We're almost at the halfway point in the NFL season, and it's been a wildly untraditional one so far.
With games needing to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 the NFL schedule has been thrown into a constant state of chaos at this point, and as fans we're just hoping that they can finish the season. An uptick in injuries can likely be traced back to a truncated offseason not allowing teams and players the adequate amount of time to get their bodies prepared for the season. Let's hope that the league and Commissioner Goodell are able to enact a plan to keep football going to see a proper end to the season with a team being crowned Super Bowl champions.
Let's take a look at the Week 7 power rankings based on what we've seen so far this year.
32. New York Jets (0-6) -There isn't a lot to say about the Jets. Until they fire Adam Gase this franchise has no chance to turn things around.
Stop hiring people like Adam Gase, and start hiring people like Eric Bieniemy. https://t.co/8q70NTLem4— Doug Farrar (@Doug Farrar)1603401710.0
31. Washington Football Team (1-5)
30. New York Giants (1-6)
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) - It's hard not to like Gardner Minshew, but it's been getting increasingly harder to watch the Jaguars. DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Keelan Cole provide a solid group of receivers to complement James Robinson, who has been a pleasant surprise for Jacksonville this year.
@NFL_DovKleiman Gardner Minshew should bench Doug Marrone— Clint Lamb (@Clint Lamb)1603318520.0
28. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) - The Eagles have been a major disappointment so far this season. They have dealt with injuries to their offensive line and receiving groups, but Carson Wentz needs to continue to post games like he did on Thursday against the Giants in Week 7 for them to have a chance at redemption. Miles Sanders has been banged up this season, but Boston Scott looks able to fill in. Scott scored the game winning touchdown to defeat the Giants.
WENTZ TO BOSTON SCOTT FOR THE LEAD WITH 40 SECONDS LEFT 😱 (via @NFL) https://t.co/lDrubfpYSr— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1603423956.0
27. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)
26. Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1)
25. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) - After getting a peek at how the Cowboys will look without Dak Prescott under center. It may be a good time to sell Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas receivers in fantasy if you can find buyers.
The Dallas Cowboys organization after operating just one week without Dak Prescott https://t.co/3j3BbZFiM7— Blogging The Boys (@Blogging The Boys)1603216929.0
24. Atlanta Falcons (1-5)
23. New England Patriots (2-3)
22. Houston Texans (1-5)
21. Denver Broncos (2-3)
20. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) - If Dalvin Cook can stay healthy this season, and Kirk Cousins stops throwing interceptions (10 already this season) the Vikings could find themselves climbing this list quickly. As Justin Jefferson continues to develop, he creates a dangerous tandem with Adam Thielen and should help Cousins as he attempts to overcome some early season struggles.
Most receiving yards in a game by a rookie since 2018: Justin Jefferson (Wk 3) - 175 Justin Jefferson (Wk 6) - 166 https://t.co/GS3inCFL24— PFF (@PFF)1603053810.0
19. Detroit Lions (2-3)
18. Carolina Panthers (3-3)
17. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)
16. San Francisco 49ers (3-3) - As the Niners are still dealing with a rash of injuries, they have managed to keep themselves in the race for the division thus far. Raheem Mostert suffered a high ankle sprain last week and is looking at a stint on the IR. Jerick McKinnon will assume the role of starting running back in his stead.
49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan said RB Raheem Mostert “most likely" will go on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.— Adam Schefter (@Adam Schefter)1603147588.0
15. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
14. Cleveland Browns (4-2) - If Baker Mayfield doesn't start to look better quickly, the Browns season could begin to fall apart as they wait for the return of star running back Nick Chubb.
Baker Mayfield is now holding back a super talented offense & very capable coaching staff.— Colin Cowherd (@Colin Cowherd)1603044242.0
13. Miami Dolphins (3-3) - Dolphins' coach Brian Flores this past week made the surprising announcement that Tua Tagovailoa would be taking over as starting QB for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz had Miami sitting at 3-3 good for second in the AFC East. Considering Flores has done such a great job of turning the team around, as a fan you just have to have faith that this is the right time for the move.
Breaking: The Dolphins are naming Tua Tagovailoa their starting QB, a league source tells @AdamSchefter. Tua Tago… https://t.co/EjsftVVO2F— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1603207869.0
12. Los Angeles Rams (4-2) - All four of the Rams' wins this season are against NFC East teams. That makes them suspect until further notice. We're on to you Rams!
Tua Tagovailoa's first opponent as starter ... Aaron Donald and the Rams 😤 https://t.co/lQN67tk67d— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1603210169.0
11. Chicago Bears (5-1) - The most unlikely of 5-1 records. Neither Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles has looked particularly good, and the same can be said of David Montgomery and Allen Robinson. The defense is good, but expect the losses to start to pile up.
10. New Orleans Saints (3-2) - Star receiver Michael Thomas tweaked his hamstring in practice this week, and his status for this Sunday is in question. After Thomas was suspended last week after an altercation with a teammate, the team may be missing him yet again as they will take on the Panthers in an important division matchup.
9. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) - The Cardinals have managed to keep pace with the rest of the NFC West behind the electric play of Kyler Murray. As Kenyan Drake appears to be settling into the offense, Arizona should be a threat to compete for the division crown all year.
This Kyler Murray-Christian Kirk TD is even better from this angle 😱 (via @AZCardinals) https://t.co/FUUD2eL2ov— Bleacher Report (@Bleacher Report)1603159095.0
8. Buffalo Bills (4-2) - Coming off a poor performance against the Chiefs on Monday night, the Bills hope to rebound against the hapless Jets which shouldn't be a problem.
