Week Seven is now in the bag and we have some very interesting results to pore over this week including a result that is already a contender for the biggest shock result of the season, two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history having rare struggles with their team, while one of last year’s Super Bowl teams finally saw its offense hit top gear.

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Let’s now take a look at how this week’s action unfolded starting with the main stories of the week.

NFL Matchday 7 – Main Stories

Chiefs Offense Overpowers 49ers Defense For Big Win – When a top ranked defense takes on a top ranked offense, many people believe the defense comes out on top. Not this time. Patrick Mahomes destroyed the 49ers defense with some stellar QB play to lead his Chiefs to a huge win in California, racking up 44 points in the process. Very impressive indeed.

Jets Great Form Continues With Victory Over Broncos – Many people felt the Jets young offense could come unstuck against the Bronco’s talented defense, but in actual fact it was the Jets defense that dominated the Bronco’s offense and which led to the Jets moving to 5-2 and second place in the NFC East with only the Bills ahead of them.

Titans Complete Double Over Colts To Head AFC South – The Titanslanded what could be a crucial win in their AFC South battle against the Indianapolis Colts. With Derrick Henry posting a 100+ yard game and Ryan Tannehill proving himself a real warrior, aided by a strong defensive showing the Titans took control of their division here.That’s four wins in a row for Mike Vrabel’s team.

Bengals Offense Plays Lights Out In Big Win Over Falcons – We’ve been waiting for the Bengals offense catch fire and this week they did and it was the Atlanta Falcons that felt the wrath. Joe Burrow three for three touchdowns and 481 yards, rushed for another while Tyler Boyd (155 yards, 1 TD) and Ja’Marr Chase (130 yards, 2 TD) had huge days receiving as the Bengals started to look like the Super Bowl team they were last season.

Seahawks Stun Chargers To Claim Top Spot In NFC West – Few people would have had the Seattle Seahawks leading the NFC West at this point of the season but a combination of Pete Carroll’s team playing very well, along with some poor displays by their NFC West opponents mean that Seattle deservedly sit atop the rankings.

Panthers Stun Lacklustre Bucs With Surprise 21-3 Win – The script read that Tom Brady would get his Buccaneers team back in the win column with a strong win over their divisional rivals who had already dialled it in on the season seemingly. However, the Panthers produced on both sides of the ball to upset the dismal Bucs, holding Brady in check while producing the surprise result of the season so far.

NFL Star Performers of the Week – Offense/ST

  • QB Joe Burrow (Bengals) – 34/42, 481 yards passing, 20 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns
  • WR Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals) – 8 receptions, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • WR Tyler Boyd (Bengals) – 8 receptions 155 yards, 1 touchdown
  • QB Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) – 25/34, 423 yards passing, 3 touchdowns
  • RB Kenneth Walker (Seahawks) – 168 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns
  • WR DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals) – 10 receptions for 103 yards
  • RB Josh Jacobs (Raiders) – 143 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns
  • QB Philip Walker (Panthers) – 16/22, 177 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • QB Daniel Jones (Giants) – 19/30 for 202 yards, 1 touchdown 107 rushing, 1 TD
  • RB Saquon Barkley (Giants) – 110 yards rushing
  • RB Derrick Henry (Titans) – 128 yards rushing
  • QB Justin Fields (Bears) – 13/21, 179 yards, 1TD, 82 yards rushing, 1 TD

