C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 43 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a 27-yard reception.
For the third time in four games, Anderson got out-rushed by Ronnie Hillman. Pathetically, his 3.9 YPC was his highest of the season. We've never been a fan of Hillman's between-the-tackles ability, but Anderson simply isn't making plays. It's growing harder and harder to see how the Broncos stick with him as their No. 1 rushing option. Last year's sensation is on pace for a meager 468 yards on the ground, and averaging 2.7 yards per carry. He'll be little more than a middling FLEX for next week's game against the Raiders.
Eagles RT Lane Johnson will have an MRI on his left knee on Monday.
Johnson injured the knee blocking on an extra point in the second half of the Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Redskins, but he played the rest of the game. Johnson said after the game he thinks he re-sprained the MCL he injured in the preseason. The Eagles have already lost RG Andrew Gardner for the season, and LT Jason Peters exited Week 4 after aggravating his quad injury.
Tavon Austin caught 6-of-7 targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' Week 4 win over the Cardinals.
Austin kicked off the scoring for the Rams with a 12-yard touchdown catch on the first possession following Cardinals rookie David Johnson's fumbled kick return. Austin was wide open on the crossing route over the middle. He score on almost an identical play in the fourth quarter, again from 12 yards out on a crossing pattern. Sandwiched between those two scores was a 47-yard gain on play-action. We might need to start taking Austin a little more seriously, but it's so hard to trust him as anything more than a WR4/5 in such an anemic offense. Austin is on pace for 860 offensive yards and 12 touchdowns. That'd be a real win for the Rams.
Ronnie Hillman rushed 11 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings, adding a five-yard reception.
For the third time in four weeks, Hillman out-rushed C.J. Anderson. This time, we think it might finally bring about a sea change in Denver's backfield. Hillman had the play of the day in the second quarter, turning a simple outside run into a 72-yard touchdown. Hillman patiently waited for his hole to develop, and was then off to the races down the left sideline. Even if you remove his 72-yard score, Hillman would have still come within 12 yards of Anderson's rushing total. Anderson simply isn't making plays. Hillman will be a FLEX option for next week's game against the Raiders, and almost certainly check in ahead of Anderson in Rotoworld's ranks.
Emmanuel Sanders caught 3-of-6 targets for 68 yards in Denver's Week 4 win over the Vikings.
Both the grabs and targets were Sanders' fewest of the season. Nevertheless, Peyton Manning's safety valve is on pace for 100/1,228/8 at the season's quarter pole. Sanders is again an every-week WR1. He gets the Raiders in Week 5.
Brian Hartline secured his lone target for seven yards in the Browns' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.
Hartline missed snaps with an unspecified injury. Hartline is a prominent part of the Browns' wide receiver committee, which also includes Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, and to a lesser extent Dwayne Bowe.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the Dolphins will decide coach Joe Philbin's future on Monday.
Miami lost in a listless performance in London Sunday morning. The game was punctuated by a disastrous, nine-play first-and-goal series in the fourth quarter in which the Dolphins did not attempt a single run despite five opportunities inside the five-yard line. With a bye up next, now is the perfect time to move on from Philbin, but the Dolphins have nobody on the current staff deserving of a promotion. The Dolphins could decide to shake up the assistant coach group before moving on from Philbin. DC Kevin Coyle is reportedly very unpopular in the locker room.
Rams WLB Alec Ogletree will need surgery on his injured ankle.
The operation suggests Ogletree suffered a fracture, as did coach Jeff Fisher's comments following Sunday's win over Arizona. Fisher said Ogletree might be a candidate for injured reserve/designated for return. Ogletree is a big part of the Rams' run and pass defense as a highly athletic, long-armed coverage maven who also fills with speed against opposing rushing attacks.