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Josh Allen accounted for two touchdowns and Tyler Bass kicked a tiebreaking 39-yard field goal to help the Buffalo Bills post a 20-17 victory over the host Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Bass' boot went through the uprights with 1:54 remaining as the Bills (7-6) won for just the third time in their past seven contests. James Cook had a receiving touchdown and 141 scrimmage yards (83 receiving, 58 rushing) for Buffalo. Allen completed 23 of 42 passes for 233 yards with an interception.
Patrick Mahomes completed 25 of 43 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and one interception as the Chiefs (8-5) lost for the fourth time in six games. Travis Kelce had 83 yards on six receptions, Rashee Rice had seven catches for 72 yards and a score and Jerick McKinnon rushed for a touchdown.
The Chiefs appeared to go ahead on a 49-yard passing touchdown with 1:12 left when Mahomes hit Kelce for 24 yards and the star tight end passed the ball laterally to Kadarius Toney, who ran the final 25 yards. But the score was nullified because Toney lined up in the neutral zone.
After Kansas City turned the ball over on downs with 55 seconds left, Mahomes was vehemently angry on the sideline, slammed his helmet on the ground and was yelling non-stop.
Ravens 37, Rams 31 (OT)
Tylan Wallace returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give Baltimore the win over visiting Los Angeles.
Lamar Jackson passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 70 yards for the Ravens (10-3), who have won seven of eight games. Odell Beckham Jr. caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore.
Matthew Stafford threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns and Kyren Williams rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries for the Rams (6-7), who had won three in a row. Both teams went three-and-out on their opening drives of overtime before Wallace's game-ending touchdown.
Cowboys 33, Eagles 13
Dak Prescott threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, Brandon Aubrey converted several extra-long field goals and Dallas got revenge on NFC East rival Philadelphia with a victory in Arlington, Texas.
Prescott completed 24 of 39 throws to help the Cowboys (10-3) win their fifth straight. They have not lost since the Eagles beat them 28-23 in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. Aubrey hit from 60, 59, 45 and 50 yards, becoming the first kicker in NFL history to make two field goals of 59 yards or longer in one game.
Jalen Hurts finished 18-of-27 passing for 197 yards for the Eagles (10-3), with A.J. Brown accounting for nine catches and 94 yards. Philadelphia lost three fumbles and committed 10 penalties for 95 yards in its second straight loss.
Buccaneers 29, Falcons 25
Baker Mayfield tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Cade Otton with 31 seconds remaining to give Tampa Bay an AFC South win over host Atlanta.
Mayfield passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score as Tampa Bay (6-7) won its second straight game. Rachaad White rushed for 102 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Antoine Winfield Jr. delivered a strip-sack that led to a safety for the Buccaneers.
Desmond Ridder passed for 347 yards, one touchdown and one interception and also rushed for a score for the Falcons (6-7). Bijan Robinson rushed for a touchdown, Kyle Pitts had a scoring catch and Drake London had 10 receptions for 172 yards for Atlanta.
Bears 28, Lions 13
Justin Fields passed for a touchdown and ran for another as host Chicago upset NFC North-leading Detroit.
Fields passed for 223 yards and rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries for Chicago (5-8), which avenged a road loss to Detroit. D.J. Moore caught six passes for 68 yards and also had a 16-yard rushing touchdown for the Bears.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff was limited to 161 yards and one touchdown and was intercepted twice. Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for Detroit (9-4).
Bengals 34, Colts 14
Jake Browning found Chase Brown for a screen pass that turned into a 54-yard touchdown before connecting with Tanner Hudson for another score as Cincinnati beat visiting Indianapolis.
Browning, who has filled in since Joe Burrow's season-ending wrist injury in Baltimore on Nov. 16, finished 18-for-24 for 275 yards and one interception along with a rushing score. Joe Mixon ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries as the Bengals (7-6) won their second straight game.
Gardner Minshew II finished 26-of-39 passing for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Colts (7-6), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Browns 31, Jaguars 27
Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes and host Cleveland defeated Jacksonville.
Flacco went 26-of-45 passing for 311 yards. Two of his scoring strikes went to David Njoku in the first half. Cleveland's defense picked off Trevor Lawrence three times, and the Jaguars lost a fumble. The Browns (8-5) turned one from each category into second-half scores, the latter a 41-yard scoring pass to David Bell.
Lawrence, playing less than a week after sustaining a high ankle sprain of his right foot, completed 28 of 50 throws for 257 yards and three touchdowns. His pass to Parker Washington with 8:52 left in the game pulled the Jaguars (8-5) within 28-21, but the Browns put the game away on Dustin Hopkins' 55-yard field goal.
