What we learned so far from the games of week 9 of Sunday. – tech2.org

What we learned so far from the games of week 9 of Sunday.

This is what we have learned so far from the Week 9 games on Sunday, which included the Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North showdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Baltimore Ravens 16

1. James Conner is the Which is why the Steelers (5-2-1) are on a roll as we dive in November. The runner broke 100 yards on the ground for the fourth straight game, and while he was out of the end zone on the floor, he was also Pittsburgh's top receiver in almost two quarters. He finished second in receiving yards (seven receptions for 56) and added a touchdown, becoming the first player in Steelers history to find ten times the payout in the team's first eight games of the season. It is not necessary to say much more, but if that information does not give you enough to convince you, put yourself on the tape of a recent game of the Steelers and it will be overwhelmingly evident that Conner is the axis of this offense.

2. Apart from Conner, the Steelers did enough Take a game that, for a moment, seemed to be on the verge of getting out of hand. Pittsburgh took a 20-6 lead and seemed to be gaining a significant advantage before allowing Baltimore to return to him through an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown. From there, the Steelers entered a mode that was not playing to not lose, but to preserve the advantage. Think of it as rationing supplies: Pittsburgh converted third thirds short when necessary, did not run too many opportunities and wisely handed the ball to Conner when he needed to burn the clock. The defining moment of this approach: Roethlisberger took a sack within two minutes instead of throwing the ball on the third try, keeping the clock running when Pittsburgh returned the ball to Baltimore. It turned out to be wise, and at this time, victories, regardless of fashion, are and will continue to separate these Steelers from their divisional brethren as they stumble upon themselves as we approach Thanksgiving.

3. Heat is on John Harbaugh after the Ravens lost their third straight game, and four of five. Baltimore is nothing like the team that dominated Pittsburgh in Week 4, and was most evident in the fourth quarter, when several times a third-down stop would have put them in a decent position to try to tie the game. The last chance that the Ravens (4-5) ended up being pointless, since Baltimore lost the first shot with a deep punch, took a sack in the subsequent play, burned for about 20 seconds and returned to the line for the third attempt . for a false start, and then gave us a series of half-hearted wingers before accepting defeat. For a team that could have played on the sidelines and move 40 yards from the end zone before needing a deep shot, and needed the win more than they might have realized, it did not work as if it were an opportunity. Everyone will point to Harbaugh as the culprit, but the execution, not getting home in the third-chance bouts or breaking Roethlisberger's attempts, was the biggest problem for a team that is recovering from the week off.

– Nick Shook

Minnesota Vikings 24, Detroit Lions 9

1. Vikings front seven pulled a collective Jason Voorhees over Matthew Stafford, terrorizing the Lions quarterback in a truly dominant performance that once again announced Minnesota as one of the best teams in the NFC. The seven forwards of the Vikings accounted for 10 sacks of the franchise in Stafford, eliminating a Lions offense that reached a certain level of success, until it reached the red zone. Detroit could not find the pay in its three trips to the end zone as Minnesota put the pressure on and collapsed in Stafford on a regular basis. Danielle Hunter made a memorable performance, accumulating 3.5 sacks and 3 tackles in addition to scoring a 32-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery in a Stafford dump to Kerryon Johnson. The recent free agent Tom Johnson had 2.5 sacks and 3 tackles for a loss and Everson Griffen had 1.5 sacks. They managed to achieve this feat without Anthony Barr, who missed the game due to a thigh injury. The performance underlined how dominant the Vikings are (5-3-1) and how much work the Lions (3-5) have to do to fix their offensive line. The lively debate of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter with his O line in the first half did not reverse the team's fortunes.

2. Adam Thielen missed his chance for the story. His goal was to become the first player to register nine consecutive games with 100 or more receiving yards. Unfortunately, because Stefon Diggs did not play due to a rib injury, the talented Lions secondary found it easy for Thielen's double team to stay with him in the slot. Thielen was limited to 22 yards in four receptions, but still had a big impact, even if it was not in the record book. He got a good 2-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and eliminated pressure on the routes for Laquon Treadwell, the recently signed Chad Beebe and Kyle Rudolph. Dalvin Cook was also a threat in the pbading game, registering four receptions for 20 yards to complement the 89 rushing yards he scored.

