We’re just past the halfway point of the NFL regular season as Week 9’s Sunday slate begins. As you wake up and wait for Vegas Whispers to post today’s plays, peruse the stories below to get you primed for everything you need to know heading into another big NFL Sunday.

NFL Trends You Need To Know (Vegas Whispers)

Can the Bears beat the Bills on Sunday? Check the numbers (Chicago Tribune)

Baker Mayfield ready to lead Browns through midseason turbulence (AP)

There’s no better solution to the Miami Dolphins defensive woes than this week’s matchup (Miami Herald)

‘Things happen’: Lions reflect, look beyond Tate era (Detroit News)

The lack of an overpowering passing game hasn’t hurt the Redskins – but what if they had one? (NBC Sports)

Panthers rookie DJ Moore not only receiver who deserves a bigger workload (The Herald-Sun)

Steelers-Ravens: ‘Abnormal’ scheduling gives midseason matchup added flavor (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

After Demaryius Thomas trade, Broncos receivers “full speed ahead” toward Texans (Denver Post)

Seahawks will slow down red-hot Philip Rivers (New York Post)

How Sean Payton Studies Up to Borrow from the Best, Including Sean McVay (MMQB)

A Rodgers-Belichick ‘limitless’ combo? Imagining ultimate ‘what if’ (ESPN)

What NBC has in store for the Packers-Patriots matchup and Brady vs Rodgers (The Athletic)