Saints 28, Panthers 6
Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak by beating visiting Carolina.
Carr's touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, when he threw for 82 of his 119 yards as the Saints (6-7) pulled away late.
The Panthers (1-12) rushed for 204 yards as Chuba Hubbard had 87 and Miles Sanders had 74, but Bryce Young completed just 13 of 36 passes for 137 yards.
Jets 30, Texans 7
Zach Wilson completed 27 of 36 passes for a season-high 301 yards and two touchdowns in his return to the starting quarterback job, helping New York snap a five-game losing streak with a victory over Houston in East Rutherford, N.J.
Playing through a drenching rain, Wilson helped the Jets (5-8) score more than one offensive touchdown in a game for the first time since Week 5. Wilson was reinstalled as the No. 1 quarterback after a two-week benching in favor of Tim Boyle. Garrett Wilson caught nine passes for 108 yards and Breece Hall had eight receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown while adding 40 rushing yards for New York.
The Texans (7-6) lost star quarterback C.J. Stroud late in the fourth quarter. He was hit after a throw and his head snapped back as he went to the ground. The team later said he entered concussion protocol. Stroud was 10-of-23 passing for 91 yards.
Vikings 3, Raiders 0
Greg Joseph made a 36-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to lift Minnesota to a win over host Las Vegas.
Joseph's kick proved to be enough for the Vikings (7-6). Minnesota's defense did the rest, limiting the Raiders to 202 total yards and stuffing 11 of 14 third-down opportunities. Aidan O'Connell completed 21 of 32 passes for 171 yards and an interception for Las Vegas (5-8).
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson sustained a chest injury in the first half and did not return. Jefferson was taken to a hospital in the second half for precautionary reasons.
49ers 28, Seahawks 16
Deebo Samuel had a 54-yard touchdown reception and also rushed for a score as San Francisco defeated NFC West rival Seattle in Santa Clara, Calif.
Christian McCaffrey rushed 16 times for 145 yards for the 49ers (10-3), who won their fifth consecutive game. Brock Purdy was 19-of-27 passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and Samuel collected seven receptions for 149 yards.
The Seahawks (6-7), who suffered their fourth loss in a row, played without starting quarterback Geno Smith, who suffered a groin injury in practice Thursday. Drew Lock replaced Smith and was 22 of 31 for 269 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lock was sacked four times.
Broncos 24, Chargers 7
Russell Wilson threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, and Denver's suddenly ferocious defense knocked Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert out of the game in the first half of a win in Inglewood, Calif., that kept the Broncos in the AFC playoff hunt.
Wilson completed 21 of 33 passes with an interception. He gave the Broncos (7-6) a 17-0 lead with 5:55 left in the third quarter when he found Courtland Sutton for a 46-yard scoring strike.
After Austin Ekeler scored on a 3-yard run to pull the Chargers (5-8) within 17-7 with 10:37 remaining in the game, Denver chewed up nearly 7 1/2 minutes of clock on a game-clinching touchdown drive. Herbert was 9-for-17 for 96 yards with an interception when he left with a finger injury in the second quarter.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott played well once again and led the Cowboys to a Week 14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Prescott attempted 39 passes, completing 24 of them for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He added 11 yards on three carries but lost a fumble and took three sacks. It was another great game for the Cowboys offense, who coasted to an easy 33-13 victory over the Eagles. Prescott should be a QB1 yet again in a Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs led the team with 11 targets in Sunday's huge 20-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, bringing in four targets for 24 yards. Despite the massive win to keep Buffalo's playoff aspirations within reason, Diggs' recent cool-off dragged on. The 30-year-old superstar continues to set new low-water marks, closing with 34 yards or fewer in three of his past four games. This swoon arrives some time after Diggs appeared primed for his best campaign yet after totaling at least 100 yards in five of his first six games to begin the year. Suddenly not appearing matchup-proof as he did during the first half of the season, Diggs could have his hands full with Stephon Gilmore and DaRon Bland in Week 15's marquee matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had a decent game in a Week 14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Pollard ran the ball 16 times for 59 yards and caught the ball seven times on eight targets for 37 more yards. In PPR leagues, the seven grabs made for a solid performance. Pollard played decently, but gave up 13 touches to his backup, Rico Dowdle, who scored the only Cowboys rushing touchdown in this game. Pollard looked much better than he did earlier in the season, and should remain in the RB2 conversation next week against the Buffalo Bills.
Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle played well and scored a touchdown in a Week 14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Dowdle ran the ball 12 times, gaining 46 yards and scoring a touchdown on a goal-line run in the second quarter. He also caught a pass on his only target, gaining six yards on the play. Dowdle had been limited by an ankle injury lately, but he looked healthy in this one and only received four fewer carries than starter Tony Pollard.
