Grades, aftermath for teams coming off Week 11 bye

Three NFL teams from Florida and a surprise club in 2022 were in action in Week 11. Did it work out for the Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks and Buccaneers?

The NFL celebrates Thanksgiving with three games on Turkey Day. All four teams have something to be thankful for in Week 11 with a bit of time off for their respective seasons.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have combined to add their share of surprises, both good and bad. So how did the teams fare in 2022 and how did each club fare?

NFL 2022: Team grades coming out of Week 11

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)

After a Week 1 loss at Washington, Doug Pederson’s club is coming off big wins over the Colts (24-0) and Chargers (38-10). But the Jaguars won just one game despite playing hard every week.

Six of the team’s seven losses were by single digits. Referee Trevor Lawrence needs to watch out for football, and Travis Etienne is having a big season. And in the defense, they may use a few more playmakers.

Grade: C+

Miami Dolphins (7-3)

Head coach Mike McDaniel has won his first three games, suffered a three-game skid and is currently riding a four-game winning streak. It’s a different team with Tua Tagovailoa. He completed 71.0 percent of his passes for 2,265 yards and 18 scores with just three turnovers in eight games.

Tyreek Hill brought his A-game from Kansas City and a new-look running game is starting to emerge. But Miami’s defense has allowed 28 touchdowns in 10 games.

Class: A

Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

Pete Carroll’s club suffered their first defeat since 2011 last season. The Seahawks were the only team in the NFC West to miss the playoffs. But journeyman quarterback Geno Smith is coming off a career year for Russell Wilson.

Seattle’s defense gives up a lot of yards, but Carroll’s club has opportunistic exposure. After forcing just 18 turnovers a year ago, the Hawks have 17 receptions in 10 outings.

Grade: A-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)

A year ago, it was the second-highest scoring team in the NFL. Veteran quarterback Tom Brady led the league in passing yards and touchdowns. But the only time the Buccaneers scored more than 22 points in a game this season was a 41-31 home loss to the Chiefs.

Todd Bowles’ club was last in the league in rushing and inconsistent in stopping teams on the ground. Can they capture and win the NFC South once again?

Grade: C+

Later

The Jaguars held on to a four-game lead as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-17 Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Mike Vrabel’s club has won seven of its last eight games after an 0-2 start. Last Sunday, the Colts and Texans squared off against the Eagles and Commanders, respectively.

The Dolphins remain atop the AFC East, a division where every team is at least two games over .500. Miami and the Bills own a 7-3 record after beating the Browns 31-23 in Detroit (the Dolphins hold the current tiebreaker). Meanwhile, the Patriots and Jets sit at 6-4 each after New England went an impressive 10-3 thanks to their special teams.

The Seahawks and 49ers both have 6-4 records, but San Francisco is technically in first because of an early win over Seattle. Kyle Shanahan’s club has been hot lately, and a 38-10 win over the Cardinals in Mexico City marked the team’s third straight victory. On the other hand, the defending Super Bowl champion Rams dropped their fourth straight game, this time in New Orleans.

And the Buccaneers remain the only team in the NFC South with an unbeaten record. But both the Falcons and Saints edged closer to the top spots with wins over the Bears and Rams, respectively. Elsewhere, Carolina’s offense struggled in a 13-3 loss at Baltimore.

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