Week 11 in the NFL was a fun-filled, joyous event as we approach the best football week of the season: Thanksgiving Week! We wish you and yours a wonderful, grateful holiday. Wow, what a difference a week makes. I have turned over a new leaf after a brutally bitter Week 10 Wrap-up article and accepted the fact we are in Week 11. Speaking of turnovers, that was the theme of the week: turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers! Didn’t quite expect this with all the marquee NFL match-ups entering the week: Tennessee Titans | Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday Night Football), Los Angeles Rams | Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins | New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots | Oakland Raiders and, of course, Dallas Cowboys | Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday Night Football). Let’s get to it…NFL Week 11 Wrap Up
Teams on Bye: PANTHERS, COLTS, JETS, 49ERS
NFL Week 11 Wrap Up
The Los Angeles Rams offense seemed like they didn’t skip a beat by scoring on their opening drive… it would be the only points this high-powered offense could muster vs. the 2017 version of the Purple People Eaters! We had a Lat Murray sighting (15-95-2) and Adam Thielen continued to dominate with six reception on nine targets for 123 yards and a gorgeous 65-yard touchdown. Minnesota Vikings win 24-7.
New York Giants came to play!!! This was the second biggest surprise of Sunday. The first? In probably the biggest upset of the year, these same Gmen defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 12-9 in windy East Rutherford! Quite frankly, the Chiefs looked like the 2-8 team and now sit at 6-4. This win may have saved Ben McAdoo‘s job… at least for one more week. John Mara and family are loyal to a fault and will reportedly wait till the off season to make any personnel decisions.
Best TD Celebration of the Week goes to Lamar Miller (22-61; 4-22-1) and the Houston Texans for a sporting relay race… pass the baton!
This @houstontexans TD was just beautiful…
— NFL (@NFL) November 19, 2017
“Who dat.. who dat.. who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?” For quite awhile, it appeared as though it was the team from Washington. And who deez Saints? I don’t recognize this run heavy version. Mark Ingram (11-134-1) is a MF’in beast; Alvin Kamara remained a PPR darling (see Notable Rookie Performance stats below)! New Orleans became the first team in modern pro-football history to win eight straight games after starting year 0-2, holding down the top spot in the NFC South. Washington falls to 4-6.
Chris “LaDainian” Thompson hit pay dirt… my DFS lineup thanks you! Jordan Howard had a day (15-125-1)… my fantasy team (The Hunt for Red Daktober) thanks you. JHow’s (as I like to call him, acknowledging the nickname is a tad “Jersey Shore”) performance was not enough to bolster the Chicago Bears’ comeback against the Detroit Lions. Speaking of the Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars’ D may be the best we’ve seen since 1985; they iced their game with a late defensive TD (5th on season) to win 20-7. The Cleveland Browns’ loss column hits double-digits!
Mike Wallace (4-56-1) had a sick one-handed TD catch… Fuck, I shoulda gambled with him over Jeremy Maclin (4-34-GOOSE EGG) in DFS! Welcome back, Danny Woodhead… you’ll probably return to the IR by Week 13! Joe Flacco was adequate enough for the 23-0 victory; this was the Baltimore Raven’s 3rd shutout of the season and 2nd in their last three games. GB was shutout at home for first time since 2006… back when Brett Fav-RA stood behind center!
The beginning of Week 11 really set the aforementioned theme for this wrap-up… turnovers! TNF saw Pittsburgh upend the Titans to the tune of 40-17, thanks to Marcus Mariota’s four picks. Mariachi did have 306 yards on 22/33 passing and a TD, but in the end, turnovers kill.
Larry Fitzgerald continues to make history this season. Fitz passed Tony Gonzalez for 5th all-time in receiving yards (15,157). That’s 8.6 MILES folks!
In the highest elevated game you will see in the NFL (Mexico City, 7,200′ above sea level), New England Patriots decimated the Oakland Raiders 33-8. Stephen Gostkowski made a 62-yard FG as easily as me nubbing a bunt single in kickball… yeah, I’m that douchebag!
Buffalo Bills rookie QB Nathan Peterman threw for five first-half interceptions… still sure about pulling the plug on Tyrod, Sean McDermott? I thought he was your “guy.” Taylor took on “mop-up” duties in the second half. Who will start next week? One thing is for sure: Guess who’s back… back again! Shady’s back… tell a friend! LeSean McCoy ran 13 times for 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground, as well as adding a 12-yard TD reception in the 30-point losing effort to the Chargers.
