NFL Wrap-Up: Week 10 East Divisions

The Dolphins decide to give up on Luck and the Cowboys make a point in Week 10.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

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This Philadelphia Eagles continue to underwhelm, the Patriots, Jets, Giants and Buffalo continue to be inconsistent…..and the Dolphins have win their second game in a row.  Yes, those Dolphins.


NFC East

Washington Redskins  9
Miami Dolphins  20

While neither offense played great football for either of these teams this week, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush did continue his impressive recent play by rushing for two touchdowns on just 14 carries   Meanwhile, Karlos Dansby and the rest of the Dolphins defense looked good in forcing two turnovers and leading the Dolphins to their second consecutive victory.  The Redskins rushing defense looked as bad as ever as the team only put together 246 yards of offense.

Buffalo Bills  7
Dallas Cowboys  44
Rookie running back DeMarco Murray was once again in command for the Cowboys as he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown and added 36 more yards of receiving.  He has been the most impressive rookie running back this season and continues to dominate opposing defenses.  The Cowboys offense was clearly firing on all cylinders as quarterback Tony Romo threw just three incomplete passes all day and had a quarterback rating of 148.4 for the game.  The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, committed four turnovers and have now lost two straight and three of their last four games.

Arizona Cardinals  21
Philadelphia Eagles  17

The Philadelphia Eagles, despite LeSean McCoys consistent play, continue to struggle both offensively and defensively and are now sitting at 3-6 on the year.  The Eagles defense looked great at times, accounting for four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss on the day, but could not make the big play when it counted the most.  Cardinals quarterback John Skelton completed a touchdown pass to Early Doucet with less than two minutes to play and the Eagles fate was sealed.

AFC East

New England Patriots  37
New York Jets  16

Tom Brady and the Patriots were not about to lose a second straight game to a New York football team. Tight end Rob Gronkowski scored on a Tom Brady pass with nine seconds to go in the first half to take the lead and the Patriots didn't look back after that.  The Jets committed three turnovers compared to zero for the Patriots and there was never a real shot for the Rex Ryan-coached Jets.


Game of the Week

New York Giants  20
San Francisco 49ers  27

Under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers have been the model of consistency and persistence.  Today was no different as they came back in the fourth quarter to defeat a very good New York Giants football team.

Despite virtually no rushing game to speak of and running back Frank Gore recording zero yards for the first time in his career, quarterback Alex Smith and the Niners were mentally tough enough to hold on for the win in front of a home crowd in Candelstick Park.  Niners defensive back Carlos Rogers was able to pick off Eli Manning twice in this game, now giving San Francisco a total of 21 turnovers forced on the season — the most in the NFL.  The Niners 8-1 start is also their best since the 1997 season.  

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is the best there is in the fourth quarter this season, but today's effort fell just short.  Despite 311 yards passing from Manning, the Giants pass defense just wasn't good enough in the fourth quarter to earn the win as they gave up the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Vernon Davis with 13:22 left that sealed the victory for their opposition.

Offensive Player of the Week

DeMarco Murray DAL – 171 total yards, 1 TD
Murray reeled off yet another 100-yard effort as he continues to be the most impressive rookie skill player this season over the last month or so.  So far, he seems to be putting his former collegiate injury woes behind him and is clearly becoming the featured back in Dallas.

Defensive Player of the Week

Andre Carter NE – 6 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks, 8 QB hits
Carter was looked like a man-possessed on Sunday as he was constantly wreaking havoc on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and making life miserable for Rex Ryan's squad. 

Runner-up:  Karlos Dansby MIA – 10 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack, 1 interception 


Division Standings

AFC East

New England Patriots 6-3

New York Jets 5-4

Buffalo Bills 5-4

Miami Dolphins 2-7

NFC East

New York Giants 6-3

Dallas Cowboys 5-4

Philadelphia Eagles 3-6

Washington Redskins 3-6