NFL Scores Week 15: Results and Top Fantasy Star for Every Sunday Game

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NFL Scores Week 15: Results and Top Fantasy Star for Every Sunday Game
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There was never a dull moment during Week 15 of the 2013 NFL season, as there were some shocking results and breakout fantasy players who posted huge numbers.   

Of course, it wouldn't be fantasy football playoff season without some incredible performances nobody saw coming.

Among the biggest surprises in Week 15 was Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, who broke a franchise record by passing for 382 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, per the Vikings on Twitter:

Cassel also scored three touchdowns, and he was the second-highest fantasy producer at any position during the early games on Sunday. 

Here's a look at the entire slate of games for the action on Dec. 15, followed by an examination of the top fantasy stars from each game.

 

NFL Week 15: Results for Sunday's Action

Winner Loser Score
Atlanta Falcons Washington 27-26
San Francisco 49ers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14
Seattle Seahawks New York Giants 23-0
Minnesota Vikings Philadelphia Eagles 48-30
Miami Dolphins New England Patriots 24-20
Buffalo Bills Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20
Indianapolis Colts Houston Texans 25-3
Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns 38-31
Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 56-31
Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys 37-36
Arizona Cardinals Tennessee Titans 37-34
Carolina Panthers New York Jets 30-20
St. Louis Rams New Orleans Saints 27-16

NFL.com

Different Quarterback, Same Result for the Chicago Bears

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There was a lot of negative chatter around the web and on television about Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestman's decision to start Jay Cutler over the red-hot Josh McCown.

McCown most recently passed for 348 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions against Dallas in Week 14, and he'd been brilliant since taking over for the injured Cutler, throwing nine touchdowns and just one interception in four games.

During Chicago's game against the Cleveland Browns, it appeared Trestman had indeed, made a fatal error in judgement. Cutler threw two early interceptions to Tashaun Gipson—one of which was returned for a touchdown—and Cleveland took a one-touchdown lead into the fourth quarter.

However, Cutler turned in a fantastic second-half performance, leading his team to a thrilling 38-31 victory.

His performance on third downs was especially outstanding, as detailed by ESPN Stats & Info:

In a game the Bears had to have in order to keep pace with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, per Tony Dungy, Cutler jumped right into the fray to deliver a playoff-caliber performance:

Heading into Monday night's game featuring the Baltimore Ravens in Detroit to take on the Lions, Chicago holds a tenuous half-game lead over its rival. Up next are the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16 and the Green Bay Packers to finish off the season in Week 17. 

 

NFL Week 15: Sunday's Top Fantasy Scorers 

Game Player Pos. Team Points Stats
Redskins at Falcons Kirk Cousins QB WAS 21 381 yards, three TDs, two INTs
49ers at Buccaneers Colin Kaepernick QB SF 19 242 yards, two TDs
Seahawks at NY Giants Seahawks Defense DEF SEA 22 Four sacks, five INTs, zero points allowed.
Eagles at Vikings Nick Foles QB PHI 33 469 yards, three TDs, one INT
Patriots at Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 24 311 yards, three TDs
Bills at Jaguars EJ Manuel QB BUF 20 230 yards, three TDs, one INT
Texans at Colts Colts Defense DEF IND 16 Four sacks, two INTs, one safety, three points allowed.
Bears at Browns Jay Cutler QB CHI 19 276 yards, three TDs, two INTs
Chiefs at Raiders Jamaal Charles RB KC 51 215 yards, five TDs
Packers at Cowboys Matt Flynn QB GB 25 296 yards, four TDs, one INT
Cardinals at Titans Ryan Fitzpatrick QB TEN 30 424 yards, four TDs, two INTs
Jets at Panthers DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 22 168 yards, one TD
Saints at Rams Zac Stacy RB STL 20 143 yards, one TD

ESPN.com

Who's Matt Asiata, and Should You Snag Him for the Playoffs?

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What do you get when Minnesota Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are both ruled out of a game? Apparently, you get Matt Asiata, who did his best "All Day" impression during Week 15's contest against the Eagles, rushing 30 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns. 

Not bad for a guy who was just signed off the practice squad the day before the game, as ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed:

Not surprisingly, the former undrafted free agent out of Utah was nervous before the game, and he didn't expect to score three touchdowns, according to K-TWIN's Sean Jensen: 

Heading into the game, Asiata had only touched the ball four times in an NFL contest, accounting for 11 yards. Fans shouldn't expect a repeat performance in Week 16, however, as both Peterson and Gerhart are dealing with short-term injuries and have a better chance at playing after resting in Week 15.

 

Note: Fantasy stats and information courtesy of ESPN.com (standard scoring).

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