Let’s take a look back at what happened in Week 7 of the NFL Season:
Player of the Week: Ryan Mathews (SD) – 21 carries for 110 yards, 1 TD.
Honorable Mentions: A.J. Green (CIN), Vincent Jackson (TB), Calvin Johnson (DET), Andrew Luck (IND),
Goat of the Week: Matt Barkley (PHI) – 3 Interceptions, only 129 yards
– Thursday evening’s clash saw the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Arizona Cardinals 34-22 and improve to 6-1, their first ever 6-1 start to a season. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch both played well as usual, though Wilson did lose the ball two of the three times he fumbled it. The Seahawks defense though made two interceptions and sacked Carson Palmer five times, led by linebacker Malcolm Smith who had nine tackles including two for a loss.
– The Buccaneers – under the leadership of one Greg Schiano – again failed to get their first win of the season, this time falling to the Atlanta Falcons, 31-23. What jumps out is the fact that Mike Glennon completed only 26/44 passes, no Tampa Bay player ran for more than 47 yards, the Bucs D failed to sack Matt Ryan, and Ryan and WR Harry Douglas were a phenomenal partnership. Tampa Bay will host Carolina Thursday night as they look to avoid going 0-7, while Atlanta will take on the aforementioned Arizona.
– The New York J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets pulled off a late win over the Patriots to move above .500, winning 30-27 in OT on a Nick Folk 42-yard Field Goal. Tom Brady’s completion percentage was under 50% and didn’t throw a touchdown while Geno Smith looked just fine (17/33, 233 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). Gronkowski had a big impact with 8 catches for 114 yards, but the real story was the 15-yard penalty called on Patriots DT Chris Jones for unsportsmanlike conduct on the initial 56-yard attempt. The Jets will play at Cincinnati Sunday, while New England will host Miami.
– The Jaguars also failed to win again, falling to 0-7 as the Chargers defeated them 24-6. San Diego is now above .500 at 4-3 after a quality performance from Phillip Rivers, who went 22/26 for 285 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT, and Ryan Mathews ran 21 times for 110 yards and a TD. Maurice Jones-Drew, once regarded as one of the better RBs in the league, was held to 37 yards by the Chargers defense.
– A rash of injuries again fell up on the league as Jay Cutler suffered a torn groin and will miss a minimum of four weeks, Jermichael Finley had to go to the ICU, and Reggie Wayne is now out for the year with a torn ACL.
– The Chiefs continued to amaze, improving to 7-0 with a 17-16 win over the Texans who fell to 2-5. Case Keenum was 15-25 for 271 yards and a TD in his debut, but the Chiefs did just enough to win again, and will host Cleveland this coming Sunday.
– Monday saw the New York Giants finally win a game in what was such a dreadfully ugly contest that frankly, I will say nothing else. The Giants won 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings. And as Joe said yesterday, the Vikings may somehow be worse than the Giants.
– Sunday Night Football gave us one of the better football games we’ve seen in a long time, resulting in incredibly high ratings for NBC and a 39-33 win for the Colts, handing the Broncos their first loss of the season. Andrew Luck again showed why he’s one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, throwing for 3 TDs and 228 yards, and a nearly cliche late Peyton Manning interception was part of the Broncos downfall. Indianapolis will have this next week off, while Denver will play host to the Washington football team.