2011 NFL Week 10 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is Taking It to the House’s Week 10 Game Ball award winner for his huge day in Arizona’s comeback win over the Eagles

With only 7 games left to be played for 28 of the league’s 32 teams, there is much more separation left to do within the NFL’s standings before January’s playoffs.  There are still the “Have’s” (5 teams with 7 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Packers 9-0) and the “Have Nots” (11 teams with 3 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers).  But the majority of the NFL (16 teams) are still playing within former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s parity dream section. 

With records ranging from 6-3 to 4-5 including 6 Teams with a record of 5-4 — Bills, NY Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Titans, and Raiders that need to figure out if they are “Contenders” or “Pretenders” in the upcoming weeks.  There are 12 covet playoff spots up for grabs and you have to expect that some teams will soon be giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday for their opportunity in the playoffs.

Week 10 of the 2011 NFL Season typified the topsy-turvy nature of the world’s best sports league.  This week started with a great slugfest on Thursday Night football between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers – won 24-17 by the Raiders (5-4) as rookie WR Denard Moore  (5 Rec, 123 yds, 2 TDs) re-announced himself to the world.  

The young receiver made great catch after great catch as he definitely has jelled with recent-acquisition quarterback Carson Palmer and now Oakland is in the driver’s seat in the “Wild”AFCWest.  Then the week’s remaining 15 games (no byes) provided some great action all the way through the undefeated Green Bay Packers dismantling the hapless Minnesota Vikings 45-7 in an immediate blowout on Monday Night Football.

I am not saying that the 1972 Miami Dolphins (perfect 17-0 including a Super Bowl win) or the 2007 New England Patriots (perfect 16-0 in the regular season) need to worry just yet, but Packers are moving close to their neighborhood.  Though I don’t think the Packers can do the impossible of reaching the 1972 Dolphins’ perfection – too many teams getting up for a fight with the “Town Bully” – I have listed their remaining games below.

 Packers:  TB, @DET, @NYG, OAK, @KC, CHI, DET

More Lloyd’s Leftovers from Week 10

Every Week, You Must Prove Yourself — After “big” Week 9 wins, teams showed that they might have celebrated too much.  The two teams I thought were hurt the most by “Season Defining” wins the week before were the New York Jets (were dismantled by the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football) and New York’s other team, the NY Giants (flew all the way to San Francisco to look very disinterested in a bad loss).  Other “winners” that stumbled in Week 10 were BAL, DET, ATL,  and CIN.

Injuries, Injuries, and more Injuries – I say it every week, “The NFL Season is a War of Attrition” and Week 10 brought that fact to light again as there were several season-ending injuries.  The team that suffered the worst blows were possibly the Denver Broncos who lost both of their top running backs, Willis McGahee (hamstring) and Knowshon Moreno (ACL – I/R) in their 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  The multitude of other frontline injuries included the following players:

Texans QB Matt Schaub (Right Foot – I/R)

Niners RB Frank Gore (knee)

Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (seperated shoulder)

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (Hand – could be season)

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (broken finger)

Bills center Eric Wood (ACL- I/R)

Eagles QB Michael Vick (broken ribs)

Patriots CB Devin McCourty (seperated shoulder)

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (ACL- I/R)

Bears OL Chris Williams (wrist surgery – I/R)

Vikings CB Antoine Winfield (broken clavicle)

Bengals WR A.J Green (hyperextended right leg)

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (concussion)

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring)

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (concussion)

Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle)

NY Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson (MCL)

Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles – I/R)

Week 10 Games

Thursday Nov. 10

Raiders (5-4) over Chargers (4-5), 24-17… The Raiders took the lead in this divisional battle, but the AFC West is so crazy, they could be in the basement in a week.

Sunday Nov. 13

Cowboys (5-4) over Bills (5-4), 44-7… Another one of this week’s blowouts as Romo, Witten, Murray, Ware and company showed that Buffalo is fading fast after a great start.

