Week 10 in the NFL didn’t take us fireworks like last week, when there were three fights and 1 team literally ran out of fireworks. This Sunday, simply Vontaze Burfict was (relatively questionably) ejected.
But this week still kept us on our toes. The Saints, Vikings, and Rams all continue steadily to look like very different teams from this past year. The 49ers are no longer in the sorriest competition with the Browns. And we’re still trying to straighten out everything that took place by the end of that game between the Chargers and Jaguars.
But enough talking. Let’s nerd out and look at the best stats from Week 10.
For the first time in years, the Saints have both a defense and a jogging game. Unsurprisingly, they’re as well contenders for the first time in years.
In this week’s only matchup between teams with winning records, the Saints bulldozed the Bills, 47-10. And for once, Drew Brees’ arm was usually a bystander. All six of New Orleans’ touchdowns came on the ground, including one from Brees. Six rushing touchdowns in one game is more than 13 teams have this season, and it’s as much as two others.
The Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara duo has led the fee, and both running backs went over 100 yards Sunday. These were unstoppable every which way against the once-formidable Buffalo security:
Some wild numbers appearing out of Sunday’s Saints romp over the Bills, via #NextGenStats. Ingram + Kamara thrived regardless of what Buffalo attempted: pic.twitter.com/YhAp6G8YWE – Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) November 13, 2017
New Orleans totaled 298 rushing yards and has won seven straight games, tying the Eagles for the longest current winning streak in the NFL. Watch out for the Saints, y’all.
Teddy Bridgewater started a playoff game for the Vikings on Jan. 10, 2016 that was miserably chilly and is best remembered for Blair Walsh shanking a 27-lawn field target that would’ve gained the overall game. For Bridgewater, that was his previous time on the field for the Vikings before Sunday.
No, he by no means took simple against Washington, but Bridgewater was dynamic and in a Vikings uniform once again for the first time in more than 22 months – 672 times, to be exact.
It was a special moment for Bridgewater:
“I was trying to keep it alongside one another,” Bridgewater said following the game. “It’s merely prospects like these don’t arrive around twice, so when you receive that second chance, you cherish it, carry it rather than want to ignore it, so today, God blessed me.”
The Vikings are 7-2 and Case Keenum has played well enough that the team hasn’t really needed to yank him and rush Bridgewater back to action. But Mike Zimmer is already leaving the door open up that Bridgewater could begin in Week 11, and whether or not it’s still Keenum, that leash will probably be really short.
It’s likely Bridgewater’s time taken between throwing passes within an NFL game ends after 679 times.
The 49ers finally got in the win column with a 31-21 triumph over a Giants team that someone better try poking with a stick. San Francisco’s initial win of the season was filled up with mini-milestones:
Kyle Shanahan’s first get as a head coach
C.J. Beathard’s initial win as a beginning quarterback
The team’s first win on a Sunday since Jan. 3, 2016
The team’s first win against a non-Rams team since Dec. 6, 2015
Left tackle Joe Staley’s best win since the 2012 NFC Championship
The 49ers are actually 1-9, as the Giants are 1-8. Only one winless team remains this season, but you know who that is.
The Browns are off to an 0-9 start for the second straight period. They’ve won among their last 28 games.
For some time on Sunday, it appeared as if the Browns may well finally be on the way to avoiding an 0-16 period against the Lions, the only team to ever finish 0-16. But shock, the team that hasn’t led once through the fourth one fourth of any game this season was outscored 14-0 in the last quarter-hour. Detroit, dangerously near to the season’s virtually all embarrassing loss, finished up pulling out a double-digit win and improved to 5-4.
Just how did Cleveland were able to give the Lions a scare?
Was interesting hearing the Lions motive their way through struggling against the winless Browns. Glover Quin explained he believed Cleveland features even more athletes than 25(!) teams in the NFL – Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) November 12, 2017
Before loling, let’s be fair to Quin true easy: the Browns have a whole lot of young talent. That’s what goes on when you stockpile draft picks – they possess six first-rounders from the past three years on the roster, and they’re well on the way to two top-10 picks in 2018.
And Lions coach Jim Caldwell as well tried to warn us an upset was likely late last week:
Jim Caldwell on the Cleveland Browns: The actual fact of the problem is they’re as effective as anybody else we’ll face. If we don’t play well, we’ll get defeat. – Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 10, 2017
But c’mon. If athletic potential alone is all you should receive wins, the NFL’s best quarterback in all probability wouldn’t be the 40-year-old who works, like, a six-minute 60-yard dash.
No, 86 isn’t a reference to Ben McAdoo, who will still have employment throughout the remaining season, apparently. Instead, it signifies yaaaawn, another Tom Brady record.
Earlier this season, Brady broke among Peyton Manning’s (and Brett Favre’s) records for most regular period wins by a beginning quarterback. On Sunday evening, Brady broke another Manning record – against among Manning’s old teams.
With the Patriots’ 41-16 make an impression on the Broncos in Denver, Brady has won 86 street games as a starting quarterback, the most in NFL history. He’ll get a chance to add to that total next week in Mexico Metropolis, where the Patriots will need on the “home team” Raiders.
When Tom Brady reaches a milestone, oftentimes Bill Belichick does as well. That was the circumstance Sunday evening, when the Patriots head coach tied Cowboys legend Tom Landry for third all-time in training wins:
Pretty outstanding pic.twitter.com/P2kuxGXiS3 – SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) November 13, 2017
After the game, Belichick had zero interest in discussing himself.
