Saints at Seahawks Recap and Stats

Saints won 33-27 with Teddy Two Gloves at QB. Deonte Harris’s punt return touchdown was the difference.

Seahawks:

  • Russell Wilson: 32/50, 406 yards, 2 TDs + 7 carries, 51 yards, 2 TDs
  • Chris Carson: 15 carries, 53 yards + 1 target, 1 reception, -2 yards
  • CJ Prosise: 4 carries, 5 yards + 5 targets, 5 receptions, 38 yards
  • Tyler Lockett: 14 targets, 11 receptions, 154 yards, 1 TD
  • DK Metcalf: 6 targets, 2 receptions, 67 yards
  • Will Dissly: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 62 yards, 1 TD

DK Metcalf is the first Seattle player to ever start their career with 3 60+ yard receiving games. A lot of people thought Metcalf was simply a speedster like Darrius Heyward-Bey, but I think he is more than that. Carson seems to be the workhorse, but he is trying to fumble away his job. Seattle had 1 TFL and that was by Bobby Wagner. Seattle still struggles at pressuring the QB and the backfield, even with Clowney. Seattle needs to get better in the trenches.

Saints:

  • Teddy Bridgewater: 19/27, 177 yards, 2 TDs + 3 carries, 12 yards\
  • Taysom Hill: 1 catch for 5 yards + 1 rush for 5 yards
  • Alvin Kamara: 16 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD + 10 targets, 9 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD
  • Latavius Murray: 2 carries, 2 yards
  • Michael Thomas: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD
  • Ted Ginn, Jr: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 15 yards
  • Jared Cook: 2 targets, 1 reception, 7 yards

Kamara just ate up a lot of checkdowns. Kamara is so damn good. He is hard to bring down, slippery, strong, and balanced. Michael Thomas is not as good without Brees. The Saints haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher since… Samaje Perine in 2017. Marshon Lattimore led the team in tackles and pass deflections. He is still a stud corner. The Saints have a solid defense, one of the best RB/WRs, and a great o-line. If I wasn’t a Panthers fan and all-in on Kyle Allen, I would predict New Orleans to win the division… but my bias is in the way..

 

 

 

Texans at Chargers

Texans win 27-20.

Texans: 

  • Deshaun Watson: 25/34, 351 yards, 3 TDs + 7 carries, 18 yards
  • Carlos Hyde: 10 carries, 19 yards, 1 TD
  • Duke Johnson: 2 carries, 2 yards + 3 targets, 2 receptions, 22 yards
  • DeAndre Hopkins: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 67 yards
  • Will Fuller: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 51 yards
  • Kenny Stills: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 89 yards
  • Jordan Akins: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 73 yards, 2 TDs
  • Darren Fells: 6 targets, 5 receptions, 49 yards, 1 TD

Hopkins has been the focus of defensives and rightly so. The Texans d-line and Houston tight ends were the stars of the show. The Texans had 5 sacks. Kenny Stills feels like he is stealing targets from Fuller, but doing well with them. Deshaun Watson is playing great this season. Texans play the Panthers this week.

Chargers:

  • Philip Rivers: 31/46, 318 yards, 2 TDs + 2 carries, 9 yards
  • Austin Ekeler: 9 carries, 36 yards + 7 targets, 7 receptions, 45 yards
  • Justin Jackson: 5 carries, 26 yards + 4 targets, 4 receptions, 4 yards
  • Keenan Allen: 17 targets, 13 receptions, 183 yards, 2 TDs + 1 carry, 3 yards
  • Mike Williams: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 45 yards
  • Dontrelle Inman: 3 targets, 1 reception, 23 yards
  • Travis Benjamin: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 5 yards
  • Lance Kendricks: 2 targets, 1 reception, 13 yards

Keenan Allen is averaging 14 targets a game and I think he has been a close-second to Julio Jones as the best wide out in the league. Ekeler and Jackson have looked great, but it appears Melvin Gordon is coming back next week. The Chargers just seem to be hurting themselves too much. Luckily they get the Dolphins this week.

 

Raiders at Vikings Recap

Vikings win 34-14.

