Game Reviews: Jets at Packers, Seahawks at Chargers
New York Jets 24 Green Bay Packers 31
Arguably the greatest game of the weekend. the Jets took advantage of several Packers errors early, but Green Bay marched back behind the arm of Aaron Rodgers. As most people have seen,
Geno Smith – Only completed 50 percent of his passes. Made some plays with his feet, including a TD run on a bootleg where he almost fell over. Despite going against the Beats in Week 3, I don’t see a reason to use him.
Chris Ivory – Once again split time with Chris Johnson. He did get a TD, but he didn’t look particularly impressive and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. Tough to use him unless the Jets have the perfect matchup.
Chris Johnson – Johnson never found running room on the outside. He lined up as a receiver less than he had in Week 1. Tough to use him going forward as well unless we see him used more in the receiving game.
Eric Decker – Made a nice double move on Sam Shields for a TD early. Targeted seven times but only caught four passes and didn’t get a ton of separation. Unless Decker’s price drops closer to $5,000, it’s hard to ever use him.
Jeremy Kerley – He only caught three of eight targets. He should have had a long TD catch to tie the game, but the bad timing of the time out from the Jets took it off the board. He’s in the same boat as Decker.
Nick Folk – Drilled his one FG from 52 yards. He made both FGs last week from the 40-49 range. Folk made 33-of-36 field goals last season. He’s actually a legit play at $4,900 against the Bears at home on Monday Night Football.
Jets DST – The one turnover they got was a bad center-to-QB exchange on the first play of the game. The Jets do have a solid rush defense and did a nice job containing Eddie Lacy. I wouldn’t use this unit against the Bears, but they are a legit play in some other matchups against poor turnover teams.
Aaron Rodgers – After a slow start, Rodgers torched the Jets for 346 yards and 3 TDs. He was vintage Rodgers in the second half and found Jordy Nelson for 209 yards on nine catches and a TD. He still spread the wealth to eight Green Bay players. He has an outstanding matchup at the Lions in Week 3.
Eddie Lacy – Against a tough rush defense and playing from behind, Lacy only racked up 43 yards on 13 carries. There were few running lanes and the Green Bay OL was manhandled on the left side. The Lions have a tough rush defense as well, so we’ll wait on better matchups for Lacy,
Jordy Nelson – Nine catches for 209 yards and a TD. He also dropped a second TD at one point, although it was a tough catch. Nelson was targeted 16 times, but we know Rodgers will likely balance it out more in the next game. Nevertheless, the matchup is too good just to ignore him.
Randall Cobb – Caught two TDs with five catches for 39 yards. Rodgers will look at him more frequently as the weeks go on, so Cobb won’t be as reliant on TDs for production. This week is a great example against the Lions.
Other Packers WRs TEs – Jarrett Boykin was supposed to be the No. 3 WR, but Davante Adams got more looks and played about as many snaps. Andrew Quarless appears to be the TE used in the passing game, but is hardly used as much as Jermichael Finley was. I’m really intrigued if Evans has another game (or better) of five catches and 50 yards. He could be a sneaky stack play with Rodgers in GPPs. I’m not ready to try it yet though.
Packers DST – Stuffed the run fairly well. They actually defended the pass fairly well too. They had horrible field position out of the gate and gave up one deep pass on a double move by Decker. For the most part, they kept everything in front of them and held Smith to a 50% completion percentage. This defense under Dom Capers still isn’t where it should be though. I could see using them in a GPP in the right matchup down the road at most.
Mason Crosby – Drilled all three FGs including a 55-yarder. A lot of people will be using Rodgers and the Packers WRs, so using Crosby indoors against the Lions is a great idea.
Seattle Seahawks 21, San Diego Chargers 30
The Chargers had the ball for 42:15. This is the same formula they used to win at the Denver Broncos at the end of last season. Phillip Rivers gets a lot of criticism, but he knows how to convert on third down. The Seahawks’ one turnover came on a Percy Harvin fumble on the kickoff after the Chargers took six minutes off the clock en route to a FG. San Diego took advantage of the tired Seahawks D in the extreme heat and scored a TD. This made the score 20-7 late second quarter. Seattle never recovered.
