NFL Week 9 recap, scores and standings

November 9, 2020

The NFL season is coming toward the home stretch with nine weeks nearly in the books.

And through nine weeks, a few things are becoming clear: the Pittsburgh Steelers can pull out wins even if they play sloppy, the Buffalo Bills are underrated, the NFC is a bit more wide open than some thought and the MVP race will likely come down to Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

NFL fans got to see some exciting games, including one between two future stars – Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray, which came down to the wire in Glendale, Ariz.

Read below for a brief look at how this week went.

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PACKERS 34, 49ERS 17

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, bottom left, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrate after connecting on a touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Aaron Rodgers-Davante Adams connection was alive and well Thursday night. Green Bay put together a solid victory over San Francisco.

AARON RODGERS LEADS PACKERS PAST UNDERMANNED 49ERS, 34-17

TEXANS 27, JAGUARS 25

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V, left, is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Luq Barcoo (36) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V, left, is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Luq Barcoo (36) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Texans spoiled Jake Luton’s first career start for the Jaguars. Luton was 26-for-38 with 304 passing yards and a touchdown but Houston was able to do enough to get the second win of the season.

WATSON, TEXANS SEND JAGUARS TO 7TH CONSECUTIVE LOSS, 27-25

GIANTS 23, WASHINGTON 20

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) pointing upwards after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. Also on the field is teammate wide receiver Austin Mack (81). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) pointing upwards after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. Also on the field is teammate wide receiver Austin Mack (81). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

It seemed like for a minute nobody wanted to win this game. But Daniel Jones improved to 4-0 against Washington in his career. The Giants picked up their second win of the season.

JONES, GIANTS HOLD ON TO BEAT WASHINGTON FOR 2ND VICTORY

VIKINGS 34, LIONS 20

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs from Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Ragland, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs from Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Ragland, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Vikings have built some momentum behind Dalvin Cook. The running back ran for 206 yards and scored two touchdowns as Minnesota picked up its first home win of the year.

COOK, VIKES TOP LIONS 34-20; STAFFORD IN CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

CHIEFS 33, PANTHERS 31

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs against Carolina Panthers free safety Tre Boston (33) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs against Carolina Panthers free safety Tre Boston (33) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Chiefs staved off an upset. Patrick Mahomes had four touchdown passes and 372 passing yards in the win. Christian McCaffrey had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in his return.

RAVENS 24, COLTS 10

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs in for a touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Bobby Okereke (58) in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs in for a touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Bobby Okereke (58) in the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The Ravens managed to hold off the Colts thanks to a solid defensive effort. Lamar Jackson was 19-for-23 with 170 passing yards and a rushing touchdown.

RAVENS SET NFL RECORD FOR 20-POINT GAMES WITH WIN IN INDY

TITANS 24, BEARS 17

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) jumps onto the goal post after catching a 40-yard touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) jumps onto the goal post after catching a 40-yard touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Titans snapped their skid against the Bears. Newcomer Desmond King had a fumble returned for a touchdown and Ryan Tannehill had two touchdown passes.

TITANS SNAP 2-GAME LOSING STREAK, BEAT SKIDDING BEARS 24-17

BILLS 44, SEAHAWKS 34

Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

The Bills shocked the NFL with a big win over the Seahawks. Josh Allen had 415 passing yards and three touchdown passes in the win.

ALLEN, BILLS TORCH SEAHAWKS, WIN 44-34 IN BALMY BUFFALO

FALCONS 34, BRONCOS 27

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works in the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works in the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Matt Ryan had three touchdown passes and the Falcons barely hung on against the Broncos. Denver put up 21 fourth-quarter points but failed to add to Atlanta’s misery this season.

RYAN THROWS 3 TDS AS FALCONS STOP COMEBACK, BEAT BRONCOS

STEELERS 24, COWBOYS 19

Pittsburgh Steelers' Cameron Heyward (97) and Bud Dupree, right, rush as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) attempts to throw a pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cameron Heyward (97) and Bud Dupree, right, rush as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) attempts to throw a pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The Steelers needed 15 straight points in the fourth quarter but came back to beat the Cowboys. Ben Roethlisberger had three touchdown passes in the win. Pittsburgh is 8-0.

STEELERS HOLD ON AGAINST COWBOYS FOR 8TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

DOLPHINS 34, CARDINALS 31

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) celebrates his field goal with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) celebrates his field goal with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Tua Tagovailoa had two touchdown passes and 248 passing yards to pick up his second win as a starter. Kyler Murray had 283 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The teams combined for over 600 total yards and a duel of the future of the NFL.

TAGOVAILOA, DOLPHINS RALLY FOR 34-31 WIN OVER CARDINALS

RAIDERS 31, CHARGERS 26

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) hauls in a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins defends second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) hauls in a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins defends second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The Chargers nearly had the game-winning touchdown but Donald Parham Jr. had the ball knocked out of his hands as he hit the ground. Justin Herbert and Derek Carr each had two touchdown passes. The Raiders won the game.

NO CATCH: RAIDERS OUTLAST CHARGERS AFTER REPLAY REVIEW

SAINTS 38, BUCCANEERS 3

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (10) celebrates with teammates, including wide receiver wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (10) celebrates with teammates, including wide receiver wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints came out swinging against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and put on an onslaught in the first half with 31 points. It was more than enough for the Saints to pick up their second consecutive win over the Buccaneers this season and vault them into first place in the NFC South.

SAINTS EMBARRASS BUCCANEERS ON THE ROAD, SIT ON TOP OF NFC SOUTH

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NFL STANDINGS

AFC EAST

1). Bills (7-2)

2). Dolphins (5-3)

3). Patriots (2-5)

4). Jets (0-8)

AFC NORTH

1). Steelers (8-0)

2). Ravens (6-2) 

3). Browns (5-3)

4). Bengals (2-5)

AFC SOUTH

1). Titans (6-2)

2). Colts (5-3)

3). Texans (2-6)

4). Jaguars (1-7)

AFC WEST

1). Chiefs (8-1)

2). Raiders (5-3)

3). Broncos (3-5)

4). Chargers (2-6)

NFC EAST

1). Eagles (3-4-1)

2). Washington (2-6)

3). Cowboys (2-7)

4). Giants (2-7)

NFC NORTH

1). Packers 6-2)

2). Bears (5-4)

3). Vikings (3-5)

4). Lions (3-5)

NFC SOUTH

1). Saints (6-2)

2). Buccaneers (6-3)

3). Falcons (3-6)

4). Panthers (3-6)

NFC WEST

1). Seahawks (6-2)

2). Cardinals (5-3)

3). Rams (5-3)

4). 49ers (4-5)