Week 7 brought up some of the strangest in-game scores and final scores for the past 10 years, the New York Giants up against the Carolina Panthers and the score been 3-2 is one the jumps out immediately. However, there was the 1068th unique final score in NFL history when the Arizona Cardinals breezed past the Houston Texans 31-5. Plenty of blowouts on the day with one game finishing within 7 points which was Atalanta breaking Dolphins fans’ hearts with yet another walk-off FG to win the game, the final score was 30-28.
Derek Carr was dealing in Vegas against Philly ending the game with an outstanding box score of 31/34 passes with a 91.2% completion rate which happens to be the second-highest in NFL history when passing for a minimum of 30 attempts. Carr is playing at an MVP level this year. The resurgent Bengals also deserve a shoutout for going into Baltimores’ backyard and dropping a 40 burger, dominating on their divisional rival’s home field. The partnership between Joe Burrows and rookie wideout continues to shine at the pro level with the pair hooking up for 201 yards and a TD.
Thursday Night Football
Thursday night football saw the Denver Broncos fresh off a defeat against bitter rivals the LV Raiders last Sunday travel to Cleveland to play against their former QB Kase Keenum who was filling in for the injured Baker Mayfield. D’Ernest Johnson also got his first start with arguably the league’s best 1-2 punch at running back in Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb both out injured. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands finishing up on the day with 146 rushing yards with a TD to boot, he also caught the ball 2 times out of the backfield to take his total scrimmage yards over 150 yards on the day. Kase Keenum was solid enough to get the job done against his old team coming close to 200 yards passing a TD but most importantly he didn’t turn the ball over.
The Broncos started off the season with a lot of promise in a uber-competitive AFC West getting off to a 3-0 start but have crumbled since due to an array of key players getting injured and the strength of schedule picking up leaving them having lost there last 4 games and searching for a win to get them back to .500. Up next they have a tough matchup against the plucky Washington Football Team whilst the Browns have a divisional matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Game of The Day
Picking a game of the week was reasonably easy this week due to the number of uncompetitive games and the Lions head coach Dan Campbell calling plays like he’s playing Madden keeping pace with a high powered Rams offense led by former Lions QB Matthew Stafford who they traded away to the Rams in the offseason for SuperBowl QB Jared Goff.
in the first quarter, D’Andre Swift took a dump-off after an all-out blitz from the Rams to the house in a great team play, Swift ran in the 63-yard touchdown to take the early lead and showed just why so many people are excited about just how good football player he can be. One of Campbell’s Madden-like play calls was calling an onside kick just after scoring which they recovered just 3 minutes into the opening quarter. The onion hanging wasn’t done there, after going 3 and out he called a fake punt which ended up with Jack Fox hitting the receiver for a 17-yard completion and a first down. The drive ended in a 37-yard successful field goal.
Matt Stafford finally got the ball with 7 minutes left to go in the quarter finishing the drive 6/6 for 60 yards but failed to hit Henderson in the end zone resulting in a field goal. The Lions hit back with a field goal of their own after Austin Seibert nailed a 47 yarder. Van Jefferson got LA’s first touchdown of the game on a well-thrown jump ball from Stafford to his wideout in the RedZone. LA once again found themselves in the Redzone and once again scored a touchdown this time Stafford hit his favorite target, Cooper Kupp, for a short TD. Seibert his another 40 plus yard field goal for Detroit to send them into halftime down 17-16
The two teams looked to b trading punts in their opening drives of the second half but Dan Campbell’s coaching staff had different ideas with their second fake punt of the game, direct snapping to CJ Moore who ran for 15 plus yards to convert on fourth down. The Lions found themselves in fourth and short but failed to convert when the smart move who have been to kick the field goal to take the lead. Jared Goff should of hit a wide-open D’Andre Swift who was wide-open and looked like he had a chance of scoring however his pass was wayward and they had to settle for the field goal.
Early in the 4th Stafford once again relied on Cooper Kupp heavily on the drive with a couple of downfield dimes hitting Kupp for big gains, once again the QB hit Kupp for his second touchdown of the game, Kupp had a stellar game finishing up with 156 yards and a couple of touchdowns. The Rams went for two on the play with Robert Woods strolling over the line on the Jet Sweep. Detroit was carried downfield on the back of the running back combo of Swift and Williams, but Goff threw a Redzone pick to Jalen Ramsey. On the resulting drive, Matt Gay split the uprights on a 47-yard kick to take the score the 28-19.
Nick Scott called game for the Rams after diving to catch a deflected Jared Goff pass with less than 30 seconds to go to take his side to 6-1 and send the Lions to 0-7 staring down the barrel of the dreading 0-16.