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Another record-setting week in the NFL

Well, football fans, NFL records seem to be dropping like flies this year. Let’s just jump right into the Week 7 action!

The week began with another disappointing performance from Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, who were pummeled by the Seattle Seahawks 20-3. Russell Wilson was sacked multiple times yet again, but Marshawn Lynch ran for triple-digit yards once again and the Seahawks took a step toward being back in the playoff race.

Tanehill had one of week 7’s record-breaking performances.

Another NFL record was broken in Foxoboro: with a 335-yard game, performance, Tom Brady became the fifth NFL quarterback ever to pass for 55,000 yards. The New England Patriots also came from behind to stay undefeated and beat the New York Jets, whose dropsies and gaffes kept the Pats in the game early in the fourth. The Jets’ final gaffe came after they had recovered an onside kick with 15 seconds left–they threw down the middle with no timeouts, then in their rush to line up and clock it, Brandon Marshall was offsides, resulting in a ten-second runoff. Ouch.

In Miami, Ryan Tannehill started the game 18 for 18 after ending last week with 7 completions in a row last week. This gave him  a record-breaking (yes, again) 25 consecutive completions over the course of two games, aHe threw for four scores in what felt like the first five minutes of the game! His teammate Lamar Miller had a big day too, rushing for 175 yards while adding 61 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. The Miami Dolphins pounded the Houston Texans 44-26, and adding injury to insult, the Texans lost Arian Foster to a non-contact achilles injury. Foster’s been somewhat snakebitten, and lots of folks have their fingers crossed on his behalf.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis RamsTodd Gurley piled up 128 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns for a HUGE day against the Cleveland Browns. And on Sunday night, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers took down the Philadelphia Eagles to go 6-0. That makes five 6-0 teams as of Week 7, which is the farthest into a season that many teams have gone without a loss! Cam is having the kind of total-package breakout year many have waited for him to have, and tight end Greg Olsen continues to be his top target.

The week ended in thrilling fashion, with the Arizona Cardinals stopping a thrilling Baltimore Ravens comeback in the last seconds of the game with a pick in their own end zone! Steve Smith, Sr. had another big receiving game for the Ravens, and Chris Johnson‘s power runs for the Cardinals proved he’s not as old as people say he is! The Ravens are 1-6, but all of their losses have been by 8 points or less…that’s a lotta heartbreak for one football team.

Who are your favorites in each divisional race? Which undefeated team will be the last one to lose its first game? Will the Patriots go 16-0? Is Cam Newton‘s turnaround for real? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

PSA: don’t have your fantasy drafts too early!

Aaron Rodgers (and fantasy managers) lost Jordy Nelson, to a torn ACL.

Is it our imaginations, or have there been a LOT of injuries this preseason? You could build a strong fantasy team just using the folks who’ve been felled during training camp. In Houston Texans‘ camp, Arian Foster injured his groin, requiring surgery with no timetable for his return. Meanwhile, three high-profile quarterbacks, all looking to rebound from disappointing seasons, suffered injuries. The most serious was the broken jaw of New York Jets‘ QB Geno Smith, who’ll be out for at least several weeks after being slugged in his own locker room by a marginal player. In Washington, Robert Griffin III was knocked around like a human pinata in a training camp game against the Detroit Lions, leaving after four tough drives with a diagnosed concussion. His team’s downplaying the severity of the injury for now, but his status is still up in the air for that among other reasons. Valuable Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey is set to have surgery after injuring his ankle, and New York Giants‘ slot receiver Victor Cruz has a calf injury that has coach Tom Coughlin concerned. And on top of everything else, the Green Bay Packers‘ elite wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been lost for the season with a blown ACL.

Fantasy football managers far and wide have crossed their fingers every week, hoping one of their key players won’t be the next big name to be lost for the season. If you’re a fantasy football commissioner, our advice to you is: put off the draft for as long as you can! Especially if you’re in a 12-or-14-team league, where the waiver wire is already a bit thin…do your managers a favor and give them a chance to start the season with a healthy team.

