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Tampa Bay led this game 14-3 at the half…they were totally in control of this game. The better team by a mile. Right out of halftime, they strip sacked Brees and had the ball in Saints territory ready to near-put this game away.
After the strip-sack turnover…Tampa missed their field goal. THEN they stopped the Saints again, but then when the Saints stopped TB right after, the Bucs went to punt…blocked punt…full momentum shift…Saints score 25 unanswered and win 28-14…a game Tampa DOMINATED for about 2.5 quarters. Such is a Buc’s life.
The Saints luckily go to 11-2, and with the Rams getting dropped on their heads by the Bears – the Saints and Rams are at 11-2 with NO having the tiebreaker for the #1 seed. Could be a tough schedule the next three weeks…or not. CAR-PIT-CAR seems ominous but those could all be games with teams who don’t have a winning record at the time they play them. We’ll guess the Saints get it together and go 2-1 in the final stretch to wind up 13-3. 14-2 possible…12-4 possible. Either way, they should be the #2 seed in the NFC at a minimum.
If Carolina can win two of their next 3 games and hit 8-8…they might find a way into the playoffs if they get into a tiebreaker with Philly (whom they already beat this season). If the Panthers win out…they have a great shot at a wild card at 9-7, but they aren’t beating the Saints twice in three games…so, they need to beat them once and get ATL Week 16…and hope 8-8 is good enough the final wild card. We see them 7-9/8-8 and missing out somehow. The Vikings have the edge for that final wild card.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Drew Brees (24-31 for 201 yards, 1 TD/1 INT) is never a bad QB…I just don’t like his fantasy trends working with the Kamara-Ingram backfield. The last two weeks, he’s gone 1 TD/1 INT in each game. He’s been at/under 201 yards passing three-straight games.
He’s just a lesser QB on the road too…
1.6 TDs/ 0.4 INTs per game on the road.
3.3 TDs/0.2 INTs at home.
At Carolina on MNF…outdoors vs. a possibly motivated Carolina team.
-- Alvin Kamara (12-51-0, 5-36-0/6) produced 15 TDs his first 13 games of the season…he has no TDs his last 3 games. He’s overdue for ‘one of those games’.
-- Adam Humphries (4-42-0/8) had a fantasy dud, but the targeting was up…his recent trends are solid. He’s a trustworthy enough WR2.5 PPR any given week with Winston.
-- Mike Evans (4-86-0/6) extends his TD problem streak with Winston as starter…1 receiving TD in his last 17 games with Winston starting.
Evans’s targets in a game with Winston, since Winston returned as a starter the last 3 games…8-6-6. Not good for the #1 WR on the team.
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-- All Cameron Brate (2-12-2/4) does is catch TDs…from Jameis Winston.
Winston has started and finished 6 games this season…Brate has a TD in four of those 6 games – 5 TDs total. Just 1 TD when Fitzpatrick started.
-- Tre’Quan Smith’s (0-0-0/1) last 4 games…
I don’t think he’s fully connected with Brees just yet. Cool game that one week that no one had in him the lineup for.
-- My man Carl Nassib (3 tackles, 1.0 sacks) looked like J.J. Watt out there in this game…literally. He has that big arm brace on, and he got a sack, a TFL, a forced fumbled. He’s awesome. He’s registered 2 QB hits in a game in six of his last 8 games with 6.5 sacks.
This is a guy who Cleveland cut before the season…because Hue Jackson is a total moron.
Nassib will be a Pro Bowl player ahead someday.
-- Fantasy Playoff Notes from these two teams…
The Saints have at CAR and PIT the next two weeks…OK, not great for fantasy production. No worries but maybe a slight lid on the upside. Don’t really want to use the Saints-DST unless you have limited options…they could be fine, but limited upside…with more downside risk.
The Bucs have a real ugly outlook…at BAL, at DAL – two top NFL defenses that bring pressure to give Winston fits. I’d be scared to use Evans-Godwin. Humphries may be sneaky good getting slip screens, etc.
Snap Counts of interest:
32 = Barber
31 = Jacquizz
45 = Josh Hill
28 = Ben Watson
58 = MK Thomas
41 = Tre’Quan
22 = Kirkwood
14 = Carr
13 = TommyLee Lewis