Three NFL Week 7 surprises
It took until week 7, but the Broncos have finally suffered their first loss. Andrew Luck and the Colts made Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis not as good as he would have hoped. The Colts 39-33 win puts them at 5-2 with impressive wins over the Broncos, Seahawks, and 49ers. Those three teams were Super Bowl favorites by many and now it’s time to put the Colts into that conversation. Luck has proved to the rest of the league that he can lead this team to a deep playoff run. He’ll have to do it without his best wide receiver though, Reggie Wayne. Wayne will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It’s a huge loss for the Colts offense, which has been firing on all cylinders. The Colts will get a bye and get some rest before taking on the 2-5 Texans. The second place 6-1 Broncos will take on the Redskins next week, who are coming off a shootout win over the Bears.
2. Jets stun Patriots in controversial fashion
Nobody gave the Jets a chance coming into their matchup Sunday against the 5-1 Patriots with tight end Rob Gronkowski back on the field. Rex Ryan didn’t care what everyone else thought. The Jets stunned the Patriots in overtime in the “MetLife miracle” Sunday in overtime, 30-27. A controversial call in overtime played a big part of it. Nate Jones was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Nick Folk’s 56-yard field goal that never had been called in an NFL game before. Jones was called for pushing his teammate into the opponent’s formation. That would give Folk a second chance that he would nail to give the Jets their fourth win of the season. The New York Jets, behind rookie quarterback, are 4-3 after week 7. Many people had the Jets at four wins all season. Gang Green gets the tough task of going to Cincinnati to face the 5-2 Bengals next week. The Patriots will return home next week to take on the 3-3 Dolphins.
3. Thad not so bad as Bills squeak by Dolphins
Thaddeus Lewis made another start for the banged up E.J. Manuel and stunned the Miami Dolphins. The Bills blew an early 14-point lead, but would come back and knock down a game-winning field goal with 33 seconds left to beat the Dolphins 23-21. Lewis lost in his first start of the season last week, but took the game into overtime against a good Bengals team. Buffalo has not been as bad as everyone thought and their fifth-best running game in football has been a big part of it with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Don’t expect Lewis to continue to play as well as he did Sunday, especially with the Saints on the radar next week. After a 3-0 start for the Dolphins, they have lost three straight and have fallen back down to earth. It doesn’t get any easier next week as they head to Foxboro to take on the Pats.