Coffin Corner - Monday Morning Thoughts, Week 10

Posted on 2017-11-13 12:12 by Ray Flowers

 

RAY FLOWERS      

 

Nearly 10 weeks of the NFL season are complete. Injuries, poor performances, out of nowhere efforts of strength, it never seems to change does it? Ray Flowers takes a look at what transpired in Week 10, which is to say, more of the same love/hate that you’ve grown used to with the 2017 football season.

The Browns have yet to have the lead in the 4th quarter in any game this season.

The Jags intercepted a ball in overtime. It was returned to the 2-yard line. Unfortunately, they were called for a taunting penalty on the play pushing the ball back to the 17-yard line. Aaron Colvin was the moron. Luckily Josh Lambo made the kick to win the game, though it was ugly.

The Vikings scored five touchdowns their first five trips into the red zone in Week 10.

Ameer Abdullah scored, and his 52 yards on the ground wasn’t bad at all as he carried the ball just 11 times. Still, he picked up 20 yards on one carry and just doesn’t profile as anything more than what we are seeing right now.

Kennan Allen caught four balls for 48 yards. He hasn’t scored since Week 1 and has been under 70-yards in 5-straight and under 50-yards in 3-of-4.

C.J. Anderson averaged 5.4 yards per carry (10-54). He played one more snap than Devontae Booker who averaged 3.0 yards per carry (8-24). Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Robby Anderson scored in a 4th straight game in Week 10. It didn’t matter, it was in garbage time, but the 38-yard score extended that streak to an impressive 4-straight outings. He caught four balls for 85 yards.

C.J. Beathard threw for 288 and two and he also had a rushing score. He played a solid game, though the Giants are the worst team in football right now. The Niners also have a bye next week, and it seems likely that in Week 12 that Jimmy Garoppolo will take over under center.

Cole Beasley still doesn’t have a game of 35 yards this season. He and Terrance Williams caught three balls for 32 yards in Week 10.

Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 26 times for 80 yards and caught five balls for 32 yards. That’s 25 or more touches in 6-straight outings. Just once in his last four games has he run for four yards a carry.

Kelvin Benjamin’s first game with the Browns resulted in six targets as he caught three for 42 yards.

Blake Bortles, hot to start the second half, threw a late pick that nearly cost the Jags the game. At one stretch in the 4th quarter he hit on just two of 13 passes. Bortles was also exceedingly fortunate that Trey Boston dropped a ball that was right in his hands that would have gone for a sure pick-6. Bortles threw the ball 40 times for the first time this season. Actually, he threw the ball 51 times which makes his overall line (273-1-2) terribly disappointing.

Absolute buffoonery took place Sunday morning as I had THIRTEEN people on twitter ask me about sitting Tom Brady because of the matchup with the Broncos. I said start Brady every time? Why? (1) He’s Tom Brady. (2) Carson Wentz just lit up the Broncos for four passing scores. (3) The Eagles had just put a 50-spot on the Broncos. (4) The Broncos aren’t the best defense we’ve ever seen. The result? Brady threw for 266 yards and three scores as the Pats scored 41 points. NEVER bench Tom Brady.

Cameron Brate caught one ball for nine yards last week. This week it was one catch for 10 yards. He’s a non-entity with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center apparently.

Kenny Britt scored as he broke a tackle (2-38-1). Good for him.

Dez Bryant caught three balls for 39 yards as he and he mates looked awful against the Falcons.

Antonio Brown dropped his first pass on the year as he caught just 3-of-7 for 47 yards.

Rex Burkhead was a thing with a touchdown Sunday night. He also blocked a punt. Don’t get too ahead of yourselves though as 13 touches for 63 yards isn’t a sign that he’s now the lead dog in that backfield. Don’t forget that Dion Lewis scored on a 103-yard kick return and he also scored as a runner on one of his 14 carries (55 yards).

Was Garrett Celek touched on his 47-yard touchdown? Doesn’t look like it to me. The Giants defense is literally laughable right now with it’s indeptitude.

