5 Takeaways From Week 9


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Week 9 of the NFL saw some firsts, the Patriots received their first loss of the season, the Dolphins get their first win of the season, and for the first time Adam Vinatieri is a liability. Also, is the NFL close to seeing their first team heading across the pond in the near future? Here are some takeaways from Week 9.

1. Ravens End Pats Perfect Season

The Patriots were 8-0 entering week 9 facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots had an easy-going schedule to this point. The Patriots defence was having a historic season and were going to be challenged by MVP candidate Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens ended up scoring 37 points, the highest the Patriots defence allowed this season, and was more then they had given up in their previous 4 games combined.

Tom Brady didn't look like his old self showing a bit of his age in this game being rushed by the Ravens defence. Mohammad Sanu looked decent in his Patriots debut. That wasn't enough. The Ravens came out and made a statement against the AFC Leading Patriots. Is this a sign of things to come, come January? Only time will tell.

2. Is Time Up for Vinatieri?

The Patriots were 8-0 entering week 9 facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots had an easy-going schedule to this point. The Patriots defence was having a historic season and were going to be challenged by MVP candidate Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens ended up scoring 37 points, the highest the Patriots defence allowed this season, and was more then they had given up in their previous 4 games combined.

Tom Brady didn't look like his old self showing a bit of his age in this game being rushed by the Ravens defence. Mohammad Sanu looked decent in his Patriots debut. That wasn't enough. The Ravens came out and made a statement against the AFC Leading Patriots. Is this a sign of things to come, come January? Only time will tell.

3. The Dolphins Won?!?!

The Dolphins actually won a game! They beat their division rival in the equally terrible New York Jets. The Jets themselves might've hit rocked bottom and the Dolphins might have screwed themselves out of a top pick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick might have not gotten the memo as he did all the damage did in the first half, racking up three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter. The Jets defence had one bad quarter and that was all that the Dolphins needed to win their first game of the season.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores got his first win as a head coach and got the good ol' Gatorade shower at the end of the game. The Dolphins do meet the winless Bengals in week 16, so maybe Miami will win 2 games this season.

4. Chargers Moving Across The Pond?

The Athletics Vincent Bonsignore reported earlier this week that the Chargers, and the NFL, are talking about the possibility of relocation to London. While Chargers Dean Spanos angrily denied that report, it wouldn't be a surprise if Spanos and the league did have the conversation.

If you have watched Chargers games since the team packed to LA you’d see the stadium filled by opposing fans in almost every game. Making the majority of Chargers games in LA look like a road game. Moreover, the NFL has had games in London for over a decade and the numbers are strong in comparison to LA.

The Chargers will be getting a new stadium next season but how will it look if most of the 70,000 fans are the opposition?

5. Pass Interference Is Interfering With The Game

The NFL's new pass interference challenges have been, let's just say painfully confusing. The Refs seem to be not messing around when it comes to the new challenge, as coaches’ success rate on PI's calls and non-calls are less than 10 percent, and out of the 52 challenges, just five have been overturned.

Fans haven't been the only ones groaning about it this season. Tony Dungy ripped the NFL and urging them not to allow coaches to challenge the call anymore. Many former players have spoken out against this too. The NFL had one big blunder last season and now has been going nuts with this new rule.

The rule has slowed the game down, induced costly lost timeouts and, has had an enormous effect on the outcome of the game. It also has made the fans intelligence be challenged on what a pass interference is to the viewers watching the game. It's another indication the league doesn't know what pass interference is, or maybe that they don’t want to be corrected, either the headaches will continue.

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