Saints – 28 (4-4), Panthers – 10 (3-5-1) Thursday Night Game
Heroes – Drew Brees (297 PaYd, 2 RuYd, 2 TD), Mark Ingram (100 RuYd, 10 ReYd, 2 TD), Jimmy Graham (83 ReYd, 1 TD), Kenny Stills (72 ReYd)
Zeroes – Brandin Cooks (38 ReYd), Marques Colston (36 ReYd), Cam Newton (151 PaYd, 43 RuYd 1 TD, 1 INT), Jonathan Stewart (46 RuYd), Greg Olsen (30 ReYd), Kelvin Benjamin (18 ReYd)
With the victory on Thursday night, the Saints were able to squash a seven-game road losing streak. Mark Ingram showed for the second straight game that the Saints do have the ability to run the ball and that Drew Brees doesn’t have to take the brunt of the offense on his shoulders – not all the time anyway. The Panthers were supposed to be known for their defensive prowess after last seasons extraordinary play, but this has been a disappointing season as the Saints were able to do what they wanted when they had the ball. Cam Newton had a difficult time through the air completing 10 passes on the night for a 35.7% completion percentage, both of which were career worsts.
Interesting Game Fact: Drew Brees was 7-for-7 (83 yards) with one TD on Thursday when targeting tight end Jimmy Graham.
Browns – 22 (5-3), Buccaneers – 17 (1-7)
Heroes – Brian Hoyer (300 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Terrance West (48 RuYd, 2 ReYd, 1 TD), Taylor Gabriel (87 ReYd, 1 TD), Mike Evans (124 ReYd, 2 TD), Vincent Jackson (86 ReYd), Bobby Rainey (87 RuYd, 34 ReYd)
Zeroes – Andrew Hawkins (34 ReYd), Ben Tate (3 RuYd, 29 ReYd)
Give it up for the Browns defense. Over their last three games played they’ve managed to wrangle eight turnovers, while only able to net five turnovers in their previous five games played. It’s been a nice turnaround for the Browns as a club, who have seen different players step up to positive production each week. Taylor Gabriel stepped up this week with his solid efforts on the receiving end, while quarterback Brian Hoyer gave a good effort without letting his two interceptions affect the outcome of the game. Hoyer was able to connect on 7-of-10 passes for at least 15 yards downfield for 168 yards and one touchdown. Mike Evans was a real bright spot for the Bucs this week, emerging as a real threat for the rest of the season.
Interesting Game Fact: The Buccaneers led at halftime for the first time in 2014.
Cardinals – 28 (7-1), Cowboys – 17 (6-3)
Heroes – Andre Ellington (95 RuYd, 39 ReYd, 1 TD), Carson Palmer (249 PaYd, 3 TD, 1 INT), DeMarco Murray (79 RuYd, 11 ReYd), Dez Bryant (15 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Michael Floyd (36 ReYd), Brandon Weeden (183 PaYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Terrance Williams (19 ReYd)
Without Tony Romo at the helm, the Cowboys had a rough time against the ever-improving Cardinals who are now one of the best clubs in the NFL. Andre Ellington continues to be one of the best backs in the game with his running and receiving abilities out of the backfield. Carson Palmer’s three TD passes led the way offensively, although on the other side of the ball credit should be given to the Cards defense as they kept running back DeMarco Murray under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season while also keeping receiver Dez Bryant from causing major damage.
Interesting Game Fact: The Cardinals managed to score on all four of their red zone drives on Sunday afternoon.
Eagles – 31 (6-2), Texans – 21 (4-5)
Heroes – LeSean McCoy (117 RuYd, 6 ReYd), Jeremy Maclin (158 ReYd, 2 TD), Chris Polk (50 ReYd, 1 TD), Jordan Matthews (40 ReYd, 1 TD), Arian Foster (56 RuYd, 63 ReYd, 1 TD), DeAndre Hopkins (115 ReYd, 1 TD), Ryan Fitzpatrick (203 PaYd, 49 RuYd, 2 TD, 1 INT)
Zeroes – Nick Foles (124 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Andre Johnson (12 ReYd)
Listing a player, like Nick Foles, in the zero section when he leaves due to injury is tough, but it’s the total stats I’m considering for your Daily Fantasy Sports play on DraftKings. Foles left the game in the first quarter after injuring his shoulder and backup quarterback Mark Sanchez filled in nicely for the Eagles, leading them towards a victory over a tough Texans squad. Sanchez was able to take advantage of the blitz packages the Texans sent, however, as he went 7-of-9 hitting both of his TD passes as well.
Interesting Game Fact: Arian Foster left the game late with an apparent groin injury.
Chiefs – 24 (5-3), Jets – 10 (1-8)
Heroes – Jamaal Charles (78 RuYd, 10 ReYd, 1 TD), Travis Kelce (67 ReYd, 1 TD), Anthony Fasano (24 ReYd), Percy Harvin (129 ReYd), Eric Decker (63 ReYd, 1 TD), Chris Johnson (69 RuYd, 32 ReYd)
Zeroes – Knile Davis (9 RuYd), Michael Vick (196 PaYd, 1 TD), Chris Ivory (20 RuYd)
The Chiefs had a very difficult time controlling Percy Harvin as he caught 11 balls on 13 targets, with 78 of those yards coming after the catch; however, they came away with the victory as they didn’t let Harvin and his ridiculous skills hurt them in the red zone. After starting the season 0-2, the Chiefs have squashed any negative talk about their team fading away as a non-contender. The Jets actually compiled more total yardage (364 to the Chiefs 309) in the game, but weren’t able to establish a running game with Chris Ivory doing nothing on Sunday. Michael Vick’s first start of the season, after Geno Smith was benched, proved that there’s more than just quarterback issues in the Jets clubhouse.
Interesting Game Fact: The Chiefs are the only team in the NFL without a receiving touchdown by a wide receiver.
Bengals – 33 (5-2-1), Jaguars – 23 (1-8)
Heroes – Jeremy Hill (154 RuYd, 9 ReYd, 2 TD), Mohamed Sanu (95 ReYd, 1 TD), A.J. Green (44 ReYd, 1 TD), Denard Robinson (94 RuYd, 10 ReYd, 1 TD), Allen Hurns (112 ReYd, 2 TD)
Zeroes – Allen Robinson (35 ReYd)
Rookie Jeremy Hill sure made Bengals fans forget about Giovani Bernard on Sunday as he rushed for 154 yards against the Jaguars. Well, maybe for a mere second or two Bernard was forgotten. Hill put together a 6.4 yards per carry average against the Jaguars in the process. Receiver Mohamed Sanu continues to play well, even with the return of A.J. Green to the Bengals list of active players on Sunday. Blake Bortles didn’t play too bad for the Jags in Week 9, although he does continue to turn the ball over in untimely situations.
Interesting Game Fact: Blake Bortles leads the league in interceptions thrown this season.
Dolphins – 37 (5-3), Chargers – 0 (5-4)
Heroes – Ryan Tannehill (288 PaYd, 47 RuYd, 3 TD), Lamar Miller (49 RuYd, 8 ReYd, 1 TD), Charles Clay (65 ReYd, 1 TD), Jarvis Landry (46 ReYd, 1 TD), Rishard Matthews (21 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Mike Wallace (50 ReYd), Philip Rivers (138 PaYd, 3 INT), Branden Oliver (19 RuYd, 7 ReYd), Keenan Allen (47 ReYd), Antonio Gates (28 ReYd)
The Miami defense stopped one of the better offensive units in the NFL on Sunday as they shut out the Chargers and Philip Rivers, who threw three interceptions and was not able to connect with any of his receivers for a touchdown. Miami should have answered any legitimate question as to whether their defense is as stout as they’ve shown. In turn, with the Chargers unable to stop the Dolphins it put Rivers in awkward decision-making situations. Ryan Tannehill only got better when the Chargers blitzed him, as he completed 24 passes out of 34 for 288 yards and three touchdowns completing 49 percent of those passes when blitzed heavily.
