Raiders defeat Chiefs in thriller, Patriots dismantle Falcons
Week 6 saw the fall of the lone unbeaten team, the Kansas City Chiefs. It also brought upon another devastating injury to a superstar, Aaron Rodgers. After six weeks of NFL action, teams are rapidly shifting up and down on the standings.
On Thursday night, there was an unbelievable finish in Oakland. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper were on fire all night for the Oakland Raiders. A back and forth game came down to the final drive. Carr and the Raiders got two free plays after time expired due to the Chiefs’ penalties.
The untimed downs resulted in a Crabtree touchdown and a 31-30 Raiders win. Cooper tallied 11 receptions for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Buffalo Bills hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeSean McCoy was able to get it going this week by scoring 2 touchdowns. Mike Evans caught a toe-tapping touchdown late, but the Bills prevailed 30-27.
Mitch Trubisky completed just 4 passes against the Carolina Panthers. Thanks to 2 long touchdown returns by Bears’ safety Eddie Jackson, Chicago’s defense was able to score 14 points, while holding Cam Newton to just 3 points. The Bears looked impressive in this 17-3 win.
The Cleveland Browns were a part of another snoozer on Sunday. Although it was a close game, neither the Browns nor the Tennessee Titans found the end zone. The battle of field goals needed an overtime period to find a victor. Ultimately, Ryan Succop kicked the Titans to a 12-9 victory.
The Green Bay Packers hung in with the red hot New Orleans Saints for a while in the first half, but the Packers offense could not get anything going later on. Jordy Nelson was held to 2 receptions, and Brett Hundley struggled. Drew Brees led the Saints to their fourth straight victory following their 0-2 start.
Leonard Fournette missed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game this week, but the Jaguars did not miss a beat. The Indianapolis Colts failed to score a point, as the Jaguars defense dominated. They move to 4-3 after a 27-0 win. T.J. Yeldon replaced Fournette well with 122 yards and a touchdown.
A similar situation occurred out in London as it did in Indianapolis. Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer broke his left arm early on. The Cardinals, like the Colts, failed to score. This game was all for the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams scored early and often to take this contest 33-0, moving to 5-2. Jared Goff threw for 235 yards and a touchdown.
The New York Jets faced off with the Miami Dolphins for the second time this season. The Jets led most of the way, into the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler left the game early with a broken rib. Replacement Matt Moore led the Dolphins to a 14-point fourth quarter comeback, and a 31-28 Dolphins victory. Jarvis Landry had 7 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Latavis Murray carried the Vikings offense with 113 yards and a touchdown, however, kickers were the stars of the game. Kai Forbath kicked 6 field goals and Justin Tucker made 3. Joe Flacco’s struggles continued, while the Baltimore Ravens are still searching for an offensive identity. The Vikings won 24-16.
Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension was delayed once again, and luckily, for the Dallas Cowboys, he was ready to play. Elliott scored 3 touchdowns, running all over the San Francisco 49ers. From start to finish the Cowboys controlled this one, winning 40-10.
Shutouts might have been a theme this week. The Denver Broncos became the third team to get shut out in Week 7. This loss was at the hand of the Los Angeles Chargers. Travis Benjamin made the play of the game with a punt return touchdown to put the Chargers up 14-0. The Chargers defense dominated, and the Chargers climb to 3-4 after their 0-4 start. The final score was 21-0.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rode Le’Veon Bell all the way to victory once again. Bell tallied over 200 total yards against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Andy Dalton and the Bengals hung tight early, but the second half was all Steelers. The Steelers racked up a few interceptions on their way to a second half shutout, and a 29-14 victory.
The New York Giants defense came to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. An Evan Engram touchdown after a fumble recovery had Big Blue up 7-3 at half, but the Giants offense could notmuster up anything the rest of the game. Seattle benefited by a controversial simultaneous interception and touchdown, and won in the Meadowlands 24-7.
The New England Patriots continued their hot streak against the Atlanta Falcons, picking up from the Super Bowl.
If not for an impressive Julio Jones touchdown in garbage time, the Patriots wouldhave shut out the Falcons in Foxboro. The Falcons 23-7 loss left Atlanta fans worried, dropping to 3-3.
On Monday night, the top team in the NFC kept on rolling. Carson Wentz and the Eagles faced the Washington Redskins in a divisional battle. Wentz made plays with his feet, and threw four touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins played well, but the Redskins' skill positions were not producing for Cousins. Wentz dominated and the Eagles move to 6-1 with a 34-24 win.
The Eagles are proving to be the team to beat in the NFC, while the Patriots and Steelers are showing why they are the class of the AFC.
That being said, no division lead is safe. With a lot of teams on bye in Week 8, it is a good chance for the teams in the middle of the pack to climb up the standings.