Week 10’s NFL excitement recapped

Week 10 of NFL Football was a good one, as usual!

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The Eagles, Ravens, and Seahawks all picked up losses in Week 10- while the Giants, Patriots, and Steelers picked up victories.

All I can say is… Wow! 10 weeks of the NFL season have already flown by, and it feels like almost just yesterday was Week 1. The time has gone by very fast, and many teams have been piling up the wins in bunches.

 

Let’s recap an exciting Week 10 which was full of star-studded athletes and top-caliber plays on display in almost every single game!

 

IND Colts vs. TEN Titans, 11/12/20:

Running Back Nyheim Hines had by-far his best performance of the season so far on Thursday Night Football, on his 24th birthday no less, which propelled the Indianapolis Colts to a fantastic victory over the Titans. Hines recorded both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, which showed up through his outstanding numbers all over the stat sheet. Colts veteran QB, 8-time Pro Bowler Phillip Rivers, had a pretty solid night, completing 29 of 39 passes for 308 yards. As for the Indianapolis defense, they also did their job exceptionally well, allowing just 17 points to a typically-dynamite Titans offense by keeping in check QB Ryan Tannehill and the ever-elusive RB Derrick Henry. The victory gave Indianapolis its 6th win of the season, as they improve to 6-3, while Tennessee takes its 3rd loss, dropping to, what for now, the identical record as the Colts.  Final Score: Indianapolis 34, Tennessee 17.

 

HOU Texans vs. CLE Browns, 11/15/20:

This week’s Texans/Browns matchup began- or shall we say did not begin- with a severe weather delay because of some hazardous wind gusts out in Cleveland. Once the game got underway after the approximately 35-minute weather delay, the offense of both teams were not at their best form. After 3 full quarters of action, the Browns led by a score of  just 3-0. Then finally, in the 4th and final quarter, both teams each scored a touchdown. Houston’s only touchdown and scoring play of the day came on an end zone reception by the 6’6” tight end Pharaoh Brown. For Cleveland, their star running back Nick Chubb returned after several weeks sidelined with an injury. With Chubb back in action on the field for this one, he proved to be as good as he was pre-injury, scoring the Browns’ only touchdown of the day along with having some impressive long runs. Chubb carried the football 19 times for 126 rushing yards in the game, and his touchdown seemed to be the difference maker this Sunday, leading to a Browns win. Cleveland also got 104 rushing yards from their other RB, Kareem Hunt, who also rushed exactly 19 times, the exact same number of times Chubb ran the ball.  Final Score: Cleveland 10, Houston 7.

 

WASH Football Team vs. DET Lions, 11/15/20:

This Sunday afternoon matchup seemed to be a battle of the running backs. Washington’s rookie RB, Antonio Gibson, had himself a big day. Despite rushing for just a modest 45 yards, Gibson made two trips into the end zone for Washington. However, this wasn’t enough for Washington to grab a win on this particular Sunday. The Detroit Lions were led in this ballgame by their solid quarterback, Matthew Stafford, who threw 3 touchdown passes with 0 interceptions on the afternoon. Running back D’Andre Swift also had a monstrous statistical game for the Lions- 81 rushing yards and 68 receiving yards on the stat sheet. WR Marvin Jones Jr. also made 8 receptions on the day for Detroit, including 1 in the end zone, and the Lions pulled this one out by a relatively slim margin.  Final Score: Detroit 30, Washington 27.

 

TB Buccaneers vs. CAR Panthers, 11/15/20:

We all know who Tom Brady is. But just in case anyone had forgotten, Brady reminded everyone that he’s still around, and he’s still elite. The 43-year-old veteran QB looked as good as ever this Sunday, throwing 28 completed passes for over 340 yards and 3 TDs. Tight End Rob Gronkowski caught one of the touchdown passes, and star WR Mike Evans caught one as well. However, probably the most epic of all plays in this game came midway through the 3rd quarter when the crafty, versatile running back Ronald Jones II found a big hole in the Carolina Panthers’ defense and went flying down the field. The rest was history, and the Carolina defenders could forget about this play. Literally from one end of the field down to the other, essentially endzone to endzone, Jones raced down and scored a 98-yard touchdown run. Now, that, was a lot of Fantasy points for anyone who has Jones on their team! With the win, the Buccaneers improve to 7-3, while the Panthers fall to 3-7.  Final Score: Tampa Bay 46, Carolina 23.

 

PHI Eagles vs. NY Giants, 11/15/20:

A pair of NFC East teams met up for this ballgame up at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Eagles were coming off their Bye week, and that seemed to show in their on-field performance, as they looked rusty and unpolished right from kickoff. The story of the day in this game was the running game, for both teams. Neither starting Quarterback, Jones nor Wentz, threw a touchdown pass. Instead, nearly all touchdowns scored by both teams came from the running backs. For the Giants, Wayne Gallman recorded 53 rushing yards and made two trips into the endzone. For Philadelphia, first option RB Miles Sanders played his first game back after a few-week hiatus because of injury. Sanders ran for 85 yards, but did not score a TD. Carson Wentz completed just 21 of 37 passes for 208 yards, so not a particularly amazing game that he’s going to want to remember. Ultimately, after a mediocre game overall, the Giants were able to prevail and pick up their 3rd win of the season.  Final Score: New York 27, Philadelphia 17.

 

BUF Bills vs. ARI Cardinals, 11/15/20:

Two superstar quarterbacks matched up in this battle in the desert out in Arizona, both these teams leading their respective divisions. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills went off to a quick start, and led the Cardinals 16-9 at halftime. However, Arizona came back out of the locker room in the 3rd quarter hot on offense, scoring 17 points in the frame. Cardinals’ young phenom QB Kyler Murray threw the ball very well, and also ran the ball extremely well, as he so often does. Murray himself, despite not being a running back, carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards and two rushing touchdowns. For the Bills, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley both made 10+ catches and each scored one touchdown. However, one of the only catches of the night that most people will remember is the final catch of the game. This was an incredible 43-yard hail-mary pass downfield right into the endzone with 1 second remaining in the game from Kyler Murray to superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. This catch was the game ending, game winning play of the night to give Arizona a spectacular down-to-the-wire victory with a nail-biting finish which was exhilarating for fans and spectators to witness!  Final Score: Arizona 32, Buffalo 30.

 

Other games’s biggest headlines:

 

-Rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa and backup running back Salvon Ahmed led the Miami Dolphins to their FIFTH consecutive win, this week beating the LA Chargers 29-21.

 

-Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and a solid defensive effort led the Green Bay Packers to their 7th win of the season, topping the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20.

 

-Behind a tremendous performance from QB Ben Roethlisberger and 2 touchdown receptions by WR Chase Claypool, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue their absolute dominance this season, still not having lost a single game. Steelers retain their unbeaten record, still a 0 in the loss column, and pick up their 9th win over the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 36-10.

 

-Saints’ Superstar RB Alvin Kamara put together an absolute masterpiece of a game, including 2 short distance rushing touchdowns, 7 catches for 83 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown- for 3 touchdowns in all. The New Orleans Saints pick up their 7th victory, defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 27-13.

 

-All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson had by-far his worst game of the season so far for the Seattle Seahawks, which ultimately led to a Seahawks loss, falling to the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams were led by two of their running backs, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson, who each scored touchdowns to help LA grab a 23-16 win.

 

-Running backs Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker scored two touchdowns each to lead the Las Vegas Raiders to a big 37-12 win over Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos.

 

-In a game dominated by torrential rain and strong winds, Cam Newton and Rex Burkhead propelled the New England Patriots to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.