NFL Week 11 surprises
After a 0-4 start to the season, the Steelers have returned to relevancy in the AFC playoff picture. The Steelers came out firing and despite blowing an early 14-0 lead, they shut the Lions out in the second half to win, 37-27. Pittsburgh improves to 4-6 and are very much alive in a truly wild AFC Wild Card race. The Jets and Dolphins are 5-5 and then the Steelers join five other teams that are 4-6 and just a game behind. Ben Roethlisberger had another stellar game Sunday, throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense disappeared in the second half as Detroit falls to 6-4. They don’t have too much wiggle room in a packed NFC playoff race with not too many spots up for grabs. Luckily, the Lions will welcome the 2-8 Bucs to town next week. The Steelers could make things even more interesting when they go to Cleveland to take on the 4-6 Browns.
2. Bills blowout Geno and the Jets
The Jets have been the most Jeckyl and Hyde team maybe in NFL history this season. Gang Green continued their win-loss, win-loss pattern Sunday when they went to Buffalo to get destroyed by the Bills, 37-14. Geno Smith was atrocious, throwing three interceptions and continuing to make rookie mistakes that he had made all season. The Jets defense couldn’t save the day Sunday as they have all season. The turnovers were the major difference and the Jets couldn’t climb the 20-0 deficit at halftime. The Jets are still tied for the final playoff spot in the AFC, but they need to become consistent if they want to shock the world and sneak in. They will go to Baltimore to take on the 4-6 Ravens next Sunday. The Bills will need to win the remainder of their games to even have a chance to get in. They welcome the 2-8 Falcons to Buffalo Sunday.
3. Broncos hand Chiefs first loss
Peyton Manning wasn’t going to let a bum ankle get the best of him against the 9-0 Chiefs Sunday. The Broncos took the lead early and never looked back as they tied Kansas City at 9-1 with a 27-17 victory. Manning was very efficient, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs incredible defense could not stop the Broncos high-powered offense and now set up quite the divisional race the rest of the season. People have been waiting for the Chiefs to come down to earth and this could be the time. They will return home and take on the Chargers before the Broncos come to Kansas City in two weeks. The road for the Broncos isn’t any easier as they head to Foxboro to take on what should be an angry Patriots team.