Each of those four groups might win the Super Bowl, or stop working to win a playoff video game. The earliest gamer to win NFL MVP? Because 2004, only 2 receivers have won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award (Percy Harvin, Odell Beckham Jr.). With Arizona leading the department and having a road win over the Rams from Week 4, L.A. cant afford to lose ground. Hes a shadow of the player who won the 2015 NFL MVP, leading Carolina to its second Super Bowl look with a 15-1 record.
Through 10 weeks of the 2021 NFL season, weve found out plenty. Here are the 10 biggest lessons as we head towards Thanksgiving.
— We understand nothing about the AFC
The Titans have the finest record and resumé. The Baltimore Ravens have the most unstoppable, special player in football.
Who is the very best bet come January to make a deep run? Difficult to state. Each of those 4 teams might win the Super Bowl, or fail to win a playoff game. The AFC is the most wide-open conference weve seen in years.
— Tom Brady might make more history
The oldest gamer to win NFL MVP? Tom Brady at 40. Possibly come February, Brady will bump the basic another four years.
At 44 years of ages, Brady got in Sunday ranking 2nd in passing yardage (2,650), 10th in lawns per attempt (7.7 ), first in touchdown passes (25) and second in QBR (69.0 ). If the defending-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers win another 12-14 games while Brady notches 5,000 backyards and 50 goals, hes likely taking home MVP honors.
— No group is more all-in than the Rams
Los Angeles general manager Les Snead isnt hoping things break right for his Los Angeles Rams. Instead, hes aggressively buying better percentages now at a high expense to the future.
Snead lacks draft picks in the first four rounds of 2022 and the first 2 rounds of 23 after trades to get quarterback Matthew Stafford and edge rusher Von Miller. Los Angeles likewise has actually substantial contracts paid to a litany of stars including defensive tackle Aaron Donald, corner Jalen Ramsey and edge rusher Leonard Floyd, with Stafford to quickly follow.
Commemorate if the relocations result in a parade come February. If the Rams dont win in their window, though, its going to be a long rebuild.
— The NFC is a five-team fight
Unlike the AFC, its clear who the leading groups remain in the NFC. The Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, Buccaneers and Cardinals have an opportunity to raise the Lombardi Trophy. Everybody else is cannon fodder.
The only wild card in the conference is the Seattle Seahawks. Theyll be capable of pulling an upset or 2 prior to getting bumped out if they can slip into the postseason with a healthy Russell Wilson. Beware Seattle.
— JaMarr Chase is the runaway Offensive Rookie of the Year
Since 2004, only two receivers have actually won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award (Percy Harvin, Odell Beckham Jr.). Theres about to be a third. After a brutal preseason filled with drops, Chase has actually stormed the league with the Cincinnati Bengals, reunited with LSU teammate Joe Burrow.
Through nine games, Chase has 44 catches for 835 lawns and 7 goals. Combine those numbers with lacking quarterback play from the novice class and no dynamite running back, and Chase has all but sewn up the hardware.
— The Cardinals might be the leagues finest … so far
Yes, even after getting blitzed 34-10 by the Carolina Panthers. At 8-2, Arizona is connected for the leagues best mark and when healthy, have actually been near unstoppable offensively with a great defense. Once Kyler Murray returns, theres no factor to expect a downturn.
Much like the Tennessee Titans– more on them below– the Cardinals have doubters. Arizona has a litany of fantastic wins however will it sustain this level of play through January?
— There will be lots of training vacancies come January
In 2019, 5 head coaches were fired. Last year, the number increased to seven. Expect the number in that variety again.
Barring a surprise final two months, the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers are all missing the playoffs and could make a modification. This provides us 7 possible openings, which does not consist of the Las Vegas Raiders, who saw Jon Gruden re-sign in disgrace and currently have an interim coach. Of course, theres likewise Urban Meyer with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While its a foolish bet to believe all 7 aforementioned teams proceed, the Bears, Broncos and Vikings are practically forced to find replacements. Joe Judge is in real problem if New York continues to crater. The most remarkable name is Kyle Shanahan, who is seen by lots of as a great coach and yet has one winning season out of five.
