(*11*)A Ravens loss to the Bears would have been the cherry on prime, however they pulled off a miracle 16-13 win with a last-minute landing drive by backup quarterback Tyler Huntley. The Ravens improved to 7-3, and stay within the No. 2 seed, a half-game forward of the Patriots.
(*11*)However it was nonetheless good of the Payments and Titans to make Sunday so pleasurable for Belichick, which is the place we start the Week 11 Assessment:
(*11*)▪ The Payments didn’t simply lose to the Colts, they received humiliated at house, 41-15, with Jonathan Taylor trampling throughout their protection. He rushed for 185 yards and 4 touchdowns, and total the Colts rushed for 264 yards with a 5.7 common. The Payments’ offense wasn’t a lot better, turning the ball over 4 instances.
(*11*)The Payments have misplaced three of their final 5 video games to drop all the way in which all the way down to No. 7 within the AFC. And the Patriots now have the most effective level differential within the NFL — plus-123, in contrast with plus-119 for Buffalo.
(*11*)The Payments have a tough recreation at New Orleans subsequent earlier than internet hosting the Patriots in a showdown on “Monday Night time Soccer.” Payments followers, already freaking out that the Patriots are again in first place, may go over Niagara Falls in a barrel in the event that they lose to the Patriots.
Payments followers’ have been left drenched and despondent following Sunday’s loss.Jeffrey T. Barnes/Related Press(*11*)The Colts, in the meantime, are formally the Group That No One Needs To Play. They’ve a dominant offensive line and run recreation, a nasty protection that leads the NFL with 25 takeaways, and a sensible coach in Frank Reich who is aware of how one can carry out on the large stage.
(*11*)Although the Colts are simply 6-5, they’re inching nearer to the playoffs, now sitting within the No. 9 seed. The Colts have gained 5 of their final six video games, and would have an eight-game win streak if not for time beyond regulation losses to Baltimore and Tennessee. The Patriots’ hardest remaining recreation is likely to be Week 15 at Indianapolis, which appears destined to be flexed to Saturday evening in prime time.
(*11*)▪ The 8-3 Titans are confounding this season. They’re 7-0 towards 2020 playoff groups, but have misplaced to the two-win Jets and Texans. Sunday’s loss uncovered vital points with the Titans’ offense with out Derrick Henry. They did acquire 420 yards, however solely scored 13 factors, whereas Ryan Tannehill wanted 52 makes an attempt to get his 323 passing yards.
(*11*)The Titans additionally must be apprehensive about their capacity to play from behind. That they had a likelihood to win with the rating 19-13 within the fourth quarter, however Tannehill threw interceptions on consecutive possessions to finish the day.
(*11*)▪ The Patriots would have jumped all the way in which to the No. 2 seed if not for the Ravens’ comeback. Huntley, getting his first profession begin when Lamar Jackson was dominated out with a virus, didn’t lead the Ravens to a landing on their first 10 possessions. However with 1:41 left and trailing by 4 factors, he led the Ravens 72 yards for the game-winning rating.
(*11*)It was an unpleasant win, however once you’re coming off a unhealthy loss to the Dolphins and your beginning QB is dominated out on the final minute, all that issues is the W.
(*11*)▪ Steve Spagnuolo and the Chiefs’ protection have undoubtedly figured issues out. The Chiefs’ 19-9 win over the Cowboys was their fourth in a row, and the Chiefs haven’t allowed greater than 17 factors in any of them. The Cowboys entered with the NFL’s highest scoring offense (31.6 per recreation) however have been held to 3 discipline objectives, and the Chiefs received three turnovers and 5 sacks.
Kansas Metropolis linebacker Willie Homosexual Jr. and defensive finish Michael Danna bottle up Dallas operating again Tony Pollard throughout Sunday’s win.Peter Aiken/Related Press(*11*)The 7-4 Chiefs stay behind the Patriots within the playoff race due to their 2-4 convention document, however the Chiefs are formally harmful.
