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
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 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?).
The wildest game of the NFL season took place on Sunday, and if you blinked or went to the bathroom during the three-plus hours that the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints were on the field in New Orleans, you probably missed at least three touchdowns. The craziest thing about this win for the Saints might have been the fact that Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense had almost nothing to do with it. Although the Saints defense has struggled over the past few seasons, they put on a show against Detroit with three touchdowns. Not only did Cameron Jordan and Kenny Vaccaro both score after the Lions turned the ball over in their own end zone, but we also got a 27-yard pick-six from Saints cornerback
BALTIMORE -- The last time a player of Tarik Cohen's size threw a touchdown, it was 1934, and that player's name was Wee Willie Smith. That's an 83-year break between touchdowns thrown in an NFL game by players 5-foot-6 or shorter. And Cohen's pass was good, too -- he dropped a dime perfectly over the heads of the Ravens' defense into the waiting arms of Zach Miller for a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium. Other players 5-foot-6 or shorter to throw an touchdown: Eddie Scharer, Roddy Lamb, Joey Sternaman (who was a Bear), Chuck Dressen, Tom Holleran, Curly Oden, Pard Pearce, Pid Purdy and Gus Sonnenberg. Every one of those players played in the 1920s
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
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
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
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).
Aaron Rodgers' fractured right collarbone caused the point spread on next week's New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers game to move 10 points. The Packers were 6.5-point favorites over the Saints last week in an early line available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. When the Westgate reposted the line Sunday night, after Rodgers' injury, New Orleans was a 3.5-point favorite. Rodgers suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Packers' 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The team said he could miss the rest of the season. Rodgers missed seven games in 2013, after breaking his left collarbone. The injury to his right (throwing) shoulder is expected to keep him out longer. Heading
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