Wrapping Up: Week 9 Games
Bengals at Dolphins: From a fantasy perspective, this game had several implications. Whether it was Giovani Bernard running for 2 touchdowns, including this sensational 35 yarder at the beginning of the 4th quarter, or Lamar Miller gaining over 100 total yards for the second straight week, the Thursday night game was fun to watch. However, the bigger story has now become the situation involving Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. This predicament has been ugly to watch unfold and looks like it will continue to get worse before it gets better. Incognito has no place in the NFL after his actions and we here at The Locker Room wish Jonathan Martin the best in this fragile situation.
Chiefs at Bills: Well, I guess that’s what you get for starting Jeff Tuel at quarterback. With Buffalo leading 10-3 in the third quarter and the ball on the Chiefs’ 1 yard-line with a chance to go up 17-3, Tuel throws an interception to CB Sean Smith which he of course takes back 100 yards the other way to tie the game. This game just proves how valuable to Kansas City defense is. On a day when the Chiefs did not even score an offensive touchdown, their defense won them the game with two scores themselves.
Vikings at Cowboys: When your team has 36 rushing yards compared to 169 from your opponent, the prospects of winning the game are slim, right? Well the Dallas Cowboys managed to pull out the win despite rushing for 133 less yards. Tony Romo threw the ball 51 times on Sunday and improved his touchdown/interception ratio to 20/6 on the season, proving that he is indeed a top flight fantasy QB. It took a game winning drive from Romo and the rest of the Dallas offense, but a win is a win and they continue to sit pretty atop the NFC East standings.
Titans at Rams: How about this game for a rushing performance? 5th round rookie Zac Stacy carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, on the visiting sideline, Chris Johnson finally found his groove to the tune of 150 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Titans were able to pull this game out thanks to a costly Kellen Clemens fumble, but from a fantasy stand-point, it was good to see 2 running backs that can now be relied on in the near future.
Saints at Jets: In one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, New Orleans laid a big fat egg in the Meadowlands, especially their offense. Drew Brees threw 2 interceptions and couldn’t get much going all day save for 2 nice touchdowns to Jimmy Graham. For the Jets, Chris Ivory had a real breakout game against his former team with 139 rushing yards and a touchdown. He has played a much more prominent role in the Jets backfield for several weeks now and is definitely the New York running back to own going forward.
Chargers at Redskins: Washington had this game in control for most of the afternoon, yet if it wasn’t for a goal-line stand at the end of regulation, they would be 2-6 instead of 3-5. Alfred Morris had a very nice game (121 yards and a TD) but it could have been a lot better. Darrell Young, another Redskins running back, vultured 3 touchdowns from Morris, including the overtime game winner. This is actually the second time 3 touchdowns have been stolen from Morris this season; Roy Helu did the same thing in week 7 vs. the Bears.
Falcons at Panthers: Who were the 4 teams to go undefeated during the second quarter of the season? The Chiefs, 49ers, Packers, and yep, you guessed it, Panthers all went 4-0 in their past four games. Not only has Carolina won four in a row, they have done it by beating teams by 14 points or more in each contest. Every team to accomplish such a feat in NFL history has made the playoffs. But that’s where the good news ends for the Panthers. Their past four victories have come against teams with a combined 6-37 record and their remaining schedules pits them against the Niners, Patriots, and Saints twice… we’ll learn more about this team in the coming weeks.
Eagles at Raiders: Just 59 days after Peyton Manning set the world on fire with his 7 touchdowns on opening day, Nick Foles tried to duplicate that number vs. Oakland… and he did. The most amazing thing about Foles’ performance was that the 7 TD’s he threw were all in the first 3 quarters. Philadelphia was obviously up big in this game and turned to Matt Barkley in the 4th, robbing Foles of a chance for an NFL recording to hold all to himself. Nevertheless, it was a stellar performance for the Eagles’ backup QB, who should now shed that backup label.
Buccaneers at Seahawks: Tampa Bay got off to a quick start in this game as they jumped out to an early 21-0 lead. However it never seemed like they were in complete control as the Seahawks haven’t lost a home game since 2011. It took overtime, but Seattle eventually pulled it out. The Buccaneers rushing attack was very good all game long; Mike James had 158 yards and even threw a touchdown.
Ravens at Browns: In his five previous seasons as head coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh had never lost a game coming off of the bye week. That streak ended on Sunday as the Browns rolled to a 24-18 victory thanks to stifling defense and sufficient play by quarterback Jason Campbell. This is two weeks in a row now that Campbell has looked like a competent NFL QB… why again was Brandon Weeden ever a start for this team?
Steelers at Patriots: Coolest stat of the day, at least for Patriots fans: For New England, in the second half of the schedule (games 8-16) over the past 3 seasons their record is 23-1. (24-1 if you count yesterday’s beat-down of Pittsburgh). Yes, you read that right. Now for the Steelers, Sunday afternoon wasn’t so pretty. The 55 points and 610 yards allowed were both franchise records; I would not want to be in their defense meeting rooms this week. There were also some great individual fantasy performances in this game including: Tom Brady (33 fantasy points), Jerricho Cotchery (27 points), Ben Roethlisberger (26 points), Aaron Dobson (25 points), and Stevan Ridley (21 points).
Colts at Texans: The Texans took a 21-3 lead into halftime thanks to a stellar performance by quarterback Case Keenum (350 yards, 3 touchdowns on the night) and a great effort by Andre Johnson (229 yards, 3 touchdowns overall). But just as halftime started, Texans coach Gary Kubiak fainted on the field and was immediately taken to the hospital. We wish coach Kubiak a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, it seemed as if that incident dramatically affected the game as Andrew Luck took over and eventually engineered his 10th career game winning drive in the 4th quarter or overtime. Remember, Luck hasn’t even played 2 season of NFL football yet.
Bears at Packers: If you just look at the final score, you will see that the Bears went into Lambeu and got a much needed victory. But it’s not that simple. On the Packers’ first drive of the game, Aaron Rodgers went down with what we now know is a broken collarbone and could miss anywhere between 3-6 weeks. That’s a huge blow to fantasy owners across the country. Not only does Rodgers become irrelevant for at least a few weeks, but top targets like Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin also lose a considerable amount of value while their star QB is sidelined.