Three NFL Week 9 surprises
If the Jets played every game on an even week, they would be one of the best in the NFL. Sunday, the Jets continued that trend as they stunned the Saints at the Meadowlands, 26-20. The Jets made Drew Brees life a nightmare, putting pressure on the Pro Bowl quarterback from the start and forcing him into two interceptions. They weren’t going to let the run game beat them either as the Saints rushed for a grand total of 41 yards. The ground-and-pound worked out just fine for the Jets as Chris Ivory ran with a mission against his old team. Ivory carried the ball 18 times for 139 yards and Gang Green had 198 total rushing yards. Geno Smith only completed eight passes for 115 yards, but the key was avoiding turnovers, and that is exactly what the Jets offense did. The Jets are now 5-4 and are right in the thick of things in the AFC playoff race as they hold onto the sixth seed. For a team that wasn’t expected to do much this season, they have a chance at playing in January, but they will need to play consistently and win a couple of games in a row. The Jets lost wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and he could miss extended time. Rex Ryan’s crew will get a much-needed bye week before going to Buffalo to take on the 3-6 Bills. The Saints will return home next week to take on the Cowboys.
2. Redskins hand Chargers another heartbreaking loss in OT
The Chargers have found some heartbreaking ways to lose football games this season and they suffered yet another Sunday at FedEx Field. Down by three with under a minute to play, the Chargers got the ball to the Redskins one-yard line and somehow could not punch it in at the goal line and were forced to take a field goal to send the game to overtime. The Redskins took advantage thanks to sparingly used fullback Darrel Young, who would cap off his three-touchdown day on the ground with the game winner in overtime to give the Redskins a 30-24 victory. It was a must-win game for Washington, who somehow remains alive in the horrid NFC East at 3-5. The Redskins will go to Minnesota to take on the abysmal Vikings next week. The Chargers blew a 28-7 lead in the opener to the Texans, lost to the Titans in the final minute on a Jake Locker hail mary, and now lose another one in the worst of ways. They fall to 4-4, but are still very much in the AFC Wild Card race. The road there doesn’t get any easier though as they welcome the 7-1 Broncos to town next week.
3. Foles rolls past Raiders tying NFL record with 7 TDs
If someone told me that Nick Foles would throw seven touchdowns in a game ever in his lifetime, I would call them insane. GO CRAZY FOLKS! Foles torched the Raiders defense with seven touchdown passes and 406 yards in a 49-20 Eagles win. The amazing part about it is that all of them came in the first three quarters. Foles could have set the NFL record if he stayed in for the fourth, but Chip Kelly had to show the Raiders a little respect. It’s safe to say that the 24-year-old gunslinger has put away any quarterback controversy for now, even if Michael Vick gets healthy at some point. It was a historic performance that the Eagles needed because 4-5 gets them right back in the NFC East race as they sit just a half game back behind the first-place Cowboys. Foles will have a tough task next week when the Eagles head to Lambeau to take on the surging Packers. The Raiders playoff hopes are fading as they fall to 3-5 and Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden both left the game with injuries. Oakland will head to the east coast to take on the 2-6 Giants next week.