In a hot-and-cold performance that has mirrored his season and motivated the Browns to remove him as their starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer did little in relief of injured Johnny Manziel on Sunday at Carolina.
Hoyer completed 7 of 13 for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But most of that territory was gained on an 81-yard scoring strike to outrageously open tight end Jordan Cameron five minutes into the fourth quarter. Hoyer did lead him perfectly.
He also underthrew Travis Benjamin on his next pass and was picked off. If Manziel remains sidelined, Hoyer will likely get the start in the season finale next Sunday in Baltimore.
Bears QB Jimmy Clausen fades after strong effort Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen performed well for much of his 2014 starting debut Sunday against Detroit, but faded down the stretch in yet another loss.
Clausen completed just one pass for one yard in the first two possessions, but picked it up in the second quarter and finished the half 14 of 23 for 106 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to featured back Matt Forte. He added a 20-yard scoring strike to Alshon Jeffery in the third, but hit on just 4 of 10 for 25 yards and a critical interception in a fourth quarter that doomed his team to defeat. He finished 23 of 39 for 181 yards.
If Clausen is given the starting nod in Week 17, as expected, he will do so in a meaningless game at Minnesota.
Jets center Nick Mangold underwent X-rays on his injured ankle, which came back negative, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Mangold is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.
Lions QB Stafford merely mediocre in defeat of Bears
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was held without a touchdown pass for the fourth time this season Sunday at Chicago, but the result was still another victory for his playoff-bound team.
Stafford finished 22 of 39 for 243 yards and his first two-interception performance since Oct. 19. The first pick was off a disastrous decision in the red zone and the second killed a promising opportunity as well.
He will try to play better in the regular season finale next Sunday at Green Bay.
With wide receiver Keenan Allen sidelined by a broken collarbone Week 16 at San Francisco, wide receiver Eddie Royal saw the biggest increase in targets for the Chargers. He led the team with 12, catching 10 passes for 94 yards. But wide receiver Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates saw an increase as well. Floyd's 10 were a season high. He caught four of them for 50 yards and a score. Gates' nine were tied for his second most this season. he caught two touchdown passes for the first time since Week 8.
For the most part, Gates has gone as quarterback Philip Rivers has gone this season, so maybe his resurgence was more a product of Rivers throwing for 356 yards and four scores than Allen's absence. Likewise, Floyd has been Rivers' downfield threat all season and has had games with similar numbers, even if the targets were less, so if you're going to add a player in Fantasy (not that you could add Gates, of course), it should probably be Royal.
Of course, the four touchdown passes were out of character for Rivers, at least going by recent weeks, so against one of the league's best pass defenses Week 17 at Kansas City, he's unlikely to repeat those numbers. And in that case, Royal's would likely suffer as well. It's not like Allen was consistently delivering for Fantasy owners, so maybe outside of deeper leagues, it's best to pass on Royal altogether.
Hamstring injury knocks Falcons CB Josh Wilson out of Week 16
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Falcons cornerback Josh Wilsonwas forced out of Sunday's game against New Orleans with a hamstring injury. He sustained the injury in the third quarter and was ruled questionable to return to the game.
The Colts ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's game at Dallas: wideout T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), defensive back Jalil Brown, defensive back Sheldon Price, guard Hugh Thornton, guard Joe Reitz, guard Gosder Cherilus and nose tackle Montori Hughes.