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Dose: Week 7 Review

Monday, October 22, 2018

Los Angeles Chargers- 20

Tennessee- 19


The early morning contest in London between the surging Chargers and flailing Titans was much closer than expected. The Chargers were without RB Melvin Gordon, the league’s third-leading rusher who is dealing with a bum hamstring. While his injury is not considered serious at this time, the Chargers admitted they were being cautious with Gordon as the team heads into a bye week. With Gordon out, RB Austin Ekeler led the way, playing over 95% of the team’s offensive snaps but managing just 68 yards. 


It was QB Philip Rivers and the passing game that shouldered the load. Rivers connected on deep touchdown passes, early in the first half to WR Tyrell Williams (75 yards) and early in the second half to WR Mike Williams (55 yards) to give the Chargers a 10-point lead in the third period. The Titans inched their way back thanks to a scoring run from RB Derrick Henry, who had his best game of the season before QB Marcus Mariota found TE Luke Stocker for a late touchdown. While an extra point would’ve tied it, the Titans went for two points and the win, but Mariota’s pass was tipped and sailed high, ensuring the Chargers win. 



Rivers finished with 306 yards and the two scores, while Tyrell Williams led the team with a 4/118/1 line. WR Keenan Allen caught all five of his targets for 72 yards, while WR Mike Williams caught just one pass, the 55-yard score. 


Mariota played much better and his numbers showed it, throwing for 237 yards and a score. WR Tajae Sharpe was his leading target, catching seven of nine looks for 101 yards. RBs Dion Lewis and Henry were very involved in the passing game as well. Lewis totaled 155 yards on the day while Henry had 65 yards and a score. WR Corey Davis once again flopped, catching three of seven targets for only 10 yards.


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New England- 38

Chicago- 31


The Patriots entered the game without star TE Rob Gronkowski (back/ankle) and left it without starting RB Sony Michel, who suffered a potentially serious knee injury in the first half. Even without a pair of key players, the Patriots held off QB Mitch Trubisky and the Bears by the skin of their teeth. With seconds left and trailing by seven points, Trubisky unloaded a Hail Mary and it was brought down by WR Kevin White just outside of the end zone. He was met by multiple Patriots defenders, including WR Josh Gordon, and couldn’t get over the goal line. The game was a back and forth score-fest all day until New England took what appeared to be a commanding 14-point fourth quarter lead, only to get a scare in the final seconds. 


Brady ended with 277 passing yards and three scores, while the backfield duties were shared once Michel left with that knee injury. Michel did finish with 35 yards before exiting and RB James White totaled 97 yards and two receiving touchdowns. RB Kenjon Barner took Michel’s place and posted 36 yards. He’s the most likely candidate to see increased playing time if Michel misses action. As many expected, WR Josh Gordon led the way with Gronk out of the lineup, catching four balls for 100 yards. WR Chris Hogan also showed signs of life with a 6/63 line and WR Julian Edelman saved his fantasy day with a touchdown after only five receptions for 36 yards. 


Trubisky had another huge statistical day as the Bears were forced to throw the ball to keep up with the Pats. Trubisky threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and also led the team with 81 yards rushing and a score on the ground. RB Jordan Howard had another quiet rushing day, carrying 12 times for 39 yards but he did get a touchdown to boost the bottom line. RB Tarik Cohen drew a team-high 12 targets, catching eight for 69 yards and a score. TE Trey Burton had a career-best game, catching nine passes for 126 yards and a score. WRs Allen Robinson (1/4) and Taylor Gabriel (3/26) were both major disappointments though Robinson can at least blame his injured groin, which kept him on the sidelines for large chunks of the afternoon. 


Indianapolis- 37

Buffalo- 5


The Bills played their first full game without rookie starting QB Josh Allen and they made the Colts look like Super Bowl contenders. QB Andrew Luck and RB Marlon Mack were both dominant while the Bills lost their only real offensive playmaker, RB LeSean McCoy, early in the game to a head injury. 


For the first time all season, Luck attempted fewer than 30 passes, which makes sense given Mack’s return to full health. Luck threw for only 156 yards but tossed four touchdowns while Mack totaled 158 yards and two scores. He’s nearly made rookie RB Nyheim Hines a non-factor. The Colts also had WR T.Y. Hilton back and he looked fully healed from the hamstring injury that cost him multiple games. Hilton caught all four of his targets for 25 yards and two touchdowns. TE Eric Ebron cooled off, catching three passes for 31 yards. 


