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One of the most dramatic news weeks in recent NFL history was capped by a batch of Sunday games that were equally stunning, entertaining and unpredictable.

Underdogs rose up across the league in Week Nine, including the Tennessee Titans. Their 6-2 record going into their game in Los Angeles showed they were no mugs, but few were giving them a chance against the 7-1 Rams. And that’s where this column begins…

Five Major Takeaways from Week Nine

1) Titans win another way

The Tennessee Titans had not won a football game without a guy called Derrick Henry in the line-up since 2015. But they had to enter a dragon’s den of sorts in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football and find a way to slay the fire-breathing Rams. And most of us expected the pattern to be the same if the Titans were to find a way to win.

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Brian Baldinger reacts to the news that the Tennessee Titans will be without star running back Derrick Henry for several weeks due to a broken foot

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We expected the Titans to stick with the running game, only this time behind 36-year-old veteran Adrian Peterson, and throw play-action passes off that; giving quarterback Ryan Tannehill easier looks in the passing game.

But the Titans only rushed for 69 yards as a team (their leading rusher was D’Onta Foreman with 29) and Tannehill threw for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Yet Tennessee won 28-16 and it was their defense that was the driving force.

Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Rams in Week Nine of the NFL

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Highlights of the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Rams in Week Nine of the NFL

Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry combined for four-and-a-half sacks of Matthew Stafford, and David Long and Kevin Byard pounced for two game-changing interceptions in 26 first-half seconds. Good teams find a way to win and these Titans are well-coached, resilient and more than just good.

2) Jaguars shock the world!

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 9-6 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon is why the NFL actually play the games and don’t just run computer simulations based on prior form and current strength of the teams. The computer would most definitely have said “no” when asked if Jacksonville could win in Week Nine.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence celebrate after beating the Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lawrence celebrate after beating the Buffalo Bills

Buffalo came into this contest as the number one scoring team in the league, averaging 32 points per game. Jacksonville were ranked 28th in points allowed, giving up 29 per game. It was not a rosy picture for Urban Meyer’s team.

But they did what so many defenses are doing this year. They took away the big play from Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and forced him to be patient when moving the ball down the field. That requires discipline and Allen failed on that front, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. Two of those turnovers came from Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, who also had a sack. He took the whole ‘Josh Allen’ thing personally on Sunday, that’s for sure!

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen registered a hat-trick of a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery against his namesake, Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen registered a hat-trick of a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery against his namesake, Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback

3) Denver beat Dallas with ease

Who was giving the Denver Broncos a chance to beat the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday? Not me, that’s for certain. Dak Prescott was back at quarterback for ‘America’s Team’ and Mike McCarthy’s side had not lost since opening night in Tampa Bay.

Nobody told Vic Fangio that his Broncos didn’t have a shot though and the wily coach dialled up a defensive game plan that kept the Cowboys – and Prescott in particular – on their heels all night long. What was most surprising about this 30-16 win is that it wasn’t even close. Denver were up 30-0 with six minutes remaining before Dallas picked up a couple of consolation touchdowns.

Watch Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tim Patrick against the Dallas Cowboys

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Watch Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tim Patrick against the Dallas Cowboys

This was a complete team win for the Broncos. The defense sacked Prescott twice and picked him off once. Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, threw for a tidy 249 yards and one touchdown and Denver rushed for 190 yards and two scores.

As I watched this one unfold, I kept wondering when Dallas would fight back and they simply never did. Stunning.

4) Cardinals send a message

There was quite a major bump in the road being travelled by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. They were coming off their first loss of the season and heading to play a division rival with star quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins out injured.

Some Arizona Cardinals trickery led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Christian Kirk against the San Francisco 49ers

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Some Arizona Cardinals trickery led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Christian Kirk against the San Francisco 49ers

Early in the contest against the San Francisco 49ers, the Cards suffered further adversity when running back Chase Edmonds went down with a high ankle sprain. They didn’t miss a beat though behind the neat passing of veteran backup QB Colt McCoy and the playmaking versatility of James Conner, who touched the ball 26 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a league-leading 11 on the season.

