Week 9 is in the books, as are 132 of the NFL's 256 regular season games (51.6 percent if you're counting along at home on a day that's all about doing the math). You know what that means: It's time for our annual midseason review:
Manning has thrown a wobbly pass or three for his new team in Denver, but hey, so did Tim Tebow. The bottom line is through eight games Manning is on pace to throw for career highs in yards (4,808) and completion percentage (69.5), with his career's second-best showing in touchdowns (40) and passer rating (108.6).
Of his six interceptions, only three came in a Denver loss, and all of those were in the first half at Atlanta in Week 2. And did we mention the Broncos are 5-3, in command in the AFC West, and look poised to better their recent hot streak of four wins in the past five games? Yeah, I think he's going to be OK, folks. Let's move along. Nothing to see here.
No matter what Seattle receiver Golden Tate says, our eyes didn't lie: Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings caught the ball for a game-ending interception in the end zone, and Tate didn't. But the 14-12 Seattle victory stood, and two days later, the lockout was quickly and unceremoniously brought to a close.
Zuerlein's leg is a real weapon that has helped the 3-5 Rams already top their victory total of last season, and he's 5 of 7 on kicks of 50 yards or more. Walsh (5 of 5) and Tucker (4 of 4) have both been perfect from downtown, helping the Vikings and Ravens feel very good about moving on from veteran kickers Ryan Longwell and Billy Cundiff, respectively.
He became the league's first player to record at least three rushing touchdowns of more than 45 yards (45, 67, 70 yards) in the same game, and all four of his touchdowns and 220 of his rushing yards came in the second half. Martin and former Denver running back Mike Anderson are the only backs to ever rush for at least 250 yards and score four times in a game. Not bad for a guy who lasted until the 31st pick in the draft.