Wild finishes, statement-making wins and fantasy football resurgences were the major focus of Week 7 in the NFL. That's just the big stuff, but there were a few light-hearted moments of note.
Somebody call Nigel Lythgoe, because there was so much dancing in NFL end zones, you could have mistaken the gridiron for an episode of So You Think You Can Dance? Donald Jones gives us some Apache:
Stevie Johnson, Mike Tolbert and Jason Pierre-Paul go Gangnam style. I'll deduct points for a lack of originality, though:
Here are the biggest stories from the seventh Sunday in the NFL:
Wild One in Tampa
Vincent Jackson had a humongous game. He caught seven passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, but he has to be the slowest wide receiver in America. Granted, he had run a long way on the 95-yard pass he caught from Josh Freeman. Still, he was chased down like a robber in a faulty getaway car on this play.
This was one of the biggest plays in the game because the New Orleans Saints subsequently stopped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers four downs in a row. Despite the long completion, the Bucs got no points, and they stayed seven points behind the Saints.
Drew Brees went nuts on the Bucs in the first half. He had 313 yards passing in the first two quarters with four touchdowns. Bleacher Report's official Twitter gives some fantasy/family advice:
If you're going against Drew Brees in fantasy, go spend some time with your family! At the half: 20-25, 313 yds, 4 TDs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 21, 2012
One of the touchdowns was simply ridiculous. Watch Joe Morgan's amazing effort on this play:
The Bucs still had a chance to win at the end, but Mike Williams was called for illegal touching on the final play. Check it out:
The penalty negated what would've been a score to set up the game-tying extra point. It looked like a bogus call, but this tweet from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports clears things up:
RE: Saints-Bucs. Every week I seem to learn a new NFL rule.If QB is out of pocket you can push a WR out of bounds and eliminate him?— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 21, 2012
The Saints win 35-28.
CJ2K Making Amends With Fantasy Owners
Chris Johnson is not a fantasy bust—really. Johnson exploded for 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. Johnson now has 286 yards rushing in his last two games.
Check out the best of CJ on Sunday:
After being perhaps the most disappointing fantasy performer in the NFL, he has really picked it up. As someone who has personally suffered from Johnson's slow start, I'm glad he and the Tennessee Titans' offensive line have gotten things together.
The Titans won a tight one 35-34 over the Buffalo Bills.
Huge NFC East Battle Goes Giants Way, But That RG3 Is Something Else
Robert Griffin III was licking his chops on this one.
However, his receivers and defense let him down a bit. Every week he looks even more impressive, and this was truly a memorable performance in defeat. He played brilliantly in a crucial division matchup on the road against the New York Giants.
He was a force running the ball, as he had 89 yards rushing. He also completed passes like this:
Osi Umenyiora says it all in this tweet, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today:
Osi: "Let me tell you something, that guy (RGIII) is flat-out unbelievable."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2012
Were it not for a defensive breakdown on Eli Manning's go-ahead 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz, and a crucial fumble by Santana Moss on the final drive, the Washington Redskins would have won this game.
As it is, the Giants grab a much-needed 27-23 division win.
Texas-Sized Beat Down
Terrell Suggs put it as plain as possible in this tweet via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:
Terrell Suggs: 'There's no sugarcoating, call a spade a spade, they whipped our ass.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 21, 2012
That about sums it up. The Houston Texans destroyed the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 to move to 6-1 on the season. It was a huge victory coming off their own crushing defeat last week against the Green Bay Packers.
How bad was the Ravens' defense? Historically bad.
The ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account chimes in:
Ravens allowed 43 points-- Only 2nd time since 1999 that they allowed that many in a game (2007 vs Colts, 44)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2012
Exciting, But Less Than Impressive
The New England Patriots are in sole possession of first place in the AFC East, but they nearly squandered this game.
They gave up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and allowed the New York Jets to force overtime. The Patriots righted the ship as Tom Brady was terrific in the two-minute drill, and the Pats' defense smothered the Jets in the extra period.
The ending was full of excitement, but this team has some clear issues to address. This game shouldn't have been this close. Patriots blogger for Pats Pulpit, Tony Santorsa is less than impressed with this team. He tweeted:
The #Patriots are very fortunate that they won that game. I still believe that they're a mediocre team and are far from being elite.— Tony Santorsa (@TonySantorsa) October 21, 2012
Still, the Patriots won 29-26 in overtime.
Here's the bottom line on the rest of the day's action:
Indianpolis Colts 17, Cleveland Browns 13
New Browns owner Jim Haslem is not happy with the result of this game at all.
The 'I own the Browns' face: twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 21, 2012
Green Bay Packers 30, St. Louis Rams 20
Minnesota Vikings 21, Arizona Cardinals 14
Cardinals have lost games to teams whose QBs have completed 7 passes (Rams/Bradford) and 8 (Vikings/Ponder)— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 21, 2012
Dallas Cowboys 19, Carolina Panthers 14
Oakland Raiders 26, Jacksonville Jaguars 23 in OT
Raiders beat the Jags 26-23 in a game we should never speak of again.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 21, 2012
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