Week 9 of the NFL brought an overwhelming amount of takeaways. The Steelers, Vikings, and Chargers all won on Sunday to earn their first win this season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins lost for just the third time in 13 games after having a bye week last week to prepare. With only five weeks left until playoffs start, teams are struggling to figure out how they can make it into that top four seed at home or avoid finishing with no wins at all during regular-season play.,
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Week 9 of the NFL season in 2021 had several stunning upsets. In a devastating defeat to the Broncos, the Cowboys’ offense couldn’t get any traction, and the Bills couldn’t score a single touchdown in a crazy loss to the Jaguars. The Falcons and Giants both shocked their opponents, defeating the Saints and Raiders, respectively. The Patriots produced a strong defensive performance against the Panthers, while the Dolphins beat the Texans for their second victory.
Meanwhile, with a comfortable victory against the Bengals, the Browns made a statement in the AFC North. Cleveland scored 41 points despite the fact that Odell Beckham Jr would be placed on waivers on Monday. After a back-and-forth game, Baltimore forced overtime against Minnesota, and Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal put the Ravens up 6-2.
Our NFL Nation analysts discuss the key takeaways and unanswered issues from this week’s games. They also consider the broader picture with their present team confidence rating, which is a 0-10 evaluation of how they feel about the club’s prospects at the end of the week. Let’s get started.
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What you should know: Lamar Jackson has established himself as the new comeback king in the NFL. Jackson was formerly thought to be incapable of leading a team when they were down by significant margins. This season, he’s doing it on a weekly basis. Jackson revived the Ravens with his arm and legs in the second half, completing three touchdown passes and running for more than 100 yards. Jackson is the only quarterback to win three games this season after trailing by double digits in each. Jackson had a 0-6 record as a starter while behind by multiple digits, including the playoffs, coming into this season. Jamison Hensley (Jamison Hensley)
Why does Baltimore take such a long time to get going? The Ravens were in an all-too-familiar situation early in the second half, down 24-10. Baltimore has trailed by double digits after halftime in half of its games this season. The Ravens’ and Jackson’s poor beginnings have been a major factor. Baltimore has scored 24 points in the first quarter this season and has only reached the end zone once in the last six games. Hensley’s words
Hensley’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is now 8.3, up from 8. After being humbled by the Bengals before the bye, the Ravens showed tenacity to fight back against the Vikings. Coach John Harbaugh’s squad may not be the most gifted, but it is the most tenacious. The Ravens have continued to defy the odds, overcoming injuries and deficits in the second half.
The next game will be in Miami (Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
What you should know: Following a humiliating defeat to Dallas, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer urged his team’s offense to put the ball in the hands of its playmakers. In the first quarter, offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak achieved just that with Kirk Cousins’ 50-yard touchdown throw to Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook’s 90 first-half running yards. Minnesota scored on its opening two possessions for the first time this season. The attack then broke apart as expected. Minnesota’s defense had been on the field for over 45 minutes by the time overtime came around, and it couldn’t generate a stop after the Ravens got the ball back. The justifications the Vikings have used to explain their inadequacies this season are no longer viable. They are what they are. They’ve reached their limit. Courtney Cronin (Courtney Cronin)
Why are the Vikings’ rookies not getting more playing time? After five-time Pro Bowler Harrison Smith was put on the COVID-19/reserve list seconds before inactives were released, the Vikings started fourth-round safety Cam Bynum in place of him. After four years as a cornerback in college, Bynum is still learning the position, but he came away with a diving interception that he recovered 27 yards to put the Vikings’ offense inside the Baltimore red zone late in the first half. Kene Nwangwu, a fellow fourth-round selection, sparked Minnesota’s special teams with a 98-yard kickoff return for a score and a first down on a fake punt. Minnesota’s offense should benefit from Nwangwu’s speed and agility, and the team should make it a priority to get him touches in the future. Cronin’s
Cronin’s confidence rating (0-10) is 4 this week, the same as last week. This week, the Minnesota Vikings travel to Los Angeles to play the Los Angeles Chargers. The same pattern, with the Vikings’ offense struggling and the defense failing to make key stops, seems to be repeating again.
