Week 10 delivers action NFL desperately needs
The NFL season is in full swing, and fans were treated to a thrilling Week 10, which kicked off with an NFC West division rivalry, and it continued the superstar injury theme.
Richard Sherman tore his Achilles tendon to end his 2017 campaign, but, in the NFL, the show must go on.
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 22-16 on Thursday, resulting in the first of many exciting matchups Week 10 had to offer.
The only matchup this week between teams with winning records was the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills.
The Saints proved they are a force to be reckoned with, as they ran all over the Bills. New Orleans scored early and often on the ground, led by Mark Ingram’s three rushing touchdowns.
The Bills’ offense was shut down, scoring a measly 10 points. The Saints won 47-10 to keep their 7-game win streak alive.
It took overtime to settle the showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Leonard Fournette could not get it going against the Chargers, but a fake punt touchdown kept the Jaguars in the game.
A field goal by Jacksonville sent the game into overtime, and another ultimately won the game late in overtime 20-17. Philip Rivers threw for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns but it was not enough for the win.
The Minnesota Vikings witnessed Case Keenum have a career game, which prevented Teddy Bridgewater from seeing his first action since 2015.
Keenum threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, but the Washington Redskins hung in there. Led by Kirk Cousins, the Redskins led a comeback that just fell short.
Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings moved to 7-2 on the season with a tight 38-30 win. Adam Thielen also had a career day hauling in 8 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
The Pittsburgh Steelers came into Lucas Oil Stadium as heavy favorites against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts begged to differ. Indianapolis’ defense held the Steelers to 3 points at halftime, and even took a lead deep into the fourth quarter.
The Steelers were able to tie it up late and get the ball back for a chance to win. Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for a big gain to set up a Chris Boswell game winner. The Steelers escaped Indianapolis with a 20-17 win.
The Tennessee Titans were looking for their fourth straight win on Sunday when they hosted the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals just placed Jeremy Hill on the injury reserve list, so Joe Mixon took an expanded role in the offense.
Mixon was only able to rush for 37 yards with a touchdown. The story of the game was DeMarco Murray.
After a shaky season, Murray put together a 3-touchdown performance when the Titans needed him most. Marcus Mariota’s struggles continued but he was able to ride the rushing attack to a 24-20 victory.
Other action around the NFL included a bad game in Florida between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets.
Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick faced off in the battle of the journeyman, and the Bucs edged out a 15-10.
Brett Hundley impressed in a 23-16 Green Bay Packers win over the Chicago Bears. The Cleveland Browns tied their game at 24, but let the game go in the Detroit Lions favor, 38-24.
The Los Angeles Rams kept on rolling to 7-2 with a big 33-7 win over the struggling Houston Texans.
The Dallas Cowboys struggled without Ezekiel Elliott, allowing 27 unanswered points in a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Giants hit rock bottom after a 31-21 loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers.
The New England Patriots blew out the Denver Broncos on Sunday night football 41-16, and the Carolina Panthers did the same on Monday, with a 45-21 win against the Miami Dolphins.
Hopefully the injury plague will leave the NFL alone in Week 11, allowing fans to focus on the great matchups in the coming week.