Best NFL Week 9 games: Rams, Cowboys, Bills drop, as Jordan Love makes his first start

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Week 9 of NFL the season has been full of surprises.

In the first window, the Dak Prescott headed Dallas Cowboys collapsed against Denver, the Jaguars absolutely smothered the Bills and Josh Allen, and the Baltimore Ravens worked overtime before going over Minnesota Vikings.

In the afternoon, Jordan Love took a crash course to become the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, struggling with a 13-7 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (Aaron Rodgers was released due to COVID-19 protocols). The Arizona Cardinals also dominated the 49ers on the road without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins, winning 31-17.

And in Sunday night’s final, the Titans of Tennessee took the road to SoFi Stadium to defeat the Rams 28-16.

Here are the best moments from Sunday’s action-packed slate.

Tennessee Titans 28, Los Angeles Rams 16

Stingy rams

A word of advice to all quarterbacks, don’t throw the ball into Jalen Ramsey’s area.

Return the favor

The Rams’ defense started the game with an interception, so it was fitting for the Titans to return the favor in the second quarter.

This interception led to the touchdown that gave them the advantage.

The Titans’ defense followed with another interception, which came home.

All day

Adrian Peterson’s first game with the Titans was a success, and the 36-year-old scored a touchdown to help finish off the Rams and secure a 28-16 victory.

Kansas City Chiefs 13, Green Bay Packers 7

Feel the love

With Rodgers out, the Packers turned to love in Kansas City.

The Chiefs haven’t exactly rolled out the red carpet for Love’s family.

But it was the Chefs who struck first when Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce.

Spread love

The first three quarters were tough on the Packers offense, but Love managed a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to make it a 13-7 game.

But in the end, that would be all the Packers could muster as the Chiefs would hang on to win.

Los Angeles Chargers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 24

Back-and-forth affair

The Chargers struck first, with Justin Herbert netting a pass early in TD.

But the Eagles came back straight away to equalize with solid ground play.

Sneak past

The Chargers broke a 10-10 tie with the Eagles with a Donald Parham touchdown, giving them a 16-10 lead.

To respond

The Eagles made sure the Chargers’ lead was short lived, scoring in their very next practice to take a 17-16 lead. This touch came from Kenneth Gainwell.

Flash

Herbert is known to have one of the strongest arms in the NFL, but he used his legs here to help the Chargers take a 24-17 lead.

On the wire

Once again, the Eagles were able to respond to a Chargers score with one of their own to tie the game. This time, rookie Devonta Smith has found the end zone.

Chip shot

The Chargers had the ball last, and with the way this game went, that meant they were going to have a chance to win.

They did exactly that, securing a 27-24 win on a winning field goal.

Arizona Cardinals 31, San Francisco 49ers 17

All Cardinals

James Conner’s ninth touchdown of the season gave the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.

And that was just the start for them, with wide receiver Christian Kirk playing the role of quarterback on a bombshell that ultimately set up a rushed second touchdown from Conner.

Happy to see you again

George Kittle missed the 49ers ‘last three games, but made up for lost time with a touchdown to reduce the Cardinals’ lead.

Hat trick

Not one, not two but three touchdowns that day for Conner. His latest hit gave the Cardinals a 24-7 lead.

The Cardinals used Conner’s dominating performance to propel them to a 31-17 victory.

Cleveland Browns 41, Cincinnati Bengals 16

Pick six!

Denzel Ward, 100 yards from the house for Cleveland.

Mix match

Joe Mixon remains a reliable urgent threat. He found a way into the end zone to tie it up for Cincy.

Moonshot

Baker Mayfield has heard the criticism loud and clear. And in the first half, he responded with vigor. This throw at Donovan Peoples-Jones was a dime.

Chuggin chubb

Nick Chubb interrupted a 70-yard rush for six to give his team a 31-10 lead.

New York Giants 23, Las Vegas Raiders 16

Go up and get it!

Check out this jump from Evan Engram for the game’s first TD.

The same for you

Derek Carr found Hunter Renfrow in the apartment to tie the count at 7.

X’d out

Xavier McKinney opened the second half with a pick of six to give New York a 17-13 lead.

Twice for the accent

McKinney stole his second dish of the day at the end of the fourth.

And in the final possession of Las Vegas, the Big Blue crew pulled off a decisive forced fumble to secure their victory.

Baltimore Ravens 34, Minnesota Vikings 31, overtime

Dance on them

Justin Jefferson was all alone behind defense on this one. He scored 50 yards, then it was time to get out the moves.

Zigzag

Dalvin Cook is also a constant home run threat. He traveled 66 yards on that dart to establish a score, giving Minnesota a 14-3 lead.

Run it back!

Kene Nwangwu phoned home on that 98-yard kick return.

It’s patrick

Patrick Ricard absolutely dominated on this drive, so it is quite normal that he is gifted with the TD pass.

Le’Veon in the lead!

Le’Veon Bell passed the pylon to give the Ravens a one-point lead with three minutes left.

Draw!

Adam Thielen came in to draw even at 31.

In overtime, the Ravens knew they just had to get closer and Justin Tucker would do the rest. 36 meters? He could probably do it with his eyes closed.

Miami Dolphins 17, Houston Texans 9

Direct deposit

The Dolphins came out in a savage formation and directly hooked Myles Gaskin for six.

How did he do that?

This capture by Mike Gesicki… Just wow.

Double

Gesicki just did it again!

Navigate in the pocket

Jacoby Brissett has shown some veteran sense to this TD game.

Denver Broncos 30, Dallas Cowboys 16

Defense Against Attack

Denver came in with a pair of saves in fourth, before going 80 yards to pay for the dirt. The scoring campaign was capped by Melvin Gordon, who pushed his way into the end zone on a transfer to the left tackle.

Precision pass

Teddy Bridgewater himself got a first half.

Hold defense

Bridgewater continued his hot tear, finding Kendall Hinton for a big game that set another Broncos score. They were leading 27-0 after the touchdown.

Worse and worse

Dallas just couldn’t get things done all day.

New England Patriots 24, Carolina Panthers 16

Hands to face

Rhamondre Stevenson pushed the defender away with a stiff and determined arm.

First of many?

Stephon Gilmore knows the Patriots well. He collected his first INT for the Panthers midway through the second quarter.

Mac attack

Mac Jones teamed up with Hunter Henry to give the Pats a 14-6 advantage.

Don’t try this

JC Jackson is not the type to test. He made a success of this pass attempt with a shovel and resumed in the other direction for 88 yards.

JC X2

If you are QB you might want to stay away from JC Jackson.

Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 25

Oh my, Olamide

Olamide Zaccheaus had a hell of a catch for Atlanta’s first touchdown.

Llama love

Matt Ryan watched Zacchéaus all day. That deep throw set up a Ryan rush for six.

Favorite target

Guess who?

To get closer

Alvin Kamara scores a lot of touchdowns. He did it again here to bring NO in a score.

Move up

A few minutes later, the Saints were in the lead, thanks to Trevor Siemian and Kenny Stills.

Handyman

When the Falcons need a game, they turn to Cordarrelle Patterson.

Game winner!

Patterson’s massive catch-and-run set up this Younghoe Koo flip to end it!

Jacksonville Jaguars 9, Buffalo Bills 6

Josh Allen’s time!

Josh Allen (Jaguars linebacker) knocked out Josh Allen (Bills quarterback) early in the second half in a tight affair.

Dopplegangers

Josh Allen of the Jaguars fumbled with his team to 9-6 to regain possession.


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