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NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) runs with the ball against Green Bay Packers linebacker Kingsley Enagbare (55) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Sanders: 21 carries, 143 yards, 2 touchdowns; 3 receptions, 17 receiving yards

Christian Watson: 4 receptions, 110 yards, 1 touchdown

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Monitor Aaron Rodgers‘ health: Rodgers left the game with an oblique injury in the second half and didn’t return.

  • There have also been reports that Rodgers has been playing through a fractured thumb on his throwing hand.
  • Jordan Love took over as the Packers' quarterback for the rest of the game. He instantly found WR Christian Watson with a 63-yard touchdown.
  • It wouldn’t be surprising if the Packers are conservative with Rodgers’ health, given that they are 4-8 and outside of the playoff race.
  • This isn’t great news for their wide receivers, as no pass-catcher tallied more than 32 receiving yards tonight.
  • Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon will likely continue to see a lot of volume, but they might not be as effective if the defenses focus on them.
  • It would be too early to drop either of the Packers’ wide receivers, just in case one emerges as Love's clear favorite. Watson seems to be the early front-runner in that regard.

Kenneth Gainwell becomes more involved: Gainwell set season-highs in snaps, yards and carries.

  • The second-year back also scored the Eagles' first touchdown of the game.
  • His big night was mainly because the Eagles ran a hurry-up offense early and had the lead late in the game.
  • This came after a week where the former Memphis Tiger recorded a season-low in offensive snaps and didn’t gain a single yard on offense, so this might not necessarily be a thing to come.
  • Gainwell isn’t a complete handcuff in Philadelphia, as Boston Scott would also get involved in the run game. Scott averaged 8.0 yards per carry for the Eagles tonight.
  • Among the Eagles' top three backs, Gainwell is the only one under contract for next season. The team will likely try to bring back Miles Sanders, but it will likely take a bit of salary-cap gymnastics with most of their defense also set to hit free agency.
  • There is a chance Gainwell only has to compete with a rookie for playing time next season.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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