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Another week of the 2020 NFL season is officially in the books.
There is just one team left unbeaten and that is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The New York Jets are still the only team without a win on the season.
There was a Scorigami! The Chargers defeated the Jaguars 39-29, marking the 1,059th unique final score in NFL history.
The Rookie of the Year race is heating up and will be fun to watch for the rest of the season. Justin Herbert of the Chargers and Joe Burrow of the Bengals are tearing it up in their rookie campaigns. Herbert threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a career-high 66 yards, and a score in a win over the Jaguars. Burrow was sensational in a losing effort to the Browns, throwing for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick. This will be a fun QB battle not only for this season but for years to come.
The Dallas Cowboys are just pathetic. Washington steamrolled Dallas 25-3 on Sunday, but the score doesn’t tell the story of why I feel the Cowboys are pathetic. Washington’s Jon Bostic delivered a late, dirty hit on quarterback Andy Dalton, knocking him out of the game. Not one single Cowboys player came to the aid of Dalton and that should never be a thing. If someone lays a dirty hit on your teammate, let alone your quarterback, and you don’t stand up for him, you are pathetic. Dallas should have to be called the Dallas Football Team for the rest of the season.
The NFC West continues to be the best division in football. The Cardinals and Seahawks battle it out in one of the better games this season on Sunday Night Football. Arizona (5-2) won with a field goal in overtime, handing Seattle (5-1) its first loss of the season. Murray vs Wilson was an incredible battle to watch. The 49ers routed the Patriots 33-6 to improve to 4-3, while the Rams took care of the Bears at home to improve to 5-2. It is very likely that three teams make the playoffs out of this division.
The Falcons continue to trend in the wrong direction and just cannot hold a lead in the fourth quarter. The Lions tied the game with no time remaining on a Matthew Stafford pass to T.J. Hockenson. After a penalty, Matt Prater nailed the extra point from 47-yards away to defeat the Falcons.
Baker Mayfield Throws 5 TDs, Leads Browns to 5-2 Record
Good thing football is played in four quarters and not just one. Baker Mayfield got off to a horrendous start, throwing a pick on his first pass attempt and not completing any of his five first-quarter passes. On the interception, Mayfield targeted Odell Beckham Jr., who was then lost for the season after tearing his ACL trying to make a tackle.
Twitter tore Mayfield apart after the first quarter and rightfully so. He responded in a big way.
Mayfield went on to complete his next 21 pass attempts, setting a new franchise record. A spike of the ball to stop the clock late was his lone incompletion since the first quarter. On the next play, Mayfield found rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones in the end zone for what would be the game-winning score. He finished with 297 yards, five touchdowns, and the interception.
Without Beckham, Mayfield was able to spray the ball all over the field to a number of targets. Peoples-Jones caught his first three career passes for 66 yards and the score. Rookie tight end, Harrison Bryant, caught two touchdown passes. Kareem Hunt and David Njoku caught a touchdown each.
Mayfield threw three go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Maybe the loss of Beckham was what Mayfield needed. While OBJ is a huge loss, Mayfield won’t feel the need to try and force throws to the talented wide receiver. The duo just never had the chemistry and that is okay to admit. I love OBJ and love that he plays for the Browns. But I do feel this will help the third-year quarterback moving forward.
After the game, Mayfield said he told OBJ he loved him and OBJ responded by saying “Go be great.”
Jarvis Landry made one of the biggest plays of the game that will go unnoticed. As the Browns were marching to the line of scrimmage, he was very animated trying to tell Bryant to get on the line. Had Bryant not, there would have been an illegal formation penalty, resulting in a 10-yard penalty and a 10-second runoff. That’s a smart play from a veteran.
Myles Garrett continues to add to his case for Defensive Player of the Year. He had two more sacks, including another strip-sack. He has recorded a sack in six-straight games, a franchise record. Cleveland is 4-0 when Garrett records a strip-sack.
The national media was not feeling the win by the Browns, saying something along the lines of “It’s just the Bengals.” That should not mean a thing. It is extremely difficult to find wins in the NFL and every single one of them counts. You play who’s on your schedule and beat the teams you are supposed to.
Steelers Hold Off Titans to Remain Unbeaten
This was billed by some, myself included, as the game of the week heading into the week. It was a tale of two halves for both teams.
