Andrew Mazza: Grade 8
During the tenth week of the National Football League (NFL), many big plays occurred and many awards were presented. First, I would like to congratulate Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins and Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers for receiving the Offensive Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Next, I would like to congratulate Terence Newman from the Minnesota Vikings and Bacarri Rambo from the Buffalo Bills for winning Defensive Player of The Week in their leagues.
Now, to the big plays of the week: during the game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. recorded an 87-yard touchdown, allowing the Giants to take the lead early in the game. After that, Rob Gronkowski from the Patriots recorded a 78-yard touchdown, closing the gap between the Giants and the Patriots. After an amazing Patriots’ comeback, Josh Brown of the Giants took a 2-point lead by scoring a field goal. Then, with less than 10 seconds on the clock, Stephen Gostkowski scored the game-winning field goal for the Patriots. The final score was 26-25.
Next, Cousins and the Redskins destroyed the New Orleans Saints in a game that was not even close! From the Saints’ side of the field, quarterback Drew Brees connected with Brandin Cooks for a 60-yard touchdown. On the Redskins’ side, Cousins recorded a perfect game; he earned a passer rating of 158.3 and added more than 350 passing yards and 4 touchdowns to his season total. Matt Jones recorded an outstanding 78-yard touchdown, as well as a huge 20-yard run. Finally, Dashon Goldson intercepted a pick six from Drew Brees and extended the Redskins’ lead. Great job ’Skins!
Now, onto the miscellaneous plays around the NFL: quarterback Ryan Tannehill fumbled a ball in the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety. Somehow the Miami Dolphins still won the game 20-19. Peyton Manning threw 4 interceptions after missing practice earlier that week for the Denver Broncos. Brock Osweiler later took over, although the team never recovered. It’s been one amazing week! Make sure you kick back, relax, and read the Week 11 article!