NFL Week 10
The Denver Broncos started their game against the New Orleans Saints with two interceptions of quarterback Drew Brees, then ended it in one of the most unlikely ways imaginable. With the Saints trailing 23-17 with less than 90 seconds remaining, Drew Brees found Brandon Cooks for a touchdown to tie the game at 23. The Broncos then hurdled the center to block the extra-point attempt and Will Parks returned the ball for a decisive two points. Though it appeared Parks may have stepped out of bounds on the return, the call stood after video review.
The 25-23 victory improves the reigning Super Bowl champions to 7-3 in 2016.
If the end of the Broncs-Saints game was shocking for its rapid turns of events, the result of the Packers’ trip to Tennessee to face the Titans was unthinkable for how completely the Titans decimated the Packers. The Titans sprinted to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, piling up 446 yards of offense en route to a 47-25 win.
The Packers — long the model of consistent success in the NFC — are suddenly looking nothing like a potential playoff team. With a 4-5 record through Week 10, Green Bay is in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Packers’ seven-season playoff streak is tied for the league’s longest along with the New England Patriots.
The playoff odds of the reigning NFC champions took a hit as well Sunday. In Carolina, a 17-point lead wasn’t enough for the Panthers to hold on against the Kansas City Chiefs, who scored 20 straight points — without an offensive touchdown — to down Cam Newton’s team 20-17. The Panthers now sit at 3-6 on the season and in need of a major turnaround to get back to the playoffs.
The Jets gave quarterback Bryce Petty his first NFL start this week and then gave us one of the more mind-numbing games of the 2016 season, losing to the Los Angeles Rams by the slumber-inducing score of 9-6.
In other early action, the Minnesota Vikings’ attempt to end their three-game losing streak in Washington against the Redskins fell short after sputtering from the start.
The Vikings trailed 14-0 as Kirk Cousins began the game with two touchdown passes, but rallied for three scores or their own to take a 20-14 lead just before halftime. But just as it seemed Minnesota’s offense was showing signs of life, the Vikings could not muster a single point in the second half, falling 26-20.
Since soaring to a 5-0 start, the Vikings have scuffled, particularly offensively in losses to the Eagles, Bears and Lions. The lack of scoring was most notably a concern against the Lions, one of the NFL’s less acclaimed defenses. Also troubling for Minnesota? Kicker Blair Walsh missed another extra point, his fourth of the season
In easily the most entertaining game of the season, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. In the end, Prescott won — the game and likely the long-term starting job in Dallas. The rookie quarterback, whose career began as a fill-in for incumbent starter Tony Romo, finished the day with two touchdowns and 319 yards on 22-for-32 passing to lead Dallas to a 35-30 win over the Steelers. Prescott has now won his last eight starts after a season-opening loss to the Giants, and he has given the Cowboys sole possession of first place in the NFC.
After a first-half fumble, Prescott dazzled in the final quarters, when he threw both his touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also orchestrated Dallas’s winning drive, a five-play, 75-yard assault that ended in a 32-yard rushing touchdown from fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot that put the Cowboys up with nine seconds remaining.
The Steelers (4-5) have lost four in a row, but by no means were outplayed Sunday. Roethlisberger eclipsed 400 yards passing and tossed three touchdowns to three different receivers; he also nearly won the game for Pittsburgh on a last-minute touchdown to Antonio Brown off a fake-spike play that put the Steelers up 30-29. Only problem for Big Ben and Co.: They left 42 seconds on the clock for Dak.
The Tom Brady Revenge Tour resumed Sunday night, and ran straight into a road block.
After beating the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Roethlisberger-less Steelers and Buffalo Bills since Brady’s return from his four-game Deflategate-related suspension to start the season, the New England Patriots had yet to face a team currently over .500. When they did, they lost.
Russell Wilson passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns — all hauled in by Doug Baldwin — on a 25-of-37 passing night, and the Seattle Seahawks won, 31-24. Brady, meanwhile, threw for 316 yards but no touchdowns and tossed his first interception of the season. He also fumbled; so did Cyrus Jones and Julian Edelman — the only one not recovered by the Patriots.
Despite the stumbles, the New England offense moved most of the night, racking up 25 first downs to Seattle’s 23. The engine behind that was LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 69 yards and three scores on 21 carries.
The Patriots, however, fell to 7-2 (4-1 with Brady under center). The Seahawks reached 6-2-1 and a comfortable lead in the NFC West over the Cardinals (4-4).
The rookie QB’s latest victory provided the final argument for Dallas to keep him as their starter. (Read More)
Minnesota’s tailspin continues with its fourth-straight loss. (Read More)
Redskins QB seemingly channels rapper Young M.A. postgame. (Read More)
They’ve simply looked unstoppable since Tom Brady’s return. (Read More)
It was the first blocked extra-point returned for two points in the fourth quarter since 1994. (Read More)
The president-elect has said he’d fire the presiding NFL commissioner, given the chance. (Read More)
The dude just really wants his cards back. (Read More)
The controversial QB says both major-party candidates wouldn’t have changed the oppression he’s seeing around the nation. (Read More)
Tuesday, a number of states voted to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes. (Read More)
Latest updates: 11:38 a.m.
From the early games, the Jets’ Bryce Petty will make his first NFL start in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick, still coping with a knee injury. Fitzpatrick will dress and be the Jets’ No. 2 Sunday.
The players ruled out entering this Sunday included Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin, Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls, RB Tevin Coleman and TE Jacob Tamme of the Falcons and RB Jacquizz Rogers of the Buccaneers. Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is also out.
The latest updates some 90 minutes before game time have ruled out the Texans’ Will Fuller with a knee injury, while running backs Todd Gurley, Doug Martin will be active after entering Sunday as questionable. Packers RB James Starks is active after recovering from knee surgery.
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns has been cleared after suffering a concussion and is expected to play.
In the late games, San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is expected to play, but DuJuan Harris, who filled in while Hyde missed time, will still have some part in the offense, according to ESPN.
Check back later for a full rundown of the day’s top fantasy developments from John Romero, but here are the Post’s top tips to help you set your lineup this week.
Which players are best suited for success? (Read More)
Don’t bet on Brees. (Read More)
What draft strategies have paid off in 2016? (Read More)
Carson Wentz could have a big day against the Falcons’ secondary. (Read More)
Has Brock Osweiler killed all Texans’ fantasy potential? (Read More)
ATS Betting Tips/Picks
Will the Pats and Cowboys fall back to earth this week? (Read More)
How the numbers say Week 10 should play out. (Read More)