4. Browns 28, Seahawks 32
SEA – This sounds like a broken record at this point but Russell Wilson made the plays he needed to, scoring three times (running one in) and taking advantage of mistakes by the Browns. Unfortunately, the team lost starting tight end Will Dissly for the season with a torn Achilles.
CLE – Just a game of ups and down for this team still trying to learn how to win together. They scored early and often. Then the wheels came off in the second half, and got some bad calls at the end of the game. Nick Chubb is carrying this offense on his shoulders but the Baker Mayfield and his receivers still need to work on timing. The continued drops and missed connections are not doing any favors for Mayfield, Jarvis Landry or Odell Beckham (who did go over 100 yards).
5. Jaguars 6, Saints 13
JAX – The Jaguars put forth a strong defensive effort but the Saints but an even stronger one, holding Gardner Minshew to 160 passing yards and no touchdowns. DJ Chark and Dede Westbrook were both held under 55 yards and only Leonard Fournette had a flex worthy day.
NOR – With such little offense, what needs to be looked at is the Saints’ distribution of carries and targets and it was interesting to see Latavius Murray nearly split the carries with Alvin Kamara. His eight rushes were the most he’s had in a game this year, and he had his best game since Week 1 when he scored his only touchdown of the season. Ted Ginn Jr. is getting more action of late, not necessarily in pulling in the targets but he did finish third behind Michael Thomas and Kamara. Jared Cook continues to be on the radar too, but understand the Saints are producing a bare bones offense right now, especially when facing a quality defense.
6. Texans 31, Chiefs 24
HOU – Deshaun Watson had an electric day that was marred by two interceptions but highlighted with two rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs hammered DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, but Daniel Fells again had a big day, catching 6-of-7 passes for 69 yards. Carlos Hyde also had a strong outing and has securely strengthened his grip on the Texans backfield but he did lose a fumble.
KCC – Tyreek Hill wasted no time in establishing himself in the offense, scoring twice against a weak secondary. As for everyone else on the Chiefs, it was quiet outside of a 14-yard Damien Williams touchdown catch. LeSean McCoy was the leading rusher for the team but only with eight carries. The Chiefs abandoned the run early in the game, finishing with 11 attempts as a team and this running back by committee is headed in the wrong direction.