The Film Says… WTF.
Colts at Texans
- Old Man Hasselbeck (18 of 29, 213 yards, 2 TD) got the job done. I have no doubts that Andrew Luck will ‘right’ the ship but offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton should tailor his play-calling to the way he approached this game. Get the ball out quick when passing and run the football.
- Case in point, Frank Gore (22/98/1) got an appropriate workload for once. Josh Robinson was used sparingly in this one, as he should be.
- Andre Johnson (6/77/2) woke from his slumber and made his former team pay in his return to Houston.
- Bill O’Brien can’t keep going to the bullpen with his quarterbacks. Brian Hoyer (24 of 31, 312 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) gave the Texans a spark when Ryan Mallet (7 of 10, 50 yards, 1 INT ricochet off of Arian Foster’s hands) exited due to injury. However, when healthy enough to return O’Brien stuck with Hoyer over Mallet and has since named Hoyer his starting quarterback, again. That’s two quarterback changes in 5 weeks. I have a feeling the Houston Texans edition of quarterback ‘musical chairs’ will continue.
- Nuk (11/169 on 15 targets)! He flashed in his rookie season. He arrived last season. And now he’s becoming a superstar.
- Another quiet game from J.J. Watt (2 tackles).
- D’Qwell Jackson (11 tackles, 8 solo) wore out Arian Foster all game. Leads the NFL in tackles.
- I want to point out that Jadeveon Clowney isn’t a good football player, yet. He flashes from time-to-time and he has demonstrated the ability to set a physical edge but the pass rush prowess most expected hasn’t come to fruition and injuries and ineffectiveness have rendered ‘consistency’ out of the question. That being said it’s difficult for him to get to the QB when he’s being asked to drop into coverage on 2/3’s of the defensive snaps. SMH.
Bears at Chiefs
- A tough season in Kansas City just hit rock bottom. Jamaal Charles will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Non-contact injury.
- Show me what you are Alex Smith (16 for 30, 181 yards, sacked 3 times)! Never mind. I already know.
- I really like Jeremy Langford’s (2/-2) potential but I think it’s a mistake if you simply let Matt Forte (109 total yards and 1 TD) walk at season’s end.
- Marquess Wilson (6/85/1) did an admirable job with Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal out of the lineup. He’s been the Bears’ best receiver in 2015.
- Justin Houston and Tamba Hali (2 solo tackles each) didn’t get to Cutler. The Chiefs lost. Go figure.
- Pernell McPhee (2 tackles, 1 sack, blocked FG attempt in one point win). Astute free agent signing, one of the Bears’ few bright spots and part of the reason why the Ravens are awful defensively.
- Allen Bailey (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks) and Jaye Howard (6 tackles, 0.5 sacks) have been the Chiefs’ best players on defense in 2015. Honorable mention, Marcus Peters.
Seahawks at Bengals
- Andy Dalton (30 for 44, 331 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, sacked 4 times) and the Bengals erased a 17 point deficit in the 4th quarter to win this game in OT. Not sure those four playoff teams would have managed to overcome this type of adversity. Impressive.
- Seattle’s passing game is pedestrian even with Jimmy Graham. Russell Wilson’s (15 for 23, 213 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 4 times) TD came on a blown coverage.
- Thomas Rawls (23/169/1) did his part. The Bengals didn’t appear interested in making a tackle.
- So I whiffed on Tyler Eifert (8/90/2) in Fantasy Football. Big time. I’m in 5 leagues, don’t own him in one. He changes the entire complexion of the Bengals offense.
- Without that hellacious pass rush from 2013, the Seahawks can’t afford to leave Richard Sherman on one side of the field. Too easy to attack Cary Williams. If you’re the best? Cover the best. Wherever he might line up.
Redskins at Falcons
- Kirk Cousins (21 for 32, 219 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) threw the game-ending pick six. That’s what happens when he tries to go downfield or throw outside the numbers.
