NFL Week 9 Recap

A 12-game football packed NFL Sunday schedule had no shortage of amazing football action in Week 9.

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Josh Allen (BUF), Patrick Mahomes (KC), Drew Brees (NO), and Dalvin Cook (MIN) were some of the biggest stars of Week 9 with their outstanding individual performances.

The 9th week of NFL Football has now come and gone, and fans were treated to some exciting games on the second Sunday of this November. Let’s recap some of those great matchups that went on over the weekend!

GB Packers vs. SF 49ers, 11/5/20:

To start off Week #9, the Green Bay Packers headed out to Northern California to take on the short-handed San Francisco 49ers. The Niners were missing their top running back option, Raheem Mostert, their starting QB, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Pro Bowl tight end, George Kittle, so they knew this game was likely going to be a tough one for them. Surely enough, that was the case, as the 49er-offense had much difficulty getting going and putting points up on the scoreboard. This game was really dominated by the Packers, most notably Veteran Quarterback Aaron Rodgers along with superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. Rodgers completed 10 passes to Adams for 173 yards and a touchdown. In all, Rodgers threw 25/31 for over 300 yards with 4 TD passes and 0 interceptions on the night, a pretty flawless performance which led to an easy Green Bay win.  Final Score: 34-17, GB beats SF.

 

HOU Texans vs. JAX Jaguars, 11/8/20:

A couple of 1-win teams matched up in this game in Jacksonville, Florida. Both teams came out looking ready on offense, as both squads scored touchdowns on their respective opening drives. Texans’ receivers Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller V each scored a touchdown for Houston. The Jaguars started rookie Jake Luton at Quarterback for this game, as starter Gardner Minshew was inactive with an injury. The rookie did not disappoint at all in his first career NFL start, completing 26 of 38 passes for 304 yards, 1 TD pass, along with 1 impressive rushing TD of his own. Despite this exceptional performance from Luton, the Jaguars fell just short of a win, dropping this game to the Texans by just two points. Houston picked up just its second win of the season, while Jacksonville took its 7th loss.  Final Score: 27-25, HOU beats JAX.

 

NY Giants vs. Washington Football Team, 11/8/20:

Coming in, the 1-win Giants were in for a clash with 2-win Washington. The Giants offense came out hot, and scored 10 points in the first quarter to Washington’s zero. The Giants’ running game was the story of the day for the game, as it was far superior to Washington’s running game, out-rushing them as a team 166-37 yards. Daniel Jones threw 1 touchdown pass to the versatile tight end Evan Engram, and had 0 interceptions on the day. Washington put up more of a fight in the second half after trailing 20-3 at the break, and surged to make what looked like might be a complete comeback, but came up just short at the end of the 4th. New York took the win to improve to 2-7 so far on the season, and will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, 11/15.  Final Score: 23-20, NYG beats WSH.

 

DET Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings, 11/8/20:

Two NFC North teams met up for this ballgame in the great city of Minneapolis. Both teams have been off to very mediocre starts in the standings through the first half of the season. However, in this game at least, the Vikings looked to be the superior squad. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had arguably his best game yet this season, throwing 3 touchdown passes with 0 giveaways. Although, it wasn’t the passing game that was the biggest factor for the Vikings in this matchup. Instead, it was the run. Superstar running back Dalvin Cook was absolutely unstoppable in this game. The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Cook ran the football 22 times for a total of 206 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. Cook’s average run netted 9.4 yards, an incredible stat. On the other side, Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford struggled to settle in on offense, and threw 2 interceptions before heading to the bench and throwing in the towel for the day. Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson made a nice late game touchdown reception in the 4th quarter, but it was far too late for a potential Lions comeback. Minnesota took the victory in this one, now their second straight.  Final Score: 34-20, MIN beats DET.

