Mon Nov 30 7:15pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mykal Walker (43) hits Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Carr through an interception on the play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (91) hits Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) for a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons recovered the ball. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Coach Jon Gruden didn't feel any better rewatching the Las Vegas Raiders lopsided loss at Atlanta than he did when he saw it in person.
The five turnovers, 141 yards in penalties and a couple of defensive breakdowns that added up to the 43-6 loss to the Falcons on Sunday have a way of doing that.
''You ever go to the dentist and have to have your teeth pulled out? It's pretty much like that,'' Gruden said Monday. ''This was tough, man.
''Fourth-and-1 we have the ball, we go for it, we get rejected. Next possession, first down, we take a shot with an aggressive play-action protection, sack-strip fumble. Right before the half, we're going in for points, sack-strip fumble. Early in the third quarter, we're in great field position, interception for a touchdown. We force a kicker to miss a field goal, we rough the kicker and they end up getting seven (points) out of that.
''There wasn't anything pleasant about watching the tape.''
The game was a complete reversal of the way the Raiders (6-5) had been playing in recent weeks. They won three straight and then lost a tight game at the end to the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs that showed they can compete with just about anybody.
But then when the schedule was supposed to get easier, starting with a visit to the struggling Falcons, the Raiders fell flat instead. They now have a difficult road in the tough AFC to make it to the playoffs for the second time in 17 seasons.
Las Vegas will likely need to win four of its final five games to make it, starting with this week's trip to face the winless New York Jets, who lost 20-3 on Sunday to Miami.
''I'm not going to worry about anything down the road except the Jets,'' Gruden said. ''If you watch the Jets play yesterday, they're a handful. They are going to be hard to move the ball on. ... This will be a fist fight, no doubt about it. I got a lot of respect for the way the Jets are competing.''
Passes to Hunter Renfrow. The second-year slot receiver is emerging as the Raiders' most dependable wide receiver. He matched a career high with seven catches on Sunday for 73 yards. He leads all Las Vegas wideouts with 38 catches for 509 yards this season.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Derek Carr's ball security. Carr committed a career-worst four turnovers in the game, losing three fumbles on sacks and throwing an interception that was returned for a TD by Deion Jones. Carr's 11 fumbles are the most in the NFL this season and he has lost a league-high eight of them. He has fumbled eight times on his 17 sacks, more than quadruple the league average rate of fumbles on sacks.
Nicholas Morrow. There were few players who earned praise in the loss but Morrow was one of them. He played 77 of 78 snaps despite the return of Cory Littleton from injury, and led the team with 10 tackles to go with one quarterback hit, one tackle for loss and two passes defensed.
Brandon Parker. The third-year tackle earned praise for his solid play in recent weeks as a fill-in at both left and right tackle. He was exposed against the Falcons when he started on the right side. He was beaten by Jacob Tuioti-Mariner on a sack late in the first half that led to a fumble by Carr.
RB Josh Jacobs was slowed by a sprained ankle but is confident he won't miss a game. ... CB Damon Arnette left with a concussion. He was feeling better Monday and Gruden is hopeful he can clear the protocols this week. ... RT Trent Brown will return to practice from the COVID-19 list Wednesday but is unlikely to play the upcoming game. DE Clelin Ferrell and DB Lamarcus Joyner could play this week after missing two games on the COVID-19 list.
14 - The Raiders have gone 14 straight drives without scoring a TD. During that stretch, they have turned over the ball six times, gone three-and-out three times, punted two other times, kicked two field goals and turned it over on downs once.
Las Vegas visits the winless New York Jets on Sunday. The Raiders are 1-18 on the road against AFC and NFC East teams the past 13 seasons, with the only win coming when they spent the week in Florida before playing Miami in 2017.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 12
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (COVID-19 list) was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Monday, which marks yet another setback for the veteran WR during an injury-riddled 2020. (Players do not have to test positive for the virus to be placed on the list.) Edelman's return to action has been clouded since being placed on injured reserve due to a knee ailment, last having appeared Week 7 against San Francisco. Having appeared in six games this year, Edelman has amassed just 21 receptions for 315 yards without a touchdown, a significant downturn from the production that fantasy managers have come to expect on a yearly basis. Check back for further updates on Edelman's health status as they become available ahead of the team's Week 13 matchup against the Chargers.
Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram (COVID-19) appeared destined to miss the team's Week 12 contest versus Pittsburgh after positive COVID-19 tests last week. But with the game being pushed to Wednesday afternoon due to the continual COVID-19 outbreak within the Ravens' organization, both Dobbins and Ingram will have met the league's conditions of 10-day self-isolation. Gus Edwards had been in line to see a significant workload out of the backfield, especially with Lamar Jackson (COVID-19) out of the mix; the addition of Ingram and Dobbins essentially zaps Edwards of that former intrigue, even as the group figures to spearhead the offense against a stout Steelers Defense. None of the three has emerged as a consistent season-long fantasy contributor at this stage, making any of the group a risky play this week.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V (suspension) will miss at least the remainder of the 2020 regular season after being tagged with a six-game suspension for violation of the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. Fuller claimed on Instagram that the substance was a medication he now realizes was not cleared under league protocol. Assuming that Houston does not make a postseason run this year, Fuller will also miss the first game of the '21 season, which may not come as a member of the Texans due to his pending free agency. His absence in the Texans' passing game may knock Deshaun Watson down a peg in outlook over the stretch run, while Brandin Cooks, Keke Coutee, and Isaiah Coulter could all step into increased roles as soon as Week 13 against Indianapolis. Fuller can be dropped to the waiver wire in all single-season leagues.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB T.J. Logan (knee) and WR Jaydon Mickens were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 on Monday, Nov. 30. Logan will remain on the Reserve/Injured list, however.
Philadelphia Eagles LB Genard Avery (elbow) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 30. The Eagles also elevated DT T.Y. McGill and TE Caleb Wilson from the practice squad.
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Nov. 30.
Kansas City Chiefs S Tedric Thompson was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Nov. 30. FB Andy Janovich was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list to make room for him on the roster.
Free-agent WR Tavon Austin (49ers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Nov. 30.
The Denver Broncos Defense was not able to slow down fill-in quarterback Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints in the 31-3 blowout loss in Week 12. A week after sacking Dolphins rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa six times and springing the upset on Miami, the Broncos D put up little fight on a day in which their offense and practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton could only muster one completion as the emergency starter under center. They were of little help to fantasy managers by allowing 30-plus points for the fifth time in the last six games. Denver managed only three sacks (two by DeMarcus Walker) and one interception of Hill in the contest. With another dreadful matchup upcoming -- the division-rival Chiefs -- Denver's D should be avoided once again. They allowed a season-worst 43 points to KC back in Week 7.
Updating previous reports, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) was diagnosed with a hamstring strain that will likely force him to miss some time, according to a source. The Giants will know more later this week when Jones attempts to practice, but there is optimism that he won't be out long. Tests on Monday ruled out a significant tear. It's highly unlikely that Jones will play in Week 13 against the Seahawks, meaning that backup Colt McCoy should see his first start since his lone start for Washington last year. Jones, the sixth overall pick in 2019, has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,332 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. New York's pass-catchers will need to be downgraded for the next game if McCoy is starting under center.
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus gave the team their only points of the day in the Week 12 blowout loss to the Saints by making a season-long 58-yard kick in the 31-3 defeat. McManus hasn't missed a kick since Week 7 against the Chiefs when he shanked an extra point, and he's missed just one of his 22 field-goal attempts on the year as well. He's 7-for-8 on 50-plus yard tries and has proven to be one of the most automatic kickers in the game with his 95.5 percent success rate in 2020. However, he remains a fringe fantasy starter, at best, because of the Broncos inconsistent offense. McManus had zero chance of racking up points for fantasy owners with practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton playing QB on Sunday. In the rematch with KC in Week 13, McManus should be considered a low-upside option. He was afforded just one field goal try in the first matchup in Week 7.
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in Week 12, but an X-ray on Monday, Nov. 30, revealed no break. According to head coach Matt Rhule, Moore may be able to return after the team's Week 13 bye.
Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy wasn't alone, but he failed to haul in a pass on his only target in the 31-3 blowout loss to the Saints in Week 12. On a day when practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton filled in at quarterback due to COVID-19 knocking out the rest of Denver's eligible QBs, the Broncos offense managed to complete just one pass against a strong New Orleans defense. Jeudy should've been benched by his fantasy managers, and he should remain there unless Drew Lock makes a return in Week 13 against the Chiefs. The rookie from Alabama had seen 40 targets in his previous four games, but he caught just 18 of them and remains a WR4/flex in deeper leagues in this inconsistent offense. Jeudy had just two catches for 20 yards in the previous meeting with the Chiefs in Week 7.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick had just two targets in the 31-3 blowout loss to the Saints in Week 12 and failed to catch a single pass. Emergency fill-in quarterback Kendall Hinton attempted just nine passes and completed only one of them, so the entire Broncos passing game was non-existent on Sunday. Patrick should only be considered as a WR4/flex in deeper leagues in Week 13 against the division-rival Chiefs if quarterback Drew Lock returns from the COVID-19 protocols. Patrick has been the team's most consistent wideout in 2020 and has three 100-yard games, but he has only three touchdowns and remains a shaky flex play in deeper leagues because of the inconsistent nature of Denver's offense. The 27-year-old caught three of four targets for 44 yards in the first meeting with Kansas City in Week 7.
With Denver Broncos practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton filling in as the team's emergency quarterback in Week 12 against the Saints, tight end Noah Fant caught Hinton's lone completion of the day for 13 yards on two targets. Fantasy managers would've been smart to bench everyone from Denver's offense on this strange day in the 31-3 blowout loss. Unless quarterback Drew Lock returns in Week 13 against the division-rival Chiefs, Fant should remain benched. The 23-year-old is still looking for his first touchdown since Week 2. He caught three of his seven targets for 38 yards in the first meeting with KC back in Week 7. Fant continues to have TE1 appeal with Lock under center, but he'll be more of a low-end TE1 if Lock is cleared from the COVID-19 protocol this week.
San Francisco 49ers CB Jamar Taylor (knee) will miss the remainder of the season after he was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Monday, Nov. 30.
Philadelphia Eagles veteran offensive lineman Jason Peters (toe) will play on Monday night against the Seahawks despite having a broken and dislocated toe that will require surgery in the offseason, according to a source. However, instead of playing left tackle and protecting quarterback Carson Wentz's blind side, Peters will be moving to guard to help make up for his lack of mobility. Philly's offensive line, which has been the best at run-blocking so far this season, is encountering some adversity in the form of injuries to Peters and right tackle Lane Johnson (ankle), who said over the weekend that he's done for the season. Although the offensive line still has plenty of talent, they'll be working at far less than full strength in Week 12 against Seattle and to close out the season.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains have been splitting the play-calling duties around 50/50 for around the last four games. The Jets have been more competitive in recent weeks, even with backup quarterback Joe Flacco starting two of the last three games, but the Jets remain the only winless team in the NFL through 12 weeks of the season. The play-calling situation probably won't make much difference in New York's underwhelming offense the rest of the way. The good news for the Jets is that quarterback Sam Darnold returned from a shoulder injury in Week 12 and he has his full complement of receivers in Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder and rookie Denzel Mims to close out the season. However, it's still hard to get behind any of the team's offensive weapons for fantasy purposes heading into Week 13 against the Raiders.
Tests on New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) on Monday showed that he avoided a major injury, according to sources. Jones will have an outside chance of playing in Week 13 against the Seahawks, but the team will have a better read on his status when they know if he'll be able to get on the practice field later this week. Jones was looking really good on Sunday against the Bengals before going down with his injury, and he'd offer some streaming upside next week against a bad Seahawks Defense if he's able to play. If he cannot go, the G-Men would likely go with backup Colt McCoy, who came in for Jones in Week 12. McCoy went 6-for-10 for 31 yards in his first game action in 14 months. He'd be a low-end QB2 option for desperate fantasy managers in superflex leagues.