NFL Week 7:
Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Sports Editor and Photography Editor
Oakland Raiders 31 Kansas City Chiefs 30
One of the most intriguing division delivers one of the most iconic games of this season on short week notice. Kansas came into the game with heavy favorites and Oakland came into the game with 4 straight losses. Alex Smith and the chiefs offense had a great game and so did the Oakland Raiders offense. Both defense struggle heavily giving up more than 300 YDS.
Baltimore Ravens 16 Minnesota Vikings 24
The Baltimore Ravens traveled up north near to the home of the biggest mall in America to face the impressive Minnesota Vikings. This game was a kicking battle between Justin Tucker and Kai Forbath with a combining 28 pts just of of field goals and neither one of them missed together they made 9 of 9 attempts. Joe Flacco had an acceptable game throwing 186 yards and a touchdown at the end of the game in the loss. The Vikings running backs won the game for them, Latavius Murray had 113 yards on 18 carries and a couple of big runs with one being a 35-yard touchdown (the only touchdown for the Vikings) to secure the win.
New England Patriots 23 Atlanta Falcons 7
The Rematch of Super Bowl 51 was most talked about game of this week but Tom Terrific fizzled out the hopes of a thrilling game with 249 YDS passing and 2 TDS. Atlanta had no answer for the high blazed Patriots offense. Matt Ryan has not looked very good last 2 games and that drought continued against the struggling Patriots defense. Julio Jones had a great game despite a loss racking 99 YDS and 1 TD for the stat line. Patriots now look like the old patriots from last year and Falcons need find a rhythm fast if they want to stay in the playoff picture.
Arizona Cardinals 0 Los Angeles Rams 33
The Cardinals are coming off a big win last week with a “rebirthed” Adrian Peterson after acquiring him in a trade last week took a trip to London along with the Los Angeles Rams to try to bring the sport to different countries of the world. The Rams are the sleeper of the league surprising the whole NFL with their impressive play and sitting with a winning record at 5-clearly had an outstanding game. Sophomore quarterback Jared Goff threw 235 yards and a touchdown in the win. Up and coming star running back Todd Gurley has 22 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown showing that he’s going to be an elite back in the future. The Arizona Cardinals weren’t the team they were a week ago. Carson Palmer started this game but did not finish it suffering an injury in the loss leaving the game and didn’t return leaving backup Drew Stanton to finish the game against the dominating Rams defense.
Buffalo Bills 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
The Buffalo Bills continue to find ways to win. They dominated the early offensive plays, ran the ball well, and Tyrod Taylor made some big plays off play action and the bootleg.
Perhaps more importantly, Buffalo seems to have found some receiving help. Logan Thomas had a big touchdown grab for the bills. the Bills need him to contribute with Charles Clay out. Deonte Thompson had a breakout game with 4 catches and 107 yards. If these receivers can help add an explosive element to the offense, Buffalo could be one of the most polarizing team of this year. This is already a balanced team, and the defense isn’t going to beat itself. The one concern is that Buffalo lacks the kind of cornerbacks who can consistently play man defense. Against elite receivers, this has and will continue to be an issue.
New York Jets 28 Miami Dolphins 31
Matt Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdowns passes in the final 12 minutes to lead the Miami Dolphins to their biggest comeback victory – since last week. Rallies are becoming routine for the overachieving Dolphins, who pulled off another improbable win Sunday by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Jets 31-28. Josh McCown threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another for the Jets, but his interception in the final minute set up the winning field goal. Bobby McCain stepped in front of a pass intended for Jermaine Kearse to give Miami the ball at the Jets 27 with 39 seconds left. Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds to go for the Dolphins’ first lead of the game. It was the second consecutive comeback win by the Dolphins (4-2), who overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half a week ago for an upset victory at Atlanta. They’ve won 12 games in a row when the margin is seven points or less. The NFL record is 14 consecutive games.
Philadelphia Eagles 34 Washington Redskins 24
What’s better than a Monday night NFC east divisional battle? Well…nothing. The Eagles have the best record in the league at 6-1 coming in to the game and came out 7-1 with help of potential MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Wentz is a big 240lbs and a toppling 6’5” is a hard guy to take down because he leads the game in rushing yards with 68 yards on 8 scrambles including a Houdini-esque escape and scramble for 17 yards. He also shredded the defense through the air throwing 268 yards and 4 touchdowns combining for over 300 all-purpose yards, he also had an astonishing and MVP worthy game. The Skins started off strong but the eagles’ defense was too much in the second half of the game. D.C’s Pro-Bowl QB had a great game as well with 303 passing yards completing 30 of 40 passes and 3 touchdowns, but unlike Wentz he isn’t very mobile which could have been a deciding factor. The Skins’ running game couldn’t get past one of the top defenses in the league, they had 75 combined rushing yards and 18 carries. If they want a shot at the playoffs they have to get the rushing game going or it’s going to be a long season.