Raiders:

  • Derek Carr: 27/34, 242 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT + 1 Rush, 0 Yards
  • Josh Jacobs: 10 Rushes, 44 Yards + 2 Targets, 0 Catches
  • Andre Washington: 6 Rushes, 22 Yards
  • Jalen Richard: 2 Rushes, 15 Yards + 3 Receptions, 15 Yards
  • Darren Waller: 14 Targets, 13 Receptions, 134 Yards | 1 Rush, 7 Yards
  • J. J. Nelson: 5 Targets, 4 Receptions, 36 Yards, 1 TD
  • Tyrell Williams: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 29 Yards, 1 TD
  • Hunter Renfrow: 4 Targets, 3 Receptions, 28 Yards
  • Foster Moreau: 2 Targets, 1 Reception, 1 Yard

The Raiders are bad, but Tyell Williams and Darren Waller keep performing. Waller got the most balls by a tight end in Raiders history. Also, Waller has the most catches through the first 3 games in team history. I don’t think Gruden and Carr like each other. The Raiders could really use a dominant pass rusher like Mack… The Oakland defense is not good.

Vikings:

  • Kirk Cousins: 15/21, 174 Yards, 1 TD + 4 Carries, 16 Yards
  • Dalvin Cook: 16 Carries, 110 Yards, 1 TD + 5 Targets, 4 Receptions, 33 Yards
  • Alexander Mattison: 12 Carries, 58 Yards, 1 TD
  • Mike Boone: 3 Carries, 28 Yards
  • Irv Smith Jr.: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 60 Yards
  • Adam Thielen: 5 Targets, 3 Receptions, 55 Yards, 1 TD + 1 Carry, 1 Yard, 1 TD
  • Stefon Diggs: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 15 Yards
  • Kyle Rudolph: 1 Target, 1 Reception, 11 Yards

Kirk Cousins is now 22-5-1 when his team rushes for 100+ yards since 2015… so take the ball out of one of the highest paid players hands basically. Cousins does have the longest touchdown streak in the league going at 19 games. Diggs is rumored to have asked for a trade. Can you blame him? He only had 3 targets this week. Mattison looks like one of the best backup running-backs in football, but Dalvin Cook has been the best running-back in football. Cook already has more 100 yard rushing games this year than his first two seasons. Eric Wilson had two sacks and Harrison Smith got the interception for Minnesota. Vikings travel to Chicago this week.

Broncos at Packers – Green Bay Actually Has a Defense

Packers win 27-16.

Broncos:

  • Joe Flacco: 20/29, 213 yards, 1 Interception, 6 sacks + 2 carries, 5 yards, 1 Fumble
  • Phillip Lindsay: 21 carries, 81 yards, 2 TD + 5 targets, 4 receptions, 49 yards
  • Royce Freeman: 15 carries, 63 yards, 0 TD + 5 targets, 4 receptions, 10 yards
  • Courtland Sutton: 8 targets, 5 receptions, 87 yards
  • Emmanuel Sanders: 4 targets, 2 receptions, 10 yards
  • Noah Fant: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 37 yards

Emmanuel Sanders is still the only player with a receiving touchdown for Denver this season. Freeman has over 50 rushing yards in the last 4 games. The Broncos pass rush is weirdly muted this season. Denver did not sack Rodgers. The Broncos are like the Redskins.. stuck in being below-average with some mismanagement problems.

Packers:

  • Aaron Rodgers: 17/29, 235 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
  • Jamaal Williams: 12 carries, 59 yards + 2 targets, 2 receptions, 27 yards
  • Aaron Jones: 10 carries, 19 yards, 2 TD + 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 10 targets, 6 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD
  • Davante Adams: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 56 yards
  • Robert Tonyan: 3 targets, 1 reception, 4 yards
  • Geronimo Allison: 3 targets, 1 reception, -1 yard

Aaron Jones got out-snapped heavily by Jamaal, but Jones still got the valuable goal-line work. Jaire Alexander has been a beast for Green Bay on defense. Darnell Savage got the interception. Blake Martinez led the team in tackles and had 2 tackles for loss. MVS had a career day. Rodgers is now 15-2 in games with 5+ pass attempts and 0 sacks taken. Davante Adams is still a stud, but hasn’t performed to his high standards this season… I expect him to. It isn’t fair the Packers have a great defense and Aaron Rodgers. You have to pick one..

 

Falcons at Colts

Colts win 27-24.

