October 17, 2022, 8:55 pm
Final Score: Panthers 10, Rams 24 (Rams covered -10, U41.5)
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The hapless Panthers continued to look like the worst team in the league on offense, providing the Rams with the bounce-back performance they were looking for. After having a halftime lead, thanks to a pick six of Matthew Stafford, the Panthers would go scoreless the rest of the way, getting out-scored 17-0 following the break. P.J. Walker was forced into action after Baker Mayfield was ruled out with an ankle injury earlier in the week and was unable to get anything going until suffering an injury of his own, allowing quarterback Jacob Eason to finish the game. The Panthers defense has been competent this season, but with how truly bad this offense looks it may be time to sit or drop all Panthers not named Christian McCaffrey.
The Rams were able to bounce back against a team that showed no real threat against their still good defense despite remaining problematic on offense. The Rams offensive line allowed the Panthers to generate a solid pass rush and force Stafford into making mistakes, resulting in another pick-six and shaky play overall. Allen Robinson was able to find the end zone and made plays resulting in first downs for the Rams. He now looks like he could be re-added and/or started if you have been holding out hope for him on your bench. Darrell Henderson got the start with the missing Cam Akers but the Rams as a team struggled to find room running the ball. They will get a chance to regain their composure on offense with a bye next week.
WR Cooper Kupp: In games where the Rams don’t need to do much to win, Kupp is going to see less volume than normal. Still, if seven receptions for 80 yards is closer to his floor, then we’ll take that and with bigger games expected after their Week 7 bye.
WR Allen Robinson: Robinson finally had a game in which he wasn’t just a goal line threat and nothing else. He was targeted all over the field, including the red zone where he managed a contested touchdown reception. His five catches for 63 yards and a score probably happened on your bench or waiver wire and he has a bye next week but adding or inserting Robinson into your lineups after the bye week could be necessary.
RB Christian McCaffrey: McCaffrey was the only player that could do anything for the Panthers on offense, combining 20 total touches with 13 carries for 69 yards and seven receptions for 89 yards. Game scripts like these should happen often for McCaffrey as the Panthers will be playing from behind in most games and need to throw to him in order to have any hope gaining yards. He remains the RB1 in PPR leagues in a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.
WR D.J. Moore: Moore has had tough luck throughout his career with horrendous quarterback play and today was no different playing with backups P.J. Walker and Jacob Eason. It’s hard to imagine any receivers having success in this offense but with the price we paid in drafts to acquire Moore there is just reason for disappointment and it doesn’t seem to be improving any time soon after a three-catch, seven-yard performance.
RB Darrell Henderson: With the news that Cam Akers won’t be playing another down for the Rams earlier this week, high expectations were set for Henderson as the main ball-carrier in the Rams backfield. Those expectations weren’t met as he ran for just 43 yards on 12 carries, adding two catches for seven yards. After the bye, we should expect Henderson to have much better games than this unless the Rams make any additions or give Kyren Williams a look once he’s ready to return.
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Cardinals 9, Seahawks 19 (Seahawks covered +2.5, U50.5)
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