NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 3, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.




ATL @ MIA  (6-17)

• ATL QB Matt Ryan hasn’t moved this offense very well in the preseason- 12/22 and 1 INT
• ATL QB Matt Schaub is a decent #2-   10/11 for 109 yds
• ATL RB D Freeman and T Coleman have split carries all preseason
• ATL WR A Robinson seems like a better fit and more explosive for this Falcon offense
• ATL WR M Sanu could get 80-90+ targets this season
• ATL TEs likely not a big part of the offense in 2016

• MIA QB QB Ryan Tannehill was 20/29 for 155 yards- 0 TDs and he loves throwing to WR Kenny Stills- QB Dysert started the 2nd half
• MIA RB Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Atlanta Falcons
• MIA RB J Ajayi went 7 carries for 11 yards- I will not be drafting him
• MIA WRs DeVante Parker has been a disappointment so far and is frustrating HC Gase
• MIA WR Kenny Still was reported injured but consider him day to day. Stills should be fine for Week 1
• MIA DEF looks very good


DAL @ SEA (17-27)

• DAL QB Tony Romo is the news in this game- Injured back and out for at least half the season
• DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott looks more impressive every week. Prescott playing against most of Seattle’s starting defense, 17/ 23 for 116 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass that Jason Witten
• DAL RB Zeke Elliott saw his 1st preseason action. 7/48 yds
• DAL RB Alfred Morris seemingly has the 2nd RB – RB D McFadden has yet to play in the preseason
• DAL WRs Dez Bryant sat out with concussion symptoms but he should be fully healthy well before Week
• DAL WRs T Williams and Cole Beasley started
• DAL WR Rodney Smith had a TD reception in the 4th qtr from QB J Showers

• SEA QB Russell Wilson finished 16 of 21 for 192 yards- 2 TDs
• SEA No. 1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of its final five possessions
• SEA RB Christine Michael averaged 8.3 yards per carry as Seattle got its running game going in the 2nd half
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play in the 3rd preseason game, but should play in the season opener
• SEA WRs Baldwin, Lockett and Kearse all started- Lockett- 3/41 and 1 TD
• SEA TE L Willson started- TE J Graham DNP




NE @ CAR (19-17)

• NE QB T Brady saw his 1st preseason action- throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan
• NE QB J Garoppolo started 2nd half with RB L Blount
• NE RB T Gaffney 9 carries for 35 yards
• NE O-Line looks good, which is great for QB Garoppolo and the running game
• NE WRs starting were C Hogan, A Dobson and TE M Bennett
• NE DEF shut down the league’s highest-scoring offense from a year ago
• NE TE Gronk DNP- zero chemistry with Garoppolo  so far

• CAR QB Cam Newton started and struggled badly- Newton was intercepted twice- very sloppy game for CAR offense
• CAR RB Jon Stewart 3/ 23 yards
• CAR RB C Artis-Payne saw the most action at tailback- 9 carries for 28 yards
• CAR RB F Whitaker was banged up in this game
• CAR TE G Olsen did not play
• CAR WRs K Benjamin, D Funchess and T Ginn all started
• CAR scored no points 1st half-  9-0 NE at half


BUFF @ WASH (16-21)

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor played only two series, going 2 of 5 for 11 yards before being replaced by E.J. Manuel
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half- with RB J Williams- 11/ 42 yds and 1 TD
• BUFF TE Ch Clay started with WR Sammy Watkins and R Woods
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins finished the Bills’ third preseason game without a catch
• BUFF QB Cardale Jones DNP
• BUFF offense only had 3 Dan Carpenter FGs in 1st half

• WASH QB K Cousin started and looked great- 12/23 and 3 TD passes
• WASH QB C McCoy started 2nd half
• WASH RB Matt Jones and Chris Thompson DNP- RB R Kelley started
• WASH WRs P, Garcon and receiver Ryan Grant each caught a touchdown pass from Cousins, along with TE J Reed ( 2/ 28 yds and 1 TD)
• WASH TE V Davis was with the 1st team, and finally had a few receptions
• WASH offense went scoreless in the 2nd half


PITT @ N.O. (27-14)

