Things we learned in Week 10
Compiled by Thomas Harrigan, Jesse Pantuosco, and Steve Schwarz

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It wasn't a Sunday for big performances. Well, except for Peyton Manning, who threw for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns for the fifth time this season.

Manning was one of only two quarterbacks to earn a passing bonus, while just five running backs cracked the 100-yard mark.

Eight teams failed to reach 20 points in their game and only two teams, Seattle and St. Louis, scored more than 30 points.

Below are a few more things we observed on Sunday afternoon.

Seattle at Atlanta

These two teams met in the postseason ten months ago. Something tells me that won't happen again this season.

Marshawn Lynch must have a way with words. Somehow, he convinced head coach Pete Carroll to keep him out there with Seattle leading 26-10 in the fourth quarter. Lynch rewarded his fantasy owners by plunging into the end zone for his seventh touchdown of the season. "Beast Mode" finished with a season-high 145 yards on 24 carries.

Roddy White was back Sunday after missing three games with a hamstring injury. His presence was barely felt as the veteran caught just one of his four targets.

We don't mention kickers too often in these articles, but Steven Hauschka went above and beyond, on Sunday. The 19 fantasy points he registered were the third-most by a kicker this season. Mason Crosby and Alex Henery tied for 20 a piece back in Week 5.

The Harry Douglas joy ride is coming to an end. His yardage total has dipped each week since his breakout performance against the Bucs in Week 7 (149 yards on seven catches).

Steven Jackson has been useless since being activated in Week 8 (just 2.2 ypc). Sunday may have been his worst outing yet (nine carries for 11 yards).

If the Falcons aren't at rock bottom yet, they're getting awful close. The 2-7 start is Atlanta's worst since 2003.

Cincinnati at Baltimore

And the award for craziest game of the day goes to ... this one. On a day when Jacksonville won and Green Bay was forced to use its third-string quarterback, that's really saying something.

If Golden Tate's touchdown against the Packers last year was the Fail Mary, what do we call A.J. Green's 51-yard score at the end of regulation? How about the Gift Mary? If James Ihedigbo had just batted it down, the Ravens would have won this game a lot sooner.

Speaking of Green, he's the first player in the NFL this season to go over 1,000 yards receiving. The third-year man out of Georgia has surpassed the 100-yard mark in each of his last five games.

When you get a chance, take a look at the touchdown Dallas Clark scored in the first quarter. I don't think I've seen a guy work harder for a touchdown all season. It felt like the play lasted 30 seconds.

The wheels are falling off for Andy Dalton. Sunday was the first time this season that he failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes. Dalton's quarterback rating over the last two weeks is a dismal 53.8 (56-for-104, 612 yards, 2 TD, 6 INT).

Who knows how he got there, but somehow Torrey Smith managed to score on Sunday. It was his first touchdown in over a month (Week 4 against Buffalo).

Detroit at Chicago

The Bears dropped both of their games against the Lions this year. That hasn't happened since 2007.

Calvin Johnson is heating up. Over his last three games, Megatron has caught five touchdowns while reeling in 567 receiving yards. That's the third-highest yardage total over a three-game stretch in NFL history.

By winning Sunday, the Lions moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North. The last time Detroit claimed a division title was in 1993 when Barry Sanders was still in his prime. Back then, they were in the NFC Central.

Jay Cutler's triumphant return from a groin injury wasn't all that triumphant. He completed just 21 of his 40 throws for 250 yards and an interception. He tweaked his ankle late in the game and had to watch from the sidelines as Josh McCown led the team down the field on its final drive of the game.

Matt Forte usually carves up Detroit but that wasn't the case on Sunday (17 rushes for 33 yards). Five of Forte's 16 career 100-yard games have come against the Lions.

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Nick Foles continues to play like he's Superman. The second-year quarterback out of Arizona has now delivered ten touchdown passes in his last two games. For the season, he's found the end zone 16 times without surrendering a single interception.

Five of those touchdowns in the last two weeks have gone to Riley Cooper, including two on Sunday. Cooper, who has seven touchdowns for the year, had just five total touchdowns in his first three seasons in Philadelphia.

LeSean McCoy is inching closer and closer to the 1,000-yard plateau. The 932 yards he's amassed through ten games are more than he had all of last season (840).

DeSean Jackson continues to be the NFL's premier deep threat. He already has four catches of 50 yards or more this season. His long on Sunday was from 55 yards out.

Included on my list of things that I didn't expect to see today: Scott Tolzien throwing for almost 300 yards (24-for-39, 280 yards, TD, 2 INT). Also, who is Scott Tolzien?

Sunday was Green Bay's lowest point total since Week 12 of the 2012 campaign. That week, the Packers were held to just ten points against the Giants.

The Packers have now lost back-to-back home games. The last time they did that in the regular season was in 2008. That was also the last time Green Bay missed the postseason (6-10 record).

Anyone know how to get a hold of Matt Flynn?

St. Louis at Indianapolis

The Rams started strong, scoring from each branch of the service - offense, defense and special teams.

