Takeaways From Week Nine of the NFL Season

So many topsy-turvy events happened at the midway point of the NFL season. Here's what went down in the ninth week of the NFL season.

  • Trouble in Big D? Dak Prescott wasn't at his best on Sunday, completing less than half of his passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. As a result, the Dallas Cowboys were blown out by the Denver Broncos, 30-16. However, Dak might not be the person to blame for the Cowboys' loss. Head coach Mike McCarthy is notorious for not having the best judgment, and that showed on Sunday. His questionable play calls, including trying to convert a fourth down inside the Denver 20, caused confusion among Cowboy fans. You can also blame McCarthy for leaving Prescott in during a blowout. Yes, it's become a thing for head coaches to try and will their team to an improbable victory nowadays. However, McCarthy should've been smarter and taken his star quarterback out, especially after his recent calf issue.

  • Not Ready to Love Again: Another football blueblood that struggled on Sunday was Green Bay. But that was because their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was out due to COVID issues. In stepped Jordan Love, who made his debut. The former Utah State quarterback had a shaky start, completing 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. However, he wasn't the main catalyst for the Packers losing to the Chiefs, 13-7. Mason Crosby missed two field goals in that game, including a blocked field goal.

  • Time to Fire Shanahan? There was another blueblood that struggled on Sunday: San Francisco. Granted, it hasn't been their day, week, month, or even their year. However, a defense that gave up 31 points to a second-string offense has no excuses for being this bad. The onus falls on head coach Kyle Shanahan to fix matters, even with George Kittle back. He must learn to build confidence with his team and attack the opponent's weakness. Otherwise, 49er fans will abandon the team and the franchise will become a forgotten relic.

  • Circling the Wagons No More? One other NFL powerhouse that hasn't circled the wagons lately has been Buffalo. It took a late surge against the Miami Dolphins a week earlier to win. However, the Bills didn't have much luck this week, falling 9-6 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Allen threw two picks in the game and the Bills committed 12 penalties, accounting for 118 total yards. There might need to be a change for Bills Mafia if they're to make the Super Bowl. Otherwise, they'll be running in circles.

Top Five Power Rankings

  1. Arizona Cardinals

  2. Tennessee Titans

  3. Los Angeles Rams

  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  5. Green Bay Packers