Stroud continues to shine, Levis learns the hard way and Dak dices up New York in Week 10 of the 2023/24 NFL season.
Panthers 13 - 16 Bears
Carolina will regret passing on C.J. Stroud for years to come if this is any sign of Bryce Young’s future. He might show flashes of good play, but his turnover rate and redzone struggles need a lot of work if the Panthers want No.9 to be their franchise QB.
As for Chicago, they should just sideline Fields until next year. Their season is done.
It may have been a Primetime game, but both of these teams are far from their prime. Props to anyone who managed to keep their eyes open for this field-goal fest. No highlights to be seen here.
Colts 10 - 6 Patriots
Somehow the Colts and Pats managed to cook up something even more boring than the Panthers and Bears. I can only apologise to the whole of Germany for being subjected to this game.
The only interesting thing that happened was Mac Jones getting benched for Bailey Zappe. And guess what he did just 8 plays after getting subbed in... Neither QB will be in New England next year.
ZAPPE FAKE SPIKE INT for the L— SleeperNFL (@SleeperNFL) November 12, 2023
It may not have been pretty, but Indy have another win and are now just one behind the Jags. Minshew might still make it work.
Browns 33 - 31 Ravens
I really thought this would be the game that sent Lamar Jackson to the top of the MVP race, but the Browns defense proved me wrong.
That’s not to say Jackson played badly, but you can’t be making throws like this if you want to lift that trophy at the end of the year.
PJ Walker did a very solid job while Deshaun Watson was out of the lineup, but with No.4 back at the helm, Cleveland should have very high hopes for the season.
Packers 19 - 23 Steelers
How does Mike Tomlin keep doing this…
Pittsburgh are now 6-3, trailing Baltimore by just 1 win with a game in hand. The plan is working well - keep the ball on the ground and out of Kenny Pickett’s double-gloved hands.
49ers 34 - 3 Jaguars
We all knew this would be a tough game for Jacksonville, but one measly field goal is seriously bad, especially after seeing Cincy put up 31 on San Fran last week.
In all fairness, the 49ers scary-good D-line got even better this week with the addition of Chase Young. I’m not trying to make excuses for Trevor Lawrence, but there’s not much you can do when you spend half the game eating dirt.
Nick Bosa and Chase Young are going to be SCARY 😳 pic.twitter.com/Ygwjmnv9Aj— PFF (@PFF) November 12, 2023
On the other hand, Brock Purdy is shutting down anyone and everyone calling him a system QB. I mean, just look at this throw…
They may have had a few bad weeks, but when the '9ers roster is healthy, they're easily in the Super Bowl race.
Saints 19 - 27 Vikings
Joshua Dobbs is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league right now. And sure, Kirk Cousins will reclaim the starting spot when he’s healthy, but he’ll never do this…
The Legend of Josh Dobbs grows. pic.twitter.com/EYMPS9TPE1— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 12, 2023
The certified rocket scientist has been in Minnesota for just over 10 days and already has two victories under his belt. If Dobbs continues to put this team in the win column, he could actually enter the MVP conversation.
Meanwhile, the Saints may still be leading a wide open NFC South, but if Derrick Carr’s injury is even slightly serious, we can expect a lot more of this in New Orleans…
Jameis Winston has 3 INTs on the season. He is averaging 1 INT every 14 pass attempts. pic.twitter.com/P2FmbqEmFI— Steven Cheah (@StevenCheah) November 13, 2023
Texans 30 - 27 Bengals
After his record-breaking performance last week, there's no doubt C.J. Stroud was feeling the pressure in this matchup, and it showed... He fumbled twice in scoring range early and threw an interception late in the fourth. But, when it came down to the wire, the rookie QB showed up yet again - leading another game winning drive with just over 90 seconds left.
Say hello to your Offensive Rookie of the Year...
CJ Stroud’s full 2 minute drill that put the Texans in FG position to win the game.— Bradeaux (@BradeauxNBA) November 12, 2023
Generational talent. pic.twitter.com/EF4ES6B23n
Titans 6 - 20 Buccaneers
Will Levis was the talk of the town after his 4-touchdown debut performance vs Atlanta, but maybe it was just a fluke…Since then, he hasn’t thrown a single TD and has 2 picks to his name.
