Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NFL Week 9 Recap

(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Reggie Bush and the Dolphins picked up their first win of the season
after blowing out the Chiefs 31-3.

This Week's Record: 8-6
Overall Record: 88-42

Jets vs. Bills: 27-11 Jets
Jets Player of the Week: Plaxico Burress- 5 receptions, 79 receiving yards
Bills Player of the Week: Fred Jackson- 82 rush yards, 38 receiving yards

The Jets are officially back in the playoff race after defeating the Bills, and improving their record to 5-3. Now the Jets, Patriots, and Bills are all 5-3 going into Week 10. The Jets defense stepped up big, allowing only 11 points, and intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick twice. The Jets' biggest game of the season is next week when they face off against the Patriots at home.

Seahawks vs. Cowboys: 23-13 Cowboys
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 135 rush yards, touchdown
Cowboys Player of the Week: Tony Romo- 279 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 112.2 passer rating

The Cowboys picked up another win Sunday and are now second in the NFC East with a 4-4 record. Tony Romo had a great game for the Cowboys, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bad news for the Cowboys is that Miles Austin hurt is hamstring and is reportedly out 2-4 weeks.

Falcons vs. Colts: 31-7 Falcons
Falcons Player of the Week: Julio Jones- 3 receptions, 131 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Colts Player of the Week: Jerraud Powers, 3 tackles, interception, touchdown

Shocker, the Colts lost against by a significant amount of points. Julio Jones had the best game of his young career, exploding for 131 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Michael Turner also had a solid game, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: 31-3 Dolphins
Dolphins Player of the Week: Reggie Bush- 92 rush yards, 50 receiving yards, touchdown
Chiefs Player of the Week: Steve Breaston- 7 receptions, 115 receiving yards

Bad news for the Dolphins: They won. The Dolphins finally decided to stop "Sucking for Luck" and crushed the Chiefs who had won four straight, The Dolphins now have one more win than the Colts, who at this rate, are not close to winning a game this season. With the Colts in line for Luck, the Dolphins might need to "Suck for Landry Jones or Matt Barkley".

Bucs vs. Saints: 27-16 Saints
Bucs Player of the Week: Josh Freeman- 281 pass yards, touchdown, 103.5 passer rating
Saints Player of the Week: Darren Sproles- 42 rush yards, 57 receiving yards, touchdown

The Saints bounced back from an ugly loss to the Rams and defeated the Bucs 27-16. The Saints next three games though, are their toughest of the season as they face off against the Falcons, Giants, and Lions.

Niners vs. Redskins: 19-11 Niners
Niners Player of the Week: Frank Gore- 107 rush yards
Redskins Player of the Week: Roy Helu- 40 rush yards, 14 receptions, 105 receiving yards

Another impressive game for the 49'ers who are now 7-1. The Niners defense has proved that they are one of the best in the league, especially against the run. Alex Smith continues to play stable at quarterback, throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Browns vs. Texans: 30-12 Texans
Browns Player of the Week: Josh Cribbs- 5 receptions, 50 receiving yards, touchdown
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 124 rush yards, touchdown

Another game without Andre Johnson, and another win for the Houston Texans. The Texans are now 6-3 and have a commanding lead over the weak AFC South. Arian Foster continues to do wonders for Houston ever since he returned from his injury in the beginning of the season. Cleveland on the other hand, is looking terrible ever since Peyton Hillis went down with an injury, and also declared he would test free agency next year. Madden Curse for the win!

Bengals vs. Titans: 24-17 Bengals
Bengals Player of the Week: Andy Dalton- 217 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 97.9 passer rating
Titans Player of the Week: Matt Hasselbeck- 272 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 94.7 passer rating

The Bengals won again this weekend are now surprisingly 6-2, and right atop the AFC North with Baltimore. The Andy Dalton to AJ Green connection has been incredible this season, and is helping this offense win games.

Broncos vs. Raiders: 38-24 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Willis McGahee- 163 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Raiders Player of the Week: Michael Bush- 96 rush yards, 33 receiving yards, touchdown

Tim Tebow and the Broncos scored 24 unanswered points and defeated the Raiders. Tebow threw for 124 and rushed for 118 in the win. The Raiders, Chiefs, and Chargers are all 4-4, while the Broncos are just a game behind at 3-5, creating a Wild Wild West scene in the AFC.

Giants vs. Patriots 24-20 Giants
Giants Player of the Week: Jake Ballard- 4 receptions, 67 receiving yards, touchdown
Patriots Player of the Week: Rob Gronkowski- 8 receptions, 101 receiving yards, touchdown

The Patriots had Déjà vu of the 2007 Super Bowl as the Eli Manning led the Giants on a game winning drive with under a minute left on the clock. Tom Brady, who threw two touchdowns, and the Patriots are now 5-3 and are tied with the Jets and the Bills for the division lead.

Rams vs. Cardinals: 19-13 (OT) Cardinals
Rams Player of the Week: Steven Jackson- 130 rush yards
Cardinals Player of the Week: Patrick Peterson- 3 tackles, interceptions, punt return for touchdown

Pat Pete is clearly the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year going into Week 10 of the NFL. Peterson has returned punts for touchdowns in back to back games, including one for the win in overtime this week against the Rams. The Cardinals also snapped a six game losing streak, and won their first game since Week One.

Packers vs. Chargers: 45-38 Packers
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 247 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 145.8 passer rating
Chargers Player of the Week: Vincent Jackson- 7 receptions, 141 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

Aaron Rodgers is this year's MVP, no questions asked. Rodgers had another tremendous game for the Packers, throwing for four touchdowns and having an almost perfect passer rating. As for the Philip Rivers and the Chargers, their struggles only continue after falling to 4-4.

Ravens vs. Steelers: 23-20
Ravens Player of the Week: Joe Flacco- 300 pass yards, touchdown, 85.4 passer rating
Steelers Player of the Week: Antonio Brown- 5 receptions, 109 receiving yards

The Ravens have swept the Steelers this season in two meetings against their divisional rivals. Joe Flacco turned things around for the Ravens, throwing for 300 yards, and leading the team to a game winning drive, which finished when Flacco found Torrey Smith in the back of the endzone with just eight seconds left.

Bears vs. Eagles: 30-24 Bears
Bears Player of the Week: Matt Forte- 133 rush yards
Eagles Player of the Week: LeSean McCoy- 71 rush yards, 46 receiving yards, touchdown

The Bears stopped the Eagles on Monday Night and are now 5-3. The Bears protected Cutler well, not allowing him to be sacked all game. Cutler threw for 208 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, in the win.

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