NFL Nation, ESPNNov 12, 2023, 11:36 PM ET
Week 10 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday night time with undrafted rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent main the Chicago Bears to a slim house victory in a low-scoring recreation in opposition to No. 1 decide Bryce Younger and the Carolina Panthers.
The week continued Sunday morning when the Indianapolis Colts beat the New England Patriots in Frankfurt, Germany. Later, the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars, C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans beat Joe Burrow and the Bengals, and the Cleveland Browns staged a comeback win in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens.
Kyler Murray led the Arizona Cardinals previous the Atlanta Falcons in his first recreation again from his ACL damage, and the Detroit Lions received a thriller in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers. To cap issues Sunday night time, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the visiting New York Jets in a low-scoring affair.
Our NFL Nation reporters reacted to all of the motion, answering lingering questions popping out of every recreation and choosing out who — or what — is rising and falling for each workforce. Let’s get to it.
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How do the Raiders keep momentum below Antonio Pierce with two powerful video games on the horizon in opposition to Miami and Kansas Metropolis? Soccer is an emotional recreation and using that wave can carry you to sure heights. However enjoying solely on that could be a recipe for catastrophe. The Raiders can kick their toes up after beating the New York groups the previous two weeks to get again to .500 at 5-5, however executing at the next stage can be their greatest wager in opposition to the Dolphins first.
Top off after the win: LB Robert Spillane. The center linebacker preached takeaways all offseason, regardless of having simply two takeaways to his title in a six-year profession. Spillane, although, basically sealed the sport along with his third interception of the season, choosing off Zach Wilson on the Raiders’ 15-yard line on second-and-8, and returning it 25 yards. He additionally had a team-high seven tackles.
Inventory down after the win: RB Josh Jacobs, with a caveat. The All-Professional operating again rushed for a season-high 116 yards on 27 carries — his first 100-yard recreation of the season. However his misplaced fumble in scoring place within the fourth quarter put the sport in critical doubt. — Paul Gutierrez
Subsequent recreation: at Dolphins (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Ought to the Jets bench Zach Wilson? Wilson wasn’t the first cause for the loss, however let’s be sincere: One thing wants to alter. The Jets have gone 11 quarters (36 straight possessions) with out an offensive landing. He got here up small within the fourth quarter, throwing a late interception — the most recent instance of Wilson’s incapability to make a play within the clutch. Coach Robert Saleh most likely will keep on with Wilson. Until he performs higher, the Jets (4-5) will free-fall the best way they did final season.
Top off after the loss: WR Garrett Wilson. He made powerful catches and fought by means of an elbow damage, ending with 9 catches for 93 yards. He was each bit nearly as good as Davante Adams, one among his idols.
Inventory down after the loss: TE C.J. Uzomah. He dedicated two holding penalties, together with one close to the objective line that nullified a landing run by Breece Corridor. All advised, the Jets had seven penalties on offense. — Wealthy Cimini
Subsequent recreation: at Payments (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Is Geno Smith again? The uncooked numbers have been wonderful — 31-of-47 for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns, together with the go-ahead rating late within the fourth quarter. He then led the profitable discipline objective drive. Smith had a turnover-free day after committing eight over the earlier 4 video games. Most significantly, he bought Seattle a win. On the flip aspect, he dedicated three penalties, together with an intentional grounding on the finish of the primary half that value Seattle an opportunity at a discipline objective. He additionally missed a number of open gamers, together with Zach Charbonnet on a third-and-4 swing cross. Blemishes and all, Smith’s efficiency will flip down the warmth that has been rising throughout his current funk.
Top off after the win: RB Kenneth Walker III. Walker was instrumental. His 64-yard catch-and-run landing early within the third quarter gave the Seahawks their first lead of the sport, and he helped them ice it with some key runs on their profitable landing drive. Walker completed with 63 yards on 19 carries and the landing catch.
