Sun Sep 27 11:53pm ET
By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55)c elaborates his fumble recovery in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) pulls in a 72 yard pass completion in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) reacts after a 72 year pass completion setting up a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) pulls in a touchdown reception over Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (20) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (28) is hit by Green Bay Packers linebacker Ty Summers (44) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes under pressure from Green Bay Packers defensive end Billy Winn (93) and nose tackle Tyler Lancaster (95) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) drops back to pass under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Malcom Roach in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) carries in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is tackled by Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos on a 49 yard run in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Aaron Rodgers passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers remained unbeaten with a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
With Packers top receiver Davante Adams unable to play because of a hamstring injury, Rodgers nonetheless found ways to attack New Orleans (1-2) with a variety of passes, short and long.
Allen Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards for Green Bay (3-0), including gains of 48 and 72 yards on throws deep downfield that each set up touchdowns.
Rodgers' scoring passes went for 5 yards to Lazard, 18 yards to tight end Marcedes Lewis and 1 yard to tight end Robert Tonyan. Lazard's longest catch set up Aaron Jones' 1-yard TD run.
The decisive drive got going when Rodgers hit tight end Jace Sternberger for a 23-yard gain and later drew a pass interference calls in the end zone on a third-down play, which set up the Tonyan TD with two minutes left.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara built on a sensational start to the season, gaining 197 yards from scrimmage and scoring twice on short passes from Brees, with shifty, tackle-slipping runs after the catch.
His scoring plays included a 52-yarder in which he took a pass near the line of scrimmage and broke four tackles, including one that forced him to balance along the sideline before he cut back inside for the final yards. That play, which tied the score at 27, might have wound a typical Superdome crowd into a wild, stadium-vibrating frenzy. But the stands were virtually empty, with the exception of fewer than 1,000 Saints player and staff guests.
Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three TDs. Emmanuel Sanders caught a 10-yard scoring pass at the end of the first half that gave the Saints a 17-13 lead.
The game featured a quick sequence of defensive highlights while the game was tied at 27 early in the fourth quarter.
Just two plays after Saints defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore combined to stop running back Aaron Jones short on fourth-and-1, Za'Darius Smith stripped Taysom Hill on a read-option run and recovered the fumble to give Green Bay possession again near midfield.
The Packers parlayed the turnover into a go-ahead, 49-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with 8:47 to play.
Wil Lutz' third field goal of the game in the final minute allowed the Saints to set up an onside kick in hopes of recovering and driving for a tying touchdown, but the kick went out of bounds and the Packers were able to run out the clock.
Packers: LB Christian Kirksey injured his shoulder during the second quarter and did not return.
Saints: LG Andrus Peat was carted off the field after Kamara was tackled into the offensive lineman's lower legs late in the second quarter. The Saints said Peat injured his ankle.
Packers: Host Atlanta in a Monday night game on Oct. 5.
Saints: Visit Detroit on Sunday.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 3
Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young's (groin) injury is not believed to be serious, but he'll undergo tests on Monday to make sure. It looks like Washington has dodged a bullet with the second overall pick in the draft. They'll definitely need the young pass-rusher if they hope to slow down Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a daunting Week 4 matchup. The 21-year-old from Ohio State didn't tally and tackles or sacks against the Browns on Sunday, but he does have eight combined tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, one forced fumble and 2.5 sacks in his first three games. Young is the real deal rushing the passer and should already be in consideration in IDP leagues at his position.
New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers (ankle), who limped off the field in pain in the Week 3 loss to the 49ers, is believed to have suffered a low ankle sprain, according to a source. The injury looked bad on Sunday, but it appeared worse than it is. Julian Love replaced Peppers in the secondary when Peppers exited the game, but it's unclear if Peppers will have to miss any time moving forward. Consider him questionable for Week 4 against the Rams for now and monitor his practice status throughout the week. The Giants Defense should definitely be faded in a tough matchup with the Rams offense in Week 4, regardless of Peppers' status.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (knee) is believed to have suffered a sprained knee in the Week 3 win over the Cowboys, according to a source. The injury should allow him to return to the field shortly, pending the results of his MRI exam on Monday. Before going down in the fourth quarter, Carson had 14 carries for 64 yards and three catches for 12 yards. He has three touchdowns on the season through three weeks (all through the air) and will continue to have solid fantasy value in Seattle's high-octane offense, but it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for a good matchup in Week 4 against the Dolphins. If Carson has to miss time, it will be Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas splitting the backfield repetitions.
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz made all three field-goal attempts and all three extra-points in a Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Lutz was busy in a game that saw a combined 67 points put on the board. His night included a couple 30-yarders and a 45-yard kick late in the game that brought the Saints within a touchdown. The 26-year-old has yet to miss a kick and has been fantastic to start the 2020 season. He might be the best kicker to roster in fantasy football right now so keep him in lineups as an every-week starter.
