Week 10 noticed one of many NFL’s two remaining winless groups get a much-needed victory, plus a myriad of upsets or near-upsets, and a few high performances. We additionally noticed stars and groups battle in surprising vogue because the playoff race actually begins to warmth up.
Here are the 15 largest disappointments from NFL Week 10.
Buffalo Bills’ protection
A once-promising Bills season is headed within the utterly incorrect path. Buffalo has now misplaced two in a row following a 5-2 begin, with Sunday’s house 47-10 loss to New Orleans being a specific embarrbadment. The protection was merely less than par in opposition to the revitalized New Orleans Saints, who ran throughout Buffalo’s hapless protection. New Orleans put up 482 complete yards, with 298 of these yards on the bottom — a outstanding complete for the Saints. They additionally rushed for six scores. Buffalo by no means had an opportunity with the best way issues went for the protection.
Broncos’ particular groups
The Broncos have seen their offense battle these days and, significantly final week in opposition to Philadelphia, their protection as properly. Why not add the particular groups to the equation? In the primary half in opposition to New England alone on Sunday evening, Isaiah McKenzie muffed a punt, which led to 6 factors. They then allowed a 103-yard kick return for a landing. As if that weren’t sufficient, a blocked punt within the second quarter arrange New England for one more landing. Denver’s particular groups hasn’t been good this 12 months, however they had been roughly straight chargeable for New England’s first half efficiency. Stopping Tom Brady is already laborious sufficient. Beating the Patriots after making so many particular groups errors is sort of unattainable.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
Jacksonville might have squeaked out an time beyond regulation win on Sunday, however Bortles definitely did the whole lot he might to actually throw this one away. Bortles threw two key interceptions to San Diego’s Tre Boston late within the recreation, with the second wanting prefer it was going to lead to a shocking house loss. Jacksonville received this recreation due to their protection as Bortles was given a whole lot of alternatives to cross — and reminded us that he has many, many limitations.
New York Giants
Will shedding to the beforehand winless San Francisco 49ers be sufficient to get Ben McAdoo fired? It’s too quickly to say, but when his destiny isn’t sealed now, it definitely appears like it is going to be quickly sufficient. The 1-Eight Giants allowed Kyle Shanahan to earn his first win as San Francisco’s head coach. Steve Spagnuolo has little motive to carry his head excessive both after his protection gave up almost 500 complete yards to a crew quarterbacked by C.J. Beathard. The Giants want a complete and full cleansing of home. The solely query is how lengthy they’ll take to get it began.
Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
Allen was being defended by Jalen Ramsey, so we knew he had a tricky activity on Sunday. He didn’t actually ship. Allen was held utterly in verify because the Chargers confronted off in opposition to the troublesome Jacksonville protection, catching solely 4 pbades for a complete of 48 yards. Allen began off the season with two 100-yard video games within the first month, main many to consider he was set to duplicate the success he loved as a rookie. Since then, he hasn’t completed a lot. The incapacity for Philip Rivers to attach with him recurrently was positively a motive that the Chargers couldn’t pull this one out.
Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Brown acquired his traditional share of targets, however the catches didn’t comply with in a 20-17 win over the Colts. He missed a pair huge play alternatives — not essentially any fault of his personal — and had his second worst recreation of the season when it comes to yardage (47 on three catches). He regarded in line for a giant day in opposition to the lowly Colts, but it surely wasn’t occurring for him as he and Ben Roethlisberger didn’t appear to be in good sync. Don’t anticipate that to turn into a daily prevalence.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
It was a kind of days for Cousins, who affords one thing for everybody. He went 26 of 45 for 327 yards, a landing and an interception. He gave one thing for his detractors to level to as proof that he’s one of many recreation’s most overrated quarterbacks. His accuracy was shaky at occasions, his interception was not a superb one, and he took benefit of some shut speeding touchdowns. But on the entire, this was the type of inconsistent efficiency that makes you doubt him for only a second.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
It’s increase or bust for Hilton, and this was a bust week for the Colts’ star receiver. Pittsburgh’s secondary was there for the taking — Indianapolis did put up 17 factors — however Hilton was not part of it. He had simply two receptions for 23 yards. On the entire, Hilton’s season has been a letdown. Playing with Jacoby Brissett as his QB, Hilton has had way more mediocre video games than he has had good ones. But to comply with up a 175-yard, two-touchdown efficiency with simply 23 yards? Woof.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
Fournette hadn’t performed in a couple of month, which certainly had one thing to do along with his disappointing efficiency on Sunday. That was little comfort to the Jaguars, who gave Fournette the ball 17 occasions and noticed him acquire simply 33 yards. Jacksonville threw the ball much more than traditional on Sunday, although it’s debatable whether or not that was trigger or impact for Fournette’s sluggish day. Either method, he regarded rusty, and the numbers bear that out.
