The number of undefeated teams still stands at five (three were on bye). One the league’s undefeated teams; the Patriots, were able to increase its’ division lead in the AFC East to 2 games.
The Giants took over sole possession of first place in the NFC East. And the Cowboys continue to fight among themselves. Indianapolis, even with a loss, still leads the AFC South at 3-4. The Vikings put together its’ most complete performance in two years. And the Texans, as if they needed more bad news, just lost Arian Foster for the season with an Achilles tendon injury.
It’s sad because Foster has been the consummate professional for a team that can’t seem to get out of its’ own way.
Jacksonville watched a 24 point lead evaporate, but still managed to put the Bills away in London. The Jags have as potent of an offense as any team in the NFL, but trouble still arises with their experience. In the AFC South, which is a division that’s still up for grabs. Jacksonville can be a real contender because of the ability to score points.
Pittsburgh blew a golden opportunity to gain ground on the Bengals. These are the types of games that playoff contenders win, even on the road. Landry Jones wasn’t awful (209 yards 1 TD) in his first start, but the Steelers couldn’t sustain drives and committed two turnovers. The Colts lost a very winnable home game against the Saints. So far it appears that Andrew Luck is regressing instead of progressing in his fourth year in the league. The Colts’ defense was shredded on the ground (183 rushing yards, 5.1 per carry) which allowed Drew Brees and company to control the clock.
The Indy fan base is calling for change, and from what went has transpired this season, who could blame them. The Miami Dolphins scored 41 points in the first half against the Texans. After firing Joe Philbin earlier in the week, Dan Campbell (interim Head Coach) promised to utilize a punishing run game. For one week at least, it worked as they produced 248 yards rushing. New England and the Jets played the week’s marque game and they didn’t disappoint. The Patriots defense held the Jets running game in check; Chris Ivory had his lowest output of the season for 41 rushing yards, 2.4 yards/carry. Also, Tom Brady put the team on his back despite Pats wide receivers dropped at least 10 catch-able passes. The Jets played well (led by 4 pts in the 4th quarter) but will need to figure out how to win in Foxboro if they expected to dethrone the Pats for division supremacy.
The Eagles had a chance to move into 1st place but were dominated on the road. The Panthers used an opportunistic defense (1 Int, 2 sacks, 6 passes deflected) and a balanced offense (204 rushing yards; 190 passing yards) to pick up the win.
The only real blemish for Carolina was the 3 INTs tossed by Super Cam. The Falcons were able to keep pace with Carolina by getting an ugly 10-7 win over the undermanned Titans. The NFC South should go down to the wire with the Falcons and Panthers battling for the division crown. The Vikings picked up a critical division win on the road by beating Detroit 28-19. After the 1st quarter, the Vikings trailed 14-3. However they were saved with their defense late.
It came alive, by sacking Matthew Stafford 7 times (a whopping 13 QB hits). The latest dreadful performance by the Lions offense cost coordinator Joe Lombardi his job. Arizona maintained its 1.5 game lead in the NFC West by beating the reeling Ravens at home 26-18.
Is there a more disappointing team in the NFL than the Ravens?
- Dolphins’ Lamar Miller – 14 carries, 175 yards (1 rushing TD); 3 rec. 61 yards 1 receiving TD in a win.
- Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill – 18-19, 4 TDs in a win.
- Patriots’ Tom Brady – 355 passing yards, 2 TDs; 15 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD.
Honorable Mention: Todd Gurley (163 total yards, 2 TDs); Jordan Reed (11 catches, 72 yards, 2 TDs); Kirk Cousins (317 yards, 4 total TDs).
- 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick – 124 passing yards, no rushing yards in a loss.
- Chargers’ Melvin Gordon – 7 carries, 29 yards, fumble in loss.
- Broncos’ Julius Thomas – 1 catch (6 targets), 4 yards in a win.