Wrapping up: Week 5 games
Patriots at Bengals: Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots offense were downright abysmal today in Cincinnati. Danny Amendola played more than half of the Patriots snaps today and contributed 4 catches for 55 yards (although he was the Pats leading receiver). Brady’s streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass ended as well. The Bengals also had some trouble on offense as A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard were both held to double digit fantasy points again this week. One interesting stat is that Andy Dalton threw is first ever red-zone interception today. He previously had thrown 37 TD’s and 0 picks inside the opponents 20 yard-line in his career.
Saints at Bears: Drew Brees and his soldiers (get it? they played at Soldier Field) marched right in to Chicago and took the win right away from the Bears to improve to 5-0. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham were masterful for New Orleans but the real story of the day (fantasy-wise) was last weeks number 1 waiver claim Alshon Jeffery. While Brandon Marshall was predictably double covered all game, Jeffery absolutely torched the Saints D for over 200 receiving yards and a touchdown. You better pick him up now before it’s too late.
Lions at Packers: After Calvin Johnson was ruled out for this game, Detroit had almost no shot in Green Bay. His absence clearly showed as Matt Stafford struggled without him and the Lions’ running game could not get going either. For Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers was solid (big surprise) and Eddie Lacy had a very nice game as well. Their receivers all posted decent numbers with James Jones leading the way with 127 yards.
Chiefs at Titans: Alex Smith has now thrown an interception in 2 straight games, but Kansas City just keeps on winning. Jamaal Charles was at it again with his 17 fantasy points and the Chiefs’ defense was superb once again. Ryan Fitzpatrick actually played a very solid game; in addition to his 247 passing yards, he gained 50 yards on the ground and had 2 total touchdowns. Chris Johnson had a decent fantasy day but only because of a flukey 50 yard TD reception. His rushing stats? 10 carries for 17 yards. I’m telling you, CJ2K is done.
Seahawks at Colts: For all the talk about RGIII and Russell Wilson this offseason, Andrew Luck has clearly cemented himself as the best quarterback from the 2012 draft class. After beating Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers in week 3, Luck outplayed Wilson on Sunday and officially put the Colts on the map as AFC title contenders. Once again, Trent Richardson played poorly by gaining just 56 yards on the ground on 3.1 YPC. For Seattle, Russell Wilson posted a nice fantasy game because he rushed for over 100 yards, but other than that, nothing too exciting from the Seahawks.
Jaguars at Rams: Justin Blackmon finally comes back from his suspension and what does he do on his first catch? He takes it to the house for a 67 yard touchdown. His 19 fantasy points overall were pretty much the only bright spot for Jacksonville. Their first round pick, (number 2 overall) LT Luke Joekel, went down with a broken ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. For the Rams, Sam Bradford had a nice game (3 touchdowns) but don’t be fooled… his play was only due to the competition, not his own skill. Stay away from Bradford (and any Rams player for that matter) for the betterment of your fantasy team.
Ravens at Dolphins: After a terrible first two quarters, Ray Rice really picked it up and scored 2 touchdowns in the 2nd half, much to the delight of fantasy owners across America. Joe Flacco continues to disappoint, and Torrey Smith is really the only receiver that can be trusted (as of now) on the Ravens offense. Mike Wallace had 7 receptions for 105 yards for the Fins, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was actually targeted 16 times on the afternoon… Ryan Tannehill and Wallace are not on the same page yet. Lamar Miller also continued his trend of awful performances by rushing for only 15 yards.
Eagles at Giants: Time for the Giants to stop getting respect. A record of 0-5 will do that to a team, especially when that team loses as badly as the Giants do. Michael Vick injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return which was too bad because he was having quite a nice fantasy day. Reports are that he will miss next week too… I think there’s still some room on the Nick Foles bandwagon. The best fantasy performer for the Eagles? Kicker, Alex Henery, 20 points.
Panthers at Cardinals: Dozens of people across America that watched this game came to the same conclusion: The Panthers just aren’t very good. Their only win came against a Giants team that we now know is top 3 worst in the league, and they just aren’t consistent enough on either side of the ball to win games. Cam Newton threw 3 picks and Deangelo Williams rushed for under 40 yards which doesn’t help their cause at all. Arizona didn’t even play particularly well… Carson Palmer threw 3 picks and the corpse that is Rashard Mendenhall even scored a touchdown.
Broncos at Cowboys: This was the most exciting game of the afternoon, bar-none. Dallas took an early 1st quarter lead before Peyton Manning and the Broncos went up by 8 at halftime. The second half was very back and forth (with the Cowboys even leading 48-40 in the 4th quarter). Tony Romo had the best game of his career throwing for 506 yards (franchise record) and 5 touchdowns. However, it was only fitting that his one interception came on the Cowboys final drive in the last 2 minutes when the game was tied. The pick gave the ball back to Peyton Manning with great field position and the Broncos just ran out the clock and kicked a chip-shot field goal to win it. As for Denver’s pace? Let’s just say they have a good chance of becoming the greatest offense ever.
Texans at 49ers: Looking at the final score, (34-3) one would most likely think that Colin Kaepernick put on a clinic and had a big fantasy day to go with it. However, he had just 6 completions for 116 yards and a touchdown while only running once for 14 yards. Now, Colin didn’t need to have a big game because Matt Schaub practically handed the 49ers this victory. But it had to be disappointing for fantasy owners that Kap didn’t produce on a day when his team did.
Chargers at Raiders: This game ended at 2:40am eastern time, which is pretty crazy, especially because I’m sure there were diehard fantasy football fans that had Terrelle Pryor on their team and stayed up to watch. Well, to the few who did, you were rewarded greatly. Pryor was extremely efficient as he completed 18/23 of his passes and added 221 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Chargers on the other hand really let this game slip away in the first half. San Diego was down 17-0 at halftime so even though they had a late surge, the damage was already done.
Jets at Falcons: Wow, is Atlanta even going to make the playoffs this year? The odds aren’t good right now after a 1-4 start. Matt Ryan played his normal stellar game and Jacquizz Rodgers made a lot of fantasy owners happy with his 2 touchdowns, but the Falcons’ defense can’t stop a nose bleed. On the final drive with the team up by 1 with less than 2 minutes to go, the Falcons let rookie Geno Smith just march down the field and set his team up for a game-winning field goal. Speaking of Geno, he was completely masterful on the night as he threw for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns en-route to leading the Jets to a winning record.