Lions vs. Commanders: Fantasy guide and key matchups for Week 2
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (0-1) are staying home for Week 2, with another matchup against an NFC East foe on the horizon in the Washington Commanders (1-0). Washington’s defense allowed 6.8 rushing yards per attempt in Week 1, the third-worst mark in the NFL. Start Commanders WRs Terry McLaurinMcLaurin didn’t light the world on fire in his first game catching passes from quarterback Carson Wentz. MATCHUPS TO WATCHCommanders WRs Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel vs. Lions CBs Amani Oruwariye, Jeff Okudah, Mike HughesMcLaurin, Doston and Samuel were very busy in Week 1. 2022 TEAM STATSDVOA offensive ranking: Lions 8th | Commanders 13thDVOA defensive ranking: Lions 28th | Commanders 22ndNet yards gained per passing attempt: Lions 5.4 (23rd) | Commanders 7.3 (7th)Rushing yards per attempt: Lions 6.5 (4th) | Commanders 3.0 (35th)Points per game: Lions 35 | Commanders 28Points allowed per game: Lions 38 | Commanders 22Net yards allowed per passing attempt: Lions 7.2 (25th) | Commanders 5.9 (14th)Rushing yards allowed per attempt: Lions 5.5 (26th) | Commanders 6.8 (30th)Takeaways: Lions 0 | Commanders 1SERIES HISTORYWashington leads the all-time series 31-15.mlive.com
Lions defensive backs face another tough task in Washington’s versatile receivers
ALLEN PARK -- Amani Oruwariye, Jeff Okudah and the Detroit Lions defensive backs are getting put through the wringer to open the new season. Brown and DeVonta Smith in the opener to Washington’s productive and slippery trio of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel in Week 2. McLaurin, Dotson and Samuel bring different matchup problems to the table, though. McLaurin (6-foot), Dotson (5-foot-11) and Samuel (5-foot-11) won’t overpower too many defensive backs. “I think he’s (Dotson) a guy that knows his speed but can kinda tempo it,” Oruwariye said.mlive.com
Saints rout Panthers 33-7 to earn No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs
The Saints (12-4) will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears in the wild-card round next weekend. He also ran for five TDs, but the Panthers struggled to make winning plays late in games all season with Bridgewater at the helm. That leaves questions about his future as the Panthers starting QB, especially with the team having a top 10 draft pick in 2021. UP NEXTSaints: The four-time defending NFC South champions host the Bears next weekend in the playoffs. Panthers: After failing to make the playoffs for the third straight season, Carolina will look to the NFL draft to upgrade a number of pressing needs.
Washington beaten by Panthers, fails to clinch NFC East
Haskins' failed second chance coupled with a special teams blunder and defensive miscues added up to Washington blowing its first chance to clinch the NFC East by losing to the Carolina Panthers 20-13 on Sunday. With Christian McCaffrey out again, Curtis Samuel had five catches for 106 yards and was the Panthers' leading rusher with 52 yards on seven carries. 2 pick forced Bridgewater to fumble on a sack in Washington territory early in the third quarter to prevent Carolina from putting up even more points. Washington: Played without top WR Terry McLaurin, who couldn't keep gutting through a nagging ankle injury. Washington: Gets another chance to win the NFC East next Sunday at Philadelphia.
Looking ahead: Panthers clicking on offense while youthful defense deals with growing pains
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions-Carolina Panthers Week 11 matchup is highlighted by banged-up starting quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater has proven to be a fit for Matt Rhule’s offense, getting the ball out in space to receivers D.J. Mike Davis has been strong in relief of McCaffrey, but it’s been the growing pains on defense holding this group back. “So you have to be very disciplined in the run defense or otherwise this guy will hurt you very quickly. See below for the previous five meetings (or click here for the full rundown):2018 -- Lions 20, Panthers 19 (highlights below)2017 -- Panthers 27, Lions 242014 -- Panthers 24, Lions 72011 -- Lions 49, Panthers 352008 -- Panthers 31, Lions 22mlive.com
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 10: Broncos Rookie KJ Hamler Beginning To Emerge
By Matt Citak(CBS Boston)- Well folks, Week 10 is here, which means we have entered the final month of the fantasy regular season. While it may not be the biggest week on the waiver wire, there are still some solid pickups available. With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 10. If David Johnson is unable to suit up this week, Duke Johnson will make a solid fantasy play for a Week 10 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. With Travis Kelce and Hayden Hurst both on byes, you’d be hard pressed to find a better replacement than Hooper this week.detroit.cbslocal.com
Chiefs escape with 33-31 win when Panthers FG is wide right
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs toward the end zone to score against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Chiefs coach Andy Reid liked it so much that he put it in the game plan. The Panthers' onside kick was recovered by Kansas City, but they used their three timeouts to get the ball back, and Teddy Bridgewater's 23-yard pass to Curtis Samuel with 9 seconds remaining gave them hope. It took nine plays and consumed nearly nine minutes before McCaffrey reached the end zone, keeping the potent Kansas City offense on the sideline. The Panthers still led 17-13 after the teams traded missed field goals to start the second half, but the Chiefs finally hit their offensive stride.
Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – This time, the Atlanta Falcons finished. Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stopped the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining. Moore on third and 18 to move the Panthers into Falcons territory. Bridgewater was limited to 176 yards passing as the Panthers (3-5) lost their third straight game without injured Christian McCaffrey. UP NEXTFalcons: Host the Broncos on Nov. 8Panthers: Open the second half of the season at the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs on Nov. 8.
Packers without leading rusher Aaron Jones vs. Texans
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Green Bay Packers are without their leading rusher for Sunday's game at Houston after Aaron Jones was ruled out with a calf injury. Cam Erving is back at left tackle with Connor Williams at left guard. Washington will be without left tackle Geron Christian because of a knee injury, so journeyman Cornelius Lucas starts in that spot. ___GREEN BAY AT HOUSTONPackers: QB Jordan Love, CB Kevin King, S Darnell Savage, RB Tyler Ervin, RB Aaron Jones, T David Bakhtiari, DL Tyler Lancaster. Texans: WR Keke Coutee, CB John Reid, LB Peter Kalambayi, T Charlie Heck, TE Jordan Akins.
Undefeated Titans getting healthy after COVID-19 outbreak
The undefeated Titans are healing up from the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak. DeCastro will miss his third game of the season after sustaining an abdominal injury last week against Philadelphia. Johnson, Pittsburgh’s second-leading receiver, is out because of a back injury suffered on a punt return last week. Cincinnati also will be missing starting defensive tackle D.J. Eagles: RT Lane Johnson, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Avonte Maddox, S Marcus Epps, LB Duke Riley, QB Nate Sudfeld.