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NFL Week 7 Thoughts – Inside The Wheelhouse

Arian FosterLet’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 7 in the National Football League!

– If the NFL wanted to test your “fandom” for the great sport then this was the Week to do it as there were very little interesting matchups and games that weren’t that exciting or interesting at all. It’s safe to say that at this point in the season; this was the worst week for the NFL.

– Case in point the Browns defeated the Seahawks in a snooze fest this past week. Nothing really interesting of note here as this probably was the worst game of the entire NFL “docket” this past Sunday. From a Fantasy standpoint I would have appreciated the Marshawn Lynch injury announcement before the game and not after it!

– Is this the start of the slide for the Detroit Lions? Matthew Stafford is injured and they have had 2 straight losses. Will be very interesting to see how they bounce back after this.

– The Atlanta Falcons get their biggest victory of the season over the Detroit Lions in Week 7 and at Ford Field. I believe this could be the start of the turn around for the Falcons in the wide open yet very competitive NFC South division.

– This is the Houston Texans team many of us believe actually exist within the confines of their roster as they destroyed the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans ran all over on the Titans as both Arian Foster AND Ben Tate rushed for over 100 yards. If they can play like this on a consistent basis this is a first round bye team, of course with the Texans that can all change next week.

– Seriously, what is up with Chris Johnson? Is he a flash in the pan?

– Green Bay remains unbeaten despite having Minnesota make a run for it throughout the entire game. The Packers pass defense is horrible and it will take a good passing game to put the “L” into the Packers record. This team is really, really good and needs to work on that pass defense in the bye week as they begin their stretch towards the playoffs.

– It’s too bad that Christian Ponder’s spotlight was stolen from Tim Tebow’s performance. Ponder looked like a future All-Pro QB in his first game. I hope he continues to well in Minnesota, looks like a great player to be in the NFL.

– I don’t care what the haters may say, he may not throw like an NFL Quarterback, he may not look like an NFL Quarterback but for three minutes Tim Tebow brought the Broncos back and led them to a shocking 18-15 win over the Dolphins. Whether you like him or not, just give the kid credit for the Week 7 win.

– Miami just needs to give up the season and suck as much as they can for Andrew Luck. I think the white flag on the 2011-2012 campaign will be worth it for the Fins.

– What was Phillip Rivers thinking during that final 2 minute drive against the Jets? He throws it out of bounds on 4th down? Maybe he isn’t the quarterback we always thought he was…

– As much as I hate to admit it, looks like the win for the Jets may be the start for a turn around on this season. I really believe the Jets are starting to make a mid-season push for the playoffs; this team is good…when they want to be.

– One minute the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like a team that could compete with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South Division crown and the next minute they lose a tough game to the Chicago Bears. As much as I enjoy the Tampa Bay Bucs I believe this is going to be a similar decline like the Lions, I still believe they miss the playoffs in 2011.

– For the second straight season the Chicago Bears get victories that make you go, how did they do that? Quite simply…the defense and Matt Forte keep this team alive and no one else. Matt Forte is an MVP frontrunner if he had the record of the Packers or Patriots.

– No more questions, he’s got the answer, Cam Newton is for real.

– Farewell to the Washington Redskins being competitive this season, at least be like the Bills and be a “pesky” opponent for your division rivals will ya?

– I really like what’s going on with the Kansas City Chiefs right now, I know it’s crazy to say but they are sneaking up in the AFC West. Don’t count them out yet.

– Do you think the Raiders fans are truly excited they gave up two first round picks for a 9 year veteran quarterback who has a bad knee and possibly a bum shoulder? I doubt Carson Palmer can truly be a savior for the Raider nation.

– Pittsburgh gets a victory over the Cardinals but I’m still not sold they are a playoff team. They have played average at best and will be tested pretty well in Week 8 when they take on the Patriots. That will be the test for the Steelers and then we can decide on what type of team they really are

– Hey Arizona, stop starting Kevin Kolb. He’s not the guy.

– DeMarco Murray was damn right good in Week 7 but he’s not the savior in Big D yet and he’s not the next Emmitt Smith yet. It’s one game, calm down Dallas. How come every time a new player has a good game when they get their first start (*cough* Tony Romo *cough*) Big D thinks they have the 2nd coming of a dynasty. Calm the heck down.

– I feel bad for the Rams, really thought they’d be good this season. Suck for…um…who else is in the draft besides Andrew Luck?

– The New Orleans Saints scored 62 points on the Colts. What else should I say about that?

– I believe the Colts will definitely pick Andrew Luck if they can in the 2012 NFL Draft and have him be a backup behind Peyton Manning. They won’t trade Manning but they will draft Luck, who better to have mentor a young QB with a ton of talent and potential then Peyton Manning?

– Props to the Jacksonville Jaguars for playing a terrific game against the Baltimore Ravens and playing with purpose despite their record. Really like what I saw in Jacksonville and hope they can use it positively for the rest of the season.

– Baltimore is still my AFC Super Bowl pick despite losing a game they should’ve won. There clearly is now “should’ve wins” in the NFL and the Ravens need to play like a Championship caliber team. That was not what they showed today at all.

Join Bower, “The Sweet Nasty” Chris Cause & myself every Sunday for more NFL & Fantasy Football talk over at www.wheelhouseradio.com!

Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday at www.wheelhouseradio.com.

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at www.wheelhouseradio.com and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site.

You can follow “The Champ Jeff Peck” on Twitter at www.twitter.com/therealjeffpeck you can also follow Wheelhouse Radio on twitter at www.twitter.com/thewheelhouse and you can e-mail them @ [email protected]

Join Bower, “The Sweet Nasty” Chris Cause & myself every Sunday for more NFL & Fantasy Football talk over at www.wheelhouseradio.com!

Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday at www.wheelhouseradio.com.

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at www.wheelhouseradio.com and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site.

You can follow “The Champ Jeff Peck” on Twitter at www.twitter.com/therealjeffpeck you can also follow Wheelhouse Radio on twitter at www.twitter.com/thewheelhouse and you can e-mail them @ [email protected]

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