3. Kirk Cousins ​​found a moderate success against the Lions defense, but he struggled to find the pace for the game's stages. He connected 18 of 22 pbades for 164 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he was eliminated by Darius Slay, a play that eventually led to a field goal by the Lions. Not having Diggs on the field certainly helped limit Cousins' effectiveness. Stafford connected in 25 of 36 pbades for 199 yards, while he was under a constant barrage of pressure that always intensified as the Lions moved into Viking territory. With Johnson limited to 37 yards, the Lions did not have a reliable way to break Minnesota's stellar defensive effort.

– Austin Knoblauch

Atlanta Falcons 38, Washington Redskins 14

1. The strength of the Redskins (5-3) was first in the trenches, but the Falcons (4-4) won ahead on both sides of the ball. Already playing without left tackle Trent Williams, Washington saw right tackle Morgan Moses and the two starting guards suffered injuries during the game. The remaining linemen were guilty of late penalties, putting Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson behind the eight ball. Peterson had no room to run, too often he received blows in the garden before he could gain momentum.

A sturdy defense that had kept Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley in less than 100 yards on the ground. set He was injured by the tandem of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith, who yielded more than 7.0 yards per carry through the first three quarters. A team created to jump to an early lead and take the air out of football simply does not have the firepower to catch up after falling 28-7.

2. No one is calling the head of Atlanta's offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, this season. Matt Ryan's attack found the final zone on four of his first five possessions, with an interception in the red zone as the only exception during the first two and a half quarters. Redskins coach Jay Gruden acknowledged at halftime that his third-try defense was "a joke," but the Falcons do this almost every week. They are converting about half of their third and longest time attempts, including the 40-yard touchdown on Sunday to Calvin Ridley. They also reached garbage payment on 17 of their last 20 trips to the red zone since Week 2. Coleman and Smith accumulated 148 yards on the ground against a defense that allowed only 80 yards per game. This is one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, with Ryan playing at a level similar to his 2016 MVP season. With a three-game winning streak, with top linebacker Deion Jones eligible to return from the injured reserve in two weeks , the Falcons hold realistic hopes of a place in the wild.

3. Julio Jones's goalless run is over! Jones broke a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tackle on the goal line to finish with a 33-yard touchdown game in the fourth quarter. He almost scored with a bomb the previous possession, but Josh Norman attacked him with the ball in the air for a pbad interference penalty of 47 yards. Jones got his way with Norman, accumulating seven pbades for 121 yards and a touchdown against the shooting guard. For all the attention on his goalless run, Jones leads the NFL with 116.5 yards per game.

– Chris Wesseling

Heads of Kansas City 37, Cleveland Browns 21

1. Coming out of a week bathed in total chaos off the field, the Browns (2-6-1) found themselves in a solution against the Chiefs (8-1). After interim coach Gregg Williams deactivated safety team Damarious Randall, Cleveland saw rookie Denzel Ward leave for a hip injury before E.J. Gaines was ruled out with a concussion. The thin supporting role was immediately overwhelmed, and allowed plays of 50, 40, 25, 25, 23, 21 and 19 yards in the first half alone. With 375 yards and three touchdowns on the day, Patrick Mahomes crossed the 300-yard barrier for the eighth consecutive game and tied it with Andrew Luck for the longest streak of a season in league history. Kareem Hunt badped Cleveland with 141 yards on 19 touchdowns and scored twice on the ground and again by air. Travis Kelce racked up 99 yards and two touchdowns in nine shots, while Tyreek Hill, Spencer Ware and Sammy Watkins made many plays against a Browns squad that refused to attack.

2. With his mentor Bruce Arians at the CBS booth, Freddie Kitchens, the newly-named Browns player, emphasized the quick releases for Baker Mayfield. The kitchens also tried to play to stay away from the Chiefs with an early march of 12 plays and 75 yards that accumulated more than seven minutes of the clock with eight gallops by Nick Chubb (22/85/1). Good idea, but the Chiefs flew across the field in the next series to go up 21-9 and push the Browns into a hole. This was one of Mayfield's best soft-spoken games, with the first overall selection to achieve 29 of 42 pitches for 297 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie led a beautiful run of two minutes before the half, but also released a less than pristine selection at the time of the junk. Finally, we saw Duke Johnson get involved with two touchdowns and 86 yards of 10 touchdowns. The Browns were aggressively by two after their three touchdowns, but they failed each time and felt very condemned after a blocked clearance led to a quick score by the Chiefs and the advantage of 34-15.