Arizona romped to a 31-17 victory that was largely comfortable. To do that without your two best players is mightily impressive. This team is now back at the top of the NFC seedings and with only two teams with winning records (Rams and Cowboys) remaining on their schedule, the Cards are in great shape to make a run.

Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin trucks over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a 21-yard touchdown run

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Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin trucks over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a 21-yard touchdown run

5) Browns respond!

The Cleveland Browns had endured a tumultuous week by the time they stepped onto the field to face the Cincinnati Bengals in the ‘Battle of Ohio’ on Sunday. The fallout between quarterback Baker Mayfield and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. escalated to the point where OBJ is now no longer on the team.

How would the Browns respond? There would have been Baker guys and Odell guys in their locker room, so would we see a divided team in a key game against the Bengals? Well, it certainly looked like 53 guys pulling in the same direction as Cleveland registered an emphatic 41-16 win.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb torches the Cincinnati Bengals defense on this 70-yard touchdown run

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Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb torches the Cincinnati Bengals defense on this 70-yard touchdown run

Baker was rock solid in throwing for 218 yards and two touchdowns but the real stars of the night were on the defensive side of the ball. Led by Myles Garrett, the Browns recorded five sacks of Joe Burrow. On the back end, the secondary came up with two interceptions and forced a fumble while holding the dangerous Ja’Marr Chase to just six receptions for 49 yards.

Player of the Week: Jeffery Simmons

Jeffery Simmons takes down Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during his dominant display on Sunday night

Jeffery Simmons takes down Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during his dominant display on Sunday night

With Aaron Donald watching on from the other sideline, Tennessee’s own dominant interior defensive lineman turned in a display that number 99 would have been proud of.

Jeffery Simmons recorded three sacks, four quarterback hits and three tackles for losses for the Titans in their win over the Rams. He also provided the pressure up the middle for Matthew Stafford’s interception, thrown from his own endzone, that gifted Tennessee a short field for the first touchdown of the game.

That was as disruptive a pass-rushing performance as I have seen in the NFL this season and if it hadn’t been such a disappointing night for the Rams, Donald might even have nodded in approval.

Play of the Week

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward picks off Joe Burrow and returns it for a 99-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals

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Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward picks off Joe Burrow and returns it for a 99-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals made a very positive start to their contest with Cleveland, marching down the field on 10 plays to set up a 3rd-and-Goal from the three-yard line. The 11th play could very well have been a Cincinnati touchdown as Joe Burrow fired in the direction of Chase on an out route near the goal line. Instead, the Browns grabbed the momentum that would never be relinquished as Denzel Ward – who was excellent the entire game – jumped the pass, intercepted Burrow and raced 99 yards for the touchdown. It was a 14-point swing and the Browns never looked back!

Coach of the Week: Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick has masterminded a New England Patriots win streak that has them again hunting for a playoff spot in the AFC

Bill Belichick has masterminded a New England Patriots win streak that has them again hunting for a playoff spot in the AFC

We tend to give coaching awards to everyone but Bill Belichick because his greatness is already assumed. But let’s give a nod to the GOAT here who has led the New England Patriots to three-straight wins and victories in four of their last five. They are now breathing down Buffalo’s neck in the AFC East.

Belichick loves facing young quarterbacks and Sam Darnold was the latest target, who threw three interceptions for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s 24-6 beating. His team is not flashy, nor loaded with elite talent across the board, but they have played themselves into form and into the playoff picture.

New England confound quarterbacks on a weekly basis and they know how to go and get the football. On offense, they run the ball well behind a physical line and rookie quarterback Mac Jones is improving. Belichick deserves a load of credit for getting this team into a competitive state.