“The players will be the kinds who deserve the credit, they’re the kinds who go out there and produce the plays plus they did it tonight,” he said.
Belichick has a ways to go to get George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347), but exactly like his quarterback, never count him out.
The league’s youngest player and its own oldest player went head-to-head on Sunday when the Steelers faced the Colts. Well, maybe certainly not literally head-to-head. The youngest player in the NFL is usually Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster at age 20, and the oldest is usually Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who is 44.
So it’s nothing like those two are personally going up against each other. But their teams did play on Sunday, and it marked the 1st time a player over 40 years aged and a player under the age of 21 both obtained in the same game.
Smith-Schuster had five catches for 97 back yards and 1 touchdown. Vinatieri set up two extra factors and a field target. And the youthful guy’s team got the best of the old guy and his squad. The Steelers gained 20-17.
Christmas shopping will likely be pretty nice in Adrian Clayborn’s home following the Falcons defensive end earned a hefty bonus for his six-sack day time against the Cowboys:
This is called a great day at the office: Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn’s 6 sacks Sunday earned him a $750,000 incentive, per source. Clayborn has a $750K incentive for eight sacks in period and he entered game with two. Two additional gets him $1.25 million. Cha-Ching. – Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2017
He needed to reach eight sacks on the entire year to trigger the incentive in his deal, that was a tall ask for a player with 20.5 sacks in his first six seasons mixed. After eight games in 2017, he had only two.
Now he’s just two more sacks away from his first ever double-digit sack total and a $1.25 million added bonus. He’s as well in a contract yr, so things want up for Clayborn.
Jacoby Brissett has mastered the deep ball. Right now, Brissett leads the little league in completed passes over 60 back yards. He threw his fifth of the season on Sunday against the Steelers, striking Chester Rogers for a 61-lawn completion.
It didn’t do the Colts any good, because they shed to the Steelers. And Brissett finished up being located in the concussion protocol following the game. But it’s quite impressive for Brissett.
The Rams are cooking defenses and showing no signs of slowing. The latest team on the coach tracks was the Houston Texans who quit 33 factors, 443 total yards which beautiful 94-lawn bomb from Jared Goff to Sammy Watkins.
It was the longest offensive touchdown for the Rams since 1964 when Bill Munson threw a 95-yard move to Bucky Pope. So that’s cool.
What’s important, though, is usually that Goff appears miles better than he have this past year. Like unrecognizably better.
Jared Goff (2016): 63.6 passer rating
Jared Goff (2017): 101.5 passer rating
His 37.9 passer rating increase from previous season may be the 2nd-largest passer rating improvement over a player’s previous season in NFL history@RamsNFL @JaredGoff16 – NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 13, 2017
The only player who jumped even more was Nick Foles, who acquired a 79.1 passer rating as a rookie and a 119.2 rating in his second season in 2013. The Rams will anticipation Goff’s sophomore explosion isn’t the same sort of flash in the pan, and odds are he isn’t.
In a game that basically did happen, journeyman quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown faced off in Week 10. And it was the 1st time in NFL history that two quarterbacks who have each thrown at least one complete for seven diverse teams played each other.
And that wasn’t all. Both quarterbacks were playing against (among their many) old teams. McCown started 11 games for the Buccaneers in 2014. Fitzpatrick was the starter for the Jets previous season. It was Fitzpatrick who emerged victorious over his previous team in the 15-10 win.
In true Fitzpatrick and McCown fashion, they gave us something special to remember this game by.
Both threw a pick on back-to-back passes, which is a first for the 2017 season.
Austin Ekeler isn’t a household name by any stretch out. But the running again have something for the Chargers on Sunday that actually LaDainian Tomlinson by no means did: He obtained two receiving touchdowns greater than 20 yards.
Austin Ekeler: 2 acquiring touchdowns of 20+ yds today for @Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson never had multiple acquiring scores of 20+ yards in the same game
Ekeler: 1st RB with multiple acquiring TD of 20+ back yards in a casino game since Jamaal Charles in Week 15, 2013 – NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 12, 2017
It’s worthwhile noting too that they came against the Jaguars, who are No. 1 in the NFL in move defense with only 165.1 yards allowed per match and a total of six passing touchdowns allowed all yr – two which came from Ekeler.
The undrafted rookie was a more productive player than Melvin Gordon for the Chargers on Sunday, but his fumble in the ultimate moments of regulation put a damper on his big day.
“I’m sure he’s beating himself up over that fumble,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “But he made some great plays today also. He was one of the reasons why we had been in the overall game. So he’s just likely to have to study from it, and hold it moving.”
Fumble or not, Ekeler was a weapon for the Chargers and appears like he is actually a strong weapon to check Gordon.
Cam Newton has been the only person consistently finding running room for the Panthers. At least that was the circumstance until Monday, when Jonathan Stewart led a group that racked up 294 total rushing back yards against the Dolphins.
Stewart had 110 of these yards, conveniently topping his previous high of 68 yards this season. Newton did his portion too with 95 back yards, including a 69-lawn burst up the middle of the field.
That’s the second-virtually all rushing yards ever for the Panthers – behind simply the 299 they gained in a 2008 game during Stewart’s rookie yr.
If Carolina can begin functioning the ball with success in the trunk half of the season, they may be able to have significantly more games like their 45-21 blowout of the Dolphins.