Tag: NFL Week 9

NFL WEEK 9 Takeaways; Saints hands Rams first loss, Brady edges Packers, Chargers and Panthers stay hot

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;

New England Patriots week 9 recap
Tom Brady throws for one passing touchdown, 294 yards in Patriots 4th quarter win over Packers during week nine.

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.

Seattle Seahawks vs LA Chargers week 9
David Moore drops the game winning touchdown pass as Chargers hold on for 25-17 win over Seattle.

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.

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NFL NEWS; John Harbaugh on the hot seat?

It came out about twenty-minutes ago first reported by thescore.com that John Harbaugh the Ravens head coach for the last 11 years is finally being put on the hot seat. I am not sure what this could be for, besides the fact the Ravens have missed the playoffs since 2014 other than that it seems Harbaugh is not only a good coach but the players like playing for him.

A mid-season coach change would not benefit the team one bit, they have the pieces to compete and get into the playoffs but let’s understand people that the Ravens play in a tough AFC North and AFC division in general. If they do not win the division there next chance is the wild card which they would have to beat teams like the Chargers, Cincinnati, Miami, Jets and Indianapolis.

The Ravens are clearly upset with the last two loses in week 7 and 8 but it came against one of the best offenses in the NFL New Orleans and one of the hottest teams in the NFL at the moment Carolina Panthers. Tough loses for sure and going against the divisional rival Steelers the job does not get any easier.

MY theory to this report coming out right now, is that they did this to (1) rile up the Ravens players and coach Harbaugh (2) The front office wants Harbaugh to know they are not afraid to move on from him, therefore he does not get complacent. (3) The front office wants Harbaugh to know that if Joe Flacco does not get the job Lamar Jackson needs to see some more reps. This whole story came out because the front office was upset with Harbaugh’s last two weeks, not making the playoffs since 2014 and rookie QB’s Lamar Jackson’s progress so far.

I don’t think we see Harbaugh leave the job this season, nor next season. Plus the front office has to realize the Ravens have been running an offense revolving around an immobile, slower QB Joe Flacco. Jackson has been there for preseason and now eight weeks of the regular season. Players do not progress overnight people. Going to be an even more exciting one in Baltimore this afternoon now this came out.

NFL WEEK 9 PICKS; TOP PICKS OF THE WEEK!

Detroit Lions +5.5 Money line +195 Over/under 49

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Minnesota Vikings -5.5, -240 money line

Best choice here? Possibly the over, the Vikings are capable of solid 30 points especially at home the Vikings clearly have the advantage here. The spread does worry me a little because as the Lions are coming off a bad loss last week and the Vikings are not looking too hot this year themselves. The Lions are 3-4 on the year as the Vikings are 4-3-1 tied for first with the Packers breathing down their throat. The Lions need to pick up a win this week the season is young still but if they don’t win the division, their next chance is the wild card. The Lions have an interesting offense and a pretty solid defense but with two teams that rely a lot on their offenses to do the heavy lifting, this could be an over style game. I am leaning towards the Vikings just because they are the better all around team, at home, coming off a loss to New Orleans last week. Vikings for the win, probably not the over here although don’t count me on that but I’d feel safer with the Vikings to win by seven.

Pittsburgh Steelers +2, Money line +110, over/under 47

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Baltimore Ravens -2, Money line -130

We all know how these games shape up to be. A blood bath. The Ravens and Steelers have many years of animosity between them it is fair to say they do not like each other. The Steelers have found a rhythm now after starting out slow, James Conner looks to be filling the void of an absent LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown is well, AB. Their two tight ends are lethal and of course Juju Smith Schuster is a solid wide out. The Steelers offense has been a focal point to this teams success this year as usually their defense is a big part in their teams success thus far their defense has not been all that great allowing 24.6 points per game. The Ravens on other hand have been a middle of the pack football team this year ranking 5th in total yards(2350), 6th in passing yards(1565), 13th in rushing yards(785) yet last in points per game(17.1). The Ravens have won some big games and lost some big games as well. But throw out all records and past weeks when these to come to play because between the implications on the standings right now and the history of these two. Baltimore and Pittsburgh always ranks up to be a game to watch. In terms of betting, I like the Steelers +2, I first off believe the Steelers will win, in Baltimore I understand but the Steelers are riding high and confident. Going Steelers +2.

