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Football Daily Dose

The Raiders Kicked A Last Second Field Goal To Beat The Browns

by Hasan Rahim
Updated On: December 21, 2021, 12:36 pm ET

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Raiders Beat Short-Handed Browns 
This game was a boring one until the final few drives of the fourth quarter. The Browns took a narrow two-point lead and made a backbreaking interception shortly before the two-minute mark. Unfortunately, backup-to-the-backup quarterback Nick Mullens was unable to keep the final drive alive, leaving plenty of time on the clock for the Raiders to stage a comeback. Derek Carr marched the Raiders down the field and Daniel Carlson hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired. Las Vegas manage to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

After blowing up for the last three weeks, Hunter Renfrow had a quiet game (3-32-0 receiving line on five targets). Receivers Zay Jones (6-67-0 on nine targets) and Foster Moreau (7-65-0 on nine targets) were the catalysts behind the Raiders’ success on Monday afternoon. Josh Jacobs turned in a solid if unspectacular performance. Jacobs turned 18 touches into 94 yards from scrimmage, but the lack of touchdowns means he lacked the ceiling you’d have hoped for. 
On the Browns' side of the ball, Nick Chubb was the standout. He posted a strong 23-91-1 rushing line. Unfortunately, none of the Browns' receivers did much. Donovan Peoples-Jones led the team in targets (eight) and turned in a 4-48-0 receiving line. Mullens did throw one touchdown to Harrison Bryant (2-11-1 on two targets) but the passing game remains broken for the Browns. 

Vikings Outlast Bears 
In what was ostensibly the worst game of the weekend, the Vikings beat the Bears 17-3. Kirk Cousins had an abysmal game, completing 12 of his 24 pass attempts for 87 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. It wasn’t all Cousins’ fault, as he was repeatedly let down by his receivers. Justin Jefferson led the team in targets but only posted a 4-47-1 stat line on 10 targets. The team rarely had to throw the ball, which resulted in minuscule targets for the other auxiliary receivers. K.J. Osborn (3-21-0 on three targets), Ihmir Smith-Marsette (1-7-1 on two targets), and Tyler Conklin (1-7-0 on three targets) didn’t do much in the receiving game and it’s unlikely they’ll be viable starters once Adam Thielen returns. Dalvin Cook grinded out a 28-89-0 rushing line, which was a disappointment following his destruction of the Steelers last week. 

The Bears on the other hand did everything they could to lose this game. Multiple poor plays, muffed punts, and penalties really prevented this game from being anything more than a dud. Justin Fields looked bad for most of the night, but to be fair he was let down by his receivers. Darnell Mooney (5-63-0 on seven targets) and Cole Kmet (6-71-0 on nine targets) did most of the work for the Bears receivers, but both came up short in the red zone. David Montgomery played well, posting 83 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches, but the lack of touchdowns prevented him from providing a strong fantasy scoring week. The low-scoring, slow-paced affair led to poor fantasy scoring from both teams and mirrored the tone from Sunday’s games. 

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Tuesday COVID-19 Situations To Monitor 
Hope everyone is as excited as I am for Tuesday Night Football! There’s a couple of really fun games to look forward to, but there are a few COVID-19/injury situations that require monitoring. 

The Seattle Seahawks are still dealing with the fallout from their COVID-19 outbreak. The team placed several players on the list on Sunday, most notably RB Travis Homer. Homer will ostensibly miss the game on Tuesday and his absence should create a hand full of targets for RB Rashaad Penny. WR Tyler Lockett and RB Alex Collins remain on the COVID-19 list and it’s highly unlikely either player will be activated ahead of Tuesday’s matchup. Keep an eye on Lockett’s status, but in his absence, WR D’Wayne Eskridge or WR Freddie Swain should see a slight bump in targets. I expect that WR DK Metcalf and TE Gerald Everett will be the focal point of the team’s aerial attack. Metcalf practiced in full on Friday and Saturday and does not have an injury designation ahead of tonight’s game. 

The Rams on the other hand have been getting healthier ahead of this week’s matchup. The team activated WR Odell Beckham and RB Darrell Henderson this weekend, alongside TE Brycen Hopkins and LB Justin Hollins. The team also welcomes back CB Jalen Ramsey who tested negative for the virus on Sunday. Note that the team will be without TE Tyler Higbee who boomeranged his way back onto the COVID-19 list and has been unable to get off it in time for this matchup. 

The Washington Football Team will be down several key players before tonight’s matchup. Quarterbacks Tyler Heinicke and Kyle Allen are on the reserve/COVID-19 list and the team could resort to starting street free agent QB Garrett Gilbert. Recall that Allen was on the list before the game was postponed, so it’s possible that he could start tonight. The team has ruled out RB J.D. McKissic (concussion), which locks RB Antonio Gibson into a volume-induced high-end RB2 role. WR Terry McLaurin practiced in full on Sunday and should be ready to go. Given the uncertainty around the team’s starting quarterback, McLaurin’s ceiling is drastically lower than it should be. McLaurin should see plenty of opportunities, considering that WR Curtis Samuel will miss the game with a hamstring injury. I should note that TE Ricky Seals-Jones has missed multiple practices with a non-COVID-related illness but practiced in full on Monday. I expect that he will play tonight. Washington loses RG Brandon Scherff, who landed on the COVID list on Monday. His absence will be a big blow to the team’s offensive line. 

The Eagles did activate WR Quez Watkins from the COVID-19 list along with OL Landon Dickerson. However, the team placed OT Andre Dillard on the dreaded list. The team also welcomes back QB Jalen Hurts, who practiced in full and should be ready to go tonight. The Eagles are far healthier than Washington for this matchup, so I’d expect they handle them quite easily.

Hasan Rahim

Hasan Rahim is a fantasy football analyst for NBC Sports EDGE and RotoViz. He is the co-host of the Fantasy Football Report on RotoViz Radio and can be found on Twitter @hrr5010