NFL Week 10 Indepth Recap
What another exciting Monday Night Football game! Uh, not exactly. This was an ugly game that saw the home fans booing the Cincinnati receivers as they dropped multiple balls from Andy Dalton.
Houston does deserve the credit for making it hard on the Bengals offense. They played the Cinci receivers tight and never let them get comfortable.
The game was put away by the Texans secondary when Quintin Demps ripped the ball from AJ Green with 40 seconds left on a play that would have had the Bengals in the red zone.
TJ Yates had to finish the game for the Texans with Brian Hoyer suffering a concussion.
Eye-Popping Stat: Just 5.2 yards per pass for Dalton.
Fantasy Carnage: Not many options, but the Texans defense scored 13 standard league points.
Patriots 27 Giants 26
The NFL could have these two teams play each week if they wanted a game for the ages every seven days. They only play classic contests against each other.
New York had a couple of chances to close this game out but failed to hammer the Pats’ coffin shut. The Giants left Tom Brady a chance at the end and we all know how that goes.
We saw another catch controversy in this game with Odell Beckham appearing to make a TD grab but had the ball swatted by Malcolm Butler. Beckham did have a huge TD catch and run for 87 yards to top the 76 yard TD by Gronk.
Brady got his crew close enough for Stephen Gostkowski to knock in a 54 yard FG to break the Giants’ collective heart.
The Pats lost another key offensive weapon with Julian Edelman suffering a broken foot. The Patriots will miss his 61 catches and nearly 700 yards receiving, but hope to get him back for a playoff run.
Eye-Popping Stat: Danny Amendola with 10 catches will need to take up Edelman’s slack each week now.
Fantasy Carnage: Eli or Gronk.
Panthers 27 Titans 10
Cam has the answer for stopping his TD celebrations…stop the TD in the first place. Newton tallied one score on the ground and another in the air to close out the Titans who just couldn’t find ways to score.
Carolina continued their 100 yard rushing streak as a team, ending this game with 119 on the ground. This game was close for much of the contest with Carolina pulling away late.
Newton, who did get sacked five times, was 21 / 26 passing despite the pressure. Mariota looked decent again but has to find ways to get points on the board. Not an easy task against this Panthers defense that looks playoff ready.
Eye-Popping Stat: 5 sacks on Newton.
Fantasy Carnage: Cam is always a safe play.
Chiefs 29 Broncos 13
This game was lopsided the entire way with KC jumping to a 29-0 lead. Peyton Manning had four picks on a day that he set the career record for passing yards. He only completed 5/20 passes before being benched.
The Broncos‘ Gary Kubiak took the blame for Manning’s horrific outing saying he should have sat him the entire game as he practiced hurt all week. That’s just pity for Manning and pretty sad.
The Chiefs had a typical 17/31 game from Alex Smith, but their real firepower came from Charcandrick West who had 161 total yards.
With the win KC is still alive for a playoff spot especially with Denver in a freefall.
Eye-Popping Stat: Five completions versus four INTs for Peyton.
Fantasy Carnage: West on DraftKings.
Lions 18 Packers 16
Tom Brady has his work cut out for him without Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman. Just ask Aaron Rodgers who finds himself struggling with his taped together receiving group. Injuries have cost the Pack three straight losses and they fell Sunday to the lowly Lions.
Green Bay finds itself behind the Vikings in the division and Detroit broke a losing streak on the road to the Pack that dated back to 1991.
Detroit tried their best to give the win away at the end, letting the onside kick get away and allowing the Packers one last drive. That drive ended with a terrible FG attempt by Mason Crosby that never had a chance.
Eye-Popping Stat: 61 attempts by Rodgers.
Fantasy Carnage: Rodgers in desperation passing mode.
Eagles 19 Dolphins 20
The Eagles managed to squander a two score lead early in the game as their inconsistent offense let them down again. Sam Bradford went down with a shoulder injury and Marc Sanchez came in only to throw a red zone interception.
The Eagles remain in the hunt for the division lead with three other teams that look no better from week to week. Washington was the only NFC East team to get a win in week ten.
Eye-Popping Stat: 10 targets for Philly’s tight end Zach Ertz.
Fantasy Carnage: Slim pickins, but Brent Celek at tight end was decent.
Bucs 10 Cowboys 6
It appears Dallas will never win another game. Wait, Tony Romo is set to return next week….still that won’t fix all their issues. The Boys have been in position to win almost every week that Romo has missed. They just cannot make the key plays to put them over the hump.
