Patriots – 27 (5-2), Jets – 25 (1-6) – Thursday Night Game
Heroes – Tom Brady (261 PaYd, 3 TD), Shane Vereen (43 RuYd, 71 ReYd, 2 TD), Danny Amendola (19 ReYd, 1 TD), Chris Ivory (107 RuYd, 18 ReYd, 1 TD), Jeff Cumberland (50 ReYd, 1 TD), Nick Folk (4 FG)

Zeroes – Julian Edelman (44 ReYd)

The Patriots were supposed to run away with this game on Thursday night, but the Jets actually made a contest of it as they lined up for a last-second field goal attempt to snatch the win. Unfortunately for the Jets, the Pats’ Chris Jones reached up in the nick of time to block kicker Nick Folk’s long-range attempt. This could be head coach Rex Ryan’s last hurrah as the Jets run their record to 1-6 on the season. Shane Vereen propelled the Pats offense as he set personal season highs with 16 touches, while finding the end zone twice. It was the first time this season that Tom Brady threw a TD pass to a running back. The Jets offense played valiantly as they rushed for 218 yards in total, although the Pats were able to come up with timely defensive plays to keep the win in their hands. Interesting Game Fact: Danny Amendola caught his first TD pass since Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season.

 

Ravens – 29 (5-2), Falcons – 7 (2-5)

Heroes – Torrey Smith (81 ReYd, 1 TD), Owen Daniels (58 ReYd, 1 TD), Justin Forsett (95 RuYd), Roddy White (100 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Matt Ryan (228 PaYd, 1 TD), Julio Jones (56 ReYd), Steven Jackson (22 RuYd)

This was a complete effort for the Ravens in Week 7, as not only did their offense step up in fine fashion but they got great help from the defense with five sacks against Matt Ryan. The sacks were a big part of the formula to success in this game, but the overall pressure the Ravens’ front seven put on Ryan was too much in the end. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco wasn’t able to follow up his amazing 5 TD performance from last week, but that’s okay considering he led his club to victory. Flacco’s two interceptions did not prove costly. Interesting Game Fact: Ryan was pressured on 32% of his dropback passes, which is a season high.

 

Redskins – 19 (2-5), Titans – 17 (2-5)

Heroes – Pierre Garcon (87 ReYd, 1 TD), Kendall Wright (68 ReYd, 1 TD), Derek Hagan (45 ReYd, 1 TD), Colt McCoy (128 PaYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Kirk Cousins (139 PaYd, 1 INT), Alfred Morris (54 RuYd), DeSean Jackson (49 ReYd), Delanie Walker (17 ReYd), Charlie Whitehurst (160 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT)

Head coach Jay Gruden made a decision to bench Kirk Cousins at halftime for backup Colt McCoy after committing his 10th and 11th turnovers of the season, and it proved to be a decisive winning factor for the struggling Redskins. McCoy’s first pass of the game was a 70-yard TD pass to receiver Pierre Garcon as the quarterback ended the game going 11/12 for 128 yards. McCoy, who has a solid chance of starting next weeks game, set the offense up for Kai Forbath’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to push the Skins to victory. Interesting Game Fact: McCoy did not attempt a pass for more than 10 yards downfield, as his average pass only traveled 3.3 yards per throw.

 

Rams – 28 (2-4), Seahawks – 26 (3-3)

Heroes – Tre Mason (85 RuYd, 1 TD), Benjamin Cunningham (46 ReYd, 1 TD), Lance Kendricks (17 ReYd, 1 TD), Russell Wilson (313 PaYd, 106 RuYd, 3 TD), Doug Baldwin (123 ReYd, 1 TD), Cooper Helfet (61 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Marshawn Lynch (53 RuYd, 18 ReYd), Tavon Austin (16 RuYd, 3 ReYd), Brian Quick (33 ReYd)

There were a few surprise outcomes in Week 7, but the Rams beating the Seahawks was tops. The Rams were able to hold off Russell Wilson’s incredible statistical output, both through the air and on the ground, while also employing some special teams trickery. Part of the Rams’ success was due to the conservative play calling by the Seahawks, looking to play things safe; however, the turn in the game was when the Rams faked a punt and punter Johnny Hekker found running back Benjamin Cunningham downfield for a reception. On a separate play altogether, the Rams set up like Tavon Austin was to receive a punt return from Seattle, while Stedman Bailey, who was away from the punt setup, took the ball and ran it back for a 90-yard touchdown. Interesting Game Fact: Wilson is the first player in NFL history to both pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a game.

 

Jaguars – 24 (1-6), Browns – 6 (3-3)

Heroes – Denard Robinson (127 ReYd, 1 TD), Allen Robinson (60 ReYd, 1 TD), Andrew Hawkins (112 ReYd)

Zeroes – Blake Bortles (159 PaYd, 1 TD, 3 INT), Cecil Shorts III (12 ReYd), Ben Tate (36 RuYd), Isaiah Crowell (18 RuYd)

Yes, it’s almost impossible for the a team to go 0-16 during an NFL season,  so some unlucky club had to be the brunt of the Jaguars first win. The Browns, who have surprised this season with wins over New Orleans and Pittsburgh, took the Jaguars lightly as former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Blake Bortles had a tough time of things with three interceptions, but did manage to help his club secure their first victory of the season. The Browns were never able to get anything going as Ben Tate was kept in check with a 2.3 YPC average on 16 carries. Interesting Game Fact: The Browns failed as a team to score 21 points in a game for the first time this season.

