Week 10 Reflections

Week 10 of the NFL season can be best summed up in one word: madness.

The Tennessee Titans with a wild final two minutes edged out the Kansas City Chiefs 35-32 in a crazy thriller. The Sunday and Monday night games more than lived up to the hype. The Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys went back and forth in a Texas shootout with the Vikings edged out the Cowboys 28-24. Then, the game of the year took place on Monday Night Football in a heavyweight matchup between the 8-0 San Francisco 49ers and the 6-2 Seattle Seahawks. After a back and forth battle, it went into the overtime where Russell Wilson asserted himself as the MVP frontrunner and led the Seahawks to a 27-24 overtime victory. After a captivating Week 10, here are my thoughts on the state of the NFL.

  • As head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid is 1-4 against the Tennessee Titans, and the only win was in his first season against a 7-9 Titans team with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. The Chiefs since then have had some of their worst luck and performances against them. In 2016, former Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop hit a 55-yard game-winning field goal at Arrowhead to win 19-17, then the last meeting they had was when the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit in the Wild Card Round in 2017 and defeated the Chiefs 22-21. So this past Sunday’s meeting was the epitome of the Titans playing really well against great teams and the Titans have the Chiefs’ number in recent years.
  • The Miami Dolphins’ future is looking more and more promising. The Dolphins play hard and have to start to win games with one of the least talented teams fielded in the last couple of decades. Ryan Fitzpatrick is now playing like Fitzmagic and that has galvanized this team to win their last two games. Brian Flores is coaching this team well and like the Oakland Raiders, I am excited to see this team when they start getting a lot more talent on this team. They still have three first-round draft picks at their disposal this NFL Draft.
  • The Los Angeles Rams are a shell of their former selves. In the last two years, the Rams had a dominant running game that set up a very efficient aerial attack, and as a result, they were one of the most fun teams to watch and they dominated the NFC. Also, in the last two years, their offensive line has been healthy the entire season. This year, they have no running game, Jared Goff has had to carry the offense and the offensive line has been ravaged by injuries and still suffering from the loss of Roger Saffold in free agency.    
  • While the 49ers-Seahawks Monday Night thriller was the biggest and most dramatic game of the year, the Vikings-Cowboys Sunday Night Football matchup was the most fun game to watch this year. It was a very clean game with minimal penalties, and it displayed two very talented and evenly matched teams that came down to the end. It was a huge win for the Minnesota Vikings as it was Kirk Cousins’ first primetime win on the road over a team over .500.  The Vikings are well-coached, and they are efficient as they have only 10 turnovers in nine games. They play the Broncos at home this week and if they win as they should, they’ll be 8-3 heading into their bye week.
  • The San Francisco 49ers are fine. They played the MVP frontrunner with a banged-up team. Jimmy Garoppolo’s top two targets, George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders, were out with injury, and their starting center got injured during the game. Despite all of this, if Chase McLaughlin makes that field goal, the 49ers would remain undefeated, and they could have won still. They will be healthier down the stretch and will still be a Super Bowl contender come January.

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