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Rounding Up NFL Week 7 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

| October 24, 2018 12:00 am PDT
NFL Week 7 Roundup

Ravens fans are still scratching their heads in disbelief. I’m still riding the Chiefs until Vegas starts respecting how impressive they are.

Wondering what else of substance happened in Week 7 across the NFL?

I’m here to break it down, as I want to get you all caught up with everything significant that transpired in the league over the past 7 days.

You can’t confidently bet the Week 8 slate of NFL games until you have a firm grip on what took place in Week 7, so allow me to fill you in.

I’ll get right into it, starting with a kick that Justin Tucker sure wishes he could have back.

Horrible Timing for Justin Tucker

With 24 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, John Brown caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, bringing the Ravens within a seemingly automatic extra point of tying the game at 24.

But then something strange happened.

So strange that what occurred had actually never happened in the 6+ years that Justin Tucker has been a member of the National Football League.

After successfully knocking in the first 222 PATs of his career, Justin Tucker finally cracked.

Check out this short video clip and see the phenomenon for yourself.

Not only is the announcer in shock, but you should have seen the look on the Ravens quarterback’s face when it happened.

Joe Flacco looked like he saw a ghost.

The misfortune for Baltimore was incredibly beneficial for the visiting Saints, as New Orleans won their 5th straight to move to 5-1 on the season.

Somewhat lost in the extra-point debacle was the fact that Drew Brees threw his 500th career passing touchdown, joining an elite club that includes only Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre.

Drew also notched a victory against the Ravens for the first time in his career, enabling him to scratch the last team off the list. Now Drew has won a game against all 32 NFL franchises, and that includes both the Chargers and the Saints!

Not all was lost for John Harbaugh’s squad, as Charm City is still above .500 at 4-3 and in a good position to win the AFC North.

And if I were you, I wouldn’t be holding my breath for Justin Tucker to miss another extra point.

Because simple math tells us that probably won’t happen until sometime in 2025.

Another Week Goes by in Pitt – Le’Veon Bell Still a No-Show

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Pittsburgh fan who has to put up with all this nonsense.

Remember when Le’Veon Bell tweeted out how much his team needed him and how great of shape he was in?

And remember how he proclaimed that he would return to the Steelers during their bye week in time for their Week 8 contest against the Cleveland Browns?

Well, here we are, just a few days away from Pitt taking on Hue Jackson’s club at Heinz Field, and where the heck is Le’Veon?

There have been no signs of Bell at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ headquarters, and quite frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of having to read and talk about it all the time.

Mike Tomlin seemingly has no control over his team or his locker room and habitually fails to get everyone on the same page.

This obscene failure of commitment on the behalf of Bell makes me think it’s time for Pittsburgh to start moving on with the services of James Conner.

Although Conner is not nearly as dynamic of a runner or pass catcher as Bell is, the former Pitt Panther and Pennsylvania native is currently 6th in the NFL with 75.5 rushing yards per game.

My thought is this. If Le’Veon doesn’t want to be there because he wants to protect his body and a future contract, then so be it.

But let’s stop acting like the world revolves around Le’Veon Bell and that he’d suddenly be the saving grace that solves all of the Steelers’ woes.

The defense in Pittsburgh needs help, and I’ll continue to question the leadership of Mike Tomlin until he proves me wrong.

So while I’m sure that all of you who play fantasy football and have been burned by Bell holding out are extremely frustrated, just imagine how the diehard Steelers fans feel about the situation.

I can assure you they aren’t too thrilled.

Blake Bortles and the Jags Continue Their Fall from Grace

First, it was Jalen Ramsey “pleading the Fifth” during his postgame shenanigans with the media after the Jags got blown out by the Cowboys.

Then, after being on the receiving end of another pummeling this past Sunday, Jalen had a different tune when the cameras and microphones were shoved in his face.

“Ain’t no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now. It is what it is.”

What Ramsey is referring to is the elephant in the room, and that’s the play of Jacksonville’s starting quarterback, Blake Bortles. It’d be one thing if they picked a guy up off the street and he was playing this atrociously.

But that’s not the case.

Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell spent the 3rd overall pick of the 2014 Draft on Bortles, and now the Jags are paying him an average annual salary of $18 million/season!

