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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

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