Missing Tackles, Missing Kicks, Missing Teams, and Other Week 10 Notes

We came into week 10 looking for clarity, we ended with chaos and confusion as usual.

Let’s start with the teams that took care of business this weekend. The Baltimore Ravens faced the winless Cincinnati Bengals, and although this game was circled on the Raven’s schedule as an easy win, other games this season have shown us those just don’t exist. Luckily for Baltimore, QB Lamar Jackson played like the MVP-candidate he is, getting it done with his feet and arm, and the Ravens ran away with the game 49-13. He even got some high praise from a guy that definitely knows feet…

You must dig deep into the slate of games to find other teams that took care of business, the Jets(?) beat the Giants, the Bears beat the Stafford-less Lions, and the Packers just barely held off the scrappy Carolina Panthers. The real story of the weekend was the teams that DID NOT handle their biz:

QB Patrick Mahomes triumphant return to the Chiefs had all the splash and pizzazz we’ve come to expect, the only thing missing was the Chiefs defense, as they yielded 35 points and could not tackle fantasy anomaly RB Derrick Henry and the inconsistent Tennessee Titans.  The real highlight of this game was OL Taylor Lewan’s post-game interview of himself:

The Indianapolis Colts were without starting QB Jacoby Brissett despite a week of practicing and many expecting him to play, maybe they assumed it was an easy win against the Dolphins and held him out but regardless, they fell to the suddenly HOT(!?) Dolphins. Struggling K Adam Vinatieri’s misses aren’t so cute when they lose, leaving Colts coach Frank Reich with some big decisions to make moving forward.

The Rams were favored in their matchup against the Steelers, but the suddenly confident Steelers delivered massive hits all afternoon, and even forced QB Goff out of the game and Pardon My Take’s sweetheart, QB Blake Bortles took over briefly. I’m always amazed at what a loss can do. Just weeks ago, the LA franchise was praised up and down for scoring prized CB Jalen Ramsey, now staring down another disappointing loss, everything has changed:

In other game notes, we learned the Steelers defense is real and spectacular. Also, I fully take back my comments that the Steelers were crazy for wasting resources and trading for CB Minkah Fitzpatrick. As an Eagles fan, I would kill for Fitzpatrick…

The Bills lost to the Browns in a game where the Browns had 8 chances to score from the 1-yard line and came away with 0 points. In other words…

For those who started Saints QB Drew Brees in fantasy this weekend as we all push for the playoffs, I feel for you, I am you. Here’s a summary of how the Falcons beat the Saints in one of the more unlikely wins of the season:

The Vikings/Cowboys Sunday Night Football game was entertaining to say the least. A back and forth battle with some of the best talent in football on display along with QB Kirk Cousins propensity for losing primetime games, what more could you ask for? One broadcast highlight for me was when Cris Collinsworth compared TE Jason Witten to TE Kyle Rudolph, because what a leap to compare two guys of the same position! Also, this is the truest thing I saw on the internet this weekend:

To the game! WR Amari Cooper put on a clinic on catching balls he should have no business catching and keeping both feet inbounds:

The minute they showed QB Dak Prescott doing his weird warmup hip thrusting, you just knew the internet would have a field day. Cue the tweets:

I’ll spare you any more of Dak’s hips for today, in the end the Vikings offense leaned on RB Dalvin Cook down the stretch and the defense did just enough to hold off the Cowboys’ comeback, Vikings 28, Cowboys 24.

Finally, the Monday night game lived up to the hype, delivering a division battle of the unbeaten 49ers and the perennially dominant Seahawks. The first half was a mostly defensive battle, but if you didn’t stay up past the third quarter, this is what went down:

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