What an exciting week nine for the NFL, we saw some of the best action we have seen all season in this week.
WEEK 9 NFL SCORES
PIT VS BAL: Pittsburgh won 23-16 to edge the Ravens and stay atop the AFC North
NYJ VS MIAMI: Miami wins 13-6 as Jets continue to struggle.
ATL VS WASH: Falcons win 38-14 in Washington as they cut the Redskins streak and move an inch closer to the wild card.
CHI vs BUF: Chicago absolutely destroys Nathan Peterman and the Bills 41-9. Bears move to 5-3-0 tied for the NFC North lead.
KC VS CLE: Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes continue hot streak with 37-21 win over Cleveland, improve to 8-1 on the year.
DET VS MIN: Minnesota wins big on home field as they now move an inch closer to returning back to the playoffs. Vikings win 24-9 in Minnesota.
HOU VS DEN: Houston wins close one as they beat Demaryius Thomas old team 19-17 in Denver. Texans move to 6-3-0 and lock up AFC South.
Rams vs Saints Takeaways;
Did anyone not think this game was going to be a shootout? The Saints did what many thought was not going to happen but Drew Brees and the mega dome magic comes alive as the Saints win 45-35 over L.A. The Saints Drew Brees had himself a night, going 25/36 with 346 yards and 4 touchdowns along with Michael Thomas’s 12 receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. We all knew this game there was going to be no defense to be played, the Saints offense is one of if not the best in the league and they knew the only way they were coming out on top was doing exactly what they did.
What does this win mean though for the Saints, well they know they are one of the best teams in the NFL and there should be nothing holding them back from getting to their end goal. The Super Bowl. Last season the Saints failed to win vs the Vikings in the second round on a freak play but after taking down the Rams and Vikings back to back weeks the only force left standing in the Saints way is the Eagles week 11. The Eagles won the NFC last season by beating Minnesota, which many believe if it were the Saints the Eagles would not have won the NFC.
This game is what I believe to be a preview of the NFC Championship game and winner will go onto and play for the Super Bowl. The Rams and Saints are not moving from where they are right now. Which means they get a bye, while the wild card weekend plays out whoever wins those two games goes onto play the Rams and Saints. Both the Rams and Saints win and play each other for an all or nothing game. Realistically speaking that is probably going to happen as it seems right now, but who knows…
Packers vs Patriots Takeaways;
This was all tied up going into the 4th quarter, but the Patriots defense held the Packers offense to 0 points in the fourth and eventual 31-17 win for the Patriots. This games story line was all about Rodgers vs Brady (GOAT vs GOAT) winner is the best QB, whatever nonsense the NFL wanted to spin for this game.
The big picture is the Packers lose and now are 3-4-1, third in the NFC north and 1.5 games behind for the second wild card spot. The Packers now have Miami, Seattle, Minnesota, Arizona, Atlanta, Bears, Jets, Lions in their final eight weeks. They beat Chicago week one, tied Minnesota week two, lost to Detroit week five, so of the eight remaining they have played three of the teams. This worries me a little for Green Bay, although even if they do get in they are not going to do much anyways.
Anyways, Tom Brady went 22/35 with 294 yards and one touchdown vs Aaron Rodgers 24/43 259 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots are now 7-2-0 essentially waiting for who is going to face them in the AFC championship game. This game to me was not a Rodgers vs Brady game it was a “can the Packers knock off a top team and get going in the right direction” game. Clearly not. But now the Patriots sit comfortably atop the AFC East with Tennessee, bye week 11, Jets, Vikings, Dolphins, Steelers, Bills, Jets. Basically the Patriots remaining seven games could honestly be 7 wins or a possible 5 wins and two losses. Making the Patriots finish 12-4 or 14-2, either way the Patriots will be in the AFC Championship. What a surprise!
Chargers and Panthers stay hot!
Sheesh the Panthers are on a roll with that 42-28 win over Tampa Bay and scoring 21 points in the second quarter the Panthers are now 6-2 second in the NFC South. Cam Newton had himself a quiet day though with 247 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns and 33 rushing yards. The Panthers offense came from Christian McCaffrey’s 17 rush attempts, 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Panthers have a big test vs Pittsburgh next week and finish off the season with two tough games with New Orleans and Atlanta. What can be the end goal for Carolina? It is looking like the first wild card spot but either way with the Saints in front of them the only chance for Carolina to get in is the wild card.
Chargers win a freaky game vs Seattle. If it was not for a drop ball in the end zone from David Moore the Chargers would have lost. But they won and now improve to 6-2-0 on the year with a 1.5 game lead on Cincinnati for the first wild card spot. The Chargers are behind Kansas City by 1.5 games right now and the Chiefs remaining schedule looks like, Arizona, Rams, bye, Raiders, Ravens, Chargers, Seahawks, Raiders, which means come week 15 it can be a do or die game for the Chargers and Chiefs for the AFC West lead. The Chargers have Raiders, Broncos, Arizona, Steelers, Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, Broncos. The Chargers have a much harder schedule with the Steelers, Bengals, Chiefs and Ravens all come in a row. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers finish up the year.