I have witnessed one of the worst overtime games that I have ever seen. There was an interception, a fumbled punt, and a coach that doesn’t know the overtime rules. Jameis Winston threw an interception in Tampa Bay territory leaving the Browns with only about 15 yards to gain to give them a shot at a game-winning field goal. Tampa Bay held strong on defense and forced a punt. Jameis Winston then puts together a terrible 3 and out. Tampa punts the ball and strips Jabrill Peppers leaving the Buccaneers with the ball right around mid field. Jameis is able to complete a pass to DeSean Jackson to get inside the 40 setting up a 59-yard field goal attempt from a kicker who previously missed an extra point and a 40 yard field goal to win the game in regulation. One would think the Buccaneers coaching staff would go for it on 4th and long because the chances of Catanzaro making this kick are slim to none. NO! KICK IT! They did… He made it… What is life? Let’s get to some individual player tidbits from that dumb game.
The mystery is over, Nick Chubb can run the ball. He would have had an even bigger day if it weren’t for a couple of holding calls on the Brown’s offensive line. 80 yards and a touchdown isn’t a bad start. Duke Johnson didn’t have the same success. He was a dud, even in PPR. David Njoku was shut out in the first half but was able to catch a few balls and a touchdown pass in the second half. Jarvis Landry finally broke out of his quiet start and getting 15 targets will help that. Jarvis had 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. If it wasn’t going to happen today, it’s just not going to happen for Antonio Callaway. Callaway saw two targets and was only able to convert them into one catch.
Jameis Winston’s yardage looks a lot better on paper than he actually played. 365 yards doesn’t get you very far in fantasy football if you don’t throw any touchdown passes either. In all fairness, he did run one in and broke the 20 point barrier. Jameis threw 52 passes and two of them were ugly interceptions. The ball was spread around quite thoroughly. O.J. Howard, DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin all had double digit fantasy days in PPR. It looks like Peyton Barber got a little banged up so that is something to monitor for Barber and Ronald Jones II owners. HEY! Speaking of Rojo, he scored his first career touchdown and Tampa’s first rushing touchdown for a running back this season.
Corey Davis’ season is a complete waste because Mariota just can’t get him the ball with any space to work with. Tajae Sharpe had a bit of a coming out party on Sunday as he went for over 100 yards. I’m in no rush to add Sharpe because this was actually a productive day for Mariota’s 2018 standards and he only threw for 234 yards and one touchdown. Dion Lewis had himself a day yardage wise and Derrick Henry still was within a handful of fantasy points of him while looking absolutely atrocious when running the ball.
Austin Ekeler was an obvious start that just didn’t pan out with Melvin Gordon sitting out. I still would have started Ekeler 10/10 times, especially in PPR. It’s a totally different story if Ekeler is able to punch one in because the yardage wasn’t terrible. Philip Rivers had a nice day going for over 300 yards and a couple of touchdowns. You have to start thinking about slotting in Tyrell Williams in most formats. The volume isn’t much to write home about, but this was his second straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and he has 3 touchdowns in that span. In PPR, Keenan Allen isn’t necessarily killing rosters. But, he’s certainly not living up to his ADP at this point.
The big news out of this game rests on the status of Sony Michel going forward. He had his knee twisted up in the first half and it was bad enough for him to not return. The Patriots will be in no rush to reveal the extent of his injury but we certainly will find out sometime this week if he is going to miss extended time. James White stayed one of the very consistent PPR monsters finding the end zone a couple of times. Josh Gordon took advantage of Rob Gronkowski’s absence and had himself a 100-yard receiving day. Tom Brady’s solid day also included a combined 99 yards and a touchdown from Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman.
Mitch Trubisky keeps chugging along with his 3rd straight 300 yard passing game. That wasn’t all, Trubisky also added 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Trey Burton was the biggest beneficiary on Sunday with 126 yards and a touchdown. Taylor Gabriel didn’t have the game that I was expecting after two consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He is still flex worthy to me going forward depending on your roster construction. Tarik Cohen continued to eat with over 80 all-purpose yards and a touchdown through the air. Jordan Howard didn’t pile up yardage on the ground but he found himself back in the end zone after a couple of slow games.
Seriously, hat is off to Adam Thielen with what he is doing this season. Sunday was his 7th game in a row with at least 100-yards. He caught 9 balls and a touchdown for 110 yards in total. I’ve said it before that we are witnessing one of the best wide receiver seasons in the history of the NFL. Enjoy it even if you don’t have him. Kirk Cousins targeted Stefon Diggs 14 times, but he was only able to gain 33 yards on 8 catches. Latavious Murray didn’t make it pretty, but he was able to scrounge two touchdowns out of a 69 (nice) yard day.
Whenever you are able to do anything on offense against the Vikings, it’s quite the accomplishment. This was not one of those days for the Jet’s offense. Sam Darnold threw three interceptions and barely surpassed 200 yards on a very windy day in New Jersey. One would think that a running back would be able to gain some ground but Isaiah Crowell led the team with 29 yards.
The Detroit Lions now have TWO games this season with a 100-yard rusher. Kerryon Johnson gained 179 total yards but Legarrette Blount was the only Detroit running back to score a touchdown. It’s fitting that it is now October, because Blount is going to haunt Kerryon Johnson owners all season. Michael Roberts was able to score for the second consecutive game. With Kenny Golladay getting a touchdown called back, the Lions weren’t able to do much else through the air.
It was a nightmare day for Dolphin’s wide receivers. Kenny Stills left the game and so did Albert Wilson. It looked like both were on their way to having big games. Danny Amendola led the way with 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore was contained for 4 quarters, but Kenyan Drake ripped of a 55 yard touchdown run.
This was a great actual football game to watch. Drew Brees was playing on his kryptonite (grass) and was still able to run a great offense in the second half. The numbers don’t tell the story of how good he really played. Alvin Kamara led the Saints backfield with 64 yards and a touchdown. Michael Thomas turned a slow first half into a decent day with 69 yards and a touchdown.
Joe Flacco had a great day with 279 yards and two touchdowns. John Brown finally got his due diligence catching all 7 of his targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. Alex Collins led a slow backfield day with 38 yards on 11 carries.