Inside The Wheelhouse: NFL Week 7 Thoughts


Brett Favre's streak is in jeopardyI’m not sure which team that is struggling in the NFL right now makes me happier, the Dallas Cowboys or the Minnesota Vikings. After a week that saw the “staying alive” bowl happen in Week 6, we get to witness them once again both plummet in the 2010-2011 NFL season and continue to have more problems off the field as they do off. Week 7 in the NFL is in the books and let us look back to discus what stood out to me.

The “Iron Man” streak is on the line for the first time that I can truly remember as Brett Favre suffered what is described as “tiny fractures” in his injured ankle during the Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers. It was almost bittersweet for me as a Green Bay Packers fan to watch Brett Favre fail to score and win the game for the Minnesota Vikings in the closing minutes of what I’m guessing with be Favre’s last game at Lambeau Field. The Vikings fall to 2-4 on the season and look like the off field problems will continue to way the team down as they head into Week 8 in the NFL.

[adinserter block=”2″]There looks to be dissention between Brett Favre and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress, the ruling on what the NFL will do to Favre will be coming down later this week and the once favored potential NFC Championship team is now hoping just to stay in playoff contention. Randy Moss faces his former team the New England Patriots in Week 8 of the NFL this coming week in a game that can easily determine the Vikings season from here on out. Will Favre actually play and more swirl the press conferences at the Vikings practice facility this week. Is there any other NFL team that has more problems then the Vikes?

Just when you thought the Vikings had the most problems of any other team in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys ended up taking that title back on Monday night against the New York Giants. Dallas Cowboys star quarterback and really only hope left for this season, Tony Romo, broke his clavicle during Monday’s game and will be out 6-8 weeks.

The loss is huge for the Dallas Cowboys considering how poorly their heavily favored season has gone thus far. They currently stand at 1-5 and looking to continue to swirl down the tubes for the rest of this season now with Romo basically out for the rest of the season. It’s going to take a Tom Brady like miracle for the backup QB in Dallas (Jon Kitna) to stage an improbable comeback and make the Cowboys contenders again.

With the very disappointing seasons in both Dallas and Minnesota, the hot seats of Brad Childress and Wade Phillips continue to get warmer. If I had to put money on it I would venture to say that Brad Childress has more cushioning on the hot seat in Minnesota then Wade Phillips does in Dallas. I would be shocked if both of these coaches have their jobs by the end of the season at this pace; one of them will be fired if they continue to play horribly.

Other thoughts from Week 7 in the NFL include that I believe the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFC. I was about one year off with their success in the NFL as I had them primed LAST SEASON to do very well and go as far as the NFC Championship game, they sadly did not live up to that hype. It appears now that they are living up to said hype and that the NFC South belongs to the Falcons.

It’s hard not to argue that as the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints continue to struggle this season as they lost to the Cleveland Browns, at home, in Week 7. It was a horrible loss for a team that is missing a ton of offensive pieces (Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush) to injury and it looks like those losses have hurt the Saints offense hard. Drew Brees did not have a Drew Brees like week as he made the Cleveland Browns defense look like the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Sunday. This Saints team is still good but it looks like right now that at best they are a Wild Card team in the NFC.

What got into the Oakland Raiders this week? They put up 59 points in a Pete Carroll USC vs. UCLA type fashion against their division rivals the Denver Broncos in Mile High. It was definitely a statement game for the Raiders as they put it to the Broncos and showed that the once big rivalry in the NFL is still there. I can not wait to actually see these two teams play at the end of the season.

[adinserter block=”1″]Michael Vick is back in and Kevin Kolb is back out after the Eagles bye week in Week 8 as the quarterback confusing carousel continues to spin in Philadelphia. This team would probably be a lot more successful if Coach Andy Reid made up his mind on who he wants to start at QB in Philly. You have to figure that this quarterback carousel hurts the team chemistry on offense and is actually slowing the team down from being more successful. Who knows how good they would be if Reid stuck with one quarterback.

Speaking of the NFC East how about the New York Giants continuing to play much better after a season start that saw them have no leadership and looking more like a Tom Coughlin firing was in the future. The Giants may be the best underrated team in the NFC and it’s surprising that no one is talking about them. Eli Manning has three great targets in Smith, Hicks and Manningham and the defense is back in the form it once was. This is becoming my NFC East favorite right now with all the QB problems in Philly.

It looks like is starting to reach it’s stride in the 2010-2011 season and we continue to see better matchups & great games on the field this past week. Looking forward to more questions becoming answered in Week 9 in the NFL season!

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