The AFC North put together a great Week 10 by tallying up a 3-0 record. The Ravens stomped the Raiders, the Bengals upset the defending champs, and the Steelers won in a dramatic overtime game against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Several guys had standout performances and helped their teams win this week. My game balls go to players with the biggest impact on their game.
Baltimore Ravens: I can’t give a game ball to everyone on the Baltimore offense, so I’ll give mine to their quarterback, Joe Flacco. The Ravens put up 55 points on the Raiders, a franchise record. Flacco lead the charge by throwing for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 3 quarters that he played. Flacco was simply masterful and will need to be equally great next week because the Ravens head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The weather was sloppy and so were the Steelers on Monday Night football. Hardly anyone played exceptionally well as the streaking Steelers were taken to the brink of defeat by the lowly Chiefs. But Lawrence Timmons intercepted Matt Cassel on the 2nd play of overtime and returned it inside the 10 yard line to set up the chip shot winning field goal so he gets my game ball. Timmons jumped a curl rout and saved what could have been a devastating loss for Pittsburgh. He also added 7 tackles and a couple pass deflections to his good day on defense. His overall performance wasn’t stellar but he came through in the clutch and that’s why he gets the game ball for this week.
Cincinnati Bengals: Game balls could be handed out all over the place in this game. The Bengals handedly beat the defending champs, and were impressive while doing it. I have to give my game ball to Andy Dalton. Dalton had only 199 yards but he racked up a career high 4 touchdown passes and, maybe more importantly, no interceptions.
Cleveland Browns: My game ball goes to the NFL scheduling committee. It’s been nearly a month and a half since the Browns didn’t lose a game on Sunday. Of course it took a bye week to achieve this feat, and that’s why my game ball goes to the NFL scheduling committee.