10 Things You Need to Know from Week 10
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the work week, check out what you might have missed from Week Ten. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
Playing in just his second game since returning from a left knee injury, Rams second-year WR Cooper Kupp suffered a non-contact injury to that same knee. While Kupp will undergo further tests later today, HC Sean McVay simply said it “doesn’t look good” and the assumption is that Kupp has suffered a torn ACL, which would end his season. If that’s the case, WR Josh Reynolds would be the most likely candidate to take Kupp’s job for the remainder of the season.
Bears WR Allen Robinson returned to the field after missing two games with a groin injury. Even when ARob was healthy, there was growing concern that he simply wasn’t the receiver we remembered before his ACL injury last year. Those worries were erased as Robinson caught six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, WR Taylor Gabriel, who was impressing early in the season, failed to record a single catch against the Lions.
Fantasy players got a good laugh Saturday when the Bills announced that newly-signed veteran QB Matt Barkley would get the start against the Jets. Well, 232 yards and two touchdowns later and we’re not laughing anymore. Barkley led the Bills to an easy win over the disappointing Jets and HC Todd Bowles is now back on the hot seat.
Bengals Miss AJ
Playing without superstar WR AJ Green, the Bengals offense struggled and couldn’t come close to hanging with the visiting Saints, who won 51-14. Green is expected to miss multiple games, which could end the playoff aspirations in Cincinnati. QB Andy Dalton threw for only 153 yards and even WR Tyler Boyd caught three passes for 65 yards as he learned the defense looks different for WR1s.
Chubb Breaks Free
We finally got to see how rookie RB Nick Chubb could perform in a game controlled by the Browns offense from start to finish. Chubb rushed for 176 yards, keyed by a franchise-record 92-yard touchdown run. Chubb even got involved in the passing game, catching three passes for 33 yards and another score.
Aaron Jones SZN
With RB Ty Montgomery now in Baltimore and RB Jamaal Williams proving to be “just a guy” everything was in place for an Aaron Jones breakout game against one of the league’s worst run defenses, the Miami Dolphins. That’s just what we got! Jones was a force, breaking off a 67-yard run and totaling 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries. He even added 27 receiving yards on three catches.
Even with veteran TE Jack Doyle back on the field to steal some playing time and targets, TE Eric Ebron remains a fantasy force. Ebron totaled 71 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Colts win against Jacksonville. That gives Ebron nine receiving scores for the season, tied for second in the entire league and easily enough to make him the leader among tight ends. Ebron is the TE3 for the season, behind only Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce.
Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did it again. For the fourth time in six starts this season, Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards. The odd thing is, he did it with no touchdowns, becoming just the seventh quarterback to “accomplish” this feat. Fitzpatrick’s Bucs only scored three points in their loss despite the yardage output, making them the lowest scoring team to ever produce a single-game 400-yard passer.
Michel In, Gronk Out
The Patriots had rookie RB Sony Michel back on the field but were still without veteran TE Rob Gronkowski, who is dealing with ankle and back injuries. Michel managed just 31 rushing yards as the Patriots trailed for the entire game. To make things even messier, Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is back on the practice field and will be eligible to fully return in Week Thirteen.
Penny Breakout Game
The Seahawks were without starting RB Chris Carson, who is still dealing with a hip injury but got a strong performance from the entirety of their backfield. QB Russell Wilson rushed for 92 yards, his most in nearly two years and RB Mike Davis totaled 80 yards and a touchdown. The story of the day though was rookie RB Rashaad Penny, who has been one of the more disappointing players this season. In this game, Penny carried the ball 12 times, gaining 108 yards and scoring his first career touchdown.
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