The New Orleans Saints Defense did not look particularly good in a 37-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Not only did they allow 30-plus points for the second straight game but the pass rush only mustered one sack of opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For much of the night, the Saints couldn't get near the veteran signal-caller. It's a disappointing performance for a unit that had high expectations coming into the season. Fortunately, there are some better matchups coming up against the Lions and Chargers, so maybe they can turn it around.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (groin) caught two of three targets for 21 receiving yards in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Cook saw only three targets as he was blanketed by the Packers Defense and then left the game late in the third quarter with a groin injury. There's no word yet on the severity of the injury, but Cook was limping badly as he left the field. If he is forced to miss time, rookie Adam Trautman could see some more playing time. All other Saints pass-catchers would get a slight boost if Cook misses time, though we need to see a little more from Drew Brees in this offense to confidently use any secondary options.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith had a quiet day in a Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Smith saw the second-most targets on the team but could only muster four catches for 42 receiving yards. It was a disappointing performance considering the number of targets that were potentially available, though most of them were gobbled up by Alvin Kamara in the short, passing game. Most of Smith's potential fantasy value will hinge on the Week 4 status of Michael Thomas (ankle), though the matchup against the Lions is certainly an enticing one. Even so, Smith will be harder to trust after burning fantasy managers in this one.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught four of five targets for 56 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Sanders enjoyed his best game of the season in Week 3, as he was Drew Brees' favorite pass-catcher besides Alvin Kamara. Brees found Sanders in the end zone for a touchdown right before the end of the first half. The veteran wideout probably could have had more if Brees had been able to get the ball downfield to him, though it's still a solid performance for him to build upon. Depending on the status of Michael Thomas (ankle), Sanders could have flex value against a struggling Lions Defense.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis recorded five receptions on six targets for 69 yards in Week three against the Vikings. Despite finishing second on the team in targets, Davis led the team in receiving yards in the absence of A.J. Brown (knee). The majority of his production came on a 38-yard reception that ultimately set up a one-yard rushing score for Derrick Henry late in the third quarter. Davis may be heading toward a fourth-year breakout. He has 206 yards and a touchdown across three games and should continue to be valuable as long as A.J. Brown remains sidelined. He faces a stingy Steelers Defense in Week four.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of his 37 pass attempts for 321 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week three against Minnesota. Tannehill topped 300 yards for the first time this season. In particular, he showed a connection on deep passes with Kalif Raymond, logging completions of 61 and 44 yards. The negative -- Tannehill failed to find the end zone for the first time this season as the team settled for six field goals. He and the Titans will face a stiff test in week four when they take on the Steelers. He will be a low-end QB2 in that contest.
New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray carried the ball a team-high 12 times for 58 rushing yards and caught one pass for seven receiving yards in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Murray was overshadowed by the Alvin Kamara show, but he actually ran the ball really well, with a touchdown being the only thing missing. The veteran back will have standalone fantasy value in some games but this game reinforced one very important fact. Aside from Kareem Hunt, Murray might be the most valuable insurance policy in fantasy football. If something were to happen to Kamara, he would get a gargantuan workload, as he did last year when he was given the reins to the backfield. Murray could be in the flex conversation in Week 4 against a bad Lions' run defense.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was unstoppable in a Week 3 loss to Green Bay. Kamara picked up 58 rushing yards on six carries but was devastating as a receiver, catching 13 of 14 targets for 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The 25-year-old was so incredible as a pass-catcher that he would have finished as the WR1 in PPR formats (pending Monday night)- and not far behind in standard leagues. The absence of Michael Thomas (ankle) has clearly resulted in a huge receiving workload for Kamara. Make no mistake though, he looks healthy and explosive and could easily finish as the top scorer at the running back position in both formats even with Thomas back in the lineup. He'll get a Week 4 matchup against the Lions, who have been bad at defending running backs for over a year now.
Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith recorded five receptions on eight targets for 61 yards in week three against the Vikings. Smith led the team with eight targets, continuing his target uptick to start the 2020 season. He delivered several explosive plays in the game, including receptions of 21, 16 and 14 yards. He has already seen 20 targets to begin the season and has shown good chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He's a solid TE1 going forward but he gets a tough test against a stingy Steelers Defense in week four.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond caught three receptions for 118 yards in the team's Week three victory over the Vikings. Raymond delivered the two biggest offensive plays of the day for the Titans, hauling in receptions of 61 and 44 yards. This was Raymond's first true involvement in the offense in 2020, as he had run just 18 routes entering the Week three contest. However, he emerged last season -- particularly in the playoffs -- as a deep threat and flashed the ability to maintain that role with this performance. He will not be much of a factor once A.J. Brown returns.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-30 loss to the Packers. Brees may not have looked downfield as much as others would have liked, but he certainly did enough to get the job done. He had a nice touchdown throw to Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone, but Brees' main job all night was to get the ball in the hands of Alvin Kamara, who could not be stopped. This was definitely an encouraging bounce-back from Brees for fantasy purposes and his future outlook would be helped even more if Michael Thomas (ankle) could suit up for Week 4 against a poor Lions' secondary.
New York Giants S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) is believed to have a low-ankle sprain.
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (knee) is believed to just have a sprain, but MRI results will have more information Monday, Sept. 28.
Fantasy Spin: A sprain could still cost him four weeks, but it's not believed to be a season-ending thing. Carlos Hyde's stock will rise this week. He should be owned everywhere.
Seattle Seahawks TE Greg Olsen caught five of his six targets for 61 yards in Week 3 versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen was shut out against the New England Patriots in Week 2, so the relatively few fantasy owners who fired him up again this week got roughly about what they should expect from him. The 35-year-old is clearly a fantasy TE2 at this stage of his career, but any pass-catcher attached to this offense right now who is seeing his fair share of snaps is worth considering in fantasy. He should be a useful streamer again in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.
Seattle Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin set a career high with 11 tackles - all solo - and also broke up a pass in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.