Here is a featured look into the NFL results from Week 10.
Chiefs 17 – Bills 13
The Chiefs improved to 6-3 on the season after a furious comeback in the fourth quarter in Buffalo. Despite being down 13-3 going into the final period of play, Kansas City was able to notch it’s fourth win in a row, and move into second place in the AFC West.
The Bills, who now move to 5-4, put points on the board first, as Kyle Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 25-yard pass to go up 7-0. The Chiefs would get a field goal on their ensuing possession, and only the Bills would kick a field goal in the second quarter to make things 10-3 at half. After another field goal by the Bills in the third, Kansas City would score twice in the fourth to take the win. The first was a 39-yard run by Jamaal Charles, and the second was an Alex Smith 8-yard run.
For the Chiefs, they’ve been playing gritty football in the last few weeks. Despite ranking 30th in the league with an average of just 195 passing yards per game, the Chiefs are fifth with 135 rushing yards per. In addition, they are tops in the league with only 205 rushing yards allowed.
As for the Bills, the loss is their first in nearly a month. They won back-to-back games against Minnesota and the Jets, before having a bye week last weekend. Next weekend they’ll play divisional foe Miami, and they’ll hope that Kyle Orton and Sammy Watkins can become more cohesive. Against Kansas City, Orton was just 4-9 on passes to the rookie sensation, including 0-5 on passes that were deeper than 5 yards.
The Chiefs will be tested again next weekend as they match up against Seattle.
Dolphins 16 – Lions 20
The Miami Dolphins had won three straight games before Sunday, but their 20-16 loss against Detroit now puts them at 5-4 overall. With the win, the Lions improve to 7-2 and remain one game ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North.
Detroit took the lead first at Ford Field. Matt Prater hit a 26-yard field goal after a 15-play, 72-yard drive. The next time that the Lions had the ball, they’d only need it for one play as Matt Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 49-yard score.
Right before halftime, Caleb Sturgis hit a 23-yard field goal for the Dolphins, putting the game at 10-3. Sturgis would hit another field goal in the third, this one from 50 yards out, and Ryan Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace for a 3-yard touchdown score to give Miami the 13-10 lead.
Prater would then score again for Detroit, which was met by another field goal for Sturgis. Down by three, Matt Stafford then led the Lions on a 74-yard drive that ended in a 11-yard touchdown reception to Theo Riddick with just 29 seconds left. The Lions took the lead, and held on in the finals seconds.
The Lions are hot and have won their last five in a row. They’ve also improved to 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, and they’ll look to prove their dominance in the NFC next week against Arizona.
Cowboys 31 – Jaguars 17
The Dallas Cowboys needed anything they could to stop a two-game slide with back-to-back losses against the Redskins and Cardinals. Luckily for them, they had the Jaguars on tap Sunday. In a game that was played in London, the Cowboys were able to get the 31-17 win, which keeps them right there at the top of the NFC East with Philadelphia. As for Jacksonville, they fall to 1-9, and they’ve lost their last three in a row.
DeMarco Murray had another game with 100 yards, this time on 19 carries. This is the 9th time on the season he’s passed the 100-yard mark. Dez Bryant also had a big game. He and Tony Romo connected 6 times for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. For Jacksonville, rookie Blake Bortles was 22/37 for 290 yards. He failed to score a touchdown, and he also threw an interception.
Now that the Cowboys have broken their losing streak, they move to 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. The Jaguars, on the other hand, have already been eliminated from contention, despite still having six games to go.
49ers 27 – Saints 24
It was a showdown in New Orleans when two NFC powerhouses looking to stay in the conversation went at it. In the end, the visiting 49ers would get the 27-24 win in overtime. After dropping two in a row, the 49ers get their first win in three weeks, and they keep up with Seattle in the NFC West.
San Francisco had the better first half, scoring 14 in the first quarter and another 7 in the second. The 49ers also held the Saints to just 10 points, as they took the 21-10 lead into halftime. Drew Brees when they come out in the second half and slowly start to chip away at the lead. He scored first on an 11-yard pass to Jimmy Graham in the third quarter, then again to Graham in the fourth. After Phil Dawson hit a 45-yard field goal for the 49ers in the closing minute, the game went into overtime. Dawson would this time hit a 35-yard field goal, notching the win for San Francisco.
Despite the loss and the sub-.500 record, the Saints sit at the top of the NFC South at 4-5. Luckily for them, this is the only team in the league that doesn’t have a team with at least a .500 record. Next week the Saints will look to get a win at home against a struggling Cincinnati team, while the 49ers play an equally as struggling Giants.
Titans 7 – Ravens 21
After the Jacksonville Jaguars were statistically removed from the Super Bowl with their loss on Sunday, the Titans officially shifted to become the team that remains with the worst odds. Their 2-7 record puts them at 9999/1 odds, and it’s likely that they aren’t far away from also being eliminated.
The Titans simply haven’t been able to put it together this year. After starting the year with Jake Locker, it looks like his era is over in Tennessee. Zach Mettenberger got all of the snaps on Sunday, though he went just 16/27 on the afternoon.
