• The Week That Was: NFL Week 7

    Let's go around the scoreboard and recap "The Week That Was"

    Colts 27, Bengals 0
    - this game was scary, for both teams, for different reasons. Fresh off their best offensive output of the season, the Bengals turned in their WORST offensive performance in more than 5 years. How bad was it? The Bengals came in with a league leading 7.05 yards gained on first down. Sunday? They averaged 2.5 yards gained on first down. For Indy, we already knew the offense was great, but if the defense keeps playing like that? They are bonafide Super Bowl contenders, and may become favorites. The Colts Defense in their last 4 games have allowed only 4 of 44 3rd down conversions and have amassed 19 sacks over the last 4 games. The only thing that seems can derail them is turnovers. They had 2 more Sunday, and should have been 3 had Leon Hall not dropped a pass that was literally thrown in his chest. It was that kind of day for the Bengals. Reggie Wayne passed 14,000yds in the game. Indy had a sound strategy on D. Blitz nearly every play, trust your DB's to win outside. The blitz forced quick passes and contained the running game. Andre Smith turned in one of his worst games of his career.

    Patriots 27, Jets 25
    - The Jets can't win for trying. 218yds rushing only to lose on a blocked field goal at the end of the game. I believe I read they are the first team to ever rush for 200yds and lose. Brady continues to prove that he's still got it, as long as you give him a little time. What did the Jets in were 4 field goals, including two in the redzone.

    Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6
    -Welcome back to earth Brownies. It seems ironically fitting that the game turned on the Browns trying to field a punt on their own 2yd line, a mistake on its own, only to have the ball bounce off the returners' helmet. Congrats to Jacksonville for dumping the goose egg. Cleveland has now given up 24 points or more in 5 of their 6 games, and their offense finally had a bad game. Dennard Robinson had a breakout game at RB for the Jets

    Miami 27, Chicago 14
    - it seems you can't make heads or tails of either of these teams from week to week. Both are maddeningly inconsistent. The Bears have all the talent in the world, but can't seem to get out of their own way at times. This is a damning loss for them at home, but then again they are now 0-3 at Soldier Field this season. Ryan Tannehill turned in a stellar road win and showed that maybe you shouldn't give up on him just yet. 3 sacks and 3 turnovers did in the Bears.

    Dallas 31, Giants 21
    - Dallas keeps rolling along on the legs of DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant also turned in strong performances. How much longer can they ride Murray though? He was injured briefly in the first half before returning. Eli and the Giants offense played well, but it was their defense that faltered. TE Larry Donnell had a team high 7 catches, but two crucial fumbles that sealed the game for Dallas.

    Baltimore 29, Atlanta 7
    - Baltimore is without a doubt the best team no one is talking about. They are 5-2, and both their offense and defense are ranked in the top 5 in the NFL. Steve Smith has been a tremendous pickup and had another nice day. They've also found a great pickup in Justin Forsett. They are now in first place in the AFC North. Poor Atlanta. They are loaded at the skill positions, but are just completely decimated along both trenches. An already bad line lost starting center Peter Konz for the year.

    Washington 19, Tennessee 17
    - All hail Colt McCoy! Former wonderboy Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime after his 10th and 11th turnovers of the season, and McCoy led a come from behind (albeit 4pts) victory in the 2nd half for Washington. McCoy was an astounding 11-12 on the day with a touchdown and no interceptions. It had been 22 months since he threw a pass in a game. The Titans were stuck with starting Charlie Whitehurst in the game. While Locker isn't great, you figure they win the game with him. Neither offense did much in the game, but Washington did just enough. They suffered a big blow though as Brian Orakpo tore his right pectoral muscle.

    Denver 42, San Francisco 17
    - oh Peyton Manning doing Peyton Manning things. Peyton Manning is now the all-time touchdown leader. Will that record ever be broken again? With the way the game is going, you'd bank on yes, but its going to take another truly special QB to get there. San Francisco never really seemed interested in being at this game and Denver dominated in all facets of the game. Granted, their defense was missing a number of starters. Still, you have to wonder what a demoralizing loss will do for a locker room that already seemed to have issues to begin with.

