Welcome to game day.
The Patriots have rookie running back Sony Michel back in the lineup, but the defending AFC champs will have to again take the field without their All-Pro tight end. Rob Gronkowski has now missed three of the team's last four games, perhaps contributing to some close games for New England. Gronk will have time to rest with the Patriots on bye next week, but his health requires close monitoring the rest of the season.
Note: All times listed in pacific.
Officially doubtful to return, Cooper Kupp's non-contact knee injury and subsequent trip to the locker room suggests a worst-case scenario. Kupp has manned the slot well during his two seasons in Los Angeles, and the Rams offense would have to shift players around -- most likely Robert Woods -- in order to cover for his absence.
For whatever reason, the Packers haven't given Aaron Jones the lion's share of the backfield work until recently. That change paid off Sunday with Jones scoring two touchdowns and putting up over 150 yards from scrimmage. Jones might have looked like a shaky fantasy start earlier in the year, but he should finish the season strong as long as he stays healthy.
2:37 p.m. - Gurley scores 17th touchdown of the season
Todd Gurley touchdown watch continues Sunday, with the All-Pro back recording his 17th TD of the season late in the first half. Gurley's current pace has him scoring around 27 by year's end, falling a little short of LaDainian Tomlinson's record of 31. Still, plenty of time remains for the Rams' star rusher to rack up the scores.
The Packers struck first in their tilt with the Dolphins. Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams on a quick slant for the game's first touchdown. Few players have proved more reliable in terms of getting into the end zone in recent years than Adams, who needs just two more touchdowns to reach the double-digit mark for the third consecutive season.
For the second week in a row, Aaron Rodgers does not have a brace protecting the knee he injured in the season opener. While Rodgers has said he might not fully recover until after the season, the lack of a brace for a second consecutive game suggests the knee feels stronger.
12:23 p.m. - Welcome back, Allen Robinson
The Bears made Allen Robinson one of the highest-paid wideouts this offseason in hopes of jumpstarting their offense. While Chicago has improved offensively, Robinson had missed the past few games with groin issues. So when the time came for his return, Robinson didn't waste any time reminding Bears fans why he deserved his big contract.
Fantasy players certainly understand Leonard Fournette's frustrations this season. The former first-round pick has missed most of the Jaguars' games with hamstring trouble. However, Fournette finally returned this week and has now reached the end zone twice. Jacksonville trails by less than a touchdown, so Fournette should see even more work as the game progresses.
The Saints have enjoyed quite the first half. Not only has Drew Brees passed Brett Favre for the second-most passing touchdowns in NFL history, but Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas have each reached the end zone, the latter two twice each. Brees won't break Peyton Manning's mark of 539 touchdown passes today, but he could do so by this time next year.
11:07 a.m. - Mahomes sets franchise record for single-season passing touchdowns
Julio Jones reached a major miletone Sunday. The All-Pro wide receiver eclipsed 10,000 career receiving yards, becoming the fastest player in NFL history to reach the mark. Oh, and Jones scored a touchdown, in case anyone wanted to make a joke.
10:45 a.m. - Ingram scores on perfectly blocked screen
10:15 a.m. - Mahomes hits Tyreek deep