Tue Dec 10 12:04am ET
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer
Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz reacts after scoring the game-winning touchdown during overtime of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
New York Giants' Saquon Barkley (26) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles' Daeshon Hall (74) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz plays during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
New York Giants' Darius Slayton (86) breaks free from Philadelphia Eagles' Ronald Darby (21) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
New York Giants' Darius Slayton (86) runs to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
New York Giants' Darius Slayton scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
New York Giants' Eli Manning plays during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi (28) is tackled by New York Giants' Dalvin Tomlinson (94), Janoris Jenkins (20), Corey Ballentine (25) and Michael Thomas (31) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eli Manning isn't done yet. Neither are the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson Wentz rallied the Eagles from a 14-point deficit, tossing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz in overtime to lead Philadelphia to a 23-17 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.
The Eagles (6-7) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved into a tie with Dallas (6-7) for first place in the NFC East. Philadelphia wins the division if it wins its final three games. The Eagles meet the Cowboys in Week 16.
Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, threw a pair of TD passes to Darius Slayton in his first game since Week 2. Filling in for injuried rookie Daniel Jones, Manning was 15 of 30 for 203 yards. But he couldn't prevent New York (2-11) from losing its ninth straight game, tying a franchise record set in 1976, when the team opened 0-9.
Wentz threw for 325 yards and a pair of TDs, including a 5-yard toss to Ertz to tie it at 17-17 with 1:53 left.
Already missing three starters on offense, the Eagles lost wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and right tackle Lane Johnson in the first half and were booed off the field trailing 17-3 at halftime.
They went three-and-out on five straight possessions before Boston Scott caught a 10-yard pass on third-and-5 in the third quarter. Scott then ran 4 yards to the 2 on third-and-3 and scored on the next play to cut it to 17-10.
Wentz drove Philadelphia to the Giants 29 with just under 10 minutes left but Greg Ward dropped what should've been a 29-yard TD pass on third-and-11. Jake Elliott then missed a 47-yard field goal wide left.
But the defense held and Wentz drove the Eagles 85 yards and connected with Ertz to tie it.
The Eagles won the toss in overtime and went 75 yards.
Ertz had nine catches for 91 yards.
Manning connected with Slayton for a 35-yard TD on a third-and-13 to give the Giants a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Ronald Darby missed a tackle that would've stopped Slayton short of a first down.
Manning hit Slayton for a 55-yard TD on a third-and-8 with 27 seconds left in the first half to give the Giants a 17-3 lead.
Down 7-0, the Eagles got going when Wentz connected with Ertz on consecutive passes of 24 and 30 yards. Wentz then hit Ward for a 9-yard TD that was negated by a holding call on Brandon Brooks. The Eagles settled for Elliott's 34-yard field goal.
Aldrick Rosas hit a 34-yarder to make it 10-3.
Manning, who turns 39 next month, is a free agent after the season. It's uncertain when Jones will return so it's possible Manning could make at least one more start at home.
Giants: TE Evan Engram (foot), CB Corey Ballentine (concussion) were among the key players inactive.
Eagles: Jeffery (foot) and Johnson (ankle) didn't return after exiting in the second quarter. ... DE Derek Barnett (ankle), WR Nelson Agholor (knee), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) were inactive starters.
Giants: host Miami (3-10) next Sunday.
Eagles: at Washington (3-10) next Sunday.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 12
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) will head West this week to have reconstructive knee surgery on his ACL, and the procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Although there have been varying reports on whether Burrow will be ready to go in Week 1 of the 2021 season, he's expected to make a full recovery after tearing multiple ligaments in Week 11. Burrow is likely looking at a timetable of around eight to nine months, so we'll have to follow his rehab closely heading into training camp and the start of next season. Cincinnati is expected to play it extra safe with the face of their franchise after taking the former LSU star with the first overall pick in 2020. Brandon Allen got the start at QB in Week 12, but Ryan Finley could also see some starts before the end of the season for the Bengals.
