The New England Patriots have not looked like an unstoppable juggernaut through the first six weeks of the 2017 NFL season. Bill Belichick believes that hype was unfair to his team. During a conference call the morning after New England edged the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday, the Patriots coach concluded a nearly seven-minute-long dissertation about weekly game plan tweaks by saying it’s “incomprehensible” to believe that a team that appeared in a Super Bowl — as the Patriots did last season — would immediately continue playing at the same high level when it began the following season. “It’s incomprehensible to me how anybody can think that a team that’s practiced for six months and played 19 regular-season and postseason games and had triple-digit practices, five months later, after not playing a game, after having a fraction of that type of experience, could be anywhere close to the level of execution that they were five months before that after all the things that I just listed,” Belichick said.
It's conceivable that many matchups this week were decided by D/STs, as three from the 1 p.m. ET block scored at least 20 fantasy points, marking the first week that at least that many D/STs scored at least that well since Week 3 in 2016. Through Sunday, there were 14 total touchdowns scored by D/STs in Week 6, which has been exceeded in a single week only one other time in NFL history: 1998 Week 15 (16). As we do each week, we recap the week's winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. New Orleans Saints D/ST: Naturally, in a week full of lofty D/ST scores, we start there, as the Saints led the way with 32 fantasy points, fueled in large part by their three touchdowns.
The Lions continued their trend of "we just like to celebrate, man" celebrations on Sunday. After scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, Golden Tate dropped The People's Elbow onto a poor, unsuspecting football that Tom Brady presumably asked to be shipped to New Jersey for further use after the play. Tate, ever the celebration connoisseur, said that television angles didn't give his celebration justice when The Rock took to Twitter to give him props. Tate even got The Rock's approval for his form, which honestly I would take into retirement with me if I were Tate. Although it is a little weird that Tate didn't get flagged for the remainder of the celebration. And to think. All of
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will see his first action of the season alongside his new teammates in Week 6. Peterson was acquired in a trade from the New Orleans Saints last week. He’ll be ready to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Peterson is glad for the change of scenery. He’s rushed for just 81 yards on 27 attempts this season. Fantasy impact: With David Johnson out for an extended period of time and Andre Ellington specializing as a pass catcher, Peterson will certainly get a look in the Cards’ offense. Expecting him to return to his Vikings form is not realistic as he’s on the wrong side of 30 now. That said, he does warrant being on fantasy teams in deep leagues
The New Orleans Saints followed the same protocol on Sunday for the national anthem that the team agreed to do before the Miami game in London, kneeling in protest of racial inequality before the anthem and then standing during the anthem itself. Fans in the Superdome began booing while the players knelt before the anthem, and then the stadium's announcer asked for a moment of silence in tribute to Marcus McNeil, the New Orleans policeman who was shot and killed early Friday morning. Sean Payton indicated Monday that the Saints did not realize there would be a moment of silence and the decision to take a knee was a continuation of the team's decision in London, not connected to the tribute
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saints worked out running back Khiry Robinson on Monday, following the departure of Adrian Peterson. A source told the New Orleans Advocate that Robinson was in town for the workout. Robinson entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent signing by the Saints. He played his first three seasons in New Orleans before joining the Jets in 2016. Robinson, 27, has 788 yards and eight touchdowns on 194 career carries. He had 22 yards on eight carries last season for the Jets, appearing in one game. The Jets placed Robinson on injured reserve in December due to a broken leg. He was released on March 9 and participated in Jets minicamp on a tryout basis. New
Week 6 brought another devastating injury, saw the NFL’s lone undefeated team fall, and had underdogs go 9-4 – not against the spread, but straight up – on Sunday. Still, some are extrapolating definitive conclusions, so here are five overreactions we’re arguing against. The Eagles are the best team in the NFC Based on record alone, that claim is true. After Thursday night’s 28-23 victory on the road against the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia climbed to 5-1, which tops four other NFC teams at 4-2. The Eagles have plenty of ingredients that make them an early contender. They rank sixth in scoring offense (27.5 points per game) and are tied for ninth in scoring defense (20.9 points per game).
ESPN.com With a Marcus Mariota return looking more likely than it did last week, can the Titans put themselves back in the mix for the AFC South crown? Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans matchup. Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN & WatchESPN Game HQ page | PickCenter Marcus Mariota officially listed as questionable for MNF vs. Colts. Titans will likely let decision linger until before gametime. Tight end Jack Doyle has cleared the concussion protocol and will return against the Titans on Monday.
