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NFL Sunday Night Notes – Week 9

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This will be a very loosely structured “article” that is mostly just notes, fragments and observations from the day of NFL action.

This is where I start to put together next week’s Game by Game article and this is meant to be a peek behind the curtain. Some will be mentioned on the podcast, other notes mill be used moving forward.

This is the foundation to guide us into the following week. FREE each week!

 

AFC East

New England Patriots 

Maybe I was skewed by seeing only parts of the game, but Tom Bray seemed fairly inaccurate here. I mean, they had to have Julian Edelman throw the touchdown.

The passing game was highly tilting, after seeing Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu dominate it two weeks ago. Edelman saw 10 targets, but Sanu got stuck with only four and Brady missed him on a potential touchdown.

Miami Dolphins 

DeVante Parker is maybe coming into his own, even if it took him a while. Sure, the games don’t mean much but he’s still been pretty productive this season.

Nine carries for Kalen Ballage. Nine Yards.

New York Jets 

 

This is why I kept flirting with Sam Darnold week after week. I think he’s very talented, and it showed today with four touchdowns.

Lev Bell hasn’t been efficient on the ground in seemingly forever, making him dependent on receptions and touchdowns more often than not.

If the Jets weren’t going to use Robby Anderson, I don’t know why they didn’t just trade him. He finished with just three targets, fourth on the team while Jamison Crowder and Ryan Griffin did the heavy lifting.

Buffalo Bills 

Hello Josh Allen ceiling game! He threw for three and rushed for another touchdown, and absolutely smashed everything around him. The floor is always nice but this is even better!

Devin Singletary out-touched Frank Gore 16-13, and hopefully will continue to pull away in competitive games.

I want all the SMOKE and John Brown finally had the ceiling game that he’s been due all season long.

AFC West

Denver Broncos 

This was a brutal loss for the Broncos, as they were up by 20 and Brandon Allen and Company couldn’t hold on. He was very pedestrian.

It sure seems that Philip Lindsay has seized control of this backfield right now, and Royce Freeman seems way more risky than he was a couple weeks ago.

I though Courtland Sutton would be tough to use down the stretch with a QB change, but the young man continues to produce no matter what the circumstance. Denver might have truly found their WR1, even if the rest of the team is iffy.

Kansas City Chiefs 

 

Los Angeles Chargers 

 

Oakland Raiders 

Josh Jacobs is a large, adult man.

No receiver went over the 82 yards for Tyrell Williams or had more than five receptions, and Foster Moreau had the touchdown. That’s fairly annoying.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens 

I’m running out of superlatives for Lamar Jackson. The kid threw for four touchdowns and then kicked in another 86 yards rushing for good measure. Fantasy-wise, I don’t know how you stop him.

Of course Gus Edwards is the back that had the monster day. Everyone started him I’m sure….

I loved Marquise Brown, but he flopped pretty badly here. It didn’t help that this game was out of hand and he only played 36 snaps but it was a major disappointment.

Mark Andrews didn’t share that pain as he’s gotten back on track lately with another 75 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals 

They scored 10 points against Oakland and targeted Tyler Boyd three times. Allrighty then. At least Joe Mixon was usable again.

Cleveland Browns 

Baker threw two touchdowns….to steal a Mike Lange phrase – get in the fast lane grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll!

Nick Chubb is still getting 20+ touches easily but Kareem Hunt is still a thorn in his side. Both things can be true.

Things still aren’t quite there for Odell Beckham. He’s going to go bonkers in at least one game down the stretch, and I want to be there for it.

Pittsburgh Steelers 

This offense is totally decimated by injuries and I’m begging for Ducky or Kaep as a Steelers fan. That says enough right there.

AFC South

Houston Texans 

Nobody told the Texans they were off the bye week, I guess. What an absolute egg of a game.

Indianapolis Colts 

When a team runs for 264 yards on the day, there’s not much time for anything else and the passing game was very quiet. Marlon Mack suffered a broken hand in this one and Jonathan Williams is going t o be a big time waiver addition, as Mack is already ruled out for Thursday.

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Nick Foles was solid and DJ Chark went bonkers, but past that there’s not a ton to say here. Dede Westbrook only getting targeted four times by Foles was a letdown for sure.

Tennessee Titans 

Bye Week

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott has had a monster two weeks, and that will only incite the “running backs don’t matter” takes that much further. I don’t even disagree with the idea, but not paying Dak could wind up being a rough move for Dallas.

