Week 15 First Impressions
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - As good as the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots are, they will have to be something really special to out- shine that otherworldly running back from Minnesota, Adrian Peterson, who continues to amaze fans and fantasy owners each week.

Here are our initial impressions of Sunday's action.

New York Giants at Atlanta -

The last time the Giants were shutout before today was back on Dec. 1, 1996 when the G-Men fell 24-0 against Philadelphia. That's a span of 256 regular season games in a row between shutouts.

Eli Manning sunk plenty of fantasy teams today with his lackluster, 161-yard performance. Manning has now thrown at least two interceptions in five of his 14 games this season. We'd expect more from a player with two Super Bowl MVP awards.

David Wilson generated plenty of buzz on the waiver wire this week after his breakout 100-yard effort against New Orleans on Sunday. Against the Falcons he was only able to muster 55 yards on the ground on 12 carries. In the end, he probably wasn't worth the investment.

Roddy White wasn't much of a factor in this one. He absorbed only two catches for 16 yards. Fantasy owners should have known better than to start him on a bad knee.

Michael Turner has been laughably unproductive in terms of yardage this season. Over his last five contests, he's amassed just 212 rushing yards (Adrian Peterson had that in one game today). Yet, somehow he's remained a viable fantasy option because no matter how bad Turner is, he always seems to be able to find the end zone. Turner has now scored at least once in each of his last five games. All of the touchdowns during that span have come from inside the three-yard line.

Denver at Baltimore -

Eric Decker's 51-yard hookup with Peyton Manning during the third quarter was the receiver's first touchdown since Week 11 against the Chargers. He's now just 77 yards away from his first 1,000 yard season. If Decker gets there, he and Demaryius Thomas will become the first Denver receivers to both have 1,000 yards in the same season since Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie accomplished the feat back in 2004.

Knowshon Moreno had never had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games ... until today. This week he cruised to 118 yards and a touchdown on 22 rushing attempts. Last weekend against Oakland, Moreno had 119 yards on 32 carries.

The Ravens inexplicably fired their offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after scoring 28 points against the Redskins in Week 14. This week they only managed 17 points on 278 total yards of offense. The Ravens have now lost three in a row.

Green Bay at Chicago -

James Jones flexed his fantasy muscles with a monster performance on Sunday. He finished the day with five catches for 60 yards and three touchdowns. That's Jones' fourth multi-touchdown game of the season. Clearly, he has benefited from Jordy Nelson's multiple injuries.

Chicago's defense was dominating early in the season, registering double- digit fantasy points in seven of the team's first nine games. They haven't been nearly as effective during the season's second act, producing just one double- digit fantasy day over the last five weeks. Injuries to linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings could have something to do with that.

The Bears' offense really is all about Brandon Marshall. The AFC's receiving yards leader collected his 10th touchdown of the season on Sunday, which ties a career-high. He set that mark back in 2009 as a member of the Broncos.

Washington at Cleveland -

It only took Kirk Cousins one start to eclipse Robert Griffin III's career- high in passing yards. The Michigan State rookie threw for 329 yards on Sunday, six more than the career-high RG3 posted in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.

Alfred Morris stampeded his way into the end zone twice on Sunday to salvage what would have been a rather mediocre fantasy day (87 yards on 27 carries). Morris now has 1,322 yards for the season. That's the most by a Redskins' halfback since Clinton Portis in 2008 (1,487 yards) and there are still two games to go.

With the loss, Cleveland clinched its fifth losing season in a row. They haven't had a winning year since 2007 when they finished the season at 10-6. Well, better luck next year.

Indianapolis at Houston -

T.Y. Hilton has certainly taken over as the Colts' deep threat. His 61-yard touchdown pass was the fourth time in five games that he's caught a pass of 36 yards or more.

With no one to share the workload, Vick Ballard managed to earn his fantasy owners' the 100-yard bonus.

Andrew Luck looked more like a rookie than he has for most of the season, missing on 14 of his 27 passing attempts, but at least he passed for two scores and didn't throw an interception.

In their first of two meetings over the final three weeks, Houston showed they are still the "class" of the AFC South behind a solid Matt Schaub (23-of-31 for 261 and 1 TD) and extraordinary days from Andre Johnson (11-151-1) and Arian Foster (27-165-0).

