Le’Veon Bell continues to gain solid yards from scrimmage.
Bell ran 26 times for 80 yards with 5 receptions for 32 more. It’s more of what you expect from the best dual threat rusher in the NFL, but there are some concerning signs that have developed over the last two weeks for the Steelers’ star and a question of his workload may need to be discussed. It will be interesting to see how Bell plays on the short week this Thursday night and it’s something to monitor over the course of the next few weeks.
Joe Mixon scores and improves his yards per carry.
Mixon rushed 9 times for 37 yards and 1 TD with one reception for 3 yards. The stat line doesn’t show the kind of game it was for Mixon as he again showcased his ability to elude defenders and get some separation in the passing game. The Bengals would serve themselves well to build up the weak points in the offensive line this off-season with an expectation to turn Joe Mixon into a centerpiece of the Cincinnati offense.
Derrick Henry continues to see second tier work.
Henry rushed 11 times for 52 yards. At some point, Henry is going to become the feature back for the Titans, the only delay in the inevitable is in DeMarco Murray’s continued ability to be the better red zone option. Until Derrick gets a solid chance and can prove that he can score with efficiency he will remain the man next to the man.
DeMarco Murray finds his way into the end zone twice.
Murray carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 4 catches for 30 yards. He looked stiff at times and the burst that made him a household name doesn’t appear to be part of his current game but his vision remains and it’s enough to get him in and out of creases in the short yardage game. So long as DeMarco continues to find the goal line with efficiency he will remain the favorite of the coaching staff in those situations.
Isaiah Crowell has second straight week of solid production.
Crowell gained 95 yards on 17 touches, 90 of which came on the ground. He also added one touchdown in a game where he looked like a running back that is trying to find a way to get paid in the 2018 off-season. The last two weeks for Isaiah have been positive but he will need to continue to have Sundays like this in order to drum up any kind of real marked in free agency.
Ameer Abdullah increases his goal line presence.
Abdullah had 11 carries for 52 yards and 1 touchdown. Ameer is quietly putting together a decent 2017 and is working towards increasing his value near the goal line. If the Lions can become a more stable offense it will likely bode well for Abdullah and create even more opportunities for him to excel in the red zone. Since Stafford is still the captain of the ship, the Lions will probably remain a hot/cold offense so Ameer’s numbers will likely reflect that.
Jamaal Williams heavy steps for a 3.4 average.
Williams rushed 20 times for 67 yards and reeled in one target for 7. The stat line is about dead on for the kind of performance the rookie put in. It was a mixed bag with not a lot of bright spots to point to in hopes of Williams becoming a lasting factor in the Packers backfield. With both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones likely to miss week 11 it will be Jamaal that gets the start.
Tarik Cohen is a non-factor for the second straight week.
Cohen rushed once for 1 yard and caught 1-of-2 targets for 10 yards. The Bears coaching staff should be drug down the streets of Chicago by their belts for inventing new ways to stifle the growth of an offense. Cohen has tremendous versatility and obvious play-making ability but so long as the current regime remains in the Windy City it’s safe to say that Tarik’s development will suffer.
Jordan Howard is a non-factor against the Packers.
Howard gained 54 yards on 15 carries and was targeted 0 times in the passing game. The Bears continue to be the Bears so until Jon Fox is run out of town there is no reason to believe team will suddenly turn it on and become a true force in the NFC North. There are some good weapons for this offense, with Jordan Howard being one of the better, but it’s just not going to happen in 2017. Jordan will probably fair better next week against the Lions but the possibility exists that more games like this are on the horizon for Chicago’s featured runner.
Alvin Kamara continues to evolve.
Kamara carried the ball 12 times for 106 yards and 1 touchdown and hauled in all 5 of his targets for 32 yards. Kamara is proving to be more than worth his 3rd round price tag and is quickly becoming one of the more dynamic weapons in the NFL. Alvin and the Saints will get a chance to put up some more gaudy numbers against the Washington Redskins at home in week 11.
Mark Ingram smashes the Bills’ helpless defense.
Ingram toted the rock 21 times for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even more impressive was how easily he made it look. Ingram had many questions preseason regarding his usage in a loaded Saints backfield but Mark has played some of the best football of his career in 2017. Ingram and the Saints rushing attack gets another good match-up at home next week against the Redskins.
LeSean McCoy struggles to find rushing lanes.
McCoy rushed 8 times for 49 yards and hauled in 3-of-5 targets for 11 yards. This marks the second consecutive week that McCoy has underachieved but the bigger takeaway here could be that the Buffalo offense has been exposed to a degree. If positive changes cannot be made quickly we could see the untimely development of major setbacks in an offense that has little room for error to be competitive. Buffalo needs to commit to Peterman at quarterback now or watch their promising season unravel.
Joe Flacco does enough on Sunday to get the Ravens another win.
Flacco completed 19-of-26 passes for 222 yards. Noticeably missing would be touchdowns and interceptions, both of which Joe kept away from. Flacco continues to do just enough for Ravens fans to hope he is going to breakout and go on the type of run he had for the last Baltimore championship but Joe just doesn’t look like that player anymore. Could the Ravens be yet another franchise that takes a hard look at a passer in the 2018 draft? As of right now, I am leaning more towards yes than no.
Odell Beckham’s 2017 season is likely over.
We have yet to hear of any actual confirmation on the severity of the injury but I’m leaning towards the most recent reports that declare a broken ankle for the star receiver. It’s a horrible turn of events for one of the best players in football and depending on the severity it could be the type of injury to keep Beckham off the field until a similar calendar date in 2018.
Sterling Shepard suffers injury to the same ankle injured in camp.
It’s a tough break for Shepard as he has quietly put together a solid outing in 2017. Sterling has the proper tools to develop into a solid weapon for the Giants but with current injuries to the receiving group it will be tougher for a hobbled Shepard to find holes in opposing defensive backfields. Look for Sterling to be day-to-day going into week 6.
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