NFL Week 10 Grades: Unstoppable Saints get an ‘A+’ for blowout win, Patriots get an ‘F’ for loss

The scoreboard operator in Cincinnati ought to most likely ask for a bonus this week, as a result of the Saints had him doing a little severe work on...


The scoreboard operator in Cincinnati ought to most likely ask for a bonus this week, as a result of the Saints had him doing a little severe work on Sunday throughout their 51-14 blowout win over the Bengals. 

With the win, the Saints have now received eight video games in a row, which is the longest lively streak within the NFL proper now. Though New Orleans has had some large wins throughout their streak, this one may need been probably the most spectacular, and that is as a result of it got here on the street towards an AFC playoff contender in a scenario that had all of the makings of a lure recreation. 

If we have discovered one factor concerning the Saints throughout this streak, it is that their offense is borderline unstoppable. When you attempt to remove one weapon, they’ve three different weapons to interchange it, and the worst half for opposing defenses is that Drew Brees is aware of the right way to use each weapon in his arsenal as he proved towards the Bengals. 

Within the first half alone, Brees toyed with the Bengals protection as he led the Saints to a landing on all 5 of their first half possessions. On the Saints’ first rating of the sport, Brees threw an ideal seven-yard strike to Michael Thomas, who was really being coated fairly effectively by Cincinnati’s William Jackson. Sadly, good protection means nothing whenever you’re taking part in the Saints. 

In fact, Brees does not solely throw touchdowns to his receivers, he additionally likes to throw passes to his operating backs, and he did quite a lot of that towards the Bengals. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara mixed for 104 receiving yards towards Cincinnati, with 28 of these approaching this landing catch by Ingram. 

You recognize what else Brees did within the first half? He confirmed off his expertise within the two-minute drill. After Marcus Williams picked off Andy Dalton to arrange New Orleans with the ball on the Bengals’ 18-yard line with eight seconds left to play within the half, Brees went to work and it solely took him one play to make the Bengals pay. 

It is a shock the Bengals’ protection even confirmed up for the second half after the way in which Brees carved them up throughout the recreation’s first two quarters. Brees was practically good within the first half, going 18 of 20 for 214 yards and three touchdowns (Brees ended up throwing for 265 yards complete). With these three landing passes, Brees now has 508 for his profession, transferring him previous Brett Favre for the second most all-time.

Brees most likely may have thrown 508 touchdowns towards the Bengals’ protection if the Saints did not take their foot off the fuel within the second half. With the Saints up 48-7, coach Sean Payton determined to let Teddy Bridgewater play the fourth quarter. 

The Saints are formally the scariest workforce within the league proper now and we’re giving them an A+ for his or her dominating win over the Bengals, and you understand what, we’re additionally going to provide the scoreboard operator an A+ too. 

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New Orleans 51-14 over Cincinnati

Saints: A+

It is arduous to say what was extra spectacular on this recreation: a Saints protection that completely shut down the Bengals, or a New Orleans offense that tied the workforce’s franchise document for factors in a street recreation. Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns whereas main the Saints to a rating throughout all eight possessions he was on the sphere (six touchdowns, two subject objectives). Alvin Kamara (two speeding touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (104 speeding yards, 54 receiving yards) additionally went off with each again totaling greater than 100 yards. Defensively, the Saints harassed Andy Dalton: They sacked him 4 occasions and compelled the Bengals quarterback into throwing two interceptions.  

Bengals: F

We’re placing as a lot effort into scripting this grade because the Bengals did into this recreation, which is why they’re solely getting this sentence. 

Chicago 34-22 over Detroit

Lions: D

After letting Matthew Stafford get sacked 10 occasions in Week 9, issues did not get a lot better for the Lions offensive line in Chicago. For the second week in a row, Stafford obtained destroyed because the Bears sacked him six occasions. Issues obtained so dangerous for Stafford on this recreation that it really regarded like he was anticipating to get sacked each time he touched the ball. 

Bears: A-

The Bears’ floor recreation was slowed to a screeching halt by the Lions, however that did not matter as a result of Mitchell Trubisky was on hearth. Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in a recreation the place the Bears rolled out to a 26-Zero lead. Allen Robinson had his largest day with the Bears as the previous Jaguars receiver caught six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage complete was greater than Robinson had in his previous three video games mixed (91) with the Bears. Rookie large receiver Anthony Miller additionally exploded, going off for 122 yards and a landing. The minus on this A- is for Cody Parkey, who may need had the worst luck of any kicker in NFL historical past. Parkey missed two additional factors and two subject objectives, however the twist right here is that all 4 kicks hit the upright and missed. 

Washington 16-Three over Tampa Bay

Redskins: B+

The Redskins had been beat up with a number of accidents going into this recreation, however that did not cease them from grinding out an unsightly win. The Redskins principally perfected the “bend however do not break” protection on this recreation. On one hand, they allowed the Bucs to get within the purple zone 5 occasions, however then again, they held Tampa to zero touchdowns. On a day the place Tampa missed two subject objectives, Dustin Hopkins got here up large for the Redskins by scoring 10 of their 16 factors. 

Buccaneers: C-

In what may go down because the weirdest offensive day in NFL historical past, the Buccaneers totaled 501 yards, however scored simply three factors. It was the fewest factors ever scored in an NFL recreation by a workforce that put up greater than 500 yards of offense. When you’re questioning how that stat line may presumably occur, here is how: The Buccaneers drove inside Washington’s 30-yard line a complete of six occasions and got here away with only one subject purpose. The opposite 5 possessions ended with a two fumbles, an interception and two missed subject objectives. 

Tennessee 34-10 over New England

Patriots: F

The Patriots failed in each section of the sport on this loss with an unsightly displaying by their offense, their protection and even their particular groups. The return of Sony Michel (11 carries, 31 yards) did nothing to spark a Patriots floor recreation that totaled solely 40 yards. Defensively, the Patriots had zero solutions for a Titans offense that scored on its first three possessions. The 24-point margin makes this recreation tied for the second largest loss that the Patriots have been handed since 2003 in a recreation the place Tom Brady begins. 

Titans: A+

Titans coach Mike Vrabel spent eight seasons taking part in for the Patriots and it confirmed, as a result of he undoubtedly knew the right way to assault them. The Titans pounded the ball on this recreation with 36 speeding makes an attempt that led to 150 yards. When Tennessee can transfer the ball on the bottom, that opens issues up for Marcus Mariota. Mariota threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and is now 11-Zero in his profession when the Titans tally 35 or extra carries in a recreation. Most of Mariota’s yards went to Corey Davis, who caught seven passes for 125 yards and a landing. Defensively, the Titans smothered Tom Brady, sacking him 3 times and retaining him underneath fixed strain. 

Kansas Metropolis 26-14 over Arizona

Cardinals: C+

Somebody in Arizona lastly obtained the memo that David Johnson must be getting the ball extra. In his largest recreation of the season, Johnson touched the ball 28 occasions and totaled 183 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Chandler Jones racked up two of Arizona’s 5 sacks because the Cardinals held Patrick Mahomes to his lowest passing complete of the season (249 yards). 

Chiefs: B-

For the primary time all season, the Chiefs protection may need outshined their offense. Not solely did the Chiefs sack Josh Rosen 5 occasions — with two of these coming from Chris Jones — however additionally they picked him off twice, which arrange one among Kansas Metropolis’s three touchdowns. Though the Chiefs offense was held in test for a lot of the recreation, Tyreek Hill nonetheless managed to place up some enormous numbers with 137 complete yards (117 receiving yards, 20 speeding yards) and two receiving touchdowns. 

Buffalo 41-10 over New York Jets

Payments: A+

It seems to be like all of the Payments wanted to repair their offensive issues was to play a journeyman quarterback who hadn’t began a recreation in two years. Enjoying in his first recreation since 2016, Matt Barkley shredded the Jets protection for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Though he is been on the workforce for lower than two weeks, that was apparently sufficient time for Barkley to develop some severe chemistry with Robert Foster (three catches, 105 yards) and Zay Jones (eight catches, 93 yards, one landing). Barkley obtained some severe assist from a Payments speeding assault that went over 200 yards (212) and a Payments protection that held their opponent underneath 200 yards (199) for the second straight week, marking the primary time since 1999 Payments protection has pulled that off. 

