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Week 11 Notebook: NFL Storylines

November 22, 2021 Week 11 Notebook: NFL Storylines

By: Carlos Alvarez

Jonathan Taylor Leads Indy With History 5-Touchdown Day

The NFL season rolled into Week 11 with no shortage of surprise games, from Indy’s rout of Buffalo to a huge upset in Tennessee. The Cardinals (9-2) are the first team to nine wins while the Packers (8-3) and Titans (8-3) both lost on Sunday. We’ve got seven of the top storylines from Sunday’s games, and we’ll cap off Week 11 with a Monday Nighter between the Bucs and Giants.


NFL Week 11 Storylines


JT’s 5 House Calls: The Colts capsized the Bills (41-15) in Sunday’s early slate thanks to a franchise day for RB Jonathan Taylor. JT racked up 204 total yards on 35 touches with a whopping 5 TDs (4 rushing, 1 receiving). Indy has now won three straight.


A Texas-Sized Upset: The stunner of the day came in Tennessee where the one-win Texans took down the Titans (22-13). The AFC’s worst team beat the AFC’s best team behind QB Tyrod Taylor’s two rushing TDs.


Wild Ending in the North: Aaron Rodgers (4 TDs) and Kirk Cousins (3 TDs) led a high-flying air-raid with 7 TDs and more than 700 yards combined in the Vikings-Packers battle before a wild finish. Minnesota kicker Greg Joseph won it with a field goal at the buzzer (34-31).


Eagles Fly With Ground Game: Philly won its second straight game with a ferocious rushing attack that sems to be picking up steam. The birds had 242 yards on 50 carries among four rushers, including 3 TDs from QB Jalen Hurts. They beat the Saints (40-29).


The Rivera-Newton Reunion: The Panthers host Washington in a matchup between Cam Newton and his former head coach, Ron Rivera. Newton struck first, but Rivera got the last laugh (27-21).


Chiefs Chop Cowboys: One of Sunday’s most notable matchups expected high scoring between the Chiefs and Cowboys, but it wasn’t so. Kansas City won a defensive struggle (19-9) where neither Dak Prescott or Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown.


Bolts Bend But Don’t Break: The Sunday night contest saw the Chargers rolling the Steelers heading into the 4th quarter before Pittsburgh rung up 27 points to take a late lead. It didn’t last long. Chargers QB Justin Herbert (30/41, 382 yards, 3 TDs) found WR Mike Williams for the game-winning TD in the final minutes (41-37).


All Week 11 Scores & Highlights

Patriots def. Falcons (25-0) | Eagles def. Saints (40-29) | Dolphins def. Jets (24-17) | Washington def. Panthers (27-21) | Colts def. Bills (41-15) | Browns def. Lions (13-10) | 49ers def. Jaguars (30-10) | Texans def. Titans (22-13) | Vikings def. Packers (34-31) | Ravens def. Bears (16-13) | Bengals def. Raiders (32-13) | Cardinals def. Seahawks (23-13) | Chiefs def. Cowboys (19-9) | Chargers def. Steelers (41-37)


Monday Night Football

Giants at Bucs (8:15 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

SI: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor Shines With 5 TDs in Historic Day

NFL: Week 11: What We Learned From Sunday’s Games

B/R: NFL Week 11 Puts Updated Playoff Picture in Complete Chaos


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