it was a given that Graham was not going to outrun him up the seam, which even further limited Graham’s floor and ceiling. Graham is hovering around the back end of starting fantasy tight ends, but that is only because the position is so shallow this season.

QB Philip Rivers, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 28 - 294 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 0 - 0 - Rivers had a wildly efficient statistical game, completing 75% of his passes and averaging more than ten yards per attempt. The Chargers thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball from beginning to end, which helps explain why they mostly just sat on the lead in the second half so Rivers was unable to rack up big stats. If there was one shortcoming in the game for the Los Angeles offense, it was the team's lack of success in the red zone. On the Chargers first two offensive drives, they reached the red zone on each. But once they got there, sacks and penalties ended up pushing them back out of touchdown range and they had to settle for field goals instead. Still, the offense looked significantly more effective in its first week under a new offensive coordinator (former OC Ken Whisenhunt was fired after last week's game). Despite the lack of touchdowns, Rivers still looked very solid overall. His favorite target again appeared to be Hunter Henry, who saw ten targets. The two really appear to be on the same page more and more as the season has gone along. Rivers also avoided the costly turnover in this game, although he was nearly intercepted once. He was looking for Keenan Allen on a deep route, but Allen was nowhere near the ball. The only player who had a chance at it was a Green Bay defender, who mis-timed his jump and was unable to come down with the football.

RB Melvin Gordon, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 80 - 2, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (4 targets) - The rushing attack started off better than it has in weeks, with Gordon taking a strong run on second down to pick up the first down on the team's opening possession. He continued finding seams that quite literally weren't there in past weeks. But just as importantly as the holes the line was opening, is how good Gordon looked with the ball in his hands. He showed excellent footwork on a dumpoff pass during a crossing route, stopping on a dime to let the defender go flying past him. And he also darted ahead on a short dumpoff later in the half, getting to top speed very quickly. Gordon really got into a rhythm after the half. One of the early second half runs featured a nice hole up the middle, and not only did Gordon hit it but he also leapt over the defender's head for an incredible highlight-worthy play. Later in the half, he took an inside handoff from the 6-yard line, lunging at the last moment to try and get into the end zone but was taken down just short of the goal line. He got the call on the next play and followed the fullback's lead block up the left side untouched for the score. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers kicked a field goal from the 2-yard line to go up by 19 points. Green Bay had gone offsides on the play, so Anthony Lynn surprisingly chose to take the points off the board and go for it on fourth down and goal from the 1-yard line instead. Gordon took the handoff up the middle, crashing ahead for the score. The announcers speculated that the team was making a statement by going for it on fourth down; Gordon owners were simply happy with their good fortune. With the Chargers trying to run out the clock, it was both Gordon and Austin Ekeler who got a significant amount of fourth quarter work (Gordon out-touched Ekeler 23-16 overall, which is still a lower overall percentage of touches than Gordon has been seeing lately even though he had more overall success than he's been having).

RB Austin Ekeler, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 70 - 0, Rec: 4 - 23 - 0 (4 targets) - Ekeler didn't have any huge gainers like he had early in the season (in this game, his longest run went for 16 and his longest reception went for 12). And he again took a back seat to Melvin Gordon on overall touches (23-16 in favor of Gordon) and also relinquished goal line duties (Gordon scored twice from the goal line, without Ekeler getting in). But the split between the two players appeared to be precisely how the Chargers would prefer to attack teams with this 1-2 punch going forward. Ekeler was split out as a wide receiver at times, as the Chargers have made several attempts to figure out how to best deploy the duo. As usual, Ekeler looked very good with the ball in his hands. His only scoring opportunity came from the 2-yard line on a second half run to the left side. He looked to have a seam, but the defenders up front did a good job of quickly closing it up. Outside of that, he was a change of pace to Gordon more often than not although more of a complementary piece than a true backup. In recent weeks, Gordon has been seeing a lot more touches than Ekeler but in this game the coaching got those touches a bit closer. And not surprisingly, they had far more success than they'd been having in recent weeks. Ekeler briefly left the game after a first half run play and appeared to be pointing to his eye, but he returned soon after that showing no ill effects.

WR Mike Williams, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 3 - 111 - 0 (4 targets) - Williams only saw a handful of catchable passes, but he sure made them count. He picked up 57 yards on a crossing route early on when the defender tried jumping the route and going for the interception. Williams snagged the ball with one hand, then raced up the sideline to stay away from defenders and take it to the 13-yard line. Williams' other big gain was a second half deep ball down the seam. At first, it appeared he had jumped a bit too soon. But upon replay review, it looked like it was intentionally early so that he could kind of shield the defender out with the back of his body. Williams went up and plucked it out of the air, tallying 46 yards on the play. It was the first play from scrimmage for the Chargers since Green Bay's first points of the game, so it was a pretty big statement play on an afternoon that was full of them.

WR Keenan Allen, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (4 targets) - Allen started the year on fire, with 29 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns over the first three weeks of the season. After several quiet games, owners were eager to expect him to break out again. But after Week 9, they are still waiting for that return to form. Despite the Chargers having very little trouble moving the ball through the air, Allen was again something of an afterthought. In the six games since that hot start, Allen has totaled 25 receptions for 253 yards without a score. He had a nice gain over the middle early in the first half, leaping between defenders for a 20-yard pickup. And he picked up another handful of shorter receptions as the game went along. But he saw just four targets as opposed to ten for Hunter Henry, who has seemingly supplanted Allen as the favorite target of Philip Rivers. Allen has simply disappeared for long stretches of gameplay over the last several weeks, without much explanation for why. Allen lost seven rushing yards after a holding penalty negated an end-around gain up the right side.

TE Hunter Henry, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 84 - 0 (10 targets) - Henry had yet another huge gain, and statistically at least it appears he has surpassed Keenan Allen as the team's top go-to option in the passing game. He made a terrific diving catch for his first reception of the game, getting away from the defender and snagging the perfect pass from Rivers to gain 19. None of Henry's other catches in the game went as far as that one, but most of them resulted in first downs. Henry was also looked to several times in the red zone, although none resulted in a score. On his first end zone target, he appeared to be contacted by a defender down the field but no call was made and the pass was way off-target. Henry was later open along the sideline, but Rivers overthrew it for an incompletion. Aside from those two, however, the two players were very much on the same page. Henry made a couple of key grabs over the middle, including one in the red zone that he took down inside the 5-yard line late in the game. He played a nearly flawless game, also helping out numerous times with some terrific run blocking which is what keeps him on the field in all scenarios. About Henry's only mistake of the game ended up not even being costly - he made a 13-yard catch over the middle and appeared to lose the ball as he was tackled. But the call was never challenged, and it was difficult to see if the ball came out prior to his knee touching the ground anyway.


Tennessee Titans 20, Carolina Panthers 30

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Tennessee Titans - The Titans offense sputtered along as Ryan Tannehill passed for 331 yards and a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and two interceptions. Tannehill took advantage of soft coverage during most of the fourth quarter to put up some of his numbers, as he was not sharp throughout much of the game--especially on this second interception as he had no business making that throw. The offensive line played poorly again while three missed field goals helped seal the fate for the Titans in this one. Derrick Henry saw just two touches before halftime, but he got going in the second half with both a rushing and receiving touchdown as he finished with 99 total yards. A.J. Brown led the pack in receiving, but even he committed a costly mistake with an ugly drop that resulted in an interception.

Carolina Panthers - Kyle Allen rebounded magnificently from the debacle in San Francisco, displaying toughness against pressure, outstanding pocket mobility and awareness throughout. He had a handful of turnover-worthy throws, however, putting the ball in harm’s way against double coverage. His lone interception, ironically, was a good pass to Jarius Wright that was tipped into the air. Christian McCaffrey continued to dominate the touches and, even after a slow start, produced three touchdowns – including a 58-yard scamper up the middle. He was not as much of a factor in the passing game, with Allen preferring to attack downfield. D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel both played phenomenal games, hardly putting a foot wrong. The pair had an excellent connection with their quarterback throughout. Samuel could have had a second touchdown on a deep post if the Titans defender in coverage had not made a tremendous play. Greg Olsen was not much of a factor in the passing game – he was often asked to block against an aggressive Titans defense – but he played his part with some nice catches when called upon. The offensive line played an excellent game in pass protection, giving Allen ample time to find his targets.

QB Ryan Tannehill, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 39 - 331 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 38 - 1 - Tannehill’s day got off to a rough start as his first drive fizzled quickly, driven mainly by his indecisiveness in a collapsing pocket which ultimately led to a sack. His second drive wasn’t much better as Tannehill overthrew an open receiver in the middle of the field while his offensive line let him down with back-to-back penalties. Tannehill’s third drive would end in an interception that was in no way his fault, as the pass was on target to A.J. Brown but bounced off Brown’s hands into the air before the Panthers defender brought it down for the interception. Tannehill showed some flare with his legs on the opening drive of the second half, picking up 25 yards on a scramble left that would help set the Titans up for their first touchdown of the day. He made a nice throw to start the fourth quarter as he put the ball just over the shoulder of A.J. Brown for a 35-yard gain--his longest pass play of the afternoon. He would follow that up with a touchdown pass to Derrick Henry, albeit Henry did all the work as it was a short screen pass that Henry took to the house. As Tannehill was trying to move down the field for a quick score later in the fourth quarter, he made an ugly throw that led to a Panthers interception--his second turnover of the day. Tannehill would make a few nice throws on a garbage-time drive late in the game, capping it off with his first rushing touchdown of the season as he found the end zone from 10 yards out.

RB Derrick Henry, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 63 - 1, Rec: 3 - 36 - 1 (3 targets) - Derrick Henry took a while to get going in this game as he finished with just four rushing yards from only two touches before halftime. He had a 13-yard gain on the second drive of the game called back due to a holding penalty, but that was his only notable play of the first half with Dion Lewis seeing more playing time than usual. Henry would get going out of the gate in the second half though, breaking off runs of 9, 7, 12, 7, and 8 yards as he was hard to bring down. Henry showed speed on a couple of those runs to the outside but also displayed his power as he was hard to bring down on a number of runs, including the eight-yard touchdown play. Henry found the end zone again near the start of the fourth quarter as he was the recipient of a screen from 23-yards out and took advantage of great blocking while also making a man miss on his way to his second receiving touchdown of the season.

RB Dion Lewis, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 20 - 0, Rec: 5 - 33 - 0 (5 targets) - Dion Lewis saw a season-high nine touches for 53 total yards in this game. He had a nice run of seven yards up the middle on the Titans third drive of the game, but Lewis followed that up with a costly fumble just two plays later. Lewis was active in the passing game, hauling in a short pass in full stride on the last drive before halftime that he took for 24 yards to get the Titans into Panthers territory. Lewis would haul in a few more screen passes in the second half, but all were for negative or short gains--as has been the case with much of his production this season.

WR A.J. Brown, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 81 - 0 (7 targets) - A.J. Brown led the Titans in targets and receiving yards in this loss to the Panthers. He hauled in a screen for his first reception of the game and did a good job turning upfield for a 23-yard gain. However, had Brown actually followed his blockers on the screen, he could have turned it into an even bigger gain. Brown had a blunder midway through the second quarter though, as he allowed a perfectly thrown pass to bounce off his hands and into those of a Panthers defender for an interception. His next touch didn’t come until the start of the fourth quarter when Tannehill found Brown deep for a 35-yard gain with a well-thrown ball placed just over the shoulder of a full striding and well-covered Brown. He showed extraordinary concentration to haul that ball in with James Bradberry basically hanging off his back. Brown would take advantage of soft coverage in garbage time to haul in a few more receptions in the fourth quarter to close out his day.

WR Adam Humphries, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 65 - 0 (4 targets) - Adam Humphries caught all four of his targets for 65 yards in what was another relatively uninspiring performance. He made the only catch on the first drive for the Titans but was just short of picking up the first down as they had to settle for a field goal attempt. His next opportunity came just before halftime as Humphries moved the chains on second down with an 11-yard catch, doing a great job coming back to Tannehill who was fighting off defenders. Humphries found space in the middle of the field to convert the first third-down of the day for the Titans near the end of the third quarter. He was wide open for the reception and gained 25 yards on the play.

WR Corey Davis, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 48 - 0 (5 targets) - Corey Davis was involved in the passing game with more than one deep ball opportunity, but he could not connect on any of them as his opportunities were either underthrown or defended well. Leading into halftime, Davis actually had accounted for a net negative yardage total for the team as he only had one 11-yard reception but was called for a 15-yard facemask penalty earlier in the half. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Titans were driving in garbage time that Davis was more involved and hauled in three of his four receptions.

QB Kyle Allen, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 32 - 232 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -4 - 0 - The Titans emphasised pressure on Kyle Allen, hoping to rattle him after a shaky display in San Francisco last week. The young quarterback could not have responded any better, settling down after a couple of ill-advised early throws – including a target to Greg Olsen down the seam on his first dropback that could easily have been intercepted. Allen’s pocket mobility and awareness were instrumental in his strong performance. He was consistently able to avoid the Tennessee pass rush, buying time by moving up or out of the pocket and inevitably finding a receiver open. Allen continued to operate most efficiently off play action, where his play fakes were crisp and his delivery sharp and accurate. Allen was unfortunate to be intercepted in the first half, as a pass that hit Jarius Wright in the hands popped into the air and fell into the waiting arms of a Titans defender. Allen was not shy to challenge the Tennessee secondary, chucking deep passes for sport. He connected with Curtis Samuel on a beautiful arcing throw over the outstretched arm of a Tennessee defensive back, laying it in perfectly. Later, he repeated the trick – and should have been punished – as a deep target to D.J. Moore was nearly intercepted as two Titans players vied for it. Allen’s first touchdown pass came on a simple pitch and catch to Christian McCaffrey, who sprinted into the flat with the offense set up in the red zone. Wright ran an effective pick on the play to cut off pursuing Tennessee defenders. Allen’s second touchdown pass was one of his most impressive plays. Standing strong against a blitzing defender right in his face, Allen lofted the ball up to Samuel in the left corner of the end zone, absorbing a huge hit as he did so. The play summed up Allen’s toughness under pressure throughout the game. Allen stayed aggressive as the game wore on and the Panthers built a lead, with a beautiful touch pass to Moore down the left sideline a highlight. Allen could have added a third touchdown pass, but left a deep pass on a post route a little short for Samuel, who was poised to run under it.

