The 32 things we learned from Week 11 of the 2021 NFL season:
1. So who’s No. 1? No idea. This ain’t college football, where the University of Georgia has a clear-cut case. Four first-place teams – the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers – lost Sunday. Over the past three weeks, division-leading clubs have dropped 11 games to opponents that didn’t have a winning record. As you’ve doubtless heard, the NFL is a parity-driven league designed to make everybody go .500. Well, 9-8. Or 8-9. You get it.
2. That’s not to say the mystery of the 2021 season hasn’t been fun to watch. According to the NFL, 23 games have been decided with a game-winning score on the final play – most at this point of a season since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970.
3. Sunday’s biggest winners? Had to be the Arizona Cardinals, who improved to a league-best 9-2 even with QB1 Kyler Murray (ankle) inactive for the third straight week. But QB2 Colt McCoy and Co. secured a valuable division road win in Seattle, leapfrogged the Packers for the top spot in the NFC standings and – above all else – earned Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) an extra week of rest since the Cards get Week 12 off.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor scores one of his five TDs at Buffalo on Sunday.
4. Let’s welcome Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor to the forefront of the MVP conversation following his five-touchdown performance in Sunday’s 41-15 dismantling of the Bills in Buffalo. Taylor became the first player in the league this year to rush for more than 1,000 yards – he’s suddenly up to 1,122 after a 185-yard day on the ground – and also leads the NFL with 1,444 yards from scrimmage and 15 TDs.
4a. More on Taylor. He’s the first player since Adrian Peterson (2007-08) to notch at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the ground in his first two seasons. Taylor also joins Hall of Famer and 2006 league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson as the only players with eight consecutive games with…