Panthers 23 Saints 20
The Thursday night game was a close call, but Cam Newton came out on top against Drew Brees.
Both teams scored 17 unanswered points in different quarters, with New Orleans storming a comeback in the fourth quarter that was halted to a stop by a defence that ended the night without Luke Kuechly. The star linebacker left the game late on with a horrific concussion scare.
Both quarterbacks had a torrid time of trying to scramble out the pocket early on and resulted in no touchdowns until the second quarter. Ted Ginn Jr’s receiving touchdown was the pick of the bunch that was ruled incomplete at first but that decision was overtrned on later review.
The win now means that Carolina have somewhat given themselves a glimpse of gaining a playoff spot despite being last in the AFC south. The Saints are just above them with the same 4-6 record, and with five games left it looks like it’s anybody’s for the taking. Can Drew Brees solidify his place as an all-time great by helping his team lift that Lombardi trophy this season?
Vikings 30 Cardinals 24
A potential upset to some, but the Minnesota Vikings have sent a warning to the league by holding off the Arizona Cardinals, who themselves hoped that a win would’ve sent them top of their division.
This game had been witness to a few star-studded plays that first saw Adam Thielen make an outstanding catch from Sam Bradford for a Vikings touchdown. However Carson Palmer went down the other end, picking out Larry Fitzgerald with a one handed catch to set up good field position, only for Palmer to then be picked off by Xavier Rhodes who took it 95 yards for a pick six.
Vikings returner Cordarrelle Patterson then ran a kick-off back 104 yards for a touchdown to put Minnesota up by 10 at the start of the third quarter.
Despite finding David Johnson in the end zone in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were shutout for the last seven minutes, allowing the Vikings to go joint top of the NFC north with the Detroit Lions both on a 6-4 record. Can the Vikings go all the way in a true underdog story?
Those @Vikings sure are having a long play day!
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49ers 17 Patriots 30
Another stunning performance from Tom Brady saw him throw for four touchdowns on a day to forget for the home side, who have one eye on next season as they have a poor 1-9 record. Can Tom Brady cement his place as the greatest of all time with a fifth ring at Super Bowl 51?
Bengals 12 Bills 16
With the loss of A.J. Green late on in the game, a comeback was slim for the Cincinnati Bengals who realistically are out of playoff contention. The Buffalo Bills however look hopeful of clinching a wildcard spot, with the hope of the Miami Dolphins slipping up in weeks to come.
Texans 20 Raiders 27
The first game to be played in Mexico brought about a great atmosphere, mainly in support of the Oakland based team. It worked in their favour as Derek Carr threw for three touchdowns to lead the Raiders to an 8-2 record. The Houston Texans however seem to be on the decline with 6-4. There are worrying signs for fans who want to see the Texans reach the playoffs for a consecutive season.
Packers 24 Redskins 42
Kirk Cousins proved his GM wrong with a “how you like me now” post game response.
Running back Rob Kelley helped his team to three touchdowns along with Cousins who himself threw for 3 as well, now leave the Redskins in a comfortable position within the NFC east, but now need to get a result at Dallas next week in hope of getting a playoff spot. The Packers on the other hand now have a 4-6 record, seeming to surprise pundits who backed them to go all the way this season.
Eagles 15 Seahawks 26
Russell Wilson commanded his Seattle Seahawks to another victory, resulting to a 7-2 record that will see them fight it out in the deep rounds of the playoffs for another season.
Steelers 24 Browns 9
Another painful week for Browns fans as they saw quarterback Cody Kessler leave the game with injury. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have to do much as his defence ran in a touchdown to help get the W.
Buccaneers 19 Chiefs 17
The biggest upset of the week as Jameis Winston threw for over 300 yards to help the away team grab a win. The return of Alex Smith as the Chiefs QB did not bring about much improvement, which may throw some concern on whether or not they should start with Nick Foles.
Titans 17 Colts 24
An 11th consecutive win over the Titans helped the Indianapolis Colts to a 5-5 record, with a loss leaving Tennessee at 5-6. Despite losing, the Texans hold the top position in the AFC South. Can either the Colts or Titans take top spot off them ?
Dolphins 14 Rams 10
Jared Goff’s first game as Rams QB ended in a disaster as the Miami Dolphins score 14 unanswered points in the last four minutes to beat the LA Rams.
Bears 16 Giants 22
A scoreless fourth quarter didn’t harm the New York Giants whom stay in second spot of the NFC East behind the Cowboys. Can Eli help the Giants to another ring?
Jaguars 19 Lions 26
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a torrid time on offence as Blake Bortles was picked off twice, with one being returned for a touchdown to help the Lions win by a seven-point margin.
Ravens 17 Cowboys 27
Another great display by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott lead the Cowboys to victory and they now have a 9-1 record and look favourites to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy this season.
By James Purewal
James Purewal recaps week 11 in the NFL.