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The best game, worst game, and sleeper game to watch in Week 9 of the NFL schedule

We look at the best and worst games on the NFL’s Week 9 schedule ahead of this weekend’s action.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season is officially underway as the Green Bay Packers took on the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. It wasn’t the best way to kick off the week as the Packers defeated the undermanned Niners 34-17. Nevertheless, there is still a litany of games to make up for Thursday night. Here are the best, worst, and sleeper games to keep an eye on for Week 9 Sunday.

Best game

This was hard to choose as there are so many appealing games set to play at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. However, the game that stood out as the best is the Seattle Seahawks traveling across the country to face the Buffalo Bills. Both teams are currently leading their respective divisions, and they can thank their MVP candidate quarterbacks for that.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is playing out of this world this season and is making a strong case to win his first league MVP. Wilson is completing a career-high 71.4 percent of his passes for 2,151 yards, 26 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Bills quarterback Josh Allen started off the season strong but has cooled off over the last few weeks. However, he is completing a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,172 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

Don’t forget we also get to watch two good wide receivers play as well in D.K. Metcalf and Stefon Diggs.

Worst game

There are a few games on the Week 9 schedule that can proudly claim this title. But for all intents and purposes, the worst game is the Houston Texans vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both teams have one win on the season, but one team will be starting a rookie at quarterback. Sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton is starting in place of Gardner Minshew II, who has a hand injury. No one knows what to exactly expect from the Oregon State QB, who will be going against a Texans defense that will be pinning its ears back.

If you live in either Houston or Jacksonville and have the Red Zone channel, you should probably watch that instead.

Sleeper game

This moniker goes to the Miami Dolphins, who will be traveling out west to take on the surging Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins got an exhilarating 28-17 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Tua Tagovailoa’s debut in Week 8. Now granted, Tagovailoa’s stat line wasn’t overly spectacular as he had 12 completions on 22 attempts for 93 yards and a touchdown. But a win is still a win in the NFL.

It should be fun to see him and Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray battle out in the desert. Murray, who has Arizona in second place in the NFC West, is making plays with both his arm and legs. The second-year quarterback has thrown for 1,847 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He’s already rushed for 437 yards and seven touchdowns.

1 p.m.

Broncos @ Falcons — CBS
Seahawks @ Bills — FOX
Bears @ Titans — FOX
Ravens @ Colts — CBS
Panthers @ Chiefs — FOX
Lions @ Vikings — CBS
Giants @ Washington — FOX
Texans @ Jaguars — CBS

4:05/4:25 p.m.

Raiders @ Chargers — FOX
Steelers @ Cowboys — CBS
Dolphins @ Cardinals — CBS

Sunday Night Football

Saints @ Buccaneers — NBC