- Matty Ice (24 of 42 and 3 turnovers) had a rough day at the office but the Falcons won anyway.
- Thanks to…Devonta Freeman (27/153/1; 7/44) and the Defense (2 takeaways, 1 TD, 2.1 yards per carry allowed).
- Julio and Hank Time weren’t at their best so Jacob Tamme (8/94) had his number called and he came thru.
Jaguars at Buccaneers
- Blake Bortles (23 of 33, 303 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, sacked 6 times) may have played his best game as a pro and I still thought he made some egregious mistakes. Gus Bradley’s seat gets warmer.
- No turnovers from Jameis (13 for 19, 209 yards, 1 TD)! Huzzah!
- Dougie Fresh (24/123/3!!! total TDs). That’s what you call “contract year love.”
- It would appear that Charles Sims (12/51; 4 rec/85) is healthy and the coaching staff has figured out how to utilize him. Although he could stand to be more physical…running out of bounds and stopping the clock late in the game with a lead?!?
- The much maligned Buccaneers offensive line has shown marked improvement the past couple of weeks particularly in the running game. But, Paul Posluszny was missed in this one (183 rushing yards allowed).
- Allen Hurns (5/116/1) was at it again and Allen Robinson’s (7/72/2) day could have been epic had it not been for some misfires by Bortles.
- Not sure how Tim Jennings and Mike Jenkins have managed to keep their respective jobs. Must have dirt on Lovie…
- Been a while since I have seen a linebacker cover ground quite like Telvin Smith (13 solo tackles; walked Charles Sims down in the open field). He can fly.
Saints at Eagles
- Welcome back Drew Brees (26 of 43, 335 yards, 2 TDs, 3 turnovers)! Not good enough…
- Don’t let Sam Bradford’s (32 of 45, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) numbers fool you. The Saints had not yet intercepted a pass this season and allowed the most yardage per pass attempt in the NFL entering Week 5.
- It lives! Demarco Murray (20/83/1) and that offensive line have a pulse. Although Ryan Mathews (8/73/1) IS still the better back for Chip Kelly’s system.
- The Saints’ #1 receiver IS….Willie Snead (6/141).
- Brandin Cooks had his best game of the season (5/107/1). ‘Son of a bench’ would have been the difference in my keeper league. As for the Saints, this is an encouraging sign.
- Fletcher Cox (6 tackles and 3 sacks) and Drew Brees got acquainted.
- The Eagles offensive and defensive lines controlled this contest (no sacks allowed, 5.5 yards per rush; 5 sacks, 7 TFLs, 7 QB Hits).
Browns at Ravens
- Josh McCown (36 of 51, 457 yards, 2 TDs) and the win. Wait…what?!? I’m so confused.
- Justin Forsett (21/121/1) and Baltimore’s offensive line (team – 31/181/3!!!) did a great job but the pass defense let them down. When you run the football this effectively you’re supposed to win the game…
- Gary Barnidge (8/139/1) making the most of his opportunity.
- I hate to say it, but this is on Ozzie Newsome. The Ravens’ pass defense was bad last season too…
Rams at Falcons
- See, this is why I don’t F#$& with Nick Foles (11 of 30, 141 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs)
- So… its true… Aaron Rodgers (19 of 30, 241 yards, 2 TDs, 3!!! turnovers; 2 INTs) is human.
- Foles wasted another spectacular performance by Todd Gurley (30/159). He’s a thoroughbred. Call him “American Pharaoh.”
- James Jones (2/77/1) is averaging a TD catch per 3.8 receptions.
- Welcome to the show Quentin Rollins (2 INTS/1 TD). Rollins had 7 INTs in his last season in college at Miami (OH). Only played one season of college football. Raw but incredibly talented.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
- Marcus Mariota’s (21 of 32, 187 yards, 1 INT, sacked 2 times) historic Week 1 performance seems like it was ages ago.
- Injuries to teammates and his own person have led to a couple of rough weeks for Tyrod Taylor (10 of 17, 109 , 1 TD, sacked 4 times; 8 rush/76/1). Fortunately, his legs bailed him out in this one.
