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NFL Week 11 in review: Highlights, injuries, analysis

The Week 11 NFL slate included some huge performances. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens had a statement victory over Deshaun Watson and the Texans, while Jimmy Garoppolo led a comeback victory over the Cardinals and the Patriots held off the Eagles in the late window.

Read on for highlights, injuries and analysis from our NFL Nation reporters at every game.

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Ravens 41, Texans 7

Texans inactives: CB Vernon Hargreaves, WR Will Fuller V, CB Bradley Roby, WR Steven Mitchell, DE Joel Heath, OT Chris Clark, ILB Tyrell Adams

Ravens inactives: QB Trace McSorley, WR Chris Moore, WR Jaleel Scott, CB Iman Marshall, OG Ben Powers, DT Zach Sieler, DT Michael Pierce

Highlights:

Well, it won't be a shutout for the Ravens. Carlos Hyde gets loose for a 41-yard TD:

Yet another TD pass for Lamar Jackson, this one the second of the day for Mark Ingram II:

Add your own video game sound effects to this ridiculous run:

Mark Ingram II gets wide open, Lamar Jackson tosses it to him, and the rout is on after the sliding TD celly:

TD pass No. 2 today for Lamar Jackson, and it's another highlight to add to Mark Andrews' portfolio:

Lamar Jackson gives the Ravens the early lead, with a laser beam to Seth Roberts:

Injuries:

Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Texans. In his first game back from a concussion, Johnson left the game with a foot injury. He had to be helped off the field and was on crutches after the game. Houston was already without cornerback Bradley Roby, who has not played since he left the Texans' Week 6 game with a hamstring injury. -- Sarah Barshop

Pregame:

The Texans have brought their A-game on the fashion front today:

Not to be outdone are the Ravens, including Marlon Humphrey (as a minion???)...

And Matt Skura showing some love for his QB:


Saints 34, Buccaneers 17

Saints inactives: CB Marshon Lattimore, G Andrus Peat, KR/WR Deonte Harris, WR Austin Carr, TE Dan Arnold, OL Ethan Greenidge, DE Carl Granderson

Buccaneers inactives: OLB Carl Nassib, OLB Anthony Nelson, CB M.J. Stewart, CB Mazzi Wilkins, G Aaron Stinnie, OT Jerald Hawkins, TE Jordan Leggett

Highlights:

Jameis Winston throws another TD pass... but this one is a pick-six to Saints DB Marcus Williams:

Jameis Winston tosses it to Chris Godwin, who races in for six points:

As rough as life was for Drew Brees & Co. last week against Atlanta, the offense is humming along nicely against Tampa Bay. Here's TD No. 3 for Brees, this one to Ted Ginn Jr.:

Jameis Winston zips it in to Peyton Barber, and the Bucs are on the board:

Jared Cook goes full extension to haul in this dime from Drew Brees, and the Saints are rolling:

Hey, it looks like these two guys have done once or twice this before: Drew Brees finds Michael Thomas to extend the Saints' lead:

O.J. Howard isn't able to come down with the pass cleanly -- unsuccessfully trying for the behind-the-back catch -- and Demario Davis snatches it for the Saints:

Injuries:

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers. Winston got rolled up on by a defender, and suffered a left ankle sprain on the medial side (inside). It impacted his ability to step into his throws as the game went on. "He probably should have come out of the game. He's probably too tough for his own good there," said coach Bruce Arians, adding that they'll know more tomorrow. "I'll be fine," said Winston, who was sacked twice and hit 12 times. -- Jenna Laine

Josh Hill, TE, Saints. Hill left Sunday's game with a concussion, which leaves his status uncertain for the Saints' Week 12 game against Carolina. Hill is an unheralded veteran, but coach Sean Payton said he's so involved in so many parts of New Orleans' offense as both a blocker and route runner that he compared him to the "front door." -- Mike Triplett


Colts 33, Jaguars 13

Jaguars inactives: QB Josh Dobbs, WR C.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, CB Tae Hayes, OL Brandon Thomas, TE Seth DeValve, DT Dontavius Russell

