5 Takeaways From Week 11
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Week 11 of the NFL is now in the rearview mirror, and so far the Ravens are looking like the best team in the NFL. Also, the Falcons have pulled off back-to-back blowout wins, Todd Gurley is looking like his old self, and a player loses his mind. More in this week's takeaways.
1. Gurley Looking Good
Todd Gurley has had a tough 2019 season. After suffering a knee strain and playing with it for most of the year, it was announced going into the offseason that he has arthritis in his left knee. Gurley looked like he lost his step this season and has been looking like he did in the Superbowl last year.
The Rams haven't been the same team this season, especially with the up and down play of Jared Goff. Gurley’s lack of explosive running in the backfield has made the Rams look unthreatening so far. Gurley ran back the clock this past week against a good Bears defence, as he set season highs in rushing yards and rushing attempts. He also had 36 receiving yards adding on top of his 97 yards rushing.
The Rams handing Gurley 25 carries could be a great sign for the team. They need their former pro-bowler more than ever if they want to get back to the postseason.
2. The Broncos Blew It
The Broncos blew a 20+ point lead against the Vikings in the 4th quarter this past week, and it was a head-shaking moment.
Cook and Cousins were almost invisible until they were able to snap out of their funk. They scored 20 unanswered points and snapped a 97-game losing streak in which a team was down by 20 points (or more) after two quarters and come back to win.
What makes matters worse is that the Broncos had the ball over 35 minutes in the game and scored an unimpressive 23 points. Denver choked against the Vikings and their playoff hopes looked all but dashed away.
3. Brady Looking Out of Touch
The Patriots defence has been the backbone for New England this season without a doubt, but what’s troubling is Tom Brady hasn't been piling up the stats like we’re used to seeing him.
The six-time Superbowl champ had 7 TD’s in the first three games of the season, but since then he’s averaging only a TD per game, not to mention he’s thrown 5 interceptions during that span. He's on pace for his lowest touchdown season since 2001 and his QB rating is his lowest in six seasons.
Tom Brady and the offence need to find answers soon. They’ll be hard-pressed to go far if Brady isn't playing at a level we’ve come accustomed to seeing.
4. The Panthers Have Become the Hunted
The Carolina Panthers have lost three of their last four games, and even worse they lost to a Falcons team that only had two wins heading into week 11.
QB Kyle Allen has thrown nine in the last four games, the defence has gotten lit up, however, Christian McCaffrey is still putting up god-like numbers but the Panthers around him are not showing up. The quarterback position might be bigger question mark than they thought, and with Cam Newton's season done, Panther fans are screaming for him to return.
The rest of Carolina's schedule isn't easy and has some tough teams to beat to even sniff a playoff berth, including two games against their division foes and the division leaders New Orleans Saints.
5. Myles Goes Wild
There was nothing much to write about Thursday's game between the Steelers and Browns until Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph's helmet and hit him in the head with it. As a result, the former first overall pick is gone for the rest of the season and playoffs.
Steelers Centre Maurkice Pouncey got suspended for three games and fined after kicking and punching Garrett when he was down, Rudolph didn't get suspended and got fined for his role in the brawl, and luckily he wasn't seriously injured.
Despite the win, Garrett's action was the talk of the week and not in good way. Hopefully, we’ll never see an act as despicable as this one in football ever again. Losing your cool is one thing but using a helmet as a weapon is something no player should ever do.