Jets: F

This recreation was a catastrophe from begin to end for the Jets. For one, their offense went three-and-out on every of the workforce’s first 4 possessions. After getting their first first down of the sport halfway via the second quarter, Josh McCown celebrated by throwing an interception a number of performs later. McCown solely threw for 135 yards and he was sacked 3 times. The 199 complete yards by the Jets marked the primary time since 2013 that they had been held underneath 200 yards in a house recreation.  

Cleveland 28-16 over Atlanta

Falcons: D

Overlook their purple zone offense, the Falcons must work on their offensive play-calling from the 1-yard line. The Falcons principally misplaced this recreation early within the fourth quarter after they had three possibilities to punch the ball in the long run zone from the 1-yard line. Atlanta failed on all three makes an attempt and got here manner with zero factors. The Falcons offense was principally a catastrophe your complete second half with two turnovers, two punts and that failed conversion from the 1-yard line. Defensively, the Falcons surrendered a complete of 211 yards speeding, which is probably the most the workforce has given up in a recreation since 2014. 

Browns: A

If we had been regrading the Browns’ 2018 draft proper now, we might give it an A+ after the way in which their rookies performed towards the Falcons. Nick Chubb went off for 176 yards, together with a 92-yard landing run within the third quarter that set the franchise document for longest scoring run. Chubb additionally caught three passes for 33 yards and a landing. The highest choose within the NFL Draft additionally had a giant day with Baker Mayfield finishing 17 of 20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield accomplished his first 13 passes and did not throw an incompletion till the second half. It is virtually like Todd Haley was holding the Browns’ offense again as a result of the unit has regarded a lot better since he was fired.  

Indianapolis 29-26 over Jacksonville

Jaguars: B-

After carrying the Jaguars via the 2017 season, it is beginning to seem like the Jags protection is now the weak hyperlink on this workforce. Regardless of 320 yards and two touchdowns from Blake Bortles and an enormous recreation from Leonard Fournette (109 yards, two touchdowns), the Jags misplaced this one as a result of their protection could not cease the Colts. Indy scored a landing on 4 of their first 5 possessions because the Jags shortly fell behind 29-13. The Jags actually solely made one offensive mistake within the recreation and that got here late within the fourth quarter when Rashad Greene misplaced a fumble as Jacksonville was driving to tie the sport and even take the lead. 

Colts: B

The Colts’ choice to signal Eric Ebron is beginning to seem like one of the underrated strikes of the 2018 offseason. The previous first-round choose, who solely scored 11 touchdowns in 4 complete seasons with the Lions, now has 10 touchdowns with the Colts following a three-score recreation towards Jacksonville. Not solely did Ebron catch two landing passes, however he additionally ran in one other one. Andrew Luck’s sizzling streak continued as he threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The landing complete implies that Luck is simply the third quarterback in NFL historical past to throw for 3 touchdowns or extra in six consecutive video games. 

Los Angeles Chargers 20-6 over Oakland

Chargers: B+

It is a good factor Melvin Gordon is wholesome, as a result of he principally carried the Chargers offense in Oakland. Enjoying in simply his second recreation since Week 7, Gordon totaled 165 yards in a efficiency that included 93 yards on the bottom and 72 yards receiving together with a landing catch. Defensively, Isaac Rochelle tallied 1.5 of the Chargers’ 4 sacks within the recreation. The Chargers protection wasn’t good on this recreation, however they did hold the Raiders out of the top zone, marking the primary time this season the Chargers have held their opponent and not using a landing. 

Raiders: C-

The Raiders largest difficulty on Sunday was that their offense fully fell aside each time they drove deep inside Chargers territory. The Raiders obtained inside the L.A.’s 25-yard line a complete of 4 occasions on this recreation and catastrophe just about struck each time as Oakland got here away with simply three complete factors on the 4 possessions. One Raiders drive ended when the workforce failed on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. One other drive ended as a result of Derek Carr misplaced a fumble on the Chargers 21-yard line, and the third drive ended as a result of Carr made a horrible choice to THROW AWAY a move on a fourth down play from the Chargers 19-yard line. The Raiders play within the purple zone was so dangerous it principally epitomized their complete nightmarish season. 