- Good defense. Worst offense.
- Only 7 penalties for Bills… Congratulations!
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
- Carson Palmer (11 of 14, 161, 3 TDs!!!) easy money.
- Perhaps Matthew Stafford’s (20 of 32, 188 yards, 1 TD, 3 inexplicable INTs) benching was a wake-up call. The Lions were 11-5 last year. Stafford threw for 41 TDs a few seasons ago. The have Megatron. On the outside looking in it appears this organization doesn’t realize to sustain success you must work even harder in each subsequent season.
- Chris Johnson (11/103), Andre Ellington (3/63/1) and David Johnson (2 rushing TDs). Easy money.
- Larry Fitzgerald (5/58/1) caught his league leading 6th TD.
- Ameer Abdullah fumbled twice and got benched. Can’t poop the bed when given an opportunity. Fortunately, his talent is immense and the Lions are looking for anyone to make a play.
New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys
- Dallas peppered Tom Brady (20 of 27, 275 yards, 2 TDs, sacked 5 times) early but the Pats proved too much with the Cowboys unable to sustain drives.
- Cowboys fans rejoice! Brandon Weeden (26 of 39, 188 yards, 1 INT, sacked 3 times) has been benched! 11 starts, 11 losses, terrible… Matt Cassel to start Week 7.
- Dion Lewis (93 total yards, 1 TD) had a terrific catch and run for a score. Made about 17 Cowboys miss on one play. Dallas has been terrible in terms of open field tackling.
- Julian Edelman’s (4/120/1) TD catch and run was yet another exercise in Cowboys defenders whiffing and tackling air in the open field.
- Greg Hardy (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 QB hits) is a jerk. And that’s putting it lightly. But he is as complete a defensive end as there is.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
- Good defense. Poor offense.
- You can stop waiting for Peyton Manning (22 of 35, 266 yards, 2 INTs) to get better. As I’ve stated before. “This is what he is now.”
- Emmanuel Sanders (9/111) showed love in fantasy.
- The incomparable Charles Woodson got his first career INT against Peyton Manning and then followed up with an impressive leaping pick of Manning to cap off his 2 INT performance. Tied for 6th all-time.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
- Colin Kaepernick (23 of 35, 262 yards, 2 TDs) took a small step in the right direction.
- I don’t recommend passing as much as Eli Manning (41 of 54, 441 yards, 3 TDs!!! 1 INT) did but the 49ers’ pass defense is completely inept so…. I get it. Eli wasn’t sacked once.
- Imagine if Carlos Hyde (21/93/1) got 20+ carries every week.
- Anquan Boldin (8/107/1) must have felt some type of way. Best game of the season by far.
- I feel cheated. I expect Odell Beckham (7/121/1) to do something amazing every time I watch him play. Simply having a good game isn’t enough anymore.
- It’s time to get on the Shane Vereen (8/86/1) train. This type of line is going to become common place moving forward.
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers
- If only Phillip Rivers (35 of 48, 365, 2 TDs, 1 INT lazy route by Malcolm Floyd) was the QB he is today but had the supporting cast he had during the Marty Schottenheimer era. Scary good.
- Todd Haley took the training wheels off Mike Vick (13 of 26, 203 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) in the second half and it resulted in some explosive plays. It’s not going to be pretty while Big Ben is out but it was effective Monday night.
- Le’Veon Bell (21/111/1) is the BEST running back in the NFL with the ball in his hands. Watch the games. The BEST! He can’t pass block for shit though. Watch the games.
- I thought the Wildcat call that led to the go-ahead TD at the end of regulation was a questionable decision. However, I do not question putting the ball in Le’Veon’s hands. The BEST!
- Old man Gates (9/92/2) is back! Didn’t look ‘old’ at all. Those PEDs work wonders. Unfortunately, he won’t be a first ballot HOF because of said PEDs. Gotta still put him in though.