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NFL Week 9 takeaways – Lessons, massive questions for each recreation

It’s Week 9 of the 2022 NFL season — and as we attain the midway level, we should always begin seeing whether or not some contenders are in it for the lengthy haul.

To begin the week off, the Philadelphia Eagles remained undefeated with a 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night time.

Of eight video games within the early Sunday window, six got here all the way down to the fourth quarter. The Detroit Lions held on to a one-score result in hand the Green Bay Packers their fifth straight loss, the Minnesota Vikings got here again from 10 all the way down to beat the Washington Commanders and the Los Angeles Chargers secured a win over the Atlanta Falcons with a last-minute area objective. The New York Jets’ protection stood tall in a important AFC East matchup in opposition to the Buffalo Bills, handing the Bills their second lack of the season. Tua Tagovailoa led the Miami Dolphins to an in depth win over Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears, whereas the Jacksonville Jaguars got here again from a 17-point deficit to beat the Las Vegas Raiders.

The New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals gained convincingly over the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers, respectively. The late afternoon slate noticed Tom Brady surpass the 100,000-yard profession passing mark (together with playoffs) and lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a last-second win over the Los Angeles Rams in a battle of struggling NFC powers from a yr in the past. The Seattle Seahawks stayed scorching, successful their fourth straight by defeating the Arizona Cardinals. In the Sunday night time recreation, the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to care for the Tennessee Titans, 20-17, in additional time.

The Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers are on a bye and can return to motion in Week 10.

Our NFL Nation reporters react with the most important takeaways and lingering questions off this week’s matchups and stay up for what’s subsequent. Games are Sunday until famous. Let’s get to it.

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PHI-HOU | BUF-NYJ | GB-DET
IND-NE | MIA-CHI | MIN-WSH
CAR-CIN | LAC-ATL | LV-JAX
SEA-ARI | LAR-TB | TEN-KC

Chiefs

What to know: The Chiefs should discover a approach to transfer the ball and rating factors when opponents decline to blitz in opposition to Patrick Mahomes. Tennessee proved, maybe conclusively, that the best way to sluggish Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense is to not blitz. The Chiefs discovered a approach to beat the Titans, however Tennessee was the third opponent to blitz Mahomes lower than 20% of the time and the Chiefs struggled offensively all thrice. They misplaced the primary two video games. The Titans have been nonetheless in a position to get strain on Mahomes with out sending additional defenders, sacking him 4 instances.

Is there purpose to be involved about kicker Harrison Butker? He made a 28-yard area objective in additional time, however in any other case Butker hasn’t been himself since coming back from an ankle damage within the season opener. He missed 4 video games and since his return had missed three of six area objective makes an attempt earlier than his additional time winner, although he did make a Chiefs file 62-yard kick in Week 6 in opposition to the Bills. Butker additionally missed a PAT try in opposition to the Titans. The Chiefs are going to want Butker’s assist in the event that they proceed to wrestle on offense as they did in opposition to Tennessee.— Adam Teicher

Next recreation: vs. Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Titans

What to know: The Titans continued their second-half struggles, this time solely scoring three factors after halftime in opposition to Kansas City. Tennessee entered the second half with a 17-9 lead over the Chiefs however failed to return away with the win. The greatest distinction was an absence of carries for Derrick Henry. Henry solely bought seven carries within the second half regardless of ending the primary half with 9 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Will the Titans vast receivers ever make an impression? The Titans completed with out a single receiver having a reception. They proceed to depend on Henry however would not have a complementary piece to the speeding assault. Defenses play one-on-one protection on the surface with no security assist excessive and the Titans aren’t benefiting from it. There doubtless are not any solutions on the best way till rookie Treylon Burks ultimately returns from a turf toe damage that has saved him out for 3 weeks. — Turron Davenport

Next recreation: vs. Broncos (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

Buccaneers

What to know: The offense continues to underachieve, though it managed to engineer a landing drive within the remaining minute with rookie tight finish Cade Otton catching the winner. Still, this does not take away from playcalling that has been ill-suited to suit the Bucs’ strengths and poor execution, together with vast receiver Julio Jones working the fallacious means in movement. They proceed to be tormented by drops, too (six on this recreation, their most since 2016).

