Overreactions and NFL Week 10 reality checks: Can Kirk Cousins ​​reach the Super Bowl?  Is Josh Allen regressing?

Overreactions and NFL Week 10 reality checks: Can Kirk Cousins ​​reach the Super Bowl? Is Josh Allen regressing?

Week 10 of the NFL brought us the game of the year between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills. The mid-November game at Buffalo had it all with awkward plays, insane gaffes and incredible wide receiver play from Justin Jefferson and Stefon Diggs. Two of the NFL’s top teams engaged in a frenzied game that will be discussed throughout the week.

The Sunday slate has seen some interesting developments as the second half of the season gets underway – a perfect time for the overreactions and reality checks of the Sunday afternoon slate.

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

The Vikings are a Super Bowl contender and one of the best teams in the league, but it’s fair to wonder if Cousins ​​can get them to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl LVII. Cousins ​​went 30 of 50 for 357 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the crucial win over the Bills, but failed to win the game on his own merits.

Cousins ​​was bailed out after a miss from the fourth quarterback and a goal where he didn’t go, courtesy of a Bills fumble on their own 1-yard line on the next play. The fumble led to a touchdown and gave Minnesota the lead. After the Vikings got the ball first in overtime, Cousins ​​had an opportunity to win the game with a first and a goal at the Bills 2-yard line with a touchdown. Instead, he was sacked for a 10-yard loss and threw an incomplete pass – leading to a field goal and giving Buffalo a game-winning opportunity.

The Vikings won because of Bills’ mistakes, not because of Cousins ​​and his game. They’re in Super Bowl contention, but Cousins ​​needs to play better to get the first title the franchise is looking for.

Josh Allen has regressed this season

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Allen is not in his best football streak right now. In his last three games, Allen has had seven giveaways with six interceptions, including three in the red zone. In his first six games, Allen had just four interceptions and six giveaways.

Allen has completed 58.8% of his passes for 753 yards with three touchdowns for six interceptions in his last three games (67.2 rating). The Bills are 1-2 in those starts, counting on Allen’s play to get them out of trouble.

Leading the league with 10 steals and 13 giveaways, Allen isn’t its typical MVP. Although it’s a bad game of football, the Bills quarterback hasn’t regressed. It’s too short to make this statement.

Overreaction or reality: Reality

There hasn’t been a single pass catcher on the Packers who has been able to accomplish what Watson did on Sunday, make a difference on offense. Watson was able to make the difference for the Packers, catching four passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay’s overtime win over Dallas.

Watson caught both touchdown passes in the Packers’ fourth-quarter 14-point comeback against Dallas. He still has as many touchdowns as Roméo Doubs and as many 100-yard games as Allan Lazard.

Watson can land the Green Bay offense, which may be enough to get the Packers to the playoffs.

The Cowboys are excluded from the NFC East race

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Dallas blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead against Green Bay in Sunday’s loss, the biggest fourth-quarter slump in franchise history. The collapse also significantly damaged any hope Dallas had of winning the NFC East.

The Cowboys are 2.5 games behind the Eagles with eight games left (the Eagles play Monday night). If Philadelphia wins, the Eagles will have a three-game lead over the Cowboys with eight games left – and the head-to-head tiebreaker in hand.

The Cowboys have the Vikings next Sunday and the Giants on Thanksgiving. Good luck catching Philadelphia.

Josh McDaniels should be fired this week

Overreaction or reality: Reality

The Raiders’ last three weeks went like this: Shut out by Saints, blew a 17-point lead at the Jaguars, lost to a head coach in his first practice game with no professional or college experience. This is a 2-7 Raiders team that has given up more than 20 points in every game this season, has a quarterback upset with the team’s performance, and has no sense of direction. each side of the ball.

It’s a bad football team that doesn’t improve. Remember, the Raiders made the playoffs last season and added Chandler Jones and Davante Adams to their roster. McDaniels needs to be let go – he’s not an NFL head coach.

Overreaction or reality: Reality

We can say that now, right? Tagovailoa completed 78.1% of his passes for 285 yards with three zero-interception touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Browns, the third straight game he threw for three zero-interception touchdowns. He’s the only quarterback in Dolphins history to accomplish that feat (three straight games with three touchdowns and no interceptions) — even Marino hasn’t done that.

In the seven games Tagovailoa has started and finished, the Dolphins are 7-0. Tagovailoa completed 71.8 percent of his passes and threw for 2,155 yards with 18 touchdowns to two interceptions in those games (122.4 rating). He’s the Dolphins’ best quarterback since Marino retired — bar none.

The Giants will make the playoffs

Overreaction or reality: Reality

At this rate, wins don’t have to be pretty. The Giants earned their 6-2 start and just need to keep picking up wins as they prepare for a playoff berth. To win 10 games, the Giants only have to go 3-5 the rest of the way.

After Sunday’s victory over the Texans, the playoffs seem like a real possibility based on the current state of the NFC. The Giants are three games ahead of the Commanders and 3.5 games ahead of the Falcons for the final conference playoff spot.

As the weeks go by and the wins pile up, the playoffs are becoming more of a reality in New York. Having the Lions and Colts on the schedule certainly helps.

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

First things first: It’s hard not to vote for Mahomes as MVP for 10 weeks. The Chiefs quarterback went 26 of 35 for 331 yards with four touchdowns for one interception (129.6 rating) in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. For the season, Mahomes completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,936 yards with 25 touchdowns on seven interceptions and a 106.1 passer rating as the Chiefs are 7-2 this year.

Mahomes is on pace for 5,546 yards and 47 touchdowns — definitely MVP numbers. Why isn’t he MVP? Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa have impressive cases themselves, as the Eagles are the only undefeated in the league and the Dolphins are 7-0 in Tagovailoa’s early and late games. Both post insane numbers in the process.

Mahomes is the clubhouse leader, but he’s not a clear favorite.

The Buccaneers are Super Bowl contenders in the NFC

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Tampa Bay still has a lot to prove after returning to .500 with a win over NFC West leaders Seattle in Germany. The Buccaneers have won back-to-back games and have a new commitment to the running game thanks to the emergence of Rachaad White.

Are the Buccaneers better than the Eagles, Vikings and Cowboys right now? That’s yet to be determined, but any team with Tom Brady at quarterback can’t be ruled out. The Buccaneers have taken over a bad NFC South, so a playoff spot seems inevitable.

How far can Tampa Bay go in January? They’ll have the opportunity to increase their chances in the final seven games, but we can’t call them Super Bowl contenders just yet.

Justin Fields set to break QB rushing yards record

Overreaction or reality: Reality

What Fields has accomplished in the last two games is unlike anything we’ve seen in NFL history. After rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Lions, Fields has rushed for 325 yards over the past two games — the most by a quarterback in two games in NFL history. .

Fields has rushed for 602 yards over the past six games, the most by a quarterback in six games. He has 749 rushing yards on the year and is on pace for 1,273 on the season — the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Lamar Jackson holds the record with 1,206. Fields looks set to rewrite the history books.

Alex Highsmith will make the Pro Bowl this year

Overreaction or reality: Reality

The Steelers defense has missed TJ Watt badly over the past two months, but discovered a player in Highsmith. Finishing with three squeezes and two sacks in Sunday’s win over the Saints, Highsmith has 29 squeezes and is tied for third in the NFL with 8.5 sacks. He’s only got 10 hits for quarterback and 20 hits, but those numbers should go up with Watt back in the fold.

If the sack count stays in the league’s top 10, Highsmith will be in the Pro Bowl. He’s impacting the Steelers defense, which will be significantly better with Watt back.

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