Sat Sep 21 5:19pm ET
Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) kicks the game-winning field goal as punter Pat O'Donnell (16) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Bears won 16-14. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates his game-winning field goal after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Bears won 16-14. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears thought their kicking problems had finally ended when Eddy Pineiro made a 53-yard field goal to beat Denver last week.
No such luck.
Pineiro will go into Monday night's game in Washington questionable on the injury report because of right knee trouble.
Pineiro was hurt Friday, with coach Matt Nagy saying it happened during weight lifting. Pineiro didn't practice Friday, but did kick on a limited basis at Saturday's practice.
''Especially after what just happened with us and what we've been through (with kickers), and what he just did this past weekend, it's like we're on a roll here and then all of a sudden something crazy like this happens,'' Nagy said. ''But I try to stay positive with it and I think we'll be OK. We've just got to see how it goes the next couple days.''
The Bears had one other player who was a surprise on the injury report. Safety Eddie Jackson came up with a knee injury in Friday's practice and was able to go Saturday only on a limited basis. He also is questionable.
The Bears conducted a massive offseason kicking search after Cody Parkey double-doinked a 43-yard field goal miss to end the 16-15 playoff loss to Philadelphia. Parkey was waived.
Chicago brought in nine kickers at one point in the spring, traded a seventh-round draft pick for Pineiro, and then he beat out Elliott Fry to win the kicking job. Pineiro is 4 for 4, including last week's winner and another 52-yarder against Denver.
''I'm going to be on the cautious side with him and we'll just kind of feel out the pain part and if it's something that's going to affect him, then we'll have a decision to make,'' Nagy said. ''If not . hopefully he'll be OK.''
Pineiro didn't think it was serious at first, according to Nagy.
''Just thought that it was something that was minor and I think as the time has gone by and then going out there today he just felt it a little bit,'' Nagy said. ''So we're just going to pull back and see where it's at and be optimistic and try to do everything we can to make sure that we're taking care of it, the pain.''
And if Pineiro can't kick?
''That's a good question,'' Nagy said. ''We've got to work through that. I know (punter) Pat O'Donnell has some experience. But we'll see how this thing goes. I don't want to rush to judgment yet. That's not where we're at.''
At least the Bears know a lot about some of the potential emergency kickers available.
''There are a lot of different scenarios that could happen, but I'm not going down that route,'' Nagy said. ''I feel good that things will be OK. If they're not, then we just have to have a contingency plan when that time comes, and if that's something that we've got to do something different, then we'll do that.''
Jackson's injury is different than the one he had earlier in the week to go on the injury report. He had a shoulder problem then, but went through a full practice on Friday and then suffered knee soreness afterward. He practiced only on a limited basis Saturday.
Defensive end Bilal Nichols is out for the game due to the broken hand suffered last week.
Also questionable for Monday are guard Kyle Long (hip) and tight end Trey Burton (groin). Long was held out of Saturday's practice and Burton participated on a limited basis.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 3
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel ended Week 3 with four carries for seven yards and four receptions for 45 yards on four targets. The WR3 on the team has offered very modest value in the rushing and passing game so far in the season as he has not gotten more than five receptions, 45 receiving yards, or 26 rushing yards in a game. At this point, Samuel is only a low-end flex each week going forward.
Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas got one reception for nine yards on two targets in the Week 3 win over the Chargers. The tight end was supposed to be the TE1 on the team this season, but only has two receptions for 16 yards on two targets total through three games. He's well off the fantasy radar at this point.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore finished Week 3 with two receptions and 65 yards on four targets. Though his receptions and targets may seem small, Moore still paced the team in yards. With a rich role as the WR1 on this team, his volume should remain stable. Therefore, the receiver remains a weekly starter.
Though it may not have been a 100-yard game for him, new Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson finished Week 3 with five receptions for 55 yards on six targets. Anderson has had a solid debut with Carolina thus far, seeing no fewer than five receptions and six targets in three weeks. It's clear the former Jet is now the WR2 on the Panthers, and he is becoming consistent enough that he should be in the flex conversation each week with room to elevate his value going forward.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 22-for-28 for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Week 3 win over the Chargers. Through three games, Bridgewater's only impressive stat has been passing for 367 yards in Week 2. Other than that, he hasn't been explosive in terms of touchdowns. In fact, the QB has two passing touchdowns and two picks on the year. He's simply not consistent enough and has rather mediocre weekly numbers, making him an unappealing fantasy option.
Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis finished the Week 3 win with 13 carries and 46 rushing yards, along with eight receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Davis proved valuable in both the passing and rushing game and was quite busy in place of the injured Christian McCaffrey. It's worth noting that he led the team in targets and carries. Davis' decent volume should keep him in the flex tier as long as he is the lead back on the team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense was dominant in the Week 3 win over the Broncos, getting six sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and two picks. The Bucs took advantage of an injured Broncos offense and capitalized with a dominant performance. The schedule looks promising for next week as they will likely face rookie QB Justin Herbert when they play the Chargers.
