Falcons 31, Buccaneers 23
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
No Julio Jones, Roddy White or Steven Jackson, no problem for Matt Ryan, who finished 20-of-26 for 273 yards and 3 TDs — two to RB Jacquizz Rodgers (8 catches for 46 yards) and the other to elevated No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas (7-149).
Extra points: Rodgers’ big receiving day made up his ground struggles (8-16), while fellow RB Jason Snelling (7-14) also was stymied.Â … TE Tony Gonzalez only was targeted four times, and finished with two receptions for 30 yards. … For the Bucs, the good news is that the Mike Glennon-Vincent Jackson connection continues to produce big numbers as they hooked up 10 times for 138 yards and a pair of TDs. Glennon finished 26-of-44 for 256 yards and targeted Jackson on half (22) of his attempts. … The bad news is that RB Doug Martin (54 total yards on 12 touches) departed in the third quarter with a shoulder injury after taking a big hit on a pass route and didn’t return. Mike James (53 yards on 17 touches) finished up.
Redskins 45, Bears 41
FedEx Field; Landover, Md.
It was a day of dueling RBs in D.C. as Matt Forte (16-91) and — surprise! — Roy Helu (11-43) each ran for a trio of TDs. Starting RB Alfred Morris (16-95) got the bulk of the work for the ‘Skins, but much to the dismay of his fantasy owners, Helu got the bulk of the red-zone attempts, scoring on runs of 14, 3 and 3 yards. Helu, by the way, matched his career total with his three rushing scores.
Extra points: The Bears’ Jay Cutler (3-of-8, 28 yards, interception) came up gimpy after a second-quarter sack and left for the day with what’s being called a groin injury. Josh McCown — yeah, he’s still around — mopped up, finishing 14-of-20 for 204 yards, a TD and 33 rushing yards on four carries. … On the other side, RGIII enjoyed his best game (298 yards, 2 TDs, 84 rushing yards) of the season. … His top target was rapidly emerging TE Jordan Reed, who caught all nine of the passes thrown his way for 134 yards and a TD.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 3
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
So who expected this contest, featuring a pair of top-five offenses, to be the lowest-scoring game of the day? Tony Romo (28-of-47, 317 yards, TD, interception) certainly fared better than Philly counterpart Nick Foles (11-of-28, 80 yards), who departed early in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion. With Michael Vick inactive, rookie Matt Barkley (129 yards, 3 picks) closed it out but couldn’t find the end zone, either.
Extra points: Starter DeMarco Murray sat out as expected, and rookie Joseph Randle (19-65 rushing, 3-28 receiving) was decent in his stead. Philip Tanner (2-1) got the Cowboys’ only rushing TD. … Dez Bryant led Dallas in receptions (8), yards (110) and targets (16), while Terrance Williams (6-71) recorded a TD reception for the third straight game. WR Miles Austin failed to record a catch for the second straight week. … Riley Cooper (6-88) was the Eagles’ most productive pass-catcher, while fellow wideout DeSean Jackson (3-21 on 8 targets) was real quiet.
Jets 30, Patriots 27 (OT)
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Gronk was finally back, and he was targeted early (2 catches for 46 yards on the Pats’ first drive) and often (17 in all), but it didn’t do much to lift Tom Brady’s sagging stats as his 26 completions only went for 228 yards and failed to throw a TD pass for the second time in three games.
Extra points: Rookie QB Geno Smith (233 passing yards, TD, pick, 32 rushing yards, TD) was solid for the Jets, but the team’s biggest fantasy development came on the ground where Chris Ivory got a whopping 34 carries — matching his season total to date — and finished with 104 yards, while an apparently healthy Bilal Powell only carried three times for 6 yards. … WR Jeremy Kerley (8-97, TD on 10 targets) paced the Jets in receiving. … As for the Pats’ ground game, both Stevan Ridley (11-50) and Brandon Bolden (8-36) found the end zone.
Bills 23, Dolphins 21
Sun Life Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
Buffalo’s Thad Lewis (202 passing yards, interception, 13 rushing yards) got the win, but Ryan Tannehill (194 passing yards, 3 TDs, 5 rushing yards) had the better fantasy day despite turning the ball three times.
