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Seattle Seahawks center linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrates after sacking Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (eight) (not pictured) for a security throughout the first half at CenturyLink Field.(Photo: Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports)
The NFL has handed the halfway level within the common season, however there’s a lot nonetheless up within the air after a shocking set of video games.
Here are 4 overreactions from Week 9 within the NFL:
The Seahawks will be Super Bowl contenders even with psychological errors
The Washington Redskins beat Seattle in a surprising 17-14 upset, however this was a loss the Seahawks (5-Three) may have averted.
Kicker Blair Walsh missed three subject targets. Seattle was penalized 16 occasions for 138 yards. In the last-minute drive that might have tied and even gained the sport, quarterback Russell Wilson took an inexplicable sack that left Seattle to strive an ill-fated Hail Mary. Pete Carroll opted to go for a pair of two-point conversions within the fourth quarter, each of which failed.
These are all self-inflicted errors, and ones that the Seahawks can right. As receiver Doug Baldwin stated: “We beat ourselves.”
But this has develop into a theme of Seattle’s season, and it’s shocking to see from a veteran group. In their Super Bowl-winning season, the Seahawks have been the most-penalized staff within the NFL. But because the yr progressed, Seattle improved.
The Seahawks proficient sufficient to proceed successful regardless of errors like this, a minimum of in some video games. Before enthusiastic about championships, although, the Seahawks first should get out of their very own approach.
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The 49ers aren’t taking part in Jimmy Garoppolo as a result of they’re tanking
Some could discover it curious that San Francisco didn’t play Jimmy Garoppolo in Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals after buying and selling for the previous Patriots quarterback final Tuesday.
The 49ers, although, have been being prudent.
Garoppolo had simply two practices final week in his first publicity to Kyle Shanahan’s offense. That wasn’t practically sufficient acclimation time to advantage a begin.
So rookie C.J. Beathard began and struggled once more, finishing simply 24 of 51 pbades for 294 yards and an interception whereas including a speeding rating.
But a very powerful purpose Shanahan opted to not play Garoppolo was as a result of the offensive line is in shambles. Offensive tackles Joe Staley and Garry Gilliam have been each inactive, and the Cardinals collected 5 sacks and 16 hits on Beahard.
Throwing Garoppolo on the market would solely set him up for failure.
Fights gave the NFL some much-needed buzz
Three scuffles broke out in video games, leaving a complete of 5 gamers – although it very nicely may have been six – ejected.
Both Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey have been ejected after a heated matchup bubbled over.
Elsewhere, 49ers working again Carlos Hyde and Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker and linebacker Haason Reddick left the sport following a fourth-quarter struggle sparked by a late hit on Beathard.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans leveled New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore with a cheapshot in the course of a dust-up. Afterwards, TV cameras caught Evans with a glance on his face that appeared to point out even he was shocked that he had not been ejected.
Fights generate replay highlights and drive buzz on social media, however that’s short-sighted. When gamers are ejected, it robs followers of among the greatest matchups and removes proficient gamers from doubtlessly large video games.
Cam Newton confirmed he can carry the Panthers on his personal
Perhaps no participant is extra important to his offense proper now than quarterback Newton is for the Panthers.
He’s liable for 82.Three% of the offense’s whole yards from scrimmage, and is just 10 yards shy of being the staff’s main rusher regardless of having 52 fewer carries than working again Jonathan Stewart.
Even although Newton willed Carolina to a 20-17 victory in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons, he’ll want far more badist down the stretch.
Rookie working again Christian McCaffrey posted profession highs in carries (15) and speeding yards (66), however Stewart, the staff’s starter, is averaging 2.9 yards per carry.
The Panthers traded No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills, and youthful targets did not step up Sunday in his place. Carolina ranks 24th within the NFL with 204 pbading yards per sport.
The return of tight finish Greg Olsen from a damaged leg will badist. But if Carolina stays too depending on Newton in each the speeding and pbading sport, the method will not be sustainable late within the yr.
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