NFL Week 10 Recap and Preview
Another week of NFL action has come and gone, and the playoff picture is starting to really come together. This week seemed to separate the contenders from the pretenders as all of the current division leaders won, with the exception of the Kansas City Chiefs. Lots of favorites won this week, but did they cover? Let’s find out!
The Cowboys are a Joke without Zeke
Cowboys fans were cautiously optimistic when the seemingly never-ending Ezekiel Elliot drama seemed to finally come to an end this week. and Cowboys fans tried to tell themselves everything would be all right. They had Alfred Morris—he used to be good, right? They had Darren McFadden; they know he used to be good, but it’s been a while. Those guys can carry the rock for us until Zeke comes back, right? Wrong.
The Cowboys’ offense looked completely lost, and the Cowboys had to find out the hard way this offense doesn’t work when Dak Prescott has to lead the way throwing the ball. To give Morris some credit, he was actually , but the Cowboys clearly had no intention of riding behind the bruising back, and looked to Prescott to move the football. It didn’t work at all. Prescott ran for his life most of the game and got sacked an absurd eight times! The Cowboys could do nothing on offense, and got beat down 27-7 by the Atlanta Falcons.
Sitting at a very average 5-4, with the offense in shambles, Dallas’ playoff hopes are starting to fade away. To make matters worse, they have to play the Eagles next week and will be home underdogs, getting three points. I don’t like overreacting to one game, but if this offense looks anything like it did this week, then next week against Philly, they are going to get blown out. I would like Philly in this matchup even if Elliot was playing, the Eagles are just that good, but I really like it with Zeke watching from the couch.
I don’t want to put all of this loss on the Cowboys; Atlanta did what they needed to do and got the job done and picked up a much-needed win. The Falcons have been sputtering as of late and are struggling to find their identity this year. The defending NFC champs are in real danger of missing the playoffs as they sit in third place in the crowded NFC South. Things will continue to be tough for the Birdz, as they have to travel way out west to face a Seahawks team that is always good at home. The Hawks are -2.5-point favorites, and I think the home team Seahawks will win and cover.
It’s Official; the Saints are for Real!
The New Orleans Saints are the hottest team in the league, having won seven straight, and are poised to make a deep playoff run. Drew Brees and the offense is clicking on all cylinders, but it is the defense that is powering this hot streak. I know it sounds kind of crazy, but the Saints’ defense is good. They haven’t given up more than 17 points in their last four games, and if this defense keeps playing like this, the Saints are legit Super Bowl contenders.
This week, the Saints traveled to Buffalo and blew out a solid Bills team 47-10. New Orleans dominated both sides of the ball, and look unstoppable at the moment.
That is a big number against a Redskin team that really isn’t all that bad. If the Saints can win and cover that number next week I, for one, will be impressed. In the meantime, I am going to snatch up all those points and hope for a tight one in the Big Easy.
It is starting to look like another failed season in Buffalo. The Bills jumped out of the gate to a 3-1 record, and many started to look at them as a possible playoff team. But then with bad losses to the Bengals and the Jets, they came back to earth, and are now in the middle of the pack of teams fighting for a wild card slot in the AFC. LeSean McCoy has no-showed for the last couple of games, and the defense went from looking good to getting lit up. The Bills will play in L.A. against the Chargers next week. The Chargers play everyone close but don’t really beat anyone, and I am surprised this number is so high, currently at 4.5. L.A. is playing in a new town and a tiny stadium and has no real home field advantage, and they have won a total of one “home” game this year since the move to the City of Angels. I love the Bills getting a handful of points on the road.
Tom Savage is the Worst QB in NFL History
That is not hyperbole. Tom Savage is an absolute joke. The difference in the offense when Savage is at the helm and when rookie Deshaun Watson was starting at QB is almost unbelievable. Houston went from one of the most explosive teams in the league to a laughing stock on offense.
It was like he wanted the other team to win! It really is sad to see this Houston team struggle so badly with all those offensive weapons, and if Colin Kaepernick were smart, he would be dropping a resume off in Houston.
The Rams’ defense also had a little to do with the 33-7 blowout this week against the Texans. At 7-2 and winners of four straight, the Rams are looking like every bit of a playoff team. Todd Gurley is a touchdown-scoring machine, and Jared Goff looks like a franchise QB. They will get a huge test next week on the road at Minnesota. It is a matchup of 7-2 teams, and the line is a close one at Vikings -1. This game is as close as they come, but something tells me this Rams team just might be special this year, and my gut says to take them on the road.
The Niners Win a Game…. Finally!
All that can really be said about this game is that somebody had to win. With a combined one win between the two of them, this was a matchup of two of the league’s worst. I loved the 49ers as home underdogs in this one, if only because I didn’t think they were a bad enough team to go 0-16, and I didn’t see C.J. Beathard actually looked really good, with almost 300 yards passing and accounting for three total scores. I wouldn’t anoint him the next Joe Montana quite yet, though; it was against the Giants. I’m happy to see San Fran notch one in the win column, and they can hold their heads high as they hit their bye week on a winning streak.
The Giants stink, so I won’t spend too much time here discussing them. They host the Chiefs at home next week and will be getting 11.5 points. It feels like , as head Coach Ben McAdoo has whispered that he may want to try out other QBs to better prepare for the future. It is a desperation move by McAdoo to try and save his job, and it won’t work. It is sad to see the Manning era in New York come to such an ugly end.
It’s a Medical Miracle in New England
Martellus Bennett magically healed from a season-ending injury in just 48 hours! Well, that is what we are supposed to believe. The tight end that had signed with Green Bay in the offseason, after playing with the Patriots last year, had his season come to a disappointing finish with a season-ending shoulder injury. The Packers decided to cut the tight end, and magically Bennet healed right up and was on the field the next week for the New England Patriots.
Whatever the case may be, the Patriots managed to pull yet another heist that the rest of the league might call cheating and the Patriots just call another day of being the best. Bennet caught three balls and helped the Pats blow out the Broncos, in Denver, 41-16.
The Patriots will have to head to Oakland to play the Raiders, and the 7-point line smells a bit fishy to me. The Raiders have won two of three games since David Carr returned from injury and I just don’t see New England heading clear across the country and blowing them out. For Denver, the season appears to be over at 3-6, with no quarterback worth starting on the roster. Somehow, they are favorites next week against an equally bad Bengals team, laying -2.5-points. I generally don’t touch these types of games. When you have this level of rottenness on the field, it’s hard to say who will end up stinking worse.
Next week brings us several marquis matchups that could very well decide how the second half of the season is going to play out. Philly at Dallas, the Titans at the Steelers, the Rams at the Vikings, and Atlanta at Seattle are just a couple of the big-time games next weekend. Stay tuned later in the week for my individual game breakdowns, where I will show you what games to target and tell you what side you want to be on.