NFL Week 11: #1 Overall Pick Jared Goff Makes Debut; Kickers Miss Record Attempts


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In the last couple seasons in the NFL, there seemed to be a change in the way offensive football was being played. Instead of an emphasis on a down-and-dirty, run-based attack, every team in the league decided to air it out. This type of change in mentality happens often in the NFL, and now, it seems there is a new change: kickers…forgetting how to kick.

In the early games alone, kickers missed over ten extra points. Perhaps this is due to the rule change of extra points being moved back ten yards, or, an emphasis on kicking seems to be downgraded at the college level. In total, kickers set a record for missing the most extra points in a week. With that being said, Sunday had a lot of odd final scores, along with the debut of the league’s number one overall pick.


Let’s start with Thursday night’s divisional matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers. Carolina was able to pull out the victory 23-20, but it did not come without a cost: All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Keuchly was lost to an apparent concussion, but it was the star’s reaction that sent reverberations around to fans and viewers, showcasing the danger of playing the game:

Elsewhere in divisional action, the Indianapolis Colts brought the Tennessee Titans bandwagon to a screeching halt with a 24-17 victory. The Titans made it exciting, but they just couldn’t keep up with the Colts’ assault. Even when it looked like the Titans had come up with a big play, the Colts made something happen, including this touchdown by T.Y. Hilton:

In non-divisional action, the Minnesota Vikings were finally able to stop the bleeding, beating and battering Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer on the way to a 30-24 victory. This win not only ended their four-game losing streak, but it was as complete a victory as you could ask for, getting plays from the offense, defense, and special teams:

Number one overall pick Jared Goff was finally able to suit up and lead the Los Angeles Rams in his debut. Feeling pressure from the fans and ownership, Coach Jeff Fisher decided to give the rookie his chance. And it was going well…ish. Goff didn’t throw a touchdown, but with the help of his defense, the Rams took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Then a defensive collapse of epic proportions proceeded, and Miami scored two TDs with under five minutes remaining for a 14-10 victory, spoiling the rookie quarterback’s debut. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill made a number of clutch throws late, but it was this superhuman effort by receiver Jarvis Landry that swung the tide:

Oh, and the Browns lost. Again.

Check out the rest of Week 11’s final scores and Fantasy Stars in our full scoreboard below:

Carolina Panthers (4-6) def. New Orleans Saints (4-6) 23-20
Fantasy Star: Graham Gano – 3/3 field goals, 11 total points

Buffalo Bills (5-5) def. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) 16-12
Fantasy Star: Buffalo Defense – 1 sack, two INTs, 1 fumble

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) def. Cleveland Browns (0-11) 24-9
Fantasy Star: Le’veon Bell – 28 rushes, 146 yards, 1 TD; 8 catches, 55 yards

Dallas Cowboys (9-1) def. Baltimore Ravens (5-5) 27-17
Fantasy Star: Dak Prescott – 27/36 for 301 yards and 3 TDs; 2 carries, 16 yards

Detroit Lions (6-4) def. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) 26-19
Fantasy Star: Detroit Defense – 2 INTs, 1 fumble, 1 punt return TD

Indianapolis Colts (5-5) def. Tennessee Titans (5-6) 24-17
Fantasy Star: Andrew Luck – 15/28 for 262 and 2 TDs; 1 INT; 8 carries, 22 yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) def. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) 19-17
Fantasy Star: Jameis Winston – 24/39 for 331 yards, 1 TD; 5 carries 22 yards

Minnesota Vikings (6-4) def. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1) 30-24
Fantasy Star: Vikings Defense – 4 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 fumble, 1 kickoff return TD

New York Giants (7-3) def. Chicago Bears (2-8) 22-16
Fantasy Star: Eli Manning – 21/36 for 227 yards and 2 TDs

Miami Dolphins (6-4) def. Los Angeles Rams (4-6) 14-10
Fantasy Star: Ryan Tannehill – 24/34 for 172 yards and 2 TDs; 1 INT; 2 carries, 19 yards

Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) def. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) 26-15
Fantasy Star: Seattle Defense – 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 fumble

New England Patriots (8-2) def. San Francisco 49ers (1-9) 30-17
Fantasy Star: Tom Brady – 24/40 for 280 yards and 4 TDs; 4 carries, 12 yards

Washington Redskins (6-3-1) def. Green Bay Packers (4-6) 42-24
Fantasy Star: Kirk Cousins – 21/30 for 375 yards and 3 TDs

Oakland Raiders (8-2) def. Houston Texans (6-4) 27-20
Fantasy Star: Derek Carr – 21/31 for 295 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT


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