Led by Eli Apple’s two takeaways and Olivier Vernon’s sixth and seventh sacks in the last five games, the Giants’ flourishing defense held its own on the road. After picking on cupcake opponents during a six-game winning streak, though, the offense’s woes came home to roost. Prior to Sterling Shepard’s garbage-time touchdown in the game’s final minute, New York’s lone score was a 13-yard screen pass to Rashad Jennings, capitalizing on a Bell fumble inside Pittsburgh’s 17-yard line. After scoring 30 or more points five times last season, the Giants are one of just five teams (Texans, 49ers, Bears, Browns) not to reach that mark this year. They entered the week tied for 30th in big plays and are on pace for their worst rushing attack since 1945. To top it all off, Eli Manning’s arm seems to be growing weaker each game as he consistently underthrows receivers on passes over 20 yards.
Talent gets paid in the NFL, even with off-field concerns that could lead to a big suspension on the next slip up. Bell is the premier running back in the NFL and cheap nhl jerseys and deserving of becoming the highest-paid at his position. His combination of patience, vision and burst is unparalleled in the NFL. You could take part in a month-long debate over who is the best pass-catching back in the NFL, Bell or Cardinals’ David Johnson.
Le’Veon Bell crashed the league’s MVP party with his own personal snow festival in Buffalo, becoming the first player this season to outgain an opponent by himself.
Since the Steelers began running their offense through Bell at midseason, the incredibly patient back with a trademark sinewy style is averaging a staggering 191.4 yards per game. After slipping and sliding through the Bills defense en route to a franchise-best 298 yards, he’s now flirting with Priest Holmes’ 2000 record of 163.4 yards from scrimmage per game.
I think we can all agree that the Ravens would not be the same without their longest-tenured player, and kudos to Suggs for coming back even with nothing to prove. He posted eight sacks this season, a year after missing 15 games with a torn Achilles. He is 21st on the all-time sack list and a sure-fire Hall of Famer upon retirement.
Something about that team and division, though, seems to cultivate agelessness. Suggs, Steve Smith, Elvis Dumervil, Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison are all playing some fantastic football deep into the autumn of their careers. If we’re able to get another matchup like Sunday’s in 2017, everyone would sign up immediately.
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Burns led the ACC with six interceptions in his final year at the University of Miami, where he made 23 starts in three seasons with the Hurricanes. An intriguing prospect with a high ceiling (and low floor), Burns is in position to be a starting cornerback under Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler.
The Steelers could use fresh blood in their secondary following a season in which pass defense acted as the team’s greatest weakness.
Two drives in, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had thrown for zero yards, been sacked three times and had a pick six called back by penalty. Passing for 228 yards — mostly in garbage time — Taylor led an offense that was outgained 460 yards to 275 on the day. With Buffalo’s ground game neutralized, Taylor was a non-factor through the air beyond an eight-yard scoring dart to Sammy Watkins and a late-game 40-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charles Clay.
With the loss, Buffalo’s season is all but mathematically over. With games left against the Browns, Dolphins and Jets, the Bills would need to run the table and get outrageous help for any shot at the playoffs. The Steelers, meanwhile, are flying high with three division tilts remaining against the Bengals, Ravens and Browns. If Baltimore (7-5) falls to the Patriots on Monday night, Pittsburgh heads into Week 15 with sole possession of the AFC North.