Inventory down after the win: Third-down offense. It is the issue that simply will not get any higher. The Seahawks entered Week 10 ranked thirtieth in third-down conversions, the continuation of a long-standing subject with their offense. They completed 4-of-14 in opposition to Washington, although one of many conversions got here on the profitable drive. — Brady Henderson
Subsequent recreation: at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What now for Washington? The excellent news is the Commanders clearly have a quarterback to construct round in Sam Howell, who makes performs and led two game-tying drives within the fourth quarter. The dangerous information is that they are now 4-6 with a foul protection and nonetheless face the Dallas Cowboys (twice), Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Washington wanted much more progress in 12 months 4 below coach Ron Rivera. Discovering a quarterback will not be sufficient cause for proprietor Josh Harris to proceed this regime, not with this protection.
Top off after the loss: RB Brian Robinson Jr. He caught six passes for 119 yards and a landing and rushed eight occasions for 38 extra.
Inventory down after the loss: CB Benjamin St-Juste. Within the fourth quarter, he was flagged for cross interference on fourth down, dedicated a facemask penalty on one other, allowed a landing catch and key completions on the profitable drive. — John Keim
Subsequent recreation: vs. Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Have the Cowboys lastly discovered the best way to get Brandin Cooks concerned within the offense? After months within the making, the Cowboys lastly confirmed why they acquired Cooks from the Houston Texans. He had been in his longest hunch (seven video games) with out 50 yards receiving in a recreation since 2019. He had seven catches for 104 yards and a landing within the first half vs. the Giants. With how CeeDee Lamb is producing (4 straight 100-yard video games), the Cowboys want a secondary receiver who could make performs. Lastly, Cooks had his second. The Cowboys will want extra of that from him.
Top off after the win: Run recreation. It has not been what the Cowboys have needed all 12 months (3.9 yards per carry), however they have been in a position to management the Giants’ entrance. It is likely to be time to provide Rico Dowdle extra work, although Tony Pollard was efficient sufficient. The Cowboys had two dashing touchdowns and had 129 yards on the bottom within the first half, which was greater than that they had in 5 of their first eight video games.
Inventory down after the win: Pink zone offense. Whereas total the run recreation was a constructive, the primary drive confirmed a season-long flaw. The Cowboys have been stopped contained in the Giants’ 5-yard line on their first possession with 4 straight performs from shotgun. It continued a long-standing crimson zone subject. Return to final week’s loss to Philadelphia when a fourth-down cross was stopped on the Eagles’ 1. They simply have not been efficient sufficient operating into the tip zone. — Todd Archer
Subsequent recreation: at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
How does coach Brian Daboll hold this workforce collectively within the last seven weeks? It needs to be demoralizing to lose on this trend … once more. This was the Giants’ sixth lack of 14-plus factors, they usually’ve been outscored 89-17 in two losses to Dallas. They weren’t actually aggressive Sunday, and the frustration was evident on the sideline. Operating again Saquon Barkley had an “animated” dialog with Daboll after a turnover on downs within the first half, in line with the Fox broadcast. Extensive receivers Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard have been visibly upset with one thing on the sideline within the third quarter. Daboll’s greatest check but can be discovering methods to maintain this group from fracturing additional.
Top off after the loss: OLB Azeez Ojulari. He returned from an ankle damage and lasted the sport. After lacking 14 of the workforce’s earlier 22 video games, he even made an enormous fourth-down cease on the objective line on the sport’s first possession.
Inventory down after the loss: Brian Daboll. This all goes on the coach’s résumé. His offense is incompetent, they usually proceed to get embarrassed. How is that this going to get higher? — Jordan Raanan
Subsequent recreation: at Commanders (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Dak reveals out with 5 TDs in win
Dak Prescott throws 4 touchdowns and runs for one because the Cowboys dominate the Giants at house.
Who deserves to be Detroit’s RB1 going ahead? When each guys are rolling, who cares? David Montgomery bought the beginning after lacking the previous two video games (ribs), however rookie Jahmyr Gibbs continued to warmth up with extra expertise. Gibbs scored two touchdowns, whereas Montgomery broke off a 75-yard landing within the first half. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is looking for methods to separate their workload however described it as “a very good downside to have proper now.”
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Top off after the win: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. The California native placed on a present in his return to Los Angeles, turning into the primary Lions participant since Calvin Johnson to document 4 straight video games of a minimum of 100 receiving yards (Johnson did it eight occasions in 2012). He ended with a career-best 156 yards on eight receptions. He additionally scored a landing.
