One game remains before Week 10 can go into the books and the Bucs will try to join the Jaguars in the one-win club as they face the Miami Dolphins and the timing couldn’t be better being on the national stage, at home, playing against a team that actually has more turmoil than Tampa.
On Sunday, we watched Nick Foles continue his mid-season dominance. In his last two games, Foles now has 10 touchdowns and 12 incompletions. That’s pretty good. The Saints looked pretty good last night beating down an overmatched Cowboys team. In other action on Sunday the Rams put the hurt on the Colts in a blowout win while the Ravens survived the heroics of A.J. Green to eke out an overtime win against the Bengals. While all of the Peyton Manning owners hold their breath in hopes that the quarterback that is carrying their team into the playoffs can stay healthy for another six weeks. Let’s take a look at a brand new batch of 10 Names You Should Know.
Tavon Austin, WR STL
The Rams finally remembered that they drafted Tavon Austin. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer attempted something revolutionary by placing the talented rookie receiver in a position to succeed. The end result was two catches and two touchdowns for 138 receiving yards, not to mention an absolutely ridiculous punt return. It has been perplexing up to this point why the Rams haven’t included the electric college star in their offense. Unfortunately, Austin was only targeted three times on the day so it will be up to the Rams offensive coaching staff to get creative and find ways to exploit Tavon’s talents, something that they have failed to do for much of the season. We won’t be lucky enough to see this again, so this performance is probably not a sign of things to come but just something to file away and remember for next year’s draft.
Riley Cooper, WR PHI
Obviously, Nick Foles is really digging that Kenny Chesney mix tape Cooper made him in the off-season. Cooper now has six touchdowns and has gone over 100 yards in each game that Nick Foles has started and finished. If you didn’t believe in Cooper last week, there’s no point in denying him his proper due. The only thing that can stop him is a healthy Michael Vick, so Cooper should have clear sailing for fantasy value the rest of the way.
Mark Ingram, RB NOS
The Cowboys defense is so bad, they made Mark Ingram look good. Ingram had four carries last week and missed the previous five games before that, yet he was able to average over 10 yards a carry against the Cowboys defense on Sunday Night Football and record his first 100 yard rushing game of his disappointing career. Pierre Thomas had 100 total yards and two touchdowns in the same game so take Ingram’s numbers with a huge grain of salt. There is no larger offensive role in his future. Don’t get too excited.
Josh McCown, QB CHI
I thought Josh McCown looked pretty good last week, and evidently, Jay Cutler agreed because he rushed back to take over the reins of the Bears offense before it slipped right through his fingers. While Cutler started fine, his health and play took a turn for the worse. Josh McCown entered and promptly marched the Bears down for a too little, too late touchdown as they lost an incredibly important division game to the Lions at home. McCown is not overwhelmed by Trestman’s system and has the offensive weapons at his disposal to be a fantasy asset down the stretch. McCown is a nice looking fantasy starter as long as Cutler’s groin and ankle injuries require rest.
John Carlson, TE MIN
Back in 2009, John Carlson was a budding tight end stud-in-the-making for the Seahawks. After a couple of years that included a regime change and an injury, the Vikings signed him to a bewildering free agent deal in 2012, confounded more by the drafting of Kyle Rudolph that same year. Carlson had done very little in the year and half he’s been in Minnesota, but all of that changed this week as he caught seven balls for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. The 98 yards more than doubled his entire 2012 output. Kyle Rudolph is out for awhile with a broken foot so there is an opportunity for Carlson to remain a part of the offense. With that said, the only thing we can count on in Minnesota is the snow and Adrian Peterson.