Tampa got a late touchdown run from Jameis Winston to go ahead 10-6 with just 54 seconds left in the game. The Tampa Bay QB had two interceptions earlier after going four weeks with zero picks.
Dez Bryant was a big let down for his team as he made no play on a deep pass in the end zone that could have been the difference in the game. Cassell trusted the big wideout with a ball that was up for grabs and Bryant just let the defender have his way.
Eye-Popping Stat: 12 targets for Dez, only five catches. 42 rushing yards for Dallas.
Fantasy Carnage: Not much to offer, but maybe Mike Evans in DFS.
Vikings 30 Raiders 14
Oakland could blame the wind for their lackluster offensive day, but Minnesota had a lot to do with it. David Carr put up a nice stat line except for the 7.0 average per pass and the two costly interceptions.
Minnesota relied on the running game with Adrian Peterson rolling up 203 yards in the win. The guy is on pace for 1800 yards in 2015.
Minnesota now leads the NFC North and faces Green Bay next week in a key matchup.
Eye-Popping Stat: An 80 yard run by Peterson nearly matched Oakland’s team rushing total on the day.
Fantasy Carnage: AP all day, any format.
Redskins 47 Saints 14
This ghastly defensive performance finally got Rob Ryan fired as defensive coordinator of New Orleans. Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns in the first half and the game was over at the intermission.
Cousins finished with four TDs and a perfect passer rating.
The Saints can’t score 50 points every week to stay in games so don’t look for any miracles the rest of the way. This is a bad team that is lucky to have Atlanta in their division, but is not a threat to most teams.
Washington could actually win their division as Cousins gets better each week as the consistent starter.
Eye-Popping Stat: Washington’s Matt Jones with three receptions for 131 yards.
Fantasy Carnage: Cousins was second in overall fantasy points in standard play.
Jaguars 22 Ravens 20
This game ended a long 13 game road losing streak for the Jags as they got over on a bad Ravens team with no offensive weapons left after Steve Smith went down for the year.
The Jags were set to continue their losing ways on the road until a defensive penalty on Baltimore with no time on the clock gave them life. They went on to hit a 53 yard field goal to go up by two and end the game.
The Ravens are 2-7 and a long way from the Super Bowl contenders we saw just last year. Jacksonville is 3-6 but somewhat alive in their terrible division.
Eye-Popping Stat: 14 targets, but only seven catches for Kamar Aiken.
Fantasy Carnage: Flacco was a decent pick.
Steelers 30 Browns 9
Just Cleveland’s luck. They hurt the starting quarterback, but that just made Ben Roethlisberger, the emergency backup get into the game! Big Ben went out and torched Cleveland for three touchdowns and nearly 400 yards passing.
The Browns just couldn’t generate the offense needed to keep pace with Ben and Antonio Brown who had another big day with ten catches that netted two scores.
Eye-Popping Stat: 15 rushing yards for the Browns. Manziel had 17 himself. Do the math and see that two rushers ended the game with negative yardage!
Fantasy Carnage: Big Ben made some bold DFS players very happy with stacks of cash.
Rams 13 Bears 37
The Rams have a lot of promise but lack the stars to compete on a weekly basis. Todd Gurley wasn’t enough this week as the Rams fell behind the Bears quick and couldn’t reel them back in.
Chicago got a nice game from Forte’s backup Jeremy Langford. The kid had two touchdowns and racked up 182 total yards.
Nick Foles is of no help to the Rams when he is unable to throw past ten yards. He was 0-12 for passes over the ten yard mark.
The Bears tight end Zach Miller had a big receiving day with two scores of his own, one for 87 yards as he hauled in five of five targets.
Eye-Popping Stat: Cutler stacked with Langford.
Fantasy Carnage: Everyone who had Gurley who only had 12 carries. Game flow will kill a fantasy lineup.
Cardinals 39 Seattle 32
Seattle has made a habit out of needing a comeback to win over the past two years. More and more that formula is failing to work. The Cards got out to a 19-0 lead in Seattle but needed two late game touchdown drives by Carson Palmer to get the win.
Bobby Wagner got the Hawks up when he returned a Palmer fumble in the fourth quarter for a score.
There was no panic in the Arizona team as they calmly marched 80 yards on back to back drives to get seven points on each drive. The Cards took a big step in owning the NFC West, now with a 4-1 record in division.
Eye-Popping Stat: Russell Wilson 14/32. How are they even competitive? Must be his 8.7 yards per rush in this one.
Fantasy Carnage: Michael Floyd stacked with Palmer in DFS.