Let’s take a look at what happened in Week 10 of the NFL:
– The Seattle Seahawks won again – this time a return to easy winning – with an 33-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta. Quarterback Russell Wilson was solid, completing 19 of 26 passes for 287 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 23 of 36 passes for 172 yards and only 1 TD. Seattle also outrushed Atlanta, 211 yards to 64 yards, led by Marshawn Lynch (24 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD). The Seahawks play host to Minnesota on Sunday, while the Falcons will visit the Buccaneers.
– The Jaguars and Bucs both go their first wins of the season, Jacksonville defeating the Titans 29-27 and Tampa Bay beating the Dolphins 22-19 on Monday Night Football. What stood out from these games featuring considerably mediocre teams? The Dolphins’ Rishard Matthews had 11 catches for 120 yards and 2 touchdown catches, but Miami mustered only 2 yards on 14 carries. Oh, and the Bucs still have Mike Glennon at QB, and he’s still not an NFL Quarterback (11/21, 139 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT). Jacksonville vs. Tennessee gave us a game featuring two great running backs, but you wouldn’t have known that by watching at home. Chris Johnson and MJD combined to tally 71 yards on 33 carries and only the one touchdown. Oh, and Chad Henne is still the Jacksonville quarterback, and this week he was 14/23 for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two picks.
– Drew Brees and the Saints destroyed the Cowboys in a game that became a complete joke as it wrapped up. Brees’ 392 yards and four touchdowns helped the Saints improve to 7-2 and 5-0 at home, while the Cowboys fell to 5-5 and 1-4 on the road. Along with Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas – who combined for 232 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries – the Saints set a franchise record with 625 total yards. New Orleans also had a record number of first downs in a regulation game (40). The Cowboys have the week off to dwell on this tough defeat, while the Saints will host the 49ers.
– Peyton Manning – still likely the MVP at this point, and playing through an injury – had four touchdown passes to lead the Denver Broncos to a 28-20 win over the San Diego Chargers. Denver was without their head coach John Fox, recovering from a medical episode and heart surgery, and next week plays host to the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The San Diego Chargers will visit the embattled Miami Dolphins.
– The Carolina Panthers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 10-9, as both teams now sit at 6-3. This was the Panthers fifth straight victory, this one keyed by completely shutting down Colin Kaepernick, who was 11 for 22 for only 91 yards, zero touchdowns, 1 INT and being sacked 6 times. The Panthers will play host to the Patriots on Monday Night Football this week, and as said before the Niners will visit New Orleans.
– Packers fans have found an increased reason to fret after a 27-13 loss to the Eagles at Lambeau, as the Pack fall to 5-4 and the Eagles improve to 5-5. Nick Foles was 12/18 for 228 yards, 3 touchdowns and zero picks, and Eagles RB had 25 carries for 155 yards. For Green Bay, the loss of Aaron Rodgers due to a broken collarbone was glaring, as Seneca Wallace was replaced by Scott Tolzien (no, I don’t think I’d heard of him either). This was Tolzien’s first career NFL regular season game, and he finished with 280 yards on 24/39 passing, one touchdown and two picks. The Packers will look to bounce back when they visit the New York Giants in the Meadowlands, while the Eagles will host the Redskins on Sunday.
That’s all we’ve got for Week 10, folks. Check back with us this time next week for our recap of Week 11’s action.