The NFL definitely had its share of thrills over the weekend, as three groups (Detroit Lions, Inexperienced Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings) erased 14-point fourth-quarter deficits in pulling off victories — a primary in NFL historical past. All these groups have been, coincidentally, within the NFC North.
There have been 46 video games this season wherein a staff has come again to win or tie after trailing within the fourth quarter, the second most via the primary 10 weeks in NFL historical past. Groups have overcome a deficit of not less than 10 factors to win or tie 31 instances, tied with 1987 and 2020 for essentially the most such video games via the primary 10 weeks of a season all-time.
The 2022 season has been a loopy one via 10 weeks, and the insanity continued this weekend. What did we find out about every staff in Week 10? This is one factor that is value mentioning.
Welcome again James Conner: The Cardinals have missed the operating again who scored 18 touchdowns final season and earned a three-year contract extension consequently. In his second recreation again from a chest damage, the Cardinals made positive to characteristic Conner with Kyler Murray out.
Conner had a season-high 21 carries for 69 yards and scored two touchdowns whereas additionally having three catches for 17 yards. The 86 scrimmage yards have been additionally a season excessive, and Arizona was 3 of 4 on purple zone alternatives (above the 60% season common, which was eleventh in NFL).
Having a wholesome Conner will likely be a useful asset for the Cardinals offense going ahead, particularly as soon as Murray comes again.
Marcus Mariota to Kyle Pitts is a misplaced trigger: Fantasy soccer homeowners understand how irrelevant Pitts has been all season. He hasn’t been in a position to click on in any respect with Mariota, as Pitts was focused eight instances but had simply two catches for 28 yards within the loss to the Panthers.
Pitts has been focused by Mariota 15 instances up to now two video games. He has simply 4 catches for 55 yards, so clearly one thing between him and Mariota is not figuring out. There was too many video games the place Pitts has been a non issue, an atrocity for a receiving tight finish nearly as good as he’s.
Pitts has 25 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns via 9 video games. Would these numbers be higher if Desmond Ridder was the quarterback?
The Payments depend on Josh Allen an excessive amount of: Allen is likely one of the greatest quarterbacks in soccer, however even the very best gamers have slumps from time to time. Allen is at the moment in a funk, finishing simply 58.8% of his passes for 753 yards with three touchdowns to 6 interceptions over his previous three video games (67.2 ranking). The Payments are 1-2 in these begins, counting on Allen’s play to bail them out of bother.
Buffalo must get different facets of the offense going as an alternative of banking on Allen each possession. Why not attempt operating the soccer extra with Devin Singletary and James Cook dinner, giving them a possibility to thrive in an offense that ought to set them up for achievement. Each gamers mixed to common 4.5 yards per carry with three speeding touchdowns, to allow them to get the job achieved.
Allen can win the Payments a Tremendous Bowl, however he should not be the one possibility.
The offensive line has stepped up because the Christian McCaffrey commerce: For the reason that Panthers moved on from the McCaffrey period, the offensive line has paved the best way for a run assault that has averaged 159.5 yards per recreation on the bottom. It additionally has allowed simply three sacks over that four-game span, an indication the unit has considerably improved from earlier within the 12 months.
D’Onta Foreman has immensely benefitted from the offensive line enhancements, recording 79 carries for 389 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns in these 4 video games — throughout which the Panthers have gone 2-2.
Carolina nonetheless does not have a quarterback, however the Panthers can get a a lot clearer analysis of those to maintain round due to the offensive line preserving them upright. The Panthers might have a constructing block for the long run.
Justin Fields is sustaining success: Over the previous month, it has been clear Fields is a celebrity within the making. Creating success is one factor, however sustaining it’s one other.
How’s this for an encore after setting the single-game file for speeding yards by a quarterback within the common season? Fields grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past with two-plus speeding touchdowns, two-plus passing touchdowns and 100 speeding yards in a recreation. He is the primary quarterback in NFL historical past with 140-plus speeding yards in back-to-back video games.
Fields has 4 straight video games of 60-plus rush yards and a speeding landing, which is tied for the longest such streak by a QB in NFL historical past. He is already some of the dynamic gamers within the league and is getting higher by the week.
What occurred to the run recreation?: The Browns entered Week 10 averaging 164.6 speeding yards per recreation, third greatest within the NFL. The Browns solely had 112 speeding yards in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, by no means discovering a rhythm all through the sport.
Kareem Hunt is meant to be the very best No. 2 operating again within the NFL, but had simply six carries for 9 yards. He has simply 26 carries for 67 yards (2.6 yards per carry) over the previous 4 video games. His struggles have attributed to the Browns having simply 14 carries for 30 yards within the first half of Sunday’s loss, however Cleveland simply hasn’t been as efficient within the run recreation as in years’ previous.
