5 Things We Learned From Week 7

Week 7 of the NFL was the week of the injuries, as Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Nick Foles, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Sam Bradford, and Reggie Wayne just to name a few. All left their games with injuries.

1. The Jets finally beat the Patriots to end their six game losing streak against the Pats, and the Pats also saw their 12 game winning streak against the AFC East come to a end by falling 30-27. Geno Smith went 17/33 for 233yards with a td, and 1 INT. He also ran for a touchdown. It was suppose to be a losing season for the Jets where they weren’t expected to win many games, and Rex Ryan was suppose to get fired. But after seven weeks the Jets sit at 4-3. The Pats are now at 5-2 for the season. Is Geno Smith really the long term answer in New York at qb? That’s something time will tell. Although the Patriots lost, I still say they win the AFC East. https://i1.wp.com/cdn3.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/19239581/20130908_gav_ae5_418.0_standard_352.0.jpg

2. Break out the Panthers as they have won a season high 2 games in a row by defeating the Rams on Sunday 30-15. Cam Newton went 15/17 for 204 yards, and 1 touchdown. I’m believing in this Panthers front seven as they racked up 4 sacks against the Rams. Rams lost their QB Sam Bradford for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. Looks like the Panthers season is going one way, and the Rams season is going in the complete opposite. https://i0.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/38a79a3f486f1ebff4ef130cb35772594a82b466/c=91-71-2811-2116&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/USATODAY/2013/10/20/1382301879000-USP-NFL-St-Louis-Rams-at-Carolina-Panthers.jpg

3. We had a shootout in Detroit, as the Bengals offense out lasted the Lions offense…Thanks to the Bengals kicker Mike Nugent for kicking the game winner as time expired to win 27-24….This game had two of the best receivers in the NFL in Calvin Johnson, and AJ Green. An they didn’t disappoint.  Calvin Johnson went for 155 yards receiving to go along with 2 touchdowns. His most impressive touchdown was a 50 yard touchdown where he caught it in triple coverage. Yes this is a catch that you’ll only see in Madden. If you haven’t seen it, google it. AJ Green matched Calvin with 155 yards receiving, and added a touchdown of his own. The Bengals move to 5-2 on the season, as the Lions fall to 4-3. https://i2.wp.com/img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/564/401/ScreenShot2013-10-20at12.47.20PM_crop_north.png

4. The 49ers dominated the Titans by defeating them 31-17. 49ers look like they’re using Colin Kaepernick the way they used him last year, and that’s putting the ball in his hand and letting him run. Kaepernick ran for 68 yards on 11 rushes. His longest run was for 20yards which he scored a touchdown on.  If the 9ers continue to use Kaepernick the way they did last year there’s going to be many defensive coordinators losing sleep on Saturday nights before facing off against Kaepernick. https://i2.wp.com/l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2y5LVItscBBB8unN2.Onrw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTQyMTtweG9mZj01MDtweW9mZj0wO3E9NzU7dz03NDk-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/743f55f46203c523400f6a706700510a.jpg

5. Last but not least we have the game of the week in which the Broncos took on the Colts. Yes, the game that’s been promoted all over television for the past several weeks has finally happened. Peyton Manning lead the 6-0 Broncos back to Indy to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts. Peyton scored the first td of the game, but after that it was the Andrew Luck show. As he ran for a touchdown and threw for three more to lead the Colts to the 39-33 upset. I’ll be honest, I was cheering for the Broncos due to Jim Irsay running his mouth all week. But the Broncos had a off night, and the Colts took advantage of that. The only negative for the Colts in this game, is that they lost Reggie Wayne for the season to a torn ACL. They need to find a way to replace his production for the remainder of the season. The Colts are now 5-2 on the year. I hope these two teams meet again in the playoffs.

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Five Things We Learned From Week 3 Of The NFL

1.     The Colts look like the real deal defeating the NFC champs San Francisco 49ers 27-7. The Colts running game looks great with the 1-2punch in Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. Bradshaw was the star back rushing for 95yards and a TD on 19 carries. Keep in mind Trent wasn’t used much in his first game as a Colt rushing for 39 yards and a td on 13 carries. That will change as the season goes on and he understands the playbook.