Which preseason injury do you think is the most devastating to fantasy owners and real-life NFL teams? Who do you think will be the big sleeper that steps up in the absence of a fallen superstar? What’s your backup plan or fallback strategy? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. You can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

#GoFancheer

NFL training camp has been crazy!

NFL training camp always provides storylines, but it seems like this one’s been more action-packed than usual. There have been brawls, tons of key players injured, and controversies all over the league. Let’s go over a few of the more interesting storylines so far.

Arian Foster’s surgery

Arian Foster has been one of the most productive and intriguing running backs of the past few years. In a recent interview, he finally openly outlined why he doesn’t believe in God, and how alienating this position can make him feel at times. The Houston Texans were hoping for a healthy Foster this season, as they’ve upgraded their defense and look poised to make a serious push into contention. Unfortunately, he injured his groin in early August, and it was soon revealed that his injury would require surgery. Some reports suggest he’ll be able to return by the second half of the season, but this is still a big blow to the Texans’ 2015-16 hopes. Alfred Blue can look forward to a lot of chances to prove his flashes from last year weren’t a fluke.

Johnny Manziel is trying to reinvent himself. Will it work?

Johnny Manziel’s return

Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Football is trying to play himself back onto the football map. After early reports that he looked unprepared and rusty in training camp, Manziel showed flashes of brilliance and performed well in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. He went 10 for 18 with 118 yards and a 94.2 QBR rating, throwing a touchdown and protecting the football against an aggressive Bills defense. He even had a couple of signature Houdini moments, including a scrambling recovery for a downfield completion on the Browns’ attempt at a walkoff drive–that was called back because of an illegal man downfield. EJ Manuel led the Bills on an impressive last-minute drive that held up for an 11-10 victory, but Browns fans might have cause for encouragement at Manziel’s performance last night. He seems to he trying to keep a lower profile lately, eschewing the famous money sign and saying the right things more often. It remains to be seen whether he’ll make a full readjustment to the NFL, though.

Geno Smith’s jaw

Just when you thought it was safe to be a New York Jets fan…Gang Green’s quarterback, Geno Smith, has a broken jaw. Though reports on the incident vary, what’s known is that Geno’s jaw was broken in an altercation with Ike Enemkpali, a fringe player who clocked his QB over a $600 plane ticket. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall contradicted reports that Geno has instigated the fight, but after his surgery Geno found himself in controversy yet again–when he disobeyed his management and doctor’s instruction to avoid physical activity. Now, all he did was play catch with a young fan in the parking lot, and as we here at FanCheer are all about the fan, that doesn’t seem too bad! But opinions have varied on his decision to ignore doctor’s orders in this way, and we have to admit, there are safer ways to spend your time just days after having your jaw wired shut. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like the next man up behind center for the Jets, and with the season around the corner, Jet fans have their fingers crossed.

RGIII’s concussion

Robert Griffin III has had his share of controversial attention this preseason, as when he was recently quoted (though one might say liberties were taken with the context of his statements) as saying he considers himself the best quarterback in the league. speculation still abounds regarding his candidacy for a long-term career as a starting NFL QB. His hopes took a big blow against the aggressive front four of the Detroit Lions last night, as RG3 spent four drives getting pummeled and eventually left with a concussion. Some observers, including at least one former player, questioned Washington’s decision to keep rolling him out there to take such punishment. One thing’s for sure: he’s now under the NFL’s concussion protocol, and his NFL future is even more uncertain.

Brawls galore

NFL training camp is no stranger to on-field scuffling, but this year seems particularly feisty. Teams are going at each other during shared practice sessions, and there’s even talk of no longer having these sessions because of the danger of injury. For example, Dallas Cowboys fans must have gulped a bit when Dez Bryant took a haymaker square to the face this week, as the Cowboys and Saint Louis Rams got into it on the field. Luckily, the NFL season is getting closer and closer and shared practices will turn into real live NFL action!

There are tons more storylines developing in the NFL, including shifting fantasy rankings and the ongoing Deflategate sage. Which one do you think is most captivating? How will these various dramas turn out? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. You can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

#GoFancheer