Colts:

  • Jacoby Brissett: 28/37, 310 yards, 2 TDs + 3 carries, 4 yards
  • Marlon Mack: 16 carries, 74 yards, 1 TD + 3 targets, 2 receptions, 14 yards
  • Nyheim Hines: 2 carries, 3 yards + 4 targets, 3 receptions, 26 yards
  • Jordan Wilkins: 3 carries, 2 yards
  • T.Y. Hilton: 10 targets, 8 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • Zach Pascal: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
  • Parris Campbell: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 24 yards
  • Jack Doyle: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 46 yards
  • Eric Ebron: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 47 yards

Hilton did all his work in the first half. He looks just as good as people thought he would be with Andrew Luck. Brissett looked great in this game. Marlon Mack looks like a legit workhouse back. Darius Leonard got concussed for the Colts and Anthony Walker stepped up. Clayton Geathers had a pick and a pass deflection too. If TY Hilton is out, I would bet against the Colts this week… oh wait they play the Raiders.. maybe not..

Falcons:

  • Matt Ryan: 29/34, 304 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT + 2 carries, 3 yards
  • Devonta Freeman: 16 carries, 88 yards + 4 targets, 3 receptions, 7 yards
  • Ito Smith: 1 carry, 0 yards (concussed)
  • Kenjon Barner: 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards
  • Julio Jones: 9 targets, 8 receptions, 128 yards, 1 TD
  • Calvin Ridley: 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards
  • Mohamed Sanu: 6 targets, 6 receptions, 75 yards
  • Austin Hooper: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 66 yards, 2 TDs

Matt Ryan passed Elway for completions, but Ryan already has 6 interceptions. He had 7 interceptions all of last year. Atlanta’s o-line is bad. Julio Jones looks like the best wideout in the league through 3 weeks. Austin Hooper looked great in this game. He is the first TE with two touchdowns in a game since Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons have to beat the Titans this week..

Lions at Eagles

Lions win 27-24. Jamal Agnew’s kickoff return for a touchdown was the difference.

Eagles:

  • Carson Wentz: 19/36, 259 yards, 2 TD
  • Miles Sanders: 13 carries, 53 yards + 4 targets, 2 receptions, 73 yards
  • Jordan Howard: 11 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD + 1 target
  • Darren Sproles: 2 carries, 4 yards + 1 target
  • Nelson Agholor: 12 targets, 8 receptions, 50 yards, 2 TDs
  • Mack Hollins: 7 targets, 4 receptions, 62 yards
  • J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 3 targets, 1 reception, 10 yards
  • Zach Ertz: 7 targets, 4 receptions, 64 yards
  • Dallas Goedert: 1 target

Eagles run defense looked solid, but the pass defense didn’t do enough. The Eagles had 5 drops in this game. The most for any team in any game this year. Mack Hollins is a solid deep threat that nobody is talking about. Nelson Agholor played well. Miles Sanders seems to have been promoted, but dances too much for my liking. Ertz is now 2nd all-time in catches for Philly. Wentz is clearly the best offensive player on the Eagles not named Ertz. If I were an Eagles fan, I would want them to run the ball less.. Eagles at Packers this week.

Lions: 

  • Matthew Stafford: 18/32, 201 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
  • Kerryon Johnson: 20 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD + 1 target, 1 reception, 7 yards
  • J.D. McKissic: 1 carry, 44 yards
  • Ty Johnson: 4 carries, 5 yards + 2 targets, 1 reception
  • Marvin Jones Jr.: 9 targets, 6 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD
  • Danny Amendola: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 32 yards
  • Kenny Golladay: 8 targets, 2 receptions, 32 yards
  • Jesse James: 1 targets, 1 reception, 13 yards
  • TJ Hockenson: 4 targets, 1 receptions, 1 yard

Stafford didn’t get sacked for the second straight game.. first time since 2011 that has happened. Interestingly enough, the Lions are 3-0 for the first time since 2011. Stafford is 4-1 against the Eagles in his career now. The Lions o-line can pass block, but they can’t run block it seems. Hockenson has come back to Earth. Marvin Jones Jr had his first big game of the season. Darius Slay recovered a fumble and is still one of the best corners in the league.

 

 

Bengals at Bills Recap

Bills win 21-17.

