Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season essentially marks the halfway point for some teams that haven’t had their bye week yet and brings the stark reality that football is almost over.
The week begins with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts playing Thursday night. Both teams are coming off interesting games, in which Mike White led the Jets to a victory with one of the best performances for a New York quarterback since Vinny Testaverde. On the other hand, Colts quarterback Carson Wentz possibly contributed to a loss to the Tennessee Titans with some turnovers.
Two other stories, aside from some major NFL trades and the potential loss of Derrick Henry during the season, have made waves before the Week 9 game roster begins.
Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fiery car accident that left him and his girlfriend seriously injured and another woman dead. Ruggs was charged with two felonies and was later released by the team. Las Vegas will look to respond with a victory during an emotional week for the franchise.
The Green Bay Packers will lose Aaron Rodgers after the star quarterback tested positive for the coronavirus. It was later revealed that he was not vaccinated and that he will have to be off the team for at least 10 days due to NFL health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. That means Jordan Love will be the Packers’ starter against the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
This is how the week is shaping up (all times are Eastern):
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Byes: Lions, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Washington
Thursday, November 4, 2021
New York Jets quarterback Mike White, left, and Michael Carter celebrate after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)
8:20 pm: Jets @ Colts (FOX / NFL Network / Amazon)
Sunday, November 7, 2021
1 pm: Falcons @ Saints (FOX)
1 pm: Broncos @ Cowboys (FOX)
1 pm: Panthers @ Panthers (CBS)
1 pm: Vikings @ Ravens (FOX)
1 pm: Browns @ Bengals (CBS)
1 pm: Bills @ Jaguars (CBS)
1 pm: Texans @ Dolphins (FOX)
1 pm: Raiders @ Giants (CBS)
4:05 pm: Chargers @ Eagles (CBS)
4:25 pm: Packers @ Chiefs (FOX)
4:25 pm: Cardinals @ 49ers (FOX)
8:20 pm: Titans @ Rams (NBC)
Monday, November 8
8:15 pm: Bears @ Steelers (ESPN)
Bills (5-2) Patriots (4-4) Jets (2-5) Dolphins (1-7)
October 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, United States; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) flips a block off Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle DJ Humphries (74) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Ravens (5-2) Bengals (5-3) Steelers (4-3) Browns (4-4)
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Titans (6-2) Colts (3-5) Jaguars (1-6) Texans (1-7)
Raiders (5-2) Chargers (4-3) Broncos (4-4) Chiefs (4-4)
Cowboys (6-1) Eagles (3-5) Giants (2-6) Washington (2-6)
Packers (7-1) Vikings (3-4) Bears (3-5) Lions (0-8)
Bucaneros (6-2) Santos (5-2) Panthers (4-4) Falcons (3-4)
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Von Miller is set to make his Rams debut. (AP)
Cardinals (7-1) Rams (7-1) 49ers (3-4) Seahawks (3-5)
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