The Minnesota Vikings prevailed against the Green Bay Packers in an insane thriller at the last second. The Indianapolis Colts overran the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans disgraced themselves to the bone in Week 11. The Chiefs shock the cowboys.
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NFL Recaps Week 11 2021
Bye-Week: Broncos, Rams
The game of the week
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) – Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
Result: 19: 9 (9: 3, 7: 0, 3: 3, 0: 3) BOXSCORE
- The MVP race is officially completely open again! Tom Brady, Matt Stafford, almost all of the candidates played poorly over the past few weeks, others like Kyler Murray were injured. Now Dak Prescott joins with his second weak appearance in the recent past. The guests’ passing offense never really got rolling against the Chiefs, Prescott finished the game with only 216 passing yards (5 yards per pass attempt), two interceptions and no touchdown.
- The Cowboys had to do without Amari Cooper and Tyron Smith offensively, in the first half CeeDee Lamb hit his head on the grass and had to go out with a suspected concussion. It is quite possible that Dallas will have to do without the three in its Thanksgiving game against the Raiders.
- Meanwhile, the Chiefs aggressively revealed more weaknesses. Patrick Mahomes lost the ball once with a fumble, an interception was half on Mahomes’ cap and half on tight end Travis Kelce. Micah Parsons also dominated the pass rush and put Mahomes under pressure again and again. After all: The run game with returnees Clyde Edwards-Helaire worked better.
- The hosts’ defense has meanwhile found its way into the season. Over the past three weeks, the unit only allowed a total of 30 points against the Cowboys, Raiders and Packers (albeit with Jordan Love as quarterback). Against Dallas, Chris Jones dominated the defensive line. The defensive tackle came to 3.5 sacks and shortly before the end also forged a pass from Prescott into the hands of L’Jarius Sneed.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) – New Orleans Saints (5-5)
Result: 40:29 (14: 0, 13: 7, 6: 0, 7:22) BOXSCORE
The Eagles continue to climb in the NFC East and after their convincing victory in Denver the previous week, they added another exclamation mark.
The best man at the Eagles was clearly quarterback Jalen Hurts, who opened the game with two touchdown runs and even went one better in the fourth quarter.
Hurts is only the third quarterback in the past 20 seasons to have two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter of a game. Previously, only Russell Wilson succeeded in 2012 and Daunte Culpepper in 2002. The latter had also succeeded against the Sains.
Eagles cornerback Darius Slay carried an interception from Trevor Siemian over 51 yards for a touchdown before the break. That was his third defensive return touchdown of the season. He had previously carried two fumbles into the end zone.
New York Jets (2-8) – Miami Dolphins (4-7)
Result: 17:24 (7: 7, 0: 0, 7: 7, 3:10) BOXSCORE
The Dolphins won their third game in a row and won their division duel against the Jets.
The game was balanced for a long time after it was 14:14 at the end of the third quarter. At the beginning of the final quarter, Tua Tagovailoa found running back Myles Gaskin for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The preliminary decision was made by kicker Jason Sanders with a 24-yard field goal after the two-minute warning.
With the Jets, on the other hand, Joe Flacco made his first start of the season and played well. After an early interception from Tagovailoa, he equalized with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder. He did the same in the third quarter with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore. However, he also lost a fumble in the first half.
Both teams awarded a field goal attempt before the break, and jet kicker Matt Ammendola then failed a second time in the drive after the Gaskin touchdown.
Carolina Panthers (5-6) – Washington Football Team (4-6)
Result: 21:27 (7: 0, 7:14, 0: 7, 7: 6) BOXSCORE
Second win in a row for Washington after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous week!
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke played a major role in this success. Not only did he get a total of three touchdown passes, he also showed a penchant for drama. A few seconds before the break he found Terry McLaurin for a 12-yard TD to equalize and in the fourth quarter he scrambled before an important pass to the new first down at 4th Down in the opposing half. In the end he prepared the two field goals for Joey Slye in the final minutes.
On the other hand, Cam Newton started a game for the Panthers for the first time since 2019 and started brilliantly. He managed a 10-yard touchdown pass to DJ Moore on the first drive, and he ran to a 24-yard touchdown himself six minutes before the break. After he then struggled, he found Christian McCaffrey in the fourth quarter for a 27-yard touchdown pass to equalize 21:21. However, a sack against him sealed the defeat of his team in the shooting phase.
Buffalo Bills (6-4) – Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
Result: 15:41 (0:14, 7:10, 0:14, 8: 3) BOXSCORE
While the Colts took advantage of the Titans’ mistake at the same time and moved one step closer to the top in the AFC South, the Bills gave up their top spot in the AFC East to the Patriots.
The outstanding man on the field was once again running back Jonathan Taylor, who escalated completely and scored five touchdowns by the end of the third quarter. In addition to a 23-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, he added four rushing touchdowns. Taylor had a total of 204 scrimmage yards.
Taylor now has 13 rushing touchdowns this season, making him only the fourth player in franchise history to have double-digit seasons rushing touchdowns – he had 11 last year. The others were Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk and Joseph Addai .
The Bills, which only made a little cosmetic result in garbage time, made numerous mistakes in the game, including two interceptions from QB Josh Allen. The most glaring mistake, however, was certainly the fumble on Isaiah McKenzie’s kick-off return shortly before his own end zone without having been touched beforehand.