by Nick Gilbert / November 16, 2021
The National Football League wrapped up its first double-digit week. With 18 weeks this year, every week from here going forward is as important as ever. Every division with the exception of two are only separated by a game for the lead.
This past Thursday night we were treated to the first upset of the week. The Miami Dolphins beat the division-leading Baltimore Ravens 22-10. Miami Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has been dealing with injury the past few weeks, led the way.
The Detroit Lions who were on track to become the first team in NFL history to go 0-17 staved off losing another game as they and the Pittsburg Steelers ended in a tie. The score was 17-17. The Lions are currently 0-8-1 and are still on pace for another winless season. They went 0-16 back in 2008 becoming the first team in NFL history to hold that record.
The Arizona Cardinals were without Star QB Kyler Murray and wide receiver Deandre Hopkins for the second straight week as they were pummeled by the Carolina Panthers 34-10. The Panthers recently brought back former Rookie of the Year Cam Newton to help fill in for injured Sam Darnold who is currently the backup. Newton scored two TDs in the game.
The Cardinals went to third-string QB Chris Steveler late in the game after second-string QB Colt McCoy left the game due to injury. The Cardinals are currently 8-2 tied for the best record in the entire league.
The Washington Football Team beat the defending Super Bowl Champions 29-19, but the win cost them dearly. Their star pass rusher Chase Young tore his ACL which will knock him out for the season.
QB Russell Wilson returned to his team the Seattle Seahawks after being out for multiple weeks with a finger injury. His team was blanked 17-0 by the Green Bay Packers who also gained their starting QB back. Aaron Rodgers missed last week for being placed in the COVID19 protocol. Star Running back Aaron Jone tore his MCL which will set him back a few weeks.
There are currently three teams with an 8-2 record and one team with a 7-2 record, and another at 7-3, whom all are currently dealing with or have dealt with injuries across the board at one point or another. With the addition of the extra game at the end of the year, it will be interesting to see how teams approach having to possibly fight for positioning and/or resting players.
The winning teams for the week not mentioned above are the Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday Night), San Fransisco 49ersb(Monday Night).