• PITT QB  Ben Roethlisberger- two TD passes on his first two series of this preseason, then got the rest of the game off – QB Landry Jones took over…19/22 and 1 TD pass to WR Sammie Coates
• PITT RB Le’Veon Bell also made his preseason debut, 3 carries for 21 yds and 5 receptions
• PITT RB D Richardson once again had a productive preseason game
• PITT WRs starting were Antonio Brown, D Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Wheaton
• PITT TE Jesse James caught the 1st Roethlisberger TD ( 5 yards)

• NO QB D Brees started struggles- completing 9 of 12 passes, but for only 78 yards  – followed by QB L McCown and Grayson
• NO RB Mark Ingram started but T Hightower had the most carries in this game- 8/ 27 yards. RBs Ingram, Hightower, Cadet, Spiller and Kuhn all had touches- Spiller used on kick off
• NO WRs starting were W Snead, B Cooks and M Thomas
• NO QB Brees connected with newly acquired tight end Coby Fleener for 26 yards
• N.O. starting left tackle Terron Armstead left the field unexpectedly in the first half
• NO O-Line is already bad- Saints have dropped all three preseason games


CLEV @ TB (13-30)

• CLEV QB RG11 started played very well…Griffin completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards, one TD and no interceptions
• CLEV RB I Crowell started with 1st team and went 8/ 39 yards
• CLEV starting wide outs were A Hawkins and J Gordon with TE G Barnidge
• CLEV WR Josh Gordon already putting up highlights- 43 TD reception from RG3
• CLEV WR WR Terrelle Pryor took a back seat in Preseason Week 3
• CLEV rookie WR C Coleman used on punt return
• CLEV TE G Barnidge only 2 catches ( TD in Pre Week 2)

• TB QB Jameis Winston started and threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work
• TB RB Doug Martin started – RB Ch Sims had had a 3 yard TD reception from QB J Winston
• TB WRs starting were Mike Evans, V Jackson and TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
• TB WR Mike Evans had a 34 yd TD reception in 2nd qtr ( 5/ 115 yds and 1 TD)
• TB WR A Humphries was used on punt return and had 2 receptions in passing game


GB @ SF (21-10)

• GB QB A Rodgers started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers’ 21-10 victory
• GB QB J Callahan played most of this game and was surprisingly effective
• GB RB E Lacy looked sharp- 7 carries for 45 yards- RB J Starks had 7 carries as well
• GB WR Jordy Nelson DNP but (knee) participated in his first full practice of Packers camp on Aug 29th
• GB WR J Abbrederis had a 3rd qtr TD reception from QB Callahan-  GB TE Jared Cook played into the 2nd qtr
• GB WR D Adams dropped what would have been a TD pass in endzone

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started but only threw 3 passes – 2 completions
• SF QB K Colin Kaepernick was rusty and inaccurate-he completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives.
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and had 4 carries for 30 nice yards
• SF RB Mike Davis was 2nd RB in game for 49ers, and fumbled to start 2nd half
• SF WRs starting were  Q Patton, Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith. WR T Smith has played 3 preseason games and has yet to catch a pass
• SF WR Bruce Ellington was placed on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season




KC @ CHI (23-7)

• KC QB Alex Smith stared and led three scoring drives in the first half -20 of 30 passes for 181 yards
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game- ( how many NFL teams are now wishing he was still available??!!)
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (9/ 24 yds and 1 TD)- Ware has a TD run in 3 straight preseason games
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR Maclin 5/ 44 yds….(1st presseason game without a TD reception)
• KC TE T Kelce play this game, as did TE Harris

• CHI QB J Cutler played into the third quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 45 yards.
• CHI QB B Hoyer came in 2nd half
• CHI RB Jeremy Langford stared but offense stagnant. ( 6 carries/ 18 yds)
• CHI WR Alshon Jeffery had two catches for 18 yards and dropped a wide-open pass in the second quarter that could have led to a big gain. Kevin White had another quiet performance…just one 3 yd catch
• CHI offense shut out 1st half
• CHI offense only produced one late 4th qtr TD ( WR C Meredith 16 yd. pass from QB C Shaw )
• CHICAGO has lost all 3 preseason games


DET @ BALT (9-30)

• DET QB Matthew Stafford played the 1st half for Detroit -completing 14/ 23 passes for 95 yards. He threw an INT and did not produce a touchdown
• DET RB Ameer Abdullah started- 4 carries / 16 yards
• DET running back situation is one to avoid
• DET WRs starting were Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, A Bolden
• DET offense only produced 3 M Prater FGs ( one from 60 yards out)
• DET TE Cole Wick again started- TE Eric Ebron did not play

