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Seahawks-Titans heads Week 2 games with 2020 playoff teams

Sat Sep 18 9:33am ET
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Michael Dogbe in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) waves to fans as he leaves the field following a 28-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Russell Wilson put off watching film for an extra hour to join Peyton and Eli Manning and provide commentary on the alternate ''Monday Night Football'' broadcast as the Ravens-Raiders thriller went to overtime.

After carving up the Colts' secondary in the opener, Wilson could afford a brief break.

No doubt, he'll be ready to lead the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) against the Tennessee Titans (0-1) on Sunday as the ''12s'' return to the stands for the first time since Dec. 29, 2019, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

''It was a blast to be on there with Peyton and Eli. I have such respect for their family and who they are,'' Wilson said. ''To be able to talk on `Monday Night Football,' talk about the game, and be an analyst in a way from our vantage point is something that I have always loved to do because I love the game. To be on there with guys like Peyton and Eli who love the game just as much is always fun.''

A win over the Titans would be Wilson's 100th regular-season victory in 146 career starts. Only Tom Brady (131) and Joe Montana (139) have won 100 more quickly.

The defending AFC South champion Titans are looking to avoid a 0-2 start following a poor effort at home in a 38-13 loss to Arizona last week.

Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times, Derrick Henry averaged only 3.4 yards per carry and the defense gave up 416 yards.

''We know last week wasn't our standard,'' said Henry, who led the NFL with 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2020. ''We just need to come out here and focus on being better, being locked in on what we have to do, play by play, and each rep. That is all we need to do. Guys are hungry to be better and just trying to put it together this week.

''We want to play to our standard, play to our identity, and we know it starts out here each and every day. Each and every rep, just locking in, working hard, focusing on what you have to do so you can go out there and play at a high level on Sunday.''

Week 2 kicked off Thursday night with Washington (1-1) edging the Giants 30-29 on Dustin Hopkins' 43-yard field goal on the final play - after an initial miss was negated by New York going offside. Graham Gano made five field goals for the Giants (0-2).

Los Angeles Rams (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1)

Carson Wentz's debut with the Colts looked more like the way he finished last season in Philadelphia as he was constantly hit, hurried and harassed during a 28-16 loss to Seattle. It won't get much easier facing Aaron Donald and the stingy Rams with an undermanned offensive line. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher's status is uncertain and right tackle Braden Smith is dealing with a foot injury.

Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford's debut with the Rams couldn't have been any better. He passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns with a a career-high 156.1 rating in a 34-14 win over Chicago. The Rams aim to win a road opener for the fifth straight year under coach Sean McVay.

Kansas City (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)

Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson face off for the fourth straight season in a matchup of MVP quarterbacks. Jackson is 0-3 vs. Mahomes, 30-5 against everyone else.

''It's not about me and Mahomes,'' Jackson said. ''Not to me. Probably to everyone else. But it's the Ravens vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.''

He's right, and the injury-depleted Ravens need a win after blowing a 14-0 lead Monday night against the Raiders.

Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a win over Cleveland and still hasn't lost in September. He's 11-0 with 35 TDs and zero interceptions in the opening month.

New Orleans (1-0) at Carolina (1-0)

The Saints began the post-Drew Brees era with a resounding win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers thanks to an efficient performance from Jameis Winston and a dominant defensive effort.

Carolina's Sam Darnold led his new team to a win over his old team last week, but he'll face a tougher test against the Saints than the Jets presented. Expect Christian McCaffrey to continue to get a heavy workload after totaling 187 yards on 30 touches in his first game back from an injury-riddled 2020 season.

Cincinnati (1-0) at Chicago (0-1)

Andy Dalton makes his first home start with the Bears and most fans hope it'll be his last. Nearly all of Chicago wants to see first-round draft pick Justin Fields, who played well in a brief appearance in the opener.

The Bengals got Joe Burrow back and he got them back in the win column. He had help from his college teammate Ja'Marr Chase, who had five catches for 101 yards and one TD in the overtime win over Minnesota. Joe Mixon, also back from injury, ran for 127 yards.

