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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (Eight) celebrates after a landing within the second quarter in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks throughout an NFL soccer recreation at CenturyLink Field.(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
The 40 issues we discovered from Week 9 of the NFL season:
1. In an indication of issues to come back, the Los Angeles Rams scored Sunday’s first landing on an Eight-yard cross from QB Jared Goff to TE Tyler Higbee in opposition to the New York Giants. But that was hardly the Rams’ most entertaining play of the primary half. That can be the 52-yard screen-pbad TD from Goff to WR Robert Woods — which got here on third-and-33. According to Pro Football Reference, no staff had transformed a 3rd down of greater than 30 yards within the 21st century.
2. The Rams rolled 51-17 and have now scored 40 or extra factors thrice this season. In eight video games, they’ve posted 263 factors, already surpbading their complete of 224 from all of 2016.
three. The Denver Broncos made a notablemove earlier within the week by switching quarterbacks from turnover-prone Trevor Siemian to Brock Osweiler. Didn’t make a lot of a distinction Sunday in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles, as Osweiler was intercepted twice.
four. The Broncos did handle a discipline objective on their opening drive, the primary time they’d scored on their preliminary possession since Week 2.
5. Eagles QB Carson Wentz deserves to be the MVP entrance runner, particularly after turning into the primary participant since Andrew Luck in 2013 to throw three first half TD pbades in opposition to the vaunted Broncos protection.
6. Wentz leads the NFL with 23 landing pbades, and he was pulled from Sunday’s recreation with greater than eight minutes remaining.
7. Trade evaluation I: RB Jay Ajayi averaged a season-best 9.6 yards per carry (Eight rushes, 77 yards) and scored on a 46-yard TD run in his Eagles debut. Philadelphia gained 419 yards in opposition to the top-ranked Denver protection, which hadn’t allowed greater than 276 in a recreation this season previous to Sunday.
Eight. Trade evaluation II: Entering Sunday, the Miami Dolphins had averaged the fewest yards and factors this season with Ajayi’s providers. They should not miss him that a lot.
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9. Denver had allowed 21 factors per recreation over its first seven contests. The reality the Eagles torched the Broncos for 51 ought to be as regarding — if no more so — than their quarterback woes.
10. As if we would have liked extra reminders of the Tom Coughlin affect in Jacksonville, the Jaguars benched star rookie RB Leonard Fournette for a violation of staff guidelines, together with lacking the staff picture. That’s sending a message that even the very best gamers is not going to be coddled.
11. By the way in which, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon mixed for 110 dashing yards in Fournette’s absence, serving to the Jags to a 23-7 win in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
12. Trade evaluation III: New Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus did not refill the stat sheet — his three tackles tied for third on the staff in Sunday’s win — however he did badist restrict Cincinnati to only 148 yards and people seven factors.
13. Trade evaluation IV: The Bengals nonetheless have backup QB AJ McCarron. Maybe they need to’ve performed him. Andy Dalton is now 9-14-1 because the starting of final season.
14. Both the Bengals and Jags needed to play greater than half the sport with out one in every of their greatest gamers after Cincinnati WR A.J. Green and Jacksonville CB Jalen Ramsey had been ejected for combating. Replays clearly confirmed Green throwing punches, so he can count on a high quality subsequent week.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans must also count on a high quality — perhaps even a suspension — for his position in a sideline altercation with New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore. Evans leveled Lattimore with a blindside hit from behind after which appeared to throw punches. Evans was not tossed, even after an extended dialogue among the many officers, in a state of affairs that clearly warranted an ejection.
16. Life with out Deshaun Watson, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday’s observe, seems to be fairly grim for the Houston Texans. They misplaced 20-14 at house to the Indianapolis Colts with Texans QB Tom Savage finishing simply 19 of 44 pbades for 219 yards.
17. Savage did join on the primary TD cross of his profession Sunday, a 34-yarder to WR DeAndre Hopkins. He had a number of probabilities to win the sport within the last seconds, however his last two pbades fell incomplete in the long run zone, and he was strip-sacked on the ultimate play. (Which makes us ask once more: Why did coach Bill O’Brien need Savage, and never Watson, to be Houston’s starter on opening day?)
18. Savage now has one TD cross in 149 profession makes an attempt. Watson threw 19 touchdowns in his first 204 throws.
19. Colts Ok Adam Vinatieri, 44, managed eight factors Sunday, giving him sole possession of second place on the league’s all-time scoring checklist with 2,442. He wants 103 extra to displace Hall of Famer Morten Andersen for first place.
20. A snapshot of the whole lot that’s fallacious with the Atlanta Falcons offense: All-pro WR Julio Jones, broad open in the long run zone, dropping a deep landing cross from QB Matt Ryan on fourth down within the fourth quarter of the staff’s 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. “I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity,” Jones stated. “I just missed it. No excuses or anything like that. I just missed it.”
21. Are the Panthers lastly determining easy methods to greatest use rookie RB Christian McCaffrey? He had a career-high 66 dashing yards in opposition to the Falcons after totaling 117 in his first eight video games.
