In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft.
The Top Games From Week 9
This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. Now that every team has played at least eight games, we are officially at the halfway point, so we’ll be featuring the playoff picture every week. Because of this, we will cover only two games per week in this space, unless there is a third game that really caught our attention.
New Orleans Saints 45 – Los Angeles Rams 35
The final undefeated team has fallen.
I predicted a score of 34-31 in favor of the Rams, so I was off yet again. Todd Gurley was held in check by the Saints defense, only accounting for 79 total yards and one touchdown. On the other side, Drew Brees had more touchdowns than incompletions for a while, and ended the game only 25 of 36, which actually lowered his completion percentage on the season (which is currently an NFL record 76.3%). Nevertheless, he threw for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns, perhaps trying to cement himself as an MVP candidate in his own right, and in this game, he outplayed Gurley for the honors.