Mon Sep 27 3:21am ET
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) kicks a 66-yard field goal in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Baltimore won 19-17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker speaks to the media after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Tucker kicked a 66-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Baltimore Ravens players celebrate a Justin Tucker 66-yard field goal as Detroit Lions linebacker Romeo Okwara (95) sits on the field in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Baltimore won 19-17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson speaks after being presented his Hall of Fame ring during halftime of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) can't catch a pass as Detroit Lions defensive back Bobby Price (27) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) reacts to kicking a 39-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells (80) tries to avoid Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws against the Detroit Lions in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
DETROIT (AP) Justin Tucker ended the game as if he was starting it, backing up an extra step or two and kicking the football with every bit of force he had in his right foot.
Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing it through off the crossbar as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
''That one was more like a kickoff,'' he said. ''It's like you're a competitor in a long-drive contest. You just let it rip and hope it stays straight.''
The kick topped the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater made for Denver against Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2013. Prater's attempt at a 68-yard kick for Arizona on Sunday fell short and was returned 109 yards for a touchdown by Jacksonville's Jamal Agnew, a former teammate in Detroit.
Lamar Jackson - and perhaps a break from the officials - made the record-breaking kick at Ford Field possible.
On fourth-and-19 from the Baltimore 16, he threw a 36-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to get the Ravens across midfield with 7 seconds left. The superstar quarterback spiked the ball to stop the clock, and on the next snap, he threw it away after TV footage suggested the play clock expired.
''We'll get an apology and it doesn't mean anything,'' Detroit coach Dan Campbell said.
Then Tucker - who made a 61-yard kick to beat the Lions in Baltimore's previous visit to Detroit eight years ago - came out and made the record-breaking field goal.
''I love Detroit,'' said Tucker, who is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. ''I'm thinking about getting a place here.''
Referee Scott Novak told a pool reporter that he had not seen a replay of the play in which the play clock appeared on TV to expire before Jackson's incomplete pass to the sideline, adding he had no idea if there was an error made.
''The back judge is looking at the play clock and if it were to hit zero, he sees the zero, and he then looks to see if the ball is being snapped,'' Novak said. ''If the ball is being snapped, we will let the play go. If it's not moving, it's delay of game. Those are the mechanics that we apply on that play.''
Baltimore (2-1) went into the fourth quarter with a 16-7 lead and ended up trailing briefly.
Ryan Santoso made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with 1:04 left, giving Campbell an opportunity to win his first game with the Lions (0-3).
''It hurts because you put yourself in position to win,'' Campbell said. ''The silver lining is we're getting better and I'm proud of the way they competed.''
Santoso was promoted from Detroit's practice squad on Saturday after kicker Austin Seibert went on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Jackson was 16 of 31 for a season-high 287 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His teammates dropped at least four passes that could have potentially turned the closely contested game into a rout.
Mark Andrews had five receptions for 109 yards for the Ravens, who have won 11 straight games against NFC opponents.
Jackson perfectly placed two passes on one drive that should have been touchdowns, but Watkins and Marquise Brown failed to catch the football. Brown also dropped two passes on a single possession late in the first half, forcing Baltimore to punt.
Detroit's Jared Goff was 22 of 30 for 217 yards and D'Andre Swift had 107 yards of offense and a score.
''I know this city and this franchise have gone through a lot of gut punches in the last few years, but I'm telling you we will remain true and remain resilient and the gut punches will stop,'' Goff said.
The Ravens often had to settle for field goals, and they're fortunate to have one of the best ever handling that job for them.
Tucker, who was wide right on a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter, made a 39-yard kick with 10:05 left in the first half to put them ahead 3-0. Tucker made two field goals in the third.
''He's a huge part of our game,'' Jackson said. ''If we're not getting it done, he's going to come through and give us three points here, three points there.''
The Lions have a history of losing on long kicks. In addition to the two by Tucker, Detroit was also on the wrong end of Tom Dempsey's then-record 63-yarder in 1970 for New Orleans. Buffalo's Dan Carpenter beat the Lions with a 58-yarder in 2014.
WHAT A RUSH
The Ravens ran for 116 yards, surpassing 100 yards for the 42nd straight game to pull within one of the NFL record set by Pittsburgh from 1974-77.
Calvin Johnson set aside his hard feelings for the Lions long enough to be honored at halftime, receiving his ring of excellence from the Pro Football Hall of Fame after being inducted last month.
