NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 9)
NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 9)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the ninth week of the NFL’s 100th season. That means every team in the league has played in at least eight games in 2019. And once again, her is the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 9 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Cardinals with a win on Thursday Night Football. Garoppolo put on a great performance in a 28-25 victory, hitting on 28-of-37 throws for 317 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes in the prime time triumph. And Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers are now the only undefeated team in the league.
BE: QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
It was another wild win for Pete Carroll’s club, which is relying on its quarterback more than ever these days. Wilson overcame three sacks and threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 40-34 overtime win over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seattle rallied from a 21-7 second-quarter deficit to raise its record to 7-2.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: OLB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
No question about it. If you were raised in the Watt Family, you are definitely a beast. And with the absence of his brother J.J. Watt for the remainder of the season, T.J. is making some when it comes to NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. On Sunday, he finished with three tackles and 1.5 sacks in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 win over the Colts. And he leads the Steelers with 7.5 sacks.
BE: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s been quite an addition to a Steelers’ team that ranks second in the league with 22 takeaways – seven more than the club managed all of last season. The former Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick totaled seven tackles in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 win over the Colts. More significantly, he returned a Brian Hoyer interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter that changed the tone of the game.
Team of the Week
VI: Baltimore Ravens
The New England Patriots are “Nevermore” an undefeated team after Lamar Jackson and the Ravens knocked off defeated Bill Belichick’s crew, 37-20, on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore remains atop the AFC North, the club is a Super Bowl contender and there’s NFL MVP talk in regards to Jackson. More importantly, the Ravens showed how to stop the reigning Super Bowl champions.
BE: Los Angeles Chargers
It’s been a rough year to date for a team that had high hopes coming into 2019. And the 4-5 Chargers have already lost more games than they did a season ago. But on Sunday they cooled off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers by exploiting Green Bay’s shaky run defense. The Bolts play at Oakland on Thursday night with a chance to get back to the .500 mark.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.