Maybe that modifications when Deshaun Watson returns.
Cannot cease the run: The run protection is a significant problem in Dallas, a gaping gap in a proficient unit. Dallas allowed 207 speeding yards to Inexperienced Bay in Sunday’s loss, the second consecutive recreation the Cowboys allowed over 200 speeding yards.
Aaron Rodgers solely wanted to throw the ball 20 instances towards a run protection that allowed 5.3 yards per stick with it 39 makes an attempt. Over the previous two video games, Dallas has allowed 447 yards on 82 carries (5.5 yards per carry). Micah Parsons cannot rush the passer as a result of he has to play linebacker to offer the Cowboys an opportunity at stopping the run.
This can be a main problem in Dallas, regardless of how a lot the Cowboys attempt to brush it off.
Penalties are simply as dangerous 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. After all, the vast majority of these penalties are taking place pre-snap, however they simply do not get corrected (on the teaching workers).
The Broncos lead the league in penalties (78) and penalty yards (651). The 8.67 penalties per recreation are simply essentially the most within the league, a full penalty greater than Arizona (7.40). The three.89 pre-snap penalties per recreation are additionally essentially the most within the NFL.
Once more, that is on Nathaniel Hackett for not getting this drawback fastened.
Amon-Ra St. Brown is again: Laborious to consider the Lions’ greatest receiver had his first 100-yard recreation since Week 2, as St. Brown completed with 10 catches for 119 yards in Sunday’s win over the Bears. St. Brown was getting again into the swing of issues after a concussion in Week 7, having 21 catches for 243 yards over the previous three weeks.
All St. Brown wants is a landing catch for the primary time since Week 2, however that will likely be exhausting with Detroit’s vast receiver depth severely challenged.
Wonderful what occurs while you run the ball: The Packers ought to have been doing this from day one, but it took a five-game shedding streak and a season on the road to run the ball with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. The 207 speeding yards have been enormous for the offense, in that it arrange the big-play explosiveness the Packers have been looking for all 12 months.
Aaron Rodgers solely accomplished 14 passes, however had simply 20 makes an attempt. He threw for 224 yards, averaging 16 yards per completion and three landing passes. Christian Watson was the recipient of these three landing passes — 58, 39, and 7 yards. These have been the large move performs Inexperienced Bay has been looking for.
The Packers can thank committing to the run recreation for that. They need to in all probability stick with it.
Crimson zone points proceed to be an issue: The Texans have only a 44% conversion price on purple zone makes an attempt, which is thirty first within the NFL. With regards to scoring touchdowns within the purple zone, the offense is inept.
Houston had six journeys to the purple zone in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, scoring just one landing and committing two turnovers (fumble and interception). That 17% conversion price performs a significant totally different in a 24-16 recreation, a purpose why Houston has only one win on the 12 months.
Davis Mills is twenty ninth out of 34 certified quarterbacks in purple zone passer ranking (82.8), which is a part of the purple zone woes. The Texans will not be benching him, so maybe the reply is to get the run recreation extra concerned in between the 20s.
Ankle issues seem no extra for Jonathan Taylor: Perhaps Parks Frazier had quite a bit to do with it, however Taylor seemed like the very best operating again in soccer once more. Taylor completed with 22 carries for 147 yards and a landing in Sunday’s win over the Raiders, showcasing his gamebreaking pace once more together with his 66-yard landing run in third quarter to offer the Colts the lead.
The Colts ran the ball 27 instances and dropped again to move 31 instances, a wholesome steadiness for an offense that depends on Taylor and the offensive line to dictate the stream of the sport. Maybe a wholesome Taylor is the distinction, or an inexperienced teaching workers may very well know the right way to get essentially the most out of their greatest gamers.
Kicking issues stay in Jacksonville: The Jaguars have had a problem discovering a kicker all season and settled on Riley Patterson in the beginning of the season. Jacksonville went via kicker after kicker earlier than selecting Patterson. Matthew Wright was launched and Ryan Santoso and Andrew Mevis have been introduced in. After these two did not work, Elliott Fry had a shot on the kicker job earlier than being launched for James McCourt.
Patterson was the selection to begin the 12 months after McCourt was left go. Patterson’s been strong this 12 months, however has missed three discipline objectives up to now two weeks — together with two Sunday that value Jacksonville a possibility to get again within the recreation towards Kansas Metropolis.
The 77.8% discipline purpose conversion price is twenty fifth out of 35 kickers within the NFL. The Jaguars will in all probability stick to Patterson, however their kicking recreation stays an issue.
