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Duel in the Dome!

The week began with yet another big game from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who cooled off the Miami Dolphins with a 36-7 blowout. Brady threw for 356 and four scores, while the Pats’ underrated defense had the fins off balance all night. The Pats are now one of an NFL record four 7-0 teams, and talk of another 16-0 season in Foxboro is starting to gain real traction.

Drew Brees threw for a whopping seven TDs on Sunday!

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Cowboys in a bit of a snoozer in Dallas, winning 13-12 and keeping the cowboys out of the end zone. Things just keep getting tougher for the once promising New York Jets, as they lost QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to injury and got smoked 34-20 by the Raiders. Geno Smith took over for Gang Green, and he wasn’t particularly impressive in his first chance to win back the starting job. The Jets are reportedly already shopping around for another option under center.

The Cincinnati Bengals stayed undefeated with a road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while in maybe the week’s biggest surprise, the Denver Broncos went to 7-0 by pounding Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the Sunday night game. The final score of 29-10 was fairly representative, as the Packers’ offense couldn’t get going and the Broncos were in control on both sides of the ball. Rookie running back Todd Gurley went bonkers again for the St. Louis Rams, running for 133 yards and a touchdown at the Rams blew out the 49ers. The blowout helped seal the fate of beleaguered Niners QB Colin Kaepernick, as it was announced soon thereafter that he’d be benched for the long-forgotten Blaine Gabbert!

Unfortunately, the injury bug continues to run rampant this NFL season, and it continues to go after big names. Veteran receiver Steve Smith‘s year was cut short by a torn achilles, and running back Le’Veon Bell was felled by a torn knee ligament. Both are done for the season, removing the Panthers and Steelers of key offensive players.

Back to the good stuff: the real doosy of the weekend, ladies and gentlemen, took place under the dome in New Orleans. The Saints and New York Giants played a game that looked more like flag football or a 7 on 7 skill team drill, as Drew Brees and Eli Manning combined for a ridiculous 13 touchdown passes. Manning went 30 of 41 for 350 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions…and he was out-dueled. Brees went 39 of 50 for 505 yards; he had two interceptions, including a pick-six, but he also had seven touchdown passes, including the game-tying score with only 41 seconds to go. Believe it or not, though, this game was decided by a field goal! A facemask penalty by the Giants’ punter gave the Saints good field position, and Kai Forbath hit one from 50 yards as time expired. This was a game that will be talked about for years.

But there’s another week of NFL action just around the corner, football fans! Which of the four undefeateds will be the next to drop? 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

Brees joins the 400 club

Week four in the NFL is behind us, football fans, and as usual there were interesting storylines from coast to coast. This week wasn’t an injury-fest like week 3, so let’s start with the record-breaker. Drew Brees was the second quarterback in two weeks to join the 400-touchdown club, and he did it in spectacular fashion! His first touchdown pass of the game was TD number 399, and it put him in another elite QB club with 5,000 NFL completions. Number 400 was a real doosy: an 80-yard bomb to running back C.J. Spiller up the sideline, for a walkoff win in overtime! Even better, he did it in prime time, in the nationally televised Sunday Night Football game!

Drew Brees and CJ Spiller celebrate touchdown no. 400!

The NFL Sunday began earlier than usual this week, as the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins played at 9:30am EST in London, England. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick set the tone on the first drive, with a long completion to Brandon Marshall, and the Jets never looked back. They dominated the fins for most of the game, coming away with a 27-14 victory.

The day also saw two games go to overtime. The Indianapolis Colts, without the services of QB Andrew Luck, outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-13. And in the Thursday night game, former Jaguar Josh Scobee had a rough day. He missed two tough but makeable field goals down the stretch, and the Baltimore Ravens beat Michael Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 in Pittsburgh. Worse still for the veteran kicker, the Steelers promptly released him. Kind of a rough deal for a guy with a long and solid career like Scobee, but the Steelers were really upset about that win slipping away.

In Chicago, quarterback Jay Cutler returned to action to lead the Chicago Bears, who beat the Oakland Raiders 22-20. The 4pm lineup saw a bunch of close games, with the Minnesota Vikings losing 23-20 to the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams surprising the Arizona Cardinals 24-22. Adrian Peterson sprung a lengthy touchdown for the Vikings, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos held on. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals struggled against the Rams’ stout defense, but they, too, held on at the end. Also in the 4 O’Clock time slot, the San Diego Chargers survived a flurry by Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns, and the Monday night game will be remembered for a while, but not for good reasons. The Seattle Seahawks were holding on to a late-game lead against the Detroit Lions, who drove down into the red zone with time winding down. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson caught a pass inside the five yard line, and lunged for the end zone with the ball tucked–or so he thought. Cam Chancellor punched the ball out of Megatron’s grasp, and the ball bounced toward the back of the end zone–where K.J. Wright appeared to very deliberately bat the ball out the back of the end zone. This should have been a penalty and Lions ball inside the one yard line, but instead it was ruled a game-winning touchback and the Seahawks held on for a 13-10 victory! Controversy ensued almost immediately, and everyone was reminded of the infamous “touchception” play that gave the Seahawks another prime-time win under questionable circumstances.

What do you think of the latest infamous non-call to decide a Seahawks game? Who do you think will be the next to join the 400-touchdown club? 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!

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Stars falling in the NFL

It’s been another exciting week in the NFL, football fans, though not all of the news is good. Let’s start with the positive: yet another record was set by the New England Patriots‘ quarterback Tom Brady. Brady became the fourth member of the 400-touchdown club on Sunday, joining Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as he hit Danny Amendola in the end zone. The Patriots hammered the Jacksonville Jaguars 51-17, continuing their undefeated start to the season and taking control of the AFC East. In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers remained dominant at home as Aaron Rodgers threw for five scores in a Monday Night Football win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamaal Charles rushed for three scores, pleasing his fantasy managers greatly, but the Chiefs were well behind for most of the game before a spirited fourth quarter comeback made the 38-28 final look more respectable.

Tom Brady became the 4th member of the 400-touchdown club.

Elsewhere in the league, the headlines were dominated by injuries to high-profile players. In Pittsburgh, big Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field with a scary knee injury. He was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a bone bruise, both in his left knee, and he’s expected to miss at least four weeks. In Philly and New Orleans, two superstars were out before their games even started: Saints‘ QB Drew Brees was out with a shoulder injury, and Eagles‘ running back DeMarco Murray missed his game with a hamstring injury. The Jets‘ star cornerback Darrelle Revis left their game with a hamstring injury, and a hamstring problem also caused Seattle‘s Marshawn Lynch to leave the game and not return. Davante Adams left the Packers’ game with an aggravation of the tweaked ankle he’s struggling with, and LeSean McCoy reportedly might miss Week 4 with a nagging hamstring injury–yes, really. This seemed to be a particularly bad week for injuries in the NFL, and everyone’s hoping next week won’t be the same.

Which of this week’s rash of injuries will cost their team the most? Who are you counting on to step up in your favorite superstar’s absence? Will Brady and Rodgers stay hot and meet in Super Bowl 50? 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