Through six weeks of the 2020 NFL, there have been some electric performances from some of the league’s best stars, and week 7 was nothing short of that. Here’s a full recap from this week’s action.
Thursday, the Eagles and Giants faced off in an NFC East matchup, which went down to the wire.
Daniel Jones had the “almost” play of the game where he ran untouched for 80 yards before tripping a few yards shy of the endzone. Carson Wentz led a 4th quarter push, including a go-ahead dime to Bart Scott to take the lead. The Eagles survived and took a 22-21 win over the Giants.
In the other NFC East matchup, the Washington Football Team hosted the Dallas Cowboys. The Football Team dominated Dallas in all phases of the game. Kyle Allen threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Andy Dalton also went out with a head injury after being hit illegally by Brandon Bostic, who was ejected. The Football Team picked up their second win over Dallas by a score of 25-3.
Devante Adams had another epic day for Green Bay in their win over the Houston Texans. Adams racked up 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers bounced back after their tough loss to Tampa Bay in the previous week by not allowing a sack this game. Green Bay won 35-20.
The Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Denver Broncos in the first snow game of the season. Leveon Bell also made his Chiefs debut with six rushes for 39 yards. The Chiefs scored a touchdown in all phases of the game. They scored on a kick return, an interception return, two rushing, and one passing. Kansas City won 43-16 in complete domination over the Broncos.
The Detroit Lions became the next team in line to spoil a victory for the Atlanta Falcons. After Todd Gurley “accidentally” scored a touchdown too early, Matthew Stafford led a last-minute drive to lift the Lions over the Falcons 23-22. Stafford threw for 340 yards and a game-winning touchdown to T.J. Hockenson.
The Bengals hosted the Cleveland Browns for a battle between former #1 pick Baker Mayfield and the latest #1 pick, Joe Burrow. Mayfield started the game 0-5, including an interception where Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL. From that point on, he completed 22-23 passes with five touchdowns. Joe Burrow threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns and ran for one, becoming the first rookie ever to achieve that stat line. The Browns took the victory over the Bengals by a score of 37-34.
The undefeated Steelers looked to remain perfect against the red hot Tennessee Titans. Pittsburgh got out to a big lead before Tennessee slowly chipped away and came within a field goal. Unfortunately for the Titans, Stephen Gostkowski missed the potential game-tying field goal. The Steelers escaped with a 27-24 win to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
Teddy Bridgewater went back to New Orleans to face off against his former team in an NFC South matchup. Brees and Bridgewater both put on passing clinics, both completing over 80% of their passes. But the old veteran came out on top, as the Saints won 27-24.
The Bills took a quick trip to play division rival New York Jets. The Jets jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Tyler Bass went on to make 6/6 field goals to help the Bills win 18-10. The Jets remain winless.
The Buccaneers and the Raiders matched up in Vegas. The Bucs dominated defensively and offensively. The defense held Josh Jacobs to just 17 yards rushing and made life tough for Derek Carr. Tom Brady was his usual self, as he threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns. He also sneaked a rushing touchdown. Devin White wreaked havoc for the Bucs. The second-year linebacker collected 11 tackles and three sacks. Tampa Bay improves its record to 5-2 with a 45-20 victory.
Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49wes went back to New England to face the Patriots this week. New England’s offense struggled. Cam Newton was benched and replaced by Jarett Stidham after throwing three interceptions. Jeff Wilson Jr. led the 49ers offense. Wilson Jr. Ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns to help San Fransisco win 33-6.
Justin Herbert continues to impress and put up big numbers for the LA Chargers. The Chargers took on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie QB threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 66 yards. Keenan Allen was the primary recipient of Herbert. Allen made ten catches for 125 yards. The Chargers held on to win 39-29 over the Jaguars.
The Sunday night game between the Seahawks was one of the most, if not the most entertaining of this season. Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray was electric. Wilson totaled 472 yards (388 passing, 84 rushing), and Murray totaled 427 (360 passing, 67 rushing). The play of the game came from DK Metcalf, not making a catch but making a tackle. Metcalf chased down Budda Baker over 100 yards to make a touchdown-saving tackle as Budda was a few yards shy of a pick-6. Tyler Lockett abused Arizona’s defense, as he tallied 15 catches for 200 yards and all three of Wilson’s passing touchdowns. Arizona’s defense ultimately decided the game. In overtime, rookie LB/S Isaiah Simmons picked off Wilson to give Arizona the possession back. Zane Gonzales redeemed his previous overtime miss by making the second and giving Arizona a 37-34 win and Seattle’s first loss of the season.
To conclude the week, the Los Angeles Rams hosted the Chicago Bears in a Monday night game. Both defenses were lights out, but the Rams were just too good when it mattered most. They held Chicago to only two visits in the red zone. Jared Goff lifted the Rams to victory with 219 yards passing and two touchdowns. The final score was 24-10.
– Cam Deloatch