Russell Wilson – He didn’t have a bad game, but the Seahawks aren’t exactly built for huge comebacks. Believe it or not, the absence of Golden Tate seems to be hurting Wilson’s ability to throw it deep as he buys time outside the pocket. Wilson has a much better chance against the Broncos to do well and is a legit play in GPPs.
Marshawn Lynch – He only got six carries for 36 yards. The Seahawks were down often, and the Chargers had the ball most of the game. However, it was reported later that Lynch is suffering from a bad back, which is why he only got six carries. Harvin, Turbin and Lockette got two a piece. Still, Lynch looked fine and ran with this usual power and speed. He’s in a good matchup at home against the Broncos with a high O/U, but I’m a bit cautious if he has a bad back. You don’t want to mess with those. Let’s see if he splits more time.
Percy Harvin – Really weird game for Harvin. Had the costly fumble and only had one catch (and one target) for five yards. The Seahawks also played from behind. Although he did have that one long run for 51 yards and a TD (even if it should have been challenged since he stepped out of bounds at one point). It’s not too concerning, but it’s a reminder that Harvin is a high upside and high risk player. He should have Aqib Talib on him this weekend, so that’s never an easy task. But Harvin should have a better day than he did against Seattle.
Steven Hauschka – No FGs. Seahawks trailed early. Had terrible field position all day. He’s a good play against Denver.
Seahawks D – Do not buy into the Richard Sherman overrated stuff. It’s not like he did anything noteworthy, but he gave up a few shorter passes in man-to-man and that’s about it. That’s just bad smack talk from the Chargers. Nevertheless, don’t use the Seahawks against the Broncos. I know they crushed the Broncos in the Super Bowl, but the chances of that happening again are very slim, even at home.
Phillip Rivers – The stats are as good as his performance looked – 28-of-37 for 284 yards with 3 TDs and no INTs. Rivers constantly moved the sticks on third down and had particularly good accuracy in this game along with his pocket presence. The Seattle defense looked absolutely exhausted at the end of the first and second half from the heat too. I don’t like Rivers at Buffalo though. Traveling across country for a 9 a.m. body clock start is never easy and the Bills have played legit defense in the first two weeks.
Ryan Mathews – Was injured in this game and will be out for a month. Didn’t look throughout the game, but credit the front seven of Seattle more for taking away running lanes. Still, the Chargers stuck to the gameplan of keeping the clock running. Donald Brown will get the start, but Danny Woodhead should get an increase in snaps as well. Again, we’ll wait and see how it plays out at Buffalo.
Keenan Allen – Hauled in five of his six targets for 55 yards. Allen hasn’t exactly picked up right where he left off, but he is the clear No. 1 receiver now and is more of a focus for defenses. He took advantage of his opportunities. I’ll be more excited about him when his price comes down a little more and there’s a better matchup.
Malcom Floyd – Zero catches, zero targets. One of the best daily fantasy players has used him in the first two weeks (mainly because he’s minimum value), and he is the No. 2 WR. Sherman rarely covered him too. Consider this partially a fluke, plus Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal were on effective with some weak pass coverage by the LBs and other CBs. Floyd is still a good value play moving forward, but his upside is questionable.
Antonio Gates – Was on fire and caught 3 TDs. He made one particular TD grab over his shoulder that looked like he was still in his prime. We can only hope Gates returns to the league to screw Ruxin over again. Like Floyd, Ladarius Green had zero catches and zero targets. Again, this is a combination of variance and that the chemistry combo of Gates and Rivers took over. Gates is still a solid TE, but I’d be shocked if he matches that performance for the rest of the season.
Nick Novak – Nailed all three FGs, including one from 50 yards. He might be the most underrated kicker in the NFL (is that a possible thing to say?). He’s 56-61 in his last 31 games.
Chargers D – It helped that the Seahawks barely had the ball, but the Chargers held their own for a good amount of the time. They also managed two sacks on Russell Wilson for 22 yards. I’m not going to overreact to one game though. I certainly wouldn’t use them on the road at Buffalo. But at home against Oakland or Kansas City later on? Definitely a possibility.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz