NFL Week 9 takeaways – Classes, massive questions for each sport

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 evening.

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 subject aim. The New York Jets’ protection stood tall in a essential 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 a detailed 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 received 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, profitable their fourth straight by defeating the Arizona Cardinals. In the Sunday evening sport, 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 sit up for what’s subsequent. Games are Sunday until famous. Let’s get to it.

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What to know: The Chiefs should discover a method 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 method 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 3 times. They misplaced the primary two video games. The Titans have been nonetheless capable of get strain on Mahomes with out sending further defenders, sacking him 4 occasions.

Is there motive to be involved about kicker Harrison Butker? He made a 28-yard subject aim in additional time, however in any other case Butker hasn’t been himself since getting back from an ankle damage within the season opener. He missed 4 video games and since his return had missed three of six subject aim makes an attempt earlier than his additional time winner, although he did make a Chiefs document 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 sport: vs. Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


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 received seven carries within the second half regardless of ending the primary half with 9 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Will the Titans huge receivers ever make an affect? The Titans completed and not using a single receiver having a reception. They proceed to depend on Henry however wouldn’t have a complementary piece to the dashing assault. Defenses play one-on-one protection on the surface with no security assist excessive and the Titans aren’t making the most of it. There possible are no solutions on the best way till rookie Treylon Burks finally returns from a turf toe damage that has saved him out for 3 weeks. — Turron Davenport

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


What to know: The offense continues to underachieve, though it managed to engineer a landing drive within the closing 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 huge receiver Julio Jones working the incorrect approach in movement. They proceed to be stricken by drops, too (six on this sport, their most since 2016).

Why does the offense proceed to wrestle after 9 weeks? Lots of the success needed to do with the Bucs’ reliance on the quick-passing sport. This Bucs staff 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 change into the primary quarterback to succeed in 100,000 passing yards within the come-from-behind win, although. — Jenna Laine

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


What to know: The Rams’ offense runs by way of Cooper Kupp, and as they noticed Sunday, it will not be sufficient in opposition to most groups. Even with huge 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 profitable formulation. Stafford and huge 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 sport 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 sport since he had not performed since Week 5 as a result of the Rams have been attempting to commerce him. But the 2020 second-round decide 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 staff’s longest run of the season. The Rams may also possible have rookie working again Kyren Williams return subsequent week, which may imply an excellent smaller position for Akers going ahead. — Sarah Barshop

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


What to know: General supervisor John Schneider hit residence runs with some veteran acquisitions over the offseason. Two of them — outdoors 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’ greatest 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 received again from Denver within the Russell Wilson commerce. Tight finish Noah Fant, additionally acquired within the Wilson commerce, had his greatest sport 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 occasions. The 6-2 Cowboys may be the one different NFC staff that may argue it is higher than Seattle, particularly after the Seahawks dealt with the Giants final week. Either approach, 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 sport: vs. Buccaneers in Munich, Germany (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)


What to know: The Cardinals proceed to be their very own worst enemy. Self-inflicted wounds have been their undoing underneath coach Kliff Kingsbury and are threatening to derail one other season. Penalties have been once more a giant downside on Sunday, as they dedicated 11 for 72 yards. That included back-to-back false begins, a rarity for a house staff. They additionally fumbled 3 times, shedding one when Kyler Murray was stripped whereas carelessly dealing with the ball on a scramble late within the first half. That possible value 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 sport: at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


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

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

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


What to know: It can be troublesome 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 wish to see what Darnold can do however possible will not have time to get him prepared on a brief week. Before Sunday, one choice after subsequent week was to launch Mayfield and go along 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 properly in all however one sport. That went out the window within the first half when Bengals working again Joe Mixon turned the primary participant to document 150 yards and 4 dashing touchdowns in a half since Seattle’s Shaun Alexander in 2002. Carolina had given up seven dashing touchdowns all season. So has this unit given up? Bad hole management shouldn’t be a very good signal. On prime of the porous run protection, there have been 4 penalties known as for lining up offside. None of this can be a good signal for Wilks, a defensive coach, who’s combating for a shot on the full-time job. — David Newton