New York Jets +2.5, Money line +125, over/under 43.5

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Miami Dolphins -2.5, Money line -145

NFL WEEK 9; Jets vs Dolphins
Can Sam Darnold and the Jets come into Miami and upset the Dolphins?

Another divisional game and a game where all records mean nothing. The Jets always come to play against their divisional opponents it just when they get out of the conference and out of the division that leaves them as a question mark. team With their two top receivers back Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson the Jets offense has some light to it, against one of the worst rush defense as well Isiah Crowell should find the room. The Dolphins on the other hand are a weird team, inconsistent and just confused right now as they have beat the Raiders, Jets, Titans and Bears and lost to Cincinnati, New England, Detroit and Houston by one they are just either a hit or miss. They can score points or not but their defense is the big concern here they allow 3264 yards ranking 29th in the NFL. They have major defensive issues which has resulted in scores like 43-42 and 32-31 this year. They already took down the Jets this year and look do it again. In my opinion the Jets come in Miami and beat them. They do what the Dolphins did to them week two and win on their home turf. Jets +2.5 and definitely the under.

Atlanta Falcons +1, Money line +100, over/under 48

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Washington Redskins -1, -120

The money line is like a push so definitely do not even bother with this games money line. The over is questionable because the Redskins really do not score a lot of points but if they want to win this game they will have to find a way to do so with the Falcons averaging 30.3 points per game compared to the Redskins 19.1 points per game. The Falcons have allowed 2936 total yards (2147 passing and 789 rushing). The Falcons poor defense is made up by one of the most points per game teams in the league. The Redskins at home though, coming off a big win over the Giants and on a three-game win streak they are sitting atop the NFC East and showing no signs of slowing down. I really like the Redskins -1 here, if they do win, which they will it will be by more than one point I believe.

Houston Texans -1, Money line -120, over/under 46 

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Denver Broncos +1, Money line +100 

Houston Texans v Denver Broncos WEEK 9Sure the Broncos are a middle of the pack team with a pretty good defense but the Texans are rolling right now and this would not be the time to bet against them. Yes, they are away and not in Houston but this is a give me game in my eyes. The Texans will win this game by 7 points, Deshaun Watson will have a day, Demaryius Thomas will finally catch a touchdown pass and the Texans will be in full on playoff mode. We knew the Texans were capable of this play to start the year, they came out slow but are getting it together with a 100% healthy Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and 5th ranked rushing game the Texans are going to win and only need to cover a 1 point spread. THANK YOU VERY MUCH (As Ryan Whitney would say). The Broncos average 23.5 points to Houston’s 24.6, Broncos average 380.8 yards a game to Houston’s 379.8 yards a game. Statistically speaking these teams are very close on both sides of the ball, but I am going with the hot hand in Houston this week.

Los Angeles Chargers -1, Money line -120, over/under 47.5 

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Seattle Seahawks +1, +100 

Again another solid pick here this week the Chargers are another team on a roll right now and if they want to get into the playoffs they cannot take a week off. There is a slim chance they win the division with the Chiefs 7-1 right now playing Cleveland this week therefore that first wild card spot is there and it comes from winning games like this. They have an equally as good defense as they do offense, their offense ranks in the middle of the pack for total yards, passing yards and rushing yards, they out weight the Seahawks in points per game with their 27.9 vs Seattle’s 24.4. The Seahawks had a big win last week vs Detroit and it gave them some life but I think the Chargers continue to roll and take this game with ease, covering the 1 point spread but I don’t see the over hitting also the money lines are a push don’t bother.

UHHHHH I HAVE NO IDEA PICKS

Bears -10.5 vs Bills +10.5 with an over/under of 37.5, uhhhhhh. I think the Bears win but the spread and over/under is terrifying.

Rams -1.5 vs Saints +1.5 over/under 58.5. Uhhhhhh, the Rams are favorited to win they are the best team in football right now but Drew Brees and the Saints offense in the mega dome. Scares me a lot I am staying away from this game but the over/under seems like it is doable. Don’t quote me on that though!

