13. Texans 24, Broncos 38
HOU – DeAndre Hopkins had just his third game of the season where he went over 100 yards and scored, to get the numbers to justify his fantasy WR1 ranking. Besides that, it was an up and down day for Deshaun Watson who had three touchdowns on the day (two rushing) but was highly inefficient throwing the ball, completing only 28-of-50 passes.
DEN – Rookie QB Drew Lock is now 2-0 and is becoming a revelation for the team and desperate fantasy owners still in search of a late season upgrade. Lock has boosted Noah Fant’s game who led the team, catching 4-of-4 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Lock finished the day with three scores looking often to his tight ends and running backs.
14. Steelers 23, Cardinals 17
PIT – Chris Boswell (3-for-3) and Diontae Johnson accounted for most of the offense for the Steelers. Johnson scored on an 85-yard punt return and at the goal line. Without their stars, looking for fantasy points on the Steelers is like looking for useful car parts in a scrap yard.
ARI – David Johnson caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter to make it a three point game until the Steelers ran down the clock. That was the first significant sighting of Johnson in weeks ands the lone highlight in a lackluster day for the Cardinals skills players. Kyler Murray threw for two touchdowns but his day was marred by his three interceptions.
15. Chiefs 23, Patriots 16
KCC – It’s not often someone goes to Foxboro and leaves a winner but the Chiefs get some gritty play by Travis Kelce and Harrison Butker who was 3-for-3 in field goals. For those keeping track the carousel that is the Chiefs backfield, LeSean McCoy led the Chiefs’ weak rushing attack with just 11 carries for 39 yards. Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson got the scraps but the Chiefs also used Tyreek Hill and Kelce, who scored the team’s only rushing touchdown.
NEP – When the Pats lose at home for the same reasons they’ve lost on the road, trouble is brewing. Like the Chiefs, the rushing attack was by piecemeal, as Rex Burkhead led the team with just seven carries and James White had 33 yards. Sony Michel had five carries for eight yards. Yeeesh. So far the Mohamed Sanu acquisition has not netted any results, N;Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers are… well, rookies, and Phillip Dorsett didn’t record a catch. If not for Julian Edelman, the Patriots might not have any offense.
16. Eagles 23, Giants 17
PHI – It took the Eagles to be down 3-17 before waking up to tie the game and send it into overtime. Not wanting to settle for a field goal, Carson Wentz found Zach Ertz for their second touchdown connection for the night. Little used practice back Boston Scott got his number called 16 times to Miles Sanders 19 times, but made better use of his opportunities in leading the team in rushing and was second on the team in receptions. Whether or not he continues this remains to be seen, but the likelihood of Alshon Jeffery being held without a catch again is likely if his foot injury persists.
NYG – The Eagles spoiled what would have been a last hurrah for Eli Manning who started the game hot, hitting rookie receiver Darius Clayton for two touchdowns. But the Giants offense stalled and could not generate anything the rest of the night, as the Eagles dominated the time of possession 42:51 to 21:59.