Charles Clay didn’t do jack, except screwing things up, in his return to action. Clay had a ball bounce right out of his hands resulting in an interception. He caught two balls for 13 yards.

Randall Cobb caught three balls for 52 yards. He also carried the ball four times for eight yards out of the wildcat. It didn’t work.

Tarik Cohen did nothing yet again. He carried the ball once for a yard and caught one balls for 10 yards. That’s 5-straight games with one catch and he has a total of three rushing yards in three games. Jordan Howard didn’t do much either with 54 yards on 15 carries against the Packers in a terribly disappointing effort.. Benny Cunningham doubled the snap count of Cohen by the way, 28-to-13. Cunningham was running for the end zone at one point, and he stretched for the pilon. As he did, the ball squirted out of his hands and hit the pilon. Instead of the ball at the 6-inch line the play resulted in a turnover and touchback.

Tevin Coleman received 20 carries leading to 83 yards and a touchdown as he took over when Devonta Freeman went down with a concussion. Freeman has already been termed unlikely to suit up in week 11.

Kirk Cousins threw for 327/1 and also ran for two scores to have a huge fantasy day (Rob Kelley was out with a leg injury). He didn’t look great in the game making a few poor passes, and kirk was very lucky on one of the scores as he nearly fumbled the ball and then failed to get low to drive into the end zone as his o-line did all the work.

Here are the snap counts for the Cowboys: Rod Smith 39 Alfred Morris 21 Darren McFadden 1. At this point, DMC seems useless, and I don’t really get that (guess I was totally wrong about his usage). You can get excited if you want, but the Cowboys were behind leading to more of Smith late than likely planned. Note that Morris touched the ball 11 times for 53 yards while Smith touched it seven times for just 29.

Jamison Crowder dropped three passes Sunday. He dropped two on one series in the 3rd quarter. One ball went through his hands at the goaline. A second ball was in his hands in the end and he let it get knocked out. Maybe he only had two drops, he didn’t really drop that end zone toss, but the ball was in his hands in the end zone and he didn’t haul it in. He caught four balls for 76 yards.

Isaiah Crowell did his thing for the Browns scoring on one of his 16 carries that produced 90 yards. This was his first game of 65 rushing yards this season.

Andy Dalton did Andy Dalton things throwin’ for 265 yards and two scores with a 57 percent completion percentage.

Orleans Darkwa ran for 70 yards on 14 carries in another solid effort. It was the Niners though, so can’t read too much into it, and we did expect a wee bit more.

Corey Davis caught only four balls for 48 yards. Focus on the 10 targets he saw though.

Vernon Davis caught seven balls for 76 yards, but it might have been even more impressive to realize he saw 11 targets. He’s huge part of this offense when Jordan Reed is out, and seven grabs were his most since 2015.

Stefon Diggs produced 59 yards on the opening drive before settling in for a 4-78-1 line for the Vikes.

Josh Doctson had a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Kirk Cousins, but he didn’t. Doctson literally tripped himself, fell over, and the ball went right over his head (it would have hit in right in the chest if he hadn’t have fallen). He caught 4-of-7 for 30 yards. He’s still looking for a 60-yard game. Oh, by the way, Terrelle Pryor didn’t see a target in Week 10.

Jack Doyle faceplanted in epic fashion. Doyle caught 20 passes his previous two games before hauling in two balls for nine yards in Week 10. One of his targets also slipped out of his hands for a pick.

Eric Ebron scored against the Browns, the second worst defense against ends in football. He caught just two of three targets for 39 yards, so don’t get all hot and bothered looking to add Ebron.