In the first half, Pittsburgh dominated Tennessee. The Steelers looked like a dominant Super Bowl contender. Tennessee was having trouble getting stops on third down and that was a contributing factor. Pittsburgh led 24-7 at the half and by the way, the first half played out, the game seemed over.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 27, 2020
The Titans would have something to say about that.
Whatever head coach Mike Vrabel told his team at halftime worked. Tennessee held Pittsburgh to just three points and was mounting a serious comeback. A late interception in the end zone from Ben Roethlisberger set up the Titans for one final drive with under three minutes left.
Ryan Tannehill marched the team downfield, throwing for 67 yards and setting up a game-tying field goal. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s 45-yard attempt sailed wide right and the Steelers hung on to remain without a blemish in the loss column.
The Steelers were able to hold Derrick Henry to 75 yards and one score.
Pittsburgh will quickly have to get over the lackluster fourth quarter as they travel to Baltimore for an AFC North showdown with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Tom Brady is Proving That Age is Just a Number
Remember when members of the media questioned if Tom Brady was washed a few weeks ago? People should know by now not to doubt the GOAT.
Brady was spectacular in Sunday’s 45-20 win over the Raiders. He completed 33-of-45 passes for 369 yards, four touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. You would never know that Brady was in his 40s by the way he played this week.
He now has 18 touchdowns on the season, the most in the team’s first seven games in franchise history. Brady connected to one of his all-time favorite targets, Rob Gronkowski, for the 92nd time (including playoffs), tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for second-most touchdowns by a quarterback and pass catcher.
I believe Brady hopped to the front of the line of the MVP race and all signs point to him not slowing down anytime soon.
Oh, and to make it worse for the rest of the league; Brady gets an old friend back in Antonio Brown who just signed with the Bucs this week and will be eligible to play in Week 9.
Quarterbacks That Played Well in Week 7
- Baker Mayfield – CLE – 22/28, 297 yards, 5 touchdowns, INT – W @ CIN
- Tom Brady – TB – 33/45, 369 yards, 4 touchdowns, rushing TD – W @ LV
- Joe Burrow – CIN – 35/47, 406 yards, 3 touchdowns, INT – L vs CLE
- Justin Herbert – LAC – 27/43, 347 yards, 3 touchdowns, 66 rushing yards, TD – W vs JAX
- Russell Wilson – SEA – 33/50, 388 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INT, 84 rushing yards – L @ ARI
- Kyler Murray – ARI – 34/48, 360 yards, 3 TDs, INT, 67 rushing yards, TD – W vs SEA
Running Backs That Played Well in Week 7
- Antonio Gibson – WSH – 20 carries, 128 yards, touchdown – W vs DAL
- James Robinson – JAX – 22 carries, 19 yards, TD – L @ LAC
- Jeff Wilson Jr. – SF – 17 carries, 112 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ NE
- Alvin Kamara – NO – 14 carries, 83 yards, 8 receptions, 65 yards – W vs CAR
- Kareem Hunt – CLE – 18 carries, 76 yards, 3 receptions, 26 yards, TD – W @ CIN
Wide Receivers That Played Well in Week 7
- Tyler Lockett – SEA- 15 receptions, 200 yards, 3 touchdowns – L @ ARI
- Davante Adams – GB – 13 receptions. 196 yards, 2 touchdowns – W @ HOU
- A.J. Brown – TEN – 6 receptions, 153 yards, touchdown – L vs PIT
- DeAndre Hopkins – 10 receptions, 103 yards, touchdown – W vs SEA
- Keenan Allen – LAC – 10 receptions, 125 yards – W vs JAX
- Cole Beasley – BUF- 11 receptions, 112 yards – W @ NYJ
Key Week 8 Matchups
Steelers (6-0) @ Ravens (5-1) 1 PM, CBS
Raiders (3-3) @ Browns (5-2) 1 PM, FOX
Colts (4-2) @ Lions (3-3) 1 PM, CBS
49ers (4-3) @ Seahawks (5-1) 4:25 PM, FOX
Saints (4-2) @ Bears (5-2) 4:25 PM, FOX
*All times EST
That wraps up Week 7 in the NFL. Hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 to discuss what has happened with your team thus far this season and what you think will happen in Week 8.