Tuesday, November 10, 2009
NFL Football- Week Nine Review
The Pittsburgh Steelers, led by Head Coach Mike Tomlin (pictured right), showed why they are the defending Super Bowl champions on Monday night by dismantling the host Denver Broncos, 28-10 to improve to 6-2 and a first-place tie heading into their key showdown next week against the Cincinnati Bengals, which topped visiting Baltimore, 17-7 to stay tied for first place.
The Broncos meanwhile, lost for the second straight game and saw their once commanding three-game lead in the AFC West shrink to just one game over the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers, led by quarterback Philip Rivers' three TD passes, including the game-winner to wide receiver Vincent Jackson with just 21 seconds remaining, won their third consecutive game, 21-20 over the New York Giants.
The NFC East is turning into a great race after seeing the Giants lose their fourth consecutive game after starting 5-0. The Dallas Cowboys now lead the East with a 6-2 record after winning Sunday night in Philadelphia, 20-16. Speaking of the Eagles, they are now 5-3 with the loss at home and will travel to play the San Diego Chargers in a huge matchup on Sunday.
The New England Patriots took a stronger hold on first-place in the AFC East with a 27-17 win over Miami on Sunday. The Patriots are now 6-2 and lead the Jets by two games and Buffalo and Miami by three games at the midway point of the season.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals (5-3) now have a two game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco after they rode the rifle arm of QB Kurt Warner (five TD passes) to crush the Chicago Bears, 41-21.
Both the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had come from behind wins to remain undefeated for the season. The Colts toppled the Houston Texans, 20-17 while New Orleans spotted Carolina a 14-point second quarter lead before besting the visiting Panthers, 30-20 to post their first-ever 8-0 start.
And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first game of the season by whomping the Green Bay Packers in the final 11 minutes of the game for a 38-28 victory. There will be NO winless teams in 2009.