Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Eagles' Jake Elliott (4) walks off the field after missing a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Eagles' Boston Scott, right, tries to slip past New York Giants' Deandre Baker (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Washington Redskins head coach Bill Callahan shakes hands with Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 20-15. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Green Bay Packers' Adrian Amos stops Washington Redskins' Adrian Peterson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) The list of injuries for Philadelphia has gotten so long that the Eagles just added a castoff from the lowly Washington Redskins to their roster.
Signing wide receiver Robert Davis off the practice squad is just the latest move for the depleted Eagles, who at 6-7 are tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East. Missing injured running backs Darren Sproles and Corey Clement as well as receivers DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey and possibly Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia visits 3-10 Washington on Sunday looking to keep its playoff hopes alive.
''It's been a challenge for us,'' Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of his team's injuries. ''With some of the young guys, we've just got to continue to coach and continue to prepare them and find ways to move them around or utilize the tight ends a little bit more. Whatever we can do to still be effective in the passing game, we've got to do it. Our young players understand their role and they're excited for the opportunity.''
The good news for Carson Wentz and the Eagles is they shouldn't have to put up many points because they're facing the NFL's worst offense, and their defense is more than capable of capitalizing on the mistakes of Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan believes his team's offensive and defensive struggles trace to bad first quarters.
''I'd like to see our offense start better than what we did last week,'' Callahan said. ''If you're a good football team in the National Football league, that's a factor, starting fast. Now, it doesn't mean that you're going to be in the playoff hunt because of that, but it just enhances your opportunity to get your tempo going, to get your rhythm going, to get the confidence you need for your units and obviously for all sides of the ball.''
The Eagles are under .500 but in the playoff hunt because the Cowboys have stumbled just as much. A matchup with Dallas awaits in Week 16 before wrapping up at the New York Giants, and the Eagles would capture the division if they win out.
The closing stretch begins with a winnable game at Washington.
''Each of the teams had great hopes, high expectations and it was going to be one of the tougher divisions in football,'' Pederson said. ''It is a little bit of a shock that all four (NFC East) teams are under .500. And for whatever reason, it could be injury, it could be bad luck, whatever it might be, it's unfortunate, but I still have a lot of respect for the three other teams in our division and look forward to the matchup on Sunday.''
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
In a departure from recent home games where tickets were available for under $20, another visit from the Eagles has pushed demand back up on the secondary market. With the Redskins eliminated from playoff contention and the Eagles in the thick of the division race, that likely means the stands will be full of green.
That's what happened in Week 17 last year when Philadelphia faced a win-and-get-in season finale and FedEx Field was essentially Lincoln Financial Field south.
PETERSON ISN'T DONE
After Washington put second-year running back Derrius Guice on season-ending injured reserve and with Haskins not 100% because of a sprained right ankle, expect another heavy dose of Adrian Peterson carrying the ball on Sunday. Peterson is 34 but has every intention of playing next season.
''My body's feeling good, and I'm still loving the game,'' Peterson said. ''Obviously I still can play and perform at a high level, so why walk away from it now? I'm going to keep going.''
But first, Peterson is searching for his ninth 1,000-yard season. He heard right tackle Morgan Moses and other offensive linemen referring to being 282 yards away, and Peterson has set it as a goal.
''I'll get there,'' Peterson said. ''They definitely want to get me there, so it'll happen.''
The run of injuries has shifted plenty of roles around on Philadelphia's offense. Running back Boston Scott rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries Monday night in an overtime win against the Giants.
''I don't know if surprised is fair, but it certainly was exciting to see,'' offensive coordinator Al Groh said. ''He brought an energy, got out there and made people miss. Made some exciting, loud plays. Got the fans energized and excited, got his teammates excited. He really provided the spark and I think people fed off of that.''
FACING THE ROOK
Haskins is making his sixth start, and the Eagles have had success going against rookie quarterbacks under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Haskins has been sacked 26 times on only 160 pass attempts and has thrown seven interceptions.
''You can tell he's going to be a good player. We've just got to make sure it's not on Sunday,'' Schwartz said. ''I don't have a folder somewhere that says, 'Rookie Quarterback' and you pull that out and that's the game plan. It depends on a million different other considerations going into it.''