Extra points: WR Brandon Gibson (5-40) caught two of Tannehill’s three TD tosses, while Mike Wallace (5-76 on 10 targets) led the squad in receiving yardage. … On the ground, the fantasy misery continues for the Bills’ C.J. Spiller (6-11, 3 catches for minus-4 yards), who left with a first-quarter knee issue. … Fred Jackson (11-36, 4-49), meanwhile, scored for the third time in four games. … For the Miami RBs, Daniel Thomas (12-60) surprisingly outshined Lamar Miller (9-43).
Chargers 24, Dolphins 6
EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Philip Rivers only had four incompletions in 26 attempts, but that didn’t necessarily translate into huge fantasy numbers (285 yards, 1 TD).
Extra points: Very quietly, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has put together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, after picking up 110 yards and his first rushing TD of the season Sunday. … Danny Woodhead, meanwhile, continues to be very much involved with nine rushes for 29 yards and a TD and four catches for 47 yards, while Eddie Royal (4-69) caught Rivers’ TD toss. … For the Jags, Chad Henne (318 yards, interception) topped 300 yards for the second straight game, but Jacksonville has yet to score to TD in three home games, totaling all of 11 points. … WR Mike Brown led the Jags with 120 receiving yards and five catches after entering the game with five career catches for 63 yards, while Cecil Shorts (8-80) and Justin Blackmon (6-58) both played with injury concerns but were kept in check.
Panthers 30, Rams 15
Bank of America Stadium; Charlotte, N.C.
With statistical standouts hard to come by, the lasting fantasy impact will likely come from the MRI to Sam Bradford’s left knee, which was twisted underneath him as he was taken down in the fourth quarter. As of late Sunday night, reports were circulating that Bradford suffered a season-ending torn ACL. He finished with 255 yards, a TD and an interception.
Extra points: Cam Newton only had two incompletions in 17 attempts, but the impressive numbers didn’t carry over into fantasy as he finished with only 204 passing yards, a TD and 26 rushing yards. … Old standbys Steve Smith (5-69, TD) and DeAngelo Williams (15-40) led the Panthers in rushing and receiving, respectively. … For the Rams, RB Zac Stacy had 87 total yards and a receiving TD on 21 touches, while the pass-catching situation remains muddled with WR Brian Quick leading the team in receiving yards (2-97), WR Tavon Austin setting the pace in receptions (5-39) and TE Jared Cook having the most targets (7, resulting in 4 catches for 33 yards). … The underrated Panthers’ D forced three turnovers, including a pick-six, and notched four sacks.
Bengals 27, Lions 24
Ford Field, Detroit
There were fantasy stars and symmetry galore here as starting QBs Andy Dalton (372) and Matthew Stafford (357) each threw three TD passes, topped 350 yards and avoided an interception, while Pro Bowl wideouts Calvin Johnson (9 catches, 2 TDs) and A.J. Green (6, 1 TD) both finished with exactly 155 yards. Johnson had totaled seven receptions for 69 yards and a a TD over the previous three weeks.
Extra points: Detroit RB Reggie Bush (23 touches for 94 yards) outgained the Cincy duo of Giovanni Bernard (12-59) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (10-24), but none of the three found the end zone. … Detroit wideout Kris Durham (5-41 on 8 targets) continues to be involved in the game plan.
49ers 31, Titans 17
LP Field, Nashville
After throwing for a career-high 412 yards in the season opener, Colin Kaepernick has failed to reach 200 yards in six of the past seven games, including this one (199 yards, no TDs), but he did somewhat salvage his fantasy day with 68 rushing yards and a TD — his first on the ground this season.
Extra points: Frank Gore rushed for 70 yards and, more importantly for fantasy purposes, kept Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, et al from vulturing another TD run, scoring a pair himself. … It wasn’t the Vernon Davis of Week 6, but he was OK here with four receptions for 62 yards. … For the Titans, QB Jake Locker surprised more than a few by coming back from a shoulder injury and playing a week before the team’s bye. He put up some decent numbers (326 yards, 2 TDs and rushing for 29 yards) mainly after the Niners built a big lead. … Chris Johnson had another sub-par day on the ground (only 39 yards on 9 carries), but came through for those still starting him with his second long catch-and-scoring run (66 yards) in the past three games.
