Decyfr’s Week 10 Roundup

The 2023 NFL International Series has now concluded – with the New England Patriots falling short against the Indianapolis Colts in a low-scoring game in Frankfurt. Elsewhere, however, fans were treated to some late drama and shock results as teams begin to look towards the Playoff picture. Here’s Decyfr’s Week 10 roundup.

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

Final Score: 33 – 31

Deshaun Watson battled it out against former league MVP, Lamar Jackson in a scintillating battle of the quarterbacks. The Ravens’ quarterback threw for 223 yards with one touchdown finding the hands of Odell Beckham Jr for his second consecutive touchdown in as many weeks, but also threw two costly interceptions, while Watson threw for 213 yards with one touchdown and an interception. The game looked to be going Baltimore’s way in the fourth quarter with a 14-point advantage. However, a game-winning drive that lasted nearly five minutes saw Dustin Hopkins kick the field goal in the dying moments to seal victory for Cleveland. The Browns now sit third in the AFC North while Baltimore continues to lead the division.

Player of the Game: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals

Final Score: 30 – 27

Texans’ rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud continued his rich vein of form in Week 10, this time against the Bengals. Stroud threw for a stunning 356 yards with a touchdown to Tank Dell and led a 90-second drive for 55 yards, allowing newly-signed kicker, Matt Ammendola to win the game with a 38-yard field goal. Burrow had an equally impressive game, throwing for 347 yards and two touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough to get the win and narrow the gap in a competitive AFC North. Houston improved their record to 5-4 and sit second in the AFC South whilst Cincinnati go to 5-4 and sit at the bottom of their division.

Player of the Game: CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons @ Arizona Cardinals

Final Score: 23 – 25

The long-awaited return of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray following his 11-month injury recovery was just the boost that Arizona needed. The 26-year-old threw for 249 yards and had 33 rushing yards, including a touchdown for himself on the ground. Late in the fourth quarter, Murray bounced around in the pocket before scrambling to evade the sack, completing a 13-yard run to set up the game-winning field goal for kicker Matt Prater. With Murray’s spectacular return, the Cardinals ended a six-game losing streak and move to 2-8, but remain bottom of the NFC West. The Falcons, on the other hand, drop to 4-6 and stay third in the NFC South.

Player of the Game: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions @ Los Angeles Chargers

Final Score: 41 – 38

A shootout between two quarterbacks who’ve racked up impressive passing stats this year led to one of the games of this NFL season. Justin Herbert had 323 yards, four touchdowns and an interception, whilst Jared Goff had 333 yards for two passing touchdowns. Keenan Allen and Amon-Ra St. Brown both put on stellar displays for their respective teams at wide receiver, with Allen having 175 yards and two of the four touchdowns, with St. Brown hauled in 156 yards and one touchdown catch.

However, the running-back duo of David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs were the difference makers – with Gibbs having 77 yards and two touchdowns whilst Montgomery had 116 yards and a one-play, 75-yard rushing score towards the end of the first half. The Chargers are now 4-5 and sit third in the AFC West while the Lions continue their fine form at 7-2 and remain top of the NFC North standings.

Player of the Game: David Montgomery, Running back, Detroit Lions

Washington Commanders @ Seattle Seahawks

Final Score: 26 – 29

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith gave fans two thrilling fourth-quarter touchdown drives, totalling 362 yards in a close win over the Commanders. Smith threw two touchdown passes to Kenneth Walker III and Tyler Lockett in the third and fourth quarter respectively. With 52 seconds on the clock, Smith drove the team 50 yards to set up a 48-yard field goal for Jason Myers to win the game – after Dyami Brown’s touchdown had levelled the scoring for Washington. The Commanders stay third in their division at 4-6 whilst Seattle sit in second, below the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.

Player of the Game: Geno Smith, Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks.

Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills

Final Score: 24 – 22

With the final game of the Week 10 slate, Monday Night Football saw an enthralling matchup between the Buffalo Bills and a rejuvenated Denver Broncos. Denver quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns to Courtland Sutton and Javonte Williams whilst Bills quarterback Josh Allen had 177 yards in the air, with one touchdown to Dalton Kincaid. However, he also threw two crucial interceptions, landing in the hands of Fabian Moreau and the ever-present, Justin Simmons.

Wil Lutz kicked a game-winning 36-yard field goal after initially missing the original 41-yard attempt as the Bills were penalised for having too many players on the field – giving Denver their first win in Buffalo since 2007. The Bills still remain second in the AFC East at 5-5, while the Broncos sit bottom of the AFC West at 4-5.

Player of the Game: Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Denver Broncos

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