RB Christian McCaffrey, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 146 - 2, Rec: 3 - 20 - 1 (3 targets) - The Titans contained Christian McCaffrey effectively for the first quarter or so, but the Carolina offense soon settled in. The offensive line played with an edge, creating exploitable gaps for the shifty McCaffrey to shoot through. As is his wont, McCaffrey showed excellent patience and set up defenders well with quick cuts and darts. He caught one of the most straightforward touchdowns of his career with the offense set up in the red zone, sprinting into the right flat as Jarius Wright ran the pick to occupy the defenders in pursuit. McCaffrey punched in a rushing touchdown from the one-yard line later in the game, benefitting from excellent blocking to wall off the Titans defenders. McCaffrey was not as much of a factor in the passing game, as Allen tended to attack downfield with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. However, the MVP candidate put the nail in the coffin for the Titans late in the game, following tremendous blocks up front to scamper 58 yards for a touchdown. The lane could not have been set up any more perfectly for McCaffrey, whose pace was simply too much. It was the final play of the day for McCaffrey, who was checked out in the tent briefly before ceding the remainder of the snaps to Reggie Bonnafon.

RB Reggie Bonnafon, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets) - Reggie Bonnafon checked in to the game in the fourth quarter after Christian McCaffrey appeared a little shaken up following his 58-yard touchdown run. Bonnafon didn’t find much joy against a defense that knew the run was coming; at the time, Carolina was simply trying to run out the clock.

WR D.J. Moore, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 101 - 0 (10 targets) - D.J. Moore provided the perfect outlet for his quarterback against the Titans, who emphasised a pressure game plan. Moore stayed alive for Kyle Allen on an early third down, sprinting right and making himself available after a scramble. Moore was the target of a deep pass down the left sideline soon after, but the pass hung up a little too long in the air and, despite his best efforts, the receiver couldn’t secure it. Allen went back to the well later in the game, this time putting the ball in harm’s way as Moore made a despairing attempt to attack the ball with two Titans in the vicinity. Moore excelled on shorter routes, showing good timing with his quarterback. His run-after-catch ability came to the fore on a bubble screen as he converted a third-and-long situation. Moore produced a circus catch in the second half, looking in the ball over his shoulder on a deep pass down the left sideline. He initially bobbled it, but managed to regain control and tap both feet in bounds to set up the offense at the 1-yard line.

WR Curtis Samuel, 53 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 3 - 64 - 1 (6 targets) - Curtis Samuel continued to riff with Kyle Allen, with the two linking up on a beautiful deep ball down the right sideline early. The touch on the pass was perfect, flying over a Tennessee defender’s outstretched arm and landing perfectly in Samuel’s breadbasket. Samuel was targeted on a quick slant in the end zone, but Allen’s pass was a little inaccurate in such a tight window and a defender closing on the receiver made the catch a difficult one. Samuel’s touchdown came on another red zone opportunity, as Allen showed great toughness against the blitz, floating up the ball for his receiver to attack in the air. Samuel obliged, leaping high above the defender to haul in the football. Samuel could have added a second touchdown catch, but a deep ball thrown his way on a post route was slightly underthrown and allowed a Titans defender to bat it away.

WR Jarius Wright, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -7 - 0 (4 targets) - Jarius Wright did not enjoy his finest day at the office against the Titans. His first target appeared to be a simple catch, but the ball clanged off his hands and landed in the arms of a Titans defender. To his credit, he almost made an incredible diving catch later in the game, but it was ruled out after review as he used the ground to control the ball. Wright dropped another easy throw on a key third down late in the game after Kyle Allen had bought time to find him. Overall, Wright’s game lacked its usual sharpness.

TE Greg Olsen, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (5 targets) - Greg Olsen was targeted on Kyle Allen’s first pass, but he shouldn’t have been. The Titans had excellent coverage and the pass should have been intercepted. The veteran tight end had no chance to make the play. A subsequent target was too low on third down, but Allen eventually connected with Olsen on a deep over route off play action. Olsen had a adjust to catch the ball, but it was a beautiful throw and catch. Olsen’s best play came on a crossing pattern. After Allen escaped from the Tennessee rush, he fired a late pass to his tight end, who was able to casually make the catch as he was sprinting out of bounds.


New York Jets 18, Miami Dolphins 26

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New York Jets - There’s no two ways about it – the Jets are a train wreck. The offensive line can’t block, the quarterback has regressed to his Pop Warner days, and none of that matters anyway as the playcalling is largely inept. Jamison Crowder is catching the ball more, so in a PPR league he has value, but the juggernaut of sadness that is the Jets offense has even worn Le’Veon Bell’s value down to nothing. This is bad and won’t get better.

Miami Dolphins - It took 9 weeks, but the Miami Dolphins finally got their first win of the season. Their win came against a reeling Jets team that has struggled all season. Ryan Fitzpatrick marched the offense up and down the field and held the lead for almost the entire game after a dominating 2nd quarter where they put up 21 points. There were a few moments where you may have thought they would pull a Miami and blow their lead. A bad safety in the 2nd quarter and big touchdown catch by Jamison Crowder early made it look like the Jets had a fighting chance. The defense stepped up this week with 3 sacks and an interception but also seemed to be in Sam Darnold’s face all game. The defense registered 9 quarterback hits and knocked down 2 passes in the air in their most complete performance of the season. The only real down side to this victory is it takes them out of the #1 overall pick spot and with the way things are going in Cincinnati, they may not get it back. Miami will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts next week as they look for their second win of the season.

QB Sam Darnold, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 39 - 260 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0 - It was another awful performance by Darnold, who at one point had guard Brian Winters yelling at him. Things actually went well on the first drive, as the Jets drove down the field and Darnold connected with Jamison Crowder on a 15 yard pass where the receiver was wide open as he entered the end zone. Darnold and Crowder actually connected four times on that drive alone. After that nice start, however, things went downhill in a rapid fashion. The low points – and there were ample to choose from – were the mishandled snap that resulted in a safety and his goal line interception. On the safety, Winters thought he saw Darnold signal to snap the ball and motioned for the center to do so. Darnold was not ready, and ball sailed past him into the end zone. On the interception, the Jets were on the three yard line of the Dolphins, and Adam Gase called a pass play. The Dolphins easily got through the offensive line, and pressured Darnold who made an ill-advised throw to the end zone where it was picked off. By now, Darnold should know to either throw the ball out the back of the end zone or just take the sack and so his continued inability to make smart decisions under duress – which, admittedly he is under a lot – is a huge concern as this season has been one of massive regression for him. He was sacked just three times Sunday, but the offensive line isn’t giving him much help, and the playcalling is not putting him into positions to succeed.

RB LeVeon Bell, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 66 - 0, Rec: 8 - 55 - 0 (9 targets) - Bell finally saw a decent amount of touches, but it wasn’t terribly consistent and the offensive line play is so bad, even he is wearing down to the point of irrelevance. He may have struggled in part due to a knee injury his coach said the team was unaware of. His only decent run was a 14 yard play late which came in part because the Dolphins were content to sit back and play deep on a 3-and-22 for the Jets offense. The nature of his injury remains unknown as of Monday night.

RB Bilal Powell, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0 - Powell once again saw almost no work, though he did have a nice ten yard run in the second quarter, where both of his carries took place.

WR Jamison Crowder, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 83 - 1 (9 targets) - This was the week where Crowder and Sam Darnold connected, doing so four times in the very first drive, which was capped off with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Crowder. On the play, Crowder lined up inside, and crossed underneath to the outside. The coverage appeared to get caught in the crowd, allowing the receiver to get wide open on his way into the end zone for a simple reception. He also made a very nice catch on a throw later in the quarter, when Darnold had to throw off his back foot, and Crowder reached back to make the catch. The two seem to be on the same page now, and that could mean good things for Crowder going forward.

WR Robby Anderson, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (4 targets) - Anderson saw very little work, again mostly because Sam Darnold has no time to throw, and appears to have some tunnel vision even when he does, locking onto Jamison Crowder and Le’Veon Bell. The Dolphins don’t have the corners to cover deep, but the Jets don’t seem to give enough time to their quarterback to throw it deep either, and despite a good matchup ahead in the form of the Giants, it doesn’t look like Anderson will see too many targets going forward.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (3 targets) - Thomas had a really nice catch to convert on a fourth down but was otherwise absent from the gameplan.

WR Vyncint Smith, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (3 targets) - Smith had an unreal kick return of 78 yards where he flashed some speed, great balance and a nice stiff arm. Unfortunately, the Jets – down 21-7 at the time – couldn’t convert on that drive as Sam Darnold threw an ill-advised pass for an interception, killing the momentum Smith had kicked off. Smith saw a few targets on the Jets’ final drive, catching one for a nice 20-yard gain but also missed on one several plays later.

TE Ryan Griffin, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 50 - 0 (8 targets) - Griffin had a decent day as Chris Herndon was out once again, and could have had an even better day had he been able to hang on to a ball late in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the play was reversed upon review and then Sam Darnold threw an interception on the next play.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 36 - 288 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 2 - 0 - It was a banner day for Fitzpatrick and the Miami offense. The passing game was the only thing that seemed to work for the Dolphins as the rushing attack averaged just over 2 yards per carry, but that did not matter with Fitzpatrick finding the end zone 3 times in the 2nd quarter. His first touchdown pass went to Preston Williams for 12 yards and was simply a blown coverage by the Jets. Williams ran a skinny post and both the corner and safety went to cover the running back leaking into the flat rather than Williams. It was an easy pitch and catch for the score from there and Fitzpatrick had a clean pocket and there was not a defender within 5 yards of Williams. The second touchdown capped off a 12 play 77-yard drive with a 17-yard pass to DeVante Parker. Fitzpatrick made a beautiful back shoulder throw to Parker right at the pylon for the score. It was a dangerous play as Fitzpatrick stared down his receiver and never looked in any other direction, but Parker used his body to box out the corner in coverage and make sure no one else could make a play on the ball. The third touchdown again went to Williams for a 5-yard score. It was a quick 1-step drop and throw to Williams running a slant. The ball found him between 2 defenders and was not contested. This drive was fueled by a 34-yard bomb to Mike Gesicki down deep down the right side line that could have gone for a touchdown had he not been tripped up by his man in coverage at the last second. Fitzpatrick had an ugly safety where he tried to get out of the end zone and ended up falling right on the goal line and was sacked 4 times for a loss of 22 yards. This performance should keep his job safe from Josh Rosen for a while longer, but with the Dolphins actively tanking this year there is no knowing what they will do.

RB Mark Walton, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 29 - 0, Rec: 3 - 12 - 0 (4 targets) - For all of the success that Fitzpatrick and the passing game had, the rushing attack struggled this week. Walton was given the keys to the back field when the team traded Kenyan Drake, but he was unable to do anything with them this week. He averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 12 carries and made a minimal impact as a receiver. Miami combined to rush for just 50 yards on 24 carries and the longest run of the day was by Walton for 14 yards. Nearly half of his yards came on that single carry and the rest he was tackled at or near the line of scrimmage for minimal gains. The Jets did not have to respect the run at all this week and Miami had no luck with play action passes. The team clearly liked Walton enough to ship off their incumbent starter but he is going to have to do a lot more if he wants to keep the job the rest of this season and into next.

WR Preston Williams, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 72 - 2 (9 targets) - After quietly meddling away as the best receiving option on a very bad team, Williams finally had a true break out game. Williams caught 5 of his 9 targets for 72 yards and found the end zone twice this week. He had the second longest play for either team with a 26-yard reception and was a reliable source for big chunks or yards and first downs this week. His first touchdown catch went for 12 yards and was a blown coverage by the Jets defense. Williams ran a skinny post and saw both the corner and safety jump into the flat to try and cover the running back as he leaked out of the back field. Williams was standing all alone in the end zone in the exact place the safety should have been. IT was an easy pitch and catch from there for the score. His second touchdown went for 5 yards and was a quick hitting slant route. Williams stutter stepped off the line and cut to the inside and Fitzpatrick delivered a strike to his chest between 2 defenders for the touchdown. Williams has been one of the lone bright spots for the Miami offense so far this season and this was his best game by far. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL tear and is out for the season.

WR DeVante Parker, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 57 - 1 (6 targets) - If Parker continues to play like this, he may actually have a chance to find a decent new home in the off season. He continued his solid run by catching 4 of his 6 targets and a very impressive touchdown. His longest play of the game was his 17-yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter that put Miami up 14-7 at the time. Fitzpatrick stared Parker down as soon as the ball was snapped and delivered a beautiful back shoulder ball the he caught right at the pylon. Parker used his body to box out the corner and made an amazing one-handed catch for the touchdown. The rest of his catches went for short to intermediate gains and helped keep drives alive for Miami. Parker has done a lot to improve his stock this season while playing on one of the worst teams in the NFL. HE can only hope to finally get out of Miami in the off season.