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


What to know: Defense and particular groups paved the way. 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 sport (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 laborious 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 honest to surprise why Jones & Co. have not sustained extra momentum. Shaky play alongside the offensive line has been laborious to overlook in current weeks, and maybe the return of beginning middle David Andrews — who missed two video games with a concussion — after the bye will solidify some issues, as first-round decide Cole Strange has struggled at left guard in his absence. — Mike Reiss

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


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 underneath middle. The Colts made the change to Ehlinger getting into their Week 8 sport in opposition to Washington, however by way of 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 sport 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 properly, nevertheless it does not matter. The Patriots had a season low in offensive yardage Sunday, however the protection can’t account for the dearth of manufacturing by the Indianapolis offense. The Colts’ protection entered the sport rating within the prime 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 troublesome actuality to just accept for defensive veterans comparable to DeForest Buckner and Stephon Gilmore, who’re having good seasons however don’t have anything to indicate for it. — Stephen Holder

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


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 sport 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 sport, Detroit’s protection was permitting probably the most factors per sport, which led to Pleasant’s dismissal earlier within the week. Members of the secondary shouldered the blame for the Lions’ choice 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 sport: at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)


What to know: Aaron Rodgers seemed loads like Brett Favre, throwing willy-nilly and getting picked off 3 times in consequence, and the remainder of the Packers seemed unrecognizable — at the least when utilizing the previous three seasons because the baseline. Two of Rodgers’ interceptions got here from contained in the purple zone and a 3rd from simply outdoors the 20, and it marked his first sport 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 staff. This time it got here in opposition to a Lions staff that had two interceptions all season going into the sport and had been permitting 32.1 factors per sport. As dangerous 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 an entire different stage.

How many extra video games are you able to realistically anticipate the Packers to win? Their subsequent three opponents — the Cowboys, Titans and Eagles — entered Sunday with a mixed document of 19-4. They do not play a staff presently with a shedding document 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 sport: vs. Cowboys (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


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 primarily something he wished to, working for 178 yards and scoring 4 whole touchdowns. While Fields’ ability 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 formulation. If the Dolphins’ offense is not clicking, there’s little motive to imagine their protection may cease an elite staff. 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 closing drive), however what number of extra occasions can the Dolphins get away with this? — Marcel Louis-Jacques

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


What to know: The Bears’ offense has developed right into a high-powered unit over the previous three weeks, and a giant motive is Justin Fields’ working. His 178 dashing yards Sunday, together with a 61-yard landing scramble, have been probably the most by a quarterback in a regular-season sport 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 sport. Creative playcalling resulted in Darnell Mooney’s first landing of the season and two TDs for Cole Kmet, who’s creating right into a purple zone risk.

What changes will the Bears make to help their cross rush? Chicago’s greatest downside with its cross rush shouldn’t be a personnel challenge. The Bears’ defensive philosophy is rooted in getting strain with a regular cross rush — they rank sixteenth with a 24.3% strain price when dashing 4 — and it has change into predictable for opponents to assault. Chicago allowed Tua Tagovailoa to finish 70% of his passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to customary 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 further rushers on 4 of 30 dropbacks. — Courtney Cronin

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


What to know: The Vikings might need received the NFC North on Sunday. Not actually, in fact, however in enhancing their document 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 sport during 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 staff, Hockenson had by far the very best sport for a Vikings tight finish this season. He was focused a game-high 9 occasions, catching all 9 for 70 yards. He wasn’t all the time elusive within the tight finish display sport, however his first catch — a 19-yard cross over the center — was the longest by a Vikings tight finish this season. If nothing else, this sport proved how a lot the Vikings wanted a decent finish with Hockenson’s ability set. — Kevin Seifert

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


What to know: Washington’s win streak ended as a result of it continued to harm itself on the worst moments. Doing so has value the Commanders in a number of losses this season. The protection, which performed properly for 3 quarters, gave up essential third-down conversions on a subject aim drive — a cross interference and a 47-yard acquire — after which Taylor Heinicke floated a excessive cross 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 subject aim 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 sport.

