Sun Dec 22 4:54pm ET
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) dives over a scrum while scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins linebacker Nate Orchard, right, blocks a punt attempt by New York Giants punter Riley Dixon during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants defensive end B.J. Hill (95) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, center left, congratulates tight end Kaden Smith after he caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, bottom, lies on the ground after being sacked by New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter, not visible, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Haskins walked to a cart and was taken off the field after the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, right, catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and tight end Hale Hentges (88) celebrate after they connected for a touchdown pass and catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Steven Sims (15) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, not visible, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) falls into the end zone for a touchdown after making a catch on a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Giants' Golden Tate (15) reacts on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones works out prior to an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Daniel Jones put together the best performance of his rookie season fresh off an ankle injury, throwing for 352 yards and five touchdown passes in the New York Giants' 41-35 overtime victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Jones was 28 of 42 in his first action since missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle. He tossed two TDs to Kaden Smith - including the game-winner - and also connected with Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley and Cody Latimer. His career-best fifth TD pass, 3 yards to Smith, came with 4:15 left in overtime after the Redskins (3-12) tied it in the final minute of regulation.
Barkley was the perfect complement for Jones and tormented a Redskins secondary missing several regulars. He was responsible for 279 total yards: 189 rushing and 90 receiving and a score each way.
The trio of Jones, Barkley and Shepard showed further evidence that whoever is running the Giants (4-11) next season has talented building blocks to work with on offense, along with a high draft pick.
With the loss, the Redskins moved into the driver's seat to draft Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young.
The Chase Young Bowl was a showcase of prolific playmaking and porous defense. Barkley ran for 108 yards on his first four carries, while Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 12 of 15 for 133 yards and two TD passes before injuring his left ankle on the first play of the second half.
Veteran Case Keenum relieved Haskins and threw his first passes since Oct. 24, when he was concussed at Minnesota. He was 16 of 22 for 158 yards and rushed for the tying score with 29 seconds left in the fourth.
With and without Haskins, the Redskins offense similarly showed off some young weapons to entice a strong coaching candidate. Undrafted free agent receiver Steven Sims caught two TD passes, and third-round steal Terry McLaurin had seven receptions for 86 yards.
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Barkley came into the day with just one run of 40-plus yards this season. He busted out a 32-yard run on New York's first possession and turned Redskins safety Montae Nicholson inside out during a 67-yard TD on his fourth carry.
He also had the game's longest reception at 51 yards when Jones found him wide open in the first quarter.
When Haskins injured his right ankle earlier this month at Green Bay, the 15th overall pick insisted he wasn't coming out. He wasn't afforded the opportunity to show the same toughness Sunday after a sack by Giants linebacker Markus Golden had him hobbling off the field favoring his left ankle before being carted off.
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When he scored early in the fourth quarter, Washington's Adrian Peterson recorded his 111th career rushing touchdown. That broke a tie with Walter Payton and put Peterson in sole possession of fourth on the NFL's career list.
Giants: RT Mike Remmers left in the first half with a concussion. ... LB Alec Ogletree was absent from the first series on with a back injury.
Redskins: McLaurin was injured while making a catch with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He was evaluated for head and shoulder injuries. ... Lost RT Morgan Moses to a knee injury in the third quarter shortly after Haskins was knocked out of the game. ... S Montae Nicholson injured his neck in overtime. ... Played without cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau, who were out with hamstring injuries.
Giants: Host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday in what could be Pat Shurmur's last game as coach.
