With talk of “playoff positioning” creeping into the NFL home front once again, Week 10 presented an interesting mix of games. On the early slate, New Orleans and Atlanta pitted a divisional “rivalry”* down in the big easy with two of the game’s more prominent quarterbacks – Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Despite the former tossing for a career-high 411 yards and three touchdowns, it was New Orleans and their defense (no seriously, their defense) who denying Atlanta the go ahead touchdown with less than two minutes left in the fourth.
Funny thing is, the Saints started the season 0-4. Now they’ve won four out of the last five with an renewed interest in the running game. Don’t look now, but The Big Easy could be putting together one of the better in-season turnaround stories – all things considered, of course – in a good minute. Oh, and about that running game. Chris Ivory’s 56-yard touchdown scamper where he just did all sorts of Marshawn Lynch-esqe “putting the team on my back doe”-type things is a top 10 play of the season candidate and there’s still seven weeks left. Book it.
The Texans and Bears closed out Sunday night’s action in a what was expected to be great game, considering the matchup pitted two one-loss teams. Mother Nature had other plans as rain slowed the game down to a drudging pace. Neither team’s offense scored style points and the real tale may have been takeaways, which should’ve been right up the Bears alley since they have a plus-16 turnover differential. Instead, the Texans took away the ball. Four times. They also took out Chicago’s quarterback, thus crippling the Bears chances even greater. In the end, Houston walked away with a hard fought 13-6 victory and are now tied with Atlanta for the league’s best record.
— Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Mike Vick. Three high profile concussions suffered in one day’s action.
– A tie. That’s how the Rams/Niners game ended, the NFL’s first since 2008 and which also included the Eagles. **Insert Donovan McNabb joke here**
– The topsy turvy season for the Titans continued as Jake Locker returned and the team steamrolled Miami by a score of 31-3. Chris Johnson fantasy watch: 126 yards on 23 carries, his third 100-yard effort in the last four weeks.
– The scene in Philly gets even uglier as Michael Vick went down with a concussion, Andy Reid’s job appears all but axed and the Eagles dropped their fifth straight game. In lighter news, Dallas is 1-0 since America decided to invest four more years in Obama/Biden.
– An efficient game from Christian Ponder served as a fitting compliment to Adrian Peterson’s 171 yards on the ground giving the Vikings a 34-24 win versus Detroit. Calvin Johnson fantasy owners definitely appreciate this 207 yards on 13 catches though.
– Doug Martin fell far short of eclipsing the 200 yard plateau for the second consecutive week, but the Bucs moved to 5-4 after beating the up-and-down Chargers 34-24.
– Cam Newton’s nightmare sophomore season continued after Peyton Manning and the Broncos made the Queen City their own personal stomping ground 36-14. Here’s a fun fact. Peyton Manning has 420 touchdown passes in his career. Peyton Manning also recently purchased 21 Colorado Papa Johns. Just this past week, the state legalized weed. Some of these things you can’t make up even if you tried. What’s the chance we get a pic of Peyton and Javale McGee together, red-eyed?
– The Raiders made Joe Flacco look like Joe Montana in a game that saw the Ravens basically score at will in one of the more lopsided games in years. Baltimore dropped half a hundred plus five. That’s 55 for the mathematically-disabled.
H/T: The Big Lead
* – Drew Brees is 10-2 his last 12 vs. Atlanta. It may be billed as a rivalry but… yeah.