NFL Recap: Week 9

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

Week 9 of the NFL season has come to a close, meaning the halfway point of the season is here. For struggling teams, this is the time of the year where they evaluate and gear toward the future, but for the top teams in the league, the home stretch and the push for the playoffs is just getting underway. Here’s a look at three key games from this past week’s slate:

*Home team listed second 

Arizona 28, Dallas 17

The Dallas Cowboys were without their star quarterback Tony Romo on Sunday, leaving Brandon Weeden as the team’s signal-caller. Weeden struggled against a stout Cardinals defense, completing just 18 of his 33 passes for 183 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Arizona’s Carson Palmer was solid, completing 22 of 34 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns. At 7-1, Arizona holds the best record in the NFL while leading the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks by two games in the NFC West race.

Denver 21, New England 43

It was another big week for the Patriots as they put up 43 points on a strong Broncos defense. Tom Brady was 33 of 53 for 333 yards and four touchdowns while his tight end, Rob Gronkowski, caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning threw for 438 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions. Through half of the season, both teams lead their respective divisions.

Baltimore 23, Pittsburgh 43

The Pittsburgh offense was on fire again on Sunday night as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six touchdowns. This week marked Roethlisberger’s second straight week with six touchdown passes after accomplishing the feat last week against Indianapolis. His top target was Antonio Brown, who hauled in 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. The win moves the Steelers ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North race. However, Pittsburgh still trails Cincinnati for the division lead by percentage points.

Other Week 9 NFL scores:

New Orleans 28, Carolina 10

Tampa Bay 17, Cleveland 22

Jacksonville 23, Cincinnati 33

Philadelphia 31, Houston 21

New York Jets 10, Kansas City 24

San Diego 0, Miami 37

Washington 26, Minnesota 29

St. Louis 13, San Francisco 10

Oakland 24, Seattle 30

Indianapolis 40, New York Giants 24