Why does the offense proceed to wrestle after 9 weeks? A number of the success needed to do with the Bucs’ reliance on the quick-passing recreation. This Bucs group does not have the receivers for that. They’re constructed for a downfield assault. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s insistence on working on first down with this offensive line is resulting in them being behind the chains, and so they barely tried any play-action passes this week. Brady did handle to grow to be the primary quarterback to succeed in 100,000 passing yards within the come-from-behind win, although. — Jenna Laine

Next recreation: vs. Seahawks in Munich, Germany (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)


Rams

What to know: The Rams’ offense runs via Cooper Kupp, and as they noticed Sunday, it will not be sufficient in opposition to most groups. Even with vast receiver Van Jefferson again, quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to depend on his No. 1 receiver, who had eight catches for 127 yards and a landing. But it was not sufficient, and the Rams’ offense has demonstrated this season that relying solely on Kupp has not been a constant successful system. Stafford and vast receiver Allen Robinson II linked on a powerful 15-yard catch within the third quarter, however he completed with three catches for twenty-four yards. Jefferson, in his second recreation again, did not have a catch on 5 targets.

What did Cam Akers’ return imply for the Rams’ working backs? Akers’ return was a storyline heading into Sunday’s recreation since he had not performed since Week 5 as a result of the Rams have been making an attempt to commerce him. But the 2020 second-round choose ran for 3 yards on 5 carries. Instead, it was Darrell Henderson Jr. who led the Rams’ working backs with 56 yards on 12 carries. Henderson’s 23-yard rush within the third quarter was the group’s longest run of the season. The Rams can even doubtless have rookie working again Kyren Williams return subsequent week, which may imply a good smaller position for Akers going ahead. — Sarah Barshop

Next recreation: vs. Cardinals (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Seahawks

What to know: General supervisor John Schneider hit residence runs with some veteran acquisitions over the offseason. Two of them — exterior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and defensive finish Shelby Harris — have been a part of one other dominant defensive effort that carried Seattle to a win over Arizona. Nwosu had two sacks and now has seven this season — a profession excessive with eight video games to go. Nwosu seems just like the Seahawks’ finest free-agent signing since Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in 2013, whereas Harris (one sack Sunday) has been the best of the three gamers Seattle bought again from Denver within the Russell Wilson commerce. Tight finish Noah Fant, additionally acquired within the Wilson commerce, had his finest recreation of the season, with 5 catches for 96 yards.

Where do the Seahawks rank within the NFC pecking order? The Eagles are clearly the category of the convention at 8-0. The Vikings are 7-1, as unspectacular as they’ve checked out instances. The 6-2 Cowboys could be the one different NFC group that may argue it is higher than Seattle, particularly after the Seahawks dealt with the Giants final week. Either means, the Seahawks are 6-3 with a 1½-game lead within the NFC West and an opportunity to get to 7-3 heading into their bye in the event that they beat the Buccaneers subsequent week in Munich. — Brady Henderson

Next recreation: vs. Buccaneers in Munich, Germany (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)

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Cardinals

What to know: The Cardinals proceed to be their very own worst enemy. Self-inflicted wounds have been their undoing beneath coach Kliff Kingsbury and are threatening to derail one other season. Penalties have been once more an enormous drawback on Sunday, as they dedicated 11 for 72 yards. That included back-to-back false begins, a rarity for a house group. They additionally fumbled thrice, shedding one when Kyler Murray was stripped whereas carelessly dealing with the ball on a scramble late within the first half. That doubtless price Arizona at the least three factors, if no more.

