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NFL: Headlines from Week 9

  • NFL: Headlines from Week 9

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This past week brought blowout wins and in-game fights to the forefront of every fan's mind. As a result, here are the main headlines coming out of Week 9:

Rams put NFL on notice

It's fair to say that nobody predicted the Los Angeles Rams having this much success this season.

Through the first nine weeks, Sean McVay's team lead the league in points per game (33), in large part due to the resurgence of running back Todd Gurley and last season's first overall pick, Jared Goff.

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has improved what was already a stout defence, and the team lead the NFC West with a 6-2 record as a result.

Their 51-17 victory over a hapless New York Giants outfit only reiterated their legitimacy as a playoff team.

Should Goff, who has now thrown 2,030 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions for the season, and Gurley (1,024 yards from scrimmage) continue their rich vein of form as the franchise's offensive cornerstones, there's no limit as to how far the Rams can go.

Fly Eagles Fly

With a league-best record of 8-1, the Philadelphia Eagles look odds-on favourites to glide into the Super Bowl.

Doug Pederson's men have made a habit of blowing the opposition away early this season, with their power style of football forcing teams into submission.

Their 51-23 victory over the Denver Broncos was arguably their most impressive win thus far, piling up 419 yards of offence against a defence that still boasts numerous names from their historic Super Bowl 50 triumph.

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz upheld his side of the ball in the lopsided win, as his formidable front held firm to force two turnovers against a sorry Broncos offence void of a clear first-choice passer.

Quarterback Carson Wentz has put up MVP-type numbers this season and is clearly benefitting from an improved offensive line, quality receivers and legitimate run game anchored by LeGarrette Blount and midweek trade addition, Jay Ajayi (8 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD).

The Eagles are a well-oiled machine and, at this rate, nobody will be able to stop them.

The Saints are marching

After finishing the last three seasons with a 7-9 record, it seems the New Orleans Saints have finally turned the corner.

Their 30-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers illustrated a change in offensive direction for head coach Sean Payton and co.

Gone are the days of Drew Brees slinging the ball left, right and centre. Instead, there's a calculated and balanced offensive spread, with a heavy reliance on the running game led by both rookie Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

After a solid draft and dabble in free agency, the Saints' defence is much improved and have come up big in key moments.

While an 0-2 start may have worried fans early on, a run of six straight wins and a division lead now have them hopeful of a return to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
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