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NFL Week 7 Recap: Actual Scoring on Thursday Night?!

A Thursday Night Football game actually becomes an offense-filled shootout, and the NFC South becomes immensely wonky

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 3 months ago 7 min read
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You know, one thing I've been mixed on is the opinions on Thursday Night Football games. Here's the thing: during the NFL season, I love Thursday, because it begins a new week of in-game action, and regarding Thursday games, the two special Thursday dates are Opening Day (which always features the defending Super Bowl Champions) and, of course, Thanksgiving (which features a Detroit Lions game, a Dallas Cowboys game, and a special primetime game). Those aren't the games that get the scrutiny.

The games that get the criticism and have for about a decade are the Thursday games that happen elsewhere, as they are often categorized as being boring, messy, or one-sided, or even all three. I myself enjoy Thursday games, but as we saw, the last two games were immensely scrutinized because they were low-scoring and featured some very bad plays. When fans discovered that the Thursday game that opened Week 7 would feature the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, fans beamed over the thought of seeing a Thursday game with scoring, and boy did we get it! 76 total points. A final score of 42-34 in Arizona's favor. Back and forth scoring! The only messiness came from Andy Dalton; back-to-back Pick Sixes to end the first half. Yikes.

The New Orleans Saints dropped to 2-5, and it looked like they were completely done. Then during their game, the big news broke: the Carolina Panthers traded Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers. With this, and the Robby Anderson trade, as well as the firing of Matt Rhule as head coach, it seemed like the Panthers were set on waving the white flag for this season. Then a funny thing happened: they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21-3. I couldn't believe it. The Panthers were basically in "reset mode," yet they mollywhopped the Brady Bucs like it was nothing. The Buccaneers offense was absolutely putrid in that game. It was an absolute disaster for that team.

I'm just going to say it, and I'm certain I'm not the only one thinking this. Tom Brady should have stayed retired. When the Bucs lost at home in the Divisional Playoff last year, we all figured that this was goodbye, and it ended up being the case. Then a month and a half into his so-called "retirement," Brady announces that he's coming back. So he basically lied to us, but that's not why I'm saying he should have stayed retired. Look what Brady came back to. The team is an absolute mess. The biggest names are gone, they're riddled with injuries, and Brady doesn't look like himself. The saddest part of all this: Brady knew this. He had to have known! There is no way that Brady couldn't have seen this coming. Now look at him. He is the 45-year-old quarterback of a sputtering Bucs team that may actually miss the playoffs just two years after winning the Super Bowl. Things like that can tarnish a legacy.

Staying on the subject of QBs who have been to a Super Bowl, Joe Burrow absolutely tore it up against the Atlanta Falcons, as did his main receiver, Ja'Marr Chase. The Cincinnati Bengals won 35-17, with that win keeping them in pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North; the Ravens eked out a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Burrow threw 42 passes and only had eight incompletions, but those aren't the numbers that count in fantasy football. Let's look at the actual numbers to show how amazing Burrow's performance was.

Scoring for quarterbacks goes like this: one point per every 25 passing yards (equaling 0.04 points per yard), four points for a passing touchdown, and regarding turnovers, each interception is a one point deduction. Same rushing rules apply (one point per every 10 yards, and six points per rushing TD). Burrow's stats are as follows: 481 yards (19.24 points), three touchdowns (12 points), 20 rushing yards (2 points), and a rushing touchdown (6 points). Burrow racked up 39.24 fantasy points, which led all quarterbacks during Week 7. Ironically, Andy Dalton was a distant second; despite his three interceptions, Dalton had 29.54 fantasy points.

As a result of the Falcons' loss, every team in the NFC South is under .500, and yes, that includes the Bucs. The Falcons and Bucs are tied at 3-4, while the Panthers and Saints each have 2-5 records. The Panthers traded away their best player, yet days later, they appear to be on the cusp of a division title. Speaking of CMC's new team, the 49ers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in contest that saw the Chiefs dominate the SF defense, Jimmy G had a few missteps, but George Kittle finally found the end zone for the first time this season; pleasing several of his fantasy owners (myself included). Despite that, the Chiefs won, 44-23, and appear to be back as the top dogs in the AFC West.

Remember what I just said about Tom Brady? I actually found myself wondering the same about Aaron Rodgers after the Green Bay Packers' 23-21 loss to the Washington Commanders, which was the team's third straight. Unlike Brady, Rodgers never said anything about retiring (though talking heads seemed to put those words in his mouth), but I found myself wondering if he should have thought about it. Rodgers is going to exhaust himself physically and mentally with his attempts to get his receivers in shape. The Packers are 3-4, they are a mess. Even so, this Packers fan refuses to give up. This team will be in the playoffs. This team will win the NFC North. Even if the latter statement doesn't come true, remember: this start basically matches 2010, and we all know what happened then.

Who had the Geno Smith-led Seattle Seahawks in first place in the NFC West at any point this season? The Seahawks blasted the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium, and with the Niners' loss and the Rams' bye, the Seahawks are sitting all alone atop the NFC West in their first season without Russell Wilson. This is a big feather in Geno's cap; before becoming the Seahawks' starter, he was, to put it bluntly, a disaster at QB. Seven weeks into being a starter for Seattle, and the team is in first place. As if this season can't get any more chaotic!

Week 7 also centered on quarterbacks coming back from injury, with Dak Prescott's comeback being first on the schedule. Dak had been out since the midpoint of the Dallas Cowboys' season opening game, but strangely, the Cowboys went 5-1 with Cooper Rush starting at QB. The Cowboys hosted the Detroit Lions and won 24-6 thanks to Dak and Ezekiel Elliott's performances, and next up was the centerpiece of the comeback QBs: Tua Tagovailoa. Tua had been out due to a terrible concussion, but he would make his return against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. He would throw for 261 yards and a score, but that would be enough against the sputtering Steelers, whose attempt as a game-winning drive ended with an interception in the final seconds. Lastly, Mac Jones returned for Monday Night Football, until he didn't. After the Patriots fell behind 10-0, Jones ended up benched for Bailey Zappe, who gave the Pats the lead over the Chicago Bears, who would take over with 23 straight points. The Bears won, 33-14, an absolutely messy loss for the Patriots.

So after seven weeks, Geno Smith is in first place, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers aren't, the New York clubs remain hot, and the NFC South is a hot mess. Week 8 should be absolutely intriguing, as the month of October will come to an end. It will begin with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, and we will see another London game, as the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars will face off across the pond. On Sunday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills will host the Green Bay Packers, and Monday Night Football will feature the Battle of Ohio between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. Regarding byes, only the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers will take Week 8 off.

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About the Creator

Clyde E. Dawkins

Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy

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