How lengthy will they stick to 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 dangerous, it does not look good — he was 15-for-28 for 149 yards on Sunday — and results in questions on how lengthy they will stick to 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 sport: at Eagles (Monday, Nov. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET)


What to know: The Chargers wanted a game-winning 37-yard subject aim 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 way more troublesome within the second half. The Chargers’ power of schedule in video games performed to date ranks thirtieth within the NFL, in response to ESPN analytics, and their power 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 huge receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, edge rusher Joey Bosa and kicker Dustin Hopkins. However, extra names have been added to the listing Sunday, as defensive lineman Austin Johnson left the sport due to a proper knee damage and proper sort out 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 sport: at 49ers (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)


What to know: It’s the barrier the Atlanta Falcons can not seem to break. Thirteen occasions because the begin of the 2018 season, the Falcons have been at .500. Thirteen occasions, Atlanta has misplaced its subsequent sport — together with on Sunday — persevering with the longest stretch at .500 or beneath (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 during which there was a variety of progress and shocking success, a profitable document eludes Atlanta.

Is this what to anticipate from the Falcons’ working sport going ahead? Cordarrelle Patterson’s return to the beginning position was going to lead to alterations to Atlanta’s top-five working sport, 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 — virtually a 50-50 break up for Patterson and Tyler Allgeier, with some work for Caleb Huntley — makes it laborious to foretell how the remainder of the season will go. The Falcons are clearly going to be sensible with Patterson and can proceed to maneuver him across the formation, which may hold him from taking up a large workload much like what he noticed earlier than his knee damage. The emergence of Allgeier — who seemed excellent Sunday with 99 yards — and Huntley in Patterson’s absence in all probability means Patterson will nonetheless get a very good quantity of labor in typical sport conditions, with Allgeier and Huntley taking part in extra in four-minute situations. — Michael Rothstein

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


What to know: The greatest win of the Robert Saleh period was highlighted by quarterback Zach Wilson’s greatest 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 triggered a lot hurt final week and orchestrated a protracted subject aim 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 could be a playoff staff in the event that they persist with their formulation — 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 initially of the day, outplayed the vaunted Buffalo protection. They intercepted Josh Allen twice and sacked him 5 occasions in a season-defining efficiency. They did it with a four-man rush, not often blitzing. Their deep protection was glorious. Receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught a 42-yard cross on the sport’s first play, was held and not using a reception within the second half. Rookie Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed have been excellent at cornerback. — Rich Cimini

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


What to know: Josh Allen performed his worst sport 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 chance within the fourth quarter. The quarterback seemed out of sync together 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 dashing 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 and not using a catch in a half prior to now two years.

Is the Bills’ run protection a serious 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 sport. Even when it was clear the Jets would run the soccer on the ultimate drive of the fourth quarter, they continued to select up vital positive aspects. The Bills have allowed the 2 highest dashing totals of the season prior to now two video games (208 yards vs. Packers; 175 vs. Jets). — Alaina Getzenberg

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


What to know: This come-from-behind victory might be a turning level for a staff attempting to determine methods to play a whole sport. 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 subject aim that will have given them a seven-point lead — can 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 certainly one of his greatest video games of the season one week after taking part in certainly one of his worst, which included throwing one other interception ultimately zone. Coach Doug Pederson has mentioned he’ll make Lawrence work by way of the ups and downs of his struggles. Giving Lawrence fast throws to get him in a rhythm helps, however Pederson mentioned Year 2 in his system will make a giant distinction. — Mike DiRocco

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


What to know: Good issues occur for the Raiders’ offense when huge 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 journey 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 form 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 sport: vs. Colts (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)



What to know: Jalen Hurts’ return residence proved to be an historic evening, 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 “enterprise journey,” however these near him knew the return to Houston held particular that means. It wasn’t all the time 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 harm them? The Eagles’ first sport with out Davis, who was simply positioned on injured reserve with a proper excessive ankle sprain, proved problematic for the push 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 sport: vs. Commanders (Monday, Nov. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET)


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 dashing 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 evening 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 wish 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 sport, the second-lowest per-game common of his profession. — DJ Bien-Aime

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