NFL Week 9 Recap: Biggest Winners, Losers and Standouts
The teams, players and coaches that had notable results in Week 9 of the 2021-22 NFL season.
By Stone Lexington
Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 • 8:15 AM ET
Baker Mayfield - Wikimedia Commons
Week 9 of the NFL season has concluded, and several teams shined over the weekend. Others didn’t fare so well. Below are the biggest winners, biggest losers and standouts from Week 9 of the 2021-22 NFL season.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had plenty of pressure to perform well against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Browns have released star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., whose lack of production in Cleveland could largely be attributed to injuries and substandard play from the quarterback. Mayfield wasn’t spectacular against Cincinnati, but he was efficient, throwing for 218 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Cleveland’s 41-16 victory over the Bengals.
After four straight losses in October, the Denver Broncos have won back-to-back games, their latest victory coming in a 30-16 upset of the Dallas Cowboys. The win pushed the Broncos back above .500 and into contention to win the competitive AFC West. Denver’s rushing attack was the catalyst for the victory, as the team rushed for 190 yards against the Cowboys. The Broncos will attempt to win their third game in a row on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
After their 1-3 start to the season, it would have been easy to write off the Atlanta Falcons this season. Yet, they’ve won four of their last six games and got back to .500 this season with a 27-25 divisional win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. If the season ended today, the Falcons would be in the NFC playoffs, but they’ll have to keep winning if they want to keep that dream alive. Their next test will come against a Cowboys team that is coming off a loss.
New England Patriots
After starting the season at 2-4 with a rookie quarterback at the helm, it looked like the New England Patriots were going nowhere this season. The Patriots, though, have turned their season around by winning three straight games. Behind a tremendous defensive performance, their latest win came against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in dominating fashion. The Patriots will attempt to win their fourth game in a row when they host the Browns on Sunday.
Following a 34-31 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens sit atop a competitive AFC North. Superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson has willed his team to many of Baltimore’s wins this season, and his name should be in consideration for league MVP. While he plays quarterback, Jackson is also by far the Ravens’ leading rusher this season with nearly 400 more yards than anyone else on the team. Jackson’s talents will be on display again this Thursday when the Ravens travel to Miami to face the Dolphins.
In their first game without superstar running back Derrick Henry on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Rams in Los Angeles 28-16. The Titans’ rushing attack wasn’t nearly as effective without Henry, as nobody on the team rushed for 30 yards. However, the defense played well enough to propel Tennessee to victory, and the Titans now have the best record in the AFC (7-2). Tennessee will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
After a 1-3 start to the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight games to get back into contention in the jumbled AFC. The Steelers defeated the Chicago Bears 29-27 on Monday night after losing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, but a 40-yard Chris Boswell field goal with 26 seconds to play sealed the win. The Steelers sit only a game behind the AFC North leading Ravens, and they’ll attempt to secure their fifth consecutive win on Sunday when they host the Detroit Lions.
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A few weeks ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were 5-2 and looking like one of the best teams in the AFC. They’ve now lost two straight games with one of the losses coming to the struggling New York Jets. The Bengals were blown out by the Browns at home on Sunday, as Cleveland played a nearly flawless game in Cincinnati’s stadium. With the Bengals on a bye this week, they’ll look to rebound in two weeks in Las Vegas against the Raiders.
New Orleans Saints
In their first game without Jameis Winston at quarterback this season, the New Orleans Saints lost a divisional matchup at home to the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints still sit at 5-3 and are in contention in the NFC, but it’s difficult to see them having much success the rest of the season if they receive inconsistent quarterback play. The Saints will travel to Tennessee this week to face the hot Titans.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold was dreadful against the Patriots on Sunday, throwing for 172 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. After a hot start to the season, Darnold has been awful the last five games, averaging 159.4 passing yards. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown in the last three weeks, but has thrown four interceptions. If Darnold continues his subpar play, the Panthers may regret signing him in the offseason (if they don’t already).
Prognosticated by many to reach the Super Bowl this season, the Buffalo Bills have lost two of their last three games. Their latest loss was the most confusing of the season, a 9-6 defeat in Jacksonville to the Jaguars. If the Bills fall to the New York Jets this Sunday, serious questions will surround the team, which only leads the surging Patriots by half a game in the AFC East.
On paper, the Minnesota Vikings should be a contender in the NFC. They have two stud wide receivers, a supremely talented running back, an improving offensive line and a solid quarterback. The Vikings also have a middle-of-the-road defense, but they struggle to win close games. Each of Minnesota’s five losses this season have come by a touchdown or less, while two of those losses have come in overtime, including Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the Ravens. The Vikings will attempt to avoid their third straight loss in Los Angeles against the Chargers on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers
While 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was productive in a 31-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, his time as the starting quarterback in San Francisco may be nearing an end. Garoppolo has thrown only eight touchdowns in seven games this season, while also having six turnovers. San Francisco’s latest loss dropped the team to 3-5 this season, and the franchise could soon look for a spark in No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance.
(note: These are players or units from teams that won over the weekend.)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz - 272 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Colts’ 45-30 victory over the New York Jets
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor - 19 carries, 172 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Colts’ 45-30 victory over the New York Jets
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb - 14 carries 137 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 2 receptions, 26 receiving yards in the Browns’ 41-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams - 17 carries, 111 rushing yards in the Broncos’ 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins defense - 63 total tackles, 5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 8 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, 9 points allowed in the Dolphins’ 17-9 victory over the Houston Texans
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan - 343 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 5 carries, 8 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-25 victory over the New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson - 6 receptions, 126 receiving yards in the Falcons’ 27-25 victory over the New Orleans Saints
New York Giants running back Devontae Booker - 21 carries 99 rushing yards; 3 receptions, 23 receiving yards in the Giants’ 23-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders
New England Patriots defense - 58 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss, 8 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown, 6 points allowed in the Patriots’ 24-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars defense - 58 total tackles, 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 5 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, 6 points allowed in the Jaguars’ 9-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson - 266 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 21 carries, 120 rushing yards in the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown - 9 receptions, 116 receiving yards in the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert - 356 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 5 carries, 14 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Chargers’ 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen - 12 receptions, 104 receiving yards in the Chargers’ 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner - 21 carries, 96 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns; 5 receptions, 77 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Cardinals’ 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers
Tennessee Titans defense - 75 total tackles, 5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 7 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown, 16 points allowed in the Titans’ 28-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams