The NFL actually had its share of thrills over the weekend, as three teams (Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings) erased 14-point fourth-quarter deficits in pulling off victories — a primary in NFL history. All those teams were, coincidentally, within the NFC North.
There have been 46 games this season through which a team has come back to win or tie after trailing within the fourth quarter, the second most through the primary 10 weeks in NFL history. Teams have overcome a deficit of not less than 10 points to win or tie 31 times, tied with 1987 and 2020 for probably the most such games through the primary 10 weeks of a season all-time.
The 2022 season has been a crazy one through 10 weeks, and the madness continued this weekend. What did we find out about each team in Week 10? Here’s one thing that is price mentioning.
Welcome back James Conner: The Cardinals have missed the running back who scored 18 touchdowns last season and earned a three-year contract extension consequently. In his second game back from a chest injury, the Cardinals made sure to feature Conner with Kyler Murray out.
Conner had a season-high 21 carries for 69 yards and scored two touchdowns while also having three catches for 17 yards. The 86 scrimmage yards were also a season high, and Arizona was 3 of 4 on red zone opportunities (above the 60% season average, which was eleventh in NFL).
Having a healthy Conner will probably be a invaluable asset for the Cardinals offense going forward, especially once Murray comes back.
Marcus Mariota to Kyle Pitts is a lost cause: Fantasy football owners know the way irrelevant Pitts has been all season. He hasn’t been in a position to click in any respect with Mariota, as Pitts was targeted eight times yet had just two catches for 28 yards within the loss to the Panthers.
Pitts has been targeted by Mariota 15 times previously two games. He has just 4 catches for 55 yards, so clearly something between him and Mariota is not figuring out. There was too many games where Pitts has been a non factor, an atrocity for a receiving tight end nearly as good as he’s.
Pitts has 25 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns through nine games. Would those numbers be higher if Desmond Ridder was the quarterback?
The Bills depend on Josh Allen an excessive amount of: Allen is top-of-the-line quarterbacks in football, but even the very best players have slumps every so often. Allen is currently in a funk, completing just 58.8% of his passes for 753 yards with three touchdowns to 6 interceptions over his past three games (67.2 rating). The Bills are 1-2 in those starts, counting on Allen’s play to bail them out of trouble.
Buffalo must get other facets of the offense going as a substitute of banking on Allen every possession. Why not try running the football more with Devin Singletary and James Cook, giving them a possibility to thrive in an offense that ought to set them up for fulfillment. Each players combined to average 4.5 yards per carry with three rushing touchdowns, so that they can get the job done.
Allen can win the Bills a Super Bowl, but he should not be the one option.
The offensive line has stepped up for the reason that Christian McCaffrey trade: Because the Panthers moved on from the McCaffrey era, the offensive line has paved the best way for a run attack that has averaged 159.5 yards per game on the bottom. It also has allowed just three sacks over that four-game span, an indication the unit has significantly improved from earlier within the yr.
D’Onta Foreman has immensely benefitted from the offensive line improvements, recording 79 carries for 389 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns in those 4 games — during which the Panthers have gone 2-2.
Carolina still doesn’t have a quarterback, however the Panthers can get a much clearer evaluation of those to maintain around due to offensive line keeping them upright. The Panthers can have a constructing block for the long run.
Justin Fields is sustaining success: Over the past month, it has been clear Fields is a superstar within the making. Creating success is one thing, but sustaining it’s one other.
How’s this for an encore after setting the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback within the regular season? Fields became the primary player in NFL history with two-plus rushing touchdowns, two-plus passing touchdowns and 100 rushing yards in a game. He’s the primary quarterback in NFL history with 140-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games.
Fields has 4 straight games of 60-plus rush yards and a rushing touchdown, which is tied for the longest such streak by a QB in NFL history. He’s already probably the most dynamic players within the league and is recovering by the week.
What happened to the run game?: The Browns entered Week 10 averaging 164.6 rushing yards per game, third best within the NFL. The Browns only had 112 rushing yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, never finding a rhythm throughout the sport.
Kareem Hunt is presupposed to be the very best No. 2 running back within the NFL, yet had just six carries for nine yards. He has just 26 carries for 67 yards (2.6 yards per carry) over the past 4 games. His struggles have attributed to the Browns having just 14 carries for 30 yards in the primary half of Sunday’s loss, but Cleveland just hasn’t been as effective within the run game as in years’ past.
Perhaps that changes when Deshaun Watson returns.