Broncos (4-5) over Chiefs (5-4), 17-10…. Are you kidding me that Tim Tebow completed just two passes in this win.  Broncos overcame several injuries with a run/pass ratio of 55:8 in a win that puts them back in theAFC West race.

Cardinals (3-6) over Eagles (3-6), 21-17…. Philadelphia lost their 5th game where they held a fourth quarter lead and their 7th out of 8 games at home….Reid on the Hot Seat…Vick gets injured….D-Jax benched…Entire town wondering what happened to their “Dream” team.

Jaguars (3-6) over Colts (0-10), 17-3… Indy firmly cemented their place as the NFL’s worst team as Painter and the rest of the group bungled their way to an awful home loss… Jones-Drew carried 25 times for 114 yards

Bears (6-3) over Lions (6-3), 37-13… CHI has now won 5 games in a row… Bears show they are a top contender for the wildcard in a dominating win over the “vulnerable” Lions….However I am still looking forward to the Packers (10-0) and Lions on Thanksgiving.

Rams (2-7) over Browns (3-6), 13-12…. This week’s ‘Toilet Bowl” had a thrilling finish as the Browns missed a potential GW 22-yard field goal (off a bad snap)

Dolphins (2-7) over Redskins (3-6), 20-9…. Wow the Redskins continue to lose and badly.  The ‘Phins behind a rejuvenated RB Reggie Bush showed they don’t want Andrew Luck in a dominating win.

Saints (7-3) over Falcons (5-4), 26-23 in OT… Ended the Falcons 3-game winning streak…Saints take a gimme lay-up field goal to win in OT after Falcons HC Mike Smith makes the boneheaded call to run for it on 4th-and-short from around is own 30-yard line and veteran RB Michael Turner was stuffed….Falcons had rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter

Steelers (7-3) over Bengals (6-3), 24-17… Ended the Bengals 5-game winning streak… The Steelers are for real and looking road-tested for a continued run after their Week 11 bye…RB Rashard Mendenhall ran hard and the Steelers’ D made rookie Andy Dalton make some bad throws at the end.

Texans (7-3) over Buccaneers (4-5), 37-9… This one was a laugher as the Texans pounded the reeling NFC South basement Bucs….However HOU lost QB Matt Schaub for the season with a foot injury….The Texans will have their bye week in WK 11 to get back-up Matt Leinart ready

Titans (5-4) over Panthers (2-7), 30-3… Another blowout as CJ2K was back (174 yards from scrimmage and eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time since October) in  the win….TEN is trying to keep up with the Texans, but their only hope could be a wildcard.

Seahawks (3-6) over Ravens (6-3), 22-17… Ended the Ravens 2-game winning streak…Snapped 2-game losing streak forSEA… After a big win over the Steelers in WK 9, the Ravens forgot to bring their “A” game to Seattle… Flacco looks skittish in a road game that BAL probably wants back.

SF 49ers (8-1) over Giants (6-3), 27-20… Boring or not, the Niners are for real as SF won their 7th straight game in a potential playoff win over the G-Men… HC Jim Harbaugh’s team should have this division wrapped-up real soon.

Patriots (6-3) over Jets (5-4), 37-16… Brady and company pounded the “mouthy” Jets in their own stadium…Ended the J-E-T-S’ 3-game winning streak… Snapped a 2-game losing streak for NE

Monday Nov. 14

Packers (9-0) over Vikings (2-7), 45-7…. Another blowout laugher as Rodgers and company continue to put-up huge stats…. You have to start wondering who left on GB’s schedule (TB, @DET, @NYG, OAK, @KC, CHI, DET) is going to give them a game, let alone knock them off.

  • There were not any byes in Week 10
  • Visiting teams had an incredible record of 10-6 in Week 10 including the Oakland Raiders taking over the lead in the AFC West after their Thursday Night win at San Diego.  Home winners were SEA,DAL, CHI, MIA, SF, and GB
  • Teams coming off a bye were 1-3 in Week 10

Game Balls

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald —  Fitzy showed Eagles malcontent WR DeSean Jackson (de-activated for his bad attitude) why he is one of the top-paid receivers in football.  Fitzgerald had an amazing 7 catches for a league-high 146 yards and 2 TDs  as he made backup John Skelton look like a pro in the Cardinals’ 21-17 road win.  The multiple-time Pro Bowl receiver also put the Cardinals on the doorstep for their game-winning touchdown with a great leaping grab at the Birds’ 1-yard line and blocked for Early Doucet’s GW-touchdown.

Honorable Mention: Cowboys QB Tony Romo, Raiders WR Denard Moore, Raiders RB Michael Bush, Patriots DE Andre Carter (4.5 sacks), Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson, Broncos RB Lance Ball, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush, Seahawks K Steven Hauschka, Bears CB Charles Tillman, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (Ho-Hum another 4 TD game)

Lloyd’s Lackey

Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton – I know the rookie showed some moxey in a tough effort against the Steelers, but he did throw two picks in the 4th quarter  including a game closer to Pittsburgh CB William Gay (inside the Pittsburgh 20 with 2:27 left.).  Dalton finished with the pedestrian line of 15-30, 170 yds, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs.  However one bright spot for the Rookie of the Year candidate was that he threw two touchdown passes, giving him fourteen (the most by a rookie quarterback in his first nine games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970).

Dishonorable Mention: Falcons HC Mike Smith,  Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Eagles QB Michael Vick, Browns LS Ryan Pontbriand, and the Minnesota Vikings Special Teams

Standings Breakdown

1 Team ….9-0 — Packers

1 Team…. 8-1 — Niners

3 Teams… 7-3 — Steelers, Saints, Texans

6 Teams…  6-3 — Bears, Patriots, Lions, Bengals, NY Giants, Ravens

6 Teams…. 5-4 — Bills, NY Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Titans, Raiders

4 Teams… 4-5  — Bucs,  Chargers. Chiefs, Broncos

5 Teams…. 3-6 — Redskins, Browns, Eagles, Jaguars, Cardinals

5 Teams … 2-7 — Panthers, Vikings, Seahawks, Rams, Dolphins

1 Team…..0-10 (AKA…Andrew Luck Sweepstakes) — Colts

  • 17 Teams with winning records including one undefeated team (Packers, 9-0), other strong contenders [Niners (8-1), Steelers (7-3), Texans (7-3), and Patriots (6-3)], plus some absolutely surprises in the Bears and Bengals (both 6-3)
  • 15 Teams with losing records including surprises [Eagles (3-6) and the Manning-less Colts (0-10)]
  • 10 Teams stuck in the NFL’s Parity Wasteland (4-5 to 5-4)…. Can you say “Any Given Sunday”
  • Remember 11-5 (2008 New England Patriots) or 10-6 (Bucs and NY Giants in 2010) does not guarantee making the playoffs

Division Leaders

AFC North — The Steelers (7-3) took control of this division by outlasting the Bengals in a key road win, but Pittsburgh can’t rest on their laurels as Cincy and Baltimore (both 6-3) are right on their heels

AFC South — It finally looks like the year that the Texans (7-3) will win theAFC South and just their braintrust (GM Rick Smith and HC Gary Kubiak).  Houston however better not forget about the scrappy Titans (5-4)

AFC West — This division is still the “Wild West”, even though the Raiders (5-4) have a 1-game lead over the Chargers, Broncos, and Chiefs are all still tied at 4-5

AFC East — In a huge SNF win, the Patriots (6-3) took back the divisional lead by shutting-up the “all talk” NY Jets (5-4) in their own house.  I don’t think the Patriots have to worry about the reeling Bills (5-4) anymore.

NFC North — The NFL’s last undefeated team stayed that way for another week as the defending SB Champion Packers (9-0) thumped the hapless Vikings on MNF.  This division could also produce the NFC’s two wildcard teams too as the Lions and Bears (both 6-3) are in the hunt.

NFC South — The division-leading New Orleans Saints (7-3 with 1.5 game lead) took of the divisional race by winning a key overtime game against the “nervy” Falcons (5-4).  Also in this division’s rearview mirror are the currently struggling Bucs (4-5)

NFC West — The Niners (8-1, with a 3-game lead) continued their march toward a division title by Thanksgiving with a “statement” win over the NY Giants.  It was also a very good week for the rest of the division too as all four teams took home victories — first time since Week 1 in 1987.  But the rest of the NFC West teams [ARZ (3-6),SEA (3-6), andSTL (2-7)] have no shot at catching the Niners

NFC East — One week after their big over the Patriots, the NY Giants (6-3) came out flat in a “bad” road loss to the Seahawks.  Things could get interesting in WK’s 14 and 17 when the G-Men take on the suddenly resurgent Cowboys (1-game back at 5-4).  And things are looking horrible forPHI and WAS (both underachieving at 3-6)

How 2010 NFL Playoff Teams are Faring

**Remember for 15 straight seasons there have been at least 5 new playoff teams**

AFC

Steelers (7-3)

Ravens (6-3)

Patriots (6-3)

NY Jets (5-4)

Chiefs (4-5)

Colts (0-10)

NFC

Packers (9-0)

Saints (7-3)

Bears (6-3)

Falcons (5-4)

Eagles (3-6)

Seahawks (3-6)

Current Winning Streaks

Packers — 11 in a row going back to 2010

Niners — 7 in a row

Falcons — 3 in a row

NY Jets — 3 in a row

NY Giants — 3 in a row

Bears — 5 in a row

Texans — 4 in a row

Raiders — 2 in a row

Saints — 2 in a row

Cowboys — 2 in a row

Dolphins — 2 in a row

Broncos — 2 in a row

Cardinals — 2 in a row

 

