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We are officially past the half-way mark in the 2017 NFL regular season. Crazy to think about, right? If you had a busy weekend and didn’t get your fill of the NFL, then look no further. All the football information you crave is below.

Let’s get started.

NFL Week Nine Injuries

Thankfully, there weren’t nearly as many injuries in week nine as there have been in the past few weeks. Here is a full list of injuries from week nine.

Jameis Winston update:

Week Nine Awards

Offensive Player of the Week: T.Y. Hilton – WR – Indianapolis Colts

Have a day, T.Y.! He was very productive on only five receptions.

Defensive Player of the Week: Bobby Wagner – LB – Seattle Seahawks

He is the leader of this Seahawks defense. He recorded 12 total tackles, 1 sack (which resulted in a safety), and 1 pass defended against.

Offensive Honorable Mentions:
Jared Goff – QB – Los Angeles Rams (14 of 22  for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns)
Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit Lions (26 of 33 for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns)

Adrian Peterson – RB – Arizona Cardinals (37 rushes for 159 yards)

Defensive Honorable Mentions:
Keanu Neal – S – Atlanta Falcons (8 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery)
Reshad Jones – S – Miami Dolphins (9 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defended)
Von Miller – OLB – Denver Broncos (8 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack)

Best Plays from the Weekend

Here are the best plays from week nine.

Damien Williams refuses to give up.

Staying with the Sunday Night Football game, DeVante Parker makes a sensational one-handed grab.

What a beautiful pass and catch by Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones Jr.

D.J. Swearinger makes a tremendous interception and almost takes the two-point conversion back to the house.

Everything about this play is impressive – especially the flip into the end zone.

Tom Savage recorded his first passing touchdown of his career on Sunday. Boy, was it a beauty.

Given the circumstances, this may be the top play of the weekend. The Redskins would go on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.

Not only does Tyreek Hill score right before the half, he isn’t even touched by a Dallas defender. How does this happen??

I will never understand how a defender forgets to touch an offensive player while he’s on the ground.

The Titans sure were happy to have #84 dress out.

Alvin Kamara has panned out to be a great selection by the New Orleans Saints.

Cam does it himself here while dunking on Desmond Trufant.

Here are other great plays from the weekend!

Updated Divisional Standings

Here are the current NFL divisional standings.

AFC East

  1. New England Patriots (6-2)
  2. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
  3. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
  4. New York Jets (4-5)

AFC West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
  2. Oakland Raiders (4-5)
  3. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)
  4. Denver Broncos (4-5)

AFC North

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)
  4. Cleveland Browns (0-8)

AFC South

  1. Tennessee Titans (5-3)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)
  3. Houston Texans (3-5)
  4. Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

NFC East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
  2. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
  3. Washington Redskins (4-4)
  4. New York Giants (1-7)

NFC West

  1. Los Angeles Rams (6-2)
  2. Seattle Seahawks (5-3)
  3. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
  4. San Francisco 49ers (0-9)

NFC North

  1. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
  2. Detroit Lions (4-4)
  3. Green Bay Packers (4-4)
  4. Chicago Bears (3-5)

NFC South

  1. New Orleans Saints (6-2)
  2. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
  3. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

News Around the NFL

Press Conference Woes

There were multiple hilarious post-game interviews this weekend. One involved New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and the other involved Cam Newton. Both videos are below.

I’m confused. Was he not able to repeat his speech at halftime or did the question catch him off guard? At any rate, he could have simply said, “that’s between me and my team” and left it at that. But to sit in silence and not respond? Not a good look, coach.

Cam Newton must have watched the Titanic and turned it off halfway through.

Where does the Titanic end up going? To the bottom of the ocean.

Both instances provided many laughs and I hope the trend of funny post-game interviews continue.

Leonard Fournette Benched

The rookie sensation apparently doesn’t take care of his business off the field. The Jaguars benched Fournette on Sunday for missing the team photo, a treatment session for his injured ankle, as well as a team workout.

Jay Glazer leaves us thinking there is more to the story than what’s being reported. Bottom line is the Jaguars are not happy with Fournette. Continue to keep an eye on this situation as more details come to light.

Jeremy Kerley Suspended

News broke yesterday about New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. He was suspended four games for a PED violation according to Adam Schefter.

He will miss games against the Buccaneers, Panthers, Chiefs, and Broncos and he is eligible to return to the team on Monday, December 11.

Mike Evans Suspended

Mike Evans received a one-week suspension for his late hit on Marshon Lattimore per the NFL.

The altercation started when Winston pointed and touched Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore reacted and shoved Winston, who was on the sideline due to injury, and Evans ran over and decked Lattimore. Here is the altercation.

Evans was not ejected from the game.

If I was Dirk Koetter (head coach of the Buccaneers), I have absolutely no problem with Evans protecting his quarterback. Jameis Winston should pay for Mike Evans’ fine since he was the reason the altercation started.

A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey Duke It Out

There were a handful of scuffles this weekend in the NFL. The most notable was the fight between A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey. Here is the altercation.

You can see in the video that Jalen Ramsey isn’t wearing his mouthpiece. Apparently, Ramsey intentionally never wears his mouthpiece so that he can jaw at opposing receivers. Both players received fines, but neither were suspended.

Jameis Winston Delivers Interesting Pre-Game Speech

Not even Winston’s teammates knew how to react when he gave this speech.

I understand his intention, but like his teammates, I wasn’t juiced by his delivery.

Interesting Statistics From Around the League

Here are your interesting statistics to know from week nine!

The 7th Report: Mini-Mailbag

What did you have for me regarding week nine?

HH: Thanks for the interesting question, Jackson. I wouldn’t like to fight any NFL player because they would absolutely destroy me. These guys are animals. But if I did have to pick, it would most likely be a kicker or punter. Patrick Murray is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker and he is 5’7″ 182 lbs. I wouldn’t win, but I like my chances. And I hate the Buccaneers so two birds with one stone.

“What happened to the Cowboys this year?” – Alex Paschall via Facebook

HH: Thanks for asking, Alex. I think the Dallas Cowboys are still a very good football team. Did they have a rockier start than most expected? Sure. But they lost all four starters in the defensive backfield and some other key defensive pieces. If you are a Cowboys fan, your biggest concern is whether or not Ezekiel Elliott is going to be eligible to play. The Cowboys next four games are against Atlanta, Philly, LA Chargers, and Washington. Three out of four games are against teams that are .500 or below. There is a lot of football left to be played in this season. I have full confidence that Dak can lead this team, with or without Elliott, to the playoffs.

“Zeke or no Zeke?” – E.J. Francis via Facebook

HH: Thanks, E.J. After all that has happened, it is tough to discern whether or not Ezekiel Elliott is going to play. Here is Ian Rapoport giving further details on the current Zeke situation.

If I had to guess, I think Zeke’s luck has run out and he will start serving his suspension this week. Every time Elliott and his legal team find a loophole, the judicial system finds a way to close it.

Thank you for your questions! If you want your questions answered in next week’s “mini-mailbag”, tweet them to @the7threport. See you at the same time for week nine of the NFL regular season.

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