Sun Oct 20 4:54pm ET
By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, left, meets with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, right, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
A Cincinnati Bengals fan reacts in the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates his interception and touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates his interception and touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, right, sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor works the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) looks to pass on the run in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
CINCINNATI (AP) Gardner Minshew led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that put Jacksonville ahead to stay Sunday, and Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards to clinch a 27-17 victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jaguars (3-4) managed only field goals by still-perfect Josh Lambo until their rookie quarterback and their depleted defense made game-turning plays at the end.
The win capped a week in which the Jaguars traded disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for three draft picks. Their defense picked off Andy Dalton three times in the fourth quarter to put it away.
The wait goes on for first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor, whose team fell to 0-7 for the first time in 11 years.
Minshew was solid a week after his so-so performance in a 13-6 loss to the Saints. The rookie completed 15 of 32 for 255 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole for a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Minshew also scrambled for 48 yards.
The Bengals were booed repeatedly during another inept performance. Cincinnati managed only 33 yards rushing - all by quarterback Andy Dalton. Myles Jack picked off Dalton at the Jacksonville 10 to preserve the late lead, and Ngakoue's interception return off a floating pass put it away.
Ronnie Harrison also picked off Dalton, who was 22 of 43 for 276 yards with a touchdown.
Alex Erickson provided the bulk of Cincinnati's offense, having a career day with eight catches for 137 yards. He had receptions of 12, 48 and 27 yards on the Bengals' touchdown drive late in the first half.
Lambo was good on all four field goal tries, leaving him 18 for 18 this season. Leonard Fournette piled up 131 yards against the NFL's worst run defense.
Cincinnati managed only 110 yards in the first half - including minus-2 rushing - but its only drive resulted in a touchdown on Dalton's 2-yard pass to Joe Mixon for a 7-6 halftime lead.
Jaguars: The defense was depleted by the fourth quarter. In the first half, LB Najee Goode suffered a foot injury and LB Cam Robinson had a toe injury. In the second half, DT Marcell Dareus had an abdominal injury and LB Quincy Williams left with a hamstring injury.
Bengals: CB Darqueze Dennard returned after missing all of camp and the first six games while recovering from knee surgery in March.
Jaguars: host the Jets on Sunday.
Bengals: play the Rams - Taylor's former team - in London on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was flawless in Week 7 as he went 4-for-4 on extra-point attempts, but he was unable to get any field-goal opportunities because his offense was efficient at scoring touchdowns. He gives you a consistent option every week because his offense is able to move the ball, and he's been one of the more accurate kickers in NFL history. He'll have weeks like this where the offense scores more touchdowns than field goals, but that's something you'll have to live with.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard was able to have an impressive debut in the victory over the Oakland Raiders. Lazard finished the game with three catches for 42 yards. However, the fantasy value of Lazard is capped if the receiving corps is able to return to health. Davante Adams(toe) missed the game, and there were concerns over the ability of Geronimo Allison(concussion) to suit up. The Packers opted to split the workload of the backup receivers between Jake Kumerow and Lazard. Lazard will have limited fantasy value coming into this week's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby was able to convert all of his kicking attempts in the victory over the Oakland Raiders. Crosby was not asked to attempt any field goals in the game but converted all six of his extra-point attempts. Crosby has been accurate all season, but his fantasy performance was limited due to the effectiveness of the Packers passing offense. The Packers offense will be looking to continue that form into the matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
The Green Bay Packers Defense was unable to record a sack in their victory over the Oakland Raiders, only the second time that has happened this season. The Packers defense has been pressuring quarterbacks all season, recording 18 sacks so far this season. However, the Packers were able to force two turnovers in the game. The Packers were able to recover a fumble in the first half before closing out the game with an interception in the fourth quarter. The defensive unit will look to bounce back next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who will be without starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole caught a two-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over the Bengals, his only catch of the game. In fact, it was just Cole's second catch of the season, and Sunday's touchdown is very unlikely to matter much in the long or short term. Leave Cole on waivers. His past production is just that: the past.
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (ankle) left the Week 7 game after three snaps and did not return. He had just one carry for two yards before exiting. Running back Chase Edmonds came in and stole the show with 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Johnson may be questionable next week against the New Orleans Saints. With Edmonds' strong showing of late, the team could afford to be patient with Johnson's health. If he goes, though, he'll be a low-end RB1 in a tougher matchup.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham caught a short touchdown in the team's victory over the Oakland Raiders. Graham finished the game catching all four of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. The Packers passing options looked to be extremely limited earlier in the week, and there was an expectation that Graham would be heavily involved. Graham was a constant threat for the Packers in the game and will be looking to try and back up his performance against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle saw five targets in Week 7, but he had a relatively quiet fantasy day. Doyle caught three of his five targets, but it was for just 21 total yards. You're hoping to get more out of him, but he doesn't have the size or athleticism to be a big-play threat consistently for fantasy purposes. Doyle is tied with fellow tight end Eric Ebron with 25 targets on the season, but Ebron has 52 more yards and an additional touchdown. Doyle has usually been a safe-floor play, but that hasn't been the case this year. Tight end is really thin, but you may need an option besides Doyle.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was unable to keep his feet in bounds to score a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. Allison finished the game catching four of his five targets for 33 yards. Allison looked like he would likely miss the game against the Raiders with a head injury. However, he was able to play and would have had a decent fantasy performance if he were able to catch his third touchdown of the season. While it remains to be seen if Davante Adams(toe) is able to return to the lineup next week, Allison had the largest target share of the wide receivers in the game. Allison will be looking to get on the score sheet next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he'll be a boom/bust WR4/flex if Adams misses another game.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. This was another disappointing performance for Hockenson and he really hasn't lived up to the standard he set in week 1. With Matt Stafford attempting 45 passes, you would have liked to have seen Hockenson get more than five targets. Hockenson has less points in weeks 2-7 combined than he did in week 1 against the Cardinals. Tight end is a tough position to have a stud in and you could do worse than Hockenson, but it doesn't look like he is as involved in the offense as we all thought he would be.