    St. Louis 28, Seattle 26
    - is there turmoil in Seattle? Great teams don't lose games like this, and they just traded away one of their best playmakers. Their coach, is a Rex Ryan type coach. His style is fine when things are going right, players don't love it so much when the wins don't come with it. Pete Carroll throwing players under the buss in press conferences won't help either. Hats off to the Rams. They got a desperately needed win, and they're doing it with their young guys. Tre Mason had a breakout game and they also had a solid game from Benny Cunningham. Austin Davis was incredibly efficient throwing 2 TD's and only 3 incomplete passes.

    Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16
    - this was another game neither team really seemed all that interested in winning. Buffalo suffered horrible injuries in the game, losing both RB Fred Jackson and RB CJ Spiller. Somehow, despite those injuries and 4 turnovers and 6 sacks, the Bills pulled out a victory at home thanks in large part to a monster day by rookie WR Sammy Watkins who had 9 catches for 122 yds and 2 TD's. Minnesota lost two starting OL in the game and Bridgewater had two turnovers of his own while being sacked 5 times. Still, it took a last second TD by Buffalo to get the win.

    Kansas City 23, San Diego 20
    - San Diego lost a crucial game at home in their bid to keep pace with Denver for the division. Injuries are really starting to take their toll on the Chargers defense. This was a close game throughout with the Chiefs hitting the winning FG late, snapping the Chargers 5 game win streak. The Chiefs dominated the time of possession and held the Chargers offense to 3 of 10 on 3rd down. Phillip Rivers turned in his worst performance of the season going just 17 for 31. San Diego has a big showdown Sunday with Denver for the division lead.

    Green Bay 38, Carolina 17
    - this one wasn't even as close as the score says, with all of the Panthers points coming in garbage time. What has happened to the Panthers defense? They gave up 15.1 points per game last season. This season, they've given up at least 37 points four times through their first 7 games. Rodgers had another strong game leading the Packers to a quick 28 point lead. Rodgers only had 3 incompletions on the day to go with 3 touchdowns. Cam Newton came crashing back to Earth after accounting for nearly 400yds of offense last week. Things don't get easier for the Panthers, who have the Seahawks next week.

    Arizona 24, Oakland 13
    - Did you know that the Cardinals are 5-1? I'm not sure anyone outside of Arizona realizes that right now. Overlooked by their two older brothers, the Cardinals currently have a 2 game lead in thechallenging NFC West. It all starts with their defense, which continues to toss out strong performances. Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington had solid games on the offensive side. Arizona was 9 of 15 on 3rd down. Oakland, they just can't catch a break. Carr has promise, but lacks experience and weapons. Can Oakland get their first win next week in Cleveland?

    Detroit 24, New Orleans 23
    - In the end here, the better defense simply won out. It didn't hurt that the Saints killed themselves with 134 penalty yards on 12 penalties. Golden Tate continues to do a great job stepping up with Calvin Johnson not playing. Stafford was efficient despite not much help from his running game. The Saints had the win in hand late in the game, but an errant throw by Drew Brees gave Detroit life and allowed them to get the game winning score. The Saints sorely missed Jimmy Graham who played, but due to his shoulder injury was mainly a decoy, only seeing one target.

    Pittsburgh 30, Houston 23
    - Houston outplayed Pittsburgh for 57 minutes and 6 seconds. The problem? During the other 2 minutes and 54 seconds the Steelers scored 24 points. Houston looked like they were going to take a 13 point lead (or more) into halftime, and then things fell apart. After a Houston punt, Pittsburgh needed just 2 plays to cut the score to 13-10. What followed, was a comedy of errors as Houston had two fumbles in the final 1:27 of the half to allow Pittsburgh the decisive scores. Roethlisberger was efficient on the night completing 69.7% of his passes and two touchdowns. Everything changed in those 2:54 though. Pittsburgh looked like they were going to get blown out at home.

    What about you FP? What stood out to you this week?