Cannot stop the run: The run defense is a serious issue in Dallas, a gaping hole in a talented unit. Dallas allowed 207 rushing yards to Green Bay in Sunday’s loss, the second consecutive game the Cowboys allowed over 200 rushing yards.
Aaron Rodgers only needed to throw the ball 20 times against a run defense that allowed 5.3 yards per carry on 39 attempts. Over the past two games, Dallas has allowed 447 yards on 82 carries (5.5 yards per carry). Micah Parsons cannot rush the passer because he has to play linebacker to offer the Cowboys a probability at stopping the run.
That is a serious issue in Dallas, irrespective of how much the Cowboys attempt to brush it off.
Penalties are only as bad because the offense: One other week the penalty tracker was up for Denver, because the Broncos had eight penalties for 50 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Titans. In fact, the vast majority of these penalties are happening pre-snap, but they only don’t get corrected (on the coaching staff).
The Broncos lead the league in penalties (78) and penalty yards (651). The 8.67 penalties per game are easily probably the most within the league, a full penalty greater than Arizona (7.40). The three.89 pre-snap penalties per game are also probably the most within the NFL.
Again, that is on Nathaniel Hackett for not getting this problem fixed.
Amon-Ra St. Brown is back: Hard to imagine the Lions’ best receiver had his first 100-yard game since Week 2, as St. Brown finished with 10 catches for 119 yards in Sunday’s win over the Bears. St. Brown was getting back into the swing of things after a concussion in Week 7, having 21 catches for 243 yards over the past three weeks.
All St. Brown needs is a touchdown catch for the primary time since Week 2, but that will probably be hard with Detroit’s wide receiver depth severely challenged.
Amazing what happens once you run the ball: The Packers must have been doing this from day one, yet it took a five-game losing streak and a season on the road to run the ball with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. The 207 rushing yards were huge for the offense, in that it arrange the big-play explosiveness the Packers have been in search of all yr.
Aaron Rodgers only accomplished 14 passes, but had just 20 attempts. He threw for 224 yards, averaging 16 yards per completion and three touchdown passes. Christian Watson was the recipient of those three touchdown passes — 58, 39, and 7 yards. Those were the large pass plays Green Bay has been in search of.
The Packers can thank committing to the run game for that. They need to probably persist with it.
Red zone issues proceed to be an issue: The Texans have only a 44% conversion rate on red zone attempts, which is thirty first within the NFL. Relating to scoring touchdowns within the red zone, the offense is inept.
Houston had six trips to the red zone in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, scoring just one touchdown and committing two turnovers (fumble and interception). That 17% conversion rate plays a serious different in a 24-16 game, a reason why Houston has only one win on the yr.
Davis Mills is twenty ninth out of 34 qualified quarterbacks in red zone passer rating (82.8), which is a component of the red zone woes. The Texans won’t be benching him, so perhaps the reply is to get the run game more involved in between the 20s.
Ankle problems appear no more for Jonathan Taylor: Possibly Parks Frazier had loads to do with it, but Taylor looked like the very best running back in football again. Taylor finished with 22 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Raiders, showcasing his gamebreaking speed again along with his 66-yard touchdown run in third quarter to offer the Colts the lead.
The Colts ran the ball 27 times and dropped back to pass 31 times, a healthy balance for an offense that relies on Taylor and the offensive line to dictate the flow of the sport. Perhaps a healthy Taylor is the difference, or an inexperienced coaching staff may very well know how one can get probably the most out of their best players.
Kicking problems remain in Jacksonville: The Jaguars have had a problem finding a kicker all season and settled on Riley Patterson at first of the season. Jacksonville went through kicker after kicker before selecting Patterson. Matthew Wright was released and Ryan Santoso and Andrew Mevis were brought in. After those two didn’t work, Elliott Fry had a shot on the kicker job before being released for James McCourt.
Patterson was the selection to start out the yr after McCourt was left go. Patterson’s been solid this yr, but has missed three field goals previously two weeks — including two Sunday that cost Jacksonville a possibility to get back in the sport against Kansas City.
The 77.8% field goal conversion rate is twenty fifth out of 35 kickers within the NFL. The Jaguars will probably stick to Patterson, but their kicking game stays an issue.
Kadarius Toney already making an impact: Amazing what happens when Toney is with a training staff that knows how one can use him. The Chiefs have utilized Toney to his strengths, and it took him just two games for him to play a major role within the Chiefs offense.
Toney had two carries for 33 yards, including a 32-yard run that arrange a Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling within the second quarter. He totaled 90 scrimmage yards and a touchdown, including 4 catches for 57 yards.
The Chiefs have big plans for Toney on this offense, because the pass-catching group continues to get deeper because the season goes on.
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One other week not able to play: Do the Raiders really have to be motivated to smell blood? Vegas faced a head coach and play-caller who never had their roles in an NFL game before, as Jeff Saturday and Parks Frazier were only on the job for six days prior to Sunday’s win.
How did the Raiders start the sport? Seventeen plays for 33 yards and no points on their first 4 possessions, punting thrice and turning the ball over on downs on the fourth possession.
That is solely on Josh McDaniels, who probably should not be a head coach on this league. Inexcusable to lose to a team with a situation like Indianapolis, yet Vegas found a strategy to make Colts owner Jim Irsay appear like a genius for per week.
The depth on this team is actually being tested: The Chargers offensive line already was without Rashawn Slater, and it did not have Trey Pipkins, either, after he was ruled as a game-day inactive. Foster Sarell (who had just five special teams snaps to his name within the NFL) began, so passing much wasn’t an option with a quarterback who has banged up ribs.
The Chargers do not have Keenan Allen or Mike Williams at wide receiver, and starting tight end Gerald Everett left the sport with a groin injury in the primary half. All Justin Herbert has is Austin Ekeler, Josh Palmer, DeAndre Carter, and a banged up offensive line.
It’s amazing this team stays in games and has an over .500 record.
Sean McVay did no favors for his backup QB: The Rams already cannot run the ball, but they let a quarterback who had 42 profession regular season passes to his name throw the ball 36 times. Sean McVay called only 17 designed run plays in a game with John Wolford as his quarterback.
The outcomes were disastrous in dropping back 40 times and running the ball 17 times, because the Rams had just 256 yards of offense and averaged 4.3 yards per play. Wolford was 24 of 36 for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Rams cannot run the ball, but they need to have not less than tried to accomplish that with Wolford at quarterback. What was the worst that would have happened?
The Jeff Wilson trade looks good: Mike McDaniel brought Wilson into his offense after he wanted out of San Francisco, because the Dolphins gave up only a fifth-round pick for him. This trade looks like a serious steal.
Wilson already appears to be the featured back in Miami, having 17 carries for 119 yards and touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Browns (7.0 yards per carry). In only two games with the Dolphins, he has 26 carries for 170 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and a rating.
With Wilson in Miami’s backfield, the Dolphins have one other dynamic weapon on what appears to be the very best offense within the NFL. This deal may get Miami a Super Bowl title.
Red zone defense shines in brightest of moments: The Vikings entered Week 10 with the worst red zone defense within the NFL, giving up touchdowns on 78.95% of opponents’ trips to the red zone. Sunday’s matchup against the Bills continued the method, as Buffalo scored on three of their first 4 trips in the sport.
The Vikings clamped down on the ultimate three trips, with two red zone interceptions by Patrick Peterson and just three points allowed. Duke Shelley also had a pass breakup before Peterson sealed the sport in extra time along with his interception of Josh Allen within the red zone.
The weakness of the Vikings become a strength in the ultimate minutes of Sunday’s win. Holding the Bills to 42.9% within the red zone is a large confidence boost for this defense.
Andy Dalton isn’t any higher than Jameis Winston: The Saints do not have a quarterback, evident by how poor Dalton has played since he was named the starting quarterback after throwing three consecutive interception to shut the primary half several weeks ago.
Dalton within the three games since? He’s accomplished 67.4% of his passes for 613 yards with 4 touchdowns to a few interceptions for an 89.0 passer rating. The Saints have averaged just 15.7 points in those games.
Probably doesn’t matter at this point, however the Saints do not have a quarterback. In addition they do not have that potential top-five pick (traded to the Eagles) to get it.
Extra linemen to assist Saquon Barkley was the appropriate move: If Barkley goes to get a season-high 35 carries, bet Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are going to set the star running back up for fulfillment. The Giants ran packages with seven and eight offensive linemen to pave the best way for Barkley to run for 152 yards and a touchdown.
Because the Giants are limited at tight end, it is smart to make use of the additional offensive lineman as a strength. This might arrange the playaction pass going forward, especially with how well Daniel Jones is throwing the ball.
With run defenses within the NFC East struggling (Eagles and Cowboys), there’s a very good probability the Giants showcase this package with NFC East matchups on the horizon.
