Chances are that you don’t care about week 10 in the NFL since week 11 has already started, but we could never forgive ourselves if we didn’t share a video of a monkey riding a dog during halftime.
Seeing as though that monkey video is at the bottom of the post, you may as well skim some of our other game recaps. After all, this was a really weird week in the NFL and we would hate for you to still be questioning why you had so many incorrect picks in Weekly Pick ‘Em.
Here’s what we thought about week 10 in the NFL…
Buffalo (22), New York Jets (17) – Bills coach Rex Ryan was victorious in his return to MetLife Stadium to play his former team. It was an ugly game in the rain with turnovers, missed snaps, dropped passes, and questionable play calls. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had an off-game, but part of that could be due to the fact he had torn ligaments in his thumb (he had surgery last Friday for that injury). Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a rough night but was able to rely on his run game to pull through. However, Taylor’s fashion game was on…
Interesting tidbit – The NFL is conducting color blindness tests after this game. Both teams sported Nike’s new “Color Rush” uninforms (all green for the Jets, all red for the Bills). Colorblind fans couldn’t tell the difference between the two uniforms, especially with the Jets green against the playing field. For those of us that could, it looked like a bunch of Christmas elves running around on the field.
Detroit (18), Green Bay (16) – The Lions tried their best to let the Packers win (2 missed PATs, 1 failed on-side kick), but instead won their first game in Green Bay since 1991 (a quarter of a century!) after the Packers missed a 52 yard field goal on the last play of the game. Green Bay’s offense is struggling, having scored less than 20 points in three games, and got booed by the home crowd. Ouch. Their WRs dropped a lot of passes and their starting RB was demoted this past week. This popular pre-season Super Bowl pick team is on pace for their worst statistical year of QB Aaron Rodgers’ career.
Jacksonville (22), Baltimore (20) – The Jaguars broke their 13 road game losing streak, which dated back to 2013, on a field goal as time expired. Initially, the Ravens sacked QB Blake Bortles as time ran out, but they were called for a facemask penalty. Since a game cannot end with a defensive penalty, the Jags got one more shot at field goal. To add insult to injury for the Ravens, the NFL released a statement on Monday saying the Jags should have been penalized for a false start penalty that would have negated the field goal and resulted in a Baltimore win. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is doing the best he can with his depleted group of offensive players.
Miami (20), Philadelphia (19) – The Dolphins can thank their defense and some pure luck/Eagles mistakes for this win. Their offense struggles to be productive, and they tied a NFL record by giving up a safety for the third week in a row. Their go-ahead touchdown bounced off an Eagles player’s helmet. Eagles QB Sam Bradford left the game with a sprained AC joint and concussion. Backup QB Mark Sanchez came in the game and missed a lot of chances to win this one for the Birds. Bradford’s injured shoulder is not his throwing shoulder, but he is expected to miss next Sunday’s game as well as Thursday’s game.
Cleveland (9), Pittsburgh (30) – Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was supposed to be the back-up QB as he deals with a mid-foot sprain. However, QB Landry Jones was carted off with an ankle injury so Big Ben stepped in and had his way with the Browns, who have not won in Pittsburgh since 2003. The Browns had trouble with their run game, blocking, and racking up penalties. The Browns have decided to start Johnny Manziel at QB for the remainder of the season – at 2-8 they need to see if he has the skills to be their quarterback of the future.
Chicago (37), St. Louis (13) – St. Louis’ offense is basically plays that feature RB Todd Gurley or gadget plays with WR Tavon Austin. After the Rams fell behind by two scores, they let QB Nick Foles start throwing the ball to play catch-up. It didn’t go so well. On Monday, coach Jeff Fischer announced that Foles was being benched in favor of backup Case Keenum in an attempt to spark the offense. Kudos to the Bears for getting the most out of the talent on their roster, and continuing to mess up game picks for those of us still saying “well, they’re the Bears/Jay Cutler, they’re going to lose” as we pick against them incorrectly week after week.
Dallas (6), Tampa Bay (10) – That’s 7 games lost in a row for the Cowboys since QB Tony Romo was injured (Romo is expected to return next week). WR Dez Bryant missed some key plays that would have helped the team. The Bucs managed to score a touchdown with 54 seconds left after a rough game for rookie QB Jameis Winston, who threw two interceptions and a goal-line fumble.
Carolina (27), Tennessee (10) – The undefeated Panthers became the first team since the 1989-1990 Bears to rush for over 100 yards in 20 consecutive games. While QB Cam Newton got in trouble for #Bannergate last week, this week he’s being criticized by the Titans for too much dancing in celebrating his touchdowns. Cam says if teams don’t like his dancing, they should keep him out of the end zone. Touché. (We’re surprised their isn’t more criticism for his cropped pants, but that’s besides the point.) The Titans defense is underrated, but QB Marcus Mariota needs more weapons on offense.
