With Week 10 in the books, the NFL is officially double digits deep into the regular season. Only seven weeks remain on the slate as the season begins winding down and teams are giving it their all to fight for a playoff spot. As the tenth week of play concluded, football fans saw even more excitement that set the NFL up for an interesting weekend of play ahead.
A battle of Ohio kicked off the NFL Week 10 on Thursday night, as Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns rolled the Cincinnati Bengals to hold sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Two 5-3 squads squared off in Buffalo Sunday afternoon as the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth game in a row with a close 17-13 win against the Bills. Baltimore bounced back after a primetime blowout to take down the Tennessee Titans 21-7 at home behind a two touchdown performance from Justin Forsett. In hands down the biggest upset of the weekend, the New York Jets hopped out to an early 17-0 lead against the red hot Pittsburgh Steelers and held on the rest of the game for their second victory of the season. Meanwhile, no surprises took place in Northern California on Sunday, as the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos came to town and manhandled the winless Raiders 41-17.
Despite a close game entering the fourth quarter and a huge performance from rookie received Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants lost yet another game, falling to the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers snapped New Orleans home winning streak as they took down the Saints 27-24 in overtime. While the Buccaneers-Falcons match-up may not have been on the NFL Week 10 marquee this week, it turned out to be a great contest as a late pick secured a victory for Atlanta. What looked like it would be yet another Miami victory came to an end with just seconds left as Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick in the end zone to complete a fourth quarter come from behind win for the Detroit Lions. Across the pond, the Dallas Cowboys easily took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in London with the help of Dez Bryant’s 158 receiving yards and pair of touchdowns. Surging quarterback Carson Palmer went down with an ACL injury early in the game, but Arizona Cardinals backup Drew Stanton rallied the team for a double-digit win against the St. Louis Rams. One of the biggest rivalry games in football ended up in one of the biggest blowouts in football, as MVP-candidate Aaron Rodgers tossed six touchdowns in the first half for a 55-14 Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears. To end Week 10 the Carolina Panthers rolled in to Philadelphia and were manhandled by a Philadelphia Eagles team led by their new starter under center, none other than Mark Sanchez.
As the competition heads into its final games of the regular season, Week 11 is loaded with can’t miss match-ups across the country. In addition to another round of thrilling weekly match-ups, the Eagles and Packers will go head-to -head in a battle of two of the most dangerous teams in the NFC, while the Patriots will square off against the Colts on Sunday Night Football.