NFL Week 9 Winners and Losers

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2011

NFL Week 9 Winners and Losers

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    As Week 9 of the 2011 NFL season winds down, we'll look at the week's top three winners and top three losers.*

    This week saw some surprising upsets, some shootouts and some very important division match ups. Who made this week's winners and losers list?


    *This list will not include the Ravens vs. Steelers game

Winner: Denver Broncos

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    Ladies and gentlemen, the Tim Tebow saga continues!

    The Broncos upset the Oakland Raiders 38-24 on their home field in a wild game, and Tebow was a big reason why.

    Tebow completed just 10 of 21 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns, but his passing was even better than the numbers indicate. His offensive line gave him little time to throw, and his receivers dropped multiple passes.

    The second-year quarterback also added 117 yards rushing on 16 carries to complement Willis McGahee's 163 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

    Young receivers Eric Decker and Eddie Royal each caught a touchdown pass from Tebow, and the defense did just enough for the win, collecting three Carson Palmer interceptions.

    The Tim Tebow debate just got a lot more interesting thanks to the Broncos' big win.

Loser: Kansas City Chiefs

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    What in the world happened to the Kansas City Chiefs?

    This team is apparently the Jekyll and Hyde of the NFL, because after getting slaughtered in their first two games, losing again and then winning four straight, they handed the Miami Dolphins their first win by way of a 31-3 beatdown.

    Apparently, you never know what you are going to get with a Chiefs team who should be consistently decent. Head coach Todd Haley needs to figure out how to get this team to come out and play every week.

    With the loss and Denver's win over Oakland, the division remains wide open.

Winner: Miami Dolphins

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    What in the world happened to the Miami Dolphins?

    Quarterback Matt Moore and running back Reggie Bush both decided to turn on their game against the Chiefs. Moore completed 17 of 23 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns, while Bush added 142 yards and a touchdown on just 15 total touches.

    Brandon Marshall also got in on the action, catching eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.

    The biggest thing is that the Dolphins finally won a game, giving them something to build on for the rest of this season and next season.

Loser: Buffalo Bills

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    At 5-2 and tied for the lead in their division, the Buffalo Bills had a great chance to cement their lead by beating the 4-3 New York Jets.

    Instead, the Jets slapped the Bills with a 27-11 loss and are now tied with the Patriots for the lead in the division.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions and the offense was largely ineffective.

    Buffalo is still a playoff contender, but their chances took a big hit with the loss.

Winner: New York Jets

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    Just as the Bills were losers, the New York Jets are winners for the same reason.

    Despite their 4-3 record and overall subpar play coming into this week, the Jets have expressed unwavering confidence that they will make the playoffs this season.

    Their win over Buffalo was a big boost to those claims, and now the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division and basically control their own destiny.

    The Jets forced four turnovers and held the Bills to just 11 points. Rex Ryan's defense finally seems to be rounding into shape, and just in time.

Loser: New England Patriots

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    It's strange to see the New England Patriots on the "losers" list two weeks in a row, but after starting 5-1, they've lost two straight and are now tied with the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills for the division lead.

    Tom Brady threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two picks, fumbled once and got sacked twice by the stellar Giants defense.

    The Patriots' defense continues to struggle as well, giving up 250 yards and two touchdowns through the air while allowing 111 rushing yards and a touchdown.

    As long as Brady is under center and Belichick is on the sidelines, you can't count the Patriots out. But if they continue to lose, the Jets and Bills won't wait up.