Austin Ekeler had two touchdowns. On the first he broke two terrible tackles. On the second he broke one terrible tackle. For such a good defense, it’s shocking that the Jags missed so many potential tackles. Ekeler became the first running back with two grabs for scores of at least 20-yards since Jamaal Charles in Week 15 of the 2013 season. Rather amazingly, he was on the field over Melvin Gordon late in the game. Ekeler ended up with 10 carries for 42 yards and a 5-77-2 line as a pass catcher. His 15 touches were behind the 21 of Gordon (16-27 on the ground and five catches for 15 yards on eight targets). Ekeler did lose a fumble deep in the 4th quarter that allowed the Jags to push the game to overtime, and that means he’s still the backup so don’t go panicking Gordon owners.

Evan Engram caught six balls for 31 yards and a score as he saw nine targets. The yards were a four-game low, but he keeps catching passes.

Leonard Fournette had his first true stinker of the season carried the ball 17 times for 33 yards against the Chargers. Is he fully healthy, even after missing four weeks of action? Fair question. Blake Bortles even outgained him on the ground as the Jags inexplicably leaned on the passing game.

With Matt Forte down, Elijah McGuire carried the ball eight times for 22 yards and caught four balls for 36 yards. He outouched Bilal Powell 12-to-11. Clearly, the Jets simply do not trust Powell, and I was wrong in thinking they would this week (Powell had 33 snaps to 36 for Elijah). Powell carried the ball 10 times for 30 yards and caught one ball for six yards.

Will Fuller was blasted on a hit and forced from game action in Week 10 (it’s been reported that he has cracked ribs). He’s caught two balls for 47 yards in two games with Tom Savage throwing the ball.

Ted Ginn caught his lone target for three yards.

Chris Godwin caught 5-of-10 targets for 68 yards. Meanwhile, Adam Humphries caught two balls for 17 yards for the Bucs.

Jared Goff looked good, again, throwing for 355 yards and three scores. Note though, not as good as the numbers suggest. There was great play calling, strong blocking, lots of running after the catch or just flat out wide-open players to target.

A.J. Green had a 70-yard score as he posted a 5-115-1 line.

Maurice Harris made a fantabulistic one-handed grab for his first NFL touchdown. Eat your heart out Odell Beckham.

Hunter Henry had one catch for seven yards. One. The Chargers lost. Here are his numbers in the Chargers loses: zero catches, seven, zero, two, two. CHARGERS – get the ball to Henry. In their three wins he’s averaged four receptions an outing.

T.Y. Hilton caught two of four targets for 23 yards as Donte Moncrief and Chester Rogers scored the touchdowns for the Colts. The 60-yards score was the only grab for Donte who has two receptions for 67 yards the last three outings.

DeAndre Hopkins had another strong game despite poor QB play. He caught 7-of-13 for 111 yards. His body control, as he’s tapping his toes on the sidelines, is tremendous.

Allen Hurns got lit up late in the game and looked hurt as he crawled off the field, but he had a solid game catching seven balls for 70 yards.

The Saints ran all over the Bills are their solid defense. They demolished them with Mark Ingram leading the way with three rushing scores to tie the Saints single-game record. Ingram ran hard in this game, shedding tackles and pushing piles every time he touched the ball. The Saints scored on the ground six times to become the first team to do that since the Chiefs in 2004. Ingram (21-131-3) and Alvin Kamara (12-106-1 with five receptions for 32 yards) both lit up the opponent, like they seemingly do every week now. Kamara has four scores in three games.

Brett Hundley looked much better in Week 10. He made some nice reads, showed some patience, and was accurate on some deep throws while showing a nice chemistry with Devante Adams. The wideout secured 5-of-8 passes for 90 yards and a score in the Packers win. Hundley did suffer a hamstring issue, but he still threw for 212 yards and a touchdown. Didn’t seem like a significant injury.

DeSean Jackson caught six of 10 for 82 yards. He didn’t get into the end zone.

Duke Johnson had a nice day, minus getting a penalty for throwing his helmet out of frustration at the end of the first half. He carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards and caught six balls for another 34.

Aaron Jones hurt his knee and he was removed from the Packers game (early word is a sprained MCL). Ty Montgomery had a 37 yards touchdown, on a play that he wasn’t touched, before he too was forced from the game with a rib issue (by the way, why the heck was Montgomery on punt coverage after Jones was hurt?). Jamaal Williams ended up with 21 touches though he produced just 74 yards from scrimmage.

