Mon Oct 25 11:55pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
New Orleans Saints' Brian Johnson, center, is congratulated by Blake Gillikin after kicking a 33-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks late in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
New Orleans Saints' Brian Johnson (6) kicks a 33-yard file goal against the Seattle Seahawks late in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks' Jason Myers (5) holds his hand to his chest after kicking a 50-yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
New Orleans Saints' J.T. Gray (48) signals "no good" on a field goal-attempt of Seattle Seahawks' Jason Myers (5) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck motions after being introduced as one of the team's newest members of the team's "Ring of Honor" during halftime of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
New Orleans Saints' Alvin Kamara runs for a touchdown after a pass reception as Seattle Seahawks' Ryan Neal defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green (94) brings down New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Fans, background, cheer as Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf (14) tosses aside the ball after scoring on an 84-yard pass play against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) Brian Johnson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in his NFL debut, and the New Orleans Saints capitalized on a series of Seattle mistakes for a 13-10 win over the Seahawks on Monday night.
Alvin Kamara carried the load for New Orleans and Jameis Winston made a handful of plays when needed, but the Saints escaped Seattle thanks largely to a series of blunders by the home team, led by backup quarterback Geno Smith.
Two of the Seahawks' biggest mistakes came on New Orleans' deciding drive when Seattle was flagged for roughing the passer and jumping offside on a long field-goal attempt. Both penalties gave New Orleans first downs, and Johnson's field goal coming out of the 2-minute warning put the Saints ahead.
Johnson, a rookie from Virginia Tech, made an extra point and both field-goal tries, connecting from 21 yards in the first half.
Smith hit DK Metcalf for an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter but went nowhere when the Seahawks had a final chance to tie or win. Smith was sacked on consecutive plays by Malcolm Jenkins and Demario Davis. On fourth-and-28, Smith was pressured again and his throw to Metcalf fell incomplete.
Smith went 12 of 22 for 167 yards and was sacked five times as Davis, Cameron Jordan and others made his night uncomfortable. He lost his second straight game starting in place of Russell Wilson, who injured his right middle finger in a defeat to the Rams three weeks ago and is out until at least mid-November.
Seattle has lost three straight for the first time since 2011 and fell to 0-3 at home.
Kamara finished with 10 catches for 128 yards and a 13-yard TD reception late in the first half. It was his fifth career regular-season game with double-digit receptions. He rushed for 51 yards.
Winston was 19 of 35 for 222 yards and added 43 yards rushing. He also made enough plays - thanks to Seattle penalties - to get the Saints in range for the winning field goal.
Seattle appeared to get a stop, but Marquise Blair was called for roughing the passer on a third-down sack after hitting Winston with the crown of his helmet. Kamara then sprinted past a blitz for 12 yards on third-and-10 and the Saints were in field-goal range.
Al Woods jumped offside as Johnson lined up for a 43-yard attempt, allowing New Orleans to burn another 90 seconds off the clock before Johnson made the shorter try.
Seattle's Jason Myers missed a pair of field goal attempts from 44 and 53 yards - the second into the open end of the stadium after Smith took another costly sack. Myers made a 50-yarder.
Kamara had 21 touches on New Orleans' 39 offensive plays in the first half. He was mostly ineffective on the ground, but Seattle couldn't slow him down in the pass game. He already had 108 yards receiving by halftime.
Four of his receptions came on the final drive of the half when his 31-yard catch-and-run out of the backfield set up his 13-yard TD catch and a 10-7 halftime lead.
RING OF HONOR
Former Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime. Hasselbeck, who played for Seattle from 2001-10, held most of the team's passing records until Wilson's arrival and led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance.
New Orleans starting left guard Andrus Peat injured his shoulder in the first half. He briefly returned but left again late in the second quarter. ... Blair appeared to injure his right knee late in the fourth quarter. He had major surgery on the knee early in the 2020 season.
Saints: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Seahawks: Host Jacksonville on Sunday.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith mustered only one reception for 11 yards on three targets in Monday's win over Seattle. A lingering hamstring injury from training camp put the WR on Injured Reserve to start the season, and he was finally able to take the field on Monday. Nevertheless, Smith put up a dud. The Saints lack elite pass-catching options, and Smith should be the WR2 on the team after Michael Thomas (ankle) returns. For now, it's only worth monitoring him, as he's not fantasy relevant yet until he shows consistency and puts up decent production.
The New Orleans Saints defense compiled five sacks in Monday's win over Seattle. The unit limited backup QB Geno Smith to 167 yards and the rushing attack to 90 yards in a low-scoring, rainy affair. This unit has been quite potent this season as it has nine picks and now 13 total sacks on the season. Up next will be one of the stiffest challenges of the season as Tom Brady and the explosive Buccaneers offense come to the Superdome in Week 8.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway managed three receptions for 32 yards on seven targets in Monday's win over Seattle. Callaway came up short compared to the previous two games he played where he had at least 74 yards. Nevertheless, the receiver has been far from consistent this season. The return of Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) and the potential return of Michael Thomas (ankle) soon means Callaway isn't fantasy-relevant going forward.