Forgotten man Tavon Austin will not be overlooked this week as he caught a 57- yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 98-yards ... in the first half. He didn't quit there. On the third play of the second half he caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens. Too bad less than 20 percent of fantasy owners who have him on their roster started him.

Clemens threw the ball just 16 times, but passed for 247 yards and a pair of scores.

Andrew Luck passed for 353 yards, but didn't get much support from his line and was picked off three times. T.Y. Hilton (7-130) is proving that he's the replacement for Reggie Wayne, not three-catch Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Trent Richardson is proving to be a bust with Indianapolis. Today his rushing total was two yards on five carries.

Oakland at New York Giants

Most of the Raiders points were courtesy of Giants turnovers. That's nothing new, however, as the G-Men lead the NFL in that category. By a large margin!

Peyton Hillis was the starter in name only. Andre Brown is the better runner and the only concern is to his stamina after sitting out for nine games. Brown, who has scored a touchdown in his last six consecutive games, rushed 30 times for 115 yards. That's a lot of carries for his first game this season.

Eli Manning continues to throw the ball to the guys in the wrong colored jerseys. Has anyone checked him for color-blindness? He passed for just 140 yards against the same defense that yielded 400 yards and seven touchdowns to Eagles QB Nick Foles a week ago.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh

E.J. Manuel looked like I guy who hadn't played since Week 5. going 6-of-13 for 43 yards in the first half. He wasn't much better in the second half finishing with 155 yards and a garbage-time touchdown pass.

The Steelers used four different guys running the ball, but Le'Veon Bell is still the best option. Just not a particularly exciting one for fantasy owners. He's a decent receiver, however, which pushes his value to low-end starter status.

Antonio Brown cracked the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 3. No. 1 receivers are supposed to do it more often than that.

Jacksonville at Tennessee

The Jaguars had a rare early lead due to a Maurice Jones-Drew touchdown run and he was already in double-digit fantasy points by the second quarter. That's the good news. The bad news is that even with a lot more work (he rushed 21 times) MJD managed just 41 yards.

Jake Locker just can't stay healthy. He's got talent, but the Titans and fantasy owners can't keep waiting forever for him to put it together.

Ryan Fitzpatrick immediately drove his team for a touchdown, going 5-of-5 for 53 yards, but his touchdowns was to little-used tight end Taylor Thompson which didn't help any fantasy owners. His second touchdown pass wasn't much better - to Delanie Walker.

Carolina at San Francisco

DeAngelo Williams scored a touchdown, just his second of the season. Of course, since the Panthers don't given him the goal line carries (thanks Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton) Williams had to do it from the 27-yard line.

The 49ers had to settle for three Phil Dawson field goals in the first half unlike the last five games when they had been finishing off their drives. Heading into Sunday's game they averaged 20.5 first half points over their last five contests - all wins. They scored nothing in the second half and lost.

Does anyone still remember Anquan Boldin's 200-yard season opener against the Packers? Where did that guy go?

Mario Manningham's debut was three catches for 30 yards. Michael Crabtree can't come back soon enough for his fantasy owners, Colin Kaepernick's fantasy owners and 49ers fans everywhere.

Houston at Arizona

Case Keenum continues to impress (22-of-42 for 201, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) despite an early game "sack-fumble- touchdown." He rebounded to throw a perfect pass to a well-covered Andre Johnson for a touchdown. He also hit backup tight end Ryan Griffin for a score before half-time and Johnson again in the fourth quarter, but the team has lost their last three games with the rookie in the starting lineup.

Ben Tate's first game after finding out Arian Foster isn't likely to return this season, was mediocre at best (15-56-0).

Andre Johnson didn't catch many balls, but his two touchdowns gives him five in the last two games.

Rashard Mendenhall's first seven carries - 13 yards. Andre Ellington's first seven carries - 49 yards. Mendenhall ran six times after that, Ellington just four. Coming off Wellington's 154-yard performance last weekend, what does the guy have to do to warrant more work?

Denver at San Diego

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas' ankle is apparently fine. We know this because he out-ran the Chargers secondary on a 74-yard touchdown strike.

Manning's three first-half scoring drives were quick ones - all under 2:30. He finished the day with another 300-yard game and four touchdowns. Ho hum.

Just three rushing attempts in the first half for Denver, but Moreno owners didn't suffer as he caught seven balls for 43 yards.

I guess it was Demaryius Thomas' turn to shine. He caught six balls for 99 yards and three scores. He hasn't cracked the 100-yard mark since Week 1, but he's posted double-digit points in five of nine games.

Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead have learned to co-exist in the Chargers' backfield, but giving Ronnie Brown nine carries isn't going to help any fantasy owners.

Philip Rivers posted huge numbers through the first nine weeks of the season, but he's now at a tougher portion of his schedule. Fantasy owners who didn't trade him before last week may have missed out on his peak trade value. He faces Miami, Kansas City and Cincinnati over the next three weeks.




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