Chargers’ next game is on the road (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
What to know: Even without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins did enough to overcome a dismal Texans squad in one of their worst games of the season. If you made it this far in the game, you should be proud of yourself since Miami gave you every excuse in the world to turn it off. Half of Miami’s possessions came to a stop due to five turnovers, including three fumbles. To be honest, the Dolphins only won because Houston was somehow worse. Jacoby Brissett largely merely handled the game in a spot start, in part because he didn’t have much time to establish downfield routes. For the sixth time this season, Miami’s running game failed to get going, recording less than 100 rushing yards. But, after all, a victory is a win, right? The Dolphins’ wild slide has finally come to a halt, and they have a much-needed win ahead of their game against the Ravens on Thursday night. — Louis-Jacques Marcel
Is Tua Tagovailoa expected to play against the Ravens? Tagovailoa was demoted to the Dolphins’ emergency quarterback Sunday after being hampered in practice all week due to a broken finger on his throwing hand. Who knows whether he might have improved this offense, but this performance will not be tolerated by the Ravens. He apparently intended to play in Week 9, but with a few additional days of recuperation, he should be ready to go. Louis-Jacques –
Louis-Jacques’ confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is now 3.7, up from 3.5. Although they were excellent enough to defeat the Texans, I’m not sure how many other teams Miami could have defeated today. The good news is that this is the second time this defense has put up a strong effort, forcing four turnovers.
The Ravens are the team’s next opponent (Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
What to know: This Texans offense isn’t good enough, regardless of who is at quarterback. Tyrod Taylor returned after a six-game absence due to a left hamstring injury, but he battled mightily against the Dolphins. Taylor had a passing rating of 41.3 after completing 22 of 39 passes for 228 yards and three interceptions. Houston was 0 for 4 in the red zone and hasn’t scored a road touchdown since Week 2 at Cleveland. One of the reasons rookie quarterback Davis Mills struggled during Taylor’s absence was his inability to safeguard the football, and Taylor had the same issue Sunday. Sarah Barshop is a writer.
What is the length of Taylor’s grace period? Coach David Culley claimed while Taylor was on injured reserve that whenever he was recovered, he would be Houston’s starting quarterback. Culley believes that a player should not lose his position due to injuries, and that Taylor offered the Texans the greatest opportunity to win. Will Culley continue with Mills if he no longer believes he offers Houston the greatest opportunity to win? It was just one game, and Mills struggled at times in his six starts, but will Culley stick with the veteran quarterback if he no longer believes he provides Houston the best chance to win? Taylor will very certainly play a couple games following the bye before Culley reintroduces Mills. — Bar & Grill
The confidence rating of Barshop (0-10) is 0.5, down from 0.6. How can you have faith in a squad that lost to the Dolphins, who had just one victory coming into the game and were missing their main quarterback?
The Titans host the next game (Sunday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. ET)
What you should know: It looked eerily similar to the Atlanta Falcons over the years: build a huge lead, establish control, and then slowly but steadily see it chipped away. And they seemed to be on their way to squandering another three-possession lead on Sunday. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, on the other hand, has been working hard to establish that this club is different. The Falcons demonstrated that transformation on Sunday. With 1:01 remaining, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan connected with Cordarrelle Patterson, the team’s finest offensive weapon, for 64 yards, and Younghoe Koo converted the game-winning field goal, delivering Atlanta a 27-25 victory against New Orleans. It isn’t always pleasant to look at. It doesn’t always seem convincing. But it’s the Atlanta Falcons of this year. Don’t write them off. Michael Rothstein is a writer and producer.
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Will they be able to maintain this level of heart activity? To be honest, I have no clue. It can sometimes become a team’s identity, and after three games like this this season (three-quarters of the team’s victories), it just may. And, given what the Falcons have been known for in the past, it would not be a terrible place to start as the club attempts to rebuild its culture. — According to Rothstein
The confidence rating of Rothstein (0-10) is now 4.5, up from 4. Never turn off a Falcons game until the very end because you never know what you’re going to witness, whether it’s good or horrible.
