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2014 NFL Week 7 Game Recaps

New York Jets 1-6-0
New England Patriots 5-2-0

Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-The New York Jets and the New England Patriots played on Thursday Night Football last year. Geno Smith had a rough rookie outing last time. Would things be different this time around?

Tom Brady was 6-0 on Thursday Night before he took his first snap. Brady fired his first completion to Brandon LaFell before firing another completion to Brandon LaFell. The next play, Brady fires a 49-yard touchdown to Shane Vereen. New England showed excellent pass blocking on this 4 play drive which lasted 1 minute and 29 seconds. Brady opened this drive 3 for 3 with 76 passing yards. Two of those completions resulted in first downs as the Patriots generated 80 total yards on the opening drive.

It was interesting to see what the Jets would do on the opening drive. Geno Smith began the game 2 for 2 for 30 passing yards. His first completion was a 2 yard pass to Chris Ivory. Then he fired a 28 yard pass to Jeff Cumberland.

Geno Smith nearly threw a touchdown, but a holding penalty by Oday Aboushi forced the Jets to settle for a field goal. The Jets had the ball for 7 minutes and 4 seconds. New York demonstrated excellent blocking up front with good pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. The Jets ran the ball for 48 yards on the opening drive.

The defense came out motivated on the second drive as Brady went 0 for 2. The Jets got the ball back.

The Jets drove the ball downfield for a field goal with another long drive that lasted 5 minutes and 22 seconds. New England had a 7 to 6 lead after one quarter thanks to holding penalties by guards Oday Aboushi and Willie Colon limited the Jets to field goals in the first quarter.

After keeping the Patriots in check again, the Jets had another big drive that lasted 6 minutes and 18 seconds while scoring a field goal.

After the Jets scored, the Patriots got another touchdown through the air. Tom Brady threw he's second passing touchdown to Shane Vereen. Vereen had 3 receptions for 60 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in the first half. Vereen also has 3 carries for 27 rushing yards.

Both teams got one more field goal as the Patriots lead 17 to 12 at halftime. The Jets had the ball for 22 minutes and 3 seconds in the first half. The Patriots have had the ball for 7 minutes and 57 seconds. Time of possession has worked in the Jets favor, but the Patriots defense is making stops and forcing the Jets to settle for field goals.

The Jets finally score their first touchdown. Jets run for a rushing touchdown. Chris Ivory 18 carries, 101 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. New York had an 80 play with 6 minutes and 2 seconds. New York did a great job with time of possession tonight.

Brady threw a pass to Julian Edelman on third down to keep the drive alive. Penalties killed the Jets on the Patriots first drive in the second half. Edelman converted another third down by running the ball after receiving a hand off to Brady on a trick play.

New England had a nice drive and got a field goal to regain the lead. The Patriots executed some critical sacks and big plays on third down to regain the ball.

Early in the fourth quarter, Geno Smith dropped back to pass. Smith got injured on the field and had trouble getting up. Michael Vick would come in the game.

Vick would scramble before Geno Smith returned to the game on third down. Darrelle Revis with excellent man coverage. Jets would punt the ball and it was a bad punt.

Brady delivered a critical completion to Julian Edelman on third down. Edelman dropped two passes in the fourth quarter leading up to that third down conversion. Next play Brady fires a long pass to Rob Gronkowski making it first and goal.

A Brandon LaFell offensive pass interference penalty nearly cost the Patriots. Brady threw a touchdown to Danny Amendola on third down. Brady’s ability to deliver on third down was a huge reason why the Patriots took a 27-19 lead. That and the Jets only having 1 timeout left gave the Patriots a strong chance of winning.

Nice blocking by the Jets offensive line. Geno Smith throws his first touchdown against the Patriots. Jets have to go for two. Geno throws to Jace Amaro. The conversion is no good. Patriots lead 27 to 25.

Jets kicked an onside kick. After an intense scrimmage over control of the ball, Danny Amendola ended up with the ball.

The Patriots ran most of the clock out. The Jets had 1 minute and 6 seconds after they got the ball back. Geno Smith would fire a pass to Chris Johnson for 8 yards before firing another 31 pass to Chris Johnson. Geno spiked it before the he threw the ball to David Nelson for an 11 yard gain. Smith with a 13 yard pass to Jeremy Kerley. The Geno would throw a completion to Chris Ivory. Nick Folk attempted a 58 yard field goal only to watch his kick blocked by Chris Jones.

Jets fall to 1-6 and host the Bills next week. New England improves to 5-2 on the season and continues to build their grip on the AFC East.

