Week 11: How did we do?

 

(4-5) Dallas Cowboys v (4-5) Atlanta Falcons

This was a big game for both teams, and it came down to the last play.  A field goal before the end of regulations led to a Cowboys victory. And with the horrific injury to Alex Smith’s leg, Dallas may have a chance to take the lead in their division. The Falcons played hard and put up a solid effort, unfortunately this may do it for their hopes at a playoff spot. Final score, 22-19 Cowboys.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Cowboys (1-0)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Falcons (0-1)

 

(5-4) Cincinnati Bengals v (4-5) Baltimore Ravens

With Lamar Jackson coming off of the bench, I did not see the Ravens beating the Bengals. The Ravens have been on a bit of a slide, and I saw this as prime meat for the Bengals. But the Ravens found a way to win, despite the adversities. Though I do not know if running Lamar Jackson 20+ times a game is sustainable, the game plan helped secure the Ravens the win. Final score, 24-21 Ravens.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Bengals (1-1)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Ravens (1-1)

 

Battle of the Cats (6-3) Carolina Panthers v (3-6) Detroit Lions

The Panthers were fired up to right the wrongs from their game against the Steelers, while the inconsistent Lions were complaining about practicing in the snow. This should be an easy pick right?

The Lions that beat the Patriots decided to show up, and they again showed that they can play with anyone. The game came down to the final play, with the Panthers electing to go for two to win the game. An aggressive play that I applaud, but it did not work out in their favor.

Lions with the upset, 20-19.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Panthers (1-2)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Panthers (1-2)

 

(5-4) Tennessee Titans v (4-5) Indianapolis Colts

Both the Lions and the Titans are frustrating teams this year. Both are coached by Belichick disciples. And both are inconsistent. When you look at the Titans, you see the same team that both dominated the Patriots and lost to the Bills.

Coming off a big win against the Patriots, one would think they would be on track to challenge the Texans. Yet this same team that dominated the Pats, just got dominated by the Colts, Wow.

It didn’t help that Marcus Mariota left before the half (and did not return) with an elbow injury, which later was diagnosed as a stinger. Final score, 38-10 Colts.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Titans (1-3)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Colts (2-2)

 

(3-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers v (2-7) New York Giants

I just can’t put my finger on what is going on with the Buccaneers. They literally can not seem to be able to find a way to win. They get close, put up big numbers, but still manage to not be able to put a win together. The story of this game was interceptions. 4 combined interceptions thrown by both Ryan Fitzpatrick (3) and Jameis Winston (1). Final score, 38-35 Giants.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Buccaneers (1-4)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Giants (3-2)

 

(6-3) Houston Texans v (6-3) Washington Redskins

This was a close game that both teams battled hard to win. Washington lost their QB, Alex Smith, in the third quarter with a horrific leg injury. Colt McCoy came in (off the bench) and threw for a quick strike following a Texans interception. Both teams turned the ball over quite a bit in this game, and a missed 63 yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins (with :08 seconds left in the game) sealed the deal. Final score, 23-21 Texans.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Texans (2-4)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Texans (4-2)

 

(6-2-1) Pittsburg Steelers v (3-6) Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars gave the Steelers quite a scare. This game was setting up to be an upset in the making. Jalen Ramsey made an appearance picking off Big Ben in the second quarter. This was followed by other members of the defense getting picks of their own, with Safety Barry Church snagging one right before the half, and linebacker Myles Jack getting one in the 3rd quarter.

Despite being down 16, the Steelers kept battling. They came back to win this game 20-16, and salvage a win despite turning the ball over several times. The Jaguars need to get a quarterback. For their defense to get that many turnovers and still lose, that has to be disheartening.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Steelers (3-4)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Steelers (5-2)

 

(1-8) Oakland Raiders v (2-7) Arizona Cardinals

Congrats to the Raiders on getting their second win. I had them written off for the season waiting for the NFL draft. I was proven wrong, as Gruden is still coaching them boys up. They go on the road and win 23-21.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Cardinals (3-5)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Cardinals (5-3)

 

(3-6) Denver Broncos v (7-2) Los Angeles Chargers

The Broncos playoff chances may be dead, but don’t excuse them of quitting. In a game where they were picked to lose, they found a way to win one on the road with a game winning 34 yard field goal. Kicker Brandon McManus nailed the game winning kick with 3 seconds left on the clock. This came at the heels of quarterback Case Keenum leading his team down the field with only a minute fifty-one seconds left in the game. Starting from his own 8, Case Keenum got his team into position for the game winning field goal. Final score, 23-22 Broncos.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Chargers (3-6)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Chargers (5-4)

 

(4-5) Philadelphia Eagles v (8-1) New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees is playing some of the best football of his career. And he is surrounded by a number of weapons, both on the ground and in the air. The Saints continued their dominance, demolishing the Eagles 48-7.

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Saints (4-6)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Saints (6-4)

 

 

Sunday Night Game: (5-3-1) Minnesota Vikings v (6-3) Chicago Bears

Chicago now moves to the top dog of the NFC North. The Bears D is ferocious, offense capable, and they could make a little bit of a run in the playoffs.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Bears (5-6)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Vikings (6-5)

 

Monday Night Game: (9-1) Kansas City Chiefs v (9-1) Los Angeles Rams

I said that this might be a super bowl preview, but my does the super bowl have a lot to live up to. This game was an awesome back and forth game. You sat there wondering how a team would come back, and next thing you know they were in the end zone. 105 total points scored, several strip sacks, and just touchdown after touchdown.

I do not know how the superbowl is going to be able to live up to this game. Just WOW.

Final Score 54-51 Rams.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.08 PM Rams (6-6)

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 12.24.17 PM Chiefs (6-6)

 

This was an awesome week of football that ended with possibly the greatest game in NFL history. These are the games that the NFL want to promote, as they are what fans want to see. Though I would like to see the NFL tone down on some of the unnecessary roughness calls, thankfully the Rams-Chiefs game did not end on a flag.

As far as how we did, well we ended in a split. Fitting that the Monday Night game was the game that decided whether I would lose or comeback and tie. Week 12 will kick off on Thanksgiving.

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