The Denver Broncos defense looked elite in their 24-7 road win over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. They put the pressure on right from the start by sacking quarterback Justin Herbert, turning the Chargers over on downs and then intercepting a pass to set up the offense with an easy touchdown for the first score of the game. All in all, they accounted for an interception, a fumble recovery (two forced fumbles), and six sacks while holding the Chargers offense to 283 total yards of offense. It helped that Herbert left with a fractured finger and never returned, forcing backup Easton Stick into action in the second half, but Denver's defense has morphed into a ball-hawking and stingy unit in the second half of the season after they were completely avoidable early in the year. They should be in all starting lineups for a Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions and turnover-happy quarterback Jared Goff.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was tied with tight end Travis Kelce for the team lead with 10 targets in Week 14's 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, catching seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. After Rice brought in a four-yard Patrick Mahomes pass for a third-quarter score, the second-round rookie lost a fumble during the following drive. The Chiefs continue to refuse to send Rice down the field for some deep targets here and there to help raise his fantasy ceiling, but the 23-year-old wideout has at least locked himself into a featured role that includes prominent red-zone duties in a Mahomes-steered offense. Rice has also established a sturdy floor since Week 5, with a scoreless four-catch, 42-yard stat line producing his lowest scoring output in this nine-game stretch. He's a relatively safe WR2/3 next Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen did just enough to guide his team to an important 20-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14, completing 23-of-42 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards and another score. After slinging a 25-yard TD pass to running back James Cook in the first period, Allen carried a host of Chiefs defenders on his way past the end zone during his six-yard rushing score in the second quarter. Allen's pick later in the period gave the Chiefs a short field to work with, which later led to their first scoring drive of the evening. Buffalo's offense was strong in the first half but had to settle for field goals as K.C.'s stingy defense stiffened during the final two quarters. Allen will need to sharpen things up and be at his best next Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys if he wants to simultaneously propel the Bills toward the playoffs and make inroads in the MVP race.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk caught six of nine targets for 126 yards in the team's 28-16 home win against the Seattle Seahawks. Sunday's performance was Aiyuk's fifth 100-yard game this year but ended a streak of four consecutive games with a touchdown. It was also the first time that both Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel exceeded 100 yards receiving in the same game, which breaks a season-long tendency for one receiver's success to come at the expense of the other. Aiyuk and Samuel also tied for the team-high in targets at a healthy nine each. In Week 15, Aiyuk gets a slightly above-average Arizona Cardinals pass defense coming off of their bye.
Denver Broncos tight end Adam Trautman was left completely uncovered for a 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-7 Week 14 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on a well-executed play-action pass in the red zone. Trautman's touchdown catch was his third on the year and the second in the last three games. However, he had only two receptions on the day for 19 receiving yards on his three targets. Fantasy managers shouldn't go chasing him on the waiver wire because he's scored twice in the last three games because of the fact that it has come on only four receptions. In fact, the 26-year-old hasn't had more than two grabs in a game since Week 5. Trautman's floor and ceiling are much too low for fantasy managers to get involved.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen made six catches in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Allen led the team in targets with 12, making a catch on six of those for a total of 68 yards. He also attempted to make a pass on a trick play, but it fell incomplete. Allen was once again the focus of the Chargers passing game, but it was a game-long struggle that certainly didn't get any better when Easton Stick was forced to quarterback the team for all of the second half. Stick will almost certainly get the start on Thursday against the Raiders in the place of Justin Herbert (finger), which will immediately lower the fantasy value of Allen and all Chargers offensive players.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon tallied his first game of the season with double-digit rushing yards in Sunday's 20-17 defeat to the Buffalo Bills, taking a season-high four carries for 19 yards and a touchdown while collecting all three of his targets for an additional 18 yards. The savvy 31-year-old veteran showed keen ball-carrier vision on his seven-yard scoring plunge, navigating scarce running room among his blockers en route to the end zone. McKinnon handled a season-high seven touches on Sunday, but his workload did not significantly increase in the absence of featured runner Isiah Pacheco (shoulder), and lead back Clyde Edwards-Helaire out-targeted him 4-3 in the passing game. McKinnon would be a PPR-specific RB3 in fantasy if Pacheco misses next Sunday's tilt against the New England Patriots and would likely need negative game script for any kind of ceiling performance.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett had a solid game in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Everett was targeted eight times, catching five passes for 39 yards. The Chargers offense could barely move the ball all game, but Everett was able to make some nice plays and came about an inch or two away from holding onto a first quarter touchdown. With Justin Herbert (finger) likely to miss time, Everett and all Chargers pass catchers will see their fantasy value dip a bit in the coming weeks.
