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NFL superlatives in Week 9

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NFL,Scott Gleeson
Breaking down the best and worst from Week 9 of the NFL:

5. Best first win: Dolphins » Fresh off two second-half collapses in previous weeks, Miami didn't let up against the Chiefs in a surprisingly dominant 31-3 victory. The 28-point win is the third-largest margin of victory by a team that was 0-7 or worse in NFL history.

4. Best punt returner: Patrick Peterson » The Cardinals rookie returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime to help Arizona end a six-game losing streak and beat the Rams. Peterson became the first player in NFL history to have three punt returns for touchdowns in his first eight games.

3. Worst Super Bowl d?j? vu: Patriots » It was a Super Bowl XLII remake for the Giants. Eli Manning capped off a fourth-quarter drive similar to 2008 by connecting with Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left for a 24-20 victory over New England. While it was a definitive third-and-5 pass over the middle in '08, Week 9 saw Ballard leap up and grab a 28-yard pass over the middle on third down before he caught the game-winner.

2. Best quarterback-running back duo: Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee » They became the fifth QB-RB tandem in NFL history to rush for 100 yards each in a game as the Broncos beat the Raiders 38-24. Tebow (10-for-21, 124 yards) threw for two TD passes and rushed for 118 yards, while McGahee ran for 163 and two scores.

1. Best winning streak: 49ers » San Francisco has stormed to the top of the weak NFC West with an unexpected 7-1 start -- including six straight wins -- fueled by running back Frank Gore and his five consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. Close behind, the Andy Dalton-led Bengals (6-2) have won five straight for the first time since 1988.

- Scott Gleeson

sgleeson@washingtonexaminer.com

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