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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 11


1. From Bad To Worse For The Ravens


 The Ravens have had a disappointing season so far, partly due to losing Suggs and Smith. Even though they won on Sunday, Ravens fans got even more bad news on the injury front. Running back Justin Forsett broke both bones in his forearm, and quarterback Joe Flacco tore his ACL and MCL. Both of them are clearly out for the remainder of the season. It’s hard not to feel bad for Raven’s fans.


2. Lacy Shows Up To Work

After play so badly that he lost his starting job, Lacy traveled to Minnesota and ran for 100 yards against them. Minnesota has not given up a 100 yard rusher since week four, and they have only given up three now this season. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Lacy and the Packers’ offense.


3. Osweiler Could Be The Future

In his first start, Brock Osweiler completed 20/27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He played well against the mediocre Bears defense, and shown that he may have a place as an NFL starter. I’m happy for him, but I can’t lie, I got a little depressed when I heard him shout “Omaha”!


4. Welcome Back Tony Romo

The Cowboys losing streak is over as Tony Romo returned to lead them to victory over the Dolphins. He did look a bit rusty, but anything is better than what they have been playing with. The Cowboys are now tied for the worst record in the NFC at 3-7, but still have a legitimate shot to win the NFC East being only two games behind the Giants.


5. Backups Take Advantage Of Opportunities


 Marshawn Lynch was inactive while Justin Forsett and Charcanrick West exited their games with injuries. How’d their backups do? Thomas Rawls ran for 209 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks. Buck Allen gained 115 total yards for the Ravens, and Spencer Ware ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs. Both Rawls and Allen may have the starting jobs for the rest of the season, but West is currently only day-to-day with his hamstring injury.


6. Newton MVP?

Cam Newton has led his team to their undefeated record and currently ranks second in MVP voting if it ended today. What he has done is nothing short of miraculous, but is his season over-hyped? He has not been efficient with the ball at all. In fact, his 56.9% completion rate is his lowest of his career. He has been inaccurate constantly this season, but his receivers have not helped him either by dropping 17 passes so far.


7. Famous Jameis Earning His Name

 Jameis Winston passed for five touchdowns with no interceptions against the Eagles this week. Famous Jameis indeed! He did this while having Doug Martin run for 235 yards on them. This offense could be extremely dangerous once healthy.


8. Mixed Up Officials?

 During his forum in Minnesota, Rodger Goodell stated that the NFL is considering “mixing up officiating crews.” Well Rodger, if that’s the NFL’s goal, then mission accomplished!


9. Donté Stallworth Roasting Redskins

 Tweet of the day goes to Stallworth during the Redskins vs Panthers game:


10. Streaks Come To An End

All good streaks must come to an end. On Monday Night Football, two streaks unfortunately did just that. Rookie Karlos Williams, who has scored in every game he has played in this season, failed to score against the Patriots. The other ended streak was a bit more surprising. Stephen Gostkowski, who has not missed a field goal since November 30, 2014, missed a 54-yard attempt on Monday. He had made his previous 32 attempts. He does still have another impressive streak still going; 446 made extra points in a row. He has not missed an extra point since his rookie year in 2006.

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