November 16, 2021
The NFL continues surprising us at every turn during the 2021 season. While some teams have separation in their divisional standings, we’re still not sure which squads have Super Bowl-caliber strength. However, we did glean some insights from another hectic weekend.
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OBJ to LA
After bouncing back and forth between signing with Green Bay or Los Angeles, Odell Beckham Jr. inked a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million with the Rams. He joins a franchise that recently acquired Von Miller via trade and is loading up for a Super Bowl run.
DeSean Jackson recently parted ways with Sean McVay’s team after seeing under 20 targets in seven appearances. The offense already features superstar Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and Tyler Higbee. Robert Woods tearing his ACL opens the WR2 spot in Los Angeles for Beckham, making the signing essential.
Superman is back in Charlotte
A few months ago, Cam Newton was preparing to start for the New England Patriots. His world turned on its head quickly as Mac Jones won the starting job, and the former MVP watched the NFL season’s first half from his couch. Now, Newton is back with the team he took to Super Bowl 50 on a one-year deal worth up to ten million dollars ($4.5 million guaranteed).
Sam Darnold landing on injured reserve after suffering an incomplete scapula fracture in his throwing arm caused Carolina to explore the quarterback market.
Newton looked good in limited snaps against Arizona, scoring once through the air and on the ground.
Patriots keep pace with Bills
Buffalo destroyed the New York Jets in Week 10, but the New England Patriots scored 45 unanswered points to beat the Browns. Keep in mind, Cleveland just beat the Bengals 41-16 in Week 9. Bill Belichick could win back the AFC East title if Mac Jones can continue avoiding mistakes while New England’s running game and defense pick teams apart.
Chiefs reclaim crown
Kansas City traveled to Las Vegas for a battle for the AFC West crown. Patrick Mahomes targeted Travis Kelce early as the Chiefs built unstoppable offensive momentum. Mahomes threw for five touchdowns as Andy Reid’s team left the Raiders eating dust. We’ll see if Kansas City’s offense stays fixed in Week 11 against Dallas.
AFC North crumbles
Cincinnati had a bye week, which means Bengals fans avoided some of Week 10’s worst games. Cleveland didn’t put up a fight against New England. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh played poorly without Ben Roethlisberger. They tied the winless Detroit Lions 16-16 in a painful game.
Baltimore somehow only scored ten points in a loss to Miami on Thursday Night Football. The Dolphins only had two wins entering Week 10.
Titans dominate AFC South
Tennessee held on for a two-point win over New Orleans. Mike Vrabel’s squad is 8-2 and riding a six-game winning streak. Their five most recent games came against playoff teams from last year. The Titans are the hottest team in the NFL.
The Cowboys trailed Denver 30-0 until garbage time in Week 9. Dak Prescott’s team needed a confidence boost, and they found one against Atlanta. A 43-3 win reasserted Dallas’ dominance.
NFC West is top heavy but ugly
Arizona lost badly to Carolina in a 34-10 stunner, but Kliff Kingsbury’s team didn’t have its two best players. The Cardinals can beat anyone when DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray are healthy.
Sean McVay’s Rams lost for the second straight week in primetime. Matthew Stafford had another bad game, and San Francisco authored long scoring drives. Luckily Los Angeles has a bye in Week 11 to figure things out.
Packers stand alone
Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a great game in his return from COVID-19, but Green Bay shut out the Seahawks 17-0. Rodgers hasn’t lost a game since Week 1, and the Packers hold a four-game lead in the NFC North.
Brady and Buccaneers stumble
The bye week didn’t give Tampa Bay enough of an advantage over the Washington Football Team. Tom Brady threw two interceptions in the loss. Luckily, Atlanta and New Orleans also lost.