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Casey recovers fumble, Titans hold off Chargers' rally 23-20

Sun Oct 20 7:52pm ET
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Melvin Gordon, Marcus Mariota, Tajae Sharpe, Corey Davis, Derrick Henry, Chase McLaughlin

Tennessee Titans defenders Tennessee Titans defenders Jeffery Simmons (98) and Jurrell Casey (99) celebrate after stopping the Los Angeles Chargers on their final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 23-20. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, right, celebrates with Mike Williams (81) after Ekeler scored a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans on a 41-yard pass play in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, right argues about the placement of the ball late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Los Angeles Chargers defenders celebrate after stopping the Tennessee Titans on a fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) scores a touchdown on an 11-yard run against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) celebrates with Adam Humphries (10) and Taylor Lewan, left, after Sharpe scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (25) is congratulated by quarterback Philip Rivers, right, after Gordon scored a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jurrell Casey recovered a fumble by Melvin Gordon at the goal line with 15 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans pulled out a 23-20 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Chargers after a frantic finish.

Gordon initially was ruled down shy of the goal line at the 1. Casey came out of the pile with the ball, and the Titans started celebrating. The play was reviewed and overturned the on-field ruling that Gordon was short of the goal line.

The call was a fumble forced by Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard that was recovered by Casey for a touchback. Ryan Tannehill knelt down to run out the clock as the Titans (3-4) snapped a two-game skid.

The Chargers thought they had scored the go-ahead touchdown not once but twice in the final 44 seconds only to lose both on review by the replay official. That official also overturned Gordon being stopped on the Chargers' final play.

First, Philip Rivers' pass that Austin Ekeler took 16 yards was ruled a touchdown only to be reversed by the replay official for not breaking the plane as he was tackled by Kenny Vaccaro and Logan Ryan. After a false start, Malcolm Butler then was flagged for defensive pass interference on Mike Williams in the end zone.

Then Gordon went over right tackle with 34 seconds left for what officials ruled a 1-yard TD, and the replay official then reversed the call for the second time. Gordon ran again stopped by Jeffery Simmons and Rashaan Evans for no gain. That set up Gordon's final run with 19 seconds left.

Tannehill threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since the Titans benched Marcus Mariota looking for a spark on offense after losing four of their past five overall. Tannehill came through as the Titans not only won their first game at home this season but posted a season-high 403 yards. He was 23 of 29 to outduel Rivers on a day the 16-year veteran moved to sixth in career passing yards.

The Chargers (2-5) have lost three straight and five of their past six.

Rivers and the Chargers thought they had pulled off an amazing comeback after trailing 23-13 with 6:39 left. Rivers threw a 41-yard TD pass to Ekeler with 5:09 left. The Chargers stopped Tannehill short on fourth-and-inches near midfield, and Los Angeles Rivers put the Chargers ahead with a 16-yard TD pass to Ekeler inside the final minute. But Ekeler was ruled down short of the goal line to set up an astounding final minute of the game.

Rivers finished throwing for 329 yards and two TDs.

Simmons, the No. 19 pick overall in the April draft, also made his NFL debut with a sack and a tackle for loss.

Tannehill threw an 8-yard TD pass to Corey Davis just before halftime, and he hit Tajae Sharpe on a 5-yard TD pass with 13:11 left. Derrick Henry put Tennessee up 23-13 with 6:39 left with an 11-yard TD run.

The Titans held the Chargers to a pair of field goals by rookie Chase McLaughlin in the first half.

INJURIES

The Chargers already were banged up on the offensive line with center Mike Pouncey out for the season and left tackle Russell Okung trying to work his way back from the non-football injury list with blood clots. Then left guard Forrest Lamp hurt an ankle midway through the second quarter and was carted from the sideline to the locker room. Dan Feeney moved from center to guard, and Scott Quessenberry came in at center.

The Titans lost right tackle Jack Conklin early to an injured right thigh early, and Dennis Kelly replaced him. Jamil Douglas started the third quarter at right guard with rookie Nate Davis hurting a rib. Linebacker Rashaan Evans left late in the first half only to return for the second half. Cornerback Adoree Jackson hurt a foot in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Continue their two-game road swing at Chicago on Sunday.

Titans: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Player Notes
New Orleans Saints Nov 16 4:10pm ET

The New Orleans Saints Defense was a bit of a disappointment last week. They only registered one sack and one interception and gave up 26 points. Week 11 brings a strong bounce-back chance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Jameis Winston has a league-high 24 turnovers. The Bucs offensive line ranks 29th in sacks allowed. Get the Saints defense in lineups for Week 11-they're bound to put up good numbers.

