5 winners and three losers from Week 7 within the NFL

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Cam Newton was terrible on Sunday. There’s no different solution to put it. The Patriots’ quarterback was rightfully benched after a 3 interception meltdown that put New England in a gap so deep it was unimaginable to dig out of.

It wasn’t a lot that dropping to the 49ers was a disappointment. Earlier than the season this in all probability would have been the anticipated final result, however now the Niners are a shadow of themselves because of the damage bug, and actually, the Patriots have been enjoying fairly nicely till a few weeks in the past.

Newton is the deciding issue within the Patriots’ downtick, and it’s a friggin’ disgrace. Not a lot {that a} quarterback regressed, that occurs on a regular basis — however in how drastically Newton fell off a cliff following his Covid-19 prognosis. Not that it’s an excuse for his efficiency, however quite an remark.

Earlier than falling unwell Newton handed for 238 yards per sport, posting a passer score of 89.72 — respectable for a participant nonetheless studying an offense. Since returning he’s thrown for simply 127.5 per sport, a score of 43.23. Extra importantly 5 interceptions with no touchdowns. Newton has turn out to be the one largest purpose the Patriots are struggling, and after getting benched for Jarrett Stidham it’s unclear whether or not he’ll begin once more this season, or maybe ever within the NFL once more — and that’s a rattling disgrace.

One of many league’s greatest redemption tales has turned bitter. Possibly that’s a direct results of Covid, possibly not — however both manner gamers don’t merely disappear this rapidly with no contributing issue, and on this case there’s an opportunity now we have one. There’s much less zip on Newton’s passes now, he doesn’t have the identical step when he runs, it’s all a large number, and if that is actually the tip of Newton’s period as a beginning quarterbacks within the NFL he’ll stay one of many league’s most lingering questions. If he had the weapons he wanted and didn’t get injured did we miss out on seeing one of the transcendent quarterbacks to play the sport?

Now I’m simply unhappy. Let’s transfer on.

Winner: Ohio quarterbacks.

Till Sunday it felt just like the Browns have been successful regardless of Baker Mayfield, not due to him. That modified on Sunday when he threw for 5 touchdowns and completely took over the sport when Cleveland confronted Cincinnati.

Usually this might be a case the place we simply gave Mayfield his props and transfer on, however actually we have to give credit score to Joe Burrow right here too. Even in a loss, Burrow completed with 406 yards passing and three touchdowns. In doing so he’s now on tempo for 4,624 passing yards — which wouldn’t simply be higher than Carson Palmer’s first full season as a starter, however any season of Palmer’s complete profession. This can be a very massive deal, Burrow is for actual, and whereas the Bengals are nonetheless a extremely dangerous soccer staff, we’re going to be speaking about Burrow for a very long time.

To not gush an excessive amount of concerning the dropping quarterback on this state of affairs, let’s return to the Browns — who at the moment are legitimately top-of-the-line groups within the AFC. That is so wild, 2020 isn’t any nuts, and there’s one thing poetically lovely a few maddening yr like 2020 be topped off by the Browns dominating.

I adore it a lot.

Loser: Adam Gase.

As a lot as I like the Browns being good, I like this nearly extra. So let’s break this down: Gase reluctantly turns over the play calling duties for the worst staff within the NFL, and instantly the Jets placed on their greatest sport of the season, dropping by eight factors to the Payments.

That’s so lovely I wish to make it right into a shirt.

Like, I suspected Gase was the worst coach within the NFL earlier than this second, however man … this actually seals it. That is the equal of difficult your 12-year-old cousin to a sport of one-on-one, realizing you’re going to beat him, then getting 360 windmill dunked on.

Gase is well past the purpose of being a hilarious, creepy-faced meme. He’s so very. very dangerous. Actually everyone seems to be proving they might be higher than he’s. I really don’t know why the Jets are deciding to proceed this facade, aside from it’s hilarious. Hilarity is vital, particularly in 2020 once we’re so missing it. So I assume I’ll enable this.

Winner: Matt Rhule.

Let’s transfer any jabs at Cam Newton to the aspect. Matt Rhule and the Panthers are killing it, and are quietly the most important success story within the NFL no one is speaking about. It’s not like Carolina are having any wild success, however they actually shouldn’t be gelling this rapidly into the primary yr of a rookie head coach who overhauled actually every part concerning the staff within the offseason.

On Sunday the Panthers pushed the Saints to their limits, dropping by simply three factors. For the second time in two weeks his staff has pushed a very good staff (Arizona final week) to the restrict, with a massively flawed roster. If you happen to instructed anybody earlier than this season that Carolina would misplaced by three to New Orleans, with out having Christian McCaffery they’d suppose you have been dropping it.

Principally every part Rhule touched within the offseason turned to gold. Teddy Bridgewater seems each a part of the quarterback the Panthers hoped they’d get from his efficiency in New Orleans in 2019, and he’d doing it with no dependable tight finish or any actual security valve. On the opposite aspect of the ball guys like Brian Burns have gotten fearsome in Phil Snow’s protection, and whereas every part may not be coming collectively but, wait a few years. Rhule is proving his system works within the NFL.

Loser: Lol Falcons.

There’s nothing left to say. I’m sorry Atlanta followers, however that is all hilarious.

Winner: Tom Brady.

I’ll take one on the chin. I believed Brady was washed initially of this season, however dude has hit his stride and he’s killing it. In fact, it helps when you might have extra weapons than James Bond, however nonetheless any rust the Bucs have been figuring out is now off. The NFC South seems prime for this staff’s taking once more, and any schadenfreude over a “tremendous staff” successful the league has now worn off.

It may not resonate out of the gate, however no one is hotter than the Buccaneers proper now, and the extra this staff works collectively the extra harmful they get. Lord solely is aware of what occurs if Brady can be taught to make use of Mike Evans after which Antonio Brown can contribute something significant this season.

Winner: Justin Herbert.

The Chargers struck gold late within the first spherical with this one. If Tua Tagovailoa pans out then we actually might be seeing one other 2004 from a quarterback standpoint. Herbert was seen because the unprepared, missing quarterback with loads of danger. Now he’s had sufficient begins to point out he can actually do that within the league.

On Sunday Herbert posted his second straight begin with a QB score over 110.0, which is ludicrous. He has a excessive completion proportion, he’s cooking defenses, he’s enjoying far past what anybody anticipated and this actually might be the beginning of one thing massive in Los Angeles.

It’s early, certain, however if you happen to’re a Chargers fan you’re over the moon proper now. Even when the staff isn’t successful.

Winner: My pal Justin’s fantasy staff.

Congratulations to my pal, Justin. He received his fantasy sport this week as a result of Todd Gurley didn’t cease on the 1-yard line and price the Falcons the win. That landing gave him the factors he wanted to get excessive. Additionally, nonetheless, lol Falcons.

In any case, congrats, Justin. Love you buddy.

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