AllSportsNews NFL Notebook: Hopkins, Cardinals' Week 10 Win Shakes Up NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

- DeAndre Hopkins made what will go down as one of the top plays in Cardinals history, hauling in a 43-yard Hail Mary pass for a game-winning touchdown with three defenders on him against the Bills.

- Hopkins is up to 861 yards through nine games, and as the gaudy numbers continue to build, Sunday's play could become part of his Hall of Fame case. 

- The Cardinals lead the NFC West by virtue of a tiebreaker, but they'll have to fight hard to fend off the Rams and Seahawks, both of whom enter Week 11 with the same record. 

- Kyler Murray became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in five consecutive games.

- Kenyan Drake's up-and-down season hit an up on Sunday, as he ran for 100 yards on 16 attempts despite entering as questionable. 

Atlanta Falcons

- Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that "several teams have made it known" they are interested in adding former Falcons' head coach Dan Quinn to their staff in 2021.

- The Falcons face only one more sub-.500 team the rest of the way, but they do become the first team to see Jameis Winston start under center for the Saints this weekend. 

Baltimore Ravens

- Lamar Jackson said last week that defenses are "calling out" the Ravens' offensive plays, raising concerns that Greg Roman's offense is getting figured out just as it was in San Francisco. 

- Tight end Nick Boyle will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's loss.

- The AFC North might suddenly be out of reach for the Ravens, who now trail the Steelers by three full games. Baltimore currently holds the AFC's No. 7 seed, trailing the Raiders and Dolphins by virtue of a tiebreaker. 

Buffalo Bills

- Josh Norman tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, also forcing Tyler Kroft and two other players to miss Sunday's game.

- Josh Allen hit Stefon Diggs for what looked like the game-winning touchdown on Sunday, but Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins pulled out a miracle in the final seconds.

- He'd probably rather have the win, but Diggs remains the NFL's receiving leader with 906 yards, just ahead of Hopkins. Diggs are Hopkins were traded on the same day this past March. 

- The Bills looked like they'd cruise to a division title after taking down the Patriots two weeks ago, but their loss Sunday coupled with the Dolphins' win streak has made this a serious race.

Carolina Panthers

- The Panthers have lost five consecutive games, marking their third consecutive year with a losing streak of at least five games.

- Teddy Bridgewater exited late in Sunday's loss with a knee injury, but it's not believed to be serious. His status for Week 11 is uncertain.

- Christian McCaffrey missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and isn't expected back in Week 11.

Chicago Bears

- Matt Nagy gave offensive play-calling duties to OC Bill Lazor. It didn't work.

- Nick Foles was carted off in the final minute of Monday's loss, with what Nagy said was either a hip or leg injury. Fortunately, the Bears are entering their bye week.

- The Bears have lost four consecutive games, falling from 5-1 to 5-5 and raising more questions as to what it will take to fix their broken offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

- All rookies have ups and downs, and Sunday marked a rare down for Joe Burrow, who finished 21-of-40 for 215 yards and a touchdown in a blowout loss to Pittsburgh.

- Burrow still managed to get the ball to fellow rookie Tee Higgins, who stayed hot with 115 yards and a touchdown. Through nine games, Higgins is on pace for 1,072 yards. 

- A.J. Green was targeted five times but didn't haul in a catch during Sunday's loss. The ten-year partnership between Green and the Bengals is destined to end after this season.

- Joe Mixon missed another game with a foot injury, but he could play in Week 11.

Cleveland Browns

- Nick Chubb wasted no time returning to form after recovering from a knee injury, rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win.

- Chubb upset plenty of bettors and fantasy owners by intentionally running out of bounds instead of scoring a late touchdown, preventing the Texans from getting the ball back.

- The Browns had two 100-yard rushers - Chubb and Kareem Hunt - for the first time since 1966.

- The Browns did their job against the Texans, winning ugly and matching their 2019 win total, but they still find themselves on the outside-looking-in in the AFC wild card race, thanks to tiebreakers.

Dallas Cowboys

- Andy Dalton is set to start against the Vikings this weekend, after a two-game absence for a concussion and COVID-19. 

- The Cowboys, even at 2-7, can't be counted out in the NFC East as long as the Eagles continue to lose.

Denver Broncos

- Drew Lock suffered a rib injury in Sunday's blowout loss and might not play against Miami in Week 11.

- Lock struggled mightily against the Raiders, completing under half of his passes and throwing four interceptions. 

- Phillip Lindsay has taken a backseat to Melvin Gordon in the Broncos' backfield, as he received only four carries in Sunday's loss.

Detroit Lions

- D'Andre Swift made his first career start and did a little bit of everything, racking up 149 yards and a touchdown.

- Kenny Golladay missed a second consecutive game with a hip injury.

- The Lions again blew a double-digit lead on Sunday, this time letting Washington storm back from a 24-3 deficit, but they pulled off the win.

