The Vikings’ and Patriots’ passing games thrived on Sunday, while Cam Newton again struggled. Get caught up on the best and worst of Week 3 in the NFL from a fantasy perspective.
The Tennessee Titans led the league in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric after Week 2 with an insanely high 58.5 percent mark (GBR measures how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking). To put this into perspective, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the GBR champions in 2016 and they ended the season with a 44.1 percent GBR.
The Titans certainly didn’t live up to that pace in the first half of the contest against Seattle, as Tennessee posted a 20 percent GBR in the first two quarters of that game. This mediocre performance led DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry to post a combined total of 5.4 fantasy points at the half and likely had their fantasy managers concerned about seeing a single-digit point mark for each running back in Week 3.
Some of this is the fault of the Indianapolis Colts. Their approach on Andrew Luck’s recovery from shoulder surgery has been to hide him away like some museum antique in the process of being restored, the public unveiling delayed until all the cracks are properly repaired.
After about a dozen Buffalo Bills players kneeled during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly called for the team to STAND and lock arms in unity next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Kelly stated his desire in an Instagram post late Sunday night that included a photo of the former Bills quarterback with his right hand over his heart and his left arm holding a Bills hat above his head during the national anthem Sunday at New Era Field. Kelly said in the post that he would take a knee only to pray.