By Max Carey
Zero was a number that came up a lot in week 7 of the NFL regular season, with the LA Chargers, LA Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars defense all recording total shutouts and the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts having zero offensive touchdowns.
The Jaguars sacked Colt’s Quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, ten times in Indianapolis, marking the first shutout for the Jaguars since 2006.
“The O-line’s just got to play better,” said Colt’s Wide Receiver, T.Y Hilton on their loss to the Jags. “We’ve got to take some pride up front and block for (Brissett). What if we put them back there to take those hits? You’ve got to start up front.”
The Rams carried on their good form by having their way with the Arizona Cardinals in a 33-0 blowout victory. The Rams’ defense knocked Cardinals’ QB, Carson Palmer, out of the game with a broken arm, along with holding the Cards to just 193 total offensive yards. Palmer has suffered injuries in the last three matchups against the Rams, including a torn ACL, a concussion and a broken arm.
The Chargers handed the Broncos their first shutout in 25 years with a 21-0 win at the StubHub Centre on prime time television. The Broncos has not been held scoreless since 1992, with a 24-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders, breaking a streak of 394 games – the NFL’s longest streak. The Colts have the NFL’s second-longest streak of 375 games since their last shutout.
The Tennessee Titans battled the Cleveland Browns taking the game through to overtime, finally finishing in a 12-9 victory for the Titans. The Browns are yet to win a regular season matchup. All the scoring in the game came from field goals.
The matchup was a sad day for the Brown’s Left Tackle, Joe Thomas, who came off the game with a season ending injury that came from a fall that lead to a tendon detach from his elbow. And that wasn’t all for the LT, with the injury resulting in the end of his 11 year consecutive snap streak.
32-year-old Thomas told reporters: “It wasn’t going to be an infinity streak.
“Am I done playing? I don’t know. Right now, it’s too early to make any decisions. Obviously, you go through a range of emotions after an injury like that, and I think it’s the most fair to myself and my teammates to just wait until after the season to really kind of sit down with my family and kind of discuss what the future looks like.”
Joining the Browns, the San Francisco 49ers are yet to get a win under their belts, falling to the Dallas Cowboys in a 40-10 home defeat.
The Chicago Bears defense came out strong in their week 7 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, scoring two total touchdowns as a defensive unit in a 17-3 win over the Panthers at Soldier Field. The Panthers turned the ball over three times in the game and recorded zero offensive touchdowns, whilst the Bears had just 153 total offensive yards.
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to showcase their top form, solidifying their place at the top of the power rankings with a 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins. Eagles Quarterback, Carson Wentz, had a top class game and was awarded the NFC Player of the Week after recording 268 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 63 rushing yards, being only the fourth QB in history to throw for 4 plus passing touchdowns in a game, whilst also rushing for 60 plus yards.
The Green Bay Packers struggled in their week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, without their star Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who they lost to a season ending injury last week. The final score came to a 26-17 win for the Saints, displaying a rarely strong defensive performance throughout the game. The Packers were held without a passing touchdown for the first time since December 2016. Back-up QB, Brett Hurley, went for 12 of 25 for just 87 yards and zero touchdown passes.
Highlights of the week:
— NFL (@NFL) October 22, 2017
— NFL (@NFL) October 22, 2017
— NFL (@NFL) October 26, 2017
Week 7 scores in full:
Raiders 31 – 30 Chiefs
Vikings 24 – 16 Ravens
Dolphins 31 – 28 Jets
Rams 33 – 0 Cardinals
Colts – 27 Jaguars
49ers 10 – 40 Cowboys
Giants 7 – 24 Seahawks
Patriots 23 – 7 Falcons
Eagles 34 – 24 Redskins
Packers 17 – 26 Saints
Bears 17 – 3 Panthers
Bills 30 – 27 Buccaneers
Browns 9 – 12 Titans
Steelers 29 – 14 Bengals
Chargers 21 – 0 Broncos