New Orleans (14), Washington (47) – What a beat down by Washington. After more sideline arguments by players and coaching, cue more stories on a change of coaching regime in New Orleans by next season. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan didn’t make it past Monday; he was let go as the team starts its bye week. The Saints became the first team in NFL history to allow 4 touchdown passes and no interceptions three weeks in a row (vs WAS, NYG, TEN). The Saints defense let Washington QB Kirk Cousins throw for 324 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Kirk was able to give a game ball to his father – this was the first game he was able to attend all season while he fights cancer.
Minnesota (30), Oakland (14) – The Vikings handed the ball off to RB Adrian Peterson as much as they could, and it worked well as he ran for 203 yards as the Vikings won their fifth straight game. With the Packers loss, this puts them in first place in the NFC North division. The Vikings are fortunate to have a strong defense to back second year QB Teddy Bridgewater as he continues to develop. Raiders QB Derek Carr has already matched his rookie year total of 21 touchdowns.
Kansas City (29), Denver (13) – The good news for Broncos QB Peyton Manning is that he passed Brett Favre to become the all-time passing yards leader in NFL history. The bad news is he was unable to break Favre’s all time regular season wins record – he was benched in favor of Brock Osweiler as the Chiefs blew out the Broncos. Manning had a really rough day; his first pass was intercepted, and it would be his first of four interceptions on the day as he finished with a 0.0 passer rating. (Not a typo.) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said there is no QB controversy and Peyton will start going forward as long as he is healthy. Kubiak took the blame and said he should have made the call to sit Peyton, who is dealing with foot and rib injuries. The Broncos announced Monday that Peyton is dealing with plantar fasciitis, and will not play next week, perhaps longer. Peyton can’t entirely be blamed for the loss – the Bronco’s o-line, run game and route running did not play up to par. The Chiefs defense has picked up steam as the season has continued, and helped their team pick up a victory that will be critical in the contest for a play-off wild card spot.
New England (27), New York Giants (26) – “I feel like I’m going to throw up.” Those were Momma O’s words after this game, where the Giants led in the 3rd quarter, and twice in the 4th. In the last 1:47 of this game, Pats QB Tom Brady drove his team down the field and set kicker Steve Gostkowski up to kick the game winning 54 yard field goal with one second left on the clock. Yes, slightly stressful for Pats fans. It was not Brady’s best day; these two teams always play each other tough (see Super Bowls XLII and XLVI). Giants WR Odell Beckham scored an 87-yard touchdown, which is the longest touchdown allowed by the Patriots since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. After that play, Super Bowl hero cornerback Malcolm Butler kept Beckham in check to the tune of 3 catches for 17 yards on 11 targets. Pats TE Rob Gronkowski had a 76-yard touchdown of his own. Bad news for the Pats is that WR Julian Edelman broke a bone in his foot and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. The Giants also announced WR Victor Cruz is heading to IR following calf surgery; he has not played in any games this year. Rest assured, Momma O recovered from the game just fine as her post-game rant included “I hope Roger was choking” in reference to Commissioner Roger Goodell being in attendance at this game. Just venting a little Post-Deflategate frustration.
Arizona (39), Seattle (32) – If Panthers QB Cam Newton wants to have a dance-off, we have a candidate: Cardinals back-up QB Drew Stanton. Check out his moves as RB Andre Ellington was scoring the go-ahead touchdown for the Cardinals…
As far as the football game went, it was a great one. The Seahawks came back from a 19 point deficit, and then managed to convert two Arizona fumbles into two touchdowns, which gave them a 4 point lead. That lead didn’t last – in fact, in all five of Seattle’s losses this year, they’ve given up the lead in the 4th quarter. Aside from those two big fumbles, QB Carson Palmer had his way with Seattle’s secondary with the help of WRs Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. We’re used to seeing the Seahawks play at such a high level after their last two Super Bowl appearances, but that’s a standard that is hard to maintain in the NFL. This was a division game they needed to win to start closing the gap between themselves and the Cardinals, and it didn’t happen. Realistically, barring injuries or a Cardinals collapse, they’re looking at a race to a wild card spot at best if they can get their act together.
Houston (10), Cincinnati (6) – The Texans came off their bye ready to play! After QB Brian Hoyer left the game with a concussion, backup TJ Yates came in and threw the only touchdown of the night to WR DeAndre Hopkins, who has excelled this season despite the Texans’ carousel of quarterbacks. The Texans defense has not surrendered a touchdown in 10 quarters, and forced a 4th down fumble on the Bengals last drive to seal the win. Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Co. had a tough night. Texans defender J.J. Watt, who had one sack of Dalton, said “Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like the Red Ryder BB Gun. I think we did that tonight.” Not going to disagree, J.J. The Bengals had a tough time swallowing their first loss of the season and apparently this statement upset Dalton, who said it was an insult to the integrity of the game. If you don’t want your opponents to be able to say things like that about you, then beat them. It’s all ok Andy – your team wrangled up some exciting halftime entertainment.
OK, one more monkey video. Sorry, we’re not sorry.
What does Soneil324 know that the rest of us don’t? Apparently, he’s got some insider info regarding NFL games. He widened his lead this week in our pick ’em league and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Other than that, not much movement in the top 5. Here are this week’s standings in our Weekly Pick ‘Em league.
– Val and Michelle