Jacksonville at Miami -

Jaguars' running back Montell Owens crashed to earth with a 47-yard effort and fantasy owners were seen jumping off the bandwagon.

Cecil Shorts returned from a concussion and picked up right where he left off - posting double-digit fantasy points. He's at five consecutive games and counting.

Ryan Tannehill looked more like the guy who started the season than the quarterback who has stumbled of late. He was 10-of-14 in the first half while guiding his Dolphins to a half-time lead and finished with 220 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Reggie Bush saw more than 20 touches for the first time since Week 5 and cracked the 100-yard rushing mark. Coincidence? I think not.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans -

The Saints went an entire first half without giving up a point? That's the first time since 2010. Then they added a scoreless second half. The Saints' last shutout was 1995 and this one killed the hopes of all those fantasy owners who were expecting a big game from their Bucs' starters. Quite a shock to Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams owners.

Welcome back Drew Brees. The imposter who had played the past two games and threw seven interceptions against just one touchdown was replaced by the original - who threw for 307 yards and four scores.

The less than 15 percent of fantasy owners who still had faith in Mark Ingram were rewarded with 15 fantasy points, his best performance all season.

Minnesota at St. Louis -

Adrian Peterson! There really is no other story in the NFL this season. Ok, maybe Peyton Manning too. But Peterson's ability to carry the one-dimensional Vikings on his broad shoulders into playoff contention and possibly break a 28- year-old single-season rushing record at the same time just 11 months after major knee surgery is beyond anything Hollywood could dream of.

Detroit at Arizona -

One of the ugliest games for Matthew Stafford since coming into the NFL with three interceptions and no touchdowns.

Despite Stafford's troubles, Calvin Johnson continued his march toward the single-season receiving mark with a 10-catch, 121-yard effort.

A healthy Beanie Wells can still run the ball, he just so rarely is. He posted his a three-touchdown day, his second multiple touchdown game in the last four weeks.

Seattle at Buffalo -

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sure doesn't play like a guy with just 14 games of experience. He led his team to 31 first-half points with three rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and a combined 236 yards from scrimmage. Wilson finished with 297 yards as he didn't need to do much in the second half of a 50-17 blowout.

If not for the amazing exploits of Peterson we'd be singing the praises of Marshawn Lynch who had another big day with 113 yards and a score.

C.J. Spiller (17-103-1) and Stevie Johnson (8-115-1) gave their fantasy owners respectable production, but it was an ugly day for the Bills.

Carolina at San Diego -

Despite two short touchdown runs by backup Mike Tolbert, starting tailback DeAngelo Williams still managed to produce big numbers after catching a 45-yard screen pass from Cam Newton. He finished with 144 yards from scrimmage, his best output of the season.

Even a wrist injury just before half-time couldn't slow down the "Newton Express." Over his last five games he's accounted for 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) without an interception.

Ryan Mathews didn't even have the team's most rushing attempts. He could be the season's biggest fantasy bust.

Pittsburgh at Dallas -

The "good" Ben Roethlisberger we saw at the end of the loss to the Chargers was back for 60 minutes this time and finished with 339 yards and two scores. He was his old self, running around the backfield and creating more time for his receivers to come open.

Dez Bryant (broken finger) was more decoy than target, but when they got close to the goal line they went his way and he came through.

The Cowboys are a completely different offense with DeMarco Murray in the lineup, but he'll need to hold the ball tighter if he expects to be the workhorse back that fantasy owners want him to be.

Tony Romo came up big for Dallas with another 300-yard plus effort, his eighth of the season, and a pair of touchdown passes.

Kansas City at Oakland -

Jamaal Charles could only muster 10 yards on nine carries and 18 yards on three receptions.

Do you remember the days when this matchup meant Len Dawson and Otis Taylor facing off against Daryle Lamonica and Fred Biletnikoff? Today we had Brady Quinn and Dexter McCluster against Carson Palmer and Rod Streater.

Raiders running back Darren McFadden was the best player on the field, except when Sebastian Janikowski came on to kick. The Raiders' place-kicker was 5- for-5, including a 57-yarder.




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