New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Trautman finished with three receptions for 36 yards on three targets in Monday's win over Seattle. Trautman also lost a fumble in the game. The TE has had a disappointing season after much preseason hype about him taking on a bigger role with the Saints lacking pass-catching depth. The 24-year-old hasn't posted more than 43 yards in a contest and has recorded over 30 yards only twice this season. Even though TE is a thin position in fantasy, it's best to look elsewhere for streaming options.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston finished 19-for-35 for 222 yards and one touchdown along with eight rushes for 40 yards in Monday's win over the Seahawks. Winston hasn't been as generous with his picks (13 touchdowns to three picks on the season) but he also hasn't been explosive. The QB's highest yardage total this season has been 279. Based on his stats this season and his role on a low-powered offense, Winston doesn't merit much fantasy value going forward.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara recorded 20 carries for 51 yards and 10 receptions for 128 yards and one score on 11 targets in Monday's win over Seattle. Kamara simply represented almost all of the Saints' offensive production on Monday night. The back is the most important player on this offense and has been effective in the rushing and passing game this season. He's a solid RB1 in weeks going forward.
New York Giants kicker Graham Gano converted all three field-goal attempts, and both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. The 34-year-old drilled all three of his attempts from 49, 53, and 44 yards out. He currently leads the NFL in field goal attempts (17) and is 5-for-6 in attempts from 50-plus yards. Gano can be used as a streamer in a projected high-scoring affair against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8.
New York Giants wide receiver Dante Pettis caught all five of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. He was elevated from the practice for the second straight week and reeled in a five-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. The 26-year-old has now hauled in 10 catches for 87 yards and a score over two games in 2021. It's unclear what Pettis' role will be once Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Sterling Shepard return to action. The former second-rounder is a speculative add in deep-league formats and can be used as a streamer against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night if all three Giants receivers are inactive again.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram caught 6-of-8 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. He led the Giants with six catches and was second in targets only behind wide receiver Darius Slayton (9). The 27-year-old was limited in practice during the week with a calf injury but managed to play through Sunday's game with no issues. He has now caught at least four passes in three of his last four games. Engram could see an uptick in targets in Monday's matchup against the Chiefs if Kenny Golladay (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle), and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) are ruled out again.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers was returned to the practice squad Monday, Oct. 25, after being on the active roster for the Week 7 game.
San Francisco 49ers QB Nate Sudfeld and TE Tanner Hudson were returned to the practice squad Monday, Oct. 25, after being on the active roster for the Week 7 game.
New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi (knee) suffered an MCL sprain in the Week 7 blowout win over the New York Jets on Sunday and is having more tests to determine how long he might be out, according to a source. Langi was starting in place of captain Dont'a Hightower (ankle, elbow) against the Jets, but the 29-year-old never returned in the second half after getting injured. Through seven games in his first season with the Patriots, Langi has just two tackles, playing only 16 snaps on defense and 98 special teams snaps. Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai checked in at the position in the second half after Langi was injured on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts WR Keke Coutee was returned to the practice squad Monday, Oct. 25, after being on the active roster for the Week 7 game.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report. It's a new injury for Hopkins, but it didn't slow him down in the Week 7 win over the Houston Texans, as he caught seven of a season-high-tying nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown on 83% of the offensive snaps. We'd be surprised if this injury keeps him from playing on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. Nuk hasn't gone over the century mark yet this season with quarterback Kyler Murray spreading the ball around, but he has visited paydirt seven times in seven games. Hopkins will remain a must-start fantasy wideout in Week 8.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (finger) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report. Murray should be fine to play on Thursday night in a showdown against the Green Bay Packers as the Cardinals look to remain the lone unbeaten team in the NFL. The 24-year-old went 20-for-28 for 261 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 7 blowout win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Arizona didn't need Murray to air it out, but he still managed to toss three touchdowns and reward his fantasy managers. He has tossed 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions through seven games and enters Week 8 action the QB3 in fantasy. Nobody should be sitting Murray against Green Bay this week in what could be a shootout.
As expected, Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin) is active for Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints after being listed as questionable on the final injury report for the week. In the last two games with Chris Carson (neck) out, Collins has seen 35 carries for 148 yards (4.23 yards per carry) and one touchdown while also catching three of four targets for 22 additional yards. However, Rashaad Penny (calf) is returning from Injured Reserve and will play against New Orleans. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have seen touches the last two weeks alongside Collins as well, so he suddenly becomes a less attractive RB3/flex against a Saints defense that has allowed just 130 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries from RBs in the last three weeks.
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 25. The Cardinals did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation to see if Hopkins is in any danger of missing the Week 8 game. He has been playing very well this season and should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all leagues if active.
San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance (knee) is "on pace" to return to practice on Wednesday after being inactive in the Sunday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but Jimmy Garoppolo will start in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Jimmy G was playing in rainy and wet conditions in the Week 7 loss, going 16-for-27 for 181 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble. Garoppolo should fare better against a Bears defense that just allowed 38 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he'll need to play better consistently to hold off the rookie first-rounder once he's back to full health. Even in a better matchup versus Chicago this Sunday, Garoppolo will remain a low-upside, low-end QB2 for fantasy.
Las Vegas Raiders S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Oct. 25.