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NFL Outlook Article #6

The top teams in the NFL are well defined: Eagles, Patriots, Saints, Vikings, Rams, and Steelers.

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Week 10 is over and the top teams in the NFL are well defined: Eagles, Patriots, Saints, Vikings, Rams, and Steelers.

The Saints are for real! For the first time since 2010 the Saints have a running game and a defense. In 2010, they won the Super Bowl, so they are on the right track for Super Bowl 52 this February. They blew the figurative roof off of the Bills stadium with a score of 47-10. Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, is usually the star when the Saints score a large quantity of points. However, it is the two-headed running back beast that stole the show. There were two running backs that ran for over 100 yards last week, and that were both on the Saints. Mark Ingram had a career day with 131 yards and 3 touchdowns. The rookie running back sensation, Alvin Kamara, rushed for 106 and 1 TD, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. Just to add the cherry on top, Drew Brees rushed for his 9th career touchdown in a career lasting for over 17 years. With a solid defense performance that limited Tyrod Taylor and the offense to zero TDs, and the backup scored only one TD in garbage time, it looks like the Saints are not going to stop their 7 game winning streak any time soon. Tyrod Taylor has also been benched by the Buffalo coaching staff and are starting rookie QB Nathan Peterman due to Tyrod’s failure of a performance against and young and stingy Saints defense.

Drew Brees rushed for his 9th career touchdown in a career lasting for over 17 years”

Clayborne has a historic day! In a 27-7 win over the Cowboys, the Falcons defensive end highlighted the performance with 6 sacks on Dak Prescott. One of those sacks was a strip sack fumble in which the Falcons recovered the ball and another forced fumble. Those 6 sacks set a Falcons franchise record for most sacks in a game and Clayborne is 1 sack short of the all time most sacks in one game set by Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. The crazy thing is that Clayborne is not even a starter and did all of that damage as a backup. He had a lot of help in his endeavor due to the injury of starting left tackle for Dallas, Tyron Smith. The back up LT was horrendous and most of the blame needs to be put on the coaching staff for not giving the poor man any help on the edge with an extra tight end or running back to help block Claybourne. Another noticeable difference for the Cowboys this week was the absence of star running back Ezekiel Elliott who is serving his 6 game suspension for Domestic Violence. The running back core for Dallas did not step up in his absence and quarterback Dak Prescott is not talented enough to carry the entire team without a solid running game. That is why I am writing the Cowboys off and stating that they will not make the playoffs, which I have believed (or at least hoped) since the beginning of the season.

Here are the Week 11 NFL Predictions. Zach is starting to run away with this with a score of 4-1 against Nate.

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