Wed Nov 13 4:23pm ET
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers (90) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson (31) is brought down by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) and Leonard Floyd (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears took a big step toward the NFC North championship and their first playoff appearance since 2010 when they shut down Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams last year at Soldier Field.
This time, they're simply trying to build some momentum.
The Bears come into the rematch at Los Angeles on Sunday at least breathing a little easier after beating Detroit 20-13 last week to stop a four-game losing streak.
''We're not exactly where we want to be yet,'' quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said Wednesday. ''But a win definitely gives you confidence moving forward because at the end of the day, no matter what you did, you came away with the result you wanted. And that's a win. So we just, we've still got find ways to pull together, continue to work harder and get better and try to go 1-0 this week.''
The struggling Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes and the Bears (4-5) got the win they needed. They hung on when Jeff Driskel, filling in for the injured Matthew Stafford, overthrew Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone as time expired on a play that wouldn't have counted because he got called for an illegal forward pass.
The Bears went long stretches in that game without moving the ball, though they got touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second and third quarters. They lost another important player on defense when Danny Trevathan suffered what looked like a gruesome elbow injury. And they nearly blew a 14-point lead.
''During the course of the season, there are ups and downs,'' receiver Allen Robinson said. ''But it does feel good to come out with a win.''
That's something the Bears hadn't done since a 16-6 victory over Minnesota at home in Week 4. But as good as it felt to come out on top, their defense took another big hit with Trevathan getting hurt. His left arm got bent awkwardly as he tried to sack Driskel.
The team leader with 50 tackles, Trevathan ran off with his arm dangling by his side and into an uncertain future. He has an expiring contract and could be headed to injured reserve, though Nagy said Wednesday that's still to be decided. He also said he wasn't sure if Trevathan will need surgery.
Tight end Trey Burton, who has been limited by a groin injury all season, also hurt his calf in the game against the Lions. And Nagy had no update on him.
As for Trevathan?
''He is a leader on our team, and never steers us in the wrong direction,'' running back Tarik Cohen said. ''I would say so. DT controls the direction of the team. He never lets us bend or break, and he always brings people together.''
Despite losing Trevathan, the Bears held Detroit to 98 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Lions running backs had just 61 yards on 22 rushes.
With Trevathan down, Nick Kwiatkoski set up a touchdown with his first career interception and had a sack. He also played well filling in for Roquan Smith earlier in the season. But with defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on IR with an elbow injury that will sideline him until at least next month, the Bears are missing two disruptive players in the middle. They're also down two leaders.
''It's hard, just because there is so much (energy) between the two,'' Nagy said. ''Just their personalities in general. They're both a little bit different, with how they handle their personalities, but they're very similar on the field, leadership-wise. As we move forward here, we'll have guys that are always ready and prepared and the coaches will have them the same way.''
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson saw his most targets and tied for his most carries of the season against the Patriots in Week 13 while playing a season-high 67 percent of offensive snaps, a sign that the pass-catching back might be moving towards a larger role in this offense. That gives him some intriguing upside in Week 14 against a Denver team that's done better against running backs on the ground than through the air. This could be a game that favors Johnson over teammate Carlos Hyde, though Johnson's still no more than a PPR RB3 because of the downside he presents, like the fact that in Weeks 11 and 12 he combined for just 12 receiving yards.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins faces a tough one on Sunday, as Houston faces a Broncos team that allows the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Add in that Hopkins has been targeted eight times in each of the last two games after a five-game stretch with double-digit targets and you get some reason for concern. Not enough concern to even think about benching Hopkins, as his upside is just too big. Maybe you don't play him in your DFS lineup this week because of the matchup, but you have to play him in season-long leagues and hope his talent and his usage help him to a strong day.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is currently the fantasy QB4, and while his opponent this Sunday -- the Denver Broncos -- are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing passers this season, you've still got to trust Watson and deploy him as your starting fantasy quarterback. He's coming off a strong performance against New England's league-best defense in which he threw for three touchdowns and also caught one on an option play, so we've definitely seen Watson succeed in tough spots.
Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde is coming his worst performance of the season, a 10-carry, 17-yard outing against a strong Patriots Defense. Now, he's about to face a Broncos Defense that's allowing the eighth-fewest yards per carry to opposing running backs, which is bad news for Hyde, who's shown a tendency to struggle at times this season. His volume should give him a chance to produce something, but he still shouldn't be considered more than a low-end RB3 this week.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has scored a touchdown in his last four games played and is now up to six for the season. He'll look to keep the scoring streak going against the Lions Defense as the nominal No. 2 "receiver" in the offense with Adam Thielen (hamstring) again out. Rudolph has clearly gained the trust of Kirk Cousins in the red zone and has seen at least five targets in five of his last six games played. Though his yardage totals will never blow anyone away, few tight ends can match his propensity for finding the end zone and he has to be kept in lineups as a low-end TE1 at this point (as long as Thielen remains out). Start him as such in Week 14's home matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison has a chance to see an increased workload in Week 14's home matchup against the Detroit Lions. Starter Dalvin Cook (chest) was removed from the injury report and is in line to start, but the risk of re-injury certainly remains. The Vikings are favored by 13 points and have the highest projected total this week, and Mattison has had some of his best fantasy performances in blowouts this season. They could also choose to rest Cook completely if they build a big enough lead. Mattison has made the most of his opportunities this season (4.8 yards per carry), and you'll want him in your flex spot if he's going to get more than his typical 5-12 touch workload against the shoddy Lions Defense. He's not for the faint of heart, but Mattison is startable in deep leagues as a flex option in Week 14.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram left the start of practice on Saturday and went into the training facilities. His departure from practice alongside Daniel Jones (ankle) is cause for concern considering Pat Shurmur indicated on Friday that he knows foot injuries like Engrams take a while to recover from. If Engram isnt able to come out and take part in any drills today, it would be a bad sign for his status on Monday night. Rhett Ellison would start in his place and be on the TE2 radar. His potential upside would be capped since the Giants have all their wide receivers healthy, and Eli Manning doesnt use the tight end as much as Daniel Jones did.
