Week 9 is officially in the books, and don't worry fans who can't figure out what's going on with the NFL, because I can't either. This is a league of extreme parody, and from week to week, one team can go from amazing to terrible to terrible again. And that's why the Weekend Warriors varies from week to week.
Best Team of the Week:
They haven't exactly been world beaters this season but the Miami Dolphins deserve some credit for their win over the San Diego Chargers. For those who missed it due to the already stacked week this was, the Dolphins dominated the Chargers on both sides of the ball as the Dolphins cruised to a 37-0 win. Like I stated earlier, this is a league of parody, but with that being said, this isn't a reflection on the Dolphins but more of a reflection on the struggling San Diego Chargers. Not only are the Chargers slipping but they are in a tough division.
Worst Team of the Week:
In a week that was filled with quality, it would be easy to say the Chargers, Ravens, or Giants were the worst team of the week. However we at Fan-I Sports do not take the easy road and none of those teams were picked for the worst team of the week. The San Francisco 49ers are vying for a playoff spot in the toughest division in football. They are facing the then 2-5 Rams and need the win. Instead of a win they get the opposite, a 13-10 loss. They are the worst team of the week for the very reason that if the 49ers think they are a playoff team and have that much talent, that's the game they have to win.
Best Player of the Week
Tom Brady put on his big boy pants Sunday against the Broncos. Statically, there were better guys, even though statically he was great (33/53, 333 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interceptions). I am more impressed with the fact he was able to get the job done in the Brady vs Manning Bowl. *Side note* Does anyone else notice that whenever Brady faces Manning in the regular season, New England gets home field advantage.
Worst player of the Week
I think most fans agree Cam Newton is a streaky quarterback and last week he was on the bad side against the New Orleans Saints. He Struggled against a really bad New Orleans Saints defense as the Carolina Panthers lost 28-10. It looks like Cam Newton is missing Steve Smith Sr.
Game of the Week
In a week that featured some great matchups, who would have thought that the Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings would have the best game last week. This game was close and featured good football, and yes, we watch football because of talent but sometimes a close game is fun to watch as well.
Surprise of the Week
I am really surprised at Demarco Murray. Not because of his streak ending but because of his excuse as to why his streak ending. His response to the question of why his streak ended was that it is hard to run with 9 men in the box, implying that Brandon Weeden was to blame. For the record, he's absolutely right, but if he wants to take the next step (which I thought he was getting to) he can't make excuses and put blame on other teammates.
Get ready for next week 5-3 Kansas City Chiefs to take on the 5-3 Buffalo Bills (Please hold the laughter until the explanation) both teams are exceeding expectations to this point and play hard every week. I expect that this game will be one of the most underrated matchups of the year and so do not sleep on these teams.