Tom Brady easily player of the game. Like the Bills game, he had trouble getting blocking from the offensive line on a consistent basis. Brady went 20 for 37 with 261 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Atlanta Falcons 2-5-0
Baltimore Ravens 5-2-0

Game Recap: BALTIMORE-Two quarterbacks from the 2008 NFL Draft will battle it out in Baltimore. A game between the top 5 pick from Boston College and a Super Bowl champion that attended Delaware takes place. Who would win on Sunday?

Joe Flacco threw both of his first two completions to to tight end Owen Daniels. One of those completions resulted in a Ravens touchdown that gave Baltimore a 7-0 lead.

A Bernard Pierce 1 yard rushing touchdown and a field goal by kicker Jason Tucker gave the Ravens a 17-0 lead heading into halftime. Tucker kicked another field goal to put the Ravens up 20 to 0 after 3 quarters.

Flacco threw 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions following his first drive of the game where he connected with Owen Daniels. Baltimore had 19 first downs to Atlanta’s seven in the first three quarters which is why the Ravens did well.

The run defense and pass defense for the Ravens showed up for this contest. The linebackers in the Ravens 3-4 scheme looked very disciplined as expected. Ravens win 29 to 7.

Matt Ryan had trouble connecting with his receivers. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil had an easy time with the Falcons offensive line when you consider the fact that offensive tackles Sam Baker and Jake Matthews were both injured. Center Peter Konz left the game injured too which only makes things worse for this offensive line.

Tennessee Titans 2-5-0
Washington Redskins 2-5-0

Game Recap: WASHINGTON-There is uncertainty as to who is starting at quarterback for Tennessee. At least we knew the Redskins will be counting on Kirk Cousins on Sunday. Would Cousins deliver?

Redskins had a strong drive and took a 3-0 lead as a result. Kirk Cousins began the game 3 for 4 with 60 passing yards which set up a Redskins field goal. Washington took a 3-0 lead before the Titans tied it up at 3.

Kai Forbath kicked another field goal for the Redskins before wide receiver Kendall Wright caught a 14 yard receiving touchdown. Wright finished the day with 5 receptions, 52 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.

After a poor performance in the first half, Washington finally benched Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy. McCoy came out and threw a 70 yard pass to Pierre Garcon. That put the Redskins up 13-10. Colt McCoy was 6 for 7 with 90 passing yards in the second half.

Kai Forbath hit another field goal to put the Redskins up by 6. Journeyman Derek Hagan caught a 30 yard touchdown from Charlie Whitehurst which gave the Titans a 17 to 16 lead. The Redskins had more passing yards, rushing yards, total yards, and fewer penalties then the Titans.

Even though the Titans took the lead, Colt McCoy had an excellent drive to guide the Redskins downfield. Kicker Kai Forbath converted a fourth field goal going 4 for 4 with field goals on the day. Forbath also kicked the game-winner that gave Washington a 19-17 win over the Titans. Both teams are now 2-5 following the Redskins victory.

Seattle Seahawks 3-3-0
St. Louis Rams 2-4-0

Game Recap: ST LOUIS-The St. Louis Rams host the Seattle Seahawks after a humiliating defeat on Monday Night Football. Seattle embarrassed themselves with a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys in week 6.

Seattle had to settle for a field goal after an opening drive that took 4 minutes and 6 seconds. Marshawn Lynch had a 13 yard run and a 49 yard pass from Doug Baldwin which set up the Seahawks field goal.

St. Louis responded with a Tre Mason rushing touchdown to give the Rams a 7-3 win. Mason scored a touchdown early while Lynch didn’t.

The Rams scored again in the second quarter thanks to an Austin Davis passing touchdown. Davis began the game 8 for 8 with 35 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown and no interceptions. After that Davis completed 5 out of 6 passes for 42 passing yards.

Bailey would return a 90 yard punt for a touchdown to put the Rams up 21 to 3. Davis was 13 for14 with 77 passing yards. The Rams were not too impressive on offense. The Rams’ defense did well when you consider they kept the Russell Wilson from throwing a passing touchdown and keeping Marshawn Lynch from getting a rushing touchdown for the first three quarters. Having a defensive line featuring Robert Quinn at right end, Aaron Donald at defensive tackle, Michael Brockers at defensive tackle, and Chris Long at left end can make things easy.

The Seahawks had the ball for over 30 minutes in this contest. Having 9 penalties for 79 yards kept the Seahawks from succeeding for much of the contest.

In the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson finally ended his streak of going 7 quarters without a passing touchdown. He attempted a two point conversion by throwing an incomplete pass to Jermaine Kearse. Rams kept the lead ahead 21 to 19 in the fourth quarter.

