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NFL: Headlines from Week 10

  • NFL: Headlines from Week 10

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The league's best teams found new ways to win this past week as the playoff picture continued to take shape. Here are the main headlines coming out of Week 10:

Vikings are for real

Whether it's Sam Bradford, Case Keenum or the returning Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings know how to win and it seems it isn't just because of their defence.

In Keenum's case, the competent backup passer had his way with the Redskins, finishing 21-of-29 with 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Vikings improved to 7-2 with a 38-30 win.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins did his best against one of the league's better defensive units, but ultimately fell just short of a comeback.

Despite losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook for the season, Minnesota's multi-pronged offence have come to the fore when it counts, and this past weekend was no different.

While Latavius Murray (17 CAR, 68 YDS, TD) and Jerick McKinnon (10 CAR, 32 YDS) led things on the ground, Keenum found six different receivers through the air, including main wideout weapons Adam Thielen (8 REC, 166 YDS, TD) and Stefon Diggs (4 REC, 78 YDS, TD) who terrorised the opposing secondary at will.

The win maintains Minnesota's two-game lead at the top of the NFC North division and has them in good stead as the second half of the seasons continues.

The Eagles aren't the best team in the NFC

The Philadelphia Eagles have some serious competition in the New Orleans Saints.

Sean Payton's Drew Brees-based aerial attack was completely overridden against the Bills, as Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Trey Edmunds ran roughshod to the combined tune of 285 yards.

Ingram (21 CAR, 131 YDS, 3 TD) and Kamara (12 CAR, 106 YDS, TD) reached the second level on a consistent basis as their dominant offensive line had their way with a Bills defensive front weakened by the loss of Marcell Dareus, who was recently traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a conditional 2018 sixth-round draft pick.

Such was the Saints' dominance on the ground, Payton willingly called 24 consecutive run plays in the second half - including a 94-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a seven-yard Brees scramble.

The dominance didn't end there. Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and his defence reduced Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor to just 56 yards and an interception on the way to 198 total team yards.

It's this balance and variable playbook on both sides of the ball that leaves the 2010 Super Bowl champions looking like genuine contenders to come out of the NFC, perhaps even more so than the high-flying Eagles.

New England are Super Bowl favourites again

After an inconsistent start to the season, the New England Patriots are back to their best.

Their 41-16 demolition of the Denver Broncos is now their fifth consecutive victory of this campaign, and most impressive yet.

Tom Brady was untouchable behind an improving offensive line, throwing 25-of-34 for 266 yards and three touchdowns against a Denver defence that surrendered more than 40 points for the second week in a row.

Vance Joseph's men lost in every facet of the game, particular in special teams as the Patriots forced a muffed punt, returned a kick for a touchdown and blocked a Broncos punt early on to end any hopes of a comeback.

Bill Belichick has got the defending champions playing playoff-level football again, with his side now unbeaten in their last 12 consecutive road games.

A win over the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City next week could see the Patriots reclaim top spot in the AFC, a position they will surely look to build on with games against divisional rivals Miami and Buffalo still to follow.
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