All I’m asking for, this 2017 season, is a week that doesn’t make me question what the hell is happening with football this year. That week certainly wasn’t Week 10, which once again found me scratching my head on several occasions. But the things that were consistent were the following; The Browns being the Browns, Martellus Bennett being himself, and John Fox being an absolute joke.
From Jared Goff’s shootout to the rolling Saints and terrible coaches to Martellus Bennett, we’re breaking down the good and the bad from this week in the NFL.
Let’s take a look at the winners and losers in Week 10 of the 2017 NFL season:
Jared Goff continues to show that his bumbling rookie season was merely the result of being a rookie and not having the right coaching staff and weapons around him. He also continues to show that one season does not define you. Goff lit it up against the Deshaun Watson-less Houston Texans completing 25 of 37 passes for 355 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Goff is just fun to watch. It’s hard to imagine that he was the Jared Goff of 2016 just a season ago. As a Bears fan, I’m hoping Bears GM Ryan Pace is paying attention to what the Rams have done for Goff so that he can do it for his young rookie Mitch Trubisky next season.
San Francisco 49ers
Sure, they beat the bumbling New York Giants. But a win is a win. The 49ers nabbed their first win of the 2017 season. And it only took 10 games. Hell, even C.J. Beathhard looked solid keeping the seat warm for Jimmy Garoppolo, who could make his debut later this year.
New Orleans Saints
At this point, I think the Philadelphia Eagles might be the only team capable of stopping the New Orleans Saints from marching right on in. The Saints continued their dominance with a 47-10 beatdown of the Buffalo Bills, who looked like the Bills we’d grown accustomed to in recent history. The Saints showed that, perhaps, they’re a running team now as they amassed 298 yards on the ground. Mark Ingram accounted for 131 of those yards, as well as three touchdowns, and Alvin Kamara rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Keep doing your thing, New Orleans.
The Atlanta Falcons put a beatdown on the Dallas Cowboys. A big part of that came from Adrian Clayborn, who accounted for six sacks on Dak Prescott, who was operating without running back Ezekiel Elliott. Clayborn made Sunday a rough one for Prescott, who looked a little less stellar without some key opponents.
While Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t play in Sunday’s contest against the Redskins, the day did mark the first time in a long time that Bridgewater suited up after a gruesome knee injury sidelined him for the past year and a half. Bridgewater could be seen crying tears of joy on the bench at the start of the game. It was beautiful. It shows just how far he’s worked to get back to this point — to be healthy enough to suit up for a game. Good for Bridgewater. I hope he’s able to get back out there.
New England Patriots
I’m not exactly thrilled to put the Patriots on the winners list, but New England managed to put their Mile Hile woes in the past with a convincing 41-16 win over the Broncos. (Hey, Denver, is it Paxton Lynch time? Please say yes.)
Giants Coach Ben McAdoo
Let’s make one thing clear, Ben McAdoo lost the Giants locker room a while ago. People want to look at Sunday’s loss to the then-winless San Francisco 49ers and say that was the moment McAdoo lost his team. But the Giants have been showing in their performance over the past couple of weeks that they’re more than done with this guy. (I’m wondering if by posting date if McAdoo will have already been fired. Most likely.)
Bears Coach John Fox
As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a matter of if but when John Fox makes his exit from Chicago. And it cannot happen soon enough. After two weeks to prepare against an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers squad, Fox’s team looked like a team on a short week with no sure gameplan on offense or defense. Fox continued to prove why he’s the wrong guy to handle rookie Mitchell Trubisky’s development, which is the reason at the top of the list as to why the Bears will be bringing a new coach in this season. Oh, and, Fox challenged his own team out of points. Fox challenged Benny Cunningham’s long catch and run, which was ruled to have been a fumble and then hit the pylon, which resulted in a touchback for the Packers. An absolute mess. Bye bye Foxy.
When you’re on the national stage, such as Thursday Night Football, all eyes are on you. So it’s not-so-wise to be pulling stunts like failing to evaluate quarterback Russell Wilson in concussion protocol. The Seahawks brought Wilson into the tent only to have him soon exit and return to the game. I’m not sure how concussion protocol works, but I know the Seahawks did not execute it and will surely be punished. Not to mention the Seahawks lost Richard Sherman for the season to a ruptured Achilles. Not a good week for the Seahawks.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Cleveland Browns are now the only remaining winless team in this 2017 NFL season. They certainly put up a fight against the Detroit Lions, but ultimately Cleveland pulled a Cleveland to remain winless on the season. Well, at least they’re controlling their own destiny with the No. 1 draft pick. That’s the constant.
Just Martellus being Martellus. He always wears out his welcome. He always seems to stir unnecessary drama. This time, Bennett is claiming that the Packers doctors attempted to force him to play through an injury. Most likely Bennett’s excuse for wanting out of dodge because he doesn’t have a Pro Bowl QB throwing to him anymore. As if that wasn’t obvious enough, several Packers players stepped forward to defend the doctors and completely discredit Bennett’s claim. The Packers released Bennett because of an injury, but he sure looked fine playing for the Patriots just days later.
What the hell has happened? See, that’s what happens when I finally start to believe in the Bills. Back-to-back blowout losses. Welcome back to normal, Buffalo.
Who were your winners and losers for Week 10 of the NFL season?