Austin Davis sealed the Seahawks fate with a touchdown to tight end Lance Kendricks. This put the Rams up 28 to 19 as the Rams won 28 to 26.

These corners did well tackling and covering. Janoris Jenkins, E.J. Gaines, and LaMarcus Joyner all stepped up by blanketing Wilson’s receivers while blitzing Wilson and using the front 7 to keep Marshawn Lynch in check. Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald got sacks on Wilson. Seattle’s offensive line got outplayed as the Seahawks struggled pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking.

Despite poor play by the offensive line, Russell Wilson posted phenomenal numbers at quarterback for the Seahawks. Wilson finished the game 23 for 36 with 313 passing yards and 1 touchdown through the air. He ran for 106 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on 7 carries.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had 7 receptions, 123 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Baldwin was Wilson’s best friend on an offense that struggled today.

The Rams offensive line did much better than the Seahawks when it came to pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Seattle looked lost against this offensive line. Outside linebackers Malcolm Smith and K.J. Wright were the only guys that stepped up. The secondary did a good job covering these receivers, but Davis threw two touchdowns because he made the proper reads in the pocket while managing the game effectively.

St. Louis may keep Davis and avoid drafting a quarterback if he keeps playing this well. Heck maybe they can let Bradford play the final year of his contract. That is an exaggeration of course. Still, I think the Rams would bring in a quarterback to challenge Davis for the starting quarterback job in 2015 if the Rams part ways with Bradford. Davis has to keep winning like this to save his job. Winning against the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks was a great way to persuade the Rams organization that he is the quarterback of the future.

Seattle got hosed of a victory. The Seahawks were robbed of a controversial fumble where Richard Sherman recovered the ball, but there was not enough evidence to confirm this. The Rams won because of this technicality. Seattle is 3-3 and is in grave danger of missing the 2015 NFL Playoffs unless they get their act together.

Cleveland Browns 3-3-0
Jacksonville Jaguars 1-6-0

Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-Some were looking forward to a Johnny Manziel VS Blake Bortles contest at the beginning of the year. Jacksonville needed to win after an 0-6 start. The emergence of Brian Hoyer gives Cleveland a quarterback they can depend on.

Cleveland led 3-0 after 1 quarter. Both quarterbacks had accuracy issues in the first quarter. Good job by the defenses keeping both offenses from producing.

The Browns took a 6-0 lead thanks to the Jaguars forcing Cleveland to settle for a field goal. Allen Robinson helped the Jaguars gain the lead with a 31-yard receiving touchdown. Jaguars led 7 to 6 at halftime.

Jacksonville took a 10-6 lead even though Bortles threw 3 interceptions in this contest. Losing center Alex Mack was huge because the Browns were only able to run for 71 rushing yards as a team.

Jacksonville scored 2 rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville has a good run blocking unit up front, but this team cannot pass block to save face. Jacksonville kept the Browns scoreless in the second half while the Browns defense gave up. With a 1-6 record, the Jaguars finally won a game after an 0-6 start. Bortles has played 14 quarters with 4 starts as a starting quarterback with 5 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions to show for it.

Cincinnati Bengals 3-2-1
Indianapolis Colts 5-2-0

Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-The Colts began the season 0-2. The Colts have won 4 in a row since the loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is expected to return in week 7 from his suspension. Cincinnati tied with Carolina after Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed a field goal. How would the Bengals fare without their best offensive player A.J. Green?

Andrew Luck opened the game with a 5 step drop before being pressured by Carlos Dunlap. The Bengals lined Dunlap up at left end as he got by right tackle Gosder Cherillus. We will see Dunlap line up at right end and left end throughout the game.

Luck with another 5 step drop on third down. Tight end Dwayne Allen dropped a pass which set up a fourth down.

Andy Dalton takes a 7 step drop before firing a short pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. Cory Redding with a 5 yard tackle for a loss on first down. The Bengals’ offensive line was sluggish on the opening drive.

Luck with a completion to Dwayne Allen. Trent Richardson gained a few yards after nice run blocking by left tackle Anthony Costanzo and left guard Jack Mewhort. T.Y. Hilton with a critical first down. Luck would throw another completion to Dwayne Allen that resulted in a second consecutive first down with good pass blocking by Anthony Costanzo. Costanzo was able to charge the Bengals right end by pushing him back 10 yards .

Luck began the game 4 for 6 with 25 passing yards before 3 straight incompletions making him 4 for 9 on the day.

Both teams kept having bad drives until the Colts capitalized off a field goal. Colts led 3-0 after one quarter.

After the Bengals failed to score, Luck threw a 46 yard pass to T.Y. Hilton. Colts took a 10-0 lead when Ahmad Bradshaw ran the ball in the end zone for a 1 yard rushing touchdown.

The Colts began this game converting 14 first downs before the Bengals got a 2 first downs to end the first half. Cincinnati will get the ball to start the second half down 10-0.

Both teams went 0 for 14 on third down conversions in the first half. The Bengals were 0 for 8 on third downs while the Colts were 0 for 6 on third downs. The defense stepped up when it mattered. Erik Walden got ejected for an unnecessary roughness play. Losing your 3-4 left outside linebacker makes Bjorn Werner one dimensional.

The Colts finally converted the first down of the game when Andrew Luck fired a completion to Coby Fleener. Luck would fire another third down to Dwyane Allen and the Colts took a 17-0 lead.

Following the passing touchdown, Luck was 18 for 31 with 272 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Luck began the third quarter 2 for 2 on third down conversions in the second half as Dalton was 0 for 3 on his first third down conversions in the second half. Luck would go 5 for 6 on third down conversions in the second half after going 0 for 6 on third down conversions in the first half.

Colts had the #1 defense on third down heading into this game. Dalton was 0 for 11 on third down against Indianapolis on his first eleven third down conversion attempts. It took the Bengals 48 minutes and 45 seconds in a 60 minute contest before converting the first third down conversion on the day.

Ahmad Bradshaw with a receiving touchdown that put the Colts up 24 to 0 in the fourth quarter. Following Luck’s second passing touchdown he was 23 for 37 with 318 passing yards. Best part is Luck threw no interceptions while Andy Dalton was limited to 49 passing yards thanks to his star wide receiver A.J. Green being injured. Dalton finished the day with 126 passing yards. Luck finished the day 27 for 42 with 344 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Luck had another monster performance as usual. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had 7 receptions for 107 receiving yards, tight end Coby Fleener 4 receptions for 64 receiving yards, running back Trent Richardson had 4 receptions for 41 receiving yards, tight end Dwayne Allen had 3 receptions for 52 receiving yards along with a receiving touchdown, running back Ahmad Bradshaw had 3 receptions, 36 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdowns. Reggie Wayne had 4 receptions for 20 receiving yards.

The right side of the Colts offensive line struggled. Left tackle Anthony Costanzo was flawless and rookie left guard Jack Mewhort was phenomenal. What was even more impressive about Mewhort’s performance was that he faced a Bengals team that had strong depth at defensive tackle while delivering major blocks that set up big plays.

With a 27-0 shutout, the Bengals fall to 3-2-1. Indianapolis is 5-2 sitting very pretty with a solid lead in the AFC South.

Minnesota Vikings 2-5-0
Buffalo Bills 4-3-0

Game Recap: BUFFALO-Teddy Bridgewater will make his third NFL start. The Vikings are 1-1 with Bridgewater he has yet to throw a touchdown. Kyle Orton, who replaced E.J. Manuel is also 1-1 in 2 starts this season in 2014. One of these quarterbacks will begin the season 2-1.

Blair Walsh was the only player to score in the first quarter. His field goal put the Vikings up 3-0.

In the second quarter, Kyle Orton threw a touchdown to Sammy Watkins. The rookie and top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft from Clemson put the Bills up 7 to 3. Cordarrelle Patterson caught a receiving touchdown to put the Vikings up 10 to 7.

Dan Carpenter would tie it at 10. Then Blair Walsh hit a 55-yard field goal which put the Vikings up 13-10.

Neither team scored in the third quarter. Walsh kicked another field goal later in the fourth quarter. Vikings led 16-10.

Sammy Watkins hauled in his second receiving touchdown at the last second giving the Bills a 17-16 win. Watkins had 9 receptions, 122 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Buffalo looked smart after trading up for Watkins.

Teddy Bridgewater threw 2 interceptions in addition to his 1 passing touchdown. Bridgewater took 5 sacks which was better than last week, but still awful. Minnesota does not pass block well because Norv Turner believes run blocking is necessary to open up the passing game. Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt struggled in pass protection once again as the Bills were able to get by a Vikings team that was weak at guard. Right end Jerry Hughes had 1.5 sacks splitting a half a sack with strong safety Da Norris Searcy. Charlie Johnson could not stop Marcel Dareus who had 2 sacks. Mario Williams got by Phil Loadholt once for one sack.

While the Bills, won they did get some bad news. Running back C.J. Spiller will be out for the season. Running back Fred Jackson is also expected to miss some time.

Bridgewater has 1 touchdown and 5 interceptions in 3 starts. Maybe Johnny Manziel will be the best quarterback, if the Browns are patient with him when you consider Bortles already has 10 interceptions on the season. Bridgewater is 1-2 as a starter while Bortles is 1-3. It is too early to say if Bridgewater or Bortles is better.

Buffalo got a critical win to go to 4-3. It seems evident that Denver or San Diego will get the 5 seed. You got a bunch of teams like the Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Texans, Dolphins, Chiefs, and now the Bills all in this 7 way limbo for the final spot in the AFC Playoffs. It is too early to know who will get the final wild card, but with 7 teams neck and neck with each other, you have to admit that the NFL season is certainly exciting at this point.

Miami Dolphins 3-3-0
Chicago Bears 3-4-0

Game Recap: CHICAGO-Both quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler can be inconsistent. Both quarterbacks have bad pass protection. You would think avoiding turnovers and running the football would determine who won.

Ryan Tannehill was phenomenal to begin the game going 6 for 6 with 84 passing yards, and 1 passing touchdown. Chicago had no answer for Tannehill early. Tannehill completed 15 of his first 16 passes before completing only 10 of his 16 passes. Tannehill would finish the day 25 for 32 with 277 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

Both quarterbacks had poor pass protection. The Dolphins’ run defense took away the Bears’ running game limiting Chicago to 52 rushing yards while keeping Matt Forte in check as Forte only ran for 49 rushing yards. Jay Cutler went 21 for 34 with 190 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 interception. Forte had a 1 rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown while leading the Bears with 60 receiving yards.

Chicago cannot seem to get it done at home. The Bears are still winless at Solder Field in 2014 as the Dolphins go to 3-3 with a 27 to 14 statement win over the Bears. Tannehill connected with Charles Clay, Jarvis Landry, and Mike Wallace building excellent rapport with all 3 playmakers. Chicago is too inconsistent to make the playoffs, and Miami is back in the mix with all the AFC squads dueling for the final wild card.

New Orleans Saints 2-4-0
Detroit Lions 5-2-0

Game Recap: DETROIT-The New Orleans Saints have yet to win a road game and are 0-3 at home. The Detroit Lions won their first two home games. With home field and a defense that has 14 combined sacks on the defensive line, the #1 defense in yards allowed, #1 in pass defense, and #2 in run defense you have to think the Lions would have the advantage. How would both teams do without fantasy studs like Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson?

Keenan Lewis intercepted Matthew Stafford early in the contest. Stafford threw an interception as usual.

Matthew Stafford was horrible for 3 quarters. The Saints led by a touchdown up 17 to 10 heading into the 4th quarter. After the Saints got two field goals, Matthew Stafford threw two passing touchdowns to give the Lions a narrow 24 to 23 victory.

Jimmy Graham was originally ruled inactive. Then the media experts said he would be active. Then Drew Brees did not throw to him the entire game. Graham will be ready to go next week. Marques Coltson had 6 receptions for 111 receiving yards. Kenny Stillis had 5 receptions for 103 receiving yards. Brees threw for 342 passing yards because his receivers finally stepped up in week 7. With Jimmy Graham back in week 8, I expect the Saints to revert to their old form. Nobody wants the NFC South this season, so I could easily see the Saints take this division if the receivers play this good once Jimmy Graham returns in week 8.

Golden Tate stepped up and torched Keenan Lewis with a 73 yard receiving touchdown. Tate finished the day with 10 receptions, 154 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Reggie Bush returned from his injury and only had 10 rushing yards on 4 carries.

Neither team did a good job run blocking or zone blocking. New Orleans did a better job in pass protection, even though this was an epic last second game with a lot of mixed reactions.

Carolina Panthers 3-3-1
Green Bay Packers 5-2-0

Game Recap: GREEN BAY-Carolina is 0-1-1 on the road with Cam Newton as a starter and 1-1-1 on the road in 3 road games thanks to the tie with Cincinnati. Aaron Rodgers is playing like a top 5 quarterback in the NFL and has 15 passing touchdowns and 1 interception in 6 games.

Aaron Rodgers began the game 9 for 10 with 128 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown and no interceptions. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson had a 59 yard receiving touchdown on his first catch of the game.

Two rushing touchdowns by Eddie Lacy and James Starks put the Packers up 21 to 0 early. Outstanding pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking enabled the Packers to gain a 21 to 0 lead in the first quarter.

Green Bay won 38-17 after gaining such a huge lead early. Aaron Rodgers opened things up by connecting with all 3 of his wide receivers. Randall Cobb had 6 receptions, 121 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Jordy Nelson finished the day with 4 receptions, 80 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown following his 59-yard receiving touchdown. Rookie DaVante Adams caught 1 reception which resulted in a 21-yard receiving touchdown. Aaron Rodgers continues to play like a top 5 quarterback.

