Monday 23 October 2017 / 09:48 AM

Airing it Out: NFL Week 10

It’s still hard to believe we were one defensive stop on Tom Brady’s 4th quarter comeback drive away from having the Carolina Panthers (who easily handled the Titans 27-10 to stay perfect) as the only undefeated team left in the NFL. But just as luck would have it, Mr. Perfect was well, perfect, when his team needed him most.

New England Patriots 27 – New York Giants 26

When will these mo-fo’s lose?

The defeat drops the G-Men to (5-5) on the season to keep the NFC East “interesting” for the time being. Even the Redskins are right in the thick of things after Kirk Cousins went off with 324 yards, 4 TDs and zero interceptions in Washington’s 47-14 blowout of the Saints.

And the Cowboys?

Well, Tony Romo (who returns to action in week 11) tweeted this tongue-in-cheek Major League reference to insinuate that his (2-7) Cowboys are mathematically alive in the race for the division.

Kudos to the entire NFC East for keeping the race tight – even if it’s by virtue of mediocrity.

And our final undefeated ball club?

Cincy lost to the enigmatic Texans on Monday Night Football by the “baseball” score of 10-6.

Following the loss some Bengals players like Pacman Jones were taken aback by Houston’s jubilance, saying players were celebrating as if they’d just won the Super Bowl.

Of course the real controversy is JJ Watt referring to the Bengals’ QB as the Christmas Story BB gun.

Simmer down Red Rocket, picking a fight with Watt isn’t the David vs. Goliath battle you should be looking for.

Tasty Tidbits from Week 10

The Seahawks were “this” close to crawling their way back into contention but Andre Ellington’s 48-yard touchdown in the final minutes sealed the deal for the division leading Cardinals as they earned a statement win in Seattle 39-32.

Carson Palmer looked elite as he used pinpoint accuracy to rip apart the Legion of Boom for 363 yards and a trio of long touchdown passes. It’s now time for the Hawks to start thinking Wild Card – but they’ll need to put together a win streak longer than 2 games if they hope to avoid the ultimate Super Bowl hangover…missing the postseason altogether.

Rex Ryan got his win 22-17 in New York:

Rob Ryan got the sack:

And Saving Private Ryan is a film starring Matt Damon and Tom Hanks.

The Dolphins looked good. The Bears, Steelers, Vikings & Chiefs looked great. The Packers & Broncos looked terrible.

And Peyton Manning got benched.

Benched.

At the time he was sent to the pine his stat line was an incredible 5 for 20 with 35 yards and 4 INTs.

Oh, how I bet he wishes he could crawl in a hole and die – or at the very least climb into a time machine and retire at the end of his historic 2013 season.

Sure, I understand why he wanted to give ‘er one more crack after his abysmal performance at the Super Bowl but there’s nothing worse than watching an all-time great play past his prime.

And you know, I may have waffled a little bit on my Peyton stance after his big win over Green Bay but I just don’t think there’s enough juice left in the tank to string together multiple postseason victories.

Believe it or not, their best bet to return to the big game might just be with Brock Osweiler under center. He’s getting the start this week versus Chicago and if he plays well he might just keep the gig.

Offensive Player of the Week

Big Ben.

The injured Roethlisberger came in off the bench to amass 379 yards and 3 touchdown passes.

 

His gutsy performance reminded me of the greatest “come in off the bench injured” moment in the history of American sports. I remember like it was yesterday watching this dinger at Mason Skinner’s 12th birthday party at Shakey’s Pizza in Aberdeen, Washington.

 

Not that anyone who uses the Internet remembers who Kirk Gibson is.

Defensive Player of the Week

Justin Houston was a big reason Peyton Manning looked so terrible on Sunday.

With a pair of sacks and 4 quarterback hits it’s fair to say he rattled #18’s cage.

But 90s nostalgia aside, the Packers have dropped 3 in a row and Aaron Rodgers is dare I say it, struggling.

Sure, his final numbers of 333 yards and 2 TDs looks great but it took him 61 passes to get there.

It seems like only yesterday that the Pack were undefeated and rolling.

There’s a new sheriff in town and Green Bay’s woes could continue as they travel to Minnesota next week to take on the red hot Vikings

Just in Case You Missed It

  • The Browns have announced Manziel will be the starter for the rest of the season. It’s make or break time for Johnny Football.
  • Check out NFL.com for a list of 10 Big Time Free Agent Flops in 2015
  • Aldon Smith has been suspended for 1 year for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Games to Look Forward to in Week 11

Jets at Texans – A week after falling to the Bills at home the Jets will look to get their playoff run back on track against a now-confident Texans squad. Houston has got a lot to play for as they’re currently tied for 1st place with the (4-5) Colts in the dismal AFC South.

 

Packers at Vikings – The division lead is on the line as Aaron Rodgers looks to right a ship that’s sinking fast.

 

Bengals at Cardinals – You won’t want to miss this potential Super Bowl preview.

 

Bills at Patriots – This is a great game even when the Bills are shitty. The Bills aren’t shitty and they’d love to knock a 1 into the Patriots’ loss column.

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