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NFL Week 9 Overview: Steelers 8-0, Kyler vs Tua, Saints Rout Bucs

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We are another week closer to seeing who will qualify for the playoffs in the NFL. There are a lot of teams in the playoff picture, which only makes the remaining eight weeks even better from a fan standpoint.

The Steelers remained unblemished in the loss column, but not without a scare, but we will get to that game later on. They are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The Jets still reaming winless on the season and that only increases their chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick and taking Clemson junior quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. They are 0-9 for the first time in franchise history.

Notes from Week 10

  • 18 different pass catchers (17 WR and 1 TE) had over 100 receiving yards this week, the most for the season thus far
  • Will Fuller V has a touchdown reception in six-straight games (Texans beat Jaguars 27-25)
  • J. Watt recorded his 100th career sack
  • J. Brown has a touchdown reception in five-straight games (Titans beat Bears 27-17)
  • Baltimore has scored at least 20-points in an NFL record 31-straight games (Defeated the Colts 24-10)
  • Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns without a pick, his 51st game with 3+ touchdowns and zero interceptions, surpassing Peyton Manning for most games of such variety in the Super Bowl era (Packers won 34-17 over the 49ers on TNF)
  • Including the playoffs, Kansas City is 17-1 in the last 18 games after defeating the Panthers this week
  • Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 100 for his career, which he did in the fastest amount of games at 40
  • The Dolphins have won four-straight games for the first time since 2016, after a win over the Cardinals, but we will get more into that momentarily
  • The Bills, who were victorious 44-34 over the Seahawks, improved to 7-2 for the first time since 1993
  • Josh Allen led the way for the Bills throwing for 415 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for another. He had a passer rating of 138.5.
  • Dalvin Cook became the first Viking ever with over 200 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in two consecutive games. He also has an NFL-best 13 touchdowns and at least one touchdown in every game he’s played in (Minnesota defeated Detroit 34-20)
  • Christian McCaffrey returned to the field for the first time since Week 2 and looked to not have lost a step. He rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, while also catching 10 passes for 81 yards and another touchdown
  • The Chargers have to be cursed. In back-to-back weeks, Los Angeles has lost on the final play of the game, one on offense and one on defense. The fell to 3-15 in games decided by 8-points or few since 2019. They have lost their last 9 AFC West games. At least their future is bright with Justin Herbert.


NFL Playoff Picture

AFC: 1. Steelers 2. Chiefs 3. Bills 4. Titans 5. Ravens 6. Raiders 7. Dolphins 8. Browns 9. Colts

*Raiders, Dolphins, Browns, and Colts are all 5-3

NFC: 1. Saints 2. Seahawks 3. Packers 4. Eagles 5. Buccaneers 6. Cardinals 7. Rams 8. Bears


Steelers Escape Dallas with a Win

  • Pittsburgh was a heavy favorite by 14.5 points over the Cowboys going into the game and won the game 24-19
  • Dallas jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind the arm of Garrett Gilbert, who became the fourth starting quarterback for the Cowboys this season
  • Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers back from a 19-9 deficit late in the third quarter and into the third quarter with three scoring drives, including his second and third touchdown passes of the game and ultimately the victory
  • There were some questionable calls from the officials that went in favor of the Steelers
  • With the win, Big Ben has had a winning record for all 17 of his seasons, the most such seasons without a losing record in NFL history
  • The Pittsburgh defense has recorded a sack in 65-consecutive games, the second-most in NFL history
  • A fourth quarter interception from Minkah Fitzpatrick gave the Steelers 53 takeaways since the start of the 2019 season, the most in the NFL in that span

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Kyler vs Tua

  • Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa are both considered two young quarterbacks who will lead the NFL into the next decade and beyond and the duo lived up to the hype on Sunday
  • Tua completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns and led what would hold as the game-winning field goal drive with 3:35 left in the game
  • Murray finished 21 of 26 for 283 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 106 yards and another score
  • These quarterbacks are both on 5-3 teams on the rise, the only difference is Tua has started just two games while Murray has started a season-and-a-half
  • If this matchup was any indication, they just add to the rich pool of quarterbacks 25-and-under

Brees, Saints Demolish Brady, Bucs

  • This was billed up to be the game of the week, but it was a one-sided affair
  • Drew Brees tossed four touchdowns in route to a 38-3 annihilation of Tampa Bay, becoming the first quarterback to beat Tom Brady twice in a season
  • This was the first time Brady had been swept by a divisional rival in his career
  • For the third time in his career, Brady had 0 touchdowns and 3+ interceptions and also trailed by 30+ points at halftime for the first time in his career
  • Brees improved to 14-3 on Sunday Night Football, the best record with a minimum of five starts
  • Tampa Bay had five rushing attempts, with the final attempt a kneel-down to end the game, which was the fewest rushing attempts in a single game in NFL history. Yikes.


Quarterbacks That Played Well in Week 9

  • Patrick Mahomes – KC – 30/45, 372 yards, 4 touchdowns – W vs CAR
  • Aaron Rodgers – GB – 25/31, 305 yards, 4 touchdowns – W @ SF
  • Drew Brees – NO – 26/32, 222 yards, 4 touchdowns – W @ TB
  • Josh Allen – BUF – 31/38, 415 yards, 3 touchdowns, rushing TD – W vs SEA
  • Ben Roethlisberger – PIT – 29/42, 306 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ DAL

Running Backs That Played Well in Week 9

  • Dalvin Cook – MIN – 22 carries, 206 yards, 2 touchdowns – W vs DET
  • James Robinson – JAX – 25 carries, 99 yards, touchdown – L vs HOU
  • Christian McCaffrey – CAR – 18 carries, 69 yards, TD, 10 receptions, 81 yards, touchdown L @ KC
  • Devontae Booker – LV – 8 carries, 68 yards, touchdown – W @ LAC
  • Wayne Gallman – NYG – 14 carries, 68 yards, touchdown – W @ WAS

Pass Catchers That Played Well in Week 9

  • Richie James – SF – 9 receptions, 184 yards, touchdown – L vs GB
  • Davante Adams – GB – 10 receptions, 173 yards, touchdown W @ SF
  • Jakobi Meyers – NE – 12 receptions, 169 yards – W @NYJ
  • Travis Kelce – KC – 10 receptions, 159 yards – W vs CAR
  • DJ Chark Jr. – JAX – 7 receptions, 146 yards, touchdown – L vs HOU

Key Matchups in Week 10

  • Colts (5-3) @ Titans (6-2) Thursday Night Football 8:20 PM FOX
  • Bills (7-2) @ Cardinals (5-3) 4:05 PM CBS
  • Seahawks (6-2) @ Rams (5-3) 4:25 PM FOX
  • Bengals (2-5-1) @ Steelers (8-0) 4:25 PM FOX
  • Texans (2-6) @ Browns 1 PM FOX
  • Chargers (2-6) @ Dolphins (5-3) 4:05 PM CBS

That does it for Week 9. Be sure to hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 and let me know what you expect to happen in Week 10 and let me know how you feel about your team in the second half of the season.

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