- A 59-yard game-winning field goal is a big confidence builder in what has been an inconsistent season for Matt Prater.

Green Bay Packers

- The Packers took over the NFC's No. 1 seed with the Seahawks' loss. Thanks to a win earlier this season, Green Bay holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 7-2 Saints.

- Green Bay was without both starting cornerbacks, Jaire Alexander and Kevin King, against the Jaguars.

- Aaron Rodgers' current passer rating of 116.4 would be his highest since his historic 2011 season.

- The Packers activated Allen Lazard from IR. Lazard hasn't played since his breakout game in Week 3. 

Houston Texans

- The Texans placed David Johnson on IR with a concussion. The earliest Johnson can return is Week 13. 

- It was reported Sunday morning that interim coach Romeo Crennel could be given the full-time job in 2021, with coaching searches more difficult due to COVID-19, but that report has been disputed by some.

- Deshaun Watson isn't the problem, but the Texans' offense has been more sluggish than a Watson-led offense should be - Houston didn't score until the final five minutes of the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts

- The Colts are in first place in the AFC South, by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Titans, and their second matchup with Tennessee two weeks from now could be their biggest game of the year.

- Philip Rivers passed Dan Marino on the all-time passing yards list, moving to fifth all-time.

- Michael Pittman Jr. emerged in a big way for the Colts, totaling 101 yards against Tennessee, and his presence could be a difference-maker for an offense that needs playmakers. 

- Indianapolis has held quarterbacks to under 200 passing yards in five of nine games this season, including Lamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins, and now Ryan Tannehill.

Jacksonville Jaguars

- After another big performance, rookie James Robinson is averaging 109 rushing yards per game over his last three outings.

- The Jaguars' losing streak has ballooned to eight, but Sunday was a moral victory as Jake Luton and a solid defense nearly upset the Packers.

- Luton is expected to get another start, but it doesn't get any easier for him with the Steelers next up.

Kansas City Chiefs

- Russell Wilson's struggles in Week 10 only strengthened Patrick Mahomes' MVP chances.

- Starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were placed on the COVID-19 list, though both could play against the Raiders if they are only close contacts. 

Las Vegas Raiders

- Josh Jacobs has been more efficient of late after a slow start to the year, averaging 4.7 yards/carry over his last three games.

- Jeff Heath intercepted Drew Lock twice on Sunday, his first multi-interception game in five years.

- The Raiders have worked their way up to the AFC's top wild card slot, but they're at risk of a setback against the division-leading Chiefs this weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers

- Joey Bosa missed Sunday's game with a concussion.

- Justin Herbert has thrown multiple touchdown passes in six consecutive games.

- Austin Ekeler hinted that he could return from a hamstring injury in Week 11.

Los Angeles Rams

- Andrew Whitworth suffered a torn MCL and PCL, but the hope is he can still return this season.

- The Rams have moved into a three-way virtual tie atop the NFC West at 6-3, though they trail the Cardinals according to the tiebreaker for the time being.

- Leonard Floyd exploded for three sacks of Russell Wilson on Sunday. The former top-ten pick of the Bears has been a nice pickup for the Rams' defense. 

- It's become a weekly note, but the Rams' defense continues to impress, this time holding a potent Seahawks offense to 16 points.

- The NFC's top two wild card teams at the moment face off on Monday Night Football in Week 11, as the Rams travel to Tampa to face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.

Miami Dolphins

- The Dolphins placed receiver Preston Williams on IR due to a foot injury.

- Miami released Jordan Howard on Monday, after the running back was a healthy scratch against the Chargers. Howard signed a two-year deal in March but had just 33 yards on 28 carries with the Dolphins.

- Undrafted running back Salvon Ahmed is taking advantage of his opportunity in the Dolphins' offense, rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win.

- Emmanuel Ogbah has recorded a sack in six consecutive games, and he's registered at least a half-sack in eight consecutive games. The former second-round pick has been a big addition to Miami's defense.

- The Dolphins have won five consecutive games for the first time since 2016, and their next three games are all against teams with a losing record.

Minnesota Vikings

- The Vikings released guard Pat Elflein on Saturday. A third-round pick in 2017, Elflein started 42 games across his first three seasons but had been out since Week 1 with a thumb injury.

- Kirk Cousins won a Monday Night Football game for the first time in his career, snapping a streak of nine consecutive losses. It was also his first win over the Bears as a member of the Vikings.

- Justin Jefferson continues to lead all rookies in receiving yards, now up to 762 after a 135-yard performance.

- Dalvin Cook was bottled up for much of Monday night's win, but he still rushed for 96 yards and leads the league in rushing yards with 954.

- The Vikings have quickly jumped from 1-5 to 4-5, and they're creeping closer in the NFC playoff picture at two games out of a playoff spot with seven remaining.

New England Patriots

- Stephon Gilmore missed his third consecutive game with a knee injury. It's become an extremely disappointing season for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

- J.C. Jackson recorded an interception in his fifth consecutive game, setting a franchise record.

