Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s Week 9 action:
1. Josh Allen outplayed Russell Wilson
Buffalo QB Josh Allen had a spectacular day both running and passing as the Bills topped the Seahawks, 44-34. Allen outplayed Wilson, who was the presumptive MVP coming into this game. Whether or not the Patriots get their act together, the Bills are clearly the best team in the AFC East.
2. Steelers remain unbeaten, but…
The Steelers came back from 10 down to avoid an upset in Dallas and move to 8-0 on the season. Still, there was a hint of vulnerability. Because of Ben Roethlisberger’s age (38) and lack of mobility, there has to be some concern about his ability to make it through the season.
3. Where’s Haskins?
How far down is the Washington Football Team on Dwayne Haskins, their 2019 first-round pick? They lost Kyle Allen to a bad injury and committed five turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Alex Smith finished the game for Washington, but it will be interesting to see who starts for them next week.
4. Looking ahead in Baltimore
The Ravens defense played exceptionally well, holding the Colts to two third-down conversions in a 24-10 victory. Offensively, however, Lamar Jackson only had 170 yards passing and no passing TDs. The Ravens will have a significant decision to make on a contract extension; they’ll clearly exercise the fifth year option, but agreeing to the long-term value is something different.
5. Saints are marching
In one day – and with a statement victory over the Buccaneers – the New Orleans Saints went from wild-card team to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They looked strong on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they completed passes to 12 different receivers. Defensively, they held Tom Brady and the Bucs to only one third-down conversion.