NFL week nine rundown


Ty George, Sports Reporter

“Must wins”

At this point in the season teams are beginning to either separate themselves or fall behind. Here are two teams that are in major need of a win and will diminish their playoff hopes if they lose.

New York Jets

The Jets are 3-5 and sit in last in the AFC East. They have lost their last 3 games to 3 teams with winning records. This week they match up against the 5-2 Bills. If they want to have a chance to turn things around, they are going to have to win games they aren’t favored in. If they fall to 3-6 they will nearly have to win out to make the playoffs. Tonight is a must win for the Jets on a week of minimal rest.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are 2-5 and sit in last place in the NFC South. They are on a four game losing streak, and need to put a few wins together. Jameis Winston is on the come up, but this will be his first test. How will he lead and try to turn things around when they are going downhill? The Bucs will head to New Orleans to face future hall of famer Drew Brees and the division leading Saints.


Sleepers to win Super Bowl:

Saints: The Saints have been on a roll lately due to their overall team play. Not one person has really stood out on offense or defense. It is obvious that the team is going to go deep with the strong play of Drew Brees.

Bills: The Bills are coming into this week with a solid 5-2 record and the way their offense is playing lately they could easily make a deep run into the playoffs. With the former Panther Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin and that just adds more firepower. Tyrod Taylor has now been given one of tallest and best wide receivers in the league. If the season comes down to scoring the Bills will definitely not disappoint.

Eagles: The Eagles are off to a surprising 7-1 start with their only loss coming to the Chiefs. Behind Carson Wentz this team has been on a roll winning their last six games. With the addition of Jay Ajayi they now have a strong 1-2 punch of Blount and Ajayi.

Best Coach in the NFL:

Bill Belichick. That’s all I got to say. He is the head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick has been the coach of the Patriots for 17 years. In his time with the Patriots he has an overall record of 98 – 27, leading the league in the category. Belichick has been named the Head Coach of the Year in the NFL three separate times; 2003, 2007, 2010. Among these couple of achievements he has many more including leading the Patriots to to 14 AFC East division titles along with 11 appearances in the AFC championship game. These are all incredible accomplishments but the most appetizing one may be that he has been to seven super bowls and won five of them. This is simply incredible. Bill Belichick will be remembered as one of the greatest NFL coaches to ever coach.

Best Rookies in the NFL:

Kareem Hunt: Kareem Hunt has been one of the best running backs in the league this season. He was leading the league in rushing yards for numerous weeks until Le’veon Bell finally passed him. He gets off the line quick and can run faster than most of the defenders.

Deshaun Watson: Deshaun has had a great season coming into the starting spot right off the bat and has responded to the pressure with poise. The Texans are 3-4, but Deshaun and teammate Deandre Hopkins have been putting up amazing numbers on offense.

T.J Watt: T.J Watt has been an insane addition to the already very good Steelers defense. He passed James Harrison on the depth chart which is very impressive as a rookie. Watt has brought in one interception while also having three sacks and about 30 tackles on the season.

Leonard Fournette: Leonard has stepped into the running back roll on the Jaguars in aggressive fashion. He has put up monster numbers in numerous weeks, their team isn’t the strongest but his running is very impressive for a rookie.