New England Patriots: Wide receiver Julian Edelman wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts about the Patriots’ 34-10 loss to Tennessee on Sunday night. “You better learn from a game like this, because the weeks get harder and harder,” Edelman told reporters after the game Sunday. “That’s a good football team. They’re well coached and have good players. You tip your hat to them, but we got to go out and we’ve got to watch this film and we’ve got to fix it because this is when you start separating or you start falling behind.” The Patriots have a bye this week, then meet the Jets on Nov. 25. “Well, I mean, we got a bye week, so you’re going to go into that bye week with a dirty taste in your mouth,” Edelman said, adding: “So, we go out and take advantage of it this week, and I’m sure our coaches are going to have us ready. Guys going to be out there fiery and it’s up to us.”
Buffalo Bills: Recently signed quarterback Matt Barkley turned in a strong performance Sunday during a 41-10 win over the Jets, completing 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game action in nearly two years. Head coach Sean McDermott said there’s no quarterback controversy, though. As soon as rookie first-round draft pick Josh Allen is ready to go, he’s back in the starting spot in preparation for 2019, if nothing else. “Josh is our starter when healthy and his development, for him and us, getting experience. … It’s important that he gets as many reps as he can get in live-game action,” McDermott told reporters Monday. “Matt, in a separate issue, I thought he performed extremely well, there’s certainly some plays he’d like back, but to come in and play the way he did on a short run, it was really impressive.” Buffalo has a bye this week and will host Jacksonville in Week 12.
Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw the ball on Sunday and has been put on a throwing schedule in hopes of him playing against Indianapolis after their bye this week, head coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday. Tannehill has missed the last five games since suffering a shoulder capsule injury on Oct. 7 against Cincinnati. “That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said of Tannehill’s work with the training staff. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not [as if] he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.” Brock Osweiler has started the last five games in Tannehill’s place, going 2-3.
New York Jets: Former Jets coach Rex Ryan has strong feelings about his former team and wasn’t shy about sharing them on Monday. Speaking on ESPN, Ryan was highly critical of his successor, Todd Bowles, and general manager Mike Maccagnan. Now an analyst for the network, Ryan called the Jets’ 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday “one of the most humiliating defeats in Jet history.” He said he is confident the team will start over with new leaders on the field and in the front office for 2019. “They’re going to blow it up — and I hope they get it right,” Ryan said about the Jets. “Bring somebody in who understands the community, gets that kind of passion, can relate to the fanbase and all that. And never, ever have a performance like this again.” Media reports Monday said the Jets would not fire Bowles before the end of the season, if they do, but that might not be fast enough for Ryan. “They always say, ‘Well, Todd Bowles is going to get fired.’ You’re damn right he’s going to get fired. So is everybody else.”
Baltimore Ravens: It was an unusual week at the team’s Owings Mills headquarters, and the abnormalities went way beyond the Ravens being on a bye week. Reports circulated in a span of 72 hours that coach John Harbaugh was ready to bow out of Baltimore in a mutual split with the team, and that quarterback Joe Flacco might not play this week because of a hip injury. Harbaugh spent more time than he cared to talking about his status, summing up his feelings by saying, “It’s all BS. Let’s play the game. We have a game Sunday. We have to go win it.” Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether Flacco was good to go against the Cincinnati Bengals. As the needle skipped back to his standing with the Ravens, Harbaugh cut it off. “That stuff doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s just noise; it doesn’t matter. It’s not something I’m going to think about or concern myself with.”
Cincinnati Bengals: Players were raging Sunday night after a loss Preston Brown called “embarrassing” and defensive end Michael Johnson said was a “look in the mirror loss” to the Saints, who scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and hung 52 on Cincinnati. The result was dismissing defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, as the Bengals attempt to regroup on the fly and avoid giving up 500-plus yards for an NFL-record fourth game in a row. “I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus,” head coach Marvin Lewis said.
Cleveland Browns: With four overtime games in the first 10 weeks, the Browns are thrilled to get a break with the upcoming bye. Interim head coach said a rest period this late in the season is not common, but nonetheless welcomed in Cleveland. Williams told players to get away without losing focus. “Getting healthier, getting the body to feel better and stronger and getting the mind cleared up a little bit because we all need a little break away from some things,” Williams said. “It is a good time for this to happen right now. We have to make sure that it is right when we get back and not take any steps back.”