Inventory down after the win: Pink zone offense. The Lions got here into Sunday rating twenty fourth in crimson zone landing share (48.4%). They missed out on two landing alternatives on the objective line within the first half that might’ve given them a snug lead getting into halftime. On their opening drive, a penalty nullified a 10-yard Jameson Williams landing catch, they usually didn’t convert on a fourth-and-1 on the objective line to start out the second quarter. — Eric Woodyard
Subsequent recreation: vs. Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Will the Chargers’ protection ever be a constant unit? The Chargers have been coming off their two greatest defensive performances of the season, beating up the struggling Jets and Bears. Exterior linebacker Tuli Tuipulotu stated they needed to show that the two-game stretch wasn’t a fluke in opposition to a Lions protection ranked sixth within the NFL in passing and dashing yards per recreation. However the Chargers did the other Sunday, as they allowed 41 factors, the best whole they’ve given up all season.
Top off after the loss: QB Justin Herbert. Herbert’s most up-to-date recreation was one of many worst of his profession statistically: 136 passing yards, his lowest single-game whole ever, and no passing touchdowns for the primary time since final season. However Herbert bounced again Sunday, throwing for 323 yards — his most since Week 3 — and 4 touchdowns. His second landing was a strike to Jalen Guyton between two Lions defenders that may have been one of many recreation’s greatest highlights.
Inventory down after the loss: Run protection. The Chargers have been tied for the league’s sixth-best run protection (89.8 yards per recreation) heading into Sunday. However Lions operating backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery made this unit look novice. The Lions rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns within the first half, their most dashing yards in a primary half in a minimum of the previous 30 seasons. It was additionally probably the most dashing yards and touchdowns the Chargers had given up all season. — Kris Rhim
Subsequent recreation: at Packers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Might Kyler Murray’s return be the spark the Cardinals want to shut out the season? In brief, sure. The best way he reinvigorated the Cardinals’ offense in opposition to the Falcons on Sunday, regardless of there being kinks to work out, reveals that Arizona has what it takes to win a number of video games down the stretch. The Cardinals have three winnable video games in opposition to the Texans, Rams and Bears developing. That might be sufficient to maneuver Arizona down the draft board and off the primary total decide, which is the place they sit now.
Top off after the win: TE Trey McBride. He set a brand new profession excessive on Sunday with 131 receiving yards — his first recreation with greater than 100 yards — displaying his versatility and skill to make performs after catches, all whereas turning into one among Murray’s favourite targets.
Inventory down after the win: Third-down offense. Arizona’s offense bought to 3rd down simply 11 occasions however transformed solely three of these, which was beneath the Cardinals’ season fee of 36.5%, figuring out a right away space of focus with Murray again below middle. — Josh Weinfuss
Subsequent recreation: at Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What do the Falcons do now at quarterback? Earlier this week, coach Arthur Smith stated he did not need to bounce backwards and forwards along with his quarterbacks. Taylor Heinicke’s hamstring damage within the fourth quarter may need difficult — or answered — Smith’s upcoming determination. Desmond Ridder entered the sport for the primary time since being benched and led the Falcons to a go-ahead landing with 2:33 left. Contemplating Heinicke was struggling all day — 55 yards passing in three quarters — it is likely to be sufficient to make the change again.
Top off after the loss: RB Bijan Robinson. After a number of weeks questioning his utilization, Robinson as soon as once more grew to become the point of interest of the Atlanta offense. He led the workforce in dashing with 22 carries for 95 yards and a landing whereas additionally catching one cross for 11 yards and even returning a punt for the primary time in his profession.
Inventory down after the loss: The protection. Atlanta was unable to comprise QB Kyler Murray (249 yards passing, 35 yards dashing), missed tackles and struggled to defend the center of the sphere as Trey McBride had eight catches for 132 yards. The protection additionally allowed the profitable drive, partially due to Murray’s legs and poor defensive protection. — Michael Rothstein
Subsequent recreation: vs. Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Kyler Murray’s epic run units up profitable FG for Cardinals
Kyler Murray escapes stress and takes off for a 13-yard run for a primary down. Matt Prater then kicks the profitable FG as time expires for the Cardinals.
