Blaine Gabbert completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.
He added 22 yards on five scrambles. After the performance, Chip Kelly continued to insist that he never considered inserting Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers simply do not have a passing game with Gabbert under center, and they seem content to get their grills pushed in by opponents before piling up rushing stats late in blowout losses. In Week 4, Gabbert will be a low-end two-quarterback-league option against the Cowboys.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith (back) is inactive for Week 3.
Smith was added to the injury report Friday with his back injury, but is a surprise inactive. Chaz Green will replace him at left tackle and is a major downgrade. The rest of the Cowboys inactives are QB Tony Romo, CB Orlando Scandrick, RB Darius Jackson, S Kavon Frazier, LB Mark Nzeocha and DE Charles Tapper.
Carlos Hyde rushed 21 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns and caught his lone target for two yards in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.
Even though the 49ers were getting pasted 37-3, Chip Kelly elected to pad his team's rushing stats by continuing to run the ball against Seattle's prevent defense. Hyde's two touchdowns made the score 37-10, then 37-17, and his long gain of 34 also occurred in fourth-quarter garbage time. Fantasy owners will obviously take the stats, but all in all this was not a promising performance from the 49ers' running game. They do get a much more favorable matchup in Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Doug Baldwin caught 8-of-10 targets for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 3 blowout win over the 49ers.
It would not be hyperbole to say Baldwin was open for the entire game. He dominated the 49ers with Russell Wilson in the game, and continued to dominate when Trevone Boykin entered following Wilson's third-quarter ankle/knee injury. Boykin hit Baldin for a 23-yard strike deep down the left sideline and a 16-yard score in the second half. Baldwin will draw another favorable matchup when the Seahawks travel to the Jets for Week 4. Hopefully, Wilson will be able to give it a go.
Alshon Jeffery (knee) is active for Week 3 against Dallas.
Jeffery was fully expected to play after returning to practice Friday. Even with Jay Cutler missing his second week, he's a a low-end WR1. Chicago's inactives are LB Danny Trevathan, CB Kyle Fuller, RB Ka'Deem Carey, CB Bryce Callahan, DL Eddie Goldman, and OL Eric Kush.
Christine Michael rushed 20 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns and caught 2-of-3 targets for five yards in the Seahawks' Week 3 win over the 49ers.
Just as Pete Carroll described, Michael was shot out of a cannon early in this game with mammoth runs to give Seattle an insurmountable lead. He scored from 41 yards out on one of the first plays of the contest, and got in again before the first-quarter gun was shot. Although Michael has a knuckle-headed track record, he has always possessed elite athleticism and explosiveness, and it's finally beginning to come together in his fourth NFL season. So long as C-Mike keeps running like he has the past two weeks, he will remain Seattle's lead back even when Thomas Rawls (leg) heals up.
Chris Thompson rushed six times for 23 yards in the Redskins' Week 3 win over the Giants.
Thompson lost seven yards on his only reception. The Redskins' third-down back isn't seeing enough passing-game volume to get on the standard-league radar.
Orleans Darkwa rushed 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Redskins.
He added a nine-yard reception. True to the pre-game speculation, Darkwa split touches with Shane Vereen, though Vereen played 14 more snaps. Vereen put the ball on the ground twice this afternoon, so perhaps Darkwa will get more work should Rashad Jennings remain sidelined for Week 4. Either way, Darkwa will be a tough sell as an RB3.