• BALT QB Joe Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November 2015
• BALT RB J Forsett started and had 5 carries for 11 yards. RB Buck Allen also saew action in 1st qtr
• BALT RB Terrance West had 7 carries for 43 yards in Baltimore’s third preseason game. West played behind Justin Forsett and Kenneth Dixon ( Dixon now dealing with a knee injury, West could be #2 RB)
• BALT WRs starting were Kamar Aiken and M Wallace. WR Mike Wallace was used on kick off return. WR Kamar Aiken should be owned in more fantasy football leagues!
• BALT TEs were Gillmore and B Watson- TE Benjamin Watson unfortunately had a season-ending injury during this game
• BALT Linebacker Terrell Suggs also returned for the Ravens


PHIL @ IND  (33-23)

• PHIL QB S Bradford-17/ 20 for 167 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT. He played into the 3rd qtr and led the Eagles to scores on 4/6 possessions
• PHIL QB Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs
• PHIL RB Ryan Mathews 3 carries for 31 yards
• PHIL RB Kenjon Barner and B Marshall 16 carries total
• PHIL WR D Green-Beckham was targeted twice in endzone with one for TD
• HIL WRs starting were C Givens, J Huff, N Agholor- C Givens has since been released
• PHIL TEs Z Ertz and B Celek both played in Preseason Week 3

• IND QB Andrew Luck saw his 2nd preseason action- 13 of 18 for 134 yards
• IND offense only produced 1 FG in 1st half
• IND RB F Gore finally saw some action- very limited- 4 carries for 6 yards
• IND RB R Turbin played in 2nd qtr
• IND TE D Allen was held without a catch
• IND WRs starting were TY Hilton, D Moncrief and P Dorsett
• IND DEF had an INT- TD from PHIL WR Agholor drop pass


NYG @ NYJ (21-20)

• NYG QB Eli Manning started and was 10 of 15 for 65 yards and 1 INT..while playing one series into the third quarter. The Giants’ starters managed just 61 total yards
• NYG offense never had one play in NYJ territory in 1st half
• NYG RB R Jennings 2 carries for 14 yards
• NYG had 5 running backs with carries Preseason Week 3
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ. WR D Harris was used on punt return
• NYJ WR Victor Cruz played for the first time since 2014, catching a pass for 4 yards
•  NYG offense scored zero points 1st half. Most notable- NYG O-Line is atrocious

• NYJ QB R Fitz started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker- 9 of 16 for 76 yards
• NYJ RB M Forte made his preseason debut… 28 yards on 10 carries and added two catches for 9 yards
• NYJ RB B Powell had 7 total touches ( 4 carries/ 3 receptions)
• NYJ WR B Marshall did not play
• NYJ WRs E Decker started WR Robby Anderson and with TEs K Davis and Amaro
• NYJ WR Eric Decker had a 22 yd TD reception from QB Fitz in 1st qtr


TENN @ OAK (27-14)

• TENN QB M Mariota started and Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives-9 for 16 for 170 yards
• TENN QB Matt Cassel followed Mariota into game
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together again and rotated in 1st series-  Murray had a 1yd TD run in 1st qtr…RB D Henry had a 3 yd TD run in 2nd qtr
• TENN WR rookie Tajae Sharpe did not have as good a week as preseason Week 2, but his one catch was for 60 yards
• TENN WR Rishard Matthews started w/ WR rookie Tajae Sharpe. WR Andre Johnson had 3 catches for 65 yards
• TENN RB David Cobb had 2 carries for 1 yard…he was released on Aug 30th

• OAK QB D Carr played and completed 10 of 15 passes for 146 yards
• OAK QB Matt McGloin started 2nd half with RB A Washington
• OAK RB L Murray started but only had 2 carries. RB D Washington is looking like an explosive player who could steal carries from RB Murray all season
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper, also with WR S Roberts- TE L Smith saw action
• OAK WR A Cooper had a great 29 yd TD reception in the 2nd qtr
• OAK offense did not score in the 2nd half


LAR @ DEN (31-24)

• LAR QB Case Keenum started and neither or QB J Goff could generate much offense- LAR offense looks a lot like the KC offense ( a lot of short high percentage passes….dump off passes to RBs )
• LAR RB Todd Gurley did not play
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham started and went 6/ 22 yards
• LAR starting wide outs were K Britt and T Austin with TE Kendricks
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown started the 2nd half and had a TD pass from QB Goff
• LAR only points came on three field goals by Greg Zuerlein

