Wrapping Up: Morning Games
Buccaneers at Falcons: The battle between the cellar teams of the NFC South ended up being close, but Atlanta dominated this game from the very beginning. To the surprise of many, Matt Ryan had one of his best games of the year with both Julio Jones and Roddy White sidelined. Harry Douglas stepped up in their place and managed 20 fantasy points. Bucs QB Mike Glennon also provided his best game of the year but it was not enough to overcome the Falcons. Vincent Jackson posted his second straight game with 100+ receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. On a worrisome note, Doug Martin was hit hard on a pass play and left the stadium in a sling.
Bengals at Lions: Cincinnati has a tendency for playing up to the level of competition as well as playing down to lesser teams. Today, on the backs of Andy Dalton and AJ Green, the Bengals pulled out the victory. Green caught his first pass of the game and took it 82 yards for a touchdown. Matthew Stafford threw the ball 51 times but managed 3 touchdowns (2 to Calvin Johnson) and no turnovers. Megatron posted his best fantasy game of the year with 27 points on the day.
Bills at Dolphins: Okay, it’s probably time to start taking Thad Lewis a little more seriously now. A week after leading the Bills to a near victory vs. the Bengals, Lewis finishes the job this time with a crucial division win over Miami. While he did not play particularly well, (202 yards, 0 TD’s, 1 INT) he still got the job done when it mattered most. Brandon Gibson provided the biggest fantasy day for the Dolphins with his 40 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Cowboys at Eagles: This game was much lower scoring than many people expected, but Tony Romo found a way to win a big divisional matchup anyways. Terrance Williams caught the only TD pass from Romo; that is now 3 consecutive games with a touchdown for Williams. Nick Foles left with an injury but Matt Barkley came in and threw 3 interceptions to seal the deal for Dallas.
Bears at Redskins: Big upset alert here as Washington knocked off Chicago to remain in the hunt for the weak NFC East. The bigger story, however, was Jay Cutler leaving the game with an injury after just 8 passes. Luke McCown came in and played relatively well, but it was Matt Forte (109 total yards, 3 touchdowns) that kept them in this game. The story of the game for the Redskins was 2 unsung heroes: Roy Helu and Jordan Reed. Helu rushed for 3 touchdowns and Reed caught 9 passes for 134 yards and 1 TD. Both had monster fantasy games and allowed RGIII (who ran for 84 yards) to be much more comfortable in the pocket.
Panthers at Rams: Carolina finally put together back to back solid games as they won easily today in St. Louis. Mike Tolbert and Steve Smith each found the end-zone for the Panthers while their defense held Sam Bradford in check all day and even had a pick-6 themselves. Zac Stacy had 86 total yards and a touchdown for the Rams but it was not nearly enough to overcome the Panthers potent attack.
Chargers at Jaguars: This game went pretty much just as everyone expected. Philip Rivers was very efficient (22/26 for 285 passing yards and 1 touchdown) and Ryan Matthews had his second straight 100 yard game as well. Chad Henne threw for 318 yards (80 to Cecil Shorts, 58 to Justin Blackmon) but it was not enough to come up with their first victory of the season.
Patriots at Jets: Gronk was exceptional in his first game back as he caught 8 passes for 114 yards, but the Patriots ultimately lost to New York, albeit on a fluke play. The Jets attempted a 57 yard game winning field goal in OT and missed, but there was a penalty on the Patriots. Defensive Tackle Chris Jones was called for pushing his teammate into another player which is a penalty that has never been called before in the history of the NFL and something that had no affect on the play whatsoever. But give the Jets credit, Geno Smith shook off an early pick-6 to keep his team in the game and ultimately win* it.