Is Devin Singletary the Texans’ lead again? The Texans’ operating recreation has struggled all season, rating twenty seventh in yards per recreation (87.0). However Singletary had 150 yards and a landing on Sunday, turning into the primary Texans operating again to hurry for over 100 since Week 9 of the 2022 season, when Dameon Pierce ran for 139 in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Top off after the win: WR Noah Brown. The wideout completed with 174 yards and has had back-to-back video games with a minimum of 150 yards, becoming a member of Andre Johnson (twice) and DeAndre Hopkins (twice) as the one gamers in Texans historical past to document two such video games in a row.
Inventory down after the win: WR Robert Woods. The wideout was one of many Texans’ large free agent acquisitions, signing a two-year, $15.25 million deal, however had just one catch for 15 yards in opposition to the Bengals, his second-lowest output of the season. — DJ Bien-Aime
Subsequent recreation: vs. Cardinals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Is Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Ravens a must-win for the Bengals? Cincinnati’s probabilities of profitable the division for the third straight season is likely to be using on its matchup vs. the Ravens. The Bengals entered Week 10 two wins behind Baltimore and missed a chance to beat the Texans going into Thursday’s AFC North showdown. A loss to Baltimore (7-3) and Lamar Jackson, who’s 7-1 in opposition to Cincinnati as a starter, provides the Bengals (5-4, 0-2 division) a steep hill to climb.
Top off after the loss: WR Ja’Marr Chase. Regardless of battling a again damage earlier within the week, Chase had 5 catches on six targets for 124 yards and a landing — a 64-yard strike from Joe Burrow within the third quarter.
Inventory down after the loss: The cross protection. Even with a fourth-quarter interception to get the Bengals again into the sport, Cincinnati gave up 356 yards to Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. — Ben Child
Subsequent recreation: at Ravens (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Stroud hits the ‘O-H’ celebration after 8-yard TD in Cincinnati
C.J. Stroud rushes in a landing for the Texans and flashes an Ohio State celebration on the Cincinnati crowd.
Are the 49ers again? They certain look like. After a month with no victory, they have been left questioning whether or not they have been the dominant workforce that rattled off 5 straight wins to open the season or the one struggling by means of a three-game dropping streak. The Niners seemed refreshed and again to contender standing on Sunday. Traditionally, the Niners have been higher later within the season below coach Kyle Shanahan (they’re 32-20 in November, December and January), which is critical given what’s coming. San Francisco’s subsequent 4 video games — vs. Tampa Bay, at Seattle, at Philadelphia and vs. Seattle — will decide its destiny within the NFC West and the playoff image.
Top off after the win: Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. A lot was fabricated from Wilks’ transfer to the sideline from the sales space this week — and perhaps that helped — however the greater enchancment got here in basic areas just like the cross rush, tackling and protection because the protection managed this recreation from begin to end.
Inventory down after the win: Coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was among the many folks on the sphere flagged throughout a would-be fumble return for a landing, however two of the others have been rookies, which ought to give Shanahan a very good snigger after this one, contemplating the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty did not alter the end result. — Nick Wagoner
Subsequent recreation: vs. Buccaneers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
What’s improper with the offense? It was purported to take a step ahead in coach Doug Pederson’s second season, and it hasn’t occurred. Pederson needed seven extra factors per recreation than final season, however the manufacturing has been roughly the identical getting into Week 10. There have been lulls throughout video games and too many turnovers (4 in opposition to the 49ers), vast receiver Calvin Ridley hasn’t made an impression and the offensive line has struggled in cross safety (5 sacks on Sunday). The protection has carried the offense, however when that did not occur Sunday, issues bought ugly. The Jaguars will not be a authentic contender if the offense continues to flounder, and it could value them the AFC South with the Houston Texans rolling.
Top off after the loss: LB Foyesade Oluokun. He had a career-high two sacks in opposition to the 49ers. He is now one sack shy of his profession excessive for a season (three in 2020). Oluokun led the NFL in tackles the previous two seasons and is on tempo to complete within the high three once more in 2023.