Colts inactives: WR Parris Campbell, OL Le'Raven Clark, CB Pierre Desir, WR T.Y. Hilton, QB Chad Kelly, RB Jordan Wilkins, CB Quincy Wilson

Highlights:

Things haven't gone the Jaguars' way in this game, but the Nick Foles-DJ Chark Jr.connection appears strong. Here's their second TD:

After not seeing anyone open -- but definitely seeing some open running room -- Jacoby Brissett keeps it, and it's another six points for Indy:

Jacoby Brissett makes some space for himself before somehow getting the ball in to Marcus Johnson for a TD:

The Colts strike back, as Marlon Mack jams on the spin move button before powering in for a score:

Nick Foles is back, and DJ Chark Jr. is on the receiving end of his first post-injury touchdown:

Injuries:

Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. The Colts suffered a big blow in the backfield when Marlon Mack fractured his hand in the third quarter of Sunday's game against Jacksonville. He'll miss Thursday's key AFC South game at Houston, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mack said he believes he suffered the injury on his final carry, a 20-yard run in the third quarter. Jonathan Williams will likely start in Mack's place at Houston. Williams, who went into Sunday's game having rushed for one yard on the season, finished with a career-high 116 yards on 13 carries. -- Mike Wells

Josh Oliver, TE, Jaguars. Oliver suffered a back injury when he got hit while trying to catch a pass in the second half and did not return. The rookie third-round pick missed the first six games of the season (as well as the entire preseason) with a hamstring injury, and caught just three passes for 15 yards before getting hurt Sunday. He was limping around in the locker room after the game so this may be an injury that impacts him for multiple weeks. It's a position that has already lost two players to IR (James O'Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim) and didn't have Seth DeValve on Sunday because of an abdominal injury. Right now, Ben Koyack is the only healthy tight end on the active roster, so expect the Jaguars to bring in some options to potentially sign this week. -- Michael DiRocco


Falcons 29, Panthers 3

Falcons inactives: RB Devonta Freeman, TE Austin Hooper, DE John Cominsky, OT Matt Gono, S Kemal Ishmael, WR Brandon Powell, DT Deadrin Senat

Panthers inactives: OT Dennis Daley, DT Kyle Love, RB Mike Davis, OLB Christian Miller, CB Ross Cockrell, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, WR Brandon Zylstra

Highlights:

It's been all Falcons thus far. Off of the play fake, Matt Ryan hits a streaking Calvin Ridley, who pulls out his air guitar for the celly:

We're still not sure how Matt Ryan got the ball into exactly the right spot for Julio Jones here:

Punt return TD! Former Panther Kenjon Barner takes it to the house:

Pregame:

There have been only five running backs in the history of "Madden" to be rated a 99 overall. The ratings adjusters are at the Panthers-Falcons game today to potentially make Christian McCaffrey No. 6:


Cowboys 35, Lions 27

Cowboys inactives: LB Luke Gifford, S Jeff Heath, DT Trysten Hill, DE Joe Jackson, WR Devin Smith, OG Connor Williams, WR Ced Wilson

Lions inactives: QB Matthew Stafford, DL Da'Shawn Hand, DL Romeo Okwara, RT Rick Wagner, OT Dan Skipper, OL Beau Benzschawel, CB Mike Jackson

Highlights:

Marvin Jones Jr. picks up his second TD of the game, and the Lions pull within one score:

The Dak Prescott hip swivel dance has captivated the universe. After taking a screen pass from Dak to the house, Ezekiel Elliott shows off his best version of the move:

The Lions march all the way down the field, punctuated by Jeff Driskel zipping it in to Marvin Jones Jr.:

Dak Prescott gets TD pass No. 2 of the day, finding Randall Cobb for a 19-yard strike:

Smart idea: Give the ball to Ezekiel Elliott near the goal line:

Jeff Driskel calls his own number, and the Lions roar back ahead:

