Another NFL Week, another wild Sunday morning. We awoke to positive tests in New England and Tennessee. Quickly the game between the Broncos and the Patriots scheduled for today was cancelled, but the game between the Bills and Titans set for Tuesday is still on, for now. This will be a season where you’ll have to be vigilant, and Sunday was yet another reminder.
But when we got to the action on the field, it was brutal at times as well. We saw some marquee matchups, and some that didn’t go as expected. And, doubtless, you’re hoping for some of your own Monday (and Tuesday) night miracles. But more on that in a minute. First, let’s consider what we learned from Sunday.
Dak is Done for the Season
If you watched the Cowboys and the Giants clash on Sunday afternoon, you probably saw the fateful play where Dak Prescott, the Cowboys’ quarterback, was pulled down and broke his ankle. It was later revealed to be a compound fracture, and he had surgery immediately. It was a brutal injury that will end Dak’s season, a shame since he’s been playing so well. The Cowboys won to move to 2-3, tops in the NFC East, but it will be a huge blow. Now the Cowboys will turn to veteran Andy Dalton while Dak begins his rehab journey, which could take some time. It also bares watching what the Cowboys will do since Dak was playing on the Franchise Tag this season. Doubtless many, myself included, will be critical if they don’t do right by their franchise quarterback who gave it all on the field.
Change is Coming in Atlanta
After losing at home to the Carolina Panthers to drop to 0-5, the Falcons decided it was time to make a change. The Falcons became the second team in the NFL this season to fire their coach and general manager. Dan Quinn, Falcons’ coach, struggled last year, as the Falcons got off to a 1-7 start. A 6-2 stretch in the back half of the season helped him get another year. But the team hasn’t been good in 2020, especially on defense. That, ultimately, cost Quinn his job.
The Seahawks Just Keep Winning
Sunday night’s clash in Seattle didn’t go as expected. The Vikings dominated time of possession and led for good portions of the game, but when it counted, the Seahawks let Russ cook, and it worked out. Russell Wilson completed two fourth down passes to D.K. Metcalf, including Fourth and Goal from the six yard line, to get his team the lead with just seconds remaining. The Seahawks are 5-0 and, quite possibly, will only get better from here. We’ll see what Josh Allen and the Bills can do Tuesday, but through the first part of the season, Wilson and Allen are the front-runners for NFL MVP.
Now, on to tonight’s game, and a peek at Tuesday.
Los Angles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)
The big news this week for the Chargers was that Justin Herbert has been named the permanet starter. It’s unfortunate what happened to veteran Tyrod Taylor, but he wasn’t a long-entrenched starter. Herbert was drafted to be the future, and with how well he’s played, you can’t pull him out. The future is now for the Chargers, who are also dealing with an injury to Austin Ekeler. That makes Joshua Kelley, likely, the lead back. He has some flex appeal. Herbert is a solid QB2 and good start in Superflex, and I like Keenan Allen at receiver and Hunter Henry at tight end, too. Justin Jackson has some deeper league flex appeal as he figures to get a good share of the rushing work.
For the Saints, the big news was that receiver Michael Thomas is out again. This time not because of his ankle, but because of his behavior with teammates. Drew Brees is a QB2, and I’d actually take Herbert if pressed to choose. But the Saints have a GREAT back in Alvin Kamara, who is my top ranked running back this week. He’s been amazing this season, and I think he will be again tonight. Latavius Murray has also been solid, and has some deeper league flex appeal.
Among Saints’ receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith have both been decent the past few weeks in Thomas’ absence. Both are worth a flex play, but I like the touchdown upside of Smith a little more. He seems to be developing a solid connection with Brees this season.
Prediction: Saints win to move to 3-2 and the lead in the AFC South.
Buffalo Bills (4-0) at Tennessee Titans (3-0)
This game is still currently set to go on Tuesday night. The NFL really wants to squeeze it in and I think they’ll try as hard as possible to make it happen. Hopefully you’re also playing in a league where the commissioner allowed you to designate replacements just in case. That will help if the game is postponed.
For the Bills, Josh Allen is a Top 3 option at quarterback. You’re playing him with confidence. Rookie Zack Moss might be back in Week 5, but I still like Devin Singletary as the better option. He’s a low-end RB2 for me. In the passing game, Stefon Diggs has been the best and has connected with Allen. I had him as a low-end WR1 heading into the weekend. If you need to play another Bills’ receiver, Cole Beasley is the one I have the most faith in right now.
For the Titans, Ryan Tannehill figures to be a mid-range QB2, while Derrick Henry is a low-end RB1 and Jonnu Smith figures to be a TE1. The big question is wide receiver, where Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and a host of others are on COVID IR. A.J. Brown is not, but he’s been dealing with a knee injury. Add to that the fact the Titans haven’t really been practicing, so it’s hard to gauge how he’s doing. If you have him in your lineup, have another option ready.
Prediction: I think the Titans will be rusty. I have the Bills winning to join the Seahawks at 5-0.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.