The Good, The Bad and the NFL Week 10
Here are some QUESTIONS we had coming into the week! What happened in Atlanta? What would Tampa Bay do? And Boy did we get some great results.
Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON completed 15 of 17 pass attempts (88.2 percent) for three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark, and added a career-long 47-yard touchdown run in the Ravens’ 49-13 win over Cincinnati.
Jackson, who also had a 158.3 rating in Week 1, became the second quarterback to record a passer rating of 158.3 (minimum 10 attempts) in multiple games within a single season in NFL history, joining BEN ROETHLISBERGER (two games in 2007).
Ravens cornerback MARCUS PETERS had an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win. Along with Peters’ 67-yard interception return for a touchdown in Week 7 and MARLON HUMPHREY‘s 70-yard fumble recovery touchdown in Week 9, Baltimore is the first team since 1970 to record a defensive touchdown of at least 65 yards in three consecutive games.
Peters has returned six interceptions for touchdowns in his five-year career, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LEM BARNEY (six) for the second-most by a player in his first five seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN HOUSTON (nine) had more.
New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES had 308 yards and four touchdowns while Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Week 10.
With Jones and Murray, Week 10 of the 2019 season is the first week in which two rookie quarterbacks each recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history.
Jones, who also had four touchdown passes in Week 8, is the fifth rookie quarterback with at least two games of four touchdown passes in NFL history, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (two games in 2012), MARCUS MARIOTA (two in 2015), Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (three in 1961) and DESHAUN WATSON (three in 2017).
Making his 10th career start, Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver CHRISTIAN KIRK in the Cardinals’ Week 10 loss.
From Week 4 to Week 10, Murray attempted 211 consecutive passes without an interception, surpassing DEREK CARR (176 attempts in 2014) and DAK PRESCOTT (176 in 2016) for the longest streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
Murray, who has 2,553 passing yards and 351 rushing yards in his first 10 starts, joined DAUNTE CULPEPPER (2000), CAM NEWTON (2011) and DESHAUN WATSON (2017-18) as the only quarterbacks to record at least 2,500 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in their first 10 career starts in NFL history.
With Murray (22 years and 95 days old) and Kirk (22 years and 357 days old) connecting on three touchdowns, it marked the first time since November 11, 1962 (Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON and CHARLEY FERGUSON) that two players under the age of 23 connected on three touchdowns in a single game.
Making his 25th career start, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 446 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.2 rating in the Chiefs’ Week 10 loss. Mahomes has 8,007 career passing yards, the most by a quarterback in his first 25 starts in NFL history.
Mahomes, who has 68 career touchdown passes, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (65 touchdown passes) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 25 career starts in NFL history.
With his 16th career game of at least 300 passing yards, Mahomes tied Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (16 games) for the most games with at least 300 passing yards in a quarterback’s first 25 career starts in league annals.
Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY recorded 188 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Titans’ 35-32 win against Kansas City.
Henry has three career games with at least 170 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in his four-year NFL career, tied for the fifth-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (six), ERIC DICKERSON (six) and EARL CAMPBELL (five), as well as JAMAL LEWIS (four) had more.
New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had 13 receptions for 152 yards in the Saints’ Week 10 loss against Atlanta.
Thomas has 407 receptions in 56 career games and surpassed ODELL BECKHAM JR. (61 games) as the fastest player to reach 400 career receptions in NFL history. Currently in his fourth season, Thomas surpassed JARVIS LANDRY (400 receptions) for the most receptions by a player in his first four seasons in league annals.
Thomas, who has 1,027 receiving yards this season, joins MIKE EVANS (2014-17), A.J. GREEN (2011-14) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998-2001) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons in NFL history.
New York Jets safety JAMAL ADAMS recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles and a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Jets’ 34-27 win over the New York Giants.
Since 2000, Adams is the sixth player to record two sacks, two forced fumbles and a touchdown in a single game, joining CLIFF AVRIL (Week 8, 2011), JASON GILDON (Week 13, 2000), ORLANDO SCANDRICK (Week 5, 2019), JYLES TUCKER (Week 17, 2007) and MIKE VRABEL (Week 8, 2007).
Preston Brown‘s time in Cincinnati has surprisingly come to an abrupt end.
The Bengals announced Tuesday they have waived the veteran linebacker.
Brown came over to Cincinnati on a one-year deal in 2018 after spending his first four seasons in Buffalo and appeared in seven games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The Bengals retained Brown via a new, three-year contract signed in the offseason, and he appeared in all nine of Cincinnati’s games in 2019.
Perhaps the writing was on the wall, though. Brown didn’t start in Sunday’s thrashing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, which dropped the Bengals to 0-9 on the year. Rookie Germaine Pratt, a 2019 third-round pick out of N.C. State, played in Brown’s place.
With Cincinnati clearly looking toward football played well after 2019, cutting ties with the veteran makes sense as the franchise aims to better understand what it has in its younger players.
In other Bengals news, tight end Drew Sample suffered a high-ankle sprain during the loss to the Ravens, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. He’ll have more done to determine how much time he’ll miss, but the second-rounder is considered a candidate for injured reserve, Rapoport added.
Here’s other news around the NFL that we’re tracking on Tuesday:
» The status of Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon (knee) is still uncertain, per coach Freddie Kitchens, who also said he did not think safety Eric Murray (knee) would be available for Thursday’s game against the Steelers.
» The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III after less than four seasons with the team. The former first-round pick was benched Sunday by coach Bruce Arians for a lack of hustle, which ultimately served as a precursor for Tuesday’s move.
» NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz talked to Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) a little bit before practice. He said he’s trending in the right direction to play and was a full participant in today’s practice.
» San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida will get a second opinion on the sprained ankle he aggravated in last night’s loss to the Seahawks, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, via an informed source. Pelissero added that it doesn’t sound like a bad injury, but Breida may miss some time to let it heal.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced LT Joe Staley has a finger fracture/dislocation, and DE Ronald Blair has a torn ACL and will go on IR. If Staley chooses to undergo surgery, it could sideline him for a couple of weeks. Wideout Emmanuel Sanders (rib) was also announced as a possible game-time decision for Week 11.
» The Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran defensive tackle Justin Ellis, per Rapoport. A piece among the Raiders‘ D-line rotation for six seasons, Ellis gives the Ravens an experienced midseason addition, given the injuries at that position. He was released by Oakland on Oct. 8. In corresponding moves, the Ravens are cutting CB Cyrus Jones and placing DL Daylon Mack on IR with a knee injury, per Pelissero.
Pelissero also confirmed that the team will sign free agent nose tackle Domata Peko to a deal that will pay him $1 million for the rest of the season, per an informed source. Pelissero added that the veteran will get $700K guaranteed and can earn another $300K in incentives. Peko, 34, has racked up 585 total tackles, 20 sacks and 14 pass deflections in 201 career games (186 starts).
» The Carolina Panthers are cutting guard Bryan Witzmann, per Pelissero.
» Oakland Raiders DB Lamarcus Joyner is expected to miss up to a few weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Pelissero, via a source. Joyner’s injury is not believed to be season-ending.
» The Log Angeles Rams have placed C Brian Allen (MCL) and LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) on IR.
» The New York Jets have promoted LB B.J. Bello and CB Kyron Brown to the active roster, and placed RG Brian Winters (shoulder) and TE Chris Herndon (rib) on IR in corresponding moves.
» The Tennessee Titans waived RB Rod Smith from the active roster, and added OL Daniel Munyer to their practice squad.