Things got so bad in the northeastern region of Florida this past Sunday that Cody Kessler was brought in to relieve Bortles of his duties mid-game. Blake had completed just 6/12 passes for a paltry 61 yards and had already lost a pair of fumbles.

It wasn’t just the head coach who had seen enough. The entire Jaguars front office had boiled over in frustration as well.

With that being said, Marrone endorsed Bortles as his starting quarterback on Monday, although he made it clear that the 26-year-old is on a rather short leash.

The bottom line is that the defense in Jacksonville is built as a championship-quality unit, but the way their offense is playing sure isn’t helping the D stay motivated.

The unfortunate thing is that turning to former Trojan signal-caller Cody Kessler isn’t likely to turn the tide anytime soon, so it appears that Jacksonville is stuck with Bortles for at least the foreseeable future.

In terms of them making a run at Super Bowl LIII, that is looking to be highly unlikely.

Vegas Isn’t Respecting Kansas City

I hope you have been riding Patrick Mahomes’ coattails so far this season, because if you have, you have been making a killing.

After throttling the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football in Week 7, the Chiefs moved to 7-0 against the spread and continue to be a thorn in the side of the Vegas sportsbooks.

And until they start figuring out the implications of how much Mahomes has improved this offense as a whole, bettors like myself are going to continue to make the bookies look silly.

I mean, I told you in my Week 7 betting preview before last week’s contest that the Chiefs only laying 6 points was an egregious error on the part of the oddsmakers. We all saw how that one turned out as KC embarrassed Cincy in all facets of the game.

All of these people who are still trying to poke holes in the game of #15 need to take a step back and admire what the 23-year-old has done thus far.

Mahomes is averaging 318 passing yards per game and has already tossed 22 TD passes, the most ever by a player during the first 8 starts of his career.

What makes that even more mesmerizing is that it includes a 0-touchdown performance in a throwaway Week 17 game last year, which was actually Patrick’s first start as a professional.

The fact of the matter is that Patrick Mahomes is on his way to being an NFL legend, and there is really not much any current NFL defense can do to get in his way.

While Mahomes is wheeling and dealing, picking apart any and all defensive schemes that are thrown his way, the individuals and computers who determine the odds have continued to drop the ball.

It’s happened time and time again, and I’m starting to wonder when it will end.

Pat Shurmur – Are You Trying to Get Fired?

Last not but least, I have to bring up the shortcomings of Pat Shurmur on Monday Night Football.

In my mind, the New York Giants’ first-year head coach had a few key opportunities down the stretch to show his worth and prove that he deserves to be a leader in this league.

And when given those chances, boy, did he squander them away.

Let’s start with the obvious coaching blunder, Shurmur’s decision to go for 2 when the Giants were trailing by 8 points with 4:47 left in the game.

I’m trying to decide which is worse.

Going for 2 in that situation, or sitting up on the podium in the post-game news conference and adamantly telling the media that it was the right decision.

I know Pat wants to talk about analytics and say the math told him it was the right call.

But guess what, Pat?

Your team is 1-6, and your red zone offense stinks. What makes you think that the team ranked 29th in the NFL in red zone efficiency is going to be able to convert a do-or-die play on the road in that situation?

And that’s not all, folks.

Go back and replay the Giants’ final drive when they scored a touchdown with just 5 ticks remaining on the game clock.

Saying that Shurmur and the G-Men mishandled their play calling by choosing to run consecutive QB sneaks with no time-outs remaining would be the understatement of the century.

Shurmur’s late-game decisions not only need to be second-guessed and questioned, but I think it’s time that the Giants HC takes a long, hard look in the mirror himself.

Because during his post-game rant where he defended his decision to go for 2, he was unwilling to budge that having Eli try to sneak it in was the wrong call.

Say what you want, but it is what it is in the Big Apple.

The Giants are reeling, losers of 4 straight. They better right this ship soon, or Shurmur could be facing unemployment sooner rather than later.

Week 8 Is on Tap

I know, there was a lot of drama in Week 7 in the NFL, but what else did you really expect?

My intention was to bring you up to speed with all the noteworthy things that cropped up on the gridiron so that you are fully prepared for Week 8’s action.

I’ll be back on Friday to release my betting tips and advice for Sunday’s slate of games, so bookmark this page so that you stay in the loop.

After all, who doesn’t love some free picks?

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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