Swaim didn't play last week against the Falcons after injuring his knee in practice. However, he returned to the fold this week and participated in every practice Wednesday through Friday. His availability for Sunday made rookie Blake Jarwin a healthy scratch.
This was expected, as Heath never practiced this week. Xavier Woods will get the start instead.
Allen set season highs in nearly every significant receiving category Sunday in what was a dominant performance by the entire Chargers squad. After not making much noise in his previous five games, it was a timely reminder of the talent the 25-year-old possesses. This didn't appear to be a favorable matchup for Allen either, considering the Bills entered the day having allowed only seven passing touchdowns (second in the league) and a 77.8 passer rating (sixth). Up next for the Cal product is a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cowboys, who've allowed 16 passing touchdowns (T-20th) and a 96.4 passer rating (23rd) this season.
McCoy miraculously broke out of a two-game slump despite watching Nathan Peterman throw five interceptions before halftime. The veteran back ripped off a 37-yard scamper and a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter, only to watch Peterman hand the Chargers an insurmountable lead. Tyrod Taylor came in for the second half and eventually connected with McCoy for a 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Regardless of which quarterback is under center, McCoy profiles as the only reliable piece of the Buffalo offense for a Week 12 game in Kansas City.
Shaheen helped extend the Bear's lead in the first quarter, running to the back corner of the end zone to haul in a one-yard touchdown pass -- his second of the season. Shaheen, a small-school prospect out of Ashland, was quiet to start the year with just two targets through eight games. He's seen six targets in the past two weeks and has caught them all. It seems like he's adjusting to the considerable uptick around him. With little else to play for this season, look for Chicago to see what they have in young offensive weapons like Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen and Shaheen.
It was a modest game for Inman, but he's now two for two in leading Chicago in receiving yardage since joining the squad. Inman also ended the game second in both catches and targets. Chicago, with a rookie quarterback, is unlikely to light it up passing the ball at any point this season, but Inman already looks like one of the most dependable targets among the Bears' motley crew. Look for him to continue putting together solid production.
It was Howard's third 100-yard game of the Mitchell Trubisky era, but his first score. His 12-yard dash put Chicago up by two scores in the second quarter. In Weeks 3-8, Howard was among the league's most active backs with at least 20 touches in five of six games. He's been held to 15 touches in back-to-back weeks now and Tarik Cohen chimed in with 13 touches and a touchdown on Sunday. Howard, as he showed against the Bears, is more than capable of being productive in shorter stints, but the dynamics of Chicago's backfield are worth keeping an eye on.
Nathan Peterman made McDermott look bad, throwing five interceptions on 14 pass attempts before giving way to Taylor for the start of the second half. Taylor made things worse in the third quarter when he lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, but he bounced back strong in garbage time to finish 15-of-25 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 38 yards and another score. Common sense dictates he'll get the start Week 12 in Kansas City, but the Bills apparently are in no rush to make a decision.
Rivers made it through the entire game without reporting any of the concussion symptoms that surfaced earlier in the week. He looked like a younger version of himself Sunday, too, rekindling his strong connection with top receiver Keenan Allen while making fans forget about the Chargers' offensive weaknesses that have been exposed in recent weeks. It was an all-around dominant victory for the entire team, but especially for Rivers considering he was going against a secondary that ranked top six in interceptions, touchdowns surrendered, and passer rating allowed. Next up for the veteran is a matchup with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
Buffalo's decision to start the fifth-round rookie backfired in a major way, as Peterman essentially handed a victory to another AFC wild card contender. A pick-six on the opening drive wasn't actually his fault and the final interception may have been caused by a bad route, but the other three were caused by bad throws and bad decisions. Peterman also failed to move the ball, completing only six of 14 passes for 66 yards, with two carries for four yards. Tyrod Taylor seemingly played well enough in garbage time to retake the starting job for Week 12 in Kansas City, though head coach Sean McDermott wasn't ready to make any commitment when he talked to the media after Sunday's blowout loss, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports.