NFL Week 7 Schedule Recap Of The 2020 Season

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The NFL Week 7 Schedule saw the level of play high even from some of the lesser teams in the NFL, an injury to a high-profile player, and a big time dirty hit against a quarterback.  All the while the league’s elite teams continue to win, and veteran leadership and the talent of youth reign supreme all across the league.  Here is my recap of all the action from Week 7 schedule in the NFL.

NY Giants (1-6) at Philadelphia (2-4-1):  The New York Giants offense did all they could to win on Thursday night.  Quarterback Daniel Jones had an 80-yard run (before tripping over his own feet) to set up a touchdown, and Big Blue’s O mounded an eight-minute, 97-yard second half drive to give their defense a 21-10 lead.  It was at that point, after scoring their only touchdown to that point on their first possession, Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense returned to action, mounting two fourth quarter scoring drives and stealing victory from what should have been a defeat.

New Orleans 27 (4-2), Carolina 24 (3-4):  In this nip-and-tuck NFC South battle, both the Saints and Panthers held second quarter leads and the game was tied at 24 as the fourth quarter began.  Despite not having Michael Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders to throw to, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees did just enough to out duel Teddy Bridgewater, posting the game’s final three points to take a lead his defense was able to hold on to.  Carolina how proven they will be a tough opponent week in and week out this season, while the Saints are hopefully this win can put them back in to the conversation as championship contenders as November arrives.

Green Bay 35 (5-1), Houston 20 (1-6): Don’t let the final score of this game fool you, because the Packers had a 21-0 halftime advantage and took a 28-7 lead with 20 minutes left in the game before the Texans decided to put up some garbage time yards and points.  Sure, Deshaun Watson ended the day with 309 passing yards and two TDs, but when the game mattered it was Aaron Rodgers and his four touchdown passes who sealed the win and put the Packers back in the win column.  This is why fantasy football is so much different than the real NFL, because the first doesn’t take into account wins and losses, but the second one only does. 

Buffalo 18 (5-2), NY Jets 10 (0-7): Gang Green play just well enough on defense to keep this game close, keeping the Bills out of the end zone and holding them to six field goals; while the Jets offense did enough to keep Buffalo in the game long enough for them to kick those FGs, take over the lead and win the game.  For a franchise that already had internal fighting between offensive and defensive players and coaches, this game will not help bring unity to a team that is more fractured than ever.  This will Buffalo breaks their two-game losing streak and continue to have a strong hold of first place in the AFC East with this win.

Detroit 23 (3-3), Atlanta 22 (1-6):  In a shocking development, the Falcons gave up a fourth quarter lead when Matthew Stafford tossed a game winning TD pass with 12 seconds left on the clock.  The game was lost when Todd Gurley didn’t stop himself from scoring with his team behind 16-14 and the Falcons able to run the clock out before kicking a short, game winning FG; instead the running back scored earlier enough to allow the Lions to roar back in the ATL.  In this back-and-forth game, each team had and lost a lead in the final quarter, with the Lions able to take advantage late and steal the road win to keep their slim playoff hope alive and head coach Matt Patricia employed for a few more weeks.  Both Stafford and his counterpart Matt Ryan had good games for their teams, with the Lions signal caller just nosing out Atlanta’s quarterback on the stat sheet and the scoreboard in this competitive NFC matchup. 

Cleveland 37 (5-2), Cincinnati 34 (1-5-1): After being tied at 17 early in the third quarter, this AFC North battle saw six lead changes in the final 25 minutes of game action, with these two offensive teams trading points possession by possession.  Baker Mayfield won the game with a last-minute touchdown pass, his fifth on the day, giving the Browns an important divisional victory.  While Joe Burrow saw his 406-yard passing day fell just a little bit short as his defense continues to give away games the rookie quarterback does his best to win week after week.  Cleveland might have lost wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to a serious knee injury in this game, which will likely change how Mayfield and the Browns play in the coming week and even the rest of the season.

Washington 25 (2-5), Dallas 3 (2-5):  For all those people who thought it might be a blessing in disguise that Andy Dalton was taking over for the injured Dak Prescott, the Cowboys quarterback did little to proof that statement to be true on Sunday.  Washington took over early and dominated from start to finish while Dallas has regressed offensively under Mike McCarthy, making former head coach Jason Garrett appear to be a genius.  The outcome of this game puts the Eagles in first place in the NFC East, with these two teams tied for second, one game ahead of the Giants.  The lasting impression of this game will likely Andy Dalton being taken off the field after a vicious late hit put on him by Washington’s Jon Bostic, who knocked the sliding quarterback’s helmet off.  The play is expected by most to have seen it draw a hefty fine and possibly a suspension.