How did the VFL's fare in week 6 of the NFL season? We have the latest in our VFL in the NFL report. Robert Ayers, de, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – One tackle in the Bucs 38-33 loss to the Cardinals Derrek Barnett, de, Philadelphia Eagles – Two tackles including a half sack and a tackle for loss in the Eagles 28-23 win over the Panthers Eric Berry, s, Kansas City Chiefs – Berry is out for the year with an Achilles injury Tyler Bray, qb, Kansas City Chiefs – Bray was inactive Justin Coleman, s, Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks had a bye Britton Colquitt, p, Cleveland Browns – Seven punts for an average of 51 yards in the Browns 33-17 loss to the Texans Dustin Colquitt, p, Kansas City Chiefs – Four punts
The 2017 NFL season is rolling right along. The heart of Week 6 is just a few hours away, with the Sunday slate set to begin when the usual 1 p.m. EST kickoffs occur. The action will go all day, wrapping up later this evening when the surging Denver Broncos take on the hapless New York Giants in a lopsided Sunday Night Football affair. It’s not an ideal matchup for NBC, especially after what happened to the G-Men this past Sunday. Not only did the club fall to 0-5, but it also lost its top three receivers to injury ahead of this matchup with arguably the top defensive unit in the league. This contest, perhaps more than any other Sunday Night Football matchup, will likely be worth betting on in
Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate has been held under 50 yards receiving in three of the last four games. Week 6 might be his best chance to get out of the rut as he draws the New Orleans Saints. Tate has seen a healthy 24 targets in the last three weeks but has only produced 77 yards over that span. Fantasy impact: Tate is his team’s top receiver, but he’s only had two big games so far this season. The Saints should give him an opportunity to have a third big effort. There’s no doubt he’ll be targeted on a regular basis. Expecting him to find the end zone this week is not at all a stretch. Considering the number of targets he’s used to getting and the opponent he’s facing, there’s no harm in
NFL Week 6 is underway. To keep tabs on some of the choicest highlights and other big news throughout Sunday, keep it here for updates. But first the schedule. Philadelphia Eagles 28, Carolina Panthers 23 (Takeaways) Chicago Bears 27, Baltimore Ravens 24 (OT)(Recap) Houston Texans 33, Cleveland Browns 17 (Recap) New Orleans Saints 52, Lions 38 (Recap) Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 10 (Recap) Miami Dolphins 20, Atlanta Falcons (Recap) New England Patriots 24, New York Jets 17 (Recap) Washington Redskins 26, 49ers 24 (Recap) L.A. Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars , 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX (Gametracker) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals , 4:05 p.m. ET
The Dallas Cowboys were on a bye this week, but there was a lot of football action going on around the league. Here are 10 observations from this week’s action... 1. Hate to say it, but the Eagles are good It was painful to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play so well on Thursday night. They’ve been a team that had a strong defensive front, but were sketchy on the back end and didn’t have an offense that was consistent enough to be a winning football team. But things have changed. First off, Carson Wentz has been outstanding. In the last two games, he’s scored a total of seven touchdowns, made great plays with his legs, and has helped his offense score 28+ points in both of them (Hmm, sound familiar?).
In his sixth game with the San Francisco 49ers, Brian Hoyer got the hook. The veteran quarterback was benched in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins and replaced by rookie C.J. Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa. Hoyer completed four of 11 passes for 34 yards before exiting the game. Entering the Week, Hoyer ranked tied for 28th among starting quarterbacks with a 75.8 passer rating. Hoyer signed a two-year, $12 million contract in March and took over as starter for first-year coach Kyle Shanahan. PHOTOS: Best of NFL Week 6
The Detroit Lions are listing Matthew Stafford as questionable to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 6. Stafford has been hit and miss as a fantasy quarterback this season. Part of that was due to the Lions being a ground-and-pound team that could rely on their defense early on, but injuries have forced them to become a pass-heavy team in recent weeks. However, Stafford has been battling leg and ankle injuries that have him iffy to play this week. Saints versis Lions is primed to be a shootout in New Orleans, and Stafford should have a big game against a vulnerable Saints secondary. Even if he’s limited his numbers should be that of a QB1 this week. Fantasy Impact: If Stafford plays, he would
Let’s enjoy another NFL Sunday, shall we? Unfortunately, a major injury dominated the news again. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and could be out the rest of the season. Where do the Packers go from here? The Falcons blew a 17-point lead at home and lost to the Dolphins. Deshaun Watson led the Texans to another big offensive performance against the Browns, who fell to 0-6. Another rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, got his first win for the Bears — and might have helped saved John Fox’s job. In the afternoon, the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team finally lost. The Steelers beat the Chiefs, in part because they finally let Le'Veon Bell run wild. Adrian Peterson made his debut for the
The NFL's sixth weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The Kansas City Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers , the rested New Orleans Saints are favored by four against the Detroit Lions , and the Jacksonville Jaguars are 2.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in a game that opened as a pick'em. With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you'll want to know to what SportsLine's advanced computer model is picking. SportsLine's Projection Model went an amazing 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season -- better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch. Every single one. SportsLine computer picks also would have