By Juan Lozano and Marc Harper | October 7, 2020
Broncos @ NY Jets- Tim Patrick (WR)
- The Broncos are without standout wide receiver Courtland Sutton for the remainder of the season. Their passing game is also further hindered because of the loss of quarterback Drew Lock in the first few weeks of the season.
- The season is likely lost and we don’t see a path to the postseason, but there is opportunity for young players aiming to make a name for themselves and take on a significant role in future and hopefully more competitive seasons. This week naming a “WOW” was a tough call as it was between Josey Jewell, a linebacker in his third year who finished the game with 10 tackles and 2 sacks and our recipient Tim Patrick, an undrafted wide receiver from Utah.
- Patrick had his first career 100-yard game against the Jets. He finished the game with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a 7- yard pass from reserve quarterback Brett Rypien with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter to extend Denver’s lead to 8. Patrick had nearly half of Denver’ s receiving yards.
Ravens @ Washington- Marlon Humphrey (CB)
- We don’t think there was any question the Ravens were going to win this game, but Humphrey helped turn the tide early with a forced fumble on Washington’s second drive of the game. For some reason, Marcus Peters gets more of the media attention in the Ravens backfield, but Humphrey is one of the best corners in the league.
- The Ravens rewarded him with a new $98.75 million deal this past week. It’s easy to see why.
Chargers @ Bucs– Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB)
- The turning point in the game was a Joshua Kelley (Week 1 WOW selectee) fumble in the closing minute of the first half. This allowed the Buccaneers to cut the score to 10 going into half time. Playing without running back Leonard Fournette for the entire game and LeSean McCoy for part of the contest, and with Ronald Jones unable to catch the ball, Vaughn stepped in and had two big catches for 22 yards and a score late. Vaughn, a 2020 third round pick, got off to a late start due to placement on the COVID reserve list. It takes a long time to earn Brady’s trust, but making plays like that will go a long way to getting Vaughn integrated in the offense.
Seahawks @ Dolphins- Shaquill Griffin (CB)
- The Seahawks defense played significantly better this week than last. Griffin was a big part of that. He played well in pass coverage all day and had a key interception early in the 4th quarter to seal the game. His pick led to a TD that put the Seahawks up 16 and placed the game out of reach. We all know how far Russell Wilson can carry this team, but if the Seahawks want to go far, they’ll need their defense to step up. Sunday was a step in the right direction.
Vikings @ Texans – Justin Jefferson (WR)
- It can be hard to get rookie WRs involved in an offense. For the first two games of the season the Vikings did not get Jefferson involved at all. In the last two? He’s had over 100 yards receiving in both games, taking some of the pressure off Adam Thielen. It’s easy to forget that Jefferson was one of the best WRs in college football last year. It’s no coincidence that the Vikings offense suddenly looks more competent with him involved.
Saints @ Lions- Patrick Robinson (CB)
- Early in the game, the Saints found themselves down 14-0 with 10:23 remaining in the first quarter. The Saints clawed their way back to tie the game up at the end of the first quarter. This contest had the makings of a shootout.
- The Lions appeared like they were going to score on a vulnerable and maligned Saints secondary in the second quarter.
- Cornerback Patrick Robinson intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass at the Saints 11-yard line with 8:38 left in the first half. The Saints capitalized on the turnover and drove the length of the field to score and break the tie. They would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the game.
Browns @ Cowboys- Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR)
- Of late, anytime Odell Beckham Jr.’s name has been mentioned, it has been in a negative manner. That looks like it might be coming to an end.
- Beckham reasserted himself as what are the game’s top receivers with an outstanding performance on the ground and in the air. Beckham had two carries for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. By air, Beckham had five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
- Beckham is not always consistent, but they need him to be at his best with running back Nick Chubb likely out a few weeks due to injury.
Jaguars @ Bengals– Joe Mixon (RB)
- Through 4 games this season, the attention is rightfully on Joe Burrow, but having Joe Mixon on that offense is what really makes the Bengals offense go. It is strange that a guy who signed a 4-year $48 million deal in the offseason could be considered underrated, but he’s not discussed nearly enough. On Sunday, he had 25 carries for 151 yards and 2 scores. He also caught 6 of 6 targets for 30 yards and another score. He forces defenses to stack the box, and once they do Joe Burrow gets to air it out. If Mixon stays healthy, the Bengals should be able to keep positive momentum going on offense.