- Damien Harris recorded his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season on Sunday night, and he figures to remain the Patriots' lead back even with Sony Michel close to returning.

- The Patriots are back in the playoff conversation after back-to-back wins, but they're still two games out of a wild card spot with plenty of competition. 

New Orleans Saints

- Drew Brees will miss time as he deals with five fractured ribs and a collapsed right lung, all injuries that have piled up over his last two games.

- Brees was despondent and in obvious pain during his postgame press conference on Sunday. He threw two touchdowns in the first half, but Jameis Winston opened the second half under center and will be the Saints' quarterback until Brees returns.

- Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that the Saints could face harsh penalties for celebrating their Week 9 win without masks. Punishment could include the loss of a draft pick.

- The Saints fell to the NFC's No. 2 seed despite the win, and every game will be critical with the first-round bye above them and the Buccaneers close behind them.

New York Giants

- The Giants, winners of two straight, could be playing meaningful games in December after Sunday's win left them tied with the Eagles in the win column.

- Daniel Jones is making the case that he can still be the Giants' long-term quarterback, as he delivered another turnover-free performance on Sunday and has posted a season-best passer rating in back-to-back weeks.

- Golden Tate apologized for his behavior, a week being benched in the wake of a sideline outburst. Tate was active for Sunday's win.

New York Jets

- Sam Darnold is dealing with a setback of some kind, as it was surprisingly revealed Monday that he'll miss Week 11 and perhaps more due to his shoulder injury.

- The Jets open as 8.5-point underdogs against the Chargers, losers of seven of their last eight games. 

- New York claimed guard Pat Elflein off waivers from the Vikings. Elflein was a full-time starter from 2017-2019. The Jets also released cornerback Pierre Desir. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

- Ben Roethlisberger overcame minor injuries to both knees and a week of missed practices (COVID-19 list) to throw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bengals.

- The Steelers are 9-0 for the first time in franchise history, and their quest for a perfect season takes them to Jacksonville in Week 11.

- T.J. Watt recorded two sacks on Sunday, bringing his season total to nine as he pushes himself firmly into the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.

Philadelphia Eagles

- The Eagles still lead the NFC East, but they've fallen to 3-5-1 and are tied in the win column with the Giants.

- Lincoln Financial Field will no longer host fans amid a nationwide COVID-19 surge.

- The Eagles will be getting some more offensive help soon, as they designated Zach Ertz to return from IR. Ertz hasn't played since Week 6.

- Carson Wentz is set to face the Browns for the first time his NFL debut in 2016.

San Francisco 49ers

- First-round rookie Javon Kinlaw recorded 1.5 sacks on Sunday, the first sack-plus of his young career. 

- Nick Mullens threw two interceptions for the second time in four starts this season.

- The upcoming bye week only prolongs a season that started with a great deal of promise but is quickly headed nowhere as injuries pile up.

Seattle Seahawks

- The Seahawks have now lost three of their last four games and are the third-place team in a three-way virtual tie atop the NFC West.

- Russell Wilson threw two more interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Rams, already doubling his interception total from 2019.

- Chris Carson missed another game with a foot injury, and his return for Thursday night's contest is uncertain.

- It goes without saying that Seattle's primetime matchup against Arizona on Thursday is massive. A loss would put the Cardinals in front by a game and give them the head-to-head tiebreaker for the remainder of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

- The Buccaneers put last week's 38-3 disaster behind them, scoring 46 points on a porous Panthers defense.

- Ronald Jones II scored a 98-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's win, becoming the fourth player in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 98 yards.

- A Miami Herald report published Monday night indicated that Antonio Brown allegedly destroyed a surveillance camera and threw a bicycle at a security guard in his living community last month. Police believed Brown should've been charged, but the homeowners' association reportedly declined out of fear of retaliation.

- The Buccaneers released a statement Monday saying they have been aware of the incident and have been satisfied with Brown's behavior thus far. 

Tennessee Titans

- The Titans are just 4-19 against the Colts since 2009.

- Another 100-yard game puts Derrick Henry 54 rushing yards shy of a 1,000-yard season.

- Tennessee dealt with all kinds of special teams issues on Thursday night, and they curiously released punter Ryan Allen rather than Trevor Daniel, who shanked a punt and had another blocked against the Colts.

- The Titans find themselves out of the playoff picture at the moment, after three losses in four games. The good news: they face the Colts again in Week 12.

Washington Football Team

- Alex Smith made his first start since his gruesome 2018 injury, suffered two years ago this Wednesday, and he did well for himself, leading a comeback from down 24-3 that fell just short. Smith threw for 390 yards in the loss.

- Another week, another big performance from Terry McLaurin, who now has six games of at least 80 yards this season.

- Matt Ioannidis gave Washington its first positive COVID-19 test since July, but he's been out since September and his contact with the team was more limited than active players.


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