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Week 9 Observations

The best thing that could happen to Jason Garrett would be for his kicker and punter to resign mid-game. There's no doubt Dan Bailey and Brian Moorman already feel bad for enabling that kind of cowardice.

It would be nice if Doug Martin (four catches, 21 yards) were more involved in the passing game.

The Colts had four receivers with 75 or more yards.

Even though he managed 6.5 yards per carry, C.J. Spiller had just six carries. He also caught all five of his targets for 63 yards.

Arian Foster had a decent game with 24 carries for 111 yards and a score, but against the BIlls that's almost like getting shut down.

If everyone knew what we know now, where should the Bears defense have been drafted before the season? Late-first round?

Chris Johnson getting 141 and a touchdown in a blowout isn't that surprising as teams don't care about the run as much when they're way ahead.

If you were drafting for the rest of the year, how many receivers would you take ahead of Brandon Marshall? Less than one?

Guessing on the impact of injuries is always tough. Jordy Nelson was cleared without qualification and failed to catch a pass on one target. Calvin Johnson was rumored to be limited to third down work - if he played at all - and caught seven of eight targets for 129 yards. At least it reminds us not to take unsourced rumors too seriously.

I don't understand what changed when the Panthers were supposedly going to Jonathan Stewart as their lead back. Stewart had 10 carries while DeAngelo Williams had six - this in a game they were leading most of the way. And maybe the Panthers defense is actually good now.

Christian Ponder had another abysmal day with just 63 yards on 22 attempts. You'd think when Adrian Peterson went for 17 and 182, that would make things easier on Ponder, too.

It chaps my hide to no end that ATL kicked that last-second field goal to cover the spread. They had 4th and 2 inside the Dallas 15, and they were up three. There were 17 seconds left. If they go for the first down and make it, it's over. If they fail, then Dallas gets the ball with no timeouts and 17 seconds. How is Dallas going to get down field, stop the clock and get the FG team on? Moreover, a TD still beats you whether it's 3 or 6. And you have to kick the ball off rather than have them pinned inside the 15. The right call was to go for it, but the obvious call was to cover the spread. It was the opposite of what Jim Harbaugh did against Seattle in declining the safety.

Eli Manning had an abysmal game against the Steelers, some of which had to do with Pittsburgh's defense - which is legitimately good against the pass - but Manning's now had three subpar games in a row. The offense as a whole seems stale - defenses seem to be covered Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks better, and the Giants haven't come up with creative adjustments.

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