The halfway point of the NFL season arrives with a Week 9 slate full of top-tier matchups!
First, the Chiefs’ defense continued to excel as they beat the Dolphins 21-14 in Germany, prompting social media to marvel at Kansas City’s new strength.
In the early window, the Ravens made a statement against the Seahawks while C.J. Stroud set rookie records and Josh Dobbs stunned everyone in leading the Texans and Vikings, respectively, to thrilling victories.
Later, all eyes turn to Philadelphia as the Eagles and Cowboys resume the NFL’s fiercest rivalry for the first time in 2023. Despite both teams being among the NFC’s best last year, this marks the first time since 2021 that both starting quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts and Dak Prescott — are healthy for this matchup. Also, the Giants head west to face the Raiders in the interim head coaching debut of Antonio Pierce, a former Super Bowl-winning linebacker with New York.
This intriguing slate has the NFL world buzzing, especially as another Eagles-Cowboys matchup with playoff implications occurs.
Here are the top moments that captured the attention of social media on Sunday!
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Pregame scene… including a wedding?!?
There is always something in the air when the Cowboys and Eagles face off, and apparently that something is love for one group of Eagles fans.
Meanwhile, neither team needed a reminder of how important this game is.
[Related: Cowboys’ Micah Parsons ahead of Eagles game: ‘I’m going to take their stripes’]
Good start for Philly!
The Eagles forced a three-and-out then marched down the field to the end zone on their own opening drive.
Kansas City Chiefs 21, Miami Dolphins 14
The Chiefs’ defense is legit… but are the Dolphins?
Social media reacted to Kansas City’s ability to stifle Miami even after the Chiefs’ offense went cold in the second half.
Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco signed autographs for several fans, while Patrick Mahomes linked up with soccer star Antoine Greizmann.
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Look good, play good!
Aaron Jones got handed some cool-looking shades after an early touchdown.
Low-scoring affair in Green Bay
Simone Biles, football expert
The U.S. gymnastics legend is all-in on the gridiron while watching her husband, Packers safety Jonathan Owens.
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Vikings players show love to Kirk Cousins
While warming up for their first game after losing their star quarterback to a torn Achilles, Vikings players donned shirts honoring Cousins.
Bijan Robinson selfie!
Nobody gets access like our NFL on FOX cameras do — even when they’re strapped to a football!
Back in the A!
Former Atlanta Braves World Series champion shortstop Dansby Swanson — now with the Chicago Cubs — returned to his native Atlanta to watch some Vikings football.
(Another) new team, same Josh Dobbs
After Jaren Hall exited early with a concussion, Josh Dobbs took the field — for his third different team of 2023.
THE JOSH DOBBS GAME
What an incredible performance from the new Vikings quarterback less than a week after he was acquired from the Cardinals.
Washington Commaders at New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
The Sam Howell experience in two tweets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET)
Houston native Mike Evans wears an Astros jersey as he heads near his hometown of Galveston to play the Texans.
The Texans had to go to their backup placekicker — running back Dare Ogunbowale.
The kick is good!
Dare Ogunbowale nailed his first field-goal attempt to give the Texans a late lead in the fourth, and social media loved it.
C.J. Stroud makes his rookie of the year case in a THRILLER
Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m. ET)
Ravens defense DOMINATING
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is struggling once again as the Ravens continue to make a case as to why they should be considered an AFC heavyweight.
Ravens made a STATEMENT (and so did the Seahawks)
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET)
Tito in the house!
Former Guardians manager Terry Francona, who just retired after a decorated career, was on hand to root for the Browns on Sunday.
Just like they drew it up!
In one of the most improbable touchdowns of the season, a Deshaun Watson pass bounced off a helmet — and right into the arms of Amari Cooper.
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