The Cowboys will host the next game (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What you should know: The Saints suffered a heartbreaking defeat after rallying from a 24-6 hole in the last 10 minutes to grab a short lead, only to waste it in the final minute by allowing Cordarrelle Patterson to catch a 64-yard pass. This season, the Saints (5-3) have showed enough tenacity to be in postseason contention. During that surge, rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian made several key plays. However, the offense was simply too flat for the opening 50 minutes, with too many dropped passes, penalties, and a sack-fumble, demonstrating that life will never be simple without quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas. And the defense allowed an unusually high number of huge passing plays. Triplett, Mike
Will the Saints consider Taysom Hill (or attempting to get Odell Beckham Jr.) as a replacement? Following the events of the previous week, all possibilities must be considered. Siemian most likely accomplished enough in the fourth quarter to earn a longer look at the position. (Earlier in the game, his pass-catchers were the greater issue.) After providing a spark during a tiny sample in the fourth quarter, the Saints need to get Taysom Hill more engaged in a package of plays, at the very least. If Beckham becomes a free agent, the Saints will almost surely pursue him. However, they are unable to provide much in the way of money or a proven passing offense. Triplett’s
The confidence rating of Triplett (0-10) is now 6.7, down from 7.2. For the season, this is a new low. The week began with devastating injury news about Winston and Thomas. The game then came to a close with both the offense and defense displaying flaws on the field, but they did make things rather entertaining in the end.
The Titans host the next game (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Browns put on their finest offensive — and overall — performance of the season in their first game since Odell Beckham Jr. pushed his way out. Baker Mayfield, in particular, seemed to be at ease. In the third quarter, he still had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, as the Browns became the first team since 2012 to score three touchdown plays of 60 yards or more. Cleveland finally looked like the club that reached the playoffs last season without OBJ. Jake Trotter’s remark
Is it possible for the Browns to resurrect their 2020 formula? Cleveland turned their season around nearly quickly after Beckham was gone for the year due to a knee injury this time last year in the same stadium. It won’t be simple to do it all over again. The remaining schedule is more difficult. After all, Sunday was just one game. Still, Cleveland’s chemistry was eerily similar to that of last season, when the Browns stormed into the playoffs with a stout defense, a dominating ground game, and the best version of Mayfield. ‘Trotter’
Trotter’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is now 7.8, up from 5.8. The Browns’ turmoil this week could have either energized them or pushed them into a tailspin. The former, based on Sunday’s outstanding performance, seems to be the case.
The next game will be against the Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What you should know: The Bengals continued to destroy seven weeks of improvement that had them looking like a playoff club. The Bengals turned the ball over twice in the first half, and the Browns scored on all three of their first-half drives. It was the latest in a string of poor performances that began in Week 8 against the New York Jets, when Cincinnati gave up scores on the Jets’ last five drives. Cincinnati has squandered all of the momentum it had after its Week 7 victory against Baltimore due to offensive miscues and lackluster defense. – Ben Little
Can the Bengals bounce back and still make the playoffs? Yes. Through the first seven weeks, Cincinnati was much too good, demonstrating that it is a playoff-caliber club. While things have looked bad recently, the Bengals still have eight games to work things out as they reach the bye week. In addition, the AFC North may be weaker than usual, leaving the division race wide open. — Little one
Baby’s confidence level (0-10) is 5.5, down from 6.5 before. The Bengals’ early-season gaffes are beginning to resurface in a big manner.
The Raiders will host the next game (Sunday, Nov. 21, 4:05 p.m. ET)
What you should know: Beating the top team in the AFC while losing left tackle Cam Robinson and running back James Robinson — particularly after playing so badly in Seattle last week — is a huge step forward in the reconstruction for a squad that can’t seem to get out of its own way. The Jaguars didn’t play particularly well — they had four drops, including one in the end zone, and kicker Matt Wright missed three field goals (two of which were ruled out due to penalties) — but they made enough plays to win. It should give a fledgling franchise a lot of confidence. — Mike DiRocco is an actor who has been in many films.
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Was this Josh Allen’s breakthrough moment? Unquestionably. Allen had his greatest season as a rookie (10.5 sacks), but he did it with Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue on the squad to deflect the majority of the attention. He led a defense that stopped the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense (31.7 points per game before the weekend) to two field goals, with a sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery to go along with eight tackles against the Bills. DiRocco’s words
DiRocco’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is now 4, up from 1.9. That’s a large leap, but the Jaguars upset the top team in the AFC while missing running back James Robinson and linebacker Cam Robinson, as well as QB Trevor Lawrence, who departed the game with an ankle injury.