Tony Pollard makes one defender look silly, then races in to put the Cowboys on top:

After an Ezekiel Elliott fumble, Bo Scarbrough gets the Lions on the board first with a 5-yard rush:

Injuries:

La'el Collins, RT, Cowboys. The Cowboys are optimistic Collins will be OK after aggravating a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee late in Sunday's win against Detroit. Collins had his leg collapsed as Dak Prescott was hit by Lions pass rusher Trey Flowers with 5:36 to play, and he did not return. He was replaced by Cameron Fleming, who missed the previous two games because of a calf injury suffered during the bye week. If Collins can't play, then Fleming would start at right tackle against his former team, New England, next week. -- Todd Archer

Trey Flowers, DE, Lions. Flowers is in concussion protocol, and while he was in Detroit's locker room after the game, it's tough to predict how long he'll be out. Without Flowers -- Detroit's only consistent pass rusher -- the Lions' struggling defense is in real trouble. -- Michael Rothstein

Frank Ragnow, C, Lions. Detroit's starting center is being evaluated for a concussion, and it's unknown how long he'll be out. If he misses time, Graham Glasgow will move to center and Kenny Wiggins will take his place at guard. -- Michael Rothstein

Tracy Walker, S, Lions. Walker re-injured his knee, but Lions coach Matt Patricia didn't know if it was the same injury. If he's out, it's Tavon Wilson and Will Harris at safety for the foreseeable future. -- Michael Rothstein

Pregame:

At noon, Caesars Sportsbook's biggest NFL decisions of the day are on the Cowboys-Lions and Patriots-Eagles games. The book needs both home underdogs--the Lions and Eagles--to cover the spread. "If the Cowboys and the Patriots both get there, I will be leaving my employee badge and keys to the office on my desk on the way out," jokes Caesars Sportsbook chiefs Jeff Davis.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer24d ago


Vikings 27, Broncos 23

Broncos inactives: OT Calvin Anderson, DE Jonathan Harris, TE Jeff Heuerman, OT Ja'Wuan James, CB Cyrus Jones, DE DeMarcus Walker, WR Juwann Winfree

Vikings inactives: WR Adam Thielen, S Anthony Harris, DT Hercules Mata'afa, OG Josh Kline, OG Dru Samia, OT Oli Udoh, DT Linval Joseph

Highlights:

Kirk Cousins finds a wide-open Kyle Rudolph for a 36-yard TD, and the Vikings pull ahead:

Stefon Diggs gets behind the defense and Kirk Cousins drops it in for a 54-yard score:

The Vikings aren't giving up yet! Dalvin Cook races in to pull them to within 10:

After a long reception by Stefon Diggs, the Vikings close out the drive with a touchdown catch by Irv Smith Jr.:

Courtland Sutton has mastered catching the ball, and apparently he's pretty good at throwing it too:

Brandon Allen makes some space for himself, puts a perfect ball up for Troy Fumagalli, and the TE comes down with career TD No. 1:

Courtland Sutton. Ridiculous:

Injuries:

Harrison Smith, S, Vikings. Smith sustained a hamstring injury in his left leg late in Sunday's 27-23 come-from-behind win over Denver, and did not return. Jayron Kearse filled in for Smith and was credited with a game-winning pass break-up against Noah Fant that helped the Vikings seal their victory. -- Courtney Cronin

Ben Gedeon, LB, Vikings. Gedeon sustained his second concussion of the season in the first half, and was ruled out. He was replaced by Eric Wilson. -- Courtney Cronin

Andy Janovich, FB, Broncos. Janovich left Sunday's loss late in the first half after suffering an elbow injury on a short reception. Janovich ran to the bench immediately after the play in obvious pain, and did not return to the lineup. There was concern that he would miss the remainder of the season after they left the stadium, but he will be evaluated more Monday. Without Janovich, the Broncos aren't as efficient in the their two-back looks -- one of their best personnel groupings in the first half as they built a 20-0 lead -- and Janovich is a core special teams player. His absence would force Andrew Beck into the lineup. -- Jeff Legwold