 

Colts – 27 (5-2), Bengals – 0 (3-2-1)

Heroes – Andrew Luck (344 PaYd, 2 TD), Trent Richardson (77 RuYd, 41 ReYd), T.Y. Hilton (107 ReYd), Dwayne Allen (52 ReYd, 1 TD), Ahmad Bradshaw (52 RuYd, 36 ReYd, 2 TD)

Zeroes – Reggie Wayne (15 ReYd), Andy Dalton (126 PaYd), Giovani Bernard (17 RuYd), Mohamed Sanu (54 ReYd), Jeremy Hill (15 RuYd)

I’m sure you weren’t expecting this type of game on Sunday between these two clubs, but that’s what you got – a one-sided massacre by the Colts. Everyone knows that the Colts have an offense as good as any in the NFL, but it was their defense that really dominated today in the shutout as they kept Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense from converting on third down. The Bengals were only able to put up 135 total yards on offense, while netting a lousy 32 rushing yards. It was the Colts first shutout since the 2008 season. Interesting Game Fact: Bengals punter Kevin Huber punted 11 times, which tied a franchise record.

 

Bills – 17 (4-3), Vikings – 17 (2-5)

Heroes – Kyle Orton (283 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT), Sammy Watkins (122 ReYd, 2 TD), Cordarrelle Patterson (9 ReYd, 1 TD), Jerick McKinnon (103 RuYd), Greg Jennings (77 ReYd)

Zeroes – Fred Jackson (12 RuYd, 16 ReYd), C.J. Spiller (53 RuYd), Matt Asiata (24 RuYd, 13 ReYd)

It’s sort of unfair to list Spiller and Fred Jackson as “zeroes” considering both were carted off the field on Sunday due to injuries. Spiller, who was immediately led to the surgeon’s table, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken collarbone. Jackson, who injured his groin, is questionable until more is learned from his injury. Anthony Dixon stepped up for the Bills, but the real story was Kyle Orton finding rookie receiver Sammy Watkins for the game winner on the last play of the game. Watkins showed his tremendous skills as he ended the game with nine receptions, with his long being 26 yards. Interesting Game Fact: Teddy Bridgewater’s TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson was the Vikings first TD pass since Week 2.

 

Dolphins – 24 (3-3), Bears – 14 (3-4)

Heroes – Ryan Tannehill (277 PaYd, 48 RuYd, 2 TD), Lamar Miller (61 RuYd, 22 ReYd, 1 TD), Mike Wallace (46 ReYd, 1 TD), Charles Clay (58 ReYd, 1 TD), Matt Forte (49 RuYd, 60 ReYd, 2 TD)

Zeroes – Jay Cutler (190 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Alshon Jeffery (9 ReYd), Brandon Marshall (48 ReYd)

Ryan Tannehill was 25-of32 against the Bears on Sunday, as he completed his first 14 passes thrown in the game on Sunday. In general, the Dolphins put up a very balanced offensive attack as Lamar Miller took advantage of a soft Bears defense on Sunday. Matt Forte was the only bright spot for the Bears, as Jay Cutler had his worst game of the season as he was unable to locate his superstar receivers, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Interesting Game Fact: During the first half of play, Tannehill was 8-for-8 off play action while netting 103 yards.

 

Lions – 24 (5-2), Saints – 23 (2-4)

Heroes – Golden Tate (154 ReYd, 1 TD), Joique Bell (48 RuYd, 19 ReYd, 1 TD),  Matthew Stafford (299 PaYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Corey Fuller (44 ReYd, 1 TD),  Drew Brees (342 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT), Marques Colston (111 ReYd), Kenny Stills (103 ReYd, 1 TD), Austin Johnson (13 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Reggie Bush (10 RuYd, 22 ReYd), Khiry Robinson (26 RuYd), Mark Ingram (16 RuYd), Pierre Thomas (13 RuYd)

Matthew Stafford bounced back from his two previous weeks performances where he showed some statistical struggles. Some of those struggles can be attributed to superstar receiver Calvin Johnson missing time to injury; however, Golden Tate picked up the slack this week as he dominated the Saints secondary. Drew Brees made some errors on Sunday that hurt his club and kept them from getting the win, although the 134 yards in penalties (12 in total) the Saints gathered did not help. Interesting Game Fact: Tight end Jimmy Graham did play, but his injury situation kept him from being targeted only twice in the game.

