In week 11 of the NFL, the Rams offense was finally stymied, losing 24-7 to the Minnesota Vikings, racking up less than 300 yards of total offense. The Packers were shut down at home by the Baltimore Ravens, losing 23-0 while Joe Flacco put up one of the worst performances a QB can have while trying to make a case for “elite” title, throwing for 183 yards with one pick and one touchdown, and the Cowboys were a shell of their old selves without Zeke, losing at home to the Eagles 37-9.
Peterman pays for McDermott’s sins
In a move that shocked the NFL world, Bills head coach Sean McDermott benched Starting QB Tyrod Taylor on Sunday after the team had lost two straight games. The move puzzled many, as the Bills’ offense for the past few seasons has been pretty much based around Tyrod.
He sat out the whole first half and continued to be the spiritual leader of the team from the sidelines, while Nate Peterman gave us more fuel to toss atop the Colin Kaepernick-blacklist fire. Peterman threw more interceptions in the first half alone — 5 –than Tyrod has thrown all season.
Taylor was sent onto the field to play the second half, by which point the Los Angeles Chargers had already scored 40 points. Tyrod was given the unfair task of trying to keep his team in the game but the deficit was too large, and the Bills went on to lose 54-24. Nate Peterman’s disastrous performance left many in awe of the fact that Colin Kaepernick, a Super Bowl runner-up, still does not have a job in the NFL when so many awful QBs are still employed.
Eli mans up and takes down the Chiefs
The Giants won one for the fans this weekend as Eli Manning was the only passer to not throw a pick in the Chiefs-Giants game on Sunday. Kansas City QB Alex Smith, tight end Travis Kelce and Giants RB Shane Vereen all accounted for at least one interception during the game. The Giants won in overtime on a 23-yard field goal by kicker Aldrick Rosas, improving to a disastrous 2-8 record on the season.
The Giants have looked ready to collapse all season, but they live to see another day after defeating the Chiefs, who had looked like one of the best teams in the league at the start of the season, 12-9. The Chiefs are now 6-4 after losing four of their last five games, and they must be stunned after losing what seemed like a sure victory. The Giants play next on Thanksgiving against the Redskins, who are coming off a devastating 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints — after giving up a 15-point lead with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Big Ben beats up on the Titans
The Steelers improved to 8-2 on the season after a 40-17 Thursday Night thrashing of the Tennessee Titans. Ben Roethlisberger dispelled speculation about his age with another excellent performance, throwing for 299 yards along with 4 touchdowns.
The Titans looked like a potential dark horse at the beginning of the season, being in the AFC South and coming off an impressive 2016 season in which they just missed the playoffs. DeMarco Murray has been one of the team’s biggest disappointments this year. After being the third leading rusher in 2016, Murray has lacked the fire that made him so dominant last year and has been surrendering many carries to 2015 Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry.
Zeroes and Heroes
The Miami Dolphins fell to the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, 30-20. The Dolphins have been slacking this season, going 4-6 and getting shut out twice in games against the Saints and Ravens. The Dolphins offense has struggled after Ryan Tannehill — who was coming into his stride after the Dolphins went 10-6 in 2016 and finished second in the division — was lost for the year due to a pre-season injury.
Tannehill was replaced by the godawful Jay Cutler, who came out of retirement for a fat paycheck. Cutler has been plagued by injury and backup Matt Moore has stepped in for him on multiple occasions this year. Furthermore, the loss of Jay Ajayi via trade eliminated one of the team’s only rushing weapons. Ajayi’s play for the Dolphins this year let many down and wondering what happened, but when he scored his first rushing touchdown of the year after being traded to the Eagles it was clear that he was not the problem in Miami.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have surpassed expectations this year. The team is now 7-3 and sitting atop the AFC South after firing Gus Bradley last year and hiring Doug Marrone as the new head coach. Talented additions to the revamped defense have earned the team’s defensive unit the nickname “Sacksonville.”
Jacksonville’s defense has accounted for 40 sacks this year along with 13 interceptions, and they are currently first in the NFL in both points allowed and total yards allowed to opponents. The team has their greatest challenge ahead of them heading into the last six weeks of the season, playing the Seahawks in week 14 and trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.