Ravens: Rookie LB Daelin Hayes (ankle) and S DeShon Elliott (quadriceps) were hurt during the game. The defense started the game without DE Derek Wolfe (back, hip injuries), and LBs Jaylon Ferguson and Justin Houston and DL Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Lions: LB Trey Flowers (shoulder, knee) was inactive.
Ravens: Play at Denver next Sunday.
Lions: Play at Chicago next Sunday.
New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore was expected to be heavily involved in the passing game against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. He hauled in three receptions on six targets for 22 yards before exiting the game due to a concussion. This is a week-to-week type of injury. There is a decent chance Moore is able to play against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. However, Corey Davis is going to be significantly involved and Jamison Crowder (groin) should return for that game. The chances of Moore having legitimate value is quickly decreasing. He is worth holding in dynasty formats, but it's unlikely he offers weekly value outside of that.
New York Jets running back Ty Johnson was expected to have a bigger workload with Tevin Coleman (illness) ruled out for Week 3. That being said, Johnson and rookie Michael Carter were asked to lead this backfield. Well, it's the Jets, so things weren't disastrously bad for them. Johnson rushed three times for 17 yards and had one reception for six yards in the loss to the Denver Broncos. The road is going to get tougher against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. Johnson might be worth a stash in deep leagues, but isn't worth starting in any formats next week.
New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis is one of the few players producing decent fantasy value for this team right now. Davis posted a dud in Week 2, but bounced back against the Denver Broncos. He hauled in five of his 10 targets for 41 yards in the shutout loss. It was a better performance by Davis, but nothing to get excited about. The Jets offensive line barely gives quarterback Zach Wilson enough time to pass the ball. Honestly, things in New York are not good and it's unlikely going to get better against the Tennessee Titans. Fantasy managers should consider Davis a low-end WR3 for Week 4.
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson posted a promising NFL debut, but it was been awful since then. In Week 3, Wilson completed 19-of-35 passing attempts for 160 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to the Denver Broncos. It was partly Wilson's fault, but the offensive line didn't give Wilson any help. The wide receivers continued to miss and botched nearly everything in their vicinity. The Jets offense has been horrendous and it's not going to get easier against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. Fantasy managers can continue ignoring Wilson for that one.
New York Jets running back Michael Carter received his first career NFL start against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. The promising rookie back was unable to find much room to run in this one. He rushed nine times for 24 yards in what ended up being a shutout loss for the Jets. Both quarterback Zach Wilson and Carter have plenty of upside, but the offensive line is horrendous. It's unlikely the running game gets going against the Tennessee Titans defense in Week 4.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been a solid addition to this offensive unit. He didn't find the end zone through the first two games, but that quickly changed against the Washington Football Team in Week 3. The veteran wideout hauled in five of his six targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Obviously, the two scores made it an incredible day for Sanders in fantasy leagues. However, going forward he'll still have to split up the targets with Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. Despite that, he'll be on the streaming radar next week against the Texans.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has been a tough fantasy player to predict on a weekly basis. He is technically the TE1 in Buffalo, but that doesn't mean a lot considering the wide receivers they have on the roster. Despite that, Knox has been able to put together decent performances through the first few weeks. In Week 3, Knox hauled in four of five targets for 49 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Washington Football Team. This was the second game in a row that Knox has hauled in a score. Sadly, most of his value hinges on whether or not he scores. He'll be on the TE2 radar next week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley put together a show versus the Washington Football Team in Week 3. The veteran wideout posted a dud in Week 2, but bounced back here. He hauled in 11 of his 13 targets for 98 yards in the win. Fantasy managers in PPR formats are excited to have Beasley back to his old form. It was an excellent performance by Beasley in what ended up being a four-touchdown game for quarterback Josh Allen. Beasley will remain a trustworthy PPR option heading into their matchup with the Houston Texans.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been remarkably reliable over the last season or so. Fantasy managers would think at some point someone would figure out how to stop Diggs. Clearly the Washington Football Team has not found the answer. In Week 3, Diggs hauled in six of 10 targets for 62 yards in the win. Diggs has not gone over 69 receiving yards in any game this season. Despite that, he continues to be a productive fantasy option because of the amount of targets he gets each week. He'll be an elite WR1 in a favorable matchup against the Houston Texans in Week 4.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught three passes for 59 yards with one touchdown in the Packers 30-28 win over the 49ers. Valdes-Scantling secured a 12-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his first touchdown of the season. The 26-year-old receiver enjoyed a strong training camp but the results were not evident through the first two games. Valdes-Scantling will be a touchdown-dependent dart-throw vying for targets with teammate Allen Lazard moving forward.
