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The Week That Was: 2018 Week 10
By Garth Pearce
Special to gzl-football.com

49ERS VS STEELERS

Game: This one had all the makings for a David vs Goliath struggle as the dominant Steelers looked to take care of the struggling 49ers. Things didn't turn out quite that way as by the end of the third quarter the 49ers had a 16 to 7 lead powered by some good defense. With the fourth quarter however came their downfall as the Big Ben was able to rally the troops and add 2 touchdowns to secure the 22-16 victory. Offense for both teams was rather average with no stand outs to comment on, where as the defense was the bones of this game. Alfonzo Dennard had a 71 yard pick 6 for the 49ers and Michael Graham had a pick of his own. Samuel Price returned the favour for the Steelers with a 9 yard pick 6 to go with his 5 deflections while Jacquez Michaels picked up a fumble on this lack lustre day.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


BUCCANEERS VS JAGUARS

Game: The Buccs have won 5 games against their divisional rivals this year...and lost every other game to date outside their division. If the Jags had looked at that stat before this game they may have felt really good about this, but needless to say the result stuck to the trend and the Buccaneers fell short 19-23. The Jaguars had a bit better clock management, but in reality both teams played their offense evenly, with the real difference coming from a huge defensive performance by Jermaine Newsome (5 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, 2 deflections and 1 recovered fumble for a score) to give the home team the edge. They didn't make it look easy either, piling on their 23 points in the first half before going scoreless for the rest of the game and almost coughing up the victory, but with a Freeman injury late in the game, Jameis Winston wasn't able to fulfil the fairytale ending. Freeman had already thrown for 370 yards and landed 3 receivers with 100+ yard games (Paul Rockford 134 yards, Terrance Williams 126 yards, Jessie Hendricks 102 yards and a score). With all these yards the Jaguars worked hard in the redzone, keeping the endzone clear on 4 trips into the danger area, which is quite the feat. Apart from Newsome's efforts, Landry Jones deflected 3 passes, Barkevious Mingo and Dre Kirkpatrick 2 each while Bruce Carter had 2 tackles for loss. For the Buccaneers Trent Murphy got in on the action with 3 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack, Dion Jordan had 2 for loss and pint sized corner Gunner Recall had a pick.

Teams: The bad news for the Jaguars is that they lose the services of CB Aaron Williams for a couple of weeks after he sprained his shoulder.


PANTHERS VS REDSKINS

Game: The Redskins have found their rhythm over the pas few weeks and setup a dominating task for the Panthers to come into their house and knock them off. There wasn't a real domination by the Redskins, but they did manage to get the intangibles right and make the most of their opportunities to post a 37-17 win. Both quarterbacks had similar days with a pair of touchdowns each, while Torrey Smith for the Panther was the big mover with 181 yards and a touchdown on a 74 yard reception. Backup HB Cory Buckley got an extra touchdown for the Redskins on a 23 yard run, whilst they added another through the defensive prowess of Alan Morris who took an interception 70 yards to the house. Morris also had 2 deflections to pair with Johnthan Banks' 3 deflections, a fumble and recovered fumble and Zach Brown put on some backfield pressure with 2 tackles for loss. For the Panthers, Kendall McFarland and Desmond Trufant had a pick each. If the Panthers had of been able to get more bang for the efforts, including more than 1 trip into the redzone this one could've looked a lot different.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


BROWNS VS BENGALS

Game: The Bengals were looking to put together a few wins again fter an inspiring win last week over the Cardinals, but division rivals the Browns weren't coming to Cincinnati for that party. Philip Rivers looked out of sorts even though he threw for 315 yards and as usual got no support from Giovani Bernard to lighten the load, where as Johnathan Franklin went off with 188 yards, 2 touchdowns and an 83 yard run. Boston Mallett wasn't left with much to do but still added another score to Carlton Mitchell. Their defence was led by Pete Nickerson and Brandon Harris with a pick each, and adding to Rivers' woes was Sean Spence knocking down 3 passes. Harris also picked up a fumble caused by Nigel Bradham to pile the woe on the home fans. There were no outstanding players for the Bengals' defense, where as offensively both DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Jenkins had 100 + yard receiving days (118 and 108 respectively), but neither could find the endzone in this 24-33 loss.

