The Chicago Bears were ready to take on the New Orleans Saints in an attempt to make it three wins in a row. The Bears defense was doing its best to give the offense a chance to make things happen. Even though the Saints were up by 11, a touchdown here would have made it a 4 – point game. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is staring at an all-out blitz coming his way with four seconds left to throw the ball. He sees his favorite target, tight end Zach Miller in the end zone and he chucks the rock 65 yards.
The ball sails through the air, as Bears fans hold their breath in anticipation of the catch they know Miller will make. Miller leaps up to catch it and it is at that moment, the unimaginable happens. While in the air, Miller wraps his hands around the ball, but as soon as his foot touches the ground, his knee snaps.
The sad thing is, this tweet pretty much sums up this game for the Lions. After coming off the bye week and the Lions getting healthy, it was thought that the Lions could give this Pittsburgh Steeler team a run for its money, and actually win. This team had been trending up, despite losing a close one to the Panthers, and trying to complete the comeback against the Saints. Welllll….not so much.
The Lions went 0-5 in the red zone last night, and as the tweet said, zero touchdowns. Lets be honest. You are literally going nowhere in this league if you’re not scoring touchdowns. Not sure if the Lions got that memo or not. After getting down to the 1 yard line early in the 3rd quarter with Pittsburgh ahead 13-12, the Lions went for it on 4th down, and came away without points.
Sunday’s game against the 49ers felt sluggish and looked sloppy. The Eagles started off slow, and the rain didn’t make it any easier. Still, quarterback Carson Wentz managed to bring his team together and come away with their 6th straight win in Philadelphia. This win keeps them number one in the league.
This game was exciting, astonishing, breathtaking, dangerous, dramatic, intriguing, moving, stimulating, thrilling, electrifying, eye-popping, and mind-blowing. Or just fun. Maybe not every moment was fun, but on a whole, this game was fun.
I say that now because the Seahawks came out on top of the Texans 41 to 38. I can also say that because my heart rate has gone back to normal and I found another stash of rubber bands for the next game.
Both quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson were the talk of the game. From the opening drive where Watson threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Fuller V, achieving something that has not been done against Seahawks defense this year. To the last scoring drive of the game where Wilson came up with another signature save.
Week 7 was full of surprises, and I still ended up picking 10 games correctly. Week 8 is likely to be a bit more predictable, but if the trend of 2017 being weird continues, we could all be shocked by some of the outcomes. I’m a bit late getting my column written, so for now, I’m posting my picks for the first six games of the week. I’ll update this a bit later with the remaining games. Here’s to Week 8!
Miami Dolphins (4-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
Thursday Night Football pits the 31st ranked offense and 18th ranked defense of the Ravens against the 32nd ranked offense and 10th ranked defense of the Dolphins. With rankings like those, it’s pretty clear this game will be decided by the defense that plays the most complete game.
With an exciting Week 7 in the books, let’s look at this week’s Starts and Sits. There are six teams on a bye deserving some much-needed rest: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.
Kate’s Quarterback Starts:
Defenses giving up the most passing yards are the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so start the following:
Philip Rivers – Even though he has been inconsistent so far this season, a match up with the Patriots defense that has allowed 300-plus points in passing yards is worth the gamble. No team has allowed more touchdowns or fantasy points to this position.
Chances are you do not have the same fantasy football team you started out with in the summer. Between injuries, trades and just poor stats your strategy to win a week, and optimally the league, may have become mind boggling.
Week 7 in the NFL showed lower fantasy numbers than previous. But, there is always the chance to get that coveted perfect week. If you did happen to submit that perfect fantasy lineup, you would now be one million dollars richer (courtesy of NFL) and have started the following:
You’ve seen the promo ads on Twitter, you know the one that displays the words “FireFox”, resembling that of the Mozilla search engine logo at the expense of head coach John Fox. Many fans and some sports writers believe that in order for the Chicago Bears to succeed they need to throw away their season and lose games so that it will force owners and vice president of operations Ted Phillips to fire Fox. But tell that to the 53 players on that roster that they need to lose games. Go ahead….I’ll wait.
Now, maybe some fans have forgotten what firing a head coach did to this team. The last time the Bears had a decent winning record was in 2012, which was the last season coached by Lovie Smith. But since 1992, which was the last time Mike Ditka coached the Bears, there have been 5 coaches and only one who has led them to several winning seasons and a Super Bowl appearance. It was a shock to the team when Lovie Smith was released. That’s when it all went downhill.
24, 42, 16, 16, 10 and 0. That’s the combination to a locker full of questions.
It’s dreary outside and I’m sure it’s pretty dreary inside Dove Valley’s front office. After John Elway saw the writing on the wall last season, he burned down the offensive coaching staff.
He brought in a new Head Coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also hired a special teams and tight end coaches. They brought with them a new scheme that was to be juicy and aggressive and score a lot of points. They brought in a lot of beef to man the offensive line. It was to be a team run from shotgun. We heard that all off season. Shotgun means passing. Hence Rivers being under Center a whole lot more in recent weeks to help their run game.
Sunday’s game was the highly anticipated rematch of Super Bowl LI’s Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, to be held at Gillette Stadium.
Everyone has always assumed that the lighthouse and fog horn were just there for ambiance, but on Sunday night they might have actually proved helpful. The fog rolled into Foxborough and clouded visibility from the NBC cameras and coaches up in the booth as well as some fans, but it didn’t seem to bother the Patriots. They scored another win bringing their record to 5-2 and finally dominated their visiting opponent the way they’ve been expected to all season.
With a final score of 23-7, the Patriots sent the Falcons home without the win they had been vying for after losing the Super Bowl to New England in overtime last February.