We’re five weeks down in the NFL and last weekend, two mega stars were lost for the season. J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. broke bones and saw their 2017 seasons come to an abrupt end. Teams that were expected to win did not. There were more blowouts and yet another overtime game.
A summary of the 14 games follows.
New England 19, Tampa Bay 14
The Patriots are certainly not the same team that won the Super Bowl last January. But, they are playing much better than some of the other 2016 playoff teams… Hello Steelers, Cowboys.
Philadelphia 34 Arizona 7
The Eagles are threatening to be the best team in the NFC. The Cardinals should be in the south division because that is where they are heading.
NY Jets 17 Cleveland 14
Cleveland, Cleveland, Cleveland… What can I say? Another week, another loss.
Carolina 27 Detroit 24
Cam Newton has his Panthers rolling again. Are we looking at a Philadelphia/Carolina NFC title game?
San Francisco 23, Indianapolis 26
Was anyone watching? The OT game of the day.
Miami 16, Tennessee 10
The story in Miami is not getting a win. But, rather, the viral video of their offensive line coach doing cocaine. The most incredible NFL story of the year, perhaps. And it will be difficult to top that one for stupidity.
LA Chargers 27, NY Giants 22
Can anyone believe the Giants have yet to win a game? That, and they lose their stud wide receiver for the year. Eli might be joining Ben Roethlisberger among the retired players when this season concludes.
Cincinnati 20, Buffalo 16
Cincinnati has won two in a row now. Buffalo had a chance to keep their sole possession of first place in the East. Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Jacksonville 30, Pittsburgh 9
Was this the biggest upset of the day? Perhaps. The bigger shocker was Big Ben’s five picks—two that went to the house and put 14 points on the board for the very impressive Jags. Then there is the Roethlisberger “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” buzz and speculation that he is on the road to retirement.
Seattle 16, LA Rams 10
Los Angeles had a chance to prove they belong. They still might, as they came ever so close to pulling the upset. Meanwhile, Seattle needed this one badly.
Baltimore 30, Oakland 17
Just like last season, no Derek Carr and the Raiders are a different team. The Ravens now keep pace with the Steelers.
Green Bay 35, Dallas 31
Talk about blowing a game. Dallas had it in their hands. BUT… never, never, never put the ball in Aaron Rodgers’ hands with two minutes to play and a chance to stage a game-winning drive. Both teams, while battling, are not playing to expectations.
Kansas City 42, Houston 34
Credit to Deshaun Watson for putting up some big numbers. But losing J.J. Watt—again—has to sting. The Chiefs remain unbeaten and return home to face a beleaguered Pittsburgh team.
Minnesota 20, Chicago 17
The Mitch Trubisky debut. Not bad, not bad. But the big question in this game was “Why was Sam Bradford playing?” Without Bradford, the Vikes still pull this one out.
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