Teams: The Browns are faced with another injury, this time to SS Steve Griffin who has partially torn his PCL and will spend the rest of the year on the sidelines


EAGLES VS COWBOYS

Game: The Eagles had plenty of ball in this game (27 minutes) but couldn't figure out what to do with, only making into the endzone once on the back of a Malik McNabb 12 yard scramble. Combine that with allowing Melvin Gordon to take a 90 yard run to the house and Mark Sanchez find 2 targets for scores then you end up looking down the barrel of a 31 to 13 defeat. Gordon ended up with 158 yards at 7.52 ypc and a score. He was supported on defense by Jared Hixon with 6 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 sacks and 2 deflections. Sean Lee added 4 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack whist Josh Jordan had 5 tackles and 2 for loss and Walter Willis deflected 3 passes. For the Eagles it was Wesley Washington forcing a fumble and picking it up as the most notable player.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


RAIDERS VS RAVENS

Game: With the Ravens on a roll it was going to be a hard task for the Raiders to come out of Baltimore with a win, especially with the offensive struggles they've had of late. The Ravens came with a grind it out game of football and kept managing to move the chains time after time on the back of Eddy Lacy finding decent purchase before a few bigger runs (106 yards for the day with 1 score), whilst Flacco also made the most of a shorter passing game to keep things rolling to the 28-14 win. Defensively the corners came out big in the dieing minutes, with DeMarcus Milliner snagging a pick with just under 4 minutes left to stall the first Raider comeback drive, before Sanders Commings sealed the deal with an 88 yard pick 6 with under 20 seconds left to put it out of reach. For the Raiders it was a couple of big plays by Sylvester Spence that kept them in this one, getting their first score with a pick 6 of his own before pulling in another interception in the second half for good field position (both on top of his 4 deflections).

Teams: Joe Haden's time in Oakland is seemingly at an end as he broke his hand in this one and won't be recovered until deep into playoff time.


PATRIOTS VS DOLPHINS

Game: This one was for the division lead as the season surprise packet Patriots went into the division leading Dolphins' house with something to prove after wearing a defeat at their hands in the previous match up 2 weeks ago. Miami did it's best to keep the scoreboard ticking over but gave up 2 touchdowns in the third that proved the difference makers as New England scraped out a 20-16 victory. Matt Ryan was hooking up with CJ Washington when it mattered throwing the big man 2 touchdown passes and 123 out of his total 173 passing yards. Ricardo Lockette had a 100+ yard day for the Dolphins with 104 yards, but Russell Wilson couldn't find a score, even with 7 more minutes of the ball. Defense for both teams shared the effort, although Tyrone Booker had 4 deflections for the Dolphins, Sergio Fields recovered a fumble forced by Canton Larsson and for the Patriots Jarvis Jones picked off a pass, Godfrey George forced a fumble that Jacoby Howard recovered and Ryan Shazier stopped 2 plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Teams: Jerrod Mayo will be out of action next week as he recovers from a shoulder strain


PACKERS VS SEAHAWKS

Game: This is a game to forget for the previously undefeated Packers as they were schooled in Seattle by the host team. Doug Martin couldn't find his usual penetration and Jimmy Clausen wasn't able to take up the slack (126 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 picks) as they went down 10-24. The Seahawks dominated time of possess by 11 minutes as Knile Davis ran for 155 yards and 2 scores on 27 carries to be the catalyst for this offense, with solid support from Cam Newton (over 60% completion rate for 212 yards, 1 score and a pick). Patrick Peterson was the man on defense as he picked off 2 passes. The rest of Seattle's defense shared the effort whilst for the Packers there was Kony Ealy with 2 sacks, Clay Matthews with 3 deflections and Cobrani Rogers with a pick.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


TITANS VS COLTS

Game: these 2 divisional rivals started the day with mirror imager ecords and ended up the same way, pushing the Titans to a 7-2 division lead and the Colts lingering at 2-7 behind everyone else. The Titan piled on the yards and the points in this one, pounding it into a hapless Colts team that couldn't stop Vince Rogers from getting 3 touchdowns and 120 yards, or Chris Henderson throwing for 257 and a score. With Terrelle Pryor behind center instead of Tannenhill there wasn't a whole lot of offensive production (although Pryor did have 242 yards at 64.52% completion, 1 touchdown and 1 pick), but the defense just couldn't get it right. MLB Navorro Bowman had 14 tackles for the day but that was about it. On the other side Cory Spielman had a pick and 1 deflection to go with his 9 tackles, 6 of which probably came after he allowed his opponent to make a catch. The Titans defense didn't do much here either except for Jamie Collins with 5 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack and Brooks Reed with 2 for loss, but the lead they created was all the buffer they needed to force the Colts out of a ground game and secure the 40-17 win.

Teams: The Titans took a heavy blow with a key injury to MLB Mike Mohammed. He'll miss the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone.


