10. Seahawks 21, Bengals 20
SEA – The lead flipped six times but you just knew at some point Wilson would make the necessary plays to win the game, and he did. It wasn’t pretty but Wilson and Chris Carson took over and combined to touch the ball 39 times. Rashaad Penny had six carries and eight other receptions went to four different receivers. This is the Seahawks’ script.
CIN – Andy Dalton was 2-0 against the Bengals all-time heading into this game, so it wasn’t a major surprise to see him in comfort, throwing for 418 yards and two touchdowns but it was eye opening how much he targeted John Ross for a team lead 12 times for 158 yards and two scores.
11. Vikings 28, Falcons 12
ATL – The Falcons eventually got the offense rolling after being dominated for three quarters. They won’t always be this silent as the Vikings are that tough, but each of their studs were held in check, especially Devonta Freeman.
MIN – On the flip side, the Vikings showed what the future (and past) could be if Dalvin Cook could just remain healthy. He went off, touching the ball 23 times, as Kirk Cousins attempted just 10 passes.
12. Patriots 33, Steelers 3
PIT – JuJu Smith-Schuster looked as if he was not prepared to take on the top cornerbacks of the league, in this case Stephon Gilmore. All of the Steeler’s stallions looked tamed as no receiver looked comfortable being blanketed in coverage and James Conner was grounded. Outclassed and beaten down, the divide between the Patriots and Steelers was massive.
NEP – Without their new weapon, Antonio Brown, in the house, the Patriots did whatever they wanted as Phillip Dorsett and Josh Gordon were unstoppable down the field, while Rex Burkhead and Julian Edelman chewed them up in the small game. Just imagining this team with Brown is frightening.