Texans quarterback Taylor flies into the end zone.Image: keystone
Colts running back Jonathan Taylor with five touchdowns and Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor with a spectacular flight insert were the defining figures of the NFL weekend. Aaron Rodgers also shone, but his Packers suffered a bitter last-second bankruptcy.
22.11.2021, 14:1523.11.2021, 07:24
Before we get to the highlights, here are the results from Week 11:
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Touchdown Taylor did not stop
The Indianapolis Colts won the Buffalo Bills with a surprisingly clear 41:15. The end result was also a so-called scorigami, an end result that had never happened before in the NFL. This means that 1070 different final results have been seen in the NFL to date.
Jonathan Taylor was clearly the man of the game for the Colts. The running back posed insoluble problems for the defense of the Bills that evening and ended up with 214 scrimmage yards and five (!) Touchdowns.
Quarterback Carson Wentz also delivered a flawless game and threw for 106 yards and a touchdown. After a nice pass to the towering Taylor, he gave the Colts a 14-0 lead early on. A little later, the Colts playmaker simply dived under a tackle attempt by the defense under a lot of pressure and finally ran unhindered to a first down.
The Bills, on the other hand, made an unusually large number of mistakes. Quarterback Josh Allen put his team on the losing track with two interceptions early on. A punt-return fumble from Isaiah McKenzie already sealed the used evening for the Bills towards the end of the first half, who are slowly but surely shaking with their 6-4 record in the playoff fight.
McKenzie slips at the stupidest moment.Video: streamja
Steelers verpassen Mega-Comeback
The game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers was actually over after three quarters. The Chargers were leading by 27:10, but suddenly had to tremble again for victory in the end.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger brought the Steelers back into play on his comeback after surviving corona infection thanks to three touchdown passes and after a field goal by Chris Boswell 3:24 minutes before the end, it was even 37:34 for the Steelers.
Justin Herbert cannot stop even a punch in the stomach.Video: streamja
But the Chargers came back one more time. Wide receiver Mike Williams caught a 53-yard pass from quarterback Justin Herbert, shattering the hopes of the Steelers, who could not fight back. In addition to Herbert with his 382 passes and 90 rushing yards, running back Austin Ekeler, who ran to four touchdowns, stood out among the Chargers.
The decisive touchdown of the Chargers.Video: streamja
Jenkins vs. Jennings
In the duel between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers, there was a tangible argument in the second quarter. “Niners” receiver Jauan Jennings and Rayshawn Jenkins, “Jags” -afety, clashed after a run by Deebo Samuel away from the cameras and were soon engaged in a wild exchange. Jenkins first tore the helmet off his counterpart and hit his fist in the face a little later.
After consulting the video images, the referees dismissed him for this offense. With his “Ejection” Jenkins did his team a disservice. At the time of the expulsion, the Jaguars were behind with 0:10 – in the end, the Jags conceded the next big bust with 10:30.
Jenkins hits Jennings in the face with his fist.Video: streamja
Newton puts the next exclamation mark
After making his first moves last week after his return to the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton was also able to convince his old and new employer at the first home game. The self-proclaimed “Superman” was allowed to run as a starting quarterback for the first time and immediately delivered impressive numbers.
Newton literally flies onto the field. Video: streamja
Although the Panthers went off the field as a loser 21:27 against the Washington Football Team, Newton’s personal record was quite impressive with 189 passing and 46 rushing yards and three touchdown passes.
That raised hopes for the future. It was also evident that Newton got on very well with running back Christian McCaffrey. The superstar ended up with 59 receiving and 60 rushing yards and a touchdown.
McCaffrey somehow manages not to go down on his knee.Video: streamable
Quarter back and running back in one
Jalen Hurts led the Philadelphia Eagles to a spectacular 40:29 win over the New Orleans Saints. The 23-year-old second round pick from last year’s draft did not throw a single touchdown, but instead ran three times into the end zone. 147 passing yards were compared to 69 rushing yards in the end.
What was particularly impressive was the ease with which Jalen Hurts marched into the end zone. Thanks to his lightning-fast body illusions, he made the Saints Defense look pretty old. The Eagles still have a negative balance with 5: 6, but the last appearances with three wins from the last four games gave hope that it could still work with the playoff participation.
Jalen Hurts’ ankle breaker against the Saints.Video: streamable
Rodgers and Co. lose dramatically
In the “Battle for the North” between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, Aaron Rodgers and his Packers had to admit defeat. At 31:34, Vikings kicker Greg Joseph made the decision with his field goal from 29 yards two seconds before the end.
The outstanding man on the side of the Vikings was Justin Jefferson with eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. The two quarterbacks were also in top form: Kirk Cousins of the Vikings threw three touchdown passes and for a total of 341 yards. Rodgers did a little better, although he suffered from a toe injury, but ended up with four touchdowns and 385 passing yards.
The Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 24:17, making it their third win in a row. For a long time the duel was on the knife’s edge. At the beginning of the final quarter, “Fins” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found his 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 shortly before the end.
The audience saw the highlight in the third quarter. Tagovailoa, who actually made a mixed day with an interception and a fumble, found deep out of his own half with a spectacular 62-yard pass by Mack Hollins, who finally carried the ball relatively unrestricted into the end zone.
Air Tyrod hebt ab
After eight defeats in a row, the Houston Texans returned to victory against the previously sovereign Tennessee Titans, who in turn had to do without their star running back Derrick Henry. At 10:13 pm, quarterback Tyrod Taylor made the difference: Because there wasn’t too much to do in the air, the 32-year-old took his legs in hand and ran for two touchdowns. The first one was particularly spectacular when Taylor first searched for a long time for a pass and finally flew into the end zone himself with a courageous jump.
Defense battle instead of offensive fireworks
Anyone who had hoped for offensive fireworks during the duel between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys was badly disappointed. The duel between two of the best offensives in the league degenerated into a defense battle with the better end for the Chiefs. At 19: 9, tight end Travis Kelce provided the first touchdown of the game early on, but then the engine soon began to stall.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes only got 216 passing yards after his monster performance the previous week and allowed himself a fumble and an interception, but was still there in the important moments. Above all, his short pitch to the side on Clyde Edwards-Helaire before the touchdown to 16: 3 was impressive.
Man of the game for the Chiefs was defensive end Chris Jones, who set a big exclamation point with 3.5 sacks and symbolizes the constantly improving Chiefs Defense. In addition, L’Jarius Sneed, who managed the decisive interception shortly before the end of the game, also convinced.
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