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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

FanCheer Blog: The 12th Man is back at the Super Bowl!

After another exciting NFL season, the biggest game of the year is upon us once again. In a rare occurrence, both top seeds will meet in the Super Bowl: the New England Patriots, taking their third crack at winning an Arizona-located Super Bowl, and the Seattle Seahawks, returning to defend last year’s title. Super Bowl XLIX will have many x-factors, but one of the biggest will be Seattle’s crazy fans—collectively known as The 12th Man.

The 12th Man is known, among many things, for making the Seahawks’ dome one of the loudest home arenas in professional sports. Their raging enthusiasm created the “Beast Quake,” in which their reaction to an epic touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch created actual seismic activity. And at last year’s Super Bowl, the 12th man trooped hard and deep all the way to East Rutherford, New Jersey, and at times made the Super Bowl feel like a Seattle home game. Fan noise, booming from behind the Broncos’ end zone, is widely thought to have helped cause the botched snap that put the Seahawks up 2-0 on the first play of the game. Seahawks home games are now watched for seismic activity in anticipation of another fan-driven quake. And the 12th Man now sports its own line of t-shirts and other schwag, along with numerous websites and Facebook pages devoted to its existence!

With this year’s Super Bowl in Arizona, it will be even easier for Seahawks fans to make it to the game’s site. Arizona Super Bowls already feel a bit hexed for the Patriots, who lost to the New York Giants the last two times the title game took place there (they’re otherwise 4-0 in Super Bowls in the Brady/Belichick era). Will The 12th Man have a short-circuiting effect on the Patriots’ offense at key intervals, as seemed to happen last year to the Broncos? Will the stadium be packed with Seahawks jerseys and “12” signs? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall.

Remember, here at FanCheer we’re all about the fans and their love of the games. If you or someone you know is a REAL #FanCrazy fan, send us proof in a picture with a catchy caption! And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes! Of course, log into the FanCheer app if you really want to show your fandom. And enjoy Super Sunday!

May the brackets bust in your favor,

The folks at FanCheer

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