Bills:

  • Josh Allen: 23/36, 234 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT + 9 carries, 46 yards
  • Frank Gore: 14 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD + 2 targets, 2 receptions, 13 yards
  • T.J. Yeldon: 8 carries, 30 yards + 3 targets, 2 receptions, 19 yards
  • Cole Beasley: 10 targets, 8 receptions, 48 yards
  • John Brown: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 51 yards + 1 carry, 4 yards
  • Dawson Knox: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD + 1 carry, 9 yards
  • Zay Jones: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 33 yards
  • Tommy Sweeney: 3 targets, 1 reception, 3 yards
  • Isaiah McKenzie: 1 targets, 1 reception, 9 yards + 3 carries, 10 yards

The Bills defense is real good. Jordan Poyer, Matt Milano, Micah Hyde, and Tre’Davious White all played great on Sunday. White had two interceptions and now has 8 in his career, the most for anyone from the 2017 draft (Jabrill Peppers, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore, and Jamal Adams draft). Frank Gore doesn’t age like Larry Fitzgerald and Tom Brady. Josh Allen has 200+ passing yards in 8 straight games, the first Bills player to do that since Jim Kelly in the 90s. Brown and Beasley seem to be Allen’s favorite targets.

Bengals:

  • Andy Dalton: 20/36, 249 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • Joe Mixon: 15 carries, 61 yards + 2 targets, 2 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD
  • Giovani Bernard: 3 carries, 5 yards + 2 targets, 2 receptions, 7 yards
  • Tyler Boyd: 11 targets, 6 receptions, 67 yards
  • Auden Tate: 10 targets, 6 receptions, 88 yards
  • John Ross: 6 targets, 2 receptions, 22 yards
  • Tyler Eifert: 1 target, 1 reception, 18 yards
  • Alex Erickson: 1 target, 1 reception, 13 yards
  • C.J. Uzomah: 1 target

Tyler Boyd has been eating targets. Joe Mixon still doesn’t have a rushing TD. The Bengals are the only team without 100 yards rushing in a game this season. John Ross couldn’t get his big play and lost a fumble. The Bengals defense is bad I think, but played better this week after the 1st quarter. Cincinnati’s offense had only one first half first down. Bengals are what they are with Andy Dalton.

Panthers at Cardinals – Kyle Allen Dominates

Panthers win 38-20. See this post for the awesome Kyle Allen NFL commercial back in the day.

  • Kyle Allen: 19/26, 261 yards, 4 TDs, 2 sacks, 1 fumble
  • Christian McCaffrey: 24 carries, 153 yards, 1 TD + 4 targets, 3 receptions, 35 yards
  • Greg Olsen: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 75 yards, 2 TDs
  • Curtis Samuel: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
  • DJ Moore: 2 targets, 1 reception, 52 yards, 1 TD + 1 carry, 12 yards
  • Jarius Wright: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 38 yards

Kyle Allen is the QB for the foreseeable future. As a Panthers fan, I am going to miss Cam, but Allen played so much better than Cam did this season. Allen had 4 passing TDs in his first start this season, Cam had 0 passing touchdowns in last 4 games. Curtis Samuel was actually targeted on his deep routes. DJ Moore turned on the jets on a well-designed touchdown play (still mad at you Norv). Greg Olsen looks great again. McCaffrey is stud. McCaffrey is the fastest player ever with 1,700 rush yards and 200 catches. Reggie Bush is the only person to get the catches faster. He passed DeAngelo Williams for the most scrimmage yards in the first 3 seasons for a Panther. Panthers have the best linebackers in the league, a great d-line, and an above-average secondary. The QB was the problem in the first two weeks. We will learn a lot about this Panthers team next week against the Texans.

Cardinals:

  • Kyler Murray: 30/43, 173 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 8 sacks+ 8 carries, 69 yards
  • David Johnson: 11 carries, 37 yards + 9 targets, 6 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD
  • Chase Edmonds: 3 carries, 15 yards + 2 targets, 1 reception, 10 yards
  • Christian Kirk: 12 targets, 10 receptions, 59 yards
  • Larry Fitzgerald: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 36 yards, 1 TD
  • KeeSean Johnson: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 13 yards
  • Michael Crabtree: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 9 yards
  • Damiere Byrd: 4 targets, 2 receptions, 9 yards

Michael Crabtree has been cut. Larry Fitzgerald will always be good. Christian Kirk seems to be the WR1 though. Kyler Murray got pressured a lot, but still became the first QB with 25+ completions in their first 3 games. The Cardinals defense is bad, but Patrick Peterson come back soon. The Cardinals need to draft 4 offensive linemen next year.

