Manning threw five touchdown passes in less than 17 minutes and the Denver Broncos handed the Oakland Raiders their 15th straight loss, 41-17 on Sunday.
While the Bolts are far from out of the playoff hunt, their road to the post-season looks to be much more daunting now then it did about a month or so ago.
Week 10 of the 2014 NFL regular season has a lot of big games on the schedule and that includes two big AFC contests that include match-ups between potential playoff teams. Steve Tasker of CBS Sports took some time to discuss the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals and then a Sunday match-up between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
In the latest thrashing, the Chargers gave up 37 points to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday in a 37-0 blowout in Miami. Keep in mind, that the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill are not exactly the equivalent of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, or Drew Brees and the Saints when it comes to offensive firepower.
The Panthers’ season has been a struggle, and if Ron Rivera’s team was not in the NFC South, they would be out of the race.
As the Bears return from their bye week, they are in the midst of a crisis. Serious doubts have surfaced about head coach Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler, and unless the team turns around their season with an eye-opening second half, the pressure will intensify.
The Giants face a difficult logistical assignment as they go to the West Coast following their Monday night blowout loss to the Colts.
While Jeff Fisher can’t look at Austin Davis and think that he has a quarterback with All-Pro talents and skills, he is a superb competitor who gets everything out of his ability and demands a top effort from his offensive teammates.
The Broncos are going to have to shake off their Week Nine loss to New England, and while the pain from that loss is likely to linger, this veteran team will move on to the Raiders.
The Falcons appear to be in a deep funk for the second consecutive year, and it seems unlikely they will turn things around under the current regime.
The Cowboys made Tony Romo fly across the Atlantic, and now they must decide whether he will play against the Jaguars even though he has two small fractures in his back.
Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and has playing sensational football. He was at his best in Week Eight when he threw for 522 yards and six touchdown passes against the Colts.
The 49ers have largely been a team in conflict through the first half of the NFL season, but head coach Jim Harbaugh must get this team to focus as it heads towards the most critical portion of the season.
Ryan Tannehill is an up-and-down quarterback, and his performances are quite unpredictable. He has had some struggling games at home, while his best game of the year was a road game at Chicago.
The Chiefs have to show they can win the tough games on the road if they are going to make a legitimate run at a playoff spot, so they are going to need a sharp effort here to beat an improving Bills team.