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2023 NFL season: Standout performers from Week 9

Week 9 of the NFL season featured a little bit of everything as there were some nail biters, blowouts, and a few incredible performances by certain players.

Here, we'll analyze the standout individual performers from Week 9.

CJ Stroud - QB, Houston Texans

Rookie quarterback CJ Stroud had the best game of his professional career on Sunday as he led the Texans to a 39-37 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stroud threw for 470 yards and five touchdowns, which broke the NFL record for most passing yards in a game by a rookie quarterback.

Stroud’s next opponent will be the Cincinnati Bengals, so a date with Joe Burrow is bound to be an exciting matchup.

The Texans are available at +600 to win the AFC South, and Stroud is -500 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Joshua Dobbs - QB, Minnesota Vikings

Joshua Dobbs was not expected to take a snap on Sunday. Dobbs was traded from the Cardinals to the Vikings earlier in the week and did not participate in any first-team reps or get to know any names on offense since he was busy moving from Arizona and meeting with the coaches.

But that didn’t stop Dobbs from entering the game when Jaren Hall suffered a concussion, and he led the Vikings to an improbable win.

Dobbs finished 20/30 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and more importantly, made a long-lasting first impression on Minnesota fans.

The Vikings are +700 to win the NFC North this season.

Lamar Jackson - QB, Baltimore Ravens

Fantasy owners may not be too pleased with Lamar Jackson’s Week 9 performance, but the quarterback still led the Ravens to a blowout win over a difficult NFC opponent.

Baltimore defeated the Seahawks 37-3 in a game where Seattle never seemed to realize was going on. After a slow first quarter, Jackson had a fabulous last three quarters as he was 21/26 for 187 yards and ran for 60 yards on 10 attempts.

Jackson never managed to find the end zone himself or throw a touchdown pass since Baltimore kept running it in, but his efforts to get the ball downfield and add more points were good enough for him to be labeled a standout performer in Week 9.

Jackson is +450 to win the NFL MVP award, and the Ravens are +900 to win the NFL Championship this season.

Amari Cooper - WR, Cleveland Browns

In the first game without Dobbs, the Arizona Cardinals looked like a mess against the Cleveland Browns. Rookie Clayton Tune started for the Cardinals and went 11/20 for 58 yards and 2 interceptions, along with taking 7 sacks.

It was a “welcome to the league” moment for Tune, and the Cardinals lost 27-0. For Cleveland, it was Amari Cooper who led the team on offense as he hauled in five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper was brought in to be the WR1 for Deshaun Watson, and he has been everything the Browns wanted and more in the last few weeks. A 100+ yard receiving effort is enough for Cooper to make the list.

Josh Jacobs - RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Josh McDaniels is gone, and the Raiders are finally happy. After a brutal first eight weeks of the season, the Raiders finally fired their head coach as they looked for answers for the team’s struggles.

And after Week 9, it seems like McDaniels was the biggest problem. Las Vegas beat the New York Giants 30-6 in a game where the Raiders’ offense finally looked alive, and that was with Jimmy Garoppolo on the bench.

But the star of the offense was Josh Jacobs, who hasn’t reached his best thus far, but he broke out for 98 yards on 26 carries and found the end zone twice.

If the Raiders can get Jacobs more involved in the offense, it could be a completely different second half of the season for Las Vegas.

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