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The NFL Weekly Recap: Week 9

With all of the upsets from around the NFL, it makes us question what we really know about these teams. There are still so many unknowns around the league right now that it is hard to predict the outcome. Are the Buccaneers going to be okay despite their terrible loss this week? Will Russell Wilson and the Seahawks bounce back? And will the Steelers ever lose a game? Hopefully, all of those questions and more will be answered this week of the 2020 NFL season.
Dalvin Cook for the Vikings
Dalvin Cook celebrates as he scores a TD against the Detroit Lions. Photo Source fanduel.com

The Green Bay Packers proved to be too much for the decimated San Francisco 49ers

Had this game be played with everybody healthy on both teams, there would be a far different outcome. Regardless, the Packers were able to dominate the 49ers 34-17 en route to their sixth win of the year, making them 6-2. Meanwhile, the 49ers have a lot of work to do as they drop to 4-5 on the season and are expected to be without multiple starters for the remainder of the season including Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle.

New York Giants pick up a rare win against the Washington Football Team

The Giants haven’t had much luck so far this season, but they were able to piece together a big division win to somehow keep them on track to win the division. However, things aren’t looking so good for the Football Team, who lost their starting quarterback Kyle Allen to a dislocated ankle. The injury may require surgery which will keep him out for the remainder of the season and throw off Washington’s game plan. The win lifts the Giants to 2-7 while the Football team falls to 2-6.

Chicago is outclassed by the Tennessee Titans

The Chicago Bears dropped yet another game as they were completely overwhelmed by the Titans in this matchup. The Bears hadn’t scored a point until the fourth quarter, with the score getting as bad as 17-0. It didn’t help that Chicago had fumbled the

football three times throughout the course of the game, as the Titans took full advantage of their mistakes, winning 24-17. It was a huge bounce-back win for the Titans after they dropped their last two matchups, as they currently sit at 6-2 on the season while the Bears lose yet another game and fall to 5-4.

The Vikings stay hot as they knock off the Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Vikings got another huge division win this weekend behind their superstar running back Dalvin Cook. Cook has amassed over 200 yards from scrimmage and two-plus touchdowns in consecutive games now, putting him on a record-setting pace.

While the Lions were unable to get any type of offence going this game. Matthew Stafford ended up getting hurt towards the end of the game, so Chase Daniel took over at quarterback to close the game out. The two quarterbacks combined to throw three interceptions en route to the Vikings 34-20 victory. Minnesota goes up to 3-5 while the Lions fall to 3-5.

The Carolina Panthers keep it interesting in the battle against Kansas City Chiefs

Despite being giant favourites heading into this matchup, the Chiefs were unable to pull away from the Panthers the entire game. Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns while Patrick Mahomes countered that with 372 yards and four touchdowns. Carolina seems to be a force in the NFC, especially now that Christian McCaffrey is back in the lineup. The 33-31 win brings the Chiefs to 8-1 on the season while the Panthers fall down to 3-6.

The Texans defeat the Jaguars as they both battle it out for their second win of the season

Each of these teams was able to score quickly during their first drives, but both teams fell apart quickly afterwards. Houston was able to get the 27-25 victory behind Deshaun Watson’s big day, throwing for 281 yards and two touchdowns against his division rivals. Neither of these teams is in any type of playoff race though, as Houston goes to 2-6 on the season but is only one game ahead of the now 1-7 Jaguars. 

The Ravens stay strong against the Indianapolis Colts

After trailing in this game from the start, the Ravens were able to piece together multiple plays in order to pull away with a big 24-10 victory over the Philip Rivers led Colts. Nothing too spectacular happened in this game as both teams were attempting to establish power rushing attacks throughout the ball game. Ultimately, the Ravens get a much-needed victory against another AFC contender in the Colts.

Josh Allen leads Bills past Seahawks

The Bills once again showed their potential this week, jumping out to an early 17-0 start against one of the hottest teams in the league. Josh Allen threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns to will his team to a 44-34 victory. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson also put up incredible numbers, throwing for 390 yards and two touchdowns but did have two costly interceptions. If the Bills can continue this level of play, then we could be looking at a Super Bowl contending team.

Falcons stifle the Broncos in a big 34-27 victory

Despite what the final score shows you, this game wasn’t this close. Atlanta had held the Broncos to only six points through the first three-quarters of play. That was until they began to choke the game away, something that had come too often in recent Falcons game. Denver rallied and picked up 21 points in the fourth quarter to bring this game closer. But ultimately, the deficit was too much to overcome as Matt Ryan had thrown for three touchdowns without one of his top receivers in Calvin Ridley. Atlanta keeps themselves afloat with a win, bringing them to 3-6 while the Broncos take a big hit in their division, falling to 3-5.

The Chargers get their hearts broken yet again in loss to Raiders

The Chargers just keep on finding ways to lose ball games this season. They had seemingly scored a touchdown as time had expired at the end of the game, giving them the victory. That was until the play was reviewed and the referees have determined that the receiver did not have full possession of the football, ruling the pass incomplete and sealing the Raiders win. Justin Herbert proved he is the real deal yet again, throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns but unable to pull out a victory. Los Angeles falls to 2-6 on the year while the Raiders remain in the hunt for a playoff birth and move up to 5-3.

The Pittsburgh Steelers remain undefeated and beat the depleted Cowboys

Despite the giant gap in talent between these two teams, the game was close the entire way through. Pittsburgh was undefeated heading into this matchup while the Cowboys were starting their fourth-string quarterback Jared Gilbert and toting a defence that is among the worst in the league. Regardless, it seemed as if the Steelers had taken them lightly, which caused the game to come down to the wire. This may have been a wake-up call for the Steelers who will need to bounce back next week if they wish to keep this undefeated streak alive. As for the Cowboys, they have to be proud of the way they fought despite not being able to pull away with the victory.

Tua Tagovailoa outduels Kyler Murray as Dolphins beat Cardinals

Miami has now won four straight games for the first time since 2016 and looks to be on fire heading into their next game. They were able to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 34-31 behind Tagovailoa’s 248 passing yards and two touchdowns. However, Murray didn’t take the loss quietly as he threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns of his own. This game showed how explosive and talented these two teams are. The future of the league is in good hands with these two future star quarterbacks. Miami moves up to 5-3 with the victory while Arizona gets bumped down to 5-3 as well.

The Saints put on a show in Tampa and kill Buccaneers 38-3

New Orleans completely dominated this game from start to finish. In a game where every analyst out there had predicted Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to win by a large margin. Drew Brees and this Saints team came out on Sunday night and picked up a statement win behind four passing touchdowns from Brees and a dominate defensive play. Their defence was so good, they forced Brady to throw three interceptions for the first time since 2011 and were able to sack him three times while pressuring him constantly. I think its safe to say that the division is still in the hands of The Saints. 

Patriots get a scare against the New York Jets but hold on to claim victory

A few years ago, this score would have seemed outrageous. But in 2020 anything is possible. The Patriots were consistently unable to slow down Joe Flacco and this injured Jets team that hasn’t won a game all season. They allowed constant big plays downfield and struggled on the offensive end. However, Cam Newton was able to put up decent numbers, throwing for 274 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He did have two rushing touchdowns though. New England now remains in the hunt for a playoff spot at 3-5 on the year while the Jets keep their hopes of obtaining the number one overall pick in the draft, dropping to 0-9 on the season.

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