Week 9 Recap

Matthew Stafford’s late-game heroics led the Lions to an overtime win over the NFL Vikings. Minnesota was the last undefeated team in the league, but they’ve now lost three straight and lead the NFC North by just by half of a game.

The Vikings three-game losing streak isn’t even half as bad as the 49ers, who have lost every game after winning in Week 1. On the flip side, the Dak Prescott-led Dallas Cowboys have won seven straight games. And, there are one of just three teams in the league to hit the seven-win mark, joining the Patriots and the Raiders, who dominated Denver on Monday night to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

Week 10 Prime Time Games

Thursday Night Football – Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday Night Football – Seattle Seahawks @ New England Patriots
Monday Night Football – Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Giants

What to Watch for in Week 10

Lock of the Week –  Saints (-1.5) Over Broncos

Denver’s calling card of late has been their defense, but they have been dominated this season in the running game, allowing the third-most rushing yards on the year and the 25th highest yards per carry. Additionally, the Broncos have a banged up secondary which doesn’t bode well for their chances against a Saints offense that has scored the second-most points per game this year. Quarterback Trevor Siemian has regressed lately, so if the Broncos do find themselves behind early like they did in Week 9, the result could be very similar to their recent bout with Oakland.

Matchup of the Week – Seattle Seahawks @ New England Patriots

Probably the best thing about the second half of the season is the Sunday Night flex schedule. This week, the league is treating us to a Super Bowl XLIX rematch between the ‘Hawks and the Pats. Both teams lead their respective divisions and this could turn into a shootout. Seattle’s offense finally woke up on Monday Night against Buffalo and Tom Brady might be playing the best football of his career. Russell Wilson will have to capture the second half magic that he found in 2015 if the Seahawks want to keep pace with New England’s high-powered offense.

Player to Watch – David Johnson (RB, Arizona) vs. San Francisco

The 49ers have the worst rushing defense in the league, and it really isn’t close. San Francisco has already allowed over 1,600 total yards to opposing running backs, including seven 100-yard rushers, and have surrendered the second-most touchdowns to the position. David Johnson is coming off of his least productive game of the season after tallying just 24 yards on the ground against the Panthers, but Arizona had the bye week to prepare and this is a great bounceback spot for DJ.

TJ Hernandez is an editor at 4for4.com and the founder of RosterCoach.com. You can follow him on twitter @TJHernandez.

*The blog is for entertainment purposes only and in no way should be used in making wagers of any kind.