The Green Bay Packers Defense recorded one sack and allowed 37 points in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers steamrolled past Green Bay's unit for 285 rushing yards and four rushing scores. To make matters worse, they couldn't generate much pressure or any turnovers. Despite the disappointing end, the Packers defense was much improved from last year, ranking 15th in sacks with 41 as well as third in interceptions with 17. They may not be among the top defenses drafted in 2020, though they should be on every fantasy managers' radar.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham caught four of five targets for 59 yards in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Graham was a big disappointment this season in a year filled with disappointing tight ends. The 33-year-old put up the lowest numbers since his rookie season and never really put together a good stretch of play until very recently. Graham has one year left on his contract worth about 7.5 million dollars. Given how much of a bust he was, perhaps Green Bay cuts ties with him and goes younger at the position in 2020.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison caught two of three targets for eight yards in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. There were big expectations for Allison heading into 2019 in both the real and fantasy football worlds. Unfortunately for him, he lived up to neither, failing to eclipse 50 receiving yards in all but one game all year. Green Bay, who is in desperate need of another receiver behind Davante Adams, will have a decision to make about the 25-year-old, who is an unrestricted free agent. It's hard to see Allison being back in Green Bay in 2020.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught three of four targets for 36 yards in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Lazard may not have made much noise in the two playoff games but flashed some potential in the regular season, including his first career 100-yard game. Rodgers started to develop a little chemistry with the 6-foot-4 wideout late in the season, as he looked his way 17 times in the last two contests. It would be surprising if Lazard were the number-two receiver for the Packers next year, though it still makes sense for them to bring him back in some capacity. Lazard has some sleeper potential if he's catching passes from Rodgers in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' 87 passing touchdowns in his first 35 games, including playoffs, are the most in NFL history. His 11 passing touchdowns and 142 pass attempts without an interception to begin his playoff career are both the most on record, and he is one of just two players to have at least 250 passing yards, three or more passing touchdowns and at least 50 rushing yards in multiple career playoff games.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries in a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 19, becoming the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught nine of 10 targets for 138 yards in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Adams operated as Rodgers' safety blanket yet again, capturing 79 more receiving yards than the Packers' next leading receiver. When healthy, this is what the 26-year-old did all year, as he compiled double-digit targets in all but four games, including the playoffs. Despite missing five games, Adams still almost put up a 1000-year season. It would behoove Green Bay to put together a stronger receiver group behind the star receiver. Even if they don't, a healthy Adams should be back in the discussion as an elite fantasy wideout in 2020.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams picked up just six rushing yards on three carries and caught two passes for one receiving yard in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Williams had a disappointing end to his season, as he failed to register at least 40 rushing yards in his last three games after eclipsing the mark in his previous three. The 24-year-old did show flashes at times of being the perfect complement to Aaron Jones. Still, it will be interesting to see if Green Bay hands the reins to Jones next year or continues to spell him with Williams. For now, consider Williams more of a handcuff option than a complement heading into 2020.
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed six of his eight passes for 77 yards in a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 19. RB Raheem Mostert rushed 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for six yards, and RB Tevin Coleman rushed six times for 21 yards. WR Deebo Samuel caught two passes for 46 yards and rushed twice for 43 yards, TE George Kittle caught his only target for 19 yards, and WR Emmanuel Sanders was held without a catch on one target. DE Joey Bosa and DL Arik Armstead both recorded a sack.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 12 times for 56 yards and a rushing touchdown along with five catches for 27 yards and a receiving score in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Jones was running well and would have been able to do more damage on the ground if not for the 27-0 deficit at the half. The 24-year-old finished the year tied for the NFL lead in touchdowns with 19, then added four more scores in the playoffs. He (likely) won't score this many times next year, though Jones proved he's more than just a touchdown machine, racking up career-highs in both rushing and receiving yards. He'll be among the best options in 2020 for fantasy backs in all formats.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 39 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. At first glance, Rodgers' stat line doesn't look so bad, though the first half was a complete struggle for him and the offense. Down 27-0 at the half, the veteran signal-caller effectively used up garbage time to post these numbers. It's a disappointing end to the season for Rodgers, though he still put up his eighth career 4000-yard season as well as his 10th season with at least 25 touchdown passes. The 36-year-old has plenty of juice left in his arm but will probably need another threat on the outside next year besides Davante Adams if Green Bay wants to make noise.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of his 39 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and lost one of his three fumbles in a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 19. RB Aaron Jones rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 27 yards and a score. WR Davante Adams caught nine of his 10 targets for 138 yards, TE Jimmy Graham hauled in four of his five targets for 59 yards, WR Allen Lazard added three catches for 36 yards, and TE Jace Sternberger caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown. LB Blake Martinez led the team with nine tackles, including six solo stops.
Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainder of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19.
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (shoulder) has been downgraded to out after leaving in the first half of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers due to what is being called a shoulder injury.
Green Bay Packers S Adrian Amos (pectoral) suffered a pectoral injury in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19 and he will not return.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was not targeted often, but made it count when he was called upon. Robinson hauled in both of his targets for 31 yards during their victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. His first reception was a 24-yard catch that helped the Chiefs move upfield for their second quarter comeback. However, Robinson is normally an afterthought with Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce on the roster. He could have some cheap DFS value for Super Bowl 54.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman was unable to make much of an impact during the AFC Championship game on Sunday. Hardman finished with one reception for eight yards. His reception was technically a jet sweep play that was a handoff on the second drive of the game. However, he drew a big defensive pass interference call that helped the Chiefs get into scoring position. Hardman is a fantastic special teams player, but won't bring much value to DFS contests for Super Bowl 54.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was able to find the end zone twice during Sunday's AFC Championship game. Hill caught five of his seven targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Tennessee Titans. His first score was a 10-yard jet sweep handoff that counted as a reception, but regardless it was a nice way for Hill to show off his ridiculous speed. The performance of Hill in Super Bowl 54 could help make or break plenty of DFS players.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was surprisingly held in check by the Tennessee Titans during Sunday's AFC Championship contest. He caught three of his four targets for 30 yards in the win over the Titans. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins were the players making the splash plays in this game. DFS players shouldn't be worried as Kelce should see plenty of opportunities during Super Bowl 54.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams was able to find the end zone three times last week in the Divisional Round battle with the Houston Texans. Williams continued his strong play against the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's AFC Championship game. Williams rushed 17 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 44 yards through the air. Veteran back LeSean McCoy (illness) didn't play and rookie Darwin Thompson saw just one carry in this game. It's clear that the Chiefs trust Williams to be their lead back going forward. Look for him to make a significant impact in Super Bowl 54.