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We are another week closer to the playoffs, yet we still have a long way to go in terms of the playoff picture becoming more clear. The final six weeks of the season have a ton of playoff implications for a lot of teams.
The Steelers improved to 10-0 after defeating the Jaguars 27-3. Much like the past few weeks, more on this later on.
The Jets fell to 0-10 on the season. As was stated many weeks ago in this weekly piece, this is actually a good thing for the franchise as they will likely be in prime position to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The AFC playoff picture took some turns this week. The Browns and Titans were both victorious this week and got back in playoff spots. Tennessee jumped from 9 to 5 while Cleveland jumped from 8 to 6. Those two teams meet in two weeks and it has been reported that the game could potentially be flexed to the Sunday Night Football game.
Baltimore (lost to Tennessee), Miami, and Las Vegas all lost this week, but the Raiders remained in the playoff picture for now at the 7 seed. Indianapolis defeated Green Bay to remain in first place in the AFC South. The Colts host the Titans this week in what will be another pivotal game not only for the division but for the 5-7 seeds.
There was a lot of chatter this week on Cleveland’s 7-3 record with many still doubting them as they have beaten all six teams that were below .500 and having a 1-3 record vs winning teams. You play who’s on your schedule. A win is a win. You are what your record says you are and right now, the Cleveland Browns are 7-3 and in the playoff mix.
AFC: 1. Steelers (10-0) 2. Chiefs (9-1) 3. Bills (7-3) 4. Colts (7-3) 5. Titans (7-3) 6. Browns (7-3) 7. Raiders (6-4) 8. Ravens (6-4) 9. Dolphins (6-4)
NFC: 1. Saints (8-2) 2. Rams (7-3) 3. Packers (7-3) 4. Eagles (3-6-1) 5. Seahawks (7-3) 6. Buccaneers (7-4) 7. Cardinals (6-4) 8. Bears (5-5)
Notes from Week 11
- The Browns defeated the Eagles for the first time since 1994, led by Nick Chubb’s 114 yards
- Carson Wentz threw two interceptions, including a pick-6, giving him 18 turnovers on the season, the most in the NFL
- Alex Smith picked up his first win since Week 10 of 2018 (742 days)
- In the same game, the Bengals lost rookie QB Joe Burrow for the season to a torn ACL and MCL plus other structural damage to the knee. Speedy recovery to him.
- The Saints kept marching behind the gadget-quarterback of Taysom Hill, who ran for two scores
- Alvin Kamara rushed for a touchdown, but for the first time in his career, he was held without a reception
- The Lions were shutout 20-0 by the Panthers, marking the first time since 2009 Detroit has been shutout
- J. Walker started in place of Teddy Bridgewater and got his first-career win. He was in the XFL a season ago. Kudos to him.
- Lamar Jackson had his 6th straight game with a sub-100 passer rating, which is one of the signs of the Ravens trending in the wrong direction
- In that same game, Derrick Henry led the way for the Titans with 133 yards and a touchdown. He reached the 1,000-yard plateau for the third-straight season.
- Justin Herbert had three touchdowns in the win over the winless Jets, giving him seven-straight games with 2+ touchdowns, becoming the first rookie to ever do so.
- Keenan Allen was Herbert’s main target, catching 16 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. The 16 receptions were the most in a single game in Chargers franchise history.
- Andy Dalton found Dalton Schultz for a late go-ahead touchdown to beat the Vikings. This marked the first time in NFL history where a passer’s last name identically matched a receiver’s first name. Pretty cool.
- The Rams defeated the Bucs 27-24 on Monday Night Football and improved to 7-1 when scoring on one of their opening two possessions, scoring on a 13-play 78-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown from Jared Goff to Robert Woods.
