By: Jonathan Goad
Well, the good teams are still good, and the bad teams are still bad. The middle of the road teams are still kind of middle of the road. There wasn’t really anything too unpredictable that happened this week.
Here’s the gist of each game.
Denver Broncos 45
Arizona Cardinals 10
The Cardinals are terrible. The Broncos defense outscored the Cardinals offense. They only needed the first quarter as they returned two of Josh Rosen’s three interceptions for touchdowns. Congrats, to those of us who started Denver’s defense. They probably won a few games for some of us. It also sounds like these teams could be departing ways with some star players. Patrick Peterson wants out of Arizona (can you blame him?) and Demaryius Thomas has been rumored to being shopped by Denver.
Tennessee Titans 19
LA Chargers 20
These teams went across the pond to show those Brits why American football is the superior football. They did not disappoint playing to a one-point game. Austin Ekeler showed that he is not Melvin Gordon, and Dion Lewis was the best back in the Tennessee backfield once again. Say it with me…
New England Patriots 38
Chicago Bears 31
The Pats outlasted the Bears in a shootout. Brady was Brady. Sony Michel did get hurt so keep an eye on that. Gronk also didn’t play because of back issues. He’s had issues with his back in the past. Hopefully, he just needed some rest. Mitch Trubisky played fairly well. He threw two picks but also two TDs and ran for 81 yards and a score. Trey Burton had a real solid game as well (9-126-1). The Bears need to right the ship if they’re going to stick around in the tight NFC North race.
Buffalo Bills 5
Indianapolis Colts 37
The Bills are so bad that they could only score five against the Colts, who have also been bad. Derek Anderson started at QB for Buffalo and proved to be just as bad as anyone else they’ve thrown out there. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck threw four TDs but only 156 yards. Two of those TDs went to T.Y. Hilton. Welcome back, T.Y! Marlon Mack scored twice as well and also went over the century mark in rushing yards.
Houston Texans 20
Jacksonville Jaguars 7
Did Houston really make Deshaun Watson ride the bus to Jacksonville? Maybe he should every week. They did win and are now in first place in the division. The Jags are in trouble if their offense continues to struggle. Cody Kessler came on in relief of Blake Bortles and at least scored. Defenses have hard time carrying teams in this offensively minded league. The Jags haven’t figured that out yet, somehow.
Detroit Lions 32
Miami Dolphins 21
The Lions picked up a big win and the Dolphins dropped one they didn’t need to. Keryyon My Wayward Johnson ran all over the Fish posting 158 yards on 19 carries. LeGarrette Blount even had 50 yards and a score on ten carries. If anyone can figure out the Dolphins backfield and let me know when Drake is going to play well, please let me know. It’d be nice to start him on his good weeks.
Minnesota Vikings 37
New York Jets 17
The Vikings extended their lead in the NFC North with Green Bay being on a bye. Adam Thielen might be the most consistent receiver in the league. He went over 100 yards again and scored a TD. Sam Darnold had a game to forget as he threw three interceptions and didn’t even complete fifty percent of his passes.
Carolina Panthers 21
Philadelphia Eagles 17
The Panthers made a heck of a comeback to defeat the reigning champs. They trailed 17-0 entering the fourth quarter and then scored 21 unanswered points. Not having a running game is hurting the Eagles. Look for them to make a move before next week’s deadline. The Panthers, however, are right in the thick of things in the NFC South. If they keep finding ways to win, they’ll continue to be in the hunt for a division title.
Cleveland Browns 23
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26
Oh, Cleveland…you were so close. You are competing though as you’ve gone to OT in four of your seven games. Nick Chubb made Clevelanders say Carlos who? Too bad they still lost.
New Orleans Saints 24
Baltimore Ravens 23
In what looked like it would be the game of the week, we got just that. The Saints battled back scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Ravens responded with a score but Justin Tucker missed his first extra point in 222 tries. This one hurt too as a made field goal likely would have sent the game to overtime. The Saints keep marching. The Ravens will bounce back. At 4-3, they’re still in the middle of the AFC North race.
Dallas Cowboys 17
Washington Redskins 20
The Cowboys need WR help so they went out and got Amari Cooper. However, he couldn’t help in Week 7. The Redskins took control of the NFC East with their win over the division rivals. I’m not sure anyone expected Washington to be leading the division at this point in the season.
LA Rams 39
San Francisco 49ers 10
Guys and gals, the Rams are still really good. Do I need to say anything else?
Cincinnati Bengals 10
Kansas City Chiefs 45
The Chiefs bounced back very nicely after their loss to the Patriots. Patrick Mahomes continued his offensive tear through the NFL. He threw for 350+ yards and 4 TDs. Kareem Hunt scored 3 TDs of his own. This one was all Chiefs. It’s safe to say that they’re going to hang around until they lose in their first playoff game because KC doesn’t win playoff games.
New York Giants 20
Atlanta Falcons 23
Well, this made for an entertaining Monday Night Football game. However, I don’t think either team is very good. Despite the win, Julio Jones still doesn’t have a touchdown. That is mind bottling, like when your mind is in a bottle…
Lessons learned in Week 7:
- There’s no questioning who the best team in the NFL is. It’s the Rams.
- American football is still better than European football.
- If the Bills and Cardinals combined teams, they would still suck.
- Even on their bye week, the Raiders could have used Khalil Mack.
- Watch out for the Chargers. They’ve won four in a row.