NFL Week 10 Observations

The good, bad and ugly from the NFL Week 10

James Conner (left) and Big Ben have the Steelers rolling. Karl Roser/Steelers.com

Sometimes I watch football and wonder: “What the hell is going on out here?” (in Vince Lombardi voice). Seems like every week, something crazy happens. Good or bad, the NFL never fails us. Let’s dive into what I observed this week:

The Good

-The Steelers did two things with Thursday with their 52-14 dismantling of the Panthers: they proved themselves to be a legit AFC contender ad poked a small hole in the Panthers’ balloon. James Conner is making them not miss Le’Veon Bell. Big Ben has turned back the clock, and Antonio Brown is being Antonio Brown. Oh, and the defense not bad either

-The Titans upset the Patriots 34-10! How Sway?!? Holding Tom Brady to 21 of 41 passing and no touchdowns, while also only giving up 40 yards rushing is how. Conversely, Marcus Mariota had a great day, and they added 150 yards rushing.

-The Chargers are the team no one wants to see. Two of the main reasons are quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Melvin Gordon. Rivers is turning back the clock while Gordon is having his breakout year. In their 20-9 win over the lowly Raiders, Rivers completed 69% of his passes while Gordon tallied 165 total yards and a touchdown.

The Bad

-The Falcons started the season 1-4, went on a three game win streak to draw them back to .500, and promptly lost to the Browns 28-16. Injuries have played a large part in their struggles this season, but so has Julio Jones not getting his first touchdown catch until last week. The struggle bus continues rolling in Atlanta since their Super Bowl collapse.

-After another loss Sunday (31-12 to the Packers), Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler said “I’ve got to play better.” It sounded very familiar. Sounds like a guy who’s had a ton of practice saying that same line after a poor performance. Wonder where we’ve heard that before?

-Monday Night Football featured another abysmal matchup of the moveable force against the resistible object. The Giants played the 49ers and won their second game of the season 27-23. NFL schedule makers need to do better. Flexing games to the Sunday night spot has worked, but Monday’s now suffer due to poor foresight.

The Ugly

-The Jags are now 3-6 and on a five-game losing streak. The Colts handed them a 29-26 loss Sunday and it wasn’t Blake Bortles’ fault. It ended for them on a fumble after a catch that put them in field goal range by Rashad Greene. They’ve gone from the AFC title game and considered a Super Bowl contender this year, to potential top 10 draft selection.

-The Bears beat the Lions 34-22 despite kicker Cody Parkey missing both field goal attempts and 2 of 4 extra points. Eight points in a 12 pint win doesn’t seem like much. But if you’re leading your division and have a defense that is one of the league’s best, that could mean a playoff loss if it happens in early January.

-The Bucs lost to the Skins 16-3 to drop their record to 3-6 on the season. The ugly comes from them amassing 501 yards of offense in doing so! The four turnovers they committed aided in this dreadful mockery. Start looking at quarterbacks in the draft Bucs fans.

Things are starting to settle. We now have several legit contenders in each conference. Saints and Rams are the class of the NFC, with the Bears, Skins and Panthers vying to make a case. The Chiefs, Steelers, and Patriots seem to be top dogs in the AFC, while the Chargers and Texans make cases of their own. The stretch run will be a rollercoaster ride to the end.

 

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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