Judging the NFL Week 11 overreactions
INDIANAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles she spent the whole week refusing to overreact. They suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night, then went back to work saying it was a bad game, everyone has and there was no reason to panic.
Then they rolled into Indianapolis on Sunday and nearly let another get away.
The Eagles trailed the Colts through the first three quarters, trailed 13-3 entering the fourth and didn’t score until they scored. It hurts to eat entered the end zone with 1 minute 20 seconds left on the clock. They ran away with Indy 17-16 victory and the feeling that they got away with something.
“Lots of cleaning, for sure,” in the center Jason Kelce he said “We played a bad game in attack.”
Of course, the Eagles are 9-1. Every team in the league would love to have the Eagles in trouble. If you win games where you don’t play your best, that’s a bonus. Simply put, it sets you up much better to deal with adversity from playoff starts. He asked me after the game among many people from Philadelphia, “Did the Eagles deserve that win?”. and I said, “Who cares? They got it!” And I’m all for it.
That said, just because the Eagles can’t react to a couple of bad games doesn’t mean we can’t, right? Let’s take the overreaction column into Week 11 with the league’s top running back.
The Eagles offense is without problems Dallas Goedert
Goedert, the Eagles’ starting tight end, was injured Monday night. Washington commanders and it is now on injured reserve, meaning he missed Sunday’s game and will miss at least three more. Without him, Philadelphia stalled several times on offense Sunday for a variety of reasons, including multiple penalties by the tight ends working to replace him. Philly didn’t do well on offense all day until it got to the fourth quarter and Hurts was told, “You know what? You took this thing and won it for us, okay?” What he did
The Eagles are well-adjusted at their level, but they can’t get off the gas. Washington seems to be coming alive. The New York Giants they’re probably coming off a relegation, but they’re 7-3. The Dallas Cowboys as if the Eagles were pushing them all year. Philly needs to keep winning, and most weeks, that will mean playing much better on offense than they did on Sunday.
First, the Colts defense has been tough for everyone this year. There’s no shame in scoring just 17 against Indianapolis, especially on a short week on the road. Philly was coming off a tough division loss, playing a tough defensive opponent and really shouldn’t feel concerned that they were struggling to score. The conditions (two more Sundays, six total in the last two games) and penalties should worry them a little, but they haven’t been a team that’s beaten themselves all year, so it’s easy to make this a stunner.
Goedert will be back at some point, and in the meantime, the Eagles have enough good players on offense that they should figure it out without him. They play Green Bay Packers next sunday night All you have to do against them is run the ball. The Eagles will be fine. Oh, and by the way, they were a lot Defensively better on Sunday than last week. So consider that too.
Taylor Heinicke good enough to carry the Commanders to the playoffs
The Commanders followed up Monday night’s win against the previously undefeated Eagles 23-10 victory above the disastrous Houston Texans. Houston had just 5 yards of offense in the first half, and Washington had a comfortable 20-0 halftime lead. Heinicke was an impressive 15-27 for 191 yards, but didn’t turn the ball over and ran the offense competently while the defense dominated.
Washington has won five of its last six games (only losing that crazy game Minnesota Vikings) after a 1-4 start to the season, and the turnaround coincides with the start of Week 1 Carson Wentz injured and taking Heinicke. The team seems to have responded positively. And while they’re still in last place in the NFC East, the Commanders’ 6-5 record would be good enough for first place in the NFC South and has them on the edge of the wild-card race.
Verdict: NO OVERREACTION
Seven teams make the playoffs in each conference, and the NFC appears to be the weaker of the two conferences this year. Those 6th and 7th spots are up for grabs, especially 7th, which is currently 5-4. San Francisco 49ers, who play on Monday night. It’s Washington right thereand its schedule is another one of those relatively soft NFC East ones.
Commanders play Atlanta Falcons next week (more on that in a second), then, oddly enough, they have back-to-back bye games against the Giants. After that, they’ll get a visit to San Francisco for what could be big wild card implications, and then they’ll wrap up the home games. Cleveland Browns and the Cowboys. They may be getting it Chase Young come back here to promote the defense in the next week or so. Look, you might think the Commanders are in over their heads, and they might be. But the math says they’re in this thing, and Heinicke brings enough of the YOLO factor to this amazing stretch of his career that you can’t ignore it.