Packers +5.5 vs Patriots -5.5 over/under 57. Uhhhhhh, the Patriots are well the Patriots and the Packers do not seem to be that lethal this season but we can never under estimate Aaron Rodgers and that offense as they almost beat the Rams last week. Spread worries for me New England, over/under is high. I am staying away from this game but the over/under seems like it is doable. Don’t quote me on that though!

 

Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire; Who NOT to add!

Raiders played the 49ers Thursday night in which the 49ers blew the Raiders out of the building but anyways, here we are week 9, I wrote the similar article earlier this week. But here is the who NOT to add version of the week nine waiver wire! Quick one going over the guys you should not add, if you want to read about this weeks top waiver wire targets click here. Also good surprise at end of article!

Wide Receivers: 

Jermaine Kearse, with Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa back Kearse targets will decrease drastically! Paul Richardson Jr, Alex Smith spreads the ball out evenly but Richardson Jr only sees around 5 targets max a week, plus with the many other weapons on the Redskins offense and Adrian Peterson establishing a good run game Richardson JR is a no no this week. Devante Parker had a big week last week but that is a major reason to not add him no way he continues that production and sees 9 targets for 6 receptions and 134 yards this week, don’t bite on his good game last week, move on!

Running backs: 

Same as the last article this does not change, Ito Smith and Javorius Allen provide the only value here, other than that stay away from Ty Montgomery, Theo Riddick and Frank Gore, out of those three they will probably only produce 6 points at most.

Tight ends: 

Cameron Brate, Hayden Hurst, Nick Vannett should be on your do not add list! These guys are teasers in a sense, Brate’s only value is if OJ Howard goes down, Hurst caught his first NFL touchdown last week so everyone thinks he is going to do it again vs Pittsburgh and Nick Vannett has not seen the attention in the Seahawks offense this season. Vannett will give you about 5 points if that this week.

DEF: 

Baltimore, Seattle and New Orleans should be on your do not touch, don’t even think about list. They all play very good offense and with the type of game it is shaping up to be these games will be high scoring. Do not add these teams!

BONUS: WEEK 9 WIDE RECIEVER ON THE RISE!

Quincy Enunwa: Projected around 9 points, playing the Dolphins a divisional team so the game will be close but what really stands out to fantasy owners is Enunwa’s 42 targets and 22 receptions just in the 5 weeks he played.

Chris Hogan: In a shootout style game Hogan is a great option. He won’t see the Packers best safety’s or corners on him so that is a positive. Plus he sees anywhere from 8 targets to 4 targets a week his production has increased greatly over the last three weeks and is a sure option if you need a quick add. Projected 9.12 points, has 32 targets 22 receptions and 333 receiving yards for 2 touchdowns.

Taylor Gabriel: With Allen Robinson to miss this weeks game, Gabriel moves up on the depth chart as the Bears #1 wide receiver this week. Last week he saw 6 targets for 4 receptions and 62 yards, despite having a combined 78 yards in the last two games. Gabriel is seeing targets. Against a week 9 Buffalo Bills opponent this is a great add. Gabriel has 44 targets, 34 receptions, 381 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

Fantasy Football Week 9 waiver wire

This is the time of the year where your team is probably on a bye week, you drafted blindly without even looking at when your players bye weeks matched up and you now have about 3 guys on a bye and your starting roster is shot! No worries, we are here to help! Every position and the top adds for this week are coming at you!

Teams on a bye this week Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Giants, Jaguars

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Named the starter once again but he does play Carolina who have been on a roll and tough to beat. They have a great defense and can easily make this a tough week for Fitzmagic but the only way the Buccaneers stay afloat in this game is offensive pressure. The upside could be Fitzpatrick keeps the Bucs in the game with his offensive play or he gets shutdown.

Derek Carr: After the 49ers lost to Arizona it can not get much worse than that. Yes the Raiders are just as bad but if the Cardinals managed to get something going on the 49ers Carr can maybe do the same. I trust Carr more than Josh Rosen. Carr is good for about 15 points. Better than nothing.

Baker Mayfield: Only way the Browns have any chance of winning this game is their offense. The Browns just fired their head coach Hue Jackson as well as Todd Haley therefore it is a mess in Cleveland right now. Perhaps Baker may be given a little looser lease and more freedom. I’d say Mayfield could be a solid 20+ point guy that is if the Chiefs do not control the ball the whole game and manage clock like they always do. This could be a decently high scoring game so take a shot on Baker.