TE Mike Gesicki, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 95 - 0 (6 targets) - It has been a long time coming for Gesicki, but he finally lived up to the potential hype of where he was drafted. The big tight end led the team in receiving for the first time this week and did just about everything but score a touchdown. He caught all 6 of his targets for just under 100 yards. His longest play of the game helped to setup the third touchdown and went for 34 yards down the right side. HE simply blew past his man and Fitzpatrick hit him in stride down the side line. He needed just one more step and he would have sprung free for the touchdown, but he was taken down by a diving defender from behind. Gesicki has endured poor quarterback play and people questioning his abilities all season long. This game should go a long way towards proving his doubters wrong and the beginning of his development towards the potential they saw when they drafted him.


Cleveland Browns 19, Denver Broncos 24

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Cleveland Browns - The Browns finally found a way to cut down on the mental mistakes, committing just five penalties and no turnovers. That being said, they still found a way to lose what was a winnable game against the Broncos. The game came down to a failed quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one at the Denver five-yard line in the third quarter. The officials ruled that the ball was about six inches short of a first down. Cleveland challenged the spot but the call was upheld. The Browns had another chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter but were unable to convert a fourth-and-four from the Denver 28.

Denver Broncos - Brandon Allen led the Broncos to a victory in his first NFL start, tossing a pair of touchdown passes with no turnovers as Joe Flacco was placed on the IR this past week. The Broncos offense only ran a total of 40 plays, scoring three touchdowns and one field goal. Courtland Sutton found the end zone, as well as rookie tight end Noah Fant, who topped 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career. Phillip Lindsay only carried the ball 9 times, but managed to break two long runs of 30+ yards, including one touchdown.

QB Baker Mayfield, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 42 - 273 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 22 - 0 - Mayfield was solid in the loss, although he did come up short in a few spots. He was unable to pick up a first down on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one at the Denver five-yard line in the third quarter. The officials ruled that the ball was about six inches short of a first down. Cleveland challenged the spot but the call was upheld. The Browns had another chance in the fourth quarter but were unable to convert a fourth-and-four from the Denver 28 when Mayfield had a pass intended for Jarvis Landry batted away by a defender. Mayfield’s first pass attempt of the game was a catchable ball that Landry was unable to haul in. He then threw too high for Landry on third down, ending the first drive. Mayfield came back in the second quarter to find Antonio Callaway for a 41-yard gain. Callaway did most of the work after the catch, getting the ball at the line of scrimmage and racing down the left sideline for a big gain. Mayfield later kept that drive alive with a 16-yard run on third-and-14. He came close to throwing a touchdown on the fifth drive of the game, finding Demetrius Harris at the back of the end zone. Harris made the catch but ran out of room at the back of the end zone and was unable to get both feet down inbounds. On the final drive of the half, Mayfield got the ball in scoring position again but couldn’t convert, throwing too high in the red zone for Landry to catch. In the third quarter, Mayfield had Nick Chubb open on a short screen to the left but threw too high again. Chubb had a blocker in front of him and could have ripped off a long gain. The failed quarterback sneak play on fourth-and-one came on the second drive in the third quarter on what wound up being a game-swinging play. Initially it looked like Mayfield got enough yardage for the first down but the officials did not agree. Mayfield’s only touchdown was a nine-yard completion to Landry in the fourth quarter. Landry caught a short pass to the left and put a nice move on a would-be tackler to make it to the end zone. Mayfield had his team moving on their final possession of the game on what could have been the game-winning drive but was able to connect with Landry on fourth-and-four from the Denver 28. The Broncos offense got the ball back and was able to run out the clock, sealing the sixth loss for Cleveland.

RB Nick Chubb, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 65 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (5 targets) - The Broncos did a good job limiting Chubb as there were often several defenders waiting to tackle him on his carries. His usage was a bit puzzling in this one as the team decided to take him off the field on two separate third-and-threes in Denver territory, instead opting to give the ball to Dontrell Hilliard. It was some questionable decision-making to ignore Chubb, who has been the team’s best offensive player by far this season. Chubb’s first run was a nice, seven-yard gain where he displayed excellent vision to cut back from right to left to find a hole in the line. He saw a few red-zone looks in the second quarter, gaining three yards down to the Denver 14 and then another two yards on a delayed handoff down to the Denver 12. The following drive saw another pair of red-zone looks, with a five-yard run up the middle down to the Denver four and then a five-yard loss on first-and-goal from the four-yard line where he attempted to go left and was swarmed by several Denver defenders. He was set up for what would have gone for a decent gain in the third quarter but Baker Mayfield overthrew him on a short screen. Chubb had a lead blocker in front of him and likely would have picked up a long gain. He saw a red zone carry at the end of that drive, gaining one yard down to the Denver 13. In the fourth quarter, Chubb fought hard for a first down on third-and-one where he carried a defender on his back for an 11-yard run. Chubb continues to see plenty of red zone looks but he just wasn’t able to find the end zone in this one.

WR Jarvis Landry, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 51 - 1 (13 targets) - Landry has been heavily targeted in this offense, having seen 23 targets over the past two weeks. Landry continues to show nice chemistry with Baker Mayfield, which leads to the quarterback looking his way when he needs a big catch. Landry saw two targets on the first drive, with the first a catchable ball that he wasn’t able to haul in. The second target was forced into double coverage and was deflected by a defender before Landry could get his hands on it. Landry drew an end-zone target in the second quarter but he was tripped up by the defender. The pass appeared to be too high for Landry to catch, even if he had remained on his feet. Landry was leaned on heavily on the final drive of the first half. He caught a five-yard pass on second-and-two and then had a big 13-yard gain on third-and-eight. He drew another end zone target at the end of that drive but the pass was too high. Landry caught three passes on the first drive of the third quarter, one that went for minus-one yard, a fantastic 19-yard gain on a play where he was closely covered by the defender, and a six-yard gain down to the Denver seven-yard line. Landry found the end zone for the first time all season on a nine-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He caught a short pass and made the first tackler miss before racing into the end zone. Landry was the intended target on the Browns’ final offensive play of the game but the ball was deflected by a defender before it got to him.

WR Odell Beckham, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -5 - 0, Rec: 5 - 87 - 0 (6 targets) - Beckham was on his way to another slow day before he ripped off two long gains in the fourth quarter. He spent much of the afternoon tangling with star corner Chris Harris who did a decent job of limiting him. Beckham’s first grab came on the second drive and was a six-yard gain on a third-and-two. He came back with a seven-yard gain for another first down on second-and-six. He finished off that drive with an incompletion as Baker Mayfield threw too high for Beckham to catch. His next touch came in the second quarter on a rush attempt. He received a pitch and was swallowed up for a five-yard loss. On the final drive of the first half, he made an eight-yard grab. Beckham didn’t see any work in the third quarter but made up for that with a big fourth quarter. He made a great, contested grab down the right sideline and followed that with a slick spin move to evade a tackler to tack on some extra yardage after the catch. On the following drive, he made another impressive catch where he evaded a tackler at the catch point, bobbled the ball, hauled it in, and galloped for a 39-yard gain. His lack of touchdowns has been disappointing but Beckham is still every bit as explosive as he was in his New York days. The Browns just need to find a better way to optimize the talented play-maker in their offense.

WR Antonio Callaway, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 56 - 0 (5 targets) - Callaway had his best game of the season. The second-year receiver’s first catch was a 41-yard gain in the second quarter. He did most of the work as he caught the ball at the line of scrimmage and sprinted down the left sideline. On the following drive, Callaway saw an end zone target that was deflected at the last second. Credit goes to Denver for excellent coverage on that play. Callaway then caught a nine-yard, back-shoulder pass down the left sideline. His final catch lost three yards on a screen in the third quarter.

TE Demetrius Harris, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (4 targets) - Harris was busy in the first half, catching two passes, a 12-yarder in the first quarter and a four-yard gain in the second. He also came close to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter as Baker Mayfield found him at the back of the end zone. Unfortunately, he was too deep in the end zone and ran out of room when he landed. Harris came back to catch a nine-yard pass in the third quarter. Fellow tight end Ricky Seals-Jones took a direct hit on the knee during the second quarter and did not return. If Seals-Jones winds up missing time, it would benefit Harris.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - Seals-Jones got off to a fast start, catching three balls in the first half. He had a five-yard gain on second-and-third in the first quarter. He was quiet until the final drive of the first half where he had a five-yard catch and a seven-yard catch in the red zone. He took a direct hit on the knee on that final catch and left the game. He did not return to action.

QB Brandon Allen, 50 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 20 - 193 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 13 - 0 - Allen led the offense to a victory on an efficient day that saw the Broncos run just 40 plays total. He dropped a couple of beautiful dime passes to Sutton on the Broncos first scoring drive in the 1st quarter. The two first connected on a deep post that picked up 19 yards, then Sutton beat his man down the right sideline and made a leaping grab over a defender for the score. Allen put the ball where only Sutton could grab it. Allen's second touchdown was all Noah Fant, as the rookie tight end caught a short crossing route and broke several tackles before he turned up the left sideline and housed the 75 yard score. Allen led the Broncos to a field goal in the 2nd quarter and another scoring drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Allen's mobility isn't elite, but it's certainly an upgrade over Flacco. Allen picked up a 3rd and long conversion with an 11 yard scramble around right end in the 1st quarter. Allen was lucky to escape the day without an interception. Myles Garrett tipped a 2nd quarter pass at the line of scrimmage and nearly gathered it for a pick.

RB Phillip Lindsay, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 92 - 1 - Lindsay got limited work with just 9 carries as Denver ran very few offensive plays. Fortunately, he was able to pick up big chunks of yards on two long runs. He made a nice cutback in the backfield to break his longest run of the day off right tackle for a 40 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay scored on a beautiful 30 yard run off right tackle in the 3rd quarter, following great downfield blocking by his offensive line and receiver Diontae Spencer. Fellow back Royce Freeman was barely an afterthought with 5 carries and one target.

RB Royce Freeman, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 15 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (1 targets) - Freeman posted a dud with just 15 yards on 5 carries. Denver did not run a lot of offensive plays in this one, and Phillip Lindsay got most of the work in the backfield. Freeman lost a yard on his lone target in the passing game.

RB Devontae Booker, 1 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets) - Booker returned a few kicks and made his first offensive appearance of the year, hauling in his only target for a 15 yard gain.

WR Courtland Sutton, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 5 - 56 - 1 (8 targets) - Sutton started his day off with a diving grab for a short gain in the 1st quarter. He had two big receptions later in the 1st quarter as he pulled in a 19 yard gain on a deep post route, then made a leaping catch over a defender in the end zone for a 21 yard touchdown on the very next play. Allen looked for him on another deep ball in the end zone late in the 2nd, but couldn't connect against tight coverage. Sutton had a couple more short receptions on an out route and a slant during a 3rd quarter drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown. Sutton finished with a team-high 8 targets on a day that saw the Broncos run just 40 offensive plays. Sutton also carried the ball once for 7 yards on an end-around play.

WR Diontae Spencer, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (3 targets) - Spencer returned punts and kicks as well as mixing into the receiver rotation. He lined up in the right slot and caught a bubble screen in the 2nd quarter, picking up a few yards before fumbling the ball upon being tackled. Spencer nearly had a deep ball for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but he let the pass slip through his hands.

TE Noah Fant, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 115 - 1 (4 targets) - Fant topped 100 yards receiving for the first time in his NFL career, picking up most of it on a lengthy touchdown. He caught a short crossing route in the 1st quarter and broke no fewer than three tackles, turning up the left sideline for a 75 yard score. Fant made a nice play with a sliding catch on an out route for a 16 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. A few plays later in the same drive, he picked up 20 yards with a big catch up the right seam.

TE Troy Fumagalli, 9 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets) - Fumagalli worked as the second tight end behind Fant with Jeff Heuerman sidelined with a knee injury. He caught a short out route in the 1st for a 9 yard gain.


Minnesota Vikings 23, Kansas City Chiefs 26

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Minnesota Vikings - If the Vikings miss the playoffs by a game this year, it will be this loss that everyone points to as the reason why. The offense got off to a slow start and never fully recovered this week. Adam Thielen left with the same hamstring injury after the first offensive drive, Cousins could not connect with Diggs, and the Chiefs defense did a great job containing Dalvin Cook. Dan Bailey continues to struggle and missed a chip shot extra point this week and the defense could not step up and make a play at the end when it mattered. The biggest blow came late in the 4th quarter on the drive after the Chiefs tied that game 23-23. The Vikings offense lost 7 yards on the ensuing drive and would punt the ball back with a little over 2 minutes left. Britton Colquitt shanked the punt and set the Chiefs up on the Viking 45. The defense got a huge sack and fumble for a loss but could not keep the Chiefs out of field goal range for a game winning kick as time expired. A bad punt and a poorly timed time out at the end of the game gave the Chiefs a win rather than the game going into overtime. The Vikings are not 6-3 on the season and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings in a thrilling 26-23 game on Sunday. Matt Moore completed 25 of 35 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown. Damien Williams rushed 12 times for 125 yards and one touchdown, while also catching two passes for three yards. LeSean McCoy was very much a non-factor, rushing three times for nine yards while also catching one pass for zero yards. Tyreek Hill was the star of the game, catching six passes for 140 yards and one touchdown on eight targets. Sammy Watkins led the Chiefs with 10 targets and caught seven passes for 63 yards. Demarcus Robinson caught one pass for five yards. Travis Kelce had seven catches for 62 yards on nine targets.

