15 Things Learned From the Week 9 Games
Week Nine in the NFL is the midpoint of the season and separates the contenders from the pretenders. I know they say that every game matters, but if your team is on the cusp of the playoffs, this is when they really do matter as one play can make your team playoff bound or send you into the offseason without anything to show for it.
I always love this time of year since the weather is getting colder for the most part, so the home field advantage gets enhanced between the more likelihood for weather elements and not to mention sound travels faster and appears to be louder in colder weather. Plus with the holidays rapidly approaching, it also encourages everyone to watch the games together which them all the better to watch in my mind.
Some of the things I learned from watching the midpoint of the season include: A few obvious things, a potential emerging star rookie, and several coaches that are on the proverbial hot seat. I also added a question to each slide that should net some interesting answers. I am sure we will have even more things learned, and yet more questions after week 10 concludes. With all that being said, but that’s my take, what do you all think?
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#1 Houston Texans are the best AFC team by far
This one's obvious but they are so balanced between the pass and the run, I'm sure they'd want star middle linebacker Brian Cushing back, but they will go deep into the playoffs. The question that lingers, can they win it all?
#2 Buffalo Bills' Coach Chan Gailey's seat is cooking
So far it has been a disappointing season to say the least here in Western New York, as most of us thought the Buffalo Bills were going to end the playoff drought that has haunted the team since 1999. And another loss doesn't help the mood at all here even if it was against a team we shouldn't have a shot against in Houston.With all the disappointment, it seems like change is imminent. So if Chan Gailey is gone, who would come in and help reclaim this storied franchise?
#3 After one year, Romeo Crennel might be gone from Kansas City
At 1-7, the Kansas City Chiefs are a disaster after a promising end to their 2011 season with Romeo Crennelat the helm, could he be gone after this abysmal start? If so, who do you want to replace him with?
#4 Pat Shurmur is good as gone in Cleveland
After losing 25-15 in week nine, theCleveland Brownshead coach, Pat Shurmur will likely be gone after former team president Mike Holmgren will be replaced at the end of the current season. My questions are what does this team to get better? Also who replaces Coach Shurmur?
#5 Norv Turner is holding onto his job by the skin of his teeth
After beating Kansas City last Thursday night, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner bought himself another week in the league. However I think if San Diego doesn't make the playoffs he will be replaced too. My questions about the Chargers are who would replace Turner ideally? And also, is this team just soft because of the weather the play in for their home games?
#6 Andy Reid is done as Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Philadelphia has an amazingly long tenured head coach in the league, but I think that all comes to an end this year as the owner has said 8-8 isn't good enough for Coach Andy Reid to keep his job. The questions for the Eagles are: Who replaces Coach Reid as the coach? Also what happens to talented but troubled quarterback Michael Vick
#7 Arizona Cardinals are in a dead spin
After starting the season 4-0, the Arizona Cardinals are now 4-5 and are spiraling seemingly out of control. Does this bring doom for talented coach Ken Whisenhunt? My other question for Arizona is how do the Cardinals correct this dead spin out to sea sooner than later?
#8 Mike Smith is an evil genius
Atlanta Falcons have the best record in football as they are the last unbeaten team left. They aren't absurdly physical, but they are cerebral and that can be even deadlier with genius head coach Mike Smith at the helm. My questions for Atlanta are, how long can they keep this unbeaten streak going? Also can they make and win the Super Bowl representing the NFC?
#9 Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL
Despite the Cardinals are in a dead spin, and Kansas City is also 1-7, I think the Jacksonville Jaguars are by far the worst team in football this season. My questions for the Jaguars are what can the team do to improve each and every week? Also, will Blaine Gabbert be their starting quarterback next season?
#10 Demetress Bell is a horrible offensive linemen
Initially, I was skeptical at best that the Bills didn't want to pay veteran left tackle Demetress Bell that they drafted in 2008 in the seventh round but blossomed into a serviceable big guy protecting the quarterback's blind side. That skepticism disappeared after the Eagles gave him a five year/$34.5 million dollar contract. I thought he was worth maybe $3 million dollars a year, but not roughly seven. My questions for Demetress is, can he find his old fire? And is he just going to last in Philadelphia?
#11 Carson Palmer will never be an elite quarterback
After playing most of his career in Cincinnati, Carson Palmer was traded last season to Oakland. Palmer has had flashes of greatness with flashes of horror as well. My questions to you is does Oakland keep him and pay his salary that escalates up to a cap hit that is just under $17 Million dollars next year? Or since that is a lot of money, do they cut him in the offseason and draft a rookie quarterback in the first round again?
#12 Doug Martin will be an amazing running back
Tampa Bay seemingly has hit a home run by drafting and starting running back Doug Martin, especially after last weeks' game versus Oakland. Martin had on 25 carries 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns, not to mention for four catches for 21 yards. My questions for you are is he the real deal? Also if he is, can he keep on putting up these awe-inspiring numbers?
#13 Andrew Luck is already a top ten quarterback
It looks like the Indianapolis Colts unofficial "Suck for Luck" campaign has worked out brilliantly, as quarterback Andrew Luck is looking like a sure top ten quarterback in the league already. Luck has already amassed 2,631 yards passing this season. By comparison, Peyton Manning had 3,739 yards passing and Luck could pass it fairly easily. My questions for you are, can he keep this pace up to have the best rookie quarterback season in league history? Also could luck be better then Manning when all is said and done?
#14 It is nearly impossible to win at Quest Field
Quest Field, where the Seattle Seahawks play their home games and it's arguably the loudest outdoor stadium in sports. Hence why the Seahawks value their 12th man so much so, it nearly makes the team unbeatable at home which is amazing in my mind.
#15 The Chicago Bears are the most oppotunistic defense in the NFL
What can I say about the Chicago Bears? Their defense is hands down, amazing, they lead the league in turnover differential with a whopping +16. My only question for the Bears is, despite being 7-1, can their offense ever catch up to their amazing defense?