Pregame:

Stefon Diggs sees you, internet:


Jets 34, Redskins 17

Jets inactives: LB C.J. Mosley, CB Nate Hairston, DE Jordan Willis, LB Paul Worrilow, CB Darryl Roberts, DB Matthias Farley and OL Leo Koloamatangi

Redskins inactives: QB Colt McCoy, TE Vernon Davis, WR Paul Richardson, OL Ross Pierschbacher, S Deshazor Everett, RB Chris Thompson, DL Tim Settle

Highlights:

The end result was lopsided, but Dwayne Haskins will finish with two TDs on the stat sheet after this toss to Jeremy Sprinkle:

The Redskins probably aren't going to win this game, but this was an historic play for a pair of their youngsters: Dwayne Haskins gets his first NFL TD pass, and it goes to Derrius Guice for his first NFL TD:

Mercy! Sam Darnold makes it a four-pack of TD passes, this one a 29-yarder to Jamison Crowder:

It's quietly a monster day for Sam Darnold, as he tosses his third TD pass of the first half, and Ryan Griffin treats us to a nice little celly:

Sam Darnold gets his second passing TD of the day, and Robby Anderson jumps into the stands to celebrate:

Raise your hand if you had Daniel Brown in your fantasy lineup today! Sam Darnold gets the Jets on the board first:


Bills 37, Dolphins 20

Bills inactives: RB T.J. Yeldon, OL Ryan Bates, TE Tommy Sweeney, S Dean Marlowe, WR Duke Williams, DT Vincent Taylor, OG Ike Boettger

Dolphins inactives: CB Xavier Crawford, CB Ken Webster, LB Raekwon McMillan, OG Shaq Calhoun, OL Chris Reed, OT Isaiah Prince, DE Taco Charlton

Highlights:

It's TD No. 2 of the day for John Brown, as the Bills are pouring it on:

Jakeem Grant is fast. After a kickoff return TD earlier in the game, Grant adds a rushing TD out of the Wildcat formation:

Josh Allen sees a wide swatch of open field, then dives for the pylon for a TD score:

On the ensuing kickoff after the Dawson Knox touchdown, Jakeem Grant takes it 101 yards to the house:

Dawson Knox finds a little open space, makes one defender miss, and the Bills have another TD:

Surprise onside kick! Jason Sanders with the perfectly placed ball that he recovers himself:

Kalen Ballage plunges in from three yards out and the Dolphins are on the board:

Josh Allen shows off the wheels on this 36-yard rush:

That Josh Allen guy can sure sling it. He fires a bullet to John Brown, who takes it the rest of the way to extend the Bills' lead:

Injuries:

Ty Nsekhe, RT, Bills. Nsekhe was rolled up on in the third quarter and carted off the field after spending several minutes on the turf. The Bills' right tackle was ruled out with an ankle injury, and there is some definite concern about its severity, given how the medical staff immediately immobilized his right leg before helping him onto the cart. Cody Ford is the next man up if Nsekhe can't play next week against the Broncos, which would almost certainly give the rookie his toughest assignment of the season: Containing one of the league's premier pass rushers, Von Miller. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques


49ers 36, Cardinals 26

Cardinals inactives: DB Tramaine Brock, DE Jonathan Bullard, WR Damiere Byrd, RB Chase Edmonds, C Lamont Gaillard, OT Joshua Miles, RB Zach Zenner

49ers inactives: LB Azeez Al-Shaair, QB C.J. Beathard, RB Matt Breida, K Robbie Gould, DT D.J. Jones, TE George Kittle, OT Joe Staley

Highlights:

The Niners charge ahead with 31 seconds left, as Jimmy Garoppolo throws his fourth touchdown of the day, with Jeff Wilson Jr. on the receiving end of this one:

Kyler Murray finds some daylight on the zone read, races to paydirt, and the Cardinals are back on top:

Another TD pass for Jimmy Garoppolo, but this time it's to Kendrick Bourne, and the Niners take the lead in the fourth quarter:

Somehow Deebo Samuel caught this. A catch of the year candidate by the rookie:

Does Jimmy Garoppolo have Ross Dwelley in his fantasy lineup today? Here's TD No. 2 to the tight end:

The Niners get on the board with the first career TD for Ross Dwelley:

Kyler Murray tosses the screen to Pharoh Cooper, who hits the juke button before diving in for six:

After an earlier TD pass was brought back thanks to offensive pass interference away from the play, Kyler Murray makes no mistake this time, firing a strike to Larry Fitzgerald:

Injuries:

Dee Ford, DE, 49ers. Ford departed Sunday's win against Arizona in the second quarter with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the game. With Ford out, the Niners had to turn to a cast of characters including recently signed Damontre Moore to fill the void. It's too soon to say how much time Ford will miss, if any. But if he does miss time, the Niners become perilously thin on the edge. Already without Ronald Blair III (torn ACL), the 49ers will monitor Ford's status as they prepare for next week's game against Green Bay. -- Nick Wagoner


Raiders 17, Bengals 10

Bengals inactives: OG Alex Redmond, LT Cordy Glenn, QB Jake Dolegala, TE Drew Sample, WR A.J. Green, CB Torry McTyer, DE Anthony Zettel

Raiders inactives: DB Lamarcus Joyner, OT David Sharpe, QB DeShone Kizer, WR/RS Dwayne Harris, WR Keelan Doss, C Erik Magnuson, DT Terrell McClain

Highlights:

Derek Carr doesn't see anyone open, so he dives in to the end zone himself:

After a play fake, Derek Carr finds a wide-open Foster Moreau to even up the score:

Could this be the day the Bengals get win No. 1 this season? Joe Mixon gives them an early lead with a 4-yard TD:

Joe Mixon looking downright explosive on this long run to get the Bengals to midfield:

Injuries:

Auden Tate, WR, Bengals. Tate was loaded onto a stretcher by medics and carted off the field following a scary incident in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss. Tate suffered a neck injury after he caught a 20-yard pass on third-and-19 to extend a drive in the fourth quarter. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said after the game that Tate was responsive. Even with the injury, Tate finished with team highs in catches (four), targets (six) and yards (56). If he is out for an extended period of time, the Bengals will be without three of their top receivers until A.J. Green and John Ross make their returns. -- Ben Baby

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Jacobs rushed for 112 yards, his fourth game with at least 100 yards on the ground, but he was tackled awkwardly down the left sideline in the fourth quarter. He landed on his banged-up shoulder, which needed a pain-killing shot in Green Bay last month, but it did not look serious. He has rushed for 923 yards on the season, and the first-round draft pick is starting to feel every hit. -- Paul Gutierrez


Patriots 17, Eagles 10

Patriots inactives: TE Ryan Izzo, PR Gunner Olszewski, DT Byron Cowart, QB Cody Kessler, OT Korey Cunningham, S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris

Eagles inactives: OLB Nigel Bradham, DE Daeshon Hall, OG Nate Herbig, RB Jordan Howard, WR Alshon Jeffery, DE Shareef Miller, QB Nate Sudfeld

Highlights:

Some trickery from the Patriots (albeit some trickery we've seen before): Tom Brady throws back to Julian Edelman, who throws to Phillip Dorsett II to put the Pats ahead:

Carson Wentz connects with Dallas Goedert, and after the play was initially ruled an interception, it is reversed following replay review for an Eagles TD:

Not much going on with the offenses early on in this game, but this screen pass to Dallas Goedert went for 21 yards:

Injuries:

Phillip Dorsett II, WR, Patriots. Dorsett was hit in the head on his 15-yard touchdown reception from Julian Edelman in the third quarter, and left the game to go through the concussion protocol. Dorsett was alert in the locker room afterward, but never returned to the game. With Dorsett out, it thrust 2019 first-round pick N'Keal Harry into his role in the Patriots' three-receiver set. -- Mike Reiss