15 Biggest Winners and Losers From NFL Week 9
The Biggest Winners and Losers From Week 9 in the NFL
NFL week nine is officially in the books. As always, the league did not disappoint. There were many storylines and crazy happenings all across the country for fans to follow.
Unfortunately, this week will be remembered for a couple of health scares involving head coaches. John Fox felt light-headed while playing golf and ended up in the hospital. The Broncos head coach underwent successful heart valve replacement surgery on Monday, but now he'll be on the sidelines for several weeks while he recovers.
Fox's scare took place off camera, which is part of the reason why Gary Kubiak's really got everyone's attention. The Texans' head coach collapsed while jogging to the locker room at halftime and the situation made the entire football world stand still. Early rumors suggest that he may have experienced a mini-stroke.
When real life comes knocking, football no doubt becomes secondary. Football is more than just a game at times, but not when major health issues occur. Hopefully, both head coaches will recovery fully from their scares and be back on the field in no time.
But minus the health issues that plagued week nine, it was another tremendous week of action on the field. Several games went down to the wire and we even had a game end on a safety.
As with any week, there were lots of big winners and losers. Since we've officially past the halfway point of the season, the week-to-week winners and losers are now becoming more significant. There are only so many losses a team can withstand before it becomes dead in the water. Many teams hit that point in week nine.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from NFL week nine:
Winner - Nick Foles
Foles tossed seven touchdown passes and etched his name into the NFL record books by tying the all time mark. It looks like the Eagles may have finally found a permanent signal-caller.
Loser - Aaron Rodgers
It didn't look good when Rodgers went down in the first quarter of Monday night's game. The QB was clearly in a lot of pain and now it's been revealed that he will likely miss at least three weeks with a fractured collarbone. This injury all but guarantees he won't make a run at the MVP award.
Loser - Minnesota Vikings
After another late-game collapse, the Vikings have to start looking towards 2014 at 1-7. If you're a fan trying to stay optimistic, just hope that they can land a top five pick in the draft next May.
Winner - Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have won four straight games and are now right back in the thick of things in the NFC South. Cam Newton is playing the best football of his career and Carolina fans are feeling as good as they have in years.
Loser - Richie Incognito
Incognito might be the biggest loser in all the NFL. After voicemails were released of the lineman threatening to kill Jonathan Martin, you have to wonder if his playing days are over.
Loser - Atlanta Falcons
Stick a fork in the Atlanta Falcons, they're done. Matt Ryan has tossed seven interceptions in the past two weeks and things are falling apart at a torrid pace in the ATL.
Winner - Indianapolis Colts
You just can't say enough about the fortitude of this Colts team. Just when you thought they couldn't overcome another second half deficit, they came back again on SNF to beat the Texans.
Loser - San Diego Chargers
The Chargers had their share of chances to notch a tough road win in DC, but they just couldn't get the job done. Now they sit at 4-4 and on the outside of the AFC playoff picture.
Winner - New England Patriots
It looks like the Patriots are starting to hit their stride at the halfway point in 2013. New England laid the smackdown on Pittsburgh and now they sit comfortably in first place in the AFC East at 7-2.
Loser - Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens had a good opportunity to even their record at 4-4 against the Browns, but as they've been doing all year, they came up short. Baltimore now seems like a long-shot to make the playoffs in 2013.
Winner - Chicago Bears
Nobody was giving the Bears a chance to beat the Packers on MNF. But an Aaron Rodgers' injury and a solid performance from Josh McCown later, the Bears walked away from Lambeau Field with their heads held high.
Winner - Kansas City Chiefs
It hasn't been pretty, but the end result is still an unblemished record for the Chiefs. One way or another, they find a way to get the job done.
Loser - Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are another team that officially reached fork status in 2013. They're done and now it's time for the front office to start assessing the team's future direction.
Winner - New York Jets
The Jets surprised the football world once again on Sunday by upsetting the Saints. Just when you think this team is headed down the tubes, they fight back and notch a tough win. You certainly have to tip your cap to Rex Ryan and company.
Winner - Chris Johnson
Many people like myself having been hating on Johnson for weeks. But in week nine, he finally showed up. The running back amassed 150 yards on the ground and found the end zone on two occasions. Well done, sir.