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2021 NFL Week 10 Recap

By Hank Blaine

The Arizona Cardinals fell back to earth, Green Bay dominated Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, and Dallas and New England trounced their opponents. Also, Kansas City finally played great versus a strong opponent. Keep reading for the top stories in NFL Week 10.

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2021 NFL Week 10 Recap

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Fins and the WFT provide huge upset wins

Miami entered last Thursday’s matchup with the Baltimore Ravens a +7 ½ home underdog. After picking off Lamar Jackson and holding the Ravens to 94 rushing yards, the Fins left Hard Rock Stadium with a stunning 22-10 win.

The two things Miami coach Brian Flores had to love was how Tua Tagovailoa played, rushing for a TD and averaging 12.2 yards per completion in relief of Jacoby Brissett, and how the Dolphins’ defense shut down the Ravens’ rushing attack. Miami looked like last season’s 11-5 team. The Fins took their record to 3-7 while Baltimore fell to 6-3.

As good as the Dolphins played when beating the Ravens, Miami didn’t provide the biggest upset of the week. That distinction falls to the Washington Football Team. The WFT decimated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a stunning 29-19 victory. Brady and the Bucs have had trouble winning games on the road. The loss was Tampa’s second straight.

Brady threw two picks. The first wasn’t his fault. The second was. For the WFT, the victory came with a huge cost. Top DE Chase Young suffered a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

Saints fall to Titans after two missed extra points

New Orleans outplayed the Tennessee Titans big time. The problem? Kicker Brian Johnson missed two extra points. If not for the misses, the Saints may have beaten the Titans. Instead, Tennessee remained scorching hot with a 23-21 win.

New Orleans fell to 5-4. But since Tampa also lost, the Saints remain a game behind Tampa in the NFC South. The Titans pushed their winning streak to 6 games. Tennessee is in the driver’s seat for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Titans face the woeful Houston Texans on Nov. 21 before a massive game against the New England Patriots a week later.

Dallas and New England trounce their respective opponents

Speaking of New England, the Patriots faced a strong Cleveland Browns team and made it look like the Alabama versus New Mexico State contest that happened on Saturday. New England absolutely blitzed Baker Mayfield and the Browns in a scintillating 45-7 win. Mac Jones had another good performance, throwing for 198 yards and 3 TDs.

The Patriots remain a game behind Buffalo in the AFC East. The Pats and Bills play twice this season. The team that wins those matchups undoubtedly wins the division. In NFL Week 9, Dallas suffered just their second loss of the season and their first loss against the spread, versus the Denver Broncos.

In Week 10, proving the loss was an anomaly, the Cowboys cooled off Matt Ryan and the Falcons in a blistering 43-3 win.The Boys scored 29 second-quarter points on their way to a blowout victory. Dallas faces Kansas City on Nov. 21.

Cam returns to Carolina and dominates the Arizona Cardinals

Carolina was so desperate for a quarterback that they resigned Cam Newton early in the week. Then, Matt Rhule and the Panthers were so desperate for a victory that they played Cam in a couple of key moments.

Newton’s first two touches resulted in touchdowns. He rushed for a score and threw a TD pass 6 in Carolina’s surprising 34-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. No doubt, Cam will start this week against the WFT.

Although Carolina earned the victory, we can’t discount the fact that Zona was without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. The Cards struggled mightily on offense, failing to rush for more than 65 yards. Arizona plays the Seahawks on Sunday. If Murray doesn’t play, Zona could be staring at their second straight loss.

Green Bay shuts out Russell Wilson and the Seahawks

Aaron Rodgers, fresh off beating the coronavirus, stepped onto Lambeau Field and proceeded to lead the Packers to a 17-0 win over returning Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Seattle’s defense played well in this one. It was the Seahawks offense that couldn’t get anything going. At 3-6, Seattle’s playoff chances are dim. Rodgers appears to have put the covid controversy behind him. Even if he hasn’t, Green Bay’s other players and coach Matt LaFleur believe in AR, which makes the Packers a legit Lombardi Trophy contender.

KC gets back on track with impressive road win

The Kansas City Chiefs played their best game of the season. Facing the rival Raiders on the road, KC dominated Vegas 41-14. The best part about the win was how Patrick Mahomes threw his best game of the season. Mahomes completed 35-of-50 for 406 yards and 4 TDs. KC has a huge game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. If the Chiefs can beat the Boys, they’d once again become a top choice to win Super Bowl 56.

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