The five best NFL games of Week 11
Week 11 of the 2022 NFL season brought more unpredictable games that went 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 best games of Week 11.
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
It was a cold, snowy night at Lambeau Field Thursday night to kick off the Week 11 slate. The Packers came into this game fresh off a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys, so they could use that momentum in this game, is not it? Bad. The Titans came out and outplayed the Packers in many ways. Early on, the Titans set the tone for the game on the first drive by rushing the field for 83 yards and ending it with a rushing touchdown from Dontrell Hilliard. The two teams traded punts until the Packers’ second practice, which made the game look like it was going to be competitive. Aaron Rodgers effectively 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 got a Titans touchdown to make it 14-7 at halftime, then in the third quarter threw a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper to put it up at 20-9. The pressure was on Rodgers, and he answered with another touchdown pass to Watson. The defense couldn’t step up as they allowed the Titans to turn around and secure the final score of the game late in the third quarter, making it 27-17. It was a great performance from Ryan Tannehill and Treylon Burks, as Burks accounted for 111 of Tannehill’s 333 yards. The Packers, on the other hand, saw more inconsistent play from their running game which only had 56 yards. The Titans figure things out, while the Packers remain on the downtrend. (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 didn’t turn out that way. The Cowboys dominated this game from the kickoff. Both teams scored a field goal in their first practice and then went their separate ways. The Cowboys would dominate and the Vikings would look lost. The Cowboys got their hands on Tony Pollard again as he put on an absolute spectacle, rushing for 189 total yards and two touchdowns. Cowboys starting running back Ezekiel Elliott also managed to score two touchdowns and totaled 47 yards on 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, it was total dominance for the Dallas Cowboys as they looked to carry that momentum into Thanksgiving Day. (Logan)
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The New England Patriots and New York Jets met for the second time in a matter of weeks, and the results were basically the same. The Patriots defense completely shut down the Jets offense. It was a low-scoring game that stayed at 3-3 for a long time. Just when you thought it was going to go to overtime, the Patriots pulled out their own trick. A last-second punt return touchdown gave New England the win, and now they pass New York in the AFC East standings. It was a hard-earned win for the Patriots, but one they needed. (Mast)
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Bengals traveled to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday. They showed they would have deserved a place in the spotlight after being sidelined from Sunday Night Football with an exciting game. After sharing a few punts, the whole first half was thrilling. The kickers for the Bengals and Steelers both showed what they had with a field goal, and then running backs from each respective team were able to score touchdowns. The Bengals rolled 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. An angled pass while tied began to cause havoc as the Steelers were able to intercept a pass from Joe Burrow. The Steelers were able to take the lead before halftime. After a few clearances outside of halftime, the Bengals managed to score another touchdown with a pass from Burrow to Trenton Irwin. The Bengals defense forced a punt but was immediately put in bad shape by another Burrow pick, this time in an impressive play by TJ Watt.
The Bengals defense really stepped up in the second half as they forced a field goal from the turnover, then the Bengals offense bounced back with one of their own. With a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter, a 93-yard touchdown pretty much froze the game for Cincinnati. The Steelers then turned it on the downs, giving up a field goal to the Bengals. A good touchdown showed some hope for Pittsburgh now down a score, but the onside kick failed and the Bengals were able to bring the game to its knees with a 37-30 win. The Steelers will be in contention for a high draft pick, especially since this loss makes the path to the playoffs almost irrelevant. The game was important for the Bengals, however, as they look to stay in contention for a playoff spot and move to 6-4. (Isaac)
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday’s slate of matches ended with a thriller in Los Angeles, California. The Chargers and Chiefs have one of the most exciting budding rivalries in the league, and their most recent fight didn’t disappoint. Patrick Mahomes put in a marquee performance in the comeback victory to propel his status as favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award. Down 27-30 with just over 90 seconds left in the game, Mahomes led Kansas City on a game-winning 75-yard touchdown that ended with Travis Kelce’s third touchdown. Mahomes finished with a stat line of 329 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Herbert, Josh Palmer and Keenan Allen led a successful day for the Chargers offense, but the defense couldn’t stop Mahomes in the final moments of the game. Kansas City’s victory virtually locks them in as winners of the AFC West, completing Los Angeles’ season sweep. The Chiefs improved to 8-2 and maintained their position in command of a competitive AFC squad. On the other hand, the Chargers have fallen to .500 and are now on the outside looking for a wildcard spot. (Andre)