Pittsburgh 27 (6-0), Tennessee 24 (5-1): This was a tale of two halves with the visiting Steelers putting up a 24-7 lead in the first half, with an early third quarter field goal giving them a 20-point cushion.  The Titans did all they could in the second half after that, posting the game’s final 17 points, but having their comeback effort fall short in suffering their first loss of the season as a game-tying field goal was finally missed in a season they were all made until this week. 

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Ben Roethlisberger didn’t look as great as he has earlier this season for Pittsburgh in tossing three interceptions in this game, but the Titans Derrick Henry was held to just 75 yards in support of Ryan Tannehill, allowing the Steelers to become the last undefeated team in the AFC this season.

Kansas City 43 (6-1), Denver 16 (2-4):  The Rocky Mountain snows were not enough to slow down the high-powered Kansas City offense, but it was the KC defense that held Broncos quarterback Drew Lock in check for the entire day in Denver.  Kansas City never trailed in this contest, and seemingly scored points on every possession as they build a 24-9 half time lead before added two third quarter field goals and two fourth quarter touchdown to put the game out of reach, even using backup QB Chad Henne to put the icing on top of cake #6 on the season.  The lone KC highlight was a length of the field kickoff return by Bryon Pringle, cueing social media to post their favorite potato chip jokes in an otherwise disappointing Broncos performance.

San Francisco 33 (4-3), New England 6 (2-4): Last week Cam Newton and the Patriots said they were rusty in their loss to the Broncos when their offense couldn’t get on track.  While we don’t know what excuses will be used this week, it is clear that the NFL has figured out what New England wants to do with their quarterback, and the genius of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have yet to adjust to the rest of the league.  The ‘Niners dominated this game early and never let go of their control, using running back Jeffery Wilson, Jr. to tally three rushing touchdowns, giving quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo all the ground support he needed in this one-sided affair.  San Francisco moves back over .500 while New England remains in third place in the AFC East as their postseason prospects are fading a badly as many of Cam Newton’s passed did in this game.

LA Chargers 39 (2-4), Jacksonville 29 (1-6):  With the Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew fighting to keep his job, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert wanted to find his first NFL win, and in this game of players and team going in opposite directions, it was Los Angeles who found enough big plays to prevail.  The Chargers jumped out to a 16-0 lead just over 20 minutes into the game but saw that lead drop to two points before halftime.  The teams would trade the lead twice apiece in a 35-point third quarter with the Chargers scoring two late TDs in the period to take a seven-point advantage.  A fourth quarter FG helped ice the game for the team (and bettors) and give Justin Herbert his first career win as Jacksonville returns home dreaming about Trevor Lawrence wearing their uniform in 2021.  Herbert’s stat line will be one that he can be proud of in his first win, posting 347 yards and three scores in the win.

Tampa Bay 45 (5-2), Las Vegas 20 (3-3):  What was a four-point game two minutes into the fourth quarter turned into a blowout win for the Buccaneers scoring two quick touchdowns sandwiched around a Derek Carr interception; with a third touchdown late giving the game its final score.  The Raiders were upset that this game was not postponed when one of their offensive lineman tested positive for Covid-19, but with the franchise already in trouble for breaking health and safety protocols, the NFL offices didn’t do them any favorites.  Nevertheless, Tampa Bay proved to be the better team on offense and defense in this game, and it showed on the stat sheet and scoreboard.

Arizona 37 (5-2), Seattle 34 (5-1):  The number of gifted athletes on the field Sunday night in Arizona was amazing, with each feat they accomplished even more amazing than the previous one.  While the combination of Russell Wilson and Tyler Locket might make the stat sheet sparkle, the play of the season might have been made by Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who ran down Cardinals safety Budda Baker on a goal line interception 90 yards down the field to prevent Arizona from scoring.  The play ended up helping save his Seahawks team from allowing any points as the Cardinals failed to score on the possession when a fourth and goal failed.  As for the game, Russell Wilson reinforced why he is the MVP front runner so far this season with three more TD passes and accounted for 472 total yards from scrimmage but had three INTs in the contest.  Arizona is showing improvement in their second season under their new head coach and quarterback, with Kyler Murray forcing overtime with a well-crafted field goal drive with no timeout as time expired in regulation.  In the end, after each team had a possession and the Cardinals missed a 41-yard field goal deep in the extra session, but were able to pick off Wilson in the late stages of overtime and set up a game winning field goal to put the NFC on notice that their division and the entire conference is back up for grabs seven weeks into the 2020 NFL season. 

 

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