The Indianapolis Colts Defense found some life in Week 7 behind a pass rush that was getting after quarterback Deshaun Watson early and often. They finished with three sacks and two interceptions, including one late to seal the game. This defense isn't the most electric, and they're not going to shut teams out on a weekly basis, but they're going to play disciplined defense every time they're on the field. If the team's offense can take care of the ball, this defense can do their part in weekly matchups.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley had a combined four catches for 73 yards between Weeks 3 and 6. He surpassed that yardage total in just one game on Sunday, catching three passes for 83 yards while being targeted eight times against the Bengals. That huge increase in targets -- he hadn't surpassed four targets since Week 2 -- is interesting, but Conley needs to do it multiple times if you want to be able to trust him as a fantasy option.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark caught three passes for 53 yards in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. While the per play yards are good, Chark finished third on the team in targets. After looking like quarterback Gardner Minshew's top target lately, Sunday was a bit of a disappointment. Still, Chark's end zone connection with Minshew is strong and he remains a solid WR3 with upside heading into next week's meeting with the Jets.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling streaked downfield on a 74-yard touchdown in the team's victory over the Oakland Raiders. Valdes-Scantling finished the game with two receptions from three targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. Valdes-Scantling has struggled in the games that Davante Adams(toe) has missed due to injury and hasn't been able to command a large target share. Even in a game that saw receiversJake Kumerow and Allen Lazard playing, he only had three targets. While he was able to finish with the most receiving yards in the game, fantasy owners need to consider the boom-or-bust nature of his play for the next matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow made an impressive catch for a touchdown in the team's victory over the Oakland Raiders. Kumerow finished the game by catching both of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. The Packers passing game was finally unleashed in the game, with quarterbackAaron Rodgers throwing for five touchdowns. Kumerow could, however, be pushed back down the depth chart for next week's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs if Davante Adams(toe) is able to play.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron has battled drops early this season, but he was able to be very effective in Week 7. He caught four of his five targets for 70 yards, including an acrobatic touchdown in the back of the end zone. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been working hard to feature Ebron this season, and he was able to come through for him against the Houston Texans. One of his catches went for 33 yards, which helped to show off his explosiveness. He's still too inconsistent for fantasy purposes, but this was a positive development for his owners.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones had a monster game in week 7 catching 10 of 13 targets for 93 yards and four touchdowns against the Vikings. As great as this game was for Jones, expectations should be tempered. The Vikings' plan was clearly to lock Kenny Golladay down and they succeeded holding him to just one catch. Conditions couldn't have been better for Jones today also with the Vikings scoring 42 points and forcing Matt Stafford to throw 45 times. Jones only has one other game this season eclipsing 10 points, so even with the four touchdown game, it's hard to see him having this type of relevance moving forward. That being said, the Lions do have a juicy matchup against the Giants next week and Jones could be a decent flex play.
Oakland Raiders tight end Foster Moreau hit paydirt for the second time in three games as the team fell 42-24 to the Packers on Sunday. The rookie hauled in two of his three targets for 24 yards, which included a 10-yard TD catch, as he's becoming a red zone threat with Tyrell Williams sidelined. Moreau isn't getting enough volume to enter the season-long fantasy discussion, but he's growing into an intriguing cheap dart throw in DFS. Unless Darren Waller were to go down with an injury, the 22-year-old will only be featured in two-tight end sets, making him ignorable in all formats.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook had one of his best games of the 2019 season on Sunday against the Bengals, catching six passes for 103 yards and also adding 14 rushing yards on two carries. Westbrook's been a bit of a disappointment this year -- especially from a yardage perspective -- but on Sunday he showed why he entered the year as a mid-round fantasy pick. Westbrook remains a solid PPR option, but don't bet on the yardage staying like this on a weekly basis, which keeps his value low in standard-scoring leagues.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox caught just two of his five targets for 22 yards in Week 7. The good news for Knox is that Tyler Kroft barely saw the field in the game and didn't receive a target. Kroft was making his Bills' debut after originally being signed to be the team's starting tight end this offseason. He had been sidelined several months with multiple injuries. Knox was third on the team in targets behind John Brown and Cole Beasley, who each had six. Knox is roster-worthy in leagues of 14 teams or deeper and could be worthy of starting in those leagues as a low-end TE1 flyer, but he's yet to show any signs of consistency.