NFL week nine takeaways and what does it mean as the season is on to its second half?

What happened during week nine and how will it effect rest of season?

  • Aaron Jones
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Antonio Brown
  • arizona cardinals
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Buffalo Bills
  • carolina panthers
  • Christian McCaffery
  • dallas cowboys
  • Dalvin Cook
  • Davante Adams
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Josh Allen
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kyle Allen
  • Kyler Murray
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New York Giants
  • NY Jets
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • russell wilson
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • The Washington Football Team
  • Tom Brady
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Tua Tagovailoa
By Steve Kemper November 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The NFL completed week nine and is officially into the second half of the season. What teams are headed in the right direction?

Tampa Bay lays an egg on primetime television

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been featured on primetime three times this season and each time it’s been a dud. If not for a penalty flag being picked up in the endzone against the New York Giants, they would have lost all three contests. This team on paper looks like it should dominate every Sunday. Tom Brady has more weapons this year than he did in any of his previous 20 seasons with the patriots. Unfortunately, they still are not playing good football. Sunday night was Tom Brady’s first-ever time going 3-and-out four times in a row to start a game. The team only rushed the ball 5 times! Brady was forcing the ball to Antonio Brown and causing turnovers. Above all, if this team is going to consider a deep playoff run then they need to fix things fast.

Buffalo gets their signature win

The Buffalo Bills already sat atop the AFC East and had their best start since the mid-90s, but the resume did not have any great wins through the first half of the season. The Seattle Seahawks came in as the NFC’s best team and was riding a hot start from Russell Wilson. On Sunday, everything clicked for Buffalo and they dominated for four quarters. Josh Allen had a great game, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns while adding another on the ground. If not for some garbage fourth-quarter play from Seattle, the bills would have won this game by twenty points. Buffalo looks like a solid team that will host a playoff game come January, but are they among the elite?

Green Bay rebounds on Thursday night

Green Bay coming off an unexpected loss at home was rewarded with a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. However, the difference this time was the Packers would play a team with $80 million worth of contracts out due to injury. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns in the first half, and the game was over by halftime. Green Bay returns to the one seed with Seattle losing and with their remaining schedule should finish the year with 12 or 13 wins and home field throughout the playoffs. The big question will be if Aaron Rodgers can count on Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. Both have missed time and with no activity at the trade deadline is this a risk? A longshot with the way the season has gone for the rest of the league.

Young guns do not disappoint in the desert

Miami traveled to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a matchup of young impressive quarterbacks. Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa went punch for punch with each other and seemed like the winner of this game would go to whoever controlled the ball last. Kyler produced his first 100-yard rushing effort of the year and threw for three touchdowns. Tua, who had a stale debut the week before, was able to show his playmaking ability, throwing for 250 yards and getting multiple receivers involved. The end came down to a game-tying field goal try by Zane Gonzalez that looked good from the camera angle but came up yards short. Miami riding a four-game winning streak now is making some noise in the AFC playoff picture and as a bonus hold Houston’s top ten pick in next year’s draft. This could be the beginning of something big on south beach.

Chiefs win in CMC’s big return

Kansas City does not have the best record in the AFC. Many think that they are far away from the best team in the league. On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers came into Arrowhead stadium looking for a major upset. Christian McCaffrey finally returned from a bum ankle and helped his fantasy owners with a stat-stuffing game, only to get re-injured in the fourth quarter with what looked like a bad shoulder. Pat Mahomes cruised all game throwing for four touchdowns, and the Chiefs won a close game 33-31 although the final score was not indicative of how well the Chiefs played. Road trips to Las Vegas and Tampa Bay the next two weeks will be tough tests. This team is a heavy super bowl favorite.

Bits and pieces

Kyle Allen suffered a horrific ankle injury in the second quarter of Washington’s game against the New York Giant’s.  The Los Angeles Chargers keep finding ways to lose heartbreakers in the final second. Dalvin Cook continued posting big numbers in a Vikings win. The Atlanta Falcons did not lose a fourth-quarter lead. The Pittsburgh Steelers remained undefeated on the season albeit looking very vulnerable against the Dallas Cowboys. The NY Jets focus all efforts on getting Trevor Lawrence,  remaining winless in the final seconds of Monday night.  As Bill Belichick would say, we are on to week ten.

 

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