For every nail-biter in the NFL, there’s a beatdown.
Week 10’s scores featured several showdowns that went down to the wire. Others, however, were over at halftime. Here are the latter—the contests featuring clubs that were downright pitiful on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals 31, New York Giants 13
The once mighty 6-2 Giants have dropped two straight. Instead of rebounding from their collapse against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, they continued to crumble.
Andy Dalton tossed four touchdowns to four different receivers against New York’s supposedly stout defense. Cincinnati’s defense, which entered the contest ranked No. 27 in the NFL in points surrendered, forced four turnovers—three of which were by Eli Manning.
A Giants touchdown in garbage time made the game look closer than it really was.
Baltimore Ravens 55, Oakland Raiders 20
Baltimore played with an attitude that’d lead you to believe Ray Lewis was still healthy. Its defense forced three turnovers on the afternoon, but it was the Ravens offense that left Raiders fans reaching for brown paper bags.
Joe Flacco completed 21 of 33 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for a score as well.
Without Lewis and Lardarius Webb, Baltimore’s offense needs to carry the team if it plans to make a playoff push. It looked capable of doing exactly that against the Raiders.
Tennessee Titans 37, Miami Dolphins 3
Tennessee would like to thank the Chicago Bears for teaching it how to create turnovers last week.
The Titans coughed the football up five times against Chicago only to force four of their own against Miami. Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions, one to Colin McCarthy for a pick six, and Reggie Bush lost a fumble which was pounced on by Jason McCourty.
Jake Locker didn’t have the most outstanding return, completing just nine of 21 passes, but his two touchdowns—and Chris Johnson’s 126 rushing yards and one touchdown—were enough to drown the Dolphins.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.