NFL Scores Week 7: Results with Most Significant Impact on Postseason Picture

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 20: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts beat the Broncos 39-33.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Just seven weeks into the 2013 NFL regular season, only one undefeated team remains: the 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Preseason favorites continue to fall, while unexpected contenders have emerged already.

The question is: Which Week 7 results will have the most significant impact on the postseason picture?

NFL Week 7 Results
DateRoad TeamScoreHome Team
Thursday, Oct. 17Seattle Seahawks34-22Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, Oct. 20Cincinnati Bengals27-24Detroit Lions
Sunday, Oct. 20Tampa Bay Buccaneers23-31Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, Oct. 20Buffalo Bills23-21Miami Dolphins
Sunday, Oct. 20New England Patriots27-30New York Jets
Sunday, Oct. 20Dallas Cowboys17-3Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 20Chicago Bears41-45Washington Redskins
Sunday, Oct. 20St. Louis Rams15-30Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Oct. 20San Diego Chargers24-6Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, Oct. 20San Francisco 49ers31-17Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Oct. 20Cleveland Browns13-31Green Bay Packers
Sunday, Oct. 20Houston Texans16-17Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, Oct. 20Baltimore Ravens16-19Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, Oct. 20Denver Broncos33-39Indianapolis Colts
Monday, Oct. 21Minnesota VikingsTBANew York Giants

Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) over Detroit Lions (4-3)

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Score: 27-24, Bengals

Bengals' Week 8: vs. New York Jets

Lions' Week 8: vs. Dallas Cowboys

In a meeting between two teams with postseason aspirations and a hold on their division lead, the Cincinnati Bengals toppled the Detroit Lions 27-24 at Ford Field. Mike Nugent kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, moving Cincinnati to 5-2 and dropping Detroit to 4-3.

Now, Cincinnati has full control over the AFC North, while Detroit is down half-a-game to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.

The Bengals were led by Andy Dalton, who went 24-of-34 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. A.J. Green had six catches for 155 yards and a score, and in a high-octane affair, the Bengals' passing attack proved to be strong enough to win the game.

As a result, the Bengals own a two-game advantage in the AFC North.

The Lions nearly completed a comeback behind the efforts of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Stafford was 28-of-51 for 357 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and "Megatron" had nine catches for 155 yards and two scores.

Detroit now trails the 4-2 Green Bay Packers by half-a-game and a tiebreaker. For that reason, every game from here on out is must-win territory for the Lions as NFC North title contenders.

This game pushed two contenders in different directions. Cincinnati is in control, while Detroit is sliding.

Dallas Cowboys (4-3) over Philadelphia Eagles  (3-4)

Score: 17-3, Dallas

Cowboys' Week 8: at Detroit Lions

Eagles' Week 8: vs. New York Giants

The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles entered Week 7 with the opportunity to earn the outright lead in the NFC East. The Eagles were the home team, the Cowboys were battling key injuries, and all signs pointed toward a Philadelphia win.

At this point, the NFL community must ask one question that it never expected to utter: Why can't the Eagles win at home?

Philadelphia has lost nine straight home games.

Nick Foles was dreadful for the Eagles, going 11-of-29 for 80 yards through the air. To make matters worse, LeSean McCoy managed just 55 rushing yards on 18 carries against a battered but brilliant Cowboys defense. When Foles left the game with an injury, Matt Barkley threw three interceptions in relief work.

All in all, it was a disappointing day for Philadelphia, which fell to a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East.

Tony Romo was 28-of-47 for 317 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions at Philadelphia, finding Terrance Williams for a nine-yard score in the fourth quarter. Phillip Tanner added a rushing score, and Dez Bryant caught eight passes for 110 yards.

In the end, Dallas proved what recent weeks have displayed: It's the class of the division.

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) over Denver Broncos (6-1)

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Score: 39-33, Indianapolis

Colts' Week 8: Bye

Broncos' Week 8: vs. Washington Redskins

In what was the most highly anticipated game of the 2013 regular season, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 39-33. It was Peyton Manning's first game at Lucas Oil Stadium since the Colts released him in 2012.

Beyond the emotion was a result that reshaped the postseason picture on all fronts.

With the win, the Colts moved to 5-2 with a two-game advantage over the second-place team in the AFC South. This was a critical result for a Colts team that enters its bye week with a handful of key injuries.

That includes the loss of Reggie Wayne, who was Luck's most important receiver.

The silver lining is that Wayne was lost while helping Indianapolis pick up a monumental win.

For Denver, its first loss of the season was a big one, as the Kansas City Chiefs are 7-0 and in full control of the AFC West. In turn, the Broncos have been pushed down to the No. 5 seed in the AFC, despite putting forth a record-setting offense.

We knew this game would be big, but the Colts' victory over Denver just restructured the entire postseason picture.


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