The Good, The Bad And The NFL Week 7
Welcome to Humpday Sports Fans! Wow. What a WEEK so far. Week 6 brought us some GREAT Games and the days since then have been INSANE. Let’s get started!
The NFL trade deadline is still a couple of weeks away, but that didn’t stop the LA Rams from getting a jump on other clubs. Los Angeles was part of three deals Tuesday, sending starting cornerback Marcus Peters to Baltimore, acquiring second-year Browns offensive tackle Austin Corbett, then completing a blockbuster trade with Jacksonville for Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey in exchange for two first-round picks (2020 and 2021) and a fourth-round selection (2021).
The acquisition of Ramsey came two weeks after owner Shad Khan said he did not want to deal his young star and one week after the two had a “heart-to-heart.” But in signing off on the trade, Khan affirmed the longstanding adage that everyone has a price, i.e. the Raiders sending Hall of Fame-caliber edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears for two firsts, a third and a sixth-round pick; or Giants general manager Dave Gettleman trading wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns a year after signing him to a mega deal and saying you “don’t give up on talent”; or the Dolphins sending offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans this year after first saying they were not seeking to move the young standout but changing their mind after being offered two No. 1s and a No. 2.
We don’t have to worry about Khan moving the Team to LA, he’s doing that 1 player at a time. The Rams now hold the Jaguars first round picks from 2014-2015 And 2016. Blake Bortles. Dante Fowler Jr. and now Jalen Ramsey.
Looking for that Magic spark, Miami Dolphins Coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would start Sunday’s tilt versus the Buffalo Bills.!
The NFL has designated Sunday’s Raiders-Packers matchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest involves teams that made indelible memories in three previous meetings. Most memorable was Super Bowl II, Jan. 14, 1968, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., the final game of VINCE LOMBARDI’s Green Bay coaching career. The Packers, fresh off their Ice Bowl win over the Cowboys, held off the AFL champion Raiders, 33-14. … Nearly 25 years later, late in a frigid game against the L.A. Raiders on Dec. 26, 1993, LeROY BUTLER forced a Raiders fumble recovered by Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE. After rumbling 10 yards, White lateraled to Butler, who covered the remaining 25 yards into the end zone and invented the Lambeau Leap as Green Bay clinched a playoff berth … Then, on Dec. 22, 2003, in Oakland, Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE, only a day after his father’s death, threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns before a Monday Night Football television audience, leading Green Bay to a pivotal win that catapulted the Packers to the playoffs. … Incidentally, following the Raiders’ loss to Lombardi’s Packers in Super Bowl II, the Raiders won the next five meetings with Green Bay, and wouldn’t lose to the Packers again for 23 years, capturing three Super Bowls in that span.
MOST COMPETITIVE CONTESTS EVER: No other season through six weeks has produced more games decided by seven-or-fewer points than 2019. This year, 51 of 92 games (55.4 percent) have been decided by seven-or-fewer points, including nine of 14 games in Week 6. This season also is tied for the most one-point games through Week 6 since the 1970 merger.
The week begins Thursday (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/AMAZON) at Empower Field at Mile High, where PATRICK MAHOMES and the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS meet JOE FLACCO and the DENVER BRONCOS. With 2,104 passing yards, Mahomes is on pace to break the single-season NFL record held by former Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING (5,477 in 2013).
On Sunday afternoon (4:25 PM ET, FOX), LAMAR JACKSON and the BALTIMORE RAVENS travel to meet RUSSELL WILSON and the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. Wilson has a passer rating over 100 in each of Seattle’s first six games and is on pace to break two single-season NFL records held by AARON RODGERS, his 122.5 passer rating in 2011 and his 0.34 interception percentage in 2018. Meanwhile, Jackson last week had 236 passing yards and a career-high 152 rushing yards with a touchdown in a 23-17 win over Cincinnati. His 152 rushing yards were the fourth-most by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history, including the postseason. Jackson, who registered his third career game with at least 115 rushing yards, is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to register at least 115 rushing yards in at least three games in his first two seasons.
To close Week 7 on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS visit the NEW YORK JETS. New England has held NFL quarterbacks this season to a 42.6 passer rating. Over a full season since 2000, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have held opponents to the lowest passer rating, 48.4. New England also through six weeks has outscored opponents by 142 points. Since the 1970 merger, only the 1999 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams (plus-154) had a higher point-differential through six weeks.
Hope is in plentiful supply across the NFL. That’s because in 2018 after Week 7, five of the 12 teams that qualified for the playoffs were either .500 or below in the NFL standings. After this week concludes on Monday night at MetLife Stadium, it’s very likely that at least one team sitting at .500 or below will still make the playoffs. Since 2011, at least one team has qualified for the playoffs after beginning the year at-or-below .500 through Week 7.
The playoff teams that were at-or-below .500 through seven weeks, since 2011:
|YEAR||PLAYOFF TEAMS AT OR BELOW .500 THROUGH SEVEN WEEKS|
|2018||*Chicago, *Dallas, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle|
|2015||*Houston, Kansas City, Seattle, *Washington|
|2012||Cincinnati, *Denver, Indianapolis, *Washington|
Tampa Bay linebacker SHAQUIL BARRETT and Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT have earned their byes this week. Both players are off in Week 7 after beginning the season on a torrid pace. Barrett and Garrett are tied for the NFL lead with nine sacks. The last time multiple players had nine-or-more sacks through six weeks was in 2013 (ROBERT MATHIS and JUSTIN HOUSTON each had 9.5).