Rematches between contenders can provide plenty of theatres the following season. When it comes to the NFL matchups, there are more than a few meetings between teams that had a lot of success in 2021. While all NFL teams involved will be a little different than last season, many will still be counted on to contend in 2022.
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Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 9 matchups.
Tom Brady hasn’t had a good time as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they’ve played the Los Angeles Rams. In NFC Divisional round last season, the Buccaneers rallied from a 21-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter. However, Los Angeles was able to kick a field goal late to escape with a 30-27 win.
The Rams, who would go on to win the Super Bowl, have a 3-0 record against Tampa Bay with Brady under center. Los Angeles’ defensive line has made life uncomfortable for the veteran quarterback, who isn’t as mobile in the pocket as he used to be. Brady will want to get one over on Los Angeles if he gets the chance.
Other important matchups
- When the Kansas City Chiefs bottomed out in 2021, it followed a 27-3 loss to Tennessee in Week 7, dropping their record to 3-4. The Chiefs would then win eight of their last nine games to close the season and grab the second seed. There wouldn’t be a postseason rematch as the Titans, who were the AFC’s top seed, were upset by the Bengals. Cincinnati would also eliminate Kansas City in the AFC title game.
- While the rivalry has lost some steam since Brady and Peyton Manning have left each team, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots will have a lot to play for when the two teams meet in Foxboro. Patriots quarterback Mac Jones will be looking to avoid a sophomore slump, while Matt Ryan will try to complement running back Jonathan Taylor and form a well-rounded offense.
- The Baltimore Ravens will travel to a New Orleans Saints team that is coming off a similar season that they are. The Ravens and Saints both finished on the edge of playoff contention last season. Baltimore’s offense produced 22.8 points per game last season, while the Saints averaged 21.4.