The run defense continues to get carved up: This was a priority after a Week 9 win over the Texans, and the Commanders decided to copy what Houston did by running the ball downhill against a run defense that badly misses Jordan Davis. The Commanders ran the ball 49 times for 152 yards, probably the most any team has run against the Eagles since 2004.
The Eagles had the ball for just 6:11 in the primary half, the bottom in any half for Philadelphia since 2001. The defense couldn’t get a negative rushing play and did not force a third-and-long situation, which is why Washington’s 12 third-down conversions are probably the most against Philadelphia since not less than 1991.
Philadelphia faces Jonathan Taylor, Aaron Jones, Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and Justin Fields over the subsequent five weeks. The run defense must make adjustments quick.
Kenny Pickett is throwing the ball downfield: Pickett took a major beating in Sunday’s win over the Saints, getting sacked six times. That could be well worth the price for the Steelers to truly open up the downfield passing game, as Pickett’s 6.63 yards per attempt were the best since he’s been named the starter.
While the completion percentage was lower (60%), Pickett had 250 total yards (199 passing, 51 rushing) and a rushing touchdown. The run game opened up and Pickett was in a position to make more opportunities along with his legs.
Coming out of the bye week, it was nice to see Pittsburgh open up the offense. Perhaps this continues going forward.
One other running back option is back: It is simple to forget how productive Elijah Mitchell was in his rookie season. Mitchell has been out since Week 1 with a sprained MCL, yet returned in Week 10 to the tune of 18 carries for 89 yards — leading all of the 49ers running backs.
The 49ers have already got loads of stars on offense, now Mitchell and Christian McCaffrey form top-of-the-line backfields in football. This is not even accounting for Kyle Shanahan uses Deebo Samuel on run plays.
Mitchell and his fresh legs will probably be huge for the 49ers within the second half, becoming one other player opposing defenses should stop.
Third-down defense took a step back: The Seahawks have been certainly one of the worst third down defenses within the league, but Sunday’s struggles were even bad by their standards. Seattle allowed 10 of 15 third down conversions in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, because the 66.7% conversion rate is significantly higher than the 44.5% allowed on the yr.
A part of the problems are stopping the run, as Seattle is twenty seventh within the league in run defense — allowing 140.9 rushing yards per game. Allowing 161 yards to an historically bad run offense just like the Buccaneers doesn’t help, either.
That is a side the Seahawks should correct coming out of the bye week, or they’ll lose the NFC West lead.
The run offense is not historically bad anymore: In an unexpected turn of events, Tampa Bay’s run game was the driving force behind a victory. The Buccaneers ran for a season-high 161 yards in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, including an excellent more surprising 22 carries for 105 yards from rookie Rachaad White. Getting the beginning rather than Leonard Fournette to boost the run game, White had the Buccaneers’ first 20-yard run of their season together with two crucial runs on Tampa Bay’s final drive to preserve the victory.
Tampa Bay got here into Sunday’s game averaging just 60.7 rush yards per game, and just 47 per game over the past three weeks. With the 161 rushing yards Sunday, that average went as much as 70.7 — a surprising development over what we have seen the past few weeks.
Perhaps the Buccaneers can actually run the football and turn into a threat within the NFC in spite of everything. This could’t be a one-week thing.
Defense continues to be elite despite all of the missing starters: The Titans were missing six defensive starters heading into this game: Jeffery Simmons, Bud Dupree, Kristian Fulton, Amani Hooker, Zach Cunningham, and Harold Landry (injured before the yr). Elijah Molden left early with an injury to make matters worse.
Tennessee showed why the defense is top-of-the-line within the NFL, allowing just 10 points in Sunday’s win over Denver. The Titans held the Broncos to 4.3 yards per play and 4 of 17 on third down, holding the Broncos scoreless within the second half.
Denver had six possessions within the second half, punting the ball five times and totaling just 101 yards and averaging 2.8 yards per play. Tennessee was down seven starters and still held Denver scoreless in the ultimate half-hour. This defense is elite.
Time of possession battle will help this team win games: What the Commanders were in a position to do to maintain the Eagles off the sphere was genius. Washington had the ball for 40:24, probably the most against Philadelphia since 2015 (Chip Kelly’s final season).
Why were the Commanders in a position to control the clock? Positive runs on first and second down and clutch throws in third-and-manageable situations from Taylor Heinicke. The Commanders don’t need a big-play offense to attain points, but they only should dictate the pace of the sport.
This strategy won’t work every week, but it is going to keep Washington in football games. On Monday night, it was enough at hand the Eagles their first lack of the season.