NFL Star Performers Of The Week – Defense

  • New York Jets – Admittedly, the Jets were up against a struggling Broncos defense, but they still produced when it mattered with Sauce Gardener living up to his billing as a stellar cornerback. This Jets defence may well be one of the most underrated units in the NFL.
  • Dallas Cowboys – Everyone knows how good the Cowboys defence is and they came up big against the Lions when it mattered and with Sam Williams having a breakout game on the Edge, scary as it may be for other teams, the Cowboys defence may be getting even better.
  • Tennessee Titans – The Titans defense has been something of a laughing stock for a few years, but this week they were very effective against the Colts, intercepting Matt Ryan twice in what proved to be crucial turnovers that played a big role in the Titans win over their divisional rivals.
  • Chicago Bears – QB Mac Jones returned for the Patriots, but was soon back on the bench as he struggled to come to terms with a rampant Bears defence. They intercepted Jones and his replacement Bailey Zappe three times combined in what was a superb defensive showing from the Bears.
  • Carolina Panthers – Well, this wasn’t in the script. A Panthers team now seemingly in rebuild mode, having traded two key offensive stars away went lights out against the Buccaneers, restricting Tom Brady’s offense to just three points in what was a staggering and unexpected win for the Panthers.

NFL Rookies Of The Week

  • RB Kenneth Walker (Seahawks) – 168 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns
  • EDGE Sam Williams (Cowboys) – 3 tackles, 2 sacks, Forced Fumble & Recovery
  • CB Sauce Gardner (Jets) – 10 tackles, 3 passes defensed.
  • EDGE Aidan Hutchison (Lions) – 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks, Tackle for a loss
  • RB Dameon Pierce (Texans) – 117 yards from scrimmage
  • WR Chris Olave (Saints) – 7 receptions for 106 yards

NFL Key Injuries

  • QB Ryan Tannehill (Titans) – Foot injury, doubtful for the game this weekend.
  • WR Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals) – Injured during game but came back. Day to Day.
  • RB Breece Hall (Jets) – Out for the season with a torn ACL
  • CB J.C.Jackson (Chargers) – Patellar tendon rupture, will miss rest of season.
  • S Antoine Winfield Jr (Buccaneers) – Concussion – likely won’t feature v Ravens.
  • OT Evan Neal (Giants) – MCL Sprain – will be out about 4 weeks.
  • TE David Njoku (Browns) – High Ankle Sprain, out for 2-5 weeks.
  • WR Allen Lazard (Packers) – Shoulder – Out for an unknown period of time.
  • WR Mike Williams (Chargers) – Ankle – Out for a few weeks with high ankle sprain
  • WR DK Metcalf (Seahawks) – Patellar Tendon issue – unknown how long he will be out.
  • RB Chuba Hubbard (Panthers) – Mild Ankle Sprain – may miss just one week

NFL Bonehead Play of The Week

It’s a bit harsh when a fumble is the bonehead play of the week as it can happen to any player handling the ball at any time and often is the result of great defense, as much as it is poor offense.

However, there’s no denying that Jamaal Williams goal-line fumble against the Dallas Cowboys for the Detroit Lions was an absolute killer.

With Williams just a yard away from a touchdown, the fumble he made not only handed the ball to Dallas, but it meant that instead of taking the lead in a game in which the Lions had given the 5-2 Cowboys a severe test, it mean’t that the Lions were still trailing.

It also precipitated a seemingly inevitable fourth quarter meltdown from the Lions who turned the ball over four times in the fourth quarter to hand Dallas a 24-6 victory that flatters the home team a great deal.

And the biggest irony? That was Williams’ first career fumble.

NFL Matchday 7 – Results

  • New Orleans Saints 34-42 Arizona Cardinals
  • Cleveland Browns 20-23 Baltimore Ravens
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-21 Carolina Panthers
  • Atlanta Falcons 17-35 Cincinnati Bengals
  • Detroit Lions 6-24 Dallas Cowboys
  • New York Giants 23-17 Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Green Bay Packers 21-23 Washington Commanders
  • Indianapolis Colts 10-19 Tennessee Titans
  • Houston Texans 20-38 Las Vegas Raiders
  • New York Jets 16-9 Denver Broncos
  • Kansas City Chiefs 44-23 San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks 37-23 Los Angeles Chargers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 10-19 Miami Dolphins
  • Chicago Bears 33-14 New England Patriots

