NFL Week 7
Week 7 has come and gone…Lets look around the league and see what is going on.
Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer brought a couple of touchdown passes with him for his return to Oakland and seems to have stabilized Arizona’s offensive attack. The Cardinals are 5-1 for the first time since 1976.
Atlanta Falcons: With all the injuries on their offensive line, Atlanta has been in a free fall and has lost four games in a row.
Baltimore Ravens: A strong defensive effort against the offensively challenged Falcons offset the average play of Joe Flacco. Even with a 5-2 record, the best team the Ravens have beaten is only 3-3-1….Not sure how much confidence anyone should really have in this team at this point.
Buffalo Bills: Terry Pegula barely got his first win, as the new owner of the Bills, with a last second Orton to Watkins connection. Costly win for the Bills losing both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson to injuries.
Carolina Panthers: Ummmm….I thought the Panthers had a good defense…..Panthers have allowed 37 points or more in 4 games this season.
Chicago Bears: The Bears defense is not good enough to overcome turnovers committed by the Bears offense. Chicago’s defense was so bad it actually make Ryan Tannehill look serviceable. The Bears are one of three teams (Tampa Bay & Oakland) not to have won a home game yet. History Note: The Bears a 1-4 against the Dolphins at home.
Cincinnati Bengals: Since starting 3-0, the Bengals have allowed 107 points in the last three games and sit barely ahead of the Steelers while trailing the Ravens 2 games in the division.
Cleveland Browns: How do the Browns follow up with a big win over division rival Pittsburgh? By laying an egg against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Unexpected Stat: On Sunday, the Browns failed to score 21 points for the first time this season.
Dallas Cowboys: Led by DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo, the Cowboys beat the Giants to extend their winning streak to six and now hold the best record in the NFL. DeMarco Murray is the only running back in NFL History to start the season with seven consecutive 100 yard games.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos made a serious statement Sunday night and made it known they are on a “Super Bowl or Bust” mission. The irony of Peyton Manning breaking Brett Favre’s All Time Touchdown record is that no one is criticizing him for running up the score his entire career.
Detroit Lions: An impressive 3:38 minute of football by a Calvin Johnson-less Lions team to blow past the New Orleans Saints. Weird Franchise Stat: Matthew Stafford’s two touchdowns put him ahead of Bobby Lane as Detroit’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. Since starting the season 1-2, the Packers have won 4 straight. R-E-L-A-X.
Houston Texans: With how quickly a 13-0 lead turned into a 24-13 deficit before halftime, it is surprising that Bill O’Brien didn’t pull a “Rex Ryan” and punch a wall. Not that Ryan Fitzpatrick has been terrible (currently has a better QB Rating than Geno Smith and Ryan Tannehill), but having lost 3 of the last 4 games, how long until fans starting calling for Ryan Mallett?
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts defense (yes…that Colts defense) smothered Cincinnati holding the Bengals to 8 total first downs and 1 of 13 on third down attempts. Since starting 0-2, the Colts’ offense has averaged 33 points a game while their defense has surrendered an average of 13 point per game.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Not a great game by Blake Bortals but certainly huge win for a struggling franchise.
Kansas City Chiefs: Efficient passing from Alex Smith with a dose of Jamal Charles was enough to get the Chiefs their first win in San Diego since 2007.
Miami Dolphins: The Philbin-Hotseat Watch got a week off as the Dolphins were able to take advantage of a bad Bears defense and a Bears offense that is allergic to holding on to the ball.
Minnesota Vikings: Tough road loss for the Vikings who seem to have found a bit of a running game even with the absence of Adrian Peterson. The Vikings were unable to capitalize on four Buffalo Bills turnovers.
New England Patriots: An unimpressive win against an unimpressive opponent really didn’t leave anything to celebrate about. The Patriots have 10 days to see if they can schematically cover up the huge loss of Jerod Mayo in the middle of that defense. Since becoming New England’s starter, Tom Brady has never lost a Thursday Night and boasts a 7-0 in those contests.
New Orleans Saints: Penalties and turnovers were too much for the Saints to overcome against Detroit’s aggressive defense. The Saints have lost 7 straight road games.
New York Giants: The Giant kept this game close but in the end the Cowboys were just too much to handle. With games against the Colts, Seahawks, and 49ers, the Giants may fade away by Thanksgiving.
New York Jets: The Jets played their Super Bowl against the Patriots and lost. Not much of chance of Rex Ryan surviving after this season….which, in reality, may not be a bad thing.
Oakland Raiders: Looks like the 1976 Buccaneers and the 2008 Detroit Lions will have to wait another week to pop open the bubbly and celebrate the last winless team’s victory. With how bad the Raiders have been since making the Super Bowl in 2002, it’s hard to believe this is only the second 0-6 start in team history (1962).
Philadelphia Eagles: Good timing for the bye week to help get some injured players, especially Darren Sproles, healthy.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers were lucky to hold on to a victory on Monday Night against a very sloppy Texans team. Pittsburgh has been the model of inconsistency and have yet to win two games in a row this season.
St Louis Rams: Efficient passing from Austin Davis mixed in with a little trickery netted the Rams their first home win of the season. This was only the third time the Rams have beat Seattle in their last 19 meetings.
San Diego Chargers: The lack of a running game caught up with the Chargers who, besides, giving up 154 yards on the ground, were able to muster only 69 rushing yards of their own.
San Francisco 49ers: About an ugly of a loss that the 49ers have suffered with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. The 49ers looked completely unprepared to play on Sunday and should send the St. Louis Rams a ‘Thank You’ gift for beating the Seattle for them.
Seattle Seahawks: Defense has been Seattle’s calling card over the last few seasons. In back to back weeks, the Seahawks have allowed 100 yards rushing and now have lost back to back games for the first time since 2012.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not sure if a bye week is long enough to help the Bucs in any way.
Tennessee Titans: Sloppy play and turnovers really made it a long afternoon for the Titans. Tennessee is not nearly a good enough team to overcome 11 penalties for 96 yards.
Washington Redskins: Looks like the Redskins have finally found their franchise Quarterback in Colt McCoy…..at least for this week anyway.