After dropping a home matchup to the Titans in week nine, the Cowboys bounced back on Sunday night with a massive 27-20 victory in Philadelphia.
Ezekiel Elliot dominated with 150 yards on the ground and two scores. This opened the door for Dak Prescott to toss 270 yards in the team’s first road win of the season. Leading by a touchdown late, rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch came up with a key tackle five yards behind the line of scrimmage on third and short. The Eagles would turn the ball over on downs and come up empty on their final drive of the night.
Vander Esch also recorded his first career interception as the Dallas defense continues to impress. After winning the Super Bowl a season ago, Philadelphia is now 4-5 and third in the division.
Washington, meanwhile, now leads the NFC East by two games with one of the most bizarre wins you will ever see in professional football.
Despite compiling 501 yards against Washington’s defense, Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers managed just one field goal in a 16-3 loss at home. Tampa turned the ball over four times in the loss, three of which spoiled a potential score.
With key injuries, many are not taking Washington too seriously in the east. But the bar seems to be set a little lower every week and their 6-3 record is beginning to feel impressive. There is no question that the Eagles are the most talented team in the division, but they have their work cut out for them after Sunday’s loss.
With the Texans idle, the Tennessee Titans gained a half game in the AFC South with a shocking 34-10 victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The loss snapped a six game winning streak for the Patriots, who fell to 7-3.
The loss will make it very difficult for New England to fight their way into the number one overall seed in the AFC East by January. Despite defeating the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs, they will have to at least finish the season with the same record in order to secure home field. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are showing no signs of losing anytime soon.
The Titans have now won back-to-back games but still trail the Texans by a game in the south. However, they did defeat Houston on Sept. 16. The two will matchup again at NRG Stadium on Nov. 26 for what could be a critical showdown. The Texans will seek their seventh straight win after an 0-3 start in Washington on Sunday.
It was a busy week for the New Orleans Saints, who brought in free agent wide receiver and former Cowboy Dez Bryant to join their high-powered offense. Unfortunately, Bryant tore his achilles at the conclusion of his first practice as a Saint.
This did not slow down Drew Brees and company in Cincinnati. The Saints posted 51 points on the Bengals in another offensive explosion. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas each recorded a pair of touchdowns and New Orleans has now won eight straight after dropping their season opener.
The Los Angeles Rams improved to 9-1 after they lost to the Saints last week. These two teams will fight for the top seed in the NFC playoffs and New Orleans has the edge with the head-to-head victory. Considering how much tougher the Saints are in the Superdome, the result of this race will be very critical.
The Saints were not the only team to post 50 points in week 10. The Pittsburgh Steelers blew the Carolina Panthers away in what should have been the most entertaining matchup of the week. Ben Roethlisberger threw for five touchdowns and the Steelers continue to roll despite the absence of star running back Le’Veon Bell.
With the Saints dominating the NFC South, it is starting to look more and more like the Panthers will need to compete for a wildcard once again.