Houston (1-0) at Cleveland (0-1)

A popular pick to upend Kansas City in the AFC, the Browns wasted a 12-point halftime lead and lost a playoff rematch to the Chiefs. The Texans should help them avoid a 0-2 start.

Despite routing Jacksonville and spoiling Urban Meyer's NFL coaching debut, the Texans are still expected to be one of the worst teams in the league.

Baker Mayfield won't have Odell Beckham Jr. but threw for 321 yards without him, and he can turn to the backfield duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt anytime.

Denver (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1)

Teddy Bridgewater was another quarterback who had a strong debut, leading the Broncos to a road win over the Giants. He's a solid bet to get Denver another road win over the lowly Jags.

No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence looks to improve on a so-so start. Meyer wants him to improvise more. It would help if Jacksonville didn't fall behind by a few scores early and could rely more on James Robinson's running and a more balanced attack.

Buffalo (0-1) at Miami (1-0)

The Bills, an even more popular pick than the Browns to overtake the Chiefs in the AFC, started out flat, losing at home to Pittsburgh. MVP runner-up Josh Allen got sacked three times and completed just 59% of his passes.

Good news for Buffalo is facing an opponent it has dominated recently, winning five straight. The Dolphins are 0-2 in home openers under coach Brian Flores. Tua Tagovailoa was efficient in a win at New England last week. He'll need to do more to beat the Bills.

New England (0-1) at New York Jets (0-1)

This is the first matchup featuring two of the five 2021 first-round QBs as Mac Jones leads the Patriots against Zach Wilson and the Jets, with both players seeking their first win.

New England has won the last 10 meetings and rookie quarterbacks are 6-21 against Bill Belichick since 2000. Robert Saleh has the home-crowd support as he looks for his first win as Jets coach.

San Francisco (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0)

Nick Sirianni's impressive head coaching debut coupled with Jalen Hurts' stellar performance in a convincing win at Atlanta made the duo the talk of Philly. The praise won't last long if they stumble against the 49ers.

Jimmy Garoppolo led San Francisco to a big lead before the Niners had to hold off the Lions in a 41-33 win. Trey Lance threw a TD pass on his first NFL attempt, but Garoppolo can keep the rookie on the sideline by continuing his steady play.

George Kittle had a career-best 15 catches for 183 yards in a loss to the Eagles last October and he should have plenty of opportunity to do more damage.

Las Vegas (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0)

Fresh off leading the Raiders to an impressive comeback win, Derek Carr and Jon Gruden lead their team across the country on a short week. It'll be a tough challenge against the Steelers.

A win over another playoff team from the AFC North would be a major step forward for Gruden's rebuilding project that began in 2018.

Ben Roethlisberger is three TDs away from becoming the eighth quarterback to throw 400 career touchdowns.

Minnesota (0-1) at Arizona (1-0)

Kyler Murray was spectacular in the opener for the Cardinals, who also got an excellent defensive effort led by Chandler Jones with his five sacks. J.J. Watt plays his first home game in Arizona while eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson returns to face his former team.

Kirk Cousins and the Vikings had several chances to beat the Bengals but couldn't do it and now must win on the road to avoid 0-2.

Atlanta (0-1) at Tampa Bay (1-0)

The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers needed some magic from Brady and a winning field goal from Ryan Succop to hold off Dallas in the NFL's kickoff game. Brady has never lost to the Falcons in eight meetings and Tampa is a 12 1/2-point favorite.

Arthur Smith's head coaching debut was a dud as Matt Ryan and the Falcons were held to two field goals. Look for Ryan to try to exploit Tampa's injury-depleted secondary.

Dallas (0-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

Dak Prescott picked up where he left off last season before an ankle injury sent him to the sideline. But his outstanding performance against the Bucs wasn't enough because the Cowboys still are weak defensively.

Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards against Washington's strong defense, so he could have a career day facing Dallas. The Cowboys are battling more injuries with the possibility that four starters will be out. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence headlines that list.

