NFL Week 10 overreactions and reality checks: Can Kirk Cousins reach the Super Bowl? Is Josh Allen regressing?

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Week 10 of the NFL gave us the game of the year between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills. The mid-November matchup in Buffalo had it all with awkward moves, insane gaffes and incredibly wide receiver play from Justin Jefferson and Stefon Diggs. Two of the NFL’s top teams delivered a wild game that will be discussed throughout the week.

The Sunday slate saw some interesting developments as the second half of the season gets underway – a perfect time for overreactions and reality checks from the Sunday afternoon slate of games.

Overreaction or Reality: Overreaction

The Vikings are a Super Bowl contender and one of the top teams in the league, but the question is whether Cousins ​​can get them to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl LVII. Cousins ​​finished 30 of 50 for 357 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the crucial win over the Bills, but failed to win the game on his own merit.

Cousins ​​was saved from a failed quarterback sniper he failed to enter, thanks to a fumble by Bills on their own 1-yard line on the next game. The fumble led to a touchdown and gave Minnesota the lead. After the Vikings got the ball first in overtime, Cousins ​​had a chance to win the game with a first-and-goal at the Bills’ 2-yard line with a touchdown. Instead, he was fired for a 10-yard loss and threw an incomplete pass — leading to a field goal and giving Buffalo a chance to win the game.

The Vikings won because of Bills mistakes, not because of Cousins ​​and his game. They’re a Super Bowl contender, but Cousins ​​needs to play better to give them that first title the franchise is looking for.

Josh Allen has relapsed this season

Overreaction or Reality: Overreaction

Allen is not currently in his best part of football. In his last three games, Allen has had seven giveaways with six interceptions – three in the red zone. In his first six games, Allen had just four interceptions and six giveaways.

Allen has completed 58.8% of his passes for 753 yards with three touchdowns to six interceptions in his last three games (67.2 rating). The Bills are 1-2 in those starts, relying on Allen’s play to get them out of trouble.

Allen leads the league with 10 interceptions and has 13 giveaways. Allen is not his typical MVP self. While this is a bad piece of football, Bills’ quarterback hasn’t backed down. It’s too short to make that statement.

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

There has not been one pass catcher on the Packers, this was able to accomplish what Watson did on Sunday, make a difference on offense. Watson was able to be that difference maker for the Packers, catching four passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay’s overtime win over Dallas.

Watson caught both touchdown passes in the Packers’ fourth quarter 14-point comeback against Dallas. He always has as many touchdowns as Romeo Doubs and as many 100 yard receiving games as Allan Lazard.

Watson can make Green Bay’s attack click, which may be enough to get the Packers to the playoffs.

The Cowboys are out of the NFC East race

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

Dallas lost a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against Green Bay in Sunday’s loss, the biggest fourth-quarter collapse in franchise history. The collapse also significantly dented Dallas’ hopes of winning the NFC East.

The Cowboys are 2.5 games behind the Eagles with eight games left (the Eagles play Monday night). If Philadelphia wins, the Eagles will have a three game lead over the Cowboys with eight games to go – and the head-to-head tiebreaker in hand.

The Cowboys have the Vikings and the Giants on Thanksgiving next Sunday. Good luck catching Philadelphia.

Josh McDaniels should be fired this week

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

The Raiders’ last three weeks have gone like this: knocked out by Saints, 17-point lead over Jaguars, lost to a head coach in his first match coach with no professional or college experience. This is a 2-7 Raiders team that has given up more than 20 points in every game this season, has a quarterback upset about the team’s performance, and has no sense of direction on either side of the ball.

This is a bad football team that doesn’t get any better. Remember, the Raiders made it to the playoffs last season, adding Chandler Jones and Davante Adams to their roster. McDaniels needs to be let go – he’s not an NFL head coach.

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

We can say this now, right? Tagovailoa completed 78.1% of his passes for 285 yards with three touchdowns to zero interceptions in Sunday’s win over the Browns, the third straight game he has thrown for three touchdowns to zero interceptions. He is the only quarterback in Dolphins history to have accomplished that feat (three straight games with three touchdowns and zero interceptions) — even Marino didn’t.

In the seven games Tagovailoa has started and finished, the Dolphins are 7-0. Tagovailoa completed 71.8% of his passes and threw for 2,155 yards with 18 touchdowns to two interceptions in those games (122.4 rating). He’s the best Dolphins head quarterback since Marino retired — bar none.

The Giants are going to make the playoffs

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

At this rate, the wins don’t have to be pretty. The Giants have earned their 6-2 start and just need to keep getting victories as they gear up for a playoff spot. To win 10 games, the Giants only need to play 3-5 the rest of the way.

After Sunday’s win over the Texans, the playoffs look like a real possibility based on the current standings of the NFC. The Giants are three games ahead of the Commanders and 3.5 games ahead of the Falcons for the final playoff spot in the conference.

As the weeks go by and the wins mount, the playoffs become more of a reality in New York. Having the Lions and Colts on the schedule certainly helps.

Overreaction or Reality: Overreaction

First of all, it’s hard not to vote for Mahomes as MVP for 10 weeks. The Chiefs quarterback went 26 of 35 for 331 yards with four touchdowns to one interception (129.6 rating) in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. For the season, Mahomes has completed 66.9% of his passes for 2,936 yards with 25 touchdowns to seven interceptions and a 106.1 passer rating as the Chiefs are 7-2 on the year.

Mahomes is on pace for 5,546 yards and 47 touchdowns — definitely MVP numbers. Why isn’t he an MVP? Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa have impressive cases of their own as the Eagles are the only undefeated in the league and the Dolphins are 7-0 in games Tagovailoa starts and finishes. Both put insane numbers in the process.

Mahomes is the leader in the clubhouse, but he is not a clear frontrunner.

The Buccaneers are Super Bowl contenders in the NFC

Overreaction or Reality: Overreaction

Tampa Bay has a lot more to prove after returning to .500 with a win over NFC West leading Seattle in Germany. The Buccaneers have won two straight games and have a renewed commitment to the run game thanks to the rise of Rachaad White.

Are the Buccaneers better than the Eagles, Vikings and Cowboys now? That has yet to be determined, but a team with Tom Brady as quarterback cannot be ruled out. The Buccaneers have taken control of a bad NFC South, so a playoff berth seems inevitable.

How far can Tampa Bay go in January? They’re getting the chance to up their odds in the last seven games, but we can’t call them Super Bowl contenders just yet.

Justin Fields set to break QB’s rushing yards record

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

What Fields has accomplished in the past two games is unlike anything we’ve seen in NFL history. After chasing 147 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Lions, Fields has 325 rushing yards in his last two games — the most for a quarterback in a two-game period in NFL history.

Fields has 602 rushing yards in their last six games, the most ever by a quarterback in a six-game period. He has 749 rushing yards per year and is on track for 1,273 on the season — the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Lamar Jackson holds the record with 1,206. Fields seems poised to rewrite the history books.

Alex Highsmith will make the Pro Bowl this year

Overreaction or Reality: Reality

The Steelers defense has been missing TJ Watt badly for the past two months, but still spotted a player in Highsmith. Highsmith finished with three presses and two sacks in Sunday’s win over the Saints, has 29 presses and is tied for third in the NFL with 8.5 sacks. He only has 10 quarterback hits and 20 rushes, but those numbers should rise with Watt back in the fold.

If the pocket numbers remain in the league’s top 10, Highsmith will be in the Pro Bowl. He has an impact on the Steelers defense, which will be significantly better with Watt back.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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