Sun Sep 20 11:53pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton dives with the ball but is stopped near the goal line as the clock expires in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 35-30. In the background, fans cheer via remote video links on a video monitor. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 35-30. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is tackled by Seattle Seahawks safety Ugo Amadi, left, as linebacker Jordyn Brooks, second from right, and cornerback Tre Flowers, right, look on during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton rushes for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson makes a catch for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) Cam Newton was stopped at the 1-yard line on the final play and the Seattle Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 35-30 on Sunday night.
Newton led New England 80 yards in the closing moments, trying to spoil the performance of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who matched his career high with five touchdown passes.
Newton and the Patriots reached the 1 on a pass to N'Keal Harry with 3 seconds left. On the final play, Newton tried to run power to the left, but was upended by L.J. Collier in the biggest play of his young career. Newton, who had two rushing touchdowns in the game, never got close to the goal line and Seattle's sideline erupted in celebration.
Newton was excellent in his first road game with the Patriots throwing for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He ran for another 47 yards, but couldn't get the last three feet to give New England a victory.
Wilson was masterful on the other side, completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards. It was his fourth career game with five touchdown passes. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and Chris Carson all took turns celebrating in the end zone. Carson was the last, running under a 18-yard rainbow toss from Wilson against the blitz with 4:32 left to give the Seahawks a 35-23 lead.
But Newton wasn't done. His second TD run pulled New England to 35-30 with 2:16 left. It was his eighth career game with at least two rushing TDs, setting an NFL record.
New England held the Seahawks to a three-and-out after Seattle threw on third-and-1 and Wilson couldn't connect with Lockett on a deep shot.
Newton needed just five plays to move New England from its 19 to the Seattle 36 with 41 seconds left. After a penalty, Newton hit Edelman for 18 yards to the Seattle 13 with 20 seconds left and the pair nearly connected again in the end zone but Newton's pass was high with 9 seconds remaining. Newton found Harry but was stopped at the 1 and New England used its final timeout, setting the stage for the final play.
Edelman finished with eight catches for 179 yards.
Wilson became the first QB in Seahawks history to throw at least four TDs in consecutive games after he had four TD tosses in Week 1 against Atlanta.
It was the kind of performance that in a normal setting would have left CenturyLink Field shaking with delirium. But the stadium built for noise was empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving fans to celebrate Seattle improving to 2-0 for the second straight year at home.
New England played without running back James White after his father was killed Sunday in a car crash in Florida, authorities said. The wreck that killed Tyrone White happened around 1 p.m. in Cooper City, Florida, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. White, who was the captain of the Miami-Dade Police Department, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Seattle lost its starting and backup free safeties in the first half. Starter Quandre Diggs was ejected late in the first quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England's N'Keal Harry. On fourth-and-3 from the Seattle 30, Newton hit Harry on a slant for 13 yards. The rookie was immediately hit by Diggs in a violent collision that snapped Harry's head backward. The penalty helped lead to Newton's 1-yard TD run.
Diggs was the first Seattle player ejected since 2017 when Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson were both ejected in a loss at Jacksonville.
Marquise Blair moved from nickel cornerback to safety in place of Diggs, but left with a right knee injury in the second quarter. Blair had to be helped off the field and the team immediately ruled him out. Lano Hill took over at free safety with Blair out.
Patriots: Return home to host Las Vegas.
Seahawks: Host Dallas next Sunday.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 2
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is expected to miss multiple weeks after injuring himself during the matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The 24-year-old, who has never missed a game throughout his tenure in the league, has compiled four touchdowns so far this season, leaving a void that will be undoubtedly hard to fill for both the team and fantasy managers. Until he returns, Mike Davis will likely handle a bulk of the carries out of the backfield, with Trenton Cannon coming in for relief.
Free-agent running back Devonta Freeman will work out for the New York Giants on Tuesday of this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Giants fear they lost starting running back Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL tear during Week 2's loss to the Chicago Bears. Freeman's name has been linked to a few teams since the offseason, most recently the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro could help to replace Barkley in New York if his workout this week goes well. Currently, the Giants have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman as the next two men up in their running back room. Freeman is worth a waiver add this week, especially if he does come to terms with New York before waivers run in your league. Just don't go crazy with your FAB money as he could only have an early-down role running behind a poor offensive line in New York.
Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas had a quiet afternoon with just 26 yards on four receptions in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Despite the unflattering stat-line, Thomas was targeted nine times, second-most on the team. The Washington offense lacks true playmakers so Thomas has been heavily-involved in back-to-back weeks. His high target-floor make him a solid tight end to roster in fantasy and he can be considered a startable streamer in a solid Week 3 matchup with Cleveland.
Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) will visit the New York Giants this week.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin had a big game in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. McLaurin caught seven passes for 125 yards and his first touchdown of the season. McLaurin led the team with 10 targets as the Washington offense lacks playmakers behind the second-year Ohio State Buckeye. As a result, McLaurin is an attractive option in fantasy as his target floor is very high. He has another good matchup lined up in Week 3 at Cleveland.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic ran for 53 yards on eight carries in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. McKissic was the number two back on the afternoon behind Antonio Gibson who had 13 carries. Peyton Barber, who led the backfield in Week 1, had just one carry. McKissic is known as a passing-downs back so it's no surprise he played a lot of snaps with Washington trailing big most of the afternoon. McKissic doesn't have fantasy appeal except in the deepest PPR formats.
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught three of his six targets for 66 yards in Week 2 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Sutton missed the opener with a shoulder injury and showed a lot of intestinal fortitude playing in this one only to get derailed by cramping in the third quarter. It's been a rough start for the third-year pro, but he should be good to go next week assuming he doesn't experience some kind of setback with his shoulder between now and then. He should be considered a WR3 with WR2 upside in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Arizona Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell recorded 10 tackles against the Washington Football Team in Week 2. Eight of those tackles were solo, and he added two passes defensed.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon ran for 70 yards on 19 carries and added two catches on three targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon was featured with Philip Lindsay (toe) sidelined and found much more success early on than Saquon Barkley did against this same defense in Week 1. The Broncos figure to continue riding Gordon hard for however long Lindsay needs to recover, but his path to fantasy success is unlikely to get much easier in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Consider Gordon a low-end RB2 at best in that matchup.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk caught two passes (on four targets) for 57 yards against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Through two weeks, Kirk has been an afterthought offensively, catching just three passes combined. It's too soon to cut bait on a talented receiver in a high-upside offense, but he's better left on the bench for the time being.
Arizona Cardinals LB Jordan Hicks had 10 tackles (eight solo) against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had seven receptions for 50 yards in a Week 2 victory over the Washington Football Team.
Fantasy Spin: The one-time fantasy stud's best days are well in the past now, but Fitzgerald can still generate flex value in point-per-reception leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two catches on as many targets for 15 more yards in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
Fantasy Spin: Conner did the bulk of his damage on a 59-yard carry late in the game as Denver was selling out to stop Pittsburgh from trying to chew clock. But one thing was clear before that: Conner is still the man in this backfield, logging 13 more carries than Benny Snell. Conner's durability - he left early in Week 1 with an ankle sprain - has been his biggest bugaboo for a while now, and it might be the only thing that keeps him from having a field day in Week 3 against the Houston Texans' weak run defense.
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards against the Washington Football Team in Week 2. He added two receptions for nine yards.
Fantasy Spin: Drake hasn't been the explosive playmaker he was after being acquired from Miami last year, but the season is still young and he's getting the majority of the work in the backfield on an emerging offense. Stay the course with Drake as an RB2.
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Football Team in Week 2.
Fantasy Spin: It was a step back statistically after a huge Week 1 performance, but Hopkins' first TD in a Cardinals uniform helped offset some of that. He's a must-start WR1 that could be in for a big week against a shaky Lions secondary.
Denver Broncos QB Jeff Driskel came on in relief of an injured Drew Lock (shoulder) and finished 18-of-34 for 256 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Week 2 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Driskel has turned himself into a capable backup NFL quarterback and flashed at times when called upon, and it's no small feat to do what he did in this game against such a quality defense. Given that Lock was seen in a sling after his exit, it's likely Driskel will need to start multiple games for the Broncos. He should be a decent superflex option for however long he is needed, but he shouldn't be starting in most fantasy leagues in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger finished 29-of-41 for 311 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
Fantasy Spin: Roethlisberger threw an unforgivable interception early in the third quarter but was otherwise sharp, connecting on long strikes to rookie Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. The Steelers' defense is so good that Roethlisberger may not need to carry the offense very often, but he possesses a solid fantasy floor with huge upside should the defense has an off-day or two along the way. Consider him a strong starting option in Week 3 against the vulnerable Houston Texans' defense.
Washington Football Team LB Kevin Pierre-Louis was credited with 15 tackles, including 10 solo, against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks hauled in five of his eight targets for 95 yards in Week 2 versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: Cooks' performance was one of the few bright spots for Houston in this one. His 38-yard catch in the second quarter helped set up the Texans' lone TD. Will Fuller dealt with an undisclosed injury throughout this contest, which explains a bit why Cooks played such a prominent role. Regardless of whether Fuller can play next week or not, Cooks figures to be a weak flex option in a brutal matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Seattle Seahawks S Jamal Adams recorded 10 tackles (six solo), a sack and two QB hits against the New England Patriots in Week 2.