Dolphins – 22 (6-4), Bills – 10 (5-5) Thursday Night Game
Heroes – Ryan Tannehill (240 PaYd, 2 TD), Lamar Miller (86 RuYd, 12 ReYd), Jarvis Landry (46 ReYd, 1 TD), Brandon Gibson (13 ReYd, 1 TD), Bryce Brown (14 RuYd, 57 ReYd), Chris Hogan (74 ReYd)
Zeroes – Mike Wallace (38 ReYd), Charles Clay (31 ReYd), Kyle Orton (193 PaYd), Anthony Dixon (35 RuYd, 13 ReYd), Sammy Watkins (32 ReYd)
Ryan Tannehill is starting to come into his own, don’t you think? We’re not talking about a superstar QB just yet, but he has certainly proved that he’s a leader and that he can use all of his weapons like he did on Thursday against the division rival Buffalo Bills. Tannehill was sacked five times by the Bills, although he was able to bounce back and throw TD passes to Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry, both of which were late-game scores. Tannehill had an 89% completion percentage in the game throwing 25-of-28 for 223 yards and a couple of TDs on throws traveling 10 yards or fewer. The Dolphins defense kept Kyle Orton and Sammy Watkins at bay with minimal production on the night. Watkins was targeted seven times but could only manage three receptions.
Interesting Game Fact: Going into Week 10, the Bills rank last in the NFL when it comes to red zone TD efficiency.
Chiefs – 24 (7-3), Seahawks – 20 (6-4)
Heroes – Jamaal Charles (159 RuYd, 19 ReYd, 2 TD), Knile Davis (10 RuYd, 8 ReYd, 1 TD), Russell Wilson (178 PaYd, 71 RuYd, 2 TD), Marshawn Lynch (124 RuYd), Doug Baldwin (45 ReYd, 1 TD), Tony Moeaki (1 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Travis Kelce (37 ReYd), Dwayne Bowe (18 ReYd), Alex Smith (108 PaYd)
The Seahawks are certainly beatable as they dropped their fourth loss of the year, but the real story is the Chiefs and how well head coach Andy Reid has been able to motivate his players. The Chiefs have won their fifth straight game by following the legs of Jamaal Charles (8.0 YPC on Sunday), who was given excellent run-blocking holes by the offensive line on Sunday. As good as the run has been for the Chiefs of late, they still haven’t been able to find the end zone via pass through the wide receiver. Yeah, that’s right… the Chiefs are still without a receiving TD by a wide receiver. The Seahawks likely gambled away their chance for a win as they failed on all three fourth-down attempts at a first down in the fourth quarter.
Interesting Game Fact: The Chiefs averaged 6.3 rushing yards per carry as a team against the Seahawks.
Falcons – 19 (4-6), Panthers – 17 (3-7)
Heroes – Roddy White (75 ReYd, 1 TD), Cam Newton (292 PaYd, 30 RuYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Kelvin Benjamin (109 ReYd, 1 TD), Philly Brown (47 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Steven Jackson (41 RuYd), DeAngelo Williams (41 RuYd, -3 ReYd), Jonathan Stewart (24 RuYd, 15 ReYd)
Aside from Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers just aren’t getting much help on offense; however, as I play the bully-role and pick on the Panthers harder, their defense is the biggest disappointment in the NFL comparing them to last years production. The Panthers have now lost five straight, although they still have a shot at a playoff berth sitting at 3-7 if you can believe that. Roddy White stepped up for the Falcons, while daily fantasy owners are still wondering if Julio Jones will be a viable option again in 2014. Remember Week 3? Yes, it’s been that long ago.
Interesting Game Fact: The Falcons are now tied with the Saints for first place in the NFC South with a 4-6 record.
Bengals – 27 (6-3-1), Saints – 10 (4-6)
Heroes – A.J. Green (127 ReYd, 1 TD), Jeremy Hill (152 RuYd), Andy Dalton (220 PaYd, 3 TD), Jermaine Gresham (13 ReYd, 2 TD), Kenny Stills (32 ReYd, 1 TD), Mark Ingram (67 RuYd, 30 ReYd)
Zeroes – Mohamed Sanu (23 ReYd), Drew Brees (255 PaYd, 1 TD), Jimmy Graham (29 ReYd), Brandin Cooks (50 ReYd)
If you’re a Saints fan you have to be worried about their playoff chances with their Jekyll-and-Hyde season to date. Mark Ingram has been giving the Saints tremendous help with the running game, but they haven’t been able to put all of it together on a consistent basis. Brees only targeted Jimmy Graham four times, while the Bengals defense, without starters Vontaze Burfict (linebacker) and Terrence Newman (cornerback), really bounced back from last week’s drubbing by the Browns. Jeremy Hill and Andy Dalton racked up 372 yards between themselves, while A.J. Green posted his first 100-yard receiving game since Week 3.
