Did Week 11 prove which teams are true contenders and which teams are pretenders? Perhaps so. We’ll have to wait and see to find out definitively.
The Buccaneers must be allergic to primetime games this season or something like that. After Monday’s loss against the Rams at home, the Bucs fall to 1-3 on the season in primetime games and really, they should be 0-4. Once again, Tom Brady didn’t look comfortable throwing the deep pass and yet that’s what head coach Bruce Arians is asking him to do. It’s clearly not working in Tampa, yet nothing is being done to fix it. On the other side, the Rams are being creative on offense again with QB Jared Goff utilizing the play-action passing game and it’s got them in first place in the NFC West.
Do you remember Week 5 when the Browns had to scratch and claw their way to a 32-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium? The reason this question is being asked is that the Colts seem to be playing copycat to the Browns in the sense that their defense is playing fantastic, they’re running the ball effectively and they’re asking Phillip Rivers not to throw the ball more than 40 times a game. It seems to be paying off for the Colts as they’ve now knocked off the Titans and Packers in back to back weeks. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was up to his old tricks where he was able to lead Green Bay on a game-tying drive in the final minute to force overtime. Green Bay gets the ball first in overtime and they fumbled the ball away. That fumble put the Colts in position to win courtesy of a game-winning field goal.
The Kansas City Chiefs have one loss on their record and who was that one loss to? The Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (Game Highlights). After that victory, Las Vegas decided to do some victory laps around Arrowhead. Here’s a word of advice for the Raiders: Don’t make QB Patrick Mahomes upset because he will come back and destroy you! Vegas QB Derek threw a go-ahead touchdown to tight end Jason Witten which looked like it would be the dagger. Except there was WAY too much time remaining on the clock for Patrick Mahomes, as he proceeded to drive the Chiefs down the field before finding tight end Travis Kelce wide open in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
There might not have been fans in attendance at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, but the atmosphere was still very intense. Many Tennessee players actually walked out into the middle of the field and stood on the Ravens’ logo at the 50-yard line. However, it appeared as though it was only Ravens’ coaches who came out to push back at the Titans. The flaws of the Ravens’ passing game exposed themselves again as QB Lamar Jackson was unable to connect with his wide receivers. Meanwhile, Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill was able to find his receivers at key times throughout the game. For example, he threw a pass to AJ Browns and he was nowhere near the end zone, but he used his physicality to score the touchdown. The game eventually goes into overtime where running back Derrick Henry had the walk-off touchdown.
While Week 11 brought us some thrilling moments, Week 12 has not one, but three Thursday games. Watching three games while eating Thanksgiving dinner is sure going to be a good day. Odds for all three games are out and it looks like each game is going to be an interesting one. Odds are pretty close with each other so we should be able to see some exciting stuff this Thursday. My question is… will the Steelers keep their winning streak?