A Daylight Saving split, fantasy superstars and unappreciated recycling headline the NFL Week 9 Recap.
2022 NFL Week 9 Recap
Lamar loves Mondays.
Lamar Jackson’s 100th career touchdown pass upped his Monday Night Football ledger to 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in five games. However, the Ravens’ first game of the season outscoring the opposition in the fourth quarter was thanks to the defense. If Roquan Smith’s presence opens things up for even old man Justin Houston to go off for 2.5 sacks and a pick, just wait till David Ojabo gets in the mix.
The Ravens are gonna be scary good coming out of their bye week.
Chiefs 20 (OT)
Has anyone had a more quiet MVP season than Patrick Mahomes?
Since Tyreek Hill took his talents to South Beach, Mahomes is keeping Kansas City atop the AFC West by shouldering the offensive load. Like, damn near all of it. Give this man his trophy now.
An NFL-record 55 game-winning touchdown drives and an unfathomable (and, apparently, unwanted) 100,000 passing yards. Tom Brady ain’t human.
The Rams’ first loss to Brady’s Bucs dropped them to 3-5 may be the beginning of the end of their season. I thought the Super Bowl loser was supposed to have the hangover?
Arizona is who I thought they were but I’m still trying to wrap my head around Seattle being a 6-3 division leader. Biggest surprise of 2022.
One of the most intriguing matchups of the season was ruined by recycling: Washington’s continued roller coaster ride driven by Taylor “YOLO Ball” Heinicke and Minnesota’s dusting off of Kirk Cousins’ goofy catchphrase. I’d argue the refs blew it on the pick six that wasn’t but the fact remains: the Commanders’ only hope of making a playoff push rests on repeating the 2020 feat of handing an undefeated Pennsylvania team its first loss on home turf.
Look, back-to-back 1 p.m. kickoffs for Vegas is brutal, but a rare shutout-followed-by-blown-lead performance begs the question: Why was Josh McDaniels ever assumed to be better than Rich Bisaccia?
Two takeaways from this game: The Jets are for real (4-0 against teams that enter the game with a winning record) and Josh Allen needs to shave that trash mustache.
Indy’s unacceptable offense is almost certainly going to get Frank Reich fired — even though the Colts’ musical chairs at QB isn’t entirely his fault. Here’s an idea: Bring the former Terp back inside the Beltway to coach the Commanders’ sagging offense!
Aaron Rodgers had his first career game with two red zone interceptions and his first 3-interception game since 2017. Green Bay’s issues aren’t all his fault, but he should have just walked away after last season.
Tua had more passing yardage but Justin Fields was the better player in Chicago, posting a significantly higher QBR (95.4 to 81.4) and his 178 rushing yards were the most by a quarterback in a single game since 1950. Adding Chase Claypool is nice, but the Bears’ offseason focus has to center on giving Fields some help before it’s too late.
This game hadn’t even reached halftime and Josh Mixon won fantasy games across the nation, while P.J. Walker reverted back to XFL form to all but ensure Baker Mayfield will again be the starter in Carolina. This game was like watching a kid in Cincinnati play Madden on rookie — right down to the celebrations.
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) November 6, 2022
Someone alert Dave Preston! A West Coast team won a 1 p.m. EST kickoff! Daylight Saving Time wins again! (Or a game-changing big man fumble cost Atlanta, either way.)
Philadelphia is the first team since the 1972 Steelers with a positive turnover differential in each of the first eight games of a season. Washington’s only hope next Monday night is to reverse that trend in a major way.