Have the Cardinals dug themselves too massive of a gap? They’re in final place within the NFC West at 3-6, three video games behind the Seahawks with a pair of losses to Seattle. So any probability of staying alive within the division race is circling the drain. Competing for a wild-card spot is not out of the query with a few of their hardest opponents already out of the best way and a manageable remaining schedule. But the solar is setting quick on Arizona’s season. — Henderson

Next recreation: at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Bengals

What to know: Yes, the Bengals utterly dominated the Panthers in a rout. But it did not reveal something new a few Cincinnati group that has loads of work to do to succeed in the postseason. The Bengals have regarded distinctive in three wins in opposition to NFC South opponents. But within the AFC North, Cincinnati is 0-3. Finding a stability between the extremes will doubtless resolve the Bengals’ postseason destiny.

Is Joe Mixon again on monitor? Potentially. Going into the sport, Mixon had minus-54 speeding yards above expectation, in accordance with NFL Next Gen Stats. He went plus-74 on Sunday, which is a good signal for somebody who was beneath scrutiny within the week main as much as this recreation. — Ben Baby

Next recreation: at Steelers (Sunday, Nov. 20, 8:20 p.m. ET)


Panthers

What to know: It will likely be tough for interim coach Steve Wilks to maintain PJ Walker because the beginning quarterback in opposition to the Falcons on Thursday. Walker had two interceptions and 9 yards passing earlier than Wilks turned to Baker Mayfield for the second half. The Panthers are anticipated to activate Sam Darnold from injured reserve Tuesday. They need to see what Darnold can do however doubtless will not have time to get him prepared on a brief week. Before Sunday, one possibility after subsequent week was to launch Mayfield and go together with Walker and Darnold the remainder of the season. Walker’s poor efficiency and the professionalism Mayfield has proven because the backup places all choices again on the desk.

Has the protection reached its restrict? Carolina’s one fixed all season has been the protection that performed fairly effectively in all however one recreation. That went out the window within the first half when Bengals working again Joe Mixon grew to become the primary participant to file 150 yards and 4 speeding touchdowns in a half since Seattle’s Shaun Alexander in 2002. Carolina had given up seven speeding touchdowns all season. So has this unit given up? Bad hole management shouldn’t be a great signal. On high of the porous run protection, there have been 4 penalties referred to as for lining up offside. None of it is a good signal for Wilks, a defensive coach, who’s preventing for a shot on the full-time job. — David Newton

Next recreation: Falcons (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Patriots

What to know: Defense and particular groups cleared the path. Matthew Judon and Josh Uche had three sacks apiece — marking the second time in franchise historical past that a number of gamers totaled three or extra sacks in a recreation (Andre Tippett, Don Blackmon in 1985) — and a blocked punt by Jonathan Jones arrange a brief landing for the offense. After totaling 9 sacks, the Patriots head into their bye week at 5-4. It’s exhausting to think about them having the offensive firepower to maintain up with Buffalo (and perhaps even Miami), however they’ve at the least saved themselves within the hunt.

How a lot hope is there for the Mac Jones-led passing offense? Jones completed 20-of-30 for 147 yards, one landing and no interceptions because the offense struggled to discover a rhythm. While the Colts have given opposing QBs some issues this yr, it is also truthful to surprise why Jones & Co. have not sustained extra momentum. Shaky play alongside the offensive line has been exhausting to overlook in latest weeks, and maybe the return of beginning heart David Andrews — who missed two video games with a concussion — after the bye will solidify some issues, as first-round choose Cole Strange has struggled at left guard in his absence. — Mike Reiss

Next recreation: vs. Jets (Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. ET)


Colts

What to know: The Colts had the worst single-game offensive manufacturing in coach Frank Reich’s 5 seasons, ending with 121 whole yards, and at the moment are 0-2 with quarterback Sam Ehlinger beneath heart. The Colts made the change to Ehlinger coming into their Week 8 recreation in opposition to Washington, however via two weeks, they don’t have a passing landing. Sunday in Foxborough, the underside fell out. The Colts’ offensive line was in shambles, with the Patriots racking up 9 sacks — probably the most allowed by the Colts in a recreation since 2017. The quarterback change and the firing of offensive coordinator Marcus Brady have not modified a factor in Indy.

What ought to we make of the Colts’ protection? The unit is taking part in extraordinarily effectively, but it surely does not matter. The Patriots had a season low in offensive yardage Sunday, however the protection can not account for the dearth of manufacturing by the Indianapolis offense. The Colts’ protection entered the sport rating within the high 10 in scoring protection and whole yards, however that has been constantly overshadowed by the offense’s lack of ability to attain. The Colts’ offensive struggles are a tough actuality to just accept for defensive veterans akin to DeForest Buckner and Stephon Gilmore, who’re having good seasons however don’t have anything to indicate for it. — Stephen Holder

Next recreation: at Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Lions

What to know: The Lions traded tight finish T.J. Hockenson on Tuesday to divisional rival Minnesota, however in his absence quarterback Jared Goff threw two landing passes to his replacements, Shane Zylstra and James Mitchell, within the second and fourth quarters. Detroit’s offense had been shut out within the second half of each recreation since Week 4 vs. Seattle, however that modified in Sunday’s victory in opposition to Green Bay.

Did defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant’s firing encourage the protection? Yes. Entering the Green Bay recreation, Detroit’s protection was permitting probably the most factors per recreation, which led to Pleasant’s dismissal earlier within the week. Members of the secondary shouldered the blame for the Lions’ resolution after which responded with a powerful efficiency, which included two interceptions from rookie security Kerby Joseph. Entering the day, the Lions had two picks all season. They had three in opposition to the Packers. — Eric Woodyard

Next recreation: at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Packers

What to know: Aaron Rodgers regarded so much like Brett Favre, throwing willy-nilly and getting picked off thrice because of this, and the remainder of the Packers regarded unrecognizable — at the least when utilizing the previous three seasons because the baseline. Two of Rodgers’ interceptions got here from contained in the pink zone and a 3rd from simply exterior the 20, and it marked his first recreation with three picks since 2017. He’s had 5 three-interception video games in his profession, and not one of the first 4 had come in opposition to an NFC North group. This time it got here in opposition to a Lions group that had two interceptions all season going into the sport and had been permitting 32.1 factors per recreation. As unhealthy as issues had been for the Packers of their four-game shedding streak, shedding a fifth in a row — to the one-win Lions — raises issues to a complete different degree.

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How many extra video games are you able to realistically count on the Packers to win? Their subsequent three opponents — the Cowboys, Titans and Eagles — entered Sunday with a mixed file of 19-4. They do not play a group presently with a shedding file till Dec. 4 at Chicago, which is 3-5. And they nonetheless have video games in opposition to the Rams, Dolphins and Vikings (who already beat the Packers in Week 1) earlier than they wrap up the common season with the Lions at residence. — Rob Demovsky

Next recreation: vs. Cowboys (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Dolphins

What to know: The Dolphins weren’t a pass-rusher away from fixing their protection, at the least Sunday, and Bradley Chubb, whereas promising in his first begin after being acquired in a commerce, shouldn’t be a one-man savior. Bears quarterback Justin Fields did basically something he wished to, working for 178 yards and scoring 4 whole touchdowns. While Fields’ talent set makes this defensive efficiency appear to be an outlier, the poor tackling has been there all season.

How sustainable is that this shootout mannequin? It labored in opposition to the Lions. It labored in opposition to the Ravens. But the Bears pushed the Dolphins to the brink in a shootout few individuals noticed coming. Miami’s protection has compelled its offense to play practically completely to make up for its shortcomings, and that does not really feel like a Super Bowl-winning system. If the Dolphins’ offense is not clicking, there’s little purpose to imagine their protection may cease an elite group. Their protection got here up with a pair of huge stops late within the fourth quarter Sunday (with assistance from a questionable no-call on Chicago’s remaining drive), however what number of extra instances can the Dolphins get away with this? — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Next recreation: vs. Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Bears

What to know: The Bears’ offense has developed right into a high-powered unit over the previous three weeks, and an enormous purpose is Justin Fields’ working. His 178 speeding yards Sunday, together with a 61-yard landing scramble, have been probably the most by a quarterback in a regular-season recreation in NFL historical past. Fields can also be the primary participant in NFL historical past to throw three landing passes and rush for at the least 150 yards in the identical recreation. Creative playcalling resulted in Darnell Mooney’s first landing of the season and two TDs for Cole Kmet, who’s creating right into a pink zone risk.

