The NFL continues to be the most up-and-down professional league right now as week in and week out provides new looks that might very well change in less than 7 days time.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t waste any time looking back on their loss to the Patriots before going out and stomping over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football. Von Miller delivered on his promise to kick the Cardinals ass, and somehow the Houston Texans (who started 0-3) are now sitting at 4-3 atop the AFC South. Things can change pretty quickly in this league. So don’t get too comfortable. Unless you’re the Los Angeles Rams, who continue to make this look too easy.
But then again, some things never change. Arizona got clobbered. The universe found a way for the Browns to lose. The Bills have no answer at quarterback. And the Giants just can’t find a way to win.
Let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers from Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season:
Broncos Defense – Give Von Miller some credit. He called it. He really did. The Broncos — specifically their defense — kicked the Cardinals’ ass.
Kansas City Chiefs – Well, the Chiefs certainly didn’t harp too much on their first loss of the season. The Chiefs offense came out firing — scoring on five of their first six drives and amasses 319 yards of offense in the first half alone — and wound up with 551 total yards of offense in a 45-10 rout of the Bengals.
Los Angeles Rams – The Rams continue to roll and prove that they’re the class of the NFC and probably the best team in the league. Los Angeles dominated from start to finish beating the hapless 49ers 39-10.
Carolina Panthers – The Panthers rallied from a 17-0 deficit in the third quarter and scored 3 touchdowns to beat the Eagles 21-17. This was the franchise’s largest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL history.
Detroit Lions – Somehow the Lions are still very much alive in the NFC North. It’s turned out to be an up-and-down division that could be anyone’s for the taking this year. The Lions not only beat the Dolphins, they beat the Miami heat.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings seem to have found some stability putting together a solid offensive and defensive performance against the Jets in the 37-17 victory. The Vikings now sit atop the NFC North at 4-2-1.
Houston Texans – After starting 0-3, the Texans have won four straight to lead the AFC South at 4-3. More proof that you don’t make the playoffs in September. Also, this league can turn at the drop of a hat.
New Orleans Saints – Watch out, the New Orleans Saints are quietly the second best team in the NFC sitting at 5-1 after their most recent 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Anytime you have Drew Brees, you have a chance to be great.
Mike Vrabel – Look, I don’t necessarily disagree with Vrabel’s decision to go for 2 to win the game, especially with it becoming expected this season. But anytime you gamble and take a shot and miss, it falls under the loss column.
Arizona Cardinals – The Broncos defense is good, but they’ve been up and down this season. Arizona was absolutely manhandled by Denver. Yes, Josh Rosen looked bad. But he’s a rookie in a terrible offense. He’ll be fine.
Chicago Bears – All three phases of the Bears contributed to the 38-31 loss to the Patriots. Despite the score, the Bears did everything to make this game a blowout. The special teams gave up 14 points, the defense (for the second straight game) couldn’t buy their way to the quarterback, and Mitch Trubisky and the offense struggled despite putting up 31 points, which was slightly encouraging.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Not only was Blake Bortles so bad that the Jags felt like Cody Kessler gave them a better chance to win, but they let the previously 0-3 Houston Texans offense roll over what’s supposed to be a vaunted Jags defense.
Justin Tucker – Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had never missed an extra point before in his career. Until Sunday’s contest against the Saints. And it ended up being costly. The Ravens had rallied back from down 7 — an 81-yard touchdown drive — only for Tucker to miss the gimme extra point.
Cleveland Browns – Well, say one thing about this Browns team: They’re far from boring. But the universe just cannot have a Browns team that’s a winner. The Browns (2-4-1) lost in agonizing fashion as Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 59-yard field goal in overtime to give the Bucs the win.
Buffalo Bills – How can it get any worse for the Buffalo Bills, who somehow have two wins and look like that. The bad news? Josh Allen is out. The good news? Nathan Peterman stayed on the bench. More bad news? Derek Anderson played quarterback and tossed three interceptions. Go out and get anyone — anyone — else to try and save what’s left of your pride.
Dallas Cowboys – Well, the Cowboys are certainly finding new ways to lose. Dak Prescott continues to suck. Prescott continues to get no help. And suddenly that stomping of the Jags looks more like an aberration as the Cowboys fell 20-17 to the Redskins. Good news? Amari Cooper is joining your team. Bad news? You just wasted a first round pick on him.
New York Giants – So close, but not enough. The New York Giants had a chance to beat the Falcons, but they couldn’t do it. Eli Manning and the Giants struggled in the 23-20 loss that dropped them to 1-6 on the season.