In fairness, the pressure on this throw sums up the whole game. Levis was hit a whopping 13 times and sacked on 4 occasions. Give him just an ounce of protection and he might reach his undoubtedly high ceiling.
Meanwhile, the Bucs have finally broken a four-week slide. They’ll be back to losing vs the ‘9ers next week, but they could genuinely go unbeaten after that point. Don’t count them out just yet.
Lions 41 - 38 Chargers
Two of the best offenses, with some fairly mediocre secondaries. It’s no wonder this was a shootout. 9 touchdowns in 11 drives either side of the half…
Both sides moved the chains through the air, and Justin Herbert did his usual thing - finding the endzone 4 times on the night. But the difference maker in this matchup was the Lions ground game…
Lions backfield in Hollywood 🎬— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 13, 2023
Jahmyr Gibbs: 17 Touches, 112 YDS, 2 TD
David Montgomery: 12 Carries, 116 YDS, 1 TD pic.twitter.com/kgZArcKAZn
I hope we see both these teams in the playoffs, but the Chargers could have a tough time now at 4-5 on the season.
Falcons 23 - 25 Cardinals
It may have taken a few drives to shake off the dust, but Kyler Murray gave us a glimpse of what we’ve been missing this week.
He may have had zero passing touchdowns and an interception, but this is what Kyler Murray is all about…
Kyler Murray, ladies and gentlemen 🤯 pic.twitter.com/yVmXaQVgn1— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 13, 2023
Meanwhile, the Falcons have finally returned to what works... Running the ball.
Bijan Robinson racked up 106 yards and a touchdown, as Atlanta logged 184 on the ground. Sure, their defense needs a change, but if Arthur Smith keeps feeding his playmakers, they could put a few more wins on the record.
Giants 17 - 49 Cowboys
No surprises here…
Dak Prescott threw for 404 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also finding the paint on the ground. But let’s be honest. We shouldn’t put any weight on this win. It’s the Giants and Tommy DeVito. We’ll see what they’re really made of vs Philly in a few weeks.
Until then, enjoy these Ceedee Lamb highlights.
Commanders 26 - 29 Seahawks
Sam Howell is joining Dobbs in the underrated conversation.
In the last three weeks he’s thrown 8 touchdowns, while averaging over 340 passing yards and a rating of 102. Four of his six losses have been by 1 score, and that includes falling to the Eagles twice by a total of just 10 points. This guy could be something special…
Sam Howell is good. Very good. pic.twitter.com/HV5U7ZBjrk— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 13, 2023
Seattle needed this one after an embarrassing 37-3 loss to Baltimore. Geno Smith had a clean game with 369 yards, 2 touchdowns and no picks, while Kenneth Walker got the workload he deserves.
The Hawks may be tied with San Francisco in the AFC West, but they’ve easily got the hardest schedule in the league coming up, with a 4 game stretch that includes the ‘9ers twice, the Cowboys and the Eagles. It won't be a rough few weeks for Pete Carroll.
Jets 12 - 16 Raiders
The second prime time game of the week and yet another snooze-fest.
Now, we can rave about a few game-winning drives Zach Wilson has put together, but when he had yet another chance for a walk-off victory this week, his reckless style of play starting creeping in and this happened. Inconsistency is the issue with Wilson, and I can't see that changing.
Inconsistency is the issue with Wilson, and I can't see that changing. The only thing keeping New York from drowning is their defense. Aaron Rodgers needs to heal up. Fast.
Broncos 24 - 22 Bills
I might spend most weeks complaining about Russell Wilson, but he still deserves credit where it’s due. This is a ridiculous throw.
No.3 may have shown signs of the old QB we used to love, but Buffalo’s defense stole the headlines in this matchup. They were the only reason the Bills stood any chance of winning and also, the only reason they lost…
With 5 turnovers from Josh Allen and James Cook, they did well to keep Denver from running away with the game. But when it mattered most, they committed the greatest rookie error of all time.
The Broncos have now won back-to-back games against the Chiefs and Bills… I don’t know about you, but I’m getting nervous.
And that wraps up Week 10 of the 2023/24 NFL season.
Have the Bills lost their cool? Are the Browns back in business? And is C.J. Stroud the new favourite for MVP?
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