22. Trade evaluation V: How a lot do the Buffalo Bills want WR Kelvin Benjamin? Welp, he was inactive throughout Thursday night time’s loss to the New York Jets, although QB Tyrod Taylor nonetheless handed for 2 TDs and a season-high 285 yards with the receivers who had been already in Buffalo.
23. Trade evaluation VI: How a lot did the Panthers — many appeared shocked when Benjamin was traded Tuesday — miss their former No. 1 receiver? Welp, they’d a season-low 129 internet pbading yards Sunday.
24. Trade evaluation VII: FWIW, the Benjamin deal looks as if one that ought to work out for all events. The 6-5, 245-pounder ought to present a wanted red-zone menace for the Bills, who’ve solely gotten seven TDs from their wideouts. Carolina, in the meantime, now has extra alternatives to combine McCaffrey and fellow rookie Curtis Samuel whereas it awaits the seemingly imminent return of TE Greg Olsen to its arsenal.
25. Still, the Saints proceed to seem like the very best staff within the NFC South. With the protection dominant during the last month — the Bucs managed simply 10 factors and 200 yards Sunday — and New Orleans RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combining for 231 complete yards and two TDs, QB Drew Brees is not underneath almost as a lot stress.
26. Trade evaluation VIII: And in a type of strikes that labored out for everybody, whereas Ingram and Kamara had been piling up the yards in New Orleans, former Saints RB Adrian Peterson had his second 100-yard effort in two appearances with the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson ambaded 159 yards on career-high 37 carries in a 20-10 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers.
27. What a catastrophe of a season for the Buccaneers, who fall to 2-6 and don’t have any bye week after having to take Week 1 off due to Hurricane Irma. And QB Jameis Winston’s shoulder continues to be a difficulty — he spent the second half on the sideline Sunday after taking one other hit.
28. Any lingering questions in regards to the well being of Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who suffered a hamstring damage a month in the past, ought to be answered after watching him hurdle a Baltimore Ravens defender on a scramble Sunday.
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29. The Ravens misplaced 23-20 in Nashville, however QB Joe Flacco handed for a pair of scores and a season-high 261 yards after being knocked out by that ugly hit from Miami LB Kiko Alonso in Baltimore’s earlier recreation.
30. Count the New England Patriots among the many greatest winners of Week 9. Not solely did Tom Brady get to spend his Halloween bye week dressed up as avocado toast, the Pats emerged are instantly alone in first place within the AFC East due to the Jets’ upset of Buffalo.
31. The Giants’ 34-point loss to the Rams was their worst since they had been crushed 38-Zero at Carolina in 2013.
32. Before Tony Romo known as his first Dallas Cowboys recreation for CBS on Sunday, the staff honored its former quarterback’s return to AT&T Stadium with a pregame tribute video and a banner behind the top zone that learn “Welcome home 9.” Romo remarked to broadcast badociate Jim Nantz: “I wasn’t ready for that. That was fairly emotional.”
33. Romo introduced fascinating perception to the telecast, together with discussing the distinctive manner the solar shines by the home windows throughout late afternoon video games on the stadium. Several instances, he referred to his former teammates by their first names.
34. Preventing the bomb is normally the suitable option to defend in opposition to a Hail Mary. But groups taking part in the Kansas City Chiefs might want to rethink that technique after Tyreek Hill’s 57-yard landing on the finish of the primary half in opposition to Dallas. Hill caught a brief cross from QB Alex Smith as the ultimate second ticked off the clock, and weaved his well beyond Cowboys defenders for one of the vital thrilling performs of the 12 months.
35. Travis Kelce, with an badistant from a number of Chiefs teammates, gained the award for Sunday’s greatest landing celebration with a simulated potato sack race. However the Chiefs could not overcome the Cowboys. Smith threw his first interception of the season, tying Hill for the staff lead, in a 28-17 defeat.
36. Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott practiced simply as soon as final week as his suspension was reinstated after which as soon as once more placed on maintain Friday. But who wants observe? Elliott rushed for 93 yards and a landing, and now has six scores up to now three weeks.
37. Welcome again, Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch returned from a one-game suspension by doubling his landing complete with two scores within the Oakland Raiders’ 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. His handshake celebrations had been fairly entertaining, too.
38. Trade evaluation IX: If the 49ers do not permit new QB Jimmy Garoppolo onto the sector, they’re in severe hazard of the second Zero-16 season in league historical past.
39. Trade evaluation X: What occurred to that high-powered offense the Seattle Seahawks confirmed final week in scoring 41 factors in opposition to the Houston Texans? Seattle’s offense — with newly acquired LT Duane Brown — was shut out for greater than 48 minutes in opposition to the Redskins Sunday earlier than Russell Wilson’s landing cross to TE Luke Willson.
40. Rough day for Seahawks Ok Blair Walsh, who missed all three discipline objective makes an attempt broad left in opposition to Washington. Seattle misplaced 17-14.
Contributing: Nate Davis
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