Week 9 overreactions and reality checks: Eagles best team in NFL? Rams missing playoffs? Geno Smith extension?


Of all the exciting weeks in the NFL this 2022 season, Week 9 may have topped them all. Ten of the 12 games completed in Week 9 were within one score (eight points or less) in the fourth quarter, with four teams (Jacksonville Jaguars, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets) closing the gap by 10 with more points.

The Vikings, Jets, Los Angeles Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored game-winning points in the final two minutes of regulation. All of these games have changed the league’s wild division races as fewer teams start to break away from the pack.

All this will lead to a tumultuous second half of the year, but first the overreaction in week 9 must be eliminated.

Rams to miss playoffs

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Los Angeles picked up a win over Tampa Bay on the bench before allowing Tom Brady to drive down the field for six games for 54 yards in 35 seconds. Brady threw the game-winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game.

This win would see the Rams keep up with the Seattle Seahawks 4–4. Instead, Los Angeles is 3-5 and 10th in the NFC standings, 2.5 games behind the Seahawks in the NFC West.

Los Angeles isn’t sinking in water, but it has two games with the Seahawks and is scheduled to face the Kansas City Chiefs and Chargers. Playing 2-2 against these teams may not be enough. The Rams will need several teams ahead of them to fall apart at this rate.

Jeno Smith deserves a long-term extension in Seattle

Overreaction or Reality: reality

I think it’s time to get serious about Gino Smith’s future with the Seahawks. After Smith, 32, threw a six to Zaven Collins to give the Arizona Cardinals a 14-10 lead in the third quarter, Smith, 32, led Seattle to touchdowns on the next three possessions – 10 of 12 for 123 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks are 6-3 and Smith was superb, throwing an NFL-leading 73.1% of his passes and throwing for 2,199 yards with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions and a passer rating of 107.2 (fourth in the NFL). For the foreseeable future, Seattle will have its own quarterback – this is Smith.

It’s time to sign it.

Justin Fields to run 1,000 yards this season

Overreaction or Reality: reality

What Justin Fields did to attack the Bears in the second year (the first year in the Luke Getsey system) was remarkable. Fields not only developed as a passer, but also became the most dynamic running quarterback in the NFL.

Fields has 91 carries for 602 yards and four touchdowns in nine games, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. After Sunday’s NFL regular-season record for most yards gained by a quarterback in a game (178), Fields needs to average 56.9 yards per game to pass the 1,000 yard mark.

He’s averaging 66.9 yards per game, putting Fields close to becoming the third quarterback to rush 1,000 yards in a season.

Tyreke Hill will have 150 catches and 2,000 receiving yards.

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

It doesn’t look like Tyreek Hill is going to slow down anytime soon. Hill finished with seven catches for 143 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s victory over the Bears, crossing the 1,000-yard plateau in just his ninth game. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver has 76 catches for 1,104 yards in the middle of the year—an average of 8.4 catches and 122.7 yards per game.

If Hill keeps up this insane pace, he’ll finish with 144 catches and 2,085 yards this year. Hill is on track for 2,000 receiving yards, but he needs to average 9.3 receptions per game through the end of the year to get to 150 yards.

The task is high, but if anyone can do it, it’s Hill.

The Eagles are the best team in the NFL.

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Philadelphia is the only undefeated team in the NFL to sit at the top of the NFC East (a 6-2 two-team division) with an 8-0 record. The Eagles are among the top five teams in points scored and yards per game, and points and yards allowed per game. They kept up in the second half and led by double-digit margins in every game.

The teams that can challenge the Eagles for the best tag team title are the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Buffalo were upset by the Jets on Sunday as Josh Allen had 42 passing yards. The scores are also 2-7 in one-point games over the past two seasons.

The Minnesota Vikings are 7-1, but the Eagles beat them in the second week. The Dallas Cowboys have two losses, including one to the Eagles. Their overall score is 13-3 with two losses to Philadelphia.

Halfway through, the Eagles are the better team.

Dolphins to win AFC Vostok

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

It’s hard to discredit what Miami is doing as the Dolphins are now 6-0 in games that Tua Tagovailoa starts and ends this year. Tagovailoa is also playing well, leading the NFL with a 115.9 passer rating. Tagovailoa completed 69.9% of his passes for 1,980 yards with 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions in seven games.

Can the Dolphins win the division? Miami is third in the AFC East with a 6-3 record, having a head-to-head tie-break with Buffalo and a head-to-head loss to New York. Both teams are polygames behind Buffalo for the top spot.

The Dolphins don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, but Miami will have to beat Buffalo at Orchard Park in December to win the division. Before that, they also need to beat the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Miami is a playoff team, but the Dolphins have every chance of winning the division.

The Vikings are the Eagles’ biggest competitor in NFC.

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

Minnesota continues to win in closed games, improving this year’s score to 6-0 in games with one score. The Vikings have won six games in a row with one possession and have a 33-point difference in the fourth quarter, so they’re good at the end of the game.

Minnesota – the main rival of Philadelphia? A 7-1 record says yes, but the Vikings also played three games in NFC North with an overall record of 8-18 (not including them). Two of these games were one-point competitions.

Only one team that the Vikings have beaten currently holds the winning record, and that was the Miami Dolphins minus Tua Tagovailoa. Minnesota has played four games in a row against teams with approaching winning records. Let’s see how good the Vikings are.

The Patriots are a playoff team.

Overreaction or Reality: overreaction

New England are 5-4 and in last place in the AFC East, showing just how tough the division is. The Patriots trail the Chargers by polygames to take last place in the playoffs ahead of their final week.

Why can’t the Patriots make the playoffs? They have three consecutive games against record winning teams and six of their last eight games against record winning teams. They play the Bills twice and once again with the Dolphins, a team they have a hard time beating.

New England need to be better on offense to keep up with these teams, even if defense and special playoff-level teams. The passage of the game should come to life throughout the game.

Tom Brady can still play at a high level

Overreaction or Reality: reality

Brady had his 55th career winning drive Sunday, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning, a record in NFL history. The Buccaneers quarterback finished 36 of 58 for 280 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions (79.7 rating).

Was the performance impressive? No, but Brady went 5 of 6 for 54 yards and a touchdown on last gear that took 35 seconds to win the game in the final 44 seconds (and the lack of competition was the peak).

This season, Brady completed 65.3% of passes for 2,547 yards with 10 touchdowns and just one interception (90.5 rating). His touchdown-to-interception ratio is 10.0 (the best in the NFL) and he has the best in the NFL with 373 pass attempts without an interception (second most in NFL history).

Is Brady the same quarterback he’s been in the last two seasons? No, but he still plays well for a 45-year-old quarterback. He can still win matches for his team.

Source: www.cbssports.com