Wrapping up: Morning + Afternoon games
Ravens at Bills – As expected, the number 1 flex player of the week (Torrey Smith) put up monster numbers: 166 yards and a TD. However, Joe Flacco threw 5 interceptions which ultimately cost the Ravens the game. Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice combined for 1 fantasy point. As for the Bills, E.J. Manuel was just less bad than Joe Flacco. Fred Jackson really carried this team to victory when Manuel and C.J. Spiller (just 77 yards) struggled.
Bengals at Browns – Wow, who expected this one? As weird as this is to say, Brian Hoyer was masterful and outplayed his counter part Andy Dalton. Somehow, without Trent Richardson, Cleveland continues to win and are now tied for 1st place in the AFC North. This one will be tough to swallow for the Bengals. A.J. Green was stuck in “Haden’s Hood” (yes, I’m making that a thing) all day long. Giovani Bernard only averaged 3.7 YPC and Cincinnati just couldn’t get their offense going.
Bears at Lions – The Bears will only go as far as Jay Cutler takes them, and today, it wasn’t very far. Matt Forte had a very solid game, but that’s about the only highlight from the Bears as the 40-32 score was very deceiving. Reggie Bush had 173 total yards on offense and added a touchdown for a monstrous fantasy day.
Giants at Chiefs – Kansas City was leading only 10-7 late in the third quarter, but after an insane punt return for a touchdown by Dexter Mccluster, the Giants never stood a chance. Jamaal Charles continued to excel in the passing game as he was second on the team with 62 receiving yards and caught a touchdown as well. Alex Smith threw his first 2 interceptions of the year but it didn’t matter because they were playing the lowly Giants. Victor Cruz showed promise (22 fantasy points) but everyone else on the team stinks… to put it kindly.
Steelers at Vikings – There are a lot of Castles in London (where this game was played) and the Vikings QB today added one more to the vast list. Matt Cassel filled in admirably for Christian Ponder and led Minnesota to their first win of the year. Adrian Peterson showed that even across the pond, he’s still a beast. 140 yards and 2 TD’s for the Vikings star running back. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh actually had 2 bright spots on offense. LeVeon Bell recorded 2 touchdowns on the day and it looks as though he will be a fantasy stud all year. Jerricho Cotchery also had 109 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Steelers.
Cardinals at Buccaneers – Mike Glennon is better than Josh Freeman, but probably not anyone else in the league. Blaine Gabbert doesn’t count because he’s not a real football player. Doug Martin had 27 carries for 45 yards (1.7 YPC) and Vincent Jackson was shutdown by Patrick Peterson (2 INT’s) all day. Larry Fitzgerald managed to break free for a touchdown against Darrelle Revis to salvage some fantasy value on the afternoon.
Colts at Jaguars – Blaine Gabbert threw 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in his first game back, but did you expect anything else? Maurice Jones-Drew was awful as well, averaging 1.8 YPC. For Indianapolis, Trent Richardson was fed the rock (20 carries) but didn’t produce much (60 yards). His touchdown run was a breath of fresh air for fantasy owners. Andrew Luck spread the ball around as 3 different receivers caught 5 passes for the Colts.
Seahawks at Texans – Houston was up 20-3 at halftime, but gave up 20 unanswered points in the 2nd half/overtime. Matt Schuab is just completely incompetent and there is no way the Texans can win a playoff game, much less a Super Bowl, while he is starting at quarterback. Russell Wilson on the other hand? Now that kid can win you some football games. He came up with numerous clutch plays on 3rd and 4th downs to keep the Seahawks alive and ultimately gave them a chance to win the game.
Jets at Titans – The Jets looked more like the team we thought we knew today while the Titans continue to both surprise and impress people across the country. Jake Locker was having another outstanding game (3 touchdowns) before he went down with a hip-injury and had to be carted off the field. Chris Johnson had 15 carries for just 21 yards; he has to improve his play if Tennessee wants to keep winning. Geno Smith played like a rookie today, turning the ball over 4 times including an inexcusable play where he tried to transfer the ball behind his back while just yards away from his own end-zone. He fumbled on the play and the Titans recovered in the end-zone for a touchdown.
Eagles at Broncos – Well, Denver is pretty good. Both quarterbacks were benched in the 4th quarter, but for very different reasons. Peyton Manning now has 16 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the season and spread the ball fairly evenly between his 3 receivers throughout the game. Knowshon Moreno had a solid game as well, rushing for 78 yards and a TD. LeSean McCoy was pretty ordinary and DeSean Jackson was held to 2 catches on a disastrous day for Philly’s offense.
Redskins at Raiders – Oakland rushed off to a 14-0 lead, but a hamstring injury to Darren Mcfadden and Matt Flynn’s mediocre play proved to be too much for the Raiders to overcome. RGIII, Alfred Morris, and Pierre Garcon all had decent games, but none stood out.
Cowboys at Chargers – San Diego showcased their prolific offense once again on Sunday afternoon. Philip Rivers threw for over 400 yards and Antonio Gates had a monstrous game (136 yards and a touchdown). Shoutout to loyal reader Michael Maestas for starting Gates today as his Flex, such a great move. If you are new to the site, make sure you leave comments with questions/ideas and you could receive a shoutout too! As for Dallas, Tony Romo continued his efficient season, throwing for 244 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 picks. Dez Bryant caught both of Romo’s touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Chargers walked away with the win.