That’s right. I caught a cold this weekend and it wasn’t from watching my Bills attempt to run some semblance of an NFL offense either. Josh Allen was NOT good in this one, nor where his wideouts. Not salty. Nope. Not me. Anyways, let’s get into a couple of games from Sunday:
Jets @ Jags
So. The Jets did in fact arrive and participate in a game of American Professional Football. As for fantasy relevance? Ehh not so much. Sam Darnold completed 50% of his passes and gained only 167 yards through the air. Playing at Jacksonville is obviously a tough matchup for any rookie QB. Bilal Powell led the rushing attack with a whopping 28 yards on the ground and still saw 7 targets in the passing game. He’s the RB you want in PPR formats. Quincy Enunwa is the best WR on the team and had 4 receptions for 66 yards.
The Jags on the other hand just had to get past Leonard Fournette carrying the ball until he exited with an ankle injury (Keep an eye out for the Ambulance Chasers post later this week for updates) as the Jags actually move the ball better with him out of the lineup. TJ Yeldon had 56 yards on the ground along with 48 yards through the air and a TD. Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief both dominated and had over 100 yard days through the air. But let’s give a shoutout to the B.O.A.T. in Blake Bortles who had 388 yards passing and 2 TD’s along with 1 INT. The guy is just better when Fournette isn’t in the lineup.
Yeah. This game sucked to watch. The Bills stink. The Packers are average. Josh Allen looked like a major project rookie behind a trash OL with WR’s who had negative separation. LeSean McCoy only had 8 carries and frankly cannot be trusted until further notice (Was one of my hot takes that he’d be tough to start this year). There’s honestly nothing noteworthy about this offense to even report on. Kelvin Benjamin did nothing. Zay Jones did nothing. Charles Clay did nothing of importance. This offense put up 0 points.
Aaron Rodgers looked pretty good in this one, throwing for 298 and a score. He also added 31 yards on the ground. Aaron Jones was clearly the best back for the Packers in this one, and he should be considered the starter for GB moving forward. Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison both had over 80 yards receiving and both were over 11 targets. Jimmy Graham only had 21 yards receiving in this one, but did tally a TD early.
Everyone for Cincy went off. John Ross finally scored a TD. AJ Green and Tyler Boyd both popped off. Tyler Eifert suffered a grueling injury and will be done ROS. The Red Rifle himself Andy Dalton showed up big in this one (called it) for over 300 yards and 3 TD’s. Giovanni Bernard had 69 yards (nice) rushing with 2 rushing TD’s to help you along the way. This was supposed to be a shootout, and we all got just that in this one.
Matt Ryan had another 400 yard, 3 TD, no INT game. He was shipping the ball out to Calvin Ridley quire a bit, despite only having half as many targets as Julio Jones. The whole end zone issue with Jones at this point has gone beyond parody. Tevin Coleman had a decent game rushing (less than 60 yards) but that was to be expected with the type of game script we had for this one. Muhammad Sanu found a way to have 111 yards receiving as this game was just an air raid all over the place.
It is becoming painfully obvious that Kerryon Johnson needs to be getting all of the carries. He ended the game with 55 yards on only 9 carries and a TD. Golden Tate was the Lions WR to pop off this week, catching all 8 of his targets for 132 yards and 2 TD’s. Matt Stafford was workmanlike in his performance, totaling 307 yards through the air and 2 TD’s. Kenny Golladay had 74 yards receiving on 4 catches and Marvin Jones Jr had 56 yards on 6 targets.
This was just the Ezekiel Elliot game. He had 152 yards on the ground to go along with 88 receiving yards and a TD. Dak Prescott still looked unrosterable despite having 255 yards passing and 2 TD’s. Nobody else for the Cowboys did anything of note so it’s time to move on. Elliot was great. Everyone else… not so much.
I’m going to start this part off by saying I absolutely LOVE what Frank Reich did in OT by going for it. Playing for a tie is the weakest thing a team can do. That being said, let’s get into the Texans offense. Keke Coutee came out of nowhere to have 11 receptions in this one for 109 yards. DeAndre Hopkins returned to form with 10-169-1 for his stat line as Desaun Watson looked somewhat like 2017 Watson at the end of the game. Watson ended up throwing for 375 and 2TD with 1 INT. Will Fuller V scored before exiting the game with an injury. Something to keep an eye on for sure.
Andrew Luck threw for 464 yards in this one as he carved apart this Houston defense. Luck threw the ball 62 times, so I think his shoulder is feeling just a little bit better. TY Hilton had 115 yards on only 4 catches. Hilton was in and out of this game with an injury. Chester Rogers, Nyheim Hines, Eric Ebron, and Zach Pascal all had over 10 targets in this one. This is your friendly reminder that Andrew Luck is good at football.
Carson Wentz threw for over 340 yards in this one with a couple of turnovers. Jay Ajayi ended the day with 70 yards rushing on just 15 carries. Zach Ertz, again, had a monster day with 14 targets for over 110 yards receiving. Alshon Jeffrey returned from injury to contribute over 100 yards receiving and a TD. Nelson Agholor had 12 targets in this one, but only 55 yards receiving. The targets are more than encouraging, especially in PPR leagues. Jordan Matthews caught a 56-yard bomb and that was the end of his production in this game.
This was the Marcus Mariota and Mike Vrabel show in Tennessee. Mariota had over 340 passing yards and 2 TD’s passing, as well as 48 yards rushing and a score on the ground as well. Mariota was given plenty of time to find Corey David for over 160 yards and a TD as Davis should be started in all formate. Derrick Henry again continued his battle with the line of scrimmage, only to lose more often than not. Taywan Taylor is a guy you should be picking up for next week. He has seen his targets go from 1-4-5-7 over the first four weeks. He ended the game with 7 receptions for 77 yards. Dion Lewis was the other back to receive significant workload out of the backfield (9 receptions for 66 yards).
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