Packers, Patriots Fall in Upset Weekend in NFL
It is said that any team can win on any given Sunday, and that proved to be the case in Week 9 of the NFL season as the New England Patriots lost their first game of the year, and the Miami Dolphins earned their first victory. The Green Bay Packers were also dealt a slice of “humble pie” in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. A look back at some of the upsets heading into Monday night’s contest.
Miami Dolphins Down New York Jets, 26-18
Miami entered this contest at 0-7 and had yielded a league leading 248 points, an average of more than 35 per game. However, they were facing an equally abysmal team in the 1-6 New York Jets. The Dolphins rode a 21 point second quarter, as Ryan Fitzgerald finally had a big game for the Dolphins, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
The question now is which of these two teams will lose more games. These two face each other again in Week 14, and each has two more games against teams they should be able to beat (both face Cincinnati and Miami faces Cleveland while New York faces Washington), but neither team is likely to win more than three games. The hunt for the No. 1 pick is on.
Patriots Suffer First Loss
The New England Patriots suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, 37-20. This was a close game until Baltimore took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 unanswered points. New England still has the top record in AFC (8-1), leading the Ravens by 1.5 games.
Packers Humbled by Chargers
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called it a slice of “humble pie” for the Green Bay Packers, as they got manhandled by the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-11. Rodgers was held to 161 yards passing and Aaron Jones gained just 30 yards on the ground as the Chargers defense held the Packers to 184 total yards of offense. The loss was not as devastating as every team in the NFC North lost on Sunday. That keeps Green Bay a game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, who were stunned by backup quarterback Matt Moore in their 26-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
New Browns, Same as the Old Browns
Talk about the season of discontent. The Cleveland Browns were actually considered Super Bowl contenders entering 2019. Now they are 2-6 after falling to the Denver Broncos (3-6), who were starting their third string quarterback. Cleveland trailed 14-3 before rallying to pull within five, but they would never get any closer.
This is arguably the most disappointing team this season as second year quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown just seven touchdowns with 12 interceptions. Nick Chubb has been a stud at the running back position (803 yards, 6 TDs) but, after going 7-8-1 in 2018, they could very well be a 4-12 team this year and head coach Freddie Kitchens could be on the unemployment line come season’s end.
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