— The NFL needs to revamp the officiating procedure
No requirement to go deep here. The officiating has actually been awful this year, and this isnt a space which normally attacks the zebras. Its about time the NFL, a league earning around $20 billion annually, begins investing more in ensuring the ideal calls are made.
Start with making officiating a full-time job with fantastic pay and benefits. The NFL should focus on cleaning up the procedure of calling certain charges (taunting, roughing the passer).
— Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson have actually gone two various instructions
2 AFC North quarterbacks entered their 4th seasons looking for extensions. One has actually proven his worth beyond any doubt. The other has actually just produced doubt.
Jackson has been amazing, even with his dud on Thursday night. The Heisman Trophy winner has actually thrown for 2,447 backyards with 14 goals versus eight interceptions. The yardage is on a speed to obliterate his previous high-water mark of 3,127. On the ground, Jackson has 639 lawns, easily on course for a third-straight 1,000-yard project.
Meanwhile, Mayfield has been hurt and, when healthy, mediocre. The No. 1 total pick in 2018 has only nine passing touchdowns while the Cleveland Browns languish in last location at 5-5. Theres no reason to do anything but select up Mayfields fifth-year choice and wait.
— The Dolphins could not be more out on Tua Tagovailoa
Has any group ever done less to support a first-round quarterback?
Last year, the Dolphins benched Tagovailoa twice for Ryan Fitzpatrick after announcing the youngster as a starter. This year, Miami has publicly flirted with trading for Deshaun Watson– who is facing 22 civil suits for alleged sexual attack– and then didnt do so. For Tagovailoa, the message is clear: we dont think youre excellent.
And maybe the Dolphins are correct. Tagovailoa hasnt revealed a strong arm, hes been injury-prone since his Alabama days and his numbers of 7 goals and five interceptions are backup-level. Still, general manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores actions have set Tagovailoa up for disaster, whichs exactly what has actually taken place.
Leading 10 first-overall choices since the AFL-NFL merger
John Elway– 1983– Baltimore Colts3. Lee Roy Selmon– 1976– Tampa Bay Buccaneers9. Webcam Newton– 2011– Carolina Panthers10.
” I took a lot of time in the decision-making, and it wasnt to develop anticipation or nothing. Im at a point in my life where Im all set to play football, Ive dedicated, Ive compromised a lot to be here.
— Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on his decision to sign with L.A
. After being reported to land with a half-dozen teams, the Rams dove in and signed Beckham to a 1 year deal after he cleared waivers. Beckham totaled 17 catches for 232 yards and absolutely no touchdowns over 6 video games with the Browns this year. Now, he gets an opportunity to show hes still an elite gamer.
With the unfortunate news of Robert Woods tearing his ACL, Beckham needs to adjust and become a force rapidly. The Rams will rely heavily on youngster Van Jefferson to step up if he struggles.
Entering into Sundays video game with the Denver Broncos, the Philadelphia Egles were allowing a league-worst conclusion portion of 75.5. Teddy Bridgewater went 22-of-36 in the 30-13 loss practically exclusively on brief throws. Unsatisfactory.
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1. Russell Wilson had a hard time badly as Seahawks sink further
The Seattle Seahawks got a jolt of life with the news Russell Wilson was returning. Wilson played, and the shock was more like an electrocution.
Wilson and the Seahawks were disappointing in a 17-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. After missing 3 video games with finger surgical treatment, Wilson was a brutal 20-of-40 for 161 backyards with two interceptions in his very first time being shut out.
At 3-6, the Seahawks have the benefit of a weak NFC wild card field, but the schedule doesnt get easier today. Seattle draws the Cardinals and potentially Kyler Murray, if he can get healthy enough to prevent missing a third successive game. After that, the docket softens with the Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans, giving the Seahawks an opportunity to get rolling.
