Week 11 of the NFL season brought its share of pivotal moments. Let’s check out the good and bad.
Steelers’ fans have been waiting for Pittsburgh’s much-hyped offense to break out and play up to its immense talent. Thursday night, they got it. The Steeler offense dropped a 40-burger on Tennessee, and took the Titans to the Pit of Misery!
One of the week’s premier games saw the red-hot Rams travel to Minnesota to take on the equally impressive Vikings. The Vikes, apparently, are not big fans of hospitality, downing the Rams 24-7. The Viking’s defense shut out the explosive Rams after allowing a TD on the game’s opening drive.
Speaking of dominant Vikings, wide receiver Adam Thielen flat out balled on the Rams defense. Thielen reeled in six passes for 123 yards. The biggest was a short reception that he took 65 yards for a game-sealing TD.
Makin’ It Look Easy
The New Orleans Saints were down by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and down eight points with 1:34 remaining. As we’ve seen countless times, Drew Brees effortlessly guided the offense, throwing two touchdowns in the fourth. This Saints team is finding ways to win every week and are legit contenders in the NFC.
It’s newsworthy when the Houston Texas score over 30 points with Tom Savage under center. The Texans put up 31 against an active Arizona defense, showing signs of life sans Deshaun Watson. Savage threw for 230 yards and 2 TD in a 31-21 victory. Remember the date, because it’s unlikely to happen again.
Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette let it be known how much he loathes cold weather. Growing up in Louisiana and playing college ball in the SEC will do that to you. So, heading to Cleveland too play the Browns in November is not a welcomed event. However, Fournette had his best game in a month, rushing for 111 yards in the victory. Hey, Leonard, embrace the cold…its rejuvenating!
Fans In Mexico
Really quick, but the atmosphere in Mexico for the Patriots – Raiders game was impressive. The annual Mexico game is always far more exciting than those snoozefests in London.
Jay Cutler exited the game in the second half with a concussion, so here’s to hoping he’s ok. But, in the first half, Cutler tossed three interceptions — seemingly taking the Dolphins out of the game early. But, Matt Moore came in and led Miami back, only to lose late. Miami may want to question whether it’d be best to move on from Cutler at this point.
Pack It In
The Packers are another team that needs to be read its last rights. Without Aaron Rodgers, they are dead in the water. Young QB Brett Hundley is getting better, but is simply not ready to provide any hope at this time. With a trip to Pittsburgh next Sunday night, things aren’t getting easier.
What Up, Chief?
Not much insight here, but the Kansas City Chiefs are in a bad place. Those explosive trick plays we saw early in the year, have been figured out and no longer work. Kareem Hunt may have hit the proverbial rookie wall and Alex Smith has shown that he’s not a major threat when forced to drop back and beat a defense as a standard passer. And the Kansas City defense is not nearly as effective when they’re not playing with a lead.
If I’m a Buffalo Bills fan, I’m questioning my affiliation right now. A Bills team that was holding the sixth seed in the AFC playoff race, decided to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor heading into Week 11. Buffalo went in favor of rookie, fifth-round pick, Nathan Peterman. How’d that work out? Peterman came out and threw five (5!!!) interceptions –IN THE FIRST HALF!!! — as the Bills got blown out. Taylor had thrown only 3 picks all season. What’d they do? Bench Peterman — after the fifth pick –for Taylor. Now, what do they do?
Just Regress, Baby!
The Raiders just have to many holes on that roster to be a true competitor. And the pieces we thought were in place just aren’t getting it done. Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson are just not getting it done. A season thought would be filled with promise has been revealed as an expose’ on this Oakland squad.
Mile High Mess
The Denver Broncos will not be truly competitive until they figure something out at the quarterback position. Their defense, while still playoff caliber, is no longer stout enough to carry this team to consistent wins. They’ve got three solid backups as QB options, but no viable starter. This cluster-fuck falls squarely on the shoulders of John Elway. Hopefully, he rectifies his error during the offseason, as the Denver roster has too much talent to waste due to uneven quarterback play.
-We mentioned that Cutler left Sunday’s 30-20 loss to the at halftime to be evaluated for a concussion.
-Bills Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who Buffalo traded for last month, suffered a knee injury in the first quarter against the Chargers and did not return. Cornerback Micah Hyde also left with a knee injury.
-Washington running back Chris Thompson suffered a broken fibula and is done the season.
-Texans rookie back, D’Onta Foreman was carted off the field with a leg injury against Arizona.