Current Losing Streaks

Colts — 10 in a row

Redskins — 5 in a row

Chargers — 4 in a row

Eagles — 2 in a row

Chiefs — 2 in a row

Bucs — 2 in a row

Browns — 2 in a row

Bills — 2 in a row

Upcoming schedules

NFC

ARI(3-6) —             @SF, @STL,DAL, SF,CLE, @CIN,SEA

ATL(5-4)  —           TEN, MIN, @HOU, @CAR,JAX, @NO, TB

CAR(2-7) —            @DET, @IND, @TB,ATL, @HOU, TB, @NO

CHI (6-3)                —            SD, @OAK, KC, @DEN,SEA, @GB, @MIN

DAL(5-4) —            @WAS, MIA, @ARI, NYG, @TB,PHI, @NYG

DET (6-3) —           CAR, GB, @NO, MIN, @OAK, SD, @GB

GB (9-0) —             TB, @DET, @NYG, OAK, @KC, CHI, DET

MIN (2-7) —           OAK, @ATL, DEN, @DET, NO, @WAS, CHI

NO (7-3) —             BYE, NYG, DET, @TEN, @MIN,ATL,CAR

NYG (6-3) —          PHI(SNF), @NO, GB, @DAL, WAS, @NYJ,DAL

PHI(3-6)                —            @NYG (SNF), NE, @SEA(TNF), @MIA, NYJ, @DAL, WAS

SEA(3-6) —            @STL, WAS,PHI(TNF),STL, @CHI, SF, @ARI

SF (8-1) —              ARI, @BAL,STL, @ARI, PIT, @SEA, @STL

STL(2-7) —            SEA,ARI, @SF, @SEA,CIN, @PIT, SF

TB (4-5) —              @GB, @TEN,CAR, @JAX,DAL, @CAR, @ATL

WAS (3-6) —         DAL, @SEA, NYJ, NE, @NYG, MIN, @PHI

AFC

BAL (6-3) —           CIN, SF, @CLE,IND, @SD,CLE, @CIN

BUF (5-4) —            @MIA, @NYJ,TEN, @SD, MIA, DEN, @NE

CIN (6-3) —            @BAL,CLE, @PIT, HOU, @STL,ARI,BAL

CLE (3-6)  —           JAX, @CIN,BAL, @PIT, @ARI, @BAL, PIT

DEN (4-5) —           NYJ (TNF),  @SD, @MIN, CHI, NE, @BUF, KC

HOU (7-3) —          BYE,  @JAX,ATL. @CIN,CAR, @IND,TEN

IND(0-10)  —         BYE,CAR, @NE, @BAL,TEN, HOU, @JAX

JAX (3-6)  —            @CLE, HOU, SD, TB, @ATL, @TEN,IND

KC (4-5)  —             @NE (MNF), PIT, @CHI, @NYJ, GB, OAK, @DEN

MIA (2-7) —           BUF, @DAL, OAK,PHI, @BUF, @NE, NYJ

NE  (6-3) —             KC (MNF), @PHI,IND, @WAS, @DEN, MIA, BUF

NYJ (5-4) —             @DEN (TNF), BUF, @WAS, KC, @PHI, NYG, @MIA

OAK (4-4) —           @MIN, CHI, @MIA, @GB, DET, @KC, SD

PIT  (7-3) —            BYE, @KC,CIN,CLE, @SF,STL, @CLE

SD (4-5)  —             @CHI, DEN, @JAX, BUF,BAL, @DET, @OAK

TEN (5-4) —            @ATL, TB, @BUF, NO, @IND,JAX, @HOU

Week 10 Leaders

Passing 

1. M. Ryan ATL  351 yds- OT 

2. M. Stafford DET  338 yds

3. T. Brady NE  329 yds

4. D. Brees NO  322 yds- OT 

5. J. Skelton ARI  315 yds

Rushing

1. M. Bush OAK  157 yds

2. D. Murray DAL  135 yds

3. C. Johnson TEN  130 yds

4. S. Jackson STL  128 yds

Receiving

1. L. Fitzgerald ARI  146 yds

2. H. Douglas ATL  133 yds- OT 

3. D. Moore OAK  123 yds

4. M. Colston NO  113 yds- OT 

4. R. Gronkowski NE  113 yds

TDS   

1.  A. Rodgers GB 4 TDs

2. T. Brady NE  3 TDs

2. T. Romo DAL  3 TDs

2. J. Skelton ARI  3 TDs

2. M. Schaub HOU  2 TDs  (tied with 16 others) 

Looking ahead to Week 11

Thursday Nov. 17

Jets (5-4) at Broncos (4-5) 8:20PM ET

Sunday Nov. 20

Bengals (6-3) at Ravens (6-3) 1:00PM ET

Bills (5-4) at Dolphins (2-7) 1:00PM ET

Buccaneers (4-5) at Packers (9-0) 1:00PM ET

Cowboys (5-4) at Redskins (3-6) 1:00PM ET

Jaguars (3-6) at Browns (3-6) 1:00PM ET

Panthers (2-7) at Lions (6-3) 1:00PM ET

Raiders (5-4) at Vikings (2-7) 1:00PM ET

Titans (5-4) at Falcons (5-4) 1:00PM ET

Cardinals (3-6) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05PM ET

Seahawks (3-6) at Rams (2-7) 4:05PM ET

Chargers (4-5) at Bears (6-3) 4:15PM ET

Eagles (3-6) at Giants (6-3) 8:20PM ET

Monday Nov. 21

Chiefs (4-5) at Patriots (6-3) 8:30PM ET

Byes: Colts (0-10), Saints (7-3), Steelers (7-3), Texans (7-3)

 

 

Lloyd Vance is the Editor  for Taking It to the House , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl

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