Everything is ready for NFL Week 9 to start, and there are several games that will determine the future for many. The season has already passed the early games, and it is now up for every team in the league to get the job done and secure a spot in the next stage for this year’s playoffs. From dominant division leaders to late comebacks, it’s all now getting closer to advancing to the postseason chapter and only a few are invited. There are many teams affected by injuries at this point and most likely miss the chance to finish this stage. Will they get back for the most important games or not? It’s up to the strongest to survive now.
Browns at Bengals for the Battle of Ohio
The classic in Ohio is up for a new series to begin when the Bengals receive the Browns at the Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. They will be looking to extend their record in this rivalry and confirm the great moment that the team is going through this season under the leadership of QB Joe Burrow.
The Bengals are number 2 in the AFC North standings currently and have shown to be a powerhouse in the offense when the connection Burrow-Chase comes into play. On the other hand, the Browns have found a few bumps on the road, including an unexpected injury from their QB superstar Baker Mayfield who hurt his left shoulder and may be out for a while.
These two are set to face each other every season and it is one of the reasons this game has turned into a big rivalry. Aside from their differences, they also share the two sides from a great territory that is inevitably fought for every time the two teams are on the field.
The Comeback Mahomes against The New Rodgers
The KC Chiefs with QB Patrick Mahomes have not been looking any good lately to what they have been expected to be since a few years back. Now they are receiving the Green Bay Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers at home, where they just recently got a vital win for the team’s morale but most importantly for their chances to keep moving forward into the postseason.
Even when the Chiefs have got one of the most important wins this season, Mahomes and the most praised Chiefs football team have not found their motto yet and keep struggling very much to get the completions as what they have us used to. On the contrary, if we look at the Packers after one of the most discussed controversies with Rodgers and his future with the team, the QB and former MVP has been looking sensational throwing the ball for Green Bay, and it appears that talks do not mean anything for him and his championship-caliber playmaking abilities. However, having just tested positive for COVID-19, the Packers are going to have to figure out a different strategy.
East Vs West – Tennessee Titans vs LA Rams
The Titans are on their way to face the Rams as a visitor this time. The two teams have not met on the football field since December of 2017, when the Rams beat the Titans 27-23. Now, these two will be sharing the field again, this time with very high expectations and a pending score to settle.
The very unfortunate Titans have just recently lost one of their main players, if not, the most impactful offensive weapon that the team has had this season in RB Derrick Henry, who had previously destroyed defenses with the power running ability that is mostly scary at this point. Due to the bad news to the Titans, and in hopes to shake off this impact on the team, they have just recently signed Adrian Peterson, who was a former MVP in 2012, and now is looking to take on the challenge to be the replacement for “The King.”
The Rams are also having a great moment with their new franchise player QB Matt Stafford who is now a strong candidate for this year’s MVP award due to the great season that the team is having and the success that they have found being number 1 in the NFC West with 7-1.