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Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9
NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama

Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9

fa-BigBenInFocusWith nine weeks in the books, the NFL playoff push is starting to heat up quickly. At this point in the season, teams have established their identity and know what it takes to make a run for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Week 9 of the NFL season was highlighted by blowouts, goal line stands, and yet another big performance from the seemingly unstoppable Big Ben.

A good old southern match-up kicked off the weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina where the New Orleans Saints demolished the Panthers 28-10 courtesy of two touchdowns from Mark Ingram, who is quickly becoming one of the hottest backs in the league. Things wouldn’t get any better for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, as they had to take on the surging Arizona Cardinals without their star quarterback Tony Romo. Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns as Arizona defeated Dallas 28-17. Despite losing quarterback Nick Foles to an injury early in the game, the Philadelphia Eagles rallied behind backup Mark Sanchez to beat Arian Foster and Texans in Houston by 10 points. After a show stopping performance from Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III made his return to the field as the Washington Redskins faced the Minnesota Vikings. However, it was rookie Teddy Bridgewater that would be the quarterback to watch in this game, as he posted 268 passing yards to lead the Vikings to a victory over the Skins. Austin Davis and the St. Louis Rams keep finding a way to win games this season. In a divisional match-up against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams held on to win the game from a last second goal line stand that resulted in a Colin Kaepernick fumble on what could have been the game winning touchdown. Out west, the Seattle Seahawks won their second consecutive game as they look to defend their crown and dropped the hopeless Raiders to 0-8 on the season.

FA-bradyRecordIn a match-up featuring two of the season’s breakout quarterback stars, Ryan Tannehill and his three touchdowns crushed the San Diego Chargers as the Miami Dolphins won their third game in a row, this one by a massive count of 37-0. Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns have one of the best records in the AFC. The Browns won their fourth game in the last five contests this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17. Despite an outstanding 129 receiving yards from the newly acquired Percy Harvin, it wouldn’t be quite enough for Gang Green, as the New York Jets dropped a match-up to the Kansas City Chiefs for their eighth consecutive loss. Although a young offensive core of Blake Bortles, Denard Robinson, and Allen Hurns made big strides for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, the Jags still dropped the game against the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 33-23. The 16th rendition of the legendary Brady versus Manning match-up was a bit lopsided. Peyton Manning threw for over 400 yards for the Denver Broncos, but Tom Brady’s four touchdown passes to become the fifth all-time in NFL passing yards and another monster performance from Rob Gronkowski secured a 43-21 win for the New England Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger is taking no prisoners in Pittsburgh as he dominates the field week after week. The Pro Bowl quarterback became the first player since 1961 to throw six or more touchdown passes in back-to-back games as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 43-23. To close out the weekend in a Monday Night showdown between two of the game’s most talented quarterbacks, the Indianapolis Colts beat down the New York Giants 40-24 behind a monster performance from Andrew Luck.

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NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama

FA-RoethlisbergerRecordWeek 8 of the 2014 NFL season officially marks the half-way point for a good majority of NFL teams. With the playoffs quickly approaching and every team’s postseason hopes on the line, this week’s play brought no lack of drama. Sunday provided football fans with a number of nail biters and high scoring match-ups across the board to continue the excitement.

For Thursday night football, Week 8 kicked off with a showdown between two potential MVP candidates. While San Diego tends find success in the Mile High City, it was Peyton Manning and the Broncos that ended up on top, defeating Philip Rivers and the Chargers by a score of 35-21. Down in Florida, the Miami Dolphins rolled in to Jacksonville fresh off a big win and produced another stellar defensive performance. Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles threw two interceptions for touchdowns against Miami as the Phins won big at 27-13. The St. Louis Rams couldn’t quite follow up their upset of Seattle with another victory, as the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the game and won by double digits. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans offense we’re too much for the Tennessee Titans with the debut of rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The battle for the AFC North is bound to be a good one, as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the otherwise dominant Ravens for the second time this year with a last minute touchdown run from Andy Dalton. Despite a rough start to the season, Tom Brady looks to be in peak form at just the right time, firing five touchdown passes with three of which to Rob Gronkowski in a 51-23 Patriots win over the Bears. In an AFC match-up, neither Geno Smith nor Michael Vick could get the job done under center for the New York Jets as they were destroyed by a solid Buffalo Bills defense. The Cleveland Browns easily shook off an embarrassing loss last week to the Jaguars with a 23-13 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders. Despite the fact that Indianapolis was beginning to look like the team to beat in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Colts 51-34 behind Ben Roethlisberger’s franchise record for 522 passing yards.


Across the pond in London, Atlanta’s 21-0 halftime lead disappeared in 30 quick minutes as the Detroit Lions scored 22 unanswered points capped off by a game winning field goal from Matt Prater as time expired. Two of the league’s youngest quarterbacks squared off in Tampa Bay as Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings took down the Buccaneers with a game winning fumble return for a touchdown in overtime. After two straight losses and a week of locker room troubles, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in a must win game against the Carolina Panthers. With just minutes left to play in the game, Russell Wilson led Seattle on an 80-yard drive that resulted in a game winning touchdown thrown to Luke Willson. The Arizona Cardinals have proven themselves as the team to beat in the NFC West as they took down the previously 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles with a 24-20 win in the desert. Despite all of the thrilling match-ups over the course of the weekend, Sunday Night Football brought the best quarterback battle of the weekend as Drew Brees and the Saints hosted Aaron Rodgers and the streaking Packers. Brees came out on top of this one with a little help from running back Mark Ingram who ran for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead New Orleans to 44-23 victory. Then on Monday night, in what had all the makings of a blow out win at home, the smoking hot Dallas Cowboys were cooled down by not RG3, or even Kirk Cousins, but Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins in a shocking overtime upset.

The coming weeks are time for many teams that are battling for a playoff spot to prove themselves and Week 9 will give rise to many key victories. The two best teams in the NFC will face each other as Arizona travels to Dallas, meanwhile, the two best quarterbacks of this generation will meet each other as Brady and the Patriots take on Manning and the Broncos.

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