What a week in the NFL, full of close games, upsets and jarring injuries that will change the landscape of the league for years to come, this was a golden week for the National Football League, displaying its parity and best players to the masses.
It was fun to watch, but not all was good news.
Another undefeated goes down, another Patriot star goes down and a Hall of Fame quarterback meets father time.
Let’s get to it.
BUF 22, NYJ 17
This first of the week’s upset craze delirium went down on Thursday in the Meadowlands with the Jets falling to the Bills. The Jets should have won the game but Fitzpatrick’s three picks and the lackluster defensive effort that allowed Shady McCoy to rush for over 100 yards fueled the upset in Rex Ryan’s return to New York since being fired.
JAX 22, BAL 20
Now that we know the refs erred in giving Jacksonville one last chance to kick the eventual game-winning field goal, all I can say is tough luck Ravens, maybe next year. The Jags finally won another game stateside, good for them.
DET 18, GB 16
If you would have told me that Packers would only score 16 at home and lose to the Lions, I would have told you to go to hell – I stand corrected. The Pack attack sorely miss Jordy Nelson as the offense has begun to crumble around Aaron Rodgers, which has left them searching for answers.
MIA 20, PHI 19
I’ll go ahead and put this in the upset column since nobody saw this coming, including myself. After a hot start under interim head coach, Dan Campbell, the Phins again fell off a cliff only to return in a blaze of glory – largely helped by Mark Sanchez’s insane red zone interception. It seems both of these teams’ seasons are being defined by their inconsistencies.
CLE 9, PIT 30
What more can I say, Ben Roethlisberger on one foot is better than the Cleveland Browns put together. Good try, Johnny Football.
CHI 37, STL 13
Don’t look now, but Jay Cutler is slowly leading a resurgent Bears team with the help of break out rookie running back, Jeremy Langford.
DAL 6, TB 10
Matt Cassell was Matt Cassell and Jameis Winston was, well, Jameis Winston. One is better than the other. Good thing Romo is back next week, but it may be a little too late for the Cowboys at 2-7.
CAR 27, TEN 10
Cam Newton did Cam Newton things and won. What else is new. The Panthers now stand at 9-0.
NO 14, WSH 47
So, the Saints defense is terrible. And DC Rob Ryan was fired after the game. Rough week in the Big Easy, but the Kirk Cousin led-Redskins put on a show of epic proportions racking up 514 total yards after looking lost against the Patriots.
MIN 30, OAK 14
The Vikings are proving they’re no fluke, and with the Packers stumbling the past three weeks, they’re now in first place in the NFC North. As for the Raiders, they’re finding out it’s difficult to be good in this league.
KC 29, DEN 13
I don’t think many people understand the magnitude of the situation in Denver right now. Peyton Manning, a Hall of Fame quarterback, played the worst game of his 18-year NFL career going 5-20 for 35 yards with 4 interceptions. Those are god-awful numbers. It saddens me that Peyton has falling that low. His 2013 MVP season seems like a lifetime ago.
NE 27, NYG 26
What a game. In a rematch of Super Bowl 42 and 46, this reprieve did not disappoint. The Patriots just bring out the best in the Giants and vice versa. The shorthanded Patriots, without top wideout Julian Edelman after the first quarter, gutted out a tough victory against a team that seemingly had their number. Lets give the Giants credit, they played a great game but they still left a lot of plays out there which allowed New England to capitalize and win on a 43-yard field goal by the best kicker in the NFL, Stephen Gotskowski. The Patriots move on to 9-0.
AZ 39, SEA 32
Seattle’s defensive woes in the fourth quarter continue as they let another lead slip away. Last year they benefited from a depleted Rams and 49ers teams and a Cards team that lost Carson Palmer around this time – but this year they will get so such luck. The 49ers and Rams are not great, but the Cards looks primed for a Super Bowl run, something that Seattle’s use to doing but they don’t look like they’re up for the task.
TEX 10, CIN 6
Week 10 began with an upset and it ended with the biggest upset of them all. Bengals-killer T.J. Yates led a game-winning touchdown drive that climaxed with a beautiful 22-yard TD catch by DeAndre Hopkins. I feel bad for Andy Dalton since the blame will fall squarely on his shoulders, as it should, but for a team that is 8-1, they should not be panicking. But with that aside, this was a terrible loss to the lackluster Texans who at times look as if they don’t care if they win or lose. They did want to win this past Monday, and they did.