Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season began with future Miami Dolphins opponent Green Bay getting handled at home by the Tennessee Titans and ended with the man future Miami opponent San Francisco pounding the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City.
The 49ers, who the Dolphins will face in Week 13, have develop into a reasonably chic alternative in the case of Super Bowl contenders and it’s difficult to argue after what we saw Monday night.
Yes, the Cardinals are a struggling team and played without starting quarterback Kyler Murray, but it surely doesn’t change the proven fact that the 49ers have the crucial components to make a deep run within the NFC playoffs, starting with big-time talent and depth on each the offensive line and the line of defense.
And in case you have a look at the team with one of the best record within the NFL, you will see a Philadelphia Eagles team whose strength — with all due respect to Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown — is at the road of scrimmage.
The Dolphins can have their hands full with that 49ers line of defense Dec. 4, though they’ll get a pleasant warmup for that game after they face the Houston Texans on Sunday.
As for the Packers, it was a stunningly bad performance against Tennessee just days after their dramatic comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys that gave their fans hopes that perhaps that they had turned the corner in what has develop into a nightmarish 2022 season.
Because it was, the one shiny spot for Green Bay was the work of rookie wide receiver Christian Watson, who has develop into an impact player after starting up his NFL profession by dropping a sure touchdown pass on a bomb within the Packers opener.
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NOTHING CHANGES FOR CHARGERS
Stealing from Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all once more for the L.A. Chargers of their Sunday night game against the Kansas City where they played well enough to attain an enormous victory against one of the best team within the AFC but just couldn’t finish.
It’s actually been the theme of the season for the Chargers, who stand at 5-5 and on the skin looking in within the AFC playoff picture because they only cannot make plays down the stretch.
L.A. is 0-4 this season against teams that currently have a winning record, and that features two three-point losses against the Chiefs and a six-point loss against the 49ers within the Week 10 Sunday night game.
That the Chargers could have beaten the Chiefs with one late defensive stand is impressive in itself to a certain degree considering they played without their starting left tackle, had star wide receiver Mike Williams for a grand total of six snaps before he aggravated his ankle sprain, were missing their two tight ends, and in addition were without several defensive linemen, including their best, Joey Bosa.
Justin Herbert had a robust outing against the Chiefs despite some silly social media commentary stating his “game-losing” interception — after he had driven the Chargers to a go-ahead touchdown inside two minutes and despite the very fact he had immediate pressure on the pick and needed to attempt to make something occur in the ultimate seconds.
Herbert is removed from the Chargers’ problem. He’s also the largest reason the Dolphins can have a tricky challenge at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 11, though the pattern says all Miami has to do is make it a detailed game and the Chargers will discover a option to lose it.
WILSON AND THE JETS MESS
As we’re writing this Tuesday morning, we do not know what is going on to occur with the Jets quarterback situation after head coach Robert Saleh left things wide open the day after the embarrassing performance by his offense within the 10-3 loss at Recent England, made worse by Zach Wilson’s postgame performance.
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As difficult because it was, Wilson actually was worse after the sport than through the game by offering a fast “No” when he was asked whether he felt just like the offense let down the defense in a 10-3 game when the Jets gained a grand total of two yards within the second half.
Mind you, it wasn’t even do you are feeling like YOU let the defense down; it was do you are feeling like THE OFFENSE let the defense down?
Nope, not us.
And that’s the way you lose the support of your team straight away. And that, combined with Wilson’s putrid performance (his season passer rating is thirty fourth out of 35 qualifying NFL quarterbacks), is why Saleh almost doesn’t have a alternative but to make a switch and bench Wilson in favor of veteran Joe Flacco or Mike White.
The Jets have a playoff-caliber defense and do not need all that much from their offense, and so they’d be crazy to let Wilson sabotage their season because he’s too immature to say what needed to be said.
ARE THE BILLS BACK?
If we will discuss the Zach Wilson episode, then we’ll start our Bills observations by stating how Josh Allen handled his postgame press conference after Buffalo’s loss against the Jets in Week 9.
“It’s tough to win when your quarterback plays like sh*t,” is what Allen said after that 20-17 loss.
Oh, and if either of the 2 QBs has done enough for his team prior to now to possibly show some arrogance after a foul performance, spoiler alert: It ain’t Wilson.
The Bills stopped their two-game slide with their 31-23 victory against the Cleveland Browns, which featured a extremely good outing by former Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett (324 passing yards, 3 touchdowns). The end result may need been different if not for the Bills stuffing Brissett for no gain on a fourth-down QB sneak within the fourth quarter that was followed by a block of a brief field goal attempt.
Nevertheless it’s what the Browns have been doing this season as they’ve mainly put themselves out of playoff contention before Deshaun Watson could make his Cleveland debut — and that is despite Brissett doing a reasonably respectable job because the alternative QB.
Back to the Bills, they’re in fine condition within the standings at 7-3 but just don’t appear like the powerhouse they were projected to be, even after the win against Cleveland.
Perhaps that can change once cornerback Tre’Davious White makes his long-awaited 2022 debut after recovering all season from the torn ACL he sustained last Thanksgiving and the Bills get back other injured players.
— Pretty crazy that after there had been just one kick return for a touchdown all season, there have been two in Week 11 — Marcus Jones’ game-winning punt return for Recent England against the Jets and Cordarrelle Patterson’s kickoff return for Atlanta against Chicago. The primary of the season, in fact, got here against the Dolphins in Week 2 courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens’ Devin Duvernay.
— Oh, and as bad as Zach Wilson was against Recent England, that Patriots defense is pretty impressive. And outdoors linebacker Matthew Judon should get consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Yr (though it sure looks as if Dallas LB Micah Parsons is the clear front-runner).
— That the Bengals and Steelers, two teams the Dolphins have already got faced this season, would engage in the largest shootout of the week would must be considered surprising. On one hand, you only don’t see a Steelers defense, particularly with T.J. Watt back within the lineup and making a spectacular interception, giving up 37 points. On the opposite, it was an amazing day for Samaje Perine, the cousin of Dolphins practice squad running back La’Mical Perine, who had three touchdown receptions for the Bengals.
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