• DEN QB Trevor Siemian has been named the season starter- Siemian threw his 1st touchdown pass of the preseason- A 1 yd TD pass to TE V Green
• DEN QB Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards with one TD and one interception
• DEN QB P Lynch played 2nd half. QB M Sanchez did not play
• DEN RB C J Anderson started and had 11 carries for 50 yards., but was seen hobbling off to the sidelines. RB rookie D Booker is now the clear #2 running back
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started, along with E Sanders, but WRs J Norwood, Cody Latimer and TE Virgil Green all saw action with starters
• DEN WR Cody Latimer’s suffered a knee injury in this game, but it is considered a “minor sprain.”




SD @ MINN (10-23)

• SD QB P Rivers started. He went 5/ 9 for 54 yards and 1 INT- QB K Clemens came in at end of 2nd qtr
• SD RB Melvin Gordon started and actually looked very good. In the 2nd qtr he bolted thru the line for a fast 39 yd TD run
• SD RB Branden Oliver was carted off the field in Sunday’s preseason game with a torn right Achilles’. OUT FOR THE SEASON
• SD TE A Gates did not play. TE H Henry had 1 reception for 7 yards ( exactly what he had in Preseason Week 2)
• SD WRs starting were K Allen and T Benjamin- Benjamin was again targeted deep by QB Rivers

• MINN QB T Bridgewater started and went 12/16 for 161 yds and 1 TD- On Aug 30th during practice, MINN QB T Bridgewater suffered a knee injury- OUT FOR THE SEASON
• MINN RB A Peterson DNP. RB McKinnon started and had 8 carries for 56 yards
• MINN RB Matt Asiata came in late in 2nd qtr
• MINN WRs who started were S Diggs, Charles Johnson with TE K Rudolph
• MINN TE K Rudolph had QB T Bridgewater’s lone TD pass ( 27 yds)


ARI @ HOU (24-34)

• ARI QB C Palmer started and was intercepted in the 1st series
• ARI QB C Palmer in 2nd series had a rare 40 yard pass to TE Fells ( Arizona ranked near the bottom in 2015 for tight end receptions and TDs)
• ARI RB David Johnson had 6 carries for 28 yards- 1 TD run
• ARI RB Chris Johnson came in on the 3rd series-RB Ellington after CJ2K
• ARI WRS Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown did not play- starters were M Floyd, and Jaron Brown- WR Larry Fitz did not play

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked very good. Osweiler threw for 146 yards and a touchdown. Osweiler led the Texans to scores on 3/4 drives
• HOU QB T Savage was 2nd string QB and hit WR J Strong with a 17 yd TD pass
•  HOU RB Lamar Miller started again and had a 1 yd TD run in the 1st qtr
• HOU WRs starting were D Hopkins, W Fuller and Braxton Miller. All were targeted by QB Osweiler and Fuller got the TD pass. ( 26 yds from QB Osweiler )
• HOU WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half


CINN @ JACK (21-26)

• CINN QB Andy Dalton led the Bengals to 2 touchdowns in three possessions
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 2nd qtr- started 2nd half
• CINN RB J Hill had a 1 yd TD run while RB Gio Bernard also scored in the 1st qtr with a 19 yd TD reception
• CINN RB Cedric Peerman exited the Bengals’ third preseason game with a broken left forearm.
• CINN WRs were AJ Green, B LaFell and WR rookie T Boyd
• CINN WR LaFell’s 1st preseason action ended with 1 catch for 8 yds- although LaFell was targeted in the endzone. CINN released WR B Tate
• CINN offense only had one score in the 2nd half….WR A Erickson 21 yd TD pass from QB A McCarron

• JACK QB Blake Bortles  10/ 16 for only 52 yards- 0 TDs
• JACK QB Henne followed Bortles, and threw a TD pass in the 4th qtr
•  JACK RBs C Ivory and TJ Yeldon and had minimal success
• JACK WRs starting were A Robinson and Allen Hurns and each had 2 receptions
• JACK TE Julius Thomas had 1 target/1 reception
• JACK offense and defense both failed to show up for this game


If you missed any game from Preseason Week 2, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 2 Review

If you missed any game from Preseason Week 1, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 1 Review