2021 NFL season, Week 9: What we learned from Sunday's games

Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:

  • Denver Broncos 30, Dallas Cowboys 16
  • New England Patriots 24, Carolina Panthers 6
  • Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 25
  • Baltimore Ravens 34, Minnesota Vikings 31 (OT)
  • Cleveland Browns 41, Cincinnati Bengals 16
  • New York Giants 23, Las Vegas Raiders 16
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 9, Buffalo Bills 6
  • Miami Dolphins 17, Houston Texans 9

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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Dak Prescott generated a -13.4 completion percentage over expected (third-lowest by Prescott in a game since 2016, minimum 14 attempts). 

NFL Research: Denver moved to 5-4 with its first win of the season against an opponent with a winning record through Week 9.

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Chase Goodbread’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Carolina’s Brian Burns generated two pressures, a sack and a turnover caused by pressure on 16 pass-rush downs.

NFL Research: Patriots QB Mac Jones joined Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott as the only rookies since the NFL merger to have five-plus wins, 10-plus passing touchdowns, and 2,000-plus passing yards in their first nine career games.

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Chase Goodbread’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Ryan completed seven of eight play-action passes for 111 yards and two scores.

NFL Research: Saints RB Alvin Kamara tied Roger Craig for the most receptions by a running back in his first five seasons in NFL history. With four catches against Atlanta, Kamara now has 358 for his career.

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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the day: Sunday was the Ravens’ fourth win this season when having a win probability of 15% or lower at some point in the second half (also Week 2 vs. K.C., Week 3 at DET, Week 5 vs. IND).

NFL Research: With a 50-yard receiving TD in the first quarter, Justin Jefferson surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards in his 24th career game. He is the second-fastest player to reach 2,000 career receiving yards in the Super Bowl era, behind only Odell Beckham Jr. (21 games).

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Nick Shook’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Baker Mayfield completed 6 of 9 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns on attempts of 10-plus air yards.

NFL Research: The Browns are the 41st team since 1940 to score three or more touchdowns of 60-plus yards in a single game. They’re the seventh team since 1940 with a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and return touchdown of 60-plus yards in a game and first to do so since the Eagles did so in Week 5 of the 2000 season.

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Nick Shook’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Derek Carr completed 9 of 15 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions against the blitz on Sunday. He completed just 3 of 8 passes for 47 yards and an interception while under pressure.

NFL Research: Derek Carr threw his second pick-six of the season, both of which were go-ahead touchdowns for the opposing team. Before 2021, Carr had never thrown a go-ahead pick-six.

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