The Rundown NFL Week 9 Edition
The Rundown NFL Week 9 Edition
Week 9 was lackluster both on paper and on the field. We saw some sloppy performances from teams all over the league. Minshew-Mania crashed down to Earth. Ryan Tannehill is beatable and the Chiefs can win without Mahomes. Let’s get into it.
Vikings 23 Chiefs 26
This one was a good game. Minnesota (6-3) didn’t play terrible Kirk Cousins would throw for 220 yards 3 TDs 0 INTS while Dalvin Cook had a decent game on the ground. The Vikings defensive line got a great push getting to Matt Moore 4 times. Kansas City (6-3) was desperate for a win and they got one playing with Matt Moore. Moore had a day throwing 275 Yards and 1 TD, a beauty to Tyreek Hill. Damien Williams went on to abuse the Vikings run defense to the tune of 125 Yards on the ground and a TD. This game would be decided on the final possession. Matt Moore would lead his team into field goal range and Harrison Butker would take care of the rest. The difference in this game for me was the explosive plays the Chiefs were able to generate.
Panthers 30 Titans 20
The Carolina Panthers (5-3) were able to bounce back from their week 8 beating. Kyle Allen was efficient in keeping the chains moving. Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore had great games and yes CMC is as good as advertised. He put the pull cross the goal line three times to the tune of 165 yards. Can we say MVP?
The Titans (4-5) on the other hand should be ashamed of this dumpster fire they put on the field. Missed kicks, turnovers (4), and penalties would do them in. The Arthur Smith experiment has been a disaster (Derrick Henry 2 carries in the first half), the offensive line is horrible, (4 Sacks) and Ryan Tannehill has now turned the ball over more times in three games than Mariota did in the first 6 games of the season. Mike Vrabel is on the hot seat.
Packers 11 Chargers 26
The Chargers (4-5) keep their winning ways going with a big win over the Packers. The way they handled Green Bay (7-2) is shocking. Rodgers couldn’t get anything going. This Packers offense was only able to generate 45 Yards on the ground and a total of 206 Yards of offense, Receivers couldn’t get open and couldn’t make plays when they were called on. The Chargers looked more like the team Anthony Lynn envisioned coming into the season. They rushed for over 150 yards and Melvin Gordon would score twice. Defensively they got to Aaron Rodgers three times and bottled up the Green Bay Receivers.
Patriots 20 Ravens 37
And then there was 1. The Patriots (8-1) fell from the unbeaten ranks on SNF to the Baltimore Ravens (6-3). In the most Un-Patriot of Patriot ways we’ve ever seen. This team turned the ball over 3 times and I know this Ravens defense is good but to get 3 turnovers off of a Bill Belichick team is unheard of.
The Ravens game plan was as simple as simple could be “RUN THE DANG BALL”. Mark Ingram finished with 115 Yards and Jackson added 67 of his own. Jackson also passed for 163 yards and had 3 total scores. Having Hollywood Brown out there helped keep the defense honest and forced them to cover the entire field. Jackson and Ingram were able to take advantage of the open zones in the zone read-option offense.
Other Scores from around the league:
- Texans 26 Jaguars 3 (London)
- Bears 14 Eagles 22
- Colts 24 Steelers 26 (Jacoby Brisset went down with an injury)
- Jets 18 Dolphins 26 (Adam Gase officially on the Hot Seat)
- Lions 24 Raiders 31
- Buccaneers 34 Seahawks 40 (OT)
- Browns 19 Broncos 24 (Freddie Kitchens officially on the Hot Seat)