NFL Scores Week 7: Biggest Surprises from Sunday's Slate
From Robert Griffin III holding his own against the defending champion New York Giants to a shootout in Buffalo, this early part of the Week 7 schedule has given NFL fans plenty of surprises so far.
Road favorites Green Bay and New Orleans took care of business, while home teams Minnesota and Houston both completed impressive victories against teams with winning records.
The Texans unleashed a can on the Baltimore Ravens, who are fighting through a depleted defense and some offensive struggles. The Dallas Cowboys managed to hang on to a late lead via a Dan Bailey field goal, and are now 3-3 after seven weeks of the NFL season.
Below we'll break down some of the biggest surprises from this early portion of this NFL slate, including scores for those teams and the key plays that helped force the outcome.
Houston Texans 43, Baltimore Ravens 13
Apparently Houston was unhappy with both its performance against the Green Bay Packers, and the all-time record boasted by Baltimore.
The offense had its way with this Ray Lewis-less defense, but I don't think anyone expected the kind of onslaught that Houston laid on the Ravens. Joe Flacco looked like a rookie against the pass rush, and Arian Foster led the way with 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
It looks like the Texans are back on track after faltering against Green Bay, and reclaim the top spot in my power rankings after the dismantling of the Ravens on Sunday.
RG3-Manning 4th-Quarter Heroics
New York Giants 27, Washington Redskins 23
This RG3 kid is going to be special, but Eli Manning is still Eli Manning. After RG3 led the Redskins down the field and culminated the drive with a beautiful pass to Santana Moss, Manning and the Giants went to work.
It took the Giants just two plays to score, as Manning found Victor Cruz streaking down the middle of the field for a 77-yard touchdown and the 27-23 lead. The defense would force an RG3 fumble to close out the game.
Surprising because Washington wasn't given much of a chance—they took fellow NFC East rival New York to the brink, and almost beat the Giants for the third straight time.
Chris Johnson Back in Rare Form?
Tennessee Titans 35, Buffalo Bills 34
Johnson rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and had two more touchdowns taken away from him by running back Jamie Harper.
In an offensive shootout in Buffalo, this back-and-forth game provided some of the best fantasy stats on the day, as well as a game that went down to the wire.
Although the Bills had the worst run defense in the league, this could be a confidence booster for CJ2K, who desperately needed something to build on as the Titans enter a divisional slate where he will be heavily relied upon for team wins.
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