QB Kirk Cousins, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 38 - 220 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0 - The story line of not being able to win the big game continues to Cousins. There were a lot of things that went wrong for the Vikings defense and the loss cannot be solely put on him, but it was not his finest effort. Cousins was wildly inaccurate this week and missed on several key throws that could have easily changed the game. He missed Diggs on a long pass that could have gone for a touchdown and changed the entire game script in the 1st half. He did not turn the ball over and added 3 touchdowns, but it was far from a dominating performance. His first touchdown went to Bisi Johnson for 4 yards. Johnson ran a slant that got shut down, but he smartly continued up the field and Cousins found him all alone in the back of the end zone. It was an easy pitch and catch to tie the game 7-7. The second touchdown went to little used Ameer Abdullah and was a 16-yard wheel route that the back up running back took down the side line and into the end zone. It was a check down throw that ended up working out when all of the coverage rolled to the other side of the field. His third touchdown went to Kyle Rudolph and was a great throw on a slant in the back of the end zone. Rudolph carried 2 defenders with him, and Cousins delivered the ball just before he met with the safety in the middle of the field. Cousins was sacked a single time for a loss of 8 yards and managed to hold on to the ball the entire game. Cousins will have to put this one behind him before traveling to Dallas to take on a familiar opponent on Sunday Night Football next week. It is a great opportunity to show Minnesota that he can win the big prime time game.

RB Dalvin Cook, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 71 - 0, Rec: 4 - 45 - 0 (7 targets) - Kansas City’s defense has been ripe for the picking against top ranked offenses but Cook and the Vikings could not get anything going this week. They were stubborn and would not move off of Cook to try anything different on the ground. They ran him 21 times with the next closest rusher getting 3 carries. Cook’s longest run went for 12 yards and he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry this week. Cook had more than 100 yards from scrimmage, but he proved to be ineffective for the most part this week. He had a 22-yard screen play that setup the go-ahead touchdown to Rudolph, but he caught just 4 of his 7 targets and dealt with a wildly inaccurate Kirk Cousins this week. Cook saw Damien Williams break a 91-yard touchdown run against the Viking defense but never got his chance to break free. The Vikings rushing attack combined for under 100 yards total and the offensive coordinator refused to move off of what was clearly not working. Cook will look to reset next week against Dallas.

RB Alexander Mattison, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0 (1 targets) - It was not a great game for Mattison this week. The Vikings did everything they could to get Cook going, but he was never able to break free. Rather than shift more carries to Mattison to try and vary the offensive attack they gave him just 3 carries and a single target in the passing game. Mattison did not make the reception and his longest rush of the game went for 3 yards. Nothing was really working for the Vikings on offense this week and Mattison’s workload suffered because of it.

RB Ameer Abdullah, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 16 - 1 (1 targets) - It is tough being the third running back on the depth chart behind Cook and Mattison, but Abdullah was finally able to make his mark this week. He only had 2 touches against Kansas City with a single rush going for 2 yards, and a 16-yard catch. The catch was the important play as it went for a touchdown. Cousins found Abdullah on a wheel route out of the back field and he took the ball down the side line and into the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. The Vikings were not willing to move off of Cook as the primary rusher and there were not many touches to go around. Abdullah is buried on the depth chart and is not expected to see meaningful action barring an injury.

WR Stefon Diggs, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (4 targets) - The string of impressive games for Diggs came to a screeching halt this week when he managed to catch just 1 of his 4 targets for 4 yards. There seemed to be a clear disconnect with Cousins again this week as they were just missing on several big time plays. Cousins over threw a diving Diggs on a play that should have gone for a touchdown and then was just off on almost every other throw that went his way. The pair could be seen on the sideline talking calmly and looking at replays on an iPad, but they were never able to get things going this week. It was a frustrating loss for the Vikings and Diggs this week.

WR Olabisi Johnson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 1 (2 targets) - It was a game of backups stepping up in the offense when the stars were not shining. Johnson caught 1 of his 2 targets this week for a 4-yard touchdown. IT was the Vikings first score of the game and tied the score at 7-7. Johnson ran a slant that was shut down by the linebacker in the middle of the field and then shifted his route up into the end zone and found a void. The linebacker stayed in his zone and Johnson was wide open in the space behind him for the easy touchdown. Cousins delivered a strike to his chest on the 3rd and goal play. There was not much else to Johnson this week, even with Thielen out and Diggs struggling.

WR Adam Thielen, 7 offensive snaps (1 targets) - It was not the return that many had hoped for Thielen. He was targeted a single time on the opening offensive drive and then left after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Thielen could be seen on the sideline testing out that injured leg, but never felt confident enough to come back into the game. All of the stars for the Vikings struggled this week and Thielen not being on the field made things that much more difficult.

TE Kyle Rudolph, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 23 - 1 (5 targets) - It has been a very up and down season for Rudolph so far this year and he is starting to see more and more pressure from Irv Smith behind him. This week he caught 3 of his 5 targets and most importantly the go-ahead touchdown early in the 4th quarter. It was a 3-yard score with Cousins finding Rudolph across the middle on the slant. He fit the ball into a tight window and Rudolph made the easy catch. The play was setup by a 22-yard screen play by Cook and gave the Vikings hope late in the game. Rudolph added a 15-yard catch for a 1st down but was not involved in the passing game heavily otherwise. Irv Smith is emerging as the pass catching tight end and there may be an end to Rudolph’s Viking tenure at the end of the season if everything continues to trend this way.

QB Matt Moore, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 35 - 275 - 1 TD / 0 INT - Matt Moore completed 25 of 35 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Vikings on Sunday. This was an impressive performance from Moore, as he was not afraid to look down the field and throw his receivers open. Moore has the reputation of a game manager, but he was far from it in this one, although it does help when you have Tyreek Hill on the outside. Moore’s only touchdown pass of the game came with the Chiefs facing a second and 10 from the Vikings 40 yard line. Moore took the snap under center and play-action faked to Damien Williams in the backfield. Moore then looked down the field to Hill, who was running a deep post route to the right sideline. Moore threw an absolute dime, dropping the ball to Hill’s outside shoulder and out in front of him. Hill made a fantastic jumping and diving catch before rolling into the end zone for the 40 yard touchdown. Moore had several other fantastic throws, although one, to Sammy Watkins most sticks out in my mind. The Vikings had an aggressive pass rush all day, and on this one they got into the backfield quick were about to be all over Moore. Instead, Moore held firm in the pocket and completed his throwing motion without changing his delivery, despite the fact that he was guaranteeing the fact that he was going to get blasted by two defenders. The pass was out in front of Watkins who was running a crossing route to the left sideline. He made a fantastic one handed catch with a defender draped all over him. Moore’s connection with Hill though was what kept the Chiefs in the game though, as Moore was able to complete a 30 yard pass while dead on the run to his right, which set up a Chiefs field goal to put them up by four points. Then with the Chiefs down by three late in the 4th quarter, Moore looked the Vikings pass rush in the face again and uncorked a deep ball to Hill that went for 41 yards. With as much pressure as the Vikings were putting on the Chiefs passing attack, Moore did a fantastic job “not seeing ghosts” and challenging the Vikings secondary every chance he got. With the game tied, and the Chiefs having one last chance to win the game, Moore was sacked on first down, bringing up a second and 21 from the Chiefs 44 yard line. Moore, showing the resiliency that only an 11 year backup can, then completed consecutive passes to Kelce and Hill for 17 and 13 yards, respectively. This set up a Harrison Butker 40 yard field goal to win the game, an improbable win for the Chiefs that improved their record to 6-3.

RB Damien Williams, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 125 - 1, Rec: 2 - 3 - 0 (2 targets) - Damien Williams 12 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while also catching two passes on two targets for 3 yards. Williams was having trouble penetrating the Vikings defensive front for most of the game, although it didn’t stop the Chiefs passing attack from moving the ball. Where it really hurt them was in the red zone, as Williams, and the rest of the Chiefs running backs, were unable to give the offense advantageous situations on second and third down, which led to four Butker field goals. Williams saved his day however, by ripping off a 91 yard touchdown run straight up the middle of the Vikings defense. While the Chiefs offensive line gets the credit for opening up the hole, Williams deserves of the spotlight for weaving his way up the seam before putting on one of the nastiest jukes I’ve ever seen. In fact, the Vikings defender is still looking for his jock-strap, and I’m not sure he’s going to find it anytime soon. Given the flow of the game, and the Chiefs difficulty in the red zone, it was a very important play that gave the Chiefs the lead. Without that run, who knows if the Chiefs win this game, and 5-4 is a lot different than 6-3, especially when the Chiefs get their star quarterback in Patrick Mahomes back this week. Williams out-touched McCoy 12-3 rushing the ball, and it look as though he will start to see a majority of the carries after McCoy’s fumbling problems have come to the forefront.

RB LeSean McCoy, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets) - LeSean McCoy rushed three times for nine yards and caught one pass on one target for zero yards. After fumbling at crucial points in the game in weeks past, McCoy is looking like he might be phased out of his time share with Williams. It is not that Williams is the more effective runner, because he is not, McCoy has been very efficient this season and looks spry for a player with so many miles on him. McCoy has always carried the ball like someone running to give a cell-phone call to another person, with one hand and no semblance of protection. This was less of a problem when McCoy was the featured back on the Eagles and Bills, and was churning out big plays and 1,000 yard seasons. Now, he is the second man in a platoon of running backs, and any fumble is going to be criticized and looked at closely. His fumble last week was avoidable, and it came at a crucial point in the game, so it is not surprising that Andy Reid has turned to Williams to head his rushing attack. I don’t see McCoy being completely phased out going forward, but the chances of him becoming the lead back have come and gone, barring injury.

WR Sammy Watkins, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 63 - 0 (10 targets) - Sammy Watkins caught seven of 10 targets for 63 yards in the Chiefs win over the Vikings on Sunday. Watkins has consistently been heavily targeted this season, although most of his targets come in the short and intermediate passing game, and he has become something of a possession receiver for an offense that already has a player running deep routes in Hill. Watkins has stepped up to the plate, making tough grabs while using his size to gain separation off the line of scrimmage. Six of Watkins 10 targets came on first down, a sign that the Chiefs are trying to use him as a target that can set up advantageous situations on second and third down. This is especially important with the way the Chiefs running game was cut off for most of this game. While it won’t result in the type of games that he put up in week one, Watkins has a solid floor, and it should only get better with Mahomes back at quarterback.

WR Tyreek Hill, 60 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 6 - 140 - 1 (8 targets) - LeSean McCoy rushed three times for nine yards and caught one pass on one target for zero yards. After fumbling at crucial points in the game in weeks past, McCoy is looking like he might be phased out of his time share with Williams. It is not that Williams is the more effective runner, because he is not, McCoy has been very efficient this season and looks spry for a player with so many miles on him. McCoy has always carried the ball like someone running to give a cell-phone call to another person, with one hand and no semblance of protection. This was less of a problem when McCoy was the featured back on the Eagles and Bills, and was churning out big plays and 1,000 yard seasons. Now, he is the second man in a platoon of running backs, and any fumble is going to be criticized and looked at closely. His fumble last week was avoidable, and it came at a crucial point in the game, so it is not surprising that Andy Reid has turned to Williams to head his rushing attack. I don’t see McCoy being completely phased out going forward, but the chances of him becoming the lead back have come and gone, barring injury.

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WR Mecole Hardman, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0 - Mecole Hardman did not have a catch and rushed only one time for seven yards in the Chiefs win over the Vikings on Sunday. Hardman’s most impact play was for the Vikings unfortunately, as he fumbled away the ball during a punt return. This stat line shouldn’t be that surprising though, as Hardman was not seeing a large volume of touches. With Hill back in the lineup, and Moore at quarterback, Hardman was somewhat disposable as a utility player. With Mahomes back at quarterback this week, Hardman should get more opportunities simply because the Chiefs offense will get more opportunities, but he will continue to be a hard player to trust from week to week for the rest of the season.

TE Travis Kelce, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 62 - 0 (9 targets) - Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 62 yards on nine targets in the Chiefs win over the Vikings on Sunday. This was another floor game for Kelce, as he saw his fair share of targets, but the Vikings looked to be paying him particular attention in the middle of the field. This enabled Hill to run free in one on one coverage down the field, and we know how that ended up, with all three of those passes completed for over 100 yards. In many ways this is Kelce’s great asset, as his ability to make defenses close to the middle of the field, puts the Chiefs outside receivers in great positions to make plays. Kelce did come up big at the end of the game, making a 17 yard catch on second and 21 with the Chiefs driving trying to win the game. That play set up a short third and four, where a pass was completed to Hill for 13 yards, setting up the winning field goal. Kelce caught seven of his nine targets, but they weren’t easy catches. He had defenders draped all over him on at least four of the catches, yet managed to make the catch, which is consistent with the player he’s been his whole career. With Mahomes coming back this Sunday, Kelce will see his ceiling rise again.


Indianapolis Colts 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 26

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Indianapolis Colts - Jacoby Brissett left the game with a knee injury and did not return giving way to Brian Hoyer. Hoyer played well at times against the Steelers but threw an ugly interception and struggled with his pocket awareness. Hoyer did make some nice throws and gave the Colts a chance to win the game. Zach Pascal stepped up and made some huge plays with TY Hilton out of the lineup. Pascal looked like a number one receiver with his ability to win contested catches and make plays downfield. Marlon Mack was the Colts' most consistent source of offense. Mack kept the Colts on track with his tough running. Parris Campbell made a few nice plays and could have had a touchdown if he had not slipped. Hoyer looked to Jack Doyle a number of times early but failed to find him later in the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers - The closing minutes of the game, with the score 24-26, the Steelers were called for a questionable 35-yard defensive pass interference play which brought the Colts within field goal range. After missing two field goals last week and one kick being blocked already the week, the Steelers were gifted a shanked kick, wide left, and their narrowest victory of the season. This game, like Week 8 for the Steelers, started with an opening drive turnover, giving the Colts great field position and being down quickly. The offense was no little help to the Steelers. Offensive Coordinator, Randy Fichter’s, ultra conservative game script led to checking the ball down for most of the game and Mason Rudolph averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. Nevertheless, the defense and Chris Boswell stepped up. Minkah Fitzpatrick had a 96-yard touchdown on a pass which could have been tight end Jack Doyle’s second of the day and Chris Boswell was 4-4 on field goal attempts.

