Monday Night Observations

Monday Night Observations

This article is part of our NFL Observations series.

That game went perfectly for me until the very last play. Marquise Brown's game-sealing TD cost me one matchup, but the Colts covered, and Mark Andrews, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman and Carson Wentz went off, putting me at 4-0 in the NFFC at least. Can't win 'em all. 

  • Carson Wentz (402 yards, 11.5 YPA, two pass TDs, no picks, one fumble) looked sharp. He wasn't especially nimble in the pocket, but he made all the throws, and his decisions were good. This bodes well for the Colts offense generally and Taylor and Pittman in particular.
  • Jonathan Taylor (15-53-1, 4-3-116-1) looked like he was shot out of a cannon on a few plays, and he outran the entire Ravens defense on the screen he took to the house. The usage, though, was good, not great, as Marlon Mack (5-47-0) ran well and Nyheim Hines (4-18-0, 1-0-0-0) was on the field a fair amount. Still, Taylor is a top-10 overall fantasy player, and if Wentz has turned a corner, the ceiling is 1.1.
  • Michael Pittman (7-6-89-1) looks like the No. 1, but T.Y. Hilton should be back eventually, and Parris Campbell (6-4-56-0) and Zach Pascal (5-3-48-0) were also involved, i.e., the Colts spread it around.
  • Rodrigo Blankenship's injury cost them the game (and me that one matchup), as he missed the game-sealing FG in regulation. It also kept people alive in Survivor, but as we all know, deserve's got nothing to do with it.
  • Lamar Jackson (442 yards, 10.3 YPA, four TDs, no picks, 62 rushing yards) had a monster game, but he lost a fumble at the goal line and nearly lost a second one.
  • Mark Andrews (13-11-147-2, 2 2-pt conversions) had a game for the ages. The risk with Andrews is game flow, but if the Ravens defense is this weak, that won't be a problem for him very often.
  • Marquise Brown (10-9-125-2) didn't catch a pass until the third quarter. But he gets open deep so easily, and Jackson throws a nice deep ball.
  • Justin Tucker had only one short field goal attempt and no PATs because the Ravens went for two every time. The GOAT is handicapped by his team's enlightened approach.

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