NFL Quick Hits: Week Ten
Offensive Player of the Week: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
I've said it a million times and I'll say it once again: the Ravens are the most difficult team in the league to prepare for. The only difference now is that the team is starting to look like a legitimate threat to New England's stanglehold on the AFC.
Lamar Jackson is the big reason behind that. He really is starting to look like the second coming o Michael Vick. The great part is that he is also growing as a passer with each passing week.
Yes, this week's game was against the bottom-feeding Bengals, but going 15 for 17, 223 passing yards, three touchdowns in the air, 65 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground is still an absolute banger of a game.
I don't think that Lamar at this point will win MVP, but with each passing week, the thought of him getting serious MVP consideration doesn't seem so far-fetched.
The humming offense combined with a growing defense is making Baltimore look like a much more worthy adversary for the Patriots than the Chiefs right now.
Runners Up: Patrick Mahomes (36/50 for 446 and three touchdowns vs. Titans), Dak Prescott (26/36 for 397 yards and three touchdowns vs. Vikings), Ryan Tannehill (Went 13/16 for 181 yards and two touchdowns, compiled 133.9 passer rating and led last-minute TD drive to grab shock victory over Kansas City), Derrick Henry (188 rushing yards and two touchdowns vs. Kansas City), Aaron Jones (93 rushing yards, three touchdowns vs. Panthers), Christian Kirk (Six catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay), Darius Slayton (Ten catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns vs. New York Jets), Tyreek Hill (11 catches for 157 yards and one touchdown)
Defensive Player of the Week: Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets
The Jets have a terrible defense. That is not Jamal Adams' fault.
Adams and fellow safety Marcus Maye form really the only formidable part of that defense.
Adams showed out against the Jets, notching nine tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks, including a strip-sack of Daniel Jones that Adams returned for a touchdown.
It's really a shame that the Jets could not find a trade partner for Adams at the trade deadline. I would love to see him on a genuine contender.
Special honorable mention for this category goes to Minkah Fitzpatrick on the Steelers, he's had three straight weeks with at least one pick, two straight weeks with a touchdown, and has completely reshaped the Steelers' defense since his acquisition.
Rookie of the Week: Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants
Well, this one took everyone by surprise.
The fifth-round pick out of Auburn really gave no indication he was going to break out, with only 116 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his previous four games.
He only needed one game against the Jets to double those numbers, reeling in ten catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Definition of a breakout game.
Runners Up: Clelin Ferrel (Eight tackles, 2.5 sacks vs. Los Angeles Chargers), Kyler Murray (27/44 for 324 yards with three touchdowns and a pick vs. Tampa bay), Daniel Jones (26/40 for 308 yards and four touchdowns vs. New York Jets), Drue Tranquill (14 tackles vs. Oakland), Josh Jacobs (71 rushing yards and a touchdown vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
Best Uni Matchup of the Week: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
Powder blue vs. Silver and black: Classic.
Seriously, we were treated to two of the most solid uniform sets in the league.
My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that the Raiders didn't use the old-school helmet logo they've used with this alternate set as they have in previous years, but that is nit-picking.
Runners Up: Titans at Chiefs, Panthers at Packers, Vikings at Cowboys
Most Barfy Uni Matchup of the Week: New York Giants at New York Jets
The Giants' uniforms are fine, although I do think they should permanently change their away uniforms to the throwback design they've used for recent Color Rush games. Still no complaints.
My issue is with the black Jets alternates.
Overall, the Jets' uniform redesign this year was positive. This is the massive fly in the ointment though.
Runners Up: Falcons at Saints, Cardinals at Bucs
*All stats are from ESPN.com, unless otherwise noted