Interesting Game Fact: Andy Dalton was only off target on four of his pass attempts.
Buccaneers – 27 (2-8), Redskins – 7 (3-7)
Heroes – Josh McCown (288 PaYd, 2 TD), Mike Evans (209 ReYd, 2 TD), Alfred Morris (96 RuYd), Roy Helu (57 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Charles Sims (36 RuYd), Vincent Jackson (43 ReYd), Robert Griffin III (207 PaYd, 41 RuYd, 1 TD, 2 INT)
Mike Evans has arrived for good. Not only has Evans turned into the superstar receiver I thought he would, but he’s doing it much sooner than originally anticipated. With a healthy Josh McCown slinging the ball downfield, Evans racked up over 200 yards on the day – 73 percent of McCown’s 288 yards on the day went to Evans – as he destroyed the Redskins secondary. The Buccaneers got plenty of defensive help as well as they were able to sack Robert Griffin III six times, while also forcing three turnovers on the day.
Interesting Game Fact: Mike Evans racked up his third 100-yard receiving game in a row.
Rams – 22 (4-6), Broncos – 7 (7-3)
Heroes – Kenny Britt (128 ReYd, 1 TD), Tre Mason (113 RuYd), Greg Zuerlein (5 FG), Peyton Manning (389 PaYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Emmanuel Sanders (102 ReYd, 1 TD), C.J. Anderson (29 RuYd, 86 ReYd), Demaryius Thomas (103 ReYd)
Zeroes – None
Three of the Rams four wins have come against the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks, and while they do have six losses on the year teams are not going to take them lightly anymore. The good news for the Rams? They get the Raiders, Redskins and Giants over the next six games and actually have a shot at getting themselves into the playoff mix with a surprise win or two against teams like the Chargers, Cardinals or Seahawks. Rams quarterback Shaun Hill didn’t have a magnificent game, but he was efficient, while playing mistake-free football, as he utilized receiver Kenny Britt often. Running back Tre Mason kept the Rams grounded (yep, I said it) as he picked up 113 yards rushing. But, anytime a defense can keep the Peyton Manning-led Broncos from doing their thing, like scoring lots of points, you have to say “wow-zers”. Say it with me…”wow-zers”.
Interesting Game Fact: Demaryius Thomas booked his seventh consecutive 100-yard game in 2014.
49ers – 16 (6-4), Giants – 10 (3-7)
Heroes – Frank Gore (95 RuYd, 19 ReYd), Michael Crabtree (85 ReYd, 1 TD), Rueben Randle (112 ReYd), Odell Beckham, Jr. (93 ReYd), Larry Donnell (54 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Vernon Davis (7 ReYd), Eli Manning (280 PaYd, 1 TD, 5 INT)
Five interceptions – that’s what will be running through Eli Manning’s mind as he tries to sleep tonight. Manning, along with the recently returned Rashad Jennings (59 yards on 18 carries for a 3.3 AVG), were kept out of the end zone from the second quarter on after Manning connected with tight end Larry Donnell in the first quarter. The 49ers weren’t much better on offense as they needed three Phil Dawson field goals before Colin Kaepernick was able to find the inconsistent Michael Crabtree for a 48-yards TD pass. If the Niners are expected to make the playoffs and survive for any length of time, they’ll need to improve upon their 30th rank in red zone efficiency.
Interesting Game Fact: Three of the five Manning interceptions went no further than five yards past the line of scrimmage.
Bears – 21 (4-6), Vikings – 13 (4-6)
Heroes – Jay Cutler (330 PaYd, 3 TD, 2 INT), Matt Forte (117 RuYd, 58 ReYd), Alshon Jeffery (135 ReYd, 1 TD), Brandon Marshall (90 ReYd, 2 TD), Charles Johnson (87 ReYd)
Zeroes – Martellus Bennett (29 ReYd), Teddy Bridgewater (158 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Jerick McKinnon (38 RuYd, 20 ReYd), Cordarrelle Patterson (24 ReYd), Matt Asiata (2 RuYd, 12 ReYd)
Remember when this matchup used to mean something? I know, I know, the season isn’t over just yet, but it’s hard to get into this game when both teams are playing well under expectations; however, Adrian Peterson can be blamed for a significant chunk of the Vikings slide into nothingness. Jay Cutler found his rhythm again as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery benefited nicely with three TDs between themselves. It’s likely too late for the Bears, especially since they won’t have the Vikings to kick around every week.
Interesting Game Fact: Jeffery caught 11 passes from Cutler on Sunday.