With Allen out, the Bills started veteran QB Derek Anderson and that predictably did not go well. Anderson threw for 175 scoreless yards, tossing three picks to the Colts defenses. With McCoy out of the game after just two carries, veteran RB Chris Ivory led the team with 81 rushing yards. Many noted the potential connection between Anderson and WR Kelvin Benjamin, former teammates with the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin did lead the team with 71 yards on four receptions. No other Bills pass-catcher broke 30 yards. 


Houston- 20

Jacksonville- 7


This battle of AFC South foes was an ugly game featuring a pair of struggling signal callers. Houston QB Deshaun Watson is dealing with a rib injury and partially collapsed lung, which led to him making the trip to Jacksonville by bus rather than flying, yet he still suited up to play. Watson threw for only 139 yards and a touchdown on the day. That, along with the Texans defense and a surprisingly productive day from RB Lamar Miller was more than enough to defeat the Jaguars. After committing multiple turnovers and throwing for just 61 yards in more than a half, the Jags benched QB Blake Bortles, replacing him with QB Cody Kessler. It was too little, too late as the Texans finished off the game with a 20-7 win.


Miller rushed 22 times for 100 yards, his first 100-yard game since Week 14 of 2016. WR Will Fuller led the way with 68 yards on six catches and WR DeAndre Hopkins caught a touchdown among his three grabs for 50 yards. Rookie WR Keke Coutee aggravated his hamstring injury that delayed his NFL debut and is already looking unlikely to play in Week Eight. 


Kessler finished with 156 yards and a touchdown in less than one half of work, while Bortles actually led the team in rushing with 30 yards. RB T.J. Yeldon totaled 68 yards and a touchdown. Newly acquired RB Carlos Hyde was inactive, as expected. He’ll make his debut in Week Eight in London. WR Donte Moncrief led the Jags in receiving, catching seven passes for 76 yards. 


Detroit- 32

Miami- 21


This game was not as close as the score appeared as the Lions came into Miami and claimed their first road victory of the season. When pass-catching RB Theo Riddick was ruled out on Saturday, fantasy players hoped that would mean more work for talented rookie RB Kerryon Johnson. Indeed, he saw a season-high 19 carries and totaled 179 yards for the game. Maybe this will convince HC Matt Patricia to rely more on the rookie back.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, both going to TE Michael Roberts. The Lions talented WR trio all performed below expectation, though WR Kenny Golladay (2/37) had a touchdown catch overturned by penalty. WR Golden Tate (4/36) and WR Marvin Jones (3/29) were fantasy duds.


RB Kenyan Drake broke a long 54-yard run for the Dolphins and finished with 87 total yards and a touchdown. WR Danny Amendola led the team with a 6/84/1 line but the Dolphins lost playmaker WR Albert Wilson to a hip injury in the first half. Based on comments from Wilson’s agent, this could be a serious injury. Speaking of agents, WR DeVante Parker’s rep blasted the Dolphins and HC Adam Gase following the game after his client was a healthy scratch. We could be seeing Parker’s time as a Dolphin ending. WR Kenny Stills caught just one pass, a five-yard touchdown, and limped off the field at the end of the game.


Minnesota- 37

New York Jets- 17


The Vikings offense just keeps rolling and they piled on 17 fourth-quarter points against the Jets to pull away in a game that was closer than the final score indicates. The Vikes were without RB Dalvin Cook once again but his backup RB Latavius Murray had another strong performance, totaling 83 yards and two scores. QB Kirk Cousins tossed a pair of touchdowns along with 241 yards. WR Adam Thielen continued his 100-yard game streak, stretching it to seven games by catching nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. His running mate, WR Stefon Diggs had a game to forget, catching eight of 14 targets for only 33 yards. 


Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold had a rough game, throwing three interceptions to just one touchdown, along with his 206 yards. The Jets played without injured WR Quincy Enunwa and surprisingly released WR Terrelle Pryor over the weekend. Many fantasy players pegged WR Jermaine Kearse as the likely go-to option but he only saw two targets and failed to catch either. WR Robby Anderson drew 10 targets but caught just three for 44 yards. Rookie RB Trenton Cannon actually led the team with 69 receiving yards on four receptions. TE Chris Herndon had his second consecutive strong game, catching a touchdown among his four receptions for 42 yards. The Jets lost RB Bilal Powell to a neck injury but RB Isaiah Crowell still managed only 29 rushing yards on 11 carries.


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