NFL Rewind: Looking back at Week 9 highlights


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Victoria Lisi, Sports Editor

Week 9 was full of action, with top teams battling it out for the top spots in their respective divisions.

The Los Angeles Rams battled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a rematch of last year’s epic playoff game in Tampa. This season, the Bucs got their revenge, winning 16-13 in a close contest.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 13 of 27 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, but was outdueled by Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who completed 36 of 58 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Brady, whose performance has been inconsistent over the past eight weeks, appeared to make a turnaround with the come-from-behind win. Brady became the first quarterback in the NFL to throw for over 100,000 passing yards.

Brady’s performance on Sunday proved why the Buccaneers are still alive in the playoff race entering Week 10.

The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Arizona Cardinals on the road in Glendale, defeating them by a score of 31-21.

The Cardinals started strong with quarterback Kyler Murray completing 25 of 35 passes for 175 yards. Murray found wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown in the first quarter.

But the Seahawks battled back behind the performance of running back Kenneth Walker III. Walker III rushed 109 yards in the game, while quarterback Geno Smith completed 26 of 34 passes for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

The Seahawks defense also made a statement on Sunday with linebacker Uchenna Nwosu recording two sacks. He now has seven under his belt for the season, and with eight more games to go, could challenge for a league lead.

In a battle of AFC East opponents, the New York Jets stunned the Buffalo Bills 20-17.

The Bills were plagued with sloppy play all afternoon. Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 18 of 34 passes for 205 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions that cost his team points on Sunday.

The game was close in the third quarter with the Bills leading 14-10, when Jets running back James Robinson put his team ahead with a seven-yard touchdown reception.

Robinson rushed 48 yards on the ground and filled the void left by teammate Breece Hall, who went down with an ACL injury two weeks ago.

After a three-interception performance against the Patriots in Week 9, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson bounced back with a solid performance against one of the best defenses in the AFC.

Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes, a 72% completion rate, for 154 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, finishing the game with one of his best quarterback ratings for the season.  

The Carolina Panthers battled it out in an action-packed game with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9. The Bengals won the game by a 21-point margin, 42-21.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow completed 22 of 28 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown.

But the afternoon belonged to Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who rushed for 153 yards on 23 carries with four rushing touchdowns. Mixon also added a receiving touchdown, as well as four receptions for 58 yards, to help lead the Bengals to the home win.

The Miami Dolphins played a close game against the Chicago Bears in a 35-32 thriller.

Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the road win.

The Dolphins rushing attack also showed signs of life with running back Jeff Wilson Jr. gaining 51 yards on nine carries in the win.

Fans will be sure to watch closely to see if Week 9 victories will carry over into Week 10, with the playoffs only eight weeks away.