The Cleveland running back shone brightly to pull his franchise out of last month’s turbulence against tough divisional rival
Week 9 was one of surprises, without a doubt. Three teams favored on the betting lines to win by at least one touchdown fell, including a Buffalo Bills who came out as favorites by two, to a basement team like the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Within that rarity with which the day was passing, it was difficult to find a high number of stellar individual performances. We even only have one quarterback on our weekly roster, which is very rare.
Here, the highlights of Week 9 of the NFL:
For the Browns, this afternoon was a critical point in the season.
It was a very turbulent week before, with Odell Beckham Jr.’s father attacking quarterback Baker Mayfield very publicly, before the team finally got rid of the wide receiver.
All of that came after a final month in which they lost three of their last four games, and the criticism was intensifying for one of the teams from which great things were expected in 2021.
Perhaps it was not the most complete performance of the day, but the Browns won a critical game well against a divisional rival that came in with a better record, the Bengals, and Chubb was the cornerstone of the victory.
Chubb carried the ball 14 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, plus another 26 yards on two receptions. Chubb’s scores came at critical moments. The first, a one-yard line, broke a 7-7 tie at the start of the second period, establishing the path the game went down. The second was midway through the third period, a spectacular 70-yard run that put the last nail in Cincy’s coffin, bringing the score to 31-10.
The victory, which was sealed with a final score of 41-16, serves to warn the rest of the NFC North that Cleveland should not be discounted, yet. Especially now that Chubb is back after missing two of last month’s games. The Browns are a different team when Chubb is moving offense.
Josh Allen, defensive end, Jacksonville Jaguars. With a sack, an intercepted pass, and a fumble recovered from Josh Allen in front, the Jags defender was among the highlights of the day, part of a very optimistic date for Jacksonville. At last, they found a triumph that they can really build something on for the future, and the defensive lineman, who was initially selected to line up as outside linebacker, must be an important part of it.
Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers. Good things happen for the Chargers when they search for Allen. Although he sometimes seems to take a supporting role behind Mike Williams, Allen returned to the title role today, with 12 catches for 104 yards in the win over Philly. The chains were in constant motion, and while the Bolts blew a few chances throughout the afternoon, they pulled off a valuable win that gets them back on track in the AFC West.
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens. “Hollywood” delivered the kind of performance the Ravens envisioned when they selected him in the first round of the draft two years ago. Oklahoma’s product had nine receptions for 116 yards, but more than that, he had key catches at critical moments during Baltimore’s comeback over Minnesota. It still can, and should, give more, but this day it found gaps in the zone coverage and properly exploited them.
James Conner, running back, Arizona Cardinals. Kyler Murray wasn’t there, DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t there. Over the course of the game, Arizona lost to Chase Edmonds. However, there wasn’t much of a problem. Conner donned the hero cape for the Cards, with 21 carries for 96 yards and two rushing touchdowns, plus five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown through the air, to put the Niners on the road and consolidate Arizona in the lead. of the NFC West, taking advantage of the subsequent defeat of the Rams. There are players who need a change of air to be productive again, and Conner is one of them, after leaving Pittsburgh.
Justin Herbert, quarterback, Chargers. Herbert hadn’t had a good time in recent weeks, but he got back to playing with his batteries well-charged today, completing 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, adding a rushing touchdown. The Egles put up more of a fight than some expected, but Herbert regained his good start to the season and the Angelenos came out ahead. The only question now is whether he will be able to keep it to the end.
Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to rank Patterson among all the offensive weapons in the NFL. This afternoon for Atlanta, he caught 6 passes for 126 yards with a whopping average of 21 yards per catch, including a key that put the Falcons in position to beat the Saints with a last-minute field goal. Sometimes it’s on the ground, sometimes it’s special teams, but today’s contribution came in the air.
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Tennessee Titans. Sometimes, it is often said that the formula to beat X or Y quarterback is to be able to apply effective pressure without the need to frequently use the load, that is, with a maximum of four defensive players.The reality is that this formula applies to any quarterback, at any level. The Titans offered evidence of it this afternoon, with constant pressure on Matthew Stafford throughout the night. Although several Tennessee players beat Stafford over and over again, no one was more efficient than Simmons, with his three quarterback sacks, leading a defensive performance that put the brakes on the explosive Los Angeles offense.