7. Green Bay Packers (4-1) - Speaking of poor performances, the Packers were thwarted by the Bucs last week 38-10 which resulted in their first loss of the season. Green Bay will need to brush that loss off and move on as they take on Houston, Minnesota, and San Francisco the next three weeks. Aaron Rodgers has been having a resurgent year, but FREE AARON JONES!
Aaron Jones with some major Macho Man vibes 😎 https://t.co/EbDRaxoWOf— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1603056582.0
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) - The aforementioned Bucs have been getting it together since a shaky start to the year. Tom Brady appears to be getting more comfortable in the offense every week, and if Ronald Jones can continue to hand in 100 yard performances as he's done the past three weeks, Tampa will be tough to beat.
5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) - The Ravens have a Week 7 bye, but when they return they better be ready for the gauntlet. Over the next five weeks they will play the Steelers twice, the Colts, Bill Belichick's Patriots, and the Titans. Time to earn your respect Big Truzz.
4. Seattle Seahawks (5-0) - Coming off of their bye week, the Seahawks return to action this week against the Cardinals on Sunday night. Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray will headline a game of the week contender that promises to be a high scoring affair. If Seattle can pull out a win here, they will jump up a spot of two next week.
With so many injuries across the league, including ones to star receivers, is it time to start thinking about @AB84… https://t.co/xQD1ehUko1— FindBet (@FindBet)1601222098.0
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) - An under-appreciated fact for the Chiefs this season is that, other than the outlier of the Raiders game, the Kansas City defense hasn't allowed more than 20 points in a game (40 to the Raiders). If the Chiefs can keep their defense healthy we know they have the firepower on offense to compete in any contest.
2. Tennessee Titans (5-0) - The Titans will play the Steelers this week in the rescheduled game from a few weeks ago. Tennessee is coming off a shootout win over Deshaun Watson and the Texans which featured a 94 yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry. Mike Vrabel has his team playing with discipline and focus early in the year. They will need their offense to continue its hot run against a Steelers defense that has only allowed 94 points on the season which is best in the NFL.
Man you are too damn big to be movin like that🤯 @KingHenry_2 https://t.co/sA2AbtiwIg— HJR III™💎 (@HJR III™💎)1603053073.0
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) - Our top two teams on the power rankings list clash in a battle for supremacy in Week 7. The Steelers had a statement performance on both sides of the ball against division rival Cleveland in Week 6. The Steelers will bring the NFL's stingiest defense into a matchup against the seventh highest scoring offense in the league in the Titans. With Chase Claypool emerging as a dual threat in the Pittsburgh offense, we like the Steelers to hold this spot next week.
The @steelers defense has been dominant to start the year! 😤 https://t.co/cVhugwomp0— FOX Sports: NFL (@FOX Sports: NFL)1603402200.0
As Ferris Bueller might say: The world of sports moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around at least once a week, you could miss it.
Here we'll review what you might have missed in the past week all in one place. Why spend hours scrolling through Twitter to catch up on the news you want? We've already done that for you, so remember to check back every Monday to get your dose of weekly sports review.
Taysom Hill, Andy Dalton, and P.J. Walker all lead their teams to Week 11 victories filling in for injured starting QBs. Cleveland moved ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North with their win over the Eagles while Baltimore fell to the Titans. The Steelers continued to roll and now sit at 10-0 atop the NFL. The Colts outlasted the Packers in an overtime thriller as Indianapolis is now positioning themselves as a team nobody wants to see come playoff time as they boast the best defense in the NFL.
Joe Burrow was injured in the Bengals' game against Washington and he miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. This should make Justin Herbert the odds on favorite to win Rookie of the Year if you're interested in a futures bet.
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again.
Week 10 Vibe Check (2-2)
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again. After losing to the Rams last week, Seattle turned around and beat the Cardinals on Thursday night. Every matchup in that division is a heavyweight bout and it's hard to justify betting on one when they can all throw a haymaker at any time. Meanwhile, the Bengals weren't ready for a D like the Steelers and the QB of the future looked stuck in the present reality for the time being.
As for our wins, in a shocking turn of events, betting against the Chargers WORKED! Or, perhaps, I should say betting on the Dolphins worked. Brian Flores looks more and more like he was the true key to the Patriots defensive success in recent years. He took on two NFC teams back to back and cruised against the poor, befuddled Chargers. Tua coming into his own has certainly helped, as well.
Brandon Aiyuk tallied a whopping seven catches down in New Orleans, even as the 49ers completely sputtered and blew a chance to upset a Drew Brees-less Saints. This continues a month long streak of calling player props, which is almost certain to end this week after pointing out its existence. *Fingers crossed* *No jinx* *Reverse jinx*
The draft saw a few trades that sent some familiar faces to new places and the free agency period is now open.
In less than a week, we've seen the defending champion Lakers acquire dynamic guard Dennis Schröder from OKC. Chris Paul is now in Phoenix with Devin Booker and the Suns. Jrue Holiday and, well, just Jrue Holiday, is joining Giannis in Milwaukee, and that's just a few of the big moves around the NBA so far.
But with all that excitement comes some bad news as well. Warriors star Klay Thompson tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2020-21 season. This after the sharpshooting guard missed the previous season with a torn ACL. It's a tough blow for the Dubs as they sought to contend for a title this season, but without Thompson, the odds are against them. General manager Bob Myers wasted no time in bolstering the roster, however:
The Golden State Warriors are finalizing a trade to acquire Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kelly Oubre, Jr., for a 2… https://t.co/5VDqSmtyhH— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski)1605837968.0
Kelly Oubre, within a matter of days, went from Phoenix, to Oklahoma City before finally landing in the Bay Area. Oubre will be joined by No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman.