Colin Maruscsak, Staff Writer |
Week 9 of football had some close matchups as well as some tough battles for top tier teams. The week started out with the 49ers taking on the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night. The game appeared to be close with a final score of 28-25, but it was the 49ers game to lose after they took an early lead in the first half of 21-7. Jimmy Garoppolo is continuing to prove that New England’s quarterback scouting team is on point, as the former New England quarterback threw four passing touchdowns and had over 300 passing yards. He is confidently pioneering the 49ers through their undefeated season so far and will look to continue that this week against their divisional rivals, the Seattle Seahawks.
Without Patrick Maholmes, most Chiefs fans were worried about Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Moore had a respectable showing for a backup, throwing for 275-yards and one touchdown. However, it was Harrison Butker who stole the show with a long field goal to secure the Chiefs win. Butker went four for four on the day with a long of 54-yards. Minnesota was eager to try and tie things up with the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North lead, but with Sunday’s loss they still sit one game behind. As for the Chiefs, they will look to continue onward and upwards as they take on the Tennessee Titans this week, who are tied for last in their division.
One of the most nail-biting games this week was the Indianapolis Colts at the Pittsburg Steelers. The game was back and forth, with both teams taking the lead from one another. Brian Hoyer, the Colts backup quarterback who took over for starter Jacoby Brissett, threw for three touchdowns, but that was it in terms of scoring production outside of Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis’ kicker. However, on a botched hold, Vinatieri missed the field goal to give them the win in the last minute of the game. Steelers fans rejoiced, as they are beginning to shape up after a horrendous start to the season. This week the Steelers face off against the Los Angeles Rams while the Colts should look to bounce back with a game against the Miami Dolphins, who barely managed to squeeze out their first win last week against the New York Jets, improving their overall record to 1-7.
One upset this week was Green Bay’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Green Bay, who was riding high on a four-game win streak, was trounced by the incredible performances of Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon. Gordon had two rushing touchdowns while Rivers was only six yards shy from throwing for three-hundred yards. The Chargers sit two games out of first behind the Chiefs. If they continue to win and upset big teams, they could find themselves in good territory to possibly claim a wildcard spot. And while the Packers sit at 7-2 overall on the season, their division is tough with the Minnesota Vikings one game behind them and lots of teams hungry for the wildcard slot. Look for Rodgers and the Packers to bounce back in the next few weeks.