SAINTS VS FALCONS

Game: Atlanta really didn't put up much fo a fight in this, giving their divisional rivals a morale boosting win on the road. Tyler Wilson led the way for the visitors with his best performance as a Saint, throwing for 316 yards at 64.71% completion, 3 touchdowns and a QB rating of 147.7 in the 41-13 victory. Jacquizz Rodgers also had a big day, running for 188 yards at 8.17 ypc with a 92 long and a score. This offensive domination led to 7 minutes more possession in favour of the Saints, even if Mario Fannin did run for 121 yards himself at 6.05 ypc with a 53 long and score for the Falcons. Receivers on both teams had big days as well, with Marlon Brown pulling in 159 yards and a score for the Saints, while Cameron Shaw and Anthony Perez both had 100+ yard days (108 and 100 yards respectively). Rookie LT Bonaventure Royer had 11 pancakes keeping the Saints' offense going and was ably supported by TE Joseph Fauria who had 10 of his own. On defense, Ricky Austin and Jamell Fleming both picked off Bo Callahan once each whilst Chandler Jones sacked him twice. For the Falcons it was a lone hand by Curtis Lofton who had 3 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a team effort that had no answers to what was raining down on them.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


BEARS VS VIKINGS

Game: The Chicago rollercoaster bounced back this week by stealing a victory on the road against the rival Vikings 25-20. The 2nd quarter was where all the action happened as both teams scored their only touchdowns here. Both teams lacked a serious running game this week as it was left to the quarterbacks to make the yardage and find the scores. Surprisingly Nick Foles had the better return (2 touchdowns, 348 yads at 48.57 % completions) over the victorious Collin Klein (1 touchdown, 304 yards at 61.11 completion percentage). The Bears scored only 4 times from 6 redzone trips and 3 of those were field goals, which at the end of the day was the real deciding factor with Robbie Gould going 6 from 6 to be the days biggest scorer. For the defenses, Marc Thomas and Terry Bailey both had 2 tackles for loss for the Bears, whilst Luke Kuechly had 3 for loss and 3 deflections for the Vikings. The Vikings defense did well in this one to keep it so close with superior redzone work, but it wasn't enough to get them over the line.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


BILLS VS TEXANS

Game: The Bills are on a downwards spiral and the Texans took full advantage of that to claim a 20-10 victory. The Texans didn't do anything special themselves but managed to put together better drives that resulted in more scores with Kendall Irving leading the way, completing 70% of his passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Trent Richardson had a mediocre 3.63 ypc on his efforts but still managed 116 yards and a score of his own to lift the team over the line. LG Dallas Thomas had an impressive 10 pancakes but also let through the only sack of the day to Calais Campbell, who returned figures of 5 tackles, 1 for loss and a sack. Not much else came out of the Bills defenders and it was just as quite for the Texans, with Dre Hall notching 3 deflections and Christian Ballard recording 2 tackles for loss.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


LIONS VS RAMS

Game: The Rams got their game started with some superior special teams play to open their scoring which really set the Lions onto the back foot. A 24-3 half time lead was too much even for Matt Stafford to pass over, even though he had limited time to do so (17 minutes of possession to 29). The Rams only slowed a little in the second half, adding 16 more points as the Lions redzone D stepped up but this 40-10 stomping is just another nail in the Lions' coffin for the year. Sam Bradford led the way with 377 yards, 68.75 completion percentage and 3 touchdowns, sharing the love with Odell Beckham Jr (138 yards, 1 score) and Stephen Hill (116 yards, 1 score) while Jason Smith knocked down 13 defenders to keep everyone safe. Defensively Bobby Beck picked a fumble and returned it 37 yards for the score and Curtis Marsh had his own fumble recovery too. Stephon Gilmore kept Safford in check with 5 deflections and was ably supported by Xavier Rhodes and Jeremy Briggs with 3 each. Von Miller chimed in with 2 tackles for loss and a pick in the middle. The Lions were totally outclassed on this one as David Gettis was the only notable with 135 yards and a score. The defense really didn't do much as a whole and no-one had decent figures outside of 9 tackles for Martez Wilson and Bud Cochran, but that's just a result of being on the field for so long.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


CHIEFS VS BRONCOS

Game: This one was slow to begin with before a frenzy of 2nd quarter scoring had the Broncos with the lead of 7 by the half. Then the Chiefs went to sleep and gave up 21 unanswered points in the 3rd before it finished out like it started...a scoreless snooze fest in the last quarter. The Broncos take this 38-10 win in their stride as they try to take the AFC West title this year, but when your opponent is led by Logan Thomas at QB throwing 4 picks for the day it's not the best benchmark. Conversely Howard Christensen was the man of the day with 4 touchdowns, 64.71% completions and 334 yards (plus a QB sneak for a rushing score). Both Marvin Young and Mark Perez had over 100 receiving yards each (136 and 104 respectively) with Young catching 2 touchdowns. The Chiefs did well to hold Keith Payne to minimal yards but the 3 headed running dragons of the Broncos got the extra gains elsewhere. OLB Kenny Tate was in a bit of everything for the Chiefs, forcing a fumble and recovering it, making 8 tackles and 2 for loss, whilst Ezekial Ansah had 2 for loss and a sack, Scott Lutrus with a sack a fumble and a recovery and James Laurinaitis with a pick. For the Broncos it was Keenan Clayton and Tank Carradine with a pair of sacks each, Thomas Jackson with 3 deflections and 2 picks, Phillip Thomas with 2 deflections and a pick, and Reggie Easley with 3 tackles for loss.

Teams: No lingering injuries from this game or transactions involving these teams during the week


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