QB Brian Hoyer, 56 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 26 - 168 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0 - Brian Hoyer entered the game in relief of an injured Jacoby Brissett. Hoyer played well outside of a few sacks and two turnovers. Hoyer made some nice throws and gave the Colts a chance to win. Hoyer found Jack Doyle on a double move over the middle for an 11 yard touchdown on his first throw of the game. Hoyer and the Colts moved into the red zone relying mostly on their running game. Hoyer targeted Jack Doyle down the seam and was intercepted by Minkah FItzpatrick who took the interception 96 yards for a touchdown. Hoyer never saw Fitzpatrick on the play and threw the ball right to him. Hoyer responded well to the interception leading the Colts down the field for a touchdown before halftime. Hoyer capped the drive with a 14 yard strike down the seam to Zach Pascal on what was Hoyer's best throw of the game. Hoyer made another great throw to Pascal this time along the sideline where only Pascal could catch the pass for 17 yards on 3rd and 19. After converting the 4th down the Colts decided to go for it again on 4th down a few plays later. Hoyer failed to feel the rush and was stripped from behind for another turnover. The Colts took over in great field position following a fumble trailing by 5 and scored a touchdown. On 4th and 2 Hoyer found Chester Rogers wide open in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Trailing by 2 Hoyer put the Colts in position to win the game with an outstanding back shoulder throw to Zach Pascal. However, Vinatieri missed the game winning field goal.

QB Jacoby Brissett, 15 offensive snaps, Pass: 4 - 5 - 59 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0 - Jacoby Brissett and the Colts settled for a field goal after taking over at Pittsburgh's 35 yard line. The offense looked out of sync and Brissett faced a lot of pressure early. Brissett moved the Colts into the red zone with completions to Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell but left the game with a knee injury after one of his offensive lineman fell into his lead leg. Brissett is believed to have an MCL injury and did not return to the game.

RB Marlon Mack, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 89 - 0 - Marlon Mack kept the Colts offense on schedule against the Steelers. Mack consistently gained positive yardage even with the Steelers loading up the box. Mack did break into the open field for a big gain one time and had a number of nice runs that went for 5+ yards. Mack made a defender miss on most of his carries. Mack followed a pulling Quenton Nelson around the edge and picked up 24 yards down the sideline. Mack made Mike Hilton whiff on a tackle to pick up 9 yards on a 3rd and 1. Mack is consistent and productive which Frank Reich seems to value.

WR Parris Campbell, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 27 - 0, Rec: 5 - 53 - 0 (5 targets) - Parris Campbell made some nice plays on the edge and showed off his blinding speed. Campbell made a catch in the flat made a man miss and was on his way to scoring a 34 yard touchdown but he slipped, fell, and fumbled the ball out of bounds after a 27 yard gain. Campbell made an 8 yard catch running an in route. Campbell came wide open running a shallow crossing route and escaped down the sideline for 16. After the game it was revealed that he suffered a broken hand and will be out for multiple weeks.

WR Zach Pascal, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 76 - 1 (6 targets) - Zach Pascal was the offensive star for the Colts. Pascal made some great plays and kept the Colts in this game. Almost all of the Colts successful downfield throws were to Pascal. Pascal made his first catch for 8 yards running a curl on the Colts' first offensive play. Pascal made an 18 yard catch along the sideline working back to Brissett after initially being covered downfield. Campbell picked up 22 yards running a reverse. The play was very blocked but Campbell looked like he was moving at a different speed than defenders. Pascal ran a skinny post from the slot and beat two defenders to secure a 14 yard touchdown catch. Pascal showed strong hands securing the high pass. Pascal made an outstanding sideline catch for 17 yards on 3rd and 19. Pascal made the catch look routine despite the high degree of difficulty. Pascal drew a 35 yard pass interference penalty on what was a questionable call. Pascal then made an outstanding side line catch on a back shoulder throw for 19 yards. Pascal showed outstanding hands and body awareness to get both feet inbounds. The catch and penalty set up a game winning field goal opportunity.

TE Jack Doyle, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 22 - 1 (4 targets) - Jack Doyle caught two passes from Hoyer when he first entered the game but did not see targets later in the game. Doyle gave Devin Bush a nice double move over the middle to score an 11 yard touchdown on his first reception. Doyle made a 6 yard catch running a curl over the middle.

TE Eric Ebron, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (2 targets) - Eric Ebron hardly saw any looks from Brian Hoyer. Ebron converted a 3rd and 6 with a 7 yard reception. Ebron fought off his defender long enough to pick up the first down. Ebron picked up 9 yards on a dump off in the flat from Hoyer.

QB Mason Rudolph, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 35 - 191 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0 - Wins are not a quarterback stat, but Mason Rudolph should take what he can get. In Week 9, Rudolph started strong with his first pass of the game being delivered in rhythm on a slant route to Juju Smith-Schuster. His second pass of the game to Smith-Schuster was deep down the left side. If it weren’t for blanket coverage by the defense the pass would have been a touchdown. Unfortunately, the third target to Smith-Schuster on the opening drive went right through Smith-Schuster’s hands and was intercepted. For the remainder of the game, passes were primarily close to the line of scrimmage with the idea of letting playmakers make plays after the catch and not to risk throwing the ball downfield. Mason Rudolph’s single passing touchdown of the game came in such a manner. Rudolph delivered a pass on time to Vance McDonald as he was turning around. This allowed McDonald to shield the defenders from the ball and for McDonald to gain just enough to push in the endzone for a touchdown. While Rudolph’s stat line isn’t packed for Week 9 it needs to be noted the poise he played with. Rudolph stepped up in the pocket and wasn’t afraid to take the big hit and deliver an accurate pass. Even Rudolph’s safety shouldn’t be completely blamed on him. Rudolph was standing tall in the pocket when the offensive line was being pushed back and Rudolph tried to escape. There was no where for him to go and he had to take the safety. Luckily, on the punt after the safety, the Colts fumbled the ball and the Steelers were able to kick a field goal.

RB Jaylen Samuels, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 10 - 0, Rec: 13 - 73 - 0 (13 targets) - It can be considered a rough night for a running back when the running back totals ten yards rushing on eight total rushing attempts. Further, it could be even worse if one of those attempts was for six yards (leaving four total yards for the remaining seven attempts). Luckily, Samuels is as versatile as they come. While things were not working for him between the tackles, Samuels was running crisp routes, splitting out wide and being an outlet for Mason Rudolph when he was in trouble. Samuels did have one miscue. On a play with the ball in Samuels’ hands, a defender was able to put his helmet on the ball and knock it lose. The ball was turned over and ultimately led to the Colts scoring a touchdown to put them up by one point.

RB Trey Edmunds, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 73 - 0 - The Steelers are now running a two running back set and whoever is the second running back is doing well. In Week 9, Edmunds got the run and showed some good ability. He did not display agility or overt athleticism or vision. Edmunds showed good play strength and toughness between the tackles. On Edmunds’ first run of the game, and his career, he went for 45-yards. The rush went to the right side of the line where there was a gaping hole. Edmunds accelerated well through the line of scrimmage and was able to finish the run strong. While Edmunds filled in admirably for his injured backfield mates, he isn’t stealing anyone’s job.

WR James Washington, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 69 - 0 (4 targets) - There weren’t many shots downfield or highlight plays, but James Washington had two of them. On the second possession of the game Washington ran a comeback route to convert a third down. The ball looked like it was about to fall pop out of Washington’s hands for the second straight week. Fortunately, Washington showed impressive hand eye coordination and land on the ball. Also, on one of the rare throws of over ten yards, Mason Rudolph was hit as he threw the ball and sent a lame duck pass downfield. Washington made a good play in front of a defender and brought in a contested catch. Without that reception Rudolph would have passed for under 150 yards on the day.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (5 targets) - This looked like it was going to be a high-volume Smith-Schuster after three of Mason Rudolph’s targets on the first drive went to him. Smith-Schuster’s first reception was on a perfect slant where Smith-Schuster was able to split the defenders. Smith-Schuster’s second target was deep down the field. The coverage was perfect and there wasn’t a catch to be made, but it was a good sign the Steelers were game planning those deeper shots. Unfortunately, on the third target, the ball went through Smith-Schuster’s hands and was intercepted. For the rest of the game the Steelers shifted to an ultra-conservative game script. In fact, Smith-Schuster didn’t see another touch until the third quarter of the game when the Steelers used a slow developing play to move the pocket. When the pocket was moving Rudolph passed the ball to Smith-Schuster where there was no space for him to turn up field.

WR Diontae Johnson, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (2 targets) - With a conservative game script comes not many opportunities to make plays. On one snap, the offense tried to get Johnson involved on an end around. The play went for five yards and was the last time Johnson touched the ball all game.

TE Vance McDonald, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 30 - 1 (7 targets) - With Mason Rudolph pass plays stay close to the line of scrimmage and playmakers will be left to work on their own. McDonald does well in those situations. In the third quarter, after recovering a fumble from the Colts. The Steelers were marching down the field. On third and goal at the seven-yard line, Rudolph finds McDonald right in front of the end zone. Because of where the pass was delivered, McDonald shields the ball from the defenders and lunges for the only offensive touchdown of the evening.


Detroit Lions 24, Oakland Raiders 31

What you need to know

Detroit Lions - The Detroit Lions lost against the Raiders on Sunday, despite a strong offensive performance. Detroit got in a shootout with the Raiders, led by Matthew Stafford’s strong offensive stat line, despite several missed opportunities that could have created a bigger game. J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson worked in a committee in the backfield while Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both had strong performances.

Oakland Raiders - -Carr was excellent, making a few very impressive throws and taking care of the ball despite some awful snaps from the backup center that increased the degree of difficulty.

-Josh Jacobs was fantastic, showing off his elite blend of short area quickness and power to gobble up yardage between the tackles. He scored a pair of short-yardage touchdowns.

-Hunter Renfrow was the only Raiders pass catcher to see more than four targets and is emerging as one of Carr’s favorite options.

-The Lions regularly double-teamed Darren Waller, which led to a season-low two targets but opened up the field for the other receivers.

QB Matthew Stafford, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 41 - 406 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0 - Matthew Stafford produced a strong fantasy day despite struggling with accuracy in a loss to the Raiders. Stafford benefitted form big plays, including long throws to Marvin Jones and a long touchdown to Kenny Golladay on a busted coverage. Stafford later added a touchdown to Marvin Jones on a red zone post route and a touchdown to J.D. McKissic on a corner route out of the backfield. While his stat line looked good, Stafford took two bad sacks including one on the final drive of the game, threw an interception intended for Golladay that was underthrown, and missed multiple receivers. This was one of Stafford’s better fantasy games but he left throws and decisions on the field that could have helped Detroit get a road win. Stafford will face the Bears next week on the road.

RB Ty Johnson, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 29 - 0, Rec: 3 - 7 - 0 (3 targets) - Ty Johnson was the primary ball carrier early in the game for the Lions before J.D. McKissic saw extensive playing time in the second half. Johnson was good running on the interior and saw a goal-line opportunity but was held scoreless. He also had three receptions but was stopped right at the catch on two receptions in the flat. On a positive note, both receptions were well covered and Johnson did a good job holding onto both balls. He projects for committee usage next week against a tough Bears defense.

RB J.D. McKissic, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 32 - 0, Rec: 3 - 40 - 1 (4 targets) - J.D. McKissic played in a committee with Ty Johnson against the Raiders on Sunday. He was effective running the ball despite a lost fumble and ran effectively on the interior and perimeter despite his small size. McKissic was involved in the passing game, including a thrown that was missed by Matthew Stafford but capitalized on his usage with a touchdown on a corner route out of the backfield. The backfield is in flux with Kerryon Johnson missing time, but McKissic has shown himself capable of playing in a committee going forward. He will face a tough Bears defense next week.

WR Marvin Jones, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 126 - 1 (10 targets) - Marvin Jones had a spectacular first half against the Raiders before a quiet second half. Jones had a contested-catch where he caught a deep pass falling down for 47 yards to set the Lions up in scoring position early in the game. He then added a touchdown on a red zone post route. Jones was all over the field and consistently making plays during the first half before contributing only a couple of receptions in the second half. He has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford and is the most diverse wide receiver in the Detroit offense. He will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.

WR Kenny Golladay, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 132 - 1 (7 targets) - Kenny Golladay had a strong performance against the Raiders on Sunday with his big play coming on a busted coverage, where he was able to shed tacklers down the field for a touchdown. He also had a couple of good catches on intermediate routes across the field, including on a catch where he drew a defensive pass interference. Golladay had a lot of air yards in the game as he was overthrown on a deep pass and drew a defensive pass interference on a deep pass near the end zone. Golladay’s numbers were good, but he could have easily had a larger day if one of the two long throws was caught. Golladay will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.

WR Danny Amendola, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (5 targets) - Danny Amendola had a quiet day after consecutive strong performances. He had a short catch on the first drive of the game and later had a deep out for a third down conversion. He had opportunities for a bigger day but he was hurt by two errant throws by Matthew Stafford, including one at the goal line and another on a vertical perimeter route. Amendola faces a tough Chicago defense next week.

TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (7 targets) - T.J. Hockenson had one of his better performances of the season against the Raiders this week. Hockenson had a couple of easy catches, including one on a crossing pattern on play-action and another on a flat route where he had an easy run after the catch opportunity. He later added a good screen reception with a run after the catch that showed off his athleticism. Hockenson was hindered by errant throws from Matthew Stafford on multiple occasions, including a long throw down the seam. Hockenson faces a good Chicago defense in week 10.

QB Derek Carr, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 31 - 289 - 2 TD / 0 INT - Carr had his best game of the season, playing near flawlessly. He showed much better pocket presence than we have typically seen from him. His confidence in his blockers is lightyears ahead of where it was last year. Some of his most impressive plays came on terrible shotgun snaps from the backup center. He snagged one off of his shoelaces on the opening drive and was still able to deliver a quick strike to Hunter Renfrow to keep the chains moving. A terrible snap bounced past him in the second quarter and he was able to pick it up on the run, elude a defender and throw the ball away to keep the Raiders in position for a manageable field goal attempt. Carr made some highlight-reel worthy throws as well. On a 3rd-and-12, he handled another bad snap and then drilled it into a small hole between two Lions defenders for a 14-yard pickup to Tyrell Williams. He showed tremendous touch on a deep wheel route to Jalen Richard, dropping it into a bucket over Richard’s shoulder between a trio of Lions defenders in the area for a 31-yard pickup. He had an easy 3-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau, who was wide open after finding an open spot in the zone. Carr made a really nice play on the game-winning 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow. Nothing was open initially so Carr sprinted to his left to buy time. Renfrow came open and Carr made a perfect pass on the run for the score.

RB Josh Jacobs, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 28 - 120 - 2 (2 targets) - Jacobs was fantastic against the Lions. The Raiders were able to establish the run early, handing it to Jacobs on their first three offensive snaps and picking up 28 yards as a result. He made a pair of beautiful cuts to get outside for a gain of 17 yards on the last of the three consecutive runs. He carried it seven times total on the first drive of the game, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown. He started up the middle and then bounced it outside, going untouched into the end zone. Jacobs had six carries on the Raiders second touchdown drive of the game, finding the end zone again by leaping over a defender who tried to tackle him low and extending the ball just over the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown. On the day, Jacobs carried it 28 times and gained at least a yard on all but one of the carries. He was able to consistently gain positive yardage and put the team in manageable downs and distances. Jacobs was extremely impressive in his ability to make subtle moves in tight quarters to make defenders miss with quick changes of direction. He did so while still running downhill and finished nearly every run with strong leg drive to fall forward at the end for extra yards. The only negative of Jacobs’ performance was his lack of impact as a pass catcher. He had a bad drop on a short route that bounced off his hands and was nearly intercepted.

RB Jalen Richard, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (4 targets) - Richard played 33% of the snaps, his most since Week 3. He was targeted unsuccessfully twice in the first half and had a short reception in the third quarter. That was it until the game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter when Richard suddenly became the go-to player for the Raiders. He touched it on four straight plays and gained 66 yards to get Oakland a first-and-goal. Richard started the drive with a beautiful over the shoulder catch in traffic for a 31-yard gain on a wheel route. The next two plays he ran up the middle for seven and then five yards. Then he lined up out wide and ran a crossing route, catching it on the run across the middle and dragging the defender for a gain of 23 yards.

RB DeAndre Washington, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets) - Washington played just seven snaps. He made a nice catch out of the backfield, faking like he was going to run a wheel route and then making a sharp cut into the middle of the field. He caught the short pass from Carr, split a pair of defenders, and raced for a 21-yard gain.

WR Hunter Renfrow, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 54 - 1 (7 targets) - Renfrow still isn’t playing a ton of snaps (54%) but is emerging as Carr’s favorite target on key downs. His seven targets were three more than any other Raiders pass catcher against the Lions. He also had a short catch wiped out by an illegal block penalty. Renfrow held on through contact on an early 3rd-and-6, picking up 8 yards on a slant to get the Raiders into the red zone and setup the first touchdown of the game. He showed great hands to hold on for a 17-yard gain despite a defender chopping down on his arm when the ball arrived to get the Raiders down to the 3-yard line, setting up Oakland’s second touchdown of the game. Renfrow was Carr’s primary read on a 4th-and-3 but the pass was thrown way out of his reach. Renfrow caught the game-winning 9-yard touchdown on a broken play. Carr scramble out of the pocket rolling left. Renfrow sprinted across the end zone in the same direction, created some separation and then was able to keep both feet in bounds along the sideline as Carr delivered it to him in the front corner of the end zone.

WR Zay Jones, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets) - Jones has quickly become an almost every down player for the Raiders. No skill position player (aside from Derek Carr) was on the field more than Jones, who played 92% of the snaps. He picked up 9 yards on a short dump off after going in motion across the formation pre-snap. Jones was targeted in the end zone on a 3rd-and-goal from the three-yard line and drew a pass interference penalty.

WR Tyrell Williams, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (4 targets) - Williams had a couple mental errors early, drawing flags for a false start and an illegal block below the waist. He made a diving grab in double coverage for a gain of 14 on a 3rd-and-long. He came up with another key third down grab, catching a pass deep down the middle for a gain of 22 yards.

TE Darren Waller, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 52 - 0 (2 targets) - Waller’s snaps and targets were lower in this matchup. He had played over 90% of the snaps in all but one game this season prior to logging 79% in this one. He had seen at least five targets in every game coming in and saw just two. He made the most of his limited opportunities, however. He caught a deep out for 31 yards on his first target. He picked up 21 yards on a crossing route, using his elite speed to run away from the safety trying to keep up with him. After the game, Jon Gruden noted that Waller is starting to see more double teams and teams are rolling coverages his way. “There’s an old saying about, ‘We’re going to try to make you play left-handed,’” Gruden said about teams now trying to take away Waller. “We’re seeing that, so we’ve tried to improve our left hand.” The addition of Zay Jones, emergence of Hunter Renfrow, and return of Tyrell Williams combined with teams paying extra attention could lead to fewer targets moving forward.

TE Foster Moreau, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 3 - 1 (2 targets) - Moreau was only targeted twice but both were in the red zone. Carr targeted him just shy of the end zone on a wheel route but it was very well covered. Later, the two were able to hook up for a 3-yard touchdown. The Lions dropped 8 guys into coverage but Moreau was still able to find a hole in the zone for the easy completion.


Chicago Bears 14, Philadelphia Eagles 22

What you need to know

Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears offense struggled in a loss to the Eagles on Sunday, largely a result of poor quarterback play by Mitchell Trubisky. David Montgomery continued to consolidate his lead role in the backfield on the ground while seeing work in the passing game and saved his fantasy day by scoring two short touchdowns. Allen Robinson had his worst game of the season with only one catch. The offense would benefit if Trubisky is benched in favor of Chase Daniel.

Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles churned out the home win over Chicago, leaning on the run game and Zach Ertz returning to his 2018 ways with a 100-yard game and finding the end zone for only the second time all season. DeSean Jackson exited the game early after returning to action for the first time Week 2. Dallas Goedert remained solidly involved in the passing game with Jackson out and despite a big game from Zach Ertz. The Eagles offensive line dominated at the point of attack consistently opening holes up the middle for Jordan Howard to exploit. The Eagles enter their bye week on a high note before facing the Patriots.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 45 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 21 - 125 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 15 - 0 - Mitchell Trubisky struggled again on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Trubisky has consistently looked skittish in the pocket this season and Sunday was no different. He repeatedly bailed on throws in the face of pressure and missed several throws as a result of the bad footwork. His success in the game came on a deep throw to Taylor Gabriel that set the Bears up in scoring position. He also had a rushing attempt in the red zone that came up just short of the end zone. Trubisky has been a season-long cap on the Chicago offense and this performance did nothing to quell calls for his benching. His performance screams of a player with zero confidence and a fear of the pocket. If he is not benched, he will face Detroit next Sunday at home.

RB David Montgomery, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 40 - 2, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (4 targets) - David Montgomery was the lone bright spot in a putrid offensive performance for the Bears on Sunday. Montgomery has seen expanded usage in the past two weeks both on the ground and through the air after low volume performances early in the season. Montgomery was a focal point of the offense early on the ground and was successful getting downhill on runs on the interior. The Bears entered negative game script early in the game, but Montgomery saw passing game work, including a deep target down the seam on a route that Tarik Cohen was targeted on earlier in the season. Montgomery did drop another target. Montgomery’s fantasy day was saved by two goal line touchdowns. His first touchdown was a goal line carry on third down after Tarik Cohen was stopped on the first goal line carry of the series, while he converted the second of his two chances on the second touchdown. Montgomery continued to trend in the right direction in terms of usage, but the Chicago offense is completely capped by Mitchell Trubisky’s poor play. He will have a good matchup against the Lions next week who just gave up a big game to Joshua Jacobs this week.

RB Tarik Cohen, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (5 targets) - Tarik Cohen has taken a backseat to David Montgomery in the backfield the past two weeks. Cohen was still used in the passing game, but only managed two short receptions in the flat. He added a drop and was overthrown by Mitchell Trubisky on another target. Cohen did get a chance in the red zone and was stopped just short of the end zone on a carry along the perimeter but stopped for no gain on a goal line carry before David Montgomery converted on a goal line carry later in the drive. Cohen will face the Lions next week.

WR Allen Robinson, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (5 targets) - Allen Robinson had his worst game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday. Robinson’s bad day was a result of poor play by Mitchell Trubisky, who missed Robinson on an easy throw and was hesitant in the pocket throughout the day. Robinson’s lone catch was a curl route at the end of the second quarter. He did have two deep targets, one he could not secure in bounds along the sideline, and a second that was a deep 50/50 ball that went through his hands. Robinson would benefit from Chase Daniel replacing Trubisky next week against the Lions.

QB Carson Wentz, 89 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 39 - 239 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0 - Wentz played his second straight clean game without turnovers, posting the home win over Chicago. Wentz found his strong connection with Zach Ertz, accounting for nearly half of his yardage for the game as his lone touchdown, a laser pass on an Ertz post route to the end zone. Wentz’s clean game did feature two untimely third-down sacks and overthrowing a wide open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline to thwart a big play. Wentz had DeSean Jackson active for the first time since Week 2, but Jackson exited early with an abdomen injury. The Patriots present a strong test for Wentz and the Eagles offense after their Week 10 bye.

RB Jordan Howard, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 82 - 1, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets) - Howard enjoyed arguably the best Eagles offensive line performance of the season in the home win over Chicago. Howard consistently saw well-defined holes between the tackles, including a red zone touchdown and three other gains of 10+ yards. Howard also had a chunk run called back by penalty and was stuffed on a third-and-short carry. Howard’s limitation in the passing game was present again this week, seeing just a single target as Miles Sanders was the prominent receiver and Darren Sproles is back in the mix as well.

RB Miles Sanders, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 42 - 0, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (3 targets) - Sanders saw a hearty 13 touches, second-most in a game this season, despite being in a secondary role to Jordan Howard. The Eagles ran the ball well throughout the game and Sanders produced consistent highlight moments. Sanders spun away from a defender on a chunk gain in the red zone, broke a tackle on a 19-yard screen gain, and beat a linebacker easily on a swing pass to pick up third-and-long in a critical fourth quarter moment. Sanders’ ability in space and as a receiver was on display yet again this week.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (8 targets) - Jeffery had an up-and-down game against his former Chicago team, logging an ugly third-down drop but also corralling a contested catch. Jeffery’s lone big play opportunity game when he was wide open down the sideline, but Carson Wentz overthrew the big-bodied receiver. Jeffery had no touchdown opportunities in the game.

WR Nelson Agholor, 79 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (8 targets) - Agholor saw a hearty eight targets but the volume led to minimal production against the Bears. Agholor hauled in a nice low reception as his lone highlight but for a modest gain. Agholor had a lone deep target but was well covered on the play. Even without DeSean Jackson in the lineup, who missed most of the game with injury, Agholor has been firmly behind both tight ends, Alshon Jeffery, and Miles Sanders in passing game impact for the better part of half a season now.

WR DeSean Jackson, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets) - Jackson returned to the lineup after a nearly two-month absence against the Bears. His play was short-lived, however, as Jackson exited early with an abdomen injury after a comeback route reception and drawing a defensive pass interference penalty.

TE Zach Ertz, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 103 - 1 (11 targets) - Ertz broke out of his slump with his first 100-yard game of the season and posting a touchdown for just the second time. Ertz was unstoppable on intermediate routes, coming wide open on a post route touchdown, converting a fourth-down slant and adding yards-after-the-catch on two other occasions including a broken tackle for more than 15 yards. While Dallas Goedert has gained a steady role in the offense in recent weeks, Ertz posted his best game of the season heading into the Eagles’ bye.

TE Dallas Goedert, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (5 targets) - Goedert did not see a target until late in the second quarter but finished with a solid five looks. Goedert’s biggest impact came on a screen reception, churning through contact on third-and-long to essentially ice the game in the closing minutes. Goedert added quick out routes on his other three catches of modest import.


Dallas Cowboys 37, New York Giants 18

What you need to know

Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys simmered for much of the game against the overmatched Giants until finally separating for the comfortable road win in the fourth quarter. Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line controlled the game, rarely stopped for less than a four-to-five-yard gain. Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper both got loose for long touchdowns and Jason Witten found a few yards-after-catch opportunities as he led the team in targets. Dallas returns home in Week 10 for a critical NFC matchup against the Vikings.

New York Giants - 1. Jones and the Giants struggled massively in the redzone and the redzone efficiency has to improve. They kicked 4 field goals despite being very close to the goal line on some occasions.

