NFL Week 9 -The Rams fall to the Saints, lose for the first time this season

In a battle for supremacy in the NFC, the Saints take down the Rams in an epic battle, handing the Rams their first loss of the season.  Saints WR Michael Thomas earns one of our “Best of the Week” with his performance.  NIck Mullens came out of nowhere to lead the 49ers, while Demaryius Thomas took the field for the first time for the Houston Texans against his former teammates.  What were the Jets thinking with their offensive approach against the Dolphins? All of that and more in this week in the NFL.

Sound and Fury

These are those no-name guys that come out of nowhere to put up ridiculous stat lines but immediately fade into irrelevance. These are guys that are on no one’s radar in fantasy. Hence, they’re their significant fantasy output typically helps no one.

Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries had only four career touchdowns on 170 career receptions entering play on Sunday.  While having 27 receptions this season, Humprhies failed to find the end zone. That changed in a big way against the Panthers. Ryan Fitzpatrick found Humprhies from 5-yards out with 5:14 remaining in the third and from 30 yards out with 14:24 left in the fourth. Although the Buccaneers lost the game, 42-28, it was a career day for Humprhies, with 8 receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite falling to the Texans 19-17, Broncos tight end Jeff Heureman had a career best 10 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. His 12-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter put the Broncos in front 17-16. It was his second touchdown of the season and only his fourth in his four-year career.  In fact, entering play, Heureman was really an unknown, having only 33 career receptions.

WTF Moment

The offensive approach shown by the Jets in their 13-6 loss to the Dolphins certainly must raise some eyebrows. Sure the Jets want to get the most out of their first round pick, quarterback Sam Darnold, but abandoning the run game against the 29th ranked defense against the run is mind boggling.  This is particularly the case when Darnold was struggling all game. Looking like a “deer in the headlights” much of the game, Darnold was sacked four times and intercepted four times, one for a touchdown. Clearly if the Jets were far behind, the passing attack should be at the forefront, but this wasn’t the case.  The Jets, who were a respectable 12th in the league in rushing, ran the ball only 21 times for 80 yards. I suppose questionable (to say the least) play calling is a reason the team is 3-6 and their entire game plan qualifies for the “WTF Moment” this week.

Revenge Game

Some players that get traded never get a chance to play against their former team. In the case of Demaryius Thomas, he barely had time to put on a Houston Texans’ uniform before taking the field against his old team on Sunday.  Thomas didn’t play a huge role in the outcome of the game, although he caught all three passes headed his way for 61 yards, including a long of 31.  The Texans won the game after Brandon McManus failed to connect on a 51-yard field goal in the final seconds, which would have won the game for the Broncos. After the game, Thomas ripped his former team’s strategy at the end of the game. “That’s what they do over there,” Thomas told NFL.com. “I ain’t a part of that no more. We like to win over here.”

Best of the Week

Nick Mullens entire game qualifies as one of the best of the week. The rookie quarterback out of Southern Mississippi was forced into action due to injury.  Making his first start, Mullens was nearly perfect, completing 16-of-22 for 262 yards, three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 151.9. If he were not likely to be named the starting quarterback and put up more good numbers, he would also qualify for the “Sound and Fury”.  Keep an eye on Mullens the rest of the season.

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter had a career day against the Lions. In addition to nine tackles and  3.5 sacks, he recovered a fumble on a muffed pitch from Matthew Stafford and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. The Minnesota defense in general deserves mentioning, after registering 10 sacks and holding the Lions to 209 yards total offense.

In the game of the day, the Saints knocked off the previously undefeated Rams, 45-35. After a 35-17 halftime lead, the Rams stormed back to tie the game at 35. Late in the fourth quarter, the Saints had the ball up 38-35 trying to secure the win. They did so in a big way as Drew Brees hit wide receiver Michael Thomas down the left sideline for a 72 yard touchdown.  Thomas lead all players with 12 receptions for 211 yards.

 

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