The Denver Broncos defense came into Week 3 against the New York Jets as the highest-projected defense for the week. Although they didn't finish the week in the top spot, they finished third (through Sunday's games) in the 26-0 blowout win. Denver's D sacked rookie quarterback Zach Wilson five times -- A.J. Johnson had two -- and picked off two passes. Through three games, this unit has been one of the best in the NFL despite not having pass-rusher Bradley Chubb (ankle). However, they also haven't faced much competition -- their opponents' combined record is 0-9 -- so things won't be this easy all season long. Still, Von Miller is looking like his old self and this defense should remain a strength moving forward as a weekly starting option for fantasy managers.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss put together a surprisingly strong performance against the Washington Football Team in Week 3. Moss rushed 13 times for 60 yards and hauled in three receptions for 31 yards and one touchdown in the win. It was odd to see Moss actually outplay Devin Singletary in this one. The second-year back has been a touchdown-dependent option and should remain that way. He'll have shaky flex appeal against the Houston Texans in Week 4.
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, whose ownership is on the rise early in the season, didn't disappoint his fantasy managers in the 26-0 Week 3 win over the New York Jets. McManus remained perfect on the year, making all four of his field-goal attempts (long of 47 yards) and both of his extra-point tries. The Broncos have had a cake walk of a schedule to open the year, so scoring may become more difficult as their schedule gets tougher, but McManus is now in the weekly starting picture at his position with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looking much more efficient than Drew Lock last season. McManus has one of the strongest legs in the league, too, making him more attractive in leagues that give more points for longer kicks.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught only one pass for six yards in the team's Week 3 win over the 49ers. Tonyan caught his only target of the game and was unable to get in on the offensive fun for Green Bay. Tonyan is a favorite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the passing game but his fantasy value is too closely tied to touchdowns to truly be a dependable fantasy asset moving forward.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught one pass for 42 yards in the Packers win over the 49ers 30-17 in Week 3. Lazard's huge play was a bright spot after failing to catch a pass last week. Lazard is talented but, thus far, has not been a contributor in the Packers passing offense. He will be tough to trust in fantasy without a glimmer of consistency and should continue to fight for targets with teammate Marquez Valdes-Scantling heading into Week 4.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was the lead back through the first two weeks of the regular season. However, the Bills are getting second-year back Zack Moss more involved as the season goes on. In Week 3, Singletary rushed 11 times for 26 yards in the win over Washington. It was an ugly game for Singletary on the ground as he averaged 2.4 yards per carry. Moss looked much better on the ground and could see more usage in the future. Neither back should be considered a reliable option, but Singletary will fall into desperation RB3 territory for Week 4.
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant caught just two of his three targets for a measly 15 yards in the Week 3 blowout win over the New York Jets. It didn't help Fant's cause that the Broncos offense took the air out of the ball on Sunday, with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater attempting only 25 pass attempts on the day. It was a disappointing line for his fantasy managers after a strong start to the year the first two weeks, but Fant and Denver's passing attack will have better days ahead. The 23-year-old remains one of the team's top targets, and more targets could be coming his way in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens if second-year receiver KJ Hamler (knee) is forced to miss time. Fant will remain a midrange TE1 heading into next week.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had an unusually slow start to the season, but was on point in Week 3. Allen completed 32-of-43 passing attempts for 358 passing yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over the Washington Football Team. He also added four rushing attempts for nine yards and one score on the ground. The Washington defense is normally strong against the pass, but could do nothing to stop Allen. Fantasy managers should expect more of this against the Houston Texans in Week 4. The Josh Allen Show is back and stronger than ever.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught 12 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown in the Packers 30-28 win over the 49ers. Over half of quarterback's Aaron Rodgers passing yards went Adams way as the dynamic receiver was targeted a whopping 18 times. The 49ers could not contain Adams and the star wideout now has 20 receptions for 153 yards over his last two games. Adams is odds-on the best receiver in the game and should be treated as such in fantasy rankings heading into Week 4.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker has seen plenty of targets, but has been underwhelming through the first three games of the season. In Week 3, Parker saw seven targets and hauled in four of them for 42 yards in the overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. He has 23 targets through three games, but has not surpassed 45 yards in two of them and has no touchdowns this season. The presence of Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle keep Parker as a WR4 going forward.