4. Rams 30, Panthers 27
LAR – I noticed some troubling trends for the Rams backfield that went beyond the near 50/50 split between Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown. It was Brown who received the important carries around the end zone and did anyone catch Gurley in the open field against one defender and he chose to run out of bounds?
CAR – Christian McCaffery was everything for the Panthers with 209 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. What was astonishing was that was almost enough to make it close at the end. Unfortunately, Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel didn’t do enough to to help out.
5. Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26
KCC – Back to business, the Chiefs rolled in this game and did what he pleased as Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce were repeatedly left wide open. Unfortunately they didn’t escape without losing Tyreek Hill for a few weeks with a clavicle injury, so as defenses key on Watkins and Kelce, look for Mecole Hardman or Damian Williams to be featured next.
JAX – Spirits rise and deflate in an instant in the NFL as Nick Foles threw a beautiful 35-yard tear drop pass to D.J. Chark at the back of the end zone, but broke his collarbone seconds later. Gardner Minshew filled in respectably, and heavily targeted Chris Conley over Dede Westbrook, and just in, the Jags traded for Josh Hobbs to be his backup.
6. Eagles 32, Redskins 27
PHI – Once Carson Wentz understood how to unleash DeSean Jackson in the second half, it was all downhill for the Eagles. Philly used speed (Jackson) and size (Darren Sproles and Alshon Jeffery) in a tale of two halves and we could be talking about a 2019 comeback tour for Jackson.
WAS – After nearly pulling off the upset of the week, Case Keenum snuck in a performance that was good enough to win, while unveiling former Ohio State receiver and rookie Terry McLaurin to the fantasy world. Jay Gruden needs to find an effective way to use Derrius Guice, because what he’s doing right now isn’t working.