Inventory down after the loss: RB Tank Bigsby. The rookie was answerable for his fourth turnover of the season when he had a cross bounce off his palms and get intercepted. That is the second time that is occurred (additionally the season opener) to associate with his two misplaced fumbles. — Mike DiRocco
Subsequent recreation: vs. Titans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Why is not Kenny Pickett displaying constant enchancment? 9 video games into his second season, Pickett hasn’t taken the vaunted second-year leap. Towards the Packers, Pickett accomplished simply 14 of 23 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. His receivers did not assist him out at occasions, together with Diontae Johnson, who had a essential drop early within the fourth quarter on Pickett’s best-thrown ball of the afternoon. As an alternative of getting a bit play and a primary down, Pickett threw one other incompletion on the subsequent play to George Pickens, and the offense stalled out when it badly wanted a rating.
Top off after the win: RBs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren. The operating backs scored touchdowns on Pittsburgh’s first two possessions, marking the primary time the Steelers have executed that within the Pickett period. And within the fourth quarter, Warren and Harris took turns making beneficial properties of 20-plus yards.
Inventory down after the win: The secondary. The secondary gave up completions of 49, 36, 30 and 23 yards, along with a 35-yard landing by which Jordan Reed slipped behind Levi Wallace and Keanu Neal. — Brooke Pryor
Subsequent recreation: at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Why cannot Jordan Love and Christian Watson join? Final 12 months, Watson’s emergence within the second half of the season allowed the Packers to make a run at a playoff spot. It has not carried over. Love went for Watson on the ultimate play of the sport and was picked off — after Love appeared to barely underthrow Watson and was picked off ultimately zone on the earlier drive. Love has 10 interceptions this season, 5 of them whereas concentrating on Watson.
Top off after the loss: CB Keisean Nixon. Perhaps the Packers ought to consider using the cornerback once more on offense after he had one other large kickoff return — this time a 49-yarder to open the third quarter, every week after his 51-yard return in opposition to the Rams.
Inventory down after the loss: Love. The quarterback made it more durable on himself by lacking two large throws within the crimson zone, the place the Packers went 0-for-2 within the third quarter. He badly missed Luke Musgrave on the opening drive of the quarter, resulting in a discipline objective, after which could not join with Watson on the second drive, leading to one other discipline objective. — Rob Demovsky
Subsequent recreation: vs. Chargers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Keanu Neal thwarts Packers with an finish zone INT late
The Packers are driving with an opportunity to take the lead, however Keanu Neal intercepts Jordan Love’s cross ultimately zone.
Can the Browns win the AFC North? Completely. The Browns are 6-3 and solely a half-game again of the Ravens. Cleveland additionally has the much more favorable schedule remaining. The Browns haven’t received a division title since 1989, however after Sunday’s exceptional comeback, they might be within the driver’s seat. The best way their protection is enjoying, the best way their offensive line is obstructing and the best way quarterback Deshaun Watson is lastly approaching bodes nicely transferring ahead.
Top off after the win: Watson. The Browns signal-caller threw one other pick-six on the opening drive and accomplished solely 6 of 20 passes within the first half, however he battled again to guide the Browns to the game-winning drive within the defining efficiency of his Cleveland profession thus far.
Inventory down after the win: The secondary. The Browns misplaced CB Denzel Ward (neck) and S Juan Thornhill (calf) to accidents, although the depleted unit nonetheless got here by means of within the fourth quarter — Jake Trotter
Subsequent recreation: vs. Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
How a lot will accidents sustained Sunday damage the Ravens going ahead? Baltimore’s lead within the AFC North has now dwindled to a half-game over the Browns and Steelers. However the Ravens could have misplaced greater than that. Two Professional Bowl gamers — cornerback Marlon Humphrey and left sort out Ronnie Stanley — limped into the locker room and did not return. Humphrey went out with an ankle damage late within the third quarter, and Deshaun Watson accomplished all 9 of his cross makes an attempt for 103 yards after he left. Stanley hobbled off the sphere with a knee damage within the fourth quarter, and he was changed by Daniel Faalele, who has one profession begin. It is unknown how lengthy both one can be sidelined, however it will likely be difficult for each to be again for Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to the two-time defending AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals.
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Top off after the loss: S Kyle Hamilton. On the second play of the sport, Hamilton tipped a Deshaun Watson cross to himself and returned the interception 18 yards for a landing. It snapped Baltimore’s streak of 27 video games with no defensive landing, which was the longest lively one within the NFL.
