Now, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles face each other Sunday night in a game that will help determine playoff seeding in the AFC. The Vikings haven’t beaten the Patriots since 2000 in a game that was played in Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 30-7 in a game that didn’t feature much offense by either team.
The Rams also return the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in DT Aaron Donald, who just like this recently signed a contract extension with the team. The Rams upgraded the defense in the offseason obtaining DT Ndamukong Suh and corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. It’s the type of defense that could lead the Rams to repeat as NFC West champs. The big news in Chicago is, of course, the acquisition of Khalil Mack which many believe makes the Bears an instant contender in the NFC North.
There’s plenty more in store as the campaign rounds past the quarter mark, including the last action-packed Sunday before bye weeks begin. Both Indianapolis and New York have had their games trend over on the total this year. The Colts are 5-3 towards the over and the Jets are 4-3 towards the over going into Week 9. The Colts have been one of the better squads to bet on during the 2021 season, going 5-3 ATS over the first eight weeks. Their 62.5 percent cover rate ties them for the sixth best in the NFL.
Head coach Mike McCarthy and company are riding the arm of QB Aaron Rodgers who has 1,146 passing yards and 10 touchdowns thus far this season. If the Packers are going to make a legitimate case for an NFC title, they are going to have to find a way to run the football. Philadelphia’s only loss thus far is to the NFL’s only unbeaten, Kansas City, back in Week 2. The Eagles have three consecutive wins thanks to the improved play of second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. Last year’s No. 2 overall pick has 1,362 yards passing and 10 touchdowns so far. In last week’s 34-7 win over Arizona, Wentz threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
They have the likely NFL MVP in QB Patrick Mahomes who has thrown for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018. Head coach Andy Reid also has TE Travis Kelce and WR Tyreek Hill (87-1,479-12) which helped the Chiefs lead the NFL in scoring (35.7 points per game). This is the third straight trip to the big game for New England. The Patriots, including this year’s game, will have played in four of the past five Super Bowls and have won it all twice.
While he didn’t have his best season, the future Hall of Famer still completed nearly 66 percent of his passes for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns during the regular season. This season’s Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game pits the experience of the Patriots against the vibrant youth of the Rams. It’s the ninth trip to the Super Bowl for New England, a team led by Bill Belichick who will likely go down as the game’s greatest coach ever. The Patriots are also fortunate enough to have the game’s greatest quarterback in Tom Brady, who at 41 years of age continues to play at an elite level. The Dallas Cowboys have had their own drama to deal with as Zeke Elliott ended his holdout the final week before the 2019 season was to begin.
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The Broncos were shutout by the Los Angeles Chargers 21-0 last week. It was the first time since the 1992 season that Denver failed to score. The Chargers defense limited Denver to just 69 yards rushing and sacked quarterback Trevor Siemian five times. Now, the Dolphins must figure out their offensive woes quickly as they take on 3-5 Oakland, a loser to Buffalo last week. The Raiders’ season has been a disappointing one after the success they had a year ago. Oakland has lost five of its last six games after starting the season with consecutive victories.