Fill in the blank: I'd give the Rams a __ percent chance to win the NFC West.
They got away with it barely in Seattle; they somehow have to mimic that against another elite defense and ferocious front line. Kirk Cousins should keep his head on a swivel. The league is full of intriguing teams, like the Chargers; six of their eight games have been decided by one score, including their loss in New England before their bye.
Marcus Mariota looks more and more like his hamstring is no longer a problem. If the Steelers are in the proper frame of mind everybody is happy with each other and their roles , they should run this Colts team out of their own building. Reports are that Martavis Bryant is working with the starters again , which means one can wonder how potent the offense could be with Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Browns, 49ers and Tom Savage-led Texans.
Dissension involving the coaching staff and front office, plus the return of their prodigal wide receiver, Josh Gordon, is exactly what an team needs sarcasm. The Lions have to win this just for their own self-respect. They found their rhythm against the Packers, and they should be able to maintain it this week.
The Jets getting to. That's pretty indicative of what the Texans are now. Nothing in the NFL can be believed after Julio Jones dropped that pass in the end zone against the Panthers last week. The Packers' call sheet has been cut down, Hundley is still showing signs of inexperience in the pocket and the short passing game doesn't create upper-tier fantasy production.
I don't expect that to change this Sunday against a Bears defense that's flying around the field on tape right now. Keenan Allen , WR, Chargers This assumes the league doesn't hand out a suspension to Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey , who was ejected from Sunday's game against the Bengals for fighting. I don't think it will.
Assuming full strength, Jacksonville's pass defense is a monster, bringing pressure up front and locking things down on the back end with those guys in the secondary.
The Jags are allowing a league-low 6. I'm downgrading Allen, Philip Rivers and anybody in the Chargers' passing game this week. Adrian Peterson , RB, Cardinals. Yes, Arizona wants to ride Peterson with Carson Palmer out. But the Seahawks are the No. If Seattle can take an early lead, the game script completely takes Peterson out. Kirk Cousins , QB, Redskins. The Redskins' improbable finish at Seattle boosted his stats somewhat in Week 9, but with so many Washington players injured, we should expect tough sledding for Cousins against a formidable Minnesota defense.
Dion Lewis , RB, Patriots. I'll look past Week 9 for the Broncos' run defense, which was the last to surrender a touchdown in Philadelphia had three in Week 9, however.
Playing at home, I believe the Broncos' run defense will be a closer facsimile to what it was during the first seven games of the season: Lewis' role has ballooned of late, but this will be tough sledding against the Broncos. That shows in the attention to detail, technique, fundamentals and discipline that carries over to the field.
The Bucs have plenty of talent and made key offseason additions. But at , with a team that lacks a true identity, Koetter should be held responsible. Obviously, the situation with the Giants is a huge mess, but Ben McAdoo did go last year and the Giants have a history of being patient with coaches. Heck, Ray Handley got two whole years. Bucs ownership does not have such a history, and I wonder if Koetter is the first coach to be let go this season. Tampa Bay had extremely high hopes for this season, and when you promote a guy from offensive coordinator to head coach because you like his relationship with the young quarterback, he's in trouble if the quarterback doesn't advance quickly.
Cincinnati is completely stagnant. The Bengals held on to Lewis through an entire success cycle, and are now at a down point. This would be a good time to bring on a head coach who can develop young offensive players, work with the offensive line and rebuild the offense around Joe Mixon and John Ross.
This holds especially if the Giants appear inept in losing at San Francisco in Week A home loss to the Jets would similarly downgrade Dirk Koetter in Tampa, but I'd cut him a little slack because Jameis Winston has been hurt for a few weeks.
Tampa Bay entered this season with significant aspirations as Winston entered his third pro campaign and the offense profiled as explosive with the additions of DeSean Jackson and O. Howard , among others. The team has cratered to as Winston deals with a shoulder injury. Very little has gone right so far this year in Tampa. In his past three games, McCown has completed He also has rushed for two scores over that span.
For fantasy managers looking for a solid streaming option at the position, I like McCown against a subpar Bucs defense that's giving up an average of Orleans Darkwa , RB, Giants. Darkwa seems to be the clear No. He ran the ball very well early in last week's loss to the Rams, which got out of hand quickly and turned into a negative game script for a team trying to run the ball.
That's not likely to happen against the winless 49ers, who could obviously beat the Giants but aren't likely to blow them out. Eric Decker , WR, Titans. Decker has a nice setup against a Cincinnati defense that plays well against outside receivers, but is last in DVOA against slot receivers.
Robert Woods , WR, Rams. That percentage is sure to rise after Woods put up 22 points against the Giants. He has 19 catches over the Rams' past four games and now faces Houston. Beathard , QB, 49ers. How about San Francisco's quarterback?
For starters, he has shown himself to have good athletic ability, leading to 86 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in three starts, helping to raise his floor. But the matchup is also outstanding, as the Giants have allowed 14 passing touchdowns and more than 1, passing yards in their past five games. Widen with the release of the tight end, close on the throw and break in front to finish? Come on, how many defensive backs actually recover there and make the play? Ramsey is a star, the future of the league at the cornerback position.
And he plays with a swagger that shows up on every single snap. I would love to coach this guy. Unfortunately, for me, it's the play on which Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. This NFL season has been defined by the injury absences of some of its biggest stars, and a second half is about to unfold without Rodgers, J.
Watt , Odell Beckham Jr. Rodgers' injury, from my perspective, is the symbol of a tough season. There are always injuries, but this year the bug seems to be targeting some of the most fun and thrilling players to watch. I'm going all the way back to Week 1 for Tyreek Hill 's yard touchdown reception against a completely blown coverage by the Patriots.
It was an announcement that Alex Smith was going to throw deep a bit more often this year, and that the Chiefs' offense could be seriously dangerous despite cutting Jeremy Maclin.
It was also a huge, clear sign that something was very wrong with the communication in New England's defense. Plus, big Hill plays are always fun to watch. Tom Brady somehow finding Brandin Cooks along the left side of the end zone in Foxborough to improbably beat the Texans in Week 3. The entire drive defied logic, but that throw, in that situation?
The yard strike changed the Patriots' win probability from 20 percent to 98 percent, the largest one-play shift in the NFL this season. A Week 3 win for Philadelphia was clinched by a yard field goal by kicker Jake Elliott , who nailed the booming kick as the clock expired in regulation time, giving the Eagles a three-point win against the Giants.
That kicked off no pun intended what is currently a seven-game winning streak and felt like a launching point for what has become the best team in football.
It was an unlikely kick -- any plus-yard kick is a massive feat -- by an unlikely kicker it was just Elliott's second game in Philadelphia and helped kick-start an incredible stretch of football by the Eagles. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
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