Nevertheless, even with the 5-5 Carolina Panthers currently inhabiting the No. 7 seed in the NFC, Seattle needs to get rolling. Its reasonable to question if Wilson came back prematurely and if he did, will he continue having a hard time at this level?
The Seahawks need to hope this was rust, and absolutely nothing more.
2. Patriots reveal themselves in AFC by squashing Browns
The New England Patriots are back to being a hazard.
After being punchless in 2020, New England topped the league in cash invested in totally free company before selecting rookie quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 overall pick. The results were on complete screen Sunday, with a 45-7 hammering of the Browns.
At 6-4, the Patriots are just a half-game back of Buffalo in the AFC East with the 2 groups having a set of matches remaining. With the Atlanta Falcons up next on Thursday night, New England has an opportunity to be 7-4 as we approach Thanksgiving.
As for Jones, hes been extremely effective. Against Cleveland, Jones threw for 198 backyards and three touchdowns on 8.6 YPA. Absolutely nothing amazing, however only 4 incompletions. New England is built to run the ball, play defense and have Jones get 3rd downs and transform within the red zone.
Right now, all phases are operating incredibly.
3. Chiefs blow out Raiders to rise atop AFC West with well-rounded proving
By their standards, the Kansas City Chiefs have been a mess all year. Now? In first location.
After humbling the Las Vegas Raiders by a 41-14 count on Sunday Night Football, KansasCity discovers itself alone in the AFC West penthouse. Patrick Mahomes snapped out of his midseason funk, tossing for 406 yards and five goals without a turnover.
And while Mahomes is deservedly the story, the Chiefs defense is the long-lasting story.
Everybody reasonable thought Mahomes would eventually discover himself. The same for Kansas its offense. Yet over the very first five weeks, it appeared Kansas Citys defense was a lost cause. Ranking at or near the bottom of the league in actually almost every category, the unit could not discover any calling card.
Through the past five weeks, the Chiefs are 4-1 and have actually been led by a defense balancing 15.6 points per game versus. Numerous believed the improvement was a byproduct of playing Washington, Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers and the Giants. On Sunday, however, Kansas City harassed Derek Carr, required two turnovers and close down Las Vegas rushing attack.
The story here isnt Mahomes being Mahomes. Thats typical. The story is Kansas Citys defense ending up being a much more trusted unit as the weather turns.
4. Ravens loss is ruthless with difficult schedule ahead
Not all losses are equivalent. The Baltimore Ravens comprehend all too well.
While they play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field this week, the Ravens final 7 video games are an onslaught. Each of those groups has a winning record.
Had Baltimore beaten the Dolphins, it wouldve likely just needed to manage the Bears and then won 2 more games to make sure a playoff berth. Now, the AFC North is broad open once again and with a. bad stretch against a hellacious schedule, the Ravens could possibly be defending their postseason lives come January.
5. Rams, 49ers fulfill in crucial MNF affair
For the Rams, Monday night is about getting back into the race for home-field benefit in the NFC. For the San Francisco 49ers, its about survival.
At 7-2 however coming off a horrible loss to the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles is trying to reestablish in the brutal NFC West. With Arizona leading the department and having a roadway win over the Rams from Week 4, L.A. cant pay for to lose ground. Furthermore, the schedule doesnt let up with rematches agents Seattle and Arizona ahead, together with the previously mentioned trip to Baltimore.
When it comes to the Niners, its the witching hour. San Francisco is 3-5 and has only one win considering that beginning 2-0 versus the Detroit Lions and Eagles. With a loss on Monday, one would imagine Jimmy Garoppolo rides pine the rest of the year in favor of rookie Trey Lance, who is raw but with enormous skill.
With one of the NFLs oldest competitions meeting again, theres plenty at stake.