Julio Jones caught six balls for 57 yards in another blah effort. He’s now Robert Woods while Mr. Woods has become Julio Jones (more below).

Marvin Jones had caught six balls in 4-straight games. He saw two targets in Week 10 catching one for 22 yards in a horrific outing.

DeShone Kizer and the Browns just can’t get it done. With :15 seconds left in the first half, they tried a quarterback sneak from the two-yard line. It didn’t work. The Browns weren’t able to reset the offense and get another player off as they were out of timeouts. #HorribleTimeManagement Kizer did look solid hitting for 232 yards and a touchdown with his arm and 57 yards and a score on the grounder. He was also injured (ribs) on a big hit late.

Brandon LaFell somehow saw 10 targets posting a 6-95-1 line.

Marqise Lee. Two minutes left in the game. He taunted a defensive back, drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Idiot. He caught six balls for 55 yards and a score. He only caught six of 11 passes, but he scored for the second straight effort. He also caught a 2-point conversion on the play after his touchdown.

Marlon Mack disappointed with seven carries for seven yards. He caught two balls for 19 yards. For the second straight game he was thoroughly outproduced by Frank Gore (17-54 on the ground and one catch for seven yards).

Eli Manning threw for 273/2 on 28-of-37 for the Giants against the Niners.

Marcus Mariota looked much better in Week 10. Physically he looked spry, with his legs working. He was shaking up late on a hard hit, but played through it to a 264-1-1 line with six carries for 51 yards.

Doug Martin touched the ball 20 times producing an anemic 51 yards in a dreadful effort where Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t get anything going (187-1-1 on 34 passes).

Rishard Matthews dropped what looked like would have a sure touchdown in the second quarter.

Josh McCown was sacked eight times heading into Week 10. He was sacked six times in Week 10. The Bucs matched their season long total in Week 10. McCown threw for just 262-1-1.

LeSean McCoy and his mates were throttled Sunday. He caught three balls for 11 yards and carried the ball eight times for 49 yards.

Jerick McKinnon didn’t do anything producing 47 yards of offense on 12 touches. He saw one more snap than Latavius Murray who outproduced him with 17 touches. Murray ran for 68 yards and a score, though it wasn’t like he was overly effective in producing on his 49 percent snap count. He’s completely touchdown dependent for his fantasy value.

Lamar Miller carried the ball just 11 times, but he was quite effective running for 60 yards. He also caught his only target for 14 yards. He simply wasn’t used in the second half. So strange, especially since D’Onta Foreman carried the ball seven times for 18 yards.

Joe Mixon ran for just 37 yards on nine carries. At least he scored. The Bengals refuse to commit to the run, probably because when they try to it sucks the life out of the offense.

Never bench DeMarco Murray. You didn’t this week, did you? Murray saw 68 snaps to 27 for Henry as he once against dominated the backfield. Murray carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards and two scores. He also caught four balls for 30 yards and another score. Meanwhile, Henry had 11 carries for 52 yards. #NeverBenchMurray

Dak Prescott became the fourth player to produce 50 scores his first 25 NFL games (Dan Marino, Kurt Warner and Daunte Culpepper). He played a poor game though as he threw for just 176 yards. At least he carried the ball six times for 42 yards and a score to save his fantasy day from horrendous moving it into the realm of adequate. He was sacked eight times though as the loss of Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith showed the team to be in rough shape when trying to pick up the blitz and hold off the pass rush.

Theo Riddick produced 35 yards on the ground and caught three balls for 12 yards and a score. He’s just not being used enough to warrant any excitement in the fantasy game.

Sorry on the Ben Roethlisberger ‘play him cause of the matchup’ thing this week. He threw for two scores, but only 236 yards and picked. He could have easily had at least one more pick and showed shockingly little chemistry with Brown. Talk of him being a QB1 the rest of the way... I’m just not able to easily see that.

