I don’t have anything to gripe about this week to fill this introductory section…that’s a lie. I do. It’s about punting in the NFL, but I don’t have time to get into it right now. Maybe it’ll be its own blog post, eventually.
For now, here are my Week 10 snapshots:
Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
The Cardinals defeated the Rams with Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback. Here’s a fun stat: In 2011, McCoy threw 14 touchdowns with the Browns. Since then, he has thrown 14 touchdowns.
Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
This is just my opinion, but I think the Falcons try to spread the ball around too much on offence. You aren’t the Chiefs. Funnel the ball to: Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Tyler Allgeier.
Buffalo Bills (6-3)
Game of the millennium(?) against Minnesota; there were about five false finishes. I’m not worried about the Bills, even though they’ve lost two games in a row.
Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
The Ravens have a one game lead over the Bengals atop the AFC North, and with a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, they should be able to hold on to it.
Carolina Panthers (3-7)
D’Onta Foreman had 31 carries against the Falcons and controlled the entire game.
Cincinatti Bengals (5-4)
Unlike the Ravens, the Bengals have a tough schedule down the stretch. The AFC playoff race is going to go down to the wire and the Bengals are going to have to win some big games – as well as get some help – in order to hang around.
Chicago Bears (3-7)
The Bears lost by one point to the Lions, but they should’ve won. Justin Fields continues to be electric.
Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
The Cowboys struggle to stop the run and face Dalvin Cook and Saquon Barkley over the next two weeks? Oh boy.
Denver Broncos (3-6)
The Broncos face the Raiders this week and I think it would be fitting if the game ends in a tie.
Detroit Lions (3-6)
Two wins in a row for the Lions! Their win in Chicago was their first road win since Week 13 of 2020.
Green Bay Packers (4-6)
I’m not ready to say, “The Packers have entered the chat”, but if they defeat the Titans on Thursday Night Football, then the hype train may give a 10 minute warning to passengers wishing to board.
Houston Texans (1-7-1)
I’d love to know what the atmosphere is like inside their locker room, at this point in the season. I know they’re professionals and someone is always watching, but you’ve won one game. Is it hard to get motivated? Is everyone still supporting one another? Are players less likely to joke around?
Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1)
Jeff Saturday went from ESPN to the sidelines and won his first game as Head Coach. Parks Frazier, the new play caller, did a good job, and may have revitalized Jonathan Taylor’s season. We’ll see how the Colts do against the Eagles, though.
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
I said last week that if the Jaguars wanted to play spoiler for the rest of the year, I was all for it. Well, don’t they go out and recover an onside kick to start the game against the Chiefs! The possession ended in a punt, but I loved the decision.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
Kadarius Toney was made for this offence.
Las Vegas Raiders (2-7)
Their defence has been near the bottom of the league for too many years. I suspect we’ll see them go defence heavy at the draft.
Los Angeles Chargers (5-4)
They may have five wins, but the best team they’ve beaten is the Falcons.
Los Angeles Rams (3-6)
Cooper Kupp was placed on IR with an ankle injury, which means he’s out for at least four weeks. Given where the Rams are in the standings, I think they’ll probably hold him out until next year.
Miami Dolphins (7-3)
Soooo…Tua is in the MVP conversation and the Dolphins are in first place in the AFC East. This is where everyone thought Josh Allen and the Bills would be at this point.
Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
The theme for the first half of the season (on this blog, at least) was that no one was talking about the Vikings. But now, after a big win against the Bills, everyone is talking about the Vikings! They are a real threat in the NFC. Also, Justin Jefferson is only 23-years-old, which means he’s going to probably hold a ton of records by the time he retires.
New England Patriots (5-4)
I want the Patriots to make the playoffs because their presence (and coach) can scare many teams, even if they don’t beat them.
New Orleans Saints (3-7)
The one word that comes to mind when I think of the Saints is, “stale”.
New York Giants (7-2)
Don’t fall into the trap of taking the Lions lightly this week because you’re looking ahead to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
New York Jets (6-3)
The Jets have lost 13 games in a row to the Patriots. They look to avoid making it 14 this week.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
Well, on the bright side, they won’t have to carry the burden of a perfect record into the playoffs. Also, at least they know where they’re vulnerable now, which is why (I assume) they signed Ndamukong Suh today, to help the run defence. They’ll be fine.
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
The Steelers aren’t going to make the playoffs, but I expect them to put up a fight against every team they face the rest of the way.
San Francisco 49ers (5-4)
All systems go. In my mind, they’ll end up winning their division.
Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
Out of the seven teams currently in a playoff position in the NFC, I think the Seahawks are most vulnerable.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Buccaneers back at .500. With a feel-good win in Munich and upcoming games against the Browns and Saints, look out for the Bucs to make a run in the second half of the season.
Tennessee Titans (6-3)
Seven of their nine games have had a point differential of seven or less. The Titans are masters of the the low-scoring, tight game.
Washington Commanders (5-5)
If they do nothing else, at least they’ll be able to brag that they ended the Eagles’ quest for an undefeated season. They controlled the ball, they controlled the clock, and took advantage of mistakes. They did exactly what they had to do to win. The Commanders are still a dark horse candidate for a playoff spot, but their confidence should be sky high right now.
Ironic how so many of us were thinking the AFC West might be “the best division ever!’ with Wilson joining the young guns in that group. Not so much! Meanwhile, the East divisions of both conferences are competitive as all get out. Go figure.
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It’s wild this year. For so long, the East divisions have been very top heavy and now all the teams are good?? Must be a glitch. All this means is the playoffs are going to be unpredictable and chaotic.
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There were a lot of good games last week!
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There were! I think we’re set up to have great playoff games this year.
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