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Week 9 NFL Gameday: How The West Was (Maybe) Won

[lead align=”default”]This Week 9 NFL gameday features at least one game that could determine the course of the AFC West.[/lead]

When Oakland and Denver get down and dirty tonight, the winner comes out with first place and bye positioning. The loser keeps themselves in the playoffs for now, but this could be the difference between a home or road game in January.

Nobody is surprised Denver made it here, even without Peyton Manning. The Broncos basically got there without him last season, anyway. Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch running the offense is all well and good, since Denver perseveres thanks to their defense. Oakland, however, has a stud quarterback in Derek Carr lighting up the board. 17 touchdowns to three picks says it all.

In addition to the Sunday night battle by the bay, some other notable contests today include:

Week 9 NFL Gameday: Philadelphia at New York Giants

The Giants and Eagles trail the Cowboys in the NFC East, but someone has to grab a wild card. Perhaps both of them do, but the winner looks much better. This rivalry is always good for a few punches thrown in the stands and some distasteful conduct on the field. It’s a big one for both teams.

Week 9 NFL Gameday: Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Pittsburgh looks mediocre at nearly the halfway point of the 2016 NFL season. Baltimore wishes they were mediocre. While it’s critical that both teams have it today, it’s nearly a must-win for Baltimore. The Ravens lost four games in a row and will sink two games out of first in the division with a defeat. Not to mention, they’d be nearly out of the wild card race as well.

Should Pittsburgh be the one to lose today, the AFC North is in chaos with a couple 4-4 teams in first place and the Bengals right behind at 3-4-1.

Week 9 NFL Gameday: Detroit at Minnesota

Detroit is 4-4, perhaps surprisingly so, and Minnesota’s coming off of a really, really bad game in Chicago. Don’t say the Lions can’t win. The Cubs just won the freakin’ World Series; anything can happen in sports at any time always.

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