What We Realized From Week 7 of the N.F.L. Season

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A number of video games got here all the way down to the ultimate play in a day of peculiar outcomes, but it surely all felt like an appetizer for the principle course as soon as Seattle and Arizona squared off in an absolute basic in prime time.

Right here’s what we discovered:

It’s onerous to think about a worse begin to a recreation than having your first cross intercepted, having your staff’s finest receiver injured on that play after which throwing 4 consecutive incompletions. Issues picked up significantly after that for Mayfield, who accomplished 22 of his ultimate 23 passes for 297 yards and set a brand new profession excessive with 5 passing touchdowns. Mayfield endured quite a lot of criticism after final week’s loss to Pittsburgh, however he was in a playful temper after his large day. “What criticism?” he requested sarcastically. “What are you speaking about?”

San Francisco’s high operating again is Raheem Mostert. Coach Kyle Shanahan may very well favor Tevin Coleman. The 49ers’ third-stringer is Jerick McKinnon, and their highest paid runner out of the backfield is fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Due to accidents to Mostert, Coleman and McKinnon, the staff turned to Wilson on Sunday and the previous standout for North Texas had the sport of his life, racing for 112 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Maintaining with the theme of the season, nevertheless, Wilson’s large day ended abruptly when he injured his ankle whereas scoring his third landing. The staff has but to weigh in on the total extent of the damage, however Shanahan mentioned it was “not trying nice.”

It’s a coin flip between Lockett and Inexperienced Bay’s Davante Adams, as each receivers had completely unbelievable video games. Lockett, nevertheless, will get the sting, as he did his harm in opposition to Patrick Peterson and a stable Arizona protection, whereas Adams did his in opposition to a awful Houston secondary that misplaced its finest participant, Bradley Roby, within the first quarter.

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Buccaneers 45, Raiders 20 Tom Brady continued to unfold the ball round, throwing landing passes to 4 totally different receivers, and Tampa Bay saved its momentum from final week’s blowout win over the Packers.

Cardinals 37, Seahawks 34 Arizona had a number of moments that may have precipitated a lesser staff to stop. There was Budda Baker being chased down by DK Metcalf on what would have been a 98-yard interception return for a landing. Zane Gonzalez missed an try at a game-winner from 41 yards throughout the Cardinals’ first possession in extra time. And Metcalf had what seemed to be a 48-yard game-winning landing in extra time negated by a holding penalty. However the Cardinals saved pushing till that they had the win in hand.

Steelers 27, Titans 24 Tennessee’s beleaguered protection snagged three interceptions, making the sport far nearer than it ought to have been, however Pittsburgh needed to be completely happy to see James Conner (20 carries, 82 yards) outgain Derrick Henry (20 carries, 75 yards).

Chiefs 43, Broncos 16 Regardless of a efficiency that fell effectively beneath his typical requirements, Patrick Mahomes nonetheless prolonged his streak to 17 consecutive regular-season video games with a landing cross.

Browns 37, Bengals 34 The Browns’ Rashard Higgins got here into the day with 5 catches this season, however after Odell Beckham Jr. was misplaced to a knee damage, Higgins stepped up in an enormous approach, with six catches for a career-high 110 yards.

49ers 33, Patriots 6 Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t good in opposition to his former staff, however Patriots Coach Invoice Belichick needed to be a bit jealous watching his former quarterback-in-waiting full 20 of 25 passes for 277 yards in a blowout, whereas his present quarterbacks, Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham, mixed for 147 yards passing and 4 interceptions. That Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski continued their fountain of youth act for Tampa Bay in all probability didn’t assist both.

Packers 35, Texans 20 Deshaun Watson had a pleasant second half, and made his staff look respectable, however Aaron Rodgers had already given his staff an insurmountable lead, compiling a passer score (132.4) that was practically 100 factors larger than what he managed final week (35.4).

Saints 27, Panthers 24 This recreation was surprisingly shut contemplating New Orleans accomplished 12 of its 14 third-down makes an attempt, and obtained subject objectives from Wil Lutz after the staff’s solely two failures.

Payments 18, Jets 10 Sam Darnold got here again from a shoulder damage, however after he barely accomplished 50 % of his passes (12 of 23), threw two interceptions and was sacked six occasions, he could be questioning why he didn’t take one other week to heal. The Jets are 0-7 for simply the second time in franchise historical past and will match the franchise’s worst begin (0-Eight in 1996) with a loss in Kansas Metropolis subsequent week. Buffalo, in the meantime, will go looking for its offense after the staff failed to interrupt 20 factors for a 3rd consecutive recreation.

Chargers 39, Jaguars 29 Justin Herbert obtained his first profession win, and he did it in an enormous approach by throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns whereas additionally operating in a rating. Herbert has thrown for a minimum of 250 yards in every of his first 5 begins, a feat beforehand solely completed by Patrick Mahomes, who did it in his first 10.

Lions 23, Falcons 22 Detroit didn’t get a lot manufacturing out of its operating backs, however Matthew Stafford threw for 340 yards and a landing and the Lions received for the third time in 4 video games. This was the 36th game-winning drive of Stafford’s profession, in line with Professional Soccer Reference, which trails solely Drew Brees (37) since 2009.

Footballers 25, Cowboys 3 Ezekiel Elliott was held to only 45 yards dashing, fumbled as soon as, had a ball bounce off him for an interception and made errors in cross safety. Blame the staff’s struggles on Dallas’s second- and third-string quarterbacks all you need, however Elliott isn’t getting the job performed.

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