- Woods and Cooper Kupp are the first pair of Rams teammates to each catch 10+ passes and 100+ yards in a game since at least 1948.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 22, 2020
- Russell Wilson and the Seahawks avenged a Week 7 loss to the Cardinals by defeating them 28-21
- Wilson passed for 192 yards and two scores, while also rushing for 42 yards. He surpassed Peyton Manning for most wins in the first nine seasons of a career with 92
- Russ also notched his 30th touchdown pass of the season, giving him four-straight such seasons, tying Drew Brees and Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to do so
- Seattle improved to 61-1 when leading by 4+ points at halftime since 2012. The only loss was the Week 7 loss to the Cardinals
- Kyler Murray passed for 269 and a pair of scores but was held to only 15 rushing yards
- DeAndre Hopkins recorded his 700th career reception
- Seattle will travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Eagles on Monday Night Football while Arizona will travel to New England
Beautiful throw. Beautiful catch.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 20, 2020
Too Much Time for Mahomes
- Derek Carr found Jason Witten from a yard out to give the Raiders a late lead against the Chiefs, but left 1:43 on the clock
- Patrick Mahomes got the ball back with far too much time on the clock and did what he does
- The ensuing drive had the following happen, all pass plays: 10 yards, incomplete pass, 9 yards, 16 yards, 15 yards, 3 yards, 22-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Travis Kelce
- Carr was picked off on his first pass of the following drive
- Andy Reid improved to 19-3 after the bye week
- Kansas City has scored 23+ points in 24-straight games, including the playoffs, the longest streak in NFL history
- The Chiefs avenged a Week 5 loss to the Raiders, the lone blemish on the Kansas City season
"I have the ultimate confidence in this offense that if we have time on that clock, we are going to find a way to score some points." @PatrickMahomes@Bridgestone | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/kdr5XlYBi5
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 23, 2020
Steelers Improve to 10-0
- Pittsburgh spotted Jacksonville 3 points, but then went on to score the next 27 points
- This was the third game in NFL history where a team on a winning streak of at least nine games faced off with a team with a losing streak of at least eight games. The team on the winning streak won all three meetings by 15+ points
- The Steelers defense extended their streak of having at least one sack in now 63-straight games
- Ben Roethlisberger completed 32 of 46 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick
- Dionte Johnson caught 12 passes for 111 yards and Chase Claypool caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He is the first rookie ever to have 10+ touchdowns in his first 10-career games
- Next up for the Steelers is a Thanksgiving night showdown with the arch-rival Ravens
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 25, 2020
Quarterbacks That Played Well in Week 11
Justin Herbert – LAC – 37/49, 366 yards, 3 touchdowns – W vs NYJ
Jared Goff – LAR – 39-51, 376 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – W @ TB
Patrick Mahomes – KC – 31/45, 348 yards, 2 touchdowns, interception – W @ LV
Deshaun Watson – HOU – 28-37, 344 yards, 2 touchdowns, rushing touchdown – W vs NE
Kirk Cousins – MIN – 22/30, 314 yards, 3 touchdowns – L vs DAL
Running Backs That Played Well in Week 11
Derrick Henry – TEN – 28 carries, 133 yards, touchdown – W @ BAL
Dalvin Cook – MIN – 27 carries, 115 yards, touchdown, fumble – L vs DAL
Nick Chubb – CLE – 20 carries, 114 yards – W vs PHI
Ezekiel Elliott – DAL – 21 carries, 103 yards – W @ MIN
Antonio Gibson – WFT – 16 carries, 94 yards, touchdown – W vs CIN
Pass Catchers That Played Well in Week 11
Keenan Allen – LAC – 16 receptions, 145 yards, touchdown – W vs NYJ
Cooper Kupp – LAR – 11 receptions 145 yards – W @ TB
Robert Woods – LAR – 12 receptions, 130 yards, touchdown – W @ TB
Travis Kelce – KC – 8 receptions, 127 yards, touchdown – W @ LV
Adam Thielen – MIN – 8 receptions, 123 yards, two touchdowns – L vs DAL
Key Matchups in Week 12
Ravens (6-4) @ Steelers (10-0) Thursday 8:20 PM NBC
Titans (7-3) @ Colts (7-3) 1 PM CBS
Chiefs (9-1) @ Buccaneers (7-4) 4:25 PM CBS
Bears (5-5) @ Packers (7-3) Sunday Night Football 8:20 PM NBC
That wraps up Week 11. Hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 to let me know what you’re looking forward to in Week 12. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.