A Look at the Top Five Takeaways From This Weekend in the NFL
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Week 10 flew by and just like that, the season is nearly 3/4 of the way over. I don’t know about you, but I’m trying not to cry. There’s just never enough football. That said, everything is starting to heat-up as the postseason approaches, so here are your top five takeaways from Week 10 in the NFL. Promise we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled top ten lists tomorrow. Patience is a virtue, y’all.
1. The New York Jets’ run defense is pathetic.
And that’s putting it nicely. Shady McCoy literally ran over the Jets’ sad excuse for a run defense, racking-up 112 yards. Karlos Williams also had a solid game. If Todd Bowles really wants his team to contend, they’ve got to fix this. If the season ended today, they’d face Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw in the playoffs. I’m almost willing to take Indy after Thursday’s debacle, which is saying something this year.
2. Adrian Peterson still sets the bar.
During Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, A.D. had a season-high 203 rushing yards. He also tied O.J. Simpson for the most ever 200-yard career rushing games, with six. The Vikings have gone 6-0 this year when Peterson has at least 98 yards in a game. I don’t care how old he is, Peterson is still the league’s preeminent running back.
3. Denver, we have a problem.
Peyton Manning, future Hall of Famer, four-time MVP, and perhaps the best there’s ever been, was pulled from yesterday’s contest after throwing four picks. It was announced today that Manning is suffering from a torn plantar fascia and back-up Brock Osweilerr will start in Week 11. This is a potentially disastrous end to one of the greatest careers of all time.
4. Something is wrong in Green Bay.
The Green Bay Packers, who were my (and many others) Super Bowl favorites heading into the 2015 season, have now dropped three in a row. Yesterday’s loss to the Detroit Lions was particularly painful; it hadn’t happened at home in nearly 25 years. Unless Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, and the powers-that-be in Wisconsin can get it together, this could be a very long final stretch for Pack Nation.
5. The New England Patriots are superhuman.
The Pats found themselves down by 10 at the start of the third quarter on Sunday. This didn’t phase Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Co. one bit. Instead of panicking, the team did what they always do and managed to win. By a point. On a last-second 54-yard field goal. Even with Julian Edelman's broken foot, I think there’s a very good chance this team will run the table, especially with the woes that the Denver Broncos are currently facing. Y’all should know how hard it is for me to admit that.