The Best & Worst of Week 9

There were some great standouts this week and many should be recognized for their accomplishments as week 9 is in the books. However, there were many duds in this week, and one was a big part of the worst without even playing, so let’s give out the awards for the Week 9


Peyton Manning
: The Co-MVP of this season along with Drew Brees at the midway point, Manning became the first QB to throw for 40,000 yards for his career in a single decade. That is an amazing feat that simply will not be accomplished for a long time. Much props

Josh Freeman:
In his first NFL start in the creamsicle jerseys and Buccaneer Bruce helmets, Freeman threw for three touchdowns, and led Tampa Bay to its first victory in the Raheem Morris era. Freeman looks to have a lot of promise in the years to come. Let’s hope he can keep it up

The Cincinnati Bengals:
If you did not believe this team was for real, start. The Bengals are 4-0 against the AFC North this season, including two victories over Baltimore, and have a chance to make a MAJOR statement if they can beat Pittsburgh AT Heinz Field, and put a tight grip on the AFC North. Had it not been for a tipped ball opening week, this team could easily be 7-1 right now.


The Detroit Lions: Up 17-0, the Lions allowed 25 unanswered points to the Seattle Seahawks, who aren’t really the team that they used to be. Not only did they lose the game, they extended their road losing streak to 16 games and have shown that they have a LONG way to go.

The New York Giants: This team was 5-0 and at the top of the NFC among the Saints, but they have really started a free fall that has them in third place in the NFC East behind the surging Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

Larry Johnson & the Kansas City Chiefs: This will be the last Larry Johnson reference for the week, but the relationship between LJ and the organization was never a real strong one. The Chiefs knew he was not happy, but kept him there anyway. Johnson knew his time was up, and it seemed like his effort over the last two seasons was lackadaisical. Although he was expressing himself freely, it did violate the NFL’s rules on social media, which led to his release. In the previous LJ blog, everybody wins in this area.


Brandon Marshall:
Despite Denver’s poor performance against the Steelers on Monday night, Marshall had 11 catches for 112 yards. However, with his team at 6-2, and just a game ahead of the San Diego Chargers, the Broncos are going to have to step it up and avoid the same collapse that led to the firing of Mike Shanahan. Josh McDaniels will make the necessary adjustments and will not let this happen. Besides, the relationship between Marshall and McDaniels has strengthened since training camp, and he will be rewarded greatly in the offseason.

Check back later today for Team Midseason Grades, and Midseason Awards


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