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Wil Lutz Nov 16 3:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz is set up for a good day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lutz was the muscle of the Saints' offense last week, as he made all three field-goal attempts and was responsible for all their points scored. The 25-year-old has made 19 of 23 field-goal attempts and 19 of 20 extra-point attempts. Lutz will take on the Bucs, who have allowed 25 extra-points and 20 made field-goals in nine games this year. He's a great kicking option for fantasy this week.

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Jared Cook Nov 16 3:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook gets an excellent matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He's coming off a great game, in which he caught a season-high six of 10 targets for 74 yards. It was the first time the 32-year-old has eclipsed 50 receiving yards this season. He'll have a chance to build on this effort against a Bucs defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. Cook is a bit risky, but the matchup is too juicy to pass up. Get him in lineups as a low-end TE1.

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Tre'Quan Smith Nov 16 3:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receivers Ted Ginn and Tre'Quan Smith will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. Ginn is coming off a catch-less game and hasn't gone over 50 receiving yards since Week 1. Meanwhile, Smith missed five games with an injury and has yet to eclipse 50 receiving yards in three games played. Both will get a good matchup against the Bucs, who allow 48.04 fantasy points to opposing wideouts, the most in the NFL. Still, Smith and Ginn are firmly behind Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook in the pecking order, so expectations must be lowered. Both are risky flex plays in Week 11.

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Michael Thomas Nov 16 3:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been excellent this year. The All-Pro receiver leads the NFL in catches and receiving yards with 86 and 1027, respectively. He'll face a Buccaneers team that allows the most fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. In his first game against Tampa Bay in Week 5, without Drew Brees, Thomas caught 11 of 13 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Not only will Thomas have Brees throwing to him, he'll face off with a Bucs secondary that will be without two starters from that game. Thomas is a must-start WR1.

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Trey Burton Nov 16 3:10pm ET

The Chicago Bears placed tight end Trey Burton (calf) on Injured Reserve on Saturday and promoted linebacker James Vaughters from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Burton will miss the rest of the season, so he can be safely dropped anywhere he was still owned. The 28-year-old was a non-factor in both real life and fantasy this year, catching just 14 passes (24 targets) for 84 yards and no scores in eight games. Ben Braunecker will serve as the starting tight end on Sunday night against the Rams with Adam Shaheen out, but Braunecker should be avoided in this low-upside offense. Shaheen should be the primary pass-catching tight end when he's healthy, but he's off the radar until further notice.

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Maxx Williams Nov 16 2:40pm ET

The Arizona Cardinals signed tight end Maxx Williams to a two-year contract extension on Saturday that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season. The 25-year-old was a second-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, and although he's been used more by Arizona in the second half of the season, he still has just 11 catches on 13 targets for 139 yards and a touchdown on the season. Williams has more than one catch in a game on just one occasion in 2019 when he caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and his only TD on Oct. 13 against the Falcons. He's not on the fantasy radar as a TE2, even at the weakest fantasy position.

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Matt LaCosse Nov 16 2:40pm ET

New England Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) is making the trip to Philadelphia and has a chance to play in Week 11 against the Eagles after getting injured on Oct. 10. The Patriots have ruled out running back Damien Harris (hamstring) and safety Patrick Chung (chest, heel). On the season, LaCosse has only three receptions for 55 yards, so he shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues. Benjamin Watson has become the team's pass-catching tight end, but even he doesn't move the needle very much as a streaming TE2.

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Latavius Murray Nov 16 2:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray gets a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. The 28-year-old has tallied 371 rushing yards on 85 attempts and 160 receiving yards on 25 receptions with five total touchdowns. In starter Alvin Kamara's return to the lineup, he out-touched Murray 12-seven, though game script probably limited both of their touches. Game script may not matter this week, as the Buccaneers are the number-one rushing defense in the NFL. With Kamara seeing the majority of the receiving work, Murray might have trouble making his touches count against Tampa Bay. He's a low-end flex at best in Week 11.

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Damien Williams Nov 16 2:30pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that running back Damien Williams, who is away from the team due to personal reasons, should travel with the team to Mexico City on Sunday. The Chiefs have an important divisional matchup against the Chargers on Monday night. If he's with the team, Williams will be a low-end RB1 in a great matchup on Monday night as the team's lead back in an explosive offense. LeSean McCoy has fallen out of the rotation due to ball-security issues, but he'd have RB2 appeal if Williams didn't wind up making the trip.

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Will Fuller Nov 16 2:00pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) and cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 11 against the Ravens. Both were expected to be game-time decisions on Sunday, but the Texans are taking the cautious approach with a Week 12 game coming early next Thursday. Without Fuller for another week, DeAndre Hopkins should be a high-end WR1 yet again, although he could be followed by Marlon Humphrey on Sunday. Kenny Stills will have WR4/flex value as a boom-or-bust deep threat for another week. Roby's absence is more bad news for a Houston secondary that has been beat many times deep this year.

