The 10 lessons of Week 10: Justin Jefferson is the best receiver in the NFL

Justin Jefferson is the best receiver in the NFL…

Some may cry overreaction, but with what Justin Jefferson did yesterday and more generally since the start of the season, he can clearly claim the status of best NFL receiver.

Author of the craziest reception of the year (of the decade? In history?) against the Bills, Jefferson played the heroes (10 receptions, 193 yards, 1 touchdown) to help Minnesota win a huge victory at Buffalo. JJets now lead the NFL in receiving yards per game with nearly 118 on average (ahead of Tyreek Hill), and broke the record for most 100-yard performances in the first three seasons of a career (20), ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. (19) and Randy Moss (19).

When journalist Pam Oliver asked him if he was the best NFL wide receiver right now, here’s what he said.

“Of course, of course, I proved that today. »

…and the Vikings are legit

Heading into the game at Buffalo yesterday, Minnesota’s 7-1 record was accompanied by quite a bit of skepticism. Easy schedule, not always convincing victories, irregularity… in short, the Vikings needed a benchmark success to really be able to show their muscles. They picked her up yesterday in Buffalo.

In hostile ground, against one of the heavyweights of the AFC, despite a deficit of 17 points in the second half and an arbitration decision which almost cost them the match, Justin Jefferson and his teammates snatched the victory 33- 30 at the end of a completely crazy scenario. The defense again came out with big plays at the best time and with Dalvin Cook remaining on his best game of the season, we’re really going to have to take these Vikings very seriously.

Josh Allen and the Bills are in trouble

Buffalo fell for the second time in a row after the loss to the Jets last week, and some unfortunate trends are emerging for this heavy AFC favorite.

Already, Josh Allen has sent two interceptions in the red zone against the Vikings, bringing his total to four after those against Green Bay (week 8) and New York (week 9). If the quarterback reassured about his elbow injury, it necessarily stings a bit, especially since he also gave the Vikings an incredible gift with this fumble in his own end zone at the end of the match.

Then, it’s been since the… sixth week that the Bills haven’t scored a touchdown in the second half (only four field goals for 12 points). And that does not forgive, even when we have a 17-point lead like yesterday against Minnesota.

As a result, Buffalo is now only third in its division, behind Miami and New York.

Attention, Miami also knows how to run

Renowned for their hyper-explosive aerial game, the Dolphins proved on Sunday that they were also capable of hurting on the ground. New rookie Jeff Wilson walked the Browns with 119 yards on 17 carries, fellow running back Raheem Mostert added 65, and the duo found the end zone twice.

With a Tua Tagovailoa who is playing the best football of his career, the Tyreek Hill – Jaylen Waddle tandem who continues to do damage, an effective offensive line and therefore the running game which is gaining momentum (195 yards yesterday, season record ), Miami is starting to get scary. Especially since at the same time, the Florida defense – reinforced by the arrival of Bradley Chubb – also did the job against the Browns by limiting their ground game.

On four wins in a row, the Dolphins are now leading the AFC East (record of 7 wins – 3 losses).

The NFL in Munich, a truly successful experience

For the first time in its history, the NFL made a stopover in Munich this weekend for a regular season game. And very quickly, we could see how much Germany – which was at the heart of the NFL Europe project in the 2000s – loves American football.

GOAT Tom Brady, 45 and in his 23rd NFL season, bluntly said that game at Allianz Arena is « one of the greatest experiences » of his career.

No doubt, the NFL in Munich is made to last.

Tom Brady is not a receiver

There is nothing more to hope for from the Rams this season

The Los Angeles Rams have just lost their fifth game in six games. Star receiver Cooper Kupp has injured his ankle and could miss a long time. Matthew Stafford is in concussion protocol. And even the Cardinals come to win at the defending champion despite the absence of Kyler Murray.

With a record of 3 wins – 6 losses, a last place in the NFC West and no improvement on the horizon, the Rams can already return their Vince Lombardi trophy.

Without TJ Watt’s injury, the Steelers would be in playoff contention

Absent since the Steelers victory in week 1, TJ Watt made his comeback yesterday against New Orleans. And its impact was immediate. The 2021 Defenseman of the Year provided a big boost to a Steelers defense that limited the Saints to 10 points and 186 yards while prompting two turnovers despite the absence of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“TJ is a special player,” said safety Damontae Kazee in particular after the match. “He started to heat up the audience, everyone was screaming, it gave me goosebumps. »

Without Watt’s big pectoral injury at the very start of the season, we think that Pittsburgh – six losses in seven games without TJ – would have a much better record than the current 3-6.

Aaron Rodgers has finally found his ‘go-to’ receiver

4 receptions, 107 yards, 3 touchdowns. Here are the stats of rookie receiver Christian Watson, one of the great architects of the Packers’ comeback yesterday in their crucial victory against Dallas.

Discreet since the start of the season and often injured, the 34th choice of the 2022 Draft showed his quarterback Aaron Rodgers that he could be a real difference-maker. Excellent news for the double MVP in title, in big trouble for a few weeks and not helped by the uncompensated departure of Davante Adams in the offseason.

Already a Jeff Saturday effect in Indianapolis

If many former coaches have pointed the finger at the Colts’ decision to hire an inexperienced coach to replace Frank Reich, Jeff Saturday made a successful debut yesterday against the Raiders.

Behind a re-established Matt Ryan, a found Jonathan Taylor and a defense that was solid at the right time, Indianapolis indeed won 25-20 for the great first of the former offensive lineman. « He arrived with energy, and that’s what we need, » said player DeForest Buckner a few days ago. This was seen on the field on Sunday, and in the locker room after the match.

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