Cam Newton threw for four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 45-21 home win over the Dolphins on Monday night.
Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 175 yards and two scores, including an odd 80-yard touchdown when Hilton fell while cutting at the Texans 35-yard line, but wasn’t touched. He got up and scored in what was the deciding score in the Colts’ 20-14 win over the Texans.
The Rams had a huge game against the Giants defense, which is led by former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo. Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed only 14 passes, on 22 attempts, but those completions went for 311 yards and four touchdowns. One touchdown was a 52-yarder to Robert Woods on third-and-33.
They signed Alshon Jeffery in free agency this year (34 catches with five TD receptions) and traded for a top corner in Ronald Darby. Two weeks ago, they acquired running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 77 yards on eight carries in the win over Denver, in a trade with the Dolphins.
But the fifth-year pro still has a clear role in this offense, as he has 14 catches the past three games and will get occasional red zone work. In a deeper league (14 or 16 teams), he’s on the flex radar. He should be rostered in 12-team or larger leagues.
The greater difference we’ve seen for technical foul shooters this season (4.4 percentage points) is probably partially noise, but we also saw a larger gap than expected in a study of technical free throws by Roland Beech (3.1 percentage points), so I think it may have something to do with the unusual nature of shooting a free throw without any other players on the line.