Chiefs 17, Texans 16
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.
Another game, another 100-plus-total-yard effort for K.C.’s Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 86 yards and a TD and added 37 yards on three catches to top the century mark for the seventh time in seven outings this season.
Extra points: Alex Smith’s effective game management (240 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, TD, interception) hasn’t translated into big fantasy points, but that’s only been part of the problem for slumping WR Dwayne Bowe (5-66 on 9 targets), who now has scored six or fewer fantasy points in five of seven games this season. … Houston QB Case Keenum, seeing his first NFL action, just did fine (271 yards, TD) considering he was facing the league’s best pass rush in raucous Arrowhead. He did fumble late, but at least he didn’t extend the Texans’ recent run of pick-six throws. … Arian Foster carried four times for 11 yards and then left for good in the first quarter after his troublesome hamstring flared up. Ben Tate was unable to get much going (55 total yards on 17 touches) in his stead before getting nicked up himself.
Steelers 19, Ravens 16
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Two struggling powers of old played a flashback game featuring seven field goals and two TDs, and the final fantasy stats reflected that.
Extra points: Both Ben Roethlisberger (160 yards) and Joe Flacco (215) had a TD pass without an interception, with Big Ben’s going to TE Heath Miller (2-17) and Flacco’s caught by TE Dallas Clark (3-9). … Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell had 99 total yards for the Steelers, while Ray Rice had 72 (45 rushing) on 19 touches. For the season, Rice has only topped 50 rushing yards and 75 total yards once. … WRs Torrey Smith (3-61) and Antonio Brown (6-50) led their respective teams in receiving yards.
Packers 31, Browns 13
Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wis.
It was a QB mismatch on paper — fantasy and reality — as Aaron Rodgers (25-of-36, 260 yards, 3 TDs) had it all over the off-target Brandon Weeden (17-of-42, 149, TD, pick), even without two of his top pass-catchers in injured WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones.
Extra points: Reserve WR Jarrett Boykin (8-103, TD), however, looked as if he’s been a regular all along, and wideout Jordy Nelson (5-42) and TE Jermichael Finley (5-72) also had TD grabs. Finley, however, may have suffered a concussion after taking a hard shot to the helmet in the fourth quarter. … Rookie Eddie Lacy (22-82, TD rushing, 5-26 receiving) continues to give Rodgers a backfield presence the Pack has lacked in recent seasons, while the the Browns were paced on the ground once again by Willis McGahee (11-39). … TE Jordan Cameron (7-55, TD) came through again for Cleveland, but WR Josh Gordon was limited to two catches for 21 yards on six targets after averaging six receptions and 107 yards over his first four games of the season.
Colts 39, Broncos 33
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Peyton Manning’s ballyhooed Indy return featured a little bit of everything except for another Broncos’ win as Denver dropped its first of the season and hit a season-low in points. Under steady pressure for most of the night, Manning finished with 386 yards, three TDs, a fumble and an interception and the bulk of the production came in the second half as Denver attempted to rally from a double-digit deficit.
Extra points: Manning’s TD tosses went to Eric Decker (8-150), Demaryius Thomas (4-82) and TE Julius Thomas (5-41), but Wes Welker (7-96) was kept out of the end zone for the first time all season. … Andrew Luck wasn’t to be outdone, passing for 228 yards and three TDs and rushing for 29 yards and his eighth ground TD since the start of the 2012 season — trailing only Cam Newton’s 10 rushing scores among QBs over that span. … Reggie Wayne led Indy with only 50 receiving yards on five catches, but left in the fourth quarterÂ with what was reported to be a knee sprain. … Fellow wideout T.Y. Hilton also was kept in check with only two receptions for 27 yards on 11 targets. … Trent Richardson was Indy’s leading rusher but only gained 37 yards on 14 carries and lost a crucial fumble late. … Adding in his his three catches for 42 yards, second-string back Donald Brown outgained Richardson on the night (65 total yards to 37) and looked to be the more effective RB.