What to watch: NFL Week 9


Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Denver suffered a 29-19 loss to Kansas City last week and is grasping to get to .500 on the season.

In the first two games, quarterback Trevor Siemian led his team to a 2-0 record while throwing six touchdowns to just two interceptions, earning a quarterback rating of 74. In their last five games, the Broncos are 1-4. Siemian has a touchdown-interception ratio of 3-8 and has the lowest QBR in that span (18).

A positive for the Broncos is having the league’s top run defense, giving up just 510 rushing yards all season.

Philadelphia extended its division lead last week, beating Washington 34-24. On Tuesday, the team acquired Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi from Miami. Ajayi could create a dynamic back field duo alongside LeGarrette Blount.

The Eagles have one of the NFL’s highest powered offense, ranking in the top six in points and total yards. Carson Wentz has the most passing touchdowns on the team at 19.

The game will kick off at 12 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks

Washington suffered their second loss in a row on Sunday, falling to the Cowboys 33-19. Since a 2-1 start to the season, they have gone 1-3.

The Redskins will be plagued by injuries this week. As of Monday, the team had 13 injured players who will likely be out for the matchup in Seattle. Two notable names are tight end Jordan Reed and receiver Jamison Crowder.

Seattle is the team to watch in this game. Aside from the Eagles, the Seahawks may arguably be the hottest team in the league. After a six-point loss to Tennessee in week three, the Seahawks have won four in a row.

In those four wins, quarterback Russell Wilson averaged 319.75 passing yards per game, highlighted by a 452-yard and four-touchdown performance last week against Houston. The Seahawks rank third in the NFL in passing yards with 272.7 yards per game.

The action at CenturyLink Field will begin at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on FOX.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

Kansas City briefly stumbled after a 5-0 start, losing two in a row. It got its season back on track Monday with a 29-19 win over rival Denver and now has a 2.5 game lead in the AFC West.

The win was highlighted by the defense forcing five turnovers. The biggest one saw Marcus Peters strip the ball from former Chief Jamaal Charles and return it 45 yards for a touchdown. Peters also had one of Kansas City’s three interceptions.

Last week, Dallas defeated Washington to take second place in the NFC East. The win marks two victories in a row.

It appears that Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will finally be enforced. It comes at a bad time for the team, as he has run for over 100 yards in three straight games.

The Cowboy defense has only allowed 19 and 10 points in its last two games, and will face the tall task of stopping the Chiefs’ offense.

The matchup starts Sunday at 3:25 p.m. on CBS.

I’m Jarrett Whitson, the sports editor this semester. I’m from Blue Rapids, KS, a town of just over 1,000 people about 40 miles north of Manhattan. I’m a junior in Public Relations, and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I love playing and talking about sports— especially college football