Jared Goff is no Dak Prescott, but he's finally made the cut
Jared Goff has finally cracked the rankings after 12 weeks of being a no-show. But he’s well off the historic pace set by the Cowboys’ rookie tag team.
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Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos (NA last week)
Booker has been given 24 carries each of the past two weeks, evidence that the Broncos have trust in the fourth-round pick. Now the rookie has to prove that he deserves the increased workload. He averaged just 3.2 yards per carry during that span.
Rushing stats: 128 attempts, 475 yards, 2 TDs
Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers (NA last week)
After three straight quiet weeks, Bosa re-emerged against the Texans. The No. 3 pick racked up a career-high seven tackles and picked up a half-sack to end his three-game sack drought. Will he build on this performance next Sunday against the Bucs?
Defensive stats: 22 tackles, 4 ½ sacks, 0 INTs
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Jared Goff, QB, Rams (NA last week)
Goff will have a permanent place in these rankings if the No. 1 pick can build on of what he did against the Saints. He threw three first-half touchdown passes and appeared to be heading toward a historic day, but his production slowed considerably in the second half. He did, though, definitely show some promise.
Passing stats: 37 of 63, 348 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
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Deion Jones, LB, Falcons (8th last week)
Jones might not have put up an eye-popping stat line (five tackles), but he did help the Falcons hold an opponent to fewer than 20 points for the first time this season.
Defensive stats: 69 tackles, 0 sacks, 2 INTs
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Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles (5th last week)
Wentz continued to play it safe against the Packers. He completed 24 of 36 attempts for 254 yards, but his long completion went just 24 yards despite facing a defense that had allowed 30 or more points in four consecutive games. He did display good mobility, though, and picked up his first rushing touchdown.
Neal continued to rack up tackles, but one of them might hit him hard in the wallet. A week after being fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews, Neal might be getting a notice from the league for his shot on Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald. You can’t say Neal shies from contact.
Defensive stats: 72 tackles, 0 INTs, 0 sacks
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Jordan Howard, RB, Bears (3rd last week)
If Jay Cutler continues to miss time as he recovers from a shoulder injury, Howard might see an increase to his workload. He had 18 carries last week, rushing for 84 yards. He’s eclipsed 20 carries twice this season and rushed for more than 100 yards in each of those outings.
Rushing stats: 149 carries, 766 yards, 2 TDs
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Michael Thomas, WR, Saints (6th last week)
The Saints exploded for a season-high 49 points against the Rams and Thomas was right in the middle of the offensive outburst. He caught nine passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas’ slow-and-steady output this season could see him finish with 100 catches and double-digit touchdowns.
Receiving stats: 65 catches, 789 yards, 7 TDs
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys (2nd last week)
Prescott’s numbers weren’t all that impressive against the Redskins (195 passing yards, one TD) but he continued to take care of the ball, not throwing an interception for his fourth consecutive game. He still has a good chance to finish the season with 4,000 passing yards and 30 TDs. Not too shabby.
Elliott is in the stretch drive of his sensational rookie season, and he’s not taking his foot off the gas. He scored twice against the Redskins, reaching double-digit rushing touchdowns and is one yard shy of 1,200. Elliott might fall short of Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing mark, especially if the Cowboys wrap up home-field advantage early and opt to rest the No. 4 overall pick.