Sun Oct 2 6:53pm ET
By DAVE HOGG
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, meets with Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell after the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
DETROIT (AP) Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell felt his offense needed to have a clean day.
''We turned the ball over twice, and one of them went for seven points. That's the difference in the game,'' he said.
Well that, and a porous defense.
Jared Goff passed for 378 yards and four touchdowns, but Detroit struggled against Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks in a wild 48-45 loss on Sunday. Smith accounted for 369 yards and three touchdowns, and Rashaad Penny rushed for 151 yards and two TDs.
Seattle never used its punter. The Seahawks scored on seven drives, missed a field goal on the eighth and took a knee to end the game on the ninth. They also scored on Tariq Woolen's 40-yard interception return in the second half.
''Defensively, we just weren't good,'' Campbell said. ''We obviously have to clean up everything, and I'm going to look at that with (defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn). We will look at the scheme and the personnel, and we'll find the best fit. Not just to get a chance to win our next game, but to win three or four games down the road. If that means playing more young guys, that's what we'll do.''
Campbell said Glenn and his staff will be helping with the review of the defense, but that their own performances will be part of it.
''We'll look at everything,'' he said. ''I think A.G. is a hell of a coach - that's why I hired him - but we'll look at everything about our defense. I think this is the time for a deep dive.''
The Lions gave up 467 points last year - 31st in the league - while going 3-13-1. They have allowed a league-worst 141 this season. That's an average of 29.0 points in Campbell's first 21 games as coach.
The Lions are the 30th team in the Super Bowl era to score at least 140 points in their first four games. The first 29 went 109-7 (.940) while Detroit is 1-3.
''If your offense scores 45 points, I think you have to win the game,'' Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchison said. ''Props to the offense for putting up those points, but that was a poor defensive performance. We have to be better than that.''
Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone doesn't think it is a talent issue holding the defense back.
''This is the NFL and everyone is good enough to make plays in this league,'' he said. ''We know a guy like DK Metcalf is going to make plays. It's the mental errors and undisciplined football that gets you into trouble. That's kind of where we are as a defense right now, and we all need to fill our part of the puzzle.''
Metcalf had taken a perceived shot at Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah earlier in the week, saying he hadn't proven himself as a shutdown corner because he was getting safety help on deep balls. Metcalf finished with seven catches for 149 yards, including two long plays while matched up with Okudah.
''Hats off to him - he's a good corner,'' Metcalf said, repeating the phrase he used earlier in the week.
Okudah said he didn't see the game as a grudge match between the two.
''I don't necessarily know if there was a back and forth,'' he said. ''He's obviously one of the top receivers in the league. Being a competitor, I obviously want to win the one-on-one battles with him.''
Campbell thinks Detroit's defensive problems might have one underlying cause. Unfortunately, it isn't one he can fix.
''I think we lack confidence - that's very clear to see,'' he said. ''To get that, you have to have production in games and have success. You have to stop plays and stop plays - things of that nature. We're lacking that, and it leads to us making mistakes.''
Dynasty | Dalvin Cook rushed 20 times for just 76 yards and caught both targets for 10 yards. Dynasty Analysis: Cook has just one touchdown on the season and has yet to eclipse more than 13.8 PPR points to date. Currently ranked as the RB10 at DLF, the veteran better get things going or he will fall out of favor quickly amongst fantasy managers. The 27-year-old may be past his prime and has been hampered by injuries throughout most of his career. It could be time to think trade.
Dynasty | Justin Jefferson caught 10-of-13 targets for 147 yards and ran once for three yards and a score. Dynasty Analysis: Jefferson had fallen back down to earth in weeks two and three after going nuclear in week one. The stud wideout proved on Sunday why he is worthy of the WR1 ranking at DLF. The 30.2 performance was the second 30+ output on the young season. Kirk Cousins appears to be struggling but the LSU grad is proving to be quarterback and matchup proof.
Dynasty | Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-38 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Dynasty Analysis: Cousins has finished as a QB1 in five of the last six seasons, causing his ranking to hold steady at QB19. At this point, Jared Goff is looking like a better option. The former Washington signal-caller has six touchdowns and four interceptions across four games and has yet to eclipse 20 points on the year. Father time appears to be wreaking havoc on the backfield for Skol.
Dynasty | Latavius Murray racked up 57 yards and a score on just ten carries. Dynasty Analysis: Murray was elevated off of the practice squad with Alvin Kamara out and saw some extra run with Mark Ingram suffering an injury during the game. Ingram did return and took over once again. Murray is 32 and likely on the wire in your league but if Kamara continues to miss time, it is a player to monitor.
Dynasty | Mark Ingram left Sunday's contest for a short time but returned to action. Dynasty Analysis: Ingram saw increased run with Alvin Kamara being inactive. The veteran left for a short while with an undisclosed injury. Currently sitting on the outside of the DLF running back rankings, Ingram could have some value if Kamara continues to miss time with the rib injury or gets suspended in November due to the ongoing investigation from the Vegas incident.