Everyone except right tackle Bryan Bulaga stepped up on the offensive line in this contest for the Packers. The Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers pass-rushing tandem combined for two sacks on Sunday.

Cam Newton had a mixed outing. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen stepped up. Yet Newton left the game and Derek Anderson threw 1 touchdown and no interceptions. Left tackle Byron Bell who should be playing right tackle and right guard Trai Turner are both injured. This led to a lack of pass protection as both Newton and Anderson struggled in the passing game.

Carolina is still in first place in the NFC South with a 3-3-1 record. Green Bay is 5-2 and has won four in a row since the week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Kansas City Chiefs 3-3-0
San Diego Chargers 5-2-0

Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-The Chargers had to beat the Chiefs in week 17 to make the 2014 NFL Playoffs last season. Now the Chargers are 5-1 and host the Chiefs. Kansas City is coming off a bye week and hoping to play spoiler against a San Diego Chargers team that is unbeaten at home in 2014.

Rivers threw a passing touchdown to open up the first quarter. San Diego led 7-0 after one quarter.

Jamaal Charles ran for a 16-yard rushing touchdown. Charles would finish the day with 21 carries for 91 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown.

Kansas City gained a 3 point lead off a field goal before Rivers fired a 27 yard passing touchdown to tight end Antonio Gates. Rivers threw both of his passing touchdowns in the first half as the Chargers led 14-10 at halftime.

Kansas City got a field goal and trailed by one entering the fourth quarter. Alex Smith threw a go-ahead touchdown which gave the Chiefs a 20-14 lead.

Kansas City stepped up on defense with an incredible pass rush. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston schooled left tackle King Dunlap and right tackle D.J. Fluker. Both Hali and Houston have the talent to play 3-4 right outside linebacker, and both rushers make left tackles look like right tackles. The Chargers’ offensive line did a horrible job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking against the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Diego hit two field goals to tie it up, but the Chiefs kicked a game-winning field goal with 23 seconds left. San Diego got the ball back and Rivers threw his first interception of the game in the final seconds.

Arizona Cardinals 5-1-0
Oakland Raiders 0-6-0

Game Recap: OAKLAND-Arizona faces a winless Raiders team as Carson Palmer faces his old team. Oakland looked a lot better in Tony Sparano’s first game as the Raiders head coach.

Carson Palmer dominated early with 2 passing touchdowns to running back Stepfan Taylor and wide receiver Michael Floyd. Those passing touchdowns put the Cardinals up 14-0. The backfield deserved the most credit. Andre Ellington led the Cardinals in rushing yards and receiving yards with 88 rushing yards plus 72 receiving yards, but Taylor got a rushing touchdown in addition to his receiving touchdown in the first quarter which gave the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.

Both offensive lines did a good job in pass protection. Arizona brought the run blocking and zone blocking that the Oakland Raiders lacked on Sunday. Former Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer who signed with the Cardinals got no love from the media and had a monster game at left tackle against his former team. Arizona ran for 123 rushing yards while the Raiders ran for 56 rushing yards.

Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie both looked excellent in coverage despite the brilliant pass blocking that Oakland provided for Derek Carr. It was kind of disappointing that Carr could not pick apart these cornerbacks after manhandling Shareece Wright and Brandon Flowers in Oakland last week.

Look at what Palmer did today through the air today. Running back Andre Ellington had 6 receptions for 72 receiving yards. Michael Floyd 3 receptions, 47 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Jonathan Brown had 2 receptions and 41 receiving yards after being a sleeper from the Pittsburgh State Gorillas. The former Pittsburgh Panther and veteran of this offense, Larry Fitzgerald had 4 receptions for 21 receiving yards. Tight end John Carlsson had 2 receptions for 20 receiving yards. Backup running back Stepfan Taylor had 2 receptions for 19 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Arizona was phenomenal today as Palmer displayed excellent leadership thanks to the blocking of this offensive line.

Arizona goes to 5-1. With the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks falling to 3-3 and a tiebreaker over the 49ers, Arizona has to feel comfortable about where the stand in the NFC West. Still the Cardinals cannot get careless or cocky.

Thanks to todays 24-13 loss, the Oakland Raiders are the only winless team in the NFL with an 0-6 record. Oakland will likely have their pick between quarterbacks Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, or Jameis Winston with the team continuing to struggle.

New York Giants 3-4-0
Dallas Cowboys 6-1-0

Game Recap: DALLAS-The New York Giants are coming off a 27-0 shutout loss in Philadelphia. Dallas defeated the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks 30-23 last week in Seattle. Now the Cowboys have 3 home games before a road contest against Jacksonville. The more wins Dallas can get the better. After that you have a bye week before these teams meet again in week 12.

