On Thursday night, Nov. 19, 2015, despite playing in uniforms which made them look like droids from the same factory which produced C3PO, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Tennessee Titans by a final score of 19-13. With the victory in front of their home fans, the Jags improved to 4-6 on the season and are now in the hunt to win the AFC South division. This was the first game in the eleventh week of NFL football, which will continue with a full slate of games on Sunday, Nov. 22.
In the upcoming games of Sunday, Nov. 22, the most notable personnel changes will be at the position of quarterback. The Dallas Cowboys will finally have quarterback Tony Romo back in the lineup when they face the Miami Dolphins. Romo missed seven games due to a broken collarbone; his team lost all seven.
The Cleveland Browns will again be going with Johnny Manziel in lieu of injured quarterback Josh McCown and are planning on riding Manziel for the foreseeable future. No less than four other teams, all of which are in the playoff hunt, will see changes at the most important position on the field.
The highest profile change will be with the Denver Broncos. Starting quarterback Peyton Manning will now give way to Brock Osweiler who will start this weekend against the Chicago Bears. Manning has had a rough season and had thrown at least one interception in every game this season. Last week he threw four picks before Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak benched him. It has since been made public that Manning has been suffering from a variety of injuries including a painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is not known exactly how long the future hall-of-famer will be out of action, or whether he will get his job back when healthy.
Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury and a concussion in Week 10. Bradford is now in ‘concussion protocol’ and will not play in Week 11; thus the Eagles will be forced to rely on the rather unreliable quarterbacking skills of Mark Sanchez when they face the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. Philly running back DeMarco Murray should be prepared to carry a heavy load.
The St. Louis Rams are also making a change. Quarterback Nick Foles has had a rather unremarkable season, so his team has made the decision to bench him in favor of backup quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum is most remembered as the player who replaced Matt Schaub as starting quarterback of the Houston Texans two seasons ago. This feels like a rather desperate move on the part of the Rams, since Keenum did not exactly set the world on fire when given the reins in Houston. Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley is really going to need to continue his stellar season if the Rams are to keep playoff hopes alive. They face the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.
Coming off a bye in Week 10, the Indianapolis Colts will now experience life without starting quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck will be out two to six weeks due to a lacerated kidney and partial tear of an abdominal muscle, suffered in his team’s 27-24 win over Denver in Week nine. Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will take over in Luck’s absence. With a record of 4-5, the Colts are currently tied with the Houston Texans for the top spot in the AFC South division.
All the quarterback drama aside, the two marquee games of the week will feature four teams with no issues at that particular position. The first of these two games will take place on Sunday afternoon when the 6-3 Green Bay Packers will be in Minnesota to face the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings. The Packers will be trying to end a three-game skid while the Vikes will be trying to extend their win streak to six games. The second big matchup will take place on Sunday night in Arizona when the 8-1 Cincinnati Bengals take on the 7-2 Arizona Cardinals. This will be a fitting end to a great weekend of NFL action.