With seven weeks in the books, there are still five undefeated teams in the NFL. The playoff picture is beginning to take form, with the good teams separating themselves from the pack. Let’s recap the seventh week of the NFL season.
SEA 20, SF 3
Seattle still has a lot of problems, but getting a solid win on the road against a hated division rival should help ease tension in the Emerald City. As for the 49ers, they seem to have lost their identity as a stout defensive team with a complimentary offensive attack. They’re defense is suspect and they have no consistent form of offense.
BUF 31, JAX 34
Even across the pond, the Bills seem hell bent on self destroying what appears to be a talented roster’s chances at a playoff berth. Jacksonville led big a halftime but seems to self-destruct in the second half, losing the lead, only storming back to with a come-from-behind fourth quarter victory. Good for them.
MIN 28, DET 19
Detroit just can’t get out of its own way. Minnesota on the other hand, has rolled to a 4-2 record, which at times hasn’t been so pretty – but wins are wins.
NO 27, IND 21
This was the last nail in Chuck Pagano’s coffin. He’s a goner. Falling behind 27-0 against a so-so Saints team at home is unacceptable. Luck continues to throw interceptions and the defense just can’t get stops when they need them. Things don’t look so great in Indy.
PITT 13, KC 23
The awe of Landry Jones’ magnificent debut quickly faded in the loss to Kansas City. Throwing two inceptions stunted the Steeler’s shot at winning in a tough environment, albeit against an injury-torn team. The Chiefs, minus Charles and Maclin, notched a solid victory, but their season is over.
HOU 26, MIA 44
Looks like the Dolphins finally woke up with Dan Campbell. They initial 41-0 lead was against a Texans team that has mailed it in. Their true test lies in the Thursday Night game against the mighty Patriots.
NYJ 23, NE 30
Tom Terrific was magnificent. He delivered one of the best performances of his career on a cloudy afternoon that included a make-shift offensive line, 9 drops from his receivers and no running game. In a game where both the Jets and the Patriots were evenly matched, the difference ended up being Tom Brady’s greatness.
CLE 6, STL 24
The Rams finally won a game they’re supposed to win, easily disposing of the overmatched Browns.
ATL 10, TEN 7
A win is a win, no matter how ugly it is. Don’t tell anybody, but teams are starting to double team Julio Jones, neutralizing the Falcon’s offense which only mustered 10 points against the disappointing Titans.
TB 30, WSH 31
You like that! Yes, Kirk Cousins, Redskins’ fans do love your come-from-behind victory. A young Tampa Bay is still going through going pains, but they completely blew this one.
OAK 37, SD 29
I never thought I’d live to see the day, but the Raiders are kind of good. After jumping to a commanding 37-6 lead, they put it in cruise control to allow the Chargers make this blow out look more bearable on the box score, but make no mistake, the Raiders trampeled over the Bolts.
DAL 20, NYG 27
No, Matt Cassel didn’t play great, but he almost won the game. The Cowboys didn’t deserve to lose the game on a kick-off return for a touchdown, but that’s why special teams in the third phase of the game. The Cowboys are now 0-4 without Tony Romo. Ouch.
PHI 16, CAR 27
Carolina is just a better team than Philadelphia just as Cam Newton is a better quarterback than Sam Bradford, that’s essentially what it came down to. And keep in mind, Newton threw three interceptions. That’s saying something.
BAL 18, AZ 26
The Ravens are dead. It’s over Baltimore, I’m sorry. And the Cardinals struck gold signing a rejuvenated CJ2K. It seems luck has been in Arizona, while the Ravens continue to inexplicably fall apart.