Thu Oct 10 5:40pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, left, celebrates his sack with teammate outside linebacker Von Miller during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller sacked the notion that he and Vic Fangio have a rocky relationship.
The Super Bowl 50 MVP said Thursday that while they're not exactly drinking buddies, the two men get along great and he appreciates his head coach's constructive criticism because he's just trying to make him a better player.
''There's not a coach that I'd rather have right now pushing me to be the best outside linebacker I can be,'' Miller said.
With just two sacks so far, Miller is off to the slowest start of his nine-year career in Denver as he adjusts to a new coaching staff, new scheme, new teammates, new assignments and the loss of pass rushing partner Bradley Chubb to a season-ending knee injury last month.
Fangio famously declared at his introductory news conference as the Broncos' 17th head coach that Miller ''can play even better,'' and his frank assessments continued unabated as Miller posted four sackless games during Denver's 1-4 start.
The buzz over their relationship flared up again this week when Fangio described Miller's performance in Denver's 20-17 win over the Chargers as ''kind of uneventful'' even though he appeared to pressure Philip Rivers on his two interceptions and stuffed a third-down run.
All of this led to speculation that Miller and Fangio didn't get along.
''That's crazy,'' Miller said. ''Who came up with that?''
It's all over social media and the airwaves.
''You hear it all the time that me and Vic don't get along? I would like to think that me and Coach Fangio get along great,'' Miller said. ''I feel like the type of energy that he sends toward me is different than ... all the energy that he sends to everybody else. I feel that we have just that connection. We're teammates at the end of the day.
''I don't think it's a situation where like we go out and drink beers and have movie night and all that stuff. No, we don't do that. But when it comes to ball and me being a better football player and him seeing the best out of me, I know that's a fact. He wants to see me be great,'' Miller said.
An even harsher critic of Miller's play has been Miller himself. He has suggested that even if he's disrupting drop-backs or stuffing the run, what he measures himself by are sacks, and those have been hard to come by this season.
He sacked Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II twice two weeks ago, giving him an even 100 for his career. But he didn't get close to Derek Carr, Mitchell Trubisky or Aaron Rodgers and Rivers avoided a sack with an intentional grounding Sunday when Miller had him in his grasp.
Miller said he doesn't care if Fangio's blunt critiques come off as mean-spirited, either.
''I'm not really worried about that,'' Miller said. ''I'm worried about being the best football player I can possibly be, and I know his mindset is there and that's exactly where my mindset is.''
Miller said that whatever Fangio tells the media he says right to his face.
''He's going to keep it all the way 100. As a player, you can appreciate that. I don't want a guy'' sugarcoating it, Miller said. ''If I'm not doing well, I would want him to tell me. If I can work at something, I want him to tell me about that. Coach Fangio might tell everybody about it, but he's going to keep it 100 with me and I can appreciate it.''
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went 21-for-39 for 235 yards and an interception on Sunday against the Ravens. While he didn't throw a touchdown in this one, he did manage to rush one in late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals winless season continues, but the veteran quarterback can't take all of the blame as he is playing behind arguably the worst offensive line in the league while getting virtually no support on the defensive end. With six losses in the books, Dalton and company will look to get it together against Jacksonville in Week 7.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was virtually lifeless in the loss to the Ravens on Sunday. After rushing for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries, things appeared to be trending in the right direction for the 23-year-old. However, after finishing with just 10 yards on eight attempts while scrounging up a few receptions, fantasy managers were left disappointed once again. With the team struggling, Mixon continues to get no support from the weak Bengals offensive line. He will try to get on track against the Jaguars in Week 7, but at this point, don't hold your breath.
Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (back, hip) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his lower back in the third quarter against the Seahawks. Mayfield was taken to the locker room for evaluation, but he promptly returned without missing a single snap and is currently back in the game. It appears Mayfield will tough this one out, but his Week 7 status needs to be monitored.
