Week 9 of NFL The season is in full swing and there’s plenty to look forward to after a wild trade deadline that rocked rosters around the league, with 20 players traded at or near the cap this past Tuesday.
Here are the best plays from Sunday’s action!
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce’s athleticism at the tight end position isn’t fair. He made just one of his several plays on the Chiefs’ first drive to help them get their first three points of the game.
It was a short burst, but Mecole Hardman showed off his blazing speed to put KC up 9-0, capping off a nine-play, 79-yard TD.
Derrick Henry was bowling over people like pins early on, and this seismic 24-yard run led to a TD direct fit for the king, bringing Tennessee to two.
Henry continued to stir in the second quarter, making another great run before booting a 1-yard score to put the Titans up 14-9 midway through the quarter.
Bobblet… And chosen!
After Kelce fumbled the previous play, he mishandled the next ball thrown to him, and the loose change found Roger McCreary. The INT led to a FG for the Titans, who took a 17-9 lead.
FINAL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Los Angeles Rams 13
Delivery of defense
The Buccaneers got on the board first with a field goal, while the defense stifled Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense with play like this of Vita Vea.
Rams wake up
Stafford hit Cooper Kupp with a deep ball, and the receiver took off for a 69-yard touchdown. The Rams took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
The struggle for points continues for the Buccaneers. Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt by kicker Ryan Succop shortly before halftime. The Rams stayed ahead 7-3.
Big play sets up FG
Stafford connected with Kupp on one 34 yard completion, which later led to a 35-yard field goal by Matt Gay. The Rams took a 13-6 lead.
Bucs steals a win!
The Rams stopped the Buccaneers in the red zone, but couldn’t get a first down on the next possession. Brady then completed a series of passes to get Tampa Bay inside the 10-yard line. After pass interference put the ball at the 1-yard line, Brady hit rookie tight end Cade Otton for a go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown.
FINAL: Seattle Seahawks 31, Arizona Cardinals 21
Cardinals start strong
Seattle opened the game with a field goal and Arizona responded. A nine-play drive ended with Kyler Murray hitting DeAndre Hopkins for a 22-yard touchdown, putting the Cardinals up 7-3.
Geno Smith found DK Metcalf in the back of the end zone for a toe-tap touchdown. Seattle took a 10-7 lead.
Points left on the field
Murray took a fourth and 4 and over with his legs, but Ryan Neal gave the ball away. Seattle recovered the loose ball and took a 10-7 lead at the half.
Looking to get the ball to Kenneth Walker, Smith didn’t put enough pressure on the pass and was intercepted by Zaven Collins, who returned the pick to the house. Arizona took a 14-10 lead early in the third quarter.
I got it back
Smith and the Seahawks got that touchdown back on the next possession, when the quarterback hit Tyler Lockett for one 9-yard score to end a 13 game drive. Seattle took a 17-14 lead.
The Seahawks take control
Seattle put together another 13-play touchdown drive. This time, Smith fought for a couple of runs in the first place and Walker later hit him in the end zone. The Seahawks took a two-goal lead.
The Seahawks let him go
Arizona drove down the field and got six, as Murray hit Zach Ertz for the goal line. That said, Seattle returned the favor as Walker ran in a 5-yard score to give the Seahawks a 31-21 lead.
FINAL: Detroit Lions 15, Green Bay Packers 9
The Packers wide receiver was Romeo Doubs taken to the dressing room with an apparent ankle injury, and things only got worse for Aaron Rodgers & Co.
What started as a potential touchdown ended with an ugly interception for GB in the first quarter.
When it rains it pours
Rodgers was then picked off again in the end zone as the Lions continued to pick off the Packers.
Rodgers threw his third interception of the game early in the third quarter as Kerby Joseph recorded his second pick of the game. Green Bay is still down 8-0.
Packers show life
Rodgers hit Allen Lazard for a 20-yard touchdown pass, putting the Packers on the board. However, they missed the two-point conversion attempt and fell behind 8-6.