The next game will be played at the Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What you should know: The Bills have a lot of offensive problems that need to be addressed. Last week’s difficulties in the first half against Miami returned against a Jaguars defense that had allowed 29 points per game before the contest. QB Josh Allen labored under pressure without two starting linemen, right tackle Spencer Brown and guard Jon Feliciano. Allen had been sacked on 14 of 38 dropbacks (37 percent) and had gone 2-of-9 throwing for 9 yards, one interception, three sacks, and two scrambles going into the fourth quarter. Allen threw two interceptions, his first game of the season with multiple picks. Prior to the bye, the Bills’ offense had little trouble scoring points, with 30-plus points in all but one game. Buffalo, on the other hand, has averaged 16 points in its last two games. The Bills’ offense has lost its sparkle from last season, and it has to be fixed as soon as possible. Alaina Getzenberg is a writer who lives in New York City.
Is it possible to resolve the penalty issues? Overall, the defense did a good job, keeping the Jaguars to nine points and enabling quarterback Trevor Lawrence to convert just two of his twelve third-down opportunities. Jacksonville, on the other hand, was able to prolong its drives owing to the Bills’ defense’s many penalties. Buffalo had 12 penalties for 118 yards in the game. Penalties resulted in six first downs for the Jaguars, more than via the air or on the ground. In the first half alone, the Bills were penalized for four personal fouls. Overall, Buffalo has greater concerns to address moving ahead, but Sean McDermott’s team’s lack of composure is unique. It shouldn’t be a long-term issue, but it cost the Bills a significant amount of money. Getzenberg’s words
Getzenberg’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is now 7, down from 7.7. The Bills were defeated by the 1-6 Jaguars, who are one of the league’s weakest teams. The offense has been declared a problem.
The next game will be against the Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What you need to know: Did the tens of thousands of Broncos supporters who descended on AT&T Stadium have a gut feeling? When the Denver Broncos traded linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, they demonstrated the potential that general manager George Paton virtually wanted to see. Paton said at the time that the Broncos could “get right into it,” and that moving the franchise’s most accomplished and tenured player was not a “white flag move.” And, to no one’s surprise, the Broncos did indeed play that manner. The club that defeated the Cowboys on Sunday overcame a slew of in-game ailments, including guard Graham Glasgow’s ankle injury and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam’s knee injury, to play the kind of grind-it-out game that they’re capable of, particularly on offense. The main line is that they didn’t squander an outstanding defensive performance, and they’re still in the hunt for a postseason berth. — Legwold, Jeff
Will they be able to protect quarterback Teddy Bridgewater now that two more offensive lineman have been injured? Glasgow’s injury occurred on the last play of the first half. Medical staff placed an air cast on his lower left leg right away, indicating that he may have suffered a serious injury. Bobby Massie, the right tackle, departed the game in the first half with an ankle injury. Almost every time the Broncos opened the formation, they were already laboring to protect Bridgewater. This will further complicate matters, particularly if left tackle Garett Bolles, who missed Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury, is forced to miss substantial time. There’s also Okwuegbunam’s injury to consider. The Broncos will need to get the ball out of Bridgewater’s hands more fast and often in order to keep him safe. Legwold’s
Legwold’s confidence rating (0-10) has increased to 6.5 from 5. OK, two victories in a row, including this one on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, demonstrates that this club has grit. They’re going to need it with yet another lengthy list of injuries as their reward.
The Eagles are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What you should know: The Cowboys’ six-game winning run ended with a 30-16 defeat to the Denver Broncos, erasing all of their good vibes. With 4:08 left, the Cowboys scored a touchdown to prevent their first shutout at AT&T Stadium. The return of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after a three-week layoff due to a calf injury could not have gone any worse. Although he was intercepted once, he did toss two touchdown passes to Malik Turner, both of which came in the fourth quarter, after the game was already settled. After entering Sunday with the greatest completion percentage in the NFL, Prescott was as imprecise as he’s ever been (73.1 percent ). The Cowboys had averaged 17.3 points per game in their first four home games. They had only converted one third-down attempt and had missed three fourth-down attempts prior to their first touchdown drive. Last week’s triumph against Minnesota with Cooper Rush as quarterback was as surprising as this defeat. Is this merely a blip or the start of something bigger? Todd Archer is a writer.
