There were three teams shut out last week, four other teams failed to reach double-digit scoring and another team won with 12 points.
That set off the cry this week that the league stinks and there isn’t enough scoring. Wasn’t it just a year ago that we had all the complaining that there was too much scoring, that the league is set up for the offense?
The truth is the offensive play has been off because line play hasn’t been good, there aren’t enough good quarterbacks and there just isn’t enough time to practice anymore in pads.
The defensive players, meanwhile, are faster and more athletic.
The thing is, you don’t want to see the Seahawks (4-2) in the playoffs. And if the playoffs started today (they don’t — I double-checked), the Eagles could be lined up to host Seattle in the Divisional Round.
Any time a player explodes for a career-best game as Amari Cooper did last week, it’s wise to shop that player for potentially massive returns on the fantasy trade market. After struggling mightily for over a month with a total of 8.4 combined standard points in five games, Cooper dropped a 33-point outing against the Chiefs last Thursday, setting career highs in targets (19) and receiving yards (210) adding two touchdowns along the way. That game alone accounts for 61 percent of his season total in standard scoring, so clearly the man has reached his ceiling.
Cooper likely won’t have a game like that again this season, and some of his success can be attributed to the fact that it was an extremely favorable matchup against a vulnerable Kansas City pass defense. The Chiefs were already allowing the seventh-most yards per game to wideouts (176) and more touchdowns to receivers (10) heading into Week 7 than any other team in the NFL. It was a perfect storm for Cooper to post a peak fantasy performance that not many saw coming.