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NFL Week 7: The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly

The Good

Chicago 24 - Tampa Bay 18
The Bears notched a third win over an NFC South Division opponent defeating the Buccaneers 24-18 and raising their record above .500 for the first time since the season opener. Bears RB Matt Forte rushed for more yards (145 yards) than the entire Tampa Bay backfield. Four of Josh Freeman’s 51 pass attempts wound up in the hands of Bears defenders.

Redskins 20 - Carolina 33
All rookie Cam Newton did was rush for a touchdown and throw for a second to lead the Panthers over the visiting Redskins. The Panthers offense nearly doubled the rushing output of the ‘Skins offense. The win was just Carolina’s second that after two close losses was seemingly about due.

Falcons 23 - Lions 16

Running back Michael Turner rushed for his second straight 100-plus yard game helping the Falcons serve the Detroit Lions their second consecutive loss. Atlanta’s defense sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford three times and held the offense to 263 yards and 1 touchdown. Matt Ryan spread the ball around connecting with seven different receivers. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson scored just once on a 57 yard catch, break a tackle and run.

The Bad

Ravens 7- Jaguars 12
It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch, if you were a Ravens fan. Based on past performances, Baltimore (4-1) was supposed to hand it to Jacksonville (1-5) losers of five straight. The Jaguars defense was the star of the show holding Ray Rice and the Ravens rushing attack to a grand total of 34 yards.

Dallas 34 - St. Louis 7
After finishing a surprising 7-9 season and narrowly missing the playoffs with rookie Sam Bradford at the helm in 2010, the Rams have dropped six straight games this season. St. Louis has lost games in every conceivable fashion from close margins to wide margins. Dallas unleashed seldom used rookie DeMarco Murray who carried the ball 25 times, 1 more time than in all four previous games this season. Murray left the Lou with 253 yards and most of what was left of the Rams defense’s respect.

Denver 18 - Miami 15
It’s loss number 6 for the winless Dolphins who could become the first franchise to not only go undefeated but also winless. Miami found a new way to lose snatching a loss out of the jaws of victory. After trailing the game through the first 55 minutes, Tim Tebow ignited a 15 point run to send the game into overtime. In overtime, LB D.J. Williams sack and stripped Dolphins QB Matt Moore to give the Broncos a short field to set up the game winning field goal.

The Downright Ugly

Colts 7 - Saints 62
Sunday’s game was as forgettable as they come for the Colts. Mercy rules don’t apply in professional sports, although, Indianapolis sure could have used it. These are the same Colts that have appeared in two of the last five Super Bowls and won 12 or more games 7 of the last 8 seasons. Before anyone brings up Peyton Manning’s injury, Manning doesn’t play defense. Drew Brees chewed up the Colts defense to the tune of 325 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Seattle 3 - Cleveland 6
No one deserved to sit through 60 minutes of football where two professional teams produced just three field goals. Coming off a bye week Seattle managed just a single field goal against the Browns after pasting 36 points on the Giants in Week 5. It took Seattle 3 quarters to score their only points and tie the game. Cleveland regained the lead and the game on a 53 yard field goal from kicker Phil Dawson.

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