10. Falcons 40, Panthers 20
CAR – In their first game without Ron Rivera as coach, the wheels came off. Kyle Allen was sacked five times, scored two touchdowns (one rushed) but threw two costly picks. Christian McCaffrey had as many catches (11) as carries, but did not score and was held to 135 total yards, as Allen chose to target Ian Thomas on the goal line instead.
ATL – Devonta Freeman finally had a day to remember (17 rushes for 84 yards and a touchdown) and Matt Ryan had the longest scoring play from scrimmage this year, a 93-yard bomb to Olaminde Zaccheaus, who caught his first pass of his career. And while Julio Jones went over 1,000 yards again, he has not scored since Week 3 of the season and has been sitting on just four touchdowns. Unless he scores more than two times over the next three games, Jones is in danger of catching less than six touchdowns for the fifth time in his nine-year career. Also Calvin Ridley is done for the season with an abdomen injury, look for Justin Gage to remain in the conversation for targets in Atlanta.
11. Packers 20, Redskins 15
WAS – Derrius Guice left the game early in what would have been a favorable matchup. With just five carries he had 42 yards. Adrian Peterson took advantage of the extra snaps for a 76-yard day with a touchdown. Also Terry McLaurin may have had the touchdown catch of the season so far, but it was the only highlight in a dismal passing offense.
GBP – Aaron Jones took command of the offense with 192 total yards and one touchdown. Right now, Aaron Rodgers is targeting only a handful of people including Davonte Adams, Jimmy Graham, Jones and Allen Lazard. Against these tougher defenses, Rodgers is a matchup quarterback. Hopefully you’re listening.
12. Ravens 24, Bills 17
BAL – Even when the matchup is a bruiser, Lamar Jackson is coming out on top. He threw three touchdowns on just 145 yards. There was a lot that didn’t go right, like the run game (Ingram with 50 yards rushing off 15 carries) and there continues to be little production from the receivers, but tight ends Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle came through with the Bills defense concentrated on Mark Andrews.
BUF – Buffalo came close many times, but never close enough to overtake the Ravens. Cole Beasley continues to make the plays in the passing game while Devin Singletary continues to be steady. Josh Allen competes but he wastes too many plays. The Bills defense was ready and slowed the Ravens down, but did not have enough to cover all of Baltimore’s tight ends.