2. The passing game suffered as a unit due to the struggles of Daniel Jones. He felt the pass rush and couldn't execute on many drop back attempts.

3. Turnovers continue to plague Jones and he had 3 again. He gets hit in the pocket a lot and has a habit of forcing passes occasionally when hurried.

QB Dak Prescott, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 35 - 257 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0 - Prescott’s clunky start paralleled that of the Dallas team early against the Giants to keep New York in the game. Prescott’s first throw of the game was intercepted by a ball-hawking safety in the slant route path and Prescott also fumbled a snap in the red zone. Prescott found his rhythm as the game progressed, fueling yards-after-catch long touchdowns to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Prescott had a fourth touchdown, a floating pass to Randall Cobb, called back by penalty. Prescott’s mobility was prevalent this week including breaking the rush and finding Blake Jarwin down the sideline for a long touchdown and converting a third down with a scramble on another occasion. Prescott will be tested next week with a much better Minnesota defense than the up-and-down Giants unit this week.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 139 - 0 - Elliott was a force against the Giants, controlling the game from the outset and fueled by a dominant run-game effort of the Dallas offensive line. Elliott gained at least five yards on most of his carries, exploiting interior holes to the second level before winning contact and shedding defenders. Elliott’s footwork was at a high level, with strong frequency as he throttled down for a cutback lane or angle through the line of scrimmage. Elliott saw just a single target in the passing game, which had the yards-after-catch-infused play called back by penalty. This was the first game since Week 3 where Elliott had fewer than 25 yards through the air. Elliott did not have any close-range touchdown opportunities against the Giants.

RB Tony Pollard, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets) - Pollard had an up-and-down game as he spelled Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants. Pollard was fueled by good blocking on his biggest run of the game up the middle and exhibited a strong stiff arm to the perimeter on another occasion. Dallas set up a potential big play with a Pollard screen, but the rookie had an ugly drop to thwart the opportunity. Outside of the Week 8 Miami game, Pollard has seen low volume as the ancillary back in Dallas.

WR Randall Cobb, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 6 - 35 - 0 (8 targets) - Cobb saw a season-high eight targets against the Giants, but his biggest impact, a floating red zone touchdown, was called back by penalty. Cobb also absorbed a big hit on a third-down crossing route, coughing up a fumble in field goal range. Cobb added a drop to his up-and-down game as he has found the end zone just once this season and has surpassed 50 yards in a game only twice.

WR Amari Cooper, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 80 - 1 (7 targets) - Cooper had a slow start against the Giants, not seeing a target until the late first quarter and being stuck on one reception (a wide open deep out route for 20+ yards) until the fourth quarter. Cooper came alive, however, in the final frame and ended up leading Dallas in receiving for the game. Cooper came wide open on a deep in-cut and bursting through the open field for a long touchdown, the likely dagger for Dallas’ road win. Cooper also drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score and dropped a seam target, either of which would have pushed Cooper’s stat line beyond 100 yards.

WR Michael Gallup, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 1 (6 targets) - Gallup’s highlight play came on a diving touchdown to the pylon after a red zone out route, one of just two catches for the second-year receiver against the Giants. Gallup corralled a wide-open slant for more than 15 yards on his other reception, but also dropped a pass later in the game. Gallup lone deep opportunity was a diving sideline attempt which was just out of reach.

TE Jason Witten, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 58 - 0 (9 targets) - Witten led Dallas in targets and receptions against the Giants as the consistent chain-mover of the passing game. Witten juked a linebacker on an in-cut with his most impressive route of the game, coming wide open on the play. Witten posted four receptions in the first quarter alone and had a 20+ yard gain on a play-action out route called back by penalty. Witten added a rare drop this week, which was a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards for the 37-year-old tight end.

TE Blake Jarwin, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 42 - 1 (1 targets) - Jarwin saw a single target against the Giants but made the most of his opportunity. Dak Prescott broke the pocket and found Jarwin loose on the sideline. Jarwin burst to the end zone for a long yards-after-catch-infused touchdown. Jarwin has yet to post more than 50 yards in a game this season as the ancillary tight end but is one of more intriguing injury-away options with his fluid movement if Jason Witten were to miss time.

QB Daniel Jones, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 41 - 210 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 54 - 0 - Daniel Jones struggled against the Cowboys on Monday night. The Cowboys had a strong pass rush for a lot of this game and Jones felt it. He took several sacks in key situations and failed to see the rush coming at times. This rush also lead to turnovers which continues to plague Jones as a quarterback. He tried to connect deep several times but his receiver had no separation and it fell incomplete. Jones did manage to scramble for yards and was successful at picking up first downs doing this. He tried to hit Engram in the back of the endzone but it was simply an inaccurate ball. Jones struggled in the redzone and it really cost the Giants as they only got one touchdown from several redzone visits. He found Tate on the sideline and threw it where only Tate could grab it, putting it up for grabs but trusting his teammate. Jones almost got a rushing touchdown but was tackled just shy of the goal line. He subsequently hit Latimer who was wide open in the flat after excellent play design left the receiver uncovered. Jones was intercepted on a deep, high ball that hung in the air too long and was an easy target for the defense. He lost two fumbles in the second half and this sealed the Giants fate. His ball security is questionable as he loses control of the ball in the pocket very often. Jones could not score in the redzone and this was also the main downfall of his night.

RB Saquon Barkley, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 28 - 0, Rec: 6 - 67 - 0 (8 targets) - Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.

WR Golden Tate, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 16 - 0, Rec: 6 - 42 - 0 (6 targets) - Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.

WR Darius Slayton, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets) - Darius Slayton had a very quiet game on Monday night as the Giants struggled to move the ball and could not get into the endzone for the most part. Slayton was largely ignored by Jones, who felt the Dallas pass rush for most of the evening. He did have a drop on a short route outside but this wouldn't have gone for many yards anyway. Slayton is a big play receiver who is heavily reliant on the performance of Daniel Jones. There were very few passes thrown downfield and therefore the passing game was kept short. This isn't ideal for Slayton who has proven to be a threat downfield. He is a risky play as Jones struggles in most games, especially against good defenses.

TE Evan Engram, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 6 - 48 - 0 (8 targets) - Evan Engram, like most of the Giants, had a down game against the Cowboys due to the offensive woes the team endured. Jones and the Giants kept things short in the passing game for the most part due to the pass rush felt by the rookie quarterback. Engram got a few looks in the short game and turned some plays into first downs with yards after the catch thanks to his superior athletic ability against some linebackers. Engram was targeted in the redzone early on but the pass was way off the mark. Engram looked to be fouled late in the game as it looked like defensive pass interference on a sure catch near the redzone but the penalty never arrived. Engram had to settle for short patterns and checkdown plays as a result of the game situation and thus had limited fantasy value.


New England Patriots 20, Baltimore Ravens 37

What you need to know

New England Patriots - • The Pats could really use NKeal Harry for chunk targets and contested catches. Hopefully he will be back after the bye.

• In a similar vein, when Isaiah Wynn is eligible, the Pats could really use his presence shoring up the o-line. The consistency hasn’t been there in protection and blocking.

• If the Ravens game is any indication, Mohamed Sanu can be a reliable target, but will operate in a shorter, quick pass game environment, similar to Julian Edelman.

Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense played very well but struggled for much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Patriots were able to create turnovers and control time of possession in the middle stretch of the game but the Ravens were dominate early and late in the game. The Ravens relied upon their rushing attack led by Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. The Ravens and Jackson made some plays in the passing game but struggled to find openings downfield. Jackson did throw the ball well in the short to intermediate range. Mark Ingram played very well outside of costly fumble and was stopped just short of scoring a touchdown. Marquise Brown's return was a plus for the Ravens offense but he was stifled for much of the game by Stephon Gillmore. Mark Andrews made a couple of plays but did not see a high volume of targets. Nick Boyle led the Ravens in targets and receptions with a number of underneath catches.

QB Tom Brady, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 46 - 285 - 1 TD / 1 INT - Another uneven day for Tom Brady, who went through a hot spell in the middle of the game but could not overcome a Ravens team that was better all around on the day. Miscues did the team no favors, and the run game was ineffective and put in a bad spot due to game script. As a result, the entire offense was Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu, who had 20 of Brady’s 30 completions. Brady had several off throws, including two airmailed throws early and two near interceptions later in the game. Brady’s lone touchdown was on a short pick play that went to Mohamed Sanu, while his interception was a bad throw combined with an arm punt on a deep shot that was nowhere near his intended target. The offensive line wasn’t terrible – as aforementioned, the Pats were just beat in every phase of the game. Hopefully the line and lack of weaponry don’t become a trend.

RB James White, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 38 - 1, Rec: 2 - 46 - 0 (3 targets) - The Pats were forced to go to the pass early, so it was surprising the Pats didn’t utilize James White more. The reality is they were trying to force the issue here and there, so most of the targets went to Edelman and Sanu. He did make a great deep leaping catch in 1 on 1 coverage which set the Pats up in the red zone, then later scored on a short rushing touchdown. Beyond that, he had more rushing touches than pass targets which is unusual, but does speak to his snap volume and game script.

RB Sony Michel, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets) - Part of the problem with Sony Michel is his one-dimensional nature. In games where the Pats have to pass, Michel won’t do anything, and this was the case against the Ravens, who went up early and forced the Pats to go into throw mode. He should see more touches in future games, but it’s a reminder of his limited perceived skillset.

RB Rex Burkhead, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (2 targets) - Burkhead played a bit role even with the Patriots playing from behind, but wasn’t able to do anything with his limited touches. He remains a 4-8 touch player for now.

WR Julian Edelman, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 89 - 0 (11 targets) - With the Pats going pass heavy, Julian Edelman and Mo Sanu were the entire offense. Edelman made several key grabs, including a great hands snare late in the 2nd quarter to move the Patriots down the field. He also made one of the crucial plays of the game, fumbling away a ball for a score which absolutely killed momentum at a time when the Patriots could have taken the lead in the game. He gets a pass since he rarely fumbles, but sometimes fighting for the extra yard isn’t worth it.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 81 - 1 (14 targets) - If there’s one positive for the Patriots, it’s that Sanu is integrated into the offense. He led the team with 14 targets on the day, scored on a short pick play touchdown, and made several key catches. He also goofed a bit by not touching a defender on the ground who intercepted a Tom Brady pass, and missing that detail cost the Pats about 30 return yards. Sanu was used in a similar low depth of target way that Julian Edelman is for many routes and catches.

TE Ben Watson, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (5 targets) - Ben Watson’s big highlight was dropping a deep pass as he fell to the ground. A night to forget with 28 total yards.

QB Lamar Jackson, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 23 - 163 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 16 - 61 - 2 - Lamar Jackson played well and made some spectacular plays with his legs. Jackson and the Ravens offense did struggle for a stretch in the second and third quarter but rebounded with two strong drives to seal the game. Jackson had a few misses in the game on throws he rushed and had a couple of batted passes early but found more consistency later in the game. The Ravens didn't generate many passing plays downfield but were consistent with the underneath passing game making key conversions. Jackson made an impressive throw to Marquise Brown as he was being wrapped up to convert a 3rd and 5. The Ravens moved into the red zone and were going to kick a field goal but an offsides penalty by the Patriots gave the Ravens first and goal. Jackson capped the drive with a 3 yard rushing touchdown off of a bootleg. Jackson kept the ball on an option play and followed a nice block from Nick Boyle at the second level for 18 yards. The drive stalled and the Ravens kicked a field goal after a few failed run plays. With a 4 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter Jackson and the Ravens found their stride. Jackson found Mark Andrews for 18 yards on 3rd and 5. Jackson converted a 4th and 4 with a dart to Willie Snead along the sideline for 7 yards. Jackson then had a spectacular 11 yard scramble where he escaped 3 Patriots defenders including Kyle Van Noy who looked like he should have had him. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown to Nick Boyle. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field again on a long methodical drive that was capped with his legs. Jackson burst through traffic for 9 yards to set up first and goal then ran a quarterback sneak for a 1 yard touchdown. Jackson was going to be stopped short on the play but Orlando Brown pulled Jackson into the end zone. The Ravens final two drives ate up 17:44 of game clock and resulted in two touchdowns.

RB Mark Ingram, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 115 - 0, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (3 targets) - Mark Ingram was playing very well until he lost a fumble. Ingram found much of his success early in the game finding running lanes and exploiting them for big gains. Ingram made two nice plays in the passing game and would've had a 3rd but Jackson rushed the throw. Ingram got a pitch from Jackson on an option play and broke contain for a 13 yard gain. Ingram followed a nice block from Matt Skura and burst into the second level for 14 yards. Ingram ran through a huge lane created by Marshal Yanda and went almost untouched for 53 yards. Ingram sprinted through the hole nearly at full speed. Ingram was wrapped up and stripped as he went to the ground on his next carry. Ingram made a pair of catches in the flat and totaled 29 yards on his two catches. Ingram was able to out flank a linebacker in coverage on each play then escape down the sideline.

RB Gus Edwards, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 27 - 1 - Gus Edwards was effective as an inside runner and showed burst in the open field. Edwards pressed the hole inside before bouncing outside to beat two defenders on his way to a 13 yard touchdown. Edwards played second fiddle to Mark Ingram even after Ingram's fumble. Edwards ran hard and played well but may need an injury to see a larger role.

WR Marquise Brown, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (4 targets) - Marquise Brown looked like the Ravens best playmaker at receiver. Brown faced the coverage of Stephon Gilmore for much of the game but still made some plays. Brown made a diving catch for 6 yards on 3rd and 5 to keep the Ravens opening drive alive. Brown picked up 26 yards on a little toss from Lamar Jackson. Brown got outside the Patriots' edge defender with ease and took off down the sideline. Brown came open running a shallow crossing route and picked up 16 yards.