Kadarius Toney already making an affect: Wonderful what occurs when Toney is with a training workers that is aware of the right way to use him. The Chiefs have utilized Toney to his strengths, and it took him simply two video games for him to play a big position within the Chiefs offense.
Toney had two carries for 33 yards, together with a 32-yard run that arrange a Patrick Mahomes landing move to Marquez Valdes-Scantling within the second quarter. He totaled 90 scrimmage yards and a landing, together with 4 catches for 57 yards.
The Chiefs have massive 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 actually should be motivated to odor blood? Vegas confronted a head coach and play-caller who by no means had their roles in an NFL recreation earlier than, as Jeff Saturday and Parks Frazier have been solely on the job for six days previous to Sunday’s win.
How did the Raiders begin the sport? Seventeen performs for 33 yards and no factors 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 in all probability should not be a head coach on this league. Inexcusable to lose to a staff with a state of affairs like Indianapolis, but Vegas discovered a approach to make Colts proprietor Jim Irsay appear like a genius for every week.
The depth on this staff is absolutely being examined: The Chargers offensive line already was with out Rashawn Slater, and it did not have Trey Pipkins, both, after he was dominated as a game-day inactive. Foster Sarell (who had simply 5 particular groups snaps to his identify within the NFL) began, so passing a lot wasn’t an possibility with a quarterback who has banged up ribs.
The Chargers do not have Keenan Allen or Mike Williams at vast receiver, and beginning tight finish Gerald Everett left the sport with a groin damage within the first half. All Justin Herbert has is Austin Ekeler, Josh Palmer, DeAndre Carter, and a banged up offensive line.
It is wonderful this staff stays in video games and has an over .500 file.
Sean McVay did no favors for his backup QB: The Rams already cannot run the ball, however they let a quarterback who had 42 profession common season passes to his identify throw the ball 36 instances. Sean McVay known as solely 17 designed run performs in a recreation with John Wolford as his quarterback.
The outcomes have been disastrous in dropping again 40 instances and operating the ball 17 instances, because the Rams had simply 256 yards of offense and averaged 4.3 yards per play. Wolford was 24 of 36 for 212 yards with a landing and an interception.
The Rams cannot run the ball, however they need to have not less than tried to take action with Wolford at quarterback. What was the worst that might have occurred?
The Jeff Wilson commerce seems sensible: Mike McDaniel introduced Wilson into his offense after he wished out of San Francisco, because the Dolphins gave up solely a fifth-round decide for him. This commerce seems like a significant steal.
Wilson already seems to be the featured again in Miami, having 17 carries for 119 yards and landing in Sunday’s win over the Browns (7.0 yards per carry). In simply two video 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 seems to be the very best offense within the NFL. This deal might get Miami a Tremendous Bowl title.
Crimson zone protection shines in brightest of moments: The Vikings entered Week 10 with the worst purple zone protection within the NFL, giving up touchdowns on 78.95% of opponents’ journeys to the purple zone. Sunday’s matchup towards the Payments continued the method, as Buffalo scored on three of their first 4 journeys within the recreation.
The Vikings clamped down on the ultimate three journeys, with two purple zone interceptions by Patrick Peterson and simply three factors allowed. Duke Shelley additionally had a move breakup earlier than Peterson sealed the sport in extra time together with his interception of Josh Allen within the purple zone.
The weak spot of the Vikings was a power within the last minutes of Sunday’s win. Holding the Payments to 42.9% within the purple zone is a large confidence enhance for this protection.
Andy Dalton isn’t any higher than Jameis Winston: The Saints do not have a quarterback, evident by how poor Dalton has performed since he was named the beginning quarterback after throwing three consecutive interception to shut the primary half a number of weeks in the past.
Dalton within the three video games since? He is accomplished 67.4% of his passes for 613 yards with 4 touchdowns to a few interceptions for an 89.0 passer ranking. The Saints have averaged simply 15.7 factors in these video games.
In all probability does not matter at this level, however the Saints do not have a quarterback. Additionally they do not have that potential top-five decide (traded to the Eagles) to get it.
Further linemen to assist Saquon Barkley was the suitable transfer: If Barkley goes to get a season-high 35 carries, wager Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are going to set the star operating again up for achievement. The Giants ran packages with seven and eight offensive linemen to pave the best way for Barkley to run for 152 yards and a landing.
For the reason that Giants are restricted at tight finish, it is smart to make use of the additional offensive lineman as a power. This might arrange the playaction move going ahead, particularly with how effectively Daniel Jones is throwing the ball.
With run defenses within the NFC East struggling (Eagles and Cowboys), there is a good probability the Giants showcase this bundle with NFC East matchups on the horizon.
