NFL Week 11 Talking Points

By Josh Hatt

Colts and Titans Match Eachother To Keep AFC South Race Close

It was a day of dramatic wins in the AFC South, as the Tennessee Titans claimed a big win on the road in Baltimore courtesy of a Derrick Henry run. The win briefly vaulted Tennessee to the top of their division, but the Indianapolis Colts soon regained top spot after winning their game against Green Bay in Overtime thanks to a field goal from the bespectacled Rodrigo Blankenship. The race for the AFC South is set to go down to the wire, and the two teams play each other on Sunday.

Bengals lose Their Star

The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a huge blow on Sunday as their star QB Joe Burrow was carted off the field with a terrible looking knee injury in at FedEx Field. Burrow has suffered damage to multiple ligaments and will certainly miss the remainder of this season, and faces a tough rehab to be ready for the next one. This brings to an end an impressive rookie season for the number 1 draft pick, who had kept the Bengals in multiple games and certainly looked like their QB of the future. It’s not the first time Bengals fans have endured a major injury to a young QB, as Carson Palmer suffered a serious injury in a playoff game against Pittsburgh back in 2005. Palmer was never quite the same after his injury, Bengals fans will hope the same is not true for Burrow.

Brady Embroiled in Controversy

Tom Brady had a bad game on Monday night, as he threw 2 bad interceptions to condemn his Tampa Bay team to defeat against the LA Rams. But it’s what he did (or rather didn’t do) after the game that has got people talking. Brady refused to shake hands with his fellow QB Jared Goff, something that is seen as a basic show of good sportsmanship. This isn’t the first time Brady has refused to shake hands, as he refused to shake hands with Bears QB Nick Foles after a loss in Chicago. Brady does have a history with Foles, as Foles’s Philadelphia Eagles defeated Brady’s Patriots in Superbowl 52. Brady then defeated Goff in Superbowl 53, and shook hands with him after that game. Brady has faced accusations of being a sore loser, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens after the next loss.

Other talking points:

Pittsburgh easily defeated Jacksonville to remain undefeated. The Steelers now face a huge game against their bitter rivals Baltimore on Sunday.

Dallas claimed a surprise win on the road in Minnesota to keep pace in the NFC East. Every team in the division now has 3 wins, with Philadelphia in the lead thanks to a tie they gained against a Bengals which gives them a better winning percentage. But Philly seems to be nosediving, as their QB Carson Wentz leads the league in turnovers and the Eagles lost in Cleveland on Sunday. Dallas faces Washington in a Thanksgiving showdown that will give the victor first place in the division, at least momentarily.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa crashed back down to earth this week, as he was benched following a poor performance in Denver. I would still expect him to start next week, but the rookie still has much to learn and the loss is a dent in Miami’s playoff hopes.

Seattle gained a much needed win over Arizona on Thursday. The Seahawks defence was much improved after their debacle in LA, although they were helped by sloppy offensive line play from Arizona. The win took them over Arizona in the NFC West, although both sit behind the LA Rams in a very competitive division.

Kansas City gained a late comeback win over the Raiders that gives them some breathing room in the AFC West. Kansas City now sits 3 games ahead of Las Vegas with 6 to play, although Las Vegas is still in the hunt for a wild card playoff spot.

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