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NFL Week 9 Highlights: Notable Notes From Sunday’s Games | NFL news, ratings and statistics

• Justin Fields nearly leads the Bears to victory: The sophomore quarterback dominated on the ground with a running grade of 91.9 PFF.

• Joe Mixon delivers the best performance of the season: The Bengals running back recorded five touchdowns and a 93.4 PFF rating.

• Trevor Lawrence produces to lead Jaguars over Raiders: Lawrence finished with a PFF score of 87.6 – the highest rated showing of his young career.

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We’ll be checking the PFF grades and data every Monday when the numbers are finalized, highlighting some of the interesting performances from Sunday’s action.

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QB Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

PFF Grade: 87.6

The first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft performed his best in the NFL to date in the Jaguars’ victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. He was particularly impressive playing beyond sticks, hitting 10 of 12 for 135 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, though, this was just Lawrence’s second game this season without a rotation-worthy move.


RB Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

PFF Grade: 93.4

Mixon arrived on Sunday having statistically his worst season since joining the NFL, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in eight games. You wouldn’t have guessed it based on his showing against the Carolina Panthers, though. He racked up 104 of his 153 yards after contact, the first time this season he produced more than 50 yards after contact, and forced five missed tackles on runs. He also found the end zone five times, including once as a receiver.


QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

PFF Grade: 79.4

We’ve seen Fields’ running ability add a lot of value to the Bears offense recently, and it nearly propelled the team to victory in Week 9. His passing stat sheet was interesting, with three touchdowns but just 4.4 yards per attempt average. However, he produced a PFF running score of 91.9 – the highest of any player to run the ball more than 10 times on Sunday. His eight forced missed tackles were tied for fourth among all players, while his 12 first downs were tied for first with Mixon.


S Kerby Joseph, Detroit Lions

PFF Grade: 90.1

A third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Joseph started the last five games for the Lions and looked at home in high school. Statistically, he allowed more yards in coverage on Sunday (38) than in the entire season (29) going into the game, but he also saved a couple of touchdowns with an interception by Aaron Rodgers at the three-yard line, crippling the throw to Robert. Tonyan and break a deep ball at the five-yard line aimed at Samori Toure.


CB L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF Grade: 86.2

Sneed had an impressive night in both the slot and outside corner. He was targeted on two of his four snaps in coverage lined up on the outside, breaking one pass and covering Robert Woods closely to avoid finishing the other. In the slot, he allowed just one catch for two yards from 11 snaps in coverage. He also sealed the game at 4 and 26 with 2:13 remaining in overtime, skipping Woods’ route and missing what would likely have been a pick of six in the game’s final play.


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