Gridiron Confidential: 5 takeaways from NFL week 10
We are through the first 10 weeks of the 2020 NFL season and it keeps on getting better week after week.
Kyler Murray was once again the star attraction just like in week 9 as his Cardinals faced off with Josh Allen and the Bills in a classic. Meanwhile, Tom Brady bounced backed after his week 9 shocker to lead his Buccaneers to victory.
Here are my key talking points from week 10.
Daniel Jones continuing to impress for the Giants:
Daniel Jones was already under huge pressure coming into this season but after Saquon went down it was doubled and the former no.6 pick has taken the added pressure in his stride, continuing to lead this Giants team towards playoff contention.
The Giants had just one win to their name heading into their week 9 battle with the Washington football team but after edging their divisional rivals 23-20 they made it back to back wins for the first time this season with a statement victory of NFC East leaders, the Philadelphia Eagles, ending their eight game losing streak against Philly.
Jones was the main man for New York as your quarterback should be, throwing for 244 yards and adding a rushing touchdown himself. Nobody gave the Giants a hope before kick off but that seemed to only inspire Joe Judge's team. The Giants defence even managed to restrict their opponents to just 17 points, shutting them out in quarter's two and four. Final Score at MetLife Stadium, Giants 27-17 Eagles.
This was a crucial win for the Giants heading into a bye week and it brought them up to second place in the division, it is still a big ask for this team to make a playoff push but in the NFC East, anything is possible. The most important thing for Giants fans is seeing Daniel Jones showcasing the talents that made the Giants draft him week after week. Proving he has a bright future as an NFL quarterback and earning the respect of his head coach in the process,
Rams highlight Seattle's weakness':
The LA Rams were slight underdogs heading into their divisional matchup with the free-scoring Seahawks but their elite defence put serious emphasis on the weakness' of this Seattle team.
The Rams restricted the Seahawks to just 16 points, just one touchdown and helped themselves to two interceptions and six sacks as they put top spot in the NFC West back up for grabs. Jalen Ramsey was the key for Los Angeles as he took on the unenvious responsibility of covering DK Metcalf. The pro-bowl cornerback is probably one of the only defenders in the league that can match Metcalf for speed and athleticism and it showed, Metcalf was restricted to just two receptions for a total of 28 yards. Final Score at SoFi Stadium, Rams 23-16 Seattle.
A couple of weeks ago, it seemed like nobody was going to be able to stop this Seattle team but recently it seems that opponents are beginning to figure out their offence and LA showed if you can stop DK then you cut off a major scoring point for Seattle. Now not everyone has a Jalen Ramsey to guard Metcalf so that is easier said than done.
The major weakness for Seattle is their defence, you are constantly questioning their ability to get off the field and Russell Wilson's tendency to force things over the past few weeks has led to more interceptions than touchdown passes. If Seattle want to win their division they need to get their act together because Arizona and LA are not going to roll over and account for two of the Seahawks three losses this season.
Murray & Hopkins continue to show they are a match made in heaven:
The Cardinals got one of the deals of the decade when they trade running back David Johnson and two late round picks to Houston for Hopkins and the all-pro wide receiver is making his mark in Arizona with Kyler Murray.
Cardinals battle with the Bills on Sunday was hyped with two of the league's young gun quarterbacks going head to head and it disappoint. Allen got the show on the road with a redzone trick play, as he caught a pass and ran in a touchdown while Kyler showcased his explosive run game with two rushing touchdowns and finished the game with a Hail Mary throw to Hopkins to secure victory. Final Score in Arizona, Cardinals 32-30 Bills.
So far this season Hopkins has 67 receptions for a total of 861 yards to go along with four touchdowns. He and Murray have as strong a connection as any QB/Receiver partnership in the league and the final play of Sundays game highlighted why this Cardinals is so fun to watch.
The Bills thought they were on for an eighth victory of the season when Josh Allen found Stevon Diggs for a touchdown with less than 40 seconds to go but with two timeouts and the ball in Kyler Murrays hands there was hope for Arizona. After getting up to midfield and with no timeouts remaining, Murray took the snap and after breaking away from a tackle went for the jugular. Amazingly, despite being guarded by three Bills players, DeAndre Hopkins came down with the ball and the win for Arizona.
Saints victory comes at a cost:
The Saints were riding high ahead of their week 10 game against the 49ers after dismantling the Buccaneers to take top spot in the NFC South.
A return home for the Saints was welcomed and up against the injury-hit 49ers, it was the perfect match to follow on from divisional success the previous week and the Saints took full advantage, Alvin Kamara was the star man as he so often is, rushing for two touchdowns and receiving for another. Final Score at the Superdome, Saints 27-13 49ers.
The victory came at a price for the Saints however as Drew Brees was forced off midway through the game with injury. It was announced on Monday that he had suffered four broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The 41 year old has only been officially ruled out for a week but there's been no confirmation given on a return and if this sidelines Brees for a more than a couple of games it could cost the Saints dearly.
Brady and the Bucs bounce back after Saints nightmare:
The Buccaneers were humiliated in week 9, losing at home to the Saints, 38-3 but Tom Brady never has two bad games in a row and he was back to his best against Carolina to get the Buccaneers right back on track.
Brady threw for 341 yards, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions along with running in a two yard td himself. The Bucs were heavily favored heading into the game but it was the manor of the performance that was important for Tampa. The Bucs managed 46 points including 29 in the second half to send a message to rest of the NFL that last weeks debacle was a once off.
The highlight of the game was the 98 yard rushing touchdown by Ronald Jones II, the longest rushing score since 2018.
Tampa Bay faces a tough task to make it back to back wins next week as they take on the impressive LA Rams on Monday night football. With the Saints likely to be without Drew Brees for at least a couple of weeks, the Bucs may be able to make a return to top spot in their division.