NFL: A Look Back at Week 9
We take a quick look at each of the games played this weekend and give a brief take on both teams.
Jets 27, Bills 11
New York- The Jets moved into a first place tie with their throttling of the Bills. New York has an enormous game with the Patriots on Sunday which could determine their season.
Buffalo- The Bills got knocked back into reality and they have to rally before the worst to first story turns into a worst to third story.
Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13
Dallas- Dallas now has balance on offense thanks to DeMarco Murray who has been spectacular. The Cowboys have four very winnable games in a row before a showdown with the Giants.
Seattle- It’s time for Pete Carroll to draft his quarterback. They’re still in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Falcons 31, Colts 7
Atlanta- The Falcons have been playing much better since starting left tackle Sam Baker went down with a back injury. Coincidence?
Indianapolis- The Colts are the new leaders in the clubhouse for Andrew Luck. They have a winnable game this Sunday against Jacksonville.
Dolphins 31, Chiefs 3
Miami- The Dolphins record doesn’t display their level of talent. Add a franchise quarterback to that team and they compete for the playoffs and possibly the division.
Kansas City- The Chiefs look like a fraud and Matt Cassel isn’t good enough to get them where they want to go.
Saints 27, Bucs 16
New Orleans-The Saints are in the drivers seat in the division but they still have issues on defense. They need to win the division to ensure a deep playoff run.
Tampa Bay- Classic mediocre 8-8 team. Not enough playmakers.
49ers 19, Redskins 11
San Francisco- Solid team with a great defense. They could be a Super Bowl contender 10 years ago, but in today’s NFL Alex Smith isn’t good enough.
Washington- Mike Shanahan has ignored the quarterback position for two years and this is what you have- a team with decent pieces on defense that has no chance to contend.
Texans 30, Browns 12
Houston- The Texans have the most versatile offense in football…without Andre Johnson. Legit Super Bowl contender.
Cleveland- They need to draft a quarterback this year….and get him a couple of weapons.
Bengals 24, Titans 17
Cincinnati- They’ve navigated through the easy part of their schedule, now it’s time to see what they’re made of.
Tennessee- Titans are a mediocre team going nowhere. Why not play Jake Locker?
Broncos 38, Raiders 24
Denver- When the Broncos are able to run the ball they are a mediocre team. When forced to throw, they’re pitiful. They need to play more zone read with Tim Tebow at quarterback.
Oakland- Whenever you’re ready to embrace the Raiders as a playoff contender they get ran all over by a completely one-dimensional team. Very poor preparation.
Giants 24, Patriots 20
New York- Eli Manning comes up big in big games, especially against New England. The Giants may be the second-best team in football.
New England- The offense isn’t good enough to make up for that defense. They’ll beat the bad teams, but it looks like another early playoff exit.
Cardinals 19, Rams 13
Arizona- Cards QB John Skelton was sacked for a pair of safeties and converted on just two of 10 third downs….and he’s a better value than Kevin Kolb.
St. Louis- Steve Spagnuolo isn’t getting the job done. There’s a better chance of him getting fired than not.
Packers 45, Chargers 38
Green Bay- Aaron Rodgers threw five incompletions Sunday and four touchdowns. I don’t think they go 16-0 but there’s no reason they can’t.
San Diego- Antonio Gates looks slow and Philip Rivers has regressed. They should still win the AFC West, but it will be a short postseason.
Ravens 23, Steelers 20
Baltimore- With the sweep over Pittsburgh, the Ravens are now virtually two games up on the Steelers and it looks like they’ll get their first home playoff game since 2006.
Pittsburgh- The Steelers have won the Super Bowl before from the wildcard position, but this doesn’t look like a champion to me. Secondary is giving up too many big plays.
Bears 30, Eagles 24
Chicago- Jay Cutler is playing at a very high level and the defense forces turnovers. Mike Martz has adjusted his offense and the team is playing at a very high level.
Philadelphia- Eagles are soft at the point of attack and soft never wins in this league. Michael Vick needs to play better if this team is going to even get to .500.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlieNFL: A Look Back at Week 9 by Sports Talk Florida