Winners and Losers: Looking Back At NFL Week 9′s Most Memorable Moments
Winners and Losers of Week Nine
Week 9 in the NFL had just about everything a sports fan could ask for. There were high profile match-ups, quarterback duels, defensive masterpieces and come-from-behind victories. No matter how your favorite team did, there was enough excitement across the league for everyone to find some sort of joy.
This week I have picked out the 10 biggest winners of the week. Looking at the entire week of football, I have chosen what I believe to be the best performances, moments or events that made the NFL special to watch and be a part of. There is no statistical requirement since there is usually at least one person on every team that has a good day. Instead, the winners are picked due to the story lines and circumstances. We all love a good story, and these picks are some of the best in the NFL.
As you would suspect, where there was football gold, there had to be gridiron failures. Therefore, I have also chosen 10 of Week 9’s biggest losers. These, of course, are those that put their worst foot forward during the course of the week. They represent the worst that the league had to offer. They are the dregs of Week 9 and they are listed here for your enjoyment.
The great thing about a winners and losers list is they show the highs and the lows of the NFL in stark contrast. For some, the glory of the moment will last forever. For others, the memory cannot fade quick enough. For the rest of us, we get to find joy in the celebration, or suffer through the deflation. Click the next tab and find out what this week in the NFL did for you.
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10. Carson Palmer Throws Away A Monster Game
Carson Palmer had a monster day, throwing for 414 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Numbers like that would normally have a guy in the winners column, but unfortunately for the Oakland Raiders and their fans, Palmer threw three interceptions, two of them on back to back drives in the 4th quarter.
It was a great performance that was completely wasted by poor decisions and errant throws. It should come as no surprise though; having a guy Palmer's age attempt 61 passes is just asking for trouble.
10. Phillip Rivers and Norv Turner Get Momentary Reprieve
After blowing a 24 point halftime lead against the Denver Broncos and then losing 6-7 to the Cleveland Browns, Norv Turner and Phillip Rivers looked like they were ready to be shown the door. Lucky for them they were able to lead the San Diego Chargersto a win on Thursday Night Football.
The Win held off pink slips from the front office, but too much probably shouldn't be read into this win, it was against the Kansas City Chiefs after all.
9. Eli Manning Falls Short Against Big Ben
With the East Coast battered and beaten around him, Eli Manning played his worst game of the season. Both Eli's pass percentage and passer rating were a lowly 41%. You have to go back to Week 12 of the 2007 season to find a game with a worse passer rating.
9. Russell Wilson Heats Up
For a guy that is too short to be a good NFL quarterback, Russell Wilson seems to have more good games than bad. On Sunday he threw for three touchdowns, and led the Seattle Seahawks to a 5-4 record.
8. Titus Young Sr. Disapears
After making a splash over the last few week, Titus Young Sr. was lost in the shuffle on Sunday, catching just two passes for 20 yards. He also seemed to forget how to make a play, beating the defense on the 4th quarter, and dropping a wide open pass in the end zone.
8. Brandon Marshall Likes Scoring Touchdowns
Brandon Marshall may not be in the sun of South Florida any more, but he loves the climate of his new home. Marshall caught three touchdown passes from Jay Cutler, bringing his season total to 7. What is scary is that the two of them haven't even really gotten it going yet.
7. Jamaal Charles Has Realized He Is A Chief
Jamaal Charles started the season by putting together several impressive games and led the league rushing lead for several weeks. Coming off of a torn ACL at the beginning of last season, Charles hit the ground running, pleasantly surprising fantasy owners everywhere. Over the last few weeks though, Charles production has fallen off, getting just 5 carries in Week Eight, and only 39 yards in Week 9. To add to the disappointment last week, he left last Thursday night's game against the Chargers in the fourth quarter with a neck injury.
7. Calvin Johnson Gets It Going
This season has been disappointing for Calvin Johnson, who has caught just one touchdown pass this season, compared to the 16 he pulled in 2011. On Sunday, Johnson was unable to get into the end zone once again, but he did catch 7 passes for 129 yards. What makes this truly noteworthy is that he was unable to practice throughout the week, and was a game time decision. Hopefully, Johnson is finally waking up, and we will once again be seeing Megatron on the field down the stretch.
