We’ve introduced a new feature this season: weekly NFL superlatives. It’s meant to be a lighthearted look at Sunday’s games, on and off the field. Here’s the Week 11 picks, with Class Clown, a player who might be best suited sticking to football, the Best Dancer and more:
Most Beloved Senior: Drew Brees, New Orleans
The 38-year-old Brees continues to show the NFL’s young guns that the “seniors” can still get it done. His New Orleans Saints were down 31-16 at home to Washington with just under six minutes to play in regulation with their seven-game win streak on the line. Brees completed 11 of 11 passes over the Saints’ two possessions, had an interception wiped off the board because of a defensive penalty, and got a lot of help from his own defense to tie the game and force overtime. New Orleans won with a field goal in OT, and Brees finished the day with 385 yards on 29-of-41 passing.
Most Likely to Stick to Football: Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota
McKinnon tried – and painfully failed – to hurdle Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman. It’s possible McKinnon was trying to emulate the Rams’ Todd Gurley, who is quite good at translating his hurdling speed on the track into jumping over players. McKinnon is lucky he didn’t hurt himself. His Vikings pulled off one of the more impressive wins of the day though.
Jerick McKinnon going UP pic.twitter.com/oImgOmrRfI
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) November 19, 2017
Best Dressed: D.J. Swearinger, Washington
Swearinger had it going on from head-to-toe as he entered the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before Washington’s game with the Saints. His double-breasted maroon suit featured crisp all-white accessories: shirt, sneakers and hat. Toss in a red bag and Swearinger was ready for the day.
Best Concentration: Roger Lewis, Giants
The Giants’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs, on the road, might have been the most surprising win on Sunday. The Chiefs have been struggling after their hot start, but New York has been the most disappointing team in the league so far this season. But Lewis is a big reason why the Giants won their second game of the season, making his high-degree-of-difficulty, 34-yard catch in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal.
— NFL (@NFL) November 19, 2017
Class Clown: Sean McDermott, Buffalo
In theory, pulling a healthy starting quarterback on a team that is in playoff position for an untested rookie is a risky move. In practice, it was a disaster for McDermott and the Buffalo Bills. McDermott benched Tyrod Taylor for Nate Peterman and Peterman threw five – yes, five – first-half interceptions against the Chargers, and Buffalo got into a 37-7 hole. For the record, in starting the first nine games of the season, Taylor had three interceptions. Peterman had more than that, four, in his first nine attempts.
Best Long-Distance Hookup: Tom Brady & Brandin Cooks, New England
Long-distance relationships can be tough, but Brady and Cooks have made theirs work. On Sunday in Mexico City, where the Patriots played the Raiders, Cooks pulled in six receptions for 149 yards, with 116 yards coming on two catches. A 52-yarder in the second quarter, and this beautiful 64-yard touchdown early in the third quarter:
TB12 + @BrandinCooks…
— NFL (@NFL) November 19, 2017
Warmest Welcome: Robert Quinn, Rams
With a friendly smile, Quinn looks like he’d be well-suited to be a member of any welcoming committee. But if this is the way he greets folks, well, there might be better choices for the gig …
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 19, 2017
Best Dancer: Alex Collins, Baltimore
The Riverdance lives! As the Ravens shut out the Packers at Lambeau Field, mind you, Collins, the second-year running back, helped Baltimore to the win with his first touchdown of the season. And he celebrated with a few steps of Irish dance. Collins has taken lessons, and says it has helped him improve as a player. He’s even bonded with a 12-year-old boy in Iowa over their shared appreciation for the dance.
The celebration we've all been waiting for pic.twitter.com/6vhKQtZDgf
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 19, 2017