NFL Week 7: Quick Reactions to the Early Games

Early Game Quick Reactions: Texans Destroy Ravens, RGIII and Eli Trade Late Game TDs

10/21/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

What. A. Sunday. For. Football! The early games gave us two last minute come from behind victories, a dominate Texans performance, and a couple of offensive shoot-outs. Only two games were decided by more than seven points, and the rest were close enough to be interesting the whole way. Here are some quick reactions to the week 7 early games.

October 21, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley jumps on a fumble after Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is stripped of the ball by Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) during the fourth quarter of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
New York  was able to beat Washington in a wild game to stay in the NFC East lead.

Giants defeat Redskins 27-23: What an exciting and wild game this was. Two lead changes late in the fourth quarter, two clutch performances by RGIII and ‘old faithful’ EIi Manning. And to top it all off, this may have been the most important game of the weekend, as first place in the NFC East hung in the balance.
RGIII played great and the Skins put up a strong effort but the Giant’s defense was again the star of the show. Both teams started off slow and went into the 4th tied 13-13. RGIII thought he had a late game comeback as he led the Skins to a score with a couple of minutes left in the game—that is until Eli Manning got his hands on the ball. At this point in the season the Giants have to be considered the best team in the league.

Vikings defeat Cardinals 21-14: The Vikings are 5-2 and 4-0 at home. I don’t know how long this can last, but they are playing great. Peterson, who is just a physical monster and should still be on the injured reserve list, ran for 152 yards and a touchdown. Ponder didn’t have a great game, and only threw for 58 yards, but we call know that he is the biggest winner in all of this because of his personal life.
Texans defeat Ravens 43-13: Houston dominated Baltimore for the entire game and, even though the Ravens weren’t at full strength, scored an impressive victory. Houston controlled the time of possession as they held the ball for over 38 minutes, and rushed for 181 yards. The Texans bounced back from last week’s loss to the Packers in a big way, and are right back in the conversation for best team in the league.
Packers defeat Rams 30-20: Greenbay seemed like they were out for blood early in this game. The Packers scored a touchdown late in the first quarter and then tried a surprise onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, recovered it and scored again to take a 10-0 lead.
Greenbay wasn’t able to blow out St. Louis, as they hung around in a close game until the late in the 4th when the Packers took over. The cheese heads are starting to gain some momentum and are finally beginning to look like the contender everyone expected them to be.
Colts defeat Browns 17-13: The Browns may have lost, but do they get a moral victory for having Brandon Weeden out play Andrew Luck? Weeden threw for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and had a 96 passer rating. Is this the same Weeden who got trapped under a flag a few weeks ago?
Titans vs Bills 35-34: This game was just an absolute offensive shoot out. Chris Johnson started the game on a tear, running for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. The Titans fell behind 28-34 and were able to engineer a late 4th quarter drive led by Matt Hasselbeck. It was good to see Johnson finally have a break out game, and hopefully get some of his fantasy football critics off his back.
Saints defeat Buccaneers 35-28: This was another exciting high-scoring-down-to-the-wire game. New Orleans started by giving up 14 points in the first quarter, and it looked like they would be in for another disappointing game. But they were able to score 28 points in the second quarters and lead for most of the game. The Bucs had a last second chance to tie the game, and actually completed a pass that looked like a touchdown until it was called back for a penalty.
Cowboys defeat Panthers 19-14: This was a close and messy game that that had Dallas written all over it-- and not in a good way. Miles Austin fumbled on a drive deep in the Panther’s territory; they almost let Cam Netwon win the game late in the 4th, and then did something completely unexpected by actually holding on to win the game. Could this be a turning point for the 3-3 Cowboys? Probably not.

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10/22/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

But the way it played out was a lot more exciting

10/22/12   |   zokenod   |   73 respect

giants would have won big if it wasn't for the 2 fourth quarter INTs