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NFL Week 11: Winners and Losers

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Week 11 saw some standout performances and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Antonio Brown, who also had 144 receiving yards. The defense caught four interceptions and had five sacks as the Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans 40-17.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Running back Latavius Murray rushed for two touchdowns. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had a touchdown catch and 123 receiving yards. Key defensive stops helped the Vikings defeat the Los Angeles Rams 24-7.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: The defense had six sacks and caught three interceptions as the Ravens shutout the Green Bay Packers 23-0.
  4. New Orleans Saints: The Saints came back from 15 down and scored 21 unanswered defeating the Washington Redskins 34-31 in overtime.
  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions. The Eagles scored 30 unanswered points as they defeated NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys 37-10.
  6. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons held off the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 to get a huge road win.

 

 

Losers:

  1. Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota’s four interceptions and being sacked five times stalled drives in their loss to Pittsburgh.
  2. Kansas City Chiefs: Questionable play-calling and turnovers were the Chiefs’ undoing as they were upset by the New York Giants 12-9 in overtime.
  3. Los Angeles Rams: They only had 45 rushing yards as their offense was tamed by Minnesota.
  4. Buffalo Bills: Benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor proved rather costly for the Bills as Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions including a pick six in the first half. The Bills couldn’t recover as they were hammered by the Los Angeles Chargers 55-24.
  5. Washington Redskins: Not being able to convert plays came back to bite the Redskins in their loss to New Orleans.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: A backfired fake field goal attempt came back to bite the Seahawks in their loss to Atlanta.

Storylines Going Into Week 12:

Minnesota visits Detroit. Can Cleveland get their first win in Cincinnati? Buffalo and Kansas City as the two teams try to bounce back. Both off byes, Carolina meets the New York Jets.

The Los Angeles Rams host New Orleans. Green Bay travels to Pittsburgh. Houston plays Baltimore.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

Cleveland Browns

Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury

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Baker Mayfield, Freddie Kitchens

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..

“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”

Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.

“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”

“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”

Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.

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Eagles’ Doug Pederson Upset After Loss to Dolphins

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The Philadelphia Eagles are reeling after another loss, this time to the “tanking” Miami Dolphins, and yet another blow to their playoff hopes and chances to take the division crown.

The Eagles entered halftime with a comfortable lead only to see it evaporate in the second half with the Dolphins passing game and trick plays propelling them to an improbable 37-31 victory in Miami on Sunday.

Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t too thrilled with how things played out, especially after their strong start, saying he was “disgusted” and “angry”, mostly at himself, for the game.

During a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said the Eagles “self-destructed” adding that they were now a “long shot” to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7 on the season.

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson said (h/t ESPN). “Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team.”

Pederson believes that the struggling Dolphins played harder than his team did on Sunday.

“That’s why I’m disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t,” he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well coached the Dolphins were.

Pederson was also miffed about the 10 penalties that the team drew.

“Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it’s not who we are, it’s not who I am as a coach, it’s not how we teach things,” Pederson said. “It starts with me and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game.”

The Eagles will now look to snap a three-game losing stream next Monday night when they play host to the New York Giants.

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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Staying with Jason Garrett

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Jason Garrett

Despite the obvious failure at the helm, for yet another season, Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones is staying with head coach Jason Garrett for now, despite a brutal loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving.

The 26-15 loss to the Bills marked the sixth loss over the past nine games for the Cowboys, who dropped to 6-6 on the season but remain in first place of the NFC East, regardless if the Philadelphia Eagles win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

“This is not the time for me [to make a coaching change],” Jones said outside the locker room in an emotional statement. “I’m looking ahead at another ballgame. I’m looking ahead at winning four or five straight and helping write a story they will talk about, how it looks like you’re down and out. And I mean that. That’s the way that I’m operating. Every decision that I make over the next month will be with an eye in mind to get us in the Super Bowl now.”

Garrett should have been fired years ago, following a string of 8-8 seasons, but has somehow, rather baffling too, managed to hold on to his job despite looking completely lost at times.

“You just have to get back to work,” Garrett said. “That’s the nature of the National Football League. It’s hard every week. You are going to deal with adversities over the course of the year. You’re going to have to deal with the successes over the course of the year. You have to learn from them and move on and get ready for the next challenge.”

“I’m going to do the same thing I’ve always done when I get a setback or get my butt kicked. I’m going to get up in the morning and I’m going to look for ways [to help], and I’m not going to panic,” Jones said. “I’m going to look for ways to improve the situation. I’m still glad that when I get up in the morning, I can look for ways to help our team. One of them is not a coaching change. One of them is not reworking the offense or the defense. Those aren’t alternatives for us to be ready to play over the next month and give us a chance to be what we want to be.”

“We’re talking about the last games, opportunity to get it together, the fact that it can happen, the fact we have a lot invested in Jason,” Jones said. “Jason is certainly, in my mind, the coach that could turn this thing around and cause us to have a great year. There’s no question in my mind he should be the head coach to do that.”

“No belief has been lost. No confidence has been lost,” Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott said. “This is simply execution, and that’s on the players. That’s what that conversation was. Credit the leaders. Credit to Michael Bennett, those guys that started that. It was a great conversation, a lot of great words. But it’s just all about us executing and just getting the job done.”

“He’s someone who approaches each and every day with the same mindset and mentality,” Prescott said. “That’s what you need in this league. You can’t get too up and you can’t get too down. You have to stay the same. What he gives to this team, the energy and focus level, we’re thankful for him and we need him to do what we have to do.”

Garrett is clearly not the right guy to be leading this team, and the Cowboys will, unfortunately, have to waste another season finding that out, yet again, the hard way.

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