NFL Week 9 Review

Josh Dobbs wasn’t planning to be the Minnesota Vikings quarterback so quickly. Dobbs didn’t even really know his teammates’ names. More distressingly, Dobbs also didn’t know the playbook.

But when Jaren Hall was injured against the Atlanta Falcons, Dobbs was called into action. It was an amazing turn of events for Dobbs, who started the first eight games of the season for the Arizona Cardinals before being dealt to the Vikings at the trade deadline. Black sports news show Dobbs has continued to turn heads with his versatility. 

Dobbs, who has the education to be a rocket scientist, would lead Minnesota to a surprising 31-28 win over the Falcons. Dobbs finished with 158 yards and threw two touchdowns. Dobbs threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Brandon Powell with 22 seconds left to give Minnesota the win. In a truly wild week of results, Dobbs showed off to his new franchise that he is a capable NFL starter.

Dobbs may not lead Minnesota to the Super Bowl, but he may be a solid replacement for Kirk Cousins. 

 

May As Well Give Stroud the Trophy

 

 

Barring a total disaster, such as injury or temporary insanity by the voters, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud will be the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Current sports news shows that Stroud completed a wild comeback for the Texans in Week 9.

Tampa Bay was ahead 37-33 with 46 seconds remaining after Baker Mayfield threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cade Otton. But the Buccaneers had left Stroud with too much time. Stroud went 75 yards in six plays. Houston recaptured the lead when Stroud threw a touchdown pass to Tank Dell with 10 seconds remaining.

Stroud finished the game with career-highs by recording 470 yards and five touchdown passes. He has thrown for 2,270 yards this season while completing 62 percent of his passes and throwing 14 touchdowns. Houston ended up winning the game 39-37.

 

Raiders Celebrate Being Free from McDaniels

 

 

Things feel different in Las Vegas. It’s amazing the difference a week can make. The Raiders pulled the plug on the Josh McDaniels era by firing their coach last week. Playing under interim coach Antonio Pierce provided Las Vegas with a lot of energy.

The Raiders would go on to finish with a season-high 30 points in a lopsided win. Aidan O’Connell made the start at quarterback for Las Vegas, and he played well. O’Connell finished with 209 passing yards and didn’t throw an interception. O’Connell has now appeared in three games this season and has thrown for 522 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Las Vegas also improved to 4-5 on the season. While it won’t be an easy task to make the playoffs in a cluttered AFC playoff picture, the Raiders now have a little bit more hope.

 

German Trip a Nice Excursion for Chiefs

 

Kansas City has become more of an effective defensive team this season. While the Chiefs still have quarterback Patrick Mahomes under center, Kansas City hasn’t found a strong group of receivers to surround him with. Yet. While Mahomes is still an effective passer, he hasn’t quite been as sharp.

During the Chiefs’ 21-14 win over Miami last Sunday in Germany, Mahomes threw two touchdown passes and also recorded 185 passing yards. The problem for Kansas City is that the Chiefs haven’t been consistent on offense. 

The Chiefs didn’t score any points after halftime and against Miami and had to hang on for the win. Despite their struggles, Kansas City is 7-2 on the season.

 

Bills, Bengals Commemorate Last Year’s Game

 

The Buffalo Bills went back to Cincinnati for the first time since their game was canceled last December and never replayed. Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin had a serious cardiac arrest during the event and nearly died on the field. The first responders covering the game helped keep Hamlin alive.

Hamlin announced he was setting up a scholarship fund in Cincinnati to recognize all of the first responders who played a role in helping him survive. While Hamlin was on Buffalo’s roster, he was inactive for last Sunday’s game. Buffalo missed a chance on the field to turn the tide.

The Bengals, who have been on a hot streak after starting slow, jumped on the Bills early and built a 21-7 lead by halftime. While Buffalo would rally in the second half, it wasn’t enough to prevent Cincinnati from protecting home field with a 24-18 win. The Bengals are now 5-3 and tied for second place in the AFC North.

If the season ended today, all four AFC North teams would be in the playoffs.

 

Eagles Establish Their Lead Atop NFC East

 

No one in sports seems to be happy with officiating at any level. But the Dallas Cowboys were especially outraged with a few decisions made in the Cowboys’ 28-23 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday. The Eagles’ victory puts Philadelphia in an advantageous spot at the top of the division and the conference with an 8-1 record.

The Cowboys lead the game 17-14 at halftime, but Philadelphia grabbed the lead with two third-quarter touchdowns. But there were several controversial calls that Dallas believes prevented them from catching up. 

Despite that, Dallas forced Philadelphia to punt late in the game and started their final drive on their own 14-yard line with 46 seconds remaining. The Cowboys were able to move the ball down the Philadelphia 6-yard line with 27 seconds left. Dallas would then be hit with a false start.

Quarterback Dak Prescott took a sack and threw an incompletion on the next two plays. With five seconds left, Prescott had one more chance to give Dallas the winning touchdown. He threw a pass short of the end zone to CeeDee Lamb, but the receiver couldn’t find a way to get across the goal line.

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