So much happens during one singular week in the NFL. How could one possibly cover everything thing that goes on from the NFC East to the AFC West, from Thursday to Monday, from injury wire to biggest fantasy implications?
Verge tries to wrap up each game and blanket the important storylines in only four sentences, or four quarters. Week seven is over, let’s get to it.
Los Angeles Rams 37 – Atlanta Falcons 10
The Rams got some of their confidence back in a blowout victory over Atlanta. The presence of Jalen Ramsey was immediately felt on defence, letting Goff and the offence roll.
What on earth is wrong with the Atlanta Falcons? On the bright side, Dan Quinn hasn’t lost the trust of his star receiver Julio Jones, who interrupted his post-game speech to defend his head coach on everyone’s hot seat.
Miami Dolphins 21 – Buffalo Bills 31
Despite a valiant effort from the ex-Bill Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo’s defence was too much to handle for Miami. The Dolphins remain winless, and that doesn’t seem like it is going to change anytime soon.
As for Buffalo, they continue to roll with dominating defensive play. They have a chance to move to 6-1 with a win over the free-falling Eagles next week.
Jacksonville Jaguars 27 – Cincinnati Bengals 17
The Bengals are the other winless team in the NFL and continue to lose gloriously. Andy Dalton threw three interceptions in under 5 minutes, closing the door on his rookie head coach’s chance at his first NFL win.
Jacksonville couldn’t have asked for this win at a better time. After the colts ended Houston’s winning streak, the Jags kept pace with the rest of the AFC South after defeating Cincinnati.
Minnesota Vikings 42 – Detroit Lions 30
Kirk Cousins cannot be stopped. four more passing touchdowns and another blowout win over a quality opponent has this Vikings team rolling.
We eventually have to ask ourselves if Minnesota is a contender in an absolutely stacked NFC. let’s first find out how Cousins does in primetime against an underwhelming team like Washington.
Oakland Raiders 24 – Green Bay Packers 42
There are two types of blowouts in sports: the one where you get utterly embarrassed, and the other being where you just have to tip your cap because you just couldn’t stop one player. Oakland, make sure to tip your cap to Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers has had several “career-best” performances but this one will get close to the top of the list. 429 yards, 5 touchdowns and a perfect QBR, sheesh.
Houston Texans 23 – Indianapolis Colts 30
We’re at the point of the season where the only team you can really trust week to week is New England (and maybe Green Bay, although rookie head coaches don’t always exude confidence. Everyone else is a gamble.
Houston and Indy are perfect examples. After Jacoby Brissett and the Colts impressive victory, who knows what to make of these to AFC South teams.
Arizona Cardinals 27 – New York Giants 21
The Giants moved to 2-5 after a tough home loss to a hungry Arizona team, thus providing one singular expectation. Prepare for the tanks.
Daniel Jones’ consistency has regressed and so has his offensive line, and with a difficult schedule approaching, don’t expect too many more wins for this NFC New York Squad. Kingsbury and Murray moved to .500, a feat many couldn’t have predicted at this point in their season.
San Francisco 9 – Washington Redskins 0
The Niners had disgusting playing condition and a stiff defence to score on. Great teams win these types of games though, and San Francisco remains undefeated.
The football world continues to wait for Jimmy Garoppolo to have his first standout performance. There was little hope for him to have it in the type of rain that was coming down in Washington on Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers 20 – Tennessee Titans 23
Los Angeles was a matter of inches from snapping their losing streak. Unfortunately for them, the Titans stood their ground and a Melvin Gordon fumble on the goal line landed the Chargers yet another brutal loss.
It’s losses like these that cost a head coach his job, and it’s hard to imagine Anthony Lynn won’t find himself on the hot seat after Sunday. The bigger question mark is this: given the lack of production from their longtime QB and the ample talent from the rest of the roster, how soon does LA need to start looking for Phillip Rivers replacement?
New Orleans Saints 36 – Chicago Bears 25
You can go ahead and add the Bears league-best defence to Teddy Bridgewater’s resume. Drew Brees returns from his thumb injury very soon, you have to wonder how long you give Bridgewater to keep his job with the way he is playing.
Speaking of QB’s being back from injury, Mitchel Trubisky is back and his return was anything but quality. Outside of some stat-padding in garbage time, Trubisky continues to add more questions for than answers for the Chicago Bears.
Baltimore Ravens 30 – Seattle Seahawks 16
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were looking for a marquee win, something to prove they belong with the rest of the league’s contenders. Marching into Seattle and outdueling Russell Wilson is a tremendous start.
Jackson may have only thrown for 140 yards, but adding 116 rushing yards, dominating the time of possession and keeping his defence off the field is exactly what his team needed. Now with total control of the AFC North, Baltimore has room to coast.
Philadelphia Eagles 10 – Dallas Cowboys 37
The NFC East gained a bit more clarity after the utter destruction the Eagles were dealt at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. after a 63-yard field goal from Brett Maher, Dallas was up 27-7 at the half.
Philadelphia is officially in trouble, and in dire need of a win when they travel to Buffalo to end their three-game road stand. Hopefully, Carson Wentz can get an ounce of help from his team, on both sides of the ball but especially from a receiving group needing a boost.
Monday Night Football
New England Patriots 33 – New York Jets 0
Now halfway through the season, the New England Patriots remain undefeated. After a crushing blow to whatever hopes the Jets for making the playoffs, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the AFC’s best defence are 7-0.
Yes, the Patriots have not played the leagues best competition. You have to beat who you play though, and New England has beaten every opponent they’ve faced in beyond convincing fashion.
Thursday Night Football (Week 8)
Washington Redskins 9 – Minnesota Vikings 19
Another win for Minnesota, but not so impressive this time around and not so surprisingly, it came during a primetime game. Kirk Cousins continues the perception that he is incapable of convincing his doubter when it comes to his play in games of relevance.
Even with their QB’s play coming back down to Earth, the Vikings are 6-2, a quality place to be at the halfway point in the NFL season. Washington on the other hand? Well, this will be a season Redskins players, coaches, fans and the organization as a whole would love to forget immediately.