DeShone Kizer — or Hue Jackson
As the crew’s head coach, Jackson rightly took the autumn for the horrendously botched clock administration on the finish of the primary half within the Browns’ loss to the Detroit Lions. Even three factors would have made it a 17-13 recreation and will have modified the sensation of issues popping out of the locker room. In actuality, the error was seemingly attributed to Kizer. There appeared to be intensive confusion all through the Cleveland offense on the play in query — however regardless of the case, the poor play name goes to be a speaking level, prefer it or not.
Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
Jones had been on a three-week sizzling streak, however he crashed again to earth in opposition to the Cleveland Browns, which regarded prefer it ought to have been a positive matchup for him. Jones was focused twice and caught one cross for 22 yards. Lions QB Matthew Stafford leaned closely on Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay as an alternative, costing Jones dearly. Those searching for a giant day from him in opposition to Cleveland’s secondary got here away fairly disenchanted.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
Prescott regarded so much much less convincing with out Ezekiel Elliott, which was to be anticipated. One might argue that a good larger motive for the second-year QB’s struggles was the harm that saved sort out Tyron Smith out of the sport. Prescott was put underneath fixed stress by Atlanta’s entrance 4 and noticed method an excessive amount of of Adrian Clayborn, who had six sacks. Without these two key gamers, Prescott didn’t have a lot of an opportunity. He struggled mightily, finishing solely 20 pbades for less than 176 yards whereas shedding two fumbles. One has to marvel if his ceiling is a bit decrease so long as Elliott is absent.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins
This needs to be the low level for Pryor — or, on the very least, you’d hope so. In a recreation the place Washington threw it 45 occasions, Pryor wasn’t focused as soon as. He solely performed 28 snaps. Pryor’s determination to signal only a one-year contract in hopes of cashing in huge after a second good season in a row appears to have backfired spectacularly. Pryor has roughly turn into a non-factor within the Washington offense. Cousins barely targets him these days, and he’ll should look lengthy and laborious at what occurred to him this season.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills
None of the Bills had good video games on Sunday, however Taylor’s efficiency stood out for all of the incorrect causes. Taylor tried solely 18 pbades, accomplished 9 of them, and tallied up 56 yards. Part of the reason for the poor stats was the truth that coach Sean McDermott sat him early to guard him in a blowout loss to New Orleans, however his efficiency was unhealthy sufficient that some had been questioning if Nathan Peterman would possibly get a glance subsequent week. He received’t, however Taylor’s efficiency impressed little confidence.
NFL concussion protocol
Perhaps the protocol labored as meant, however Sunday’s occasions definitely didn’t make it appear to be it did. First, there was Thomas Davis allegation about Atlanta Falcons operating again Devonta Freeman’s concussion, which did the league no favors. Worse nonetheless was the sight of a groggy Jacoby Brissett barely lacking any time after a success to the top, forcing the Colts to go on the defensive after their loss. All of this got here after the Seahawks might have violated protocol with Russell Wilson on Thursday evening.
It’s clear that the league nonetheless has an extended solution to go on head accidents. Week 10 proved that.