On my Radar

Cincinnati Bengals star rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase has been slowed the last couple of weeks in back-to-back losses

Cincinnati Bengals star rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase has been slowed the last couple of weeks in back-to-back losses

The early-season form of Cincinnati rookie wide receiver Chase was historic and fun to watch. But he has been shut down in the last two weeks as defenses put greater emphasis on removing him from Cincinnati’s attack.

The Bengals are still going his way as Chase has been targeted 22 times in defeats to the New York Jets and the Browns, yet he has only caught nine passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. All three Bengals turnovers on Sunday involved Chase – he was targeted on the two interceptions and also lost a fumble.

I refuse to believe Chase has hit the dreaded rookie wall already, so how will he respond? This is not only going to be key for his development, Cincinnati’s fight for a playoff berth is going to depend on getting their star man going again.

Join Neil Reynolds and guests for Inside The Huddle, every Tuesday from 9pm on Sky Sports NFL for a look back on the best of the weekend’s NFL action.

Osaka plans indefinite break from tennis after shock US Open exit

The Japanese Naomi Osaka will compete in the third round against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova in her tennis match in the women’s singles in Tokyo 2020 in the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.

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Naomi Osaka’s US Open defense ended in tears after a staggering loss to Leylah Fernandez before announcing an indefinite break from the sport.

The defending champion served for the match in the second set but surrendered, leaving the 18-year-old storming at the stunned Arthur Ashe Stadium for an impressive 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

It was a surprise end to her first Grand Slam back after she retired from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues.

The future of the 23-year-old in the game must now be in doubt after saying she won’t play “for a while”.

In her post-game press conference, she held back tears and said, “It’s very difficult to articulate. Basically, I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.

“I think I’ll take a break from playing for a while.

“How should I say this? I feel to myself lately when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that that’s normal. I didn’t really mean to cry. “

When asked what caused the defeat, she added, “I don’t think it was her serve because I was able to come back pretty well against people who have served better. I don’t think that’s the cause because i was in this situation before.

“I think we are all dealing with some things, but I know that I am dealing with some things.”

It was Fernandez’s biggest win, the world’s number 73 career, and one that will usher in a fourth-round meeting with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

The 18-year-old Canadian said during her on-site interview: “I probably wanted to stay on the pitch a little longer and offer everyone a show. One hour on the pitch was just not enough for me.” .

“Right from the start, just before the game, I knew that I could win.

“I didn’t focus on Naomi, I just focused on myself and what I had to do.”

Kerber continued her resurgent summer by defeating Sloane Stephens 5-7 6-2 6-3.

The German announced she had to sleep in Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night when Storm Ida caused her match to be canceled late.

She said, “I mean we got canceled very late. I thought we could go straight to the hotel. But it was impossible because of the storm and rain and stuff.

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“We stayed here until 3:30, 4 in the morning. I was trying to get some sleep because I had the game yesterday, as well as a few hours later. Yeah, that was my Wednesday night at the gym.”

Simona Halep fought to beat Elena Rybakina, but last year’s finalist Victoria Azarenka was beaten by Garbine Muguruza.

Halep’s season was marred by injuries and the Romanian is playing with heavy suspenders on her right thigh, but she saved four setpoints in a remarkable tie-break in the first set and finished strong with a 7-6 (13-11) 4 -6 6-3 win .

The ninth seeded Muguruza turned out to be too strong for Azarenka. The Spaniard prevailed 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 2 to prepare another blockbuster fight against the French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova.

One day after cheering on husband Gael Monfils for a second-round win, fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina made it into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina beating American Danielle Collins 6-3 6- 3rd

Unemployed employees are hit with one other shock: Many owe the federal government cash for medical insurance

According to the federal government, Ryan made too much money off unemployment. It was more money than she would have made as a preschool teacher, and it bumped her into a different income bracket that reduced her insurance subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. Desperate to keep health insurance in the middle of the pandemic, she’s trying to figure out how to pay the big bill.