The run protection continues to get carved up: This was a priority after a Week 9 win over the Texans, and the Commanders determined to duplicate what Houston did by operating the ball downhill towards a run protection that badly misses Jordan Davis. The Commanders ran the ball 49 instances for 152 yards, essentially the most any staff has run towards the Eagles since 2004.
The Eagles had the ball for simply 6:11 within the first half, the bottom in any half for Philadelphia since 2001. The protection could not get a destructive speeding play and did not pressure a third-and-long state of affairs, which is why Washington’s 12 third-down conversions are essentially the most towards Philadelphia since not less than 1991.
Philadelphia faces Jonathan Taylor, Aaron Jones, Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and Justin Fields over the following 5 weeks. The run protection must make changes fast.
Kenny Pickett is throwing the ball downfield: Pickett took a big beating in Sunday’s win over the Saints, getting sacked six instances. That is perhaps definitely worth the worth for the Steelers to truly open up the downfield passing recreation, as Pickett’s 6.63 yards per try have been the very best since he is been named the starter.
Whereas the completion proportion was decrease (60%), Pickett had 250 complete yards (199 passing, 51 speeding) and a speeding landing. The run recreation opened up and Pickett was in a position to make extra alternatives together with his legs.
Popping out of the bye week, it was good to see Pittsburgh open up the offense. Maybe this continues going ahead.
One other operating again possibility is again: It is easy to neglect how productive Elijah Mitchell was in his rookie season. Mitchell has been out since Week 1 with a sprained MCL, but returned in Week 10 to the tune of 18 carries for 89 yards — main all of the 49ers operating backs.
The 49ers have already got loads of stars on offense, now Mitchell and Christian McCaffrey kind top-of-the-line backfields in soccer. This is not even accounting for Kyle Shanahan makes use of Deebo Samuel on run performs.
Mitchell and his contemporary legs will likely be enormous for the 49ers within the second half, changing into one other participant opposing defenses need to cease.
Third-down protection took a step again: The Seahawks have been one of many worst third down defenses within the league, however Sunday’s struggles have been even dangerous by their requirements. Seattle allowed 10 of 15 third down conversions in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, because the 66.7% conversion price is considerably larger than the 44.5% allowed on the 12 months.
A part of the problems are stopping the run, as Seattle is twenty seventh within the league in run protection — permitting 140.9 speeding yards per recreation. Permitting 161 yards to an traditionally dangerous run offense just like the Buccaneers does not assist, both.
That is a facet the Seahawks need to right popping out of the bye week, or they will lose the NFC West lead.
The run offense is not traditionally dangerous anymore: In an sudden flip of occasions, Tampa Bay’s run recreation was the driving pressure behind a victory. The Buccaneers ran for a season-high 161 yards in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, together with an much more stunning 22 carries for 105 yards from rookie Rachaad White. Getting the beginning rather than Leonard Fournette to boost the run recreation, White had the Buccaneers’ first 20-yard run of their season together with two essential runs on Tampa Bay’s last drive to protect the victory.
Tampa Bay got here into Sunday’s recreation averaging simply 60.7 rush yards per recreation, and simply 47 per recreation over the previous three weeks. With the 161 speeding yards Sunday, that common went as much as 70.7 — a stunning growth over what we have seen the previous few weeks.
Maybe the Buccaneers can truly run the soccer and develop into a risk within the NFC in spite of everything. This cannot be a one-week factor.
Protection remains to be elite regardless of all of the lacking starters: The Titans have been lacking six defensive starters heading into this recreation: Jeffery Simmons, Bud Dupree, Kristian Fulton, Amani Hooker, Zach Cunningham, and Harold Landry (injured earlier than the 12 months). Elijah Molden left early with an damage to make issues worse.
Tennessee confirmed why the protection is likely one of the greatest within the NFL, permitting simply 10 factors 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 5 instances and totaling simply 101 yards and averaging 2.8 yards per play. Tennessee was down seven starters and nonetheless held Denver scoreless within the last half-hour. This protection is elite.
Time of possession battle will assist this staff win video games: What the Commanders have been in a position to do to maintain the Eagles off the sphere was genius. Washington had the ball for 40:24, essentially the most towards Philadelphia since 2015 (Chip Kelly’s last season).
Why have been the Commanders in a position to management the clock? Constructive runs on first and second down and clutch throws in third-and-manageable conditions from Taylor Heinicke. The Commanders do not want a big-play offense to attain factors, however they simply need to dictate the tempo of the sport.
This technique will not work each week, however it’s going to maintain Washington in soccer video games. On Monday evening, it was sufficient at hand the Eagles their first lack of the season.