Detroit (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1), Monday night

Aaron Rodgers looked more liked a guy who spent the offseason contemplating his next move than the reigning MVP in a shocking blowout loss to New Orleans last week.

Facing the Lions should get Rodgers and the Packers back on track. Detroit rallied to turn a 28-point deficit into only an 8-point loss in Dan Campbell's head coaching debut, but the Lions' best chance to beat Rodgers would be if the game was being played in Florida, where he is 3-5.

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Rhamondre Stevenson Oct 16 10:30am ET
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New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson finally was able to get into some action last week. Coming into Week 5, Stevenson had one carry on the season, but that changed versus Texans. Sadly, there wasn't much success as Stevenson carried the ball 11 times for 23 yards in the win. Lead back Damien Harris (ribs) is questionable heading into their Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. That means, Stevenson could be asked to carry the ball 10 or so times again. There isn't much upside here with Stevenson, so he should be considered a desperation deep league option. He wasn't able to move the ball versus Houston, so that's unlikely to change this week.

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Mac Jones Oct 16 10:20am ET
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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has failed to impress over the first five games of the season. He has posted one multi-touchdown game, but has only surpassed the 280-yard mark once through five contests. The rookie quarterback will now head into a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys defense. Normally, the Cowboys defense wouldn't be intimidating, but they rank ninth in pass DVOA so far in 2021. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jones struggle to move the ball in this one. He'll be a desperation streaming option, but should be avoided in most formats.

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Demetric Felton Oct 16 10:00am ET
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Cleveland Browns running back Demetric Felton could have an expanded role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) is questionable with a knee/wrist injury. Felton will have a complementary role and should see an uptick in carries along with D'Ernest Johnson as the backups to Hunt. The 23-year-old logged three snaps on offense and returned two punts for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Felton and Johnson could see additional touches in Week 6. The UCLA product is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

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D'Ernest Johnson Oct 16 9:50am ET
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Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson could have a vital role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (knee, wrist) is questionable with a wrist/knee injury. Johnson will have a complementary role on Sunday and is the only other running back on the Browns to see carries this season besides Hunt and Chubb. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Johnson, along with Demetric Felton, could see additional touches in Week 6. The 25-year-old is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

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Isaiah Ford Oct 16 9:13am ET
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Randall Cobb Oct 16 6:40am ET
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will try to bounce back in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears after reeling in 2-of-3 targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 31-year-old averages 10.6 air yards per target and owns 9% of the team's target share, ranked 92nd among all wideouts. Cobb will continue to have an expanded role while Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) remains on the injured reserve. This season, the Bears have been obliterated by WR1s (30th in DVOA) but have been solid against the opposing team's WR2s, which ranks 10th in DVOA versus the opponent's secondary receiver. Cobb is considered a flex play in deep-league formats and is a dart throw at best in Week 6.

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Robert Tonyan Oct 16 6:20am ET
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Green Bay Packers' tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears. He was a limited participant in practice throughout the week but is all systems go in Week 6. The 27-year-old has caught just 9-of-17 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown over five games in 2021. He averages 8.9 air yards per target (9th in position rank) and 10% of the team's target share, 26th among all tight ends. The Bears are ranked ninth in DVOA against tight ends this year, and a bounce-back week for Tonyan most likely won't happen this Sunday. Fantasy managers can search the waiver wire for a streaming tight end as Tonyan is a mid-range TE2 at best in Week 6.

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Aaron Jones Oct 16 6:10am ET
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Davante Adams Oct 16 6:00am ET
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Aaron Rodgers Oct 16 5:40am ET
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Derek Carr Oct 15 11:00pm ET
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Brandon McManus Oct 15 10:50pm ET
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Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus will be looking to stay perfect in a big matchup against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 6. McManus has made all 11 of his field-goal attempts and all nine of his extra-point tries through five weeks to rank him as the No. 8 fantasy kicker. The move from Drew Lock in 2020 to Teddy Bridgewater at QB this year has made a world of difference for Denver's offense in terms of efficiency and lack of turnovers. In turn, McManus has become fantasy relevant on a weekly basis, and it also has helped that Denver ranks 10th in red-zone attempts but just 29th in red-zone success rate. The Broncos have scored touchdowns on just 42.11% of their trips inside the 20-yard line, which means McManus should continue to get his chances this Sunday. He'll easily be a top-10 fantasy kicker in Week 6.