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Michael Badgley Nov 16 1:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley was perfect in Oakland last Thursday, and he'll look to keep it up in Mexico on Monday. On top of that, he'll get the opportunity to kick in the thinnest air possible in an NFL game as he'll be kicking at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. It's the type of setting that allows kicking records to be set, and though Badgley isn't known for having the strongest leg in the league, even he should be more comfortable hitting from a few yards further out than normal. With a high-scoring affair expected, Badgley should get plenty of opportunities to test his mettle against the all-time greats this week.

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Ty Johnson Nov 16 1:40pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson (concussion) has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol and was removed from the final Week 11 injury report against the Cowboys. He is good to go for Sunday. It's bad news for those that were looking to start J.D. McKissic as a deep league PPR flex, but he'll still be involved on passing downs this weekend. Johnson should see most of the early down carries, but he hasn't been efficient at all since Kerryon Johnson was lost for the season. Johnson is merely a last-gasp flex in deeper leagues, especially with quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) out for the second straight game.

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Hunter Henry Nov 16 1:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been the man since he returned to the team in mid-October, and it doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon. Henry has either chalked up 80+ yards or a touchdown in four of his five games back, and with a likely shootout coming against the high-powered Kansas City offense, expect Henry to do one or both once again. Philip Rivers threw to Antonio Gates as one of his most dependable targets for years, and it looks like he trusts Henry to fill those shoes moving forward. Henry should be started in all leagues at this point, as he is one of the very best tight ends in the league when he's healthy.

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Mike Williams Nov 16 1:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams went into last week on a cloud. Coming off his first 100-yard game of his career and facing one of the softest secondaries in the land, Williams instead only caught two passes for 55 yards. Hopefully, that was a one-time blip, and he can get back to being a strong contender for touches this week. Mexico City is over 7,000 feet above sea level, considerably higher than any stadium in the NFL, and Williams should have plenty of opportunity to go deep. Hopefully, he can haul in a couple of those bombs and put up another triple-digit performance.

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Melvin Ingram Nov 16 1:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram was able to knock down two more sacks on Thursday night last week, and he'll look to add to that tally in Mexico on Monday. Unfortunately, he'll be facing a Kansas City offense that has the ability to be the best in the league on any given night. Ingram and the rest of the Chargers Defense shouldn't be started in nearly any fantasy league as they could easily end up staring at 40+ points on the scoreboard, even if they were to rack up a couple turnovers or sacks. Tack on that the game is being played at more than 7,000 feet of elevation, and expect the defense to be winded throughout the night.

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Melvin Gordon Nov 16 1:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be looking for greatness on Monday night when he takes the field in Mexico City. Gordon has proven over the last two weeks that he is fully back and ready to roll, and now he gets to face the most generous run defense in the league. Kansas City has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team in the NFL, and LA happens to be in the middle of dealing with a quarterback who appears to have gotten very old very quickly. Expect the Chargers to lean heavily on Gordon's legs, and expect Gordon to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity. A multi-touchdown game seems like a good bet.

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Austin Ekeler Nov 16 1:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is pretty much on the backburner now that Melvin Gordon is back to full speed, but he's still lurking in the wings, waiting to take a touch to the house. Ekeler has seen his carries drop precipitously, but as in past years, he's continued to get a few opportunities in the passing game as he rolls out of the backfield. Expect Monday night to be no different, and just like in Oakland, it wouldn't be a shock if he's able to deliver one of those catches to the end zone. He's also facing the most porous run defense in the game, so even if he does only get a few carries, one of those could be huge.

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Keenan Allen Nov 16 1:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was able to snag eight passes last week, which is a great sign, but he still only tallied 68 yards on the day and hasn't scored a touchdown in seven weeks. In the thin air of Mexico City, Allen should have plenty of opportunity to go deep, but whether he can make something happen with that speed remains to be seen. If the game becomes a shootout, Allen could see plenty of chances, but KC's susceptibility to the ground game may negatively impact his targets. He's still dangerous, but there's considerable danger that he puts up another stinker this week.

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Noah Fant Nov 16 1:10pm ET

Denver Broncos recorded his second touchdown of the season against the Browns before the Week 10 bye and will look to keep things moving against the Vikings in Week 11. The Vikings are allowing a middle-of-the-pack 12.07 fantasy points per game this season to opposing tight ends, and though that number isn't the worst, it will still be an uphill battle for production for the rookie on Sunday against Minnesota.

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