Had I known Mark Sanchez would be quarterbacking the Redskins for most of the game, I probably would have laid the wood. Like his predecessor, Colt McCoy fractured his fibula early in the game, and that was pretty much it for the Redskins offense, other than Adrian Peterson’s 90-yard TD run.
What a disastrous week of fantasy football. It started with the news Leonard Fournette was suspended, then Thursday night the Saints scored only 10 points with Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara doing next to nothing. Saturday, there was the Kareem Hunt news – that completely healthy first-round pick you had who was facing the Raiders this week? Yeah, he’s out of football now. On Sunday, A.J. Green, Greg Olsen and possibly James Conner were lost for the fantasy playoffs too. Of course, “disastrous” is a matter of perspective – if you had none of those players on your teams, your chances just got a lot better.
That game was not as close as the score. The Cowboys should have had a sack-fumble on Drew Brees, but Randy Gregory, who did not affect the play, lined up in the neutral zone to negate it, and the Cowboys also lost a possession after a roughing-the-punter call on Gregory which resulted in the Saints only touchdown. There were other ticky-tack penalties, mostly on Dallas, that continued drives, too. As someone who had the Cowboys +7.5, it was a tougher game to watch than it should have been, but in retrospect, the Saints never moved the ball consistently at all with only 176 total yards to the Cowboys’ 308.
From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.
With fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, informed lineup decisions are key now more than ever — but tabulating projected points and playing matchups can only go so far. One of the strongest indicators of offensive success remains, as always, the reliability of a team’s protective front. Without further ado, let’s check in on which O-lines are trending up and down across the league.
As someone who had the Titans +6, that was a frustrating watch. The game turned on two plays mainly, the 4th-and-1 stuff inside the five when the Titans for God knows what reason handed off to the tight end and the next play when Lamar Miller ran for a 97-yard TD. That was a 14-point swing from which the Titans never recovered.
It was a good week for me, the frustrating Sunday night game notwithstanding, as I went 10-5 ATS and more or less got the fantasy outcomes I needed. I’ll take the “L” on Christian McCaffrey though – a player in whom I have zero shares and whom I mocked as a first-round pick all preseason.
I always say it’s a good Thanksgiving when you go 2-1 against the spread. After the Bears pick-sixed a cover in the early game, I was 1-0 and feeling good about myself. And before you whine about my being lucky, remember the first Lions TD that came on a fourth-down conversion that was deflected miraculously to a Lions player for the first down. (There are no good beats, only bad ones.)