Week 7 of the NFL is complete and there were a few things we noticed throughout the games that taught us something.
Injuries take their toll on all teams
Every season there are players that suffer bad injuries but this season there seems to be an increased amount of players going down with season ending injuries. Week 7 saw an incredible amount of serious injuries. Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford tore their ACL’s whilst Brian Cushing suffered a broken leg. It’s very worrying that so many good players are going down with career threatening injuries, with all the safety improvements involving the head it seems that leg injuries are on the rise.
Washington and New York Giants are back on the right track
The NFC East has been an underperforming division so far this season but it looks like two of its teams, New York and Washington, are finally getting their seasons back on track. The Redskins grabbed a big win at home to the Bears while the Giants defeated the Vikings to register their first win of the season. It will be interesting to see if they can get on a run for the rest of the season and challenge Dallas and Philadelphia for the NFC East crown.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are not invincible
Peyton Manning went back to his old team on Sunday night but came away empty handed as his successor Andrew Luck and the Colts got the win and ended the Broncos’ unbeaten start to the season. It may be a setback but you would expect Denver to bounce straight back from this defeat with a strong of victories but you never know in this league, anything can happen on any given Sunday.
The Jets keep on surprising
Coming into the season it was widely agreed that the New York Jets would be one of the worst teams in the NFL, in some quarters it was predicted that they would even be in the mix for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. In reality they have a record of 4-3 and they just beat their fierce rivals New England in overtime. Rookie QB Geno Smith has been up and down but if he can find some consistency then the Jets will have a positive second half of the season.
Dallas take control of the NFC East
In a division in which no team can assert their authority the Dallas Cowboys now have a chance to put some distance between themselves and their rivals. They are currently the only team with a winning record in the NFC East but it may be their best chance in years to secure a division crown and a home playoff game. At 4-3 they are starting to play better all round football so they could be a threat in the NFC.