Let’s take a look back at what happened in Week 9 of the NFL season
Player of the Week: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – 22/28, 406 yards, 7 TD, 0 INT
Honorable Mentions: Chris Johnson (TEN), Andre Johnson (HOU)
– In a game that likely no one thought would go to overtime, the Seahawks eked out a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-20 in Seattle. With the loss, the Bucs remain winless, and the Seahawks improve to 8-1, though some grumblings about them not being among the best in the NFL are starting to grow. Each team’s lead rusher performed well, as Tampa’s Mike James ran for 158 yards on 28 carries, while Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch tallied 125 yards on 21 carries. In the end though, it was a Steven Hauschka 27 yard field goal that won it for Seattle in OT. Seattle heads to Atlanta in Week 10 for a rematch of last season’s NFC playoff game, while Tampa will host the in-turmoil Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
– The Chiefs remained undefeated with a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills, who started former WSU Coug Jeff Tuel at QB. Tuel posted an unimpressive line of 18/39 passing for 229 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks including one that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith. Though their offense certainly hasn’t been explosive in recent weeks, the Andy Reid-led Chiefs have found ways not to lose through their first 9 games, and will be rewarded with a week off in Week 10. Buffalo will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
– To quote every member of the national football media, “The Jets roller-coaster season continued Sunday…” Yeah, it’s getting overused, by Gang Green beat the Saints 26-20 to improve to 5-4, and would be in the playoffs if they started today. If Jeff Tuel was “unimpressive,” Geno Smith was that and then some, going 8/19 for 115 yards, no touchdowns and no INTs. Chris Ivory though had a solid game for New York, carrying the ball 18 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Josh Cribbs had a balanced day offensively, completing his one attempted pass for 25 yards, carrying the ball three times for 12 yards, and making two catches for six yards. The Jets will be off in Week 10, while the Saints will play host to Dallas on Sunday Night Football.
– We’d be remiss to not mention our Player of the Week, Nick Foles, who tied the NFL record for touchdowns in a game with 7 and led the Eagles to a 49-20 victory over the Raiders.
– The New England Patriots completely steamrolled the Pittsburgh Steelers in a high scoring matchup that only a couple of years ago would have been a duel of epic proportions but this season only featured one great team. The Pats won by a final of 55-31, led by Tom Brady’s 432 yards, 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger also threw 4 touchdowns and 400 yards, but his two picks were part of the difference in the game.
– Our thoughts are with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox – who collapsed while golfing during the Broncos’ bye week and will now be sidelined after a heart procedure – and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who collapsed during hafltime of the Texans’ Sunday Night affair against the Colts.