New York Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas likely will receive a handful of targets against the Dallas Cowboys, but fantasy players may be able to find better options for their lineups this week.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly went down in Week 6 against the Browns with an injury to his achilles. The injury was non-contact, and Dissly was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. At the time of the injury, Dissly was just targeted just once and failed to haul it in. Luke Willson is in at tight end for the rest of the afternoon, and currently has one catch for five yards. Dissly's Week 7 status is in doubt and needs to be monitored.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson likely will receive a lot of touches during the game despite the injury and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the best right ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
The Panthers Defense brutalized the Tampa offense during the Week 6 matchup in London. With seven sacks on the day, including receiving 2.5 from Gerald McCoy against his former team, Carolina was relentless by also forcing quarterback Jameis Winston to throw five interceptions. With a week off, the team will have a stiff challenge against a sound 49ers offense in Week 8.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers on Sunday and finished with four catches for 52 yards. After failing to record a catch against the Jaguars in Week 5 while recording just two in Week 4, the veteran's performance in London was a slight improvement. Nonetheless, Olsen has been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective and should only be expected to produce efficient performances on sporadic occasions throughout the remainder of the season regardless of who is under center for the Panthers.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Dissly missed last season with an injury to his right knee, so this is a brand new injury to his left Achilles. We don't know the severity yet, but it was bad enough to immediately rule him out for the rest of the game. It took him a couple of minutes to get off the turf and it sure seems like this is a serious injury. Stay tuned. At tight end, Luke Willson will take over and he's an athletic TE who may become a threat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was unable to get anything going against the Panthers in Week 6, gaining just 28 yards on 10 carries on the day. Barber did get more carries than backfield mate Ronald Jones II, but could not find any holes and was otherwise a non-factor in what turned out to be a pass-heavy game. Barber has established himself through the first 6 weeks of the season as borderline unstartable in any fantasy format and should be treated as such. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before another tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was unable to get going Sunday, gaining only 10 yards on four carries, but did score a touchdown to save his day. Jones again fell victim to the Bucs unpredictable backfield rotation after starting to seemingly separate himself from the pack, seeing fewer snaps and touches than fellow backfield mate Peyton Barber in Week 6. It will be hard for fantasy owners to trust any of the Bucs running backs until something changes in that backfield. Until then they can both be considered very low-end bye week fill-in options. The Bucs are off in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston disappointed fantasy owners in a big way Sunday, completing 30-of-54 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown to go along with an absurd five interceptions. Winston wasn't given an inch on the day, getting sacked seven times and losing a fumble in the process. Anything Winston did through the first four weeks to gain fantasy owner's confidence has been thrown out the window over the last two weeks. This shouldn't come as the biggest surprise though, as inconsistency has been the theme of Winston's career. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee, Winston will slot in as a mid-range QB2 for that matchup.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel recorded four catches for 70 yards, while also recording a pair of touchdowns against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Samuel got it done in all areas in London, rushing for a score midway through the third quarter before catching a touchdown off of a 13-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Allen in the fourth. With Cam Newton (foot) potentially returning after the Week 7 bye, the 23-year-old will continue to split the bulk of the targets with fellow wideout D.J. Moore and running back Christian McCaffrey regardless of who is under center.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore recorded 73 yards off of seven catches during the win over the Buccaneers in London. With 10 targets on the day, Moore kept it going after recording six receptions for 91 yards against the Jaguars in Week 5. The quarterback situation remains a mystery as the team heads toward the bye, but the 22-year-old should remain involved regardless of who is under center while continuing to split the majority of the targets with Curtis Samuel, who finished with two touchdowns on the day.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey recorded just 57 total yards against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but still managed to find the end zone twice in Week 6. While McCaffrey was stuffed by the Buccaneers Defense by rushing for an abysmal 31 yards on 22 attempts, he offset his shoddy numbers with a touchdown run late in the first quarter, while acquiring his second off of a 25-yard pass from Kyle Allen. With the team heading into a bye, the potential MVP will look to keep it going in Week 8 against the 49ers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen recorded his fourth straight win on Sunday against Tampa Bay in London. While Jameis Winston recorded five interceptions on the day, Allen was able to get it done by finishing with 227 yards and two touchdowns on 20-for-32 passing. With the Panthers heading into a bye, things will get interesting for the Panthers if Cam Newton (foot) can return for the Week 8 matchup with San Francisco. Fantasy managers will want to monitor the situation, but Allen should remain on rosters until Newton is officially back in the mix as a starter.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) is active against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kamara gets a juicy matchup in Week 6, though he might be limited. Even if he has a smaller role, he should still put up RB1 numbers against Jacksonville.