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Tigers in the NFL: Week 8

Tigers in the NFL: Week 8

·      Sammy Watkins had three catches for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in Week 8. Watkins has caught 12 passes on 20 targets for 279 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks. The Bills have an open date in Week 9 and return home to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

·      Martavis Bryant continued to shake up the Pittsburgh Steelers’ young receiving corps in their shootout against the Indianapolis Colts. Bryant had five receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and continued to build off of his solid NFL debut in Week 7. Bryant was targeted seven times in the game, and looks to be gaining the confidence of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethisberger.  (*Note: for those football fantasy players, Bryant is only owned in 0.6% of leagues and could be a hot commodity moving forward.)

·      Dwayne Allen had one 21-yard reception for a touchdown in the Colts’ loss against the Steelers. With the Colts behind for most of the game, most of the passing was focused downfield, and Allen’s targets weren’t high. But despite his limited targets, Allen remains one of Luck’s prime red zone targets, having caught a touchdown in six of the Colts’ eight games this season.

·      Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington continued to thrive as the Cardinals’ feature back against a stingy Philadelphia Eagles defense, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown while adding 14 receiving yards. Ellington received all the team’s carries in the Cardinals’ 24-20 victory against the Eagles.

·      Bashuad Breeland continued establishing himself as a solid contributor for the Washington Redskins. Breeland finished with six tackles and four PBUs against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Breeland was matched up against Pro-Bowl receiver Dez Bryant, and broke up two passes to him in the redzone early in the game to force the Cowboys to kick a field goal, which made a difference in the course of the game. Breeland has 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception and three PBUs through the last two weeks.

·      Kicker Chandler Cantanzaro set the rookie record for consecutive field goals after making his 16th straight field goal, a 41-yarder, in the Cardinals’ victory against the Cardinals. Cantanzaro sits two field goals shy of the NFL record set by Kai Forbath in 2012. The Cardinals have an intriguing matchup against the Cowboys, who’s improved defensive play could give Cantanzaro the opportunity to set another record.