Both quarterbacks had big days. Eli Manning and Tony Romo both made big plays in an intense duel through the air at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium.

One of the biggest factors was the sun and how it would reflect into the players eyes. The amazing thing is the sun had almost no effect as both quarterbacks displayed incredible composure. Eli got the pass protection and Romo didn’t. Tyron Smith got schooled by Jason Pierre-Paul and Doug Free missed this contest with an injury. Instead of moving Zack Martin to right tackle when Free is injured, the Cowboys opted to start a scrub at right tackle which made no sense. Having Zack Martin at right tackle and Uche Nwaneri at right guard should be plan B if Free ever misses any action.

One thing that made me mad was the fact that sideline reporter Erin Andrews got replaced with another busty blonde. If EA isn’t covering the late games than Pam Oliver should be covering the late games. Oliver is one of the most well respected journalists in sports and to kick her to the curve when Erin Andrews isn’t at the game is simply unacceptable.

Pam Oliver better be in Kansas City with Erin Andrews as the two work as professionals to cover each team. If Oliver is not at the World Series on Tuesday, she should leave FOX and go to another network like ESPN. Oliver is without a doubt an upgrade over the overrated Lisa Salters who does not even know that Justin Smith is a 3-4 defensive end. Salters refers to Smith as a defensive tackle even though the 49ers run a 3-4. Oliver knows the 49ers run a 3-4 so to pay Salters 6 digit figures when Oliver is more qualified for the job is simply unacceptable on ESPN’s part when it comes to Monday Night Football.

Eli Manning went 21 for 33 with 248 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Eli Manning was lights out when you consider that Victor Cruz is on injured reserve.

Tony Romo was just as good completing 17 out of 23 passes for 279 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 1 interceptions. Running back DeMarco Murray with 28 carries, 108 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. This blocking unit dominates in both the passing game and the running game.

Romo’s playmakers stepped up too. Wide receiver Dez Bryant had 9 receptions for 151 receiving yards. Bryant made the Giants’ cornerbacks look like two co-eds Jay Z screwed over with before he met his lovely wife Beyonce. Gavin Escobar the #2 tight end on the roster had 3 receptions for 65 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdown. I have no doubt that Escobar will be the #1 tight end on the roster in 2015 if he already isn’t the top tight end on the roster at the moment. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten had 2 receptions for 27 receiving yards. Wide receiver Terrance Williams had 1 reception for 18 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.

Romo connected with his guys on Sunday. His only bad pass was an interception to Prince Amukamara who had a solid game when you consider he picked off Romo and kept Dez Bryant from getting a receiving touchdown. You have to give Dallas credit for their 31-21 win over the Giants. Now the Cowboys are 6-1 while the Giants fall to 3-4 on the season.

San Francisco 49ers 4-3-0
Denver Broncos 5-1-0

Game Recap: DENVER-The San Francisco 49ers began the season 1-2, but they have won 3 in a row since the loss to Arizona in week 3. Peyton Manning faces a three game stretch where he faces the 49ers, Chargers, and Patriots in the next three weeks. What he does in these weeks will determine where Denver finishes int the AFC.

Peyton Manning went a perfect 8 for 8 in the first quarter with 116 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Running back Ronnie Hillman, wide receiver Demaryus Thomas, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and wide receiver Wes Welker all had 2 receptions in the first quarter. Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker each caught one receiving touchdown in the first quarter.

The official gave Emmanuel Sanders a receiving touchdown when the official blitzed Manning and then the safety blitzed by dropping back into coverage. The safety tripped the official when the official tried rush forward and Peyton Manning threw an easy touchdown due to the official moving.

Von Miller got by left tackle Joe Staley to sack Colin Kaepernick. It was a rough night for Staley as he surrendered 3 sacks without Pro Bowl left guard Mike Iupati or rookie center Marcus Martin. The 49ers’ offensive line struggled until the 49ers got in the red zone. Once it was 1st and goal, the Broncos defense stood their ground forcing a 3 and out. Wide receiver cost my fantasy team and the 49ers 7 points by dropping a touchdown pass on third down. San Francisco had to settle for a field goal as Denver got the ball back.

Demaryius Thomas caught the reception that gave Peyton Manning the record for most passing career passing touchdowns. His 509th career touchdown allowed him to surpass Favre as the all time leader in career passing touchdowns. Thomas ended the first half with 6 receptions, 82 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.

Brandon Lloyd caught a 34 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick completes another pass to Stevie Johnson. Johnson with a receiving touchdown. Broncos lead 21-10.

Manning was 5 for 8 with 1 passing touchdown that broke Favre’s career passing touchdown record in the second quarter. Without Aldon Smith, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady was able to have his way with the 49ers pass rush.