3. The game included only three points all day, while the Chiefs reminded us that they simply can not be slowed down on offense. Quick blows, deep blows and pbades to apartments without defenders within a mile helped the Chiefs do what they did all year. With a cupcake affair against the Cardinals next week, we're likely to see a 9-1 Kansas City game in Los Angeles to face the Rams in Week 11. The two squads resemble each other in their ability to simply throw themselves to the garden. and points. The defense is worrying, but this attack by the Chiefs can put 40 points in his dream.

– Marc Sessler

Carolina Panthers 42, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28

1. Cam Newton has always been a good winner, and the performance of the Panthers should give Newton reasons to smile. Newton and the Panthers cut Tampa Bay for a franchise record with 35 points in the first half behind a balanced effort punctuated by a robust ground game led by Christian McCaffrey. The second-year runner produced 79 yards on 17 carries and had two touchdowns. He also scored 78 yards on five catches. Newton had a solid game, completing 19 of 25 pbades for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Carolina's effort in the second half was not as impressive as Tampa Bay's regained the game, but ultimately this was a game that the Panthers (6-2) should have always won easily, and they did. The Panthers' third consecutive victory underlines his candidacy for the NFC South title.

2. The offensive support cast of Newton put on the Super Friends-esque performance in victory. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel channeled his inner Flash when he scored possibly the most surprising touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a well-executed backhand that zigzagged all around and through a Bucs defense. By scoring the 33-yard TD, Samuel reached the line of scrimmage at more than 20 mph before running a total of 103.85 yards in his payout to the end zone, according to Next Gen statistics.

Curtis Samuel covered a total of 103.8 yards in his 33-yard TD double-rebound run against the Buccaneers in the second quarter.

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Later in the first half, tight end Greg Olsen made a spectacular one-handed catch, while making a double team in the end zone in a perfectly stitched 24-yard pbad from Newton. There were other good plays: Devin Funchess repeatedly squeezed additional yards in a brave second effort in the catches and McCaffrey made a spectacular jump in the middle of the play over a defender at a 32-yard reception in the second quarter. When the Norv Turner Carolina team clicks, they are as fun to watch as devastating to opponents.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick's last ascension to the Bucs starter was not close to Jameis Winston's four interceptions disaster last week. He managed to resurrect an offense that was born dead that had been more or less dormant since Week 3, even if a defensive tourniquet was so necessary. The veteran quarterback finished with 24 of 40 pbades for 243 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Performance should keep Fitzpatrick embedded as a starter ahead of Winston, for now. Even so, the incremental progress in the offensive is not enough to reverse the Buccaneers' litany of problems. Tampa Bay's defensive weakness is remarkable if you take into account some of the notable names the team brought during the offseason, but the absolute lack of a running game is just as disturbing. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers were held to a combined total of 45 yards on 13 carries for the Buccaneers (3-5).

– Austin Knoblauch

Miami Dolphins 13, New York Jets 6

1. This was not a game for those who do not enjoy the word games, offensive errors and defenses that occasionally became turnovers. I know, it does not sound palatable to read, but sometimes that's how this sport plays. Sunday was a difficult affair between two East AFC teams that probably will not be in the hunt at the end of December. The Dolphins (5-4) are the best of the two at this time, but the margin was not as wide as one might expect. Brock Osweiler was frequently pressed and had trouble reaching a line of 15 of 24 pbades for 139 yards and a pbader rating of 78.3. New York tied a high season with four sacks of Osweiler. On the other side of the field, the Jets (3-6) ran for 3.8 yards per carry as a team. His first conversion in third chance did not come until 1:29 in the third, and it was for a mask in a sack of Sam Darnold. The only thing worse than all this was, well …

2. Sam Darnold. The rookie served a pair of his clbadic interceptions both early and late, throwing a bullet in the stomach of linebacker Kiko Alonso, and then trying to throw a ball over linebacker Jerome Baker but without putting enough, which resulted in a crushing selection. six. Darnold also threw an interception that showed once again his difficulties to see the defenders below an error that remembered the past mistakes. The fourth and last interception was ugly, but out of desperation, we will take away the guilt. The credit that I will give Darnold in this forgettable game is for both A) who still give him the university degree, professional, and B) who show an improvement in the ball safety department. In the two bags of Wake, Darnold looked the same as when he said goodbye and lost the ball while he was at the USC. Instead, he clung to the ball, even while it was on his head. That is encouraging. The rest of Sunday, including a pbader rating of 31.8, not so much.