Colts @ Bears- Rodrigo Blankenship (K)
- Rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship hit all four field goal attempts as well as an extra point to help the visiting Colts defeat the Chicago Bears.
- Blankenship hit field goals of 21, 30 (twice), and 44 yards. On a day where the Colts offense struggled and their defense kept them in the game, they needed Blankenship to come through and he did. Blankenship accounted for 13 of the Colts 19 points.
Cardinals @ Panthers– Mike Davis (RB)
- Mike Davis is making the Panthers look like they never needed to extend Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers use Davis in much the same way that they used McCaffrey, and there has been no noticeable drop off. On Sunday, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry, and caught 6 passes out of the backfield. Since he took over the starting role, the Panthers are 2-0. It’s a coincidence, and it’s early, but you must wonder if the Panthers are regretting that McCaffrey deal already.
NY Giants @ LA Rams – Darious Williams (CB)
- Third-year cornerback Darious Williams intercepted a Daniel Jones pass at the Rams 18-yard line with 52 seconds left in the 4th quarter to cement a Rams victory in a game where defenses dominated. Williams also defended two passes and was in on four tackles.
- Williams, undrafted out of UAB has earned more playing time this season, his second full season with the Rams. He makes plays when he’s on the field and we expect to see more of him in weeks to come.
Bills @ Raiders- Quinton Jefferson (DL)
- Up 30-16, Bills defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson strip sacked Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter. Jefferson recovered the ball at the Bills 40-yard line making it less likely that the Raiders would come back in this game. This effort came after a roughing-the-passer penalty the play before. That penalty was off-set by a Raiders penalty, but nevertheless, Jefferson redeemed himself.
Patriots @ Chiefs – Daniel Sorensen (S)
- The Kansas City Chiefs were up only 6-3 in a surprisingly close game towards the end of the half. We say it was a surprise because the Patriots were without the services of Cam Newton and Sony Michel. We didn’t expect the Patriots to be able to keep the ball away from the Chiefs.
- New England started a drive at their own 35-yard line and drove to the Kansas City 9-yard line with thirty-three seconds remaining on the clock and no timeouts remaining.
- After a first down run and a timeout, on second down Patriots quarterback Hoyer threw a short pass to running back James White who was promptly tackled in the open field and in-bounds by sturdy tackler safety Daniel Sorensen for a four-yard loss. Sorensen saw the play develop immediately as he shed a block to be able to make the stop.
- On third down, the Patriots rushed to the line and Hoyer was sacked by Frank Clark for a 13-yard loss. With no timeouts remaining, the Patriots were unable to stop the clock to attempt a field goal to tie the game.
- Sorensen finished the game with 6 tackles, including two for a loss. He’s a terribly underrated player. Without his special teams contributions in the AFC Championship game last year, the Chiefs don’t reach the Super Bowl. This probably won’t be the only time that Sorensen gets named or is considered for the Chiefs WOW.
Eagles @ 49ers- Alex Singleton (LB)
- Singleton, primarily a special teams contributor, had a thirty-yard interception return for a touchdown on a Nick Mullens pass with 5:42 in the fourth quarter to increase the Eagles lead and make it a two-score game. The Eagles had just scored a few plays earlier to give Philadelphia an 18-14 lead. Singleton was on the field replacing T.J. Edwards who had left the game earlier in the quarter due to injury.
- Singleton, a Montana State product, was a CFL standout with the Calgary Stampeders after bouncing between various NFL practice squads. Singleton came back to the United States in 2019 and didn’t play a defensive snap for the Eagles. He had played just 11 defensive snaps prior to Sunday’s contest.
Falcons @ Packers– Robert Tonyan (TE)
- The third-year undrafted tight end from Indiana State University had the best game of his career on Monday night with six catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Tonyan stepped up on a night where quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were without the services of wide receivers, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. Tonyan’s contributions have been a pleasant surprise for the NFC North -leading Packers.
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