NFL Week 10 Stock Report

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NFL Week 10 Stock Report

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NFL Week 10 Stock Report

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With only eight weeks left of the NFL regular season, every game week is vitally important. Week 10 was perhaps the most exciting and entertaining week of the season. It is time for Tayyib Abu and Marissa Myers to give the weekly stock report. 

 

NFC Stock Up

-Justin Jefferson

Who else? The Minnesota Vikings wideout provided a performance for the ages as the Vikings outlasted the Buffalo Bills in the Game of the Year. Jefferson torched the Buffalo secondary for 10 receptions, 193 yards, and one touchdown. Jefferson averaged 19.3 yards per reception and had nine receptions on passes with a sub-50% completion probability. The LSU product’s Completion Over Expected was an extraordinary +19.4%. Jefferson played like a prime Randy Moss or Calvin Johnson. It was incredible. And the highlight catch came on a fourth and 18 play that kept the game alive. Kirk Cousins lobbed a prayer into the Buffalo sky; it looked overthrown and a sure interception. Instead, Jefferson leaped like an Olympian and grabbed the ball out of the sky with one hand. It was an Odell Beckham Jr. catch on another level. Jefferson was phenomenal. Every NFL fan will remember where they were when Jefferson made ‘the catch.’ 

-Rachaad White

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense finally found life with Rachaad White at running back. White notched 105 yards on 22 carries, propelling the Buccaneers to a win in Germany. The rookie excelled on inside zone runs as Tampa’s blocking meshed with his patient, gritty runs. White forced five missed tackles and had an electrifying run for 39 yards in which he took Quandre Diggs’ soul. White might hold the key to the Buccaneers’ offensive success. 

 

-Christian Watson

Rookie Christian Watson finally came to the party in the Green Bay Packers’ thrilling win over the Dallas Cowboys. Watson hauled in four receptions, had three touchdowns, and amassed 107 yards. Watson demonstrated his devastating, field-tilting speed as he burnt Cowboys cornerbacks on big plays. The rookie caught all three touchdowns against man coverage. It felt like a seismic day for the young receiver. 

 

NFC Stock Down

Los Angeles Rams Run Game

Here is a stat for you, the Rams have not had a rusher run for more than 65 yards at any point this season. The Rams are a terrible running team, and their atrocious running game will bury them. The Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and at 3-6, their season is dying. And Sean McVay cannot fix it. The building block of the McVay offense is gone. And without it, there is nothing left. 

 

-Seahawks Run Defense

The Seattle Seahawks run defense took a step back on Sunday. Tampa Bay gashed them on the ground for 161 yards. Seattle struggled to handle the Buccaneers’ physicality up front. The Buccaneers hit Seattle hard with trap runs and pulling guards and tight ends. The Seahawks lost the physical battle and lost the game. With a team like the San Francisco 49ers still on the schedule, it is something Seattle will need to fix. 

 

-Trick Plays

If you have not seen it, the Buccaneers called an insane trick play that ended in disaster. With Tom Brady split out as a receiver, running back Leonard Fournette heaved an under-thrown pass to Brady, and Tariq Woolen intercepted it. To complete the calamity, Brady slipped on the slick grass at Allianz Arena before committing a tripping penalty. It was, undoubtedly, the worst play call of Brady’s career. 

AFC Stock Up

-Jeff Saturday 

It had been a wild week for the Indianapolis Colts after firing Frank Reich and then hiring first-time head coach Jeff Saturday. The decision received plenty of criticism, but at least for this game the decision showed promise. Under Saturday, the offense looked the best that it has all season. Matt Ryan only took one sack while also completing 21-of-28 passes for 208 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions, and also ran for a touchdown. On the topic of the ground game, Jonathan Taylor finally looked like his 2021 self as he posted his first 100-yard game since the start of the season. Saturday made a statement on Sunday when he went to Allegiant Stadium and secured his first victory as the head coach. 

-Jeff Wilson Jr.

Jeff Saturday wasn’t the only Jeff that had a great day on Sunday, Jeff Wilson Jr. did as well. With being under Mike McDaniel last year on the San Francisco 49ers, there was already that familiarity with the scheme he would be under when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. That came to light against the Cleveland Browns. Wilson went on to have one of his best games of the season rushing for 199 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts, he also hauled in five receptions for 24 yards. With Wilson finding his groove, this Dolphins’ ground game could cause some serious trouble going forward. 

 

-Kadarius Toney

Speaking of players getting acclimated to new places and thriving this week, Kadarius Toney was another one. Toney was used in multiple ways during the game, he hauled in four receptions for 57 yards and his first touchdown as a Kansas City Chief. Not only that, but he saw action on the ground with two rushes for 33 yards. It looks like Andy Reid has a new playmaker in Toney who is only going to continue to excel in this offense. 

AFC Stock Down

-Josh Allen

The main topic all week leading up to the Buffalo Bills game against the Minnesota Vikings was whether Josh Allen would play or not after suffering a UCL injury. Allen played, but his interception issues from the last few weeks continued. Through the game, he threw some questionable passes, two of which the Vikings capitalized on and turned into interceptions. One of those interceptions was in a crucial moment of overtime as the Bills were in the red zone and Allen forced a pass which Patrick Peterson intercepted to end the game. Allen now has 10 interceptions on the season, six of which have come in the past three weeks. 

 

-Houston Texans Rookies

It was a rough day for the Houston Texans rookie class. First was Jalen Pitre, who missed a tackle on Darius Slayton, which Slayton turned into a 54-yard touchdown to start the third quarter. Davis Mills threw a 19-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks, but it was negated due to Kenyon Green getting a holding call. This holding call on Green negated the touchdown and turned the result of the drive from a touchdown to an interception. Then there was also Dameon Pierce, who on the ground had a solid day with 94 rushing yards, but also fumbled the ball in which the Giants recovered. The Texans were in this game with the Giants, but these costly errors by the rookies altered the outcome. 

-Cleveland Browns Defense 

The Cleveland Browns were coming off the bye week and had two weeks to start preparing for this offense of the Miami Dolphins. Instead, it looked as if they came out sleepwalking as the Dolphins never had to punt and accumulated 491 yards on offense. The defensive line was able to register two quarterback hits, but never got a sack on Tua Tagovailoa. It was a lackluster performance from a group that appears to still be struggling after the bye week. 

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