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay, who has one year remaining on his rookie deal, said that he is open to signing a contract extension with the team during the offseason.
Fantasy Spin: Golladay appears poised to have his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and an extension could make him one of the NFL's highest-paid receivers. He is currently tied for sixth in the league in receiving yards (950), ranked first in touchdown receptions (nine) and is second in the league with 20.2 yards per catch. Golladay will continue to serve as Detroit's main option in their passing game and should be a WR2 or WR3 in all fantasy leagues despite the Lions' current quarterback situation.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) expects to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in order to play in Week 14's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was designated for return from injured reserve Nov. 20, and has participated in several practice sessions since then.
Fantasy Spin: Njoku has a very favorable matchup versus the Cincinnati defense this weekend, so he can be viewed as a high-end TE2 with TE1 upside in most fantasy formats.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has been on a roll as of late and will look to stay on course against Cleveland on Sunday. Boyd racked up 10 catches on 19 targets over his previous two outings, while also adding 160 yards and two touchdowns. John Ross (chest) will be back in the picture after missing some time, but Boyd is still an acceptable option in most fantasy leagues in Week 14, especially if you have nowhere else to turn.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has started to show signs of life as the season heads into the final stretch and will look to stay on track against Cleveland on Sunday. While the Browns have been effective against the run over the last four weeks, at least on paper, by allowing a third-best 16.73 fantasy points per game to opposing backs, the 23-year-old may be the most potent rusher that they have seen since Chris Carson back in Week 6. Mixon scored his first rushing touchdown of the year against Oakland and followed that up by recording another against the Jets in Week 13. He still has some work to do from a consistency standpoint, but he will likely keep trending in the right direction throughout the remainder of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made his return to the lineup against the Jets after a three-game absence and played relatively well, throwing for 243 yards and a touchdown on 23-for-37 passing. While the Browns Defense isn't horrible, Dalton has played historically well against them throughout his career, making his outlook more promising than usual, especially with John Ross (chest) back in the lineup. If you need a quarterback with a solid upside in Week 14, Dalton could be your guy.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel will look to build off of the efficient showing that he had against the Redskins. After struggling against the Saints in Week 12, Samuel got his act together in Week 13 by finishing with four catches for 65 yards and a score against Washington. While that wasn't the most brilliant fantasy performance that we've seen out of the 23-year-old, he has the potential to score on any given week. With Greg Olsen (concussion) out against Atlanta, look for Samuel to get some extra attention from Kyle Allen, making him a decent option in deeper formats.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore has been one of the most productive fantasy options as of late and will look to keep things moving against Atlanta on Sunday. After recording just one touchdown throughout his first 10 games of the season, Moore has three over the last two weeks. He hasn't been targeted less than eight times in each of his previous eight games and should retain his must-start status in all fantasy formats in Week 14.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had arguably the worst performance of the season, at least as a runner, against the Redskins in Week 13. While he had a favorable matchup against one of the league's worst defenses, the 23-year-old had just 44 yards on 14 attempts to go along with an acceptable seven catches for 58 yards. That game marked only the third time all season that he failed to record a touchdown, but he should get back on track against Atlanta after playing well against them just a few weeks ago.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen has a difficult matchup on Sunday against the Falcons Defense. Atlanta has played well against opposing quarterbacks, especially as of late, and held Drees Brees to just one touchdown toss during the Thanksgiving matchup with New Orleans, while also forcing Allen to throw four picks just a few weeks ago. The 23-year-old is a different player than what we saw after he initially took over for Cam Newton (foot) earlier in the year, and should remain out of starting lineups across the board in Week 14.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hands) suffered a sprained left hand and also injured the index finger on his throwing hand during the team's Week 14 loss to the Chicago Bears. Prescott is not expected to miss time.
Fantasy Spin: Replays showed Prescott banging his hand on a follow through so it's hardly a shocker that he sustained an injury of some kind. Right now the expectation is Prescott will be good to go against the Rams in Week 15.
Seattle Seahawks CB Neiko Thorpe (core) underwent surgery for a sports hernia and will miss the remainder of the season, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed DB Brian Allen to the practice squad on Friday, Dec. 6.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Breeland Speaks (knee) was suspended for four games on Friday, Dec. 6. Speaks was already out of the season with a knee injury.