NFL Round-up, week 11: Titans stopped in their tracks as form goes out the window

Geno Smith went 23/30 for 320 yards, 2 TDs and no picks against the @Lions.

His passer rating was 132.6 – the highest of week 4 and the third highest score in a single game this season.

Find out how where the #Seahawks rank this week.

#SeahawksNation
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

A tough away fixture awaits #THFC this evening, who face a strong #Frankfurt team fresh from a victory over league leaders Union Berlin.

Their average positioning against Arsenal on Saturday (below) was incredibly deep. They’ll have to be braver tonight.

#SGETOT | #UCL

His defending has come under fire, but check this out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is by far the most active #LFC player when it comes to both attacking involvement and in the buildup.

A trade-off Jürgen Klopp is content to make. ⬇️

#LIVRAN | #UCL

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The #49ers closed out a dramatic week 4 in the #NFL with an impressive victory over the #Rams last night. Both are on the move in this week’s Power Rankings.

Find out who’s up and who’s down. ⤵️

#FTTB #RamsHouse
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

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✅ Yarmolenko to @alainfcae_en
✅ Allan to @AlWahdaFCC
✅ Denayer to @Shabab_AlAhliFC

A crazy summer of transfer moves means that this year’s @AGLeague_EN title race will be more exciting than ever. ⤵️

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The NFL never disappoints. Just when you think you’re beginning to get a feel for the form teams, something comes along to prove you wrong. This weekend was no different as the Tennessee Titans – arguably the form team across both conferences this season – suffered defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans – most definitely not one of the form teams this season. We also saw high scoring games in Los Angeles and Buffalo, and a face-off between two MVP contenders.

Titans stopped in their tracks as Texans end losing streak: Houston Texans 22 – 13 Tennessee Titans

First the first time since 1970, a team with the worst record defeated the team with the best record in the same conference, as the Texans bettered the Titans on Sunday in Nashville. It was a strong defensive performance that made the difference; Tennessee were made to wait until the third quarter before getting their first points on the board. Texans’ DE Jacob Martin recorded six pressures including one sack, with a pressure rate of 13.8% – earning him the title of Next Gen Stats’ underrated player of the week. Desmond King was also effective for Houston, making seven tackles and two out of four Texans’ interceptions – three of which came in the final quarter.

The Titans will be ruing some sloppy offensive play that made themselves their own worst enemy at times. Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill was restricted to just 35 completed passes, against 52 attempted. Optimistic assessments of Derrick Henry’s injury conclude that he might be available in January; Titans’ offense will have a lot of heavy lifting to do without him in the meantime.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 21: Desmond King II #25 of the Houston Texans celebrates with teammates after a defensive play against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
Colts get the better of Bills as they begin to find some form: Indianapolis Colts 41 – 15 Buffalo Bills

Another result that turned heads here as an inspired Jonathan Taylor performance drove Indianapolis to an emphatic victory over one of the form teams in the AFC. The Bills’ number one ranked defense could do nothing to stop the Colts, who led the game from start to finish. Before Sunday’s game, Buffalo had only allowed five TDs from running backs all season – then along came Jonathan Taylor, with comfortably one of the best individual performances of the season. Taylor recorded 185 yards rushing, and scored an incredible five TDs. He currently leads the NFL for yards rushed (1,122). Colts will be relying on him to help their push for the playoffs.

The Bills need to be careful not to throw away their early success; they currently sit second in the AFC East. The Colts appear to have found a winning formula at the right time. They have their work cut out but are absolutely in the fight for the playoffs.

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 21: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball in the game against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)
MVP contenders Prescott and Mahomes do battle in Kansas: Dallas Cowboys 9 – 19 Kansas City Chiefs

Heading into this game, it was thought that the offensive power of both the Cowboys and the Chiefs would be writing the headlines. To the surprise of many, it was the defense – specifically that of Kansas City – which won the day.

Kansas City DE Chris Jones was a standout performer, forcing seven pressures and 3.5 sacks. Jones’ performance was just one part of an overall defensive display that looks much-improved since the start of the season. The Cowboys entered the game as the only team in the top five for both passing and rushing and as the leading scorers in the league. But the Kansas City defense limited Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott to 216 yards passing and forced two interceptions. On the Chiefs’ side, fellow MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes didn’t fare much better: passing for 260 yards, recording one interception and one fumble.

The AFC West remains hotly-contested, but Kansas City will be able to take advantage of a nicely-placed bye week before returning to take on their divisional rivals. The Cowboys will be hoping that their offensive line can recover from a number of injuries, ready to bounce back against the Raiders on Thursday.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – NOVEMBER 21: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Thriller at the SoFi Stadium as Chargers edge out Steelers: Pittsburgh Steelers 37 – 41 Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert’s LA Chargers dug deep to hold off a late rally from the Pittsburgh Steelers here, who managed to recover a 17 point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. The Chargers have made a habit of late wins – five of their six victories have been fourth quarter comebacks – and were at serious risk of being on the receiving end of one here.

A 53 yard Justin Herbert TD pass for Mike Williams with just over two minutes on the clock was fatal for the Steelers. He threw for an impressive 382 yards and rushed for 90 – making him the fifth QB to have ever passed for over 300 and rushed for 90 in the history of the NFL. He also completed 31 out of 40 passes. Austin Ekeler put in a career-high 115 scrimmage yards, scoring four Chargers touchdowns in the process. All these things contributed to the Chargers’ incredible 533 yards of offense.

Ben Roethlisberger returned strongly from his Covid-19 absence, recording 273 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Steelers will be disappointed that they couldn’t hold out the lead that they had fought so resiliently for in the fourth quarter.

Inglewood, CA, Sunday, November 21, 2021 – Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) just misses a touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback James Pierre (42) is penalized for pass interference in the first half at SoFi Stadium. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Moment of the Week: The return of Cam Newton

Cam Newton is back. His first game as a starter back in Carolina was full of narrative, as the Panthers took on the Washington Football Team. Despite being on the losing side, Newton passed for two TDs and rushed for another against Ron Rivera – Newton’s head coach in his MVP and Super Bowl-winning season.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 21: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a 27-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey #22 (not pictured) in the fourth quarter against the Washington Football Team at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith went 23/30 for 320 yards, 2 TDs and no picks against the @Lions.

His passer rating was 132.6 – the highest of week 4 and the third highest score in a single game this season.

Find out how where the #Seahawks rank this week.

#SeahawksNation
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

A tough away fixture awaits #THFC this evening, who face a strong #Frankfurt team fresh from a victory over league leaders Union Berlin.

Their average positioning against Arsenal on Saturday (below) was incredibly deep. They’ll have to be braver tonight.

#SGETOT | #UCL

His defending has come under fire, but check this out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is by far the most active #LFC player when it comes to both attacking involvement and in the buildup.

A trade-off Jürgen Klopp is content to make. ⬇️

#LIVRAN | #UCL

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🆕 NFL Power Rankings: 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙

The #49ers closed out a dramatic week 4 in the #NFL with an impressive victory over the #Rams last night. Both are on the move in this week’s Power Rankings.

Find out who’s up and who’s down. ⤵️

#FTTB #RamsHouse
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

✅ Pjanić & Manolas to @SharjahFC
✅ Yarmolenko to @alainfcae_en
✅ Allan to @AlWahdaFCC
✅ Denayer to @Shabab_AlAhliFC

A crazy summer of transfer moves means that this year’s @AGLeague_EN title race will be more exciting than ever. ⤵️

#ADNOCProLeague
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/uae-pro-league-massive-signings-add-excitement-to-new-season/

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