WEEK 10 REPORT CARD
ARams: Tavon Austin touched the ball eight times and averaged 39 yards a pop (with 3 TDs). He also overshadowed a dominant defensive effort.
Saints: If the real Mark Ingram (14 carries, 145 yards) just stood up, New Orleans just became NFC favorites.
Seahawks: They're coming off their most impressive performance in nearly two months and could have Percy Harvin back Sunday. If they win their next two at home, including a Dec. 2 date with the Saints, they should be on the cusp of locking up the NFC's home field.
A-Broncos: So will they go with their three-wide sets and send TE Julius Thomas into the seams of the Chiefs defense, or does someone stay home to protect limping Peyton Manning from a nasty Kansas City pass rush?
Eagles: They're playing smart, situational football on both sides and will be bona fide NFC East contenders if they can figure out how to win at home. Name Nick Foles the starter already.
Panthers: A pivotal victory for the Ron Rivera regime? Carolina's defense ruled the pits against a San Francisco offensive line widely regarded as the NFL's best.
B+Buccaneers: We'll ask the question again ― if the players really hate Greg Schiano, why are they doing such a bad job of rolling over? Nice effort by a badly depleted offense to finally notch the club's first W.
Steelers: It becomes increasingly obvious why they extended Antonio Brown instead of Mike Wallace.
BCardinals: Their surprising wild-card bid would have far more legitimacy if they played in the AFC. Oh well.
Lions: DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley each hit Jay Cutler four times Sunday before Fairley's shot on Matt Forte won the game. Such efforts will continue to be needed to compensate for a suspect secondary.
B-Chargers: They've played most of their NFC East schedule but have four AFC West tilts ahead, probably a death knell for any postseason aspirations.
Giants: Welcome back, Andre Brown. Keep breaking off 100-yard games, and the resurgent G-Men could stick around.
Jaguars: Bravo. It was hardly a resounding victory in Nashville, and the performance probably wouldn't have been enough to beat most teams. But the 0-16 specter is gone, and the Jags' continued effort must be applauded.
Ravens: Still tough to figure how they won after gaining 189 yards and giving up that awful Hail Mary. But the resilience to prevail after such a showing is what made this team a champion.
Vikings: Christian Ponder is actually playing pretty well lately, but his hellbent style means Matt Cassel and/or Josh Freeman better be ready.
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C+Redskins: Most teams are eager to leave their previous season in the past, but the Redskins have consistently cited their 2012 success. OK, fellas, that means you better not lose another game, a task that appears way too tall for this defense.
CBears: Valiant effort by Cutler, but he should cede control to capable Josh McCown until he's significantly healthier. Chicago needs more out of Forte this week after he produced 49 yards on 21 touches against Detroit.
C-Raiders: If Terrelle Pryor continues to be limited by his knee, Oakland will seriously struggle to win another game this season.
Titans: They could be OK with Ryan Fitzpatrick the rest of the way, if Chris Johnson can play the way he did two weeks ago.
D+Bengals: They looked a gift Raven in the beak just a bit too long.
Texans: Case Keenum is doing his part. The defense isn't.
D49ers: Maybe the result is different if Vernon Davis doesn't get concussed since being one-dimensional against the Panthers is a losing proposition.
Packers: Scott Tolzien might prove to be the answer as Aaron Rodgers' backup, but it's hard to believe he's ready to salvage this season.
D-Cowboys: The bye week came at the right time, but Sean Lee's hamstring injury promises to further cripple a defense which has allowed more than 1,600 yards in the past three weeks.
FBills: EJ Manuel's rust was to be expected. But Buffalo was never competitive against a Steelers team fresh off its worst-ever defensive showing.
Dolphins: After the offensive line embarrassed Miami off the field, it paved the way for 2 rushing yards and nearly got Ryan Tannehill killed (again) against the previously winless Bucs.
Falcons: Add injury to insult for poor Tony Gonzalez. It's worth wondering if he should even risk further damage to his toe with the rest of his life fast approaching.
Colts: Reggie Wayne's absence and Trent Richardson's (absence?) will almost surely translate into a short playoff stay.
I (incomplete)Bye: Browns, Chiefs, Jets (who hope they lost to the bye), Patriots
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