Ian Evans NFL Week 10 Love/Hate Weekend Recap
Week 10 is in the books as there were multiple close games that came down to the wire. From game-winning touchdowns to a rookie quarterback showdown, Week 10 had multiple storylines and moments that are still be discussed. This week also gave NFL fans some blowouts as well as some surprising victories. As usual there were some entertaining games, but there were also disappointing performances as well. As Week 11 starts tonight, it is important to keep a close eye on divisions such as the NFC West, NFC East (I know they’re bad but we have to), AFC East, and AFC South, as playoff races and pushes are slowly coming down to the wire. But before Thursday Night Football begins, let’s recap what I loved and hated from Week 10 of the 2020-2021 NFL regular season.
Love: The Hail Murray
I mean WHAT A GAME! The Josh Allen-Kyler Murray battle was everything we hoped for and more as this game exceeded expectations significantly. The game looked like it belong to the Bills as were up 23-9 at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. However, the Cardinals offense and defense stepped up as the Cardinals scored 17 unanswered to lead the Bills 26-23 to end the 3rd. The last quarter of play was mostly defensive until the very end of the game as Josh Allen found Stefon Diggs on a 21-yard touchdown pass to lead the Cardinals 30-26 with 34 seconds left in the game. With under 30 seconds left, the Cardinals would have to march down the field and score a touchdown to win the game…..or send a prayer. And they did just that. On the last play of the game, on Buffalo’s 43 yard-line, Murray scrambled and dodged many Bills defenders as he was trying to buy time for his wide outs. As he scrambles and moves toward Arizona’s bench, he heaves a pass toward the end zone and turns to look at the big screen to watch the final play unfold. DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers in the game, jumps up over THREE, count em, THREE Bills defenders, to secure the game-winning touchdown. To quote Hopkins himself, “That’s why you pay me,”. This game lifted the Cardinals to 6-3 and are currently tied for 1st in the NFC West. Their next test, the Seahawks for the 2nd time this year. Run it back.
Hate: The Cleveland-Houston Game
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First and foremost the game started with a rain delay as it was POURING raining in Cleveland. What’s worse is that they made us wait for them to play a game that scored a total of 17 points. I almost fell asleep multiple times watching this game. Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson combined for 265 passing yards and one touchdown. Yes, one touchdown. There were too many yards allowed in this game (599) for them to only score 17 points. That’s just simply not fun to watch at all. And by the way, this game was not defensive as well because there were no turnovers forced. The only exciting play was when Nick Chubb ran for a 59-yard gain with clear path in the end zone, to step out at the 1-yard line. It is safe to say that Chubb does not care about your fantasy teams. All in all, awful game to watch from start to finish.
Love: New England Patriots
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They had a tough test Sunday night against Lamar Jackson and Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were the clear favorite against a New England Patriots team who won 1 of their last four games. However, you would be foolish to count out Bill Belichick, especailly in a torrential downpour. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-17 as Cam Newton threw for 118 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Rex Burkhead had himself a day as he caught two passes for a touchdown, one of them coming from wide receiver Jakobi Meyers. The defense, who has been embarrassed from time to time this season found a way to hold the Ravens scoreless in the 1st and 4th quarter. J.C. Jackson even picked off Lamar for his league-leading 6 interceptions as well. Don’t look now but New England is on a 2-game winning streak and will look to extend their streak against a struggling Houston Texans team.
Hate: Drew Lock
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Not a great performance at all from the young quarterback Drew Lock and the Broncos against their division rival Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos were crushed 37-12 by Las Vegas Sunday afternoon and have now fallen to 3-6. Lock threw for 257 yards and a touchdown that came in the 4th quarter. It didn’t really matter as they were already down 30-6 with 6 minutes left in the game. Besides the touchdown, he threw for FOUR interceptions. WHO WAS HE THROWING TOO?!?!? He looked frustrated and befuddled for the entire game as the Broncos struggled to move the ball offensively. To make matters worse, the Broncos will play the 6-3 Dolphins in Week 11, a team with a big chip on its shoulders. Good luck.