6. Redskins Struggle To Score In Goal To Go Situations
Their first trip resulted in a turnover on downs when Robert Griffin III failed to get past the line of scrimmage, just three yards out. The next time they were in a goal to go situation, the 'Skins scored two touchdowns, just to see them both wiped off of the board by penalties. They would eventually score on a pass play from Griffin, but watching them struggle for those six points was nothing short of painful
6. Isaac Redman Shows What "Next Man Up" Means
Even though he will be handing the starting position back over to Rashard Mendenhall when he returns to the line up, Redman made the most of his opportunity.
5. Philadelphis Eagles Not-So-Special Teams
Down 28-13 with just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to get creative on a kick off return that could have easily landed them on the winners side of things. As the New Orleans Saints kicked off, Riley Cooper jumps up from where he was hiding in the Saints logo in the end zone. Brandon Boykin fields the kick and throws the ball across the field to the unnoticed Cooper, who runs the length of the field for a touchdown. Problem is, Boykins pass is off target and ends up being a forward pass, rather than the intended lateral. The points come off the board and the Eagles start on their own three yard line.
5. Adrian Peterson Runs All Over Seahawks
The anomaly known as Adrian Peterson was at it again last Sunday, running the ball 27 times for 182 yards, and 2 touchdowns in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Peterson now leads the league in rushing, an unbelievable feat considering how he is less than a year removed from a torn ACL.
4. Brandon Weeden Helps Ravens
With as good as the rest of the 2011 quarterback draft class is playing, it is hard to watch Brandon Weedenget eaten alive by NFL defenses. To be fair, Weeden has had some good games, but he is by far the least consistent of the five starting rookie QBs, and last week against the Baltimore Ravenshe was at his worst.
Throwing for just 176 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns, Weeden earned a 44.4% passer rating, the worst the rookie has played since the four interception debacle in Week One.
4. Still Perfect
The Falcons have been tested often throughout the season, winning their last five games in a row in the fourth quarter. They continue to show they are as good as their record, even though no one seems to give them the credit they deserve.
3. Darren McFadden Just Cannot Stay On The Field
For the 5th season in a rowDarren McFadden is knocked out of a game and was unable to return. The constantly injured running back has never been able to complete an entire season, and it looks like 2012 is no different.
Even worse was his performance in the game prior to the injury, carrying the ball 7 times for just 17 yards. Between the two, Mcfadden simply continues to disappoint.
3.The Chicago Bears Defense Wants Your Milk Money
The Bears D created turnovers all over the field, with Charles "Peanut" Tillman forcing four fumbles, and Brian Urlacherforcing a fumble and returning an interception for a touchdown. The Titans were hard pressed to hold on to the ball, let alone move it down the field and score points. The Bears even added a blocked punt for a touchdown to their Sunday performance
2. Demetress Bell Hates 1st and Goal
The entire offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles deserves mention here, as they once again were unable to protect Michael Vick, but Demetres Bell deserves some special attention.
With the Eagles looking at 1st and Goal from the 5 yard line, Bell began to melt in the prime time spot light. An ineligible Receiver Down field, was followed by a false start, which was followed by an embarrassing beat for a sack , and the Eagles end up going backwards instead of forwards. The drive ends in a Brent Celick fumble instead of points on the board.
2. Andrew Luck Sets Record
Andrew Luck is showing that he is as good as everyone said he was going to be, which is really darn good. On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw for 433 yards and two scores, setting the single game record for passing yards by a rookie. More importantly he lead his Colts to a win against a very good Miami Dolphins defense.
Both Luck and fellow rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill had strong days throwing for over 700 yards without a single turnover.
1.The Tennessee Titans and the Disaster in Nashville
For the Titans, Sunday was a day they will want to forget and forget fast. The offense gave the ball up six different times, with both Chris Johnson and Matt Hasselback losing the ball twice in the game. Kenny Britt started the trend by fumbling on the very first offensive play of the game.
All in all, it was a nightmare of a day for the Titans, and I am betting they are glad they will not be facing the Bears again this season.
1. Doug Martin Keeps Dancin on Defenses
The best surprise of the 2012 season has to be Doug Martin, who has been destroying defenses over the last two weeks. The elusive running back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put up monster numbers against the Raiders, running for 251 yards and four touchdowns. He was up to 265, but lost a few yards as the Buccaneers were killing the clock at the end of the game.
Martin set the franchise record for yards in a game, and matched a quarterback's four touchdown performance, making him this week's biggest winner.