Inventory down after the loss: RB Gus Edwards. He scored a landing in his fourth straight recreation, however he struggled in any other case. Edwards was held to a season-low 24 yards on 11 carries (2.2-yard common). — Jamison Hensley
Subsequent recreation: vs. Bengals (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Can the Vikings hold profitable with Joshua Dobbs? It seems so! Every week after main the Vikings to victory in Atlanta as an emergency quarterback, Dobbs produced an electrical first half Sunday in opposition to the Saints. He ran for one landing, threw for a second and compiled 192 mixed dashing and receiving yards. The Vikings have now received two straight video games, by which he has performed seven of eight quarters. A few of that credit score ought to go to the Vikings’ teaching employees, which has been pressured to start out a distinct quarterback in every of its previous three video games. Dobbs and the complete Vikings offense fell off within the second half, however he seems greater than able to guiding a workforce that has playoff hopes.
Top off after the win: TE T.J. Hockenson. He grew to become solely the second NFL tight finish since 1978 to catch a minimum of 10 passes for 100 yards and a landing in a single half, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, regardless of a rib/indirect damage that has brought on him vital ache since he suffered it final week in Atlanta.
Inventory down after the win: The operating recreation. It is not the primary time the Vikings’ operating recreation has struggled. (And to be truthful, it did produce 124 yards and two touchdowns regardless of a concussion suffered by Alexander Mattison.) However the Vikings could not rely on it to shut out the sport. — Kevin Seifert
Subsequent recreation: at Broncos (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
Has the Saints’ protection regressed? This once-formidable unit has been struggling, and in contrast to final week in opposition to the Bears, it could not masks the problems with takeaways. The Saints gave up greater than 130 yards to tight finish T.J. Hockenson and struggled with quarterback scrambles for the second straight week. The Saints’ protection has carried the workforce to wins earlier than, nevertheless it’s displaying its weaknesses recently.
Top off after the loss: WR A.T. Perry. The rookie sixth-round decide had his first profession catch and first profession landing as nicely, leaping up for a bounce ball for a 15-yard rating.
Inventory down after the loss: QB Taysom Hill. One might argue Hill’s lack of utilization is on the coaches, however after scoring 5 touchdowns in three video games, Hill had one carry for six yards, no passing makes an attempt and two receptions for 17 yards. — Katherine Terrell
Subsequent recreation: at Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Vikings comes up large with 2 late INTs to seal win
Mekhi Blackmon and Byron Murphy Jr. give you clutch interceptions to assist the Vikings seal their win over the Saints.
What modified from final week’s loss to this week’s win? After dropping 4 straight — and surrendering 5 touchdowns to rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud final week — the Bucs rekindled their lacking moxie on protection. They smothered rookie quarterback Will Levis and held operating again Derrick Henry to only 24 dashing yards whereas protecting the Titans out of the tip zone. On offense, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw two landing passes, with receiver Mike Evans ending with 143 receiving yards.
Top off after the win: The protection. Tampa sacked Levis 4 occasions and had 9 tackles for loss, whereas security Antoine Winfield Jr. notched a fourth-quarter interception.
Inventory down after the win: The run recreation. This one feels nitpicky as Rachaad White had a 43-yard catch and run for a landing, however nonetheless, the Bucs averaged 2.7 yards per carry, which was beneath their league-worst 3.1 common getting into Sunday. — Jenna Laine
Subsequent recreation: at 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Will the crimson zone offense ever enhance? Coming into the week, the Titans scored touchdowns on solely 34% of their visits contained in the 20-yard line, and Sunday it did not get any higher. Tennessee drove all the way down to the Buccaneers’ 9-yard line twice and got here away with solely six factors. It does not seem issues will get any higher due to safety points and the workforce’s incapability to get gamers open in a condensed discipline. The Titans have now failed to attain a landing in three video games this season.
Top off after the loss: CB Eric Garror. Garror caught two punts and returned one 15 yards to associate with 5 tackles, together with one for a loss.
