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.
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