After losing 20-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals for their sixth straight loss, the Denver Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Yeah, because that’s the problem!?!
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
DALLAS COWBOYS vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Our NFL Week 11 Wrap-up would not be complete without Sunday Night Football’s dissection, especially for a game of this magnitude and local relevance! Both teams had high stakes in this game. For the Philadelphia Eagles, a SNF win would result in a firm chair atop the NFL hierarchy and pure domination of the NFC East. And for Dallas, the game offered an opportunity to crawl back in the divisional race, while remaining in the hunt for a Wild Card spot.
Before the game even begun, shots were fired when Darren McFadden was announced as a healthy scratch. What is this, fucking hockey? And what does this mean for Run DMC and the Cowboys’ plans during their “Zeke famine?” Hindsight being 20/20, I guess they believe in Alien Life Forms… aka Alfred Morris (17-91). Morris helped keep the Cowboys in the game, standing toe-to-toe with the mighty Eagles and carrying a slim 9-7 lead at halftime in a surprisingly low scoring, time of possession laiden first half. The Cowboys defense may have had several Birds’ fans a tad bit nervous!
To make another fictional character analogy, the Eagles were merely toying with “Morris the Cat” and Dak Prescott (18/31-145-0; 3 INTs/1 FUM), as the Birds of Prey went on to score 30 unanswered points in an absolutely dominating 2nd half performance. Recently acquired Jay Ajayi (7-91; 84 yards in 2nd half, including a career long 71-yard run) spearheaded the second half power shift, while committee members LeGarrette Blount (13-57), Corey Clement (see Notable Rookie Performance stats below) and Kenjon Barner (1-4-1; 1-22) added to the melee. After a disappointing opening half (possibly due to Bye Week Ring Rust), Carson Wentz (14/27-168-2; 0 TOs) led the brigade and proved why Philly calls him the next coming of Christ. #CarsonChrist
WEEK 11 KEY INJURIES
Chris Thompson (fractured fibula): While pass blocking for quarterback Kirk Cousins in the third quarter, Thompson’s right leg was rolled up on, requiring an air cast and a cart to remove him from the field.
Prognosis: Surgery is on the horizon for the coming days, but it has not been announced whether Thompson will miss the rest of the season. One would have to think so. Sad, as the do-it-all back was in the midst of a fantastic season.
Fantasy Impact: Owners are faced with a daunting task to replace the PPR fantasy production of Thompson at RB (averaged 51 YPG on 3.8 receptions/game; nearly seven targets over his last four games). See Notable Rookie Performances for the logical replacement.
Other Injury News
Jay Cutler (Concussion)
D’Onta Foreman (Ruptured Achilles) – Unfortunately injured on his 2nd TD; will undergo an MRI today to confirm initial diagnosis.
Kelvin Benjamin (Knee)
Travis Benjamin (Ab Strain)
Sammie Coates (Knee/Ankle)
Josh Bellamy (Concussion)
Tyler Kroft (Right Hand)
Clay Matthews (Groin)
Anthony Hitchens (Knee)
Marshon Lattimore (Ankle)
Nickell Robey-Coleman (Thigh)
Kyle Fuller (Wrist)
Jake Elliott (Concussion)
For up-to-date NFL injury news on these players and more, click here.
NOTABLE ROOKIE PERFORMANCES
Samaje Perine (23-117-1) – It’s pronounced Sa-mah-jay Pee-Rine…for real! He may have found prime real estate in Washington’s backfield with Rob Kelley and Thompson now out long term. He had been struggling to find his way in the NFL, so swoop him up if available in your fantasy league!
Alvin Kamara (8-42; 6-75-1)
Leonard Fournette (28-111)
D’Onta Foreman (10-65-2; 3-15)
Tarik Cohen (9-44-1; 4-15)
Corey Clement (6-50-1; 2-pt con)
Austin Ekeler (6-40-1; 2-18)
Mitchell Trubisky (18/30-179-1; 6-53-1 FUM)
Adam Shaheen (4-41-1)
O.J. Howard (3-52-1)
Jamaal Williams (18-57; 4-38)
Kareem Hunt (18-73)
WEEKLY STAT LEADERS (HEADING INTO MONDAY NIGHT)