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2023 NFL Week 9 Recap

Man, we got some awesome (and not so awesome) football this week. Josh Dobbs defied odds yet again, Thursday Night Football was actually entertaining, and CJ Stroud played one of the best games we've ever seen from a rookie QB. We'll go over all of that and more in this week's recap!

Photo: Jenna Watson / IndyStar

 

Week 10 Power Tiers

Source: TierMaker


Teams to Note


Arizona Cardinals:


Now, I know what you're thinking: how on earth could the Cardinals be better than their 1-8 record? I'll admit I'm being a bit of a homer, but despite performing ineptly as an offense, almost every game has been competitive and has been, at worst, a two-possession game going into the 4th quarter. The defense is exceeding expectations with most of it consisting of career backup players, and should improve with Kyler keeping them off the field.


Cincinnati Bengals:


Joe Burrow is back to balling, the defense has been electric over the past few weeks, and they honestly look better than they did during their Super Bowl run. It was a slow start for sure, but the Bengals are about to go on a tear. If Joe Mixon can keep running like he did last week, and the offense can get Tee Higgins healthy and involved more, there are very few teams that will be able to stop this offense.


Tennessee Titans:


I know they're 3-5, but I put them in the Pretenders Tier because they have been competitive in every game besides Week 3 vs the Browns. The Offense is playing considerably better under Will Levis, just a shame his second game of the year was against a stout Steelers defense. They have a relatively easy schedule to finish the season, and should double their current win total by year end. Despite this, I wouldn't buy into any hype they receive over that time, hence they fit in the Pretenders Tier.


Week 9 Awards


Offensive MVP: CJ Stroud - Houston Texans

88.4 PFF Passing Grade, 470 Yards, 5 TDs, 89.5% Adjusted Comp Percentage


Defensive MVP: Kenny Moore II - Indianapolis Colts

93.2 PFF Defensive Grade, 2 INTs, 2 TDs, 4/6 Completions Allowed, 21 Yards Allowed


Trench Tyrant: Patrick Mekari - Baltimore Ravens

80.2 Blocking Grade, 0 Pressures Allowed, 163 Rushing Yards + 2 TDs His Side


Relentless Rookie: CJ Stroud - Houston Texans

*see Offensive MVP*


Special Teams MVP: AJ Cole - Las Vegas Raiders

5 Punts, 63.6 Yards Per Punt, 2 Inside 20, 2 Touchbacks, 4.5 Seconds Airtime

Photo: Michael Clemens / Las Vegas Raiders


Week 10 Predictions

** Indicates Winner


AFC Games


Colts (4-5) vs Patriots** (2-7) | Frankfurt Games

Texans (4-4) vs Benglas** (5-3)

Browns (5-3) vs Ravens** (7-2)

Jets (4-4) vs Raiders** (4-5)

Broncos** (3-5) vs Bills (5-4)


NFC Games

Panthers (1-7) vs Bears** (2-7)

Saints (5-4) vs Vikings** (5-4)

Giants (2-7) vs Cowboys** (5-3)

Falcons (4-5) vs Cardinals** (1-8)

Commanders (4-5) vs Seahawks** (5-3)

Cross Conference Games


Packers (3-5) vs Steelers** (5-3)

Titans** (3-5) vs Buccaneers (3-5)

49ers** (5-3) vs Jaguars (6-2)

Lions** (6-2) vs Chargers (4-4)


Bold Predictions


3. Maxx Crosby has a career game against a bad Jets Offensive Line, as he wracks up 10+ pressures and 3+ sacks, one of which being a strip six

2. Keaton Mitchell repeats his performance from last week, tallying 15 total touches for over 150 yards

1. Russell Wilson plays his best game since he was with the Seahawks, and shocks a struggling Bills Defense in Buffalo


Fantasy Boomers & Snoozers


Boomers

  • Russell Wilson vs Buffalo Bills (projected 16.2 points)

  • Keaton Mitchell vs Cleveland Browns (projected 2.6 points)

  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba vs Washington Commanders (projected 8.8 points)

Snoozers

  • Lamar Jackson vs Cleveland Browns (projected 19.7 points)

  • Austin Ekeler vs Detroit Lions (projected 19.1 points)

  • Ja'Marr Chase vs Houston Texans (projected 22.4 points)

Photo: Scott Taetsch / Getty Images

 

Final Notes:


Is Week 10 a little lackluster? Yea, maybe, but we have a few potential trap games in store. Until then, be on the lookout for my Midseason Review, where I hand out Midseason Accolades, as well as predict who will make the playoffs and be the second half difference makers in Fantasy Football.

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