Gabriel appeared on his way to another pedestrian outing until a 40-yard catch-and-run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave Atlanta a lead that it would not relinquish. The play was Gabriel's first for over 20 yards this season which is notable because over 23 percent of Gabriel's touches went for 20 or more yards last season as compared to nine percent thus far this season. Gabriel, as he showed on Sunday, can be a valuable commodity when he's able to break one, but without the big play he's susceptible to some weak showings.
Brown's head injury turned out to be just a minor issue as he immediately cleared through the league's concussion protocol, so he'll be eligible to resume his role as a depth linebacker and special teamer.
The extent of Ford's hip injury is currently unclear, though he does have a chance of returning at some point during Sunday's contest. In the meantime, Tanoh Kpassagnon and Frank Zombo could be in line for additional snaps at outside linebacker.
Jones fans have to like the gradual uptick in targets Jones has seen week-to-week, but they might also be asking themselves when he's going to find the end zone. He didn't get many opportunities on Sunday with just three targets on Detroit's side of the field, one of which was from the edge of the red zone. Though considered, rightfully, one of the league's more dominant players, Jones has never been the kind of red-zone threat his frame would suggest with just one season of double-digit touchdown production. While he has the ability to go off at any given moment, it's worth remembering that Jones has more three-game stretches without a touchdown since the start of the 2015 season, four, than multi-score games, two.
True, it was the Denver defense, but McCoy had run up 12 straight home games with at least 90 yards from scrimmage. Couple this outing with the ugly 46 scrimmage yards McCoy put up last week, and owners are certainly starting to look for more from the top-five pick. He gets a tough match-up at Atlanta next week.
Cohen's 6.5 yards per carry was a little misleading, as he was held in check most of the day outside of a 26-yard tote in the second quarter and his overtime scamper that appeared to be a game-winning touchdown. Unfortunately, he stepped out of bounds at the 37-yard line and the rush only went for 36 yards. Still, his explosiveness was on full display again Sunday, and he's carved out a significant role in the Chicago offense. The Bears have a short turnaround with a matchup against the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday, and the Green Bay defense hasn't been sharp the past two weeks.
It was reported earlier this week that Howard had been playing through a sprained AC joint, so after he was bottled up in Week 2 for just seven rushing yards on nine carries, this was a monster fantasy showing. Howard had eight rushes of over 10 yards Sunday, including both his touchdown scampers. Additionally, it was encouraging to see him active in the passing attack. It was a huge rebound showing for the sophomore, but Tarik Cohen also had another strong game, and Howard's game-to-game inconsistency is still a concern. It's a short week for Chicago, as the Bears face Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Thursday, so the limited turnaround could take a toll on Howard's shoulder and potentially cap his upside for Week 4.
Coleman took a short pass and cut it up field for a gain of 27 yards right before the half to set up a Matt Bryant field goal. He likely would have topped 100 total yards for the game had a 25-yard run called back due to penalty in the second quarter. Overall, Coleman fans have to be pleased that he continues to find space for big plays, but the number of opportunities he has received might be seen as troubling. Thus far in 2017, Coleman is averaging nearly two fewer touches per game as compared to last year while Devota Freeman has seen a similar change in the opposite direction. For a player as dependent on big plays to pick up stats as Coleman is, a missed touch here and there could lead to radically different statistical outputs. The division of labor in Atlanta's backfield is certainly worth monitoring.
As described by Rivera, Benjamin's left leg bent awkwardly behind him on the last play of the first quarter. After spending the rest of the half icing his knee on the trainer's table, he made his way to the locker room and didn't make another appearance. The Panthers will know more about the state of Benjamin's knee following an evaluation Monday with the team's medical staff, at which point a prognosis may become clear.
Brown could miss a significant chunk of Sunday's tilt if he remains subject to the league's concussion protocol, but his absence wouldn't have much of an effect on the Titans' defense as he logged just five total tackles through the first two weeks of the season.
The Bears rushed for 220 yards, so Glennon wasn't asked to do much through the air Sunday. With just 514 yards and two touchdowns through the first three weeks of the season, Glennon has been an unreliable fantasy option in the majority of settings. He did throw for 301 yards against Tampa Bay in last week's blowout loss, but those yards came primarily with the game out of reach. There is some potential for garbage-time production from Glennon moving forward, but those are probably going to be the only situations when he's going to be asked to attack vertically. It's a short turnaround for the Bears, as they travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers on Thursday, and that matchup could provide a favorable game script for Glennon. It's also worth noting that Sunday's win should also lengthen his leash on the starting gig.
After a relatively quiet outing in Chicago to start the season, Freeman has now reached 100 total yards in back-to-back games and barreled into the end zone for a one-yard score in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Atlanta's running-back situation is interesting in that Tevin Coleman not only provides Freeman with a breather, but is also pretty darn talented himself. Thus far this season, however, new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian seems happy riding Freeman with just under 20 touches per game - twice that of Coleman. Don't expect Freeman to slow up any time soon.
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