Giants at Buccaneers Recap – Daniel Jones Debut

Giants win 32-31. Daniel Jones, Mike Evans, and Shaq Barrett play lights out. Saquon is out for 4-8 weeks win a high ankle sprain.

  • Daniel Jones: 23/36, 336 yards, 2 TD + 4 carries, 28 yards, 2 TD
  • Saquon Barkley: 8 carries, 10 yards + 5 targets, 4 receptions, 27 yards
  • Wayne Gallman: 5 carries, 13 yards
  • Sterling Shepard: 9 targets, 7 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD
  • Darius Slayton: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 82 yards
  • Russell Shepard: 5 targets, 1 reception, 6 yards
  • Bennie Fowler: 2 targets, 1 reception, 5 yards
  • Evan Engram: 8 targets, 6 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD

Daniel Jones looked fast. It is weird seeing a Giants QB run well. Jones is the first Giants QB ever with 2 rushing and 2 passing TDs in the same game. The offense looked great as a result, until Saquon got hurt.. Jones led the Giants on an 18 point comeback, the largest since 1970 for the Giants. New York’s defense is awful. Jones only had one bad pass on the day, which is impressive given how much he was pressured. Evan Engram made some amazing plays and was catching everything in sight. Shepard looked great with an actual QB. It will be interesting to see where Golden Tate slides into this offense. Can he play running-back?

Buccaneers:

  • Jameis Winston: 23/37, 380 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT + 4 carries, 3 yards
  • Peyton Barber: 13 carries, 48 yards + 2 targets, 2 receptions, 7 yards
  • Ronald Jones: 14 carries, 80 yards + 1 target, 1 reception, 41 yards
  • Dare Ogunbowale: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards
  • Mike Evans: 15 targets, 8 receptions, 190 yards, 3 TDs
  • Breshad Perriman: 2 targets, 1 reception, 6 yards
  • O.J. Howard: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 66 yards
  • Cameron Brate: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 7 yards
  • Chris Godwin: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 40 yards

Shaquil Barrett has more sacks this season, 8, than 19 NFL teams. Todd Bowles has the Tampa defense playing well. Winston looked good for his standards. Evans went off. Winson-Evans now have the most Buccaneers touchdowns as a duo with 26. Howard doesn’t seem to be a focal point of the offense anymore. The running-backs are average. Godwin should have bigger games. The Bucs needed this win (didn’t get it) as they play the Rams next..

Cowboys at Dolphins Recap

Cowboys win 31-6.

Cowboys:

  • Dak Prescott: 19/32, 246 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT + 2 carries, 7 yards, 1 TD
  • Ezekiel Elliott: 19 carries, 125 yards + 3 targets, 2 receptions, 14 yards
  • Tony Pollard: 13 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD + 3 targets, 3 receptions, 25 yards
  • Amari Cooper: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 88 yards, 2 TDs
  • Devin Smith: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 39 yards
  • Randall Cobb: 4 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards
  • Jason Witten: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 54 yards

Dallas came out sleep-walking, but turned it on in the second half. Elliot and Pollard became the 4th pair of Dallas RBs to rush for 100 yards in the same game. Randall Cobb had a long touchdown called back on a penalty. Leighton Vander Esch became the fastest Cowboys player ever with 200 tackles in 19 games. Amari Cooper is a stud. Dallas needs some work on defense, but they should win their division.

Dolphins:

  • Josh Rosen: 18/39, 200 yards, 3 sacks + 3 carries, 13 yards
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 2/2, 29 yards
  • Kenyan Drake: 13 carries, 44 yards, 1 fumble + 6 targets, 3 receptions, 34 yards
  • Kalen Ballage: 7 carries, 11 yards + 3 targets, 1 reception, 10 yards
  • Preston Williams: 12 targets, 4 receptions, 68 yards
  • DeVante Parker: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 56 yards
  • Jakeem Grant: 7 targets, 4 receptions, 27 yards
  • Nick O’Leary: 1 target, 1 reception, 19 yards

The Dolphins have allowed the most points ever through 3 games in the Super Bowl Era. Miami might trick a team into not gameplanning for them and get a win this year. Tank for Tua. DeVante Parker got half his targets this week after going 0/7 last week. Miami was a dropped pass and fumble from winning at halftime..  Rosen and Preston Williams looked pretty good all things considered. Xavien Howard is good, but has no help on the defense.