2022 NFL Week 9 Takeaways
Week 9 had the most byes of any week during the 2022 NFL season with six teams taking a break, but that didn’t stop the league from putting on a terrific football slate this past Sunday. We’re now officially at the midway point of the season and there are some pretty big shakeups following Sunday’s festivities.
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Top Takeaways from 2022 NFL Week 9
Close Calls and Downfalls
There were only 11 games on Week 9’s weekend slate but, thankfully, the majority of them were hotly-contested affairs. Eight of the 11 games on Sunday were decided by seven points or less (five of them by a mere field goal) and a handful of those contests were stunning upsets to continue the trend of shocking results throughout the first half of the season.
The biggest upset of them all has to be the Bills, who were stunned by their division rivals the Jets to lose sole possession of the best record in the AFC. Josh Allen threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked five times by a sneaky-good New York defense. The Jets keep pace with the Dolphins as both teams are just one game behind Buffalo for the top spot in the division.
Another divisional upset occurred in the NFC, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lost their fifth consecutive game after the lowly Lions ended their own five-game skid with a huge 15-9 home victory. The Green Bay loss coupled with a Minnesota win Sunday gives the Vikings a nearly insurmountable 4.5-game lead in the NFC North standings. The 7-1 Vikes join the undefeated Eagles as the cream of the NFC crop, with the former being the only team in their division with a winning record.
In the Mix(on) with NFL History
One of the blowout contests of the week transpired in Cincy, as the Bengals double-downed on the Panthers en route to a 42-21 home win. The offensive player of the week has got to be Cincinnati’s other Joe, Joe Mixon, who accounted for five of his team’s trips to the end zone as the fifth-year running back out of Oklahoma had the game of his life.
Mixon became the first player in Cincinnati franchise history and only the sixth player in the Super Bowl era to score four or more touchdowns and amass over 150 yards from scrimmage in a single game. The Bengals have won five of their last seven games after a slow start to the season as the defending AFC champions keep pace with the Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North standings. Baltimore will round out Week 9’s action with a crucial Monday Night Football road matchup against the Saints.
Titanic Primetime Victory for The Tribe
Week 9 saved the best for last as the Titans and Chiefs squared off in Arrowhead on Sunday night. Not only was the SNF showdown between 5-2 teams a wire-to-wire contest, but it was also the only game on Sunday to go into overtime.
Kansas City faced an eight-point deficit early in the third quarter only for the team’s defense to render Tennessee’s offense inept the rest of the way for the huge comeback. Patrick Mahomes, who threw for a new career-high 68 passing attempts, scored on a TD run and ran for a successful two-point conversion shortly after to tie the game. KC hits a field goal in OT and makes a huge defensive stand on the Titans’ last possession to seal the victory. Mahomes is now undefeated in four overtime games wherein Kansas City’s offense has a drive in the extra period.
Tennessee, meanwhile, struggled in the passing game with backup rookie QB Malik Willis under center in place of the injured Ryan Tannehill. Although stud running back Derrick Henry racked up 115 rushing yards and a pair of trips to the end zone, the Titans had just 80 total passing yards and Willis (5-of-16 passing) failed to connect to a single wide receiver. The Titans drop to 5-3 for the season but still have a rather commanding two-game lead for the top spot in a barren AFC South landscape.
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