Week 7 in the NFL was, in many respects, the worst collective showing by the National Football League that I can remember in a long time. The Monday night prime time affair between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars was eye-bleedingly awful. If you were a fan of the New Orleans Saints in Sunday night prime time, it was a night to remember. Without a rooting interest in that one? It was almost painful to watch.
What if there was a showdown game in a divisional race and one team didn’t show up? Ask the Tennessee Titans, who were utterly pantsed by the Houston Texans with first place on the line in the AFC South.
The San Diego Chargers put on one of the worst displays of two-minute offense I can recall. Shifting formations with 30 seconds left and the clock running? To complete a three-yard pass? Really? Philip Rivers throwing the ball away on fourth down? Yeah, Phil, good idea—let’s dial up something good for fifth down, right?
That’s not to say there wasn’t some amazing stuff happening. Aaron Rodgers had one bad pass in the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings—one! Rodgers’ six incompletions included two balls airmailed out of bounds, two that were dropped by receivers and one that was a clock-killing spike.
Arian Foster was a beast—115 yards on the ground, 119 receiving and three touchdowns? Wow. Just wow.
The end result was a severe shakeup of my NFL Power Rankings.