What changes will the Bears make to help their go rush? Chicago’s greatest drawback with its go rush shouldn’t be a personnel situation. The Bears’ defensive philosophy is rooted in getting strain with an ordinary go rush — they rank sixteenth with a 24.3% strain fee when speeding 4 — and it has grow to be predictable for opponents to assault. Chicago allowed Tua Tagovailoa to finish 70% of his passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to commonplace strain. His different passing landing got here when the Bears rushed three. The Bears inexplicably didn’t blitz Tagovailoa within the first half and despatched additional rushers on 4 of 30 dropbacks. — Courtney Cronin

Next recreation: vs. Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

Vikings

What to know: The Vikings may need gained the NFC North on Sunday. Not actually, in fact, however in bettering their file to 7-1 on a day the Packers and Bears misplaced, the Vikings have constructed a five-game lead within the loss column within the division. Sunday’s victory over the Commanders was the fourth recreation through which the Vikings have overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to win. They have been strolling a tightrope all season, however that tightrope is main them straight to a division title.

Is there something extra the Vikings may have requested from tight finish T.J. Hockenson? Nope! After three days of apply with the group, Hockenson had by far the very best recreation for a Vikings tight finish this season. He was focused a game-high 9 instances, catching all 9 for 70 yards. He wasn’t at all times elusive within the tight finish display screen recreation, however his first catch — a 19-yard go over the center — was the longest by a Vikings tight finish this season. If nothing else, this recreation proved how a lot the Vikings wanted a decent finish with Hockenson’s talent set. — Kevin Seifert

Next recreation: at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Commanders

What to know: Washington’s win streak ended as a result of it continued to harm itself on the worst moments. Doing so has price the Commanders in a number of losses this season. The protection, which performed effectively for 3 quarters, gave up essential third-down conversions on a area objective drive — a go interference and a 47-yard achieve — after which Taylor Heinicke floated a excessive go over the center that was intercepted and led to the tying rating. There additionally was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by John Ridgeway on a go-ahead area objective that allowed Minnesota to maintain the ball and run 100 extra seconds. Penalties and opponents’ massive performs have led to too many losses, and on Sunday they led to Washington shedding a winnable residence recreation.

How lengthy will they keep on with Heinicke? The gamers and coaches all say the identical factor: There’s one thing about Heinicke. He has that “it” issue. But when it goes unhealthy, it does not look good — he was 15-for-28 for 149 yards on Sunday — and results in questions on how lengthy they will keep on with him as soon as Carson Wentz returns (in two weeks, on the earliest). Although Heinicke authors some magical and enjoyable moments, he additionally flirts with catastrophe. This time, it led to a fourth-quarter interception that arrange the tying landing. Still, if the Commanders win at Philadelphia subsequent week, there is a good probability they’d hold rolling with Heinicke. — John Keim

Next recreation: at Eagles (Monday, Nov. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Chargers

What to know: The Chargers wanted a game-winning 37-yard area objective from rookie Cameron Dicker to enhance to 5-3. With the win, the Bolts stay within the hunt for his or her second playoff berth in 9 seasons, however their schedule turns into far more tough within the second half. The Chargers’ energy of schedule in video games performed to date ranks thirtieth within the NFL, in accordance with ESPN analytics, and their energy of schedule remaining ranks tenth.