NFL Standings After Matchday 7

NFC North NFC West NFC East NFC South 
AFC North AFC West AFC East AFC South 

NFL Matchday 8 – Fixtures & Betting Tips

Thursday 27th October

  • Baltimore Ravens (4-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

Sunday 30th October

  • Denver Broncos (2-5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
  • Miami Dolphins (3-4) @ Detroit Lions (1-5)
  • Carolina Panthers (2-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (3-4)
  • Arizona Cardinals (3-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-1)
  • Chicago Bears (3-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-2)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) @ New Orleans Saints (2-5)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)
  • New England Patriots (3-4) @ New York Jets (5-2)
  • Tennessee Titans (4-2) @ Houston Texans (1-4-1)
  • New York Giants (6-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
  • Washington Commanders (3-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1)
  • San Francisco 49ers (3-4) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
  • Green Bay Packers (3-4) @ Buffalo Bills (5-1)

Monday 31st October

  • Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) @ Cleveland Browns (2-5)

Bye Week Teams – Week 8

Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) & Los Angeles Chargers (4-3)

NFL Matchday 8 – Top Betting Tips With Bet365

Well last week we had our first blank of the season, although in my defense I did include the two shock results this week in my selection. Let’s hope this set of tips offers us a better return than last week.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat Baltimore Ravens – Moneyline – 21/20
  • Atlanta Falcons to beat the Carolina Panthers by 1-6 points – 11/4
  • Houston Texans to beat the Tennessee Titans by 1-6 points – 3/1
  • Las Vegas Raiders to beat the New Orleans Sains by 7-12 points – 11/2
  • Bills – Race to 35 points v Green Bay – 19/10

NFL – Power Rankings (After Week 7)

  1. Buffalo Bills (5-1) (1,1,1,2,1,1,1)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) (7,4,2,1,3,2,2)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) (2,2,4,3,2,3,3)
  4. New York Giants (6-1) (22,10,15,14,6,5,4)
  5. Minnesota Vikings (5-1) (9,12,13,9,5,4,5)
  6. Dallas Cowboys (5-2) (19,17,11,6,4,7,6)
  7. New York Jets (5-2) (32,27,31,26,19,13,7)
  8. Tennessee Titans (4-2) (24,31,23,19,12,15,8)
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) (8,15,12,11,13,9,9)
  10. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) (3,5,16,10,8,6,10)
  11. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) (6,8,6,8,7,8,11)
  12. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) (23,25,29,24,25,20,12)
  13. San Francisco 49ers (3-4) (16,11,17,15,9,10,13)
  14. Miami Dolphins (3-4) (13,7,3,4,14,16,14)
  15. Green Bay Packers (3-4) (11,9,7,5,10,11,15)
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) (4,3,8,12,11,12,16)
  17. Los Angeles Rams (3-3) (5,6,5,7,15,14,17)
  18. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) (25,19,22,17,18,23,18)
  19. Atlanta Falcons (3-4) (29,30,27,20,23,18,19)
  20. Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) (15,29,20,25,22,17,20)
  21. Washington Commanders (3-4) (18,23,26,30,28,27,21)
  22. Chicago Bears (3-4) (21,22,19,22,26,29,22)
  23. New England Patriots (3-4) (26,20,24,28,24,19,23)
  24. Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) (17,24,30,21,27,28,24)
  25. New Orleans Saints (2-5) (12,14,18,23,17,21,25)
  26. Cleveland Browns (2-5) (14,18,9,13,16,22,26)
  27. Denver Broncos (2-5) (20,13,10,16,20,24,27)
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) (31,26,14,18,21,25,28)
  29. Carolina Panthers (2-5) (30,32,28,31,31,32,29)
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) (10,16,21,29,32,26,30)
  31. Houston Texans (1-4-1) (27,28,32,32,30,31,31)
  32. Detroit Lions (1-5) (28,21,25,27,29,30,32)