Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams
Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams (87) is hit by San Francisco 49ers defensive back Emmanuel Moseley (4) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. Williams left the game on a cart injured after the play. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)


Mike Shara

Last week was the week where amazing quarterback performances came from out of nowhere in seemingly every game on the schedule. It was an unforgettable weekend for a lot of players who entered the national spotlight either for the first time in their careers or for the first time since the Obama administration. Just look at this list:

– Mike White, the former fifth round pick of the Dallas Cowboys who stepped in as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback and threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns in his first career NFL start.

-Trevor Siemien, who threw his first meaningful NFL passes in four years and helped lead the Saints to a huge divisional win over Tampa Bay after stepping in for Jameis Winston, who left early in the game with a knee injury.

-Cooper Rush, making his first career NFL start, stepped in for an injured Dak Prescott and led the Cowboys to a road win vs. Minnesota, throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the process.

-Geno Smith (sic), who emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program to fill in for Russell Wilson to play his best NFL game in at least half a decade and possibly save Seattle’s season.

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Will Week Nine of the NFL season bring another electrifying debut as the Packers roll into Kansas City this Sunday? Now that Aaron Rodgers has been tested positive for Covid-19 (bold strategy to finally get yourself traded out of Green Bay, A-Rod), it will mean the first start of Jordan Love’s young NFL career. The former first round pick out of Utah State has been waiting patiently on the sidelines for over a year now, and finally Cheeseheads will get a chance to see what G.M. Brian Gutekunst was so excited about last year’s draft night. In a rematch of the first-ever Super Bowl he’ll face a Chiefs defense that has struggled mightily so far in 2021, ranking in the bottom third of the league in every meaningful category. No matter the state of the team, an NFL debut at Arrowhead Stadium is no picnic, so this game will certainly be full of intrigue for bettors and fans alike.

Elsewhere, the in-fighting Browns will leave ODB at home as they face their in-state rivals from Cincinnati in the first Battle of Ohio where both teams have been competitive since 1987. Arizona heads to San Francisco for a rematch of their hard-fought win in Week Five but with lingering questions about the health of their quarterback/MVP candidate Kyler Murray. And finally, the Texans and Dolphins meet in the game to decide who gets the first overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft. High stakes stuff. This week Tampa Bay, Seattle, Detroit and Washington all have byes. I would have listed them by their team names, but only three of those four have figured out how to do that.

All games are listed at EST. Check your local listings to see which games are available in your area.


NY JetsIndianapolis (-10 on DraftKings)8:20 pmFOX/NFL


ClevelandCincinnati (-2.5 on FanDuel)1 pm CBS
DenverDallas (-10 on DraftKings)1 pm FOX
HoustonMiami (-6.5 on BetMGM)1 pm FOX
AtlantaNew Orleans (-6 on BetMGM)1 pm FOX
Las VegasNY Giants (+3 on BetMGM)1 pm CBS
New EnglandCarolina (+3.5 on BetMGM)1 pm CBS
BuffaloJacksonville (+14.5 on FanDuel)1 pmCBS
MinnesotaBaltimore (-6 on BetMGM)1 pmFOX
LA ChargersPhiladelphia (+2 on FanDuel)4:05 pmCBS
Green BayKansas City (-7.5 on FanDuel)4:25 pmFOX
ArizonaSan Francisco (+1 on FanDuel)4:25 pmFOX
TennesseeLA Rams (-7.5 on FanDuel)8:20 pmNBC


ChicagoPittsburgh (-6 on DraftKings)8:15 pmESPN

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