 

Packers – 38 (5-2), Panthers – 17 (3-3-1)

Heroes – Aaron Rodgers (255 PaYd, 3 TD), Eddie Lacy (63 RuYd, 10 ReYd, 1 TD), Randall Cobb (121 ReYd, 1 TD), Jordy Nelson (80 ReYd, 1 TD), Davante Adams (21 ReYd, 1 TD), James Starks (36 RuYd, 7 ReYd, 1 TD), Kelvin Benjamin (61 ReYd, 1 TD), Brenton Bersin (21 ReYd, 1 TD), Greg Olsen (105 ReYd)

Zeroes – Cam Newton (205 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT)

The Packers jumped out to an early 28-0 lead in the game as Aaron Rodgers took advantage of his receivers downfield, as Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson had fantastic statistical days. The Packers defense played very well as they limited the Panthers to a field goal only until the middle of the fourth quarter when receiver Kelvin Benjamin scored a touchdown. The Panthers defense, which started the season off so well, continues to slide down the ranks. Interesting Game Fact: The Panthers offense only managed nine yards on five plays in the first quarter of play.

 

Chiefs – 23 (3-3), Chargers – 20 (5-2)

Heroes – Jamaal Charles (95 RuYd, 12 ReYd, 1 TD), Dwayne Bowe (84 ReYd), Anthony Sherman (12 ReYd, 1 TD), Antonio Gates (61 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Travis Kelce (33 ReYd), Keenan Allen (58 ReYd)

The Chargers had their chances in this game as they blew too many opportunities to put the Chiefs away; however, the Chiefs offense scratched and clawed to put themselves in a game-winning situation giving rookie kicker Cairo Santos the opportunity to kick the game winner with only 21 seconds remaining in the game. The hometown Alex Smith played in front of his family and friends as 24 of his 28 passing attempts traveled fewer than 10 yards downfield. Interesting Game Fact: The Chargers only had the ball on offense for 21 minutes, which is their second-lowest time of possession over the last 10 seasons of play.

 

Cardinals – 24 (5-1), Raiders – 13 (0-6)

Heroes – Andre Ellington (88 RuYd, 72 ReYd), Michael Floyd (47 ReYd, 1 TD), Stepfan Taylor (40 RuYd, 19 ReYd, 2 TD), Darren McFadden (48 RuYd, 7 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Larry Fitzgerald (21 ReYd), Derek Carr (173 PaYd), Andre Holmes (34 ReYd), James Jones (35 ReYd), Maurice Jones-Drew (6 RuYd)

If you’re hanging onto Maurice Jones-Drew for any reason at all in seasonal leagues, it’s time to say your long-lost goodbyes. The Raiders offense struggled yet again to get anything going against the Cardinals tough defense, with Darren McFadden as the lone bright spot finding the end zone. Andre Ellington continues to be one of the better all-around backs with his rushing and receiving skills, as Michael Floyd is now Carson Palmer’s No. 1 receiving target – not Larry Fitzgerald. Interesting Game Fact: Andre Ellington amassed career highs in touches with 30 and in rushes with 24.

 

Cowboys – 31 (6-1), Giants – 21 (3-4)

Heroes – Tony Romo (279 PaYd, 3 TD, 1 INT), DeMarco Murray (128 RuYd, 4 ReYd, 1 TD), Dez Bryant (151 ReYd), Gavin Escobar (65 ReYd, 2 TD), Terrence Williams (18 ReYd, 1 TD), Eli Manning (248 PaYd, 11 RuYd, 3 TD), Larry Donnell (90 ReYd), Odell Beckham, Jr. (34 ReYd, 2 TD), Daniel Fells (27 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Jason Witten (27 ReYd), Andre Williams (51 RuYd)

It continues to be the DeMarco Murray show for the Cowboys, which is wonderful if you’re Tony Romo as the pressure doesn’t fall completely on his shoulders game after game. Romo spread the ball around to all of his receivers as the Cowboys kept the Giants on their toes defensively. Romo was 10-of-10 on third down, with seven of those going for first downs. Although the Giants couldn’t pick up the win, Eli Manning did improve over his Week 7 output. Interesting Game Fact: Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start the season with seven straight 100-yard rushing games.

 

Broncos – 42 (5-1), 49ers – 17 (4-3)

Heroes – Peyton Manning (318 PaYd, 4 TD), Ronnie Hillman (74 RuYd, 29 ReYd, 2 TD), Demaryius Thomas (171 ReYd, 2 TD), Emmanuel Sanders (41 ReYd, 1 TD), Wes Welker (50 ReYd, 1 TD), Stevie Johnson (79 ReYd, 1 TD), Bruce Ellington (44 ReYd, 1 TD)

Zeroes – Julius Thomas (27 ReYd), Frank Gore (20 RuYd), Michael Crabtree (27 ReYd), Vernon Davis (21 ReYd), Anquan Boldin (50 ReYd)

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL pass TD record of 508, as he threw four TD passes to push the new record to 510. Manning was brilliant as he used main target Demaryius Thomas in short and long passing situations. The 49ers never really had a chance in this game as they couldn’t keep up physically overall. Ronnie Hillman has filled in wonderfully for the injured Montee Ball and should continue to see a good amount of work moving forward. Interesting Game Fact: Demaryius Thomas has averaged 125 more receiving yards per game since the Broncos had their bye week.

 

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