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2.     I think it’s safe to say the Jacksonville Jaguars is the worst team in the NFL. Yes they’re worse than the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars lost to the Seattle Seahawks 45-17. The Jaguars will certainly be in the discussion for the 2014 NFL number 1 pick.

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3.     The Cowboys look like a real threat to win the NFC East. They defeated the St Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday. If Romo doesn’t have his late season collapse we’re accustomed to seeing the Cowboys may finally make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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4.     The Browns aren’t tanking on the season. After the Trent Richardson trade everyone expected the Browns to tank the rest of the season to get a high draft pick so they can draft a Franchise Quarterback. But lead by backup QB Brian Hoyer they defeated the Minnesota Vikings on the road 31-27.

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5.     The Bears had a statement game Sunday night. Going on the road and defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers on a national televised game 40-23 . Bears defense forced five turnovers, and the Bears offensive line is keeping Jay Cutler up and not allowing him to get sacked early on. If this good play continues lookout.

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6.     I know I said five things but I’m making two execptions for the Manning brothers. This is the best regular season quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest QBs of my time. There’s no stopping him as he put on another clinic against the Oakland Raiders last night passing for 3 TDS and defeating them 37-21. Peyton now has 12 tds on the season and he doesn’t look like he has any plans to slow down. The Philadelphia Eagles have a problem on their hands this Sunday when they fly to Denver to take on the Broncos.

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Manning and the New York Giants fail to 0-3 on Sunday by getting embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers 31-0. The Giants are 0-3 for the first time since 1996. The Giants have several problems one problem is not protecting Eli Manning who’s tied for 2nd in the NFL in being sacked. Giants need to get their running game and defense in order.  The Giants will look for their first win this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Trent Richardson Traded

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Colts acquired Trent Richardson last week from the Browns in exchange for their 2014 1st round pick. A shocking trade because no one was expecting the Browns to move the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. But now with a new front office that wants to build the team their way things have changed. Browns fans won’t like the deal due to them trading their best offensive player on their team, but you can guarantee Colts fans are excited. In his rookie season Trent Richardson rushed for 959 yards with 11tds. Colts now have a 1-2 punch in Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. The Browns will now be looking to draft a franchise quarterback and now have two 1st round picks, one 2nd round pick, two 3rd round picks, and two 4th around picks. You can certainly expect their pick from the Colts to be in the mid 20s because the Colts will most likely make the playoffs. The QBs that come to mind are Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville, Tajh Boyd from Clemson, Brett Hundley from UCLA, Marcus Mariota from Oregon, and everyones favorite Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M. We will see which QB seperates themselves from the pack as the season rolls on.

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Bradshaw to Colts

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Colts upgrade their running back position and sign Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal. That’s quite a steal for the Colts if you ask me. Bradshaw is one tough dude, and he plays his heart out every Sunday. He may be banged up throughout the week, but once Sunday rolls around, you better believe Bradshaw will be on the field giving everything he’s got.

He now joins a crowded Colts backfield that has returning starter Vick Ballad, who led the team in rushing, and backup Donald Brown, who never panned out as a first round pick. The Colts now have a total of 9 running backs entering mini camp.

Last year Bradshaw dealt with a foot injury that forced him to miss four games, but he still managed to rush for 1,015 yards on 221 carries for six touchdowns. I’m shocked he’s stayed a free agent 11 days into June, but you can thank the NFL Draft for that. Reportedly the Packers, Steelers, and the New England Patriots all expressed interest in signing Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is scheduled to have a $1.1 million base salary and $250k signing bonus.

Bradshaw is still only 27 years old, and if he can find a way to keep his body healthy for a full year, you can expect big things from Mr. Bradshaw.

The Giants will definitely miss Bradshaw. One Giant player described Bradshaw as being the “heart and soul of their offense.” Bradshaw will leave NY with two Super Bowl rings.