Only ten more weeks remain in the 2014 NFL season after we wrapped up Week 7 with a number of games that came down to the wire. In both the NFC and AFC, football fans witnessed a number of records, upsets, and dominating performances.
Thursday Night Football gave football fans a traditional AFC East match-up that featured the rival New York Jets and New England Patriots. Despite a three touchdown day from Tom Brady, the Pats were able to hold off a scare from the Jets with a last second blocked kick. The Dolphins are continuing to look like a team that will stay in the playoff hunt as they secured a double digit win against the Bears behind Ryan Tannehill’s pair of touchdown passes. The Baltimore Ravens have continued their winning ways, this time taking down the struggling Atlanta Falcons who have yet to win a game on the road. Jaguars fans can now finally rejoice as Jacksonville destroyed the Cleveland Browns 24-6 to secure the team’s first win all year. Converted quarterback Denard Robinson started the game in the backfield for the Jags and ended the game with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown. A game that many predicted would be a prelude to the AFC championship ended up in a beat down as Andrew Luck and the Colts shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 27-0 in Indy. Rookie sensation Sammy Watkins came in huge for the Bills this weekend, finding the end zone late in the game to give Buffalo a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Jamaal Charles passed Priest Holmes to become the Kansas City Chiefs all-time leading rusher on Sunday afternoon as KC squeaked by the Chargers for an upset win in San Diego. To cap off the evening, NFL fans across the world got the honor to witness history. With a second quarter strike to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most all-time touchdown passes and set the new mark at 510. Manning’s Denver team ended up winning big against San Francisco. In a Monday Night Football match-up, the Texans jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, but the Steelers relentlessly fought back with a few trick plays up their sleeves to defeat Houston at home.
The NFC games had no lack of drama this weekend either. DeMarco Murray became the first running back to ever rush for 100+ yards in each of his first seven games as Dallas rolled through the New York Giants 31-21 in Big D. No Griffin, no Cousins, no problem. Third stringer Colt McCoy stepped in at QB for the Redskins and led Washington to a come from behind victory against the Tennessee Titans. In the most exhilarating game of the day, the St. Louis Rams relied on a bit of trickery to take down their conference rivals and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 28-26 in Seattle’s second consecutive loss this year. It looked like the New Orleans Saints would finally get on track with a big win against the Detroit Lions, but Matthew Stafford tossed two late fourth quarter touchdowns to secure a win for the 5-2 team from the Motor City. Carolina’s supposedly shut-down defense hasn’t looked too hot this year and received another beating as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers rolled over the Panthers 38-17. The Arizona Cardinals have continued to make 2014 one of their best seasons yet as they won their fifth game of the year with a commanding 24-13 win against the lowly Raiders.
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