The Falcons will advance Tampa Bay Buccaneers and win the NFC South
The Falcons aren’t going away, are they? They won Chicago Bears 27-24 thanks to a sunday effective performance By QB Marcus Mariotaeffective running game, he did the defense simply enough to save Justin Fields a kick that can reliably hit from 53 yards out from bursting the game.
They lost the turnover battle, they wasted a lot of time of possession and actually Chicago outgained this game 288 yards to 280 yards. I don’t know if the Falcons win games, but they’re only 5-6 and a half. A game behind first place Tampa Bay in the NFC South.
Verdict: NO OVERREACTION
I’m not saying this the will it will happen, but it is not an overreaction to say can happened We hope Tom Brady and the Bucs come roaring back from the bye week and ditch this division, but what if they don’t?
Arthur Smith’s Falcons don’t seem to be doing much right. Only once this year have they won two games in a row. They don’t deserve to be here, and being in this discussion is a testament to Smith’s leadership and the Bucs’ frustration. If the Bucs don’t get their act together, these Falcons are as opportunistic as their pets, ready to steal a playoff spot from the GOAT. Tampa Bay needs to be careful, or that home game against the Falcons in Week 18 could be a lot more important than the Bucs want.
The Vikings aren’t as good as their record
look Everyone can have a bad day. That is allowed. But when you’re 8-1 playing at home and you lost 40-3? That’s an eye opener. The result is that people say, “See? say you vikings weren’t good!” Minnesota was completely destroyed by the Cowboys in their own building on Sunday, ending a seven-game winning streak, with each win coming by one point or less.
The Vikings are 8-2 this year despite giving up more points than they have scored, which should be a record. You take a hit like this in your stadium against a playoff contender in your speech, you’ll hear people from all corners still doubting you. Simple as that.
The Vikings may not be as good as their seven-game winning streak made them look, but it’s hard to see them being as bad as they were Sunday. The Cowboys are one of the best teams in the league. I know, I know, we’re a week away from blowing a fourth quarter lead and losing to Green Bay, but this is the same point I’m making. Everyone has bad days. Minnesota was far worse than most. The Vikings are in good shape in the NFC North and should be on their way to a division title, and just because they were one loss behind doesn’t make that a lie.
I think the problem here is that people won’t buy the Vikings until they see the quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered a few times in the same postseason, which is only fair. But Minnesota can’t do anything about it until January. We’ll see how he bounces back from one of the worst stretches any contender has had all year, but honestly, we won’t be able to draw any conclusions about the Vikings until they play a few more playoff games. what they will do
The Cincinnati Bengals they are still the most dangerous team in the AFC
The defending AFC champion avenged a bad Week 1 loss Steelers with a 37-30 victory in Pittsburgh It wasn’t easy — nothing is with the Bengals this year — but neither was the top running back Joe Mixon offside for big stretches and star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase still with a hip injury, Joe Burrow, Trey Hendrickson, Tee Higgins and the Bengalis found a way.
The Bengals improved to 6-4 with one game to go Baltimore Ravens After clinching first place in the AFC North, by the time the game ended, it was good enough to hold on to the No. 7 spot in the projected AFC playoff field pending Sunday night’s result. Los Angeles Chargers–Kansas City Chiefs the game
Verdict: NO OVERREACTION
They still have the burrow. They still have the memory of last January/February. Chase will still be back soon. Cincinnati is still reeling from heartbreaking early season losses to Pittsburgh, Dallas and Baltimore, but they have the ability and belief to make the climb. The Ravens may not catch up in the division. They might not have enough to go to Kansas City and win the playoffs again this season. But no one will be comfortable keeping the Bengals in contention until someone knocks them out.
And Sunday’s win against a standard Pittsburgh team showed that. You can laugh all you want about the Steelers, but the history between these two teams is real and painful for Cincinnati. No matter how tough it might be – a Steelers beat tells you things are good with the Bengals.
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