Take Chicago to cover the six-point spread at house against Baltimore on Sunday.
The Bears are off a bye and Justin Fields looked drastically enhanced versus an excellent Pittsburgh defense on Monday night. Baltimore is one of the leagues worst pass defenses and the offense is completely dependent on Lamar Jackson being Superman. Take the points.
The Titans are worthy of a much deeper appearance.
The Titans are on a six-game winning streak with victories over the Colts two times, Bills, Chiefs, Rams and Saints. All of those groups are either at or better than.500.
Maybe its Ryan Tannehill, who has actually ended up being a good quarterback but falls brief of elite. Whatever it is, its not based in what weve seen this season.
Of course, the NFL has to do with December, January and a weekend in February. The Titans will have their skeptics till they enter into the playoffs and beat Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and/or Patrick Mahomes in the most significant minutes.
Theyre winning against quality challengers without their stars. The defense, much-maligned to start the year, hasnt permitted 30 points given that beating Buffalo in Week 6.
Its reasonable to wonder how the Titans will hold up in the crucible of the postseason. Right now, theres no contesting what theyve done to this point.
Inside the league
Every year at either the Senior Bowl or Scouting Combine, the previous season ends up being the conversation. And every year, the very same refrain is discussed.
Prior to Thanksgiving is for seeding. After Thanksgiving is winning time.
Sounds easy, or maybe even short-sighted, but thats truth in the NFL. Over the first 10 weeks or two, general managers and training staffs are figuring out what they have, and more importantly, what they lack. Its a time to figure out what is needed and from a scouting standpoint, what can be exploited in upcoming opponents both in the remainder of the routine season and possible playoff matches.
With Thanksgiving just 10 days away, the time for pressing has come.
They never ever lost another video game. 10 straight wins and a title.
To this point, groups have been jockeying. Some have actually played their finest football already. Others are warming up as the weather cools down.
Its the latter group which will make history come February.
On Saturday, Sam Huff passed away at age 87. Hes one of the pillars this game is developed upon.
A third-round choice of the Giants in 1956, Huff won his only title as a rookie, when Big Blue smashed the Chicago Bears, 46-6. Over his 13-year career, the West Virginia native notched 5 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro honors, making himself a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As importantly, Huff brought football to Americans in a brand-new method. During a 1960 CBS special entitled The Violent World of Sam Huff, he was wired for sound during an exhibition video game. It showcased the growing pastime to a country yearning for more, and Huffs ability to play and speak eloquently assisted sustain the NFLs development in the decade.
Huff, traded to the Washington Redskins in 1964, finished up his career there. Retiring before the 1968 season, Huff returned in 69 to bet head coach Vince Lombardi, who was his protective organizer for his very first 3 seasons in New York.
Huff belongs in both the New York and Washington Rings of Honor, and belonged to the 1950s All-Decade Team.
If youre informing the story of the NFL, you cant do it without discussing Sam Huff. Rest easy.
Web cam Newton is back where he belongs.
Recently, Newton signed an one-year, incentive-laden offer to go back to the Carolina Panthers. After being cut in the preseason by New England, Newton was a complimentary agent for better than two months before landing in a familiar place.
While it would produce fantastic copy, Newtons return isnt likely to stimulate a playoff run. The Panthers are 4-6 and the offending line is a mess. Nevertheless, with Sam Darold hurt and P.J. Walker being a backup, Newton will perhaps get to finish his career where it began.
Theres no reason to make this more than it is. Newton is on his last legs, beat up from a decade in the arena. Hes a shadow of the player who won the 2015 NFL MVP, leading Carolina to its second Super Bowl look with a 15-1 record.
And yet, Newton returning is impactful. Hes the most identifiable Panther of perpetuity, in the Mount Rushmore with Julius Peppers, Steve Smith and Luke Kuechly.
Its constantly good to go house. For Newton, a potential storybook ending to an excellent career.