The NFL Sunday Ticket is one of my favorite products of all time. I mainly buy it to watch every Raider game but being able to watch any other game I want… or if I’m being lazy, watch the Red Zone channel… is football heaven. Thank you DirecTV! With all of this power comes great responsibility to share all of the wisdom, insights, and happenings from around the NFL.
Without further ado… I give you a recap of the games from the NFL Week 9:
SAINTS vs. PANTHERS: I know the universe was centered on the return of the King to Cleveland Thursday evening but there was actually a professional football game being played. Drew Brees does the Superman to break the plane of the end zone and the Saints hold off the Panthers to get a big divisional win 28 – 10.
49ers vs RAMS: Kaepernick fumbled just before the goal line on the QB sneak with seconds left and the Rams get the victory 13 – 10 over the 49ers. With each game, it is getting easier to see how Coach Harbaugh may not be back. The question is will it be back to college for Michigan or cross the bay and go to Oakland?
CHARGERS vs. DOLPHINS: The Twilight Zone game of the week was the thrashing of the Chargers by the Dolphins 37 – 0. Miami has been up and down all year but I sat there watching this one shaking my head… it just didn’t make sense. Don’t get me wrong… I’m not mad about it… it was great to see but totally unexpected.
Had to include this shot of sad-face Rivers…
BENGALS vs. JAGUARS: Jeremy Hill literally carried the Bengals over the Jaguars and filled in nicely for the injured Giovani as he ran for 150+ yds and 2 TDs. AJ Green also returned to action and had 3/44 and 1 TD. The Jaguars put up a fight but the Bengals came out on top 33 – 23.
RAVENS vs. STEELERS: Another great rivalry game between the Steelers and Ravens but this one was fairly one sided. Big Ben is still “in the zone” as he broke the record of TDs thrown in consecutive games (12) as he threw 6 TDs against the Ravens and crushed them 43 – 23. (The record was previously held by Oakland’s Tom Flores in 1963).
PATRIOTS vs. BRONCOS: The Manning vs. Brady showdown turned out to be the Julian Edelman show. Edelman ran a punt back for 80+ yards for a TD (with the help of a no-call block in the back) and caught another TD from Tom Brady to roll the Donkeys 43 – 21. This was also the first sign of snow we have seen in the NFL.
REDSKINS vs. VIKINGS: Teddy “2 Gloves” & Matt Asiata’s 3 TDs spoiled the return of RGIII… the Vikings beat the Redskins 26 – 29.
CHIEFS vs. JETS: When your TE, Fasano, is sitting on his butt and the ball lands in his lap and then he rolls over into the endzone… you know you are having a good day. The Chiefs use the “butt TD” to handle the Jets 24 – 10.
COWBOYS vs. CARDINALS: Dr. Jerry Jones didn’t clear Tony Romo this week and so the reigns were given to Brandon Weeden… and the wheels came off. Or… are the Cardinals really this good… they do have a league leading record of 7-1. My guess is that the Boys will get back on track when Romo returns but this will be interesting to watch as they are headed to London next week to face the Jags.
BUCCANEERS vs. BROWNS: I’m not sure if Mike Evans is giving a shout out to his former team mate, Johnny Football, with the Money Manziel TD celebration… or rubbing his nose in it… but it didn’t matter. The Hoyer led Browns beat the Bucs 22 – 17.
EAGLES vs. TEXANS: The return of the Sanchize! Foles breaks his collar bone… enter Mark Sanchez… and the Eagles don’t skip a beat. Sanchez threw 2 INT but he also had 2 TDs as the Eagles edge the Texans 31 – 21.
GIANTS vs. COLTS: Andrew Luck did his best Big Ben impression and stomped the Giants 40 – 24… and it wasn’t even that close. There are just too many changes happening with the Giants from the system to personnel… recipe for disaster without solid receivers and Jennings to establish ground game.