Patriots QB Tom Brady held under 200 yards in win over Jets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was held under 200 passing yards for the third time this season during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Jets in Week 16.
Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He compiled 182 yards while completing 23 of 35 passes. He added one touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 76.1 passer rating.
Brady has passed for 4,029 yards with 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He'll look to end the regular season on a high note against the Bills in Week 17.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett has been one of the biggest surprises in the league this season, as he entered Week 16 among the top-5 in rushing yards and yards per carry this season. However, he put together his second poor performance in a row Sunday against the Texans, and he might be running out of steam here.
Forsett had just 19 yards on 10 carries Sunday, his worst showing of the season. That comes seven days after he managed 48 yards on 16 carries, a 3.0 average that was his previous worst showing yet. He has just 67 yards on 26 carries over the last two games, and has not topped 71 yards since his three-game, 100-yard streak from Weeks 10 through 13.
Forsett is putting the finishing touches on the best season of his career by a long shot, but might be slowing down with 100 more carries than he has ever had before. We'll see if he can finish with a flourish in Week 17, with the Browns on the way.
Browns wideout Andrew Hawkinsinjured his thumb Sunday at Carolina and left with his hand in a splint, but said it was not broken, per the Akron Beacon Journal.
Hawkins managed just one catch for 28 yards and added two carries for seven yards in the loss. If he is unable to play next Sunday at Baltimore, he will have finished the season in a four-game slump in which he caught just nine passes for 93 yards.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco put together arguably his worst performance of the season together at the worst possible time for Fantasy owners, as he faltered in a Week 16 loss to the Texans.
Flacco, who had more touchdowns than interceptions in each of his previous six games, was a disaster Sunday, as he was intercepted three times before tossing a pair of second-half touchdowns. He completed just 21 of 50 passes for 195 yards, for his worst completion percentage since 2011.
Flacco had consecutive 20-Fantasy-point games as recently as Week 13 and 14, but has stumbled down the stretch, combining for 27 in Weeks 15 and 16. He has certainly improved on his dismal 2013 showing, already matching a career-high in touchdown passes, but Flacco showed once again this season to be an unreliable Fantasy quarterback, posting just four 20-plus Fantasy point games in 15 tries.
Couple off a couple poor performances, including a 96-yard effort against the mighty Seahawks in Week 14, Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez was able to take advantage of a favorable matchup Week 16 at Washington, throwing for a season-high 374 yards on 37-of-50 passing. He had two touchdown passes and one interception.
Of course, that was against a defense that has now allowed 33 touchdown passes while recording just six interceptions. Not surprisingly, the Redskins have surrendered the highest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks this season.
When you look at it that way, it's almost disappointing Sanchez had just two touchdown passes while still throwing an interception. Since taking over for an injured Nick Foles in Week 9, he has only two more touchdown passes (12) than interceptions (10), so for all the yardage he piles up on a prolific offense, he's still in many ways the unstable quarterback who used to start for the Jets.
He's capable of taking advantage of a favorable matchup, of course, but his matchup Week 17 against Dallas isn't so favorable that you should automatically start him in Fantasy. In standard 12-team leagues, you can probably do better.