It is fair to say Halloween was still lingering on Sunday for the NFL. There were definitely more tricks than treats as Week 8 was headlined by injuries and a once in a lifetime game between the Saints and Giants, more on both of these later.
It was also headlined by some crazy upsets. The Raiders beat the Jets, Ravens beat the Chargers and the biggest upset of the day was the Buccaneers beating the Falcons.
The first two I can understand. Jets lost their starting quarterback, although it was shocking to see the Jets secondary to allow four touchdown passes. The Chargers had that dreaded cross-country trip and had to play a 1PM game. It is the ultimate KOD (kiss of death) for a west coast team.
The Falcons though, this one was nuts. I thought for sure they were going to smash the Bucs. Instead they needed a late score to even put this one into OT.
Matt Ryan had a good Fantasy game but, he did not look good overall and I’m worried after watching him struggle again. After Week 3 he had six touchdowns and two picks and there was a lot of excitement surrounding this offense. Since then Ryan has thrown five touchdowns and the same number of interceptions, but has fumbled it another three times. Just have to hope a couple more favorable matchups and a bye week cure what is ailing him.
Fantasy Football Monday Morning Hangover
1. Injuries, Really Bad Injuries
Hate to start with bad news, but let’s get this out of way. This week was awful for injuries. One of the worst weeks I can remember. I say that a lot, but this time I mean it… no I really do, I swear.
First, it is possible we have lost both Le’Veon Bell and Matt Forte to serious knee injuries. Both teams think they have avoided the dreaded ACL tear, so that is the good news. The bad news, the Steelers believe Bell is out for the season with a badly torn MCL. Jury is still out on Forte so we will have to wait for the MRI results to get the final update.
Another huge injury was Steve Smith Sr. being lost for the season to a torn Achillies. It’s sad to see for Smith who was set to retire at the end of the season. He is always one to try to play through injuries, but he will not be able to this time. As much of an ass he was at times. He was fun to watch. He will be missed.
The next Fantasy relevant injury is the one to Ryan Fitzpatrick. He tore two ligaments in his thumb and won’t be returning anytime soon. Now he was not likely owned in a lot of leagues, but Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Chris Ivory are and they will be affected quite a bit going forward.
The scariest injuries of the day and season, came from Khiry Robinson and Ricardo Lockette. Robinson was carted off the field and leg put in an air cast and Lockette was carted off the field for which is now just being called a concussion. Both however laid on the field for quite some time, which is always a scary sight.
2. Brees-Eli Arial Assault
Wow I haven’t seen anything quite like this before. The final score of this game was 52-49 and both quarterbacks were unconscious.
I’ll start with Eli Manning who threw for 350 yards and six touchdowns and ended up with 38 Fantasy points.
As amazing of a performance that was by Eli, Drew Brees one-upped him by throwing for 511 yards and seven touchdowns. He wound up finishing with a staggering 46 Fantasy points. Even Marques Colston was able to join in the fun, catching eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
This was a ridiculous game and it’s likely that if you were facing either one of them or their teammates then you did not fare very well.
3. What Got Into Peyton Manning and the Broncos
So of course this happened. Just a week after we all decided to toss Manning aside (I did so literally in one league), he and the Broncos come out and score 29 points on the Packers defense that up to this game had allowed the fewest points in the NFL.
Now this was not Peyton’s best game as he didn’t throw a touchdown, but he sure did look better throwing for 340 yards and more importantly no interceptions. (edit: As I was quickly corrected in the comments below he did throw a pick.)
A lot of the reason for the success this week was the running game. Ronnie Hillman ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while C.J. Anderson ran for 101 yards and a touchdown.
I’m not ready to anoint Peyton and this offense back, but this was a much needed game for an offense that had struggled all season.
4. John Brown: The Inactive-Active
This is going to be a place for me to vent a little. After finding out that Brown was going to be active, I slotted him in him my flex spot. Then I sat back and watched him get a total of zero snaps for the Cardinals. ZERO!
I really don’t understand why the Cardinals would even list him as active if they didn’t plan on using him at all. Just pisses me off when teams do this.
I guess for those of you who gambled on Michael Floyd this week got at least you got a gift, as he was starting in Brown’s place and gave you a nice day with a touchdown and 106 yards.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
I have to congratulate the Bengals for their first 7-0 start in franchise history.
They did it today by winning a tough game against divisional opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These are the games the Bengals have been known to lose. Something usually goes wrong for them from Andy Dalton having an awful game or the defense making a huge mistake. It didn’t happen today and they are now looking like the runaway favorite to win the AFC North. Congrats Cincy.
6. The Jim Bob Cooter Offense
This was supposed to be what cured the Lions offense. Instead they actually went backwards, scoring just 10 points against the Chiefs who had allowed 24.6 per game up to this point.
The Chiefs were even worse when it came to Fantasy points per game. Ranking No. 21 against quarterbacks and last against receivers. Something the Lions and their passing attack should have been able to take full advantage of. Well they failed as their highest standard scorer of the day was Lance Moore with eight points, thanks to scoring the only touchdown on the day.
It’s going to be hard to trust this offense moving forward when they can’t have a good game against the Chiefs leaky pass defense. Perhaps we chalk this up to the London effect and give them a pass… maybe… well maybe not.
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