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For my first post in weeks, I’m gonna dive right in and pick up like I never left. Let’s recap Week 9 in the NFL. I have picked a few games to highlight and then after that I will make some random comments about what I saw this past week.
Detroit Lions 22 Minnesota Vikings 16 – Well after starting the season 5-0 the Vikings have now lost 3 in a row since their bye week in week 6. the defense that looked unbreakable the first 5 weeks now is showing signs of bending and have let them down when they were needed most. They allowed the Lions to drive 35 yards in just 2 plays and 21 seconds to allow Prater to kick a 58 yard FG as time expired to force OT. The Lions get the ball to begin the OT and once again the Vikings D gives up a drive that started at the Lions 13 yard line and finished with a 28 yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate to end the game. The defense wasn’t the worst of the Vikings Woes, the offense has been inept and has stalled after lighting it up with Sam Bradford. The absence of Adrian Peterson looms large as Minnesota was able to rush for just 78 yards as a team. Bradford was 31/40 for 273 yards and a TD. that’s just 8 yards per completion on average, which doesn’t get it done in today’s pass-happy NFL. On the other side, Matthew Stafford continues to figure out ways to win, making this the 5th come from behind victory this year by the Lions, which just happens to be the number of wins they have had all season. they find themselves just a game back of the Vikings, but with the way Minnesota has been playing of late, it may not be too much longer before the Lions lead the division if this pattern keeps up.
NY Giants 28 Philadelphia Eagles 23 – The Eagles are another team that have lost their luster since starting the season 3-0 including a huge win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 3, but have managed to go just 1-4 in the 5 games since. The Eagle secondary was picked apart by Eli Manning for 4 TD’s and 257 yards. There were moments where Eli looked like Eli, he did throw two picks, but the defense of he Giants made up for it, stopping the Eagles 3 out of 4 times on fourth down, and getting 2 interceptions of their own. Odell Beckham Jr. caught two of Eli’s 4 Td’s, finishing with 4 catches for 46 yards. it wasn’t a huge yardage game, but the defense of the giants stepped up when they needed to and secured the win.
Oakland Raiders 30 Denver Broncos 20 – The seat of power officially changed hands Sunday night in Oakland as the Raiders dominated this game from the opening gun and never let off. Latavious Murray ran for 114 yards and scored three touchdowns against the Leagues #1 rush defense, with the entire team giving up 218 total yards on the ground. Derek Carr only managed 184 yards through the air with no TD’s, but with the running game going the way it did, they didn’t need Carr to have one of his 300+ yard games (513 last week alone). the Raiders are the real deal folks and Sunday Night’s performance put the rest of the AFC on notice, the Raiders are good, and they don’t show any signs of letting up.
Some other thoughts I have regarding week 9:
Pittsburgh looked horrible against a very average Baltimore Ravens team. Pittsburgh was my preseason pick for the Super Bowl this year, but if they cant get it going, Big Ben injuries aside, they will not make it far in the postseason.
Atlanta took control of the NFC South with that victory against Tampa Thursday night. The only question remains for the Falcons is whether they repeat the late season swoon that kept them out of the playoffs last year.
The New York Jets need to move on from Fitz.
New Orleans and San Diego may have defenses full of more holes that Swiss cheese, but man are those offenses fun to watch.
Green Bay should be better, Aaron Rodgers looks lost, and with no viable running game, they could be looking at a wild card this year instead of winning the division.
Ill be back tomorrow with another post to re-cap the Monday night game as well as thoughts on the rest of the sports world. Until then, take of yourself.. and each other…