Inexperienced Bay 31-12 over Miami

Dolphins: C-

The Dolphins particular groups got here via large time in Inexperienced Bay with a blocked punt and a pretend punt that went for a fourth down. Sadly for Miami, they simply weren’t pretty much as good within the different two phases of the sport. The offense turned the ball over twice, together with a Brock Osweiler interception within the third quarter that set the Packers up with a simple landing. As for the Dolphins protection, they struggled within the purple zone: The Packers made 4 journeys to that a part of the sphere and scored a landing on 4 possessions. The Dolphins had gone into Sunday’s recreation with the NFL’s ninth-best purple zone protection.  

Packers: B+

Crucial Aaron on the sphere for the Packers offense wasn’t Aaron Rodgers on this recreation, however operating again Aaron Jones. Jones steamrolled the Dolphins protection for 145 yards and two touchdowns on simply 15 carries. The Packers protection suffocated Brock Osweiler with six completely different gamers choosing up a sack. The protection additionally pressured two turnovers, together with a fumble restoration on Miami’s opening possession that got here after the Dolphins had pushed all the way down to Inexperienced Bay’s 14-yard line. The Packers have been unbeatable at Lambeau Area this 12 months. Together with the win over the Dolphins, the Packers are actually Four-Zero-1 on the season in dwelling video games. 

Los Angeles Rams 36-31 over Seahawks

Seahawks: B

With 108 yards on the bottom, Seahawks rookie Rashad Penny spearheaded a Seattle speeding assault that steamrolled the Rams for 273 yards, and surprisingly, Seattle misplaced. We are saying surprisingly as a result of the loss in L.A. marked the primary time in franchise historical past that the Seahawks misplaced a recreation the place they rushed for greater than 250 yards. Earlier than Sunday, they’d been 12-Zero when hitting that mark. The Seahawks solely made one large mistake on this recreation and that got here when Russell Wilson misplaced a fumble within the fourth quarter. The turnover led to a Rams landing that gave L.A. a 36-24 lead and principally iced the sport. 

Rams: B+

Aaron Donald continues to be an unblockable machine. The defensive lineman racked up 2.5 of his workforce’s 4 sacks because the Rams put fixed strain on Russell Wilson for the higher a part of 4 quarters. Donald wasn’t the one star who got here via for the Rams: Jared Goff (318 yards, two touchdowns), Todd Gurley (160 complete yards, one speeding landing) and Brandin Cooks (109 complete yards, one speeding landing) all had large video games on offense. 

Dallas 27-20 over Philadelphia

Cowboys: B+

It seems to be just like the Cowboys have found out the key to beating the Eagles: feed Ezekiel Elliott early and infrequently. Not solely did Elliott carry the ball 19 occasions for 151 yards and a landing, however he additionally added six catches for 36 yards and one other landing. Elliott has now racked up a minimum of 140 scrimmage yards in each recreation he is ever performed towards the Eagles, and the Cowboys are undefeated (Three-Zero) towards Philly when Elliott is on the sphere. The Cowboys additionally obtained an enormous recreation from rookie Leighton Vander Esch. Enjoying instead of the injured Sean Lee, Vander Esch led the workforce in tackles and saved the sport with a shoestring deal with of Corey Clement on a third-and-2 within the fourth quarter. Jason Garrett additionally confirmed off his daring facet by calling for a pretend punt on a Cowboys drive that ultimately led to a subject purpose. 

Eagles: B-

Zach Ertz had an enormous night time (14 catches, 145 yards, two touchdowns), but it surely wasn’t sufficient for an Eagles offense that obtained off to a sluggish begin with two punts and an interception on their first three drives. Within the first half alone, Philly totaled simply 132 yards of offense. The Eagles additionally gave up on their floor recreation (44 passes vs. 16 runs) they usually could not provide you with any large performs after they wanted them. On the defensive facet of issues, Philly had no reply for Ezekiel Elliott, who blew threw them for 151 yards on the bottom.  

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