Is there any reason to be concerned about the run defense in the long haul? The Broncos just taught the Cowboys a lesson. They had the sixth-best run defense in the league, allowing just 88.3 yards per game. In the first half, the Broncos had more than that, finishing with 192 yards, a season record. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams seemed to be the finest running back duo in the NFL. Three weeks ago, the previous best was 120 yards versus New England. For the defense to thrive, the Cowboys must play complimentary football. They don’t have a knock-out defense when the offense falters. With a multiscore advantage, it’s simpler to push opponents to chuck the ball. Sunday was an example of how everything that might go wrong did. (Archer)
The confidence rating of Archer (0-10) is 8.4, down from 9.6. Maybe later in the season, when the Cowboys are on a lengthy playoff run, this game will be remembered as an exception. They’ll put on a brave front and declare that their confidence hasn’t been affected by the setback, but that will rely on how they perform against the Atlanta Falcons next week.
The Falcons are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: This was the Giants’ greatest victory of the season, and it came at a nice time as they headed into their bye week. Surprisingly, they are presently 3-6 after nine games, which is their best start since 2016. Progress, however slow it may be, is being made. On the first of safety Xavier McKinney’s two interceptions, the defense (16 points allowed) scored its first touchdown of the season. Three games in a row have seen the defense allow 20 points or less. With Devontae Booker as the featured back (99 yards on 21 touches), the running game has awakened. And, perhaps most significantly for the franchise’s future, quarterback Daniel Jones is doing what he has to do to win games in tough situations. Perhaps this club has enough left in it to make a run in the second half of the season. Jordan Raanan is a writer.
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When the Giants return from their bye week, how healthy will they be? Wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (thumb/ankle) seemed to be unaffected by the game. Late last week, there was anticipation that running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad) would be back soon. Barkley was expected to return against the Raiders prior to a false positive COVID-19 test. Is it conceivable for them all to remain healthy after they say their goodbyes? Even if the offensive line has flaws, it would provide the Giants with a far better chance to assess Jones. Raanan’s words
Raanan’s confidence level (0-10) is now 3.2, up from 2.8 before. There’s a glimmer of hope heading into the bye week, particularly with reinforcements on the way.
Buccaneers’ next game is on the road (Monday, Nov. 22, 8:15 p.m. ET)
What to know: Given the week of emotions the Raiders had with former receiver Henry Ruggs III being cut and facing felony DUI and reckless driving charges after he was involved in a vehicle incident that killed a lady and her dog, Derek Carr acknowledged it would be difficult to compartmentalize. Carr was correct, not to diminish anything. Carr, who threw two interceptions (one a pick-six) and lost a fumble at the Giants’ 20-yard line with 37 seconds left, looked dazed and confused, and the Raiders extended their post-bye funk, losing for the 16th time in 19 games. Gutierrez, Paul
Is the Raiders’ season over? This seems to be the case based on recent history. A 6-4 start in 2019 resulted in a 7-9 conclusion. Las Vegas began 6-3 and ended 8-8 last season. The Raiders welcome the possibly resurgent Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night game in Las Vegas after a 5-2 start before the bye. This may quickly devolve, and if the Raiders let it, it will seem all too familiar. Gutierrez’s words
Gutierrez’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is 7, down from nine. Yes, the Raiders should probably be given a pass for their recent off-field difficulties. And, not to diminish anything, but we’ve all seen this movie before: a dreadful post-bye game followed by a late-season meltdown.