Running back

Javorius Allen: Ravens play Pittsburgh and we all know how these games turn out. Either a defensive battle or offensive shootout. I am going with offensive shootout for this week. The Ravens played the Steelers in week 4 where they won and Allen had 6.70 fantasy points on 10 attempts for 30 yards. Allen is a goal line guy but has been a consistent back for Baltimore. He has not been all that useful in the back field but he is a catching and running back. In a PPR league Allen could be useful but if this is only your option I think you can expect about 7 points at a minimum and 12 at a maximum from Allen.

Peyton Barber: Coming off his best game of the season and playing the Panthers next Peyton Barber WEEK 9 waiver wire addweek Barber may not be a 18.5 player like he was last week but after rushing 18 times for 95 yards we can expect the same numbers from Barber. Perhaps 18+ attempts a few less yards and a maybe a rushing touchdown. Barber is the #1 back in Tampa Bay right now and is a viable fantasy option for your bye week sub. Barber has 93 attempts 345 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD this year.

Ito Smith: With Tevin Coleman moving up to the #1 role since Devante Freeman is on the injured reserve, Smith will be the #2 back this week playing the Redskins in Washington. Smith has been a consistent 6-8 points over the last three weeks. He saw 7 attempts last week and could possibly see more being the number two now. Smith has 39 attempts, 118 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

Cole Beasley: A consistent 7-8 targets a week, around 6-7 catches guaranteed and a solid 7-8 points a week. The Cowboys coming off their own bye week and now playing the Titans Beasley could possibly be a solid choice against a decent defense. On the year Beasley 33 receptions 350 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. This is a safe bet with Beasley.

NFL WEEK 9 Waiver wire addsDJ Moore: With the Panthers on a roll and their offense especially clicking Cam Newton is still looking for his favorite receiver. Moore has seen an increase in interest from Cam Newton over three weeks targeting him 5 times each game over the last three as Moore has reeled in 12 receptions for 178 yards. Coming off his best game of the year Moore is a solid option here. With one receiving touchdown I think we may see Moore reel on in the end zone this week vs Tampa Bay.

Marquez Valdes Scantling: Green Bay has dealt with their fair share of wide out injuries and Scantling has been seeing more interest with Green Bay receivers out. Besides Devante Adams Scantling is a solid WR2, WR3 for Green Bay right now. Over the last three weeks he has totaled 12 receptions for 216 yards and 2 TD receptions. Going against a tough New England team this week Green Bays offense is going to need to be firing on all cylinders if they want to win.

Tight Ends

Here is my advice since all the tight ends on the free agent market are basically good for nothing, Vance MacDonald is coming off his fewest snaps week and play the Ravens a tough defense. Benjamin Watson got blanked vs Minnesota and now they play the Rams this week so although he is the only tight end in New Orleans against the Rams one of the best defense in the league what can we expect.

Ed Dickson: Make his debut last week and did fairly well although the Seahawks offense is not great and have many options, that could be good for Dickson. Although he plays the Chargers this week, he may be your best bet.

Geoff Swaim: He is not a highly targeted Dallas option and with Amari Cooper how much more will he see on the offensive side of things. Dallas plays Tennessee so hopefully some mismatch occurs and Swaim can do his typically 6-7 points a week routine. Better than nothing.

 

 

NFL Week 9 Injury Report

Inactives

  • Leonard Fournette-RB
  • Jeremy Hill-RB
  • Zach Ertz-TE
  • Brent Grimes-CB
  • Ronald Darby-CB
  • Pierre Garcon-WR
  • Jordan Reed-TE
  • Dan Bailey-K
  • Olivier Vernon-DE
  • Randy Bullock-K
  • Carson Palmer-QB

 

Actives

  • Jameis Winston-QB
  • Emmanuel Sanders-WR
  • Jeremy Maclin-WR
  • Mike Wallace-WR
  • Delanie Walker-TE
  • Jay Ajayi-RB
  • Jay Cutler-QB
  • Joe Flacco-QB
  • Ezekiel Elliott-RB