Week 10, just like every other, was tantalising to say the very least. It all kicked off with the Panthers being blown out of contention at Heinz Field. Thurday Night Football was followed by incredible divisional matchups which could alter the destiny of the many playoff hopefuls at this stage in the season. However, it was the matchup between the Seahawks and Rams in LA that stole the show for me.
Steel city capitulation
The Pittsburgh Steelers surprised a lot of people on Thurday. Particularly Ben Roethlisberger who posted an 88% completion percentage for 328 yards and five, yes FIVE, touchdowns. James Conner also tied Le’Veon Bell’s season-high of 11 touchdowns, just 10 weeks into the regular season.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 9, 2018
The Panthers failed to compete offensively after their opening touchdown drive as Cam Newton was forced to withstand five sacks. He was also picked off by Vince Williams early in the first quarter which changed the momentum.
The Steelers have staked their claim for the NFC North title with a record of 6-2-1.
How about dem’ Bears?
Soldier Field played host to some awful kicking from Cody Parkey, who nailed the uprights four times, however, the Bears destroyed the Lions regardless.
Mitchell Trubisky was dynamite in and out of the pocket as he threw for 355 yards, as well as scoring 4 (3 passing, 1 rushing) touchdowns.
The defence, bolstered by Khalil Mack who returned this week, absolutely dominated. Mack notched two sacks, whilst his teammates contributed an extra four. In addition, they were able to create three turnovers in the game.
The Bears made the most of the Vikings’ bye week as they remain atop the division. Contrary, the Lions look down and out at.
Colts tight end Eric Ebron starred in week 10.
In the Indianapolis Colts’ 29-26 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, Ebron scored three touchdowns in just the first half of the game. He was targeted just three times despite amassing 69 yards in the open field.
The Colts, led by Andrew Luck, appear to be closely chasing the Tennessee Titans who shocked the Patriots.
The Titans shocked the world by defeating the Patriots 34-10 in Nashville this past Sunday.
Marcus Mariota showed glimpses of his potential by throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, whilst maintaining ball security as well as managing the game clock to perfection. Also, Derrick Henry had a big game with two touchdowns of his own and 58 rushing yards.
Wesley Woodyard was exceptional, accumulating 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks on Tom Brady. Speaking of Brady, he completed just 50% of his passes for 254 yards and contributed no touchdowns. He was subsequently pulled from the game in the fourth quarter as their chances of winning decreased.
The Titans continue to maintain their hunt for the AFC South title at 5-4.
Eagles lose in Dallas
Heading into this divisional clash, both teams desperately required a victory. The Dallas Cowboys were the team who eventually got it.
The Cowboys staff finally listened to critics and fans alike, as they fed Ezekiel Elliot the ball on many occasions. He rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on just 19 carries, averaging 7.9 yards each attempt. Prescott played efficiently and kept the ball safe.
Additionally, rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch dominated with 13 tackles and an interception leading his team to victory.
First career pick for the first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch.pic.twitter.com/shPmfY62VI
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 12, 2018
Both teams are now tied at 4-5 in the NFC East.
Close call at the Coliseum
This back and forth encounter between the Seahawks and the Rams went the way of the home side.
Goff was once again superb, connecting on 28 of 39 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Gurley was reliable as ever as he rushed for 120 yards.
Russell Wilson was also effective as he threw for three touchdowns, 176 yards and rushed 92 yards.
However, the Rams won the turnover battle after Dante Fowler Jr.’s forced fumble and recovery put the game out of Wilson’s reach.
The Rams remain neck-and-neck with the Saints at 8-1, whilst the Seahawks fall to 4-5.