It’s been another fascinating week of American Football action, with high-scoring, surprise results and key victories.
We check out the winners and losers from Week Nine, as we reach the midway stage of the NFL regular season.
The Cardinals bounced back from last week’s first defeat of the season, to register a key 31-17 victory over NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers.
The victory was made all the more impressive as head coach Kliff Kingsbury was without first-choice quarterback Kyler Murray, with back-up Colt McCoy stepping up to the plate in his absence.
The win on the road moves Arizona to 8-1 for the season and the Cardinals are now into 8/1 to win Super Bowl LVI.
The Titans won their fifth game on the spin to keep top spot in the AFC South and improve their record to 7-2, with a 28-16 success over LA Rams.
The Rams dominated the passing and rushing stats, but Tennessee’s defence made five sacks on Matthew Stafford – three of those coming from Jefferey Simmons.
It’s a home clash with New Orleans next for the Titans, who can be backed at 5/1 to win the AFC Conference this season.
Sunday saw a battle between the two worst teams in the AFC, with Miami Dolphins coming out on top against Houston Texans.
Despite the hosts failing to score a single point in the second half, the Dolphins held on for a 17-9 victory and the result leaves the Texans (1-8), now on an eight-game losing streak, bottom of the AFC South.
Not only did the Bengals suffer the heaviest defeat of the weekend, but it also came against one of their divisional rivals and it provided a huge dent to their play-off hopes.
In front of their own Ohio faithful, Zac Taylor’s men fell to a 16-41 loss to the Cleveland Browns, who are now above them in the AFC North standings with both having 5-4 records.
The Bengals will have to sit and stew on that loss for two weeks, as they have a bye in Week 10, and have drifted to 7/1 to win their division.