Denver Broncos rookie quarterback K.J. Hamler was not targeted in the passing game and ran the ball twice for negative-eight yards in the 31-3 blowout loss to the Saints in Week 12. With Denver's entire quarterback room out due to COVID-19, Hamler and the Broncos offense had zero chance with practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton under center. The Penn State product had 26 targets in his previous three games, but it amounted to only 160 scoreless yards. Hamler has intriguing long-term upside in Denver's offense out of the slot, but he's too far down the receiving pecking order in an inconsistent offense to be anything more than a WR4/5 option for managers in deeper leagues. The rookie remains more of a dynasty/keeper stash for the time being.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III led the team with 12 rushing attempts in the 31-3 blowout loss to the Saints in Week 12, but he only managed 31 yards (2.6 yards per carry). Fantasy managers would've been wise to bench the entire Broncos offense on a day in which they had a practice-squad wide receiver doubling as a quarterback due to COVID-19. Gordon has had double-digit carries in each of the last three weeks, but it's also concerning that he hasn't caught a pass in the last three games. He's become a low-ceiling RB3/flex for fantasy managers, but he could have some RB2 upside next week against the Chiefs if Phillip Lindsay (knee) is forced to miss time due to his injury. Gordon will only be worth starting in Week 13 if quarterback Drew Lock returns.
Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman surprisingly led the team in rushing in their Week 12 31-3 blowout loss to the Saints on Sunday, carrying the ball eight times for a season-high 50 yards. Almost half of Freeman's yardage came on a 23-yard run. The 24-year-old led the team in rushing on a day in which they used a practice-squad wide receiver as their starting quarterback, but Freeman's role could expand in the coming weeks if Phillip Lindsay (knee) is forced to miss time after suffering an injury. However, with a Week 13 meeting with the division-rival Chiefs on tap, it'll be hard to trust any Denver running back in a game where the Broncos could easily find themselves down multiple scores early once again.
Denver Broncos practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton was forced to start at quarterback in Week 12 against the Saints with Drew Lock and the rest of the team's QB room inactive due to COVID-19. As expected, it was an ugly day overall for all of the Broncos offense, including Hinton. The 23-year-old from Wake Forest completed just one of his nine passing attempts for 13 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked once and ran the ball two times for seven yards. Hinton put up negative points on the day for those fantasy managers trying to take advantage of his receiver eligibility. It was likely just a one-time experiment for the Broncos with their backs against the wall this week. If Lock and the rest of Denver's QBs cannot play in Week 13 against the Chiefs, expect them to sign a quarterback off the street instead of rolling with Hinton again.
Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley (knee) is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday night, but an MRI exam on Monday will tell the full story, according to a source. Head coach Matt LaFleur said after the Week 11 win over the division-rival Bears that initial indications are that it's not a season-ending injury. Linsley might have to miss some time, but thankfully for the team it looks like he won't miss the rest of the season. Green Bay's offensive line has been excellent in protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as he's been sacked just 11 times in 2020. Linsley missing time would be bad news for the Packers, but it wouldn't be enough to lower Rodgers' sky-high fantasy ceiling.
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that defensive end Myles Garrett is on track to be cleared by Wednesday. Garrett has missed the last two games after testing positive for COVID-19, but it looks like he's on track to return for Week 13 against the Titans. The 24-year-old pass-rusher has 31 tackles (23 solo), seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, a league-high four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 9.5 sacks in his nine games played this season. He's a continuous disruptive force on the defensive line and is a must-start IDP commodity when he's on the field. The Browns Defense is a much scarier unit when he's active, and it looks like fantasy managers should have him back this weekend.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) will not be activated from the Reserve/Injured list to play Monday, Nov. 30.
