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NFL Week Eleven: Week In Review

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NFL Week Eleven has come and gone and we saw some surprising upsets along with many dominant performances from some of the league’s top teams.

As most know November and December are when teams want to start playing their best football. The playoffs near and teams want to position themselves for a spot. The new playoff format for this season allows for an extra wild-card team which could prove to be vital for any team that did not start the season too hot.

Without further ado here are some of my take-aways from Week Eleven in the NFL.

 

Cowboys defeat Vikings 31-28 – Keep hopes of NFC East title alive

The Dallas Cowboys improved to 3-7 on the season with a 31-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Andy Dalton took over the reins of the Cowboys’ offense after missing the past two games due to a concussion coupled with a Covid-19 diagnosis.

Dalton was sensational late in the game leading the Cowboys on an 11 play, 61-yard drive to take the lead. Dalton found Cowboys’ tight end, Dalton Schultz, on the game-winning two-yard touchdown. In addition, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and caught the first touchdown of the game on a six-yard pass from Dalton.

Rookie Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb was spectacular, looking like anything but a rookie in this one. Lamb finished the game with four receptions for 34 yards while chipping in two rushes for 12 yards. Lamb made one of the best catches of the season on a four-yard touchdown from Dalton.

Also in this game, Lamb broke the Cowboys’ single-season record for most receptions by a rookie (47) passing Bob Hayes (46), and doing so in only 10 games.

The Cowboys defense struggled for the most part in this game allowing Vikings running back, Dalvin Cook, to rush for over 100 yards. The secondary had trouble slowing down the Kirk Cousins to an Adam Thielen connection, as they hooked up for two touchdown scores in this one.

Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson was a bright spot on defense, accumulating nine tackles, 0.5 sacks, and laid a punishing hit on Cook to force a fumble. The Vikings had a chance at the end of the game, needing a field goal to tie or a touchdown to win. But the Cowboys defense stood strong, forcing the Vikings to turn the ball over on downs.

Week 12 Preview

Looking ahead in the schedule the Vikings (4-6) will host the Carolina Panthers (4-7) next Sunday. While the Cowboys will host the Washington Football Team for their annual Thanksgiving Day game.

The Philadelphia Eagles currently lead the dreadful NFC East with a record of 3-6-1. While the Cowboys, New York Giants, and Washington all sit at 3-7. Thanksgiving afternoon will have huge implications within the division. With the winner having a great chance to take over sole possession of first place.

 

 

Steelers dominate Jaguars – Move to NFL best 10-0

The Pittsburgh Steelers remained the only undefeated team in the NFL on Sunday with an impressive 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers defense smothered Jaguars rookie Quarterback Jake Luton, forcing him to throw four interceptions.

Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick were the beneficiaries of Luton’s interceptions, each picking him off twice. This defense leads the NFL in turnovers created with 12. Additionally, they lead the league in sacks with 38. The Steelers remain one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL.

Pittsburgh’s offense led by Ben Roethlisberger found success through the air, accumulating 267 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. Dionte Johnson led the team in receptions, reeling in a career-high 12 passes for 111 yards.

Rookie Chase Claypool continues to impress, as he brought in his 10th TD catch of the season. Randy Moss’s 17 touchdown receptions in 1998 are the record for the most in a season by a rookie. Claypool has a chance to break that record with six regular-season games to play.

Week 12 Preview

Pittsburgh (10-0) looks to continue their perfect season on Thanksgiving night with a showdown against their fiercest rival, The Baltimore Ravens (6-4). As for the Jaguars, they fell to 1-9 with this loss and host the Cleveland Browns (7-3) next Sunday.

 

Saints rout Falcons – Hill wins first career start

Taysom Hill has been known as a utility man for most of his career, playing limited time at Quarterback and mostly being used as a runner or receiver. But on Sunday, Hill made his first career start at QB in light of the injured Drew Brees. Hill did not disappoint, completing 18/23 passes for 233 yards and rushing for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Hill led the New Orleans Saints to a 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, giving the Saints their 7th straight win. Star wide receiver Michael Thomas played in his 4th game of the season, and was able to reel in nine catches for 104 yards.

New Orleans’ defense has been one of the more underrated units in the NFL this season. As they put together another great performance against Atlanta’s high-powered offense. Even without their best defensive back, Marshon Lattimore, the Saints contained Julio Jones to only 39 yards and forced Matt Ryan to throw two interceptions.

Week 12 Preview

The Saints take their NFC leading 8-2 on the road as they travel to Denver next Sunday to take on the Broncos (4-6). For the Falcons (3-7), their disappointing season continues next week as they host the Las Vegas Raiders.

 

Chiefs get revenge – Takedown Raiders thanks to Mahomes Magic

Back in Week 5 when the Chiefs and Raiders first met in Kansas City, the Raiders pulled off the upset in a 40-32 victory. Fast-forward to Week 11 and the Chiefs got their revenge thrillingly. Trailing 31-28 with a little under two minutes remaining. Patrick Mahomes took the field and led the Chiefs on a seven-play 75-yard drive. Capped off by a game-winning touchdown pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce.

Mahomes was great in the game, throwing for 348 yards and two touchdown passes. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, led the rushing attack for KC with 69 yards rushing and two rushing TDs. Kelce, who many view as the league’s best tight end, showed how great he is catching 8 passes for 127 yards.

The Raiders showed that the first meeting between these teams was no fluke because they hung right with the Chiefs until the final whistle. Derek Carr played well on primetime, leading the Raiders’ offense to 31 points thanks to three TD passes from Carr.

The Raiders need to sure up their defense if they want to be considered serious Super Bowl contenders. Despite the loss, they also showed they could hang with one of the league’s best teams.

Week 12 Preview

The Chiefs take their 9-1 record on the road next week to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4). This game is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated games of the week. As for the Raiders (6-4), they look to get back on track in a road battle against the Atlanta Falcons (3-7).

 

 

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