LockedIN On The NFL Week 9 Preview

The Good, The Bad And The NFL

Wowzers! Its Really Thursday and the NFL will kick off Week 9 today from the State Farm Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers (7-0) visit Arizona to take on the Arizona Cardinals at 8:20pm ET. The 49ers are one of the Hottest teams and one of two teams still undefeated. The other being the New England Patriots(8-0).

The 2019 season of Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum continues Thursday, October 31 when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the undefeated San Francisco 49ers travel to face rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West divisional matchup at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 2 TDs vs. INT for 111.2 rating last week. Had 264 pass yards & TD for 106.1 rating in
only career start vs. Ari. (9/11/16 with NE).  RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 105 rush yards & became 1st player in franchise history with 3 rush TDs & rec. TD in single game last week. Is 1st 49er since HOF JERRY RICE (11/14/93) with 4 TDs in single game. Had 145 rush yards & TD in his last game vs. Ari. (12/16/18 with Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. & 4th
in row vs. NFC West with rush TD.
TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 6 catches for 86 yards in Week 8. Has 5+ receptions in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC West.
Since 2018, is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 125+ catches (128) & 1,800+ rec. yards (1,839). WR EMMANUEL SANDERS
had TD catch in SF debut last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC West. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. & 5th
in row vs. NFC West with 100+ rec. yards.
DL NICK BOSA became 3rd rookie since 1982 with 3+ sacks (3) & INT in single game last week. Has 7 sacks in 1st 7 games,
tied 2nd most by player in 1st 7 games in NFL history. Has 11 TFL in 2019, tied most in NFL (AARON DONALD). DL ARIK
ARMSTEAD had career-high 2 sacks in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER has 2 sacks,
3 TFL & FR in 3 career games at Ari. Has 4 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 4 vs. NFC West. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 35th
career INT last week, tied most among active players.

QB KYLER MURRAY  has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 4 career home starts. Leads rookie QBs with 1,988 pass yards & ranks 2nd among all QBs with 279 rush yards in 2019. RB DAVID JOHNSON has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. SF with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 primetime games. RB CHASE EDMONDS has 65+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of his past 4.
WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home
vs. SF. Has 2,306 career rec. yards & 18 TD catches vs. SF, both most vs. any opponent. Aims for his 7th in row at home
with 5+ receptions. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK lead team with 8 receptions & had 79 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last
meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with rec. TD.
LB CHANDLER JONES has 4 sacks, FF & FR in his past 5 vs. SF. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 8.5 sacks in 2019. Is only player
with 60+ sacks (62) since 2015. LB TERRELL SUGGS tied his career-high with 3 sacks & had FF in his last game vs. SF
(11/24/11 with Bal.). Has 6.5 sacks, 12 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 5 vs. NFC West. CB PATRICK PETERSON had 24th career INT
last week. Since 2011, is 1 of 2 players (RICHARD SHERMAN) with 24+ INTs & 70+ PD (77). S BUDDA BAKER led team with
14 tackles in Week 8. Has 20 tackles (10 per game) & 2 sacks in his past 2 vs. SF

An NFL Network Special features quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans taking on running back Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars in a crucial AFC South divisional matchup Sunday, November 3 at 9:30 AM ET from Wembley Stadium in London, EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network. 

For the JAGUARS: QB GARDNER MINSHEW passed for 279 yards & career-high 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.6 rating last week. Leads all rookies with 13 pass TDs and 98.8 rating. Passed for 213 yards & TD for 97.2 rating in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 95+ rating.
RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 136 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 60 rec.) in Week 8. Leads AFC with 791 rush yards &
ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,054 scrimmage yards in 2019. Had 80 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD in his only career
game in London (9/24/17 vs. Bal.). Aims for his 6th in row with 15+ scrimmage yards.
WR D.J. CHARK had 79 rec. yards & rec. TD last week. Leads AFC & tied for NFL lead with 6 TD catches. Had 7 catches for
55 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. WR CHRIS CONLEY led team with 103
rec. yards & TD catch in Week 8. Had 73 rec. yards in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards.
DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 5 vs. Hou. Has 1.5 sacks & FF in 2 career
games in London. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 2 sacks last week. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 FF in his past 4 vs. Hou. Campbell
(29.5) & Ngakoue (25.5) are only pair of teammates with 25+ sacks each since 2017. Rookie DL/LB JOSH ALLEN had 2
sacks & FF last week. Leads all AFC rookies with 7 sacks. CB TRE HERNDON had 1st 2 career INTs last week.

