10 Things We Learned in NFL Week 11

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Nov 20, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) signals at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1. It was a bad week to be an NFL kicker, particuarly during extra-point attempts. NFL kickers missed a combined 12 extra-points yesterday, setting an NFL record for most missed XP’s in a single day. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri also missed a field-goal attempt, which snapped his consecutive field-goal streak at 44.

2. Andrew Luck still reigns supreme in the AFC South. Heading into yesterday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Luck had never lost to the Titans. 262 yards and two touchdowns later, Luck remained perfect against the Titans, notching a 24-17 win. Colts moved into second place within the division.

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Nov 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is pressured by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (99) at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

3. Kirk Cousins played one of the best games of his career against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns, finishing with a QB rating of 145.8. Cousins continues to be one of the most underrated quarterback’s across the NFL. He’s thrown for over 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns (compared to seven interceptions) this season. As for Green Bay, they’ve now lost four straight games, and five of their last six.

4. Seattle is starting to revert back to their typical dominant self, as they dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles at home, 26-15. Much of their recent success can be accredited to the play of quarterback Russell Wilson, who has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions in the past three games, all of which resulted in wins for Seattle. It’s looking like the Dallas and Seattle are on a fast track to meet in the NFC Championship game.

5. Speaking of Dallas, they rolled to their ninth consecutive victory yesterday, beating the Baltimore Ravens, 27-17. Their dominant offensive line looked incredible once again, albeit against the best rush defense in the NFL, as they routinely opened up gaping holes for running back Ezekiel Elliott to run through. Elliott has been terrific this season, and is a legitimate MVP candidate, but the offensive line deserves more credit. Elliott isn’t getting touched until he’s five yards downfield.

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Nov 20, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Raven 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

6. Jared Goff made his NFL debut yesterday, but the Dolphins scored 14 points in the final four minutes of the game to give Miami a 14-10 victory over the Rams at home. Goff played relatively well, despite being held back by incredibly conservative play-calling. He went 17-31, with 172 passing yards and zero touchdowns or interceptions. Goff’s longest completion was 21 yards, but most of that was run-after-the-catch. Miami has quietly won five in a row.

7. The Browns fell to 0-11 on Sunday, and have a legitimate chance to go 0-16. According to most Vegas sportsbooks, the Browns are now +125 to go win-less.

8. Concussions are scary. Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered what looked to be a severe concussion on Thursday night, and has already been ruled out of next week’s game. Kuechly was openly weeping on the field after his concussion, which is a common symptom associated with a severe concussion. The video is below:

 

9. The Detroit Lions have won five out of their last six games, sitting pretty atop the NFC North for a second week in a row. They will enter Thanksgiving Day as a 2.5 point favorite over second-place Minnesota Vikings.

10. Speaking of Thanksgiving, there will be a great slate of games for Turkey Day, which isn’t something we can say every year. The Cowboys will host the red-hot Redskins, while the Colts will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in what should be a shootout in Indianapolis.

 

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  • bgood2life

    Dak Prescott continues on his roll to the Superbowl. The media don’t know what to say about him.