When will the Chargers’ plethora of injured gamers return? The Chargers have continued to pin their playoff run hopes on the return of a number of injured gamers, together with vast receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, edge rusher Joey Bosa and kicker Dustin Hopkins. However, extra names have been added to the record Sunday, as defensive lineman Austin Johnson left the sport due to a proper knee damage and proper deal with Trey Pipkins III was sidelined due to a left knee damage. There is not any clear timeline for his or her returns. — Lindsey Thiry

Next recreation: at 49ers (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)


Falcons

What to know: It’s the barrier the Atlanta Falcons can not seem to break. Thirteen instances because the begin of the 2018 season, the Falcons have been at .500. Thirteen instances, Atlanta has misplaced its subsequent recreation — together with on Sunday — persevering with the longest stretch at .500 or under (74 video games) within the NFL. The final time the Falcons have been over .500 was additionally their most up-to-date playoff look: 2017. In a season through which there was lots of progress and shocking success, a successful file eludes Atlanta.

Is this what to anticipate from the Falcons’ working recreation going ahead? Cordarrelle Patterson’s return to the beginning position was going to end in alterations to Atlanta’s top-five working recreation, all for the higher. And that confirmed because the Falcons as soon as once more rushed for over 200 yards. But the breakdown of carries — nearly a 50-50 break up for Patterson and Tyler Allgeier, with some work for Caleb Huntley — makes it exhausting to foretell how the remainder of the season will go. The Falcons are clearly going to be good with Patterson and can proceed to maneuver him across the formation, which may hold him from taking up an enormous workload just like what he noticed earlier than his knee damage. The emergence of Allgeier — who regarded superb Sunday with 99 yards — and Huntley in Patterson’s absence most likely means Patterson will nonetheless get a great quantity of labor in typical recreation conditions, with Allgeier and Huntley taking part in extra in four-minute situations. — Michael Rothstein

Next recreation: at Panthers (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)

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Jets

What to know: The greatest win of the Robert Saleh period was highlighted by quarterback Zach Wilson’s finest efficiency of the season. Under intense strain after final week’s three-interception catastrophe, Wilson set a profession excessive for completion share (72%), eradicated the careless selections that induced a lot hurt final week and orchestrated a protracted area objective drive to win it. He had one turnover (strip sack) however managed the sport properly. This was precisely what he and the Jets wanted. It confirmed the Jets is usually a playoff group in the event that they keep on with their system — run the ball (174 yards vs. Bills), play nice protection and play nearly mistake-free at quarterback.

Do the Jets have among the best defenses within the NFL? Absolutely. The Jets, ranked sixth in yards allowed at the beginning of the day, outplayed the vaunted Buffalo protection. They intercepted Josh Allen twice and sacked him 5 instances in a season-defining efficiency. They did it with a four-man rush, not often blitzing. Their deep protection was wonderful. Receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught a 42-yard go on the sport’s first play, was held with out a reception within the second half. Rookie Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed have been excellent at cornerback. — Rich Cimini

Next recreation: at Patriots (Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. ET)


Bills

What to know: Josh Allen performed his worst recreation of the season, ending 18-of-34 for 205 yards with two interceptions — and it may have been three interceptions, however the Jets missed a possibility within the fourth quarter. The quarterback regarded out of sync along with his receivers, and the offense was unable to constantly put collectively drives or capitalize on a lot of the longer drives it did have. Allen’s two speeding touchdowns established an early lead, however the offense could not construct on them. One signal of the Bills’ offensive woes? Receiver Stefon Diggs did not have a second-half reception — solely the second time he has gone with out a catch in a half previously two years.

Is the Bills’ run protection a significant concern now? Yes. The Bills have been lacking key gamers on protection — linebacker Matt Milano and security Jordan Poyer — however that is not an excuse for the way the run protection has struggled for a second straight recreation. Even when it was clear the Jets would run the soccer on the ultimate drive of the fourth quarter, they continued to choose up important beneficial properties. The Bills have allowed the 2 highest speeding totals of the season previously two video games (208 yards vs. Packers; 175 vs. Jets). — Alaina Getzenberg

Next recreation: vs. Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

Jaguars

What to know: This come-from-behind victory might be a turning level for a group making an attempt to determine learn how to play an entire recreation. The Jaguars have been both tied or had a lead within the fourth quarter in 5 of their six losses however could not shut the deal. Rallying from a 17-0 first-half deficit and making a defensive stand within the fourth quarter — after lacking a area objective that might have given them a seven-point lead — will likely be an enormous confidence increase for the Jaguars of their subsequent two video games in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.

