NFL winners, losers: The Baltimore Ravens upward thrust while the Chicago Bears are a mess – USA TODAY

NFL winners, losers: The Baltimore Ravens upward thrust while the Chicago Bears are a mess – USA TODAY
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The NFL playoff image is tightening, and spots within the NFC are at a top rate, where it appears to be like like there are no greater than eight squads which would be viable contenders for the six playoff spots.

The most fun scamper within the conference is the NFC East, where the Dallas Cowboys took over take care of watch over of first space with a mountainous victory in opposition to the Detroit Lions and acquired some support later within the day when the Fresh England Patriots cut down the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson did more Lamar Jackson things and the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Houston Texans (who fall on the substandard aspect of this listing below). 

Listed below are Week 11’s winners and losers.


Todd Gurley

As a result of injuries alongside the offensive line, the conducting was once that the L.A. O-line would be a weak point. In a 17-7 victory in opposition to the Bears, it was once neutral the reverse. The Rams had their fourth numerous combination of starting up offensive linemen this season and featured their ninth numerous starter alongside the unit. They were forced to budge avid gamers out of their natural positions and had two newbies starting up on the neutral correct aspect in David Edwards at guard and Bobby Evans at deal with. But the line was once a strength and Gurley was once the beneficiary, totaling a season-excessive 133 yards from scrimmage and tied his season-excessive speeding yards total (ninety seven) to tear alongside with one ranking. It had been a uninteresting commence to 2019, and a productive Gurley would be a huge enhance to L.A.’s push for the postseason.

Ravens’ D

The rest of the AFC desires to be severely terrified because Baltimore’s defense appears to be like to bear sooner or later grew to change into the nook. Houston’s offensive line had been much improved over the previous five games, allowing neutral seven sacks. Baltimore shredded the unit, sacking Deshaun Watson six instances and backup AJ McCarron once. Though aided by a clear no-name pass interference that will presumably neutral peaceable’ve been flagged, the Ravens alternatively smothered Watson. He done neutral 18 of 29 passes for 169 yards with one interception. The Ravens shut Houston out within the first half of, the first time the Texans bear did now not ranking earlier than intermission with Watson as a starter. Without a doubt, this was once the first time in Watson’s profession that he has did now not ranking a minimal of one touchdown — speeding or passing — in a sport by which he started.

Kirk Cousins

NFL groups were Zero-Ninety 9 over the previous five seasons when trailing by 20 or more parts at halftime. Thanks to Cousins, the Vikings grew to change into the first to conquer the kind of deficit. The Vikings defeated the Broncos, 27-23, after they outscored Denver 27-Three within the final two quarters. The Vikings had Four possessions within the 2d half of. They grew to change into the first personnel in NFL history to ranking a touchdown in each and every of their 2d-half of drives. And since the Vikings now and again had to abandon their speeding sport — Minnesota finished with neutral 37 yards on the flooring — and switch to an up-tempo passing attack, it was once on Cousins’ neutral correct arm that the comeback took space. He threw for 261 yards and three ratings within the 2d half of.

Dan Quinn

Once on the unique seat, the Falcons’ head coach may presumably presumably even be doing barely sufficient to take care of his job. Owner Arthur Blank has talked about all season lengthy that he would assess the personnel’s instructing team and Quinn’s future on the cease of the year. Now that Atlanta has received two in a row after it thumped the Panthers 29-Three and improved to a pair-7, Quinn may presumably presumably make Blank’s resolution much more challenging. The Falcons’ defense has now gone 10 straight quarters with out allowing a touchdown. The indisputable truth that the victories came in opposition to a Saints personnel that will presumably well be one in every of the ideal within the NFC and a Panthers personnel that peaceable has Christian McCaffrey and has build up parts all season lengthy, fully helps Quinn plot more.

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Myth that Dak Prescott desires the working sport

For Prescott’s first few years within the NFL, the account was once that Prescott may presumably presumably even be fine fully when Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ speeding sport was once productive. Folks thought Prescott faced obliging appears to be like with defenders crowding the field. If that account wasn’t already debunked, it is miles now. Prescott tossed 444 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-27 victory in opposition to the Lions and has clearly been the impetus for Dallas’ success this season. He has been hang in foremost stretches. On 1/Three downs in opposition to the Lions, he done 7 of 11 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He now has a 9-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 126.Zero QB ranking when Dallas holds a lead of between one and eight parts. This does two things. It puts Prescott squarely within the MVP dialog; and with an ongoing contract negotiation, it fully makes him more precious and indispensable.

Bears’ playoff hopes

That in terms of does it. With their 17-7 loss to the Rams, the Bears again regarded incompetent on offense, were all but eliminated from the NFC playoff image, and there are more questions than answers. Atop the listing has to be about Mitchell Trubisky’s future in Chicago. The Bears talked about Trubisky suffered a hip afflict and that was once the explanation for coach Matt Nagy striking off him slack within the game. However Nagy’s play calling has been uninteresting, especially on key downs. Chicago transformed neutral 6 of 17 1/Three-down makes an are attempting in opposition to the Rams. Chicago fell to Four-6, and it appears to be like just like the offseason may presumably presumably bring some extreme changes.

Houston Texans

They’d, truly, two weeks to prepare for the Ravens — snappy turning into one in every of the hardest groups within the AFC — however the Texans peaceable came out flat in a pathetic performance. Coming off their bye, Houston’s offense was once disjointed. However its defense neutral had no acknowledge for Lamar Jackson or for Baltimore’s speeding attack. The Texans were abysmal on 1/Three-down defense, allowing Baltimore to pass the chains on five of 9 makes an are attempting. The Ravens gained an absurd 7.7 yards per play. With the wretched exhibiting, the Texans let tear of their persist with it first space within the AFC South, in allotment because the Colts beat the Jaguars. The exact news is that Houston will get the likelihood to brush apart this one snappy, with Indy coming into town on a brief week in what’s a battle for first within the division Thursday evening.

Kyle Allen

The young Panthers’ quarterback started his time in reduction of injured Cam Newton on a scamper. However over the final Four games, his play has plummeted. The Falcons afraid the Panthers, 29-Three. And Allen — after he threw seven touchdown passes and no picks in his first Four games because the personnel’s starter — has thrown 9 interceptions in his final Four games, including Four in opposition to the Falcons. Worse yet, Allen has thrown for neutral three touchdowns in that stretch, three of which were losses. He forced throws and simply was once no longer neutral correct or careful sufficient with the ball. All that discuss about Allen doubtlessly supplanting Newton because the personnel’s franchise QB clearly was once untimely.

Practice USA TODAY Sports activities’ Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.

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