“Where do I get all the money to pay back during the pandemic?” said Ryan, 50, who lives in Bergen County, New Jersey. “What did you expect from us? Drop Obamacare During Pandemic? “

Ryan is one of the million Americans facing surprisingly high tax burdens amid a global health crisis. She was finally able to go back to work in a daycare center but says she doesn’t have $ 3,100. She used the savings she had to move from Pennsylvania to New Jersey when a job opened in her field.

“We’re just trying to get back on our feet and we’re now overwhelmed with all the bills we owe,” said Ryan, who lives with her boyfriend.

Congress is trying to fix this problem so that low-income Americans won’t drop their health insurance because they can’t afford it. The $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package, expected to be passed in mid-March, would forgive these tax burdens. (According to an agreement reached late Friday, households earning less than $ 150,000 would also save taxes on the first $ 10,200 in unemployment income.)

Politicians and health experts say the United States needs to keep as many people as possible covered by health insurance during the deadly pandemic. But this subsidy problem that Ryan and millions of others are now facing makes it difficult.

Low-income workers and the self-employed typically turn to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces for health insurance. If workers earn between $ 18,000 and $ 51,000, they’re eligible for a government grant to make plans more affordable. The catch, however, comes if they got health insurance in November or December 2019 – before the pandemic became a national emergency.

People like Ryan estimated their earnings for 2020 and were far from it, largely because of the additional $ 600 a week Congress made available to the unemployed from April to July. Workers such as preschool teachers, teaching assistants, waiters and the self-employed often benefited more from unemployment than from their regular work last spring. Now they owe money to the government to repay some of their health grants.

This happens to some low-income Americans every year, but experts say it is particularly common now that the livelihoods of so many people have been dramatically disrupted.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, around 3.2 million low-income Americans owed the state money for their health grants in 2018 Data. That number is expected to be over 5 million, according to 2020 Estimates from the Joint Tax Committee and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“This just goes to show how complicated it is to subsidize people’s health care through the tax system,” said Larry Levitt, executive vice president of health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation. “In the midst of the enormous uncertainty for the people, it would certainly be helpful if they didn’t have to pay back subsidies for having misreported their income.”

According to the economic stimulus plan, everyone who is unemployed will automatically qualify for the full health insurance subsidy in 2021. If the legislation goes into effect, these Americans won’t get a shock tax bill next year, and they should be able to afford health insurance by now.

Lawyers for the poor hailed these recent initiatives by Congress and the White House, but complained that it had taken lawmakers a year to figure out how to help.

“We have been in a pandemic since March, and nothing has been done by Congress to bring more people to health insurance,” said Tara Straw, a senior health policy analyst at the left-wing Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And while there’s a solution along the way, some Americans like Shawn McCreary of Doylestown, Pennsylvania have already paid their taxes – and the credit fine for health insurance.

“That year, I owed $ 3,565 in federal taxes, of which $ 1,300 apparently came from” overpaying “the health exchange because my unemployment was higher than my planned income in November 2019,” McCreary said. “That was a complete surprise to me.”

McCreary, 36, is a special education teacher. He was working as a replacement when the pandemic closed due to the pandemic last March. Since he was a substitute teacher, he was not on the school district’s insurance plan. He had taken out insurance through the health insurance company and said he had even tried to overestimate his 2020 income so as not to pay a fine later, but he was unemployed for most of the year.

As an asthmatic, McCreary already has huge health bills. He was also careful returning to the classroom until he was vaccinated. His grandmother died of Covid-19 in July.

“The pandemic really changed my life from top to bottom,” said McCreary. “I don’t have $ 3,500 to just give back to the government. I almost wish they had paid me less to start with. “

McCreary filed his taxes last month and started a payment plan with the IRS. He will likely have to file an amended statement when Congress passes the stimulus bill that waives the money he owes for the health grant.

For the unemployed, this is another turn in a tough year. Health experts say they just hope the stimulus will go away soon and people will realize they can refill.