Sun Sep 22 4:41pm ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after completing a pass for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) makes a one-handed touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts after his touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor (97) and defensive tackle Xavier Williams, right, during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II, center, carries the ball between Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) and linebacker Darron Lee (50) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs won a showdown between two of the NFL's top offenses.
The Ravens made them work for it until the very end.
Mahomes threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns in another dazzling performance, Kansas City held quarterback Lamar Jackson in check most of the rain-soaked afternoon, and the Chiefs held on for a 33-28 victory over Baltimore on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams combined for 116 yards rushing and a score in place of the injured Damien Williams, while the Chiefs (3-0) stopped the Ravens three times on 2-point attempts.
The last came after Jackson scrambled for a touchdown with 2:01 to go. The conversion would have gotten the Ravens (2-1) within a field goal, but Jackson was shoved out of bounds short of the pylon.
Baltimore tried to get the ball back with a rare dropkick, but the Chiefs calmly called for a fair catch. Then they converted on third down moments later to run out the clock.
Mark Ingram was the Ravens' biggest bright spot, running for 103 yards and a trio of touchdowns while catching four passes for 32 yards. Jackson finished with 267 yards passing and 46 rushing, most of that when he was trying to rally the Ravens from a big halftime hole.
The Chiefs scored four times in the second quarter for the second consecutive week, this time getting three touchdowns and Harrison Butker's 42-yard field goal to take a 23-6 lead. They scored four TDs in the second quarter last week in Oakland .
The Ravens actually scored first on Ingram's touchdown plunge, then they took points off the board when a penalty gave them a shorter try at the conversion. Jackson was stuffed at the goal line in what would become a recurring theme for Baltimore all afternoon.
McCoy, hobbled by a sore ankle all week, gave Kansas City the lead with a touchdown run early in the second quarter. Then, after the Ravens' turnover on downs, Mahomes lofted a pass to the corner of the end zone that Robinson caught with an incredible one-handed stab .
That highlight was joined by another on the Chiefs' next possession, when the Ravens blew the coverage and Mecole Hardman was open downfield. The rookie hauled in the heave from Mahomes, then used his 4.3-second 40-yard-dash speed to sprint 83 yards to the end zone.
Ingram sandwiched two more touchdown runs around Mahomes' third touchdown toss in the second half, and the second one got Baltimore within 30-19 with 12:22 to go. But the Ravens again tried for the 2-point conversion and again came up empty, leaving them in an 11-point hole.
That could have loomed large when Justin Tucker added a field goal. Instead, Williams ripped off a 41-yard run, the Chiefs picked up a couple more first downs, and Butker hit a 36-yard field goal that ultimately put the game out of reach.
Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith (knee) and S Brynden Trawick (elbow) were inactive.
Chiefs: McCoy aggravated his sore ankle on his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. WR Tyreek Hill (collarbone), RB Damien Williams (knee) and LT Eric Fisher (groin) were inactive.
Baltimore: returns home to face Cleveland next Sunday.
Kansas City: on the road for the third time in four weeks Sunday at Detroit.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams was held to 26 rushing yards on eight totes and one catch for seven yards in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Williams, like Aaron Jones, couldn't find much room to operate between the 20s against Akiem Hicks and the Bears Defense. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, Jones out-touched him 13-nine and scored twice in the red zone. It's also worth noting that Williams has seen only two targets the last two weeks after seeing 12 in Weeks 11 and 12. He'll look to bounce back in a tough matchup next week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware was signed by the team roughly two weeks ago and is already making an impact on the field. Ware rushed seven times for 26 yards in the victory over the Denver Broncos. However, the Chiefs have a running back committee, so Ware has handcuffed fantasy value. Both LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson are going to see carries each week. He's not someone worth owning in basically any format. He'll have a tough matchup against the Bears Defense in Week 16.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has left the game and will not return after being tackled on a third-quarter run. He landed hard on the shoulder/chest area that has been giving him trouble in the last few weeks and will be held out for the remainder of the contest. With Alexander Mattison (ankle) also out, the backfield duties will now be split between Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone in the second half. Cook had nine carries for 27 yards and three catches for 16 yards before exiting.
New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu caught two passes for only 13 yards in the Patriots 34-13 win over the Bengals. Sanu has been battling an ankle injury over the past few weeks and does not look 100%. Add to that the fact that Sanu is acclimating himself into a new offense and his fantasy value has fallen off the map. The veteran has very little value at present with only two games remaining in the season.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson surprisingly led the team in carries during the Week 15 win over the Denver Broncos. He rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught one pass for one yard through the air. It appears the Chiefs are beginning to feel more comfortable with Thompson. However, LeSean McCoy and Spencer Ware will continue to be worked into the backfield. Thompson will have shaky RB3 or most likely RB4 value against the Bears next week.
The New England Patriots Defense picked off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton four times in the team's 34-13 win in Week 15. The Patriots gave up an early touchdown but stiffened up from there as they dominated the rest of the game. Stephen Gilmore and J.C. Jackson recorded two interceptions each as the Patriots got a much-need win against a poor Bengals team. The defense now prepares for a huge game against a division rival, the Bills, next Saturday to kick off Week 16.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross had just two catches for 24 yards during the loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Ross was only targeted three times on a day where Andy Dalton threw four interceptions. Since returning to the lineup after suffering a chest injury earlier in the season, the 24-year-old has only four receptions for 52 yards. He still has a shot to get things going over the team's final two games, but that chance could diminish if A.J. Green (ankle) returns at some point during that span.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 13 times for 51 rushing yards with two touchdowns and wasn't targeted in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. The Bears are a much better run defense with Akiem Hicks in the lineup, as they stifled Jones between the 20s. Jones broke free in the red zone twice, including a 21-yard run in the third quarter, complete with broken tackles. It wasn't the most productive day on the ground or through the air for Jones, but his nose for the end zone, 17 touchdowns this year, has made up for many sub-par days- and turned good outings into great ones. Up next is a Week 15 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, who Jones gashed for 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown back in Week 2.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was able to bounce back after three straight mediocre performances. Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passing attempts for 340 yards and two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 15 victory. It wasn't a perfect game for Mahomes, but it was in snowy conditions. He was able to play very well despite the frustrating field conditions. Fantasy owners should feel confident that Mahomes will be a top tier option against the Bears in Week 16.
New England Patriots running back James White totaled only 62 yards from scrimmage but caught and ran for a 23-yard touchdown in the Patriots win over the Bengals in Week 15. The Patriots coasted to victory after a tight first half and explosive plays simply were not on the menu in this contest. White has been a disappointment in fantasy this season but his impact on the offense over the last month continues to increase. Of all the runners in the Patriots backfield, White is the one to deploy in fantasy lineups over the final few weeks.
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught two passes for 15 yards with one touchdown in the Patriots 34-13 win over the Bengals. The rookie saw only four targets in the game and continues to be a raw talent in an experienced offense. But Harry has proved to be a threat in the red zone and capitalized on his size for a seven-yard touchdown reception. Harry's fantasy value should be reserved for dynasty and keeper leagues the rest of this season.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker had another big game in a 36-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, scoring 19 standard league points on four receptions and two touchdowns. Parker finished with 72 yards on the day, putting Miami on the board for the first time with a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter, as well as giving the Dolphins their last points of the day with a 29-yard catch on their last drive of the game. In the middle of the breakout season fantasy owners have been waiting on, Parker now has eight touchdowns and 954 yards on 59 receptions in 2019. Even missing most of last weeks game after being concussed, Parker is one of the leagues hottest receivers and now has 75 points in his last five games. Next week, Parker and the Dolphins will face a bad Bengals team but one thats been sneakily good against wide receivers in fantasy, allowing just the 22nd-most points to them this season.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead carried the ball six times for 53 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run, in the Patriots romp over the Bengals in Week 15. Burkhead put the game away with the touchdown scamper and added two receptions for six yards in the game. Burkhead is third in the pecking order among Patriots running backs but the team has opted for a run-heavy attack the past few games. Burkhead is possibly worth a bench stash but is tough to trust the rest of the fantasy season.
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was given another start, but was not able to do much with the opportunity. McCoy rushed six times for 16 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos. It was snowy conditions and head coach Andy Reid said he wouldn't push McCoy too hard. It doesn't sound like McCoy is going to be an asset to fantasy owners anymore. Both Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson received more carries in this one. McCoy will be a desperation RB3 for a tough Week 16 matchup with the Bears.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught just three of his seven targets for 26 yards during the loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Boyd was expected to see a small increase in production with Auden Tate (knee) recently landing on injured reserve, but he failed to produce. Instead, Boyd, along with the rest of the offense, stood by as Joe Mixon ran for 136 yards on 25 carries, while Andy Dalton threw four interceptions. A.J. Green (ankle) still hasn't ruled out returning at some point this year, and if he does come back over the next two games, Boyd will see his stock decrease.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had 44 yards on three catches during the Week 15 loss to New England. Eifert, who has just two touchdowns on the year, is a long way away from his 2015 version, where he compiled 72 receptions and 13 scores. With only two games left, Eifert does have a chance to get a little something going against the Dolphins in Week 16, but those looking for a streamer should look elsewhere before utilizing his services In any fantasy lineup.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel was back in the team's offensive graces this week, posting a team-high 19 carries for 89 yards with 14 receiving yards in the Patriots victory over the Bengals. One week after having his snaps severely cut down, the second-year running back delivered some solid production. Teammate Rex Burkhead scored in the red zone but Michel was leaned on throughout the game to move the chains. While this doesn't automatically have Michel back in fantasy starting lineups, it does help his value heading into the final two games of the season.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught only two passes for nine yards in the team's 34-13 win over the Bengals. In a game that was played conservatively by the Patriots from an offensive standpoint, Edelman laid a fantasy dud at the wrong time for owners. The team totaled only 128 yards of passing offense and merely tried to ice the game once they got up by 10 in the second half. Edelman has been as consistent as they come but certainly hurt fantasy teams in Week 15. He should be back to his normal production next week.
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen caught seven passes for 57 yards and added 28 rushing yards in the team's 21-13 loss to the Packers. It was the most active game Cohen has seen in weeks and was able to add to his numbers with the team down multiple scores in the second half. It certainly has been a disappointing season for the talented speedster as his 85 yards from scrimmage is his highest mark of the season. Cohen lacks strong fantasy appeal heading into Week 16.
The New York Giants Defense held the Dolphins to 20 points on Sunday, notched three sacks, recovered a fumble and recorded a safety. They were also unable to intercept Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had thrown an interception in three straight games and four of his last five. It was a solid day overall, but the Giants remain off the streaming radar, especially after releasing their top cornerback, Janoris Jenkins.