Wrapping Up: Afternoon Games

49ers at Titans: Jake Locker’s return went less than swimmingly for the Titans as they struggled to move the ball all game long against a stout San Francisco defense. Colin Kaepernick was once again average through the air but did add 12 fantasy points with his legs to make up for it. To the surprise of no one (at least not me) Chris Johnson struggled again as he managed just 39 rushing yards. I’ve given up all hope on this guy.

Kaepernick led the Niners to their 4th straight victory

Kaepernick led the Niners to their 4th straight victory

Browns at Packers: To anyone wondering how Aaron Rodgers would adapt to losing two of his top targets: he’s going to be just fine. The Packers’ QB threw for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns with no picks in a game that took less effort than that to beat the lowly Browns. Brandon Weeden continues to show his incompetence by making multiple mistakes and not giving the Browns a chance to win.

Texans at Chiefs: Kansas City managed to win this game, but considering the circumstances stacked against Houston, one would think the Chiefs would come out on top by more than 1. Case Keenum was extremely impressive all game as he threw for 271 yards, 1 touchdown, and no picks. Don’t be surprised if Keenum starts for the Texans even if Matt Schuab is healthy. Alex Smith was less than spectacular (240 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 pick) but Jamaal Charles posted another 15 fantasy point game to make up for it.

Ravens at Steelers: Pittsburgh managed to win their second game in a row and they seem to have turned their season around for good with an important division win. Ben Roethlisberger did not turn the ball over and the Steelers running attack was surprisingly solid. For the Ravens, Ray Rice failed to eclipse 50 rushing yards yet again and Joe Flacco continues to be wildly mediocre.