For the Texans: QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 279 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating & rushed for 46 yards last week. Is 1st player to have 15+ pass TDs (16) & 5+ rush TDs (5) in his team’s 1st 8 games in NFL history. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. division. Is 3-0 in 3 career starts vs. Jax.
RB CARLOS HYDE had 83 rush yards last week. Had 90 rush yards in Week 2 meeting. Rushed for 189 yards on 58
attempts (3.26 yards per carry) in 8 games for Jax. in 2018. RB DUKE JOHNSON had rec. TD in Week 8.
WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 11 catches for 109 yards last week. Became 3rd-youngest player with 8,000
career rec. yards in NFL history. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road vs. Jax. Aims for his 6th in row on road vs. division with TD catch. WR KENNY STILLS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 85+ rec. yards. TE DARREN FELLS had 6 catches for 58 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads all AFC TEs with 5 rec. TDs.
LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in Week 2 meeting. Has 10 sacks & 5 FFs in his past 8 vs. Jax. LB ZACH
CUNNINGHAM led team with 8 tackles, PD & TFL last week. Had 10 tackles & sack in Week 2 meeting & had 10 tackles &
FF in last road meeting. Rookie DE CHARLES OMENIHU had sack & FF in Week 2 meeting. LB BENARDRICK MCKINNEY
aims for his 8th in row on road vs. division with 5+ tackles. CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 10 PD in his past 6 vs. Jax. CB
GAREON CONLEY had 2 PD in his Hou. debut last week. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 9

GOLD STANDARD: The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-0) enter Week 9 as the lone undefeated team in the NFC, led by a defense which allows a league-low 224.4 total yards per game. Since their bye in Week 4, San Francisco’s defense has limited Cleveland to 78 net passing yards in Week 5, held the Los Angeles Rams to 48 in Week 6, allowed 50 net passing yards in Washington in Week 7 and held Carolina to 100 in Week 8.

By allowing 100 or fewer total net passing yards on Thursday Night Football against Arizona (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), San Francisco would become the fifth team in the Super Bowl era and first since the 1973 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to limit opponents to 100 or fewer total net passing yards in five consecutive games in a single season.

Jacksonville, who ranks third in the NFL with 29 sacks in 2019, and San Francisco, who ranks fourth with 27, feature rookie pass rushers JOSH ALLEN and NICK BOSA, who each lead their team with seven sacks – tied for the most among rookies in the NFL this season.

If Allen (vs. Houston at Wembley Stadium in London, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) or Bosa (at Arizona, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon) combine for at least one sack in Week 9, they would surpass JULIUS PEPPERS and JOHN HENDERSON (14 combined sacks in 2002) for the most combined sacks by a pair of rookies through the first nine weeks of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

With the season reaching its midpoint, a pair of Jacksonville Jaguars lead the AFC in both rushing and receiving. Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE leads the AFC with 791 rushing yards, while Jaguars wide receiver D.J. CHARK leads the conference with 660 receiving yards.

On Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London against Houston (9:30 AM ET, NFLN), Fournette and Chark could become the first pair of teammates to lead either conference in both rushing and receiving through the first nine weeks of a season since Philadelphia Eagles teammates LESEAN MCCOY (777 yards) and DESEAN JACKSON (823 yards) led the NFC in rushing and receiving through Week 9 in 2013.

In Weeks 6 and 7, Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON became the first quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games in NFL history, and joined MICHAEL VICK (2004, 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (2014) as the only quarterbacks to have three games with at least 100 rushing yards in a single season in NFL history.

With one rushing yard on Sunday Night Football against New England (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Jackson, who leads the NFL in rushing average (6.94, min. 50 attempts) and leads all quarterbacks with 576 rushing yards, would surpass Vick (576 yards in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback through his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has recorded 15 games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown, the most in the league over that span.

With both a passing and rushing touchdown on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Prescott would tie DAUNTE CULPEPPER (16 games) for the second-most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

Buffalo running back FRANK GORE ranks fifth in NFL history in scrimmage yards (19,014) and fourth in rushing yards (15,170).

With 100 rushing yards on Sunday vs. Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for the third-most rushing yards in NFL history.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 155 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 38 receiving) against San Francisco in Week 8, his fifth game with at least 150 scrimmage yards in 2019. 

With at least 150 scrimmage yards on Sunday against Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), McCaffrey would become the third player to have at least 150 scrimmage yards in six of his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

Minnesota defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive games and ties for fourth in the NFL with eight sacks in 2019.   

Hunter, who will be 25 years and five days old on Sunday, needs two sacks against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

 

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