Houston Texans: Running back D’Onta Foreman (Achilles) has been sidelined 12 months but sees himself returning to the field prior to the end of this season. “I’ve made a lot of progress since I started my rehab process,” Foreman told reporters. “I feel really good and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.” Foreman is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list and whenever the Texans remove him from that list, the team would have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve. “He’s got a lot of talent,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien told reporters. “Everybody saw that last year. But let’s see where he’s at, before we start handing him the ball in big games. Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page with where he’s at.”
Indianapolis Colts: There could be a day where five NFL teams are criticized for bypassing guard Quenton Nelson in the 2018 NFL Draft. Offensive linemen don’t score touchdowns or land national commercials but Nelson is receiving a lot of mention as the league’s top rookie — regardless of position. Nelson also appears to be getting stronger as opposed to being a player who might hit the proverbial “rookie wall.” “I haven’t seen him slow down at all,” offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told reporters. “That’s one of the great things about Quenton is that he’s consistent and he’s the same guy every day. That’s something we look for in our players. We don’t want the guys that are up and then down and then up and then down, and Q gives us that steadiness.”
Jacksonville Jaguars: The club is sliding in the wrong direction with five consecutive setbacks and apparently some feelings were hurt when the NFL moved Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers from a nationally televised night game to the afternoon. “We all complained last week about getting flexed out of Sunday that a lot of guys are looking forward to,” safety Tashaun Gipson told reporters. “But who would want to watch the Jaguars play football the way we’re playing right now? That’s tough, because I’ve been on terrible teams. I’ve been on teams that when you’re 3-6 you’re like, ‘That’s a lot better than I thought we would be nine games in.’ The feeling right now is tough on a lot of guys because this is not a 3-6 team. We’re much better than 3-6, but we’re playing like 3-6 and our record says 3-6 and we are 3-6.”
Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Malcolm Butler has largely been a disappointment in his first season with the Titans but he perked up when he lined up against his former club, the New England Patriots, on Sunday. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said Butler “had a much better day” and he was glad to see the improvement. “He took care of his techniques, took care of his assignments,” Vrabel said of Butler. “He understood the defense and how he fit in it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good step for him and our defense on Sunday.” The Titans are encouraged by the progress being shown by offensive tackle Jack Conklin (concussion), who has missed the New England game. Vrabel said Conklin remains in the protocol but “is feeling better.”
Denver Broncos: Fresh off the bye week, head coach Vance Joseph expects several players to return from injury this Sunday against the Chargers, including rookie running back Royce Freeman. The third-rounder hasn’t played since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 7, but he had formed an effective one-two punch with undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay before the injury, averaging 4.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns. Also expected to return are safety Darian Stewart (neck), cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) and rookie wideout DaeSean Hamilton (knee), who is expected to have a larger role following the trade of Demaryius Thomas.
Kansas City Chiefs: Injuries up front finally appeared to take their toll on Sunday, as the Chiefs allowed a season-high five sacks and 10 QB hits of Patrick Mahomes against the Cardinals. But head coach Andy Reid was not discouraged, referring to it as a learning experience and noting the protection improved with a few second-half adjustments. “It can be a positive for us,” Reid said. “That group hasn’t played a bunch together. They did a couple things in there that’ll help us down the road here and we can learn from. It wasn’t just a physical thing — in a couple cases it was — but it wasn’t just a physical thing.” It’s unclear when center Mitch Morse (concussion) will return to the lineup, but guards Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jordan Devey are both on injured reserve.
Los Angeles Chargers: Head coach Anthony Lynn remains unwilling to speculate about when defensive end Joey Bosa will return, but the third-year pro appears closer to practicing. “We’ll see,” Lynn said about Bosa returning to practice. “I’m really pleased with the progress that he made last week as far as moving towards getting back on the field, but we’ll see when he’s ready.” Lynn did confirm that linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with an LCL injury. With Perryman out, Lynn added that second-round rookie Uchenna Nwosu will continue to play defensive end for now, but could see snaps at linebacker again at some point.
Oakland Raiders: Well out of playoff contention, the Raiders made another move on Monday with eyes on the future rather than the present, putting second-year defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes on reserve/PUP and ending his season. Vanderdoes started 13 games as a rookie but tore his ACL in the 2017 season finale. He began the year on PUP before returning to practice a few weeks ago, pointing toward a likely return to game action. Instead, he won’t play at all this year. “We want to make sure that we give him the proper time to get ready,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “We are going to be very precautionary with him. I believe his season will end unfortunately, but it’s the right thing to do for him and his future.”