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Week 10 of the NFL season is in the book, and what a week we got. We got to see the biggest catch and play of the season, the AFC playoff race heat up and the Steelers remaining unbeaten.
Pittsburgh is 9-0 for the first time in franchise history after a 36-10 stomping of the Bengals.
The Jets did not lose this week, but they also didn’t play, so they remain without a win at 0-9.
We will get into the AFC playoff picture here in a bit, but the final seven weeks of the season are going to be highly significant as six teams all sit at 6-3.
Notes from Week 10
- The Giants crept closer to the NFC East title with a win over the division-leading Eagles 27-17. New York improved to 3-7 while Philly dropped to 3-5-1. Yikes.
- Matt Prater booted a game-winning, 59-yard field goal as time expired to give the Lions a 30-27 victory over the Washington Football Team. This was the first home win for Detroit since Week 8 of last season.
- Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams hooked up for another touchdown, giving Adams his 49th receiving touchdown since 2016, which leads the NFL in that span.
- Philip Rivers passed Dan Marino for the 5th most passing yards in NFL history (61.361) leading the Colts to a 34-17 victory over the Titans to take over first place in the AFC South. More on this game later on.
- Tom Brady and the Bucs bounced back from last week’s performance against the Saints with a 46-23 victory over the Panthers. Brady threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another, of course from a yard out. Ronald Jones rushed for 192 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown run. Jones became the fourth player in NFL history (Derrick Henry, Tony Dorsett, and Ahman Green) to rush for a touchdown of 98+ yards. Impressive.
- Alvin Kamara led the Saints to a 27-13 win over the 49ers with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. New Orleans has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 47-straight games, the fourth-longest streak since 1950. Drew Brews injured his ribs and will likely be out a minimum of three weeks.
- Chicago has lost four in a row, dropping to 5-5 after a 5-1 start. Not good.
- Kirk Cousins got his first-career win on Monday Night Football, improving to 1-9
AFC: 1. Steelers (9-0) 2. Chiefs (8-1) 3. Bills (7-3) 4. Colts (6-3) 5. Raiders (6-3) 6. Dolphins (6-3) 7. Ravens (6-3) 8. Browns (6-3) 9. Titans (6-3)
NFC: 1. Packers (7-2) 2. Saints (7-2) 3. Cardinals (6-3) 4. Eagles (3-5-1) 5. Buccaneers (7-3) 6. Rams (6-3) 7. Seahawks (6-3) 8. Bears (5-5) 9. Vikings (4-5)
- Kyler Murray scrambled and launched a Hail Mary pass and DeAndre Hopkins came down with it over three defenders to give the Cardinals a thrilling 32-30 victory over the Bills
- This came 33 seconds after Josh Allen found Stefon Diggs for a go-ahead 21-yard touchdown after a three-minute drive
- The offseason moves for Hopkins and Diggs are proving to pay dividends for both teams
- Murray had two rushing touchdowns in the game, giving him 10 on the season, an Arizona franchise record. He also has at least one rushing touchdown in five-straight games, the first quarterback to do so since the 1970 NFL merger
- Allen became the first Bills quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in the regular season
- Arizona improved to 6-3 and the Bills dropped to 7-3
HOP CAUGHT IT!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/lyAG9gWYPn
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 16, 2020
Jam-Packed AFC Playoff Race
- As noted above, there are six teams vying for four playoff spots with the same record of 6-3
- We touched on the Colts/Titans game earlier and it wasn’t only Rivers 308 yards and a score, but it was 115 scrimmage yards and two total touchdowns from Nyheim Hines, who celebrated his 24th Indy moved to first place in the AFC South while Tennessee dropped to the 9 seed.
- The Browns won an ugly weather game 10-7 over the Texans. Nick Chubb returned to action after missing time with a knee injury and rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and had a heads-up play on his game-clinching 59-yard run. Instead of scoring and possibly giving the Texans a chance to make a comeback, he went out of bounds at the Houston 1-yard line to secure the game for the Browns. He and Kareem Hunt (104 rushing yards) became the first Browns teammates since Ernie Green and Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly in 1966 to rush for over 100 yards in a game.
- The Raiders took care of business at home against the Broncos 37-12 and jumped up to the 5th Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and Devontae Booker added another 81 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders defense picked off Drew Lock four times and sacked him twice.
- Miami notched its fifth victory in a row, downing the Chargers 29-21. The Dolphins improved to 3-0 with Tua Tagovailoa as the starter. He finished with 169 passing yards and two touchdowns. Miami sits in the 6th spot in the AFC.
- The Ravens dropped a rainy 23-17 decision to the Patriots, dropping to 6-3 and the 7 seed. Lamar Jackson is now 0-6 when trailing by 10+ points at any point of a game. The Ravens are still a good football team, but they are close to letting things slip away.
Steelers Pummel Bengals to Improve to 9-0
- Ben Roethlisberger threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, while also picking up his 24th career victory over Cincinnati.
- The Pittsburgh defense limited rookie standout Joe Burrow to 213 yards and a touchdown while sacking him four times.
- Pittsburgh has recorded at least one sack in 66-straight games, the second-longest streak since sacks began being tracked in 1982
- The Steelers are now 226-0-1 when leading by 20+ points at any point of a game
- Dionte Johnson caught 6 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown
- Next up: Pittsburgh will travel to Jacksonville to face the 1-8 Jaguars on Sunday
Quarterbacks That Played Well in Week 10
Ben Roethlisberger – PIT – 27/46, 333 yards, four touchdowns – W vs CIN
Tom Brady – TB – 28/39, 341 yards, 3 touchdowns, rushing touchdown – W @ CAR
Matthew Stafford – DET – 24/33, 276 yards, 3 touchdowns – W vs WAS
Philip Rivers – IND – 29/39, 308 yards, touchdown – W @ TEN
Kirk Cousins – MIN – 25/36, 292 yards, 2 touchdowns, INT – W @ CHI
Running Backs That Played Well in Week 10
Ronald Jones – TB – 23 carries, 192 yards, touchdown, fumble – W @ CAR
Nick Chubb – CLE – 19 carries, 126 yards, touchdown – W vs HOU
Kareem Hunt – CLE – 19 carries, 104 yards – W vs HOU
Josh Jacobs – LV – 21 carries, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns – W vs DEN
Damien Harris – NE – 22 carries, 121 yards – W vs BAL
Alvin Kamara – NO – 8 carries, 15 yards, 2 touchdowns, 7 receptions, 83 yards, TD – W vs SF
Wide Receivers That Played Well in Week 10
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – GB – 4 receptions, 149 yards, touchdown – W vs JAX
DeAndre Hopkins – ARI – 7 receptions, 127 yards, touchdown – W vs BUF
Dionte Johnson – PIT- 6 receptions, 116 yards, touchdown – W vs CIN
Justin Jefferson – MIN – 8 receptions, 135 yards – W @ CHI
Cole Beasley – BUF – 11 receptions, 109 yards, touchdown – L @ ARI
Tee Higgins – CIN – 7 receptions, 115 yards, touchdown – L @ PIT
Key Week 11 Matchups
Cardinals (6-3) @ Seahawks (6-3) TNF 8:20 PM FOX
Eagles (3-5-1) @ Browns (6-3) 1 PM FOX
Titans (6-3) @ Ravens (6-3) 1 PM CBS
Packers (7-2) @ Colts (6-3) 4:25 PM FOX
Chiefs (8-1) @ Raiders (6-3) SNF 8:20 PM NBC
Rams (6-3) @ Buccaneers (7-3) MNF 8:15 ESPN
That wraps it up for Week 10. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15 and let me know what you’re most looking forward to in Week 11.