Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 10:48 PM


Hello, it’s I, your Ball Don’t Lie™ correspondent! Here is your recap of all you might have missed in the NFL this week. We’ll look at what teams/players you should “buy” or “sell” on the Stock Report, give you some Fantasy advice for you degenerates, and then look at some quick hits in the Extra Point. Let’s get started!

Stock Report


Steelers Win Fight

The Steelers and Bengals are always a nice chippy rivalry, with that bitter playoff game a couple years ago coming to mind. But Monday night’s game may have taken the cake. The game saw massive injuries and fiery outbursts on both sides, with Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffering a really serious injury early on and players like Vontaze Burfict leaving on a stretcher. In the end, the Steelers eked out a tough 23-20 win to go to 10-2, but nobody really won this game.

Seahawks Make Statement

With Philly coming to town and a load of questions all over the defensive front and the offensive line, it was easy to see how the Seahawks were penciled in as an easy with for the best team in the NFC. But on Sunday night, the Hawks showed fight and jumped Philly from early on. Russ was spectacular, lighting up the vaunted Philly secondary while the Hawks D-Line frustrated Carson Wentz and the Philly running game all night long. The win pulled the Seahawks closer to a first round bye, and more importantly, showed teams that they aren’t dead yet.

Saints Win Big

I’m not going to lie to you about it, I keep waiting on the Saints to come back to earth. This week against the Panthers, I thought for sure the offense would slow down. If anything, they got better. The defense was also impressive, getting after Am Newton in a similar way to the beatdown they gave them back in week four. This win was big, as they gained the season series over Carolina, plus gained a game over the other two teams in the division. As we wind down into the final fourth of the year, the Saints gave a stranglehold on the division, and may be a team to beat come playoff time.

Titans and Jags Racing

If you wanted me to give you a “worst division in football winner each season, the AFC South would probably always be my safe bet. This season though, the division features two good teams, both of which are firmly in the AFC playoff picture. Both teams are within a game of each other, and experiencing success that either franchise has seen in awhile. The Jags D is historically good, while the Titans are riding red-hot Marcus Mariota. These two have a date at the end of the year, and if they can maintain this consistency, they may have two in the playoffs.

Vikings Ride Tough Slate

The Vikings have had about every bad thing happen to them that they possibly could. We’ve talked about it most weeks, but they just keep winning. This week saw them take on the streaking Falcons, and absolutely demolish them behind that defense. They held Julio Jones to one catch, and forced Matt Ryan into some uncomfortable throws. They might be the best team in the NFC, and that’s with teams like the Eagles and Saints. With a backup QB.


Giants Hit New Low

Man, the Giants have been a soap opera this year. I normally save this section for teams that were playoff contenders and not bottom feeders, but I’m making an exception in this case. The Giants hit a new low this week with the drama surrounding Eli Manning. Coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning for the first time in his career this week, despite being close to league average in most categories, breaking Manning’s ironman streak as a starter. Now, McAdoo has been let go and the Giants restart at 2-10, falling further and further out of the standings and into the number two spot for lottery selections.

Bills Get What They Want

Tyrod Taylor took over this week for the shockingly terrible Nathan Peterman. Peterman was laughable a week ago, in a change at quarterback that showed the Bills were totally content blowing a playoff push just so they didn’t have to commit to Taylor. But this week, Taylor suffered an injury on the game’s first play against the Patriots, and now the Bills are 6-6 after Peterman was awful again. The Bills have Taylor on the outside, just like their playoff chances.

AFC West Circle of Doom

Well, once upon a time, the AFC West was the best division in football. Featuring three playoff teams as early as last season, this division has stayed among the most competitive around. This year… yeah, well it’s still competitive. The Broncos got blown out again, plummeting to 3-9. The Chiefs have now dropped another game and have tumbled down to 6-6, while the Raiders have rebounded back to 6-6, along with the middling Chargers. Does anyone want this division?

Lions Hit the Mat

It was tough to watch Matt Stafford walk off the field injured. Stafford is one of my favorite QBs, and I badly want him to win something. But this loss felt like the end for the Lions, who now sit a game out of the playoffs – which is nice, but there is concern that this might be a season-ending injury for Stafford. And losing to the Ravens didn’t help: you have to beat a playoff team eventually.

Fantasy Outlook

Andy Dalton got a crushing loss against the Steelers a week ago, but he’s been on it throwing to AJ Green lately. I like him in a rebound game against the Bears, because he’s known for turning it on when it doesn’t matter anymore.

The Browns have a chance. No, hear me out. The Packers are a solid team, sure. But take the Brown’s defense this week because they are wining this week in Cleveland, and they are going to stymie this offense. Trust me!

Hey, here’s you a freebie: Eli Manning is going to shred the Cowboys defense in his comeback game. At least I really hope so.

The Extra Point

JuJu Lays It Down

Gordon Is Back

Brady’s Outburst

Gronk’s Hit

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Austin Albertson

Austin is CBS' senior NFL and NBA analyst, bringing you commentary on everything between the lines and inside the hashes, from the film room to the scoreboard.

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