Good thing Zeke scored twice.

444 passing yards, three touchdowns for Dak and Amari Cooper got all of 38 yards. Michael Gallup was the star with 9/148 in this one but the schedule gets tougher from here on out. I wouldn’t bank on Randall Cobb that often.

New York Giants 

Bye Week

Philadelphia Eagles 

As expected, it was tough sledding for the Eagles and the only things that held true was Zach Ertz can eat, especially if Alshon Jeffery is out and Doug Pederson hates running backs.

Washington Redskins 

Dwayne Haskins actually showed some signs of life, throwing for two touchdowns. The completion percentage was even alright and that’s about all you can ask for from him at this point.

It’s going to be a pretty unattractive backfield with Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice splitting the workload.

One gem that might come out of this game – Kelvin Harmon. The late round rookie has his fans on Twitter(like every prospect) but he saw his snaps jump to 66 which was easily a season high and led in targets at six. This is an interesting nugget for next week.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals 

Kyler Murray continues to be Lamar Jackson Light

David Johnson has turned into the GIF of the dog sitting in the fire saying “This is fine”. Eight snaps, zero touches and one head coach saying they wanted to get Kenyan Drake going and he played well, so DJ basically didn’t. Woof. I’m glad they’re on bye, because we can’t believe a single thing Arizona says at this point.

No receiver did much of anything here, since Kyler only threw for 150 yards.

Los Angeles Rams 

Ok, so NOW Todd Gurley can touch the ball 28 times. It seems like the Rams have no real direction right now and the issue are many, including just three targets for Cooper Kupp. Kupp and Gurley are about the only starts here right now.

San Francisco 49ers

This was all about the passing game, and Jimmy G and Deebo Samuel were a great combo on Sunday, with the former throwing for a massive 424 yards and four touchdowns and the latter going for 8/134/0.

I whiffed majorly on this running game. Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert went for a combined 27 yards on 18 carries. Kalen Ballage says howdy.

Tight ends vs the Cards #FlowChart #It’sARealThing

Seattle Seahawks 

Bye week

NFC North

Chicago Bears 

Maybe I’ll look like a jerk and I’ll say so if I do, but I don’t buy the hip injury for Mitchell Trubisky for a FRACTION of a second. This team continues to be a train wreck on offense between Trubisky and Matt Nagy at the helm.

Detroit Lions 

I was this many days old when I found out Bo Scarbrough played for the Lions.

This was my exact fear for Kenny Golladay after seeing Jeff Driskel. The production is going to swing wildly week to week and he’s a dangerous start, but you can’t sit him.

Green Bay Packers 

Bye Week

Minnesota Vikings 

We finally got a floor game from Dalvin Cook in a game script that I don’t think anyone expected. There’s not much you can really do about that.

Kirk Cousins showed up big in this one when he was need to make up ground on the scoreboard, with three touchdowns. He’s flawed but the fantasy potential is there with a talented receiver like Stefon Diggs to throw to. I’d love to see him in a another system that values the receiver a little more.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons 

Suddenly the Falcons defense is shutting down everyone in sight, but at least this time their offense actually had some performances worthwhile. Matt Ryan eclipsed 300 passing yards yet again, and it’s almost an expectation at this point.

Welp. Brian Hill chalk went poorly. He got 16 touches so the process was sound, but the result was utterly awful.

Similarly, I feel good about the logic and process applied to Russell Gage but that flopped as well. he was only targeted four times in part because Calvin Ridley went nuts and Julio Jones had his normal Julio day.

Carolina Panthers 

I apologize for stumping for Kyle Allen in cash. It was a terrible miss from me, but I never expected the floor to be four interceptions with zero touchdowns.

The only players who got anything accomplished  was CMC because, well..he’s CMC and DJ Moore flirted with 100 yards. Other than that, the offense was utter shambles.

New Orleans Saints 

That’s more like it Drew Brees. Thanks again for flopping like a fish last week.

All that was missing from Alvin Kamara’s day was a touchdown, as he roped in 10 receptions.

It’s the highest compliment I can pay Michael Thomas in that 8/114/1 against the worst secondary in football was borderline “disappointing”.

Jared Cook scored again, but only two targets isn’t exactly what you want to hang your hat on here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Last week it was Ronald Jones with the tilting receiving game, this week it was Cameron Brate with FOURTEEN targets and 10 receptions. Bruce Arians….bro, why do you hate us so?  Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were average and Godwin found the box to salvage some of his day.