Mon Sep 16 11:42pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer
Players: Demaryius Thomas, Ryan Griffin, Chandler Catanzaro, Trevor Siemian, Odell Beckham Jr., Taylor Bertolet, Sam Ficken, Baker Mayfield, Luke Falk, Nick Chubb, Kaare Vedvik, David Njoku, Austin Seibert, Sam Darnold
Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham (13) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith (50) goes into play during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Cleveland Browns' Christian Kirksey (58) celebrates with Myles Garrett (95) after Garrett sacked New York Jets' quarterback Luke Falk (8) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield (6) runs away from New York Jets' Leonard Williams (92) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs a pass route during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Trainers check on New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) after he was injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) grabs his leg after being hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham (13) catches a pass in front of New York Jets' Nate Hairston (21) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. had an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, and Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns did just enough to beat the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night.
Beckham, traded from the Giants in March, helped the Browns (1-1) bounce back from a 30-point loss to Tennessee in their opener to top the Jets (0-2).
New York lost quarterback Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury in the second quarter, and Luke Falk - promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day - played the rest of the game. Siemian was starting in place of Sam Darnold, who's sidelined for at least a few weeks while recovering from mononucleosis.
The Jets couldn't get anything going on offense, and the Browns blew open the game late in the third quarter.
Falk led the Jets on their longest drive of night to that point - 60 yards - but Le'Veon Bell could only get 1 yard on a fourth-and-2 pass, turning the ball over on downs at the Browns 11.
On the very next play, Mayfield hit Beckham with a slant pass, and the receiver outran the Jets' defenders all the way to the end zone for an 89-yard TD that put Cleveland up 23-3 with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter.
The touchdown came after Beckham called out Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams last Thursday, saying the coach - then with the Browns - instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. Williams denied Beckham's accusations, jokingly asking reporters: ''Odell who?'' Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim coach last season, also chided reporters for giving Beckham attention.
Well, Williams clearly knows who Beckham is now. The coach was seen shouting angrily on the sideline after Beckham's touchdown.
And, that wasn't all for Beckham, who finished with six catches for 161 yards and the TD.
He helped the Browns take a 3-0 lead on their first possession on Austin Seibert's 23-yard field goal - a drive highlighted by a spectacular 33-yard, one-handed grab that got Cleveland down to the Jets 4.
It was reminiscent of Beckham's highlight-reel, one-handed reception for the Giants on ''Sunday Night Football'' as a rookie in 2014. On this one, Mayfield found Beckham down the right sideline, and the receiver stuck out his right hand to snare the ball behind Nate Hairston - in nearly the same spot as his big catch five years ago.
And, yes, Beckham was wearing his expensive watch - despite the NFL telling him last week not to.
Beckham then had to come out of the game because officials made him change his mirrored visor. He returned with a clear visor on his helmet.
Seibert's 48-yarder gave the Browns a 6-0 lead with 6:15 left in the opening quarter as Cleveland outgained New York 101-4 in the first quarter.
Nick Chubb's 19-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter put Cleveland up 13-0. The drive was helped by a defensive holding call on Hairston - starting in place of Trumaine Johnson - on fourth-and-2 from the Jets 24.
Siemian was knocked out of the game after throwing a long incomplete pass to Ryan Griffin and Cleveland's Myles Garrett slammed into him, and fell on top of him. Siemian appeared to roll his left ankle as Garrett, who was penalized for roughing the passer, sent him to the turf.
Falk replaced Siemian with 7:58 left in the half and helped the Jets get their first points to cheers of ''Luuuke!'' Sam Ficken, the Jets' fourth kicker since July, booted a 46-yarder - and got loud cheers from the crowd who had seen the likes of Chandler Catanzaro, Taylor Bertolet and Kaare Vedvik struggle.
Siemian finished 3 of 6 for 3 yards, while Falk was 20 of 25 for 198 yards as the Jets lost their seventh straight at home, dating to last season.
Mayfield, who beat the Jets last year in his NFL debut during a Thursday night game that ended Cleveland's 19-game winless skid, was 19 of 35 for 325 yards, including the long TD to Beckham, and an interception.
Garrett had three of the Browns' four sacks.
Bell had 68 yards rushing on 21 carries and had 10 catches for 61 yards for the Jets.
Browns defensive end Chris Smith played after his girlfriend, Petara Cordero, was killed in car accident last week.
The 26-year-old Cordero was killed after she exited Smith's Lamborghini and was standing on the highway's shoulder when she was hit by an oncoming car.
Browns: TE David Njoku sustained a concussion in the opening quarter and didn't return. ... S Morgan Burnett injured his quadriceps.
Jets: LB Jordan Jenkins left in the first quarter with a calf injury. ... WR Demaryius Thomas, making his Jets debut after being acquired from New England last week, injured a hamstring.
Browns: host Los Angeles Rams next Sunday night in their second straight prime-time game.
Jets: at AFC East rival New England next Sunday.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 3
The Carolina Panthers Defense capitalized in Week 3 against a team starting a rookie quarterback on the Chargers. Carolina notched two sacks, eight quarterback hits, one pick, and three fumble recoveries. While this was an encouraging performance for a team that gave up over 30 points in the first two games, this type of performance should not be expected each week. The Panthers' defense is still a very young and inexperienced unit, and they face a tough test in a rising Cardinals team next week.
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.