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Dose: Week 8 Review

Monday, October 29, 2018


Philadelphia- 24

Jacksonville- 18

 

The trip to London was not kind to the Jaguars, as it usually is. First, multiple players were arrested following an issue in a local bar and then the Eagles handed Jacksonville their fourth consecutive loss. The Eagles built a 17-6 lead before the Jags stormed back and put a scare into the defending Super Bowl champs, who blew a huge fourth-quarter lead a week ago.

 

Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards and three scores, spreading the ball around. WR Jordan Matthews led the team with 93 receiving yards and WR Nelson Agholor’s 3/49 actually represents a bump from his disappointing season average. WR Alshon Jeffery has been on fire lately but only managed four grabs for 35 yards in this one. Only a touchdown catch saved the fantasy day for TE Zach Ertz, who caught four passes for 26 yards. Rookie TE Dallas Goedert also found paydirt for the second straight week, hauling in a 32-yarder late in the first half.

 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was better this week though that’s not saying much. Bortles threw for 286 yards and a touchdown and wasn’t benched. Consider that the good news. He also led the team with 43 rushing yards. RB Carlos Hyde made his Jaguars debut, rushing for just 11 yards on six carries. RB T.J. Yeldon did nothing as a rusher but hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards to lead the team. WR Donte Moncrief (4/54) remained the team’s WR1 while rookie D.J. Chark flashed with a 4/41 line. 

 

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Washington- 20

New York Giants- 13

 

Somehow, the tanking Giants made this one close with a late touchdown but failed on the onside kick attempt, allowing the NFC East-leading Redskins to survive. Once again, the Redskins leaned on their running game and veteran RB Adrian Peterson obliged. Peterson rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown thanks to repetitive, punishing runs that clearly wore down the defense. A strong running game is necessary because the Skins have nothing going with QB Alex Smith, who threw for 178 yards and a touchdown. Draft bust WR Josh Doctson led the team with 49 yards on five grabs. TE Jordan Reed drew 12 targets but only came away with a 7/38 line. 

 

 

WR Odell Beckham caught eight passes for 136 yards, making a pair of highlight-reel grabs among them, and RB Saquon Barkley totaled 111 yards, most of that coming as a receiver. WR Sterling Shepard caught four passes for 34 yards and TE Evan Engram posted a 5/25/1 line. QB Eli Manning’s box score is propped up by volume, throwing for 316 yards and a touchdown, along with two interceptions.

 

Pittsburgh- 33

Cleveland- 18

 

Changes might be on the horizon in Cleveland. At least Browns fans hope that is the case. In this Week One rematch, the Browns defense didn’t really put up a fight and the offense struggled to get anything going. On the other hand, the Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger overcame a sluggish start to take a commanding lead and dominate throughout. 

 

After a pair of three and outs and an interception in the first quarter, Roethlisberger connected with his favorite target, WR Antonio Brown, for a pair of touchdowns before the intermission.  Big Ben finished with 257 yards and those two scores, while AB posted a 6/74/2 line. WR Juju Smith-Schuster flopped with four grabs for 33 yards. RB James Conner continues to do his best to make people forget all about holdout RB Le'Veon Bell. Conner totaled 212 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his totals against the Browns this season to 404 yards and four scores. Total domination.

 

The Browns were disappointing in every way and OC Todd Haley could pay for that with his job. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield threw for 180 yards and two scores, with WR Jarvis Landry (8/39) serving as his top receiver. Rookie WR Antonio Callaway caught five of six looks for 36 yards and a touchdown. Rookie RB Nick Chubb rushed for 65 yards on 18 carries. RB Duke Johnson suffered an early injury and while he did return to the game, he was largely ineffective. TE David Njoku did not receive an official target. Mayfield did look his way once in the end zone but a penalty wiped out the play. 

 

 

Seattle- 28

Detroit- 14

 

The Seahawks traveled to Detroit to face the Lions and trounced the home team, winning by two scores. It was the third consecutive game Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes on fewer than 25 total attempts. The Seahawks took advantage of a Lions turnover and scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, all coming on Wilson passes. That broke the game open and Seattle didn’t look back.

 

Wilson threw for 248 yards and the trio of touchdowns while RB Chris Carson ran all over the Lions pitiful run defense, totaling 124 yards and a touchdown. TE Ed Dickson made his Seahawks debut after missing time with a groin injury and caught both targets for 54 yards and a score. WRs Tyler Lockett (2/34/1) and Doug Baldwin (2/26) were victims of Wilson’s limited pass volume and spreading the ball around. Six players saw at least two targets but no players drew more than four. WR David Moore led the team with a 4/97/1 line.

 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, both going to WR Marvin Jones, who finished with 117 yards and seven receptions in the game. Both are new season-high numbers for Jones. WR Golden Tate led the team with 12 targets, catching seven for 50 yards while this year’s breakout star, WR Kenny Golladay caught only one pass for 12 yards. Rookie RB Kerryon Johnson found little running room and even fewer opportunities as his team trailed all day long. He rushed just eight times for 22 yards but did catch six passes for 69 yards. 

 

 

Kansas City- 30

Denver- 23

 

This one was just what you would expect…well, mostly. The game got off to a slow start as the Chiefs were held to only three first-quarter points for the second time this season, both accomplished by the Broncos defense. Denver led 7-3 after the first period and the Chiefs had taken a 16-14 lead by the break. Kansas City took command with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns before the Broncos late attempt to get back in the game, which ultimately fell short. 

 

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes tossed four touchdowns, his fifth game this season with four or more passing touchdowns and WR Sammy Watkins enjoyed his best game as a Chief. Watkins caught eight passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. TE Travis Kelce (6/79/1) was next in line while WR Tyreek Hill (3/70) had a down game. Hill also appeared to have suffered a tweaked his groin early in the game and exited in the final period. RB Kareem Hunt totaled 86 yards and a receiving touchdown in which he both hurdled a defender and carried another Bronco to the end zone.

 

Denver was without RB Royce Freeman, leaving most of the backfield work for RB Phillip Lindsay, who totaled 112 yards and a touchdown. Rookie WR Courtland Sutton led the way with 78 yards on three receptions, while veterans WRs Emmanuel Sanders (4/57) and Demaryius Thomas (3/30) performed below expectation. 

 

 

Carolina- 36

Baltimore- 21

 

The league’s top-ranked defense was no match for QB Cam Newton and the Panthers, who put up 36 on the Ravens, taking a commanding lead thanks to a 17-point second-quarter. Newton did it all, as he usually does, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a team-high 52 yards and another score. RB Christian McCaffrey scored twice and totaled 56 yards. 

 

The Panthers were without veteran WR Torrey Smith which opened a role for rookie D.J. Moore and he exploded for 129 total yards on five receptions. TE Greg Olsen hauled in all four of his targets for 56 yards and a score, while WR Devin Funchess was held in check, catching three balls for 27 yards. 

 

The Ravens offense disappointed all around, led by QB Joe Flacco’s 192 passing yards and one touchdown, along with a pair of picks. RB Alex Collins totaled 63 yards and a touchdown while RB Buck Allen posted a 3/18/1 line as a pass-catcher. WR Willie Snead led the team with 54 yards on five receptions but WRs Michael Crabtree (3/31) and John Brown (3/28) flopped. Rookie QB Lamar Jackson saw mop-up duty in the fourth quarter and hit rookie TE Hayden Hurst the first passing/receiving score for each of the Ravens first round draft picks. 

 


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Ryan McDowell is a senior writer for dynastyleaguefootball.com. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanMc23.
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