Top Five NFL Games of Week Nine

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Top Five NFL Games of Week Nine

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Top Five NFL Games of Week Nine

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What a wild Week Nine it was of the 2022 NFL season. Plenty of games came down to the wire and finished within a score, some even led to crazy upset victories or comeback wins. TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, Isaac Nelson, and Andrew Little are back with the top five games of the week!

Carolina Panthers @ Cincinnati Bengals 

Truth be told, I don’t think anyone knew how this game would truly play out. The Bengals were coming off an embarrassing Monday night performance, while the Panthers suffered a crazy loss in overtime. The game started with the Bengals receiving the ball and well it was all downhill for Carolina after that. The story of the game was undoubtedly the Bengals rushing attack. Their run game was their missing link, and it seems like they found it. Joe Mixon tallied 208 total yards and five total touchdowns. Samaje Perine also added 51 yards, while Joe Burrow had a rushing touchdown of his own. P.J. Walker had this offense going nowhere as he posted nine passing yards and two interceptions in the first half. That forced the Panthers to turn to Baker Mayfield in the second half. Mayfield played solid, but it was obviously too little too late. He threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns and led another scoring drive which made the final score A LOT closer than it actually was. The Bengals now enter their bye week coming off a 42-21 win as Carolina plays on Thursday night. (Logan)

Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears 

After trading away Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn, many weren’t expecting the Chicago Bears to keep up with the Miami Dolphins in this matchup. Well, enter Justin Fields, who took over the game. The Bears would get the ball first as Fields completed all three of his passing attempts to start the drive for 20 yards. The drive would stall, but the Bears took the early lead off a Cairo Santos field goal. The Dolphins would respond as Tua Tagovailoa completed all three of his first passes for 38 yards. The drive resulted in a one-yard Raheem Mostert touchdown. The Bears would then respond with a touchdown drive of their own that saw Fields start to use his rushing ability to make defenders miss when trying to sack him. Something he continued to do frequently in this game. Another touchdown drive from the Dolphins and a blocked punt on the Bears’ following drive would result in Miami leading the game 21-10 midway through the second quarter. The Bears weren’t done yet as they put together their own touchdown drive before halftime, with Fields finding Mooney for a 16-yard score. 

The scoring didn’t stop there as the Dolphins opened the third quarter with a touchdown drive as Tagovailoa found Jaylen Waddle for the score. Yet again the Bears responded with a score as Fields avoided yet another sack and this time took off for a 61-yard touchdown. The Dolphins and Bears would continue to trade scores until things fizzled out in the fourth quarter that saw no touchdowns as the Dolphins won 35-32. Tyreek Hill continues to look like a great trade for the Dolphins, with the seven receptions he had in this game go for 143 yards and a touchdown. For the Bears, even in a loss, they can be optimistic about their future with Fields who completed 17-of-28 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 178 yards and a score. The 178 yards on the ground broke Michael Vick’s record for the most in a game by a quarterback. (Marissa)

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets 

It was a tough day for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills as they traveled to MetLife Stadium to take on the Jets. The first drive out for Buffalo ended with an interception, as Jordan Whitehead picked off a pass intended for Dawson Knox. Despite this, the Bills defense forced a three and out, which turned into a punt. On the next drive, things went the Bills way, with a solid drive ending in a Josh Allen rushing touchdown. After a field goal out of the Jets and another punt from each side, the Bills finished another drive with yet another Josh Allen rushing touchdown. The Jets rebounded immediately with a touchdown drive of their own to make it 14-10, courtesy of a Michael Carter rushing touchdown. Tyler Bass for the Bills was unable to make a long field goal to end the half, and so at halftime the score remained the same. Things got a little crazy at the start of the second half, as the Jets quarterback Zach Wilson fumbled the ball while being sacked. 

The good news for the Jets was that they took the ball right back with an interception by Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. Off this momentum, Wilson and newly acquired running back James Robinson connected for a touchdown score and the lead. A drive ending in a field goal for the Bills did immediately tie the game up. After sharing a couple of punts, the Jets took a long drive to take the lead off a Greg Zuerlein field goal. After a massive sack to put the Bills behind the chains, the Jets were able to force a turnover on downs and kneel out the game to take the win 20-17. (Isaac)

Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

The NFL did everything in its power to push the 4:25 matchup between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, going so far as to clear out the afternoon slate to just two games. A few months ago, the matchup would have been considered a game-of-the-year contender, but both teams have struggled to start the season, entering the game with three wins each. Both offenses struggled in the first half. The Buccaneers got on the scoreboard first thanks to a Ryan Succop field goal. The Rams took the lead early in the second quarter when Matt Stafford found Cooper Kupp for a 69-yard touchdown. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense had little success finding the end zone, settling for four field goal attempts in the game, one of which was blocked from 52 yards out. Two Matt Gay field goals kept the Rams in control for most of the game before Brady flipped a switch in the fourth quarter. He became the first player in NFL history to reach 100,000 career passing yards, achieving the mark on a drive that set up a 50-yard field goal from Succop. Brady did not even acknowledge the accolade when the stadium celebrated him, instead watching film on the sideline preparing for his comeback. 

The Bucs, down 9-13, stormed down the field and into the red zone with just over two minutes remaining, but failed to score from the six-yard line. Tampa Bay’s defense held strong, forcing Los Angeles to punt with 54 seconds left on the clock. Vintage Brady led the Buccaneers on a 60-yard game-winning drive with no timeouts, finding Cade Otton in the end zone to complete the comeback. It was a classic Tom Brady performance on a record-breaking night. The win propelled Tampa Bay to 4-5 on the season, putting them back at the top of the NFC South standings, tied with the Atlanta Falcons. The reigning Super Bowl champions fell to 3-5 and suffered a massive blow to their fading playoff hopes. (Andrew)

Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals 

Another week and another let down for the Arizona Cardinals. After taking over the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter by a score of 14-10, it was all downhill from there. Seattle jumped on Arizona and snatched a needed win to keep them atop the NFC West division race. The Seahawks would win by a score of 31-21 and best their division rivals once again. Arizona falls to 3-6 while the Seahawks are an impressive 6-3. (Matt)

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