NFL Week 7

By Brett Minnick

 

Week 6 showed some surprising outcomes and scores once again proving the NFL is unpredictable as ever.  We saw the final undefeated team fall to a Steelers team that had looked absolutely terrible the previous week.  The Chiefs never got it going and the Le’veon Bell lead Steelers abused the ground game pounding the Chiefs into submission.  Only one winless team remains after the Giants thoroughly upset the Broncos in Denver.  The Browns are lost to rookie stud Deshaun Watson and the Texans and don’t look to be getting a win this week going up against an explosive Titans team.

Week 7 is all about rivalries and divisional matchups that will be pivotal moments for teams playoff hopes. The previously mentioned Chiefs will take on the Raiders in the AFC West.  The Raiders were the original favorites for the division and will look to add another loss to the Chiefs column while the Chiefs look to prove once again that they are the team to beat in the NFL.  The Steelers will look to gain momentum against the Bengals.  The Bengals have rebounded after an atrocious start but the Killer B’s will look to put them down with a deadly dual offensive threat.  The Falcons and Patriots rematch after Super Bowl 51.  The Falcons are coming off a miserable loss to the Dolphins and the Patriots off a tough win against the Jets.  While the Falcons will come looking for revenge, they have not looked strong as of late and the Patriots defense has been awful.  Look for a high scoring affair in that one.  The Jets and Dolphins matchup in a divisional game coming off strong showings.  This matchup should be a hard fought one but ultimately an unimportant one as the Patriots and Bills are the real threats of the division.  Lastly, the Broncos and Chargers also matchup in the highly talented and competitive AFC West.  This division is still very much up for grabs and whoever is coming out of it will go deep in the playoffs.  The Broncos defense will have a tough time shutting down the Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon led offense of the Chargers who are coming off back to back wins against the Giants and rival Raiders.  Trevor Siemian will have to show something in this game if the Broncos are going to come away with the win.

The best game to watch this week however will come Primetime on ESPN Monday Night.  The Eagles will take on the Redskins in Philadelphia after beating them week 1 in Washington. The Redskins are a sneaky good team in the NFL and could upset the Eagles who have been putting the league on notice.  Philadelphia is coming off a very strong win against the Panthers in Primetime and another premier matchup could propel the Eagles into the definitive best team in the league.  The Redskins however rarely lose a season series to the Eagles and will look to shut down their run game and tear them apart in the air.  The Eagles will need to take down Kirk Cousins to relieve the secondary if they want to win this game.  Expect a back and forth battle and a playoff atmosphere in Philly where the Birds will take a win against another NFC threat.  

 

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