Redskins: Visit the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday in what's expected to be interim coach Bill Callahan's final game.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 8
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will try and replicate his monster Week 7 performance against the Vikings in Week 8. Adams exploded for 13 receptions with 196 yards and two touchdowns last week and now will face a Vikings Defense that is allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Minnesota has allowed seven different receivers to post 90+ receiving yards against them and have surrendered 12 touchdowns to the position through six games. Seven different receivers have posted more than 15 fantasy points against the Vikings and Adams will have a chance at another enormous fantasy performance in Week 8.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan will look to get back to producing on the field when the team takes on the Vikings in Week 8. Tonyan has posted only 57 receiving yards over his last two games after posting three touchdowns in Week 4. Tonyan and the Packers will face a Vikings Defense that has allowed only one touchdown to the position all season and the 16th fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Tonyan's fantasy value will be tied to touchdowns in Week 8 and may be best utilized in DFS lineups only against the Vikings.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (calf) did not join the team on the practice field Wednesday as they prepare their matchup with the Vikings in Week 8. Jones is making progress but coach Matt LaFleur needs to "continue to improve and get better each day" if the star runner wants to play this week. Jones totaled 76 all-purpose yards with one touchdown in Week 1 against the Vikings and is a must-start if he is active. Fantasy teams will have to monitor this situation all week and backup Jamaal Williams will handle most of the touches in the backfield if Jones cannot suit up.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will face a Saints Defense in Week 8 that is allowing the 13th most fantasy points to receivers this season. Since Week 1, Miller is averaging a paltry 18.3 receiving yards a game despite coming down with two game-winning touchdowns this season. The Saints have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers this season and the Bears could be without star receiver Allen Robinson II in the game due to a concussion. But neither of these developments bode well for Miller, who continues to disappoint in a struggling Bears offense. Miller is not worth the risk in Week 8.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try and stay hot against a familiar foe, the Vikings, in Week 8. Rodgers is coming off a dynamite performance, passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Texans. The veteran now has 17 touchdowns through his first six games and now will face a Vikings Defense that has allowed nine touchdown passes over their last three games. Minnesota is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing passers and 300+ yards passing to three of their last four quarterbacks faced, Rodgers is ready to feast and should be considered a QB1 choice in Week 8.
Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham will be fired up to face his former team, the Saints, in Week 8. Graham isn't racking up tons of targets on a weekly basis but is still a legitimate red zone threat for a struggling Bears offense. The Saints have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including six touchdowns to the position through six games. Graham has at least 30 receiving yards in each of his last five games but also has four touchdowns on the season. The veteran tight end will, once again, be a touchdown-dependent option in Week 8.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney will have a favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Saints. The rookie is averaging 6.2 targets over his last five games and could see more opportunities if teammate Allen Robinson II misses the game with a concussion. Mooney also has been overthrown on multiple wide-open touchdowns the past few games and will face a Saints Defense that is allowing the 13th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Saints have allowed seven different receivers to post more than 60 receiving yards against them and have surrendered nine touchdowns to the position. Mooney will carry WR5/6 value in Week 8.
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that wide receiver Allen Lazard (core) will return to practice this week. Lazard blew up for his fantasy managers in Week 3 against the Saints with six catches, 146 yards and a touchdown, but then he needed core muscle surgery. The 24-year-old has been out ever since, but it appears that he's nearing a return. Expecting him to be back on the field in Week 8 against the Vikings is probably premature, but Lazard could be back for his fantasy managers in Week 9, assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Tight end Robert Tonyan has benefitted from Lazard's absence the most, but this passing offense continues to flow heavily through Davante Adams. However, Lazard needs to be owned everywhere and should be a WR3 with upside when he's fully healthy.
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery will try and get his season kick-started in Week 8 against the Saints. It has been a disappointing season to this point for Montgomery, who has 537 all-purpose yards and posting only 3.7 yards per carry. The Bears running game has gone off the rails since quarterback Nick Foles took over at quarterback and will face a Saints Defense that is allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Saints have not allowed a 100-yard rushing game to an individual runner this season and the Bears are dealing with multiple injuries on their offensive line. Montgomery's value will be no higher than RB3 status and will be best suited to PPR-leagues in Week 8.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson will face a Colts Defense in Week 8 that is allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to the running back position this season. Peterson continues to sit atop the depth chart for the Lions but is losing touches to rookie D'Andre Swift by the week. Peterson has totaled only 105 rushing yards over his last three games and the Colts have not allowed more than 72 rushing yards to an individual runner all season. Peterson is worth a bench stash in deeper fantasy formats but Swift will carry the higher ceiling in fantasy for Week 8.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) will not practice on Wednesday. Watkins has missed the last two games after getting injured in the Week 5 loss to the Raiders, and he looks likely to miss his third straight game this weekend against the winless Jets. Wideout Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are must-starts each and every week, but Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman have had more boom/bust WR4/flex appeal in deeper leagues with Watkins sidelined. Robinson had five catches for 69 yards in Week 6 but fell back to Earth in Week 7 against Denver, catching his only target for just four yards.
Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles will try and shake the team's offense out of a huge slump in Week 8 against the Saints. Foles has three touchdowns and four interceptions over his last three games, a span in which the Bears offense is averaging only 15 points a game. Things are not trending in the right direction for the Bears but Foles will face a vulnerable Saints Defense in Week 8. New Orleans is surrendering the sixth most fantasy points to opposing passers this season, including 17 touchdowns through six games. They have allowed multiple touchdowns to every quarterback they have faced and at least 19 fantasy points. That would be a strong starting point for Foles in Week 8 but is far too risky to deploy in single-quarterback leagues.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said trade rumors swirling around defensive tackle Quinnen Williams are false. "He's going to be here," Gase said. General manager Joe Douglas has traded away two of the team's previous top-10 picks in the last year, but it appears that Williams won't be on the move. The first-round pick has exceeded his rookie-year production, but he hasn't been the disruptive force that the Jets were hoping he'd be when they took him third overall in 2019. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported over the weekend that more than a few teams had inquired about Williams with the trade deadline approaching, and the Jets would need multiple second-round picks to part with the 22-year-old.
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift is slowly gaining more traction in the Lions backfield heading into the team's Week 8 matchup against the Colts. Swift has four touchdowns over his last three games and has 11 receptions and 27 carries during that span. He is not the official bell-cow in the offense with veteran Adrian Peterson in the mix but both players with have a tough matchup in Week 8. The Colts are currently allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing backs and have not allowed more than 72 rushing yards to an individual runner all season. Swift will have fringe FLEX value in deeper leagues and will need a touchdown to produce a solid fantasy line in standard formats in Week 8.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay will try and keep his hot streak alive against a tough Colts Defense in Week 8. Golladay will take back-to-back 100-yard games into this contest but the Colts defense is loaded with talent. Since Week 1, Indy's secondary has given up yards in the passing game but have allowed only two touchdowns to opposing wide receivers during that span. Golladay is the primary target for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford so getting opportunities should not be a problem. But Golladay finding the end zone and posting a huge fantasy line may prove to be more trick than treat in Week 8.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 4-0 in his last four meetings with the Chicago Bears, who he will face once again in Week 8. Brees is averaging 308 passing yards per game while completing 78.7 percent of his passes for an 8-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a passer rating of 124 in his last four games against them. However, QBs have seen a 20.3-point drop in their passer rating against the Bears Defense in 2020, meaning that Brees may not have it as easy this year. That will especially be true if he remains without receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Chicago allows the fewest fantasy points per game to signal-callers this year, making Brees a shaky QB2 this weekend despite his past success against the Bears.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson will try and extend his touchdown-streak to four games in Week 8 against the Colts. Hockenson has amassed only 85 receiving yards over his last three games but has touchdowns in each contest to boost his fantasy value. The second-year tight end will have a tough matchup against a Colts Defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. The Colts have not allowed a touchdown to the position yet this season and not a single tight end has posted more than 10 fantasy points against them. Hockenson will need to find the end zone to justify a start in fantasy lineups for Week 8.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will try and get his team over .500 in Week 8 against a talented Colts Defense. Stafford passed for 340 yard last week but has only two touchdown passes over his past two games. Now he will take on a rested Colts defense that is allowing the second fewest fantasy points to opposing passers. Since Week 1, the Colts have held opposing quarterbacks to only four touchdowns and have picked off 10 passes over their last five games. Opposing passers during that span have failed to exceed 17 fantasy points in a game, making Stafford a huge risk in Week 8.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz is no longer in the TE1 rankings for Week 8. Despite a matchup with an Eagles team that allows tons of points to opposing tight ends, Schultz cannot be trusted with seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci likely in charge of the Cowboys offense. Schultz and all of the Cowboys pass catchers saw a huge downgrade when Dak Prescott (ankle) was lost for the season, but at least Andy Dalton had run an NFL offense successfully in the past. Now with Dalton (concussion) likely out, DiNucci will be thrown to the wolves, making the Eagles Defense a top play while Schultz becomes nothing more than a low-end TE2.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is not a recommended fantasy option in Week 8. Despite going up against an Eagles team that doesn't particularly limit opposing kickers, Zuerlein will certainly be limited by his own team's offense. Andy Dalton (concussion) already wasn't doing much, and now seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci may be the one in charge in Week 8. Last week, Zuerlein scored the only points for the Cowboys, making a field goal while the rest of the offense did not much else. While Zuerlein was a top-12 kicker with Dak Prescott (ankle) around, he's not even worth rostering in most formats now.