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Noah Fant Oct 15 10:40pm ET
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Tim Patrick Oct 15 10:30pm ET
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick hasn't put up gaudy numbers or done anything overly special with Jerry Jeudy sidelined by a high ankle sprain, but he is quietly one of the NFL's best receivers. Through five weeks, Patrick leads the NFL by a wide margin with a plus-15.8% catch rate over expected. Oh, and he also hasn't dropped a pass in 127 targets since the 2019 season. He's gradually seen an increase in targets as the season has progressed, and he had a season-high seven catches on nine targets for 89 yards in the Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But because he's not much of a big-play receiver in a middling offense, Patrick has been merely a WR4/flex option in fantasy with Jeudy out. There won't be a ton of upside in Week 6 against a Las Vegas Raiders defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the receiver position this year.

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Courtland Sutton Oct 15 10:20pm ET
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton woke up in the Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching seven of his 11 targets for 120 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Aside from his two 100-yard games, though, Sutton has been pretty quiet despite ranking second behind Davante Adams with 644 air yards in 2021. The 26-year-old was also helped by the fact that Denver was forced to throw while being down multiple scores in the second half last Sunday. The targets will be there for Denver's top option in the passing game, but Sutton will also be facing a Las Vegas Raiders defense in Week 6 that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (9.0) to opposing pass-catchers in the last three weeks. He'll be a midrange WR2 for fantasy managers against the division rivals.

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Javonte Williams Oct 15 10:10pm ET
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Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams seems to waiting patiently for his true breakout game with Melvin Gordon III (hip), who is questionable for Week 6 against the Las Vegas Raiders, dealing with nagging injuries in recent weeks. Williams has gains of 31 and 49 yards, respectively, in the last two games and is a true big-play back that can break tackles. He is fifth in the NFL in adjusted yards after contact per rush at 4.3 since Week 2, and he has 5.05 yards per carry for 202 yards and a score on 40 carries in the last four weeks compared to 3.69 yards per carry on 49 attempts for Gordon. There's a chance that Williams finally takes the majority of touches over Gordon this week, which would give him RB2 upside against a Raiders defense that has been vulnerable to running backs in the last three weeks -- 23.1 fantasy points per game allowed to RBs (seventh-most).

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Teddy Bridgewater Oct 15 10:00pm ET
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Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the offense will be looking to carry over their fourth-quarter success in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers into a Week 6 meeting with the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos scored 13 points on 10 first downs and 205 yards of total offense in comeback mode in the fourth quarter last week, but the Steelers also were playing softer coverage. Bridgewater has only gone over 300 yards passing once in five games, but he does have a nice TD-to-interception ratio of 7:1 and is completing a career-high 69.8% of his passes. The 28-year-old is taking care of the football, taking plenty of deep shots and taking what the defense gives him. Against a Raiders defense that has looked much better this year, Bridgewater will remain a midrange QB2 in superflex leagues.

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Russell Wilson Oct 15 9:50pm ET
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The Seattle Seahawks defense has been inconsistent all season, but they have interesting upside in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers offense, outside of Week 5 against the Denver Broncos when they scored more than 17 points for the first time since Week 1, has struggled to consistently put up points. The Steelers have turned the ball over at least once in every game, except for their win against the Buffalo Bills, and the Seahawks defense has gotten at least one takeaway in four out of five games while averaging at least two sacks per game. If the Seattle offense can take care of the ball and sustain drives, which is asking a lot with Geno Smith now in for the injured Russell Wilson (finger), the defense could come out of the game with a solid fantasy performance this week.

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