Though Joe Flacco was also 16/27, Baltimore had help on the ground from Justin Forsett. The back ran the ball 20 times, putting up 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Ravens are now 6-4 on the season and in second place in the surprisingly competitive, and equally confusing, AFC North. At 6-4, the Ravens are tied for second place with the Steelers, both both teams are behind a 5-3-1 Bengals team, as well as the 6-3 Browns (that’s right, Cleveland is lead the AFC North).
All four of those NFC North teams are right next to one another in terms of Super Bowl odds. The Ravens are highest at 40/1, with the Steelers at 50/1, the Browns at 55/1, and the Bengals at 60/1. Be sure to keep checking in with sportspicks.com handicappers for insider information into a tough AFC North race.
Steelers 13 – Jets 20
Speaking of the AF C North, the Steelers had a huge flop as they fell to the Jets, 20-13. Pittsburgh could’ve used the win to improve their standing in the AFC North, but now they are tied for second with Baltimore. The loss couldn’t be any more frustrating, considering it comes against a Jets team that is winning its first game since Week One.
The Jets jumped out early in the first quarter, scoring the first 17 points of the game. With such a big lead, it was too much for the Steelers to overcome. After having back-to-back massive performances, Ben Roethlisberger came back to earth in Week 10. He had just one score on the day, after hitting Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard bomb with only a minute left on the clock. By then, it was too-little too-late.
For the Jets, it was Michael Vick who got the win. He was just 10/18 passing for 132 yards, but his two touchdowns were influential early. In addition, he didn’t turn the ball over and was able to manage the clock when in possession.
While Pittsburgh finds itself stuck among the other AFC North teams, the Jets are barely hanging on. With a 2-8 record, the Jets are at just 2000/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They’ll be hoping that Michael Vick can keep things up and lead this team out of the basement in the AFC East.
Broncos 41 – Raiders 17
After losing just their second game of the season last weekend against the Patriots, Peyton Manning was able to come back and lead the Broncos as they dominated Oakland from start to finish. The final result was a 41-17 blowout that sent the Raiders to 0-9 on the season and statistically removed them from Super Bowl contention.
Manning had 5 touchdowns on the day, as well as 340 yards on 31/44 passing. His counterpart was David Carr, who was just 30/47 for 192 yards. Carr also had two interceptions to go along with two touchdowns.
Oakland was able to take the lead twice in this game, first when they score a touchdown on their opening rive and again when they scored a touchdown at the 11:19 mark in the second quarter. However, Manning would then hit CJ Anderson for a 51-yard touchdown that put the Broncos up 13-10 and they never looked back.
The Raiders are still hoping to grow with Carr in the backfield. They will play against San Diego next weekend, and then Kansas City the following. As for the Broncos, they’ll hope to finish the season strong with a very manageable schedule remaining.
Rams 14 – Cardinals 31
The Arizona Cardinals remained the top team in the league with their 31-14 win over St. Louis on Sunday. They now improve to 8-1, and have won their last five straight. The bad news that came out of the win was the injury of Carson Palmer. Palmer has led the Cardinals on the season with 1646 yards on 141/224 passing. However, he was hurt in the fourth quarter and replaced by Drew Stanton. Despite being down by 4, Stanton would lead the Cardinals to three straight touchdowns and the win on the day.
This was quite an impressive showing for Stanton, and it has to make Cardinals feel a bit more comfortable in the event that something happens and Palmer cannot return. The downside is that they’ll need to figure out where they are going at quarterback in a hurry, as they’ll face off against a tough Detroit team next weekend. The Cardinals have the best record in the league, but things might be seriously in question if Palmer misses extended amounts of time.
Despite the best record in the league, insiders still aren’t buying into the Cardinals just quite yet. They sit at 15/1 odds, while the Rams are at 2500/1.
Giants 17 – Seahawks 38
You can’t help but think that the Seattle Seahawks appreciate wins a bit more now. After winning the Super Bowl last season, the Seahawks were thought to be untouchable this year. But after suffering back-to-back losses back in Weeks 6 and 7, the Seahawks have now won three in a row and look to be a much more focused team. The 38-17 win over the Giants puts New York at 3-6 on the season, though that’s surprisingly still in the hunt in the NFC East.
For Seattle, it was all about Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards on 21 carries, and he found the end zone on four separate occasions. Russell Wilson also had 107 yards rushing, as well as a touchdown of his own.
The bright spot of the Giants was Odell Beckham Jr, as he had a 108-yard day. In his rookie season, ODB has emerged as a go-to target for Eli Manning now that Victor Cruz is out. Though the Giants may be slipping out of the playoff race, at least Manning can work to improve his up-and-coming receiving core.
The Giants have now lost four in a row and play San Francisco next weekend. The Seahawks are surging after four wins in a row, and they’ll head to Arrowhead Stadium to play the red-hot Chiefs.
NFL Week 10 Review
Here is a featured look into the NFL results from Week 10.