Week 7 was just another week in the NFL, you know, one filled with late-game craziness, controversy, and missed kicks. Let’s get caught up on all the moments that mattered from Week 7 of the NFL season.
It’s been seven games and seven wins for the Los Angeles Rams, who remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. This week’s game was one of their easier wins of the season, as they blew out the helpless 49ers 39-10. Up next is a home date against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The Rams are already favored by over a touchdown in that game.
Coop on the Move
With the trade deadline a week away, the Dallas Cowboys have made a major move. On Monday, they acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders, sending Oakland a 1st-round pick in return. The Dallas passing game has been dreadful this season, ranking 19th in the NFL with slot receiver Cole Beasley and tight end Geoff Swaim being their leading receivers. The addition of Cooper will help fill the void left by Dez Bryant.
As for the Raiders, they now have three 1st-round picks in next year’s draft after also getting Chicago’s top draft pick in the Khalil Mack trade earlier this year. Oakland is going nowhere this season, although loading up on draft picks could help Jon Gruden and company rebuild in a hurry when the team moves to Las Vegas.
Game of Inches
The Cowboys were particularly desperate to acquire an impact player like Cooper after Sunday’s controversial loss to Washington dropped them to 3-4 on the season. Brett Maher missed a last-second field goal that would have sent the game to overtime. The field goal was pushed from 47 yards to 52 yards after the Dallas long snapper was called for a snap infraction. With Maher’s kick clanking off the post, that five yards made all the difference in the world. Maher didn’t blame the penalty for the miss, but needless to say, the Cowboys were unhappy with his things played out.
More Missed Kicks
That wasn’t the only kick that decided a game in Week 7. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, arguably the best kicker in the game, missed a late PAT in the team’s 24-23 loss to the Saints after the Ravens thought they had tied the game and forced overtime. Prior to that, Tucker had made 223 PATs in a row.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay’s Chander Catanzaro missed a game-winning field goal against the Browns, forcing Cleveland to play their fourth overtime game of the season. However, Catanzaro redeemed himself, kicking a 59-yard field goal to win it for the Bucs in overtime.
Read Between the Lines
After the Jaguars lost their third consecutive game on Sunday, cornerback Jalen Ramsey had some cryptic words about the state of the team. Ramsey said:
“It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right, right now. It is what it is.”
Ramsey was clearly speaking about the poor play of quarterback Blake Bortles and the rest of the Jacksonville offense not carrying their weight. The Jaguars are ranked 29th in the NFL in scoring after managing just seven points in each of the past two weeks. Bortles was benched on Sunday, but he will retain his starting job as the Jaguars play the Eagles this weekend in London.
There are a few significant injuries to report coming out of Week 7. It starts with Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who has been placed on IR with a groin injury. The Oakland running game was already suffering, so losing Lynch will surely hurt. Tampa Bay’s defense, which also has a world of problems, has now lost Pro Bowl linebacker Kwon Alexander, who tore his ACL against the Browns on Sunday.
Finally, the Dolphins aren’t sure if Albert Wilson will play again this season after suffering a hip injury. He figures to miss several weeks while fellow receiver Kenny Stills is also questionable for the team’s Thursday night game after he left Sunday’s loss to the Lions with an injury as well.
Still A No-Show
There were rumblings that disgruntled Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell would return to the team during their bye week. However, Pittsburgh’s bye week has come and gone and Bell still isn’t back. It appears that his holdout will continue, as he tries to avoid injury in hopes of landing a long-term deal this offseason. However, his only chance to play this season will be to report by November 13, which is just three weeks away. One way or another, the drama around Bell will come to an end at that point.