Aqib Talib picks off Colin Kaepernick with a pick as he drops back into zone coverage, anticipating the pass. Broncos would get the ball back. Next play Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas. Thomas gets his second receiving touchdown. Demaryius Thomas caught a 40-yard touchdown from Peyton Manning.

Ronnie Hillman ran past run blockers like left guard Orland Franklin and center Manny Ramirez for a 37-yard rushing touchdown. Denver leads 35 to 10. Broncos won 42 to 17.

Houston Texans 3-4-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 4-3-0

Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-Both teams were 3-2 heading into this week. Both teams need a win on Monday Night Football to remain in the AFC Playoff race. Dropping to 3-4 will make it difficult for either team to bounce back.

J.J. Watt will win a battle in blocking against a right tackle every single time. The Texans secondary did an awesome job containing the Steelers wide receivers.

The Texans would respond with a 10 play drive that lasted 5 minutes and 29 seconds. This long drive took the crowd out of the game. Texans led 7-0 in the first quarter.

Whitney Mercilus got by the Steelers left tackle to knock it away. J.J. Watt recovers the football. Texans ball.

Houston led 7-0 after 1 quarter and began the game 3 for 3 on third down conversions. Early success by the Texans enabled them to gain a 10-0 lead.

Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson displayed incredible man coverage making it impossible for Ben Roethlisberger to move the chains.

Fitzpatrick continued to torch a clueless secondary without Ike Taylor. DeAndre Hopkins delivered a first down with a huge reception.

Pittsburgh forced a fourth down. Bill O’Brien made a ballsy call to go for it on 4th and inches. Arian Foster delivered by rushing for a first down.

Houston had over 100 rushing yards in the first half, and the Steelers could barely execute with the running game in the first half. The Steelers were very fortunate to only be down 13-0 at halftime.

Watt recorded his second sack. With Kelvin Beachum struggling at left tackle and Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, along with Ramon Foster at left guard, you knew the Steelers had a disadvantage up front on the offensive line. J.J. Watt abused David DeCastro. Once again, center Maurkice Pouncey was the only reliable offensive lineman for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger made two brilliant throws to running back Le’veon Bell and tight end Heath Miller. Both completions resulted in first downs when Roethlisberger encountered immense pressure.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey finally missed a block on third down. The missed block allowed 3-4 right outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to sack Ben Roethlisberger on third down.

Ever since the 2014 NFL Draft, I’ve been telling people that Martavius Bryant is a sleeper and that Markus Wheaton is overrated. Bryant proves this by catching a receiving touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger. Texans lead 13 to 10.

The officials made the right call. I just feel disappointed since watching the Steelers lose is fun. Most of my friends were looking forward to Tomlin getting fired. Next play Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball to Lance Moore for a touchdown. Steelers took a 17-13 lead.

Brett Keisel tipped a pass. Then he picked off the same pass that was tipped off the helmet of Lawrence Timmons. I love people that set their own trends, but people who follow trends just to blend in annoy me to no end. I love the fact that Keisel was not trending after he picked off the ball. That made me happy because it validated how epic Keisel is. Timmons was trending and he didn’t even make the pick. Pittsburgh scored 24 unanswered points in 2 minutes and 54 seconds.

Pittsburgh delivered big time in the second quarter. The most disappointing thing about the Texans is they began the game 3 for 3 on third down conversions and went 0 for 7 on third down conversions since starting 3 for 3 on third down conversions.

Neither team scored in the third quarter. Houston finally converted a first down after 7 consecutive failed third down conversion attempts. Andre Johnson finally moved the chains, but the Texans had to settle for a field goal.

Ben Roethlisberger was phenomenal when you consider how woeful this entire offensive line was. Bell caught 8 passes for 88 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown at running back. Brown caught 9 passes for 90 receiving yards at wide receiver. Martavius Bryant had 2 receptions for 40 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Heath Miller had 1 reception for 13 receiving yards at tight end. Backup running back LeGarrette Blount had 1 reception for 8 receiving yards. Lance Moore had 1 3 yard receiving touchdown in the red zone. Excellent job by Roethlisberger completing 23 out of 33 passes with 265 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

On defense the best player was clearly Lawrence Timmons. Timmons had 11 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack, and one tipped pass with his helmet that forced a Brett Keisel interception. Excellent job by Keisel in this contest.

The Texans made it an 8 point game, but the Steelers scored again. Pittsburgh got two more field goals before the Texans scored again. Steelers won 30 to 23. How did the Texans blow this lead? You have to give a game check to the entire Texans squad except J.J. Watt.

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