Dynasty | Chris Olave snared four of seven targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's tough loss. Dynasty Analysis: The rookie led the team in targets even with Jameis Winston being ruled out on Sunday morning. It is the third consecutive game that Olave has averaged over 16 yards per catch. It is also the third straight contest in which he has managed double-digit points in PPR formats. Currently ranked as the WR25 at DLF, we should see him leapfrog fellow rookie Treylon Burks sooner rather than later in said rankings.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss continues to fall out of the gameplan, which is obviously frustrating for fantasy managers. In Week 4, Moss rushed three times for six yards in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. Fellow back Devin Singletary saw 11 carries, while quarterback Josh Allen rushed 11 times as well. Possibly, this was a fluke and the Bills will get Moss more involved in the offense going forward. However, it feels like Moss is a distant No. 2 option to Singletary. It's hard to imagine Moss having much value even in deep leagues heading into Week 5.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) is officially active on Sunday night versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 27-year-old has 10 catches for 105 yards heading into this one. However, it's safe to say he hasn't lived up to expectations so far during his first season with the Chiefs. Still, he is a talented wideout and is capable of making things happen on the fantasy end. As a result, managers should at least consider him a risky flex option with upside in Week 4.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (knee) is active for the Sunday night showdown against the Chiefs. The veteran has only appeared in one game for the Bucs, compiling three catches for 69 yards during the season-opener versus the Dallas Cowboys. Despite Mike Evans returning from his one-game suspension and Chris Godwin (hamstring) also back in the mix, Jones still warrants consideration as a flex option.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hamstring) will officially suit up for Sunday's meeting against the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran had been trending toward playing, although the team wanted to test things out pregame to be sure. Julio Jones (knee), Mike Evans (suspension), and Russell Gage (hamstring) are also back, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect too much out of Godwin in Week 4, especially since his snaps may be limited.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was unable to do much damage through the air during Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. It was raining sideways, which made it extremely difficult to pass the ball. Allen completed 19-of-36 passing attempts for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the win. Luckily, Allen was able to salvage his fantasy value with 70 additional yards and a touchdown on the ground. The conditions made it difficult on Allen, but he still found a way to get it done. He should continue to be one of the best fantasy quarterbacks heading into next week.
Washington Commands wide receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring) stated he's "feeling pretty good" after exiting Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The wideout believes he "was just cramping a little bit" while indicating he will be good to go against the Titans. The team could certainly use the rookie out there, primarily since he's already accumulated four touchdowns this season. To be safe, fantasy managers should continue to monitor Dotson's status heading into Week 5.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary put together a strong nine-catch performance last week. He followed that up with another solid game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Singletary rushed 11 times for 49 yards, while hauling in four receptions for an additional 47 yards through the air. Singletary continues to be the most reliable back in this three-back committee. He actually has consistent fantasy value in what feels like the first time of his career. He should be a fine option against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.
The defense of the New York Giants limited the offense of the Chicago Bears to 12 points in the team's 20-12 victory in Week 4. Justin Fields and the offense of the Bears have mightily struggled to begin the season and the Giants didn't let them have much success this week. New York's defense would record six sacks on Fields and they would prevent Chicago's offense from scoring a touchdown. On top of that, the special teams unit and the defense of the Giants would recover three fumbles to help them improve to 3-1 on the season. After playing an anemic offense of the Bears in Week 4, the Giants will have a slightly stiffer challenge in Week 5 in a road meeting with the Green Bay Packers.
New England Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) won't return to Sunday's matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Smith has only seven catches for 58 yards this season, so it's doubtful the latest update will impact many fantasy managers. Nevertheless, if Smith can't play in Week 5 versus Detroit, Hunter Henry may see an extra target or two, although he has been even less productive this season.
Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson scored only 9.8 half-point PPR fantasy points in the 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. The veteran running back had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. However, he had only 25 rushing yards on eight attempts the rest of the game. Patterson dealt with a knee injury in practice last week, which likely impacted his performance against Cleveland. Unfortunately, things aren't looking up for the veteran next week as the Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The reigning NFC South champions have held running backs to only 3.8 rushing yards per attempt this season.
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) won't return to Sunday's matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders after being carted off the field with a knee injury. The 22-year-old didn't have the most impactful fantasy outing before going down with a knee injury, compiling only 28 yards off 10 carries. If he isn't available on Thursday night against the Colts, Melvin Gordon would most likely be the primary rusher out of the backfield, although he's currently in the doghouse after fumbling for the fourth time in four games. Mike Boone could also be heavily involved.
Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier had the best game of his career against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie had a team-high 84 rushing yards on only 10 attempts in the 23-20 win over Cleveland. He also caught his only target in the contest of 20 yards, ending the game with 10.9 half-point PPR fantasy points. While the former BYU star didn't find the end, Allgeier had more rushing attempts, yards, and fantasy points than the starter Cordarrelle Patterson. Unfortunately, the Falcons face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their elite run defense next week, making Allgeier not an appealing sleeper in Week 5.
Atlanta Falcons running back Caleb Huntley had 10 rushing attempts for 56 yards and a touchdown in the 23-20 Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns. The second-year running back had one rushing attempt for three yards before today's game against Cleveland. Yet, with Cordarrelle Patterson impacted by a knee injury and Atlanta's inability to get the passing game going, Huntley matched Tyler Allgeier with a team-high 10 rushing attempts. Given his limited play before today's win against the Browns, Huntley likely has no fantasy value moving forward without a significant injury to Patterson.
New York Giants kicker Graham Gano made two of his three field-goal attempts in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears. The veteran kicker would make two field goals in the second half of the contest to extend New York's lead from 14-12 to 20-12, which would be the final score of the game. Gano's lone missed field goal was a 37-yarder he attempted with under a minute remaining in the game to make it a two-possession game. Luckily, the 35-year-old kicker's missed field goal didn't come back to hurt the Giants. Gano has now made nine of his 11 field-goal attempts in the past three weeks ahead of a matchup with the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.