Love: Daniel Jones
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Although he did not have a passing touchdown on the day, Daniel Jones still found ways to carve up the Eagles defense. Jones rushed for the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard TD run. He also proceeded to pass for 244 yards only missing 7 of his 28 throws. The scoring game from Wayne Gallman and Graham Gano as Gallman rushed for 2 touchdowns and Gano making 2 field goals from 35 and 44 on the day. Daniel Jones is slowly but surely improving as he has found ways to get his offense going, driving the ball on multiple occasions with the Giants this year. He may also be trying to solidify himself as a dual threat as he has rushed for 384 yards this year, which is 3rd amongst quarterbacks in the NFL. Ultimately, Jones helped lead the Giants to a 27-17 victory over their NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles and keep the divisional race close. Well done Daniel Jones, well done.
Hate: Russell Wilson……WAIT…..AGAIN?!?!?
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Yes. Sadly. The biggest enigmas in the league besides the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens is Russell Wilson. He’s been off late and has had a string of uncharacteristic games. The Seahawks faced off against their NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams with chance to still improve to 7-2. However, that was not the case as the Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-16 and found ways to frustrate and stop Wilson. Russell Wilson threw for 248 yards and 2 interceptions and ran for 60 rushing yards as he did not look like an MVP candidate. Granted, the Rams have an excellent defense, but you would expect more from Russell Wilson. At the beginning of the year, he was carving up defenses, throwing touchdown after touchdown and limiting his turnovers as well. However, in the last few weeks, it seems as if the tables have turned as he has struggled keeping the ball out of the defense’s hands. I truly believed at the beginning of the year that this award was Wilson’s to lose. He better pick it up and fast as his grasp of that elusive MVP trophy is slowly slipping away.
Love: Tom Brady
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The G.O.A.T. strikes again with another incredible performance, and last week’s victims was the Carolina Panthers. In a 46-23 demolition of the Carolina, Tom Brady threw for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns and found 9 receivers as spreading the wealth was light work. He found his tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Brate for touchdowns while finding Mike Evans for one as well. This is how you bounce back after getting embarrassed against the Saints a week before. Tom Brady proved the Buccaneers can still make noise in the league, should not be taken lightly, and are still Super Bowl contenders. Due to Tom Brady’s incredible play, and along with Ronald Jones (23 carries, 192 yards, 1 touchdown) rushing for a 98-yard touchdown which is the longest in franchise history, Tampa Bay improved to 7-3 and are still jockeying for 1st place in the NFC South.
Hate: Philadelphia Eagles
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Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Giants was crucial as they could have obtained sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East with a victory. However, the Philadelphia Eagles are the Eagles as they lost to the Giants 27-17, falling to 3-5. Carson Wentz did not have a great afternoon as he threw for 208, was sacked 3 times, and ended with a below average QBR of 37.7. He was missing targets left and right as he missed 16 passes on the day. The defense was no better as they gave up 382 total yards. This team also gifted the Giants many opportunities as many scoring plays were negated by penalties. The Eagles struggled in the penalty department as they had 11 penalties which resulted in 74 yards. The Eagles, if they truly want to win out in this abysmal division have got to stop gifting subpar and below average teams opportunities to win. It doesn’t get easier for them for the remainder of the season as they face off against the Browns on Sunday, the Seahawks in Week 12, the Packers, Saints, and Cardinals in the following weeks. If the Giants don’t implode for some weird reason, the Eagles could see their playoff hopes slowly fade right before their eyes.
Love: Nyheim Hines and the Indianapolis Colts
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Again, if there was one team I was wrong about this year, it is the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts last week had a vital AFC South matchup against the Tennessee Titans with chance to tie the Titans for 1st in the division. Most people, included myself, believed that the game would be close through and through with a Titans victory. But wow were many experts wrong. The Colts trounced the Titans 34-17 to improve to 6-3. Although Phillip Rivers through for 308 yards and a touchdowns, it was Nyheim Hines who was the true hero for the Colts. Hines carried the rushing attack as he garnered 70 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. He also caught 5 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown as well. Hines was extremely effective in the passing and rushing attack as his two touchdown were crucial in the Colts’ victory. The Colts defense, which is probably the best defense in the league, held a high-powered Titans offense held Ryan Tannehill to 147 passing yards and disrupted wide receiver A.J. Brown (1 catch, 21 yards) as well. Don’t sleep on the Colts. I was I admit it, but I’m awake now, I apologize. The Colts are for real.
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