Right when we think we have the NFL figured out they throw us a curveball. Nobody would have thought the Rams would be Seattle or that the Browns would lay an egg against the Jags. I was disappointed the Panthers didn’t put up much of a fight as it seemed Cam had turned the corner healthwise. Romo has taken so much flak over the years for his erratic play even though as he has kept the Cowboys franchise duct taped together. Now that he is running the Cowboys offese masterfully (finaly having an O-Line+consistent running game) everyone is turning a blind eye. Week 7 had a lot of twists but here are my thoughts…..
PATRIOTS 27 JETS 25
This game was a lot closer than I would have imagined but the Jets executed their gameplan perfectly. Only problem is they STILL loss the game by Rex Ryan burning their prematurely. Brady is still on fire but the Patriots defense wil need to tighten up because they won’t always be facing a terrible Jets team. Also worth noting Geno showed poise and promise but the Jets franchise is just a toxic situation.
RAVENS 29 FALCONS 7
The Falcons are a dumpter fire on defense. Now because of the severe depletion of offensive linemen it is becoming that way on the offensive side of the ball too. The Falcons season is fading fas after it seemed to be so promising. Torrey Smith is slowly emerging as a legit option in the Ravens offense again after scoring 4 tds in the past 4 weeks.
BILLS 17 VIKINGS 16
A game that many thought would be a cruiser for the Bills turned out to be a nail biter. There was a Cordarrelle Patterson siting albeit very brief as he caught a 6yd touchdown to give Teddy his first ever td pass. Kyle Orton put the Bills offense on his back (sounds so funny saying that) as both of his starting rb’s went down to injury. Sammy Watkins is quickly proving to be a budding star as he caught the game winning td with one second left on the clock. He often dominated the Vikings secondary and while thats not a tall task it should be noted that Watkins is just a rookie.
DOLPHINS 27 BEARS 14
I seen this loss coming. The Bears don’t play well at home for whatever reason and the Dolphins have a top 12 defense that comes to play every week. Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman should be ashamed of themselves for not averaging atleast 27 points a game with all their weapons. Then again Jay Cutler is who we thought he was all along. A turnover machine that often displays poor leadership with his distant aloof aura. There are plenty offenses in the league doing better with less.
LIONS 24 SAINTS 23
The Saints flat out blew this game with a couple costly (uncharacteristic) turnovers by Brees and another poor defensive effort. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints fire Rob Ryan this week because there is no excuse for how bad that defense has quickly become. The Lions are a scary bunch considering they aren’t even at full strength right now. It is also not surprising to see how well that defensive line is playing considering the fact they got a few guys trying to get paid.
PACKERS 38 PANTHERS 17
It is now safe to say that Aaron Rodgers has put his stamp on being a part of the MVP discussion. The way he is surgically ripping defenses right now is phenomenal to witness. The Panthers are still in 1st place in their division in spite of how poorly they have looked this season. I thought Cam Newton would put on a show against Rodgers and build off last week but that offense looked often overwhelmed.
COLTS 27 BENGALS 0
The Colts made it a priority to stop the Bengals running game and they did just that. As a result, it put pressure on Dalton to put points on the board in which he failed miserably. It’s not a total shock to me to see they got shut out considering the lack of weapons they have at receiver. Sanu as their only reliable target was destined for shutdown at some point. They will get healthier on offense but the defense is another story as they have taken a major step back and some players are in major regression mode. Colts roll on in predictable fashion.
JAGUARS 24 BROWNS 6
The Jags defense has slowly come around and it may have peaked this season on Sunday. It wasn’t the toughest of offenses but they did shut down a runnin game that has been fairly dominant this season. The loss of All-Pro Center Alex Mack of the Browns prove to be a huge loss as the Jags stuffed the run and forced Hoyer to be a passer. After torching the Steelers last Sunday he quickly turned back into a pumpkin with an array of wild errant throws. The Jags shutdown an offense that the Steelers coud not…hmmmm…NFL “any given Sunday” mantra I guess.
RAMS 28 SEAHAWKS 26
Although the Hawks had plenty controversy and catter surrounding the Percy Harvin trade this week I still thought they’d beat the Rams. The Seahawks defense isn’t what it used to be right now and they need a few db’s to get healthy. Russell Wilson seems to be taking a step forward with this offense but they cant forget to keep Marshawn Lynch involved. They play 16 Super Bowls this season so I expected it to be a bit of a struggle. However, they have to find a way to get stops because that intimidating mystique the defense once has is quickly evaporating. Also worth noting… the Rams may have found their answer at running back with rookie stud Tre Mason. His speed and decisiveness makes him the best RB they have by a wide margin.
WASHINGTON 19 TITANS 17
Kirk Cousins played so horrible he was replaced by third stringer Colt McCoy. Colt won this game for the Redskins which is all you need to know about how awful the Titans have become. Washington fans will now welcome back RG3 with open arms.
CHIEFS 23 CHARGERS 20
Andy Reid shows his brilliance once again as he is highly successful winning games coming off a bye. The Chargers were outplayed as the Chiefs gave them a dose of their own medicine by dominating the time of possession game. This isn’t a complete upset as the Chiefs/Chargers games are always tough.
COWBOYS 31 GIANTS 21
I think it has become official that the Cowboys are legit. This seemed like a classic trap game yet the Cowboys came out and took care of business. The run game has done wonders for Romo’s efficiency and they seem to be getting better. A true indication of an offense getting better is when you start to utilize more of your weapons. Gavin Escobar was the beneficiary yesterday catching 2 TD’s and looking like an athletic mismatch they can exploit.
CARDINALS 24 RAIDERS 13
It didn’t take much for the Cardinals to beat the Raiders as Carson Palmer continues to work his arm back to full strength. However, after looking very suspect the last few weeks the defense actually played well and limited the Raiders aerial attack that was quite potent against the Chargers.
BRONCOS 42 49ERS 17
This night was perfectly set up for Peyton Manning to break the touchdown record as all he needed was 3 and there wasn’t anything the 49ers could do about it. It didn’t help that they were missing 2 stud LB’s and a few DB’s but it still wouldn’t have happened. Of course Peyton was spectacular, but Colin Kaepernick quietly played well. His athleticism and ability to throw on the run across his body is extraordinary. Sunday night was a Broncos party and the 49ers were merely invited to the blowout festivities.
STEELERS 30 TEXANS 23
The Texans should have won this game but when you have Ryan Fitzpatrick as your quarterback these things happen. The Steelers put on a 3 minute, 21 point blitz to end the half and basically never looked back. The Steelers won the game but still looked like a team ready for implosion. They were just fortunate enough to be playing the hapless Texans on national television.