2022 NFL season, Week 9: What We Learned from Sunday's games – NFL.com

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Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 9 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:
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Grant Gordon’s takeaways:
NFL Research: Patrick Mahomes became the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 400 yards and a touchdown passing and 60 yards and a TD rushing in the same game.
Next Gen stat of the game: Derrick’s Henry’s 4-yard touchdown run came off a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation. Henry leads the league in touchdown runs (five) and touchdown passes (two) out of the Wildcat since entering the league in 2016 (including playoffs).
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: The Buccaneers had just a 5% chance of winning after they turned the ball over on downs with 1:52 remaining in the game, trailing 13-9. Tom Brady completed 5 of 6 passes for 54 yards and a TD (+21.3% CPOE) on the Buccaneers’ game-winning drive.
NFL Research: With the comeback, Tom Brady now has 55 game-winning drives, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning (54) for most in NFL history. Brady also tied Manning with 43 fourth-quarter comebacks for most all time.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Zaven Collins reached 19.35 mph on his pick-six, the fourth-fastest speed reached by a ball carrier who weighs at least 260 pounds since 2018. The Cardinals’ win probability increased from 35% to 65% as a result of the play.
NFL Research: Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker has five straight games with 50-plus rushing yards and one or more rushing TD. He’s the first Seahawks player to accomplish a streak that long since Shaun Alexander in 2006-2007.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
NFL Research: Justin Fields had 178 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback in a single game in the Super Bowl era. The previous record was held by Michael Vick, who had 173 yards against the Vikings in Week 13, 2002. Fields was also the first player since at least 1950 with 150-plus rushing yards and three-plus passing TDs in a single game.
Next Gen stat of the game: Justin Fields reached 20.33 mph on his 61-yard scramble TD, his fourth carry reaching 20+ mph since Week 7 (tied for most in NFL with Travis Etienne).
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: P.J. Walker was 0-for-5 passing with two interceptions on passes thrown beyond the line of scrimmage.
NFL Research: Joe Mixon became only the fourth player to have three-plus rushing TDs and one or more TD catches in a single half, joining Shaun Alexander (Sept. 29, 2002), Jim Brown (Nov. 28, 1965) and Dub Jones (Nov. 25, 1951). Alexander is the only other player to do so in the first half of a game.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: The Patriots’ Matt Judon had five QB pressures and three sacks on only 21 pass rushes (23.8 pressure percent).
NFL Research: The Colts had 121 yards of total offense vs. New England, which was not only the fewest yards of total offense in a game this season by any team (previous low was 161 in Week 8 by Houston), but it was the fewest in a game by the Colts since Week 3, 1997 vs. SEA (the season before they drafted Peyton Manning).
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Bobby Kownack’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Lions DE Aidan Hutchinson tied his career high with four quarterback pressures (9.7 pressure percentage since Week 6 bye; 6.3 pressure percentage in Weeks 1-5).
NFL Research: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw two red-zone interceptions in a game for the first time in his career. The last Packers quarterback to do so was Brett Favre against the Lions in Week 15, 2006.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Trevor Lawrence earned a career-best 89 Next Gen Stats passing score on Sunday. He generated positive EPA (expected points added) on 74.2% of his dropbacks, which is the highest success rate in a game since Patrick Mahomes in Week 4 of last season, which was also 74.2%.
NFL Research: The Raiders have blown a lead of 17-plus points in three losses this season. They had five such losses in the first 62 seasons of the franchise combined (1960-2021).
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the day: Justin Herbert was 20 of 26 for 160 yards, a touchdown and an interception on passes of 0-9 air yards (accounted for season-high 60.5% of his attempts). Herbert averaged 6.3 air yards/attempt (career-low 6.7 air yards/att this season) and was 0 of 3 on deep passes (career-low 84.7 passer rating on deep passes this season).
NFL Research: Austin Ekeler now has 10 career games with one-plus rushing and one-plus receiving TD, tied with Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara for the most in a player’s first six seasons since 1950. Ekeler also becomes the fourth undrafted player in the common-draft era to have 10-plus TDs in three or more different seasons, joining Arian Foster, Antonio Gates and Priest Holmes.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Sauce Gardner’s third-quarter interception of Josh Allen improved New York’s win probability by 11.7%.
NFL Research: Josh Allen’s record dropped to 2-7 in one-score games since 2021, giving him the third-worst winning percentage in such games among quarterbacks with at least five starts. Only Justin Fields and Davis Mills have worse winning percentages in such games.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Harrison Smith’s interception improved Minnesota’s win probability by 22.9%, moving it from 14.7% to 37.6%.
NFL Research: With their win Sunday, the Vikings extended their division lead to 4.5 games in the NFC North, marking the largest division lead held by a team through Week 9 since the 49ers owned a five-game advantage in the NFC West in 2011.
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Despite a late scare from the Atlanta Falcons, the Carolina Panthers held on Thursday night for a victory over their NFC South rivals.
Keyed by the defense of Justin Houston and the rushing of Kenyan Drake, the Ravens won their third in a row as they defeated the Saints on Monday night.
Though it was closer than many expected, quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Eagles eventually pulled away for a 29-17 win over the Texans on Thursday night.
Nick Chubb paved the way on Monday night as the Browns defeated the Bengals for their fifth consecutive win in the rivalry.
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Lamar Jackson and the Ravens came on in the second half and then fended off a Tom Brady-led rally to defeat the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago rushing offense keyed the Bears’ lopsided win over the Patriots on Monday night.
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The Cardinals scored 22 straight points to turn an eight-point first-half deficit into a 14-point first-half lead en route to a big win over the Saints on Thursday night.
In OT, a special teams gaffe by the Broncos set up Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was playing through a hamstring injury, for a 39-yard game-winning field goal and Hopkins lifted the Bolts to a 19-16 victory over the Broncos.
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