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NFL Week 9 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Fields almost leads Bears to victory: The second-year quarterback dominated on the ground with a 91.9 PFF rushing grade.

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

Trevor Lawrence produces to lead Jaguars over Raiders: Lawrence finished with a 87.6 PFF grade —the highest-graded showing of his young career.

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

Here are the top stories from Week 9.

QB Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

PFF grade: 87.6

The first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft had arguably his finest performance in the NFL to date in the Jaguars' win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. He was particularly impressive throwing beyond the sticks, going 10-for-12 for 135 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, though, this was just Lawrence's second game this season without a turnover-worthy play.


RB Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

PFF grade: 93.4

Mixon came into Sunday having statistically his worst season since entering the NFL, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry through eight games. You wouldn’t have guessed it based on his showing against the Carolina Panthers, though. He racked up 104 of his 153 rushing yards after contact, the first time this season he has produced more than 50 yards after contact, and forced five missed tackles on carries. 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’ rushing ability add a lot of value to the Bears' offense recently, and it very nearly propelled the team to victory in Week 9. His passing stat sheet was interesting, featuring three touchdowns but just a 4.4 yards per attempt average. He produced a 91.9 PFF rushing grade, though — the highest of any player to run the ball more than 10 times on Sunday. His eight missed tackles forced 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 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Joseph has started the past five games for the Lions and has looked right at home in their secondary. Statistically, he actually allowed more yards in coverage on Sunday (38) than he had all season (29) coming into the game, but he also saved a pair of touchdowns with an interception of Aaron Rodgers at the three-yard line, undercutting the throw to Robert Tonyan and breaking up a deep ball at the five-yard line meant for Samori Toure.


CB L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF grade: 86.2

Sneed had an impressive night both lined up in the slot and as an outside cornerback. He was targeted on two of his four snaps in coverage lined up on the outside, breaking up one pass and closely covering Robert Woods to prevent the completion on the other. In the slot, he allowed just one reception for two yards from 11 snaps in coverage. He also sealed the game on fourth-and-26 with 2:13 left in overtime, jumping Woods' route and dropping what would have likely been a pick-six on the game’s final play.


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