 

CAR Panthers vs. KC Chiefs, 11/8/20:

The Carolina Panthers were in for a matchup with the far superior Kansas City Chiefs. However, as most football fans know, any given team can beat any other team on any given Sunday. This was a big day for the Panthers, as their superstar was returning after a 6-week hiatus, sidelined with an ankle injury. Of course, this is the 24 year old phenom running back Christian McCaffrey. With their superstar back healthy in the lineup, the Panthers looked really good out on the field this Sunday. McCaffrey rushed for 69 yards on the ground along with 10 catches for 82 receiving yards through the air and 2 touchdowns on the day. Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater also had a fantastic statistical game himself, completing 36 passes for 310 yards. The Panthers were playing so great that they even held a lead at many points during the game. However, the Chiefs were never out of the game, of course led by their spectacular centerpiece quarterback, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, the young Patrick Mahomes. Once the Chiefs were trailing, Mahomes put the team on his back as usual, and stepped up when it was needed most. He threw for 372 yards and had 4 TD passes on the day, 2 of those to star wide receiver Tyreek Hill. This game was a hard-fought battle by both teams on both ends of the field, but the Chiefs were able to just eke out the win by a very slim margin.  Final Score: 33-31, KC beats CAR.

 

SEA Seahawks vs. BUF Bills, 11/8/20:

A couple of exceptional 6-win teams met up in Buffalo, New York on this very warm and sunny November afternoon. Both the Seahawks and Bills are led by one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. This, of course, was the matchup of Russell Wilson versus Josh Allen. In this game, Allen seemed to have the upper edge. Allen and the Bills started off with a bang on offense, early in the 1st quarter, putting up two touchdowns for 14 quick points on the scoreboard in just the opening 7 and ½ minutes of the game. The Seattle Defense could not seem to figure out how to defend against Allen’s precise passing ability. As well as the defense having issues, the Seahawks’ offense was also struggling mightily in the beginning stages of this game. The Buffalo Defense was swarming Russell Wilson aggressively, and Seattle’s offensive line struggled to protect Wilson from being sacked. Finally in the 2nd quarter, some things began to click a bit for Wilson and the Seahawk offense, and they put some points up on the board. However, Seattle did face a deficit that they were trying to rally back from. In the end, Wilson did surprisingly end up throwing for 390 yards with 2 touchdown passes. However, the 2 interceptions and 1 fumble he registered were what mattered more, in a negative way for the Seahawks. Josh Allen recorded a whopping 415 passing yards along with his 3 TD passes. This high-scoring affair ended in a 10 point victory for the Bills.  Final Score: 44-34, BUFFALO beats SEA.

 

NO Saints vs. TB Buccaneers, 11/8/20:

The final game of Sunday was, of course, Sunday Night Football, as always. This game was a very exciting and highly-anticipated matchup on the national stage between two of the top quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL: Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Both men are now polished veterans in the league and have passed age 40, both having been in the NFL now for around 20 years. Brees and Brady have both had incredible football careers and are likely headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the near future after their retirements. As for this particular game, it was anticipated that it would be a close and competitive one, but that turned out not to be the case. Drew Brees and the Saints offense came out of the gate absolutely dominating, as Brees threw several early touchdown passes in the first half to quickly make this game a blowout of the Buccaneers. On the other end, the New Orleans Defense was absolutely stellar, somehow stopping and containing Tom Brady completely. Brady did not look to be his usual self out on the field, as he threw 3 interceptions, a very rare occurrence for him. The Buccaneers were nearly shut out completely until a measly 4th quarter made field goal, but otherwise, Tampa Bay’s offense was truly halted. The Buccaneers could not manufacture a single touchdown in this game, and only scored 3 points, the first and only time this season they scored under 19 points in a game, and just the second time this season scoring under 25. Brady finished the game with just 209 passing yards and, of course, 0 touchdowns, while Brees tallied 4 touchdown passes on the night.  Final Score: 38-3, NEW ORLEANS beats TB.

Other Week 9 Final Scores:  BAL Ravens beat IND Colts 24-10;  TEN Titans beat CHI Bears 24-17; ATL Falcons beat DEN Broncos 34-27;  LV Raiders beat LA Chargers 31-26; MIA Dolphins beat ARI Cardinals 34-31;  PIT Steelers beat DAL Cowboys 24-19.