TE Nick Boyle, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 27 - 1 (5 targets) - Nick Boyle lead the team in targets and receptions against the Patriots. Boyle made his first catch in the flat for 2 yards. Boyle made a 7 yard catch over the middle running a curl. Boyle picked up 5 yards on a check down to the flat. Boyle ran a crossing route off of play action for a 5 yard touchdown. Boyle picked up 8 more yards on a catch in the flat.

TE Mark Andrews, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets) - Mark Andrews made a pair of important catches but was quiet much of the game. Andrews made a catch in the flat for 3 yards on 3rd and 2. Andrews was targeted deep downfield on a scramble play but Jackson overthrew the pass. On 3rd and 5 Andrews made a leaping 18 yard catch downfield to give the Ravens offense some life.


Washington Redskins 9, Buffalo Bills 24

What you need to know

Washington Redskins - Washington was able to control the line of scrimmage today which resulted in an effective run game.  However, due to Dwayne Haskins' limitations they weren't able to sustain some of their drives.  A better passing game would have potentially won them this game.  Getting consistent offensive line play will help this team immensely because most weeks they're getting pushed around.  If Dwayne can show some decent improvement weekly along with the improved line play displayed today they'll have some positive momentum going into the offseason.  

Buffalo Bills - The Buffalo Bills improved to 6-2 on the season with a win against Washington at home on Sunday. Buffalo threw only 20 times because of a dominating running game led by Devin Singletary. Singletary had his best game of the season with 140 total yards on 23 touches, well ahead of Frank Gore in touches for the first time this season. John Brown had a good game but missed two deep targets that could have resulted in a 100-yard game while Cole Beasley caught the only receiving touchdown.

QB Dwayne Haskins, 51 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 22 - 144 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0 - Dwayne Haskins had a very "game-manager" type of game today.  It was clear the coaching staff made an effort to implement some easy reads and quick throws into the gameplan.  Majority of Dwayne's day was spent handing the ball off, but game-script forced him into more throws.  His longest completion was twenty-two yards but most of the damage was done after the catch.  Dwayne's day could have been better if he would have completed his endzone throw to Paul Richardson.  All three endzone trips ended with field goals.  Maybe he can build off of this performance, but his limitations were clear against a tough Buffalo defense.   

RB Adrian Peterson, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 108 - 0, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (1 targets) - Adrian Peterson was the centerpiece to everything Washington did offensively today.  He had over a hundred yards on the ground and added one reception for twenty-two yards as well.  Several drives were ended prematurely, or else Adrian would have had an even bigger day running the football.  He was averaging six yards per carry versus a stout Bills defensive front.  Adrian still has the footwork and acceleration to be an effective runner and it was on display today.    

RB Wendell Smallwood, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - -2 - 0 (3 targets) - Wendell Smallwood had two carries and two receptions versus Buffalo.  He didn't make much of a contribution and only came in to relieve Adrian a few plays.

WR Terry McLaurin, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (6 targets) - Terry McLaurin had four receptions on six targets against Buffalo.  Many of his targets were on shorter routes as the passing game was limited with Dwayne running the offense.  Terry does well after the catch, but his best attribute is his deep speed.  It is unlikely the Redskins will be able to maximize his abilities with Dwayne at quarterback.  The offensively mindset has flipped to "run-first" with the new coaching staff which has also capped his production.

WR Paul Richardson, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0 (5 targets) - Paul Richardson tied for a team high, four receptions.  He was able to make a few plays after the catch to showcase his playmaking ability.  Although he is more of a deep threat, Washington has been using him more on shorter pass plays.  Paul was the only receiver to have an endzone target as well.  He couldn't haul it in as this would have made for a bigger stat line.  

WR Steven Sims, 3 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets) - Steve Sims had minimal impact in this game as he only tallied one catch for twelve yards.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets) - Kelvin Harmon was not involved in today's game as he only recorded one reception for six yards.

WR Trey Quinn, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets) - Trey Quinn had one catch for nine yards.  There was only a total of fifteen pass attempts in this game so there wasn't much room for a 3rd option to make plays.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (1 targets) - Jeremy Sprinkle didn't make much of an impact as he only had one reception.  The passing game was limited and had a snowball effect for all pass catchers.

QB Josh Allen, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 20 - 160 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 12 - 1 - Josh Allen had a solid game against Washington on Sunday. The offense was more run heavy than in prior weeks, which limited Allen to only 20 attempts, but he was efficient, with a box score that should have been better, but included two drops by John Brown and a deep throw to Robert Foster who fell down on the play. Allen was effective in the game and continued to look to throw first when he was moving in the pocket, including big throws to John Brown and a near touchdown to Devin Singletary down the seam on a ball that was barely broken up. Allen had an easy touchdown on a whip route to Cole Beasley on a drive that was dominated by the run game and later converted a goal line sneak on fourth down after Frank Gore failed to convert on three straight carries at the one yard line. Allen did take two bad sacks in the red zone that forced Buffalo to settle for a field goal on the drive and recovered his own fumble on a quarterback keeper. Allen has been less mistake prone in the passing game in recent weeks, but still continues to fumble too frequently. Allen will have a good matchup next week against the Browns.

RB Devin Singletary, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 95 - 1, Rec: 3 - 45 - 0 (4 targets) - For the first time this season, Devin Singletary saw the first carries of the game ahead of Frank Gore and consistently gauged the Washington defense. Buffalo used a lot of pre-snap motion by Isaiah McKenzie which kept the defense off balance and Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll did a good job of getting Singletary room to run on the edge and well-schemed screen plays in the passing game, including a 49-yard reception. Singletary was consistently elusive in the game, showing good speed to the edge and a slippery running style on the interior. He scored a touchdown on a carry near the goal line and Frank Gore failed three times on another drive an indication that Singletary has the potential to gain a bigger role in the offense. He had an opportunity for a massive game, but a deep target on a would be touchdown was broken up. Singletary has the potential for positive game script against Cleveland, Miami and Denver in the next three weeks and this week is a sign the keys to the backfield have officially been turned over to Singletary.

RB Frank Gore, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 15 - 0 - Frank Gore entered the week consistently starting for the Buffalo offense but exited the game looking like a clear backup behind rookie Devin Singletary. Gore still saw work, including on the first drive of the game, but was the clear secondary option in the backfield behind Singletary. Gore had the opportunity to score at the goal line but was stopped on three straight carries from the one yard line before Josh Allen converted on fourth down. If week nine is an indication of the future, Gore is trending towards a backup role in the offense behind Singletary in the back half of the season.

WR John Brown, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 76 - 0 (7 targets) - John Brown had a solid game against Washington in week nine but missed out on multiple opportunities for a bigger game. Brown was quiet early in the game because of a heavy emphasis on the running game, but saw more action in the second half. He was targeted on the perimeter in the red zone which he caught and was tackled inside the five. Brown also got two other deep targets, mistiming his jump on one and dropping the other. Brown did have an excellent catch along the sideline on a third down scramble drill with Josh Allen that helped Buffalo run out the clock. He continued to be the best receiver on Buffalo, leading the Bills in receiving the past four games, and produced more than 50 receiving yards in every game this season. He will travel to Cleveland next week.

WR Cole Beasley, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 1 (2 targets) - Cole Beasley had a low volume game against Washington with the offense producing well on the ground and only attempting 20 passes. Beasley caught both his targets, including a whip route near the goal line for a touchdown that salvaged his fantasy day. Beasley still has a strong role in the offense and should rebound in higher passing volume games.


Houston Texans 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 3

What you need to know

Houston Texans - Wide receiver Keke Coutee remains not part of the offensive game plan. DeAndre Carter is the slot wide receiver for the time being. Carter had a catch for eight yards.

Darren Fells had two drops on the day, but he had a one-yard touchdown reception. He leads all tight ends in the NFL in touchdowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguar offense was dominated by a JJ Watt-less Texans defense. Early in the game, the Jaguars seemed to try to dial up shot plays out of max protect looks. The Texans easily covered these two-man route combinations for most of the first half. Once the game script got out of hand in the second half, Minshew turned into a pumpkin – taking sacks, fumbling, and throwing awful interceptions. In his final audition for the starting job, he looked like a rookie sixth round pick.

QB Deshaun Watson, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 28 - 201 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 37 - 0 - The Texans quarterback continues to make plays that are frustrating for defenses across the NFL. This week the Jaguars were the victims of Watson. Watson was able to break pressure to hit receivers in key situations. For the second week in a row, Watson was patient with the football and did not force it downfield. He had only seven throws over 10 yards the entire game, but he was able to pick apart the defense with throws underneath. Watson hit Darren Fells, and DeAndre Hopkins for one-yard touchdown passes, and his leading receiver was Duke Johnson out of the backfield. Watson is getting to the point of throwing the ball short and letting his playmakers eat up yards for him. He also chipped in 37 yards on the ground, breaking out of the pocket.

RB Carlos Hyde, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 160 - 0 - The day will be clouded with a 58-yard run that Carlos Hyde was free to score but had the ball punched out inside the five-yard line for a fumble. It was the only mistake, a big one, for Hyde on the day who put up 160 rushing yards on the day. In usual Hyde fashion, the Texans continued to pound the rock with Hyde all game, and he was eating up yards at will. The 58-yard run capped off an impressive 100-yard performance, but it would have been even better if he could have scored the touchdown.

RB Duke Johnson, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 13 - 1, Rec: 5 - 68 - 0 (5 targets) - It was the first time in a while that a running back led the Texans offense in receiving, and that is what Duke Johnson did on Sunday. Johnson made some strong catches downfield, and his longest reception was for 21 yards. Johnson was also able to get into the endzone on a one-yard run, where he trucked a cornerback to get the touchdown. Johnson continues to lead the Texans in touches per game outside of Hyde. The production remains steady with Johnson in the offense.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 70 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 8 - 48 - 1 (11 targets) - It was another productive day, and Hopkins capped it off with a one-yard touchdown reception on a quick slant throw from Watson. Hopkins continued to do work on underneath routes, but when the Texans needed a big play, they turn to him. Hopkins was able to get a key 21-yard reception to set up a late score to put the game on ice to seal the win. Hopkins remains a constant in the passing game and continues to make catches when needed.

WR Kenny Stills, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (4 targets) - Kenny Stills remains the starter with Will Fuller out with a hamstring injury. Stills went in and out of the game with a slight groin issue, and then he had the wind knocked out of him on a 10-yard reception where he landed hard on his back after making the reception. Stills is a first down machine, and all of his receptions went for first downs. His longest catch of the day was on a nice out route that saw him catch and make a defender miss for 18-yards.

QB Gardner Minshew, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 27 - 47 - 309 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 34 - 0 - With Nick Foles’ imminent return to practice, Minshew had an opportunity to take the starting job for good against Houston. Overall, he looked very much like a rookie sixth rounder. In his defense, the Texans seemed extremely well-prepared for the Jaguar offense. The Texans were all over the Jaguars’ two-man route combinations from two-back sets. Coverage overall on the back end seemed to hold up well, as Minshew clearly wasn’t comfortable with what he was seeing. Any positive plays they had came off improvisation, and the team had no down-to-down consistency at all. Once the game script got out of hand in the second half, and the Jaguars were forced to throw often, the wheels came off the passing offense. Everything turned into improvisation instead of playing within structure, and the result was a boatload of negative plays (sacks and turnovers). His interceptions looked to be straight up inaccurate throws, with the ball sailing high over his receiver on both.

RB Leonard Fournette, 56 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 40 - 0, Rec: 5 - 32 - 0 (6 targets) - Fournette had decent success on the ground in this game. Poor game script and the inability for the offense to stay on the field hampered his overall productivity. He continues to have baseline receiving production that buoys his numbers. However he did drop a target in the first quarter that would have led to a first down conversion.

RB Ryquell Armstead, 9 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 65 - 0 (5 targets) - He didn’t get much work in the run game. He did however get some usage as a pass catcher. He converted the first first down of the game for the Jaguars, catching a dumpoff from Minshew, leaking out after pass protecting. It was the biggest play for the Jaguar offense for most of the game, until Keelan Cole’s deep 30-yarder down the right sideline in garbage time.

WR Keelan Cole, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 80 - 0 (6 targets) - Cole is starting to see his snap count and workload increase as the season goes on and other players get injured. He was the most productive receiver on the day for the Jaguars. He took a screen pass for 19 yards on the opening drive of the second half. Later in the drive, he also made a nice grab along the sideline while getting upended by the defender. On one of Minshew’s fourth quarter interceptions, he was open on a Deep Over route. However, the ball sailed over his head and into the safeties, who easily caught it. He did have the longest catch of the day for the Jaguars, a 9-route along the right sideline that he caught in traffic. Unfortunately, it came when the game was well out of hand already.

WR D.J. Chark, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 32 - 0 (9 targets) - Chark was a non-factor in the game against the Texans. Any time the Jaguars lined up in a two-back set, the Texans were all over their route combinations. Other than some designed screens, Chark commanded hardly any targets or looks from Minshew the entire day. He did receive a back-shoulder fade target that he caught at the 5 yard line, but the officials threw a flag and called Offensive Pass Interference on him.

WR Chris Conley, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 32 - 0 (7 targets) - Much like Chark, Conley was essentially invisible against the Texans. He did make a nice first down conversion in the first half. Aside from that, he was hardly targeted in the game.

TE Seth DeValve, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (5 targets) - Devalve did have four catches, most of his work coming as the leak-out option when the two-man route combinations off of play-action were covered.