Well, that was nuts!
Destroying survivor pool hopes and dreams were the Atlanta Falcons. Losers of six straight games — and not having tasted victory since Week 2 — the Falcons went into the Superdome and pulled off the upset of the season, manhandling the No. 1 team in USA TODAY Sports’ power rankings, the New Orleans Saints.
Yet, Week 10 wasn’t done delivering shockers. It wasn’t all that long ago when football pundits were piling misery on the Miami Dolphins, suggesting this year’s incarnation might be one of the worst teams in NFL history. Well, the Dolphins now are experiencing a resurgence, having won consecutive games. The Dolphins were one of three one-win teams to prevail on Sunday (the aforementioned Falcons and the New York Jets were the others).
Elsewhere, the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson pulled off one of the greatest runs ever by a quarterback. Seriously, you have to see it if you haven’t already.
The Vikings pulled out a huge win over the Cowboys in Jerry World in a result that could have far-reaching implications come January.
Quick hits: Catch up on Sunday’s best
- 32 things we learned from Week 10: How’s that for a wild week in the NFL? From last-minute scores to goal-line stands, several teams delivered unexpected outcomes.
- Week 10 winners and losers: The Saints’ stunning loss to the Falcons dropped New Orleans from the top spot in the NFC, while the Eagles won without even playing.
- The Cowboys won’t bash late play calls after the Vikings stuffed the run game. ‘That’s the easy thing to do.’
- At this point, all NFL fans should consider games that involve Lamar Jackson as appointment viewing.
- Even though the Titans upset the Chiefs, Taylor Lewan called himself out as “an absolute liability” for being flagged three times in the victory.
- Chiefs fans are convinced that the Titans got away with being offsides on game-sealing field goal block.
- Lions CB Darius Slay said things are about to get “ugly” if Detroit doesn’tt get back in the win column soon.
- The Saints tried to troll the Falcons with 28-3 Super Bowl highlights … while losing. It didn’t work.
- Christian McCaffrey came breathtakingly close to scoring a last-second touchdown in the snow at Lambeau.
- Antonio Brown’s tweet on Sunday about his return to the NFL backfired spectacularly.
- Ravens RB Mark Ingram blamed President Trump for Alabama’s home loss to LSU on Saturday.
- Maybe Russell Wilson has a future in predicting the final scores of sporting events.
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What our experts are saying
- How one trade might have saved Steelers’ season: Discarded by the Dolphins after a little more than a season, Minkah Fitzpatrick is making a considerable difference for a surging Steelers team, writes Jarrett Bell.
- Giants take their place as worst New York NFL team: The Jets had earned the bulk of the ridicule in New York this season, but Sunday’s result showed the Giants are at the bottom of the totem pole, writes Art Stapleton.
- Bills don’t look like serious threat for playoffs: Following a poor showing in a loss to the Browns, it’s fair to wonder whether the Bills are a legitimate playoff-caliber team, writes Sal Maiorana.
Week 10 rundown
- Vikings 28, Cowboys 24: Minnesota prevailed in a showdown that had big implications in the NFL playoff race.
- Steelers 17, Rams 12: The Steelers’ surge continues, as Pittsburgh prevailed over the visiting Rams and won a fourth straight game.
- Packers 24, Panthers 16: Green Bay responded from its wake-up call in L.A. to prevail and enter the bye week at 8-2.
- Dolphins 16, Colts 12: Don’t look now, but the Dolphins are riding a two-game winning streak.
- Bears 20, Lions 13: Matthew Stafford missed his first game in more than eight years and it proved costly for Detroit.
- Buccaneers 30, Cardinals 27: Jameis Winston continues to throw picks, but the Bucs managed to overcome those miscues to prevail.
- Ravens 49, Bengals 13: For the second time this season, Lamar Jackson finished a game with a perfect passer rating.
- Browns 19, Bills 16: Cleveland overcame its own ineptitude to end a four-game losing streak.
- Titans 35, Chiefs 32: With this thrilling win, the Titans beat a team with a winning record for the first time this season.
- Falcons 26, Saints 9: If there were even still people alive in survivor pools, this shocking result probably eliminated a great many of them.
- Jets 34, Giants 27: For the time being, the Jets get bragging rights in MetLife Stadium.
- Raiders 26, Chargers 24 (Thursday): A dramatic win in Oakland put the Silver and Black smack in the middle of the AFC playoff chase.
Eyes on the (fantasy) prize
Takeaways from a fantasy football perspective for Week 10:
- Giants WR Darius Slayton entered the week with a total of 17 catches in his NFL career. However, he broke out in a big way against the Jets with 10 grabs for 121 yards and 2 TDs. Slayton would be the top waiver-wire prize if the Giants weren’t on bye in Week 11.
- RB Kareem Hunt showed how much of a role he’ll have in the Browns offense in his first action following an eight-game suspension. Hunt only rushed for 30 yards, but was targeted nine times in the passing game –- catching seven for 44 yards.
- The Falcons lost starting RB Devonta Freeman to an ankle injury, so little-used Brian Hill had to take over. He rushed for 61 yards and also scored on a 10-yard reception. If Freeman’s injury lingers, Hill becomes the leader of a very shallow backfield.
- Cardinals WR Christian Kirk will get all the attention for his 3 TD catches, but rookie Andy Isabella has shown big-play potential each of the past two weeks. He caught three passes for 78 yards and could push for more time as the Cards’ No. 3 receiver.
- The three backup quarterbacks who got their first starts of the season in Week 10 didn’t perform all that well. The best of the bunch -– Jeff Driskel of the Lions -– threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, but it’s possible Matthew Stafford could return next week. For those in need of a streaming quarterback in Week 11, a better option might be a resurgent Mitchell Trubisky of the Bears, who threw for 173 yards and 3 TDs.
- MORE: Valuable fantasy football advice to help your team dominate
Coming this week
Monday: Week 10 wraps up with a doozy. The undefeated San Francisco 49ers host the division rival Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN). A day after its local soccer football team won a league championship, can Seattle keep the good times rolling by knocking off the unbeaten Niners?
Tuesday: USA TODAY Sports’ NFL experts offer their power rankings for all 32 NFL teams after Week 10.
Thursday: The Cleveland Browns — fresh off a rousing victory over the Bills — host their long-time nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers (8:25 p.m. ET, FOX and NFL Network). Before the game, make sure to check out USA TODAY Sports for expert picks for every Week 11 game.
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