3. The good thing for the Dolphins is that they won a game that they could easily have lost, securing a victory over a team they should beat. His defense recovered after being shattered by Deshaun Watson and the Dolphins, and he will have those four interceptions to hang on his mantle as a valuable capture. The offensive, however, leaves much to be desired. Tannehill Watch continues while Osweiler shows that he is an average quarterback at best, and that the Dolphins rely heavily on Frank Gore for an average of less than three yards per carry. This offensive needs a quick start. His defense was enough in week 9.

– Nick Shook

Chicago Bears 41, Buffalo Bills 9

1. The Bears' asphyxiating defense entered Buffalo with a decisive advantage against an offense by the Bills lost at sea. The unit of Vic Fangio played on the expectation, beating the group of pitches below and forcing four turnovers, including two defensive scores in the first half. Deep Eddie Jackson stripped the tight end of the Bills, Jason Croom, and ran to score 65 yards. Linebacker Leonard Floyd later received a tip pbad to the house. The two scores were more than enough to open the game. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was arguably the most impressive defender of the day, including an interception and three pbades defended. In the day, a dominant Bears D generated four shots, four triples, and yielded only nine miserable points. The Bears rested again brutally, running back Khalil Mack, who is dealing with an ankle injury. It was an intelligent decision of Chicago. The Bears did not need Mack this day. Despite not having overwhelming pressure on Buffalo (zero sacks in the first half, four in the day), Chicago has enough playmakers in high school to make an offense like Buffalo's. Getting Mack healthy for the final stretch is the key, as the Bears (5-3) continue to lead a disputed NFC North.

2. The Bills offense is a wheelless car trapped in a sinking mud. Field quarterback Nathan Peterman got the start. With the sterile collection of offensive weapons, a porous offensive line and zero career games, it does not matter who starts at the center. The turnover master released three interceptions, including a pick-six. The first two INT's were not entirely Peterman's fault. The first was moved by receiver Terrelle Pryor, newly added, and came into the hands of a defender. Pryor did nothing to help the Bills attack (2/17). In pick six, receiver Zay Jones was hit on the line of scrimmage when the ball came and fell into the hands of linebacker Leonard Floyd, who galloped for the score. Peterman avoided the difficult shots, opting for a heterogeneous mix of short and quick throws that did little to maintain the offensive rhythm. Without a deep threat, the Bears could squat on short routes, which led to three interceptions. An advance of QB at the time of the trash for a touchdown ended with a run of 39 possessions in 12 quarters without a touchdown for Buffalo. Futility knows your name.

As depressing as Peterman's game was, the lack of running game is so disturbing for Buffalo. LeSean McCoy continues his rotten game behind a line that can not open holes. The runner generated 1.0 yards per carry 10 totes. McCoy's dance style is not conducive to positive moves in this offense.

3. Facing a very good Bills D, the Bears offense was not asked to do much and did not need to do it with their own dominant defense. Chicago had only 190 total yards and 11 first tries on the day (conversely, the Bills' offense scored 264 yards and 22 first attempts). Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns in the first half, and Anthony Miller has become a reliable target for Mitch Trubisky. The quarterback missed some shots, otherwise the Bears could have put a 50-pound burger on the day. Despite not getting much offense and winning 14 penalties for 129 yards, the important thing for Chicago is that they won a road game that they were expected to dominate. Master the defense did.

Now the schedule heats up for Matt Nagy. The Bears have three consecutive divisions, facing the Lions, Vikings and Lions in the next three games. Along the way, the confrontations with the Rams, Packers and Vikings reappear on what should be a wild ride for the division's leading Bears.

– Kevin Patra

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