NFL Week Nine: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Matt WillensContributor INovember 11, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Good

Arizona Cardinals

Who says you need to win at home to be a successful football team? The Cardinals don't and are now 4-0 playing on the road after their 20-point pounding of the Bears on Sunday. Kurt Warner made up for his five-interception week eight performance with a five-touchdown week nine showing.


Bengals Defense

For many the Cincinnati Bengals have been the surprise team of the NFL for the first half of the season. Going into a week nine showdown with their AFC North rival, the Bengals were 5-2 and looking for a season sweep of Baltimore. They would need a strong performance from their defense facing off with an explosive Raven offense.

The Bengals were stout as can be defensively, allowing only seven points on the day and solidifying themselves as a contender, not a pretender, in the AFC playoff race.


The Bad

Green Bay Packers

Did anyone else see a letdown game coming? After losing to Brett Favre and Minnesota in week eight the Packers had what seemed to be a sure win on the schedule versus Tampa Bay in week nine.

Buccaneer rookie QB Josh Freeman had other ideas for the reeling Packers. The previously winless Bucs torched Green Bay for 38 points, handing Green Bay their fourth loss of the season.


San Francisco 49ers

After a promising start to the 2009-10 campaign, it seems like the 49ers have taken significant steps back, looking more like the '08-09 version. After two consecutive tough road losses, San Francisco came home only to get barnstormed by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, allowing 34 points to the previously one-win AFC South squad.

If the past month of play means anything, it seems like northern California football fans are in for another gloomy fall and winter. 


The Ugly

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Uniforms

Really!? We thought you learned after so many years. Keep them in the closet next time for the sake of us all.