Yet another TNF walk-off field goal. We’re being spoilt this season and last night it was the Cincinnati Bengals who came out 24-21 victors over the Jacksonville Jaguars, coming back from 14-0 down at HT. The win takes the Bengals to 3-1 and takes the Jaguars to 0-4, as well as extending their losing streak to 19 games…
Here’s my five key takes from the game:
- Jamarr Chase is making doubters look very stupid
Well it looks like Jamarr Chase can in fact catch a real NFL football.
As of Friday morning, Chase sits 6th in the NFL with 297 receiving yards and T-2nd with 4 touchdowns, all on just 17 receptions. The big play ability and elite separation has been as promised. The chemistry with Burrow has picked up right where they left off at LSU. He’s already broken multiple rookie receiving records in both franchise and NFL history.
Chase is going be at least a mid-high end WR2 in fantasy and if you drafted him at a discount as your WR3/4, well done to you. Obviously the touchdown rate is seemingly unsustainable (currently on pace for 16 touchdowns), so we would expect that to correct itself, but 1,000 yards and 10+ touchdowns seems well within the realm of possibility.
Sit back and enjoy, it’s going to be fun watching Chase and Burrow for the rest of this 17 game season, as well as seasons in the near future.
2. Was this a Shenault breakout game?
I really hope this was the game where we see Shenault take that sophomore leap, it’s just unfortunate it had to potentially come at the cost of DJ Chark who suffered an ankle fracture and will be out indefinitely. The injury to Chark certainly should give a bump to Shenault’s volume and if he’s asked to play more out wide to fill in then that could be great for fantasy with Trevor Lawrence slinging it.
Shenault is a dicey flex play currently but last night’s performance was encouraging. Hopefully this is the start of a fantasy WR3 with upside campaign.
3. Joe Mixon ankle injury late in the game is ominous
Please, not another injury.
Fingers crossed Joe Mixon is okay, but he seemed to twist his ankle on the Bengals final game winning drive and slip off the sideline for the remainder not to return. It comes after Zac Taylor seemingly managed his volume throughout the game, bringing in Samaje Perine on third downs often. Mixon had 16 carries for 67 yards and a score.
As much as we like to think, as fantasy managers, our RBs should be in the game all the time, it’s nice to see Taylor being responsible with his talented young running back. We just hope this isn’t a lingering issue, with the good news being Mixon has 10 days to ‘get right’.
For what it’s worth, Samaje Perine took over in Mixon’s absence, so is absolutely worth a pickup come waivers as a reminder that if Mixon missed time, Perine would be the main benefactor (and actually looked ‘quite’ spritely on a nice catch and run on 3rd and long to help the team into field goal range).
4. James Robinson has taken back control of HIS backfield
And here’s to you, James Robinson.
After being inexplicably not involved in weeks 1 and 2 by Urban Meyer has finally succumbed to giving our boy the rightful ownership to this, nay, HIS, backfield. A big night for Robinson chipping in 18 carries for 78 yards and two scores (both of which were very impressive touchdown runs within the 10 yard line), unfortunately not being enough to secure a W for his team but the Jags. But credit to them, they looked much improved with some sensible quarterback play and more focus on getting Robinson going.
Meyer tried drafting a running back in the first round and forcing Carlos Hyde in the mix – neither has worked out and Robinson has played too damn well to not be a factor. He’s easily going to return RB2 value in fantasy providing the Jags don’t completely capitulate each week. But even then, Carlos Hyde isn’t going to come in on third downs, so game script wise he seems fairly safe.
5. Jags D one to attack all year long
The Jags D looked bad. In particular the defensive line that gave Joe Burrow all the time in the world to pick their secondary apart. They got him for a sack but it genuinely felt shocking that they actually managed to get to him even once. There was also this comical tackle attempt:
Sorry 46.After last night, Jaguars defence is 26th in points allowed per game (28.8) and 29th in total yards allowed per game (418.5).
They’re going to be one to target all year long in fantasy, plus if Trevor Lawrence and the offence keeps improving they could end up forcing their way into shoot out after shoot out.