Top 5 quarterback performances of Week 9: Lamar Jackson makes his case for NFL MVP

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Top quarterbacks for top teams weren’t at their best in Week 9.


Dak Prescott and the Cowboys suffered a 30-16 home loss to the Broncos, Josh Allen and the Bill were unable to even muster up a touchdown in a 9-6 loss to the Jaguars, and Matthew Stafford had two interceptions against the Titans in a 28-16 loss.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Colt McCoy #12 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Filling in for Kyler Murray, backup Colt McCoy didn’t disappoint.

McCoy completed 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown in a dominating 31-17 victory over the 49ers in an NFC West showdown. McCoy’s lone touchdown came when he connected with running back James Conner for a 45-yard score. Next, Arizona (8-1) will host the Panthers. If Murray is unable to go, McCoy will get another start under center.

4. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 04: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts talks with head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts during the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Carson Wentz was stellar on Thursday night.

Wentz completed 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-30 win over the Jets. The North Dakota State product connected with wide receiver Michael Pittman five times for 64 yards and one score. The Colts (4-5) will look to get back to .500 against the Jaguars next.

3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 07: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts during the fourth quarter in the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on November 07, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Matt Ryan led the Falcons into New Orleans and came out with a win.

Ryan – a former NFL MVP – completed 23 of 30 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-25 win over the Saints. Kicker Younghoe Koo booted a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Falcons (4-4) the huge victory. Atlanta will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys next.

2. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Justin Herbert bounced back in a big way for the Chargers.

The superstar quarterback diced up the Eagles defense, as he completed 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns, and added 14 yards and one score on the ground in a 27-24 win over Philadelphia. Herbert will look to keep the momentum going next week when the Chargers (5-3) host the Vikings.

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Another week, another MVP performance by Lamar Jackson.

Jackson completed 27 of 41 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns and added 21 carries for 120 more yards on the ground in a 34-31 overtime victory over Minnesota. Kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in OT to lead the Ravens to the big win. Next, the Ravens will travel to Miami and face the Dolphins on Thursday night.

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