(*11*)▪ You’ve received to be pleased for Cam Newton, who performed nicely however didn’t win his first begin again with the Panthers, shedding 27-21 to Washington and his former coach, Ron Rivera. Newton was spectacular contemplating he was on his sofa two weeks in the past and doubtless doesn’t know a lot of the Panthers’ playbook — 21-of-27 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns, plus 46 speeding yards and one other rating.
(*11*)The Panthers dropped to 5-6 and all the way down to the tenth seed within the NFC playoffs. However they’ll stay within the hunt with Newton aboard.
(*11*)▪ The Cardinals’ win over the Seahawks improved their document to 9-2 and propelled them previous the Packers into the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals deserve a lot of credit score for being affected person with Kyler Murray’s ankle harm. They’ve gained two of the three video games he missed, with Colt McCoy throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. They get a bye subsequent week, and a wholesome Murray for the ultimate six video games.
(*11*)▪ No surprise the Saints checked with Denver on the commerce deadline to see if they might half with Teddy Bridgewater. Trevor Siemian completed with 214 yards and three touchdowns within the Saints’ 40-29 loss to the Eagles, however at one level he was 9 of 24 for 105 yards because the Saints trailed, 33-7, coming into the fourth quarter.
(*11*)The 5-5 Saints have misplaced three in a row and are barely holding onto the No. 7 seed. Sean Payton must one way or the other make a miracle out of his QB scenario.
(*11*)Rating Offensive Rookie of the Yr Candidates
(*11*)1. Patriots QB Mac Jones: Didn’t have his finest recreation towards Atlanta Thursday, however has been ascending all season, and profitable his fifth straight recreation makes him the brand new chief within the clubhouse.
(*11*)2. Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase: Quiet day with simply three catches for 32 yards, however caught his eighth landing of the season.
(*11*)3. Steelers RB Najee Harris:Was fifth within the NFL in scrimmage yards (963) coming into Week 11.
Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris runs to sunlight Sunday evening towards the Chargers.Ashley Landis/Related Press(*11*)4. Falcons TE Kyle Pitts: Had three catches for 29 yards however no assist on Thursday evening towards the Patriots.
(*11*)5. Eagles WR DeVonta Smith: Had 4 catches for 61 yards, and is second amongst rookie receivers with 664 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Monitoring former Patriots
(*11*)▪ 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-10 win over the Jaguars. The 5-5 49ers have gained three of 4 with Garoppolo and are proper within the NFC playoff combine.
(*11*)▪ Texans RB Rex Burkhead: His crew’s main rusher with 18 carries for 40 yards within the Texans’ win. Burkhead entered with seven rushes for 29 yards all season.
(*11*)▪ Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones: Having fairly a roller-coaster season. Had two sacks Sunday to provide him eight, however he had 5 in Week 1 and just one between Weeks 2-10.
(*11*)▪ Falcons S Duron Harmon: Had three tackles and his first QB hit of the 12 months in a 25-0 loss to the Patriots.
(*11*)Stats of the Week
(*11*)▪ Colts RB Jonathan Taylor is the fifth participant since 1950 with 4 speeding TDs and one receiving TD in a recreation, becoming a member of Shaun Alexander (2002), Gale Sayers (1965), Abner Haynes (1961) and Dub Jones (1951).
(*11*)▪ Cam Newton video games with a number of passing touchdowns: 2020 — one in 15 begins. 2021 — one in a single begin.
(*11*)▪ Packers QB Aaron Rodgers dropped to 24-3 in his profession when throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of the three losses are at Minnesota.
Minnesota defensive deal with Sheldon Richardson talks with Inexperienced Bay’s Aaron Rodgers throughout the Vikings’ win Sunday in Minnesota.Stacy Bengs/Related Press(*11*)▪ The 49ers’ first drive lasted 13:05, the NFL’s longest drive because the Titans went 13:27 in 1997.
(*11*)▪ The Texans broke their streak of 4 straight highway video games with out a landing.
(*11*)▪ The Cardinals are 6-0 on the highway, with all six wins by double digits.
(*11*)▪ D’Andre Swift grew to become the primary Lion since Barry Sanders in 1997 to have a 50-yard landing speeding and receiving in the identical season.
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