Week 11 featured arguably the best individual performance of the 2021 NFL season. Colts running back Jonathan Taylor ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns, and he added 19 more yards and a fifth score on three catches. Indianapolis pulled off the upset of the Bills, 41-15, behind Taylor’s performance. The Vikings also upset the Packers on a final-play field goal, and receiver Justin Jefferson helped them get there with 169 receiving yards and a pair of TDs.
But perhaps the biggest upset of the week was the Texans’ 22-13 victory over the Titans. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw four interceptions. Washington coach Ron Rivera won against his former team in Carolina, and the Dolphins won their third straight game. The Browns narrowly avoided a loss to the winless Lions, and the Ravens — playing without quarterback Lamar Jackson — hung on to beat the Bears after Justin Fields was forced to leave the game with a rib injury. (Courtesy ESPN- https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32682738/nfl-week-11-takeaways-learned-big-questions-every-game-future-team-outlooks)
What to know: Running back D’Andre Swift showed why he’s the Lions’ best offensive threat with a career-best 136 rushing yards, marking his second straight game of 100 or more. In the third quarter, Swift ran for a career-long 57-yard touchdown, which was the longest rushing touchdown by a Lions player since Jahvid Best had an 88-yarder against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 of 2011. The play was the lone bright spot on offense. — Eric Woodyard
Should the Lions continue to start quarterback Tim Boyle when Jared Goff gets healthy? No. Although he didn’t play terribly, Boyle doesn’t look like the long-term answer for this team, either. He ended with 77 passing yards and didn’t do anything spectacular enough to take over Goff’s job on a permanent basis. His approach was much like Goff’s, too, opting for check-down passes and not experiencing much success on throws of 10 or more yards. — Woodyard
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