The 1972 Miami Dolphins got to break out the champagne on Monday night.
After ten weeks, there are no more undefeated teams. Seattle overcame a Russell Wilson interception at the five yard line in overtime as kicker Jason Myers hit a 42 yard field goal as time expired in overtime.
Chase McLaughlin, a rookie kicker (from Illinois), hit a 47 yarder to tie the game at the end of regulation for San Francisco but then shanked a 47 yarder that would have won the game in overtime.
- The NFL continues to confound bettors as teams that really shouldn’t be winning are beating teams straight up, much less against the spread. Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Tennessee all won games that they probably shouldn’t have.
- There really is no dominant team this year though in either league. In the AFC, it should come down to New England, Baltimore, and Kansas City while the NFC has San Francisco, Seattle, Green Bay, and New Orleans that look like early leaders to make the Super Bowl.
But most of you are here to see how the former boys of black and gold are doing in the NFL. This week there were 34 players on rosters and practice squads, down one from last week.
Player of the Week
In a week where counting stats were hard to come by, the POTW goes to a legend on the offensive line. Marshal Yanda is in his 13th season with the Baltimore Ravens. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Ravens with a pick (86th) that began with Denver, went to Jacksonville and finally to Baltimore.
Yanda has played in 171 games, starting 160 of them. In his entire CAREER, he’s only been flagged for 11 holding penalties per pro-football-reference.com. Six times he’s been named to the AP first or second All-Pro team. He should be a Hall of Famer when all is said and done.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 7-2 as they defeated Cincinnati 49-13. They host the Ravens on Sunday. POTW =1.
Marshall Yanda should be a first ballot hall of famer and has never got the recognition he deserves https://t.co/eqpwwm89t6— Football Analysis (@FBallAnalysis) November 5, 2019
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
QB C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season in the NFL): Beathard was inactive again this week, as he has been every week this season. The 49ers lost to Seattle 27-24 for their first loss of the season.
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams fell to 5-4 as they lost to Pittsburgh 17-12. The Rams host Chicago next week.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills fall to 6-3 as they lost to the Browns 19-16. Boettger was inactive for the game.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated Carolina 24-16 to improve to 8-2. The Packers have a bye next week.
RB James Butler (Oakland Raiders, 2nd season): Butler is on the Raiders practice squad.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons upset New Orleans 26-9 to improve to 2-7 on the season. Clayborn had one tackle which was a sack of Drew Brees.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels was finally active this week after battling a foot injury for the past six weeks. Unfortunately the Lions lost to the Bears 20-13 to fall to 3-5-1 on the season. Daniels had one tackle which was a sack but also left the game with another apparent foot issue.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears improved to 4-5 as they defeated the Lions. Daniels actually moved to guard, the position he played last year, for the game. Chicago travels to L.A. to play the Rams on Sunday night.
OL Andrew Donnal (Miami Dolphins, 5th season): Donnal and the Dolphins have now won two in a row improve to 2-7 as they beat the Colts 16-12. Donnal was active for the second game in a row. Miami hosts Buffalo this week.
WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley is on the Buffalo practice squad.
TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant and the Broncos had a bye this week. Denver is 3-6 and travels to Minnesota on Sunday. POTW =1.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the Patriots had a bye this week. They take their 8-1 record to Philadelphia on Sunday. POTW = 1.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens had five tackles in the Chiefs 35-32 loss to the Titans. The Chiefs fell to 6-4 and travel to play the Chargers next Monday night.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson had three catches for 47 yards in the Lions loss to the Bears. The Lions host Dallas this week. POTW honors = 1.
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills lost to Cleveland 19-16. Hyde had four tackles in the loss. POTW Honors =1.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker had two tackles in the Titans 35-32 victory over Kansas City. The Titans improve to 5-5 on the season and have a bye this week.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson was inactive in the Packers victory over Carolina.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell and the Broncos were off this week. POTW honors = 1.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson had two tackles in a 28-24 victory over Dallas. Johnson started the game for the first time this season. The Vikings improve to 7-3 on the season and host Denver on Sunday.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King had four tackles, including one for loss, in the Chargers 26-24 loss to the Raiders last Thursday. King returned three punts for 19 total yards. POTW honors = 1.
LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey was placed on the IR earlier this season and is most likely out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The Browns defeated Buffalo 19-16 to improve to 3-6.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle was on the inactive list with a knee injury. San Francisco lost to Seattle on Monday night in his absence and will host Arizona on Sunday. POTW honors = 2. x
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter probably long-snapped in a neighborhood football game over his bye week.
DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin was active but didn’t play in the Bengals 49-13 loss to the Ravens. The 0-9 Bengals play the Raiders on Sunday as they still look for their first victory.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson is on the practice squad for Detroit.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson and the Buccaneers defeated Arizona 30-27 to improve to 3-6. Nelson was inactive for the game as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Tampa hosts New Orleans next week.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann didn’t see much action in the Chiefs loss to the Titans. He did have one tackle in the game. POTW honors = 1.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings improved to 7-3 after defeating the Cowboys.
OL Keegan Render (Philadelphia Eagles, 1st season): Render is on the practice squad for Philadelphia.
OL Ross Reynolds (San Francisco 49ers, 1st season): Reynolds is on the San Francisco practice squad.
OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins, 5th season): Scherff and the 1-8 Redskins had a week off to reflect on their shortcomings. They host the Jets on Sunday.