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith saw a team-high eight targets in Week 3, finishing with five receptions for 61 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Spin: Smith failed to score for the first time this year, but he finished with a season high in catches and targets. Smith could be headed for a TE1 campaign, and he is at least worth streaming while A.J. Brown is sidelined.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns in a Week 3 loss against the Patriots. Carr's fantasy value continues to rise with six touchdown passes and no interceptions on the year. There are a lot of elite fantasy quarterbacks, so Carr probably isn't a starter quite yet. He generally has the same type of performance every week, so that makes his ceiling a bit lower than other players. With that being said, he can be counted on for consistency and he typically won't put up a terrible performance. He will have another challenge against the Bills next week who have one of the top secondaries in the league. He should probably stay on the bench but is worth considering for a start depending on who the other option is.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz made four catches in Week 3, gaining 48 yards. He was targeted six times and was still pretty well-involved in the passing game. He took a clear step back from being the featured receiver in Week 2, but he maintained enough playing time and passing routes to remain a relevant fantasy tight end, especially in deeper leagues. He should settle into a fantasy role much like traditional Cowboys tight ends: solid, with a high floor, but not much of a ceiling.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made both of his field goal attempts in Week 3 along with one of his two extra points. Zuerlein's field goals came from 43 and 42 yards out. He continues to be a solid fantasy kicker, and with the Cowboys offense clicking on most cylinders, he should continue to put up points for fantasy managers.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense struggled again in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys defense allowed 36 points, recording four sacks and one fumble recovery. Through three weeks, the Cowboys defense has allowed 95 points, recorded six sacks, and just one interception. They won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.
Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder) left the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter and he is questionable to return.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis caught five of his six targets for 69 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Davis continues to have a steady role in the passing game, and he is currently on pace for 80 catches and more than 1,000 yards. With A.J. Brown reportedly recovering slowly, Davis could have flex potential for the foreseeable future.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had an average performance against the Patriots, rushing for 71 yards and catching three passes for 12 yards. This is not the type of performance you would like from a star running back like Jacobs, but the Patriots are not an easy matchup. Jacobs has yet to rush for over 100 yards in the first three games of the season, and he will look to eclipse that mark for the first time next week against the Bills. The Bills have a solid defense but surrendered 167 yards on the ground in Week 3 against the Rams. The Raiders' offensive line is good at run blocking, so there is a good chance Jacobs sees more success in Week 4.
The Las Vegas Raiders defense struggled again, giving up 36 points to the Patriots. They managed to grab an interception and sack Cam Newton twice but gave up over 400 yards in total offense. They have a young secondary, and their only real pass-rusher is Maxx Crosby. Through the first three weeks, the Raiders have not shown any signs that warrant them being on any fantasy team, let alone in the starting lineup. They take on the Bills next week who are showing signs of an elite offense through three weeks. It is reasonable to expect that game to be a shootout, so the Raiders would be a horrible play in Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson came out of nowhere in Week 3 to score two long touchdowns in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was targeted seven times, catching five for 107 yards and the two scores. Wilson's first score was on a 40-yard pass in the second quarter. He followed it up with a 42-yard score in the third quarter. There's a good chance this will be Wilson's best game of the season, as he's still no higher than fourth on the wide receiver depth chart. Still, it's hard to ignore his performance, so fantasy managers with a free bench spot can probably snag him off the waiver wire before Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper made nine catches in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was targeted a team-leading 12 times, gaining 86 yards on his nine grabs. Cooper tied with Ezekiel Elliott for the team lead in targets and led the team in catches, but fell behind Michael Gallup and Ced Wilson in yards. Both of those guys scored touchdowns in this one as well, while Cooper is still looking for his first score of the season. The Cowboys have all kinds of options in the passing game, which may limit Cooper's upside this season. He may settle into the high-end WR2 range for most games, but he'll often have WR1 upside.
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb caught five passes in a Week 3 loss, gaining 65 yards. He was targeted six times in this one, ending up fifth on the team in targets. Ced Wilson came out of nowhere and Michael Gallup along with Amari Cooper took on most of Dak Prescott's targets in this one. Lamb should continue to have solid games like this one, but his upside is somewhat limited by all of the other strong options in the Dallas passing game.
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of his 37 pass attempts for 321 yards and an interception in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: It was a season high in yards for Tannehill, but he failed to throw a touchdown pass after tossing a combined six in the first two games. The Tennessee offense will continue to revolve around Derrick Henry and the ground game, but Tannehill is able to keep defenses honest and is a solid QB2.