Leos create some separation
Detroit ended a 13-play drive into the end zone when Jared Goff connected with James Mitchell on a goal-line score. The Lions took a 15-6 lead and held on to win.
FINAL: Minnesota Vikings 20, Washington Commanders 17
TJ Hockenson picked up a clutch first down on his first reception as a Viking, setting up a dazzling touchdown run by Justin Jefferson on Minnesota’s opening drive.
Washington is coming
Taylor Heinicke threw a rainbow to wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who scooped up the deep ball and raced into the end zone for a 49-yard score. Washington took a 10-7 lead into the third quarter.
Minnesota answered a Washington touchdown with a field goal. Safety Harrison Smith then intercepted Heinicke and drove him back into the red zone. Two plays later, Cousins hit Dalvin Cook for a tie, 12-yard touchdown.
Greg Joseph hit a 28-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put the Vikings up for good.
FINAL: Los Angeles Chargers 20, Atlanta Falcons 17
Back to action
The Falcons charged down on their first play, and Cordarrelle Patterson it was big for the home teampacing the Chargers defense in his first game after being activated off injured reserve Saturday.
Patterson having a day
The Falcons’ Swiss Army Knife hit two Chargers for their second touchdown run. Atlanta took a 17-14 lead.
This is game
Cameron Dicker hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chargers the win. Los Angeles put together two field goal drives on its final two possessions.
FINAL: Cincinnati Bengals 42, Carolina Panthers 21
The Bengals shut out the Panthers in the first half, thanks to the fantastic footwork of Joe Mixon, who scored four touchdowns in the first half for the home team.
The Mixon show
Mixon ran for a score of 14 yards, his fifth overall touchdown of the day. The touchdown gave the Bengals a 42-7 lead. By the way, Baker Mayfield came in to play quarterback for the Panthers, but Carolina couldn’t claw back the deficit.
FINAL: New England Patriots 26, Indianapolis Colts 3
Matthew Judon and the Patriots defense were relentless in the first quarter, pressuring Sam Ehlinger early.
The Patriots defense had Ehlinger’s number all day. Late in the fourth quarter, Jonathan Jones picked off the Colts quarterback and returned it for six.
FINAL: New York Jets 20, Buffalo Bills 17
The Bills’ dynamic duo of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs went to work out of the gate.
Allen silenced the doubters with a 36-yard touchdown run before halftime to put Buffalo ahead before halftime.
Jets take the lead
New York capitalized on Allen’s second interception of the game. Four plays after the turnover, quarterback Zach Wilson popped the ball to James Robinson, who found the end zone to give the Jets a 17-14 lead. The teams traded field goals and New York held on.
FINAL: Miami Dolphins 35, Chicago Bears 32
Raheem Mostert struck the Dolphins early to set the tone for their matchup against the Bears.
Justin Fields threw one on the Dolphins defense, connecting with Cole Kmet to score and go ahead.
The Dolphins extended their lead over the Bears after that wild blocked punt was returned for a touchdown.
Not too fast!
Chicago wasn’t slowing down, though. Fields threw one to Darnell Mooney for a 16-yard score to keep things close.
Tua Tagovailoa found sophomore Waddle for an 18-yard score, putting Miami up 28-17 early in the third quarter.
Run it again
Fields ran through the Dolphins defense for a 61-yard touchdown, bringing the Bears back within one score. Chicago converted a two-point conversion, which cut the deficit to 28-25.
From here to there
Fields and tight end Cole Kmet connected for their second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter, cutting Miami’s lead to three, but the Dolphins held on.
FINAL: Jacksonville Jaguars 27, Las Vegas Raiders 20
turning the tables
After being shut out last week, the Raiders made a statement with a a couple of huge first quarter scores.
Trevor Lawrence connected with wide receiver Christian Kirk on a touchdown in the red zone, bringing the Jaguars within a score in the third quarter.
Jags take the lead
Travis Etienne capped a 12-play Jacksonville drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give them the lead. Las Vegas jumped out to a 17-0 lead.
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