Interesting Game Fact: Ryan Tannehill did not play the fourth quarter due to such a big lead.
Vikings – 29 (4-5), Redskins – 26 (3-6)
Heroes – Teddy Bridgewater (268 PaYd, 20 RuYd, 1 TD), Matt Asiata (26 RuYd, 31 ReYd, 3 TD), Greg Jennings (76 ReYd), Chase Ford (66 ReYd, 1 TD), Alfred Morris (92 RuYd, 17 ReYd, 2 TD), DeSean Jackson (120 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Cordarrelle Patterson (9 ReYd), Jordan Reed (9 ReYd), Pierre Garcon (15 ReYd), Niles Paul (18 ReYd)
The big news in this one was the return of Robert Griffin III. His performance didn’t harm the Redskins, although he wasn’t able to push the Skins to victory as he was sacked five times, three of which were on three straight plays. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater led the Vikings into scoring position as running back Matt Asiata picked up three touchdowns on only 26 yards rushing.
Interesting Game Fact: Seven of RG III’s 10 incompletions were off-target throws.
Rams – 13 (3-5), 49ers – 10 (4-4)
Heroes – Kenny Britt (32 ReYd, 1 TD), Anquan Boldin (93 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Austin Davis (105 PaYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Michael Crabtree (40 ReYd), Frank Gore (49 RuYd, 9 ReYd), Vernon Davis (19 ReYd), Stevie Johnson (41 ReYd)
Colin Kaepernick turned the ball over on the goal line after fumbling while attempting a quarterback sneak for the win. Kaepernick’s claim that he crossed the goal line went unnoticed by refs. The Rams defense played excellent football keeping the Niners from attempting a game-winning field goal after recovering the fumble. Kaepernick was sacked eight times on Sunday, totaling 14 times over their last two games pointing to heavy offensive line problems.
Interesting Game Fact: Referee Jerome Boger stated, “On the last play it went into a pile, and there was nothing we could see that could change the ruling on the field.”
Patriots – 43 (7-2), Broncos – 21 (6-2)
Heroes – Tom Brady (333 PaYd, 4 TD, 1 INT), Shane Vereen (29 RuYd, 38 ReYd, 1 TD), Rob Gronkowski (105 ReYd, 1 TD), Julian Edelman (89 ReYd, 1 TD), Brandon LaFell (53 ReYd, 1 TD), Peyton Manning (438 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Ronnie Hillman (16 RuYd, 47 ReYd, 2 TD), Julius Thomas (33 ReYd, 1 TD), Emmanuel Sanders (151 ReYd), Demaryius Thomas (127 ReYd)
Zeroes – Jonas Gray (33 RuYd), Danny Amendola (35 ReYd), Wes Welker (31 ReYd)
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning didn’t disappoint in Week 9, but Brady was able to beat up on the Broncos without much contention from their defense. Brady used four different receiving options to net his TD scores as the Patriots were not able to get much going on the ground. A lot of credit goes to the Patriots defense as they broke up 11 passes, the most since 2006. The Pats also got special teams help in this one as Julian Edelman returned an 84-yard punt for a TD.
Interesting Game Fact: Peyton Manning tied Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight games with a TD pass, the third longest streak in NFL history.
Seahawks – 30 (5-3), Raiders – 24 (0-8)
Heroes – Marshawn Lynch (67 RuYd, 76 ReYd, 2 TD), Mychal Rivera (38 ReYd, 2 TD)
Zeroes – Russell Wilson (179 PaYd, 31 RuYd), Doug Baldwin (38 ReYd), Derek Carr (194 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT)
It’s surprising that the Raiders were able to keep this game as close as they did, at least on the scoreboard. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they continue to be the worst team in the NFL as they run their win-less record to 0-8 on the season. Marshawn Lynch bounced back from three poor showings in a row as he scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air. Russell Wilson dealt with all the offensive injuries by depending on Lynch, although the Seahawks defense slammed the door on the Raiders in the first half capitalizing on three total Raiders turnovers.
Interesting Game Fact: Seven starters did not play for the Seahawks on Sunday.
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