Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season brought more unpredictable games that came down to the wire. It also brought games that weren’t even close. TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, Isaac Nelson, and Andrew Little highlight the top games of Week 11.
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
It was a cold, snowy night at Lambeau Field on Thursday night to kick off the Week 11 slate. The Packers entered this game coming off a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys, so they would be able to use that momentum in this game, right? Wrong. The Titans came out and dominated the Packers in many aspects. Right from the start, the Titans set the tone of the game on the opening drive going down the field for 83 yards and capping it off with a Dontrell Hilliard rushing touchdown. The two teams exchanged punts until the Packers’ second drive, which made it look as if the game was going to be competitive. Aaron Rodgers efficiently led the offense down the field and found Christian Watson for the touchdown to make it 7-7. Derrick Henry was as versatile as ever in this game, as he secured a Titans touchdown to make it 14-7 entering halftime and then in the third quarter threw a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper to make it 20-9. The pressure was on for Rodgers, and he responded with another touchdown pass to Watson. The defense could not step up though as they allowed the Titans to turn around and secure the last score of the game at the end of the third quarter, making it 27-17. It was a great performance from Ryan Tannehill and Treylon Burks, as Burks made up 111 of Tannehill’s 333 yards. The Packers, on the other hand, saw more inconsistent play from their run game that only had 56 yards. The Titans are figuring things out, while the Packers remain on the downward trend. (Marissa)
Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings
The Cowboys and Vikings game was one of the most anticipated matchups of the week. Unfortunately for the world’s viewing experience, it did not turn out that way. The Cowboys dominated this game from the opening kickoff. Both teams kicked a field goal on their opening drive and then went their separate directions. The Cowboys would dominate, and the Vikings would look lost. The Cowboys rode the hot hand on Tony Pollard once again as he put on an absolute show, tallying 189 total yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys actual starting running back, Ezekiel Elliott, was able to also score two touchdowns and total 47 yards on his 16 touches in his return to action. Arguably the most impressive performance came from none other than kicker Brett Maher who had field goals of 50, 53, and 60 yards. All in all, this was complete dominance by the Dallas Cowboys as they look to carry this momentum into Thanksgiving Day. (Logan)
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The New England Patriots and New York Jets met each other for the second time in a few weeks, and the results were basically the same. The Patriots defense completely shut down the Jets offense. It was a low scoring game which stayed at 3-3 for a large amount of time. Just when you thought it was going to overtime, the Patriots pulled out a trick of their own. A last second walk off punt return touchdown gave New England the win, and now they leapfrog New York in the AFC East standings. It was a hard-earned win for the Patriots, but one that they needed. (Matt)
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Bengals traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Sunday. They showed they would have deserved a spot in the spotlight after being flexed out of Sunday Night Football with a thrilling game. After sharing a couple of punts, the entire first half was exciting. The Bengals and Steelers kickers both showed what they had with a field goal, and then the running backs for each respective team were able to score touchdowns. The Bengals drove right back down the field and scored with another Samaje Perine touchdown. But the Steelers were resilient with a touchdown of their own courtesy of Kenny Pickett and George Pickens. A tipped pass while being tied started to cause some havoc as the Steelers were able to intercept a pass from Joe Burrow. The Steelers were able to take the lead heading into halftime. After a few punts out of the half, the Bengals were able to score another touchdown with a pass from Burrow to Trenton Irwin. The Bengals defense forced a punt but were immediately put in a bad spot from another pick off of Burrow, this time in an impressive play by T.J. Watt.
The Bengals defense really stepped up in the second half as they forced a field goal from the turnover, and then the Bengals’ offense bounced back with one of their own. With a four point lead towards the end of the fourth quarter, a 93-yard touchdown drive just about iced the game for Cincinnati. The Steelers then turned it over on downs, giving up a field goal to the Bengals. A nice touchdown drive showed a little hope for Pittsburgh now down one score, but the onside kick failed, and the Bengals were able to kneel the game out with a 37-30 victory. The Steelers will be in contention for a high draft pick, especially with this loss making the path to the playoffs almost out of the picture. The game was big for the Bengals however, as they look to stay in contention for a playoff spot and improve to 6-4. (Isaac)
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday’s slate of games ended with a thriller in Los Angeles, California. The Chargers and Chiefs have one of the league’s most exciting budding rivalries, and their most recent bout did not disappoint. Patrick Mahomes put together a trademark performance in the comeback win to propel his status as the favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award. Down 27-30 with just over 90 seconds remaining in the game, Mahomes led Kansas City on a 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive that concluded with Travis Kelce’s third touchdown. Mahomes finished with a stat line of 329 yards and three touchdowns passing. Justin Herbert, Josh Palmer, and Keenan Allen led a successful day for the Chargers’ offense, but the defense could not stop Mahomes in the game’s final moments. Kansas City’s win virtually locks them in as the AFC West winners, completing the season sweep of Los Angeles. The Chiefs improved to 8-2 and maintained their position in the driver’s seat of a competitive AFC field. On the other hand, the Chargers fell to .500 and are now on the outside looking in at a wild card berth. (Andrew)