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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 3 Quarterbacks

By Colby Cavaliere | 9/23/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Sam Darnold

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Sam Darnold @ HOU (Thu)

Who knew that actually surrounding a young quarterback with talent and a scheme that fits his strengths could help Darnold shed the stench of New York? Darnold easily had his best game as a pro last week in the dismantling of New Orleans, putting up only his third career 300-yard game. He takes what the defense is giving him and outlets to McCaffrey have helped him complete over 68% of his passes so far. The Texans have played much better than I ever imagined, but will be starting a rookie QB who isn’t ready, and this should give Darnold and Carolina plenty of scoring chances as they try to move to 3-0.

Daniel Jones vs ATL

Raise your hand if you are shocked that Atlanta is so dreadful on defense? They are the most generous defense to opposing fantasy quarterbacks, yielding a league-high 8 touchdown passes without a single interception. Their incredibly mediocre pass rush should give Jones plenty of opportunities to make plays down field, as the squeaky wheels named Golladay and Toney need to be oiled. If Jones and the G-men can’t feast at home this week, heads will roll.

Russell Wilson @ MIN

Much like the start of 2020, Russ is again in the kitchen cooking to the tune of nearly 600 yards passing and 6 touchdowns over the season’s first two weeks. Sprinkle in the fact that Minnesota is giving up a completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks that would make Robinhood proud (77.8%) and you have a recipe for Seattle success. The Seahawks again have a dismal defense, so look for Wilson to throw early and often.

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Taylor Heinicke @ BUF

Say what you will, but Heinicke has now put a few good games on tape since that near stunning upset of the Bucs in last season’s playoff game. He played well after coming in during Week 1 for an injured Fitzpatrick, and carved up a good Giants secondary last week, but I think there will be a serious reckoning in Buffalo. The Bills decimated Miami last week, and knocked Big Ben around in Week 1. Washington would be wise to play a down and dirty game by plodding on the ground and keeping the Buffalo offense off the field. I think Heinicke tries a bit too hard and turns the ball over a few times.

Jameis Winston @ NE

“Crab Legs” as we call him in my circle of friends certainly looked like a flailing crustacean last week against the Panthers. Playing loose with the ball again, and without a reliable receiving threat, this is going to be a long week in Foxboro. Look for Belichick to do everything in his power to corral Kamara and force Winston to win the game. New Orleans wants to play small ball, but they have miscast parts in some important positions.

Tom Brady @ LAR

Easy now, this is not me being ageist! Being 44 myself, I only have the utmost envy and respect for a fellow Wolverine, but I urge you to temper expectations this week against a fierce Rams defense. LA made the going real rough in Week 11 of last season, holding Brady to a 216-2-2 line and forcing a season-low 54.2% completion percentage. The scourge of Brady’s career has always been pressure up the middle, and aggressive man coverage to eliminate the quick hitting throws, all things the Rams do very well.

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