NFL Recap Week 7

Week 7 is in the books, and this was a week full of blowouts, comebacks, and a week that definitely separated the contenders from the pretenders.

Green Bay 31, Cleveland 3- Aaron Rodgers went 15-20 for 246 yards and three touchdowns and the Packers steamrolled the Browns 31-3 in Cleveland. Ryan Grant ran for 148 yards, and the Packers clicked on all cylinders and the Packers offensive line did now allow a sack all game long after allowing 25 in the first five games. Derek Anderson was not as effective for Cleveland, going 12-29 for 99 yards and the long season for Eric Mangini and the Browns continue. Packers (4-2) Browns (1-6)

San Francisco 21, Houston 24- Matt Schaub, went 20-30 for 264 yards and two touchdowns and Owen Daniels had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Steve Slaton had two touchdowns and the Texans held off the 49ers second half rally to give them consecutive wins for the first time this season. Alex Smith, the #1 draft pick in 2004, came in for Shaun Hill in the second half, and went 15-22 for 206 yards, including three touchdowns to Vernon Davis. Do not be surprised if he’s the starter for the next game for the Niners. One more thing of note: After a 71-day holdout, Michael Crabtree made his 49er debut and had five catches for 56 yards 49ers (3-3), Texans (4-3)

San Diego 37, Kansas City 7- Phillip Rivers threw for 268 yards on 18-30 passing and three touchdowns, and the Chargers dominated the Chiefs in every way possible. The defense was relentless, forcing Matt Cassel into throwing three interceptions. For those who think the Chargers may have been dead, perhaps beating Kansas City was the spark that was needed. The Chiefs rebuilding project continues, as they have lost 10 straight at Arrowhead and 29 of the last 32 games. Chargers (3-3), Chiefs (1-6)

Minnesota 17, Pittsburgh 27- What was supposed to be a showdown between two great QBs ended up being a defensive battle which was won by the reigning champions. Brett Favre had two turnovers returned for touchdowns, which helped Pittsburgh to their fifth win of the season and to stay in a tie for first place. Favre threw for 334 yards, but it was a fumble which led to a Lamar Woodley touchdown. The Vikings responded quickly with a touchdown on a 88 yard kickoff return by Percy Harvin. Down 20-17, Favre threw a pass intended for Chester Taylor, but it was intercepted by Keyaron Fox to seal the fate as the Vikes were handed their first loss of the season. Vikings (6-1), Steelers (5-2)

Indianapolis 42, St. Louis 6- Peyton Manning went 23-34 for 235 yards, and Jacob Lacey took an interception back 35 yards for a touchdown, and the Colts rolled on to their 15th straight regular season victory and sent the Rams to their 17th straight loss. Steven Jackson had 134 yards on 23 carries, but can not seem to get any touchdowns for St. Louis, who has been outscored in three home games by a score of 116-33. Colts (6-0) (Rams (0-7)

New England 35, Tampa Bay 7- It took a trip across the Atlantic for the New England Patriots to get another dominating performance against a winless team. Although it was not as dominating as the 59-0 shelling of the Tennessee Titans last week, the Patriots won with three touchdowns from Tom Brady and an interception returned by Brandon Meriweather for 39 yards and the New England gets their first road win in Old England and sent Tampa Bay to their 11th straight loss The crowd was loud and 84,254 fans packed Wembley Stadium to see the team of the decade dominate to their fifth win of the season and keep their first place hold on the AFC East. Patriots (5-2), Buccaneers (0-7)

Buffalo 20, Carolina 9- The Panthers outgained the Bills 425-167, had 20 first downs to the Bills nine. The difference in the game. Jake Delhomme’s three interceptions and a muffed punt by Kenny Moore killed a potential Carolina rally and the defending NFC South champions fall to 2-4. Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, and Panthers coach John Fox is now going to “evaluate” if Delhomme is going to keep his job after elevating his interception total to a league-high 13. The Bills have won two straight on the road after their victory last week at the New York Jets. Bills (3-4), Panthers (2-4)

NY Jets 38, Oakland 0- Shonn Greene ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and Thomas Jones ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, and the New York Jets soared to victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Jets gained 316 yards on the ground, and Mark Sanchez rebounded from his five interception game by throwing for 143 yards and a TD and running for another one. JaMarcus Russell was benched in the first half for the Raiders, who suffered their worst home loss in their 50 years of existence. The crowd at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum could have been mistaken for an Athletics’ game as the crowd was announced at 39,554, the smallest since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995. Jets (4-3), Raiders (2-5)

Chicago 10, Cincinnati 45- Cedric Benson extracted revenge on the team that let him go after two tumultuous seasons in Chicago, by running for 189 yards and a touchdown, and the Cincinnati Bengals are continuing to enjoy their revival with a 45-10 victory. Carson Palmer went 20-24 for 233 yards and five touchdowns, two of them to Chad Ochocinco, who had 10 catches for 118 yards. The Bengals stay in first place due to their tiebreaker over the Steelers and Ochocinco’s prediction of 12-4 is almost half way to reality. Devin Hester had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, in his best game of the season, but it was no where near enough as the Bears have not had the same defense without Brian Urlacher. Bears (3-3), Bengals (5-2)

Atlanta 21, Dallas 37- Miles Austin is making the most out of Roy Williams’ injury. Austin had six catches for 171 yards, following up his 250 yard performance the week, and the Cowboys rolled to victory over the Falcons for their first win against a winning team. Tony Romo went 21-29 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys D forced Matt Ryan into two interceptions and Patrick Crayton had a 73 yard punt return for a touchdown to give Dallas consecutive wins for the first time this season and making them contenders again. Falcons (4-2), Cowboys (4-2)

New Orleans 46, Miami 34- If you did not believe in the Saints after the smashed the Giants, maybe after watching them overcome a 24-3 deficit to beat the Miami Dolphins on their home field, you just might as well start now. The Saints put up a 22-0 4th quarter and Drew Brees threw for 298 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two touchdowns, Darren Sharper had a 42 yard interception return for his third of the season, and Reggie Bush had a leaping touchdown reminiscent of the days at USC. The Saints stay undefeated, and it looks as if nobody can stop them now. Saints (6-0), Dolphins (2-4)

Arizona 24, NY Giants 17- The Cardinals used a stingy defense and a strong running game, two things they struggled with all of last season, and it worked as they beat the New York Giants in their final trip to Giants Stadium. Arizona has won three in a row and has taken back first place in the NFC West. The Giants have lost two in a row after turning the ball over four times. Kurt Warner went 26-30 for 231 yards and rookie Beanie Wells ran for his first career touchdown as a pro on a 13 yard scamper. Cardinals (4-2), Giants (5-2)

Check back tomorrow for the MNF Recap and the Best & Worst of Week 7.

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