Welcome to game day.
Sunday kicks off the second half of the 2018 season for a handful of teams. That includes the Cleveland Browns, who will take the field for the first time without former head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. More than a few fantasy players will have an eye on Cleveland to see how the Browns' bevy of offensive talents will perform under new management.
Note: All times listed in eastern.
Sunday's Chargers-Seahawks game came down to an untimed play with the home team trailing by eight points. That deficit, made possible by a series of misses by Los Angeles kicker Caleb Sturgis, could have been eliminated by a touchdown and successful two-point conversion. Unfortunately for Seattle, wideout David Moore dropped the would-be score to end the game. Moore had become a fantasy-relevant player in recent weeks and even helped push out Brandon Marshall from the Seahawks' 53-man roster. However, he didn't do his team any favors on that all-important play.
The Chargers put themselves in strong position to win Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks after Desmond King pick-sixed Russell Wilson. However, Caleb Sturgis added a sour note upon missing the extra point, his second of the game. Los Angeles continues to look for a long-term position to its seemingly unending kicker problems.
Fantasy players with Todd Gurley on their roster probably won't feel thrilled that another running back scored for the Rams, but Malcolm Brown deserves plenty of praise after his seemingly impossible balancing act resulted in a score. Even the announcers didn't believe Brown managed to stay in bounds as the play unfolded live.
6:08 p.m. - More kicker problems for Chargers
Todd Gurley didn't take long to put the Rams on the board. The All-Pro running back tied the game with his NFL-leading 16th touchdown. The score also set a Rams franchise record for most in a single season. Meanwhile, Gurley remains on pace to challenge LaDainian Tomlinson's single-season TD record. You can read about Gurley's race for the record books below:
Yes, it happened.
Adam Thielen's star has risen considerably this season after putting up 100 or more receiving yards in the Vikings' first eight games. That streak came to an end Sunday when the Lions held the veteran wideout to four catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. While Theilen's streak has ended, Minnesota keep marching on.
While the Falcons have mostly had their way today, their star rookie wideout might have ended his day early. The team announced that Calvin Ridley suffered a head injury and is questionable to return. If Ridley remains out, Mohamad Sanu and Atlanta's pass-catching tailbacks could see an upstick in targets.
3:25 p.m. - Baker returns, throws touchdown
Perhaps mere mortals feel content with two touchdowns, but Kareem Hunt holds himself to a higher standard. The Pro Bowl running back scored his third touchdown of Sunday's game against the Browns with nearly an entire half left to play. Whatever chance Cleveland had to pull the upset has all but evaporated.
It shouldn't take a coaching-staff reshuffling for a team to start using one of its best players, but the Browns don't make things easy on themselves. After Baker Mayfield connected with running back Duke Johnson earlier in the day, he went back to the versatile running back for a 19-yard touchdown.
Cleveland successfully converted a two-point conversion moments after to cut the Chiefs' lead to six.
2:05 p.m. - Welcome back, Dalvin Cook
Few players have had more disappointing seasons than Dalvin Cook, the second-year running back that entered the year ready to take over the Vikings backfield. Instead, hamstring trouble has kept him out most of the season, leaving Cook and fantasy players understandably frustrated. However, Cook came back in a big way this afternoon:
The new adventures of old Norv Turner continued Sunday with the Panthers running a double reverse for a 33-yard touchdown. Carolina's offense looks unstoppable against the undermanned Tampa Bay defense.
1:39 p.m. - Matt Ryans throws first interception since Week 2
The Falcons' struggles have kept Matt Ryan from gaining recognition for his bounceback season. The former MVP quarterback entered Sunday having not thrown an interception since a Sept. 16 victory over the Panthers. However, that streak came to an end when a Ryan pass ended up in the arms of Washington defensive back Quinton Dunbar.
1:33 p.m. - Run CMC hurdles defender, goes 32 yards