Inventory down after the loss: The secondary. The Bucs’ vast receivers have been simply in a position to get open all through the sport, making it simple for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who went 18-of-29 for 278 yards and two touchdowns. — Turron Davenport
Subsequent recreation: at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Can the Colts make a run? Indianapolis will get again to .500 for the primary time in a month, and now the eye turns to what the Colts can do within the weeks to come back. Simply two of Indianapolis’ seven remaining opponents had a profitable document coming into Week 10, placing the Colts in place to make a run if they’ll stabilize their protection and quarterback play. The Colts will now take pleasure in a bye, which is able to enable them to handle some lingering accidents earlier than assembly the Buccaneers and Titans of their subsequent two video games.
Top off after the win: DL Dayo Odeyingbo. He led a ferocious cross rush, recording a career-high three sacks that matched his season whole coming into the sport.
Inventory down after the win: DT DeForest Buckner was enjoying by means of an damage and dealing with quite a few double-teams, however the Colts might have used a bit extra playmaking from him within the run protection with the Patriots dashing for a season-high 167 yards. — Stephen Holder
Subsequent recreation: vs. Buccaneers (Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET)
Is that this rock-bottom? The Patriots are 2-8 heading into their bye, and the inconsistency and total ineptitude of the Mac Jones-led passing assault is holding them again. Jones’ fourth-quarter interception was a crusher. The weak passing recreation overshadows among the different good issues the Patriots do, resembling enjoying impressed protection and operating the ball as constantly as they’ve all season Sunday. It additionally magnifies different errors, resembling aggressive teaching choices, like calling for an all-out punt rush that backfired, a missed 35-yard discipline objective and poor kickoff protection.
Top off after the loss: LB Jahlani Tavai. The fifth-year linebacker bought his palms on the soccer within the third quarter, permitting CB Myles Bryant to intercept it, marking the second week in a row he has helped create a turnover to assist hold the workforce in a recreation.
Inventory down after the loss: QB Mac Jones. It is not all the time his fault, however he was sacked 5 occasions within the first half. He was lit into by offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien on the sideline within the third quarter earlier than throwing a horrible fourth-quarter interception and being changed by Bailey Zappe. — Mike Reiss
Subsequent recreation: at Giants (Sunday. Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET)
Jonathan Taylor punches in 4th-down TD for Colts
Jonathan Taylor takes the handoff on fourth down and bounces it to the skin for a 1-yard Colts landing.
Has Tyson Bagent began his final recreation of the season? The rookie quarterback has a 2-2 document rather than Justin Fields, who’s getting near getting back from a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand. If Fields is wholesome, he would be the starter in opposition to Detroit in Week 11, in line with coach Matt Eberflus. Thursday’s win wasn’t fairly, and there are many moments Bagent can be taught from as he continues to develop as an NFL quarterback, no matter whether or not the Panthers recreation was his final begin of the 2023 season.
Top off after the win: CB Kyler Gordon. The nickel nook’s depth was contagious on protection. Gordon allowed 16 receiving yards, accounted for a cross breakup and notched a team-high six tackles (two tackles for loss) in opposition to the Panthers.
Inventory down after the win: WR Velus Jones Jr. The second-year receiver was benched and changed by Equanimeous St. Brown, who was activated off injured reserve previous to the Panthers recreation. Jones’ season-long struggles, which resulted in him being a wholesome scratch, make him a first-rate candidate to create a gap on the 53 after they activate Khalil Herbert off IR. — Courtney Cronin
Subsequent recreation: at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Will there be adjustments on offense earlier than they face the Cowboys? Coach Frank Reich did not make any adjustments earlier than the Thursday night time recreation as a result of it was a brief week. He left it open for subsequent week, and the offensive line is the place he’ll possible begin. The within rush has disrupted the operating and passing recreation a lot of the season, even with proper guard Austin Corbett again within the lineup. It would not shock if middle Bradley Bozeman was moved to protect and one other participant inserted at middle.
Top off after the loss: WR Mike Strachan. The teaching employees has been excessive on the 6-foot-5 observe squad participant, so he was elevated to the 53-man roster for this one. He had just one catch, nevertheless it was for 45 yards.
Inventory down after the loss: QB Bryce Younger. He did not throw any interceptions like he did the earlier week, however he simply might have had three or extra. He had barely over 100 yards passing by means of three quarters and solely 185 for the sport with no touchdowns. — David Newton
Subsequent recreation: vs. Cowboys (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)