Texans – 23 (5-5), Browns – 7 (6-4)
Heroes – Alfred Blue (156 RuYd), DeAndre Hopkins (80 ReYd), Garrett Graham (34 ReYd, 1 TD), Andrew Hawkins (97 ReYd, 1 TD), Taylor Gabriel (92 ReYd), Isaiah Crowell (61 RuYd, 30 ReYd)
Zeroes – Ben Tate (-9 RuYd)
J.J. Watt sacks quarterbacks. J.J. Watt forces fumbles and recovers them. J.J. Watt also scores touchdowns. Is there anything J.J. Watt can’t do? I’m fairly certain he can’t walk on water, but I’m pretty sure he’s willing to put it to a test. Watt scored his second reception TD of the year for the Texans, which was also Ryan Mallet’s first career TD pass, as he and the rest of the Texans offense took care of the Browns on both sides of the ball. As the Browns were only able to muster 58 yards rushing on the day, no thanks to Ben Tate, they had to rely on Brian Hoyer and the pass to play catch-up which really doesn’t bode well for the Browns style of play. Alfred Blue filled in admirably for Arian Foster, who was out with a groin injury, as he rushed 36 times for 156 yards.
Interesting Game Fact: The Texans have forced an NFL-best 21 turnovers through Week 11.
Chargers – 13 (6-4), Raiders – 6 (0-10)
Heroes – Malcom Floyd (44 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Philip Rivers (193 PaYd, 1 TD), Antonio Gates (32 ReYd), Branden Oliver (36 RuYd), Derek Carr (172 PaYd), James Jones (35 ReYd), Darren McFadden (21 RuYd)
Yawn. There was absolutely nothing exciting about this game and if you got your popcorn, pizza and beer and were expecting an exciting game? Sorry. “Putrid” is about the only word that can describe things here, with television media holding onto the Philip-Rivers-tough-guy lead as something to talk about. Whoopee! Yeah, yeah, Rivers has bad ribs and he’s tough and he can lead his team to victory against the now 0-10 Raiders, but we don’t care about that. We want excitement, right? Unfortunately, there just isn’t much to talk about here unless you consider Malcom Floyd’s TD catch excitement. You want proof how bad this game was to watch? The Chargers were only able to convert 4-of-15 third down chances.
Interesting Game Fact: This was the most boring game E-V-E-R. Trust me, I begrudgingly watched it. And, yes, I realize I’m a glutton for pain. Don’t forget, I am a Raiders fan (I am now crying, wishing for the Rich Gannon-days of yesteryear while still despising the newly eliminated “tuck rule”).
Cardinals – 14 (9-1), Lions – 6 (7-3)
Heroes – Drew Stanton (306 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Michael Floyd (54 ReYd, 2 TD), Joique Bell (85 RuYd, 30 ReYd)
Zeroes – Larry Fitzgerald (33 ReYd), Matthew Stafford (183 PaYd, 1 INT), Calvin Johnson (59 ReYd), Golden Tate (41 ReYd)
The Cardinals defense, especially their secondary, has played outstanding football this year shutting down the likes of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate in Week 11. Carson Palmer is done for the year, but Drew Stanton is picking up right where Palmer left off. And, the best thing about Stanton’s play is that he was able to make use of receiver Michael Floyd (two TDs) who is possibly the biggest fantasy disappointment at the wide receiver position in 2014. Yeah, Floyd’s been that bad, wouldn’t you agree? Stanton averaged 11.3 yards past the line of scrimmage on his throws, which really pushed the Cards early on, while Matthew Stafford was shut out with zero TD passes for the second time this season.
Interesting Game Fact: The Cardinals defense now has 15 interceptions on the year.
Packers – 53 (7-3), Eagles – 20 (7-3)
Heroes – Eddie Lacy (69 RuYd, 45 ReYd, 2 TD), Randall Cobb (129 ReYd), Jordy Nelson (109 ReYd, 1 TD), Aaron Rodgers (341 PaYd, 32 RuYd, 3 TD), Davante Adams (13 ReYd, 1 TD), Mark Sanchez (346 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), LeSean McCoy (88 RuYd, 18 ReYd), Jordan Matthews (107 ReYd, 1 TD), Jeremy Maclin (93 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Darren Sproles (21 RuYd, 23 ReYd)
Wait? Mark Sanchez throws for more yards than Aaron Rodgers? Sure, Sanchez has been pretty good since taking over for the injured Nick Foles, but he wasn’t able to keep pace with the 53 points the Packers put on the board Sunday afternoon. Rodgers took advantage of a soft Eagles defense, which usually is not soft, connecting with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson for a total of 14 receptions on 23 targets. The Eagles not only couldn’t stop Rodgers and the passing game, but Eddie Lacy was able to do what he wanted on the ground which put the game out of reach early on as the Packers amassed 7.4 yards per play facing the Eagles.
Interesting Game Fact: Jordy Nelson has five catches for at least 50 yards this season.
Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you for Week 12! And, don’t forget that you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy