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Week 9 is all but complete. Tonight the Eagles and Saints play under the MNF lights in a game that someone has to win, but both teams will find a way to lose. 

Before we get there, let's take a spin through Week 9 - a week that saw our Rammies enjoy a much needed day off. 

1. THE CHICAGO BEARS ARE MONSTERS AGAIN
The Bears destroyed the Titans 51-20. It marked the first time since 1980 the team scored at least 50 points in a game. In Dec. of that year, the Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 61-7. If you're not wondering, Walter Payton rushed 22 times for 130 yards and three TD in the contest. The Bears tallied nine touchdowns in that game but placekicker Bob Thomas (who?) missed two extra points. Even though they scored 61 points in the Week 14 contest, the bears scored just 301 points for the season (19 PPG), or 240 in the other 15 games of 1980 (16 PPG)

The 2012 Bears are on pace for 472 points, which would break franchise record set by the world famous '85 Bears (456 points). Can you imagine Jay Cutler wearing Jim McMahon Blue Blockers for a Super Bowl Shuffle Remake? 

Me neither.

At one point in the 2nd quarter, the Bears had 31 points and 68 yards of offense. The Bears have scored 7 defensive TDs -- all on interceptions -- two shy of the AFL record set by the 1961 Chargers. That's also two shy of the NFL record for defensive touchdowns in a season, set by the 2002 Bucs.

On that 2002 squad, linebacker Derrick Brooks scored four touchdowns by himself. I bring this up because Brooks' linebackers coach through 2000 was current Bears head coach, Lovie Smith (Lovie was with the Rammies in 2002).


2. REDSKINS LOSE AT HOME; ROMNEY SUPPORTERS REJOICE
The Redskins have played in 18 seasons where there was a general election, and in 17 of those 18 years, when the Redskins win their last home game prior to the last day of the campaign, the party that won the previous election has stayed in power. When the Redskins lose their last pre-election home game, the non-incumbent party has always won the election.

So basically if you don't like the current state of the country, you can thank Cam Newton for punting the current regime out of office and welcoming in Romney/Ryan. It's settled ... your vote no longer matters.

That's a joke. I think.


3A. RUSSELL WILSON IS MONEY AT HOME IN SEATTLE
The Seahawks are a perfect 4-0 at home in 2012. Their rookie QB Russell Wilson has tossed nine touchdowns, zero interceptions and posted a passer rating greater than 99 in every home start this season. 

The highly touted Seahawks pass defense held Vikings QB Christian Ponder to 63 yards passing on 30 pass attempts. That is absolutely horrific. 

Question: if the Tebow has a thought, is it a Christian Ponder? 

Answer: who cares, Ponder sucked worse than the Tebow on Sunday.


3B. MARSHAWN LYNCH IS LIVING UP TO HIS BEAST NICKNAME
Lynch rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and is the only player in the NFL with at least five 100-yard rushing games in 2012. 

As for the Seattle team, they're 4-0 at home with four more home games to play against the Jets, Cardinals, Rams and 49ers. You figure they win three of those four games (sorry Rams) and win at least one of their three remaining road games (@ Bears, @ Bills, @ Dolphins) and the 'Hawks are looking at a 9-7 season at the least. 


4. THE ARIZONA CARDINALS ARE STRUGGLING
The team lost its fifth straight game. Even in defeat, the team had some "highlights": Arizona's 17 points on offense was the most its scored since Week 5. The offensive line surrendered just two sacks, its lowest amount allowed since Week 2 and rookie WR Michael Floyd's 80 receiving yards were more than double what he's gained in any other game this year.

And uh, that's about it. The Cards have a bye in Week 10 then face the undefeated Falcons in Atlanta in Week 11. Don't be surprised if the Cards pull off the upset with an extra week to prepare for the least exciting undefeated team EVAHH. If they don't pull off the upset, it'll be the Cards' sixth straight loss, which ties the mark set by the team last season (before they won six straight). The AZ Cards are bipolar.


5. ANDREW LUCK IS ALREADY BETTER THAN SAM BRADFORD
Luck tied the rookie record with his 4th 300-yard passing game of season (Peyton Manning, 1998) in the Colts' 23-20 win over the Dolphins in Week 9. Luck totaled 433 passing yards, the most by a rookie in a single game in NFL history, besting the previous mark of 432 yards set by Cam Newton last season.

As a team (when you factor in lost yardage in sacks), the Dolphins gave up 419 passing yards, the most since 1994 when second year QB Drew Bledsoe had a shootout with Dan Marino.

Luck and the Colts' big day came in the presence of head coach Chuck Pagano, who battling leukemia. See the awesome post game speech from the coach below.


6. WHO IS THE BEST ROOKIE? 
Luck, RGIII and ... Doug Martin. My Goodness.

The Tampa Bay running back rushed for a team-record 251 yards and four touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 42-32 win at Oakland. Martin joins former Broncos RB Mike Anderson as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 45 and one yards in the victory. He is the first player in NFL history with three rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards in a single game.

In his last three games, Martin has been a monster. This is video game material: 

70 rushes, 471 yards, 6TD

10 receptions, 137 yards, 1 TD

TDs of 36, 45, 64, 67, 70


608 total yards, 7TD

That's in three games! 

As a team, Tampa Bay's Week 9 output was the most total yards in a game since 1980. They've scored 106 points over the past three games.


7. WHERE'S THE CENTURY MARK BONUS?
If you play fantasy football, hopefully you didn't lose by a yard with any of the following players, all from the same game featuring teams with orange uniforms, the Bengals and Broncos. 

Andy Dalton: 26/42, 299 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

AJ Green: 7 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD

Eric Decker: 8 receptions, 99 yards, 2 TD

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