MNF Fantasy Football Takeaways
New York Jets at Detroit Lions
One pass. One touchdown, the other way for the Detroit Lions defense after intercepting Sam Darnold on his first career pass attempt.
Darnold would later throw two touchdown passes, leading the Jets to a week 1 win 48-17.
The first pass of Darnold’s career was picked off after the quarterback rolled out right off a play action, attempting to hit RB Bilal Powell out of the backfield on the far left side of the field. Lions defender Quandry Diggs easily read the play and was rewarded with a touchdown.
That said, Darnold flashed poised on a more-important-than-you-think 3rd and 6 the next drive, completing a 12-yard pass to Neal Sterling. The play prevented the Lions’ optimal momentum.
Darnold moved the Jets into Lions’ territory before the team would be forced to punt.
After forcing a three and out and a punt return that landed the Jets on the Lions’ side of the field, Darnold led his team to the six-yard line, where Crowell would carry it in to tie the game. Darnold connected with Quincy Enunwa three times on the drive, including a 15-yard pass that got things going for the offense.
Jets defense set up a go-ahead field goal after a Matthew Stafford interception.
Lions fans in attendance had the life sucked out of them on a 3rd and 2 coming out of the two-minute warning when Darnold connected with Robby Anderson for his first career touchdown pass, a 41-yard completion. Anderson outmuscled the defender on a slightly underthrown ball.
Credit Stafford for marching his offense down the field late in the first half for a field goal to make it a one-possession game, but the drive stalled on the Jets’ three-yard line.
Matthew Stafford was held to 0 passing yards in the first quarter of a start for the first time in his career.
The Lions posted negative yardage in the first quarter for the first time since Week 7 in 2011. pic.twitter.com/bJpmYEgd4H
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2018
We have a game! Stafford went 80 yards downfield, connecting with Golden Tate three times for 54 yards, one of which was a 24-yard game tying touchdown reception.
Darnold, though, answered with a 75-yard drive, capped off with a 21-yard touchdown reception by Enunwa.
In what looked like a potential shootout, Stafford crumbled on the next possession, throwing a pick-six on 3rd and 1 to put the Jets up 31-17.
After another three and out, the Lions gave up a punt return touchdown, and the route was on. Jets 38-17.
Jets would add a field goal after picking off Stafford on back-to-back possessions.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 11, 2018
Crowell added the dagger toward the end of the third quarter with a 62-yard touchdown run, helping the Jets obtain a week 1 win 48-17. Stafford would an interception, pushing his game total to four.
Lions Takeaways: Still no movement on the backfield situation, as game script forced the Lions to abandon the run. Kenny Golladay had seven receptions for 114 yards, but that could be chalked to garbage time. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate played less snaps than Golladay down the stretch.
Jets Takeaways: Don’t chase the touchdowns with Isaiah Crowell. Bilal Powell and Crowell played in 40 percent of the team’s snaps. In fact, Powell paced Crowell for carries 12 to 10.
Quincy Enunwa played the most percentage (67 percent) of snaps for the Jets week 1 with the game out of hand in the second half and scored in the first half. Enunwa is a speculative add until the Jets play in a more competitive game.
Let’s not overlook the play calling of OC Jeremy Bates, who last called plays in 2008 for the Denver Broncos with Jay Cutler, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, and Tony Scheffler.
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
Well, it started well for Derek Carr. He connected with Jared Cook on a quick slant for 45 yards during the first drive to get in the red zone. The rest of game results weren’t in Carr’s favor.
Marshawn Lynch (and his offensive line) finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.
Todd Gurley answered with a 19-yard touchdown reception on his team’s second drive after a 12-yard punt return netted them field position at the 50. In fact, all three of the plays on the drive accounted for more than 10 yards.
Derek Carr followed by involving more Cook, connecting on pitches and catches of 11 and 28. The drive stalled on the Rams’ six-yard line. Raiders went up 10-7.
Jared Goff hit Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp on back-to-back plays for first downs after a pass interference call put the Rams in Raiders territory. Greg Zuerlein missed a 46-yard field goal.
Carr connected with Jordy Nelson on a 17-yard completion on 2nd and 6 to put the Raiders on the Rams side of the field, followed by an eight-yard completion to Cook. However, Rams were able to keep the game close with an interception in the end-zone on an under-thrown pass intended for Cook later in the drive.
Goff got the Rams into the red-zone quick with a pass interference call that placed the ball on the Raiders’ 19, after an 11-yard run by Gurley. After a near interception on 2nd and goal, the Rams settled for a game-tying field goal late in the half.
Raiders went into halftime with a three-point lead, after back-to-back completions to Cook for seven and 14 to set up a 48-yard field goal. These points would be the last points scored for Oakland.
Rams started fast with a 25-yard kickoff return from the five-yard line to start the drive on the 30. Gurley would squeak through the hole to the second level for a 15-yard run. Goff connected with Brandin Cooks for a chunk play of 23 yards. Additionally, Goff hit Cooper Kupp for an 11-yard reception on a third and 3, though the drive stalled on Oakland’s 10-yard line.
Zuerlein made a 28-yard field goal, tying the contest at 13.
After a Raiders punt, Goff and Cooks pushed the Rams down the field on back-to-back plays with gains of 17 and 38 to get to the ball to the opposition’s eight-yard line. Kupp put the Rams ahead on the next play with an eight-yard touchdown reception, as time expired in the third quarter.
Home crowd boos emerged after a third and 5 for the Raiders, in which Carr threw the ball away.
After completions to Gurley, Cooks, and Woods that netted 37 yards, Zuerlein made a 55-yard field goal to make the score 23-13.
After picking up momentum with a 32-yard completion to Cook, Carr went into a no-huddle offense. The Rams intercepted Carr the next play.
#Rams WR Brandin Cooks drew 8 targets on Monday night. Sammy Watkins reached 8 targets in just one game last season, when Robert Woods was inactive due to a shoulder injury against the Saints.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 11, 2018
Goff completed a 10-yard pass to Kupp, and two plays later Gurley planted his foot for a sound cutback to pick up 23, putting his offense in field goal range. After calling at least 10 plays on their third drive of the half, Zuerlein made another field goal to make the score 26-13.
Marcus Peters intercepted Carr for a pick-six on the next Raiders possession for the dagger.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 11, 2018
Raiders Takeaways: Derek Carr targeted Jared Cook 12 times, most notably connecting on a 45-yard reception. In addition, Carr connected with Cook on 3rd and 7 two drives later for an 11-yard pickup. Again, Cook was targeted for completions of 11 and 28 later in the half. In a two-minute drill, Carr found Cook on back-to-back plays for gains of seven and 14, too.
Cook had eight targets for six receptions and 113 yards in the first half.
Cook played in 91 percent of the Raiders snaps week 1. Tight end streaming fantasy owners could do worse on the waiver wire than a guy who commanded 12 targets and played in 91 percent of his team’s snaps.
Rams Takeaways: Robert Woods’ fantasy day could’ve been better, as Goff missed him on a deep ball in the third quarter on 3rd and 15, and twice in the fourth. Still, Woods commanded nine targets, but only secured three for 37 yards. Woods, in addition to Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks, played in 97 percent of the team’s snaps.