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NFL Split 10 – Week 11

A Clock Dodgers Weekly Feature Article

NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 11 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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Is your heart still pounding from Sunday’s excitement? I think the players and teams finally got the memo about the ratings drop in the NFL. It’s one thing to have close games, but Week 10 had thoroughly entertaining games that all seemed to come down to the final few possessions of the game. Even better is besides the Thursday night game, some of the best action came in primetime! We can all agree the Seahawks and Patriots game had such a postseason feeling to it. Two teams that just don’t like each other looking to make each other play on every play. No Seattle fans, this does not redeem the befuddling pass decision that cost your team back-to-back Superbowls. Anyway, let’s see how last week went:

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Top 5
  1. New England Patriots
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Oakland Raiders
  5. Denver Broncos
Bottom 5
  1. Chicago Bears
  2. New York Jets
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Cleveland Browns
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Between you and I, the Bottom 5 was as close to perfect as it’s going to get. All teams in the bottom tier lost. I know exactly what you’re thinking, I put the Jets too high. Well, that’s why this is a weekly column! Like Bill Belichick we’re on to Week 11!
 
Top 5
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  1. Dallas Cowboys 8-1
    Seems like kind of a knee-jerk reaction doesn’t it? Or not! Dallas has been the model of consistency this season. Since losing to their division rival in week one on an absent-minded play from Terrence Williams, the Boys have not dropped a game. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot continue to take advantage of the best offensive line in the league. What is lost in all of the credit given to the o-line, is the things Elliot does behind the line of scrimmage to get the most out of every carry. Watching closely, Elliot is showing some veteran savvy that makes it hard for defenders to even get close to tackling him late in games. Watching Dallas has been a pleasure all year, and it’s not a stretch to think that we will be watching them come January.
  2. New England Patriots 7-2
    The stubbornness in me told me to keep the Patriots in the top spot. However, there were a couple raised eyebrow moments in Sunday night’s game. The Patriots were at home hosting a somewhat beaten and battered Seahawks team. Even so, the Patriots found themselves in debt to Pete Carroll for deciding to double down with a two-point conversion when a PAT would have sufficed. New England still fell short on an eerily familiar situation. The Patriots slide to the second spot with understanding that they have the best coach in the league and possibly the best quarterback. More than likely they will not see too many struggles like Sunday.
  3. Seattle Seahawks 6-2-1
    An impressive road win against one of the best home teams in the league catapults the Seahawks up the ranks. Even more impressive was the offensive performance of Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin. Who countered the Patriot’s running back LeGarrette Blount’s three touchdown performance with one of their own. Seattle was able to punish the New England pass catchers and ultimately make a big play when it counted. They have earned their way back into the Top 5.
  4. Oakland Raiders 7-2
    With the Raiders out of the public eye on a bye, they seem to have gone under the radar after a big win. They have a chance to follow up with a real show against the Texans on Monday night. Granted, it’s not at home, this should still not be a problem for one of the best offenses in the league. Expect a big win in Mexico for the Oakland Raiders.
  5. Denver Broncos 7-3
    The Broncos bounce back from a hard loss with a late game thriller in New Orleans. I think we all have now seen the viral clip of Safety Justin Simmons leaping over the center to block the PAT and teammate Will Parks running it back for the extra two points. Denver gets to ride the win into the bye week and address their line on both sides of the ball. The biggest benefit of the bye is the chance to get key pieces of their defense back in Aqib Talib and Derek Wolfe.

 

Outside looking in:

 
Atlanta Falcons – The Eagles jumped out first and the Falcons just couldn’t find a way to get ahead. They will need to come out swinging after their bye to get back in the Top 5.
 
Kansas City Chiefs – Sometimes you have to win ugly. After looking pedestrian for most of the game, the Chiefs staged a 17-point 4th quarter comeback to win on the road.
  
New York Giants – Things seem to be coming together for the Giants. However, the offensive line and run game leave much to be desired. They could be a scary team if either of the two start playing at least competently for the rest of the season.
  
Bottom 5
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  1. Chicago Bears 2-7
    I think I was pretty clear about by skepticism last week regarding the Bear’s win against Minnesota. That seemed to pay off as quarterback looked as terrible this week as he did at the beginning of the season after posting a one-touchdown and two-interception day. The Bears proved that they belong in the Bottom 5 this week.
  2. San Francisco 49ers 1-8
    Well, at least this week’s loss was only by one possession. San Francisco’s issues are many, and their strengths are few. Their rise in rank is only due to other teams looking worse in their losses. There are not many bright spots for this franchise to look forward to.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-7
    At home against a less than impressive Texans team, the Jaguars still managed to lose to a bad team. Only the Jaguars could hold Brock Osweiler to 99 yards passing and still somehow lose. Just goes to show that you can spend all the money you want, it still won’t lift you out of the cellar.
  4. New York Jets 3-7
    Fitzpatrick or Petty? Apparently, it doesn’t really matter to the rest of the NFL. A few field goals is all it takes. I have a personal issue with the Jets on this one. Once again, they let Jeff Fisher get one win closer to 8-8. Tighten up guys, we need this clown to be out of a job.
  5. Cleveland Browns 0-10
    As we get closer to an 0-16 season, I just want to reflect on the misfortunes of the Browns. Mainly in the realm of quarterback woes. However, with rumors that Robert Griffin III could be returning, we may just see the 0-16 effort thwarted. It’s Cleveland’s last hope if you ask me.
 

In danger of falling:

 
Carolina Panthers – A late game collapse left the Panthers once again wondering how they are going to regain some of the offensive prowess they had last season.
 
Cincinnati Bengals – It seems unlikely that with the offensive talent in Cincinnati they’d be 3-5-1. However, defensive holes and Andy Dalton at quarterback seems enough to counter all that talent.
 
Los Angeles Rams – They continue to render Todd Gurley useless behind an offensive line that literally makes you sick to your stomach watching.
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

Let’s hope that Week 11 is as exciting as Week 10!

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