Fantasy Spin: Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers have both been relevant - and canceled each other out to a degree. Goedert is a low-end TE1 if you waited until tonight to use the slot.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) won't be activated from Injured Reserve before the Monday night game against the Seahawks in Week 12, according to sources. Head coach Doug Pederson said the other day that Ertz was unlikely to return on Monday night against Seattle, but there's a chance that he returns in Week 13 against the Packers. Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will handle the tight end position for another week with Ertz out. Goedert is the fantasy relevant tight end of the two and caught five passes for 77 yards and his second touchdown of the season last week against Cleveland. Seattle's defense has been decent against tight ends in 2020, but Goedert will have plenty of TE1 appeal with Ertz still sidelined.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 21-for-29 for 211 yards with four touchdowns and a 132.3 passer rating in the blowout win over the division-rival Bears in Week 12 on Sunday night. Rodgers leads the league in passer rating (117.6) and is second behind MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes in touchdown-to-interception ratio (33-4). Green Bay is averaging 31.7 points per game (second-most in the league), the most by Green Bay since 2011 (35.0 points per game) when they finished 15-1 and when Rodgers won his first MVP. He has four straight games with a 70-plus completion percentage, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. Sunday night was his 23rd career game with four or more TDs, no picks and a 125 or better passer rating, tied for the most by any player since at least 1950. He's been sacked just 11 times in 2020 and continues to dice up opposing defenses at will. Continue to roll with Rodgers with confidence as the fantasy playoffs approach.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson has been the lone bright spot in 2020 for a 1-10 Jaguars team that fired general manager Dave Caldwell on Sunday night. Robinson had 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries (5.8 yards per carry) and also recorded five catches for 31 yards in the Week 12 loss to the Browns. He has 1,170 scrimmage yards through 11 games and is 159 yards away from breaking Dominic Rhodes' record (1,328 in 2001) for most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie. Robinson has averaged 106.3 scrimmage yards per game this year, so he should be able to achieve the record, barring injury. The rookie is also one 100-yard game shy of tying Clark Gaines for the most 100-yard games (seven) by an undrafted rookie. Even on a bad team using their third quarterback of the year, Robinson is a must-start fantasy asset every week.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) had his day cut short in the Week 12 blowout loss to the Falcons after just 10 touches and a fumble after he suffered an ankle sprain, according to a source. Jacobs is undergoing tests on Monday, but it sounds like the injury looked worse than it is. The second-year back hasn't missed a game this season, but he might be in danger of sitting out in Week 13 in an excellent matchup against the winless Jets. He'll be a no-doubt RB1 for that matchup if he can play. If he can't, the Raiders will likely use some combination of Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard out of the backfield. The 22-year-old from Alabama had just seven carries for 27 yards on Sunday and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards.
The New York Giants are bracing for quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) to miss some time after he suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals, but he'll undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine his prognosis. Jones went 16-for-27 for 213 yards in the game before leaving and was replaced by Colt McCoy, who would become a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues if he were to make any starts in Jones' absence. Fantasy managers that started Jones in the nice matchup against Cincy were disappointed obviously, but he has a chance to help out again in Week 13 (if he plays) against a porous Seahawks secondary. Stay tuned for more updates on Jones' condition on Monday. If he misses time, all of New York's pass-catchers will have to be downgraded.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and the coaching staff will remain in their positions for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald posted five tackles (four solo), including two for a loss (one sack), a pass defensed, four quarterback hits and forced a fumble in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods hauled in seven of his 12 targets for 80 yards and rushed one time for eight yards in Week 12 versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: On a day where Jared Goff did little to help the Rams, Woods still managed to come through with a strong fantasy line. Over the last two games, the 28-year-old has 19 catches for 210 yards and a score. Woods may lack the ceiling of some other top fantasy receivers, but head coach Sean McVay does a fine job of making sure he gets the ball at least seven times per game via the running and passing game. That usually gives him a solid WR2 floor, and that is about what he should be in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed (illness) had two receptions for 18 yards versus the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Fantasy Spin: Reed trailed only Deebo Samuel in looks, but that only resulted in two grabs. He's a capable producer, though, and as long as Reed is healthy (and George Kittle isn't) he offers weekly TE1 potential.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp tallied two catches on five targets for 41 yards in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: He was held without a catch until he broke loose for 33 yards late in the third quarter. Kupp hasn't been the superstar fantasy receiver he was for most of last season, but San Francisco has really locked him down in 2020. In two games against the 49ers, the fourth-year pro has mustered five receptions for 52 scoreless yards. In nine games against everyone else, he has 61 catches for 711 and two touchdowns. Kupp should be able to find his way into the WR2 discussion in Week 13 versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff finished 19-of-31 for 198 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions in Week 12 versus the San Francisco 49ers. Goff added 11 yards rushing on five carries and lost a fumble.
Fantasy Spin: This effort marks the second time in three weeks Goff has failed to throw for a touchdown and comes on the heels of a game in which he picked apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His first interception was a pick-six in which he was hit as he was throwing, but his second miscue was a brutal decision that will probably go down as one of Richard Sherman's easiest interceptions. Given his recent inconsistency, Goff is hard to trust as anything more than a wild-card QB2 in fantasy, including in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) did not have a catch and was not targeted in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears.
Fantasy Spin: Coming off his critical fumble in last Sunday's loss to the Colts, MVS was MIA on SNF. He did pop up on the injury report with an Achilles issue leading up to the game so perhaps it's as simple as that. Still, it's suspicious timing, and it makes Valdes-Scantling likely bench fodder for Week 13.