JuJu Smith-Schuster saw 53 snaps to 37 for Martavis Bryant. Please, move on from your Bryant love. This is now the JSS Show behind Brown with the Steelers. JSS caught five balls for 97 yards and a score in Week 10.

Kyle Rudolph did what he always does – relatively little but enough to start him. He caught five balls for 37 yards. Meanwhile, TE David Morgan scored.

It’s really looking like it’s just gonna be one of those years for Matt Ryan. He threw for 215 yards and two scores, while being picked once, in Week 10. He has one more interception this year than he threw last season.

Emmanuel Sanders finally looked healthy, and he produced six grabs for 137 yards against the Pats. He crushed it early on with a 5-114 line in the first half.

Sterling Shepard saw a whopping 13 targets. He caught 11 of them for a total of 142 yards as he went bonkers against the Niners. Its why we had him as a top-15 WR play this week.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a big game with a 6-67 line on nine targets. Too bad he didn’t get into the end zone.

Matthew Stafford looked on his way to a horrible effort. He came on late to throw for 249 yards and three scores on just 26 pass attempts (he was also picked). Two of the scores were in the fourth quarter to save his effort.

Golden Tate took a one-yard pass 40 yards to the house for a score. As you can see, he was never touched. He caught six balls for 97 yards and the score. That’s 4-straight of more than 80-yards.

Tyrod Taylor had a sickly effort Sunday throwing for 56 yards on 18 pass attempts, he was also picked, in the Saints throttling of the Bills.

Adam Thielen is legit. He saw a whopping 12 targets from Case Keenum catching eight balls for 166 yards and a score. Dude has some sick hands. He’s caught at least five passes in every game this season. By the way, Keenum made three horrible passes, and was picked twice, but he also hit on 21-of-29 passes for 304 yards and two scores. He had a strong game overall. Teddy Bridgewater will continue to wait on the sidelines.

Demaryius Thomas... all he does is score now as he’s done in back-to-back games.

Michael Thomas hasn’t scored since Week 4. However, he’s been uber productive. His last four games he’s caught at least seven passes each time out as he caught a season best nine balls for a season-high 117 yards in Week 10 against the Bills showing great hands in the effort.

Chris Thompson should have had a receiving score. He was wide open on a 4th down play, but Kirk Cousins was off on the pass leading to a 30-yard grab instead of a 33-yard touchdown (Thompson had to adjust just to catch the poorly thrown ball). He ended the game with three grabs for 41 yards. He also carried the ball nine times for 26 yards as Rob Kelley excited the game with a knee issue. Thompson has one touchdown in six games. As for Kelley, his role was taken by Samaje Perine who carried the ball nine times for 35 yards and who had one grab for 25 yards.

Mitch Trubisky threw for a season best 297 yards. He only had one score and hit just 21 of 35 passes (60 percent).

Jason Witten caught seven balls for 59 yards. He was the only positive pass catcher for the Cowboys.

Robert Woods, wide open, streaking 94 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Wide open. He caught eight balls for 171 yards and two scores in the best receiving game by a Ram in nearly 15 years. Woods has four touchdowns in two games. Four. Sammy Watkins scored as well, though he only caught two passes, on back-to-back plays, as the Rams still have no interest in getting him the football.

Kendall Wright caught five balls for 46 yards for the Bears. Josh Bellamy caught two balls for 57 yards and a touchdown. The most exciting effort though was that of Dontrelle Inman who caught six balls for 88 yards. He’s the man to own in Chicago.

Don’t know how/why you would ever start him, but T.J. Yeldon caught six balls for 39 yards.

 

For more see Jeff Mans’ Week 10 Recap.

 

Ray Flowers can be heard Monday-Friday, 8-10 PM EDT on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87). You can also hear Ray Sunday nights at 7-10 PM EDT PM on the channel talking fantasy sports. Follow Ray’s work on Twitter (@baseballguys).