NFL Nutshell: Week 7

24 10 2011

 

St. Louis 7, Dallas 34

Not only did Dallas have their first game in which the final score had a greater difference than 4 between the two teams, but DeMarco Murray made many fantasy owners ecstatic with his 253 rushing yards, breaking Dallas’s single-game rushing record previously held by Emmitt Smith.

 

Green Bay 33, Minnesota 27

In a game in which many suspected a blow out, Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson made a valiant effort to hand the Packers their first loss, but the Packers defense held tight when the game was on the line (even though this was their smallest margin of victory in the season so far).

 

Kansas City 28, Oakland 0

The Oakland Raiders threw two new quarterbacks on the field – Kyle Boller and recently acquired Carson Palmer – but unfortunately, they could not establish any sort of rhythm with their offense, each throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns, while the Chiefs have now matched their season-beginning 3-game losing streak with a 3-game winning streak.

 

Pittsburgh 32, Arizona 20

Ben Roethlisberger had his best game of the year with 361 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 121.8 while Larry Fitzgerald continues to second guess his preseason request for Kevin Kolb to be his quarterback.

 

Seattle 3, Cleveland 6

In a game that had less total yards from both teams than the Saints had by themselves, Charlie Whitehurst and Colt McCoy struggled to move the ball down the field, but Phil Dawson made one more field goal than Steven Hauschka which was just enough for a W against an offensively bottom-of-the-barrel Seahawks team.

 

Atlanta 23, Detroit 16

Even though it isn’t completely clear how the Lions reacted to Matt Ryan’s injury, it is clear that this young Lions team is going in the wrong direction with their second straight loss and needs to prepare for meeting a fired up Broncos team next week.

 

Houston 41, Tennessee 7

Standing at 3-3 and not even contending in this past game, the Titans are a difficult team to figure out, unlike the Texans, who with a dynamic duo in their backfield – Ben Tate and Arian Foster – and with a recovered Andre Johnson, could be very dangerous.

 

Denver 18, Miami 15 (OT)

Even though he played horribly for 57 minutes and had to create a dramatic ending to defeat the dreadful Dolphins, Tim Tebow still must be given credit for scoring 15 points in the last 2:44 of the game and showing he really does “have a knack for winning.”

 

San Diego 21, NY Jets 27

Sitting at 3-3, the Jets listened to their coach when he said this was a pivotal game for their season, and even though they didn’t lead until the fourth quarter, they played a solid game on all parts of the field and are now 4-0 in division play.

 

Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18

Matt Forte has now tallied up 553 rushing yards in his past four games, and yesterday, his Bears defense supported him by forcing four interceptions out of inconsistent Josh Freeman.

 

Washington 20, Carolina 33

With this Redskins loss, it is now anyone’s call as to how this NFC East will end up; on the other hand, Cam Newton leaves no doubt that he knows how to throw the football and gain a lot of stats (he currently sits 4th in the league with 2,103 passing yards), but his ability to win games is still in doubt.

 

New Orleans 62, Indianapolis 7

There were no surprises in this match as Drew Brees threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and Indianapolis fans continue to write “I Miss You” letters to Peyton Manning (or “Welcome” letters to Andrew Luck).

 

Monday Night Football:

Baltimore v. Jacksonville – 7:30 p.m. CT

The Jaguars have not won a game since their week 1 victory over the Titans while the Ravens have not lost since week 2 against the Titans. I expect each of these streaks to be preserved as Blaine Gabbert will continue to look inexperienced (the Jaguars are dead last in total passing yards), while Ray Rice will build off of last week’s 100+ rushing yards performance. Pick: Ravens.

 

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