The Chiefs are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
What you should know: Defense takes the lead. With rookie quarterback Mac Jones still learning the ropes, the other side of the ball is called upon to shoulder more of the strain. The defense accomplished it against a Panthers offense that has to be wondering whether quarterback Sam Darnold is the long-term solution. The Patriots’ defense, which started 3-4, was most successful in stopping the run and containing running back Christian McCaffrey in his return from injured reserve. Darnold seemed outmatched after the Panthers were forced to pass. It’s a winning combination for the Patriots, and it’s pertinent to mention since the Browns, another terrific running club, are up next. — Reiss, Mike
Is the Patriots’ pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. prompted by N’Keal Harry’s knee injury? With No. 4 receiver N’Keal Harry out with a knee injury and the Patriots promoting Kristian Wilkerson from the practice squad, the team’s need for depth is highlighted. Naturally, this leads to the question of whether Odell Beckham Jr. is a viable option. Because of his price, the Patriots are unlikely to claim Beckham on waivers, but if he clears and becomes a free agency at a cheaper cost, they should at least consider it. The Patriots’ receivers were held in check against the Panthers, with CB Stephon Gilmore successfully limiting Jakobi Meyers’ productivity. When you throw in someone like Beckham, the passing game becomes even more difficult to defend. — Reiss
Reiss’ confidence rating (0-10) has increased to 5.3 from 5.2. Three victories in a row has instilled more confidence in the players… and this reporter.
The Browns are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What you should know: Sam Darnold is not the Panthers’ long-term or even short-term quarterback. Even after Christian McCaffrey returned to a restricted role, the quarterback continued to make the kinds of mistakes that cost him games. In Sunday’s defeat, he had three interceptions, giving him a total of ten in the last six games. It’s time for Carolina (4-5) to accept that trading the Jets was a mistake. They’re now stuck with Darnold and his $18.8 million fifth-year option in 2022. David Newton is an author.
Should the Panthers continue to rely on backup quarterback P.J. Walker for the remainder of the season? They should, but starting Darnold on Sunday after being restricted in practice all week (concussion/shoulder) spoke a lot about how they feel about Walker. Last season, Walker made one start and threw two red zone interceptions in a victory. He squanders far too many opportunities to play. It’s a no-win scenario for Carolina, which will almost certainly overhaul its quarterback room this summer. Newton’s words
Newton’s confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is 4.4, down from 5.3. Moving ahead, the schedule becomes harder, starting with Arizona next week and culminating in a difficult four-game stretch that includes travels to Buffalo and New Orleans, as well as two games versus Tampa Bay.
The next game will be against the Cardinals (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
What you should know: Jonathan Taylor is proving to be the NFL’s second-best running back, after only Derrick Henry of Tennessee. Regardless of the opponent, gaining 172 running yards and 260 total yards is amazing. This season, the Colts have yet to defeat a club with a winning record. They’ll have multiple chances to accomplish so, beginning with two of their next three games against Buffalo and Tampa Bay. With the defense underperforming, the Colts may have to lean even more heavily on the ground game to hold the rival offense at bay. Mike Wells’ remark
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Is it possible for the defense to stop anyone? Against a 35-year-old journeyman third-string quarterback, the Colts gave up 30 points and 486 total yards, including 317 passing yards. As a result, the answer is no. This is a big source of worry. Against a club like the Jets, that’s not meant to happen. Consider what Josh Allen, Tom Brady, Derek Carr, and Kyler Murray might accomplish against a Colts defense that still prefers to force turnovers than getting off the field on third down. Wells’s
Wells’ confidence rating (on a scale of one to ten) is 4.3, down from 4.4. Yes, the Colts’ confidence has dipped. When the Colts couldn’t dominate the Jets from start to finish, you can’t claim they’re on the mend. The Colts are still on the lookout for that “killer instinct” they mentioned early in the season.
The Jaguars are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Jets are the league’s most unpredictable club. You never know what you’re going to get from week to week, which is a sign of having such a youthful roster. However, one pattern is emerging: the defense, which was exposed in the Colts’ 45-30 defeat on Thursday night, is light-years away from becoming a winning team. The Jets are giving up 31.4 points per game and 408 yards per game, which are both club lows. Robert Saleh, the defensive-minded coach, may need to have a stronger role on that side of the ball. Cimini, Rich
In Week 10, who will the Jets start as quarterback? Mike White (right forearm) and starter Zach Wilson (knee) are both slated to practice, leaving coach Robert Saleh with a decision to make: does he stick with Wilson, whose growth is critical to the team’s success, or does he ride with the hot White? He should stay with White, allowing Wilson an additional week to recover before facing the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Cimini’s
Cimini’s confidence rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) is 4, down from 6. The attack seems to be strong, but the defense appears to be inept.
The Bills are the team’s next opponent (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
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