When is QB Trevor Lawrence going to play constant soccer? Lawrence performed one in all his finest video games of the season one week after taking part in one in all his worst, which included throwing one other interception ultimately zone. Coach Doug Pederson has stated he’ll make Lawrence work via the ups and downs of his struggles. Giving Lawrence fast throws to get him in a rhythm helps, however Pederson stated Year 2 in his system will make an enormous distinction. — Mike DiRocco

Next recreation: at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


Raiders

What to know: Good issues occur for the Raiders’ offense when vast receiver Davante Adams is focused early and infrequently. Adams, who had one catch for 3 yards in a shutout loss at New Orleans final week, introduced his presence with authority early in Jacksonville. Adams, who was coping with an sickness the earlier week, made the Jaguars’ secondary pay with a season-high 143 receiving yards — on 9 catches — and two touchdowns earlier than halftime. No surprise the Raiders jumped to a 17-0 lead with 10:51 to play within the second quarter.

So why did not the Raiders experience Adams within the second half? Between taking that 17-0 lead and trailing 27-20, Adams had one catch, on eight targets, for 3 yards. It’s mystifying how briskly the Raiders went away from the recent hand, it doesn’t matter what sort of unique defenses have been thrown at Adams. Because if he is doubled, tripled and/or bracketed, another person is open. Plus, the inevitable defensive collapse did not assist, because it was the third time the Raiders, who fell to 2-6, blew such a lead (20-0 to Arizona and 17-0 at Kansas City). Yet all six Raiders losses are by one possession. — Paul Gutierrez

Next recreation: vs. Colts (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Thursday

Eagles

What to know: Jalen Hurts’ return residence proved to be an historic night time, as he helped information the Eagles to their first 8-0 begin with an ugly-early, good-enough-late win over the Texans. Hurts referred to this as a “business trip,” however these near him knew the return to Houston held particular that means. It wasn’t at all times fairly, however he rose to the second, tossing a pair of landing passes — together with a go-ahead 17-yard strike to A.J. Brown within the third quarter — to maintain the undefeated prepare rolling.

How a lot will DT Jordan Davis’ absence damage them? The Eagles’ first recreation with out Davis, who was simply positioned on injured reserve with a proper excessive ankle sprain, proved problematic for the frenzy protection. Houston’s Dameon Pierce went off for over 100 yards on 27 carries regardless of being the protection’s main focus all week. Davis has been a difference-maker. Entering the sport, the Eagles allowed 3.9 yards per rush with him on the sector (70 rushes) versus 6 yards per rush with him off the sector (112 rushes). — Tim McManus

Next recreation: vs. Commanders (Monday, Nov. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Texans

What to know: Welcome again, Dameon Pierce. Last week, the rookie working again struggled in opposition to the Titans and completed with 35 yards, his second-lowest whole of the season. But in opposition to the undefeated Eagles, he bounced again with an enormous efficiency that gave the Texans an opportunity to win. He completed with 139 yards speeding and produced a spotlight run of 36 yards that featured defenders bouncing off of him within the second quarter. The Texans’ offense goes as Pierce goes, if he is rolling, they’ve an opportunity.

What’s up with receiver Brandin Cooks? Cooks did not play Thursday night time due to private causes after not being traded on the deadline. Cooks was sad with the truth that he wasn’t traded. The Texans could not discover a deal that labored for them, as groups did not need to tackle his assured $18 million wage for 2023. Cooks is the Texans’ main receiver with 354 yards and 32 receptions. But he is in the midst of a subpar season by his requirements, averaging 50.6 yards per recreation, the second-lowest per-game common of his profession. — DJ Bien-Aime

Next recreation: at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

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