Los Angeles backup quarterback Easton Stick took over in a Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos. Starter Justin Herbert (finger) was injured in the second quarter and was unable to return. Stick ended up attempting 24 passes, completing 13 of them for 179 yards. He took two sacks, losing 31 yards. He led the only Chargers touchdown drive of the game in the fourth quarter, but it was mostly a performance marred by overthrows and poor footwork in the pocket. With Herbert doubtful at best on a short week, Stick is likely to start on Thursday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders. It will be a good week to start the Raiders defense in fantasy leagues.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's Week 14 performance will mainly be remembered by what could have been. Jeudy couldn't get his second foot in bounds on a would-be touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson in the second half, and he also had a ball go through his hands on a pass attempt deep down the field. All in all, the 24-year-old first-rounder finished with one of his worst games in what has been a frustrating season in the 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers by catching two of a team-high six targets for an uninspiring 16 yards. Jeudy still has only one touchdown reception in 2023 and now has 16 or fewer receiving yards in two of the last three games. It's been all about Courtland Sutton and not Jeudy in Denver's passing game this year, making him a hard-to-sell WR4/flex going forward.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler scored a touchdown in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Ekeler ran the ball 10 times, gaining 51 yards and scoring a touchdown on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter. He added five catches on seven targets, gaining an additional 49 yards. It was an effective game for the Chargers running back despite the team struggling mightily in almost every aspect. With Justin Herbert (finger) unlikely to play next week, Ekeler will certainly lose a good bit of his fantasy value, possibly dropping into higher RB3 ranks for Thursday night.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire acted as an adequate fill-in for featured back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) in Week 14's close 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, taking 11 carries for 39 yards with two receptions for 29 yards. It was a quiet return to lead-back status for the star-crossed 2020 first-round pick, but he did handle 15 of a possible 22 RB opportunities in a timeshare alongside receiving back Jerick McKinnon. Edwards-Helaire's highlight of the evening was a 20-yard catch-and-run on a screen to energize the crowd early in the fourth quarter. The 24-year-old otherwise didn't provide anything particularly outstanding that would suggest he's earned more work when Pacheco is around moving ahead. CEH's Week 15 fantasy outlook depends on Pacheco's availability when the Chiefs take a trip to Foxborough for next Sunday's matchup against the New England Patriots.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston had a solid game in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. He was targeted four times, making three catches for 91 yards, including a huge 57-yard grab on a rare good throw from quarterback Easton Stick. Johnston has been a disappointment most of the season, but this was a flash of what he can do. He's still not really on the fantasy radar, but there's a glimmer of hope at least for those holding onto him in dynasty leagues.
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine came into the Week 14 contest versus the Los Angeles Chargers as questionable with a knee injury, but he managed to suit up and had a team-high five receptions on five targets for 36 yards as a pass-catcher in the 24-7 victory. Perine was far less involved on the ground, seeing just two carries for eight yards. But after getting more involved in Weeks 11 and 12, Perine was back at it again on Sunday. His five targets were second on the team behind Jerry Jeudy's six, and his 36 receiving yards were second to Courtland Sutton's 62. However, the 28-year-old isn't going to have much flex appeal outside of extremely deep PPR leagues as long as lead back Javonte Williams sees 20-plus touches per game, which has been the case in four of the team's last six contests.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton continued a stellar 2023 season in Sunday's 24-7 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14. He had only three receptions for a team-high 62 receiving yards in the contest, but he managed to find the end zone for the 10th time on the season on an outstanding one-handed, 46-yard catch from quarterback Russell Wilson in the third quarter. The 28-year-old has hands-down been Denver's offensive MVP this year, and he's now found paydirt in seven of the last eight games. He's failed to score a touchdown in only three games in 2023. Sutton has become a top-15 fantasy wideout because of his nose for the end zone and his strong chemistry with Wilson in the biggest moments. He'll have a great opportunity to keep the good times rolling in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, too.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce led his team with 83 receiving yards in Sunday's 20-17 home defeat to the Buffalo Bills, gathering six of his 10 targets. Kelce offered a shot in the arm to a lethargic Chiefs offense with a 23-yard gain on third-and-long early in the second quarter. The 34-year-old superstar later pulled a rabbit out of his hat after corralling a fourth-quarter pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, brilliantly tossing a lateral to Kadarius Toney, who then raced to the end zone for what appeared to be an unbelievable go-ahead touchdown. But Toney was lined up in the neutral zone, negating the play. Kelce easily remains the alpha target in this Mahomes-led attack but has crossed the end zone only one time in his last six games. With at least 80 yards in three straight outings, however, the perennial All-Pro should firmly top Week 15 fantasy TE1 rankings despite a tough road matchup with the New England Patriots.