Overreaction Wednesday : Week 9

We’re at the halfway through the season and the race for the postseason tournament gets more tense with each passing week. Tiebreakers will be determined over the next few weeks. There might even be a division or two already decided by the end of the month. This is the best time to be a fan so let’s dive into this past weekend’s headlines

Baltimore is learning how to close games, be on notice! After starting the season 3-3, the Baltimore Ravens have won three straight games and now currently lead the AFC North by a game going into thier bye week. The Ravens have lead by double digits in every game this season, could easily be 9-0 right now if it wasn’t for blowing three 4th quarter leads. It was the defense that gave up big play after big play. During the first six weeks, the Ravens couldn’t stop a parked car. The recent surge of Justin Houston has been crucial during the last three weeks. The 12-year veteran had 2.5 sacks and a pick in Monday’s win over the saints. The schedule gets stiff after the bye but Baltimore needs to be in the conversation with the best in the conference.

The AFC East won’t be given to the Bills without a fight. There are three teams with at least 6 wins at the top of the AFC East. The New England are a game back at 5-4. Bills QB Josh Allen had his worst game of the season against the Jets on Sunday. The Jets helped the Bills fall to 0-2 in the AFC East this season. They are 6-0 against every other team. Allen did favor his right arm for most of the second half. As long as he can stay on the field, Buffalo is still the best in the conference. They have to fix the mistakes made against the Jets this past weekend and against the Dolphins back in week 3. Both of those games were on the road. When these teams travel to Buffalo, I think different outcomes should be the case. Tyreek Hill is an MVP candidate for Miami, Sauce Gardner has the Jets secondary playing with swag and the Patriots know how to win when they need it. The race for crown will come down to the division tilts. This is the best division in football.

Minnesota has a four game lead over the NFC North. Minnesota has won six straight games, haven’t seen this team play bad football outside that Monday night performance against Philly. Kirk Cousins has the belief of his team. He has stayed calm throughout this win streak and lead his team through every possible situation. During the win streak, every game has been decided by one score. The Vikings are winning the close games, that’s the makings of a legit Super Bowl contender. I can’t say that with confidence until we see a decent performance in prime time. If this team can execute their gameplan and perform at 8:20 like they do at 1pm, this team will be a tough out. I don’t see any team in this division coming close to Minnesota, this should be an easy division crown to win.

Oh Indianapolis! A couple of weeks ago the Indianapolis Colts benched former MVP Quarterback Matt Ryan. Last week the same Colts team fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady. After Sunday’s lost to New England and a 3-5-1 start to the season, head coach Frank Reich was let go. On Monday, the Colts hired former All-Pro center Jeff Saturday as interim head coach. Saturday doesn’t have any experience coaching outside of High School football. Colts owner Jim Irsay brought in Saturday because of his demeanor, he’s someone whom the organization has confidence in. They have to address the QB situation first. This team has been dealing with the effects of Andrew Luck’s retirement for a while now.

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