The WOW! factor was back for NFL fans who have been longing for some quality pro football action, but who instead, have suffered through injuries, penalties, long commercials and just downright sloppy play almost across the board on previous NFL Sundays.
But we got some real, fast paced, hard hitting action in Week 7, almost across the board. Even some of the teams that ended up losing the games put up valiant efforts.
The Bengals Continue To Suffer
The guy we have to feel most sorry for is poor ole Joe Burrow, he has got to be thinking at this point, “what do I have to do.” Burrow and his revamped Cincinnati Bengals team took on Baker Mayfield, who was supposed to be banged up, and the Cleveland Browns in an early game on Sunday and played them one hell of a game. Joe Burrow passed for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth reaching 406 yards passing, and the Bengals lost the game, again.
Of course, it’s, once again, hats off to Baker Mayfield, who, despite his injuries, managed to pull another victory out of the fire for the Browns passing for 5 touchdowns and 297 yards in the air. If this keeps up, both the Browns and the Bengals might actually become contenders in the NFL. But the fans in attendance surely got their money’s worth in that Bengals vs Browns game.
Actually, most all of the early Sunday NFL action was interesting, and action filled. Those fans who enjoy the Red Zone format got a thrill a minute, even the host Scott Hanson got genuinely excited about the action in his “octobox” on screen.
The Saints Squeak One Past The Panthers
The Saints finally looked a little more like the professional football team that everyone in Louisiana loves with a passion. They finally managed to beat a determined Carolina Panthers team by a final score of 27-24, but it was not easy down in the ‘Big Easy’. Former Saint Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came to town as the new Panthers’ QB and he matched Drew Brees and the Saints at almost every turn. He threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns while Brees also had two passing touchdowns and 287 yards in the air.
The difference in the game came down to the Saints running game led by the aggressive Alvin Kamara, with 84 yards on 14 touches and backed up handsomely by Latavius Murray with 11 touches for 47 yards. Of course, these guys are running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.
The Cowboys Continue To Struggle
The “Skunk of the Day” has to be the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Washington Football Team. They went into the game as only one-point dogs on the road, but managed to lose by 22 points playing against a 1-and-5 team that can’t even settle on a name since being forced to stop being the Redskins. The game was ugly; backup quarterback Andy Dalton got dinged and had to leave the game with a concussion, not to return. Dallas managed to kick one field goal in the first quarter, but that was the end of their scoring for the day.
Obviously, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have a quarterback problem that can’t wait for Dak Prescott or Andy Dalton to return to the field.
Neither Rain Or Snow Keeps The Chiefs Away
The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t bothered by the snow that fell when they took on the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs pulled off the trifecta of scores – touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams as they made easy work of the game on the way to a 43-16 victory. This wasn’t just a Patrick Mahomes game, though, and all sides of the ball deserve credit for the win.
Only One Undefeated Team Remains
The Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers were both 6-0 heading into yesterday’s action, but only one would be able to make that claim by the time the game ended. The Steelers started strong and moved the ball enough to take a 27-7 lead; however, the Titans were able to bounce back and make this a real game 17 unanswered points. Like the Saints-Panthers game, this one would be determined by a failed field goal by the Titans, and the Steelers are now the only undefeated team in the NFL after their 27-24 victory.
The Pats Find Nothing
The San Francisco 49ers didn’t have too much trouble against the New England Patriots, despite having to overcome a number of issues this season. The Pats couldn’t find their rhythm on either offense or defense, and New England quarterback Cam Newton didn’t do anything to help his time. The Niners went on to win 33-6 and are once again trying to get back in the running for the playoffs after dropping key games this year.
Sportsbooks everywhere learned to always be on the lookout for that old adage “What comes around, goes around.” It’s a phrase borrowed from NASCAR, but applicable to most any sport. Last weekend was extra good for books, but Week 7 turned out to be extra bad. Jay Kornegay of the Westgate Sports says that his book took a six-figure loss when they dropped four of their five top decisions, which pretty much decided the day for some of the biggest books in Las Vegas. However, Week 8 is coming right up, so there’s a chance to rebound.