Week 9 of the NFL season was nothing short of exciting and thrilling games. Some teams outperformed while other teams struggled to get a rhythm.
In the first game of the week, the Green Bay Packers matched up against the broken and battered San Francisco 49ers. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams’ connection was deadly and automatic. Rodgers threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, while Adams accounted for 173 yards and one score. The Packers dominated this game in all phases, as they took home the win by a score of 34-17.
The Kansas City Chiefs faced the Carolina Panthers with the return of All-Pro Running Back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey was back to his regular self, as he accounted for 151 yards on 28 touches (18 carries, ten catches) and two touchdowns. For Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns. Travis Kelce had a monster ten catches for 159 yards as well. The game came down to a last-second 67-yard field goal, which missed. The Chiefs escaped with the win by a score of 33-31 and improved their record to 8-1.
The Baltimore Ravens looked to bounce back against the Colts in this week eight matchup. Baltimore’s defense was great, as they held the Colts scoreless in the second half. The Ravens forced two key turnovers to control the momentum and swing the game in their favor. Lamar Jackson threw for 170 yards (19/23) and ran for 53 yards and a touchdown to lead Baltimore to a 24-10 victory.
The Houston Texans face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Deshaun Watson threw for 281 and two touchdowns, including a 77-yard catch and run to Will Fuller V. Watson also ran for 50 yards. Houston picks up their second win over Jacksonville, 27-25.
The Dallas Cowboys hosted the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas started Garrett Gilbert at QB, which made him the fourth starting QB for Dallas this season. The Cowboys played well all game, holding the Steelers to a total of 46 rushing yards. The Cowboys also had success on special teams, with a punt return trick play that resulted in 73 yards and a kick return of 64 yards. In the end, though, Pittsburgh’s defense came up big in the fourth, holding the Cowboys scoreless while they took the lead and the victory. The final score was 24-19, and the Steelers remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos faced Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were up 27-6 before Drew Lock, and the boys stormed back, scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. But Atlanta held them off and took the game. The Falcons escaped with a 34-27 victory.
The Buffalo Bills hosted Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in a cross country battle. Josh Allen came out slinging, throwing for 282 yards in the first half alone. The Bills defense forced Wilson into coughing up four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions). The Bills held off Seattle behind 415 yards and three touchdowns in the air from Josh Allen. The final score was 44-34, and the Bills move on to 7-2.
The Bears and Titans faced off in a cross-conference game. The Titans had control over this game, holding Chicago scoreless for the first three quarters. Newly acquired Desmond King made his presence known as he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Despite a late run from Chicago in the fourth, Tennessee came out on top with a 24-17 victory.
The Vikings and Lions face off in an NFC North battle. Dalvin Cook was dominant. Cook ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns and chipped in another 46 receiving. Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Vikings to a 34-20 victory.
The Washington Football Team hosted the New York Giants in NFC east matchup. Kyle Allen started the game before going out with a dislocated ankle. Alex Smith stepped in, though, and performed well until the last two drives. With under three minutes left in the fourth, Alex Smith threw back to back interceptions to seal the game for the Giants. Daniel Jones threw for 212 yards and a touchdown and no turnovers for the first time in his career. New York escaped with a 23-20 victory to stay alive in the abysmal yet wide-open NFC East.
The Chargers and Raiders faced off this week in LA. Justin Herbert continued his case for Rookie of the Year as he threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, Derek Carr threw for only 165 yards and two touchdowns but came out victorious. The Raiders ran the ball effectively and scored two touchdowns. The final score was 31-26. Las Vegas continues to fly under the radar but has exceeded. Expectations with a solid 5-3 record.
Possibly the game of the week came from Arizona, as two young QB stars faced off. After a subpar debut, Tua Tagovailoa came out strong against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. For Tua, the rookie threw for 248 and two touchdowns. He also showed the athleticism he displayed at Alabama by scampering for a 17-yard run, showing that he is 100% healthy. Kyler Murray was a magician, throwing for 283 yards (21/26) and three touchdowns with 106 yards and another touchdown on the ground. The Dolphins defense held Arizona in check in the fourth quarter, which led to Tua leading his team to a 34-31 victory.
What most thought would be the game of the week turned out to be a disaster. Tampa Bay Bucs sought revenge against the Saints after they spoiled Brady’s debut in week 1. Antonio Brown also made his debut for Tampa Bay, but it all went wrong. The Saints’ defense was smothering. They forced Tom Brady to throw three bad interceptions and held the Buccaneers in check all game. Drew Brees lit it up, throwing 26/32 for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Tampa Bay set an NFL record for fewest rushing attempts with only five. The Saints came in a won the game in domination fashion, with a final score of 38-3, taking the lead in the NFC South.
Monday Night, the Patriots and Jets faced off to conclude the week. The Jets had the Patriots on the ropes, as they took a 20-10 lead at halftime. In the second half, though, Cam Newton and the Pats came and held the Jets to just one score in the second half. Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns and threw for 274 to help the Patriots escape with a 30-27 win. The Jets remain winless through 9 games.
by: Cam Deloatch