To those fantasy football enthusiasts out there, I hope your Week 16 was filled with championship game enjoyment and victory. Not being in that position myself, I was able to simply absorb all that happened in a crazy week of NFL football. Here's the slice of that action that involved our #MizzouMade favorites.
Just Another Day At The Office
Once again, Chase Coffman was inactive for Seattle, as they were walloped by the Rams.
Beau Brinkley reportedly blocked a Music City Miracles writer for being involved in a "Brinkley sucks" style tweet. But he's still doing his thing.
Kony Ealy is in backup mode again after some injured Panthers have returned to action. However, the Panthers suffered their first loss in a game where Ealy registered no stats. Time to put him back in as the starter, Carolina!
Andrew Gachkar recorded one tackle in limited playing time for the Cowboys.
Shane Ray's Bronco team won an exciting game against the Bengals to clinch a playoff berth, and he managed a tackle.
Jacquies Smith also had a single tackle in the Bucs loss.
Sean Weatherspoon had no recorded stats in his 14 snaps of play.
Dorial Green-Beckham had been on a roll lately, but was held without a catch on 3 targets. However, Music City Miracles lays that all at the feet of backup QB Zach Mettenberger:
Dorial Green-Beckham made mistakes during the game according to coach Mike Mularkey. However, he was open about 5 times during the game. And I mean WIDE OPEN. Of course Mett was dialed into read #1, so he never progressed to DGB.
In the last couple months, calls for Chase Daniel to start for the Chiefs have fallen approximately 1,000,000%. However, Matt Conner of Arrowhead Pride predicts that Chase's turn is coming in 2016.
Tim Barnes had a reasonably good week doing his regular job, improving slightly week-to-week based on PFF stats, and helping lead his team to a 0 sacks allowed (!) and 3.4 YPC (meh) average. However, he recovered 2 crucial fumbles for his offense. This series of saviourism, according to a report from a connected former RMNer relayed to yours truly through the back channels of "email", nearly earned Barnes the NFC offensive player of the week award. Shame it didn't - that would have been nifty.
Mitch Morse's Chiefs' line allowed 1 sack and generated 5.0 YPC, which is pretty good. Over at Arrowhead Pride - where their win streak is giving them energy to write a bajillion columns a week - they reviewed a Charcandrick West TD from the vantage point of the play's blocking:
Now we're on to Mitch Morse, who I'm just thrilled to see healthy again. Much like Harris, Morse has the tough assignment of getting across the face of a defender then trying to drive him the opposite direction. It's MUCH tougher for Morse because he's much closer to the play. Morse handles it, of course, though it's hardly in dominant fashion. He gets where he needs to be and provides the "barrier" his DL can't pass. For good measure, when his DL gets tripped up he goes ahead and hops on him to make sure he stays down. I love that
Meanwhile, Justin Britt and the entire Seahawks line suffered a regression to early season performance as they gave up 4 sacks and had only 2.7 YPC for the game against the Rams.
Stars of the Week
Markus Golden's rookie year has been wonderful. Five sacks, leading Arizona in QB pressures, drawing tears from Sean Weatherspoon. However, it appears that Golden suffered a knee injury in Week 16 that will end his regular season. In the game, Golden added 3 tackles and half a sack to his tally sheet. Here's to Golden returning for the Cardinals playoff run.
Sheldon Richardson continues to perform at a high level for the Jets, disrupting Tom Brady's day with a couple tackles and a sack in the Jets victory.
Blaine Gabbert returned to decent form in Week 16, completing 22 of 33 passes for 225 yards and 2 TDs in a loss. He also contributed 9 yards rushing. Gabbert shared his thoughts on end-of-season action and offseason training and gripping and ripping in an interview with 49ers local media.
Finally, Jeremy Maclin. Who by rights should have been the headliner (again) but it just started feeling a little unfair. Maclin caught 5 more passes for 49 yards and a score as the Chiefs clinched their playoff berth. Our own Oscar Gamble posted a fanshot detailing both his 1,000 yard receiving year and his arc toward being the all-time TD leader among Missouri Tiger NFL alums.
Join me one more time next week, as I provide the full season stats for all MizzouMade players, and celebrate the achievements of our Tiger favorites!